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Thanks to you, 1 year later, EOP blog is still standing

16 Nov

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

eyeResarch shows that the average lifespan of your average citizen blog is less than three months, and many burnout in the first couple of weeks. That’s why I’m proud to come to you today bragging about the “longevity” of Eye on Peabody.

Today marks our First Anniversary. Exactly one year ago today, I launched with this post.   Twelve months later, and following two city elections and special elections for State Senate, State Rep, and US Senate, we’re still standing while keeping you informed on the issues that matter most for our hometown of Peabody, MA.

We had a little bit of a sabbatical while I ran recently for Ward 5 Councilor, but our visitor statistics have bounced back up the past two weeks as we’ve gotten back into keeping you informed. Since our debut on Nov. 16th, 2012, we’ve had more than 62,000 page views, and more than 15,000 unique visitors. What that means is that more than 15K different people have viewed at least one page of EOP the past 12 months.

Thank you for visiting and reading. Considering that life happens, it’s not always easy to keep content coming your way, but I’ve enjoyed bringing you each and every post, and I’m committed to keeping it going.

So just for fun, here are some other details I’ll share.

What was our busiest day for visits? 

That would be Nov. 29, 2012 when we announced the tragic  passing of State Rep. Joyce Spilliotis. In tribute to our friend Joyce, more than 900 people read our coverage that day, including 600 who read this post, and many who left comments in tribute.

What was my favorite post of the year?

It was one that also made me feel great, and I published it on the night these kids came to my door.

Of course, there are several other posts I’m proud of, but to choose between them would be like asking me which are my favorite children. So, I invite you to visit our archives and let me know which were your favorites.

Here’s to the start of another great year!

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.

Our top 5 posts of the week

7 Dec

Want to catch up on your Eye on Peabody reading this weekend?

eyeWell, here are the Top 5 most-read posts here on the blog this week:

1. Dunne, Gould, and Gravel positioning for potential run for open State Rep seat

2. Want to run for State Rep? Here’s your chance

3. Hey Nellie, how can we miss you, if you just won’t go away

4. A positive foreign concept to consider for Peabody High

5. Check out your Peabody property valuation here

Please let us know in the comments section which posts you enjoyed most, or got the most value from this week. You can also use the “Send a hot tip” link to let us know what you’d like to see us right about go forward.

Today officially is the three-week anniversary of Eye On Peabody. During that brief span, we’ve had 41 posts, almost 400 comments, and more than 10,000 visitors. Thanks so much for visiting. We hope it’s been informative, entertaining, and helped spark some discussions where you live. 

Officer Wojick denies sexual molestation charges

30 Nov

By Eye on Peabody


Officer Fred Wojick faced child molestation charges this morning n Peabody District Court . Image from WBZ-Boston, Ch. 4

Peabody Police officer Fred Wojick claimed through his attorney at an arraignment this morning that the child sexual  molestation charges against him were “salacious” and “sensationalized” Attorney Tom Drechsler also said that the charges against his client were made out of an act of “revenge.”

Wojick, 48. was arraigned this morning in Peabody District Court on six counts of indecent assault and battery against a child under 14. The Essex County District Attorney’s office says that the alleged victim, who is Wojick’s step-daughter, is now 17.  She told investigators the molestation started when she was 11, and continued until she was at least 15.

The alleged victim says that the acts involved repeated instances of inappropriate touching, and sexual references made to her and her friends. Wojick’s attorney said the allegations are false and that the step-daughter was angry because Wojick disapproved of her boyfriend.

Meanwhile, according to a report in the Salem News, Prosecutor Kate MacDougall said it was Wojick himself who first drew the attention of police, after he contacted a colleague earlier this month and reported that his family life was falling apart.

The Salem News said he told his colleague that he’d “joked around” and sometimes slapped the girl’s backside, but denied anything more serious.

Investigators say that the girl told them the touching incidents occurred during several instances. including while she was being tucked into bed. She also reported other instances when Wojick allegedly sat her on his lap and showed her pornography, according to the Salem News.

A 10-year veteran of the Peabody Police Department, Wojick has been suspended from duty.  He was released by the court on  personal recognizance, but has been ordered to stay away from both the alleged victim and her mother, and cannot to leave the state.

More to come as this story develops.  Here’s the video from the  story on Channel 4.

Here’s how this story was reported Channel 5

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.

Report: Peabody police officer facing charges of indecent assault on a child

30 Nov

EDITOR’S NOTE: You can read an updated version of this story, including later developments by clicking here.

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

The Peabody Patch is reporting this morning that a veteran Peabody police officer is facing indecent assault charges on a child, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

The Patch wrote that “spokesperson Carrie Kimball-Monahan briefed local media outlets that officer Fred Wojick, 48, will be arraigned in Peabody District Court this morning on six counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and one count of disseminating obscene material to a minor.”

The report said that state police detectives assigned to the DA’s office arrested Wojick last night at 7 p.m.

Here are some more details from the Boston Herald.

For sure, there will be more to come on this story.

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

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 boston.com, 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.

Benvenuti, benvenido, bemvindos, bienvenue, fáilte, and … welcome

16 Nov

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

They’ve come. They’ve gone. They’ve informed, enlightened, and even made people cringe. They’ve gone by different monikers. From a guy named Fred, to the Patriot, to Twisted Tanner, and just plain old “Keith.”

The Peabody blogosphere has been up, down, and all around. And now, a new player emerges.

Welcome to my world. Won’t you come on in?

I’ve been a keen observer of past blogs and bloggers here in Peabody, and I have to say that I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly along the way. But in my opinion, the one major missing element has always been a lack of accountability.

Although some of these bloggers past have certainly been entertaining, they haven’t exactly been forthcoming. Well, ladies, gentlemen, and kids of all ages, I’m here to tell you that it’s time throw away all of the masks.

Past bloggers, for reasons known to them only, have created these forums anonymously. In doing so they’ve created some colorful characters and alternative personalities.

But all of that is over. It’s through. I’m the guy behind the keyboard. I’m the one accountable for everything that’s written here, and I hope it’s something that lends more credibility to what I feel could be a very useful and effective forum of ideas, commentary, and … entertainment.

We definitely want to inform with this new blog venture. But come on, folks, let’s also not take ourselves too seriously.

I’m not Fred or the Patriot or the Tanner, or even the Outfront Guy. Welcome to the new Peabody blogosphere, where transparency rules.

Of course, you can still feel free to be anonymous, so let the characters return to post comments that I’m sure will be informative, make you think, and be zany all at the same time.

Welcome to my world. Let me know how I’m doing. Wake the neighbors. Tell the kids.

There’s new blog sheriff in town.