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    Friday, June 09, 2017 00:00


A bazaar weekend for sure





Christmas is just six weeks away, and bazaar season has begun. Last weekend people had the opportunity to tick off names on their gift list as they shopped for a variety of items for sale – many of them handmade – at community bazaars.

Peabody House on Walnut Street had a good turnout for their last Annual Holiday Bazaar, which featured many hand-knit and crocheted items, jams and jellies. Organizer Ginny Campbell said, “We’ve been doing it for 17 years, but we’re getting older. I think this may be our last bazaar.” She said the residents make hats, scarves and mittens with donated yarn. They donated them to the schools, which then give them to the needy. The residents also donate handmade throws and shawls to Union Hospital patients who have no families.

Just down the street, St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church celebrated their heritage with food, pastries, gift items, raffle prizes … and an indoor petting zoo with goats and poultry from Enchanted Pet Parties in Groton, Mass.

On the other side of the square, St. John the Baptist got an early start on Christmas with its Parish Fair held in the school’s gym. Tables were filled with reasonably priced decorations, baked goods and homemade jewelry.

By Pam Niequist Wehbi


Lady Tanners volleyball team falls to Methuen in Tourney









It was a battle to the end but the Peabody High School volleyball team could not emerge victorious in a 3-1 home loss to Methuen in the second round of the Division I North playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 5. It was just the fifth defeat of the season for the Tanners, who finished with 16 victories. Peabody rolled to a 3-0 first-round win over 13th seeded Billerica.

“I knew from the beginning of the season that this team would be a very talented group of athletes,” said PHS head coach Lisa Keene when asked to reflect on 2016. “They have a great work ethic and [display] awesome sportsmanship.”

In the round two loss, the No. 4 Tanners responded after dropping the opening set, 25-19. Hannah Kemp reeled off eight consecutive service points to give the hosts an 8-0 lead. Still, the Tanners had to hold on for a close 25-22 win as fifth-seeded Methuen fought back and nearly pulled ahead. Games three and four went to the visitors but by the tightest of margins: 25-23 and 25-20.

Keene said Methuen’s talent up front made life difficult for Peabody. “We made a few service errors in each set which cost us a few points. We also made a few errors when attacking the ball,” she explained. “Their middle hitter was very talented and we had trouble blocking her shots.”

Setter Kemp dished out a career high 30 assists and ended up with five aces. Outside hitter Melissa Gray drilled 14 kills, and middle hitter Nene Onwuogo finished with 10 kills and three blocks. Other contributors were Serena Laro and Lexie Zammer with a combined 11 kills. Alyssa Alperen, Joanna Bampi and Tatiana Correia played outstanding defense.

Keene praised the effort and leadership from this year’s senior group consisting of Kemp, Onwuogo, Zammer, Alperen and Gray. “They are in a class by themselves and were all such important contributors to the success of not only this year’s team but also last year’s,” said the coach. “They’ve taught the underclassmen to never give up, work hard, support each other and the overall goals of the team.”

Looking ahead, Keene said the prospects for next fall look good. “We have some solid players from varsity returning next year, and junior varsity has a great deal of talent,” she said. “We just hope they work hard in the off-season and put it all together for 2017.”

In the first-round sweep of Billerica, the Tanners won by scores of 25-18, 25-10 and 25-21. Kemp collected 23 assists and four kills; Gray and Onwuogo teamed up for 21 kills; and Zammer and Laro also shined on offense. Alperen, Bampi and Correia performed well defensively.

By Greg Phipps


Lady Tanners soccer team loses squeaker in Tourney play











The momentum appeared to be on the side of the Peabody Tanners, but the opponent ended up with the winning goal in the second round of the Division I North girls’ soccer playoffs. Acton-Boxboro forward Katherine Silva knocked in the game-winner with inside of two minutes left in the second overtime period as the visiting Colonials stole a 2-1 victory over the Tanners on Monday, Nov. 7, at Peabody High Memorial Stadium.

Tanners head coach Dennis Desroches thought his team carried the play in the OT sessions and was destined to come out on top. Third-seeded Peabody had demonstrated its resilience by coming back to even the game on Brianna Gaynor’s goal just 27 seconds after falling behind 1-0 in the first half.

“To battle back the way we did, it was an incredible game. I thought we controlled both overtimes. We were putting the ball on goal, we were getting corner kicks, we were getting deep throws,” he observed. “I really thought we were going to come away with this one. Unfortunately for us it only takes one goal. That’s the game of soccer. [The Colonials] were able to make that weak-side rush and put it in.”

Despite just a 4-2 shots-on-goal edge in the overtime periods, the Tanners did indeed pressure the Acton-Boxboro goal and threatened with several near-misses. The visitors seemed to be playing to take the contest into a shootout. That is until the Colonials broke out and Silva got free down the middle to poke home the winning score off a feed from the right wing.

Desroches said sixth-seeded Acton-Boxboro’s quick transition game is what proved to be the difference. The Colonials first period tally by Alexandra Saganich also came on a transition breakout. “We were worried about their ability to quickly transition out of their end,” he pointed out. “That’s how they scored. They caught us [on the breakout] both times, all the credit to them.”

The game was scoreless until late in period one when Saganich netted her goal with 3:53 left. Less than 30 seconds later, Gaynor evened it for Peabody off an assist from Deanna Ruggerio. Through regulation, the Tanners held an 8-6 shots advantage (12-8 for the game). Goalie Rebecca Sabino made six saves for the Tanners.

