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January 28, 2014

Stonewood Tavern to meet with residents over noise

PEABODY — The owner of Stonewood Tavern will host a meeting with residents on Saturday at 9 a.m. as part of an effort to address complaints over excess noise at the restaurant.

“I’m trying to make everyone happy,” said Sal Palumbo. “I’m trying to straighten out everything and all the issues.” He said he will tell his neighbors “how we have cut back on entertainment.”

Not completely. Palumbo has actually applied to expand his entertainment license, asking for permission to have a comedian to entertain in his function room or for “comedy nights,” as well as clowns and magicians for events like birthday parties. But the application gave City Council an opportunity to make a request of its own, namely that he provide an amended entertainment plan that neighbors could live with.

When the tavern was slow in responding, the council allowed the renewal of his 2014 entertainment license for only 30 days while demanding the amended plan. Palumbo responded with a letter last Thursday outlining what he’s done, including hiring a sound expert, Bruce Hagopian of The Hago Group, to assess the problem.

“Mr. Hagopian was able to immediately adjust, rebalance and reduce the intensity of the sound system,” Palumbo said in his letter. He also hired Acentech to analyze sound inside and outside of the tavern while a band played, he said.

Palumbo wanted to speak at the last council meeting, but Councilor Anne Manning-Martin objected, noting he wasn’t on the agenda. His letter had only moments before been provided to the council. The restaurateur hopes to be given an opportunity to speak at the next meeting.

Among the recommended improvements he is undertaking is the installation of a $12,000 door designed to block the sound coming from the function room. Further, he is conceding to complaints about large musical groups, promising that no group with more than six people will be part of the regular entertainment. On the other hand, larger bands could perform at wedding receptions in his function room, he said.

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