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October 18, 2012

Heard Around Town: Beverly is a hot spot along campaign trail

BEVERLY — Beverly will be buzzing with political heavyweights over the next two weekends.

On Saturday, Elizabeth Warren will make her second trip to Beverly with an appearance at the First Baptist Church on Cabot Street at 12:15 p.m.

She’ll be accompanied by Max Cleland, the former U.S. senator from Georgia and a disabled Vietnam War veteran, for what the Warren campaign is calling a free “North Shore Rally.”

Warren, the Democrat who’s running against Scott Brown for U.S. Senate, also came to Beverly last month to be endorsed by Mayor Bill Scanlon.

Speaking of mayors, Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to be at the Italian Community Center on Rantoul Street for a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Richard Tisei on the following Saturday, Oct. 27.

Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, will be the “special guest” at a pasta lunch, according to the Tisei campaign. The fundraiser costs $50 to attend.

Parking plans

MBTA officials will be in town tonight at 6:30 at City Hall for the final public meeting about the parking garage.

The 500-car garage will be built at the corner of Rantoul and Pleasant streets and will include a covered walkway to the train depot. It will have a mostly brick facade in keeping with some of the design concerns expressed by residents at previous meetings.

Construction is scheduled to start later this month, and the garage is scheduled to open in December 2013.

The total cost of the project is $34.1 million.

Cop in

Beverly’s newest police officer was sworn in this week at City Hall.

Charles “Chuck” Twombly has been a reserve police officer since 2006. He’s a Beverly native who graduated from Beverly High in 1997 and worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Y.

His wife, Kate, a Beverly kindergarten teacher, pinned on Twombly’s badge, while his parents, Sue and Chuck, and sister Tracey looked on.

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