SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 3, 2012

Heard Around Town: Why the long face?

By Alan Burke
Staff writer

---- — 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.

Red Sox rock, believe it or not

Well, somebody will have happy memories of this season at Fenway Park. The Red Sox may have flopped on the diamond, but romance continued to triumph. A Peabody pair managed to win a diamond in a competition with 250 other couples at the park on Sept. 30.

And yes, the Sox lost to the Orioles that day.

No matter, Amanda and Mike Kachinski won the glittering rock, valued at $20,000 according to sponsor Hearts on Fire, in the diamond hunt. The contest involved a game of trivia — heavy on questions about the Red Sox — producing finalists, eight couples. They went on to compete in “skill challenges and a scavenger hunt.”

Get ready to swing those arms

The YMCA salutes the late Mayor Peter Torigian and Fran McCormack for remembering to reinforce the roof when building the Torigian YMCA in 2006. Thinking ahead and donations including a $75,000 commitment from the Danversbank Charitable Foundation is allowing construction that will increase the size of the building by 5,000 square feet.

Donations also came from Brian Kelly and Kelly Automotive Inc., the Maccarthy Family Foundation, Rousselot Inc., Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, North Shore Bank, Analogic, Metro Cleaning and lots of people as well. (For that matter People’s United Bank took over Danversbank in 2011.)

Big bang theory

The Boulderwood project in South Peabody proceeds, according to City Councilor Barry Osborne. He told his colleagues of being onsite recently during blasting. No word on if the earth moved. “They’ve got the Lynn side of the power lines just about done,” he said.

That means efforts to prepare the ground for the massive home building project on the Peabody side is about to begin. Osborne added that he’s asked developer David Solimine for a meeting on Oct. 25.