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April 3, 2014

Clothing drive offers sweet deal

School with most participants wins ice cream party


He’s a chef and a firefighter

Peabody fire Lt. Bob Caruso put his culinary talents to the test recently for the annual cook-off at Danversport Yacht Club to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and took home third prize for “Best Dish.” His eggplant Parmesan “was to die for,” so we hear. The Peabody team won first place overall. Caruso was assisted by Billy Silva. It was also Caruso’s final appearance at the annual Firefighters Cooking for a Cure event, which is hosted by Marblehead Firefighters Local 2043.

Run for Ricey

The third annual Run for Ricey is coming up April 12 at Brown School. The charitable 5K and mile fun run is in memory of late Peabody firefighter Jim Rice. There’s even a separate firefighter division for race entries. Proceeds benefit the James Rice Memorial Foundation. The cost to register is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run. The races starts at 9 a.m., with the fun run at 8:30 a.m.

They’ve still got the moves

This year’s hoops contest between Higgins Middle School faculty and students went to the old-timers once again. The youngsters gave good game but ultimately were schooled by their elders.

This one’s for the dogs

As you may know, the Tanner City’s dog lovers are uniting to create that long-awaited canine park in Peabody. The Friends of Peabody Dog Park, led by Tammy Ross, have established an online fundraising site at As of the latest tally, $600 has been donated. The goal is $40,000, but Ross says they will seek grant money, as well, to establish an area for pooches at Corbeil Park off Russell Street.

A festival of films

Peabody’s Sam D’Orsi and 22 classmates at Roger Williams University are a select crew putting together their own film fest. The Rhode Island school says the Roving Eye International Film Festival is part of a senior level film course. Students sorted through more than 600 different genres of films to winnow out 50 entries. The festival runs April 6 to 13 at Roger Williams. As for D’Orsi, she’s majoring in journalism and film studies. She graduated from Peabody High in 2010.

You can reach John Castelluccio at 978-338-2527, or via Twitter at @SNjcastelluccio.

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