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September 13, 2013

Heard Around Town: A Salem High reunion for the ages


Did you see the story about Salem police Sgt. Kristian Hanson taking a short-cut to work down Salem Street on Monday and getting flagged down by a woman who propositioned him?

She, of course, was arrested.

Reminds us of the story of a superintendent of schools in a neighboring community (OK, Lynn) who was on his way to work one morning around 7 a.m. when a prostitute jumped into his car at a red light.

The light turned green and he had no choice but to keep driving. At the next light, which was about a block from the school administration building, he turned to the woman and said: “Either you get out of the car or I do.”

And Steve Russell thinks he’s got it tough.

California or bust

Garrett Shay, the great young man who biked cross-country to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, made it all the way to the Santa Monica Pier in August and raised more than $7,000.

The police chief of Santa Monica gave him a medal, and the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club held a celebration.

When he returned home, club members from Salem met him at the airport and held their own celebration in his honor.

Carrying a tent, water, a first aid kit and little else, the UMass senior from Melrose averaged 40 miles a day and biked up to 100 miles on several days.

Garrett’s dad, by the way, is a law buddy of attorney Ed Moriarty, husband of Joanne Scott, executive director of the Salem club.

Gaming Chip

As we listened to Salem homeboy Chip Tuttle address hundreds of businessmen and women at the Hawthorne Hotel on Wednesday about the vendor possibilities at Caesars Resort at Suffolk Downs, a thought struck us. How brilliant of the Caesars people to pick a guy named “Chip” as their chief operating officer and spokesman.

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