, Salem, MA


March 22, 2013

Benton: Voters have a choice in Peabody



The Beverly City Council will miss the quiet, but very classy, presence of veteran Ward 1 representative Maureen Troubetaris, who announced this week that she will not seek re-election after 22 years in the post.


Salem’s not-so-classy Ward 2 councilor, Mike Sosnowski, who claimed he was “blackmailed” into supporting the new senior center that he described as “the worst thing we could do” before voting in favor of it last week, has an opponent. She’s Heather Famico, a Salem native and graduate of St. Michael’s College who, like many others, was very much in favor of replacing the outdated senior center with a modern facility that will help bring new life to the weed-strewn lot at the corner of Bridge and Boston streets.


Datebook: Former Mayor Jean Levesque — an oft-forgotten hero of Salem’s downtown renaissance — will be honored this Sunday at an event from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Moose Family Center, 50 Grove St. ... Sean O’Brien will kick off his campaign for the Ward 4 City Council seat in Salem with an event on Tuesday, March 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bob’s Famous Fried Clams on Highland Avenue. ... Danvers selectman candidate David Mills will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, April 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Polish Club.


Nelson Benton spent 40 years covering politics on the North Shore before retiring from The Salem News. Contact him at




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