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Salem, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Morphine – A Salem Led Music Revolution

An Interview With Jeff Rougvie of Salem And Rykodisc “Enthusiasm and forward thinking” sold Bowie on Rykodisc By Jeff Rougvie & William Legault   SD: How did you get into the music business? JR: The old-fashioned way! Growing up on the South Shore, I was really into music. But I was 12 – I had no money and plenty of time, so I hung out in record stores, looking at everything, not buying anything. Eventually they either run you out or you get to know the staff. They’d get me to stock shelves or go on a coffee run. I’d ...

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Girls Lacrosse Meets The Challenge

Sadoway Leads Young Team To Early Success By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman   Each year one of the most challenging aspects of any sport is rebuilding the team. On a high school team the strongest players are typically seniors, who will graduate and leave the team with prominent holes for the following season. The Salem High Girls Lacrosse team is no exception to this challenge. “We’re a really young team, so a lot of girls haven’t played at the varsity level until this year,” explains senior Captain Nicole Sadoway. The team is coming off of a big win against Essex Tech, and ...

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Bertuccio Avenue Project Is Not Good For Salem

There Is No Public Profit To This Proposal By S. S. McClure   In a city full of residential and commercial development projects it is seems that very few get the opportunity to fly under the radar. No matter what somebody wants to build, or where, there is always a party or two prepared to object. Sometimes those objections are flaccid attempts at obstruction. Most of those fail to gain any real traction after the initial public protests. On occasion they do gain some traction even if they fail in the end. I would cite the hue and cry over ...

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Barbara Anderson Was A Warrior For The Taxpayer

Friend To The Working Stiff And Foe To Those Who Tax And Spend By William Legault Barbara Anderson is as important and influential a figure in Massachusetts as any who have walked the boards of the political stage in Massachusetts over the last forty years. She achieved that importance without seeking or holding elective office.  She did it without kowtowing or currying favor from those who held or now hold the reins of power.  Barbara Anderson blazed the trail of a Massachusetts tax revolution that to this day helps those who work for a living and vexes municipal and state level politicians. ...

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Junior Class Works Together For 2016 Prom

Financial Realties Hinder But Do Not Deter Prom Goers By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman   Friday night was the first of many significant class-bonding events for the Class of 2017. It was their junior prom, which kicked off the prom season for many high school students. Prom has come to be a costly affair for many, with ever-rising price tags on dresses, tuxes, makeup and hair. Prom dresses are apt to cost upwards of $300, making them a financial burden for many Salem High girls. Hair and makeup appointments can cost over $40, depending on the salon. Tux rentals come in at ...

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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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