NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 25, 2013

Allgrove seeks more transparency in City Hall

BY DYKE HENDRICKSON
STAFF WRITER

---- — NEWBURYPORT — As part of the coverage of the Nov. 5 election, The Daily News will provide profiles of residents running for City Council.

Today’s coverage focuses on Laurel Allgrove, who is seeking an at-large position. Nine are running for five at-large positions. Residents will also elect councilors to represent each of the city’s six wards.

LAUREL R. ALLGROVE

Age: 45

Address: 22 Beacon Ave.

Family: single

Education: graduated from Nashua, N.H., High School. Attended one year at Northern Essex Community College, liberal arts

Occupation: Deburrer, Berkshire Manufacturing Products

Reason for running: Allgrove said she was prompted to run after witnessing how the removal of the Brown School playground equipment was handled by city officials.

“I feel there needs to be more transparency in City Hall, and I would keep citizens informed and up-to-date on the issues that would affect them,” she said.

Position on the waterfront: “Absolutely keep it open. I will work with officials to secure funding necessary to make it a park that will be enjoyed by all for years to come — without buildings.”

What can be done to improve the schools?: “Foreign languages and arts should be restored. Also of concern has been the revolving door of leadership — it must be stabilized so as to promote greater learning for students.”

What would be a special interest for you if you are elected to the City Council?: “Affordable housing. Seniors on a fixed income and working-class singles and families should be able to afford to live here and not feel forced to move out due to ever-rising rents.”