, Salem, MA


April 26, 2013

Benton: Steady at the helm in Boston



School Committeewoman Beverley Ann Griffin Dunne doesn’t get it, but, fortunately for Peabody, Mayor Ted Bettencourt does.

Dunne, who had fashioned a successful political career — at least up until earlier this month — by saying yes to everyone, was put out recently over the fact the city failed to include Peabody High and McCarthy on the list of schools needing state-financed improvements. But Bettencourt and the school administration rightly surmise that if you put everything on your wish list, you are likely to get nothing.

Now, the city just recently completed some $21 million worth of improvements to the high school, and McCarthy has been eyed for closure due to declining enrollment. So it only makes sense for the city to seek state assistance for projects elsewhere.


Local Democrats smarting over the loss of Joyce Spilotis’ state representative seat to Republican Leah Cole may have a savior in the person of City Council President Tom Gould. The popular ice cream magnate is reportedly eyeing a run in 2014 regardless of whether Griffin Dunne chooses to seek the nomination again.


Members of the Peabody City Council are continuing their crusade to keep legal pot dispensaries out of the Tanner City. But one wag has suggested those officials embrace the concept as a mean of raising new revenue, even going so far as to say the store might offer local brands grown at Brooksby Farm and bearing familiar names like “Rico Mellow,” “Liacos Lite” and “Garabedian Golden Glow.”


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

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