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No Child Goes Hungry continues to flourish

By Christopher Roberson

Last fall resident Michele Feld and School Committee Member Jarrod Hochman embarked on a campaign to provide backpacks full of food to students who would otherwise go hungry during the weekends.

Hochman said Feld discovered that a similar program existed in Florida and wanted to bring it to Peabody. After working with then-Assistant Superintendent of Schools Cara Murtagh, Hochman and Feld discovered that there was certainly a need for such a program in Peabody.

"We learned very quickly that there were 120 kids between the Welch and Center [Elementary] schools who would benefit,"said Hochman.

In addition to requests for funding and food donations, Hochman said, there was also a need for "gently used" backpacks.

Peabody residents answered

the call. "I'd come home every day, and there were backpacks at my front door," said Hochman, adding that he and Feld also partnered with Haven from Hunger Citizens Inn.

He said the program launched with 120 backpacks being distributed every week from October 2017 through March of this year. From March through June, that number climbed to 255 backpacks per week.

Hochman said a fleet of approximately 100 volunteers spend "10-12" hours per week filling and delivering backpacks, adding that 250 backpacks were filled on Sept. 13. "We're expecting that number to get up to 320," he said.

In addition, he said a graband-go option has been added for students at Higgins Middle School and Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.

Hochman said he and Feld continue to seek donations. Anyone interested can contact him at 617-281-6494.

Peabody Chamber celebrates new 49 Lowell St. location

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Executive Director Jenna Coccimiglio and Event Manager Maria Terris (center) of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce, cut the ribbon to celebrate the Chamber's new office at 49 Lowell St. Also shown, on the far left, is Councillor-at-Large David Gravel and Mayor Edward Bettencourt. Christopher Feazel, chairman of the Chamber's Board of Directors is on the far right. (Photo Courtesy of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce)

Junior running back Angel Paulino was a bright spot for the Tanners' offense during their 7-28 loss to Marblehead last Friday, rushing 85 yards rushing on 15 carries. See story and photos on page 8. (Advocate photo by Dave Sokol)

By Christopher Roberson

City officials and business owners recently gathered to officially recognize the sleek new office of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce at 49 Lowell St.

"This is a really special day," said Executive Director Jenna Coccimiglio during the Chamber's open house and ribbon-cutting event on Sept. 21, adding that with the move behind them, she and Event Coordinator Maria Terris have returned to the task at hand. "It feels good to be able to focus on more cool stuff."

Coccimiglio said she and Terris are"delighted to have a larger and more modern space while maintaining a presence in the downtown."

"We have plans to utilize our

new office for educational, business mentoring and networking opportunities," said Coccimiglio.

Councillor-at-Large David Gravel said the event was "well attended and nicely done." He also mentioned his prior familiarity with 49 Lowell St.

"My company, GraVoc, used to occupy that building from 1997 until 2006, it was a bit nostalgic for me to walk through it," he said. "The location is great and I think it will be a real positive for the chamber going forward."

During a prior interview, she said finding new office space was one of her top priorities when she took over as executive director on March 1. "I quickly realized that the space

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Cultural Council grants deadline ? October 15

Mayor Edward Bettencourt and the Cultural Council have set an Oct. 15 deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. According to council spokesperson Lisa Greene,

these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Peabody, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

The council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural

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This year, the local council will distribute about $17,500 in grants. Previously funded projects include the Peabody Summer Concerts on the Commons; Classes in Painting, Theater and Woodcarving for seniors; an Instrument Lending Program for children, school field trips to the Peabody Essex Museum, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and numerous theatrical performances throughout the region.

For local guidelines and complete information on the council, contact Lisa Greene at 978-538-5777 or lisa.greene@ peabody-. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at.

School Department launches

Peabody Gives initiative

By Christopher Roberson

Superintendent of Schools Cara Murtagh recently announced the start of a new initiative called Peabody Gives.

"Each month, a school is going to generate a community project," she said during the School Committee's Sept. 25 meeting.

