Solid waste collection a win for BHS football

DUSTIN LUCA/Staff photoBeverly High School Assistant Principal and head football coach Dan Bauer accepts a check for $935 from Charlie Perlo, chairman of the Solid Waste Management Committee, at a City Council meeting last week.

BEVERLY — The data is in on nearly 900 electronic devices and appliances brought in by Beverly residents for the Solid Waste Management Committee’s electronics and Styrofoam collection on May 3.

Money coming back from the collection was donated to the Beverly High School football program. Charlie Perlo, committee chairman, presented a check for $935 to coach and Assistant Principal Dan Bauer in front of the City Council last week.

The money from the collection was donated to Beverly High School’s football program after more than a dozen members of the team helped by taking items out of vehicles, Perlo said.

More than 225 vehicles dropped items off for the collection, which included the following items, according to Perlo:

Monitors and laptops: 151

Computers: 126

Small TVs: 125

Printers: 88

DVD players and VCRs: 75

Telephones: 56

Radios and stereos: 49

Air conditioners: 40

Keyboards: 39

Microwaves: 28

Hard drives: 22

Vacuums: 21

Mice: 16

Dehumidifiers: 15

Large TVs: 13

Refrigerators: 13

Scanners: 13

Fax machines and copiers: 5

Freezers: 2

25 cubic feet of Styrofoam was also dropped off through the event, Perlo said.

Great job to everybody involved, especially those cleaning out their garages, attics and basements, for keeping these items out of landfills and incinerators!

Hometown support makes Beverly ‘exciting’

Newly hired school Superintendent Steven Hiersche is only a few months into his first year in the Beverly School District, and he has learned a lot already, he said.

“The district is in good shape,” Hiersche said. “We’re putting a lot of energy into the middle school project. We have excellent facilities and a community that’s very supportive of education. It’s a pretty exciting place to be, actually.”

Some aspects of the city have come as a surprise to Hiersche, he said.

“I’m really amazed, and I know nobody in Beverly is surprised, by how many people come back to Beverly to work after graduation,” Hiersche said.

The superintendent’s work is cut out for him in the coming months. The district will be spending as much as $500,000 over the next several months to bring the elementary schools’ technology infrastructure up to the rest of the district.

The work will be done in time for the district’s run through PARCC testing in the spring, Hiersche said.

Two chances at trick or treat scheduled

City officials have set trick or treat for Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. this year, but kids eager to get in on the fun early have a chance to suit up the day before.

Little ghosts and ghouls can land some loot during the Downtown Trick or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m., sponsored by Beverly Main Streets.

Businesses along Cabot and Rantoul streets participating in the event will display orange fliers in their windows. City Hall, 191 Cabot St., will also be participating. The event will be held rain or shine.

Corporate personhood to be challenged at forum

Move to Amend, the national campaign to abolish “corporate personhood,” will host a community forum on “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule” with guest speaker David Cobb of the Move to Amend campaign.

Corporate personhood commonly refers to the court-created precedent that gives corporations constitutional rights intended solely for human beings.

Cobb will discuss strategies of civic engagement in the national gras-sroots campaign to amend the Constitution to nullify corporate personhood.

Part history lesson and part heartfelt call to action, the event will be held in the Little Theater in the lower level of Halle Library at Endicott College at 376 Hale St., Beverly, on Nov. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Endicott College lands $495,000 grant

Endicott College has received a unique grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, a unit of the U.S. Department of Education.

Valued at $495,000 over three years starting this past Oct. 1, this grant will fund activities at the newly established Center for Residential Student Parent Programs, located at Endicott College.

“This grant represents many years of hard work, patience and networking on a national scale,” said college President Richard Wylie. “To see it come through is not only a feeling of satisfaction, but also excitement.”

The grant will support a number of activities and programs in the Center for Residential Student Parent Programs, which will serve as a national hub for single-parent programs, including partnerships with colleges and universities across the country.

Have you heard something around town that isn’t included here? Email Beverly reporter Dustin Luca at, or call 978-338-2523.

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