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Bridgewell moves to Peabody By Melanie Higgins ridgewell, the organization that provides support services to people with disabilities and other challenges, has moved to Peabody. Newly located at 10 Dearborn Rd., the organization celebrated its move with a ribbon-cutting at its new location last week. Mayor Ted Bettencourt and other city officials joined in welcoming the new service. The organization offers affordable housing, autism services, day services, homeless services and recreational services, among others, primarily to people with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities. It helps those people “direct their own lives, achieve personal and professional success, and remain active participants in society,” according to a Bridgewell press release. Formerly operating in Lynnfield, the organization will employ approximately 100 people at its new location. It has locations all across Massachusetts and employs approximately 1,400 people statewide. The company moved in

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Mayor touts city’s affordability s he prepares to submit his Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal to the City Council on Thursday, Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. confirmed that Peabody will once again boast the lowest average residential property tax bill of any city in Essex County. “We continue to invest in areas that are vital to Peabody’s long-term growth and prosperity – as well as to the quality of life of our residents,” said Mayor Bettencourt. “And we continue to do so while maintaining the affordability which has long been our city’s calling card.” Indeed, despite overseeing several major infrastructure projects, including construction of the $93 million Higgins Middle School and nearly $6 million in downtown revitalization efforts, Mayor Bettencourt lauded Peabody’s financial strength. He pointed to the city’s healthy reserve of free cash, Aa1 Bond rating, excess levy capacity and its large and diverse tax base. Bettencourt noted that Peabody consistently ranks among the hottest real estate markets on the North Shore because of its well-earned reputation as an affordable place to raise a family. “Our residents have come to expect a level of municipal services which meet or exceed those of nearby cities and towns but with property tax bills that are on average hundreds and even thousands of dollars less than those communities,” said Mayor Bettencourt. “In terms of public safety, road and sidewalk maintenance, no-fee trash pickup, snowplowing, new parks, playgrounds and recreational venues, Peabody offers a tremendous value for homeowners.”


Peabody Councillor-at-Large Dave Gravel (center) helps cut the banner signifying the company’s opening at its new Peabody headquarters. Left to right: State Senator Joan Lovely, Peabody Mayor Edward Bettencourt, Jr., Bridgewell Interim CEO & President Kelly Martin, David Gravel, Peabody Ward 4 Councillor Edward Charest and Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce 2nd Vice President Chris Feazel. (Courtesy photo)

order to consolidate and centralize its operations. “It’s always great when businesses move to Peabody,”Ward 4 Councillor Ed Charest, who was present at the ribbon-cutting, said in a phone call with The Advocate. “It shows that Peabody is the place to be to work and live.” He also praised the “great service” that the or-

ganization will provide. “Bridgewell’s consolidation and relocation of their offices to Peabody is a great win for the city,” Councillor-at-Large Dave Gravel said in an e-mail. “Not only do they employ a significant number of Peabody residents, but their presence will help improve our local economy as they shop lo-

City honors fallen firefighters at annual ceremony By Melanie Higgins ast Sunday morning friends, family and members of the Peabody Fire Department honored its fallen firefighters in the annual Firefighters Memorial. Gatherers attended the Cedar Grove Cemetery to pay respects


and then returned to the headquarters for breakfast. According to Chief Steve Pasdon, the department honors the 10 firefighters who have fallen since Peabody was incorporated as a city. Pasdon, in a telephone interview with the Advocate, called the event

“solemn.” The department, in a statement, called the ceremony a “nice showing of active and retired members” and said that the ceremony “honored those who have gone before us.” Local dignitaries, including Mayor Ted Bettencourt and

Fire Chief Steven E. Pasdon (standing) and Captain John Hosman at the breakfast ceremony at Headquarters The Peabody Police Honor Guard

City Councillors Jon Turco, Pete McGinn, Jim Moutsoulas, Joel Saslaw, Tom Gould and Anne Manning-Martin and candidate for City Council Ryan Melville, attended the ceremony. Current and former Peabody firefighters led the procession and honored the fallen with a play-

ing of taps. Jim Rice, the last Peabody firefighter to fall in the line of duty in 2011, was notably on everyone's minds. Rice was honored just recently with the distinction of having the future new Middle School fields named after him.

Active firefighters march from the entrance of Cedar Pond Cemetery to the memorial site.

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A dream and a little help from friends: Peabody Learning Academy helps kids on their way "The Advocate Asks" with PLA director Seith Bedard ote: Nestled within the Northshore Mall between the two Macy’s stores, this little and little known school is making big gains to help Peabody’s most vulnerable students graduate from high school and achieve their dreams. The Peabody Learning Academy (PLA), created in 2009-2010, is a partnership between Simon Malls (known for the Northshore Mall) and Peabody Public Schools.


