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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


   

Late Danvers TD sinks Tanners

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As is characteristic of the Peabody High School football team under head coach Mark Bettencourt, the Tanners rebounded from a disappointing defeat a week earlier and played the always-tough Danvers Falcons to a virtual standstill last Friday night in the Northeastern Conference (NEC) opener for both squads at Peabody’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. In the end, however, it was Danvers which emerged on the winning end, 7-0, when running back Matt McCarthy broke through the Peabody defense and raced 50 yards for the game’s lone touchdown and subsequent PAT kick with just 2:36 left to play.

The Tanners made it interesting on their ensuing possession and came close to scoring when, on two occasions, Peabody receivers got behind the Falcons’ defense. Both times quarterback Jonell Espinal’s passes were broken up at the last second. His final last-gasp attempt on fourth down was picked off, and the visitors ran out the remaining 19 seconds.

Defense ruled the roost in this one, as Peabody, which dropped to 0-2, struggled for the second week in a row to get much going offensively. The Tanners, who have been held scoreless over the last seven quarters, managed just 115 total yards on offense.

The same held true for the Falcons, as the Tanner defense stymied them for nearly four full quarters before McCarthy’s late heroics bailed them out. The 2-0 Falcons, who blanked Winthrop, 31-0, the week before, mustered just 125 total yards (60 on the ground), with 50 of those coming via McCarthy’s scoring run.

Coming off the previous week’s 24-7 upset loss at Somerville, Bettencourt had his team ready to compete. “We made some adjustments and it paid dividends. The defense deserves to win this game. We need to find ways to win games when our defense plays that well,” he said after the loss. “Penalties killed us tonight and the offense needs to get better. You’re not going to win many times when you score one touchdown in eight quarters.”

Misconduct penalties on both sides stifled potential scoring chances, One example for Peabody took place in the second quarter when Ramon Franco intercepted a pass in Danvers territory. But an unsportsmanlike infraction brought the ball back to the Peabody 40, and the Tanners failed to take advantage.

Peabody did have one strong drive in the second quarter when it put together a 14-play march that took over nine minutes. The Tanners reached the Danvers 10-yard line before being stopped on downs.

“We need to build on this game. We have a young lineup out there, so we’re going to make some mistakes,” said Bettencourt. “As far as the penalty calls, we just live with it. The calls were made. We don’t make excuses.”

Defensively, the Tanners were led by front-liners Cam Powers, who harassed Danvers QB Justin Mullaney throughout, Eric DeMayo and Dariel Canela. Marcus Barker had a third-quarter interception. On offense, DeMayo gained 51 yards on 13 carries while Cole Cuzzi caught four passes and QB Colby Therrien completed 4 of 5 passes.

When asked about using two quarterbacks (Therrien and Espinal) so far this season, Bettencourt said, “The two-headed quarterback situation can pay dividends. We’ve just got to find a way to make it work to our advantage.”

It doesn’t get any easier for the Tanners this week, as they host powerhouse Marblehead (2-0) in an NEC battle on Saturday evening at Veterans Memorial Stadium (scheduled 6 p.m. kickoff).

By Greg Phipps


 

Tanner boys’ soccer team beats Swampscott in home opener

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The Peabody Tanners may have been kicking themselves for owning just a one-goal lead after a first half in which they dominated territorially last Wednesday in their home opener against Northeastern Conference foe Swampscott. The inability to cash in on numerous quality first-period scoring chances nearly came back to bite Peabody, as the visitors stepped up and played much better in the second half. Still, three second-half goals helped the Tanners pull out a 4-2 victory.

Mike Tansey’s score off an assist from Josh Atemkeng late in the first half gave Peabody a 1-0 lead, but head coach Stan McKeen was not pleased with his team’s inability to finish. “It wasn’t a well-played game. We had multiple opportunities but couldn’t put the ball in the net,” he said afterwards. “We only had eight [official] shots on goal, but we had a lot more chances than that. We just couldn’t finish in front of the net. It was very frustrating.”

The Tanners, who lost their season opener two days earlier at Medford, were missing the services of key offensive player Kevin Aroke, and Noah Surman hit the ground hard after being knocked down on a rush. He had to leave the game late in the first half.

After Jonathan Alves gave the Tanners a 2-0 lead six minutes into the second stanza, Swampscott scored to make it a one-goal deficit. Alves tallied again off an assist from Trevor Lodi with 15:44 left to give Peabody a seemingly comfortable 3-1 advantage. To their credit, the visitors kept battling and pulled within 3-2 in the final two minutes. Atemkeng sealed the win when he headed the ball in off a corner kick by Andrew Prousalis in the final minute.

“We got two goals off corner kicks and that was good,” said McKeen, who cited the efforts of substitutes Fabio and Jacob Martins. “Our bench did a good job. We moved the ball well, but we don’t spread as wide as we should to create more space [on offense].”

Peabody goalie Troy Cappos was largely untested in the first half but made a couple of stellar saves in the second period. Overall, he stopped seven shots during the game.

Last Friday the Tanners played to a hard-fought 1-1 tie against Revere at home. Entering this week’s play, Peabody stood at 1-1-1. Against Revere, Cappos stepped up big, making 11 saves. Alves had the team’s lone score off an assist from Giovani Lumaj. Aroke was back in the lineup and had a strong game at the midfield position.

By Greg Phipps


   

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