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May 2, 2014

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


Wonder what scared everybody off? Could it be the gun?

Mattress time

When the mob used to “go to the mattresses,” it meant the start of a clan war.

When Salem High Band Director Cynthia Napierkowski goes to the mattresses, it means she’s raising funds for new band uniforms.

In an unusual fundraiser, Napierkowski and the band kids will be taking mattress orders next Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Salem High. The school auditorium will be set up like a mattress showroom, she said.

If they break the one-day record of 127 mattresses sold, Napierkowski said the fundraising sponsor will give them an additional $5,000.

So as you lie in bed at night and feel that lump in your back, think about the band kids from Salem High.


Good concert tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Tabernacle Church on Washington Street.

The North Shore Pipe Band is raising the roof for a good cause — HAWC.

If you like kilts and bagpipes, this is the place to be.

Tireless Ted

Retired Judge Thaddeus Buczko of Salem was the keynote speaker today at the annual Tadeusz Kosciuszko Conference at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Kosciuszko, of course, is a Polish war hero who fought on our side in the American Revolution.

Buczko, of course, is living proof that 88 — his age — is only a number.

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