Matt Conti attended the Columbus Day Parade in the North End, where a number of people dressed up as pirates.
Tim Mouradian, meanwhile, journeyed to Salem, which, he reports, "is fun in October."
The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem reports the arrival of one fat gourd.
WBZ reports some girl up in Salem now faces a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a police officer for allegedly attacking a cop in the local police station with an eyeliner pencil. The officer was taken to the hospital with an unspecified injury from the attack but is expected to survive.... Read more
Salem Patch reports Witch City's city council met until 2:30 a.m. the other day - and voted 300 times - in an attempt to elect a new city-council president.
The Salem News reports: Witches accused of zombie abuse.
Police expressed some frustration with the situation and an off-the-record longing for November.
Sounds like a job for Vimes of the City Watch.
The Salem News reports the city licensing board put a local witch on watch for a spell for making alleged online threats against other witches and psychics. The board voted to suspend his witchcraft license for six months - but to belay the punishment if he stays out of double, double toil and trouble for a year.... Read more
Yoni Appelbaum reports on days of yore when Salem would light massive bonfires to herald July Fourth:
For weeks, volunteers assembled materials, stacking them into a towering pyramid reaching high into the air. Fat hogsheads on the bottom supported row upon row of oily casks, topped with layers of smaller kegs. The pyramid claimed eight thousand barrels; some years, it had forty tiers.... Read more
I know some of us still have snow on the ground and summer time seems like a far away midsummer night's dream. But I thought I'd throw this out there in case some of you are looking for a summer program for your kid(s) that is a little different/interesting/unique than the average summer camp program.
Rebel Shakespeare Company is located in Salem MA... Read more
Check out the note posted on the door of a Dunkin' Donuts in Salem at the height of the storm.
H/t Aaron Donovan.
The Conservation Law Foundation and HealthLink yesterday sued the owner of the Salem power plant, alleging the facility is pumping far more visible pollution into the air than allowed under state and federal regulations.
Hollywood East Connection reports that the latest required Boston-area contestant on a reality show is a woman from Salem who is a witch appearing tomorrow on TLC's "What Not to Wear."
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the disorderly-conduct conviction of a Philadelphia preacher who likes to show up in Salem on Halloween and use a megaphone to demand that revelers repent.
The court said the First Amendment did not give Mark Marcavage the right on Halloween, 2007 to frighten people by bellowing at them - often through a megaphone a foot or less from their... Read more
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Only in Salem: Witch gets probation for trying to frame another witch during a heated local debate on psychic licensing. Oh, did we mention that mutilated raccoon carcasses were involved?