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July 12, 2013

After 43 years, two Vietnam vets reunite in Salem


Furfaro, a former city councilor and aide to Mayor Jean Levesque, died unexpectedly last month at 66.

He was one of those larger-than-life characters who made the whole world smile. The smile, of course, came along with laughter.

There were a lot of nice notes about Vinnie on the O’Donnell Funeral Home website, including one from former City Councilor Joe Centorino.

“Vinnie was one of those rare people who, no matter the circumstances, could always make you feel better about life,” Centorino wrote from Miami, Fla. “He was gentle. He was warm. He was humorous. He had a big heart ...”


Sail date

It’s not often you get a chance to take a sunset cruise and support a good cause at the same time.

But the Salem Children’s Charity, which has helped hundreds of struggling children and families in its 20 years, is hosting a summer fundraiser on the evening of Saturday, July 27, aboard the Hannah Glover. There will be a DJ, food, a cash bar and raffles.

Tickets are $20 and may be obtained by calling Julie at 978-741-0046 or Brendan at 978-744-3856 or via email at

And, just in case you need a reminder, the Salem Children’s Charity is one of those totally volunteer organizations where every penny goes to local kids in need. What a refreshing change.

Opus day

There has been a lot of buzz this week about the “soft” opening of Opus, the city’s newest restaurant.

They planned a VIP night for Wednesday but had to delay it a day when they ran into a problem with a vertical chair lift. In no time, however, they got it running. It passed several key tests, including the most important one, successfully transporting Building Inspector Tom St. Pierre.

Mayor Kim Driscoll is having a big political bash at Opus this Sunday night, July 14.

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