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PEABODY — The school committee is down to its final candidate for superintendent, but Debra Ruggiero will have to wait until at least Tuesday to see if she is offered the position.

Ruggiero, principal of the Harrington Elementary School in Lynn, fielded questions from the School Committee for 90 minutes Wednesday night. At the conclusion of the interview, the committee voted to table any discussion on making a decision on the position until its next meeting April 11.

Ruggiero was one of three finalists to replace Interim Superintendent Herb Levine, but over the past week, the other two finalists accepted positions in other districts and withdrew their names from consideration.

School Committee member Joseph Amico said the process has shown how there is a critical shortage of qualified candidates for top administrative positions in the state.

“We had five or six competitive candidates,” he said. “But the two other finalists did go to 

PEABODY — The school committee is down to its final candidate for superintendent, but Debra Ruggiero will have to wait until at least Tuesday to see if she is offered the position.

Ruggiero, principal of the Harrington Elementary School in Lynn, fielded questions from the School Committee for 90 minutes Wednesday night. At the conclusion of the interview, the committee voted to table any discussion on making a decision on the position until its next meeting April 11.

Ruggiero was one of three finalists to replace Interim Superintendent Herb Levine, but over the past week, the other two finalists accepted positions in other districts and withdrew their names from consideration.

School Committee member Joseph Amico said the process has shown how there is a critical shortage of qualified candidates for top administrative positions in the state.

“We had five or six competitive candidates,” he said. “But the two other finalists did go to strong districts.”

Gloucester assistant superintendent Arthur Unobskey took the top job in Wayland, while on Monday, Somerville High School Headmaster John Oteri was offered the superintendent position in Malden.

“I have accepted the (Malden superintendent’s post), pending successful contract negotiations which I am confident will take place,” Oteri said.

On Wednesday night at the Wiggin Auditorium at Peabody City Hall, Ruggiero had the spotlight to herself, answering questions about her leadership style, experience, and how she would handle contract negotiations.

Ruggiero characterized herself as a collaborative leader who puts the needs of the students first and uses data to help achieve the best outcomes for students and teachers.

 

LYNN− Lynn officials plan to discuss a proposed charter school that would be housed in the old Daily Item building located at 38 Exchange St at a future hearing.

Lynn City Council President Dan Cahill said the City is looking for a tentative date of Dec. 8 to hold the hearing.

 

The school, tentatively named the Central Square Charter School, has been in the planning stages since May of 2012. Lynn resident Frank DeVito is spearheading the planning. 

“There are two levels why I’m doing this,” DeVito said. “The first level is I have huge concerns over what is going on in public education. There is a huge divide in what it can offer poor and minority students. Wealthier cities and towns have more options to bring the kids the kind of programs that will prepare them for a career and college.”

The State Department of Education's website on Wednesday, listed a Nov. 23 Lynn City Hall hearing on DeVito's proposal, but Cahill said, local officials' preference is to schedule a hearing on a Tuesday in December when City Hall is open after 4 p.m.

Initially, the school will serve grades 5-6, with a total student enrollment of 160 students. Officials plan to expand the school each year by a grade, and by the seventh year it will reach full enrollment serving grades 5-12, with 640 total students.

DeVito said the Item building is part of the school’s proposed larger mission of educating students in the city’s center and making them aware of the neighborhoods around Central Square.

“The whole premise of the school is that it is engaging kids through social entrepreneurship,” DeVito said. “Kids will look at community issues and problems and learn math and science through solving these problems.”

When the Daily Item was purchased in 2014 by Essex media Group, the deal did not include the building at 38 Exchange St. The building was subsequently sold at auction on July 15 and the transaction was completed this fall.

The school has sent a final application to the Department of Education, and its founding team will be meeting with the DOE in January. A final decision on the school will be made by the Department in February.

DeVito says he hopes after approval from the DOE, that the school will open in 2017.

 

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LYNN

Arrests

Frank Falasca, 38, of 9 Arbutus Place, was arrested and charged with possession of a Class A drug at 7:44 p.m. Wednesday.

