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May 3, 2012

A magical moment for Beverly's mayor


Saving lives

A police cruiser pulled up on the grass, a half-dozen officers showed up, a doctor arrived, defibrillators were grabbed — all for a good cause.

The scene outside the police station this week was actually a press conference to publicize the donation of two defibrillators by Northeast Health System to the Beverly Police Department.

Officer Mark Panjwani, the police's liaison with Beverly Hospital, said the new defibrillators will replace old ones currently used in police cruisers.

Panjwani said defibrillators used by police have saved at least three lives in the last five or six years.

The new defibrillators cost about $3,500 each, said Northeast Health CEO Ken Hanover. "It was a reasonable price tag, and we actually believe it will save lives," Hanover said.

Singing trooper

Police can sing, too — or least Dan Clark can.

The retired Massachusetts State Police sergeant, known as "The Singer Trooper," is scheduled to perform at the Beverly Senior Center's Memorial Day luncheon on May 21. First-graders from the Cove School will also sing, and burgers will be served.

The luncheon is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $5.

Done deal

And speaking of Northeast Health, its affiliation with Lahey Clinic — they keep telling us it's not a merger — became official this week when the two sides announced they have completed the affiliation agreement.

Lahey System, as the new company is called, is working on a plan for how to "brand" the new name, but in the meantime they say everything will look the same.

Yea for Ray

This should be the party of the year.

The retirement bash for Beverly High music director Ray Novack is set for Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m. in the BHS field house. Organizers say the evening will include "performances, stories, presentations, original compositions, slide shows, memories and dedications."

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