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Salem Film Fest Returns For The 2018 Season

Salem Digest Suggested Films – Part 1 In a community that features something to do every month of the year, March has always been the time for people from Salem and all over the north shore to experience a few top-notch documentary films.  This, the eleventh season of the festival looks to be a wonderful, informative, and educational way to spend a few hours of your end of winter time. A team of volunteers has screened more films than they care to remember in order to bring to us 35 great selections. Check out their website http://salemfilmfest.com/2018/ in order to ...

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BOWDITCH SCHOOL – A Lesson Of The Past Was Forgotten

Our Kids Should Never Be Statistics They Are Not a Number And Deserve An Explanation By William Legault A long time ago, in a Salem that a few remember, but many have never known, a city official, or a group of city officials had a brain storm.  Their failure should never had been forgotten. In May of 1971  the Archdiocese of Boston announced that St. Mary’s Catholic School, a K-8 institution on Hawthorne Boulevard was closing. In a city that once boasted 11 Catholic schools, this was seen as a harbinger of things to come. It was anticipated that over ...

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

A Few Delectable Delights Around Salem By The BaldOne You may like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. You may even like falling out of trees and cold toilet seats. In this world of political correctness I must accept yours and you must accept mine. With that in mind I present to you some of favorite items from the wonderfully varied menus of Salem. First up the Irish breakfast served at O’Neill’s of Salem every Sunday for brunch. This plate of eggs, baked beans, fries, meats and tomato is a guilty pleasure. t’s surely doesn’t hurt that they also ...

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Phillips Library Collection – A Part Of The Heritage Of Salem

  The Issue For The PEM Is TRUST by William Legault This is the time of year when the words of Charles Dickens are often cited. Today I find that two quotes, one each from two of his books are relevant. First is the opening line from A Tale of Two Cities. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief it was the epoch of incredulity.” For both the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) and Salem it truly is ...

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The New World Of Retail Pot Is Here

The City Council and Planning Board Have Started the Process Where Will The businesses Be Located? By William Legault   Last year the voters of Salem voted to approve the legalization of recreational marijuana.  60% of those who cast a ballot voted yes.  I was not one of them.  As a City Councillor and as a voter I approved of medicinal marijuana.  I could not bring myself to approve the recreational use as a voter, and would have had trouble supporting it if still on the council.  So be it There are those who say that the voters, or at ...

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A Veteran Speaks of Dismay, Agony, And Living

Dying Is Easy, It’s The Living That’s Hard By One Representing Many It sits on the coffee table just waiting for me to use it. Black, cold steel, compact and efficient, it is clean, oiled, and ready to serve  its one purpose. A small box sits alongside holding the second part of this simple and very personal equation. I sit on my small couch taking long pulls from a 42-ounce bottle of Milwaukee’s Best Ice, a very cheap bottle of “premium” beer that features a high alcohol content. It has been fortified by two nips of Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka which ...

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Election Eve Thoughts – We Are Better Than This

Despite Differences We Must Be One Salem By William Legault   Tomorrow we go to the polls. This has been an fascinating, contentious, and frequently ugly political year. 20 candidates all stood on the ballot during the September preliminary election. Initially we had five announced mayoral hopefuls. Two of them never actually followed through by turning in nomination papers. One tried, but started too late and was, in his own words, “caught off guard by this sanctuary city thing.” Another one initially pulled nomination papers to run in a ward councillor race, but then had a change of heart. So ...

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A Question For The Ward 6 City Council Candidates

Two Candidates – One Question     The question we presented was; “Traffic on the North Street overpass has become a regular bottleneck both entering and leaving the City. Do you have any ideas on how to address the problem over the long term?” Nadine Natasi-Hanscom –  Smart Growth And  Independent Traffic Studies As a former member of the Salem Planning Board, I can tell you that there is no quick fix to this problem. Salem needs to have a comprehensive traffic study. While Salem has had many traffic studies done, they have all been funded by developers for their ...

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A Question For The Ward 5 City Council Candidates

Two Candidates – One Question   The question that we asked was: “With the Canal Street project including the flood mitigation due to wrap up next year, what do you see as the next major improvement to be addressed in Ward 5?” Polly Wilbert – We Need A Comprehensive Ward Assessment Project/Plan The next big project in Ward 5 will not be what it should be:  a comprehensive assessment of the ward and a block-by-block plan for undertaking long neglected city maintenance.  While we have had replacement of some sidewalks and paving of streets, what we need is a transparent, ...

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A Different Parents Perspective on Salem Schools – Rebuttal

This rebuttal was submitted in response to a Salem Muckraker view on the schools posted last week supporting Mayor Driscoll’s stewardship the Salem Schools System. Turnover Of Teachers, Principals And Plans A Problem By Lisa Anglin Our children’s education should be the number one priority in this city but it is not.
 As a parent of two children who were students in the Salem Public School system, I would like to address some very serious issues that I dealt with over the years. 
Both of my children received individualized education plans (IEPs) from kindergarten through high school. IEPs insure that children ...

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