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October 3, 2012

Heard Around Town: Why the long face?

PEABODY — Because of a horse according to City Councilor Barry Sinowitz.

“Someone on Winona Street,” he told his fellow councilors last week, “has a horse. Someone has been riding a horse up and down Winona Street.”

While not opposed to horses in Peabody, Sinowitz thinks drivers and others ought to be forewarned when it comes four footed traffic. He suggested the need for “a sign on Winona Street. Saying I don’t know. Caution? Horse.”

It was a moment for council president

Jim Liacos to recover, observing, “That’s a first.”

To tell the truth

It just doesn’t happen that often. While selling the City Council on the advantages of allowing his company to put wires on city owned power poles, Steve Bond of Bay Ring Communications stressed the benefits, including increased competition perhaps leading to better service and better prices for companies and consumers seeking Internet access and cable television.

But when a councilor suggested that Bay Ring’s mission was to “increase the speed of the Internet,” Bond didn’t mince words. “Our goal is to make money.” To make money, he indicated, requires providing all those good things.

Hiring the person who does the hiring

Karen Budrow is the new director of human resources at City Hall. She worked previously in Chelsea, Methuen, Everett and Gloucester.

“Karen comes to us with a stellar reputation as a skilled and capable professional,” said Mayor

Ted Bettencourt in a written statement. “I am particularly impressed by her eagerness to take on some of the new challenges which this position in Peabody will entail.”

There’s was a suggestion previously that one of those challenges might be handling personnel for the school department as well. But there’s time to figure that out as Budrow starts on Oct. 29.

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