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Survivor, Film Fest, St. Patrick, A Touch Of Winter

Witch City Shenanigans & Scenery Bracco on Survivor, Film Fest, St. Pat’s,A Touch of Winter By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III   Aubry Bracco and the Brains Tribe dominated the latest episode of Survivor despite the oppressive heat, hot sands, three cast members being overcome by the heat, and one medical evacuation. Performing strongly through the episode Aubry appears to be playing a quiet, but strong hand while her teammates scuffle to establish themselves as dominant. Liz was eliminated in the last episode after a power play with the the smug Peter, who then almost cost Brains the game by having ...

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Cable Replacement Project Continues

Cable Replacement Project Is In Removal Phase Have Any Lessons Been Learned? By William Legault   Not that long ago, but seemingly very long ago National Grid announced that the time had come to replace the decades-old transmission cable that runs from Salem Station, down Derby Street to Washington and Canal Streets where the switching station sits on a hill beneath Cedar Street. What appeared to be a fairly simple and straightforward process, running a new transmission cable and then removing the old transmission cable proved to be everything but simple. Complications arose almost immediately. The old cable could not ...

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Harry And Sally At Firenze Trattatoria

Salem Food Digest is turning the forum over to a couple of guest reviewers today. Sally and Harry dine out often, and not just here in Salem. They enjoy their food, their social life, and each others company. If you would like to submit a review of a local restaurant, grocery store, or any other food related business just let us know and we will happily consider your submission. When Firenze Trattoria Met Sally and Harry The Tuscan Tradition Endures In Salem By Sally & Harry Although we have been to Firenze a few times, we are always grateful to ...

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Salem Basketball Falls To Brighton

Salem Boys Hold Their Head High and Look Forward By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman Photos by Angelina Caggiano     Though the Salem High boys basketball season has come to a close, Salem High could not be prouder of our team. The boys fought a tough battle against Brighten this past Thursday, consistently scoring against this brawny opponent. They played skillfully, and though the loss was no doubt disappointing they accepted it with grace In the final 30 seconds of the game the team made the decision to sub in non-starting players, including several seniors. These boys played hard in the final ...

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Witch City Shenanigans & Scenery

Lobster Shanty, Survivor, Doug Mascott, & Martini Madness By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III For over 30 years The Lobster Shanty has endured as the anchor business on Artist’s Row. The four changes in ownership over that time span has never resulted in any real changes to the exterior appearance of the building that began as an open air stall in the old Salem Marketplace. The interior has evolved from one of multiple rooms with a very small bar to what you see when you enter today. The bar space has expanded, the dining room opened up and the color scheme ...

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The Once And Future Fountain Sits In Limbo

Hawthorne’s Fountain Endures the Agonies Of Time And Neglect Renovations have proved difficult to complete By William Legault A little over 40 years ago downtown Salem was transformed. The intent was to transform in both a visual and practical sense. A tired and obsolete downtown shopping district was converted from a vehicular throughway to a pedestrian themed, brick and cobblestone walking mall. The visual goal was achieved with trees, flower beds, benches, and modern lighting. The new mall stretched from Washington Street to what was then Liberty Street and extended through Derby Square to Front Street and the old Market ...

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Witch’s Basketball Downs Chelsea

Salem Boy’s Basketball Begins A Championship Run By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman Photos by Angelina Caggliano     When one visualizes the iconic American high school experience a few key images come to mind. Prom or homecoming, with beautifully dressed girls accompanying handsome dates, busy classrooms, with kids studying and chatting with friends, and perhaps a football team, with players who are the stars of the school, leading the team to victory and strutting through the school with well-deserved confidence. Here at Salem High School we have the proms and the classrooms, but what makes our school notable is our varsity boys ...

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Salem Food Digest at Bonchon Salem

Bonchon Brings Korean to Downtown Salem Winging It With The Sweet And Spicy On Essex Street By The BaldOne     It wasn’t that many years ago that our choices for Asian cuisine were quite limited here in Salem. We had Polynesian and maybe a little Schezuan and that was all. Dave Wong ruled the roost on Loring Avenue, the Waikiki dominated Bridge Street, and the Tiki Kai stood tall up on Highland Avenue. Those three and a variety of smaller take-out joints basically offered us the same menu with a few variations. Times have changed and for the better. While ...

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