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Last week the Advocate caught up with PLA Director Seith Bedard, a little less than a week after the school’s graduation and moving on ceremony. Thanks in large part to PLA, which provides a safety net to at-risk kids by tailoring classes to their lives, Peabody has its lowest drop-out rate in years. Bedard explained how the school works and what it is doing to improve education in Peabody. Q: How long have you been doing this? A: I was here when the school was created, so the end of my 7th year. I was in a second Master’s program trying to get my certification in School Administration because I thought I wanted to be an assistant principal and from there, a princi-

Northshore Mall Manager Mark Whiting (left) congratulates graduates at a moving on and graduation ceremony last week. Seith Bedard (right), the school’s director, looks on.

pal – and part of what the requirement were was that at the end you have to do about 300 hours of an internship. The principal at the time was trying to think of things and was like, “Hey, what do I do with you?” The very first School Committee meeting I went to was the night that Ron presented, so that’s how I jumped into the picture. My pet job was to follow these people around, get as much information as I could. When the job opened up it was a “right place at the right time” situation. The way that the high school administration put it to me, was “this could be an excellent oppor-

tunity” – a “partnership with the biggest business in town” – let’s do the best we can and put our best foot forward. Q: How long has your organization been in service for? How did the school come about? A: [The school] opened in 2010-2011 school year. This whole thing came about in 2009. Their [Simon Malls’] regional vice president is a gentleman by the name of Ron Hanson – [he] approached our school committee in 2009. He got up and said, “I’d like to present something to you folks.” He spoke about the Simon Property Company [that] has a charitable organization called the Simon Youth Foundation and their whole premise is to put these schools inside of Simon shopping malls around the country and they’re designed to help the at-risk youth community graduate from high school. Their first academy was built in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas. How that came about is the mall manager noticed a bunch of young kids running around the mall when they should have been in school.

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Puritan Lawn Memorial Park announces winners of 2017 essay contest Mayor Edward J. Bettencourt, Jr. presented students with awards on Sunday, May 28 uritan Lawn Memorial Park would like to congratulate the winners of the essay contest “Why is the First Amendment the cornerstone of our democracy?” Middle school (grades 6, 7, 8) and high school (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) students from the local community were invited to participate. Peabody Mayor Edward J. Bettencourt, Jr. presented the students with their awards at Puritan Lawn’s annual Memorial Weekend service on Sunday, May 28 For 2017 the recipients are as follows: Middle School Category: 1st Place – Samir Babic (Grade 8) – J. Henry Higgins Middle School, Peabody 2nd Place – Paulina Straticos (Grade 8) – J. Henry Higgins Middles School, Peabody High School Category: 1st Place – Gabriel Clark (Grade 10) – KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School , Lynn 2nd Place – Ahmed Alananzeh (Grade 9) – Everett High School, Everett First place winners received $300 and second place winners received $150. Matching donations were made to the schools of the winners. In addition to the students receiving their awards, Puritan Lawn paid tribute to those who have served our country, past and present. Speakers included Mayor Bettencourt, Pastor Tom Coots and Captain Stephen Castinetti, who retired from the U.S. Navy after 40 years of service. Groups that participated included the


“House of Mirth” discussion series at the Peabody Institute Library he Peabody Institute Library invites you to join us for a very special summer reading experience as we explore author Edith Wharton’s “House of Mirth” with Professor Theo Theoharis. The first of four meetings will be on Monday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. This event will be held at the Main Library (82 Main St. in Peabody). Wharton’s “The House of Mirth” appeared in October of 1905, published by Scribner’s in New York. By December of that year, in three months, it had sold more copies than any book this venerable publish-





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ACADEMY | FROM PAGE 2 He approached these kids, and kind of went, “What the heck are you doing here? What’s the deal?” These kids didn’t have any interest. They [Simon] went to the local school board and they put a school in there and it was very successful. Now for the last 18, 19 years, we’re one of 30 academies in the country. The mayor, Mr. Bonfanti at the time, the high school principal, Edward Sapienza, the superintendent of schools, Dr. Milt Burnet, they jumped on this right away. Within a week they had a meeting. They flew out to local academies in Pennsylvania – toured it, loved it. A project like this usually takes four to five years to come to fruition, and in 13 months this was planned, built, and the doors were opened. They took advantage of it. Q: Why does Peabody need organizations like this one? A: At the time [...] the dropout rate at Peabody High School with a school of about 2,000 kids was upwards of 7, 7 ½ percent. You’re talking about 140 kids that were dropping out of the place. The high school teacher and the superintendent at the time recognized this, which is the prob-

lem we have in Peabody is that our high school is kind of overflowing. There was no spot in the school or in the district that they had to put something like this. Some of the kids that come through here, some of them are paraplegic, bedridden. One kid – he’s handicapped – just one arm, and the kid was working full time to pay the rent at his house and he’s disabled. Some of the kids I’ve had this year, the amount of adversity and the obstacles that these kids have to go through in their personal life – they’re trying to come to school and do homework and study and try to do everything – I’m twice their age and I couldn’t handle it. This is a real nice way for a lot of people, a lot of businesses – to give an opportunity to these kids. From this program we’ve been so successful that we’ve recognized that ... there are other kids that didn’t really fit the mold. For example, there are some teen moms, there are some kids who are homeless that need to work during the day. We also run a night program called the PANS program (Peabody Alternative Night School) for kids that need to work during the day – they can’t be in school. Between this program and the

