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June 12th, 2013

Hey Salem, Show Us Your Bruins Pride!

Caroline (4) and Maeve (5) are ready to cheer the Bruins to victory in the Stanley Cup playoffs!

The Boston Bruins will play Game 1 of the National Hockey League finals against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 8 on NBC.

We want to know what you’re planning to do for the big game. Will you get all dressed up in your Bruins garb, or do you have a Bruins sign or a shrine in your home?

Take a picture and upload it here by clicking on the “Upload Photos and Videos” button above.

And if you’re looking for a local place to watch the game with some other B’s fans, click here.

May 19th, 2013

Salem Boys’ Lax Falls to Swampscott

Swampscott High‘s boys’ varsity lacrosse team notched two goals in the final seconds of play to surge past Salem 13-12 Saturday afternoon.

The game, played at Bertram Field, had Swampscott trailing 12-11 with under a minute to play but they roared ahead, scoring the winning goal with just nine seconds showing on the clock.

Click through the photos above for a closer look at game action.

May 12th, 2013

Sox Manager More Popular Than Mother Theresa and Santa Claus

Fenway Park.

Bay Staters like Hillary Clinton and support same-sex marriage, but nothing compares to their love of Red Sox Manager John Farrell.

The Sox manager recently received the lowest disapproval percentage in Public Policy Polling history – even better than Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa and Santa Claus. What a difference a year makes for the Sox.

The team’s hot start has 27 percent of those who took the survey predicting a World Series. Only 3 percent said the Sox will not make the playoffs.

Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said Farrell is doing a good job. Only 1 percent disapproved of Farrell’s work this year. This is the lowest disapproval rating Public Policy Polling has ever seen.

In comparison, in a national poll in November, Lincoln was given a 2 percent unfavorable rating, Mother Theresa was at 5 percent unfavorable, Gandhi was 9 percent unfavorable and Santa Claus came in at 13 percent unfavorable. 

Presidential politics

Fifty-five percent of those who were surveyed support Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016, easily beating Vice President Joe Biden (17 percent). Gov. Deval Patrick and Senator Elizabeth Warren both received 4 percent in the poll.

“It says a lot about the universal desire for Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic candidate in 2016 that she’s over 50 percent in Massachusetts even with two home state officials in the mix,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling.

State politics

Bay Staters are split on Patrick’s job performance. Forty-eight percent approve of his job, while 41 percent disapprove. Warren received similar marks – 44/39 percent.

On the topic of same-sex marriage, Massachusetts residents speak positively about it nine years after it became legal in the commonwealth. Sixty-percent said same-sex marriage has had no impact on their lives while 25 percent said it had a positive effect.

The breakdown was Independents (15 percent positive, 15 percent negative and 70 percent no difference); Republicans (12 percent positive, 25 percent negative, 62 percent no difference); and Democrats (41 percent positive, 10 percent negative, 49 percent no difference).

April 18th, 2013

Group Aims to Hold ‘Last Mile’ Run/Walk from Kenmore to Finish Line on Saturday

"Ruckers" run the Marathon with 40-pound packs on April 15, 2013. Here they are in Kenmore Square, a mile before the finish line. A group is trying to hold a "Last Mile" run on Saturday for those who were not able to complete the course before the Marathon shut down.

If you were one of the runners forced to end your Marathon early because of the bombings — or someone who just wants to show solidarity — a group is working to let you go “The Last Mile” on Saturday.

Organizers are using Facebook to let people know of the effort. Here’s how they put it:

So, as you have all heard by now, some coward likes to blow up trash cans. In doing so, this person or persons have hindered many from accomplishing something they have been training very hard to do over the past year. This is simple, we are going to Kenmore Square to finish the race for those who ran, and for those who can never run again. Share this with your friends, your families, your enemies, and anyone in between. Come join us and run, jog, walk, limp, wheel, or crawl that last mile.

Organizers say they aren’t sure if they can get the proper permits in time. They also say that, clearly, if the stretch is still a crime scene they don’t want people jogging through and getting themselves arrested.

Patch has reached out to organizers but hasn’t heard back from them yet. Some commenters on Facebook are saying it’s too soon for an event like this, with some pointing to the April 20 date (which is the anniversary of the Columbine Massacre) as a reason to choose a different day.

