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September 24, 2013

Rubchinuk vows determined effort

Paul Leighton

---- — Note to readers: Five candidates are on the preliminary election ballot for one available seat representing Ward 1 on the Beverly City Council. The top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 5 final election.

BEVERLY — As a member of the city’s anti-graffiti task force, Timothy Rubchinuk said he’s always keeping an eye out for ways to clean up the city. Now he’s promising to bring that same determination to the City Council.

“I can be a real pain in the tail when I want something,” he said. “I really go after it.”

Rubchinuk grew up in Middleton and moved to Beverly 25 years ago. He worked for 15 years as head of janitorial services at the former Danvers State Hospital. He has run his own cleaning and painting companies and now works as a constable.

Rubchinuk said one of his main goals as a city councilor will be to fix the sidewalks in Ryal Side.

“I’ve gone to every door on every street, and they all tend to agree that the sidewalks are horrific,” he said. “I truly, truly don’t think Ryal Side has gotten its share of the revenue for sidewalks and streets.”

Rubchinuk is a past president of the Ryal Side Civic Association and a member of the Beverly Police Department’s Citizens Advisory Council, which is where he became involved with the anti-graffiti task force.

“(Police Chief) Mark Ray came to me about the graffiti problem and I said, ‘That’s something I can get my teeth into,’” Rubchinuk said. “I always have my head on a swivel.”

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