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March 7, 2013

Heard Around Town: The rest of the story on bookmobile bidding


---- — BEVERLY — By now, you might know that a group of Occupy Boston activists won the bidding for the old Beverly bookmobile and plans to turn it into a mobile health clinic.

We bet you can’t guess who finished second.

It was none other than Euplio Marciano, an Army veteran and frequent mayoral and City Council candidate. Marciano bid $6,999.99, $100 under the winning bid.

Marciano said he was thinking of converting the bookmobile into an RV or using its generator as a backup generator for his home.

He also joked that he could’ve leased it out as a medical marijuana dispensary or mobile slot machine parlor.

Capitol ideas

The good news keeps rolling at Beverly High School.

A Super Bowl-winning football team. An alumnus on “American Idol.” Level 1 academic status for the first time since 2007.

The school’s accomplishments were on full display last week in Washington, D.C., where a team of administrators and teachers was invited to speak at the annual conference of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Beverly High was one of 18 schools in the country asked to talk about their “innovative programs.”

In Beverly’s case, those programs include a student leadership council, student advisory program, freshman academy and laptops for every student.

Representing Beverly High were Principal Sean Gallagher; Assistant Principals Betty Taylor and Dan Bauer; department facilitators Doris Curley, Sue Richardson and Julie Angelo; grant project director Ann Papagiotas; technology director Judy Miller; business teacher Megan Sudak; and media production teacher Jo Lloyd.

Students Connor Lafata, Corinne Ajemian and Mary Burke directed and produced videos that were shown in the presentation.

Miller time

Under the theory that we can’t get enough of Angela Miller, we’d thought you’d enjoy the accompanying photo from her pre-“American Idol” days.

It’s a picture of Miller, her now-unmistakable long hair blowing in the wind, enjoying a carnival ride at Beverly High School. Ryan Seacrest is nowhere to be found.

The photo ran on our front page in June 2011.

Banner day

Congratulations to John Hall for winning Beverly Main Streets’ latest banner design contest. More than 50 banners with Hall’s design will be installed on light poles on Cabot, Rantoul and Elliott streets.

Hall owns the John Hall Design Group on Rantoul Street. He’s also the guy who designed the panther seal on the lobby floor at Beverly High School.

Lovely moment

Fred Butler, the 106-year-old man who received an honorary diploma at Beverly High the other day, is an avid follower of local news and recognized most of the officials who attended his ceremony.

But when he didn’t seem to know Joan Lovely, the new state senator gave him a pretty good description.

“I’m the new Fred Berry,” she said.

Not a crook

Our recent item about the Trashfinder’s Ball requires a rather unusual correction.

Trashfinder’s Ball guru Sean Devlin had described one of the recent winning entries as a Richard Nixon mask with a Pinocchio nose. Sandy Currier, its owner, tells us that it’s actually a mask of a fertility god.

Sure looks like Tricky Dick, though.

Looking for Lucy

Have you been following the search for Lucy the lost dog?

The Beverly Police Department has posted information on its Facebook page about Lucy, a 4-year-old Lab mix who went missing from her Ryal Side home last week.

The posting has generated more than 240 “shares” and lots of comments from people trying to find her.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or