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Special Spaces transforms two downstairs rooms into playroom for Riley Fessenden

BEVERLY -- What happens when the perfect kid-friendly playroom appears in your house overnight? Beverly's Fessenden kids were mostly speechless when they returned from seeing "The Little Mermaid" on Saturday and got their first look at the playroom t
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Beverly Hospital courier loses patients' lab forms

BEVERLY -- A courier for Beverly Hospital last month lost lab request forms for 54 patients that included names, health insurance identification numbers and, in some cases, Social Security numbers. The courier misplaced the forms, which were in a zip
The Salem News

Big plans for three parks in the Point neighborhood

SALEM -- One will be overhauled, another created from scratch, and a third will get a spiffed-up community garden. It's a good time to be a park in the Point neighborhood. The densely packed area just south of the city's downtown is on the verge of i
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Peabody could see school choice profit next year

PEABODY -- After three years, the city's schools are projected not only to break even on school choice, but actually make a ,000 profit. School officials expect to lose just under 0,000 in state aid next year for students who opt to attend scho
Destination Salem

Salem and The China Trade Trail

Salem, among other sites, is featured in the China Trade Trail brochure, a publication of the Forbes House Museum in Milton, Massachusetts. The China Trade Trail beckons you to ten Massachusetts destinations in pursuit of the American China Trade, a phenomenon in our nation's history. The Revolutionary war was won! No longer would citizens be tethered to economic constraints dictated by England. In the 19th century, entrepreneurial merchants, based in Boston, seized the opportunity to trade with the East. At first, departures to China took place from the exotic port at Salem. As trade accelerated, operations moved to Boston to accommodate larger ships, due to its deeper waters, and provide more docks to meet the demand of growing fleets. The China Trade Trail features eleven locations in eastern Massachusetts, including the Salem Maritime National Histoirc Site and the Phillips House Museum. The featured sites will share with you the stories of sea captains and their families, treasures brought back from afar, and their adventures establishing trade with ports along the Afircan, South American, and American Pacific Northwest coasts. We ...
Destination Salem

Great Stories begin with live music, pirates, and native art

We have another weekend chock-full of events, including the New England Pirate Faire at Pioneer Village, The Tempest on Misery Island, and Native American Art of the Pacific Northwest at the Peabody Essex Museum. If you are less in the mood for doing and more in the mood for relaxing, live acoustic music at The Landing at Salem Wharf is just one of the offerings listed in our Night Life calendar. New England Pirate Faire is celebrating its tenth season. A a weekend-long celebration of all things pirate, the festival takes place at Pioneer Village in Forest River Park and features fun and games with some of history's most infamous buccaneers. Whether it's a chance to throw a battle ax at a target, find the perfect hand-made present, or solve an interactive treasure hunt mystery, or even join the crew of the dreaded Blackbeard, everyone in your family will find fun and excitement at the New England Pirate Faire. Tickets: General Admission , Children . Learn more The Tempest Trials will be a Shakespearean festival on Salem's beautiful Misery Island. ...
Salem Main Streets

"Playing With Your Food" is a weekly post highlighting a few of the many great uses for the wide range of produce and artisan food at the Salem Farmers' Market, a Salem Main Streets project. While we can never predict exactly what our farms will be able to bring each week, we do our best [...]
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Rescue Crews Recover Body of Missing Diver in Marblehead

A scuba diver near Children's Island in Marblehead was described by the US Coast Guard as being "overdue" Tuesday morning.
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Coast Guard: Diver Missing off Marblehead

Rescue crews are searching for a scuba diver near Children's Island in Marblehead who was described by the US Coast Guard as being "overdue" Tuesday morning.
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Coast Guard: Diver Gone Missing in Marblehead

Rescue crews are searching for a scuba diver near Children's Island in Marblehead who was described by the US Coast Guard as being "overdue" Tuesday morning.
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Destination Salem

About the 4th... and the 19th and the 22nd

My favorite part of our July 4th celebrations is always the reading of the Declaration of Independence on Salem Common or, as on this past rainy Fourth, in the ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel. It's not the flashiest, or the most fun, or the tastiest of all of our celebratory events, but it's the one that makes me truly proud and grateful to be an American. Yes, the Declaration is a little long. And I don't personally relate to every offense Mr. Jefferson cited, but it does makes me stop and think. Dann Anthony Maurno brings it to life...and brings home just how frighteningly radical that Declaration was for the Colonists. They considered themselves English after all. I kept thinking back to the reading of Declaration all weekend, the words and the pure defiance of the act resonating across picnics and parades and fireworks. Thank you, Hannah Diozzi for orchestrating this each year, to the Hawthorne Hotel, and all who participated. If you missed the reading this year, do put it on your calendar for 2015. Now, about those other dates... Does ...
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Salem Main Streets

