Monday, May 13, 2013
Wondering what's next for the storm-damaged pier at Salem Willows Park? You're not the only one.
The storm-damaged Salem Willows pier is still closed to city residents. The good news, according to Salem Harbormaster Bill McHugh, is that the Willows pier was well-insured prior to being damaged and the insurance adjuster has been notified that it is currently in need of extensive repairs. The Salem News is reporting this morning that bids for the repair project are expected to go out sometime this month. McHugh also pointed out that the damage seen in the photographs attached to this post wasn't only inflicted during The Blizzard of 2013 - the pier has taken a beating during other recent high-water events, including Hurricane Sandy and even this latest round of winter weather. Do you have a question for us? No matter how strange it may …
Monday, February 4, 2013
This week's You Ask...Patch Answers column is focused a new addition to Salem City Hall.
Every week, we set out to answer a question submitted by one of our readers as part of our You Ask...Patch Answers column. On Thursday, we received an email from a local resident who was curious about a new medal that has been prominently displayed within City Council Chambers at City Hall. They asked: I noticed while watching a video you posted of the three Salem firefighters being recognized for their heroism that there is some kind of new medal there in the third-floor meeting room at City Hall. Can you tell me more about it? Thanks! --- The new medal, which can be seen in the photo above, was awarded to the City of Salem during a celebratory ceremony last month. It recognizes the city's recent designation by President Obama as being …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Have a questions about using Salem Patch? Find everything you need to know here about Salem's online gathering space.
Each day, we receive dozens of inquiries from readers interested in sharing their stories, news and events with Salem Patch. Salem Patch is your place to get the news, but it's also your place to share news too. With so much going on in Salem and so many daily requests, we can never get to everything. That said, we want to make sure everyone has a voice. In order to do this and to make your life ridiculously easier, we're helping you learn how to use the site to your advantage so that you can contribute your own content with satisfying and instant results. If you provide us with the content, we have more time to highlight it and spread the word across town. We promise, once you get the hang of sharing on our site, you might never want to …
Monday, September 24, 2012
For those of you who have been asking when Salem's newest restaurant is scheduled to open, here's your answer.
The wait is over — the Village Tavern Grill & Oyster Bar has an opening date. Salem's newest eatery, which is located in the old Lakay Island space, is slated to open on Thursday, Sept. 27. The announcement was made on the business Facebook page on Friday. Parking will be validated for guests in the Museum Place Parking Garage for up to one hour beginning on Nov. 1, the business announced. In August, Salem Patch featured the Village Tavern. Check out the story here.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Ward 2 Councilor Michael Sosnowski filled us in on the continuing dialogue between the city and neighborhood on the issue.
Next month, it will be a year since Salem experienced severe flooding one Tuesday morning, and the city and one neighborhood are still in constant dialogue about the state of the water situation. Many streets were inundated, but Forrester Street took the brunt of the water. Cars, furnaces and hot water heaters were destroyed. Tidal gates were installed earlier this year, but despite the City's efforts to keep the water at bay on the street, it keeps coming. On July 24, 2012, a quick thunderstorm moved quickly through Salem, but Forrester Street was inundated. And again, on Aug. 12, 2012, severe weather moved in and Forrester Street was flooded until the Department of Public Works came and cleared storm drains. In an effort to work with the…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The decision was made due to the threat of West Nile Virus in the area.
Residents concerned about mosquito spraying Thursday night may be put on a no spray list, according to the Salem Board of Health. The decision to conduct preventative West Nile Virus spraying was made by the head of the Northeast Mosquito and Wetland District and the Board of Health Agent, a Board of Health representative said Wednesday. If you would like to be put on the no-spray list you can call Northeast Mosquito and Wetland District at 978-463-6630. The Board of Health said Northeast Mosquito, which is conducting the spraying, is currently being "inundated" with phone calls. Residents are asked to leave a message including their names, addresses and phone numbers. For information on the chemical being used click here. For a West …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Footprint Power presents its plan for a new, smaller natural gas plant that will leave 40 acres of waterfront for future development.
It isn't often that a city gets a gift that promises to pay at least $4.75 million a year in local taxes, creates jobs, pollutes far less and gives the city about 40 acres of land it can use to open the harbor to more public access while developing other tax-paying, job-creating businesses. If Footprint Power's plans are approved by a myriad of state agencies, that is what the City of Salem is getting from the plans by the Bridgewater, NJ firm for a new 630-megawatt natural gas electric generation plant to be built on the site of the old Salem Power Plant. "The world has completely changed with these guys coming in," said Lauren Liss, an environmental attoney representing Footprint. In its first formal presentation on the proposed natural …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Which cops will be headed to the dunk tank in the effort to raise money to bring two dogs to the Salem Police Department? Find out here.
On Sunday, members of the Salem Police Department will be dunked to benefit Project K-9, which is working to bring two dogs to the Salem Police Department. Which officers are slated to get dunked on the pedestrian mall? Here's the schedule courtesy of the City of Salem: TIME PARTICIPANT 10:00 AM Officer Tim Salvo 10:30 AM Officer Robert Phelan 11:00 AM Officer Derek White 11:30 AM CHIEF PAUL TUCKER 12:30 PM Officer Ryan Davis 1:00 PM Sergeant Harry Rocheville 2:00 PM Officer William Riley 2:30 PM Officer Dan Tucker 3:30 PM CAPTAIN BRIAN GILLIGAN 4:00PM-6:00PM Participants for these slots have not been confirmed yet.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Police said there were no injuries and the vehicle was totaled after it struck buildings on Essex Street.
Wondering what the commotion was on Essex Street near the intersection with Boston Street Sunday morning? We've had some readers ask. This is what we found. Police say a motor vehicle was totaled and two Essex Street condo/apartment buildings damaged Sunday morning when an operator drove into a common egress/parking lot between 396 and 392 Essex Street. There were no reported injuries. At 8:08 a.m. police responded to Essex Street on a report a vehicle struck a house. When they arrived, police said a vehicle, a Honda Accord, "was found in the middle of the driveway with substantial damage to both its rear and front end with air bag deployment," police said. Police said one of the buildings affected houses four condos and the other 16 …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
New company aims to help businesses interact with the community, enliven local economy.
One Salem man has combined his business expertise with his love of Salem and all things media into a new business — Social Palates. John Andrews, formerly the head chef and general manager at Vic's Station, now calls himself a "PR handyman," and he's taken on his new job with a love for business and the community. "What I'm trying to do is really shed a spotlight on Salem, which in turn is benefitting my clients," he said. "I have a customer perspective and I also have a back of the house perspective…I can look at it from both sides of the fence." And that perspective, according to Andrews, shifts depending on the client. "Each client has a very specific set of needs," he explained. "Every client is different." And though needs may …