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July 11, 2013

Heard Around Town: Speaking in a different language in Peabody


The decision to delay action, says Bettencourt, came after consultation with residents including Lola Busta and former City Councilor (now a candidate once again) Bill Toomey.

Deputy steps down

Deputy Fire Chief Eric Harrison has submitted his resignation, according to Bettencourt. He declined to give any details. Previously, Harrison was named in an anti-discrimination lawsuit filed against the city by his predecessor, former Deputy Chief Paul Lynch, who accused him of harassment, insubordination and even “personal cruelty.”

Buttner honored

Theodore Buttner’s World War II heroism has been honored as a square in Somerville was dedicated in his name last Saturday. The father of Peabody resident Patty Caton, Buttner was killed Jan. 27 when he was hit by a car while crossing Lowell Street in front of St. Adelaide’s Church.

The city is currently studying ways to prevent accidents at the church, a stretch of road that draws both pedestrians and speeders. A Somerville resident, Buttner often attended St. Adelaide’s. His daughter and her family are longtime Peabody residents.

Peabody singer Stephanie McCarthy sang the national anthem during the dedication and Caton read the Pledge of Allegiance. Somerville officials were among the 75 people who attended. Buttner served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater where he was an aerial gunner and a photographer responsible for documenting the effectiveness of bombings.

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