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December 12, 2013

It’s true: Peabody mayor going full Red Sox


OK, but who goes?

The debate over downtown housing had Councilor Barry Osborne musing on the whole push to revitalize the area. Businesses are needed. But people?

“We are not at a shortage of people downtown,” he said. “It’s my opinion right now we have too many people downtown.”


Councilor Dave Gravel summed up the drivers who park in his downtown lot, uninvited and illegally: “People do what they do. They pull in. ‘I’m only going to be a minute. I’m only going to be a minute. See, I’m not really parking here. Because I’m only going to be a minute.’”

Some minute.

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk

Everything I learned I learned from watching The Three Stooges.

At least, says lawyer Jack Keilty, Judge Howard Whitehead could have invoked the wooden-headed threesome in deciding that the Licensing Board had erred in punishing his client, Oliveira’s Steakhouse. The judge said the board had improperly summoned the restaurant owner to a hearing without telling him it would concern possible sanctions. Then they changed the hours when Oliveira’s can serve alcohol until, from 1 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The judge struck down that punishment.

Does the judge think the board can have a new hearing? Certainly.

In other words, says Keilty, he was telling them, as Moe would have put it, “Wake up and die right.”

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