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January 4, 2013

Heard Around Town: Rumor of the week gets put to rest

SALEM — Rumors are made of such fluff that they get blown around from place to place by the slightest breeze. Fortunately, they are ignored by most serious-minded folks.

Of course, we live for rumors, especially the really silly ones.

There was a good one this week that made its way to the doorstep of Bob McCarthy, the Ward 1 councilor who was seen as one of the swing votes in last night’s City Hall drama: Would Steve Pinto make it back to the City Council?

Here’s the rumor: McCarthy was going to vote for Pinto because Pinto ... drumroll, please ... was the best man at McCarthy’s wedding.

When asked the question by a local journalist — who will go unnamed — McCarthy started laughing.

“I’ve heard that one,” he said.

“Is it true?” he was asked by the earnest but poorly informed reporter.

“No,” he almost shouted.

McCarthy’s best man was, indeed, named “Steve,” but it was his brother Steve. For the record, Pinto was not one of his groomsmen, nor even at the wedding.

McCarthy, much to his credit, recalled many of the details about his wedding day, even the year, month and exact day it took place. However, try as he might, he could not recall a single Pinto in the place.

Presidential inauguration

A lot of important people will be heading to Washington, D.C., this month for the presidential inauguration, including one of our own.

Gabby Fabiszewski, 10, a fifth-grader at Bates School, is attending the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference, which will be held Jan. 19-23 in the nation’s capital.

She attended the National Young Scholars Program at Villanova University last year and was nominated for the Washington trip by Bates teacher Tom DeMontier based on her academic and leadership skills.

It sounds like a great event — the keynote speakers are George W. Bush’s daughters, Barbara and Jenna, along with CBS newswoman Norah O’Donnell.

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