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  • Mystic Valley History students advance to State Finals

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Little Yogis returns this spring to the South Branch of Peabody Institute Library


The popular toddler program Little Yogis returns for the first of two spring sessions! The South Branch of the Peabody Institute Library is pleased to offer this special program for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. During Little Yogis, Ms. Betsy combines yoga, music and stories for an enjoyable bonding experience that builds as the weeks progress.

This is a 4-week program that runs Mondays, March 13, 20, 27 and April 3 from 10AM-11AM at the South Branch of the Peabody Institute Library, located at 78 Lynn St., in Peabody.

The program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Signing up for the first week registers your child for the entire four-week program. Caregivers are expected to attend, but please only register the attending children.For more information and to reserve your child’s free spot, please go to, call 978-531-3380 or stop by in person.


Peabody Rotary presents the 2017 Taste of the North Shore on Tuesday, March 21

From the well-established Century House, to the new Berry Tavern, to over 20 other fabulous restaurants, join host Peabody Rotary Club for the annual “Taste of the North Shore” on Tuesday, March 21, from 6-9 p.m., at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Danvers. Due to the popularity of the event, Rotary chose a new and larger location this year. With Title Sponsors Fosters Point Financial, GraVoc, MRG Construction, Peabody Wealth Advisors, Salem Five Bank, TD Bank and hundreds of North Shore residents, you can enjoy the Rotary’s 13th annual celebration featuring a variety of delectable food, lots of fun and great entertainment.

Twenty-five of the area’s most popular restaurants will serve their tastiest dishes, from main courses to sides to desserts. In addition, a highlight of the evening will be the drawing of a $10,000 grand prize! Raffle tickets are $100 each and include two admissions to the Taste. Odds are in your favor as only 300 raffle tickets will be sold. The winner does not need to be present. Non-raffle admission is $40 per person. To purchase tickets and view participating restaurants and sponsors visit

A silent auction with many coveted items – vacations, sports memorabilia, gift certificates and more – will be onsite. Numerous mystery bags and the ever-popular raffles will be available to “stock your cellar” with wine and beer.

As the biggest fundraiser of the year, the Taste of the North Shore raises money to fund the many important community projects Peabody Rotary supports for those in need. You and our many sponsors help Peabody Rotary to support student scholarships, feed the homeless, revitalize Peabody playgrounds and support many other projects and donations to local charities.

“We look forward to hosting a fabulous event this year at our larger venue, the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Danvers,” said Club President Alyse Barbash. “Rotary is expanding our signature event so we can help even more people in our community,” she said.

If you are interested in being a food vendor, attending the event or would like to donate items or gift certificates for the auction, please contact event co-chairs Cathy Gravel at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Audrey Gordon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tickets may be purchased from Peabody Rotary members or online at We hope to see you on March 21.


Events at the Peabody Institute Library

Library to host herbal tea lecture

The Peabody Institute Library is hosting “Brewing Wellness: an Introduction to the Benefits of Herbal Teas” at its West Branch location on Tuesday, March 21 at 2 p.m. The West Branch is at 603 Lowell St. in Peabody.

During this event, attendees will learn about some of the top herbal teas that support health and well-being, tea herbs they can grow right at home in the kitchen garden, and best-practice for brewing a potent “cuppa” for each herb variety! Attendees will have an opportunity to sample several beneficial herbal teas and will leave with a quick-reference sheet on the teas discussed in this seminar.

Space in this class is limited. Please sign up for this class from the Events for Adults calendar on the library’s website: This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries.

If the Peabody schools are closed or the weather is questionable, please call the library for event cancellation status. The phone number for the West Branch location is 978.535.3354.

Library to host an evening with a Rwandan genocide survivor

The Peabody Institute Library is hosting “A Focus on Human Rights: an Evening with Rwandan genocide survivor Claude Kaitare” at its West Branch location on Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m. The West Branch is at 603 Lowell St. in Peabody.

Kaitare, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, will share with the audience the story of his family background, the events in Rwanda and his thoughts about whether or not the world has learned from the tragic lessons from Rwanda. He was born in Kigali, Rwanda, in 1982 and spent the early years of his life primarily occupied with school, friends and family. All this changed on April 6, 1994, when the president of Rwanda’s plane was shot down, an event that provided the catalyst for genocide. Kaitare and his family lived in constant danger until the mainly Tutsi rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) was able to enter the city and relocated them and other neighbors who had survived to a refugee camp. He stayed in the refugee camp, which was in the northern part of Rwanda, where he worked in an orphanage full of kids who had been witnesses to the violence of the genocide. Claude and his family stayed in that refugee camp until RPF had ended the genocide and it was safe to return to what used to be home. He eventually moved to Kenya with some siblings, where he studied English, before coming to the United States, where he continues to testify about the tragedy in Rwanda and educate others about genocides and war crimes. His objective is “to raise awareness, in hopes of eradicating ignorance.”

