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Peabody slides by Salem in charity softball game

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While raising thousands of dollars for Haven from Hunger, Peabody’s charity softball team remained undefeated against their Salem counterparts, winning the Fourth Annual City Council Charity Softball game by a score of 8-5. However, armed with a potent offense and a defense to match, Salem got off to an impressive start, racking up three runs by the end of the first inning.

Mayor Edward Bettencourt took the mound for Peabody and was joined by other city officials for the Sept. 1 game at Lt. Ross Park. While at bat, Bettencourt launched one ball deep into center field that almost cleared the fence before being successfully fielded by Salem.

Peabody got on the board in the second inning and School Committee Member Thomas Rossignoll scored the tying run to make it a 3-3 game. “It was a lot of fun, it was a great time for a great cause,” he said after the game. From there, Peabody surged ahead when Bettencourt’s brother Kevin broke the tie to put the Leather City in front.

Bettencourt also demonstrated some masterful defense as he jumped up from the mound to snatch a Salem hit in the sixth inning.

Despite a late two-run push by Salem, Peabody was able to hang on for the win after seven innings. “Our bats kind of died and Peabody’s woke up,” said Salem’s Christopher Palawara.

He said this year’s final score was much closer than in prior years. “We’re on the up and up,” he said.

In addition to Rossignoll and the Bettencourt brothers, Peabody also had School Committee Member Joseph Amico playing first base as well as fellow committee members John Olimpio and Jarrod Hochman manning other positions.

Since 2013, the game has been organized by Peabody Councillor-at-Large Thomas Gould and Salem City Council President Elaine Milo.

Gould said the game typically raises between $1,000 and $2,000 each year for the Haven. “We picked the Haven because it’s one of the best nonprofits around,” he said. “There are more and more kids going hungry; unfortunately it’s a growing population.”

Gould said the event has steadily flourished during the past four years. “The interest has grown every year, we play for pride,” he said.

Gould remained modest about his responsibility as one of the game’s organizers. “It’s not a big deal; we’re just trying to reach out and have some fun with some colleagues,” he said.

By Christopher Roberson


 

Football Tanners open 2017 season in Somerville

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The Peabody Tanners were a competitive squad last fall. This year they hope to take the next crucial step forward in order to come away with more wins and advance further in the Div. I playoffs. The Tanners finished 5-6 in 2016 but could have had another couple of victories had they been able to hold on to a third quarter lead at Beverly and been able to avoid a few costly mistakes in a close second-round playoff loss to Lincoln-Sudbury.

Head coach Mark Bettencourt is looking to experienced senior returnees Eric DeMayo (fullback, linebacker), Noah Freedman (running back) and Cam Powers (defensive end) to lead the way for a program that is sporting over 80 players this year counting junior varsity. Offensively, the Tanners will be bolstered by junior quarterback Colby Therrien, senior wide receiver Sam Mastromatteo, sophomore wide receiver Dylan Peluso, senior running back Ryan Vinagro and junior tackle Michael Lock. On defense, DeMayo and Powers should get help from senior cornerback Nolan Murphy, defensive tackle Dariel Canela and senior safety Sean Pacheco.

Peabody earned two shutout wins last season: a 7-0 non-conference blanking of Malden and a 28-0 Northeastern Conference (NEC) rout of Lynn Classical. The Tanners ended up 2-3 in NEC play and earned a first-round 35-19 win over Westford Academy in the opening round of the Div. I North playoffs.

Seeking to redeem themselves after last year’s disappointing season-opening loss to Triton at Peabody High’s Veterans Memorial Stadium, the Tanners travel to play Somerville in a non-league battle this Friday at Dilboy Stadium (scheduled 7 p.m. kickoff).

Conference play begins next week, Sept. 15, as Peabody hosts rival Danvers at 7 p.m. The Tanners geared up by hosting a scrimmage game against Andover last week.

By Greg Phipps


 

Chalvire takes on Charest for Ward 4 seat

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Bukia Chalvire has challenged incumbent City Councillor Edward Charest for the chance to bring adequate representation back to Peabody’s fourth ward.

“After meeting and listening to Ward 4 residents express their dissatisfaction with the current councillor’s overall performance and his lack of visibility in the ward, I feel I can provide the representation that they are looking for,” said Chalvire. “I am grateful for the warm and enthusiastic reception from the Ward 4 residents.”

New to the political arena, Chalvire said her background is in sales, marketing and self-employment, providing “great insight in terms of negotiating, problem solving, interpersonal, critical and creative skills which are a prerequisite for any political office.”

Chalvire said she and her campaign staff have been out talking to voters for the past four months. “We are listening to voters’ concerns, taking notes and working towards solutions already, not waiting until I am elected,” she said.

At this point, Chalvire said Ward 4 is in need of a fresh start. “There appears to be a communication gap between voters and the current Ward 4 councillor. When elected, I will regularly schedule office hours to give residents the opportunity to meet with me face to face to discuss their concerns and encourage input,” she said. “I believe we need to foster a new vision and create a path forward for Ward 4, all the while maintaining the quality of life we enjoy and ensuring Peabody remains affordable for seniors, hardworking families and our small business community.”

If elected, Chalvire said, addressing infrastructure problems, such as poor water pressure as well as deteriorating roads and sidewalks, would be at the top of her list.

In response, Charest said Chalvire’s statements regarding his performance and visibility are simply inaccurate. “I’m surprised to hear that,” he said. “I’m out there more than the average ward councillor; people actually know me.”

