EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 2, 2013

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — CHEERS to a couple of our older, local barbers, who have cut some pretty famous hair in their day. In the 1960s, barbers Eric Sideri and Frank Serrano worked at the Salisbury Beach Barbershop. The old Frolics nightclub attracted some big-name stars, and the only place for them to get a trim before a show was at the Salisbury Beach shop.

So Serrano and Sideri cut the hair of stars such as Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Steve Lawrence, Frankie Avalon and others.

Both went on to open their own shops in Lawrence. Serrano opened the Casa di Serrano and Sideri opened Hair Designs for Guys and Gals on Winthrop Avenue. After several years, both men retired. But the men, now in their 70s, found the days of doing nothing intolerable.

Serrano, 70, began the process of opening a new shop, Frank’s Barbershop at 150 Main St., North Andover. Sideri, 77, works on Wednesdays at the shop. Serrano is there the rest of the week.

“Work has dignity. I find dignity in work,” Sideri told reporter Paul Tennant.

“We still enjoy working and we love people,” Serrano said.

These two men are still doing what they do best -- even at an age when most people would rather enjoy the slower pace of retirement. Congratulations to them, and best of luck in their business venture.

JEERS to armed violence on our streets. There have been several incidents of guns involved in recent crimes in our local communities. In Lawrence, a man was shot in the neck Friday afternoon at the corner of Lawrence and Alder streets. He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital then transferred to a hospital in Boston. His injuries were described as life-threatening. Lawrence police, State Police and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting.

In Haverhill last week, a shot was fired by a masked man robbing a gas and convenience story in Bradford. The robber not only displayed the firearm to the clerk but also fired a round when a worker failed to immediately give him money, said police Lt. Robert Pistone.

“This man is a dangerous person and we will find him and get him off the street,” Pistone told our reporter. “We do a have a few leads which are being actively pursued.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective William O’Connell at 978-722-1553 or contact the Haverhill Police anonymous tip line at 978-373-1212 and press prompt 1.

These violent crimes are frightening and can end up being deadly to store workers or innocent bystanders. Those convicted of committing crimes using firearms should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

CHEERS to Benedetti’s Deli in Haverhill for being honored last week by a television show as the “Best Deli in America.”

Owner Marc Benedetti appeared on “The Steve Harvey Show” to accept the honor. Benedetti, along with his brother Edward and sister Mary, was nominated by customers and got the most votes in a national online competition. The family-run deli is famous as the “Home of the Rocket”, its name for its large submarine sandwiches.

While taping the program, Benedetti met Edward Goyette, whose BeanTowne Coffee House in Hampstead was similarly honored as “Best Coffee Shop in America.”

Congratulations to both businesses. We wish them continued success.