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June 28, 2013

Ceremony tomorrow for a special veterans square

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And who knew?

Apparently not the most recent board, which consisted of “independents” Casey and Rick Lee and Chairman Robert St. Pierre, a registered Democrat.

So Driscoll, a Democrat, undertook the onerous task of finding a Republican in this Democratic stronghold. But she did a good job and came up with Paul Flores, a Republican plumber.

The first meeting of the politically balanced board is July 16.

Halloween news

The city launched a brand-new version of www.hauntedhappenings.org to promote Halloween in Salem.

It already has had 33,000 visitors, and it’s only June. You know what that means? Pack the bags; the hordes are on their way.

Generous gift

The North Shore Medical Center received $1.5 million from the Norman H. Read Charitable Trust to establish the Albright Read Institute for Healthcare Improvement Science and Medical Research.

The institute, which is dedicated to improving patient care, is named for Norman Read, an oil and gas executive who died in 1992, and Dr. Nile Albright, a trustee of the Read Trust, which has given millions of dollars to the Salem schools, the city and the hospital.

The Read family has a long history in Salem going back to the early 1800s.

Band aid

Salem High band director Cynthia Napierkowski is getting ready for a big announcement.

No, she’s not marching the kids all the way to Washington, D.C., while playing “Yankee Doodle Dandy” — although don’t put that idea in her head.

She’s planning to raise big bucks to help the music program. But let’s wait for her to make the announcement.

Hot off the presses

Did you hear about the big book launch Oct. 23 in the ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel?

The book — “Legendary Locals of Salem” — features 100 Salemites, some dead, some alive, some in-between.

This is actually true, except for the in-between part. Historian Bonnie Hurd Smith will emcee.

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