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July 25, 2013

Russ Donovan, the sequel

Following his explosive interaction with City Councilor Dave Gamache two weeks ago, Russ Donovan wanted to remember the moment.

“Several of my friends said they saw me on the cable television,” he said.

Thus, Donovan, now a candidate for at-large councilor himself, went to Peabody Access Telecommunications to request a video of the incident, wherein Gamache accused Donovan of producing a bogus flier giving reasons for opposition to a Lynnfield Street development but fashioned to appear as if it were actually coming from the council.

Donovan denied producing the flier, and in a head-to-head meeting with Gamache during a recess, he got the councilor to accept his word and apologize. But when Donovan played his video of the encounter, the recessed portion of the meeting was missing.

“Edited out,” he complained. “They put the flag up.”

Donovan conceded that it was unlikely that the TV cameras picked up much of his conversation with Gamache anyway. And he’ll always have his Salem News clipping of the event.

Sizzle on Pulaski Street?

A mini-mart on Pulaski Street? A steakhouse? City Council President Tom Gould acknowledged that an upgrade of the Roadhouse Pub has been proposed. Locating a bank there has even been discussed.

But Bill Toomey, a candidate for ward councilor and a former at-large councilor, downplayed the possibility of a mini-mall going in. Toomey and a group of residents met with Mayor Ted Bettencourt earlier this summer to discuss the future of Pulaski Street. Another meeting is scheduled next month.

He similarly downplayed a proposal to place low-income housing in the shuttered factory across the street, at the entrance to the industrial park. A 40B can’t go there, because state law forbids 40Bs close to other 40Bs, Toomey said.

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