, Salem, MA


March 21, 2014

Benton: A good week for Salem mayor



Among those on the North Shore most saddened by the news of former Boston mayor Tom Menino’s latest health problems is state Rep. Ted Speliotis.

The Danvers Democrat who chairs the influential House Committee on Bills in Third Reading, recalled having lunch with Menino a couple of years ago at the Dockside restaurant on the Boston waterfront. It was just Speliotis and the state representative from East Boston, Carlo Basile, who were invited as thanks for their help in expanding the number of liquor licenses available at Logan Airport. (Speliotis was then chairman of the House committee that has jurisdiction over licensing and consumer affairs.)

According to Speliotis, they spent a couple of very enjoyable hours talking about Menino’s efforts to expand dining options at the airport, as well as a wide assortment of other issues related to Boston and state politics.


The North Shore Chamber of Commerce is offering its members a great opportunity to assess the major candidates for governor this spring at a series of breakfast forums (start time is 8 a.m.) to be held at Salem’s Hawthorne Hotel.

First up is Republican Charlie Baker on April 16, followed by Attorney General Martha Coakley May 16, and Treasurer Steve Grossman June 11.

Tickets are $75 apiece or $199 for the series and can be obtained through the NSCC offices at 978-774-8565.

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