Salem News: Council criticizes Varian’s new cleanup plan

City councilors are criticizing Varian’s latest plan to clean up its contaminated site, saying it appears that the company has chosen some methods “primarily to save the responsible parties money.” In comments that they unanimously approved this week, councilors referred to some of Varian’s proposed solutions as “business as usual” and said they were “alarmed” […]

Beverly Patch: Beverly Police Patrols Helping Ease Closed Bridge Traffic Troubles

While Cahill said during a neighborhood traffic meeting last month that there was nothing the city could really do to prevent drivers from cutting through the neighborhoods, City Councilor At-Large Hannah Bowen this week suggested programs that might “take single-occupancy car trips in Ryal Side and downtown off the roads.” “Whether that’s bike share, whether that’s shuttle […]

Salem News: Pay raises considered for Beverly mayor, City Council, School Committee

The City Council is considering whether to approve raises for mayor, City Council and School Committee. Under the proposal, the mayor’s salary would increase from $120,000 to $145,000; City Council members’ from $11,733 to $14,000; and School Committee members’ from $5,867 to $8,000. Also, the City Council president’s pay would go from $12,333 to $15,000, […]

WickedLocal: Being proactive, education are key to stopping antisemitism across Massachusetts

More than 160 political, religious and social leaders across the state on March 28 tuned in to “Two Steps Forward Against Anti-Semitism: a Virtual Summit for Massachusetts Mayors and Town Officials,” sponsored by the Jewish education group the Lappin Foundation of Beverly, with Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt as honorary chairman. Beverly City Councilor Hannah Bowen […]

Salem News: Cahill rolls to reelection in Beverly

“In other races, incumbent Julie Flowers topped the ticket in the at-large City Council race with 5,898 votes, automatically making her council president. First-time candidates Hannah Bowen (4,363 votes) and Brendan Sweeney (3,658) finished second and third to capture the other two at-large seats.” Read coverage of the 2021 city election results from the Salem […]