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April 11, 2014

A Hollywood movie star sips coffee at Jaho


Nostradamus Furey

Give Tom Furey credit for seeing the future before the rest of us.

The city councilor was warning about the dangers of secondhand smoke and calling for a ban on smoking in public housing more than a decade ago. It was resisted locally, but now the state is pushing it, and several local housing authorities have gone smokeless.

The Salem Housing Authority is even “entertaining” the idea.

Last call

Salem State University is holding a bash for Christine Sullivan, the retiring (as in departing, not shy) executive director of The Enterprise Center, on April 30 at Hawthorne Hotel.

And Bates School will say farewell to its favorite principal, Tom LaValley, on May 30 at Spinelli’s on Route 1.

(Hope those aren’t surprise parties.)

Tattooed Turiel

City Councilor Josh Turiel swears he has no tattoos, but he does admit to being the employer of Chris Padgett, the amateur photographer who took photos of 75 people who got tattoos to memorialize last year’s Boston Marathon.

Padgett’s exhibit is up this month at the Boston Center for Adult Education.

A former Apple employee, Padgett works for Turiel’s IT consulting firm.

Mickey Rooney

If memory serves, the late Mickey Rooney came to Salem about a decade ago for a session with official witch Laurie Cabot.

Or, come to think of it, he might have accompanied one of his eight wives to a reading with Cabot. That sounds more plausible. Or maybe one of his wives came without him.

Or, just possibly, we’re making this whole thing up.

Baghdad U.

Salem State will host eight scholars from Iraq this summer as part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. The young professionals are coming here for a 10-week program on Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

No, we’re not making this up.

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