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September 16, 2013

Letter: Grateful for Peabody bazaar's success

To the editor:

Main Street came alive during the Peabody Downtown Sidewalk Bazaar on Aug. 24. Shoppers filled the sidewalks; live music was in the air; and fans flocked to see the New England Patriots’ storied former quarterback Steve Grogan.

We are so grateful to everyone who helped make the Bazaar a success. The city of Peabody was awesome! Thank you Mayor Ted Bettencourt, the Peabody City Council; with special appreciation to Ward 2 Councilor Arthur Athas, fire Chief Steve Pasdon, police Chief Bob Champagne, Deputy police Chief Scott Carriere, police Capt. Joe Berardino, Community Development and Planning Director Karen Sawyer, Business Liaison Julie Rydzewski, Health Director Sharon Cameron, Health Department sanitary inspector John Yale, Council on Aging Director Carolyn Wynn, and Public Services Director Bob Langley.

Donors made our day: a special thanks to the entire team at YASSO for donating 4,000 frozen yogurt bars, and our appreciation also to Eastern Bank, TD Bank, Teresa’s Crafters Boutique, Peabody Vacuum Center, Pat’s Discount, Dave Gravel, the Knights of Columbus, the Peabody Elks, Minuteman Press, Stop & Shop, K.I.C.K. Inc., Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce, Atlantic Ambulance, Deborah Ferreras, Gordon Realty, Perfecto Cafe, Brooksby Farm, and the following individuals associated with Dunkin’ Donuts: Antonia Capela, Bob Couto, Ana Capela (Chicopee), Manuel Capela (Boston area).

We thank our winning team of dedicated members and tireless volunteers: Vince Michaels, Teresa Capela, Antonio Capela, Kayla Naczas, Dianna Courtney-Chmiel, Chris Chmiel, Ryan Chmiel, Debby Ferreras, Jose Ferreras, Desiree Ferraras, Rafeal Ferraras, photographer Andrea Blaney-Damerst, Dina Ferrera, Pauline Vitagliano, Laura Malone, Peter Bakula, Karen Bakula, Anne Linnekin, Ozzie Linnekin, Essa Penglase, Arthur Gordon, Valerie Marshall, Edwin Marshall, Pauline Martwichuk, Jessica Valente, Natalie da Silva, Bill Walters, Alisha Pena, Maria Alfonco, Christina Marchioni, John Carideo, and Lenny Version.

Hats off to the more than 80 downtown businesses and outside vendors who participated in this year’s bazaar! Steve Grogan, thank you for coming to downtown Peabody. We sincerely appreciate the enthusiastic response to the performances of the Carrtunes Trio, Peabody Music Box students and teachers, the Yellow Jackets, Jeff Berger and the students of K.I.C.K. Inc., Amanda McCarthy, Familiar Strangers with Todd Graham and Kenny Nestle, Rachel Axis, Evan Jameison, Stephanie Skye, Philip Pereria, Leah Vlahakis, Magician Eddie Gardner of Diamonds Magic, and Lenny Version. Thank you also to Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Deanne Healey.

Special thanks to volunteer Joseph Mendonca and Peabody Institute Library Director Martha Holden. The library co-sponsored the bazaar and hosted senior citizens, Steve Grogan, and the performers in the library’s courtyard.

Finally and most importantly, we thank Peabody residents for turning out for the bazaar and bringing new life to Main Street. On our part, we will continue to promote community events in our downtown.

Joan Morrissey

Coordinator

Peabody Downtown Association

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