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May 3, 2013

Heard Around Town: A $1,200 gift from the heart


Mother’s Day gift

Radiance Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa on Derby Street is doing something special for Mother’s Day.

On Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they are taking part in a statewide cut-a-thon to benefit breast cancer prevention. The spa is providing a DJ, raffle, refreshments and $15 haircuts, with all proceeds going to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.

For more information, contact the salon at or 978-741-8110.

New parking lot

Have you noticed a fence going up around the vacant lot on Derby Street across from the Salem Wax Museum?

If you can’t place it, this is the empty lot where Fiesta Shows puts its carnival rides every Halloween.

Well, the Peabody Essex Museum has signed a lease for the land and plans to use it for parking for construction workers. The lease only goes through the rest of the year, but the PEM may extend it into future years.

The current $200 million expansion won’t be done until 2017.

Switching spouses

Did you catch the reality TV show “Wife Swap” last week?

We didn’t either, but we heard it involved a pagan family from Salem and the Los Angeles-based parents of a tap-dancing prodigy.

No, we’re not making that up.

Tom Dalton can be reached at

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