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March 28, 2014

It's time to clean up a piece of Salem history

SALEM — If this is spring, it must be time to clean.

And that’s what volunteers will be doing tomorrow and Sunday at Fort Lee, the long-neglected and overgrown historic site along Fort Avenue.

This is a great project at an important place that is virtually unseen and unknown.

The star-shaped mound of earth was used as a fort during the American Revolution. There were cannons here — or so we are told — at one time. For years, Historic Salem Inc., has listed this wooded area as one of the city’s most endangered resources.

They are looking for volunteers for the cleanup, which starts at 9 a.m. both days. Wear heavy clothing and gloves.

The whole enterprise is being spearheaded by Dominic Serino for his Eagle Scout project.

Sad case

There are few stories sadder than the one about 15-year-old Justina Pelletier, the Connecticut girl who, after a long and highly publicized legal battle, has just been turned over to the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

We mention the case only because her family is now being represented by Phil Moran, a Salem lawyer.

Liquor news

Brother’s Deli is stepping out on the town. The Derby Street restaurant will soon be serving beer and wine after getting the OK this week from the Licensing Board.

Thai Place, a fixture inside Museum Place Mall, informed the board of its plans to have outdoor seating.

From the heart

A&B Burgers may be new in town, but they are certainly trying to be good citizens.

The restaurant, inside the old Salem Jail, is holding a children’s concert April 13 in honor of the two Boston firefighters killed in the 9-alarm fire Wednesday on Beacon Street.

Although the concert is free, they plan to raise funds for the families. They also plan to invite Salem firefighters to attend.

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