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October 26, 2012

Heard Around Town: It’s a long way from Pakistan to Salem


That all changed this month when a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria, which used to patrol Boston historic sites, arrived just in time for Halloween. They will use it here and at the Saugus Iron Works.

“This is pretty big for us to have a patrol vehicle,” said Chief Ranger Michael Parr.

Social masquerade

There is a nice exhibit at Global Deeds, 45 Lafayette St.

A group of talented teens from Salem has designed and made colorful masks revealing their varied identities. They appear along with a special exhibit by artist/cartoonist Tim Estiloz, a film critic for Boston Latino TV and two-time New England Emmy Award winner.

The exhibit runs through Halloween day.

Polish power

Darek Barcikowski is one busy guy.

He not only runs Cafe Polonia, the city’s Polish restaurant, but is the head of White Eagle Media, a leading publisher of Polish-American newspapers.

Barcikowski is one of about a dozen prominent Polish-Americans named to a national leadership committee to encourage the Polish-American community to support the re-election of President Barack Obama. The committee includes U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and several past and present members of Congress.

In case you hadn’t counted, there are about 10 million Polish Americans in the U.S.

Hurricane Sandy

As the president of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Sandra Heaphy is supposed to do everything in her power to improve the business climate in the city.

That may explain why Heaphy, the director of the Kensington-Stobart Gallery at the Hawthorne Hotel, was taking a lot of ribbing this week at the meeting of the chamber’s executive board.

Who can blame them — what with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the city’s Halloween celebration.

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