, Salem, MA

Local News

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Comments Tracker