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August 16, 2013

A city says goodbye to a watering hole


Pinto power

While driving through Juniper Point the other day — yes, a passport is still required — we were struck by the number of signs for Steve Pinto for Ward 1 councilor.

We were also struck by the lack of signs for Councilor Bob McCarthy.

Just an observation.

Tower talk

Somebody over at Salem State tweeted a photo yesterday from the 1970s of the university’s old clock tower, which was taken down around 1990.

In just a few hours, it created a lot of buzz.

The clock, by the way, never really worked, and the site was better known for sit-ins during the 1960s.

Sue Brown I and II

In what may be a “first” for the public schools, two women with the same name played prominent roles in Saltonstall’s eighth-grade graduation this summer.

Susan J. Brown was honored with the 2013 Margaret Voss Howard Teacher Recognition Award. The grade 7/8 teacher was lauded for “fierce dedication” to her students and for setting high expectations in the classroom.

At the same graduation, Sue Brown, a retired physical education teacher from Saltonstall, presented the school with a painting she had commissioned. It was a thank-you to a school she loves dearly.

Mr. Emmy

Yes, Virginia, it is possible to attend the Salem Public Schools and go on to lead a successful and happy life.

Exhibit No. 1 is Henry Arlander, who works for a San Francisco advertising agency and recently won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding New Approach for Original Daytime Program or Series.”

Henry and his team also just won three top awards at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

Henry, the son of Constance and Lance Arlander, went to Witchcraft Heights School, Collins Middle School and Salem High (Class of 2001).

If the School Department is looking for better PR, maybe somebody should compile a list of all the graduates who, just like Henry, have gone on to become big successes. Didn’t a graduate of Salem High win a MacArthur genius grant a few years ago?

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