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Peabody, MA... Ted Bettencourt, Peabody City Councilor and candidate for mayor, hosted a Veteran's Homefront Roundtable to discuss how the city can better serve and support the men and women who have and are serving our country in the military "Peabody is fortunate to have cooperation among the various veterans groups. These organizations contribute greatly to events honoring veterans in the city. Our veterans demonstrate teamwork, and their efforts to bring people together and to offer service to our community are appreciated. I hope that we can expand those efforts to be of even greater support to those currently serving in foreign lands and to the families that await their safe return. We owe them an enormous debt. There are many different ways that communities can step up to repay that debt," said Bettencourt.
Peabody Veterans Council is made up of the ten veteran’s organizations in Peabody, and is a model of cooperation for other communities. The veterans group discussed issues facing veterans as they reintegrate after their return from service, as well as changes occurring for retired military. The participating veterans commended the good work of the current veterans’ agent, and spoke about veteran related city events: the St. Vasilios Veterans Celebration, the annual Veterans’ Day observance at PVMHS, the Veteran's Council Lecture and Prize program, and the special relationship between the veterans' organizations and Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. They also discussed the history of the Wall of Valor at PVMHS and the noteworthy support of the principal at that time, Joe Patuleia.
Participating in the Roundtable were: Tony Pimenta is an Army Veteran of WWII and a long-time member of the Portuguese American War Veterans Post No. 1. Ray Silva is current President of the Peabody Veterans' Council,
and also a member of the Portuguese American War Veterans. Brigadier General (Ret.) Al Mangone, is a U.S. Army Vietnam War Veteran. George Grenier, Air Force Vietnam Vet, Ed Grenier, Army Vietnam Vet, and Ed's son
Kyle Grenier, Army Iraqi War Veteran, Stephen Pellegrini, Army, Bosnia War Veteran, Debra and Michael Ryan, Past Co-Presidents of the Army National Guard Family Support Group, and Beverley and Lt. Robert Dunne,
National Military Family Association Finalists for Navy Family of the Year, and Robert is Past President of the Peabody Fleet Reserve, and Jr. Vice-Commander of the Peabody Veterans Council, Robert recently returned
from a year deployment to the War in Iraq.
Thanks a million to the phone bankers and sign holders this weekend! We are heading for the final stretch but so much work yet to do! First TV spot is up...and second one will air tonight. Looking forward to our Veteran's group meeting tomorrow night. 8 days and counting!
Today voters across Peabody will be getting a personal note from Jackie Torigian, wife of former Mayor Peter Torigian, to let then know why she is voting for Ted Bettencourt to become our new mayor! Mayor Torigian was a City Councilor who became a great leader for Peabody. Ted will follow in his footsteps to revive that Peabody Pride citywide!"
This November, Peabody voters will be making a very important decision; that is electing our third mayor in thirty-two years. Choosing the right person to move the city forward is so important.
My husband, former Mayor Peter Torigian, served as mayor of this great city for over two decades. Peter worked tirelessly to make Peabody the envy of the North Shore and gained recognition as one of the state's best mayors. To Peter, being mayor was the greatest job on earth. He loved the challenge of being the city's chief executive and also its biggest cheerleader.
Today Peabody needs a strong leader who will be able to make the difficult decisions while balancing the needs of all its residents. Peabody needs a leader who will promote Pride in Peabody and create a new excitement by bringing people together to accomplish common goals. Peabody needs a leader who will continue the long history of fiscal responsibility with high levels of community service. For me, that person is Ted Bettencourt. Ted is capable, qualified and ready to lead our great city.
Please join me on election day, November 8th, to support Ted Bettencourt for Mayor.
Best wishes to you and your family,
"Ted Bettencourt combines the experience, professional skills and temperament required to be a successful mayor in these challenging times... I am confident that Ted has what it takes to renew a can-do spirit and momentum in Peabody and is best choice for Mayor."
Peabody, MA... State Senator Fred Berry today announced his endorsement of Ted Bettencourt for Mayor in Peabody. "Ted Bettencourt combines the experience, professional skills and temperament required to be a successful mayor in these challenging times. Ted is intelligent, hard working and, most importantly, he has the ability to bring people together to solve problems and to work with people at all levels of government and the private sector. That's the kind of mayor Peabody will need to drive its future," Sen. Berry stated.
