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Two Parents In Defense of Salem Schools

Our Schools Are Innovative, Engaged, and Personally Invested In Our Children By Jen and Chris Bednar   While in an election year it may be more fashionable to point to one’s dissatisfactions rather than those things which one finds commendable, we would like to take a moment to express how fortunate we feel that two (soon to be three) of our children have the opportunity to participate in the Salem Public School system. When we first moved to Salem, we heard a lot about the “poor performance” and “disorganization” of an ostensibly “failing” school district. Our concerns ran deep, but ...

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A Question For The Ward 3 City Council Candidates

Two Candidates – One Question Lovely and Peterson On The Commercial/Residential Balance PHOTO – Aerial view of Salem Hospital and Highland Avenue c. 1920   We asked both of the Ward 3 City Council candidates that the same question.  It is is greatly appreciated that both incumbent Stephen Lovely and challenger Lisa Peterson agreed to answer us. The question is. “Ward 3 features quite a bit of commercial properties, especially along Highland Avenue and parts of Boston Street and Jefferson Avenue.  Mixed in are lots of residential areas that are impacted daily  by traffic and other residual effects that result ...

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A Tale Of Sailor Bill In the Moonlight

  The Pale Skinny Moons Of Sailor Bill A Salem legend Endures By S. D. Legend Photo credit: Jim McAllister Not so long ago, in a Salem only the old-timers remember, our downtown streets were inhabited by a few very colorful characters. One of them was an entertaining fellow who was known by a few monikers. His most well known name was probably Sailor Bill, but to many he was known also as SeaBee, or simply as Red. My memories put him somewhere around 60-years old in the late 1970’s. His beard and hair were a mix of bright reddish-orange and ...

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One Question For The Ward One City Council Candidates

FOOTPRINT DEVELOPMENT – A New Plant, 40 Acres, and Then What? McCarthy And Murphy On Our Waterfront Future     Ward One is up next in our continuing series asking questions of those who are seeking public office in Salem this year.  Robert K. McCarthy is the incumbent and he is being challenged by Annalyssa Gypsy Murphy. The question that we asked was this. “The Footprint project is soon to complete the construction of the new gas-fired power plant. There are 40 acres of undeveloped land remaining, most of which are considered a Designated Port Area (DPA). What is your ...

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MAYORAL RACE – Blame For Senior Center Status Cuts Both Ways

Driscoll, Prevey, and 2013 City Council All Are Culpable For Current Situation Problems For Salem Seniors Go Beyond One New Building By William Legault   It’s time, past time, to throw a little cold water on those who choose to use the senior citizens of Salem as a political football. In 2013 I was initiated onto the Salem City Council by being involved in the foolishness that was inflicted upon the city during the public meeting on who would replace Joan Lovely after she was elected to the Massachusetts Senate.  A little more than a month later I endured my ...

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A Question For The Ward 4 City Council Candidates

One Question – Three Ward 4 Candidates Last week we asked each of the three candidates for the Ward 4 City Council seat a question.  All three were kind enough to answer the question for us.  Tim Flynn and Robert A. McCarthy will each appear on the ballot on Tuesday, November 7. They each collected the required 25 signatures of  Ward 4 registered voters prior to the deadline.  Ana Campos came in after that deadline so is therefore a sticker (write-in) candidate. The question is. “Highland Avenue has been developed and built on consistently over the last 50 years, the ...

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What Does The Preliminary Election Mean?

ELECTION ANALYSIS  – City-Wide And Ward Two Results Diverge By William Legault   How do you break down the results of an election? There are professionals out there who get paid good money to analyze voting patterns and results.  I am surely no professional at this, but will make a run at it just for the sake of conversation. The first thing to consider is the turnout.  As has become normal, the Salem electorate remains apathetic during preliminary elections, especially if there is no mayoral contest.  The turnout was around 12% of the roughy 26,000 registered voters in the City. ...

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Kim Driscoll Answers Our Business Growth Question

DRISCOLL – Planning, Collaboration, Entrepreneurs And Hard Work   Today we post the answer to our mayoral question from incumbent Kim Driscoll. The question was as follows. “Salem has drawn a lot of new residents and restaurants to its downtown over the last ten or more years and continues to do so. Do you have thoughts on what can be done to attract small to medium sized, professional, non-food or hospitality related businesses to Salem?”   Over the course of the last decade Salem has become the unofficial hub of the north shore, with an array of new businesses, festivals ...

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Paul Prevey Answers Our Business Growth Question

PREVEY – Traffic, Parking, Mentoring, Marketing And Long Term Growth Today we post the answer to our Mayoral question from challenger Paul Prevey.  The question was as follows. “Salem has drawn a lot of  new residents and restaurants to its downtown over the last ten or more years and continues to do so.  Do you have thoughts on what can be done to attract small to medium sized professional, non-food or hospitality related businesses to Salem?”   I would focus on ensuring that our downtown is in the best possible position to support more small businesses.  It is critical that ...

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Adriatic Defines Excellence And Consistency In Salem Dining

Sometimes Your Lunch Finds You A Tale Of Unintended Consequences By The BaldOne       There are many things that a customer expects from a restaurant when they walk in.  Prompt and polite service, pleasant ambience, a good beverage selection, and a solid menu that will bring delicious and well prepared food to the table.  The objective of all restaurants is to achieve all four of those things every time. It is difficult, improbable, and virtually impossible.  No place can manage to do it all of the time.  There are always issues, both avoidable and unavoidable that can get ...

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