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June 14, 2013

Running from L.A. to Boston for a good cause


It took about four hours and, before Salem woke from its sleep, they were gone.

While we’re at it, a new restaurant, The Red Line Cafe, is opening on the Essex Street pedestrian mall — right on the red line.

Deer Salem

In 2004, a deer knocked over a tourist in the downtown, sending her to the hospital with a concussion and fractured ribs. Believe us, it was big news back then.

For the past nine years, to the best of our knowledge, we have not had a major deer event in the downtown.

That is, until a few days ago when a dedicated public employee, who has asked to remain anonymous, snapped a photo of a deer in the little park between the old Lyceum restaurant and City Hall. It was 6 a.m., and somehow, the little fellow had wandered into the downtown unnoticed.

We didn’t see a mention in the police log and didn’t notice venison weiners on the menu at Boston Hot Dog, so it must have escaped unharmed. Let’s hope so.

Fidelco’s friend

Andrew LaPointe called this week to thank the Salem Lions Club and everyone else who supported the fundraiser and dog walk last Sunday on Salem Common to benefit Fidelco, the guide dog foundation in Connecticut.

LaPointe, who is blind, has had three German shepherds from Fidelco — Yates, Elliot and his latest, Shubert. They have changed his life.

Years ago, during a nor’easter, LaPointe and Yates walked to the downtown and back — a trip of about 3 miles — to get medicine for his daughter. Imagine that — walking sightless in a driving snowstorm with no fear.

“I want to thank everybody for doing this,” he said of the Fidelco fundraiser. “I feel like a lot of them are really doing it on my behalf.”

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