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June 21, 2013

The Music Man is being honored next week


Oh, yeah, aren’t those the guys who come here every October to run the amusement rides on Derby Street?

Helping a neighbor

A fund has been set up at Salem Five bank for Samantha Mattei, 23, the Salem woman who suffered severe head injuries in a 2009 MBTA trolley crash caused by a subway car operator who was texting his girlfriend. She was one of the dozens taken to the hospital that night.

The former Merrimack College student was awarded $461,000 this month in a jury trial, which sounds like a lot, but it left her family “shocked and disappointed.” They say it is not enough to cover lawyers’ fees, court expenses and past medical bills; was only a fraction of the $8.6 million they were seeking for past and future care; and has left them in debt.

Sam is the daughter of Fred and Cecile Mattei of Churchill Street.

Donations may be sent to the Sam Mattei Fund, c/o Salem Five, 424 Essex St., Salem, MA, 01970. Contributions also can be made on PayPal at

School work

If you want to see something impressive, drive down to the corner of Congress and Leavitt streets and gaze at the addition to the On Point building being built by students at North Shore Technical High School, which serves kids in Salem and across the region.

Over the past month, several dozen carpentry, electrical, masonry and other students, under the watchful eyes of instructors, have built a large addition to this building on the edge of Palmer’s Cove Playground.

This is not just any building, but one overseen by the Plummer Home for Boys and used by Salem Police and the courts to run a number of programs for kids, including many from The Point. It is a building with a real purpose, and this extra space will allow it to serve a lot more kids and maybe even become a de facto community center for The Point.

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