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July 19, 2013

Heard Around Town: Round one: Salem City Council v. School Committee


Contract language requiring city workers to buy underwear with the slogan, “Salem...We’re Behind You All The Way.”

Bike rider

There is a really great story unfolding at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

Actually, it’s taking place across America as Garrett Shay, a senior at UMass Amherst, rides his bike from Massachusetts to the Santa Monica Pier in California to raise money for the club. His goal is $25,000.

“My favorite part of this adventure is the people I meet along the way,” Garrett wrote to the club. “Their energy and support is refreshing and motivational, especially after a long day’s ride in the sun.

“It makes you appreciate the smaller things in life, things as simple as a warm shower or laughing about a stupid SNL video. It’s hard to see these people as strangers. Some of them really feel like family; that may seem a little cheesy but that’s how it feels.”

Garrett is from Melrose, but has a strong Salem connection. His dad is a law partner of Ed Moriarty, the husband of Joanne Scott, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club.

To find out more or to make a pledge, go the club’s website at

Useless tidbit

Did you see the story about the North Shore Medical Center doing “low-impact” blasting this summer as part of a construction project?

Apparently they make a little announcement inside the hospital five minutes before every blast. As part of the announcement, or maybe just in the operating rooms, we are told the following command goes out: “Scalpels up!”

Good advice.

Strangler story

The Discovery Channel was at the police station Wednesday to go through their Boston Strangler files.

They also interviewed officers and drove out to the address on Lafayette Street where a Salem woman was murdered in 1963.

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