A few days ago, Okinga spoke about the tragedy at a college dinner. So far from home and so shaken, he is trying to reach out in any way he can.
There may be a new brewery in town.
A guy over on Nichols Street wants to open a microbrewery. We heard he wants to call it Witchcraft Beer Works, or something like that.
Although we heard there may be a few issues with neighbors, he seems to have found a good spot. Ward 4 is beer country.
A gentle soul
Christine Miaskiewicz died last weekend with her sister by her side.
Christine and Theresa Miaskiewicz come from a large, tight-knit Polish-American family.
Both sisters were foreign language teachers at Salem High. When Theresa was elected to the School Committee, Christine was a constant presence at meetings, sitting silently in the audience.
They were always together, side by side.
That's how they stood last fall when they buried their beloved older brother, "Mashie," who was shot down over the former Yugoslavia in World War II. Last summer, an archaeological team discovered his lost remains on a remote hillside in Bosnia.
The sisters gave DNA samples, met with Army officials and helped arrange for the return of their brother, whom everyone mistakenly thought had been buried years ago in a Long Island cemetery.
It was an emotional and difficult time that the sisters handled with grace. Their brother, they said, was finally home.
Christine was buried this week near her brother in the family plot at St. Mary's Cemetery.