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August 31, 2012

Heard Around Town: Look, up in the sky, it's leaping Lederhaus

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To make matters worse, the summer floods came after two recent city projects to improve conditions.

Neighbors have written Mayor

Kim Driscoll

demanding a solution.

Restaurant closed

A lot of locals were dismayed to see the sign on Green Land Cafe announcing its closing.

Open only two years, the Washington Street restaurant appeared to be one of the most popular in the city.

According to the sign on the door, the spot next to City Hall is being taken over by Serenitee Restaurant Group, which owns a number of restaurants in the area, including Latitude 43 in Gloucester. The sign said it plans to open “Opus” in Salem in November.

A sign from a Green Land owner said only: “It was time to move on.”

Name game

Not that this would ever happen, but let’s hope the Salem school superintendent never has any run-ins with the Hamilton police chief.

It would be one confusing court case: Stephen Russell v. Russell Stevens.

Stephen Russell is in his second year as head of the Salem schools. Russell Stevens was reappointed this week as police chief in Hamilton.

They both face daunting tasks: One is trying to turn around a police department reeling from an EMT scandal; the other is trying to turn around a school system reeling from low MCAS scores.

Good Samaritan

If you live in Salem, you have many reasons to count your blessings.

For starters, you don’t live in Marblehead. That’s a joke, so no letters, please.

Another is free admission to the Peabody Essex Museum, which really is a great museum despite the cheap shots you may occasionally see in this space.

But another big reason, which often goes under the radar, is the unbelievable generosity of the Norman H. Read Trust, which, for the fourth year in a row, is underwriting free admission for all Salem residents to the Museum of Science in Boston for the month of September.

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