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June 28, 2013

Ceremony tomorrow for a special veterans square


School prize

What a nice award from the Greenhouse School.

It gave a prize in memory of Richard Rousseau, a 1982 Salem High graduate and artist who died a few weeks ago at 48. He was a friend of school co-director Dan Welch and designed the sketch of a child that is used as the school’s logo.

The first Richard George Rousseau Jr. Art Residence Award was presented to Marcus Seymour McKenzie, a 2010 Greenhouse graduate now attending Malden Catholic High School.

Church flag

The First Church in Salem, Unitarian, lived up to its name yesterday by being the first church in the city to hang a flag celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

With its tower pole broken, the church draped a rainbow flag over its front door.

Vegas Kate

Destination Salem Executive Director Kate Fox recently returned from a business trip to Las Vegas.

At least, that’s her story and she’s sticking to it.

This, of course, only fuels the absolutely groundless rumor that Driscoll may make a late bid for a casino gambling license by opening a slots parlor on Tinker’s Island and asking homeboy Chip Tuttle, the lead man on the Suffolk Downs bid, to run the floating facility.

And ideas what to call it?

Grand opening

The Grapevine Mediterranean Kitchen & Wine Bar celebrated its grand opening last night.

New owner Kristin Zarkades has taken over a restaurant that has been a city landmark for two decades.

She also opened the city’s newest outdoor dining area, a patio on the banks of the South River basin.

Long overdue

Ken Perrone was inducted into the Salem High Hall of Fame last night before a packed house at the Knights of Columbus.

The former Salem High football coach is tied for the most victories (151) in school history, but his induction was blocked for years due to his controversial role in the 1994 teachers’ strike.

A huge crowd was expected for a coach with a large and loyal following.

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