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3 Questions For Michael Cusick – Candidate For Ward 4 City Councillor

Michael Cusick Answers Our Questions Road Rebuilding Projects, Entrance Corridor Zoning, North River Canal Flooding & Polluted Runoff   Question 1 – The Boston Street rebuilding project is soon to be at the 25% design phase with Mass DOT, and the Highland Avenue re-design is in the preliminary phase. What are your priorities for the planning of these two Salem entrance corridors? Answer: Boston St reconstruction should, and is planned to, follow the Complete Streets model. Widened sidewalks, protected bicycle lanes, two and only two well-marked traffic lanes with turn lanes at intersections, visible bus stops and pedestrian crossings, tree ...

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Will Our City Councillors Please Stand Up

Council Is Reconsidering a Long Standing Tradition Councillor Turiel’s Proposal Should be Rejected Without Ceremony By William Legault   “What does a city councillor do?” This is one of the more common questions that I hear during election season.  My simple answer is that a city councillor stands up and speaks for the people of Salem. Not just the voters. Not just for supporters. A councillor stand up and speaks for everybody. Last week Councillor Josh Turiel proposed that the council dispose of the procedural requirement that a councillor stand while speaking during the regular meetings. My objection to this ...

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3 Questions For Tim Flynn – Candidate For Ward 4 City Councillor

Tim Flynn Answers Our Questions Road Rebuilding Projects, Entrance Corridor Zoning, North River Canal Flooding & Polluted Runoff   Question 1 – The Boston Street rebuilding project is soon to be at the 25% design phase with Mass DOT, and the Highland Avenue re-design is in the preliminary phase. What are your priorities for the planning of these two Salem entrance corridors? Answer: As the current Ward 4 City Councillor I am closely following the rebuilding of Boston St. along with any proposals to make changes on Highland Ave.I have been in close contact with numerous city officials regarding both ...

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3 Questions For Andy Varela – Candidate For Ward 7 City Councillor

Andy Varela Answers Our Questions Leggs Hill Bridge, Salem State Impact, Conservation Wetlands Question 1 –The bridge to Leggs Hill Road from Loring Avenue is very old, and is too narrow to allow full access by our larger emergency equipment. The Lynch/Van Otterloo Y sits at the top of the hill and is located in Salem. Is it time for the City to work to update this crossing? Answer: I do believe Leggs Hill road bridge needs to be updated. In July of 2009, Ward 7 Councillor Joe O’Keefe was in talks with Marblehead selectmen William Woodfin, and the town ...

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3 Question For James Willis – Candidate For Ward 1 City Councillor

James Willis Answers Our Questions Point Gentrification, Memorial Drive Housing, Future Footprint Development   Question 1 – The Point neighborhood has long been the starting point for Salem immigrants. The recent trend towards gentrification and the possible sale of the Shetland property have raised concerns as to how affordable the home prices and rental rates will be moving forward. What can the City do, what should the City do, to keep the housing in The Point affordable? Answer: Keep housing in the Point affordable is a difficult goal and I do not wish to understate this difficulty. Unlike many other ...

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3 Questions For Robert K. McCarthy – Candidate For Ward 1 City Councillor

Robert K. McCarthy Answers Our Questions Point Gentrification, Memorial Drive Housing, Future Footprint Development Question 1 – The Point neighborhood has long been the starting point for Salem immigrants. The recent trend towards gentrification and the possible sale of the Shetland property have raised concerns as to how affordable the home prices and rental rates will be moving forward. What can the City do, what should the City do, to keep the housing in The Point affordable? Answer: The Shetland complex just recently sold to a giant self-storage company from Texas. The previous owners (the Lappin family) had initiated the ...

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Halloween Is Here – The Season Screams In

Halloween No Longer Waits For October Love It Or Hate It You Need To Buckle Up By William Legault   It may not actually be October yet. But the season, our season, is here. The summer weekends this year have been quite busy. Some would say busier than most years. This past weekend as in recent years once again marks the unofficial beginning of Salem Halloween. There are those that love it, and there are those that hate it. Most locals I think have learned to tolerate, and perhaps appreciate at least some aspects of it. No matter where you ...

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The 1% Club – Those In Salem Who Have Run For Office

Thank You To Seven New Members Who Have Courage And Also To The 26 That Move On To November By William Legault   The city preliminary elections are over. The votes are counted and we know whose names will appear on the November general election ballot. Congratulations to all who put their name on the ballot no matter last night’s results. They are now and will forever be members of the Salem electorate 1% club. The 1% consists of those in Salem who possess the heart, conviction, and courage to actually put their name on the ballot. In reality the ...

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Thoughts On The Preliminary Election

The Time Has Come For The Ballot Stop Yelling At Each Other And Vote by William Legault   Tomorrow at 7 A.M. the polls will open for the 2019 Salem preliminary election. In a town where everybody has an opinion whether it be educated or not, this is where the rubber meets the road. There are two questions, each equally important that will be answered once the ballots are counted tomorrow night.  Who will be eliminated? If you are here looking for me to predict who will be on the bottom of the ballot, read no more. I am not ...

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3 Questions For Stephen Beauparlant – Candidate For School Committee

Stephen Beauparlant Answers Our Questions Information Management, Leadership Stability, Budget Priorities   Question 1 – Salem has 10 schools including the Early Education Center. Information can come from many and varied sources.  How will you navigate your way through all of these sources in your decision making process? Answer: The best School Committee is an informed one; they must have a well-rounded knowledge-base for their decisions. Communication in the Salem School system is broken. It is one of the largest problems that the administration currently faces. The previous administration clearly did not see the importance of creating an honest two-way ...

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