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June 24th, 2013

Drawbridge to Get New Driving Surface

The Kernwood Bridge, which crosses the Danvers River and connects Salem and Beverly.

The pockmarked surface of the Kernwood Bridge will be repaired this summer, according to a letter from Transportation Secretary Richard Davey to Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, the Salem News reports.

The bridge connects North Salem to the Ryal Side neighborhood of Beverly over the Danvers River. It is a swing-style drawbridge and the drawbridge portion of the bridge underwent repairs earlier this year too.

The bridge is owned and operated by the MassDOT.

No start date has been announced for the work, the News said.

The work was proposed after Driscoll contacted the state Department of Transportation and ask asked about repairs plans for the bridge, she told the News. MassDOT was “responsive,” she said.

The repair will entail adding an “asphalt-rubber material” to the road surface on the bridge, a material that will work on the existing asphalt and also the wooden planks that form portions of the bridge deck.

June 21st, 2013

Salem Man Reports Waking Up to Intruder

The following is an excerpt from the Salem Police Department‘s log:

Wednesday, June 19:

  • At 4:14 p.m., police responded to a report of an injured seagull on Prince Street.
  • At 4:16 p.m., a Lafayette Street man called police to report that someone entered his locked storage unit and stole some of his tools.
  • At 4:38 p.m., a man called police to report that a sail had fallen off of his truck near the Home Depot on Traders Way. The man said he retraced his steps but was unable to find his sail. Soon after, the man said he was contacted by someone who found the sail and wanted money to return it.
  • At 5:36 p.m., police responded to a report of a man playing with a large knife on Hancock Street. Gregory Hardin, 50, of 29 Hancock St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of possessing a large knife.
  • At 5:38 p.m., police and fire units responded to a report of smoke coming from a home on Puritan Road. Responding officers determined that a man was just burning wood in a fire pit in his backyard. Firefighters extinguished the fire.
  • At 6:23 p.m., a man called police to report that his bicycle, valued at $500, was stolen from a bike rack on Sewall Street.
  • At 6:32 p.m., police responded to a report of ducks crossing the road on Highland Avenue. The ducks were reportedly assisted across the roadway.
  • At 7:24 p.m., a North Street woman entered the police station to report that a diamond ring had gone missing from her bedroom.
  • At 8:19 p.m., police responded to a raccoon complaint on Flint Street.
  • At 8:53 p.m., police conducted a well-being check on an older man who appeared lost on Washington Square South.
  • At 10:11 p.m., police responded to a report of a homeless man drinking in the bushes near the intersection of New Derby Street and Klop Alley. John H. Lapointe, 54, of the streets of Salem, was arrested on a charge of drinking in public.

Thursda, June 20:

  • At 2:46 a.m., an Osgood Street man called police to report that he woke up to find an unknown man standing in his bedroom. The man said the intruder fled the house when confronted and escaped by jumping over his back fence. Responding officers weren’t able to find anyone in the area.
  • At 8:52 a.m., police responded to a report of a breaking and entering in progress on Garden Terrace. Wellington Pinales-Garcia, 24, of 46 Walnut St., Peabody, was arrested on a charge of possessing a class A substance (heroin) and possessing a class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute in a school zone.
  • At 9:24 a.m., police responded to a report of “kids displaying physical emotion on a lawn” on Cauldron Court. The kids were reportedly returned to Salem High School because they were supposed to be in school.
  • At 11:27 a.m., police made an arrest on Charter Street. Alexis S. Dimino, 24, of 8 Herbert St., Salem, was arrested for reportedly having an outstanding warrant.
  • At 2:16 p.m., a Loring Avenue man called police to report that someone stole three flags from his screen porch.

If you have a question about this police log, please send it to Salem Patch.

June 17th, 2013

Storm with Damaging Winds Headed Toward Salem

FILE PHOTO. A thunderstorm.

Salem is in the line of fire for a severe thunderstorm on Monday evening, prompting a severe thunderstorm warning to be issued through 6:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 5:37 p.m. for southern Essex County, including Salem, as well as parts of Middlesex County and Suffolk County.

A line of severe thunderstorms “capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour” stretched from Wilmington to Weston and were headed east at 40 mph at about 5:30 p.m. Salem and much of the North Shore is in the path of the storm, the weather service said.

“Severe thunderstorms produce damaging winds and large hail,” the weather service said in issuing the warning. “Go inside to an interior room on the lowest floor of your home or business; If driving be prepared for low visibility and do not drive through flooded roads.”

April 30th, 2013

Want to Live on Bakers Island This Summer?

Baker's Island Light

Ever dreamed of leaving the mainland and spending a quiet summer on a small island?

Here’s your chance.

The Essex National Heritage Commission is currently looking for Volunteer Lighthouse Keepers to run the Bakers Island Light Station and tend to the  island this summer, according to

The 10-acres island is located in Salem Sound and includes the Bakers Island Light, the Keeper’s House, the Assistant Keeper’s House, Lantern House, Fog Horn Building and Oil House.

The island is three miles from the city of Salem and one mile from Manchester-by-the-Sea. Adjacent to the light station property, there is summer colony with 55 homes. The summer residents are protective of their privacy, and the island is currently not open to the public.

If selected, volunteer light house keepers will be given “the full use of the Main Keeper’s House – a rustic three-bedroom Victorian house operating ‘off the grid’ with solar power,” according to the post on idealist.

If you’d like to apply, send or email resumes and reasons for interest to: Essex Heritage, ATTN: Annie Harris, 221 Essex St., Salem, MA, 01970; or email:

Does this sound like fun to you? Would spending a summer on an island without Wifi drive you crazy?

Let us know in the comments section below.

April 29th, 2013

Rockafella’s Applying for Caterer’s Liquor License

Rockafella's is offering a selection off its menu for Restaurant Week.

Today is Monday, April 29, and here are the five things you need to know:

1. It should be a beautiful spring day in Salem. The National Weather Service is predicting that local residents can expect it to be partly sunny, with a high near 63. Tonight should be mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. (sunrise, 5:40 a.m.; low tide, 8:35 a.m.; high tide, 2:53 p.m.; sunset, 7:41 p.m.)

2. The Salem Licensing Board will meet this afternoon at the City Hall Annex on Washington Street. The meeting, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., is expected to feature a discussion regarding Rockafella’s Restaurant’s request for a caterer’s liquor license, according to the posted agenda.

3. Salem High School‘s boys’ varsity lacrosse team will host Revere tonight at Bertram Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., so consider stopping by to cheer them on! 

4. In the market for a new house in Salem? Click Here for a closer look at nine local properties that had their asking prices reduced in the past seven days.

5. Today in History: On April 29, 1967, Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing title after refusing to join the US Army.

For more things going on in Salem today, check out our events calendar.