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June 14, 2013

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


LaPointe is a well-known and active public figure, serving as co-chairman of the Salem Commission on Disabilities and president of the Friends of the Salem Council on Aging. He credits much of what he does to his dogs.

“I can’t imagine going through life ever again without a dog,” he said.

Dead Head

For those of you who are faithful readers of our police log, you undoubtedly noticed the arrest the other day of Jerry Garcia Jr. on motor vehicle charges.

We don’t believe there is any connection to The Grateful Dead or the late rock legend, although folks in Salem District Court did mention that the defendant had big hair reminiscent of a young Jerry Garcia.

Lobster lovers

Jason Silva, executive director of the Salem YMCA, is as happy as a clam.

Make that a lobster.

The owners and crew from the Lobster Shanty raised more than $4,000 last weekend for the Salem YMCA’s “Y For All” campaign. That’s the great program that makes sure all families, regardless of income, have access to child care, after-school care and summer camps.

More than 100 fans of the city’s favorite watering hole attended an event that had music by JT and The Hounds, Three Toad Sloth and Ronnie “Black Hat” Deschenes. (Didn’t they perform once at the Peabody Essex Museum with Yo-Yo Ma?)

A lot of credit has to go to City Councilor Bill Legault, who started this tradition years ago. Legault, by the way, has worked at both the Y and the Shanty.

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