Please sign up for this free event at the West Branch Events calendar on the library’s website: This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries. Please contact Melissa Robinson with questions at 978.531.0100, ext. 25.


Lady Tanners basketball fall to Woburn in Div. I North semifinals


Going into last Friday’s Div. I North semifinal against Woburn, the Peabody girls’ basketball team had won 13 of its previous 17 games by playing tough, aggressive, pressure-style defense. Unfortunately, the 11th-seeded Tanners ran into a formidable offensive buzz saw and surrendered 84 points in a season-ending 29-point second-round playoff defeat to Woburn.

“They hit nine of 13 three-point attempts and shot 59 percent from the floor,” Tanners head coach Stan McKeen said of Woburn’s prolific offense. “They were just lights out. They couldn’t miss.”

As far as recapping the 2016-17 campaign, which saw Peabody finish at 14-8 overall, including a first-round playoff win over Waltham, and 12-4 in Northeastern Conference play (including a streak of 11 consecutive NEC wins), McKeen was pleased with the results. “We had some injuries early in the season. It was a matter of getting the kids to work together, and I think we came together and jelled as a team,” he said. “Our senior players were a big part of it. They were not going to be denied and kept that intensity through the season.”

Seniors Melissa Gray, Katie Wallace and Alyssa Alperen (the three co-captains) and forward Chinenye Onwuogu will be the most impactful departures. “Melissa’s scoring ability will be almost impossible to replace, and Katie’s ability to run the offense will be hard to replace also,” McKeen pointed out. “Alyssa was our total leader both on and off the court, and [Onwuogu] is a phenomenal rebounder. She was a great physical and athletic presence on the court.”

McKeen also cited the performances off the bench of senior small forward Hannah Pellizzaro and guard Taylor Colella. “Taylor struggled with injuries this season but, when healthy, she was a strong contributor off the bench for us,” he said. “Hannah was always aggressive – hardworking – and she did what was needed and asked of her.”

The immediate future appears to hold much promise for the Tanners, who saw the junior varsity squad go undefeated at 18-0 this season. “It looks pretty good. My daughter [coach Tracey Palazzola] did a great job with the JVs this year. We’ll see how some of those players do at the next level,” McKeen said. “I think in terms of size we’ll be OK, but we’ll need someone to step up and give us strong guard play next year. The guard position is crucial.”

Among the varsity players returning next season is sophomore Catherine Manning, who McKeen said earned a starting spot as a small forward this winter and has a bright future over the next two seasons. McKeen said sophomores Liz Zaiter and Kristina Rossignoll and juniors Jordan Muise and Serena Laro will also be looked at to be important contributors next season.

The team’s switch from a traditional zone-style defense to a more man-to-man pressure approach early in the season after a 1-3 start seemed to ignite the Tanners. “We still switched back and forth from zone to man-to-man depending on who we were playing,” McKeen observed. “But we did pick up the defensive intensity, and I think it’s why we did so well during that stretch when we won eight of nine games at one point. It definitely worked well for us.”

By Greg Phipps


Bishop Fenwick girls’ basketball team topples Manchester-Essex in Div. III North semifinals



The Bishop Fenwick (BF) girls’ basketball team was looking like a serious contender to repeat as state champion after Monday’s convincing 66-36 Div. III North semifinal victory over second-seeded Manchester-Essex at St. John’s Prep. The sixth-seeded Crusaders, who improved to 16-8 overall with the win, got 15 points and seven steals from sophomore guard Jaxson Nadeau, and 12 points and eight rebounds from backcourt mate Sam Mancinelli. BF, the defending Div. III state champion, moved on to play for the North regional title.

Monday’s game was low-scoring and relatively close through one period, as the Crusaders carried a 9-4 lead into quarter two. BF dominated from there, forcing numerous Manchester-Essex turnovers with its pressure defense and building a 33-15 halftime advantage. The Crusaders steadily expanded their lead in the second half and were never challenged. The contest was pretty much decided by the early third quarter, as BF used a combination of 17 steals, 15 points at the free-throw line, and six three-pointers to coast to victory.

“We had great intensity from everyone tonight. We had a lot of steals, got a lot of pressure [on the Hornets] – that’s who we are,” Crusaders head coach Adam DeBaggis told the press after the game. “When we’re out there causing havoc for the other team, that’s when we’re at our best.”

Fredi DeGuglielmo (11 points) and Courtney Norton (eight points) also made solid contributions for BF.

By Greg Phipps


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