Even if the last section of the Marathon is still cordoned off on Saturday, Salem is hosting a “Last Mile” event of its own. Runners are gathering at the Salem Common at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. It’s part of a larger event including a candlelight vigil. Here is more information from the city of Salem.

April 16th, 2013

Runners Bags Available at Park Plaza Castle Today


The Boston Athletic Association said runners may pick up their bags between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at 130 Columbus Ave. Some runners have reported that they are also handing out medals, but the BAA could not confirm this.

Just before noon, the Boston Athletic Association posted the following on its Facebook page: 

First, we again want to express our sympathy to all of the victims and our gratitude to the first responders of yesterday’s explosions. 

We’re working with the City of Boston to re-open streets that have been cleared from the investigation as quickly as possible. As such, the runners’ bags that were being picked up on Berkeley Street are now being moved to “The Castle” at 101 Arlington Street (at Stuart St.) and will be available until 7:00 p.m. tonight. 

Later today, we’ll have updates on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday pick-up. 

The finish line remains an active crime scene. We ask that our runners and the public please cooperate with the law enforcement agencies in the area for as long as our collective cooperation is requested. 

We again extend a heartfelt thank you from us at the Boston Athletic Association for the condolences that have come in from around the world.

April 16th, 2013

Twice, Disaster Has Prevented Salem Runner John Young From Finishing a Marathon

John Young, of Salem, running in last year's New York City Triathalon.

For Salem’s John Young, yesterday’s bombings marked the second time a disaster has prevented him from finishing one of the world’s most prestigious marathons.

In November, Hurricane Sandy forced New York City to cancel its marathon. Young, a math teacher at South Hamilton’s Pingree School, had hoped to become the first little person to finish that marathon.

Then came Monday’s tragedy. Young and another little person, Juli Windsor of the South End, had sought to become the first of their stature to complete the Boston Marathon.

Young, in an email to Salem Patch, said he is okay and that the race was cancelled when he was about 3/4 of a mile from the finish line.

Here is a list of all 26 registered runners from Salem, according to the Boston Athletic Association web site. Eight Salemites finished the course before the race was cancelled.

Among those finishers was Salem High School graduate Aaron Judge, who talked to the Salem News about his experience. He was around the corner from the blasts. For the full interview, please click over to the Salem News.


Place Overall Place Gender Place Division Name BIB HALF Finish Net Finish Gun
      » Arrison, Julie
21734 02:30:42    
3282 3011 2005 » Barry, Tom
5935 01:32:23 03:07:33 03:10:43
      » Brandt, Sarah
21682 01:59:33    
      » Brayton, Melissa
21367 02:19:16    
      » Bresnahan, Alana
21745 02:19:59    
      » Caron, Joel
      » Caufield, Veronica
12384 8371 3361 » Daley, James
22493 01:44:15 03:44:06 03:47:48
      » Doherty, Meredith
24637 02:07:59    
      » Duffy, Michael
24893 02:20:27    
3253 2986 1995 » Esbitt, Gregory
5254 01:33:49 03:07:25 03:10:35
      » Higgins, Michael
10601 01:40:17    
      » Koen, Kevin
25622 02:04:38    
      » Moriarty, Marina
25361 02:14:37    
      » Morin, Tracy
22374 02:21:25    
      » Norris, Brett
16224 6179 425 » O’Grady, Beth
22399 01:53:07 04:00:59 04:06:37
9525 2424 1837 » Sinnott, Katie
14479 01:41:13 03:34:00 03:37:13
13503 8884 1283 » Smith, Patrick
12177 01:52:50 03:48:42 03:51:10
      » Sousa, Andy
22239 02:16:11    
14864 9475 1376 » Tuttle, Chip
22185 01:53:11 03:54:24 03:57:47
      » Walker-Morin, Christina
22532 02:21:25    
3517 292 254 » Weber, Madeline
12419 01:31:38 03:08:51 03:10:57
      » Winn, Shannon
24146 02:28:54    
      » Woolfenden, Amber
23587 02:30:42    
      » Young, John
21208 02:57:37    
July 7th, 2011

Salem American L.L. Shut Out by Peabody West 12-0.