A: The size of the high school is overwhelming for some kids. There’s smaller classrooms, smaller environment, there’s a lot of structure. It’s a nontraditional class so it’s not just a teacher lecturing like you’d see in a traditional class. We do an online web-based curriculum work, credit recovery and blended learning. It’s almost like an accelerated class. The goal is to try and have a kid fill the requirement for a full year course and half the school year. If the kids folPeabody Learning Academy students learning in one of the low along our blueprint, they schools’ classrooms. (Courtesy photo: PLA) can make up approximately two years of high school in an night program we’ve really lars for scholarships for these academic year. That’s not algiven kids another opportu- students. On Friday we had ways the case – because life nity to get their high school two recipients of a $32,000 gets in the way – but we cerdiploma. scholarship. Those students tainly have it structured where will probably not have a stu- they’re getting the same maQ: What has the school dent loan for their entire life. terial they would get in a traturned into? How have kids One student’s going to UMass ditional class, just presentbenefited? Boston; the other student got ed to them in a different way A: We just finished seven into Endicott College. It’s really so it’s a little bit more conveyears and our seventh gradua- cool. Every student that comes nient for them. It’s also a littion. We’ve had 115 kids grad- here has either dropped out of tle bit more isolated for a kid uate from high school. A vast the high school or they had so that may be intimidated by a majority of them we send to few credits that they were ei- class of, say, 30 kids. There’s not college or some sort of post- ther going to age out of the the distractions; they can put secondary opportunity. The school or it was only a mat- headphones on; they can do Simon Foundation is extreme- ter of time before they were their work without having to ly generous because not only going to leave. The fact that be bothered. I also have cerdo they put these schools we’re able to help save these tified teachers here for a kid in the mall, they have an ag- kids and not only get them that got lost in the pack begressive fundraising cam- through, but get them to col- cause they couldn’t grasp a paign where they raise thou- lege, it’s really amazing. concept and just kind of gave sands and thousands of dolTwo years ago we got the up. You have a lot of individudropout rate to, I believe, 1 ½ alized instruction, so there’s no percent. This year it’s around 2 way you can’t learn – it’s really – it’s up a little bit. structured and geared for the individual kid. Q: So that’s in this school, or A lot of the kids, before they Peabody High School? come here, haven’t received a A: Peabody High School. lot of success in school. We’ve Peabody High’s dropout rate seen a real increase in stuwent from 7-7 ½ percent to dent attendance. The majori2 percent in a matter of sev- ty of these kids that were laen years. beled “chronically absent” … the majority of these kids are Q: Wow. And would you say meeting the attendance polthat’s because of this pro- icy. They’re building a lot of gram, for the most part? confidence. [When they gradA: This is a large compo- uate] a lot of these kids have nent of it. really good jobs and have their future planned out. The attenQ: How many students can tion and focus these kids get, you hold? it’s really second to none. A: We can hold 40 kids here. It’s a very small environment. Q: If kids take a little longer to graduate – for exQ: What do your kids get ample, are 19 and they still out of the program? How does it work?


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~ Sounds of Peabody ~ Last day to sign up for Free Tutoring is June 23 Nick Blaisdell, Mary Santa Cruz and Devon Forsythe are three Peabody High School grads who are making a difference in Peabody. Starting on July 17, the trio will be offering free public tutoring in Math, English, English Language Arts and reading to Peabody grade school students. Since opening, the

program (called the Peabody Volunteer Tutoring Organization) has garnered rave reviews, including the endorsement of the Peabody School Committee and Mayor Ted Bettencourt. Enrollment closes June 23. To enroll and discover more information about the program, visit

Chalvire to host free ice cream party in support of campaign The candidates are off! Candidate for Ward 4 Bukia “Kia” Chalvire held her kick-off party at the newly reopened Chandler’s Ice Cream (86 Andover St.) Thursday night. Chal-

vire is among the recent few candidates who are hosting meet and greet kick-off parties throughout the city as election season begins to heat up.

Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser on for June 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Liberty Tree Mall From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, kids will have the opportunity to see and touch some of their favorite trucks – no more Hot Wheels. Located at the Liberty Tree Mall at 100 Independence Way in the back parking lot (behind Sky Zone and Marshalls), the event will feature the following vehicles and more: Wind River Environmental Pump Truck NEMLEC SWAT Vehicle Danvers Police Cruiser Peabody Dept. of Public Services Front End Loader Cicoria Tree and Crane Service Log Truck US Air Force Recruiting Office Miniature F-16 Action Ambulance Four Star Service Wrecker and Ramp Truck Ipswich Ale Brewery Root Beer Tapmobile “Check out rigs, wreckers and cool cars at this kid-friendly, fun-filled community event, sponsored by Wind River Envi-

Notable upcoming Peabody Institute Library Events Monday, June 19: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. – Creativity Lab, “Digital Embroidery” 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. – Sutton Room, Main Library – Acoustic Archives: Alec Hutson Tuesday, June 20: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. – West Branch – North Shore Women’s Book Group Thursday, June 22: 1:00p.m.-3:30 p.m. – West Branch – Building a Better World with Lou's Upcycles

ronmental” reads a statement from the Liberty Tree Mall. “Toy trucks can’t compare to the real thing!” The event coincides with Father’s Day weekend, so it’s bound to be a good time. The event will also feature crafts, face painting, door prizes and giveaways from mall retailers. The Liberty Tree Mall will be accepting donations for charity. Your $5 per person entry fee ($20 max per family) benefits Simon Youth Foundation (including the Peabody Learning Academy) and the Danvers Police D.A.R.E program. Simon Malls asks that you visit or www.facebook. com/LibertyTreeMall or contact the Marketing Department at 781-231-9087 for more information.

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Letter to all 2017 citywide election candidates reetings to all prospective and declared Candidates! The Advocate is inviting all who are running or thinking of running to submit a short letter, providing a little information about yourself and why you wish to serve the City of Peabody. A paragraph or two will do. E-mail any statements to melanieh@advocatens. com. The paper will be running your statements. If you wish to include a photo, you may do so as well. Headshots preferred.


