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This Sunday, September 24 beginning at 1 p.m. Breakaway hosts Band’N Together for Texas

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All proceeds benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey

DANVERS – Breakaway on Newbury Street in Danvers has announced an amazing musical event on Sunday, September 24, to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. The night will feature 10 bands – top regional musical giants Fortune with Barry Goudreau, formerly of the band Boston, Aerochix, Brian Maes, 43 Church Street, the Slush Puppies, and the Lee Hawkins Band, to name a few. Also featured is legendary guitarist and songwriter Charlie Farren.

Breakaway owner Joe Crowley will be donating his music hall along with an incredible buffet for an incredible night of music to raise money for the victims of the catastrophic flooding that has hit Texas. “My heart goes out to those people who need so much help, so I think a night of musical camaraderie among our great musical talent can help those who’ve lost so much,” said Crowley.

On that same day (Sept. 24), the New England Patriots are scheduled to play the Houston Texans, so Crowley figures a night of old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll in the spirit of Live Aid is just the remedy to aid our neighbors in the Southwest.

All proceeds will go to the Topsfield/Middleton/Boxford Rotary Club, which will send the money to the Houston Rotary Club to distribute the funds to those directly in need. Tickets will cost $20 per person and will include a free buffet from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.; the outdoor Patio will also be open, weather permitting. The music will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m.

Along with the above-named bands, also included in the lineup will be the Jimmy Hawkins Band and, Mary Beth Maes Band, as well as the opening acts, CIA and Back to the 80’s. Crowley is also expecting some surprise guests from some famous rockers. The North Shore area is known for its tight-knit musical community and spirit of giving back, and Crowley said all the bands, including at least 20 more, have offered to play for gratis.

“Since I started booking local talent at Breakaway, the bands have been incredible, and I truly appreciate how hard they work at their music and their incredible fan base,” he said. “It’s moving to see the kind of people that are willing to step-up with me to help people on the other side of the country. God bless America.”

 

Tierney endorses O’Neill to represent Ward 6

While she did not receive enough votes in the Sept. 12 primary to advance to the November general election, Margaret Tierney has no hard feelings. She has now pledged to stand behind Mark O’Neill, who she said is “the next best candidate” for Ward 6 City Councillor. “I commend him and his wife on running an honest, respectable, fair, highly successful campaign and I wish Mark the best in November,” she said.

However, Tierney said she has urged her supporters to “keep an eye” on O’Neill and his opponent Michael Geomelos and to choose the right candidate for Ward 6 going into November. “This means, in my opinion, one who can think successfully on his own, is approachable and has the understanding and ability to stand for good choices for his constituents and the citizens of Peabody, regardless of popularity,” she said.

In the months leading up to the primary, Tierney said, she knew there would be substantial obstacles. “As a single female running a grassroots campaign, I realized I was running as the underdog,” she said. “Both my opponents have wives working in the schools, which gives them PTO [parent teacher organization] support and children giving them the support from the youth activities in Peabody.”

Although Tierney came up shy in vote count, she still wished to recognize the efforts of City Clerk Timothy Spanos and Assistant City Clerk Colleen Kolodziej as well as Natalie Maga, Russell Donovan and Richard Jarvis of Peabody Access Television.

In addition to backing O’Neill’s campaign, Tierney said she is excited to continue her work on the library’s Board of Trustees. “I look forward to returning to my responsibilities and commitment as a library trustee and assisting with our upcoming Annual Gala in October,” she said.

By Christopher Roberson


 

Aylward and Melvin face off in Light Commission race

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In this year’s election, there are four candidates running for seats on the Peabody Light Commission, two of them are challengers and two of them are incumbents.

Vice Chairman William Aylward said he decided to run for a second term so that he could continue helping the city’s residents.

“I do not look at it as a job, but more like an extracurricular activity that benefits the residential and commercial ratepayers of Peabody and South Lynnfield,” he said. “I don’t feel that I am a ‘politician,’ nor do I feel that I am ‘entitled’ to this position. I wish all of my opponents the best of luck.”

During his six years on the commission, Aylward was a proponent for investing an additional $1 million to fund projects such as the dredging at Crystal Lake and putting in a new turf field at the high school.

