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January 23, 2014

Leah on the money

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“There are about 15 of us (under 30) who would be in the youth caucus,” he said.

Suspected in the Old Dominion

His Peabody roots were a point of pride when Republican Bob McDonnell was elected governor of Virginia in 2011, notwithstanding that he left here at age 1. On the other hand, the family returned regularly. Today, however, the former governor sits indicted on charges he took gifts, vacations and loans illegally. Of course, he’s innocent until proven guilty, but does McDonnell’s trouble reflect on the Leather City?

Former Mayor Mike Bonfanti downplays the connection.

“We’ve had great Peabody people who left the area and did well.” George Peabody himself came readily to the mayor’s mind. “We’ve also had our own who get in trouble.” And they managed to do it without leaving the city, the mayor said, before adding, “Not that I’ll mention any names.”

Irish morn

City officials and politicians will walk the fine line between humorously “roasting” one another and making a career-ending gaffe as they celebrate the Irish at the second annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast and Roast on Saturday, March 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Wiggin Auditorium. Still, you probably can’t get into that much trouble before noon in a city building.

Mayor Ted Bettencourt announced the event, adding that it will cost $30 per person, with the money to go to Haven from Hunger. Irish tunes will be provided by McGeney and Moore. (Peter Moore and school board member Dave McGeney). The event climaxes with the appearance of the Irish Person of the Year. What qualifies one as the Irish Person of the Year?

Well, said host Tom Gould, the winner won’t actually have to be Irish, except in the sense that he or she wear some green.

“It will be someone who has done some good for the community,” he said.

Those interested in attending should send a check to St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, City Hall, 24 Lowell St., Peabody, MA 01960 no later than March 4.

Alan Burke can be reached at aburke@salemnews.com.

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