Friendly reminder:  The last day and hour to take out Nomination Papers is Friday, July 21 at 5 p.m.  The last day and hour to file Nomination papers is Tuesday, July 25 at 5 p.m.  Certified nomination papers must be filed by Tuesday, August 8 at 5 p.m. with the City Clerk.  The Preliminary Election will take place on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  The City Biennial Election will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Access clerk/Election%20Calendar%202017(1).pdf for a full list of important dates and election information on the City of Peabody’s website. Thank you and best of luck!

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Surprise playoff run ends for BF baseball By Greg Phipps ualifying for the playoffs in the final days of the regular season and seeded 16th in the Div. III North baseball tournament, the Bishop Fenwick Crusaders shocked many by advancing four rounds. The surprise run came to an abrupt end with a 13-4 semifinal loss to Catholic Central League foe and No. 5 seed Austin Prep last Thursday evening at Fraser Field in Lynn. Austin Prep proceeded to capture the Div. III North title by defeating Lynnfield in the final. The Crusaders, who finished 13-11 on the season, pulled off three postseason wins in come-from-behind fashion: a preliminary round 6-5 victory over Bedford and upsets of top-seeded Whittier Tech (32) and Hamilton-Wenham (65). The storyline was very different in the semifinal loss to

Austin Prep, as the Crusaders committed seven errors and couldn’t recover from an 8-1 deficit. BF head coach Kevin Canty told the press afterward that it was probably the team’;s poorest performance of the season. “We picked probably the worst day of the year to have our worst game of the year. Things happened tonight that hadn’t been happening over the past three or four games,” he said. “A team like Austin Prep, with the bats they have, you can’t give them extra outs and extra baserunners.” David Furtado, who stepped up big in the playoffs in the first three rounds, started and took the loss for BF. Ty Thompson and Nick Pignone also


pitched in relief. BF did take a lead in the top of the first inning when Rob Murphy’s groundout drove in Nick Fowler, who had singled. But the early advantage was shortlived. BF’s other scoring came on an Angelo McCullough single in the fifth and Ethan Belt’s sacrifice fly in the sixth. Jimmy Moore also stroked a base hit. With a number of players returning next season, BF’s prospects look promising given this year’s unexpected postseason effort. Canty said it can only help his squad for 2018. “I think we saw what it takes to be really, really good, and what type of energy you need to play with on a daily basis,” he pointed out.

BF’s Jimmy Moore connected for a base hit in the Crusaders’ semifinal playoff loss to Austin Prep last week. (Advocate photo by Greg Phipps)




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Collins launches city council campaign By Melanie Higgins nother candidate for City Council has launched a campaign. Stephen F. Collins III, a longtime Peabody resident and involved member of the community, officially kicked off


his campaign for Councillor-atLarge at a gathering at the Ancient Order of Hibernians (58 Lowell St.) last Friday night and collected signatures. Local officials Jon Turco, Anne ManningMartin, Ed Charest and Mayor Ted Bettencourt were among

the distinguished guests who attended. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I care a lot a lot about the city of Peabody, but I care even more about the people that are in it,â&#x20AC;? Collins said in his speech


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The Nutritionist Corner By Anna Tourkakis


n June 13th, legal counsel (as well as a member of the litigation committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys) for the Estate of Mary E. Daley filed a Petition for Rehearing with the SJC asking for the SJC to reconsider technical corrections and reconsiderations of law based upon the decision it handed down on May 31, 2017. Although this decision was a victory for the elderly and the elder law bar, the SJC brought up an issue that was never even argued during the court proceedings. MassHealth was shot down on its argument that a “use and occupancy” provision in an irrevocable trust somehow made the entire trust corpus countable as part of a MassHealth eligibility determination process. If MassHealth had succeeded on this issue, trusts that included such a provision would have been vulnerable to attack by MassHealth in an attempt to deny MassHealth benefits to an individual in need of care. The SJC heard both the Daley case and the Nadeau case on appeal at the same time. The SJC cited a provision in the Nadeau trust which read “The Nadeaus may appoint all or any part of the trust property to any one or more charitable or non-profit organizations” over which they have no controlling interest”. The court went on to say that “had Nadeau received care at a nursing home operated by a non-profit organization, he could have used the assets of the trust, including his home,


to pay the non-profit organization for his care”. The Mass NAELA attorney essentially argued that this limited power of appointment does not allow the holder of that right (the Settlor of the trust, viz. Nadeau) to exercise the power of appointment in favor of himself. Appointing trust principal is essentially the same as distributing trust principal to a named individual or entity. A general power of appointment means you can distribute to yourself. A limited power of appointment means you cannot distribute to yourself or for your benefit. This is consistent with the Restatement 3rd Property (Wills and Donative Transfers, Section 19.15). Mass NAELA litigation committee is working on resolving this lingering issue as well as other lingering issues as a result of the SJC decision in the Daley and Nadeau cases. The power to appoint trust principal to a charity or nonprofit organization does not mean that your nursing home care will be paid for with the assets you appoint to such charity or non-profit organization. The charity or non-profit organization could use the funds to build a new addition to one of its facilities, for example. The SJC remanded the case back to MassHealth for further consideration of this issue. This came out of the blue. The bottom line is the fight will continue. MassHealth may very well latch on to this “non-briefed” issue in the case and seek to deny MassHealth benefits due to such a provision in an irrevocable trust. This is precisely why the elder law bar is taking pro-active steps in order to bring more certainty into this area of the law. Without these extremely important steps, MassHealth would be operating without any checks and balances and would be free to interpret trust law any way it damn pleases.