Francisco Lopez, 49, of 23 West Green St., was arrested and charged with possession of a Class B drug at 10:32 p.m. Wednesday.

Jeffrey Lopez, 26, was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender at 10:24 p.m. Wednesday.

Aeh Ragland, 42, of 144 Superior St., Providence, R.I., was arrested and charged with five counts of larceny over $250 and six counts of credit card fraud over $250 at 11:42 a.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:28 p.m. Wednesday at Boston and Washington streets; at 2:46 p.m. Wednesday at Lynnfield Street and Regina Road; at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday at Boston and Ford streets; at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday at Chase Road and Fernwood Avenue; at 3:31 p.m. Wednesday at Mall Street and Western Avenue; at 4:34 p.m. Wednesday at 64 Market Square; at 11:22 p.m. Wednesday at Baker and Franklin streets; at 9:38 a.m. Thursday at 725 Western Ave.; at 11:01 a.m. Thursday at Shop Kwik Superette Inc. at 534 Lynnfield St.; at 1:08 p.m. Thursday at Harmon and Walnut streets.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at Tedeschi Food Shop at 210 Lewis St.; at 11:56 p.m. Wednesday at Chatham and Essex streets; at 10:42 a.m. Thursday at 156 Boston St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:26 a.m. Thursday at Essex Street and Essex Court; at 12:36 p.m. Thursday at Dunkin Donuts at 116 Lewis St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 10:01 p.m. Wednesday on Grant Street.

A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 11:22 p.m. Wednesday on Pinkham Place.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 3 p.m. Wednesday at 170 S Common St.; at 9:04 a.m. Thursday at 249 Parkland Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:54 p.m. Wednesday at Essex and Washington streets; at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday at Federal Street and Western Avenue; at 6:46 p.m. Wednesday at 143 Franklin St.; at 9:58 p.m. Wednesday at 501 Washington St.; at 10:11 p.m. Wednesday at 90 Ford St.; at 10:36 p.m. Wednesday at 112 Johnson St.; at 10:46 p.m. Wednesday at 107 Timson St.; at 1:44 a.m. Thursday at 10 Neptune St. Court; at 3:52 a.m. Thursday at 300 Washington St.; at 4:16 a.m. Thursday at 97 Newhall St.; at 12:27 p.m. Thursday at 115 Munroe St.

A report of an uninvited guest at 4:39 p.m. Wednesday at 8 Joyce St.

A report of a fight at 5:42 p.m. Wednesday at Chatham Street and Haviland Avenue; at 9:38 a.m. Thursday at 117 N Common St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 3:17 p.m. Wednesday at 100 Willow St.; at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday at Lynn English High School at 50 Goodridge St.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday at 20 Brook St.; at 11:18 p.m. Wednesday at 8 Silsbee St.; at 9:43 a.m. Thursday at 24 Astor St.; at 11:52 a.m. Thursday at 85 Beacon Hill Ave.


LYNNFIELD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 11:03 a.m. Friday at 3 Wirthmore Lane and 427 Main St. A caller reported a tree branch fell on her car; at 11:37 a.m. Friday at The Boston Sports Club at 425 Walnut St.; at 12:38 p.m. Friday at 223 Salem St.; at 8:26 a.m. Monday on Condon Circle; at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday at 1 Thomas Road and 618 Summer St.; at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday on Condon Circle.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 2:23 p.m. Friday on Condon Circle.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 9:24 a.m. Friday at 22 Thomas Road.

Complaints

A report of an unwanted person at 8:13 p.m. Saturday at Davio’s at 1250 Market St.; at 1:06 a.m. Thursday at 9 Wirthmore Lane.

A report of a disturbance at 10:49 p.m. Saturday at 58 Pyburn Road.

A report of a snow plowing complaint at 10:55 p.m. Saturday at 550 Summer St. A caller reported plow operators for the house across the street have left a large amount of snow in the roadway. DPW notified. This is an ongoing problem with this property’s plow operator and they will contact police if they see him doing this.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 12:38 p.m. Friday on Kimball Lane; at 9:01 a.m. Thursday at 9 Maiden Lane.


