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January 25, 2013

Heard Around Town: Development planned on no man’s land


Danielle McKnight, another staffer, left recently to become town planner in North Reading.

Oscar buzz

Did you see that Helen Hunt was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actress for her role in “The Sessions”?

That’s the movie based on the true story of sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene, who was Cheryl Theriault when she grew up in Salem in the 1950s and ’60s.


Like many of us, Mary Zaharis Manos was touched when she heard the news of the passing of Rex Trailer.

In the mid-1960s, the Salem girl got a chance to meet the TV cowboy when Trailer and his sidekick Pablo came to Salem State College.

Mary, by the way, is the daughter of the late Pete Zaharis, the photographer whose camera shop was to Salem what the Algonquin Hotel was to New York City. It’s where some real characters came to chat it up.

Birthday bash

A who’s who of former presidents of Salem Rotary turned out for the 95th birthday bash at the Hawthorne Hotel.

John Quinn, who was the 39th president, had the bright idea of pinning his “presidential number” to his hat. It inspired other past presidents to pin numbers somewhere on their persons for the luncheon.

Local Hero

The Celtics honored Randy Clarke of Salem in its “Hero Among Us” tribute at a recent game.

Clarke is the MBTA official who witnessed an assault in downtown Boston and chased the attacker 10 blocks while giving police information and directions on his cellphone.

The bad guy was eventually caught.

Monopoly vote

Slowly but surely, they are chipping away at this city’s greatest contribution to American capitalism: Monopoly.

Hasbro, which owns the board game, is going to dump one of the eight original game pieces. It has given online voters until Feb. 5 to decide which will go: the battleship, iron, race car, Scottie dog, shoe, thimble, top hat or wheelbarrow.

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