Tuesday, January 8, 2013
City councilor Tom Gould will serve as the President of the City Council for one year.
The other highlight of the evening -- actually before the mayor gave his speech -- was when the City Council chose its new president for 2013 during the city's annual inaugural ceremonies. That role goes to freshman Councilor-at-Large Tom Gould as he begins the second year of first term on the council. Gould, who owns Treadwell's Ice Cream, actually topped the ticket in the 2011 city election. Traditionally, the council chooses the most junior member who has never served as President before to take the helm. Longtime Ward 5 Councilor Dave Gamache nominated Gould for the job Monday night, expressing confidence in Gould's leadership abilities and mentioning Gould's years of active civic involvement in the community and local business …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The annual city inaugural ceremony is Jan. 7, during which Mayor Bettencourt will deliver his mid-term address and both the City Council and School Committee will organize for 2013.
Peabody's annual city inaugural ceremony is slated for Jan. 7 (7 p.m.) in Wiggin Auditorium at City Hall. Mayor Ted Bettencourt will deliver his mid-term address and both the City Council and School Committee will organize for the new year. Bettencourt is now halfway through his first term as Mayor and he's already had some big accomplishments, which he'll likely touch on during his remarks. Chief among those highlights are sure to be the new middle school, the windfall in savings on health insurance and the recent passage of a city child sex offender law. The other highlight of the evening is the formal vote for the new City Council President. That role is going to freshman Councilor-at-Large Tom Gould as he closes out his first term on …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Here's the latest on the state representative race shaping up to succeed Joyce Spiliotis in representing Peabody on Beacon Hill.
Tom Gould says he's out. While acknowledging he had given it serious thought, Gould now confirms he will not seek late state Rep. Joyce Spiliotis' seat in a special election this spring. The Eye on Peabody blog first reported the news over the weekend. "I gave it some serious consideration and decided it was not in the best interest of my family to run," Gould said on Monday. He added that it would also put a strain on his efforts to run his business, Treadwell's Ice Cream, through the spring. "A couple of years from now, who knows?" he said. Gould said he was "very flattered," however, to have received some early pledges of support if he did run. Is he planning to keep his seat on the City Council? "Absolutely," Gould said, noting he …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Three local officials, and possibly others, are now considering running for the state representative left open by the death of Joyce Spiliotis.
Word is the race to succeed late Peabody state Rep. Joyce Spiliotis is unofficially underway. Local political commentator Bob Croce, in his blog Eye on Peabody, shared in a post this week that he is aware of three elected city officials who are seriously considering a run for Spiliotis' seat in the House of Representatives. Those would-be candidates are School Committeewoman Beverley Griffin Dunne and City Councilors-at-Large Dave Gravel and Tom Gould. Dunne and Gould are both registered Democrats, while Gravel is Unenrolled. Peabody Patch has spoken with all three officials, but they have declined to comment on their plans at this time, citing a desire to be respectful of Spiliotis' family so soon after her death. Spiliotis died Nov. 29 …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Gould given Ankeles service award, Lovely keynote speaker at PACC annual dinner.
The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce held its 81st Annual Dinner Wednesday night at Spinelli's. Treadwell's Ice Cream owner and city councilor Tom Gould was recognized for his many years of community service with the annual Harry Ankeles Award. The guest keynote speaker was state Senator-elect Joan Lovely and outgoing PACC Chairman Robert Dionne of Atlantic Ambulance was presented with certificate of appreciation from Mayor Ted Bettencourt.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Treadwell's Ice Cream owner and city councilor Tom Gould, praised as a role model to all, will be honored with this year's Harry Ankeles Award for many years of charitable service.
Each year the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes one of its members for selfless dedication to the community and strong civic leadership -- qualities in the same spirit as the late Harry Ankeles. Ankeles was a Peabody resident, lawyer and longstanding member of the Chamber lauded as a great business and civic leader. This year's Ankeles Award winner just might be a surprise because he hasn't been so recognized yet. The Chamber announced on Tuesday that Tom Gould, owner of Treadwell's Ice Cream and who topped the ticket in his inaugural run for the City Council last fall, will receive this year's award for his many years of charitable service in and around Peabody. The announcement cited Gould for going "above and beyond to offer …