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March 7, 2014

Heard Around Town: Salem power plant lost a dear friend


“We want to make it available to the whole school,” said Austin Connolly, a senior who is leading the effort with Glen Gard, Desjardin Baez and Alejandro Rubero.

As part of fundraising efforts, they have organized the “Witches Run,” a Salem High Wellness Center 5K road race around school grounds on March 30.

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Kid Keenan

State Rep. John Keenan received a “2014 Champion of Youth” award from the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs at a legislative luncheon this week at the Statehouse.

Keenan was cited for his strong support of the organization and for sponsoring a bill to protect children from sexual abuse.

A large contingent from the Salem Boys & Girls Club attended, including Executive Director Joanne Scott and police Chief Paul Tucker, a member of the club’s board of directors.

One man’s trash

Instead of tossing out old electrical equipment from Salem Harbor Station, the soon-to-be-shuttered power plant is donating it to the Essex Agricultural and Technical High School and North Shore Technical High School.

The training packages — electrical, mechanical and HVAC — are valued at more than $10,000 and were used at the power plant’s on-site training center.

Students from the school came and got the equipment last week and transported it on a truck donated by Beacon Electric of Peabody.

On a local level, the operation was coordinated by Malia Griffin, director of community affairs at the plant, and Building Inspector Tom St. Pierre, a board member at North Shore Voke.

Home to all

Salem got a lot of media coverage this week when Mayor Kim Driscoll signed a nondiscrimination ordinance that had been passed by the City Council.

“Salem is a city that welcomes all people who visit, live and work in our community — no matter who they are, where they are from, or who they are perceived to be,” Driscoll said in a statement. “There are no second-class citizens in Salem. We not only embrace diversity, we champion it...”

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