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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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Essex County Sheriff’s Candidates – 3 Questions – Set 3

Thursday, 8 September Is Primary Election Day Three Answers from Edward O’Reilly And Paul L. D. Russell By William Legault The primary elections for Essex Count Sheriff are this Thursday, 8 September. Some time back we here at Salem Digest sent all of the 13 announced candidates for Essex County Sheriff a list of three questions concerning what they would do if elected to succeed current Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins . We heard back from nine of them, but only six actually sent responses to our email containing the three questions.   Mark Archer             Unaffiliated/Unenrolled ...

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Essex County Sheriffs Candidates – 3 Questions Second Set

Three Answers – Kevin Coppinger And Jerry Robito By William Legault The primary elections for Essex Count Sheriff are this Thursday, 8 September. Some time back we here at Salem Digest sent all of the 13 announced candidates for Essex County Sheriff a list of three questions concerning what they would do if elected to succeed current Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins. We heard back from nine of them, but only six actually sent responses to our email containing the three questions. Mark Archer                   Unaffiliated/Unenrolled Kevin Coppinger           Democrat Ed O’Reilly  ...

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Essex County Sheriff Candidates – 3 Questions

  Thursday, 8 September Is Primary Election Day Three Answers from Jeffrey Gallo And Kenneth Berg By William Legault   The primary elections for Essex Count Sheriff are this Thursday, 8 September. Some time back we here at Salem Digest sent all of the 13 announced candidates for Essex County Sheriff  a list of three questions concerning what they would do if elected to succeed current Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins. We heard back from nine of them, but only six actually sent responses to our email containing the three questions.     Mark Archer             ...

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Phony ID At A Bar? Do Not Pass Go

The Time Is Now to Change The ID Game Kids With Phony ID’s Need To be Accountable By William Legault   The arrest of a young woman from Marblehead last week which resulted in a Salem Police Officer having had half of her ear bitten off has provoked some public debate. Some of that debate is timely and relevant and some of it just judgmental foolishness from apparently perfect people who should, but seem to not know better. Having spent more than thirty years actually examining various forms of identification while working in the hospitality industry I will say that ...

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Ober Street Dog Attack Owners Must Be Held Accountable

Dog Ownership Brings Civic Responsibility Neighbors Have A Right And Expectation Of Safety By William Legault Some of you may remember the days when dogs basically had the run off the street.  Years ago leash laws, if they existed at all were basically disregarded by everybody.  My Mother had a dog that would roam Derby Street at will.  Sandy the dog was never a problem for us until the day that she came home after having been attacked by another dog, or maybe multiple dogs.  We never figured out what happened, only that she had been bitten multiple times. As a ...

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