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October 11, 2013

Heard Around Town: Salem High honors the Music Man


Kardashian wish

There’s a new celebrity in town.

Alexia Palm, 12, of Salem, flew out to Los Angeles last month to meet Kylie and Kendall Jenner of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” fame. Kendall Jenner even posted a photo she took of the two of them and put it on her Twitter page with the quote: “Lunch with my new bestie.”

Alexia, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, got to make the trip thanks to Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Cemetery tour

You don’t really know Salem if you haven’t been to Greenlawn Cemetery. Not only is this a beautiful garden spot in North Salem, but it is the site of Sargent Pond and The Dickson Memorial Chapel, and the final resting place of John Riley, Salem’s Medal of Honor winner, and other notables.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., the Friends of Greenlawn are offering free tours of the cemetery.

This is also a fundraiser for the new group, which is working hard to preserve one of the city’s true treasures.

They will be auctioning a painting of Sargent Pond by Debra Freeman Highberger and a homemade quilt, and selling picture cards of Greenlawn. There are also a few free door prizes.

O.K. Corral

The big Ward 1 city council “debate” is coming up.

On Monday night, the Historic Derby Street Neighborhood Association hosts incumbent Bob McCarthy and challenger Steve Pinto. Should be a lot of questions about cruise ships and power plants.

Smoking in Salem

Tuesday was a good night for Footprint Power, which wants to open a gas-fired power plant in Salem. They were at the Board of Health meeting and, incredibly, were not the most controversial item on the agenda.

The distinction belonged to two fine gentlemen who went before the board seeking a variance from the city’s smoking regulations to open a hookah bar.

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