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of confiscated items at 12:46 p.m. Wednesday on Humphrey Street. A principal would like an officer to take confiscated items from a student.


PEABODY

Arrests

Juan Jose Bencosme Jr., 27, of 8 North Central St., was arrested and charged with OUI liquor, leaving the scene of property damage and negligent operation of a motor vehicle at 5:28 a.m. Thursday.

Max Xavier Ruiz, 28, of 39 Lynnfield St., Lynn, was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, revoked registration and uninsured motor vehicle at 6:32 p.m. Wednesday.

David Turner, 55, of 1 Donegal Road, was arrested and charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, vandalizing property/defacement of real or personal property, throwing object on public way and on a warrant at 11:21 a.m. Thursday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:37 p.m. Wednesday at Chandler’s Ice Cream at 86 Andover St.; at 5:19 p.m. Wednesday at 16 Washington St. and 2 Sewall St.; at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Route 128 North and 208 Andover St.; at 5:28 a.m. Thursday at Auto Mall at 218 Andover St. A report of a car into a pole. One person arrested; at 6:45 a.m. Thursday at 153 Washington St.; at 12:03 p.m. Thursday at American Red Cross at 85 Lowell St.; at 1:12 p.m. Thursday in the vicinity of 200 Lake St. and 20 Newbury St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 5:48 p.m. Wednesday at Main Street Laundry at 122 Main St.; at 6:46 a.m. Thursday at 2 Aborn St.


REVERE

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday on Broadway; at 9:27 p.m. Wednesday at Ambassador North Condos on Revere Beach Parkway.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:51 a.m. Wednesday on VFW Parkway; at 5:23 a.m. Wednesday on Newhall Street; at 8:33 a.m. Wednesday in the vicinity of Camille and Joey roads; at 11:03 a.m. Wednesday at Greentree House on Greentree Lane; at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday on Jarvis Street; at 4:29 p.m. Wednesday on Newman Street; at 10:14 p.m. Wednesday on Emanuel Street.

A report of shots fired at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday on Thornton Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 9:42 a.m. Wednesday at Revere High School on School Street.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:13 p.m. Wednesday at Square One Mall at 1201 Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:29 p.m. Wednesday on Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:37 p.m. Wednesday on Broadway.

Complaints

A report of a dog on the ice at 9:28 a.m. Wednesday at 90 Walnut St. A caller reported a dog on the ice. The caller was not sure if it is in Saugus or Lynnfield. An area search was negative. Lynnfield reported it was a coyote on the ice and it had since left the area on its own.

A report of an unwanted person at 2:12 p.m. Wednesday at Red Roof Inn at 920 Broadway; at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday at Saugus Public Library at 295 Central St.

A report of a disturbance at 3:29 p.m. Wednesday at Red Roof Inn at 920 Broadway.

The North Shore’s most eligible bachelor is getting hitched.

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton broke the news this morning on Twitter.

“My girlfriend of 2+ years, Liz Boardman, just said yes!” the Massachusetts Democrat wrote on Twitter Friday. “So excited!!”

Boardman is listed as a senior client partner for Korn Ferry, a Boston-based executive search firm.

She’s a graduate of Georgetown University and received a master’s degree from Harvard University, where she was the recipient of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership in Education Award and Merit Scholarship.

Moulton told The Item recently that he’s not running for president. But that could change over the next few years, say his supporters, who are convinced he’s just what the country and the Democratic Party needs on the heels of a Trump presidency. Then Boardman could add First Lady to her list of accomplishments.

 

 

 

PEABODY — The mayor and the City Council have reached a compromise on a water and sewer rate hike.

Effective July 1, residents will see a 5 percent hike in their water and sewer bills. That increase, the first in a decade, will help the city complete some infrastructure projects, according to Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr.

While the average homeowner can expect to see a rate increase just short of $38, the hike is half of what was proposed by the mayor earlier this month. A 10 percent increase was requested to help cover the costs of using Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water following a fire at the city’s Coolidge Avenue Treatment Plant earlier this year.