Peabody West put 12 runs on the scoreboard before the contest was finally called off on the mercy rule Wednesday night against Salem American.
The game was played at At East Lynn’s Volunteer Park.
Despite the loss, Contributor Bob Roche sn…

June 30th, 2011

IMAGE GALLERY: District 16 Softball Steals Championship Crown from Peabody

Salem’s District 16 Girls Softball team was crowned Junior League District 16 Champions with a win at Saugus High School Wednesday night. 
The all-star junior league squad of Peabody West softball players ended their season Wednesday night wit…

June 30th, 2011

IMAGE GALLERY: District 16 Softball Steals Championship Crown from Peabody

Salem’s District 16 Girls Softball team was crowned Junior League District 16 Champions with a win at Saugus High School Wednesday night. 
The all-star junior league squad of Peabody West softball players ended their season Wednesday night wit…

June 28th, 2011

IMAGE GALLERY: Scenes from Salem Little League All-Stars

Salem American Little League may have fallen to Peabody this weekend, but photographer Bob Roche managed to get some fantastic shots.
Congratulations on all your hard work.
Be sure to add your own photos to our gallery.

June 27th, 2011

Salem Falls to Peabody American in Little League All-Star Game

Alex Gomes picked a great time for a shutout. The Peabody American All-Star pitched 5-2/3 innings Saturday afternoon, striking out nine on the way to a 2-0 win over Salem American.
“Alex pitched great, from start to finish,” Peabody Americ…

June 21st, 2011

ADD YOUR PHOTO: Shots from Little League

Wondering what’s up with Little League these days?
Photographer Bob Roche took some stellar snapshots at a recent face-off at Splaine Park. It looks like everyone is having a great time this season. 
How has your season been going? Let us …

June 19th, 2011

IMAGE GALLERY: Scenes from Little League Softball at Mack Park

Little leaguers are swinging away this season.
Find your photo in this gallery from a recent Little League softball game.

June 18th, 2011

UPDATED: Jimmy and Ryan — Bruins Parade Live Blog

After the Bruins’ Stanley Cup win, the celebrations are just beginning. 
Can’t make it to the parade today? 
Don’t worry about it — we have you covered with the help of Salemites James Guy and Ryan Davis.
J&R provided us with …

June 18th, 2011

Parade Coverage With Jimmy and Ryan

Jimmy and Ryan are at it again.
Two of our favorite Bruins fanatics (who kept us up-to-date on the atmosphere in Boston during the B’s game on Wednesday) will be headed off to the parade today, and they’ll be sending us some of their updates fro…

June 17th, 2011

All You Need to Know About Saturday’s Bruins Parade

The Boston Bruins are getting a hero’s welcome home this weekend. After their historic Game 7 victory in Vancouver that won them the Stanley Cup Wednesday, the Bruins will be honored with a parade in Boston Saturday.
Salem fans were filled w…

June 16th, 2011

VIDEO: Ronan & Duff — ‘We Won the Cup’ Uncut

There was Sonny & Cher; there was Hall & Oates and then there was Ronan & Duff.As Salemites lost their minds following the Bruins’ Stanley Cup win, Ronan & Duff were kind enough to stop on Derby Street and contribute their musical bea…

June 16th, 2011

VIDEO: Salem Celebrates Stanley Cup Win

After 39 years, the Bruins did it.
Here are scenes from downtown Salem just after the Bruins defeated the Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Celebrations were centered at Derby and Washington streets.
Members of the Salem po…

June 16th, 2011

5 Things You Need to Know Today: June 16

Welcome to 5 Things You Need to Know Today, your place for useful facts. We’ll provide this early morning digest each weekday to keep Salemites and Salem Patch users in-the-know.

June 15th, 2011

UPDATED: Jimmy and Ryan — Bruins Live Blog

If you know Salem’s Ryan Davis and Jimmy Guy, you know these two are all about hockey.When we say “all about hockey,” we mean it. Seriously.Jimmy is a season ticket holder and Ryan is his lucky charm. The B’s won one game Ryan came to, then another a…

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