Peabody’s lone regular season loss, a 1-0 defeat, came against Acton-Boxboro as well.

“Outside of the first five minutes of that game when they scored, I felt like the stat line was in our favor but, like tonight, we couldn’t take advantage of our chances,” said Desroches.

The Tanners finished the campaign 15-2-3 overall and were winners of the Northeastern Conference title with a 13-0-3 league record.

In round one of the tournament, Peabody broke open a close home contest by tallying four times in the final 20 minutes to defeat the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 5-0, on Saturday, Nov. 5. They led 1-0 at the midpoint of the second half; Jillian Arigo scored to give the Tanners a two-goal edge and the floodgates opened from there. Gaynor netted two goals and Emily Nelson another to turn a tight contest into a rout.

Sabino came up big with a great save eight minutes into the second half when she dove to her left to snag a close-in scoring bid and keep it a 1-0 game. Amy Drover netted Peabody’s first goal with 15:56 showing in the opening half.

Forward Marissa Orlando had several good scoring chances, as did Nelson. Katherine Scacchi, Gaynor, Kristen Bradley and Chloe Gizzi collected assists. Desroches credited Scacchi, Alyssa Shashaty and Alexandria Demeo with strong defensive outings as well.

Desroches said the senior members of this year’s squad will be missed. “This is a special group with what they’ve accomplished over the past four years and the tourney runs they’ve been on,” said Desroches, who pointed out that the Tanners have lost just twice in league play over that span.

He added, “You certainly don’t want to go out like this. It’s tough, but only one team can advance.”

By Greg Phipps


5 Questions: Bill Medley


Get ready to have “The Time of Your Life” as The Righteous Brothers, featuring Bill Medley with Bucky Heard, bring the legendary sound of “blue-eyed soul” to the Lynn Auditorium. The duo will take the audience through their legendary music.

SD:  The Righteous Brothers music is timeless. Why do you think it is still relevant after so many years?

BM: We were very fortunate that our music ended up in movies. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, we were reintroduced to a new whole generation. It also helped that we were lucky enough to record some great songs. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ was really the first dramatic love song for the 60’s and a hit for us.

SD: Looking back on your career, is there a recording that you’re particularly proud of?

BM: “Just Once in My Life.” It was written by Carole King and it was mine and Bobby’s favorite song.

SD:   What made your chemistry work so well with Bobby Hatfield and how does it differ with Bucky Heard?

BM: Bobby and I always had a lot of fun together. We never took our fame to seriously. Luckily for me, Bucky and I have a lot of the same chemistry. I couldn’t have planned it any better when choosing Bucky.

SD: In 2014, your autobiography “The Time of My Life,” was released.  What made you decide to write your life story?

BM: After Bobby passed away, I started seeing a psychologist and he suggested that I write down my thoughts and story. Eventfully, it become a book.

SD:   What can the fans expect at your show?

BM: A great Righteous Brothers show! I hate going to a show and you don’t get to hear the songs that everyone loves, so we made this show a history of the Righteous Brothers. Bucky kills it on stage. I think the fans are going to love it.

For more information about Bill, visit To purchase tickets to see The Righteous Brothers perform at the Lynn Auditorium November 18th visit




In the context of an irrevocable trust, a provision can be included to provide for much more flexibility insofar as ultimate distribution of trust assets is concerned.

A limited power of appointment provision can be incorporated into the document to allow the Settlor (sometimes referred to as Donor or Grantor) of the trust to effectively change which beneficiaries will ultimately receive the principal of the trust and can also decide upon the timing of those distributions.

It should be noted that MassHealth hearing officers, Superior Court judges and Appellate Court judges are of the opinion that reserving such a power in an irrevocable trust does not taint the trust and result in the assets being “countable” for eligibility purposes.

The Settlor has the power to “appoint” the trust principal to a class of individuals consisting of the Settlors children or other issue, such as grandchildren or great grandchildren. Appointing assets is equivalent to distributing assets. Therefore, the Settlor could during his or her lifetime appoint any portion of the trust principal to a son or daughter, or to a grandson or granddaughter.

For MassHealth purposes, it would certainly make sense to not appoint until five years have elapsed since the assets were first transferred to the irrevocable trust. It should also be noted that once the assets of the trust are appointed to a son or daughter, for example, that son or daughter is  legally free to do whatever he or she wants to do with the money.

The power of appointment provision in the trust can also be exercised via the Settlor’s Last Will and Testament by including the  necessary provision in the Last Will and Testament itself and then submitting it to the probate court and having it allowed upon the Settlor’s death.

If the Settlor of the irrevocable trust decides down the road that he or she would rather distribute assets of the trust to some or all of the grandchildren, the limited power of appointment provision will allow for that flexibility. If the Settlor had a falling out with a son or daughter, the  Settlor could effectively disinherit that son or daughter by appointing the trust principal to the Settlor’s other children. It provides a substantial amount of control over the ultimate distribution of the Settlor’s estate.

The limited power of appointment is “limited” because the Settlor cannot appoint any of the trust principal to the Settlor’s estate, the Settlor’s creditors, or the creditors of the Settlor’s estate.

Joseph D. Cataldo is an estate planning/elder law attorney, Certified Public Accountant, registered investment advisor, AICPA Personal Financial Specialist and holds a masters degree in taxation.


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