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November 16, 2012

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But the best part is the student who sells the winning ticket gets his or her name on a street sign in front of the school for the entire year. They also get a limo ride to school and usually arrive to musical fanfare.

On Tuesday, fifth-grader Marie McCarthy arrived in style wearing a pink boa for the unveiling of “Marie McCarthy Lane.” She was accompanied by her friend Aiyana Lily, who was wrapped in a purple boa, and by her younger brother, Thomas McCarthy, a second-grader.

Election leftover

Wondering why there was such a huge crowd on Election Day at Salem State’s Enterprise Center, which served as a polling place in Ward 7?

There was a get-out-the-vote campaign at Salem State, led by the consumer advocacy group MASSPIRG, that led to 802 students registering to vote before the election. Students also were sent reminder texts and phone calls on Election Day.

Wonder if this is one of the reasons the Democrats did so well.

Z for Zorro

There are 116 kids in the marching band at Salem High, the largest group in the 26 years Cynthia Napierkowski has directed the band.

To put that in perspective, there are only 1,150 students in the high school. So that means that 1 out of 10 students at SHS is in the band.

That’s pretty impressive. Using that formula, if Napierkowski were chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, we’d have 31 million Americans serving in the military. And, may we add, a lot less hanky-panky.

Anyway, there are enough band members to make a giant letter “Z” on the field, which is what they plan to do Thanksgiving Day when they play music from the “The Mask of Zorro,” the 1998 movie starring Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins. Napierkowski has wanted to do that music for years and finally has a band that can play the Latin rhythms and do the difficult brass and percussion parts.

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