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May 22, 2013

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City councilors this week approved a budget transfer to pay that expense, but not without lamenting the situation.

“It’s just a shame that the building is sitting there vacant,” Councilor Don Martin said.

The city has put out two requests for proposals for the building over the years but hasn’t received a good offer, Dunn told councilors. He said the city will try again in the next three or four months.

Hoofing it

Who says kids don’t walk to school anymore?

More than 150 students from Centerville School did just that recently as part of National Walk to School Day.

School nurse Joyce Prior and a committee of parent volunteers developed the event through a partnership with the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program.

The program encourages walking by providing safe “walking school bus” routes where students can meet and walk in a group with parent volunteers.

“It’s a fun and social way to encourage more families to walk to school,” Centerville Principal Karla Pressman said.

Pressman said the school hopes to have more walk-to-school days, not just once a year.

Forever young

Age is relative. That’s one takeaway from Monday’s City Council meeting.

First there was Scott Dullea, who at 33 is the youngest councilor, saying he felt old next to Jon Powers, the teen director for the Greater Beverly YMCA, during a recent event at the McPherson Youth Center.

“They look at me and I’m like the old one, but you’re still cool,” Dullea told Powers.

“I think you’re still cool,” Powers responded.

A couple of hours later Dullea was announcing he won’t run for re-election and saying he hopes a young person gets in the race.

To which veteran councilor Maureen Troubetaris replied, “Does this mean I can’t run for the seat?”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

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