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Salem Theater Company – Angels In America

Strong Cast And Solid Direction Equal Great Local Theater By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III There are many ways that we can count ourselves in Salem among the fortunate.  One of those ways is the presence of the Salem Theater Company.  In their eight years of existence they have entertained over 40,000 people with their dramatic productions. Last week we attended their production of Angels In America at the theater’s new venue at 35 Congress Street, which is the main building at Shetland Industrial Park. The new location is a marked improvement over the previous Lafayette Street location.  The old spot served ...

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A&B Burger – Hitting A Burger Stride On Cabot Street

A&B Burger Compliments Beverly’s Restaurant Row. By The BaldOne On Monday we made a sudden decision to venture over to Cabot Street for a mid-afternoon lunch.  We had a place in mind that has a reputation as a good place for burger and a cold draft beer.   We put on our hat to begin the journey. On arrival we discovered that our desired destination is not open until 4 P. M. on Mondays. Cursing the fates we began a trek that ended up being much longer than planned.  The journey took us from the one end of the Cabot ...

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Orlando Massacre – The Gun Culture Needs To Wake Up

Fear Of Government Is Just A Ruse For Boys And Their Toys By William Legault   I expect that what follows may anger some friends of mine. There are many ways to describe America as we today know it.  We will not list them here, you can run those through your head in an instant.  Many of us would use the same old-school and somewhat unrealistic terms, while others may lean more towards some of the less complimentary words or phrases that have become more common over the last fifty years.  There are those who object to the use of ...

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Salem Graduates Prepare For Their Futures

Destined  For Maryland, Boston College, UConn, Syracuse, UNH, Bentley, And Villanova  By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman Graduation ushers in a unique time in the lives of senior students—the time in which they are constantly asked what they are doing with the rest of their lives. At this point in the year most have developed a concrete answer to this question, which they repeat several times a day to the curious adults and peers in their lives. There are doubtless many community members who are wondering what these bright Salem High graduates are doing with the rest of their lives, so this week ...

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Sheriff’s Race – A Crowded Field And Lots Of Questions

6 Democrats, 5 Republican, and Two Free Agents In County Election Melee By William Legault This election season, for the first time in many years looks to be a competitive race for Essex County Sheriff.  Frank Cousins has served in that seat since he was appointed by Governor William Weld in 1996 and was elected to a full six-year term in 1998.  He has decided not to seek another term. Over the last 309 years 25 separate sheriffs have saved in the position.  Four served joint, or multiple but separate terms. This year there are thirteen candidates that have turned ...

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A Sunny Saturday at The Lobster Shanty

The Most Recent Shanty Generation Makes A Statement Burgers And Beer On Artist’s Row By The BaldOne   In the middle of downtown Salem sits a block that consists of a variety of businesses.  Salem Fire Headquarters, and a trio of public and private parking lots fill the space.  Included in those businesses are four restaurants, one of which, Passage To India we have previously reviewed. Today we review the second of those four restaurants, The Lobster Shanty.  The Shanty has been a Salem fixture for over thirty years under four different owners. The legend of the original ownership group ...

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SHS Graduation Marked By Tears, Music, And Dunkin’ Munchkins

Class of 2016 Will Strive To Pay It Forward By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman Friday night marked an important event in the lives of Salem High’s class of 2016—their high school graduation. The event was the culminating point of four years of hard work in high school, but more accurately, of thirteen years of their educational pursuits. The graduation was held in the Salem High School field house, which housed hundreds of proud, teary, and boisterous friends and family members. The graduates were poised and confident during the ceremony, the result of tedious, but necessary, graduation practices throughout the week. The night ...

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Planning Board Questions Bertuccio Avenue Development

Safe And Reasonable Access, Neighborhood Disruption Discussed Neighbors Are United In Opposition By William Legault   The Planning Board met on Thursday night in order to discuss multiple issues.  We were there and here are the highlights of the meeting. Six members of the board were present. Parking Lot At 50 St. Peter Street This long discussed parking lot, which has been rejected by city boards in the past seems well on the way to approval. Dave Knowlton, the city engineer described this as the most reviewed parking lot in the the history of the city.  It is currently under ...

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Class Of 2016 Celebrates In Georgetown

Black Swan Country Club Hosts Graduating Seniors By Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman     This past Friday the class of 2016 celebrated their final day of school, and kicked off their senior week activities with the senior prom. The prom was in Georgetown at The Black Swan country club, which was a remarkable location, complete with a wrap-around balcony overlooking a golf course and small waterfall. The venue was about forty minutes away, and was in continuation with 2016’s trend of having their proms at locations besides the typical Marriot Hotel. The classes junior prom was held at Rockafellas in Salem, which ...

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Defending the Meehans, The Point And Its People, And Salem Itself

The  Boston Globe Story – Ugly And Lazy Journalism By William Legault   Last Thursday the Boston Globe featured a story written by reporter Jack Pickell.  The story was about a Salem couples fight against drug dealing that they allege is happening at their condo building on the corner of Levitt Street and Perkins Street.  There are also instances of harassment and vandalism detailed. The story by Pickell is an ugly and lazy piece of “journalism” that paints the Point neighborhood as dangerous, overrun by drug dealers and sociopaths, and our police department and city government as unconcerned and focused ...

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