Salem Community Patriot August 6, 2010 - 3
Garden Club Meeting
submitted by Salem Garden Club The July meeting of the Salem Garden Club was held at the home of John and Vickie Collins on Stanley Brook Road, whose gardens are adorned with many varieties of flowers, as well as a koi pond.
by Aaron Shamshoyan Fifty-five million dollars is what it will take to fund the new 10-year road program proposed at Monday night’s Selectmen’s meeting by Robert Puff, Michael Lyons, and Rick Russell. Town Engineer Robert Puff explained that the roads are rated based on a Pavement Condition Index (PCI). A road ranking of 100 signifies great condition, while a road ranking a 0 would be in a state of total failure. The two main sections to the plan were Maintenance and Capital Rehabilitation. The new plan calls for an increased emphasis on road maintenance instead of reconstruction. “There’s a very strong tendency to reconstruct a bad road and then want to do nothing to it
until it becomes deteriorated to a point where it obviously needs to be reconstructed again,” Puff stated. “The way you maximize your tax dollar with road construction is after you do a reconstruction plan, you get that road into the no-action category and bounce it back and forth between maintenance and no action.” Road maintenance costs about a fourth of the price of Capital Rehabilitation. “I can’t say enough about crack seal,” said Rick Russell, Director of Public Works, when talking about the three processes of maintaining roads. “It’s the best bang for the buck,” he said. There will be a session for public comments on September 16.
Man Arrested after Assaulting Mother Photos courtesy of Loretta Kandres, Salem Garden Club
Car Crashes into Canobie Lake, Woman Charged with DWI
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Police responded to a Cluff Crossing Road residence early on Monday, where a woman reported to Salem police dispatchers that she had come home and found her son highly intoxicated, out of control, and acting in a violent manner. The woman stated to police that when she
arrived home and confronted him about his behavior and his being intoxicated, he assaulted her, throwing a lit cigarette at her, which left a red, visible burn mark. She also reported that he had thrown things around the residence, causing damage to the home. She also informed police that he carries knives and small weapons. The suspect, Kyle Carpenter, 19, of Salem, left the building when his mother made the call to police, and on his way out, he punched the glass door at the front of the building, causing the glass
to break. Carpenter then threw a stick through his mother’s window. Police found Carpenter outside the home. According to police Sergeant Joel Dolan, Carpenter was agitated and aggressive, but did not resist arrest. He was arrested at the scene and charged with simple assault—domestic violence-related, criminal mischief, internal possession of alcohol by a minor, and carrying or selling weapons (brass knuckles). Kyle Carpenter is being held on cash bail pending arraignment at Salem District Court.
Photo courtesy of Salem Fire Department
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz A woman who drove her car into Canobie
Lake is now facing drunken driving charges. Virginia Richardson, 49, of Salem and North
Reading, MA, was traveling southbound on North Policy Street Saturday evening when her car crashed into the lake around 7:30 p.m. She was not injured. A resident from the area assisted her out of her vehicle. The 2003 Hyundai Sonata that Richardson was driving
landed in about three feet of water. The accident occurred about 200 yards south
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of Range Road in Windham just after the first sharp turn on North Policy Street close to the Windham town line. Police received calls about a vehicle into the lake and responded, according to Salem police Lieutenant Ron Peddle. Salem Fire Department was also called in due to concerns of oil and gasoline leaking into the lake, which is used for town drinking water supply. The fire department’s HAZMAT team was brought in as well to handle and check concerns of vehicle fluids leaking into or contaminating the water. Lieutenant Peddle said that
North Policy Street was closed from Pumping Station Road to Range Road in Windham for about an hour. A crane was used to pull the car from the lake. Virginia Richardson was
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taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry for a blood test, which resulted in the DWI charge. She was released on a summons to appear for arraignment at Salem District Court later this month.
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