Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Spirit of October at The Gables

The Spirit of October at The Gables.

As nightfall descends on Salem, walk the halls of two of America’s most famous homes as you enjoy exciting theatrical shows, Spirits of the Gables and Legacy of the Hanging Judge.

Performance dates: 
October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 8PM to 10:30PM

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Household hazardous waste and e-waste collection

FYI from the city of Salem.

Robert K McCarthy
Councillor Ward One

The City of Salem will hold a household hazardous waste and e-waste collection on Saturday, September 30, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, at Salem High School, 77 Willson Street. $20 per car, cash only, and proof of residency is required. No commercial vehicles are allowed at this event. Please note that for e-waste there is a $10 per item additional cost for TVs, computer monitors, air conditioners, freezers, and refrigerators. For additional details about hazardous materials that are or are not accepted at this event please see the attached flier. Further information is available at or by calling the Salem Board of Health at 978-741-1800.

Robert K McCarthy

Councillor Ward One

Thursday, September 7, 2017

City of Salem Plans Fall Street Sweeping

City of Salem Plans Fall Street Sweeping
September 11 through October 19

SALEM, MA – Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll today announced that fall street sweeping will begin in Salem’s neighborhoods on Monday, September 11 and run through Friday, October 6.  Salem’s entrance corridors will be swept beginning on Tuesday, October 10 and run through Thursday, October 19.

“Our seasonal city-wide street sweeping is always a great opportunity to help our community look its best and keep our roads clear,” said Mayor Driscoll. “Please pay careful attention to the schedule, reverse notifications, and posted schedule, so you can be sure to have your vehicle off the street on its sweeping day.”

Residential neighborhood street sweeping will continue to take place on both sides of the street on the same day. Sweeping will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  As we have done in the past, each neighborhood route will be posted with temporary ‘No Parking/Tow Zone’ signs and parking will be prohibited between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Neighborhood streets are broken down into four zones. Sweep days are the next day after the regularly scheduled trash day. As in the past, to find a specific street sweeping date, locate what zone your street is in on the 2017 Fall Street Sweeping Schedule, and match it with the calendar. Monday sweep schedules are for the preceding Friday's trash day.  Street Sweeping schedules can be found on-line at, at the DPS office on 5 Jefferson Avenue, and City Hall.

Public Services Director David Knowlton stated, “Our DPS crews are ready to clean our streets this fall.  In order for us to do the best job possible, please remove your cars from the street during your designated sweep day.”

Residents will be able to use entrance corridor streets as alternative parking areas on the day of their neighborhood sweep. Entrance corridor streets are Boston St., Bridge St., Essex St. (from Boston St. to North/Summer St.), Lafayette St. (from Derby St. to Marblehead line), Loring Ave., and North St. Once a neighborhood street is swept, residents will be able to move their vehicles back onto their street.  Please remember if you choose to move your vehicle to an entrance corridor street that you must adhere to all current parking restrictions on these entrance corridors. All existing parking regulations on entrance corridors must be adhered to or your vehicle will be ticketed and/or towed. This includes resident only restrictions.

Entrance corridor sweeping will take place between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. on the following dates. As we did this spring, we have stream-lined the sweeping of entrance corridors.  Each corridor will be swept over a period of two consecutive days which will alternate between the odd and even side of the streets.  Also, as we did this spring, City workers will be utilizing blowers to clear corridor sidewalks of debris prior to the street sweeping.

Each corridor will be posted with temporary ‘No Parking/Tow Zone’ signs and parking will be prohibited between the hours of 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.  Listed below is the entrance corridor sweep schedule.

Tuesday, October 10: Odd side of North Street.
Wednesday, October 11: Even side of North Street.

Thursday, October 12: Odd side of Boston Street and Essex Street (from Boston St. to North St.).
Friday, October 13: Even side of Boston Street and Essex Street (from Boston St. to North St.).

Monday, October 16: Odd side of Loring Avenue and Lafayette Street (from Derby St. to Marblehead line).
Tuesday, October 17: Even side of Loring Avenue and Lafayette Street (from Derby St. to Marblehead line).

Wednesday, October 18: Odd side of Bridge Street.
Thursday, October 29: Even side of Bridge Street.

Certain weather conditions prohibit the use of the street sweepers: during moderate to heavy rainfall and extreme cold temperatures sweepers will not be able to operate. Weather cancellations will be posted on

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Help for Houston drive

Mayor Kim Driscoll announced today that the City of Salem is now coordinating with the City of Boston’s Help for Houston drive to bring aid and needed items to those residents of Texas impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey.
Salem residents are invited to deliver their donations of new diapers and unopened non-perishable baby food to the Mayor’s Office at City Hall, any Salem Fire Department station, or the Salem Police Station before noon on Thursday, August 31, to help infants, children, and families impacted by this devastating storm. Items should ideally be labeled and boxed when delivered, though they do not have to be.
“Salem is a compassionate community and when we see those suffering and in need elsewhere, we are quick to respond,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Our office has been receiving numerous calls and inquiries about how we can help. Once we learned of Boston’s relief effort, we reached out to try to coordinate with them. My thanks go to Mayor Marty Walsh and the City of Boston for helping to organize this effort and for allowing us to be a part of it. I hope any Salem resident who has the ability to donate to this effort will do so before Thursday evening.”

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Images of America: The House of the Seven Gables

Images of America: The House of the Seven Gables
Book Launch Event
Monday, August 28, 6:30-8PM
Join us for the book launch event and celebration of the publication of Images of America: The House of the Seven Gables. The authors, Ryan Conary, David Moffat, and Everett Philbrook will share some of the highlights of their work in a short lecture. After the lecture, there will be a book signing, reception, and champagne toast in honor of the upcoming 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables.

The book is currently available for pre-order at Arcadia Publishing. Click here to order your copy. 
All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association.
This event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is appreciated.
Copyright © 2017 The House of the Seven Gables, All rights reserved. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Candidates Forum

The Salem Chamber of Commerce is organizing forums for councilor-at-large candidates and for mayoral candidates.  Details and links to more information are:


The forums are free but seating is limited.

Councilor-at-large candidate bios can currently be found at

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Citizens’ Police Academy starting on September 27, 2017

From the Salem Police Department via Christian Haselgrove

The Salem Police Department will be offering a Citizens’ Police Academy starting on September 27, 2017 and will run for a ten (10) week period.  The goal of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to offer insight into the Department as an organization, discuss current case law that affects policing today, and to give a general understanding of the day to day duties of a Salem police officer. 

This ten week course will cover topics such as patrol, firearms, search & seizure, underwater criminal investigation, modern day police technology, use of force and other areas of interest.  Topics will be taught by patrolmen and superior officers with particular expertise in the subject matter.  Additionally, the Salem Citizens’ Police Academy will also host a “ride along” to participants who attend at least eight of the ten class sessions.  This ride along allows students to “patrol” with officers during their regular tour of duty.  Students will also be given an opportunity to utilize the department’s firing range under the supervision of a police firearms instructor.

The Citizens’ Police Academy will be held at the Salem police station on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  There is no fee for attending the Citizens’ Police Academy and it is open to any Salem resident who is eighteen years of age or older.  Class size is limited 30 students.  Applications are available at the Salem Police Department or online at  In order to be considered for the class beginning on September 27th, completed applications must be submitted no later than September 15, 2017.

Download a copy of the application from