The posts on this page are from a variety of Salem blogs and the views expressed are those of the individual blog author.

July 2nd, 2011

Issues Simmer As Salem Summer Heats Up

As the summer heat finally begins to build, it is also slowly helping to spur discussions all over the City.
While some of the winter issues have faded into the background, certain items are beginning to generate what looks like a sustained conv…

June 25th, 2011

On The Search For A Superintendent

There are some things about municipal government that confuse me.
Chief among them is the evolution of the school superintendent position. I do not dispute the importance of the position. There are no doubt great responsibilities that go with su…

June 18th, 2011

Some Positive Happenings In Town

If reading a little about people doing some good for other people is of no interest to you, then read no further.
Despite difficult times that have resulted in a sluggish economy, the abundance of unemployed or under-employed locals, and a reluc…

June 11th, 2011

City Budget — A Tough Beast To Tame

Everybody has an opinion.
There has never been a truer statement. When it come to budgets, whether they be in private industry or professional government, that fact rings even more loudly.
My first experience with budgets came when I ran ma…

June 4th, 2011

Musing On a Decade Old Smoking Ban In Salem

It was the end of the world as we knew it.
Businesses were going to die. Jobs were going to be lost. Revolution was in the air, and I had a front row seat.
On April 1, 2001, the Salem Board of Health, led by Joanne Scott, enacted Health Reg…

May 29th, 2011

Remembering Nelson "Sparky" Nersasian

Late in the day on March 9, 1944, the Coast Guard Destroyer Escort U.S.S. Leopold was engaged by two German U-Boats while on escort duty with the 27-ship convoy CU-16.
The crew used deck guns to fire on the first U-Boat. At 8:15 p.m., the second…

May 28th, 2011

Election 2011: Current Slate is At-Large Top Heavy

There are some in Salem who have expressed  interest in seeing some change of personalities in the City Council chambers. This is reflected in the sudden plethora of declared candidates. 
Is this a good news or a bad news scenario?
I look…

May 21st, 2011

Lifebridge Working to Adapt to Times And Neighborhood

Recent developments at Lifebridge, formerly the Salem Mission, seem to indicate a more realistic view of the shelter’s relationship and impact on the neighborhood it shares with Salem families.
In 2002, when I was working full time at the Lobste…

May 15th, 2011

Facebook or Fakebook?

To Facebook or “Fakebook” is the question. How do you social network?
In the dawn of this new technical era, people are social networking during what seems to be a fast-paced, poor economic time. People work too many hours or they’re not worki…

May 14th, 2011

Power Plant Closing: Challenge, Opportunity, and Hard Decisions

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring o…

May 7th, 2011

McGrath Park Contamination Should Not Brand All Salem Parks

Salem, a city once dotted with industry and manufacturing, is now a community dotted with parks both large and small. 
Salem Common, the Willows, Winter Island, Forest River, and Mack Park stand as the crown jewels of our public spaces. Dispers…

April 30th, 2011

Parking Issue Provokes Public Debate

A few days ago, I sat in the window of a downtown sandwich shop and watched a very entertaining and informative sequence of events.
As I began to eat my tuna on whole wheat, a car parked in a corner space out in front of the shop pulled away int…

April 27th, 2011

Sam Zoll: A Friend To All In Salem

Sam Zoll loved Salem.
He loved its history and its people. You could see that as he strode its streets with his long stride during his early morning walks. It was evident when he rode his bicycle to Winter Island to swim in the waters of the har…

April 23rd, 2011

Outdoor Seating: Complicating a Simple Issue

We need government.
Without it, chaos would be the rule of the day. Order is needed for society to flourish.  We establish governments to create the order we require. Sometimes, it seems that those we have elected choose instead to create chaos…

April 23rd, 2011

Spam Wood Derby Returns To Dodge Street

Are you looking for something different to do this weekend?
If so, mosey on down to Dodge Street Bar & Grill this Sunday evening.
Owner Frank Presutti and his staff will oversee the Annual Spam Wood Derby. Yes, you read that right. Entr…

April 21st, 2011

9 Places to Find Brunch on Easter Sunday

Back in the dark ages of downtown Salem, the choices for Easter Brunch were few and far between. Empty buildings dotted the mall and Washington Street.
Times sure have changed as more than a few fine eateries are preparing Easter brunch for you …

April 16th, 2011

Salem Spring Cleaning: A Job For All Of Us

A long, tough winter is fading away in the rear-view mirror. Spring is here and we all look forward to a great summer. What are you doing to help clean up the sand and trash that was hidden by the accumulated snows of the season?
As a kid I work…

April 13th, 2011

Need Healthy Snack Ideas?

Salem Patch invites you and your circle of friends to help build a community of support for mothers and their families right here in Salem.
Each week in Moms Talk, our Moms Council of experts and smart moms take your questions, give advice and s…

April 9th, 2011

Traffic Lights: A Sign of the Times

We all deal with the reality of traffic every day. You probably do so from behind the wheel of your car. Starting and stopping on the whims of other drivers, various traffic lights, or in response to the sudden dashes of frantic pedestrians. 
B…

April 2nd, 2011

A Chicken Pot Pie Dare at Ken’s Kickin’ Chicken

The Burger Brigade article that ran a few weeks back generated quite a bit of attention.
Next winter, we will return to burgers and visit some places we may have missed this year.
Ken Rothwell of Ken’s “Kickin’ Chicken had a different react…

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