She said South Memorial Elementary School will host the first installment of Peabody Gives. South School Principal Dr. Mark Higgins said his school's Peabody Gives project will focus on pediatric cancer awareness. "We're happy to kick it off with this," he said.

Higgins said that on Sept. 28 students will be allowed to wear pajamas to school and bring "small stuffed animals" with them. He also said the South School will be hosting the first annual Ella's Army 5K Family Fun Run on Sept. 30. The event will be held in memory of Ella O'Donnell, a fourth grade student at the South School who passed away from brain cancer in November 2016.

School Start Times Survey and extra textbooks

In other news, School Committee Member Brandi Carpen-

ter presented a draft of the student version of the School Start Time Survey.

In response, School Committee Member John Olimpio said the results for the high school, the middle school and the elementary schools should be divided into three separate groups. "This is kind of driven by the high school,"he said."I'd almost weigh those results a little more."

The committee voted unanimously to donate extra high school text books to Nicholas Blaisdell's tutoring program.

Field trips and MSBA visit In addition, the committee approved the high school field trip to Washington, D.C., from March 10-15, 2019, and the two middle school field trips to NewYork City. The first trip will be from May 16-17, 2019, and the second trip will be from May 23-24, 2019. Mayor Edward Bettencourt said officials from the Massachusetts School Building Authority will be at Welch Elementary School on Oct. 2 to gather more information on the request for new windows and utilities. He also said officials will look at the feasibility study regarding the current needs at Center Elementary School.

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The Peabody Police Department will be hosting its seventh Citizens Academy starting on Oct. 17. The classes will be held each Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 19. The application deadline for this class will be Oct. 10.

Several topics will be covered in the academy, including, but not limited to, terrorism, the legal process, motor vehicle law, patrol procedures, domestic violence, and investigations. The program also includes a firearms class where students will have the opportunity to shoot various weapons at our indoor firing range, to participate in motor vehicle stop scenarios and to take a tour of the Middleton House of Corrections.

"The Citizen's Academy allows residents to become much more familiar with the inner workings of the Peabody Police Department," said Police Chief Thomas Griffin. "Participants gain an entirely different perspective into the community in which they live when they learn to see things

through the eyes of a police officer."

The instructors for the academy include members of the Peabody Police Department, the Essex County District Attorney's Office, the Massachusetts State Police and the Healthy Peabody Collaborative. All instructors are well versed in their subject matter, and they strongly encourage class participation.

"We hope and expect that participants will graduate from the Citizens Academy with a newfound appreciation for what we as police officers do," said Capt. Scott Richards, who is spearheading the Academy. "Participants will finish with a good deal of firsthand knowledge of how the Department operates. It will be a real eye-opener."

Residents can apply for the Citizens Academy by picking up an application at the police station or by downloading the application from the Peabody Police Department website, .

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Citizens Inn, a local nonprofit that works to help families and individuals who are experiencing a housing crisis or food insecurity, recently announced it has received a $10,000 Targeted Grant from Eastern Bank, America's oldest and largest mutual bank. The grant will support two of Citizens Inn's cornerstone initiatives: the Career Link Program and the Yoga, Wellness and Nutrition Program.

Career Link was designed to help its residents return to work faster, by offering small scholarships to break down common unemployment barriers, such as lack of transportation or proper attire/uniform. The impact of these scholarships is immediate and tangible in helping women return to work and provide for their families.

The Yoga, Wellness & Nutrition Program empowers women by offering simple and effective ways to care for themselves and their families, while fostering greater communication, confidence and community. The program holds trauma-informed yoga and healthy cooking classes, as well as complementary mind-body activities, such as vision boarding.

Each year Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation's Targeted Grant program supports hundreds of community-based organizations working for progress on a specific issue in eastern New England's footprint. In 2018, in celebration of the Bank's 200th anniversary and to honor its first depositor, Rebecca Sutton, Targeted Grants

have been designated to support organizations addressing a range of issues that disproportionately impact women, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, health care, pay equity and senior management and board representation. Citizens Inn is among 170 nonprofits each receiving a $10,000 grant. In total, Eastern is granting $1.7 million in Targeted Grants this year to nonprofits in communities from New Hampshire to Cape Cod and throughout the South Shore, North Shore, Metro West, Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston.

