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Salem Community Patriot 8 - August 20, 2010


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“Thumbs up to everyone involved with the annual Kidfest held at the Salem Derry Elks. The kids had a great time at this FREE event and were even treated to lunch. A special ‘thumbs up’ to the Salem Fire and Police Departments for being so wonderful with the kids, especially Officer Benoit his K-9 Til. You make our family proud to call Salem our home!”


“Thumbs down to the person that said ‘look at his record.’ I would like that person to look at Marilinda Garcias record. Oh I mean lack of record. Look at her attendance record and voting record. Then decide who has the better record.”


“Thumbs up, way up, to the honest person that returned my wallet that I had dropped at the State Liquor store in Salem last Friday night. Once I got home I realized that I had lost it. When I called the store I was so relieved to find out that someone had turned it in to the store management there. It’s nice to know that there are still honest people among us. Whoever you are, THANK- YOU SO MUCH!!! (and just in case anyone is wondering, of course everything was still in it!)”


“Thumbs down to the farmers market at Hedgehog Pond area. We went there last Wednesday and was shocked at the prices. I did notice that not too many people were buying anything. I felt bad so I picked up two peaches and when she handed me the bag and I asked how much she said, $2.50/lb. I wanted to tell her that I didn’t want them but I didn’t. They weren’t that good either. Bread was $6.00 a loaf. I think the prices were way out of line for the normal family. Yes, it’s nice to have a farmers market but not when you can’t afford their prices. I asked


“Thumbs down. Will we be better off with bigger government in control? Obama recently stated in one of his speeches that by 2012, 50 million dollars will be saved by stopping fraudulent and erroneous practices such as sending checks to people who have died!! In actuality, 50


million is but a portion of the 180 million of our tax dollars estimated to going ‘who knows where?’ Something to think about: What company or corporation would write erroneous checks and not know where its dollars were going? This is what happens, however, when in charge of someone else’s money. Bigger government in charge of our tax dollars to pay for universal healthcare? Scary...”


“Thumbs down to the article written by Chris White titled ‘Looking Ahead to Salem’s Fall Season.’ It was not a surprise that the Salem High School Spirit Squad was left out of this article. The Athletic Director does not consider them to be part of the Athletic department. I wonder how many of these other athletes can do a standing back handspring, a standing back tuck or a running back handspring tuck, a layout or a full twist. The Salem High School Cheerleaders have always been some of the best athletes in the state of New Hampshire. The squad has placed in the top three for the past 15 years. They were Winter 2008-2009 State Champions, Fall 2009 State Champions, and Winter 2009-2010 runners-up. The Salem High School Cheerleaders have a website if you would like to know more about these talented athletes.”


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“Thumbs down to Chris White, Salem Community Patriot, for August 13th article ‘Looking Ahead to Salem’s Fall Season.’ He


Two-Car Crash at Windham/Salem Line Turns Fatal


by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz A motor vehicle accident involving a Honda Accord and a Ford F-150 pick-up truck had a sad ending. Three people were injured, but one of the three one died upon arrival at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA. Police say the Honda Accord was traveling south on Route 28 heading towards Salem when the vehicle crossed into the center turn lane and then into northbound traffic, striking a Ford F-150 pick-up head-on in the area of Roger’s Collision Center. The accident occurred around 7:45 p.m. “For reasons that we don’t know yet, the Honda Accord moved across the center line into the center turn lane and into the northbound lane and hit the truck,” said Windham Police Chief Gerald Lewis. The operator of the Ford pick-up and a young


child who was a passenger in the Honda were both taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry for treatment of severe injuries sustained during the crash. The male operator of the Honda was worked on at the scene of the accident by Salem and Windham Fire Departments and taken to Holy Family Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. Windham Police are not releasing the names of any of the victims at this time. The driver of the Honda and his passenger,


a five-year-old girl, were severely entrapped inside the vehicle, and firefighters described the extrication process as extremely difficult. The Assistant Fire Chief for the Salem Fire Department said the call originally came into their department as a motor vehicle accident with serious injury in front of the Hess Station in Salem. “We issued a response and had an ambulance heading back


