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August 29, 2013

Class president's close shave pays off


The organization bought the vehicle at the start of the summer, thanks to donations from the Beverly Rotary Club, Cummings Foundation and Fred Berry Charitable Foundation.

Change is good

Change is Simple, the nonprofit environmental education company run by Lauren and Patrick Belmonte of Beverly, will bring its program to all of the elementary schools in Beverly and Salem for the next two years, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation.

Change is Simple was a big hit with Gov. Deval Patrick, who saw the program in action when he visited the North Beverly Elementary School last December.

Angie update

On the rare chance that you don’t follow Angie Miller on Twitter, we’ll pass along the news that the “American Idol” star from Beverly is scheduled to appear at the Topsfield Fair on Oct. 8.

Shore bet

Shore Country Day School will hold an opening celebration on Tuesday for the new Lawrence A. Griffin Center for Creativity.

The $12 million building includes a theater, an innovation lab, and new spaces for the arts, music and technology.

Greatest generation

We were sorry to hear of the passing of Paul Fiore on Sunday at the age of 93.

Fiore, a World War II veteran, took part in the Beverly Farms Memorial Day parade for more than six decades straight. When he was too weak to march, he rode in a car driven by his son Paul.

Fiore fought on Guadalcanal, charging up Bloody Ridge Hill with his fixed bayonet. In another battle, he spotted the body of a Marine covered with a poncho and knew instinctively that it was Henry Dix, his childhood friend from Beverly Farms. Dix Park in the Farms is named for Henry Dix.

Fiore’s younger brother Ralph was also killed in the war, on Okinawa.

Paul Fiore once told the story of how he sparred for three rounds with former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis during the war in New Guinea.

Louis gave him the ultimate boxer’s compliment. “You hit hard,” he said.

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

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