An Independent Weekly Newspaper Salem Community 2011 Friday Students Paid a Visit from the Bishop
submitted by St. Joseph Regional Catholic School Bishop John McCormack of the
Manchester Diocese visited St. Joseph Regional Catholic School in Salem last Thursday. The visit started with Bishop John, as he asked the children to call him, presiding over liturgy held at St. Joseph Church. The student body, including Pre- Kindergarten and Kindergarten, were in attendance for the Mass. He interacted with the students during his homily as he walked down the aisles and brought students to the altar with a question-and-answering session. Following the liturgy, Bishop John spent several hours visiting the school. He walked class to class and interacted with students, asking them for questions they had for him. One question from a sixth grader to the Bishop queried what he gave up for Lent— his answer was potato chips. The visit took him into school lunch time, where he spoke to the students as they ate their lunch. The students exchanged stories with him as he engaged them in conversation. The Bishop visits approximately a third of the Catholic schools in the Diocese each year.
Salem Community Patriot Patriot
by Andrea Ganley- Dannewitz A Planning Board member for the Town of Salem has found himself in serious
Bishop John McCormack of the Manchester Diocese at St. Joseph Regional Catholic School
Boys & Girls Club of Salem Holds Spring Charity Auction
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan The Boys & Girls Club of Salem held their 24th Annual Spring Charity Auction on Saturday, which consisted of a silent auction upstairs in the teen center, followed by a general auction and dinner in the gymnasium. Attendance
Auction Committee Member Sonny Tylus of APP Imprints; his wife, Janice; and Auction volunteer Peter Rayno of Enterprise Bank
was up from last year, with about 260 people present. Funds raised also increased from last year, with a net income of about $100,000. Dinner was catered by the Tuscan Kitchen and consisted of pasta, ravioli, and a meat carving station. “The food was out of this world,” said Sonny Tylus, auction committee member. Items up for bid included jewelry, a ride in a fighter jet, and four Celtics playoff tickets, which brought in the most money for the club at $2,100. One of the more generous items during the auction was item 17—Fund-a-need Summer Camperships. Various levels of support range from $1,000, a full summer scholarship, to a $50 general donation. Nicole Murphy spoke on how the aid had benefited her two boys, C.J. and Ian. “The Boys & Girls Club has provided a very safe, positive, and nurturing opportunity for my boys,” Murphy said in appreciation of past support. The Club has helped her and her boys grow emotionally and socially. She was also grateful for the wonderful staff and how the club
trouble, facing very disturbing sexual assault allegations that were filed against him on March 8. Jeffrey Gray, 48, who appears to reside in Windham at this time, has served on the Planning Board in Salem since March 2010, having previously resided in Salem at the time he was elected to his seat on the board.
Boys & Girls Club Resource Development Director Martha Breen
has allowed her to get involved in the community. Her son C.J. thanked the staff at the club. “Thanks for all the staff here; can I get a round of applause for them?” he said. Auction Committee Co-Chair Joanne Flynn of Windham Country Club said the evening is for a fabulous cause. She said the golf course is a great environment for children, and got involved with the Club to continue her support. The evening came with a bittersweet announcement—the Club’s Resource Development Director, Martha Breen, would be resigning from the club.
Massachusetts State Police contacted police in Salem on March 8. The alleged victim in the case, a 34-year-old woman from New York, had posted a Craigslist advertisement that Gray had responded to looking for a roommate. The victim had allegedly said in the advertisement that she was looking to move to New England to make a fresh start in life. The victim alleges to police that between March 5 and March 8, that Gray sexually assaulted her and held her against her will almost immediately after arriving at his residence and apparently causing physical and mental harm. No details pertaining to the assaults are public at this time. A judge at Salem District Court sealed all court affidavits in the case on Monday, March 28. There were
several active warrants for Gray’s arrest on charges of aggravated felonious
Irish Night Gets Attendees in the Spirit
by Robyn Hatch The Derry-Salem Elks once again held their annual Irish Night, which featured an Irish dancing performance by dancers from the well-known Cunniffe Academy of Irish Dance. Nationally recognized, this group hails from Londonderry and Manchester and the girls range from 7 to 17 years of age.
After a huge, home-cooked meal of corned beef and cabbage, the dancers went on stage with their newly designed green outfits. The audience was thrilled to see the performance before the dancers headed out for another weekend of strict competition.
sexual assault, kidnapping, false
imprisonment, simple assault, and obstructing the report of a crime as well as a search warrant to obtain a DNA sample from Gray. All warrants were issued on March 15, with the search warrant for his DNA sample being issued on March 16, but Gray did not make himself readily available for his arrest. The assaults alleged against
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Kidnapping, Assault Charges Brought Against Salem Planning Board Member;
Arrest Made Tuesday Jeffrey Gray booking photo
Gray are said to have occurred at his South Shore Road home, which runs from Salem into Windham. His residence on South Shore Road is almost exactly on that town line. Once the report was filed with
Salem Police Department and a warrant was obtained to search Gray’s home on March 9, police in Salem discovered the residence was actually in Windham and the report was forwarded to Windham Police Department. Police searched Gray’s home on March 9 while he was present, but he was not arrested at that time, as an arrest warrant had not been issued yet. On Tuesday, March 29, a spokeswoman from the Brockton District Court in Massachusetts announced in a press release that Jeffrey Gray had been arrested in Brockton, MA, and was in police custody. He was held as a fugitive from justice on a government warrant and was arraigned on the fugitive from justice charge Tuesday afternoon at the Brockton District Court. The Plymouth County District Attorney’s office brought him before a judge, where Gray waived extradition.
Jeffrey Gray photo, courtesy of Salem Government Channel
Windham Police Captain Mike Caron said that Gray was picked up by Brockton, MA, police and was processed there as a fugitive from justice. Gray’s whereabouts were known to police, but they
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