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Peabody’s Mitsopoulos in nationals of prestigious academic competition

31 Jan

By Eye on Peabody

Christina Mitsopoulos (center) poses with some of her teammates

Christina Mitsopoulos (center) poses with the Notre Dame Academy teammates on her panel.

Congratulations to Peabody’s Christina Mitsopoulos, a junior at Notre Dame Academy of Tyngsboro, who was on the winning team in the prestigious “We The People” state academic contest recently at Harvard University.

With the win, in this contest that tests a student’s knowledge of history, the Constitution,  and law, Christina and her NDA classmates advanced to the nationals at George Mason University and on Capitol Hill  in Washington. DC, in April.

A very well-rounded student, athlete and performer, Christina is also on the NDA track team, and is a champion dancer with the Bremer School of Irish Dance.  She hopes to study law someday.

5 candidates beat deadline, qualify for the State Rep special election ballot

22 Jan

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

I’ll have more on this in the coming days, including some more polls, but ladies and gentlemen, the following candidates made today’s deadline to qualify for the ballot to run in the special election for State Rep in the 12th House District.

There will be both a Republican and a Democratic primary on March 5, followed by the final election on April 2.

Unenrolled canddiate Dave Gravel

Dave Gravel, unenrolled, on final ballot

Democrat James Moutsoulos


Democrat Beverley Griffin Dunne

Republican Gregory Bunn

Republican Greg Bunn

Republican Leah Cole

Republican Leah Cole

Mayor’s address was on point, effective, and … brief

8 Jan

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher


Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt makes his mid-year state of the city address last night while newly elected City Council President Tom Gould looks on.

It was straight forward, on point, effective, and most of all … brief.

A few minutes before the annual city inaugural ceremony began last night in the Wiggin Auditorium at Peabody City Hall, I whispered to Mayor Ted Bettencourt, in good-natured fashion, “Please, no two-hour speeches tonight.”

His response? “Don’t worry, I’ll get everyone out of here in time for kickoff,” said the Mayor while smiling, and referring to the other big event of the night, the college football national championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame.

And, yes, we did indeed make it in time for kickoff over at the AOH.

In this case, “brevity” was perfect.  During his “state of the city” address,  Mayor Ted talked about his mid-term accomplishments, which included reaching a compromise with the city’s unions on healthcare to save taxpayers millions, approval of plans and financing on a much-needed new middle school, and the steps he’s taken toward business development in an effort to get more revenue by expanding the commercial tax base. He left us with positive messages like this, and then brought his address to a close in less than 20 minutes:

“I expect the upcoming years in Peabody to be a time of evolution, a time of revitalization, a time of challenge and a time to better position Peabody for long-term prosperity,” Bettencourt said.

Mission accomplished …  for now. More to come in the Mayor Ted Bettencourt story.

There are more details from what the Mayor said in a nice wrap up by John Castelluccio in the Peabody Patch.

Other observations around the Wiggin last night

Councilor At-Large Tom Gould’s middle name is Lloyd? Who knew? Maybe not many until his fellow councilor’s voiced their vote for “Thomas Lloyd Gould” when it came time to select the new Peabody City Council President. As is customary, Gould, became the unanimous pick for president, and then also gave an effective, yet brief address … Councilor At-Large Mike Garabedian drew seat No. 1, meaning, as some wise guy quipped, he’ll be under the gun and really have to pay attention! …

There was a whole lot of politicking going on, which became a clear indicator that the race is on to fill Peabody’s vacant stat rep seat.  Announced candidates Beverley Dunne (school committee member) and Dave Gravel (Councilor At-Large) were there as part of their duties as elected officials, but clearly each was doing whatever they needed to “work the room” of mainly Peabody insiders, many of whom could be influential this spring. Announced state rep candidate and former Ward 3 Councilor Jim Moutsoulas was also there schmoozing. … Other elected officials there last night included newly elected Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff, and newly elected State Senator Joan Lovely.

Outstanding job last night by the Peabody High chorale and concert band.  The very talented kids in the chorus sang a stirring rendition of the National Anthem … Hats off to the Mayor last night for acknowledging the contributions of former State Rep Joyce Spilliotis-Jarvis, who passed away late last year. Bettencourt also recognized her husband, and my friend, Dick Jarvis, who watched the ceremony from the balcony.

City inaugural tonight; Dunne, Gravel pull papers for state rep

7 Jan

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

Just a few updates and random notes today …

We’ll have coverage tomorrow of Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt’s mid-term state of the city speech after we attend tonight’s annual inaugural ceremony, 7 p.m., in Wiggin Auditorium at City Hall. If you can’t attend live, the ceremonies will be broadcast on PAT Channel 9.

Councilor At-Large Tom Gould tonight will be also be elected City Council President. The tradition is that the councilor with the least years of service, who has not yet been council president, wins unanimous approval when the entire council votes for who will hold this position in 2013.

The evening will also include Bettencourt’s first mid-term address.