A lifelong Peabody resident, Sen. Berry noted that he has not traditionally made endorsements in Peabody's mayoral elections, but felt strongly that this year it is imperative that Peabody elect the right person with the right skills to lead the city. "Government resources are shrinking and the economy continues to lag putting more pressure on cities like Peabody. The future belongs to cities with mayors who can build public-private partnerships with business, who can work with every sector of the city to solve problems and who can skillfully manage and expand resources available to the community. Ted Bettencourt is that kind of respected leader and strong team builder. I am confident that Ted has what it takes to renew a can-do spirit and momentum in Peabody and is clearly best choice for Mayor."
"I am sincerely honored to receive the support of Senator Fred Berry. Surely, Sen. Berry has been an extraordinary champion for Peabody and has done more for our city than people will ever know. I think we share a concern for our city's future and a determination to rekindle a cooperative effort and community spirit that defines what Peabody Pride truly means. I am grateful for his support and look forward to working with him to achieve Peabody's goals," said Bettencourt.
Bettencourt is currently serving his fourth term as a councilor-at-large on the Peabody City Council. He served as Council President in 2005, and has chaired numerous committees, including multiple terms as Finance Chairman. A strong advocate of fiscal responsibility and sound budget policy, he chaired the special committee that helped rescue the city's bond rating in 2006-2007. Bettencourt has also been a strong proponent of full compliance with the state's Open Meeting Law.
A lifelong resident of Peabody, Bettencourt is a graduate of the Peabody public schools and was inducted into the Peabody Athletic Hall of Fame. He earned his bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, where he captained the men’s basketball team and played in the NCAA tournament. Bettencourt obtained his law degree from Suffolk University. Since 1999, Bettencourt has practiced law in Peabody and has run a legal business since 2003 on Main Street. Ted resides on America Drive with his wife, Andrea (Licata) and their three young daughters, Taylor, Allyson and Avery.
Peabody, MA... Today Peabody mayoral candidate Sean Fitzgerald circulated a diatribe of misinformation about Ted Bettencourt. “Sean continues his campaign strategy to misinform and mislead voters. It's sad to see. Either he doesn't do his homework and doesn't make the effort to find the truth, or he knows the facts and chooses to distort them to deceive voters. Either way, the voters deserve more respect from someone running for mayor.”
Corrections to Fitzgerald’s misinformation:
Fitzgerald falsely claims that Bettencourt is not really a business owner in downtown Peabody. Ted Bettencourt: “If my opponent did his homework, he would know that I was a Partner at the Peabody law firm of Smerczynski & Conn, P.C. beginning in 2003. In 2010, when I decided to campaign for mayor, I stepped back from the partnership and formed a separate practice of law within the same firm which is documented by my filing with the Secretary of State’s Office. That alters my legal work load, not my responsibility to the business. As a business owner since 2003, I pay staff salaries and health insurance, office rental and utilities and business taxes. My opponent may not understand what constitutes owning a private business as he has made a whole career out of jumping from one public payroll to another.”
Fitzgerald erroneously claims that Bettencourt did not play a key role in saving the city’s bond rating. Let’s have Mayor Bonfanti correct this one for Sean.
Source: Peabody & Lynnfield Weekly News, Feb 9, 2006 “Bond rating helps taxpayers”
by Adam Swift , pg 7
“Bonfanti gave credit to the City Council for its role in crafting of a reserve fund policy....Councilors Ted Bettencourt, Michael Zellen, and Fred Murtagh headed up a committee that worked on the reserve fund policy.... ”Under Ted's leadership, they worked to come up with a plan that recognized the need to boost reserves and to strengthen the bond rating,” Bonfanti said.... “The ability to borrow and to borrow at a better rate enhances us in the marketplace and it helps taxpayers,” Bonfanti said.
Fitzgerald deliberately distorts Bettencourt’s role during city budget process. Truth of the matter: Ted Bettencourt has indeed been on the City Council for 4 terms, has scrutinized 8 city budgets during that time and has served as Chair of the Finance Committee for multiple terms. Unlike a small town like Plaistow NH, the city of Peabody has a strong mayor system. The Council may approve or cut funds only. A councilor may not add or shift funds from one line item to another. That’s the mayor’s job and that’s one of the reasons why Bettencourt is running for mayor.
