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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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Highland Avenue Zoning – Civil Discussion Is Needed

355 – 373 Highland Avenue Again On The Hot Seat Is the Need For Business Or Residential? By William Legault   The following definition is borrowed from Wikepedia. “Zoning is the process of dividing land in a municipality into zones (e.g. residential, industrial) in which certain land uses are permitted or prohibited. In addition, the sizes, bulk, and placement of buildings may be regulated. The type of zone determines whether planning permission for a given development is granted. Zoning may specify a variety of outright and conditional uses of land. It may also indicate the size and dimensions of land ...

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ELECTION 2019 – The Day After

A Few Thoughts On The Election By William Legault   It is the day after another contentious election cycle here in Salem. Lots of political noise and thunder resonated across the city over the last six  months. Despite that the turnout was low. Noise and thunder alone do not make a storm. The at-large race with the exception of Conrad Prosniewski at the top of the ticket was too close to call until the last precinct came in. Almost 800 votes separated first place from second place. But less than 300 votes separated second place from sixth place. Arthur Sargent ...

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A Trip For Steak Tips To Village Tavern Salem

Tavern Sets A New Standard For Salem Steak Tips Saturday Lunch With The Halloween Hordes By TheBaldOne   This past Saturday three of us ventured into Village Tavern Salem. This visit was by invitation, specifically to try the steak tips. The invitation was for me alone and I accepted. But I did not go alone. Flying wing on either side of me was #TerribleT (TT) who is indeed capable of terrible things, and our newest operative the quiet #WellDoneCommie (WDC). If you are new to us let me explain the hashmarks. We have about 30 different folks that contribute at ...

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Election 2019 – Tomorrow We Vote

Tuesdays Vote is Prelude to 2021 Council And School Committee Seats Up For Grabs By William Legault   Tomorrow the winds of political rhetoric will cease to blow. Another election day has come to Salem. To hear many, this is the most important local election that we have ever seen. It isn’t. Every election is important. Over the last 10 weeks we presented questions to all of the candidates. Most of them responded. Their answers can be seen on our City Meeting page. The Salem News and Salem Gazette also queried the candidates and provided profiles on them. Salem Access ...

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One Question For Donna Fritz – Candidate For School Committee

Donna Fritz Answers Our Question How Do We Help Students Who Need Support?   Our school system has many students with working class parents who are either unable, or perhaps even unwilling to participate in their children’s education. Many of these children are good students who are are facing strong obstacles to their being able to take full advantage of what our schools offer.  Housing, clothing, food, and and steady parental guidance, and holding jobs are some examples of these challenges. Do our schools have programming in place to adequately serve these students, if not what more can be done? Families ...

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One Question For Beth Anne Cornell – Candidate For School Committee

Beth Anne Cornell Answers Our Question How Do We Help Students Who Need Support?   Our school system has many students with working class parents who are either unable, or perhaps even unwilling to participate in their children’s education. Many of these children are good students who are are facing strong obstacles to their being able to take full advantage of what our schools offer.  Housing, clothing, food, and and steady parental guidance, and holding jobs are some examples of these challenges. Do our schools have programming in place to adequately serve these students, if not what more can be ...

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One Question For Elaine Milo – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Elaine Milo Answers Our City-Wide Master Plan Question Is The Legacy Master Plan Still Relevant?   The City of Salem City Wide Master Plan was written in 1979 under Mayor Jean Levesque. It was last updated in 1996 under Mayor Neil Harrington.  Does this master Plan, as written and updated remain relevant to the needs of the city in the east 21st Century? Thank you for this question, Bill. I know that this was something you tried to work on during your tenure on the council and it is much appreciated. Let’s begin by saying no master plan should be ...

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One Question For George McCabe – Councillor at-Large Candidate

George McCabe Answers Our City-Wide Master Plan Question Is The Legacy Master Plan Still Relevant? The City of Salem City Wide Master Plan was written in 1979 under Mayor Jean Levesque. It was last updated in 1996 under Mayor Neil Harrington.  Does this master Plan, as written and updated remain relevant to the needs of the city in the east 21st Century? I believe the Master Plan remains relevant but should be updated. While some major items in it have been completed, others have not.   One critical area that must be revisited is transportation and traffic management. Many of our ...

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One Question For Conrad Prosniewski – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Conrad Prosniewski Answers Our City-Wide Master Plan Question Is The Legacy Master Plan Still Relevant?   The City of Salem City Wide Master Plan was written in 1979 under Mayor Jean Levesque. It was last updated in 1996 under Mayor Neil Harrington.  Does this master Plan, as written and updated remain relevant to the needs of the city in the east 21st Century? One could say any plan nearly 25 years old is likely outdated and requires a major re-write, but revisiting the Master Plan of 1996 finds it actually addresses many of the issues relevant to Salem today.  The ...

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