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April 25, 2013

Heard Around Town: Peabody’s blue line was on the scene in Boston


Who says we only print bad news?

Superintendent Joe Mastrocola has informed the School Committee that he will end the fiscal year in June with a budget surplus of $115,000. It’s enough to throw a party.

A run of good news

Peabody High coach Jose Rocha has been named Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.

“This award is for all the student-athletes who ran for me this past year,” he told the School Committee on Tuesday. His family, who attended the meeting, also got a thank-you from the coach, as did athletic director Phil Sheridan, who nominated him for the award.

Mastrocola described the award as “a great honor.”

Gone but still collecting money

That would be George Peabody, the 19th-century philanthropist who gave this city its name. He was dedicated to the value of learning, which is why the Peabody Education Foundation is honoring six people, folks dedicated to smartening up the city’s children, with the George Peabody Legacy Award.

The recipients this year are John E. Murtagh, John “Jack” Murtagh, Helen Apostolides, Thomas Hosman, Francis Hardy and Jim Geanoulis (posthumously).

They will be celebrated next Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall’s Wiggin Auditorium. Tickets are $35, with the funds earmarked for the foundation. Expect a cash bar and enough tasty appetizers to make a meal, says organizer Dave Gravel.

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