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April 10, 2014

Picking up the tab

Restaurants feed family displaced by fire, for free


“That’s what’s confusing her, what’s making her sad — that we have to keep moving like bad people every three days,” she said. “My poor daughter has barely nothing.”

Boris said he is hopeful that the housing issue will work out soon, but he admitted that he was having trouble finding a two-bedroom apartment in Salem with a reasonable rent price.

“It’s like all of the apartments in Salem have dried up,” he said.

Applebee’s has gone further than offering a free meal: the Danvers restaurant has committed to donate to the family 15 percent of the total meal cost for anybody eating between 3 and 9 p.m. on April 16, provided they show a related flier when they show up.

That flier can be obtained by emailing Vargas at

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at





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