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Musing On The Museum Place Parking Garage

$1.1 Million In Funding Proposed For Repairs Is It Too Little Too Late? By William Legault   The very first municipal structure of any kind that many visitors to Salem see up close and personal is the Museum Place Mall Parking Garage. As soon as they hit the city limits, signs appear that direct them there. Built as a part of what was originally known as the East India Mall, it has a capacity of almost a thousand cars. This grey, concrete mass has stood for almost 50 years as the brutalist architecture centerpiece of downtown Salem. What must visitors ...

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Bistro 118 Seized For Taxes

The End Of A Long Time Trouble Spot  The Tax Man Does What The ABCC Would Not By William Legault On arising from my slumber this morning I was intending to write a little something about the zoning situation in Salem. The words were forming in my head. Quilt, mish-mash, and organized chaos were all jockeying for position as a way to best describe what our zoning map represents. Then, after going on-line, I made a sudden, sharp turn and decided that the MBTA fiasco in the Salem Station train tunnel would be the mornings subject. Well. It turns out ...

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Ward 6 Recount Ruling Favors City

  Megan Riccardi To Be Sworn In Tomorrow Night Full Council Inauguration On Tap  By William Legault   So it’s over. Nine days of testimony. A very aggressive and spirited case was presented by Jerry Ryan’s lawyer Mary-Ellen Manning. A true kitchen sink approach where everything that could be thrown into the fray was indeed thrown.  The defense team, consisting of three lawyers, one for Ward 6 Councillor-Elect Megan Riccardi, and two representing the city sparred and parried well. What is the end result? The election stands, Salem will seat a full city council tomorrow, and the lawyers will get ...

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A USAF Christmas Story – 1979

Christmas Eve With TACAMO  Yokota Air Base Flight Line In Japan By YoungAirman The flight line is quiet and still. A deep black night sky blankets the earth. Stars shine and twinkle soundlessly in the cold winter air. An Air Force parka and gloves, two layers of thermal underwear, and a ushanka hat with ear flaps down are keeping me warm. On my right shoulder is an M-16A1 with a 20 round magazine holding 20 5.56mm NATO copper jacketed bullets. There are five more magazine on the web belt around my waist. It’s Christmas Eve 1979. I am 19 and ...

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Injunction Unction What’s Your Function?

Ryan Lawsuit Is Politics As Usual The Lawyers Win, The Ugliness Continues, Salem Loses  By William Legault Why? That is the only real question to be asked regarding tomorrows hearing at the courthouse in Lawrence. A few years ago a political brawl was initiated in Salem over the use of a single word. Sanctuary. One word in a title, that in the context of the document it headed, represented an ideal and not a reality. Tomorrow Jerry Ryan and his team will appear before a judge in Lawrence in an attempt to continue that brawl by asking for an injunction. ...

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3 Questions For Brian Kennedy – Peabody Essex Museum CEO

Brian Kennedy of the PEM Answers Our Questions The October Season, A Salem Vision, Collaboration With The City By William Legault   Brian Kennedy, born in Dublin, Ireland and seasoned in the world of museums around the globe has taken the reins at the Peabody Essex Museum. He arrives at a critical time not only for the museum itself, with its newly opened 40,000 square foot wing, but also for its relationship with Salem and its people. Recent years have found that relationship to be fractured as the PEMs mission became more focused on art rather than on the original ...

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A Review – Salem Trolley & A Christmas Carol

Gallows Hill Museum And Salem Trolley – The 33rd Year of Scrooge Christmas Ghosts With Local Flavor By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III/Photos by KWTKensington   Every year the Salem Trolley and the Gallows Hill Museum Theater get together for recurring performances of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The production takes place at four different venues, one of them being aboard an actual Salem Trolley. This year J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III, along with photographer and fellow local theater aficionado Katherine Winthorp Tudor Kensington decided to explore this years production. We arrived at Salemdipity during Monday nights snowstorm at the recommended ...

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Thoughts: City Council, Schools, Taxes, Historic Cemeteries

Four Thoughts For Salem Government Or Four Pipe Dreams For Salem Government By William Legault   As we approach the end of the year in Salem city government I’m taking a few moments to consider few things of interest in the year gone by and the year that approaches. CITY COUNCIL The City Council chambers featured a lot of drama and theatrics this year. The council was clearly fractured. It was the first year that I can remember where some councillors actually said publicly that they did not like another councillor. You can place blame for that as you wish. ...

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24 Days Of Salem Christmas – Holiday Shopping

Where Will You Shop On 24 Days Of Christmas? By Kris Kringle   Beginning on Sunday, 1 December we will begin a 24 day series featuring local business that we think deserve your attention as you shop for gifts. Some days will feature a single business. others may feature two or three. After all, there are lots of spots to shop in Salem, whether you know it or not. The days of big department stores in downtown Salem are gone. Highland Avenue feature a couple of them. But we will not be focusing on them. Our focus will be on ...

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ELECTION 2019 – Ward Six Recount Monday

A One Vote Riccardi Margin On The Line Déjà vu All Over Again for Ryan And Barton By William Legault   It’s been said, most notably by author Thomas Wolfe that “you can’t go home again.” A couple of years ago Jerry Ryan, who was raised in Ward 6, moved from Ward Four to Ward 6. Little did he, or we know, that his old tradition of close elections and recounts in his former ward, would fit in well with the apparent new tradition of close elections and recounts in his new ward. This will be Ryan’s second recount in ...

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