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February 15, 2013

Heard Around Town: For lease, a scenic restroom with water view

SALEM — A legal advertisement in the daily paper caught our eye.

“Lease of Former Restroom at Salem Willows Park.”

At first flush — or rather, blush — it looked like a practical joke. A few friends must have got together at O’Neill’s Pub, hoisted a Guinness or three, and decided to place a bogus ad in the unsuspecting local paper. A Presidents Day prank.

After all, who in their right mind is going to lease a restroom, even a historic restroom with an ocean view, for anything other than the interrogation of suspected terrorists? Maybe the CIA is looking to open Gitmo North.

But this was no joke. This might be the third time that the city has tried to rent the scenic loo, but nobody has yet taken the plunge.

Although we’re not privy to the city’s thinking, it appears they’re looking for someone with a can-do attitude.

Happy birthday

The Ryan clan gathered recently at the Hawthorne Hotel to celebrate the 80th birthday of their matriarch, Ann Ryan.

She is a woman of note.

She was president of the Class of 1950 at the former St. James High School, taught at Carlton School and is one of those brave souls who swims at the Salem YMCA before the sun rises.

Mrs. Ryan is the wife of James “Doc” Ryan, the legendary dentist, baseball coach and one-time mayoral candidate, and the mother of 14 children, including our very own Jerry Ryan, president of the City Council.

N-ice job

Let’s hear it for the DPW crew and the job they did during last weekend’s storm, working through the night to clear city streets.

Take a bow, Ron Malionek and Tom O’Shea.

Prison party

Here’s an unusual event.

The Young Jewish Professionals North of Boston are celebrating one of the holiest days of the year for Jews. And where are they doing that? Inside the former Salem Jail.

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