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January 16, 2014

Another councilor mulls independent House run


Ward 6 City Councilor Barry Sinewitz told his colleagues last week that work intended to transform Crystal Lake and Elginwood Pond into a recreation area is about to begin. “We’re getting started ... in the next three weeks,” he said.

Democrats organize

The Democratic City Committee caucused on Jan. 11 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. “Arthur Powell, our state committeeman from Beverly, conducted the workshop with assistance from state committeewoman and Danvers town chair, Marilyn Hazel,” according to Deb Ryan.

The gathering selected Ryan as the new Peabody Democratic City Committee chairman, with City Councilor Tom Gould as vice-chairman. Taking a jab at the opposition was retiring Chairman Mike Schulze, who said, “I get along well with all six Republicans in the city.”

A tough nut

Peabody’s Walnut Street once had a reputation, according to Ward 3 Councilor Jim Moutsoulas, speaking at Monday’s Licensing Board hearing regarding trouble at Oliveira’s Steak House.

“Walnut Street was known as the Barbary Coast when I was a kid,” he said. In citing San Francisco’s notorious turn-of-the-century red-light district, he did not seem to be referring to the flood plain (which sometimes makes Walnut Street look like a coastline), but to the sorts of people who populated the area.

The fights and rowdiness now surrounding Oliveira’s alarmed the board, including former City Councilor Fred Murtagh, who said, “It’s almost like a slap in the face to the City of Peabody that this is going on.” Murtagh worried over the possibility of knives or guns appearing, which could endanger officers who were forced to respond. Officers who do will “get nailed to the cross,” he predicted.

The board cut back the hours for drinking, with Murtagh warning of stronger measures if the trouble persists.

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