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or most of us living in the northeast longing for summer is a yearly ritual. These all too brief summer months become a break from the year round hustle and bustle. This can also be a time when healthy eating becomes a vague memory but it doe not have to. In fact make this a time to revamp your diet to keep your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar in check.

help with maintaining cholesterol low, as well as blood pressure. Cookies and candies are not needed when you can grab a handful of berries or cherries to satisfy a sweet tooth and help with managing blood sugar at the same time. Make an easy and delicious frozen concoction by blending fruit, a small scoop of frozen yogurt and milk for a great

Experts agree Consuming fruits and vegetables is the best way to defy nutrition related diseases experts agree. This summer do both stay cool and eat nutritiously. To stay cool in the hot temperatures of summer, assemble your meals with loads of refreshing fruits and vegetables. Utilize the season’s fresh foods to reduce the high fat, sugar and salt often used to make food tasty. Sweet ripe fruits from the ‘pick your own’ farms or the farmers market, the ‘local flavors’ from supermarkets are all within reach and ready to flavor our meals. Foods such as strawberries, corn, blueberries, zucchini and many more are picked at their peak of ripeness. Enjoy a sandwich of grilled zucchini, peppers and hummus instead of the usual deli meats and pair it with farm fresh cucumber slices instead of chips. Trade your hamburger for a homemade turkey burger and an English muffin in place of a hamburger bun. If you must have a hamburger make it yourself with very lean hamburger meat (ask your butcher) and make a four-ounce patty and it will cook down to a perfect 3-ounce portion. Keep saturated fats from animal foods down to

liquid dessert. In moderation it can fit into any eating plan. Cookout meal Make colorful vegetables and fruits a large part of your cook out meal. Relish the flavors of these fresh foods and feel good about all the nutrients that come with it. Let the simple pleasures of summer living lightly move you to a healthier diet and ready to handle the impending yearly hustle and bustle. Bring Eating From Within to your workplace! Contact me to learn more about my corporate wellness programs. Anna Tourkakis is a nutritionist, author and founder of Eating From Within Nutrition. She provides nutrition advisory services and healthy eating programs to companies and individuals to help clients manage health conditions and maintain healthy eating lifestyles. Anna can be reached at T. 781 334-8752;

PVTO Summer 2017 Information Sheet Who? Tutors are Volunteer College and High School Students Where? All Classes Take Place @ the Higgins Middle School 85 Perkins Street, Peabody, MA When? Classes Meet Weekly July 17th August 11th (4 Weeks)! How? Enroll Now* at *Enrollment is open June 1st - June 23rd Our program offers free summer tutoring to Peabody Public Schools students ranging from grades 1-12 in math, English, science, history, and SAT preparation. Over the course of the program's 4 weeks, July 17th - August 10th, each course meets once per week with their volunteer high school and college-aged tutors in a small-medium group setting at the new Higgins Middle School. The enrollment form for our free community program can be found at and which will be open from June 1st until June 23rd. Due to the high demand for our organization, we can only accept a limited number of Peabody Public School students which will be granted on a first-come/first-serve basis. To get in touch with the PVTO, email us at or visit us on Facebook at

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HOUSE OF MIRTH | FROM PAGE 3 er had ever issued. It has remained a popular, critical and academic favorite ever since. Lily Bart, the novel’s heroine, is – given her beauty, youth, in-

tegrity, intelligence and goodheartedness – poised to succeed splendidly in the marriage lottery, or contest, awaiting all young women in upper class New York. But despite her supreme eligibility, she’s excluded

from the courting and marrying set, and cast adrift in increasingly difficult and lonely circumstances. Wharton’s novel indicts the values and social codes that ruin this talented young woman, and presents, in Lily Bart’s

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tragedy, a warning against cruel and vulgar fascination with prestige and wealth. Books are available on a first come, first served basis at the Main Library. Meetings will be held on July 10, July 24, Au-

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Churches & Places of Worship Calvary Baptist Church 4 Coolidge Rd., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 531-0914 Living God Community 47 Central St., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 531-6520 St. John The Baptist 17 Chestnut St., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 532-1586 Church Of Christ Apostolic 36 Walnut St., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 826-5653 Tabernacle Baptist Church 11 Summer St., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 531-5578 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 24 Tremont St., Peabody, MA 01960 (781) 598-9899 Tabernacle Baptist Church Parsonage 15 Summer St., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 532-4367 Congregation Sons of Israel Park St. & Spring St., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 532-1624 Community Covenant Church 33 Lake St., West Peabody, MA 01960 978-535-5321 St. Adelaide Church 708 Lowell St, Peabody, MA 01960 978-535-1985 Jehovah Witnesses of Peabody 79 Endicott St., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 532-2474 St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church 7 Paleologos St., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 531-0777

