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By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher
Random thoughts while wondering how long it is before we hear that the offices in Beverly of my “favorite” newspaper have been turned into a new Super Walmart. …
I’ve been writing a lot lately about the looming race for State Rep, but it should also be interesting to see what affect the special election will have on Peabody’s city election in the fall. With Dave Gravel and (maybe) Anne Manning, and Beverley Dunne throwing their hats into the ring, the rep race is likely to leave at least one open seat on the city council or school committee.
But the fallout on the fall election could be even more far reaching. It’ll be interesting in the coming months to see which pols and elected officials choose which sides, and how those alliances affect the city elections. Right away, the Eye wonders what Mayor Ted Bettencourt will do. Both Beverley and Dave supported the mayor in his race against Sean Fitzgerald, so we wonder if Ted stays out of this rep race battle. One thing is likely certain, though: The mayor won’t be supporting Ms. Manning should she get into the race. Anne was a big supporter of Fitzgerald in 2011.
As for this blogger’s plans. All I can say right now is that I don’t have any. Was asked on Sunday about that by someone, and my response was I have not ruled out another run for councilor at-large. But … as soon as constant companion reads this, I’m sure she will smack right in the head for not ruling it out here. :)
Peabody Fire Museum is a hidden gem
Fire house museum near Brooksby Farm is a hidden gem
Stumbled upon one of Peabody’s true hidden gems on Sunday when constant companion and I toured the Peabody Fire Museum next to Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm.
The circa 1875 building housed Peabody Engine Company 3, which was originally located on Endicott Street. Not only has the fire house been preserved, but we were amazed to see the incredible artifacts stored there in what has to be one of the best firefighter museums on the North Shore. It’s only too bad more people don’t know about it. What a great job by the Peabody Historical Society in preserving and maintaining it.
Speaking of Peabody Firefighter history, the Eye sends out its condolences to the family of Leonard Marshall, PFD retired, who recently passed away at age 87.
Elsewhere, while cleaning out my mind’s notebook
In the Peabody Patch, there’s some very nice video from Sunday’s Holiday Festival at Peabody City Hall. … Looking for some good burgers and a way to help out the kids in the Peabody High band tonight? Check out this fundraiser going on at Fuddruckers … Also from the Patch, congrats to these Top 10 Spelling Bee winners from the Lions cluster at the Higgins …
Since he was good to this blog on Sunday and gave us the low down on his decision to not seek the State Rep seat, I won’t charge Tom Gould an ad fee for the following statement:
“Try the eggnog ice cream” at Treadwell’s It’ll put you in the holiday spirit. …
I think the Patriots win tonight against the 11-1 Houston Texans on Monday Night Football in Foxboro. Aside from the fact that the Pats’ defense seems to be coming together at the right time, and Tom Brady has been in way more of these big games than Houston QB Matt Schaub, I just have a feeling that this is going to be a blowout. Of course, if Brady has a great night, my fantasy team is going down in flames this week, since that’s who my opponent starts at QB. Anyhow, Pats 45, Texans 20 …
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