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December 13, 2013

Heard Around Town: North Salem to turn on Christmas lights

SALEM — There’s a reason people who live in North Salem stay in North Salem. And there’s a reason that when they move, they go only a few blocks.

They love the place.

It could be the beautiful blue river, or the gorgeous green cemetery or the fact they feel safe because there’s a red-blooded cop living in every third house. Who knows?

If you want to find out why they’re so crazy about this little corner of Salem, just head over on Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. for the annual North Salem Neighborhood Luminaria.

Dearborn Street, Lee Street, Moulton Avenue and Dearborn Lane will be lined with glowing white candles. It’s a sight to behold and may come closer to capturing the spirit of the season than anything else.

Kudos to Clare White-Sullivan, Wendy Blake, Christine Lutts, Anne Sterling, Beth Gerard, Jack Kinnee, Pat Donahue and Kendra Malionek.

One word of caution: Don’t park on any of those streets.

Another word of caution: There’s a storm on the way. If the weather is bad, the event will be rescheduled to next Sunday, Dec. 21.

For updates, go to “Luminaria North Salem 2013” on Facebook.

Governor’s guy

It may have taken Gov. Deval Patrick two years to fill the vacancy, but he finally made a pick to fill a seat on the board of the Salem Housing Authority.

Bill Luster, the former city planner, will join a board that includes Chairman John Boris and members Maureen Call, Frank Milo and Peter Strout.

Luster fills a seat created by the departure of Jim Zisson, who moved out of the city late in 2011.

Festivus for good cause

Great event this Sunday — the annual Festivus 5K road race, the creation of Rick Johnson, a Salem runner and recent School Committee candidate.

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