Embrace Diversity; It's On Display at Salem CultureFest

Typecast in recent years as solely a Halloween destination, Salem MA has been expanding its appeal with a number of theme festivals throughout the rest of the year. This weekend we offer a diverse event, the 8th Annual Salem Culturefest, courtesy of A3D. This event features live bands who showcase many cultures and styles, as [...]
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Beverly Teen Accused of Starting Fire that Damaged 10 Homes

A 19-year-old Beverly man and two minors are facing charges in connection with a suspicious fire last weekend that destroyed two homes and damaged eight others in the Massachusetts town.
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Protesting Salem's Pro-Gay Stance? This Might Make You Think Twice

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll says she'll donate $5 to a local gay youth group for every out-of-town call to her office she receives protesting her decision to terminate a city contract with Gordon College.
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Obituary: Harriet S. Sussman

SUSSMAN, Harriet S. (Landfield) 88, of Salem, entered into rest, July 14, 2014. Devoted wife of the late Melvin Sussman. Devoted mother of Paul Sussman & his wife Robin of Londonderry, NH, Gary Sussman & his wife Terri of Peabody and Eliot Sussman & his wife Sue of Swampscott. Loving sister of Miriam Ostrovitz of Lynn. Cherished grandmother and great grandmother. Graveside services at Congregation Shirat Hayam Cemetery, Temple Israel Section, 504 Lowell Street, Peabody on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM. Memorial observance following the interment at Su Chang's, 373 Lowell St, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to American Cancer Society, Central New England Region, 43 Nagog Park, Ste ...
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Salem Main Streets

Extreme Art Focus of Next PEM/PM

Extreme sports is not something you would ordinarily equate with the Peabody Essex Museum, but this week you will as "pushing yourself beyond your normal limits" is the charged up theme for the next edition of PEM/PM, Thursday July 17 from 6-9 p.m. Inspired by PEM's headlining summer exhibition Turner & the Sea, the upcoming [...]
Salem Main Streets

Jazzing Up Salem

Jazz is in the air today and being that the weather is expected to be mostly sunny and pleasant, with temperatures in the low 80s, we invite you to feel the beat in person courtesy of the cool folks at The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival organization. The SJSF is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that [...]
Destination Salem

Seafood, Football, Moments of Play, Treasures over Time, and one singing mermaid

If you don't have a great story to tell after this weekend, you probably didn't come to Salem. Salem Willows Seafood Festival takes over Salem Willows on Friday, July 11 and will be dishing out the freshest fish through Saturday and Sunday. The festival will feature live music, kids' entertainment, a lobster roll-eating competition, fireworks, and - oh, did we mention? - SEAFOOD. Admission costs each day, with children under 10 years old getting in free. Bring your appetite! Make sure to tag your social media pictures and posts this weekend with #salemseafest so we can like and share your stories! The No Backing Down book release gala is happening at the Hawthorne Hotel on Friday night, July 11. Salem football star Sean Stellato has chronicled the dramatic story of the 1994 Salem High School football team - The Witches, of course - and their struggle to stay together during a tumultuous season that was charged with political strife and a teachers' strike. Mean Sean and a full compliment of sports VIPs on Friday night, and again ...
Salem Main Streets

10 Minute Turnaround on Plays at STC

Ten minutes to see a play. No, not 10 minutes to get there. We are talking about a play from start to finish, enter stage right to exit stage left. And not just one play, the Salem Theatre Company is producing seven such plays with its popular Moments of Play (MoP) festival of original ten-minute [...]
Destination Salem

Visiting the Land of Witches and Pirates

This is the fifth in a series of suggested ways to explore Salem. Destination Salem will feature a new itinerary each Tuesday. These itineraries are not available as a package, and are only suggested ways to explore Salem. Please contact listed sites for hours, rates, and schedules. Previous itineraries include: Two-Night Itinerary for a Family, Food, Fish, and History, a Salem Day-trip from Boston, and An All-American Trip to Salem. If Salem was a musical act, its platinum album would be the Witchcraft Trials of 1692 (not all hits are happy ones, right?), when 20 innocent people were put to death, accused of witchcraft. The second spot on Salem's greatest hits album is the Great Age of Sail, during which Salem sea captains opened trade with ports around the world. On the B-Side of that successful maritime era would be Salem's pirate history when the likes of Captain Kidd and Blackbeard sailed the coast of New England, plundering vessels as they returned with their holds full of treasures from around the globe. Spend a day exploring the Witch Dungeon Museum, ...
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PEMcast 002 — Makers

For this episode of the PEMcast, we focus on our new Maker Lounge and one of the most known makers in the world, kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen. Our Curator of ...
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Pop-Up Parisian Picnic

The meetings started in bitterly cold January. The objective: coordinate in six month’s time a pop-up art installation involving hundreds of people and just as many portable tables, white table ...
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Behind the camera with Breitz

As a kid growing up in rural Southern Missouri, I took in a steady diet of Family Ties, The Facts of Life and Different Strokes. I remember, gathering in the ...
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