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May 2, 2014

Heard Around Town: Changing of the guard at Salem charter school


“He’s been a great inspiration in my life,” said Rothwell. “He was always there for me, so if he believes this much in The Giving Tree Award, I figured I’d step up to the plate and be a sponsor.”

And, thus, a torch was passed.

He’s baaack...

Mike Fitzgerald, who retired as general manager of Salem Harbor Station in 2010, is back running the plant in its final days.

Fitzgerald was asked to return following the unexpected death this winter of station director Mick Beaudette.

The plant closes May 31. If you haven’t got a calendar in front of you, that’s 29 days and counting.

What’s in a name?

If you’re a school, it’s good to have a name.

The Salem Community Charter School, which opened three years ago for high school dropouts, has a name — but it’s a confusing name.

For three years, they’ve been getting phone calls at their Museum Place Mall location from people looking for the Salem Community Child Care Center or Salem Academy Charter School.

That mixup is understandable.

But they’ve also been getting calls from people looking for the Horace Mann School. Salem Community Charter School, it turns out, is a state “Horace Mann” charter school.

To end the madness, the school established a naming committee more than a year ago. Unfortunately, they came up with something like “Vista Points,” which sounded more like a condo complex on Revere Beach than a public school.

So they’re back at the drawing board. There is a new committee with a mandate to find a new name.

When they get one, you’ll be the first to know.

Tucker time

Big kickoff Sunday at the Hawthorne Hotel for police Chief Paul Tucker’s campaign for state representative.

Of course, the real kickoff took place Tuesday, when no strong challengers filed nomination papers by the state deadline, giving Tucker virtually clear sailing.

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