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February 21, 2013

Heard Around Town: Popular ball ready to take trash on tour

BEVERLY — The Trashfinder’s Ball is hitting the road.

Run by Front Street resident Sean Devlin, the ball has been a big hit in Beverly over the years. Trash-pickers bring their best finds, and a panel of judges picks a winner.

There’s a band known as the Found Objects, a “trashion” show of secondhand outfits and lots of junk food, all while promoting reuse and recycling.

Winning entries have included a portable clothes dryer and wooden Richard Nixon mask with a Pinocchio nose. The ball even prompted a write-up in The New York Times a few years ago.

Devlin now wants to take the event on tour. He has dates set up for Beverly, Newburyport, Gloucester and Portsmouth, N.H., but he’s looking for donations to pay for things like rent, insurance, and a band.

He’s set up a Kickstarter page to accept donations.

Furniture fixation

Talk about a niche specialty.

Jeff Halloron@text1: is the developer who plans to build an apartment building on Cabot Street on a piece of land once occupied by a C.F. Tompkins Furniture store.

He’s also the developer who made condos in Salem a few years ago out of, you guessed it, a former C.F. Tompkins Furniture store.

Prior commitment

There’s a Beverly connection to last week’s news that @text1:Cornelius “Neil” Prior Jr.@text1: is donating $25 million to Holy Cross for a new performance center, the largest gift in the history of the school.

Prior, who lives in the Virgin Islands, is chairman of the board of directors of Atlantic Tele-Network, a telecommunications company based at the Cummings Center. His son, @text1:Michael Prior@text1:, is the company’s president and CEO.

Max goes to Washington

Max Gaudenzi@text1: and his parents got a chance to meet with @text1:Congressman @text1:John Tierney@text1: on Capitol Hill last week to advocate for a promising new drug that treats Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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