"It is critical to our mission that we not only provide our clients with a safe place to stay, but that we also offer programming designed to empower them for long-term stability," said Citizens Inn Executive Director Corey Jackson. "As we continue to build on our strong foundation of providing critical services to our clients, we are deeply grateful to Eastern Bank for supporting our work."

Eastern's Targeted Grant program this year creates new opportunities and resources for women in areas where assistance is needed the most. The facts are staggering: A woman is assaulted every nine seconds in the United States, and one in three women has been a victim of physical brutality by an intimate partner, making intimate partner violence the single greatest cause of injury to women.

? In Massachusetts women earn 83 cents for every dollar

paid to men. In New Hampshire they earn 76 cents. African-American women nationwide earn 64 cents for every dollar earned by white men, and Latinas, only 56 cents.

? In the sciences women represent less than 25% of those employed in computer and mathematical occupations and only 15% in architecture and engineering. For women of color, this gap is even wider. Asian women, African-American women, and Latinas make up less than 10% of working scientists and engineers in the United States.

? Women receive more graduate degrees, and they hold more faculty positions in colleges and universities; yet men hold the highest number of tenured university positions.

? Only 32 women run Fortune 500 companies, and only two are women of color. Less than 20 percent of all board seats in Fortune 1,000 companies are held by women.

"We believe in breaking down the barriers that stand between people and prosperity. That's why Eastern is a strong advocate for the advancement of women," said Eastern Bank Chairman/CEO Robert Rivers. "With each Targeted Grant, we aim to enhance the lives of our neighbors and contribute to real progress around the advancement of women in our local communities. On behalf of everyone at Eastern, we congratulate this year's Targeted Grant recipients and thank them for working to level the playing field."

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The PCC is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with the City of Peabody, and the temporary exhibit will be housed within the George Peabody House

Museum and Leatherworkers Museum (205 Washington St). The George Peabody House Museum houses many original artifacts, including portraits of George Peabody and his acquaintances, handwritten business letters to his associates, newspaper articles about George Peabody and Queen Victoria, and glassware dedicated to various Peabody institutes. The adjacent Leatherworkers Museum includes paper materials, leather tools, machinery and textiles produced by the Peabody leather factories. Both are owned by the City of Peabody. Current exhibits will be

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"There has been much excitement about bringing a children's museum to Peabody and we are excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Peabody Historical Commission," commented Peabody Institute Library Director Melissa Robinson. "The space can be adapted to other uses, is easily accessible and has parking available. We hope through this collaboration we can help generate interest in the George Peabody Museum and provide them with a permanent exhibit."

Peabody has experienced success using the "pop up" (temporary) approach to test out ideas for potential businesses. Often referred to as tactical urbanism, a temporary installation allows the City of Peabody to try out an idea without a huge investment. It provides an opportunity to engage the general public, track results and capture data without a large capital investment by the City.

"A museum provides the perfect addition to downtown," remarked Peabody Main Streets President Deanne Healey."It is the type of destination business that has the ability to provide education and entertainment to residents and visitors, while generating business for existing restaurants and other compli-

mentary businesses. While there are other children's museums in Massachusetts, it would be a unique addition to the North Shore."

It is anticipated that CuriousCity will be operate between March through May 2019 and offer several exhibits to engage, delight and entertain children between the ages of two and 12 years. Currently, the PCC is identifying exhibit themes and will be releasing a Request for Proposal from local artists, businesses and organizations who might be interested in creating or sponsoring an exhibit.

"The Peabody Cultural Collaborative is pleased to be taking the lead on this project. Our mission is to unite arts, business and cultural organizations in Peabody to better promote the creative economy and to enrich the cultural life of the region," commented PCC President Camille Bartlett. "A children's museum has the ability to bring all of these things together, and the response we have received from the community has been very positive."

