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May 17, 2013

Heard Around Town: The story behind the St. Joseph statue discovery


And that, just for the record, is how St. Joseph was saved.

Let bygones...

Historic Salem, Inc., presented a lifetime achievement award this week to Attorney John Carr, who served on the Historical Commission for several decades, notably during its early and formative years, and who has waged countless battles, often on a pro-bono basis, on behalf of historic houses, crumbling carriage houses, old trees and hopeless causes.

As deserving as the award may be, it certainly was magnanimous of HSI to honor Carr, who had harsh words for the preservation organization last year after it dropped its appeal of the St. Joseph Church demolition project — a fight Carr was leading.

Remember what an agitated Carr said of HSI at the time?

“They folded like a cheap suit.”

First meeting

Speaking of the Historical Commission, Wednesday night’s meeting was the first for new member Jane Turiel, the wife of City Councilor Josh Turiel.

Imagine that. Two city officials under one roof.

Let’s hope a Ward 5 resident doesn’t decide to paint his historic house neon pink and look to his ward councilor for support. Could lead to some interesting conversations over breakfast at the Turiel homestead.

Power of pink

Congratulations to Salem Academy Charter School.

Its Destination Imagination team, The Pink Ladies, made it through local and regional competitions all the way to the national finals in Knoxville, Tenn., next week.

If you’re not familiar with it, DI is a competition that tests creativity, teamwork and problem solving.

Salem connection

There was a news report this week about Sebastian Freddura, a hip-hop artist from Cambridge who was one of the oldest friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Freddura, the report said, was a student at Salem State from 2008 to 2010 and rented an apartment here. Tsarnaev, according to the article, often drove up to Salem for weekend parties.

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