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.
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:
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.
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.
Yoni Appelbaum reports on days of yore when Salem would light massive bonfires to herald July Fourth:
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 and this year we find our enrollment for July and August is a lot lower than it usually is (ie: by now we're usually full with a waiting list).
So this could be your opportunity if you're looking for something different for the summer activities. Our regular program is for kids aged 9-15, and no acting experience is needed. Everyone is taught, learns, explores, grows. In July we're doing "Romeo and Juliet" with this age group, and in August we're either doing "Hamlet" or "A Comedy of Errors," depending on the enrollment. Our Teen program is doing "The Scottish Play"... ahem, in July. And in August, "The Tempest." The Teen program is usually for kids who have had acting experience, and we take a tour around the north shore and Boston doing 10 shows in a week's time. It's a great adventure.
Check out the note posted on the door of a Dunkin' Donuts in Salem at the height of the storm.
H/t Aaron Donovan.
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 faces - or to seemingly threaten them with a Bible he waved in his hand. And police showed "admirable restraint" in giving Marcavage repeated warnings about his megaphone, the court ruled.
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COMMONWEALTH vs. Michael A. MARCAVAGE.
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