Dunne and Gravel pull papers for state rep

In other news, School Committee member Beverley Griffin Dunne and Councilor At-Large Dave Gravel have pulled nomination papers to run in the special election to replace Joyce Spilliotis for Peabody’s 12th District House seat. Each must get 150 certified signatures by Jan. 22 at 5 p.m.

To like Dunne’s campaign page on Facebook, click here.

To like Gravel’s campaign page on Facebook, click here.

Dunne will run as a Democrat and might face a primary on March 5, while Gravel, once he gets his certified signatures, will be on the ballot as an independent for the final election on April 2. Gravel has also announced that his official campaign kickoff fundraiser will take place  on Jan. 25th, 7-10 p.m. at the Peabody, Division 11 AOH.

Random incidents aside, Peabody is safe community when it comes to crime

4 Jan

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

ppdA shooting last night on Washington Street has sparked a debate in the comments section of an article in the Peabody Patch this morning, causing people to momentarily lose their minds and start comparing Peabody to Lynn and Chelsea when it comes to violent crime.

But please, can we take a deep breath right now and realize that actual crime statistics show that Peabody remains one of the safest cities in the state? Oh sure, things aren’t perfect here in our little berg. There is a drug problem for sure, and some infamous recent examples of how we definitely are  not Mayberry, NC.

As just one citizen, I would like to see Mayor Ted Bettencourt address the issue of drugs and crime when he makes his state of the city mid-term address on Monday night at Wiggin Auditorium. But crime, which is on the rise everywhere, isn’t rampant Peabody right now.

Don’t take that as my opinion. Look at the facts, actual crime statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  FBI crime statistics show that Peabody has a fairly low crime rate for a city of its size. In 2011, there were 2.4 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens.

In Beverly the number was 2.31, while it’s 2.25 per 1,000 in Danvers, and Salem was at 2.86.

Comparing Peabody to places such as Lynn and Chelsea when it comes to violent crime, as was done this morning in the Patch, is ridiculous and outrageous. In Lynn, according to the FBI data, there were 8.85 violent crimes per citizen in 2011 (more than three times Peabody’s crime rate), while in Chelsea it was a whopping 17.43.

By most indicators (actual statistics), Peabody is a fairly safe place to live when it comes to crime.  Is it perfect? Of course not, and it would definitely be good to see the mayor come up with a vision for cleaning up our drug problem, which definitely exists.

But come on,  people!  When you look at the real facts, we should be secure to know that we live in a fairly safe community.

Peabody joins state program to help bring dilapidated homes up to code, and ensure safety

3 Jan

By Eye on Peabody
Responding to safety concerns about abandoned and dilapidated homes in some Peabody neighborhoods, Mayor Ted Bettencourt this week announced that the city would participate in the Abandoned Housing Initiative, sponsored by the Mass. Attorney General’s office.

The idea of the program is to help bring these neglected properties up to code. The Attorney General’s Abandoned Housing Initiative assigns blighted properties to court-appointed third party receivers. Those receivers assume full responsibility for bringing the property into compliance with state and city building code regulations.

Here are some of the details from a press release issued through the mayor’s office:

To join the program, the mayor directed the city’s Code Enforcement division to create an inventory of problem properties within the city.  Problem properties include those which have fallen into disrepair and for which there has been no response from the owner of record when the city sought repairs.  The city submitted a total of 12 properties to the AGO for possible inclusion in the program.

After conducting a title search on each property, the Attorney General’s office typically provides notice to all parties who may have an interest in title as to the conditions of their property and allows them to make the necessary repairs to avoid a receivership action.  If the parties in interest are unable/unwilling to make the necessary repairs at the property, the AG will petition the appropriate court to enforce the state sanitary code and for appointment of a receiver.

Peabody holding vigil in honor of CT school victims

19 Dec

By Eye on Peabody

hookMayor Ted Bettencourt is inviting the public to take part in a candlelight vigil tomorrow night (Dec. 20) in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The ceremony will take place,  6 p.m., in front of Peabody City Hall.

“As we struggle to come to terms with such a senseless loss of precious life, we may find comfort in the company of fellow members of our community,” Mayor Bettencourt said in a statement released to the Eye.  “I invite all those who wish to honor the memory of the 26 victims of this tragedy to join with us in solemn vigil.”

If you would like to donate to the Sandy Hook Support Fund, please click here.

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.

Source: Gould not going to run for state rep

8 Dec

Gould officially confirms that he is not running for state rep. See the updated story by clicking here.

Bob Croce, EOP Publsher

This just in this morning. A source wishing not to be indentified has told EOP in an email that Peabody Councilor At-Large Tom Gould has changed his mind, and will not run in the special election to replace late State Rep Joyce Spilliotis. We’ll try to get further confirmation. If Tom is reading this and would like to either confirm or deny, I know that would be appeciated by our readers.

If anyone else out there has any info, please feel free to share it here. We found this surprising, but the source is very credible.

More to come.

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.