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May 10, 2013

Heard Around Town: A turf field of dreams in Peabody


A cash prize of up to $30,000 could be forthcoming as a result.

Summer can’t arrive soon enough

The winners of the Peabody Institute Library’s first haiku contest showed plenty of talent but not a lot of optimism.

First-prize winner Jayde Hawthorne wrote, “Empty, barren streets/ with only the greenless trees/ in the bitter cold.”

If that doesn’t give you a shiver, try third-place winner Koby Hirschaut’s entry: “Snow blankets the Earth/ the air is chilly and grey/ winter is walking.”

Yeah, and it can keep walking.

Librarian Melissa Robinson explains that the poems are “nature-oriented,” conforming to the tradition of the original Japanese haikus. Library staff judged the 17 entries. “I was very pleased with the quality,” she says.

The entry winning second place, by Shayne Groom, though as wintry as the others, is a bit more comforting: “Look at the new snow/ like a blanket on the ground/ keeping the earth warm.”

The contest, for kids 11 to 18, was geared to celebrating National Poetry Month in April. Well, Emily Dickinson was no barrel of laughs, either.

They say Atlantis is underwater

The city’s business liaison, Julie Rydzewski, felt right at home on a vacation to the Bahamas. It rained so hard one day the place flooded.

Jamaica shuttle

It’s been tough for veterans to get from Peabody to Veterans Administration facilities in Bedford and Jamaica Plain. So the mayor has set up a low-cost shuttle service that will leave the Torigian Center on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

The service, Bettencourt said, “is designed ... so our veterans can focus on getting the medical care they need.” The mayor officiated at the launch of the service Tuesday. It’s scheduled to get vets to appointments between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Anyone interested can call the Council on Aging at 978-531-2254 for information or reservations.

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