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Acoustic Archives Concert Series: Molly Pinto Madigan performs at the Peabody Institute Library

The Peabody Institute Library is pleased to announce the next concert in our Acoustic Archives Concert Series, which brings live music to the library’s historic Sutton Room. The series continues with a CD release event for singer/songwriter Molly Pinto Madigan and will be held on Monday, August 14 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, which is located at 82 Main St. in Peabody.

Winner of the Boston Folk Festival’s Songwriter Contest and a dual Creativity Award recipient from Salem State University, Molly Pinto Madigan is a young songwriter who has earned praise for her angelic voice. Filled with smoke and roses, heartbreak and beauty and unrelenting hope, her songs combine haunting melodies with raw, poetic lyrics to create an intimate and evocative listening experience.

The Acoustic Archives Concert Series is generously sponsored by the Peabody Institute Library Foundation. For more information and to reserve your seat, please call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or register online at


Peabody team notches 4th seed in North Shore League playoffs





Concluding their regular season with a close 6-5 victory over the Newburyport Nor’Easters on Sunday at Twi Field in Danvers, the Peabody Champions notched the fourth seed in the North Shore Baseball League post-season. Led by player-manager Mike Giardi, the Champions finished 15-9 and in fourth, six points behind the first-place Swampscott Sox (18-6). Peabody is set to face off against the fifth-place North Shore Phillies (14-9-1) in the opening round of the playoffs this week.

In Sunday’s win over the Nor’Easters, lefty starter David Hoar struck out 11 hitters but also walked eight. He gave up just five hits and was able to battle through six innings. Greg Ladd pitched a perfect seventh to earn the win in relief. Meanwhile the offense produced enough run support.

David Ruggiero tied the game at 2-2 when he smoked a two-run blast over the left field fence in the third inning. Mark Shorey also went deep for the Champions, who got two hits each from Chad Martin, Derek Lyons and Jon Cahill. Mike Manni drove in two runs.

Entering this week’s playoffs, Peabody is led by Shorey’s 20 RBIs and 5 homers and Ruggiero’s 14 RBIs. Ruggiero and Lyons own the team lead in hits with 24 each. Shorey is a close second with 22.

On the mound, Mike Gallo has been the workhorse, going 4-5, hurling over 40 innings and fanning 40 while posting an ERA of 1.89. Tyler Fitzgerald has the next most innings pitched with 17.2.

The sixth-place North Shore Storm (13-11) also play their home games at Peabody High School’s Bezemes Diamond. They open the playoffs against the third-place Beverly Recs (16-8). The Storm are led offensively by Jim Leavitt and Dan Bonito, with 15 RBIs each, and Jack Wilhoite with 14. The pitching is anchored by Steve Leavitt (4-0, 2.67 ERA) and Mike Driscoll (25.1 innings pitched, 2.49 ERA, 34 strikeouts).

The league’s top eight teams made the post-season’s opening round this week. Top-seeded Swampscott is set to meet the eighth-place Marblehead Seasiders, and the second-place Kingston Night Owls are scheduled to battle the seventh-place Saugus Wings.

By Greg Phipps


Reunion Band Bluegrass Concert at the Peabody Institute Library

The Peabody Institute Library is pleased to announce that the Reunion Band will perform as part of its annual Fall Concert Series. The concert will be held on Monday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, which is located at 82 Main St. in Peabody.

Known for its tight vocal harmonies and solid traditional bluegrass sound, the Reunion Band features veteran Boston-area musicians Richard Brown (mandolin), Dave Dillon (rhythm guitar), Margaret Gerteis (acoustic bass), Laura Orshaw (fiddle) and, most recently, Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo). The band, which has been around since 2002, takes its name from the fact that its members have played together off and on and in various configurations for over 30 years.

For more information and to reserve your seat, please call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or register online at The Fall Concert Series is generously supported by the McCarthy Family Foundation and the Peabody Institute Library Foundation.


Finding Help for Seniors Addicted to Opioids

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’m worried about my 72-year-old mother who has been taking the opioid medication Vicodin for her hip and back pain for more than a year. I fear she’s becoming addicted to the drug but I don’t know what to do.

Concerned Daughter

Dear Concerned,

The opioid epidemic is a national problem that is hitting people of all ages, including millions of older Americans. Here’s what you should know and do to help your mother.

The Cause

The main reason opioid addiction has become such a problem for people over age 50 is because over the past two decades, opioids have become a commonly prescribed (and often overprescribed) medication by doctors for all different types of pain like arthritis, cancer, neurological diseases and other illnesses that become more common in later life.

Nearly one-third of all Medicare patients – almost 12 million people – were prescribed opioid painkillers by their physicians in 2015. That same year, 2.7 million Americans over age 50 abused painkillers.