First United Methodist Church 24 Washington St., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 532-1020 First Church of Christ 35 Washington St., Peabody, MA 01960 (781) 631-1244 Monte Ministerio Cristiano 77 Walnut St., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 587-3076 St. John Lutheran Church 32 Ellsworth Rd., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 531-1731 St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Community (non-Roman) 32 Ellsworth Rd. at King St. Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 804-2250 Temple Ner Tamid (Conservative Egalitarian) 368 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960 Led by Rabbi Richard Perlman and Cantor Steve Abramowitz. (978) 532-1293 North Shore Baptist Church 706 Lowell Street, West Peabody 978-535-6186 Service Time: 10:30 AM Sundays Second Congregational Church 12 Maple Street, Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 531-0477 St. Ann Church 136 Lynn St., Peabody, MA 01960. 978-532-3329 Temple Tiferet Shalom 489 Lowell Street Peabody 978-535-2100 Congregation Tifereth Israel (Sephardic) 8 Pierpont St., Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 531-7309 Elliot Hershoff, President West Church 27 Johnson Street. Peabody, MA 01960 978-535-4112


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to leave the city. According to the report, police were Don’t push your luck summoned to an Adams by being pushy Avenue residence due to a You know it’s time to find reportedly rude and pushy a new line of work when the saleswoman selling vacupolice show up and tell you um cleaners. The woman

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ARRESTS Monday, May 29

Tuesday, May 30

Leandro M. Bacelar, 24, of Don A. Denham, 38, of 96 Tremont St., Peabody, was 50½ Aborn St., Peabody, was charged with disturbing the charged with seven arrest warpeace. rants; with disorderly conduct,

subsequent offense; and with receiving stolen property (under $250). Vidal Bonilla, 43, of 540A Summer St., Lynn, was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Wednesday, May 31 Sebastiao Alves Cavalcante, 52, of 3 Center St., Peabody, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with license suspended.

Thursday, June 1 Christin A. Castillo, 22, of 1 Goldberg Rd., Peabody, was charged with an arrest warrant. Edward S. Pinto, 55, of 6 Dennis St., Peabody, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with license suspended, subsequent offense.

Saturday, June 3 Stephen H. Vaccaro, 49, of 2 Paul Ave., Salem, was charged with disorderly conduct.

Sunday, June 4 Shawn B. Sullivan, 30, of 184 Proctor Ave., Revere, was charged with three counts of malicious destruction of property (over $250). Frank Wowk, 56, of 14 Raycroft Rd., Peabody, was charged with assault & battery with a dangerous weapon, with strangulation or suffocation, with intimidation of a witness and with malicious destruction of property (over $250).

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OBITUARIES John Meagher Crean, Esq.

How to Hire a Home Helper Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire a personal assistant/home helper for my mom to assist with some simple household chores like housekeeping, errand running, driving her to the doctor, and keeping her company. But mom doesn’t require personal/physical caregiving nor does she require any home medical care. Any tips to help us find someone? Looking for Mom Dear Looking, Getting your mom some help at home to handle some of her household chores can make a big difference keeping her independent longer. Here’s what you should know, along with some tips to help you find someone reliable for your mom. Home Helpers For seniors who could use some help at home – but don’t need a caregiving aide for personal care – there are a bevy of personal assistance/home helpers out there that can help make life a little easier. Most home helpers can assist with any number of things like shopping, running errands, transportation, light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, arranging services (home maintenance, lawn care, etc.) and other household chores, along with providing companionship and support. And, if your mom gets to the point she needs personal/physical care like bathing or dressing, they can usually help with this too. Most home helpers are part time workers who work a few hours a day or a few days per week. You also need to know that while Medicare does cover home health care services if a doctor orders it, they do not cover home helper/personal assistant services. There are two ways in which you can go about hiring someone for your mom; either through a home care agency, or you can hire someone directly on your own. Home Care Agency H iring a home help er through a non-medical home care, or non-medical companion care agency is the easiest, but most expensive option of the two. Costs run anywhere from $12 up to $30 an hour depending on where you live

and the qualification of the assistant/aide. How it works is you pay the company, and they handle everything including assigning appropriately trained and pre-screened staff to care for your mom, and finding a fill-in on days her helper cannot come. Some of the drawbacks, however, are that you may not have much input into the selection of the aide, and the helpers may change or alternate, which can cause a disruption. To find a home care agency in your area, Google “nonmedical home care” followed by the city and state your mom lives in, or you can use Medicare’s home health agencies search tool Most home health agencies offer some form of non-medical home care services too. You can also check your local yellow pages under “home healthcare services.” Hiring Directly Hiring a personal assistant/home helper on your own is the other option, and it’s less expensive. Costs typically range between $10 and $20 per hour. Hiring directly also gives you more control over who you hire so you can choose someone who you feel is right for your mom. But, be aware that if you do hire someone on your own, you become the employer so there’s no agency support to fall back on if a problem occurs or if the assistant doesn’t show up. You’re also responsible for paying payroll taxes and any worker-related injuries that may happen. If you choose this option make sure you check the person’s references thoroughly, and do a criminal background check. To find someone, ask for referrals through friends or check online job boards like, or try Care. com,, or CareSpotter. com.

