BY PAUL LEIGHTON
---- — 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.
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.
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.
Max is a 17-year-old Beverly High School junior who has the genetic disease, which results in progressive muscle weakness and is ultimately fatal.
The downtown restaurant scene has seen a lot of changes recently, whether it’s the opening of new ones (EJ Cabots, Barrel House, Prides Osteria) or new ownership of old ones (Wild Horse Cafe).
Now comes word, via none other than the mayor, that another eatery might be on its way. In his State of the City address, @text1:Bill Scanlon@text1: said there is a “very strong likelihood” that a new restaurant is coming to the downtown.
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or email@example.com.