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May 22, 2013

Heard Around Town: Beverly fifth-grader’s song hits the right note

BEVERLY — Angie Miller isn’t the only Beverly girl who can write a hit song.

Folks at the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School are still talking about the recent performance of fifth-grader Juliette Chait at the school’s “musical mornings” series, which is held in the main foyer during drop-off time at the start of school.

Chait sang four songs while accompanying herself on drums, including her own song, “The Brave.”

Her mother, Tracy Chait, said Juliette wrote the song the night of the Boston Marathon bombings, when she was having trouble sleeping. Juliette was worried about her uncle, a Cambridge policeman who was involved in pursuing the suspects. The song recognizes the sacrifices and bravery of first-responders.

School officials report that Juliette’s performance “packed the house and filled the hallways with an audience that offered hearty applause.”

Lights out

How many city workers does it take to change a light bulb?

No, it’s not a bad joke. It was a question asked by city councilors this week when the topic of the city’s recent purchase of 3,800 street lights from National Grid came up.

The council approved a $200,000 budget transfer to pay for the lights, a move that Mayor Bill Scanlon has said will save the city in the long run when you consider it was paying National Grid $360,000 a year to lease them.

Now that Beverly owns the lights, it also must replace them when they go out. City Electrician Bill Ambrefe is doing much of that work, but Finance Director John Dunn told councilors the Department of Public Services has other electricians on staff who can help out.

The city’s website ( has a link where you can report a street light that needs repairs.

Empty feeling

It’s bad enough that the former McKay School has sat empty for years. It doesn’t help that the city has to pay $25,000 in liability insurance for the building.

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