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November 9, 2012

Heard Around Town: CPA got broad support ... except in Ward 4

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What’s interesting is that the film, we are told, is it’s not just a puff piece — sorry for the pun. This is an inside look at the politics behind wind energy.

The producer of the film will be there, along with Mark Rodgers, communications director for Cape Wind and a former Salem resident.

The program has several sponsors, including Salem Alliance for the Environment.

Real Friends

The new and improved Friends of the Salem Council on Aging helped raise $11,000 toward the purchase of a new passenger van.

The $55,000 Ford van, most of which was funded through a federal grant, holds 10 to 12 passengers and gives the Council on Aging five vehicles to transport the elderly and disabled.

The agency provides about 15,000 free rides a year for medical appointments, shopping trips and programs at its headquarters on Broad Street.

“The cost of gas, increasing numbers of senior citizens and recent fare increases by The Ride have increased demand for our services,” SCOA Transportation Coordinator John Sauvageau said in a press release.

Take a bow, President Andrew J. LaPointe and the rest of the Friends.

Veterans Day

They are presenting Salem Wartime Service medals to combat veterans from Salem on Veterans Day. This ceremony, which first occurred after World War I, has been held the past few years and is a meaningful and moving tribute.

It takes place Sunday at 11 a.m. at Salem High.

Pinto power

Ward 2 Councilor Mike Sosnowski is the first of his colleagues to go on record supporting a candidate to fill the vacancy that will be created when Council President Joan Lovely resigns in January to take her state Senate seat.

“At this time, midterm, the absolute best person to fill the void is someone with the experience,” Sosnowski wrote in an email. “That person is Steve Pinto,” whom he described as a person who “lives and breathes Salem.”

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