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MAYORAL RACE – Blame For Senior Center Status Cuts Both Ways

Driscoll, Prevey, and 2013 City Council All Are Culpable For Current Situation Problems For Salem Seniors Go Beyond One New Building By William Legault   It’s time, past time, to throw a little cold water on those who choose to use the senior citizens of Salem as a political football. In 2013 I was initiated onto the Salem City Council by being involved in the foolishness that was inflicted upon the city during the public meeting on who would replace Joan Lovely after she was elected to the Massachusetts Senate.  A little more than a month later I endured my ...

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A Question For The Ward 4 City Council Candidates

One Question – Three Ward 4 Candidates Last week we asked each of the three candidates for the Ward 4 City Council seat a question.  All three were kind enough to answer the question for us.  Tim Flynn and Robert A. McCarthy will each appear on the ballot on Tuesday, November 7. They each collected the required 25 signatures of  Ward 4 registered voters prior to the deadline.  Ana Campos came in after that deadline so is therefore a sticker (write-in) candidate. The question is. “Highland Avenue has been developed and built on consistently over the last 50 years, the ...

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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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