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5 Great Spots To Watch The Patriots

Watching The Patriots Game Around Salem Here Are A Few Suggestions by The Ghost of Jim Nance   The trend nowadays seems to be that fans prefer to stay at home to watch sporting events. If that’s your call we can respect it. Comfort, your own kitchen to prepare the snacks, no need to wait for your food or beverage, and no worries about the drive home are all motivating reasons. But, sometimes the next best thing to being at the game, is cheering at the local watering hole as Tom Brady and Julian Edelman disembowel an opposing defense on ...

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3 Questions For Jerry L. Ryan – Candidate For Ward 6 City Councillor

Jerry L. Ryan Answers Our Questions Zoning,  Tremont Street Traffic, North River Waterfront Development   Question 1 – North Street is one of the main entrance corridors in the city. The zoning doesn’t allow for new businesses except in places where there are already existing businesses. Is North Salem best served by this zoning? Answer: North Street (RT 114) is an Entrance Corridor in Salem and should be able to have more businesses.  North Street is mostly residential but if in the future a business wanted to open, there should be an avenue to go in front of City Boards. ...

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3 Questions For Kristin Pangallo – Candidate For School Committee

Kristin Pangallo 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: Finding and assessing information is a critical role for a School Committee (SC) member. Clearly members must be attentive to public comments at SC meetings and responsive to direct calls, emails or messages. However, SC members must also seek out information from sources who are otherwise not heard. That would certainly ...

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The Burying Point – The Time For Change Has Come

Funding Must Be Provided Through Access Fees A New Commission Must Be Formed And Empowered By Willam Legault   The recent decision by the Salem Cemetery Commission to close the Charter Street Cemetery during October was the right call. Over the years neglect by the city and the hundreds of thousands of tramping feet have led to steady and far reaching deterioration. Last year a human rib bone worked its way to the surface. The Burying Point has become the Unburying Point. This closing, a prelude to $600,000 worth of improvements is not enough. Additional steps must be discussed and ...

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3 Questions For Megan Riccardi – Candidate For Ward 6 City Councillor

Megan Riccardi Answers Our Questions Zoning,  Tremont Street Traffic, North River Waterfront Development Question 1 – North Street is one of the main entrance corridors in the city. The zoning doesn’t allow for new businesses except in places where there are already existing businesses. Is North Salem best served by this zoning? Answer: North Street is not just a main entrance corridor to the city, but the main stretch for Businesses in North Salem. I do not believe that we need to increase the size of the current B2 zone along North Street, but we need to ensure that the ...

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3 Questions For Beth Anne Cornell – Candidate For School Committee

Beth Anne Cornell 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 most important skill that I will bring to the School Committee is my ability to engage a variety of stakeholders in decision-making processes. The district lacks consistent and transparent avenues for community engagement. As a result, we have inconsistent methods for decision-making. The primary initiative I will advocate for ...

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3 Questions For Tyler Terry – Candidate For Ward 6 City Councillor

Tyler Terry Answers Our Questions Zoning,  Tremont Street Traffic, North River Waterfront Development   Question 1 – North Street is one of the main entrance corridors in the city. The zoning doesn’t allow for new businesses except in places where there are already existing businesses. Is North Salem best served by this zoning? Answer: We could definitely improve the zoning along North Street to encourage a richer mix of neighborhood enhancing businesses, but zoning isn’t the only issue.  Parking is at a premium throughout Salem and there are a limited number of store fronts on North Street that have the ...

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Roast Beef Sandwiches – Make Them Your Own

The Roast Beef Sandwich Wars So Much Ado Over Toppings By TheBaldOne   Few non-political or sports related subjects will start a fight on the north shore of Massachusetts quicker than the classic roast beef sandwich sandwich. Everyone has an opinion on where the “best” one can be found whether it be a geographic area or a particular shop. There is also no shortage of opinions on how the sandwich should be constructed and what topping should be used. In a world full of “experts,” the roast beef fanatics stand apart for both their stubbornness and inability to see the ...

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3 Questions For Patti Morsillo – Candidate For Ward 3 City Councillor

Patti Morsillo Answers Our Questions Highland Avenue Development, South Salem Rail,  and Salem Woods Question 1 – Ward 3 abuts the the entire southeastern side of Highland Avenue (Rte 107), a very busy and extensively developed entrance corridor. How would you approach any future development proposals for that entire area? Answer: Regardless of location of development proposals, my approach would be the same: include the neighbors in the conversation with developers as early as possible.  It is very important for developers to understand how their proposals affect neighborhoods.  The earlier that neighbors can be involved, the better the outcome.  I ...

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3 Questions For Jill Mulholland – Candidate For Ward 3 City Councillor

Jill Mulholland Answers Our Questions Highland Avenue Development, South Salem Rail, and Salem Woods   Question 1 –Ward 3 abuts the the entire southeastern side of Highland Avenue (Rte 107), a very busy and extensively developed entrance corridor. How would you approach any future development proposals for that entire area? Answer: My top priority for new developments within Ward 3 will be to make sure that any residents who would be directly affected by the proposed project have a voice at the table from start to finish. Development projects within our ward are inevitable, but we can be leaders in ...

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