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January 17, 2014

Letter: Vote no on Feb. 8

To the editor:

I read Kira Fabrizio and Alison McCarthy’s letter to the editor (”Vote for smart development”) in the Monday, Jan. 13, paper. Clearly, they do not live on Brimbal Avenue, whose residents’ lives would be impacted in a negative way should a “yes” vote pass on Feb. 8. Nor do they own a business that will be adversely affected. There are three health food stores in Beverly: one on Rantoul Street, one on Cabot Street and one in the village of Beverly Farms. There is also a bakery, a few small food takeouts, a florist shop, gift shop and a restaurant in Beverly Farms. Whole Foods has a bakery, a flower shop, vitamins, gifty items, deli, etc. Plus, the proposed restaurants will help turn Beverly Farms into a ghost town. With the interchange project — a roundabout at Sohier Road and a roundabout at Brimbal Avenue — North Beverly will become an island.

If nothing else influences the righteous populous of Beverly to vote “no,” maybe the thought of shopping or eating where there once was a contaminated landfill will. Swapping the city’s clean land for the landfill means that the taxpayers will be footing the bill for the costly cleanup instead of the developer.

For those of us who view the city of Beverly as a town, we do not relish the thought of turning Brimbal Avenue into Route 1A, Route 114 Peabody, or Endicott Street in Danvers.

The special election on the Brimbal Avenue rezoning will be held Feb. 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Beverly High School, the only polling location for all residents. The voter registration deadline is Jan. 18. You may request an absentee ballot if you will be out of town or if it will be a hardship to reach the polling location. For rides to the polls, contact NorthBeverlyNeighbors@gmail.com, or call 978-922-2927.

I voted for Mike Cahill in hopes that, unlike his predecessor, he could perceive what the devastation this whole CEA Group scenario would have on the future of Beverly and do what he can to help keep the essence of what makes Beverly special.

Sharon Champaigne

Beverly

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