The only fact that Fitzgerald was close to getting correct was that all city employees and elected officials in Peabody are offered health insurance coverage. Bettencourt accepts this coverage and he pays into it.
Bettencourt said he looks forward to the candidate forum on October 20th when he is confident the issues of concern to Peabody taxpayers will take precedent over the barrage of misinformation being circulated
by Mr. Fitzgerald.
As we celebrate Labor Day, 2011, we remember with gratitude the generations of hard working men and women who made it possible. Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday.
Ted Bettencourt Thanks Supporters for Food Donations To Help Food Pantry’s Summer Program for Peabody Kids
Peabody, MA... Peabody mayoral candidate Ted Bettencourt kicked off his campaign by asking supporters to donate food to Haven from Hunger’s Summer Food Program for Peabody kids. “I am grateful to everyone who dropped off food donations at our Lowell Street headquarters. We were able to fill and deliver two panel trucks of food to the food pantry thanks to the caring and generosity of campaign friends and supporters who donated food. Too many children in Peabody go without breakfast and lunch when schools are closed,” Bettencourt explained. ”I urge everyone to pitch in and keep the donations coming now and throughout the year.”
All donations can be delivered to Haven from Hunger. Some suggested food donations include: peanut butter, jelly, tuna, pasta, low sugar cereals, juice, granola bars. All non-perishable canned or packaged foods are welcome.
For more information call: Haven for Hunger at 978-531-1530
Asks Peabody Supporters To Bring Along Food Donations To Help Food Pantry’s Summer Program for Kids
Peabody, MA... Peabody mayoral candidate Ted Bettencourt will officially open his campaign headquarters at 386 Lowell Street in Peabody on Saturday, August 6th from 9 AM to Noon. “Everyone is welcome to drop by to kick-off our campaign. We are building a great volunteer team with people young and old from every corner of the city. Everyone’s help is needed and truly appreciated,” said Bettencourt.
“We are also using this opportunity to help Haven for Hunger’s Summer Food Program for Kids. When schools are closed for the summer, too many children in Peabody go without breakfast and lunch. Our local food pantry needs our help to keep the summer program going for these kids,” Bettencourt explained.” I urge everyone to pitch in and bring a food donation along with them on the 6th.”
A food collection area will be set up in the headquarters parking lot to receive food donations. All donations will be delivered to Haven for Hunger. Some suggested food donations include: peanut butter, jelly, tuna, pasta, low sugar cereals, juice, granola bars. All non-perishable canned or packaged foods are welcome.
For more information call: the Bettencourt Committee at 978-979-2524
or Haven for Hunger at 978-531-1530
Peabody, MA... Peabody attorney and City Councilor Ted Bettencourt filed his nomination papers for the office of Mayor with the Clerk's office at Peabody City Hall. Although only 50 certified signatures are required to get on the ballot, 1,377 Peabody voters signed Bettencourt’s nomination papers. “I am grateful to everyone who helped put my name on the ballot. I think they share my belief in Peabody’s great potential to grow and prosper. Peabody has a proud history created by hardworking and resilient people. That is still true today. There is no problem we can’t solve and no opportunity beyond our reach if we work together as a community. I would be proud to lead that effort as Mayor,” said Bettencourt.
Bettencourt is currently serving his fourth term as a councilor-at-large on the Peabody City Council. He served as Council President in 2005, and has chaired numerous committees, including multiple terms as Finance Chairman. A strong advocate of fiscal responsibility and sound budget policy, he chaired the special committee that rescued the city's bond rating in 2006-2007.
Bettencourt initiated a City Council Drug Education and Awareness task force that has raised over $30,000.00 to purchase teaching aids and anti-drug literature for our school system, and to fund after-school programs at the Peabody Library and Peabody YMCA for at-risk youth.
Bettencourt also initiated the Committee to review and update the city by-laws and city charter's council rules and regulations with a focus on ensuring that city government operates in a transparent and open manner and in full compliance with the state's Open Meeting Law.
A lifelong resident of Peabody, Bettencourt is a graduate of the Peabody public schools and was inducted into the Peabody Athletic Hall of Fame. He earned his bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, where he captained the men's basketball team and played in the NCAA tournament. Bettencourt obtained his law degree from Suffolk University.
Since 1999, Bettencourt has practiced law in Peabody. Ted resides on America Drive with his wife, Andrea (Licata) and their three young daughters, Taylor, Allyson and Avery.