, Salem, MA

February 21, 2013

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

By Alan Burke
Staff writer

---- — 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.

Their gripping struggle to stay afloat in the face of 70-foot waves was recorded and preserved via shortwave radio and recounted in the book “Ten Hours Until Dawn” by @text1:Michael J. Tougias@text1:.

A screenplay of the event by @text1:Teresa Sullivan@text1:, wife of retired and Gloucester-based United States Coast Guard Adm. @text1:Timothy Sullivan@text1:, is currently in the hands of local movie star and director @text1:Ben Affleck@text1:, according to Quirk. Others have expressed an interest.

All five men were volunteers who headed into violent seas expecting nothing in compensation. The tanker and Coast Guard vessel survived the storm, but the rescuers never returned. They were honored on the anniversary of the storm at the Gloucester Coast Guard Station earlier this month.

The way it was is the way it is

That’s the word from @text1:Joseph Finegan@text1:, a Peabody resident and retiree who once worked with the Corps of Engineers. He’s anxious to see Crystal Lake dredged to a depth of 8 feet in order to lessen the growth of lily pads, weeds and tangles of aquatic plants.

But he doesn’t want to go back to the days when you could swim in Crystal Lake because he just doesn’t remember a time when you could. In fact, he says, “In the summer of ’64 and the summer of ’65, it went dry.” The era was marked by drought. “Both years. It was just a mud flat.”

Further, Finegan remembers that when he moved to Peabody in the 1960s, the lake and adjacent Elginwood Pond were only “3 or 4 feet deep.” The silt that is slowly filling it is “a natural condition,” a thing that happens to small bodies of water everywhere.

Even so, Finegan, who was part of a team studying the waterway in the 1990s, is working today with Ward Councilor @text1:Barry Sinewitz@text1: to have the lake and pond dredged, thus providing beauty and recreation.