into Salem from Parkland Medical Center once the call went out and several other calls came in reporting the accident was in front of the old Furniture World warehouse that an ambulance coming back from Parkland came upon the accident and immediately initiated resuscitation on the driver of the Honda. They were at the scene within a minute of the call going out,” Chief Parisi said. The rest of Salem Fire’s apparatus arrived on scene just after the first Rescue did and immediately began extrication of the operators and passengers of both vehicles. “Windham Fire arrived just after we did and, together, we used all available staff and three sets of hydraulic extrication tools. Both operators from both vehicles had to be extricated and this was an extremely serious accident. It took over 20 minutes to free these drivers from the vehicles,” Parisi said. Windham and Salem Fire Departments each transported one subject to Parkland Medical Center, while the other subject was transported to Holy Family. The Windham Accident Reconstruction team and the Derry Transportation Accident Reconstruction team investigated the accident while the road remained closed to traffic for several hours. Due to the accident, traffic was limited to one lane on the southbound side of Route 28. Police say they do not believe that speed was a factor. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor. “The reasons for this accident are not clear as of


yet. We are currently still investigating the reason why this happened,” Windham Police Chief Gerald Lewis said.


submitted by Superintendent of Schools Michael Delahanty, Salem Superintendent of


Schools, announced that the Salem School Board and the Facilities Renovation Project: Phase I Committee has scheduled an information session for parents with children attending the three Phase I schools to be held at Barron School on Thursday, August 26, beginning at 6 p.m. Parents with children attending Barron, Lancaster, and North Salem Schools are invited and encouraged to attend. This session will be an orientation to the construction process for the upcoming school year. Representatives of our construction manager, Gilbane Company, as well as architects and school officials will be present to deliver information and answer questions. Topics will include the safety and security


School Information Session for Parents Phase 1 of the Salem School District’s Facility


commented on every team except the Spirit Squad. The Spirit program is probably the most decorated at SHS winning numerous State and New England championship titles including the NH State Title last Fall and State Runner-Up in the Winter qualifying them for the New England Regional Competition (only program as or more successful is Girls Softball). It’s a shame this team didn’t receive the same recognition as the other Fall athletes in the article.”


“Thumbs down to Bank of New England in Salem for not keeping private business PRIVATE. Legal issues should be of no concern to anyone but the persons involved in them; not broadcasted throughout the branches for all to draw wrongful conclusions on things they know nothing about.”


“Thumbs down, way down to the kids driving these motor scooters on Millville Street. Believe it or not they are louder than a Harley Davidson.”


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Sarah’s grandmother who would NEVER CALL and say that this was an idiotic foolish thing to do. I hope you will take steps to correct this. You have pictures of different ethnic groups playing and singing and doing different things but put little Sarah appears to be ignored. I’d wish you a good day but you don’t deserve it!”


“Thumbs down to the SCP for not publishing a picture of the first place winner of the Salem’s Got Talent Showcase. When there were pictures of the winner taken separately as well as pictures taken of all the first second and third place winners.”


“Thumbs down to rep Tony DeFriusa for claiming to be at every house session when his voting record shows unexcused absences for 5.4% of the roll call votes in 2010.”


“Thumbs down to the Salem School Renovation Committee for being a day late and a dollar short. They commit to frequent updates and to date there have been no emails and the website just went up with most of the information begin from the beginning of the year. It also appears that weeks have been wasted over the summer and now our children will be going back to school on bare concrete floors and all of the asbestos hasn’t been removed.”


“Thumbs up to the Town of Salem for changing the Ermer Rd and N Main St intersection from a 2 way stop to a 3 way stop. Thank you.”


cigarettes, beer, and he doesn’t want gambling that would bring jobs into Salem. I’ve been out of work for a year that would help me out. So he better not expect to get reelected this year and anyone else against gambling at the racetrack is not getting my vote!”


“Thumbs down a big ‘thumbs down’. In the Salem talent showcased ‘What kids are made of’ by Robyn Hatch, August 13, 2010 edition. You, I don’t know whether inadvertently or neglectfully or stupidly left out a picture of Sarah Langtree, the person who won 1st place. I am a friend of


“Thumbs down. Seriously? I live near the Salem High School and I’m all in favor of our kids and support their activities every chance I get. But is it really necessary for the High School Band to be rehearsing every night til 9pm and most of the day on Saturday? With all the drums banging I feel like a tribe of Indians is about to attack! I want my peaceful backyard back!”


