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October 18, 2013

Heard Around Town: Salem welcomes contortionist, circus act and levitating geisha


“Boo,” they said.

Then he told them what the one item was: warm chocolate chip cookies and cold milk.

“Yay!,” they said.


The Northeast Animal Shelter put out an alert yesterday: Sunshine the kitten was stolen from its Highland Avenue building on Tuesday afternoon.

The 3-month-old kitten “is being treated for a medical condition, and we are very concerned that if she doesn’t continue her medication, she could get very sick,” the shelter said in an email.

“If you know someone who suddenly has a new black kitten about 3 months old who matches Sunshine’s picture, please encourage them to return her to our shelter immediately so we can see she gets the care she needs.”

Good cause

The Salem Waterfront Hotel and marina hosted the fourth annual Mystery Dine Around, a benefit that raised more than $10,000 for Lifebridge, which runs programs for the homeless.

More than 150 guests attended an event that began at the hotel’s Regatta Pub. Guests were taken by trolley and bus to more than a dozen restaurants in Salem and neighboring communities. The evening ended back at the hotel with dancing and a live auction hosted by Salem resident Billy Costa of KISS 108 radio.

Nice job, Rockett family.

Shooting follow-up

Police chief Paul Tucker and Sgt. Harry Rocheville met recently with neighbors around Salem State University to talk about two recent and serious incidents: The double-stabbing at the college and the shooting on Linden Street.

The shooting, if you recall, barely missed a woman nursing a 6-week-old baby. One suspect has been arrested and police say they are close to grabbing a second person.

Kudos for Kim

If Mayor Kim Driscoll ever runs for state office, she should get Gov. Deval Patrick to do her TV commercials.

The governor came to the Hawthorne Hotel Wednesday for a leadership breakfast hosted by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and couldn’t stop gushing about his favorite mayor. Patrick called Driscoll “just incredible — I say that privately as well as publicly.”

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