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Say Hello To Aurora Vietnamese Cuisine At One Barton Square

Finally Pho Has Returned To Salem By The BaldOne Every once in a while, when the opportunity presents itself, we like to do something that is a little different than a straight up review. This helps to keep it interesting for you the reader, and gives us an opportunity to reward some of our SalemFoodi operatives. Aurora Restaurant located on the corner of Barton Square and Washington Street invited us to bring in a group to sample their menu, their service, and their creativity. Each restaurant is different, not only win their menus but in how they prepare and present ...

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Snow, Pink Mannequins, Jazz, Popcorn, And Bracco Endures

April Snow, Pink Mannequins, Salem Jazz, Popcorn, And Bracco Still Survives By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III   For those who remember the April Fool’s Day snow storm of 1997 there are no surprise snow falls anymore. Sunday morning brought some wet white stuff to Salem and the forecast is that there is more on the way. Look out the window on Monday morning and you will know if the weather seers were right. There is no doubt that we were lucky this past winter, so there is really no room to complain about a little spring snow which will melt ...

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Percussionists In Harmony For World Championships

Precision, Complexity, and Challenges Lead Twelve To Ohio By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman Most groups can’t say they are attending the World Championship or competing with the most talented high school students in their field across not just the country, but the entire world. Yet that is exactly what members of Salem High’s 2016 Percussion Ensemble can lay claim to. These twelve talented musicians range from freshmen to seniors in high school. Though the group has many returning members, it is predominantly underclassmen, with only one senior, Captain Christina Capra. This tight knit group has been practicing since the close of the marching ...

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City Council Discusses Voting Rights

Task Force May Be Formed – Issues Remain In Committee by William Legault The City Council Committee on Government Services, led by Chairperson Heather Famico met on Tuesday night in a public meeting to discuss the on-going voting rights issues. These issues were brought to light by the Latino Leadership Coalition just prior to the recent Presidential primary here in Massachusetts following a long and unsuccessful attempt to have the matter addressed informally. Representatives from the Latino Leadership Coalition (LLC), Council on Aging (COA), Salem Commission On Disabilities (SCOD),  No Place For Hate Committee (NPFH),  Salem CDC,  Board of Registrars (BOR), ...

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Celia’s Restaurant – Simple Food Done Right In The Point

A  Local Favorite Prepares To Move To a New Location By The BaldOne     We first reviewed Celia’s Restaurant at 88 Congress Street in August of 2014. They were new to Salem at the time and had just opened in a space that had long been associated with good, budget friendly food spanning many years and crossing two distinct cultures. From Larry’s Sub Shop to Topico’s,  88 Congress Street has been feeding Salem for generations. This is not truly a review though, it is just a record of our visit. Joel and his family, who operate Celia’s have announced ...

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Scrimgeour And Buchar – The Captain And The Czech

Pair Forms A Formidable Tennis Duo By Elizabe th Cayouette-Gluckman Every team has one or two players who stand out above the rest. These players consistently perform phenomenally, scoring points and generally leading the team to success. They can be counted on to win, even if the team as a whole fails. On the Salem High tennis team, captain Guthrie Scrimgeour has already proven himself to be this type of high achieving player, while newcomer Michael Buchar appears poised to join him Scrimgeour began playing tennis only 5 years ago, when his older brother joined the high school tennis team. Previously a baseball ...

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Registrars Meet To Discuss Elections Issues

  Duties, Responsibilities, And Memorandum Of Understanding  Discussed By William Legault The Salem Board of Registrars met last night at City Hall to discuss matters related to the recent voters rights issues that have been raised by the Salem Latino Leadership Coalition. The issues are identified from the last two election cycles, but there has been a history of complaints by latino voters going back to the elections of 2005, according to the Latino Coalition.   In attendance were the registrars Chuck Barton, Don Bates, and Phil Saindow along with City Clerk Cheryl LaPointe. and City Solicitor Beth Rennard. Present ...

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Bracco, Good Year, And Sunday Drinks

Bracco Survives, Good Year Does Not, And Bloody Mary Bars Abound By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III Survivor 32 Koah Rong continues this week and Aubry Bracco survives. The tribes merged this week with an odd number of contestants due to last weeks medical evacuation. Two new groups formed and at the end of the night the Anna was eliminated. Aubry seems to have positioned herself well as a true Dark Horse candidate to win. Peter continues to irritate with his arrogance and Deb opines that she is the smartest and toughest on the Island. Meanwhile Aubry goes about her business ...

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The Bit Bar Plans Plans A Long Sentence At Old Salem Jail

Food, Beer, and Pinball – All In One Location A New Concept Rises On St. Peter Street By William Legault Once again the old Salem Jail location on St. Peter Street will be host to a another new business. This time it is truly a new and perhaps exciting concept that we have not seen before in Salem. Bit Bar Salem is marketing itself as a “Bar, Arcade, Restaurant” and they just recently applied for the ABCC for the liquor license held by the restaurant that formerly occupied the jail space. Salem residents are already weighing in on the Bit ...

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A New Tax For Road Repair Is Not A Good Idea

Mayor Should Not Support Local Road Tax Ballot Initiative The State Needs To Fulfill Its Obligations By Cassius Concitato   The Boston Globe Metro North Section this past Sunday featured an opinion piece by Mayor Kim Driscoll supporting Senate Bill 1474, An Act Relative To Regional Transportation Ballot Initiatives. This bill, if it were to become law would allow local municipalities to vote on the funding of local transportation projects. Basically, like the Community Preservation Act (CPA) passed by Salem voters a few years back it would allow us to create a new local tax specifically for road and presumably ...

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