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December 7, 2012

Heard Around Town: Children’s Charity is Salem’s own Santa Claus

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The biggest of the local events was at Finz restaurant, where $7,000 was raised. The fundraiser was sponsored by Social Palates, a local marketing firm, and the restaurant.

Along those lines, Go Out Loud, a networking organization for the area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, has really stepped up.

Formed a year ago, the group held a holiday party last week at Victoria Station that packed the place. Guests donated more than 660 canned goods and nonperishable items to the Salem Pantry, a food program run out of The First Universalist Society of Salem on Bridge Street.

The Give Out Loud campaign rewards donors with a holiday pride pass, which can be used for discounts and deals at about 50 local retailers. Collections will continue throughout the month.

Bah, humbug

There was a letter in the paper this week from a parent who was upset that the school calendar listed celebrations for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and everything under the sun, but not Christmas.

We asked our crack investigative team to look into this, but they were attending holiday parties and couldn’t get their heads out of the eggnog bowl.

So we did a little digging ourselves and discovered that the only holiday officially recognized by the public schools is “Queensday,” in honor of Mary Manning’s birthday.

Manning, in case you have been living in a hole, is the principal of Collins Middle School. She turns 39 every year.

Giving back

CinemaSalem co-owner Paul Van Ness launched an online campaign Tuesday to try to raise $60,000 to help save his movie theater. Within hours, the money came pouring in, and as of press time last night, donations totaled more than $35,000.

What a Christmas story. A good guy who helps others needs help himself, and the whole city lines up at his door with bags of money. Why does that sound familiar? Oh yeah, George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

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