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Where Oh Where Should Our Carnival Go?

Riley Plaza Is Not The Right Place Here Are Our Three Suggestions By William Legault   Our little city is always full of questions. It is fair to say that opinions are never in short supply. The question for the week has become quite clear. Where should the Fiesta October Carnival operate this year? In recent years they have set up at 289 Derby Street just after the Topsfield Fair ends. The city purchase of that lot and current effort to turn it into a permanent public space have taken it out of the equation. The Mayor has proposed using ...

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The Tin Whistle – A Neighborhood Spot That You Need To Discover

Don’t Whistle Past The Whistle Tips, Burgers, Wings, Ribs, and A Great Bar Pie By The BaldOne The time has come for us to welcome The Tin Whistle to the wonderful world of Salem Digest. We have been featuring local eateries for four years now, and finally…. finally Salem Digest has come to The Tin Whistle. It is our pleasure to collaborate with them in an effort to make both this little local social media entity and their wonderful little Jefferson Avenue restaurant the best that we can be. Nowadays you hear a lot of place call themselves a neighborhood ...

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Judge Feeley – Your Compassion Is Tragically Misplaced

  Judge Feeley Should Step Down Or Be Removed By William Legault   After running the fine letter written by Attorney John G. DiPIano on Monday, I thought it best to let things rest for a bit before I shared my thoughts on Judge Timothy Feeley and the ongoing scourge of heroin and the other addictive opioids. The DiPiano letter as I write this, has reached well over 20,000 people, and been shared over 1,000 times between the Facebook page and this website. In truth those numbers are probably larger. Whenever my thoughts turn to the Opioid Epidemic I think ...

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An Open Letter to Judge Timothy Feeley By A Local Attorney

I Cannot And Will Not Stand Idly By By John G. DiPiano This open letter written by local attorney John G. DiPiano has been sent to various local and law based media publications.  It is our pleasure to provide it here for your consideration.  Salem Digest will be publishing their own thoughts tomorrow morning.  

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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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