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April 3, 2014

Rubbish rummagers have a ball


Eyes on the road

Don’t be distracted if you spot a 36-foot-long, neon-yellow mobile classroom at the high school next week.

The mobile classroom is part of the Distractology 101 tour sponsored by the Appleby & Wyman Insurance Agency. It is outfitted with high-tech driving simulators designed to teach new drivers the dangers of distracted driving, including texting while driving.

The classroom bus will be at the high school Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Rep race

Will state Rep. Jerry Parisella have an opponent this year?

So far, only one person, Euplio “Rick” Marciano, has taken out nomination papers. Marciano, a U.S. Army veteran who has run for local office many times, is a Libertarian.

Potential candidates must collect 150 signatures and file them with the City Clerk’s office by April 29.

Imagine that

A team from Beverly High School has qualified for the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in May.

Destination Imagination is a creative-thinking and problem-solving competition held throughout the United States and in 30 countries. The Beverly team, called Team Left Ventricle, includes Ed McFeeters, Owen Bolas, Liam Beaudoin, Matt Gill, Ryan Noss and Alex D’Alfonso.

To advance, the team had to present a five-minute skit that solved a problem through the interaction of characters from the present and the past.

Mournful march

We’re happy to report that the Saddest Parade on Earth went off without a hitch last weekend.

Organizer Greg Cook informed us that about 30 grim-faced people and four dogs took part, including Montserrat College of Art professor Ethan Berry, who carried a dollhouse on his back like a burdensome mortgage.

Cook said the parade’s inspiration was sadness but the result was “heartwarming.”

“We stopped at cafes along Cabot Street, and stepping inside one of them, my sense was that people inside found it surprising and strange and kind of fun and funny,” he said via email.

Cook and his son Jasper read aloud a list of things that participants said made them sad, like bum legs, lost eyesight, deceased loved ones, money worries and missing video games, then burned the cards they were written on.

“The cards burned up nice and smoky in a big glass jar and turned to ash,” Cook wrote. “And goodbye to all that.”

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

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