In addition to serving as the commission’s chairman in 2013, Aylward said he was also the chairman of the commission’s Policy Committee in 2012.

“That year we raised the Education Assistance policy for our employees from $750 per year to $5,250,” he said.

Aylward also said the city has started using renewable energy, which “allowed us to diversify our power supply portfolio” and that the improvements to the Johnson Street substation have been completed.

In addition to his service on the commission, Aylward said he also has 28 years of experience in executive management where he has been responsible for budgeting, facilitating contract negotiations, quality control and customer service.

While out campaigning, Aylward said residents have lauded the commission for reducing the rates twice in the past six months, implementing an early payment discount and responding swiftly during power outages.

“All of this is due to the great management and staff that we have at PMLP (Peabody Municipal Light Plant),” he said.

Looking ahead, Aylward said this will be a very exciting time with numerous projects currently underway.

He said the new citywide automated meter reading system is 75 percent complete, a $12 million state-of-the-art substation is under construction in Ward 6, LED street lights are being installed and work is also being done to improve cell phone service.

However, Aylward has been challenged by Raymond Melvin, an employee of Eversource Energy for the past 36 years.

“I knew someday I would run for this position,” he said.

Melvin also said residents deserve to have more than one choice for a cable and Internet provider.

“I want to bring some competition into the city, we’ve had Comcast for who knows how long,” he said, adding that the cost of Internet service has skyrocketed. “Even the mayor is concerned with that.”

Going forward, Melvin said the commission’s budgetary issues are not something that will go away anytime soon.

“That’s an issue that will cross their desk,” he said.

Incumbent commissioner Thomas D’Amato and challenger Laurence Olcott were not available for comment.

By Christopher Roberson


   

Historical Society to present “Saving Brooksby Farm”

The Peabody Historical Society will present a lecture, “Saving Brooksby Farm,” by Michael Schulze – Historian, Social Activist and Chair of the Community Preservation Committee – on Wednesday, October 11 at 1 p.m. at the Smith Barn, which is located at 38 Felton St. in Peabody. Don’t miss a chance to learn firsthand from Schulze, one of the grassroots organizers of this successful effort, about how our own Brooksby Farm was saved from developers in the 1970s.

Members free; non-members $5.00. The Barn is wheelchair accessible. For information: 978-531-0805.

 

 

Veronica Greenan celebrates 100th year

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Out of the 326 million people living in the United States, only 72,000 have reached their 100th birthday – Veronica Greenan is one of those people.

When Greenan was born, a car could be purchased for $400, gasoline was four cents a gallon, the United States had entered World War I and President Woodrow Wilson had just begun his second term. During the 10 decades that followed, Greenan watched 16 more presidents come and go from the Oval Office.

She remembered being 12 years old when the Stock Market crashed in 1929, triggering the Great Depression that followed for 10 years. “Things were pretty bad, you did well just to have food,” she said during her birthday celebration on Sept. 18 at Sunrise at Gardner Park.

Greenan was one of the billions around the world who watched as Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic moonwalk through the Sea of Tranquility. She has experienced other technological marvels, such as the advent of the Information Age. “I must admit that I enjoyed the computer,” said Greenan.

She said she attributes her longevity to her Polish background and living off the land during her years in New Hampshire. “In the good old days, we had a garden and we had chickens,” she said.

Greenan’s daughter, Ann Davidson, said her mother was born in Claremont, N.H., and lived in Hanover, N.H., for most of her life working in the Bursar’s Office at Dartmouth College. Greenan has four children, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mayor Edward Bettencourt was on hand to present Greenan with a Centenarian Certificate. “Actually, the City of Peabody turned 100,” he said. “I can only imagine the stories that Veronica can tell.”

Angela Federico, program coordinator at Sunrise, said Greenan has been a resident there for the past three months. “She’s added a nice little sparkle, she’s a wonderful person,” said Federico.

She also said it no easy feat for someone to make it into the triple digits. “It’s a big deal for someone to be 100,” said Federico, adding that even the healthiest residents generally live into their late-90s – “No one else is 100.”

Executive Director Katie Palamara said 86 is the average age of the residents at Sunrise.

By Christopher Roberson


   

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