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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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A Trip To Red’s Kitchen & Tavern

Red’s in Peabody Makes The Grade Overcomes Toasting By Big Daddy By The BaldOne A recent Saturday morning found us taking a short road trip up to Route One in Peabody for a mid-morning breakfast. Accompanied by a firecracker of a woman named Estelle and her primary arm-candy called Big Daddy, we departed Salem. Red’s Kitchen & Tavern at 131 Newbury Street was the destination. This location opened a few years back and is an expansion of the original Red’s Sandwich Shop, long a staple of downtown Salem. It operates at the former location of the now departed and always ...

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Kako And Copelas Spearhead The Senior Show

Byrne’s A Standout As Principal Angeramo By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman With the wrap up of the basketball season, Salem High’s focus has temporary turned from sports to senior events, such as last week’s Senior Show. The senior class practiced for the past two weeks in order to prepare for the shows Thursday and Friday night. The first week primarily consisted of writing skits and casting them, leaving the impressive performance to essentially be put together over the course of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. “It was slow at the beginning, but eventually we got settled into it and this past week has ...

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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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