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One Question For The Ward One City Council Candidates

FOOTPRINT DEVELOPMENT – A New Plant, 40 Acres, and Then What? McCarthy And Murphy On Our Waterfront Future     Ward One is up next in our continuing series asking questions of those who are seeking public office in Salem this year.  Robert K. McCarthy is the incumbent and he is being challenged by Annalyssa Gypsy Murphy. The question that we asked was this. “The Footprint project is soon to complete the construction of the new gas-fired power plant. There are 40 acres of undeveloped land remaining, most of which are considered a Designated Port Area (DPA). What is your ...

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MAYORAL RACE – Blame For Senior Center Status Cuts Both Ways

Driscoll, Prevey, and 2013 City Council All Are Culpable For Current Situation Problems For Salem Seniors Go Beyond One New Building By William Legault   It’s time, past time, to throw a little cold water on those who choose to use the senior citizens of Salem as a political football. In 2013 I was initiated onto the Salem City Council by being involved in the foolishness that was inflicted upon the city during the public meeting on who would replace Joan Lovely after she was elected to the Massachusetts Senate.  A little more than a month later I endured my ...

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A Question For The Ward 4 City Council Candidates

One Question – Three Ward 4 Candidates Last week we asked each of the three candidates for the Ward 4 City Council seat a question.  All three were kind enough to answer the question for us.  Tim Flynn and Robert A. McCarthy will each appear on the ballot on Tuesday, November 7. They each collected the required 25 signatures of  Ward 4 registered voters prior to the deadline.  Ana Campos came in after that deadline so is therefore a sticker (write-in) candidate. The question is. “Highland Avenue has been developed and built on consistently over the last 50 years, the ...

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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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