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A Question For The Councillor at-Large Candidates – PART 1

Is The Salem Master Plan Still Relevant? Last week we asked a question of nine of the candidates in the Salem City Councillor at-Large race.  We reached out to each challenger and incumbent using either email, Facebook private message, or by telephone.  Each of the five challengers responded within the assigned deadline.  Two of the incumbents responded also, but there were some deadline issues created by email problems that were overcome.  Two of the incumbents never responded to us at all. Here is the question that we asked them, and the answers provided by four of the challengers. In view ...

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A Question For Ward 2 City Council Candidates

One Question For Four Candidates We asked each of the four aspirants for the Ward 2 City Council seat the same question last week.  Each has provided an answer. The question is. What are your thoughts on the privatization of Department of Public Services (DPS/DPW) functions?  Should this practice continue, be done on a larger scale, or should it be discontinued? Here are their answers.   Christine Madore The quality of life in Salem is dependent on a well-maintained infrastructure and delivery of high-quality constituent services.  While our Department of Public Services (DPS) carries the majority of the responsibilities to meet ...

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A Derby Street Food Safari – Part 1

5 Stops On Derby That Will Feed You Well By The BaldOne   Long ago someone coined the term, “Derby Street Shuffle” to describe the journey from the old Russian Aid Society on Union Street, down Derby Street where a stop would be made at every watering hole along the way.  The shuffle would end on Cousins Street at the Polish Falcons Club.  The stalwarts on that route other than the two previously mentioned were the St. Joseph’s Polish Society, The Derby Cafe, In A Pig’s Eye, The Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV), the No Name Pub, and the ...

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Design Review Board Looks At Design for Old District Court Site

DRB Talks Donuts, Switchgear, and A New Design For District Court By William Legault   The Salem Design Review Board met Wednesday (25 JAN) night at the City Hall Annex to review portions of three separate projects taking place in the downtown Salem district.  Six of the seven board members were present with Paul Durand being the only absence. The first project to appear before the board was Honey Dew Donuts at 99 Washington Street seeking approval for street signage on the facade of their business space.  After some discussion on the “crowded feel” of the proposed design and further ...

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SHS Theater – Thoroughly Modern Millie Opens Tomorrow Night

Salem Students Take Stage Salem High Presents Thoroughly Modern Millie by Madison Borden       Theater is a place for self expression and each year students are able to bring this concept to life on stage.  For the past three months, Salem High students have been in the process of creating a piece of theatrical art, one that takes the audience back to New York during the 1920s. The cast of over 40 actors and actresses have been hard at work practicing for opening night. Although the first day of the show has been long-awaited, there is a lot of ...

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The Evolution Of Salem Liquor Licenses – Confusion Rules

One License Per Business Is Good Business City Should Play By The Rules By William Legault   Let’s talks about the Seasonal Liquor License as issued by the Massachusetts Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) as used in Salem. There are at last count, 18 kinds of liquor licenses in Massachusetts. They range from your standard license to pour all types of alcohols, to licenses that allow storage of alcohol, transport of alcohol, and also to provide alcohol to airlines, and another to allow sales of alcohol to passenger carrying ships. In Salem we have businesses that hold all-alcohol licenses that ...

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Seventeen Community Preservation Projects Deemed Eligible

CPC Committee Also Denies Three Proposals By William Legault   The Salem Community Preservation Committee met tonight at 120 Washington Street to decide on the eligibility of twenty different applicants.  Each of the applicants is asking for Community Preservation Account (CPA) funding for their projects. Six of the nine committee members were present for this meeting.  Chairman Kevin Cornacchio, Bart Hoskins, Jo Anne McCrea, Leslie Tuttle, Tim Shea, and John Boris constituted the required quorum.  Absent were Mickey Northcutt, Ed Morarity Jr., and Matthew Veno. This meeting was held to determine eligibility for funding.   Meetings held on a later ...

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State Of The City Address 2017

Mayor Kim Driscoll –  2017 State Of The City Address Thursday, January 5 in the City Council Chamber at Salem City Hall   “I’m as excited and optimistic as I was 11 years ago, about our future and pledge to continue providing services based on professionalism, not politics, by bringing both hard work and creativity to the job every day, and working to instill values of inclusiveness and openness in all that we do.”   SALEM, MA – In her twelfth annual address on the state of the City, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll offered an optimistic speech that reflected on ...

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Keep The Registry Of Deeds At Shetland

The Taxpayer Should Be The Priority $30-40 Million Cost Is Painful By William Legault   Secretary of State William Galvin has decided that the best location for the Southern Essex County Registry of Deeds are the old Superior Court and County Clerk’s buildings on the corner of Federal and Washington Streets. Mayor Kim Driscoll, Senator Joan Lovely, and Representative Paul Tucker are in full agreement with Galvin’s decision.  House Bill 2837, authorizing this move was written by Lovely and Tucker and has passed a vote of the lawmakers. For the last eight years the Registry of Deeds has been located ...

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Bon Chon Salem Beckons Your Appetite

Wings, Bulgogi, Kimchi, and Steaming Hot Udon Soup By The BaldOne     In a town, especially a downtown that is full of restaurants it is important for a new place to stand out. You can give the place a funny name, or assign your entrees funky names.  Maybe you can dress your staff as lumberjacks, or have them wear tight shorts. Whatever works, but success is never guaranteed. The one tried and true way is to serve something that is not already common to the area.  We already have our share of seafood joints, Italian eateries, burger spots, and ...

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