Tank you for your submissions. All comments, thumbs up or down, are anonymous and not written by the Area News staff. Tumbs comments can be sent via telephone, 880-1516 or emailed to us at thumbs@areanewsgroup. com. When submitting a Tumbs comment, please specify that you would like it printed in the Salem Edition. No names are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue. Comments should be kept to 100 words or less.


On Call International Encourages Local Businesses to Honor Fallen Veterans of War by Adopting Veteran Markers


by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz When the family of a local soldier killed


in Iraq found out his Fallen Hero marker had been adopted by a local business, they were very surprised, so surprised in fact that at first all they could say was “wow”! On Call International, a leading provider of medical, security and travel assistance, based in Salem is paying tribute to a local service member who was killed in the line of duty by adopting his local Fallen Hero marker, located on the northwest corner of South Policy and Route 38/Lowell Road in Salem. This month, On Call unveiled the newly landscaped memorial and engraved marker in remembrance of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert L. Moscillo of Salem. Moscillo died in the service of his country at the age of 21 on May 1, 2006, while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was a 2003 Salem High School graduate and a member of the wrestling team. He joined the Marines in 2005. “Every day, many of our staff members pass


the significant milestones of the upcoming project schedule.


Renovation Project addresses renovations and expansion of three elementary schools: Barron, Lancaster, and North Salem. The project addresses small group instruction space and accommodates kindergarten classrooms, thereby eliminating several portable classrooms. The project will resolve safety and security issues and bring the buildings up to current safety codes. Phase 1 is part of a master facility plan to


program. This plan will address how construction processes will be integrated with school operations while keeping students and staff separated from construction personnel. Also addressed will be details related to the recent asbestos tile removal and environmental tests that assure clean air quality. Further, officials will discuss the decision to operate with concrete floors for the upcoming school year, and review


renovate all Salem schools. The proposed Phase 2 will address renovations and expansion of Salem’s remaining elementary schools: Fisk, Haigh, and Soule Schools, hopefully beginning in 2012. Phases 3 and 4 will focus on Salem High School and Woodbury School.


Please plan to attend the orientation and information session at Barron School on Thursday, August 26, at 6 p.m. For any questions, contact your school principal or the superintendent’s office at 893-7040. For ongoing updates, visit the renovation Website (http://www.sau57. org/renovation) regularly to stay informed of the renovation and construction progress.


by the marker for Marine Lance Cpl. Robert L. Moscillo. As a company we decided to adopt and landscape his marker in an effort to create what we feel is a true memorial in honor of his service to our country,” said Michael Feinberg, fellow veteran and Chief Financial Officer/Executive Vice President of On Call International. “As part of this project, On Call would like to encourage other local businesses to come on board and help beautify and maintain these memorials, as a way to remember our local fallen heroes,” Feinberg added.


Lance Cpl. Moscillo’s sister Sandi “Stone” Moscillo couldn’t really find words to describe the appreciation her family feels for this. “We were so surprised! It’s absolutely beautiful. At first we didn’t even know who had done it. All of a sudden there was this beautiful memorial surrounding his Fallen Hero marker. Typically people put flowers and such at these markers and when we saw it we were just like, wow! It’s amazing to think that someone other than family put this together. For a company to go out and do this – it’s nice to know that people care. To know that a business took this upon them to do this it’s a real good feeling to know that the community supports our troops and our fallen soldiers and that they are not forgotten. There really is not words to describe the appreciation we feel for this company’s efforts,” Sandi said. The Veteran’s Association of Salem is responsible for the creation of the Fallen Hero markers, which are then installed and maintained by the Salem Department of Public Works. The initiative was started to honor local Salem residents who were killed in the line of duty, and the markers are placed at intersections near the homes of the


On Call Veteran Memorial


victims. There are currently 33 such markers throughout the town. Other similar programs are also in place in other towns throughout the state. Donna McLean, Lance Cpl. Moscillo’s mother said she genuinely thanks On Call for doing such a tremend- ous job. She would really like to


see more com- panies adopt Fallen Hero


Lcpl. Robert l. Moscillo


markers as On Call has done for her son. On Call International will continue to maintain the memorial with seasonal landscaping and flowers. Other local businesses that would like to join the initiative to adopt and maintain these markers can contact the Department of Public Works in Salem at 603-890-2150.


photo courtesy of On Call


Courtesy of Moscillo/McLean family


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