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January 7, 2013

Karp, Shanley, Lagasse are names making news


The meeting of the City Council on Jan. 14 promises to be a stand-and-deliver event, as all eight residents who have volunteered to serve on the council have been invited to make a presentation , according to Council President Tom O’Brien. They are Paula Chambers, Larry Giunta, Steve Hutcheson, Larry McCavitt, Ralph Orlando, Richard Rothberg, Warren Russo and Mary Zinck. City officials say that a decision will be made that night, but Your Scribe wonders, Could anything at City Hall be that uncomplicated (to wit, listen, nod politely and vote)?

Mayor Donna Holaday suggested that the turnout for the next municipal election in November might draw more candidates than the last one. In November, 2011, all six ward councilors ran unopposed. Some City Hall insiders say that residents who support the proposed Local Historic District might be inspired to enter ward races. Councilor Bob Cronin, meanwhile, says that anti-LHDers could be equally inspired. “This sword could cut both ways,” he remarked.

Ann Lagasse, former titan in local real estate, has been named a trustee of Regis College in Weston. Lagasse, a Regis graduate in 1979, was co-founder and executive of Piper Properties Management Co. for two decades, and then was a principal at Newburyport Development until a few months ago. College officials say that Lagasse now is “managing Boston’s Seaport marina projects and developing an inn and mega-yacht marina in Boston’s North End.”

Cliff Goudey, a member of the Waterfront Trust, is back from the North Carolina coast where the company he’s a senior engineer with, Resolute Marine Energy, was testing hardware designed to harness tides to produce energy. He reports that the local company’s research is progressing well.

Nancy Batista-Caswell might have set a record of sorts by opening two restaurants on State Street within three years. She just moved her Ceia to the former site of the Rockfish, and in coming weeks will open Brine in the old Ceia location. That’s fast work for any entrepreneur, and especially remarkable since she is just 28.

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