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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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A Boy’s Christmas Story

A BOY’S CHRISTMAS STORY By The Boy as a Man This short story was submitted by a reader.  It’s not a happy story and contains a small amount of objectionable language. The author provided the following advisory for those who choose to read it. “For most of my adult life I have been chasing ghosts from my childhood.   These ghosts represented memories, unpleasant memories.  Often they would visit me as I dreamed.  The dreams would wake me at night.  Cold sweat and tremors would sometimes keep me from going back into a restful slumber.  The ghosts were always just ...

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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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