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January 11, 2014

Cahill: Let us shape the brightest future

Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill's inaugural speech, as prepared for delivery Monday.

Good afternoon. To my colleagues on the City Council and School Committee, to our many family, friends, supporters, interested citizens, and Beverly High School students in the audience, I am honored to address you today for the first time as your Mayor. 

Before I say anything else, I want to thank my family. My mother and father were everything parents are supposed to be and so much more – their love for my brothers and me was boundless, and the joy they took in us was and is awe inspiring to me. To my late Nana Parker, to my brothers, sisters-in-law, nephews and niece, along with special family friends the Buraczynskis, Mooneys, Pintis, Rices, Brennans, and O’Sheas – you have always made my aspirations possible. I love you all very much. 

This is an exciting day for our city, a day that holds great promise. 

We who know and love Beverly recognize the promise. People who come to Beverly often grow roots of their own just as my parents Bill and Jeanne Cahill did in 1957 when my mother’s desire to live close to her parents in Peabody, together with my dad’s need to commute by train into Boston drew them to Millbrook Road in Centerville. People who are raised in Beverly – like me - often choose to stay or to find our way back eventually. 

Many things make Beverly the special city it is – our coastline, our beautiful parks and open spaces, the sense of place in our neighborhoods, our vibrant local economy and strong educational system. And most of all our people and our sense of community that bind us together when it matters most. 

I want to sincerely thank Mayor Scanlon and everyone else – including many people in this room - who have contributed so much over the last twenty years to keep Beverly strong. Their – and your - efforts allow us today to look ahead with confidence and optimism. 

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