By - 4/26/17 - 11:33 am
By - 3/30/17 - 9:21 am

NBC Boston reports the Salem City Council voted early this morning to designate the city. One more vote and it becomes official.

By - 12/29/16 - 1:03 pm

Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.

By - 12/2/16 - 8:59 pm

A town selectman from Pembroke, wants to change the date Halloween is celebrated in Massachusetts, from October 31, to the last Saturday in October.

The state representative for Pembroke, Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury) filed the bill to change the date, but he is not fully convinced it's the right idea.

By - 9/12/16 - 11:27 am

JDC posted this video of the final main stage of demolition of the old Salem Harbor power plant, over Labor Day weekend.

By - 5/16/16 - 11:25 pm

WBZ reports a Salem woman was injured when she fell three stories down a chute into a trash compactor - which activated and crushed her leg. Seems she was helping a guy try to retrieve his keys, which had fallen down the chute:

After numerous failed attempts, the man lowered the victim into the compactor using a sheet tied to her legs. That sheet broke ...

By - 5/5/16 - 7:01 pm

A Salem man sentenced to five years in federal prison for a scheme in which he'd go around Home Depot stores collecting stuff in a shopping cart then "returning" them at the returns desk was charged today with pulling the same stunt several times earlier this year. Read more.

By - 7/24/15 - 10:26 am

Boston Magazine reports the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is bringing Dutch artist Theo Jansen's "strandbeests" (beach animals) to the Boston area - with one-day exhibitions of them at various locations, including City Hall Plaza and Dewey Square, next month.

By - 7/15/15 - 12:10 pm

The Library of the Royal Irish Academy wants to identify the people in the photograph below. Please contact the Library if you recognize any of the subjects. The Library can be reached via Twitter @Library_RIA, or by email at, citing "8 May Photo Query Tweet."

If more information regarding the location, subjects, time, et cetera, of the photograph become available, I will update this post.

By - 1/17/15 - 4:48 pm

Peter Castillo, 26, of Salem, was arrested Thursday in the Dominican Republic and returned to the US to face charges he gunned down Stephen Perez in a Tremont Street parking garage on April 28, 2012, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 10/12/14 - 11:59 am

Just in time for Halloween, Salem has enacted a partial ban on bullhorns on one key downtown street, following a confrontation between a street preacher and Nosferatu.

More from the Salem News.

By - 9/22/14 - 7:46 am

The Salem News reports police arrested "a male with a pitchfork wanting to fight" and his pal.

By - 9/20/14 - 7:20 pm

We need to stop litter and keep Massachusetts clean by spreading the word about the Yes on Question 2 campaign.

The Bottle Bill is the most effective recycling tool we have. Eighty percent of bottles covered by the Bottle Bill’s 5-cent deposit are recycled. Yes on Question 2 would add a bottle deposit to water, sports drinks, tea, juices, and other drinks that were not included in the original bill because they were not popular when the law was passed in 1982.

We need your vote on November 4 to update the Bottle Bill.

By - 7/17/14 - 9:28 am

Seems Beck has been making an issue of how Salem canceled a contract with anti-gay Gordon College several weeks early and his fans have been flooding Mayor Kim Driscoll with angry, sputtering phone calls. Driscoll's response: For every call, she'll donate $5 to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth.

By - 7/9/14 - 8:14 pm

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll has terminated Gordon College's contract to manage the city-owned Old Town Hall over its efforts to continue sucking at the federal teat even if the president signs an executive order banning discrimination against gays and lesbians. In a letter to the college president, Driscoll writes:

By - 10/14/13 - 12:45 am
Pirates in the North End

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."

Salem witch

North End photo posted under this Creative Commons license; Salem photo under this one and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 10/11/13 - 7:40 am

The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem reports the arrival of one fat gourd.

By - 5/9/13 - 7:55 am

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.