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administrative assistant to the Office of the Dean at Harvard University in Cambridge for 43 years prior to her retirement in 1995. She was an avid sailor and enjoyed sailing as a paid crew on the Ketch Yankee in the Adriatic Sea, the Mediterranean Ocean, and European rivers and canals and formed many friendships over the world. She is survived by a sister-inlaw, Gail Crowley of Sanbornville, NH and many cousins and friends and was the sister of the late David “Tank” Crowley and Dennis Crowley. A Memorial Mass was held on Wednesday, June 14 at the Brooksby Village Chapel 101 Peabody. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 357 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970 in her memory. For guestbook, please visit Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home 82 Lynn St., Peabody, MA 01960.

in 1947. Honorably discharged from his military service in the 879th Air Engineering Squadron in Northern France in 1945. He attended Bentley School of Accounting and Finance and most proudly attended the University of Michigan. He spent thirtyone years in a career with the Internal Revenue Service, retiring as the Audit Division Chief at the Andover Service Center. He retired early at age 55 and enjoyed playing golf, taking winter trips to Florida and gardening in his back yard. After 57 years with his family in Saugus, Joe and Ann moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody. Joe is survived not only by his wife Ann but also by his two sons Frederick Conti and wife Penny Conti from Falmouth, Maine; Richard Conti and his wife Kathryn Keats from San Rafael, California; three grandchildren, Andrew Conti, Lorenzo Conti, and Brianna Conti Hodges, and one great grandson Jack Hodges, all from California. A celebratory funeral mass was held on Friday, June 9 at St. Margaret’s Church, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452.

At 81, of Danvers, formerly of Peabody and SouthYarmouth, passed away on April 21, 2017 at Benchmark Senior Living at Putnam Farm, after a brief illness. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Pauline E. (Pierce) Crean, John was the son of William H. and Ethelwyn E. Crean, and was raised in Peabody. He attended St. John's Grammar School and was a graduate of St. John's Preparatory School, The Joseph Conti School of Foreign Service at GeorgeAt 96, of Peabody, fortown University and Georgetown Law merly of Saugus, passed School. Mr. Crean served in the U.S. away peacefully June 6, Army in the Language Division, and 2017. He is survived by his loving wife, was stationed in Bad Aibling, Germa- Antoinette (Oliveri) whom he married ny. John was a partner in the law firm of Pearl, McNiff, Crean, Cook and Sheehan, 30 Main St. Peabody, for over three decades before his retirement to South Yarmouth, where he lived, along with his wife Pauline, for Tarot Card Readings 15 years. Mr. Crean is survived by two Palm Readings brothers, Paul G. of Wolfeboro, N.H. If you have questions, I have answers. and his wife, Norma, and David M. Crean, of Mercer Island, Washington and I’ll answer one free question by phone. his wife, Dorothy. He was predeceased ~Available for private parties~ by his brother, William H. Crean, Jr. and Call for an appointment his wife, Peggy, of Phoenix, Arizona. He is also survived by his stepdaughters, Elizabeth Kimball Gagne and her 321A Broadway (Wyoma Square), Lynn, MA husband, Robert, of Gilford, N.H. and $10.00 off with this ad! Barbara Boulay Malgeri and her husAll readings are private and confidential. band, Vincent, of Danvers; his stepsons, Robert Boulay and his wife, Donna of Goffstown N.H. and Stephen Boulay and his wife Deann of Newburyport, as well as 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and their families. John was a benefactor of Camp Belknap in Tuftonboro, N.H. where he was both a camper and camp counselor for many years in his youth. Visiting Hours: A Memorial Service is 1. On June 16, 1941, President Frank- 11. What daredevil said, “Kid’s, do planned for Saturday, June 17, 2017 lin Roosevelt ordered what foreign not try this at home”? at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funer- consulates in the United States to 12. On June 18, 1979, the United al Home at 82 Lynn St. Peabody, MA close? States and Russia signed the SALT II at 11 a.m. Calling hours begin at 10:00 2. What Concord, Mass. native wrote, agreement, meaning what? a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may “I believe in the forest, and in the 13. What was the “Our Gang” of films meadow, and in the night in which also known as? be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, the corn grows”? 14. Which president proclaimed Fa75 Sylvan St. Danvers, MA 09123. The 3. What is the Fortune 500? interment will be held at St. Mary's 4. Where is Smithwick’s ale brewed? ther’s Day a federal holiday? 15. On TV’s “Happy Days” what was Cemetery, Salem. Please visit www. 5. What does SXSW® stand for? the father’s name? for directions, online 6. On June 17, a commercial car 16. What is the Italian word for phone was first used in what year: obituary and memorial guest book. sauce?

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Marion Crowley At 88, of Peabody, formerly of Lynn, died on May 28,2017 after a brief illness. She was born in Lynn, MA on March 22,1929, the daughter of the late Edwin and Edna (Conway) Crowley and had resided in Swampscott before moving to Peabody 35 years ago. Marion was a graduate of Brown University in 1952. She had been the

1946, 1956 or 1966? 7. What sport is featured in the movies “National Velvet” and “Bite the Bullet”? 8. Serena and Venus Williams and Kristi Yamaguchi have been featured in what ad campaign? 9. On June 17, 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill happened where? 10. What was the first word processor called?

