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February 21, 2013

Heard Around Town: ‘Ten dog night’ approved in Peabody

PEABODY — A request by @text1:Melissa Guevin@text1: to establish an overnight dog day care business at her 558 Lowell St. home was met with some skepticism from the City Council.

“I have some reservations about this type of facility,” Councilor @text1:Jim Liacos@text1: said when he learned that the request could include 30 dogs. “Even though Councilor @text1:(Dave) Gamache@text1: says it’s not close to residences, it’s not that far away.” He got a 10-dog limit approved instead, as Guevin promised she could stop dogs from barking.

“Is it going to last more than five seconds?” she said. “No. I’ll calm them down.”

This brought a skeptical Councilor @text1:Mike Garabedian@text1: to the fore, who cited his own experience with dachshunds.

“Can you provide them with pajamas if I bring them over?” he asked.

“Absolutely,” Guevin said.

“How do you get them to stop barking?” he asked more seriously, insisting that it’s a trick that can’t be done.

Guevin explained that the solution was training, and she put the onus on the dog’s owners by telling the councilor, “I have to train you.”

Exercise of the heart

YMCA Director @text1:Crissy Jache@text1: got her heart thumping without lifting a finger on Valentine’s Day. The Northshoremen, the Beverly-based barbershop quartet, came by to serenade the startled Jache in the Y lobby. Their visit, she learned, was a gift from her stepfather.

With her smiling staff looking on, she said, “I’m turning three shades of red.”

Perfect storm story

Paul Quirk@text1: of Peabody, whose father and namesake died heroically in a rescue attempt during the Blizzard of ’78 aboard the pilot boat Can Do, is reporting Hollywood interest in his dad’s story. @text1:Frank Quirk Jr.@text1:, sailing out of Gloucester with a crew including @text1:Charlie Bucko@text1:, @text1:Norman Curley@text1:, @text1:Kenneth Fuller Jr.@text1: and @text1:Donald Wilkinson@text1:, was attempting to bring aid to a stricken tanker and a Coast Guard vessel.

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