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December 6, 2012

Heard Around Town: Signs in Beverly say slow down or else


---- — BEVERLY — Have you noticed those “You Speed. You Pay.” signs that occasionally crop up on lawns in various parts of the city?

The signs are part of a program initiated by the Police Department’s Community Advisory Committee. Residents worried about speeding in their neighborhoods can call police and request a sign. Police set up a time when they will come to that neighborhood and enforce the speed limits with radar.

“The theory behind it is to associate the signs with intensive enforcement,” traffic Sgt. Russ Rollins said. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback.”

Herrick Street resident Alfred Washburn has had a sign on his lawn off and on since October. His review of its effectiveness is mixed.

“It might work for some, but not all of them,” he said.

Police have given out nearly 100 of the signs, Rollins said. Residents who want to request a sign can contact him at the Police Department.

Rousing return

Did you hear about the greeting the Beverly High football team got upon returning from Saturday’s Super Bowl win in Foxborough?

The team buses were met by Beverly police cruisers near Cell Signaling Technology on Route 128 and given a rousing escort through town. At the Henry’s Market intersection in North Beverly, people got out of their cars and roared their approval as the buses passed by.

All of the hoopla was enough to impress the family of football coach Dan Bauer. Speaking Monday night at City Hall, where the team was honored by the City Council, Bauer said his brother came up from Indiana to watch the game and was impressed by the police escort.

“He said, ‘We never had anything like this in the community,’” Bauer said.

‘Heroes and Hounds’

Check out the cover boys for the 2013 PAWS New England calendar.

Beverly firefighters Mike Halloran, Jon Palm and Michael Kraus grace the front of the “Heroes and Hounds” calendar, a fundraiser for the dog rescue agency.

The photos were taken by Jenn Frankavitz, a freelance photographer based out of Beverly and a volunteer with PAWS New England.

The calendars cost $25, with all proceeds going to dogs in need with PAWS New England.

Simon says?

Changes could be coming on Simon Street.

Longtime Gloucester Crossing landlord Robert MacArthur recently sold four apartment buildings on the street, for a total of $1.1 million, to a company associated with the L. Perrina Construction Co. in Methuen. Perrina Construction has built housing developments in Middleton and Reading.

The company is not saying what changes, if any, are in store for the street.

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