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August 9, 2013

Benton: Changing times in Beverly

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Consider the turmoil commuters are being forced to endure as a result of the work underway at the MBTA station. Driscoll is convinced the final result in terms of rail and bus accessibility will be well worth a year’s worth of inconvenience.

And contrary to what some predicted, she’s more popular than ever, according to those interviewed by reporter Bethany Bray in Monday’s Salem News story on the Witch City’s irrepressible mayor. Notice that none of the most prominent naysayers have chosen to take her on this fall.

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State Rep. John Keenan will be in Atlanta this weekend attending the national Conference of State Legislatures’ Energy Policy Conference. He has plenty of expertise in the field as chairman of the House committee that regulates Bay State utilities and one of the leaders of the effort to see Salem Harbor Station convert from coal to gas.

And we’re certain he’s received an earful on how to find a suitable location for those messy transmission lines.

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State Rep. Ted Speliotis was full of praise for new U.S. Sen. Ed Markey for making Peabody one of the first stops on his tour of Massachusetts cities this week.

And he even presided over a reunion between Markey and an old friend from his native Malden.

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Datebook: Salem School Committee candidate Rachel Hunt will talk about her campaign at an event on Thursday, Aug. 15, 5 to 7 p.m. at Winter Street Architects, 209 Essex St. ... Rep. John Tierney, D-Salem, is determined to make a challenge to his incumbency an expensive proposition. His campaign is hosting a garden party on Sunday, Aug. 25, 4 to 6 p.m., at John Archer’s home in Danvers. State Sen. Joan Lovely, D-Salem, will be introducing the candidate. Suggested donation is $50.

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