, Salem, MA

November 15, 2013

Salem police chief has trouble staying retired


---- — SALEM — That Bob St. Pierre is something.

The former Salem police chief couldn’t just retire like everyone else and stay home watching soap operas. No, he has to keep answering the call to duty.

First, he headed up to Salisbury to help former Mayor Neil Harrington, the Salisbury town manager, straighten out a mess involving a former police chief linked to drugs, money and sex.

Then, it was over to Salem State to serve as interim police chief.

Now, he’s taking over the reins in Peabody on a temporary basis while they hunt for a new chief.

And, all the while, he’s serving as chairman of the Salem Licensing Board, where he has to deal with off-key saxophone players and psychics who charge big bucks to remove curses.

He sure makes retirement look like fun.

Mayor Kulik

The official write-in results are in for the municipal election.

Frank Kulik, the former director of assessing and one of Kim Driscoll’s keenest critics, got 26 write-in votes for mayor. Could this be the beginning of a grass-roots campaign for 2017?

Kulik got nine votes alone in Ward 1, Precinct 1 (i.e. the Willows), where someone named James Atwood beat him out with 14 votes, all of which reinforces the image of Juniper Point as a breakaway republic in waiting. (Of course, Driscoll did get 602 votes in 1-1, her most in any precinct). Across the city, Atwood got 17 votes to finish just ahead of Ken Sawicki in the totally meaningless but fun write-in race for mayor.

In Ward 5, City Councilor Josh Turiel was unopposed, but John Walsh got five write-in votes.

Could he be another of the notorious Walsh brothers?

Radio personality

Brittany Jennings, a recent Salem High graduate, is producer of the Kuhner Report, heard every weekday morning on AM 680, WRKO.

The show is hosted by the colorful Jeff Kuhner. This is the same station that brings you Howie Carr and Rush Limbaugh.

But all those celebrities mean nothing to Brittany. She grew up under the same roof as one of Salem’s biggest celebrities, police Sgt. Bill Jennings — her dad.

Hearing help

The Salem Commission on Disabilities deserves a shout-out for purchasing two FM listening systems to use at public meetings to assist people with hearing loss.

One system has been installed in the City Council chamber at City Hall, and the second, a system of portable devices, is at the City Hall annex at 120 Washington St.

To use the system at City Hall, contact City Clerk Cheryl LaPointe at 978-619-5610 or To arrange for use of the portable system at 120 Washington St., contact the city’s ADA coordinator, Lisa Cammarata, at 978-619-5630 or

Credit for this project goes to Commission on Disability co-chairs Andrew LaPointe and Debra Lobsitz, member David Martel, and Salem Cable Access TV staff members David Moisan and Sal Russo.

Veterans tribute

The Second Corps Cadets Veterans Association laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

The group was in Baltimore a few weeks ago for the annual convention of the Centennial Legion of Historic Military Commands, a group with nearly 100 member organizations.

For the wreath-laying ceremony, the Second Corps members were regaled in red uniforms.

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