17. On June 20, 1863, what southern U.S. state was founded? 18. Who is known as “The Father of Texas”? 19. On June 22, 1750, strict minister Jonathan Edwards was fired by a church in what Massachusetts town? 20. Who was the father on TV’s “Father Knows Best”

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COLLINS | FROM PAGE 9 to guests. “I really want to keep Peabody as a city that we’re proud of to call home.” Collins, in a conversation with the Advocate, said that one of his priorities as Councillor would be to help contribute to Peabody’s downtown revitalization efforts. He also pointed to Centennial Park as an area of potential growth that he would seek to bolster, and spoke of the need to expand programming to Peabody’s eldest and youngest citizens alike. His campaign slogan is “Putting Peabody first and Politics last.” Collins called Peabody a “great city ” and said that there’s always “room for improvement.” The candidate attended Syracuse University in New York and was heavily involved in the community growing up. In a speech, he thanked past teachers, mentors, coaches in Peabody. “It’s really because of all of you that I’m here today,” the 26-year-old said. His event places him in the company of a growing number of candidates who have hosted “kick-off ” parties in recent months, including Ward 1 Councillor Jon Turco (May 20), candidate for Councillorat-Large Ryan Melville (April

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7) and candidate for Councillor-at-Large Peter Bakula (April 20). Candidate for Ward 4 Councillor Bukia “Kia” Chalvire hosted her kickoff event on Thursday night, June 14 at the newly reopened Chandler’s Ice Cream (86 Andover St.).

The last day to pull nomination papers is July 21, and the last day to have them returned is July 25. Save for the possibility of primary elections, the official elections will be held on September 12 and the biennial on November 7.

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GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO OWN IN LYNNFIELD! Cute 2 bedroom cottage with nice views of Lake Suntaug! Bring your creative touches or expand with its 4 bedroom septic. Great commuter location.

WONDERFUL 3 BEDROOM CAPE WITH CHARM AND CHARACTER. Maple kitchen with corian counters opens to a fireplace family room with cathedral ceilings and skylights. Formal dining room, fireplace living room, first floor master, lower level family room, playroom and work shop. Great property!

EVENINGS: 781-956-0241

EVENINGS: 781-910-9020

EVENINGS: 617-797-2222

LYNNFIELD - $849,900

LYNNFIELD - $799,900

DANVERS - $339,000


COMPLETELY RENOVATED WITH EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY AND DESIGN. Open floor plan for this 10 room Colonial with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Stunning kitchen with fireplace, island, granite,and open to generous family room. New heat and air conditioning, Great in law potential with second kitchen. EVENINGS: 617-797-2222

SPACIOUS MULTI LEVEL 4 BEDROOM WITH CONTEMPORARY FLAIR in Heart of Desirable Apple Hill. Granite Fireplace With Open Concept Living Room, Family Room, Laundry/office space. Gas heat, CA, large level lot. EVENINGS: 508-269-6317

READING - $589,900

THIS 3 BEDROOM COLONIAL HAS LOTS OF CHARM, GREAT LOCATION, walking trails and many area amenities. Large level lot looking over a Park/ball field. Recently installed a heat and hot water system with A/C potential comes with a 10 year warranty. Newer roof and insulated windows. It has many updates and great potential. EVENINGS: 978-590-1628 or 617-240-0266

LYNNFIELD - $699,900

LYNNFIELD - $759,900


WEST SIDE & SUN FILLED AND ON ASH HILL RD! Corner lot raised ranch with 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths in an amazing neighborhood. Potential in law on lower level or 4th bedroom! OPEN HOUSE: Sat, 6/17 from 12-1:30pm at 60 Ash Hill Road EVENINGS: 617-650-2487

MAGNIFICENT VIEWS OF SUNTAUG LAKE from this Royal Barry Wills full basement Ranch. Updated kitchen, granite countertops, hardwood floors and finished lower level ideal for extended entertaining. 4 Bedroom Septic! EVENINGS: 978-979-7993 OR 978-979-3243

KING JAMES GRANT…Sun filled Wills built 10 room Contemporary split entry offering formal living & dining room,4 spacious bedrooms, sunroom, family room, game room, 2 baths & 2 car garage. Hardwood floors, central air & security system. EVENINGS: 781-771-8144

SAUGUS - $605,900

LYNNFIELD - $489,900

LYNNFIELD - $521,500


CHARMING 3 BEDROOM RANCH with fireplace living room, 2 full baths, updated kitchen, finished playroom in lower level, gas heat 10 years old, great space. Situated on half acre lot. EVENINGS: 617-797-2222

LONGWOOD ESTATES STUNNING 4 BED 2 1/2 BATH COLONIAL ON CUL-DE-SAC. New Kitchen fireplace LR Family Rm formal Dining hardwood Master Suite C/A sprinklers 2 C garage corner lot! EVENINGS: 781-929-3818

OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD YOUR OWN DREAM HOME. Perked for 4 bedroom septic. Water, gas and electric on street. Abuts Wildewood Acres. Great 41,550 sq. ft. lot. EVENINGS: 617-797-2222 OR 617-784-9995

Bernie Starr - Broker/Owner • Richard Tisei - Broker/Owner Donna Aloisi Bert Beaulieu Cheryl Bogart Helen Bolino

Kim Burtman Julie Daigle Christine Carpenter Alex DeRosa Kerry Connelly Marshall D'Avanzo Eric Doherty

Elena Drislane Lori Kramich Corrie Luongo Maria N. Miara

Catherine Owen Gale Rawding Ron Supino Marilyn Phillips Debra Roberts Patrice Slater Carolyn Palermo Maureen Rossi Donna S nyder - DiMella Marcia Poretsky • 26 Main Street, Lynnfield • (781) 334-3137


(781) 246-2100

THE PEABODY ADVOCATE - Friday, June 16, 2017  
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