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April 26, 2013

Heard Around Town: A heartfelt response ... measured in bags of popcorn


Now that Beverly’s Bill Scanlon is not running for his 73rd term as mayor, she is considering a land taking with herself serving as mayor of both cities.

It’s not out of the question. Think about it. She once worked in a big-time Beverly law office and for the Panther Planning Department. And did you notice that her former chief of staff, Jason Silva, is a Beverly city councilor?

Coincidence? We think not.

Pesky Pole III

On Saturday, a “Pesky Pole” was dedicated to late Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky at the Salem State University baseball field.

What a great move. Pesky was from neighboring Swampscott and received an honorary degree from Salem State in 2009. Even better, he used to eat breakfast across from the campus at the Salem Diner, which dedicated its own “Pesky Pole” a few years ago.

Three’s company

In case anyone’s counting, Driscoll now has three opponents.

The latest to take out papers is Elvis Alvarez. He joins Ken Sawicki, Cedric Ashley Jr. and, of course, Her Honor.

So there you have it — Kim, Ken, Cedric and Elvis. Sounds like a Memphis law firm.

Putting out fire

There was a lot of commotion this week when an anti-Islamic rant, apparently prompted by the Boston Marathon bombing, appeared on a “Salem, Massachusetts Fire Department” Facebook page.

It drew heated complaints — to put it mildly.

It turned out it was not an official Fire Department site, but one run by a firefighter. The comments were quickly removed, and the matter, which reached all the way to the mayor’s office, is still being straightened out. It sounds like a new Facebook page will be created, maybe something like “Friends of the Salem Fire Department.”

The old Facebook page, which for some technical reasons is still up, now has the following message: “This page is NOT an official page of the Salem, Massachusetts Fire Department or the City of Salem, Massachusetts or its employees.”

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