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December 21, 2012

Heard Around Town: Rain or shine, a school crossing guard’s last day


“I used to love that,” the girl said, “when you waved to me.”

Feline fun

This is a good time to be a homeless cat.

Thanks to a $50,000 in-kind gift from Canyon Creek Ranch pet food, the cat rooms at the Northeast Animal Shelter on Highland Avenue have been totally renovated. There are now large play rooms with walkways, ladders and window perches.

Check it out — and take a kitty home while you’re there.

New campaign

Ward 4 City Councilor Jerry Ryan made a surprise announcement this week at a meeting of the Ward 4/Gallows Hill Neighborhood Association.

After three terms, he’s not running for re-election as Ward 4 councilor.

His fan base was relieved to hear he is not leaving politics. Ryan plans to run for councilor-at-large next year, which should be a wide open race with the departure of Joan Lovely.

New face

The Driscoll administration is going through more changes than the Red Sox.

Among the recent additions is Kristian Hoysradt, the new director of constituent services and special projects.

This should be a snap after his last job. for which he deserved combat pay. He was political director for the Tierney re-election campaign, one of the most bruising in recent memory.

Sail on

A crowd of 150 attended Sail Salem’s terrific fundraiser at Finz restaurant.

The guest speaker, Marblehead native Rich Wilson, signed copies of his book about his hair-raising adventures in the 2008 Vendee Globe, a solo sailing race around the world.

Yes, that is correct. He sailed from France to France all by himself, which raises a few questions. Who steers during bathroom breaks?

In four years, Sail Salem, a nonprofit, has provided sailing lessons to 1,000 youngsters, including many from poor families who have never been out in a sailboat.

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