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March 14, 2013

Heard Around Town: Ready, aim, sign


“Haikus are kind of open-ended and very simple,” Robinson observes. Some youngsters find the format less intimidating than more complex forms. Even so, that type of poem has attracted as many as 150 entries in the past, and she expects this will draw plenty of interest, as well.

Musical chairs

Business consultant Scott Frasca is likely rooting for Dave Gravel to be the next state representative. Frasca wants to take over Gravel’s spot on the City Council — or at least the seat of another at-large city councilor. He’s taken out the necessary papers to do it. And he’s not the only one. Also filing to join the hunt is a familiar figure, former state Rep. Tom Walsh.

Their effort is more likely to be successful if incumbent Gravel has gone to Beacon Hill after April 2, leaving an empty seat. Peabody voters are notoriously reluctant to throw out incumbents. Other at-large councilors include Jim Liacos, Mike Garabedian, Anne Manning-Martin and Tom Gould.

Meanwhile, as Ward 5 Councilor Dave Gamache begins to fade slowly into the West — he plans to step down at the end of his term — two candidates are said to be circling the empty seat. Taking out papers were Bob Croce and Joel Saflaw.

Getting off the bus

Looking for economies, School Committee member Brandi Carpenter noted with surprise that a unique communication system keeps the various Peabody public schools in touch with one another. She cited interoffice memos passed from one building to another and told her colleagues, “I have seen a bus delivering that.”

A voice from the back of the room called, “It’s a small bus.”

Even so, Carpenter asked, “Is there another way?”

Corned humor, no beefs

Peabody will hold its first St. Patrick’s Day roast on Saturday at City Hall’s Wiggin Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are $30, available at City Hall, and proceeds will benefit Haven From Hunger.




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