Some of the improvements were state-of-the-art — state police also provided portable surveillance cameras to cover “blind spots” (Use of a state police helicopter, which was to feed live video and photographs to Salem police laptops and iPads, was scuttled due to the weather). Others, like roping off the middle of Essex Street to allow a two-way flow of foot traffic, were decidedly low-tech but no less effective.
The security measures did not put a damper on fun. Beverly’s favorite “American Idol” contestant, Angie Miller, came across the bridge for a crowded concert on Salem Common, and several teams’ worth of bearded Red Sox “players” wandered the streets of the city, along with numerous Ghostbusters, Walter Whites, zombies, witches and ghouls.
We agree with Destination Salem Executive Director Kate Fox, who told Dalton, “It was a good night.”
It was a good night. See you next October.