Taken as directed, opioids can manage pain effectively when used for a short amount of time. But with long-term use, people need to be screened and monitored because around 5 percent of those treated will develop an addiction disorder and abuse the drugs.

Signs of Addiction

Your mother may be addicted to opioids if she can’t stop herself from taking the drug, and her tolerance continues to go up. She may also be addicted if she keeps using opioids without her doctor’s consent, even if it’s causing her problems with her health, money, family or friends.

If you think your mom’s addicted, ask her to see a doctor for an evaluation. Go to the family or prescribing physician, or find a specialist through the American Society of Addiction Medicine (see or the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry ( It’s also important to be positive and encouraging. Addiction is a medical matter, not a character flaw. Repeated use of opioids actually changes the brain.


Treatment for opioid addiction is different for each person, but the main goal is to help your mom stop using the drug and avoid using it again in the future.

To help her stop using the drug, her doctor can prescribe certain medicines to help relieve her withdrawal symptoms and control her cravings. These medicines include methadone (often used to treat heroin addiction), buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

After detox, behavioral treatments such as individual counseling, group or family counseling, and cognitive therapy can help her learn how to manage depression, avoid the drug, deal with cravings, and heal damaged relationships.

For assistance, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration confidential help line at 800-662-4357, or see They can connect you with treatment services in your state that can help your mom.

Also, if you find that your mom has a doctor who prescribes opioids in excess or without legitimate reason, you should report him or her to your state medical board, which licenses physicians. For contact information visit


The Advocate HOROSCOPE

Aries (March 21st-April 20th): You’ll be craving some downtime after a busy busy week. Rest if you can this weekend, and if you can’t- watch your temper! Next week expect some communication mishaps- stay calm and clarify, and double check that all of your emails get sent.

Taurus (April 21st-May 20th): Let the guilt go this weekend Taurus! Whatever it is that you are being hard on yourself for is only amplified thanks to the moon right now. Realize and recognize that these feelings are not all necessary and very much so dramatized! Next week should be a lot smoother.

Gemini (May 21st-June 20th): Believing what you want can get you in trouble next week as your ruling planet Mercury gets ready to go retrograde. You’ll be feeling lazy and disconnected, but fight through it to prevent work drama! Push yourself, stay alert, and this retrograde won’t be too chaotic.

Cancer  (June 21st-July 22nd): Keep your schedule as flexible as possible this month. Things are going to pop up left and right- for work and for fun! Having blocks of time open will keep you open for all the opportunities coming your way thanks to Venus. Enjoy this energy that is so in your favor Cancer!

Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd): The eclipses of this month are going to start off rocky this week and next. Insecurities may get the best of you, and you’ll be feeling extra tired. Follow your needs first, and your energy will pick back up soon! Let changes happen.

Virgo (August 23rd-September 22rd): The moon will have you feeling very introverted and analytical this weekend. Review through your ideas and thoughts, as this month is great for making some big changes. Stay out of conflicts at work next week, trying to help could be read as taking as side!

Libra (September 23th-October 22rd): An on going issue with family or friends could start to come to a head this week. The eclipse will be leading to quite a bit of tension and drama, but it will all blow over. Listen, but try not to take on too much energy, you’ll need it for yourself!

Scorpio (October 23rd-November 22nd): Stay flexible these next couple weeks, as necessary appointments will come up that you can’t avoid. The moon’s energy will be very busy and almost overwhelming next week, but you CAN get it all done! Stay on top of your time and avoid taking on extra work for now.

Sagittarius (November 23rd-December 21st):  People will be knocking on your door with all sorts of ideas and sales pitches next week. Hear out all your friends, but let then know what is actually realistic for you! Don’t commit to anything out of sympathy.

Capricorn (December22nd- January 19th): The tough energy of the eclipses at the beginning of this month will work greatly for you. Use this energy to expand your income and opportunities- only a little effort will be required! Offer advice next week when a friend is in need, try not to just fix the problem for them.

Aquarius (January 20th- February 19th): A lot of attention may be demanded of you these up coming weeks. Help with what you can, but put your foot down to emotionally draining people. Everyone is feeling whiney! Rest up next weekend as work will pick up big time soon.

Pisces (February 20th- March 20th): Check in on any career opportunities that were mentioned a couple weeks ago. Whether it’s an opening or new promotion, letting those above you know you are still interested will pay off quickly. The moon’s energy next week may get your subconscious clearing out- ignore the dreams, don’t over think it!

Francesca Piazza is a Lynnfield native available for astrology consultations, tarot readings/parties, crystal healing, custom jewelry, and reiki. Please like Sister Fran Designs and Readings on Facebook for more info, or contact her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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