SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 18, 2012

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

BY PAUL LEIGHTON STAFF WRITER
The Salem News

---- — 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.

Marching on

Is it too early to talk about the Holiday Parade?

Never.

Beverly’s 65th annual Holiday Parade will be held Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1:30 p.m., beginning and ending at Cummings Center and traveling down Cabot and Rantoul streets.

Ray Novack, the recently retired Beverly High band director, will serve as grand marshal. Proceeds from the parade will help buy new uniforms for the Beverly High School marching band.

Team effort

We know the undefeated Beverly High football team is great at blocking and tackling and the like. But they’re also pretty good at hefting heavy stuff.

Six of the Panthers and their head coach, Dan Bauer, went straight from practice to City Hall on Monday night to be honored for helping out at the annual electronics collection day held by the Solid Waste Management Committee.

Committee Chairman Charlie Perlo presented the team with a check for $1,500, part of the proceeds from the event, for their service.

Fun with rum

Not to suggest that you even know who Ron Jeremy even is, but we feel obligated to report that the adult film star made an appearance at Depot Liquors in North Beverly last week.

Jeremy was there to promote his new rum product, Ron de Jeremy.

Peter Athanasopoulos of Depot Liquors called the event “a huge success.”

“We sold a record number of bottles, and all got some great laughs,” he said.

Up a tree

Did you hear the one about the cat that was stuck in a tree for 36 hours?

That’s what happened on Lovett Street this week. Neighbors spent a lot of time trying to coax the cat down before someone finally called the Fire Department.

Thankfully, it was a happy ending. Firefighters got the feline down safely, and one neighbor told us the whole ordeal “brought the neighborhood together.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.