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Archive for June, 2008

Sorting through the trash (fee)

Confused over the trash fee vote(s) that were (or weren’t) taken by the City Council last Thursday? You’re not alone. I just checked in with City Solicitor Roy Gelineau to get his take on the matter, and he was in the process of reviewing the BevCam tape of the meeting to try to sort it [...]

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Heads-up on ’sweepstakes’ scam

Beware of letters bearing gifts. Beverly resident Deb Debski asked us to warn residents of one of those ‘you won the sweepstakes’ scams. Debski said she got a letter today saying she had won $125,000 in the “American Sweepstakes Lottery.” The letter included a check for $4875 from an Illinois bank that was supposedly a [...]

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More news from last night’s meeting

There was a lot going on at last night’s City Council meeting, and not many people there to watch it. By the time the finance committee made its vote on the school budget, at about 10:30 p.m., there were literally no members of the public in the audience at City Hall. Just councilors, city officials, [...]

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Is another school really at stake?

Here’s a question a few people have asked today: Would another school really close if the City Council doesn’t approve the extra $680,000 for the schools at tonight’s final budget meeting (7 p.m. at City Hall)? Probably not, according to Superintendent James Hayes. Hayes told city councilors last week that it was probably too late [...]

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Anne’s Consignments moves one door down

Kara Lynne Jameson, co-manager of Anne’s Consignment Shop, with dogs Cassie Mae and Bernie Cole. Anne’s Fine Consignments created one vacancy but filled another when it moved one door down on Cabot Street over the weekend. Anne’s moved from 194 Cabot St. in the Odd Fellows building to 196 Cabot St., site of the recently [...]

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Good turnouts at ArtsFest, Solar Day

ArtsFest (above) and the Solar Field Day both had good turnouts on Saturday, according to organizers. Beverly Main Streets director Gin Wallace said she didn’t know how many people attended ArtsFest, “but everybody I asked said they felt we had more people than last year.” Meanwhile, about 300 people attended the field day events at [...]

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More comments from Monday’s public hearings

Leftover pieces from last night’s public hearings on the budget and trash fee … – Hale Street resident Rene Mary said the trash fee should be lowered from $100 to $75 to reward residents for their improved recycling, which has saved the city money on trash disposal costs. – Nathan Zoll and others advocated for [...]

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Only seven signed up for public hearings

As of 2 p.m., only seven people had signed up at the city clerk’s office to speak at tonight’s public hearings at City Hall. There are two public hearings, one on the trash fee at 7 p.m. and another on the budget at 7:30 p.m. You can still sign up tonight, right before the hearings, [...]

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‘No additional expense’ for alternative school

Reader Marie asks how many teachers will be added to the payroll to staff the new alternative school that will be housed at the McKeown School starting in September. The answer, according to Superintendent James Hayes (above), is none. Hayes told the City Council last week that the alternative school will be staffed by teachers [...]

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Elder Affairs chief coming to Beverly

Secretary of Elder Affairs Michael Festa in Peabody last year. Massachusetts Elder Affairs Secretary Michael Festa is scheduled to tour the Beverly Senior Center tomorrow morning at 10:45. Laurie Grant, the senior center’s assistant director, said Festa will speak to seniors and answer questions. Festa is touring senior centers across the state.

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