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April 3, 2014

Rubbish rummagers have a ball

BEVERLY — How good was the winning entry at this year’s Trashfinder’s Ball? So good that the owner wasn’t even sure what it was.

Jeff Orfanos took home the top prize at the Franco-American Club in the seventh annual event founded by Front Street resident Sean Devlin.

Orfanos said he never knew exactly what his seven-headed “thing” was until one of the trash-finding experts at the ball came up with a theory.

“From what I was told at the Trashfinder’s Ball, it is believed to be a pipe-holder,” Orfanos said in an email. “Each head is supposed to represent one of the seven deadly sins.”

Orfanos, a contractor, said he found the item years ago when he was working on a woman’s house in Beverly. The woman had several boxes filled with stuff that was going to be thrown away and invited him to take what he wanted.

“I moved some items around in one of the boxes, and there were the seven heads staring up at me,” he said. “Out of all the things that I’ve rescued from the trash, this has got to be the strangest.”

The Trashfinder’s Ball, which has been featured in The New York Times and on Channel 5’s “Chronicle,” remains as popular as ever. Nearly 100 people attended this year’s event and raised more than $600 to buy books for the Beverly Public Library Bookmobile.

Drumming up support

Yes, that was Mayor Mike Cahill playing a mean set of drums last weekend at the Express Yourself studios on Rantoul Street.

The event marked 20 years in Beverly for Express Yourself, a nonprofit arts organization serving youths with mental illness and under-served youth.

Cahill presented co-directors Stan Strickland and Paula Conrad with a proclamation naming March 29 as Express Yourself Day. The organization will hold its 20th anniversary show on May 22 at Citi Wang Theatre in Boston.

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