• December 21 2018,  Lynnfield,  Peabody

    Buon Natale – the rich Christmas traditions of Italy

    Buon Natale – the rich Christmas traditions of Italy  By Helen Breen    Italians celebrate Christmas for a full month from the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 through the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. Although some regional differences exist, the month basically is devoted to religious observances and spending time with family and friends. While food is an essential focus of the season, other traditions include: The crèche The presepe or crib, depicting the stable scene surrounding the birth of Christ, is essential to the observance of Christmas. Its origins date back to St. Francis of Assisi, who in 1223 wished to create a “natural…

  • December 21 2018,  Lynnfield,  Peabody

    Jennifer Inglis chosen as new library director

    By Christopher Roberson   Following recent deliberations, the Board of Trustees of the Lynnfield Public Library extended an offer to Salem resident Jennifer Inglis to become the library’s new director. Board Chairman Robert Calamari said her start date and compensation package could not be released as her contract is still being negotiated. Inglis was interviewed by the trustees on Nov. 19 and was ultimately favored over fellow finalists Rita Gavelis and Laura Keyes. “Ms. Inglis was chosen from among approximately 40 applicants and a very strong slate of three finalists based upon her extensive experience as a library director in other Massachusetts communities as well as her fit and familiarity…

  • December 21 2018,  Peabody

    Brodie’s Pub owner sued for alleged lease violation

     By Christopher Roberson Pasquale Todisco, the owner of the O’Shea Building at 1 Main St., has filed a $103,000 lawsuit against Michael Votto, the owner of Brodie’s Pub, claiming that Votto violated a signed lease to occupy a 5,920-square-foot space on the ground floor. Todisco purchased the building at 1 Main St. in June 2017 for $1.47 million at a foreclosure auction. In a six-page complaint filed on Dec. 5 in Salem Superior Court, Attorney Thomas Delaney, counsel for Todisco, said that on Jan. 20, Votto and Todisco entered into a commercial lease that would have remained valid until April 30, 2028, and when the lease took effect on Feb.…

  • December 21 2018,  Peabody

    Sounds of Peabody

    SOUNDS OF PEABODY   The Peabody Institute Library (82 Main St.) will be hosting the following events: The library and its branches will be closing at 1 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The library and its branches will be closed all day on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Hand-Sewing for Kids will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 26 and Feb. 20 for children ages eight to 12. Registration is required as space is limited. Monday Morning Fun will be held at 10:30 a.m. every week from Jan. 7 until Feb. 18 for children ages two to five. Registration is required as space is limited. A lecture…

  • December 21 2018,  Peabody

    Superintendent lays out goals for remainder of school year

    By Christopher Roberson   Going into the second half of the 2018-2019 academic year, Superintendent of Schools Cara Murtagh recently presented her top four goals to the School Committee. She said her first goal is to provide support to achieve “excellence in teaching and learning.” Murtagh said the administration at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School will be working on a self-study, to be completed in May, in preparation for the school’s accreditation process under the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. She also said high school students will become well versed in the “Vision of the Graduate.” Murtagh said vocabulary development will be a key objective at Higgins Middle…

  • December 21 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Tanners girls’ basketball team takes down Revere in opener

    By Greg Phipps After a slow start, the Peabody High School (PHS) girls’ basketball team used a key 16-0 run to notch a 48-38 victory in its season opener against Northeastern Conference (NEC) foe Revere last Friday night at the PHS Gym. Peabody fell behind by a 9-2 margin early in the first quarter but outscored the visitors, 9-1, over the remainder of the stanza to pull in front, 11-10. Freshmen Oluchi Okananwa’s steal and layup gave the Tanners the lead. With the contest still close at 19-18 late in the second quarter, Peabody went on a 16-0 tear that carried into the third. By the time the surge ended,…

  • December 21 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Tanners boys’ hockey team scraps to 2-2 deadlock with Danvers

    By Greg Phipps In a penalty-riddled contest, the Peabody boys’ hockey team earned its first point in nearly two years by scrapping to a 2-2 tie against the Northeastern Conference (NEC) rival Danvers Falcons on Saturday afternoon at Endicott College’s Raymond Bourque Arena in Beverly. It was the eighth annual Mike Clifford Memorial Game, played in memory of the late Clifford, who served as an assistant coach for both schools. The arena was packed and the contest was full of intensity, as 25 penalties were whistled over the final two periods. In fact, there were very few instances over the final 30 minutes when both squads were at full strength.…