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March 7, 2014

Heard Around Town: Salem power plant lost a dear friend


With this ordinance, Salem became the fifth community in the state and first on the North Shore to extend public accommodations protections to the transgender community. The others are Boston, Cambridge, Northampton and Amherst.

Crime of the cemetery

A grave — as in serious — crime has been solved.

The Harmony Grove Cemetery pickup truck, with cemetery insignia on the side and a vanity license plate, that was stolen over the weekend has been recovered.

What could that robber have been thinking? Just park it in the driveway and hope nobody notices?

It was found Monday — one day after the theft.

Missing, however, was the plow on the front of the vehicle. There was speculation the plow was the real target since the truck was stolen with a threatened storm approaching that never materialized.

The truck was discovered in an industrial park off Pulaski Street in Peabody. The guys from a Maaco collision shop arrived for work and were startled to see a cemetery vehicle waiting to greet them.

Going, going...

Boston Hot Dog, a restaurant like no other in this city, has closed.

It shut its doors a few weeks ago after a 10-year-run in Salem.

The joint had a counter but no tables and chairs. It did well for years, but may have been hurt by the closing of District Court, home to criminals and crime-busters, all hot dog lovers.

Boston Hot Dog will forever be remembered for its contribution to local culture: the Halloweenie.

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