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September 13, 2013

Benton: Municipal leaders share mutual respect, advice

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She hopes hiring 30 more cops and firefighters have made things better. She’ll find out if she’s made believers of those living in Lynn this fall.

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Also receiving a shout-out Wednesday was former Salem Mayor Neil Harrington, now town manager in Salisbury, who was cited by Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday for his work on a new walking path and other mitigation projects associated with the reconstruction of the Whittier Bridge, which carries I-95 over the Merrimack River.

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The assembled municipal executives were under tight time constraints having been instructed to limit their remarks to five minutes apiece. The pressure at these events is nothing, however, compared to that of telling a joke or two at one of the various St. Patrick’s Day events held each spring.

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Look for Mike Cahill and Wes Slate to be the two candidates left standing after the Sept. 24 mayoral primary in Beverly.

Cahill came close to knocking off Scanlon two years ago. But Slate, the current Ward 2 councilor, claims the incumbent’s support along with that of other influential citizens like veteran Ward 1 Councilor Maureen Troubetaris and Democratic State Committeeman Arthur Powell.

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Everyone seems to be running away from the tax on technology these days. Here on the North Shore, the regional chamber is spearheading the repeal effort. Petitions to get the matter on the ballot will be available at the business organization’s office in Cherry Hill Park beginning this Friday.

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Based on the turnout at Tuesday night’s forum for Salem School Committee candidates, there’s plenty of interest in the upcoming election. Let’s hope the turnout in the election reflects it.

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