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July 25, 2013

Russ Donovan, the sequel


You don’t have to be part of the royal family to get into this game. State Rep. Ted Speliotis (D-Danvers and parts of Peabody) reported the birth of his first grandson, Theodore Joseph Freeley. Daughter Pia presented him with a child sporting blond hair and blue eyes, “so far,” Speliotis said.

No word on when the representative will get the new arrival out on the campaign trail.

Bring an appetite

The end of summer can be tough to take, but it helps to have the city’s 30th annual International Festival to look forward to. It’s scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Peabody Square. Expect a mouthwatering array of ethnic foods, Kids Day at Leather City Commons, musical acts and the International Road Race for Progeria Research on Sept. 7 at 8 a.m. from City Hall. If you manage to get away still hungry, various eateries will offer discounts during Restaurant Week, from Sept. 8 to 12 and again from Sept. 19 to 22.

Rain date is Sept. 22. Get information at

Downtown party

Following in the wake of Downton Abbey comes Peabody’s Downtown Association. Unlike the PBS TV version, Peabody’s Downtown Association has a more open-minded view of the gentry. When they say they want to encourage the “gentrification process” downtown, don’t expect them to limit it to friends of the Dowager Duchess. Rather, it means more stores, more businesses and more people of all sorts mingling, parking, buying and living above the shops.

Toward that end, the New Downtown Peabody Celebration will be held in conjunction with the Peabody Institute Library on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We have many activities, sales, raffles and entertainment to chose from,” said Joan Morrissey, the group’s acting executive director, in a press release.

In addition, it’s a great opportunity to get acquainted with all the downtown shops you miss when you hurry past in your roadster.

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