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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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A Question For The Councillor At-Large Candidates – PART 2

Is The Salem Master Plan Still Relevant? Last week we asked a question of each of the nine Salem City Councillor at-Large candidates.  We reached out to each challenger and incumbent using either email, Facebook private message, or by telephone. Each of the five challengers responded with the assigned deadline.  Two of the incumbents responded also, but there some decline issues created by email issues that were overcome.  Two of the incumbents never responded at all. Yesterday we ran the answers provide by Brendan Peltier, Elizabeth Bradt, Domingo Dominguez, and Jeff Cohen.  Today we bring you the remaining candidates. Here ...

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A Question For The Councillor at-Large Candidates – PART 1

Is The Salem Master Plan Still Relevant? Last week we asked a question of nine of the candidates in the Salem City Councillor at-Large race.  We reached out to each challenger and incumbent using either email, Facebook private message, or by telephone.  Each of the five challengers responded within the assigned deadline.  Two of the incumbents responded also, but there were some deadline issues created by email problems that were overcome.  Two of the incumbents never responded to us at all. Here is the question that we asked them, and the answers provided by four of the challengers. In view ...

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A Question For Ward 2 City Council Candidates

One Question For Four Candidates We asked each of the four aspirants for the Ward 2 City Council seat the same question last week.  Each has provided an answer. The question is. What are your thoughts on the privatization of Department of Public Services (DPS/DPW) functions?  Should this practice continue, be done on a larger scale, or should it be discontinued? Here are their answers.   Christine Madore The quality of life in Salem is dependent on a well-maintained infrastructure and delivery of high-quality constituent services.  While our Department of Public Services (DPS) carries the majority of the responsibilities to meet ...

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The Evolution Of Salem Liquor Licenses – Confusion Rules

One License Per Business Is Good Business City Should Play By The Rules By William Legault   Let’s talks about the Seasonal Liquor License as issued by the Massachusetts Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) as used in Salem. There are at last count, 18 kinds of liquor licenses in Massachusetts. They range from your standard license to pour all types of alcohols, to licenses that allow storage of alcohol, transport of alcohol, and also to provide alcohol to airlines, and another to allow sales of alcohol to passenger carrying ships. In Salem we have businesses that hold all-alcohol licenses that ...

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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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Two Ballot Questions – Lots Of Slots & Lots Of Schools

No On More Slot machines and No On More Charter Schools By William Legault   Today is the day to go over the Massachusetts initiatives that you will see on your ballot on Tuesday, November 8. Here are the first two ballot questions and the thoughts of Salem Digest and the writer of this article. Question 1 – Authorization of a Second Slots Location. A “yes’ vote would allow a second slots location in Massachusetts. Overview: The Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act of 2011 approved up to three resort casinos and one slots parlor spread across the state. Question 1 would ...

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Three Questions – Essex County Sheriff’s Race – Mark Archer

Three Answers From Mark Archer – Independent By William Legault   The preliminary elections have passed into memory. Mark Archer is one of two declared Independent/Unenrolled candidates. He was nice enough to be one of the seven aspirants who answered the three questions that we sent to 11 of the 13 declared candidates. The other declared Independent candidate is Kevin Leach.  We have been unsuccessful in our attempts to contact him. Here are the question and answers: 1. The opioid epidemic has impacted all demographics across the country.  What plans do you have to reduce recidivism among those incarcerated that are drug ...

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Farewell To In A Pig’s Eye – Key Stop Of The Derby Street Shuffle

Traditions Die Hard And Memories Endure By William Legault   This past weekend was one that found many on the local food and music scene both celebrating the life, and mourning the passing of In A Pig’s Eye.  To most it was just known as “The Pig.”  The Pig was a long standing institution on Derby Street.  After 40 or so years of business under multiple owners it has closed it’s doors. The details for the closing are murky at best.  The building is owned by one entity, the business had been purchased by a second entity, but the liquor ...

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