It was through this collaborative spirit that Peabody was successful in receiving a grant from the Essex County Community Foundation, in partnership with the Barr Foundation, to elevate the region's arts and culture sector and support creative expression and our local creative economy. What makes the eco-

nomic impact of arts and cultural organizations unique is that, unlike most other industries, they induce event-related spending by their audiences. A typical arts attendee spends an additional $28 per person, per event, over the price of admission on items such as meals, parking, shopping, etc. ? valuable revenue for local businesses and the community. These expenditures have a positive and measurable impact on the economy in addition to providing an entertainment factor.

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Established in 2010, the Peabody Cultural Collaborative aims to unite arts and cultural organizations in greater Peabody as well as promote and celebrate the region's myriad cultural offerings. It is made possible through the support of the City of Peabody, Peabody TV, Peabody Institute Library, Peabody Art Association, Eastern Bank, Salem Five Bank, Peabody Main Streets, Rousselot, Peabody Historical Society & Museum, Peabody Main Streets, Northeast Arc, Holden Oil, Network Coverage and Kick It Up Consulting. For more information contact the following: Camille Bartlett, Peabody TV, (978) 977-0570; Melissa Robinson, Peabody Institute Library, (978) 531-0100; Deanne Healey, Peabody Main Streets, (781) 718-2778.

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Ward 2 Councillor Peter McGinn

Deanne Healey, president of Peabody Main Streets, and Ed Lomasney, senior vice president of Commercial Banking at Salem Five Bank.

be done to get it to a level that we envisioned for the Chamber," she said.

However, Coccimiglio said the landlord of 30 Main St., where the Chamber had been for nine months, also owned 49 Lowell St. and "was happy to show us

the space." "The floor plan of 49 Lowell

is much more conducive to the needs of the Chamber. We now have amenities that are more appropriate for 2018 businesses, including a fully digitally capable conference room," she

Executive Director Jenna Coccimiglio (left) and Event Manager Maria Terris of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce. (Photos Courtesy of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce)

said, adding that the Chamber has been open on Lowell Street since May 31. "It has a variety of private office spaces and a modern conference room with

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Volleyball: Loss to Lynnfield ends Tanners' win streak

By Greg Phipps

Sitting at 4-3 after seven matches, the Peabody volleyball team seems to have righted its ship, even though the Tanners saw a four-match win streak come to an end against undefeated Lynnfield on Monday at the Peabody High School gym.

After dropping the first set by a resounding 25-11 margin, the Tanners tightened up and gave the visiting Pioneers a stiff challenge before succumbing 2624 and 25-22 in games two and three.

"We came on strong in the last two sets. The girls continue to improve week by week working on individual skills and team skills," said Tanners head coach Lisa Keene, whose team had reeled off four straight victories after opening the season with two losses. "Tatiana Correia had 24 digs and absolutely leads our defense, and Alexa Flewelling and Martyna Kot each had four kills. Martyna also chipped in with two aces and had a great defensive showing."

The Tanners actually had Lyn-

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nfield on the ropes in the third set, as they led most of the way before the visitors were able to overtake them and come away with a 3-0 match win. Keene praised Rachel Coleman (17 assists and three aces) and the efforts of Amanda Marmiani, Olivia Kiricoples, Danielle Diantgikis, Alex Houlden and Jonalyn Carpenter.

"Rachel showed her aggressiveness by getting to so many difficult plays and making things happen," Keene said. "I can't talk about the defense and not mention Amanda. She's been a huge help defensively and is a complete team player. Olivia takes over for Amanda in the front row as an outside hitter and has been making very good decisions."

Keene also pointed out that she can use certain players in specific situations, which only adds to the depth of this year's team. "I have specialists who come in for situational volleyball. Danielle and Alex have really stepped up and added a creative spark when we needed it. Jonalyn has been huge with the blocks this year as middle hitter."

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