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November 29, 2012

Heard Around Town: Planning board and council set joint meeting

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A quizzical Mejia held up one finger. “One more?”

He was urged to ask for a total of 10.

Then Councilor Barry Sinewitz warned, “That location — when we do have a storm event, water comes up through the floorboards.” He advised Mejia to have an evacuation plan.

“Or a license for three boats,” Councilor Mike Garabedian joked.

One neighbor objected to the proposal on the basis that the city already has too many used-car lots.

Even so, it was approved unanimously. “It actually is a nice-looking facility inside,” Councilor Tom Gould said.

Blue goes to college

Peabody police Lt. Scott Richards has completed a seven-week course at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island on executive development.

Not adding up

Who counts in the Peabody schools? Apparently, it’s not the consultants. A recent consultant report worried that the students at Community High School — a venue for special needs students that meets at Higgins Middle School — numbered only nine.

“I don’t know where the number nine came from,” says School Committee member Beverley Griffin Dunne. Her research indicates that the true count is closer to 17.

“It’s still not as high as it was before,” she concedes. “But it’s not nine.”

All this matters because of the up to $700,000 budgeted for the program. Consultant Michael Palladino had warned that the program is not worth continuing with fewer than 15 students.

In a presentation to the board, however, he was a little vague about the number of students attending. His count was nine. He urged, however, that some effort go into determining the exact number of attendees.

Spiliotis ailing

State Rep. Joyce Spiliotis has been out of action, according to her office.

“She’s been out for quite some time,” explained her aide, Craig Lundberg. “Joyce has been ill, and she has been ill for some time.”

There’s no word to date on how she is faring.

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