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Jim Rice to be honored at Firefighter of the Year Awards

17 Dec


By Eye on Peabody

Fallen Peabody firefighter James Rice will be posthumously bestowed with an award for bravery and excellence in fire service tomorrow night during the annual Firefighter of the Year Awards at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

Firefighter Rice, 42,  died a year ago after inhaling toxic fumes while battling a three-alarm fire.

Since then a memorial scholarship fund has also been established in his name.

It’s definitely nice to hear of the latest honor for a Peabody fallen hero.

Rocha second in nationals

8 Dec

Eye on Peabody,

Congrats to Peabody’s Catarina Rocha, who today placed second among the best of the best high school female distance runners in the country at the Foot Locker Cross-Country Nationals.

You can read the rull details here in the Peabody Patch.

Tis the season for these Peabody kids to spread good cheer at your front door

7 Dec

Alex and Lea Romano and the Caring Carolers at our front door tonight

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

The nice thing about having your own blog is that you can write about anything you want, any time you want.

And while I know that I’m likely to get some criticism from those who think this blog should be serious Peabody issues all of the time, tonight I bring you something that still has constant companion and I feeling good, and smiling on this rainy Friday night.

We were visited tonight by Alex and Lea Romano and the Caring Carolers!

We were treated to a rousing chorus of “The 12-days of Christmas,” and all we had to do was make an offering to Haven From Hunger. Actually, we didn’t have to make any offering at all, but these kids, these great kids, who make you feel wonderful about our future as a city and a country, go around our Jordan Acres neighborhood each December, spreading good cheer and requesting a little something for those less fortunate than us.

We donated some non-perishable food, but you could also donate a check made out to Haven From Hunger. Or, you could just enjoy the carols. Although – unless your name is Scrooge or Grinch – why in the world wouldn’t you give these great kids something for their efforts?

Of course, being the perpetual wise ass that I can be, once they were done singing I just couldn’t help myself, and asked them:  “hey kids, what the heck did you do with the money your mom gave you for those singing lessons?” OK, so a few of them were a little off key. It was the thougt that counted.

And right now, thanks to them, we’re feeling good and realizing that Peabody is a pretty nice place to live, amd if these young people are any indication, our future is bright.

Thank you Caring Carolers, and Merry Christmas.

Special Mass to honor Pearl Harbor Vets at St. Adelaide Church on Sunday

7 Dec


By Eye on Peabody

Please say a prayer today and think about what the men and women who served in World War II did to save freedom around the world. The “Greatest Generation” is leaving us as the years go by, so it’s always nice to see events like this one, which was posted today in the Peabody Patch.

St. Adelaide Catholic Church on Lowell Street in West Peabody will be holding a special Mass of remembrance on Sunday in honor of the Pearl Harbor Veterans.

Today is Pearl Harbor Day. The world changed forever 71 years ago, and we owe a debt of gratitude to those who sacrificed so much so that we could have everything we have today.

Farewell to the People’s Joyce

3 Dec


By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

Peabody State Representative Joyce Spilliotis-Jarvis was laid to rest today following a funeral service at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church.

The former Peabody City Councilor, and only woman from Peabody to ever serve as a State Rep, passed away late last week following an illness she had kept private.

Before a packed church, Joyce was eulogized and lauded by Congressman John Tierney, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Mayor Ted Bettencourt for her dedication to public service, her constituents, her family, and her friends.

In attendance were several members of the Mass House and Senate, and several current Peabody elected officials, including School Committee member Beverley Dunn, who read the “Lord Hear Our Prayer” petitions.

Also in attendance was former Mayor Mike Bonfanti, State Rep Ted Spelliotis, former Speaker of the House Tom Finneran, and newly elected Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff.

Also spotted were City Councilors  Rico Mello, Jim Liacos, Tom Gould, and David Gravel, former State Rep John Slattery,  former City Councilor, School Committee member and State Rep Tom Walsh, and former City Councilor Bill Toomey.

Several other current and former Peabody elected officials were in attendance to pay tribute at her wake on Sunday night in Salem.

The services were also attended by hundreds of constituents, all of whom admired and respected her as an outstanding public servant

Good luck, Catarina: Bring that title back to Peabody

1 Dec

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher


Catarina Rocha on her way to winning the Northeast Championship last weekend.

