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March 22, 2013

Heard Around Town: Honoring our local heroes


Rosemary O’Connor, the pride of Mack Park, is organizing the celebration with help from Andy and Cheryl LaPointe, Teasie Riley-Goggin, Ellen Talkowsky, Tina Cook, Franny Grace and City Council President Jerry Ryan.

It’s from 1-3 p.m., and the public is invited.

Fun film facts

The Salem Film Fest was a huge success.

Attendance soared to 5,599, which was 1,000 more people than last year. Almost two-thirds of the films sold out, with “West of Memphis,” the film about new Salem resident Damien Echols’ struggle to escape death row, selling the most tickets.

The Audience Award went to “The Ghost Army,” a terrific documentary about a secret U.S. Army force that used inflatable tanks and other tricks to fool the enemy in World War II.

The Jury Award was presented to “Women With Cows,” a mooving film — sorry — about two aging and ailing sisters carrying for their beloved bovines.

Book about baking

Andy and Jackie King of A&J King Artisan Bakers have written a book.

“Baking by Hand: Make the Best Artisanal Breads and Pastries Better Without a Mixer” is a paperback coming out in August. It will feature their best 100 recipes.

Letters from the heart

Collins Middle School received a couple of interesting letters this winter.

One was from the parent of an elementary school student in Japan thanking Collins students for sending origami cranes and other items to encourage the Japanese students following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

More recently, a counselor at Newtown Middle School in Connecticut wrote to thank the Salem students for the “compassionate letters” they wrote after the Sandy Hook tragedy.

“I keep the letters at my desk ...” counselor Susan Connelly wrote.

Lack of ladies

Now that Joan Lovely has escaped to higher ground in Boston, the City Council is an all-male bastion of testosterone.

For the first time in her tenure, Mayor Driscoll wrote a letter to the 11-member council that was addressed, “Gentlemen of the Council.”

11 guys, 0 women. Can’t be a good thing.

Ah, for the days of Sally Hayes, Regina Flynn, Laura (DeToma) Swanson, Claudia Chuber and Lucy Corchado.

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