But after listening to suggestions from several City Councilors, Bettencourt said the plan is now to use the 5 percent increase to help pay for city-wide infrastructure costs and to use free cash to cover the estimated $1.2-million shortfall when the MWRA sends its assessment bill next spring.

“There were good suggestions at the last council meeting, and I’m comfortable with the 5 percent increase as originally budgeted and put before the council,” said the mayor.

Insurance money will cover the cost of rebuilding the plant, as well as $1 million of the estimated $2.2 million the city will owe the MWRA by the time a temporary plant is up and running in the fall. Bettencourt said he will come before the council in the spring to request the use of stabilization funds, also known as free cash, to cover the remainder of the assessment.

“I’m glad we are reducing the increase from 10 percent to 5 percent,” said Ward 1 Councilor Jon Turco. “I was reluctant to support 10 percent, but 5 percent is more palatable.”

The hike will help pay for improvements to aging infrastructure throughout the city. The mayor said there have been several areas hit with water and sewer main breaks in recent months, including along Lowell Street in West Peabody.

“There is a need for infrastructure projects, and the 5 percent increase will help close that gap,” said Bettencourt.

Even with the approved hike, Peabody’s water and sewer rates will remain lower than those in surrounding North Shore communities, according to the mayor.

 

 

 

Posted: Friday, November 13, 2015 3:00 am

LYNN — Lynn City Council President Daniel Cahill said Dec. 8 is the scheduled date for a hearing to discuss a charter school proposed for the old Item building located at 38 Exchange St.

The school, tentatively named the Central Square Charter School, has been in the planning stages since May of 2012. Lynn resident Frank DeVito is spearheading the planning.

“There are two levels why I’m doing this,” DeVito said. “The first level is I have huge concerns over what is going on in public education. There is a huge divide in what it can offer poor and minority students. Wealthier cities and towns have more options to bring the kids the kind of programs that will prepare them for a career and college.”

When Essex Media Group purchased the Item in 2014, the deal did not include the building at 38 Exchange St. The building was subsequently sold at auction on July 15 and the transaction was completed in late September.

Winchester-based US1 Ventures was the buyer listed at auction and company President Christine Diarbakerly on Thursday said the charter school proposal is one of several options for the Item building’s reuse.

“We have a wide variety of options. We still do not know what direction we are going with the building,” Diarbakerly said.

The State Department of Education’s website on Wednesday listed a Nov. 23 Lynn City Hall hearing on DeVito’s proposal, but Cahill said local officials’ preference is to schedule a hearing on a Tuesday in December when City Hall is open after 4 p.m.

Initially, the proposed school will serve grades 5-6, with a total student enrollment of 160 students. Officials plan to expand the school each year by a grade, and by the seventh year it will reach full enrollment serving grades 5-12, with 640 total students.

DeVito said the Item building is part of the school’s proposed larger mission of educating students in the city’s center and making them aware of the neighborhoods around Central Square.

“The whole premise of the school is that it is engaging kids through social entrepreneurship,” DeVito said. “Kids will look at community issues and problems and learn math and science through solving these problems.”

The school has sent a final application to the Department of Education, and its founding team will be meeting with the DOE in January. A final decision on the school will be made by the Department in February.

DeVito says he hopes after approval from the DOE that the school will open in 2017.

 

LYNN — A 27-year-old Lynn man was shot Wednesday night on Pinkham Place, Lynn Police Lt. Rick Donnelly said.

Lynn Police responded to Salem Hospital at 11:22 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a shooting victim. Officers met with a 27-year-old Asian male from Lynn who reported he had been shot on Pinkham Place earlier that evening at about 11 p.m., Donnelly said.

“The victim had a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the left palm of his hand,” Donnelly said. The bullet appeared to have entered his palm and exited through the back of his hand.”

The victim could only tell police officers that he was approached by two male suspects and was shot by one of them. He was not able to provide any other description, Donnelly said.

“Lynn Police officers and detectives responded to Pinkham Place and processed the scene,” Donnelly said. “One .40 caliber shell casing was found on Pinkham Place and placed into evidence.”