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September 26, 2013

The vision thing


“There’s a bag for everything,” noted Austin Solimine, as the trio displayed bags of all sizes, including a bag designed to keep your ice cream from melting.

The board voted to urge Brooksby Farm to join the MYECO program. Anyone interested in reusable bags should contact Peabody High School.

The last shall be first

At least, in the Bible. But in politics, it helps to be first if you want to be first. Which is why candidates attend a drawing to see who gets first place on the November ballot. Here is the result in the crowded race for at-large councilor with David C. Gravel taking the top spot, followed by Scott M. Frasca, Thomas P. Walsh, Margaret Ellen Tierney, Anne M. Manning-Martin, Michael V. Garabedian, Russell P. Donovan, Peter T. Bakula and Thomas L. Gould. With these nine vying to fill five seats, every little advantage helps.

Local officer recognized

The group Wives Behind the Badge has honored Peabody police Sgt. Eric Zawaki, presenting him with the State Community Hero Award for 2013. In making their choice, the group recalled the accident on Dec. 5, 2011, when Zawaki was working a paid detail on Route 1. Standing at the side of the road offering directions to a driver, the officer was struck by a 76-year-old from New Hampshire driving a truck. Zawaki was thrown over the hood of one vehicle and was subsequently taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Speed and wet roads were given as the reasons for the accident.

The nomination praised Zawaki, who has been with the Peabody department for 15 years, as “a great person who deserves recognition.” Wives Behind the Badge is a national organization that includes a Massachusetts auxiliary. It is dedicated to providing support for police officers, their families and departments.

Zawaki has not yet returned to service. He is also known for his work with Argo, the late and beloved Peabody police dog.

Staff writer Alan Burke can be reached at 978-338-2524 or

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