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Council OK’s Purchase of Carnival Lot

Ryan Vote Carries The Day Lovely, Milo, Sargent Oppose Purchase By William Legault         The Salem City Council, after more than an hour of deliberation have approved a $1.4 Million bond for the eminent domain purchase of the “Carnival” Lot at 289 Derby Street. The vote in favor was 8-3, with eight votes being the minimum needed to authorize the purchase. Voting in opposition were Ward 3 Councilor Steven Lovely, Councillor at-Large Elaine Milo, and Councilor at-Large Arthur Sargent. The council also approved the use of $100,000 in CPA funds to be used to pay for designing ...

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Spirit Week Brings Out Competition And Teamwork

Friendly Competition Takes Over Salem High 9-12 Grade Students Battle For Bragging Rights by Madison Borden         Throughout the year, Salem High is able to set a foundation for students to showcase their skills and abilities to their peers, staff, and faculty.  One of the most artistic and competitive competition to take the school by storm is that of spirit week.  Spirit week usually happens around the holiday season and is a way for the grade levels to work as a team in order to reveal who embraces the school’s unique qualities the most. Although the week ...

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Smokin’ Betty’s To Bring Southern Cooking To Salem

All Hail The “Lord Of The Brisket” And His Hog Trotters By The BaldOne   What do you do for an encore after you have built three separate restaurants from the ground up?  The obvious answer is that you open another restaurant, one that will fill a particular void on the Salem scene.  Smokin’ Betty’s BBQ & Bar at 94 Lafayette Street (the old Strega and Red Lulu spot) plans to fill that void.  They will serve southern cuisine to include smoked meats, BBQ, and vegetarian selections, not as a part of their menu, but as their entire menu. Steve ...

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Creating A Positive Community Through ROTC

Salem High’s ROTC Program Inspires Students To Better The World Around Them by Madison Borden Salem High School offers many fantastic clubs and activities for students to take part in, one of which is the ROTC program. ROTC, the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, is very well-known throughout the school, with participants ranging from grades 9-12. The group contains around one hundred cadets spread out between 5-6 classes. I wanted to gain a better understanding of what this program was about, so I ventured down to talk with the instructors as well as the cadets. First Sergeant (1SG) David Grinstead was ...

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Leaders And Mentors Provide Freshman Support

Salem High Ignites Change Salem High Students Help Freshman Transition Into High School by Madison Borden For many former middle schoolers, high school can be a complicated and frightening transition. But this year, Salem High is taking a positive approach to welcoming freshmen into the school.  In partnership with the Ignitions program, five teachers and over ninety mentors, a mixture of juniors and seniors, welcomed new students at Freshman Orientation. In preparation for the event, the mentors and advisors took two days out of their summer in order to meet, plan, and organize Freshman Orientation. Within the two days, the ...

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In A Pig’s Eye Stands Ready For A New Era

A Pleasant Pig Purgatory Awaits Your Visit The old awaits the new on Derby Street By The BaldOne There was a plan the other day to visit three or maybe four Salem food spots to sample a cup of chili and then post an article detailing the afternoon adventure. Plans are wonderful, plans are handy, and making plans can be fun.  It was fun deciding where to go and in what order. The decision was made to drop into In A Pig’s Eye first. The Pig is under new ownership, and currently in a kind of holding pattern. The old ...

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A LEAP Forward For Our Teens

New Space And New Opportunities Salem Teens Create Success Outside of the Classroom by Madison Borden   As of September 19th, 2016, LEAP for Education, an organization dedicated to helping youth discover their potential, opened up a new Teen Center for Salem students.  This space is designed to give students extended after school help as well as provide teens with the opportunity to meet new people and become active participants in their community. I visited the Teen Center and sat down with Taylor MacDonald, who is the programs coordinator.  After spending some time exploring the beautifully crafted space, equipped with ...

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Two Ballot Questions – Lots Of Slots & Lots Of Schools

No On More Slot machines and No On More Charter Schools By William Legault   Today is the day to go over the Massachusetts initiatives that you will see on your ballot on Tuesday, November 8. Here are the first two ballot questions and the thoughts of Salem Digest and the writer of this article. Question 1 – Authorization of a Second Slots Location. A “yes’ vote would allow a second slots location in Massachusetts. Overview: The Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act of 2011 approved up to three resort casinos and one slots parlor spread across the state. Question 1 would ...

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Three Questions – Essex County Sheriff’s Race – Mark Archer

Three Answers From Mark Archer – Independent By William Legault   The preliminary elections have passed into memory. Mark Archer is one of two declared Independent/Unenrolled candidates. He was nice enough to be one of the seven aspirants who answered the three questions that we sent to 11 of the 13 declared candidates. The other declared Independent candidate is Kevin Leach.  We have been unsuccessful in our attempts to contact him. Here are the question and answers: 1. The opioid epidemic has impacted all demographics across the country.  What plans do you have to reduce recidivism among those incarcerated that are drug ...

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Farewell To In A Pig’s Eye – Key Stop Of The Derby Street Shuffle

Traditions Die Hard And Memories Endure By William Legault   This past weekend was one that found many on the local food and music scene both celebrating the life, and mourning the passing of In A Pig’s Eye.  To most it was just known as “The Pig.”  The Pig was a long standing institution on Derby Street.  After 40 or so years of business under multiple owners it has closed it’s doors. The details for the closing are murky at best.  The building is owned by one entity, the business had been purchased by a second entity, but the liquor ...

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