In addition, Charest said he has always made it a point to return phone calls. “I’m a big believer in getting back to people,” he said.

Charest said some of his accomplishments during the past 19 months include moving an MBTA bus stop out of a residential neighborhood on Forest Street, preventing solar panels from being installed on Jill’s Way and Wahtera Road, improving water pressure in the Brooksby Farm neighborhood and thwarting off overdevelopment on Richardson Road and Mount Pleasant Street. “I know my ward, I’m pleased with what I’ve been able to accomplish,” said Charest. “I’ve always worked very hard; I’ve never taken things laying down.”

A Ward 4 resident for 28 years, Charest said he served on the School Committee for eight years and was a coach for the city’s youth soccer program for 12 years. He was also a member of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) when his daughters were in elementary school. “I was one of the few fathers in the elementary school PTO,” he said.

In the 2015 City Council race, Charest defeated Jarrod Hochman by an incredibly close margin of 655-651.

By Christopher Roberson


   

Geomelos looks to keep city “desirable and affordable”

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When Ward 6 City Councillor Barry Sinewitz announced that he would be stepping down after a decade of service, Michael Geomelos took it upon himself to be the one who would raise the flag and carry on. “I was determined to make sure that the residents of Ward 6 would continue to have a strong advocate for the issues that are important to them,” said Geomelos.

The only caveat is he will need to get by Margaret Tierney and Mark O’Neill, who also have plans to represent Ward 6.

Although this is his first bid for elected office, Geomelos said his campaign has been “overwhelmingly positive” thus far. “I am blessed to have an incredibly hardworking and enthusiastic committee who work with me every day to deliver the campaign’s positive message to our friends and neighbors,” he said.

Geomelos said the common theme from Ward 6 residents is that they are “generally pleased” with the city’s forward progress and the work of Mayor Edward Bettencourt during the past six years.

“Property values have never been higher and Peabody is a highly desirable destination for young families, empty nesters and retirees alike,” he said.

However, Geomelos also said there is a risk of residents being priced out of the city. “People have concerns that as taxes continue to rise, Peabody at some point may not always be the most affordable community on the North Shore,” he said. “Keeping Peabody a desirable and affordable place to live, raise a family and grow old is the challenge.” Therefore, Geomelos said, he would push to keep real estate taxes at a minimum and stand against excessive development.

In addition, Geomelos said he is a strong proponent of immigration. “My family owns and operates the last leather shop remaining in Peabody, once the ‘Leather Capital of the World.’ As has always been the case in our industry, we employ many new arrivals to our country,” he said. “Working with them every day is a constant reminder of our obligation to improve the lives of those around us wherever and whenever we can. It’s our responsibility and, in Peabody, it’s our heritage.”

A lifelong resident of Peabody, Geomelos holds a degree in business management from Merrimack College. “As a business owner, I know what it takes to prepare and execute a budget, hire and manage a workforce and to responsibly plan for the future,” he said.

He has coached youth basketball, softball and soccer for more than 10 years.

By Christopher Roberson


 

September and October happenings in Peabody

Peabody Main Streets will be hosting a Pop Up Pub block party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 8, with live entertainment from rock/dance band Red Square. Food will be available for purchase from Bella & Harvey and The NexMex Thing. Also, Ipswich Ale will have a cash bar for those who are 21 and older. The event will be held on Chestnut Street next to City Hall. Admission is $5.

The annual International Race for Research to benefit the Progeria Research Foundation will be held on Sept. 9 at the Leather City Common (53 Lowell St.). Registration opens at 7:45 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. The event will be divided into a two-mile walk/run and a 5K road race.

The Friends of Peabody Dog Park will be hosting the Second Annual Peabody Dog Festival on Sept. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. The event will be held at Emerson Park (34 Perkins St.).

The 34th Annual International Festival and Kids Day will be held on Sept. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. in Peabody Square.

The city’s Preliminary Election will be held on Sept. 12.

The Fifth Annual Coast to the Cure Bike Ride will be held on Sept. 12 from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning and ending at Stage Fort Park (24 Hough St. in Gloucester). The ride will feature three routes ranging between 24 and 100 miles. There is a $50 entry fee and a minimum fundraising requirement of $150. All proceeds will help fund research for neurofibromatosis. For additional information, contact Diana Flahive at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mayor Edward Bettencourt will be hosting a Senior Day on Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brooksby Farm (54 Felton St.). The event will feature 13 tables with information from the Fire and Police Departments, the Board of Health, Atlantic Ambulance, and Veterans Services. High-dose influenza vaccines will be available as well as free hayrides and free lunches. Because parking is limited, residents are asked to contact the Council on Aging at 978-531-2254 to register and make transportation arrangements.

The Second Annual Dinner in the Park will be held on Sept. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the East End of Veterans Memorial Park on Walnut Street. DJ Kevin Angelli will be on hand to provide the evening’s entertainment. Admission is $30. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the Mayor’s Office and the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce at 30 Main St. or online at http://www.peabodychamber.com.

The Peabody Institute Library (82 Main St.) will be hosting a Mindfulness Strategies class taught by Sally Palmer, the owner of Revive Mindfulness, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18. For additional information, call 978-531-0100 ext. 10 or visit http://www.peabodylibrary.org.

North Sea Gas, a Scottish folk band, will perform at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Peabody Institute Library (82 Main St.).

Peabody Main Streets will be hosting the Fourth Annual Antique Car Show and Craft Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 7. There is no charge for admission; the event will be held on Main Street between Foster and Washington Streets.

   

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