In need of some good new here today in blog land after a tough week for Peabody.

That’s why we’d like to say congrats and good luck to Catarina Rocha, who was recently ranked 5th nationally, and will compete in the Footlocker National Cross Country Championships. Dec.8, in San Diego CA.

Rocha, a senior at Peabody High, earmed her lofty ranking by winning the Northeast Regional Championship last weekend in Van Cortland Park in the Bronx, NY.

She won the title with in a time of 17:49.5, which was 20 seconds faster than runner up Megan Curham of Warren, NJ.

The Eye wishes Catarina the best of luck as she attempts next weekend to bring a national championship home to Peabody.

Official arrangement details announced for Joyce Spilliotis

30 Nov

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

joyceClick here for the full, official wake/funeral  details, and obituary for our friend, State Representative Joyce Spilliotis, who passed away early yesterday morning.

In lieu of flowers,  the family is asking that donations be made in Joyce’s memory to the Hard Times Partnership fund, NSCAP, 98 Main St., Peabody, MA 01960,  or to Haven from Hunger, 75 Wallis St., Peabody, MA 01960.

Free shuttle to wake for seniors

Mayor Ted Bettencourt has also arranged for free shuttle van transportation for those senior citizens wishing to attend the wake of the late Rep. Joyce Spiliotis, this Sunday, Dec. 2nd. Visiting hours are 2-to-6 p.m., at the O’Donnell Funeral Home located at 46 Washington Square in Salem.

Chris Ryder, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, told EOP that the shuttle will run continuously back and forth between the Council on Aging and the funeral home throughout the afternoon.  For more information, please contact the Mayor’s office at 978-538-5700.

Message sent by Mayor Bettencourt on the passing of Representative Spilliotis

29 Nov

Eye on Peabody has obtained the following message Mayor Ted Bettencourt sent out to Peabody’s elected officials soon as he heard the news this morning of the passing of State Rep. Joyce Spilliotis.

From Mayor Ted Bettencourt via email message: 

“I was deeply saddened to learn this morning of the passing of Representative Joyce Spiliotis.   Like many of you, I have known Joyce as a friend, mentor and colleague for many years.   As a City Councilor and State Representative, Joyce was a tireless advocate for her constituents and a true champion for the City of Peabody.  Please join me in offering our deepest sympathies to Joyce’s family during this extremely difficult time. “

– Bob Croce

Services announced for Representative Spilliotis

29 Nov

Joyce Spilliotis during her days as a Peabody City Councilor

Services for State Rep. Joyce Spilliotis, who passed away early this morning, will be held on Sunday and Monday.

Joyce’s husband, Dick Jarvis, told Eye on Peabody that visiting hours will be on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2-to-6 p.m., at the O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Square, Salem.  Prayer services will take place at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 1 Margin Street, Peabody on Monday at 10 a.m.

We’ll publish more details as they become available, but Dick would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of sympathy and respect for Joyce. He says it has been a very difficult time for he and his family, but it’s “wonderful” to know how much Joyce’s public service meant to the citizens of Peabody.

We then smiled over the thought  of Joyce right now asking God when nomination papers will be available for her to run for a spot on Heaven’s City Council.

– Bob Croce

RIP Representative Joyce Splillotis

29 Nov

Please note: If you would like to offer a remembrance of Joyce or your condolences in the comments section below, I’m positive Dick and her family would appreciate it. You may also post anonymously, if you like. It asks for an email field, but your email is not required.)

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

The “Peoples’ Joyce

It is with deep sorrow that I announce the passing of Joyce Spilliotis-Jarvis, who served the people of Peabody so well over the years in her roles as State Representative, City Councilor, and Library Trustee.

Joyce died, at age 65,  early this morning  with her family by her side, including her husband, Dick Jarvis.

The “Peoples’ Joyce” will be greatly missed not only as an outstanding public servant, but also as a terrific wife, mother, and friend.  Information on her services can be found here.

For now, my deepest sympathies to Dick and Joyce’s entire family.

This is a very sad day for Peabody.  We have lost a legendary public servant. And, good friend.

Here are some early articles in the Peabody Patch and Salem News announcing Joyce’s passing.

Here is an article from, with reaction from some of Joyce’s State House colleagues and friends.

Here is an article from the Patch with reaction from Mayor Ted Bettencourt.