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What Does The Preliminary Election Mean?

ELECTION ANALYSIS  – City-Wide And Ward Two Results Diverge By William Legault   How do you break down the results of an election? There are professionals out there who get paid good money to analyze voting patterns and results.  I am surely no professional at this, but will make a run at it just for the sake of conversation. The first thing to consider is the turnout.  As has become normal, the Salem electorate remains apathetic during preliminary elections, especially if there is no mayoral contest.  The turnout was around 12% of the roughy 26,000 registered voters in the City. ...

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Kim Driscoll Answers Our Business Growth Question

DRISCOLL – Planning, Collaboration, Entrepreneurs And Hard Work   Today we post the answer to our mayoral question from incumbent Kim Driscoll. The question was as follows. “Salem has drawn a lot of new residents and restaurants to its downtown over the last ten or more years and continues to do so. Do you have thoughts on what can be done to attract small to medium sized, professional, non-food or hospitality related businesses to Salem?”   Over the course of the last decade Salem has become the unofficial hub of the north shore, with an array of new businesses, festivals ...

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Paul Prevey Answers Our Business Growth Question

PREVEY – Traffic, Parking, Mentoring, Marketing And Long Term Growth Today we post the answer to our Mayoral question from challenger Paul Prevey.  The question was as follows. “Salem has drawn a lot of  new residents and restaurants to its downtown over the last ten or more years and continues to do so.  Do you have thoughts on what can be done to attract small to medium sized professional, non-food or hospitality related businesses to Salem?”   I would focus on ensuring that our downtown is in the best possible position to support more small businesses.  It is critical that ...

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Adriatic Defines Excellence And Consistency In Salem Dining

Sometimes Your Lunch Finds You A Tale Of Unintended Consequences By The BaldOne       There are many things that a customer expects from a restaurant when they walk in.  Prompt and polite service, pleasant ambience, a good beverage selection, and a solid menu that will bring delicious and well prepared food to the table.  The objective of all restaurants is to achieve all four of those things every time. It is difficult, improbable, and virtually impossible.  No place can manage to do it all of the time.  There are always issues, both avoidable and unavoidable that can get ...

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A Question For The Councillor At-Large Candidates – PART 2

Is The Salem Master Plan Still Relevant? Last week we asked a question of each of the nine Salem City Councillor at-Large candidates.  We reached out to each challenger and incumbent using either email, Facebook private message, or by telephone. Each of the five challengers responded with the assigned deadline.  Two of the incumbents responded also, but there some decline issues created by email issues that were overcome.  Two of the incumbents never responded at all. Yesterday we ran the answers provide by Brendan Peltier, Elizabeth Bradt, Domingo Dominguez, and Jeff Cohen.  Today we bring you the remaining candidates. Here ...

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A Question For The Councillor at-Large Candidates – PART 1

Is The Salem Master Plan Still Relevant? Last week we asked a question of nine of the candidates in the Salem City Councillor at-Large race.  We reached out to each challenger and incumbent using either email, Facebook private message, or by telephone.  Each of the five challengers responded within the assigned deadline.  Two of the incumbents responded also, but there were some deadline issues created by email problems that were overcome.  Two of the incumbents never responded to us at all. Here is the question that we asked them, and the answers provided by four of the challengers. In view ...

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A Question For Ward 2 City Council Candidates

One Question For Four Candidates We asked each of the four aspirants for the Ward 2 City Council seat the same question last week.  Each has provided an answer. The question is. What are your thoughts on the privatization of Department of Public Services (DPS/DPW) functions?  Should this practice continue, be done on a larger scale, or should it be discontinued? Here are their answers.   Christine Madore The quality of life in Salem is dependent on a well-maintained infrastructure and delivery of high-quality constituent services.  While our Department of Public Services (DPS) carries the majority of the responsibilities to meet ...

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A Derby Street Food Safari – Part 1

5 Stops On Derby That Will Feed You Well By The BaldOne   Long ago someone coined the term, “Derby Street Shuffle” to describe the journey from the old Russian Aid Society on Union Street, down Derby Street where a stop would be made at every watering hole along the way.  The shuffle would end on Cousins Street at the Polish Falcons Club.  The stalwarts on that route other than the two previously mentioned were the St. Joseph’s Polish Society, The Derby Cafe, In A Pig’s Eye, The Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV), the No Name Pub, and the ...

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Design Review Board Looks At Design for Old District Court Site

DRB Talks Donuts, Switchgear, and A New Design For District Court By William Legault   The Salem Design Review Board met Wednesday (25 JAN) night at the City Hall Annex to review portions of three separate projects taking place in the downtown Salem district.  Six of the seven board members were present with Paul Durand being the only absence. The first project to appear before the board was Honey Dew Donuts at 99 Washington Street seeking approval for street signage on the facade of their business space.  After some discussion on the “crowded feel” of the proposed design and further ...

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SHS Theater – Thoroughly Modern Millie Opens Tomorrow Night

Salem Students Take Stage Salem High Presents Thoroughly Modern Millie by Madison Borden       Theater is a place for self expression and each year students are able to bring this concept to life on stage.  For the past three months, Salem High students have been in the process of creating a piece of theatrical art, one that takes the audience back to New York during the 1920s. The cast of over 40 actors and actresses have been hard at work practicing for opening night. Although the first day of the show has been long-awaited, there is a lot of ...

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