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OPUS – Deviled Eggs, A Steak Sandwich, and Infused Vodkas

A New Menu and Extended Bar Lead The Way To Salem Summer By TheBaldOne The options in Salem for lunch or dinner have become legion. It’s difficult to keep track of them all. We regularly see new places open up, and have seen a few favorites fade away. Rumors of new spots to fill empty places are a regular feature of conversation. Opus has occupied the space at 87 Washington Street for a few years now having succeeded the short lived Greenland Cafe. They are a part of the Serenitee Restaurant Group that operates nine other food spots in eight ...

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Rosenberg – Fear And Loathing On Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill Culture Does Not Serve Us Well Fear of Leadership and a Desire To Be Leadership Rule The Hill By William Legault   What is courage? Merriam-Webster has a very simple and clean definition. “Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, to withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” How do you define courage within the political world? The same definition applies, but with a qualifier. Political courage means being willing to speak on a matter in a way that you know will be unpopular. A political figure with courage will not only will speak truth to power to the voters, ...

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Four Salem Burgers of Consistent Quality

Consistency Is Key In The Salem Burger Wars By TheBaldOne   The season for burgers is year round. It seems that almost every restaurant has a burger now. Even those high-end spots that once would never have served such pedestrian fare now have burgers. Truly ethnic spots seem to be the last bastion of of the no burger menu.  Here we present to you a few Salem burgers that we note and commend for their quality, but as importantly for their consistency.  Serving a consistent product is arguably the hardest thing to do in the restaurant business.  These spots have ...

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City Clerk Search – Council Forms Ad-Hoc Committee

Seven Member Committee Will Be Led by Councillor Gerard 21 Applications Have Been Submitted By William Legault   The City Count Committee on Ordinances, Licenses, and Legal Affairs, chaired by Ward 1 Councillor Robert McCarthy met tonight in order to form an Ad-Hoc Committee to review resumes and interview candidates for the position of City Clerk. The opening was created by the retirement of Cheryl Lapointe at the end of March. Assistant City Clerk Ilene Simons was appointed as the the interim clerk upon Lapoint’s departure. A city ordinance states that an opening for the position of city clerk shall ...

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North Street Rink March 14, 1932

Rodrigues Outclasses Brown in 10 at North Street Rink Gloucester’s Velha dominates Nadeau By Pat “Canvasback” Kelly   Salem, and other local communities like Lynn, Lawrence, and Lowell were once hotbeds of the world of professional boxing and wrestling.  Some of the posters from those events survive on various websites and in private collections.  We found this card from March, 14, 1932 on an auction site. The North Street Rink, later the North Street Arena, which was razed in 1951 so that the North Street overpass could be built, was for many years the home for all things gladiatorial in ...

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Four Spots For Breakfast In Salem

Three Of My Favorites And One That Attracts Crowds By The BaldOne We all have our favorite spots for particular purposes.  Given a choice of breakfast places you would certainly have an immediate preference, or at least a short list of options.  Breakfast seems simple enough, but it isn’t really simple at all.  Eggs, meat, potatoes, bread, cheese, veggies, sauces, even fruit are all in the equation.  For me home fries are key. They have to have some character, and they have to be consistent. Here are a few of our favorites, in no particular order complete with a short ...

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Salem Film Fest Returns For The 2018 Season

Salem Digest Suggested Films – Part 1 In a community that features something to do every month of the year, March has always been the time for people from Salem and all over the north shore to experience a few top-notch documentary films.  This, the eleventh season of the festival looks to be a wonderful, informative, and educational way to spend a few hours of your end of winter time. A team of volunteers has screened more films than they care to remember in order to bring to us 35 great selections. Check out their website http://salemfilmfest.com/2018/ in order to ...

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BOWDITCH SCHOOL – A Lesson Of The Past Was Forgotten

Our Kids Should Never Be Statistics They Are Not a Number And Deserve An Explanation By William Legault A long time ago, in a Salem that a few remember, but many have never known, a city official, or a group of city officials had a brain storm.  Their failure should never had been forgotten. In May of 1971  the Archdiocese of Boston announced that St. Mary’s Catholic School, a K-8 institution on Hawthorne Boulevard was closing. In a city that once boasted 11 Catholic schools, this was seen as a harbinger of things to come. It was anticipated that over ...

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

A Few Delectable Delights Around Salem By The BaldOne You may like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. You may even like falling out of trees and cold toilet seats. In this world of political correctness I must accept yours and you must accept mine. With that in mind I present to you some of favorite items from the wonderfully varied menus of Salem. First up the Irish breakfast served at O’Neill’s of Salem every Sunday for brunch. This plate of eggs, baked beans, fries, meats and tomato is a guilty pleasure. t’s surely doesn’t hurt that they also ...

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Phillips Library Collection – A Part Of The Heritage Of Salem

  The Issue For The PEM Is TRUST by William Legault This is the time of year when the words of Charles Dickens are often cited. Today I find that two quotes, one each from two of his books are relevant. First is the opening line from A Tale of Two Cities. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief it was the epoch of incredulity.” For both the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) and Salem it truly is ...

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