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July 5, 2013

Benton: Missing the Fourth on the North Shore

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Ward 2 Councilor Arthur Athas told reporter Alan Burke that his absence was due to a long-planned family trip. Since he was the only missing member facing serious opposition this fall, perhaps he should have checked with his colleagues to make sure a sufficient number planned to attend so the council could conduct its scheduled business. This was embarrassing for sure.

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Also embarrassing: Councilors Paul Prevey and Todd Siegel’s votes against the reappointment of three Salem Board of Health members the other night with nary a word of explanation as to why.

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Congressman John Tierney didn’t waste any time inviting newly confirmed U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to Cape Ann to hear the concerns of fishermen about NOAA-imposed catch limits.

According to Tierney, “ Our fishing community is still waiting for the disaster assistance it deserves, and to see real reform to the system that will allow for the flexibility essential to the industry’s survival. While we continue to press our colleagues in Congress for change, I hope new leadership at the Department of Commerce will allow for stronger administrative action and stronger joint efforts to achieve the reform needed.”

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Beverly Mayor William Scanlon has not yet said which candidate he would like to see take over for him in the corner office next January. But longtime Scanlon campaign aide Joyce McMahon’s “like” of aspirant Wes Slate’s Facebook page may be the next best thing to an endorsement.

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