• December 29, 2017,  Obituaries,  Peabody Obituaries

    Emily R. (Zappala) Eramo – Obituary

    Emily R. (Zappala) Eramo Of Danvers, formerly of Peabody, 98, died December 18, 2017 at her last home, Putnam Farm, Danvers. She was the wife of the last George Eramo Sr., with whom she was married to for 53 years. Born April 21, 1919 in Lawrence, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Elizabeth (DeLuca) Zappala. Mrs. Eramo was an honorably discharged veteran, having joined the Navy in 1943 and served her country during World War II as a Lieutenant (j.g.) in the U. S. Navy Nurse Corps. She is survived by her children, Anne Curran of Peabody; Nancy Pacheco and her husband, Edward of Smithfield, RI, George…

  • December 29, 2017,  Obituaries,  Peabody Obituaries

    Rose D. DeWitt – Obituary

    Rose D. DeWitt Of Peabody, entered into rest on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, she was a daughter of the late David and Julia (Balisok) Shapiro. She was the beloved wife of the late Seymour DeWitt for 59 years. Those left to cherish Rose’s memory are her two sons: Steven DeWitt of Nashua, NH and Marshall DeWitt and his wife Kerry, of Wilmington, NC. In addition to her beloved husband, Seymour, she was predeceased by her brother, Max Shapiro, and sisters, Bess Hoffman and Muriel Shapiro. A graveside service for Rose was held on Wednesday, December 27 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Peabody. Contributions, in her memory, may…

  • December 29, 2017,  Obituaries,  Peabody Obituaries

    Elmer James “Jack” West III – Obituary

    Elmer James “Jack” West III At 84, of Peabody, formerly of Wayland died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. He was born in Hudson Falls. NY the son of the late Elmer James West, Jr and Ruth Fay (Hall) West. Jack is survived by his devoted wife Gail (Richardson) West of Peabody, formerly of Wayland. Loving father of Susan Fay West of Amherst, NH; Philip Hall West of Beverly and James Richardson West of Bedford. Also survived by 2 grandchildren and one niece. Jack had been a resident of Wayland for many years before he and Gail moved to Peabody three years ago. He received his…

  • December 29, 2017,  Obituaries,  Peabody Obituaries

    Doris M. (Morin) Smith – Obituary

    Doris M. (Morin) Smith Of Peabody, Dec 18, 2017, age 85, beloved wife of the late Leonard “Roy” Smith, beloved mother of Donald Smith & his wife Bernadette Hayden Smith of Peabody and Kathi Taft & her husband Frank of Burlington; grandmother of Jennifer Taft, Victoria Taft, and Felicia Hayden, and she leaves several nieces and nephews. Services held on Thursday, December 21 from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Baptist Church, Peabody. Burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. Please visit www.ccbfuneral.com for online obituary or…

  • December 29, 2017,  Obituaries,  Peabody Obituaries

    Marion Teresa Badger – Obituary

    Marion Teresa Badger Died peacefully on December 16th, 2017, in her home surrounded by her loving family. Marion was a resident of Beverly for the past 25 years and a devout parishioner at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea. Born on January 9th, 1929 in Peabody, to the Irish-Catholic Roche family, Marion was daughter to Margaret and Francis and sister to Frank and Thomas. Supporting her husband Richard and his career with General Electric for 43 years, the family lived in Massachusetts, New York, Indiana, Ohio, and Europe before retiring to Massachusetts. Her love for her family was the source of her joy, as she thoughtfully and attentively advised, consoled,…

  • December 29, 2017,  Peabody

    Peabody Rotary Scholarship applications are available

    Peabody Rotary is once again offering multiple scholarships for Peabody residents who are now high school seniors and planning to go on to further their education after graduation. There will be several $1,000 scholarships awarded to students who exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” Applicants must demonstrate that they reach out to others through community service, either locally, regionally or internationally. There will also be one $2,000 Sam Berns scholarship awarded to a student who, in addition to demonstrating community service activities, must describe what personal obstacles have been overcome. The Sam Berns scholarship was created in 2014, in honor of a young man who exemplified courage and integrity…

  • December 29, 2017,  Peabody

    Upcoming programs at the Peabody Institute Library

    School Vacation Books and Bingo Just added, the Peabody Institute Library is pleased to offer another school vacation program: Books & Bingo in the Children’s Room at the Main Library located at 82 Main Street on December 27th at 10AM. If you’re looking for something to do during winter break, warm up at the library and have some fun! Elementary-aged kids can enjoy winter stories and play a few friendly rounds of Bingo for fun prizes. This program is free and open to the public but space is limited and registration is required. Please register on the library’s website (www.peabodylibrary.org), by calling 978-531-0100 or stop by in person!   Music…

  • December 29, 2017,  Peabody

    City’s poverty rate up 2.5 percent since 2012

    By Christopher Roberson Between 2012 and 2016, the percentage of Peabody residents living in poverty increased from 5.6 percent to 8.1 percent. Laura MacNeil, executive director of the North Shore Community Action Programs (NSCAP), said the lingering effect of the 2008 recession is one possible cause. “A long-term effect of that recession was millions of homeowners lost their homes to foreclosure,” she said. “Those families flooded the rental market.” As a result, MacNeil said, rental rates have soared, but the affordable housing stock has not kept pace with the demand. “We see it with the families who come to NSCAP for help,” she said. “They struggle to make the rent,…

  • December 29, 2017,  Peabody

    2017: A Year in Review

    2017: Year in Review By Christopher Roberson   Medical marijuana raised “more questions than answers” in 2017 Although the sale of medical marijuana was ultimately approved, the City Council spent much of 2017 trying to figure out how to best handle having such establishments in the city. “There are more questions than answers,” said Councillor-at-Large Anne Manning-Martin during the council’s Feb. 16 meeting, adding that Peabody was not the only community that was in a quandary. Therefore, the council voted unanimously to adopt a yearlong moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. On March 23, councillors voted unanimously to approve the draft of an ordinance banning the public consumption of marijuana that…