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April 11, 2014

A Hollywood movie star sips coffee at Jaho


Salem State hopes to develop a long-term relationship with institutions of higher education in Iraq.

Pizza prize

Two chefs from Flying Saucer Pizza flew all the way to Las Vegas to compete in the International Pizza Expo.

Michael Rappa, 23, of Salem, entered his “Mars Attacks!” pizza in the Traditional Pizza category and captured second place against 60 competitors in the Northeast division — which includes New York.

Doughboy Tyler Griffin just missed the final cut in the World’s Fastest Dough Stretch, where competitors have to stretch five dough balls into 12-inch pizzas as fast as they can. This, by the way, is under consideration as a trial event at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, with the Italians and Greeks as the early favorites.

Madame trustee

Patricia Meservey is so busy they may have to clone her.

She’s president of Salem State University, president of The Salem Partnership and chairwoman of the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development — to name a few of her titles.

This week, Eastern Bank, the largest community bank in the state, named her a trustee.

Our editorial board thought of assigning a reporter to follow Meservey around for a day, but nobody here is in good enough shape.

Football photos

Sean Stellato, a former Salem High football star and current NFL agent, is writing a book about the legendary 1994 team on which he played — a team that drew wide media coverage when it kept playing during a teachers’ strike.

Stellato, however, needs your help.

If anyone has photos of that team and season, please contact him at

Chocolate chatter

Good program Wednesday at 6 p.m. at The House of the Seven Gables.

Ben Strohecker, founder of Harbor Sweets, will discuss his children’s book, “The Day the Ocean Changed to Chocolate.”

Just the thought makes us hungry.

Tom Dalton can be reached at

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