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December 6, 2012

Heard Around Town: Peabody has room for more

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“We’ll be trying to untangle everything,” a frustrated Dakos said. “You need to make sure everything is legal.”

A previous effort to suspend the license was blocked by the courts.

Joy to the mall

It’s already Christmas at the Northshore Mall to hear general manager Mark Whiting tell it. “We were very grateful to see the level of traffic that started after midnight on Black Friday. ... And people are in a very good mood. Customers are upbeat.”

If you’ve heard about economic difficulties elsewhere — not here, Whiting says, as he ticks off a long list of new or expanding shops, from The Container Store to Brooks Brothers. Unoccupied storefronts are a problem for others, not the mall.

“We’re at a historically low level of vacancy right now. That’s something we feel really great about.”

Remembering Joyce

Joyce Spiliotis, who died last week, was known for her devotion to her constituents, reliably appearing to support them at countless functions and causes. Despite her accommodating style, it wasn’t wise to forget her Leather City roots.

In the midst of one hard-fought campaign, remembered by former Salem News reporter Stacie Galang, Spiliotis was plain-spoken. She declared that while her last name was Greek, she was born “100 percent Irish” (a Burns) and a fighter.

Don’t mess with me, she cautioned.

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