, Salem, MA


November 29, 2013

Our view: Cheers, jeers for newsmakers


It isn’t just self-interest but rather good sense that should lead legislators and the governor to support the bill. We’re talking here about serving alcohol to responsible adults who, given their maturity, are less likely than any other age group to go cavorting down the streets in a drunken, rabble-rousing frenzy. If these retirees would like the option of having a drink with their meals, it is the height of overweening state nannyism to say they cannot.

CHEERS to three local women who have done the region proud in the world of sports. Jane Heil, the highly successful coach of the Peabody High School girls basketball program for the better part of four decades, was inducted into the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame last weekend.

Heil’s coaching record stands at 512-167. She even led the team in 2004, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She stuck with her team for every practice and game while undergoing chemotherap y and radiation.

Heil wasn’t the only one earning honors – Dartmouth College senior Abbey D’Agostino of Topsfield (and the pride of Masconomet High School), won the women’s NCAA Division 1 cross country championship in Indiana last weekend.

For those of us keeping track, D’Agostino has now won five national championships in three track seasons (1,500 and 3,000 indoors, 5,000 outdoors and two cross country titles). That’s two more individual crowns than any Ivy League track athlete ever.

D’Agostino wasn’t the only one to do well in Indiana – former Peabody High star Caterina Rocha, now a freshman at Providence College, helped her squad earn the national team title.

CHEERS to the arrival of the holiday season. Hanukkah already is here and Christmas is coming. It is a festive time for sharing with friends and family. It is, to quote the song, the most wonderful time of the year.

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