Salem Community Patriot | November 18, 2011 - 5 Annual Toys For Tots Drive Starts Early This Year
up, perfumes and bath kits. Also, don’t forget the older kids. Teens love Christmas too. “Teens tend to be forgotten about. We get a ton of toys for
From left to right is Police Chief Paul Donovan, U.S. Marine Corps Ssg. Vince Donahue, Police Sgt. Rob Morin, K-9 Officer Dan Nelson, Captain John Lozowski and Patrol Officer Mike Geha
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz The economy is not getting any better and the holiday season is officially underway, leaving many to wonder what they will do to provide gifts for their children this year. The annual Toys For Tots Drive, sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. is getting an early start this year to ensure that all families in need are helped this year.
Salem Police Captain John Lozowski who has been involved with
Toys For Tots for 19 years says that even though the signs went up on Tuesday, November 15, the donations had already began coming in. “The spot in the lobby of the police station already has three boxes full of toys. Even when times are tough people are still so generous,” Lozowski said. Donations of all kinds are encouraged with the exception of make
preschool aged children all the way through elementary school but big kids need Christmas too,” Lozowski said. Captain Lozowski’s suggestions for gifts for teens are gift cards, video games, bikes, books, games geared for their age, and movie passes. Anyone who does not want to put gift cards in a drop off box can leave them with Salem Police Department’s dispatch team who will make sure they are distributed. Also, toys collected at collection sites in Salem are also for the Salem Christmas Fund. The toys picked up are delivered to the United States Marine Corps. out of Londonderry and also the Salem Christmas Fund. This year there are 15 collection sites, businesses interested in becoming a drop off station can contact Salem Police Captain Lozowski at 890-2371. This year’s drop off sites are:
• Salem Police Department, 9 Veterans Memorial Parkway • Salem Fire Department, 152 Main Street • Salem Boys & Girls Club, 3 Geremonty Drive • Salem Co-Op Bank, 3 South Broadway • Woodbury Middle School, 206 Main Street • Burlington Self Storage, 232 North Broadway • Saint Joseph School, Main Street • Best Buy, South Broadway • Walmart, 326 North Broadway • Soule, Leslie and Kidder Law Office, 220 Main Street • Data Electronic Devices, 32 Northwestern Drive • Postal Center USA, 236 North Broadway • Haircut Shop, 326A South Broadway • Sun Guard Securities Finance, 14 Manor Parkway • Salem High School, Geremonty Drive
Anthony’s Ride to School in Fire Truck!
professionalism, I’m so grateful that they cared about my son and about keeping their promise, I so appreciate them taking time out of their busy schedule to make that happen. Lt. Hamilton and Firefighters Murphy and Muse were amazing,
very nice and good to all of my three kids and my wife and me. They showed Anthony around the truck and explained what all the equipment did, and tried to answer every one of his 10 million questions. I’m so proud of them and of the Salem Fire Department, and proud to be a Salem resident for 24 years. We waited outside of our house for the truck, the ladder truck
submitted by Abbas Sadek Back in October, the Salem Fire Department had an open house.
It was a beautiful day and my wife, Carine, and I took our three kids Anthony, 7, Charbel,3, and Joy,1 to the event. It was a lot of fun and very educational. At the end of the event Carine dropped Anthony’s name in the raffle to win a ride to school on a fire truck. A few days later we received a call to tell us that he won and that it was scheduled for November 1. Of course we had to have a storm on October 30, so on Tuesday, November 1, we waited and waited for the fire truck to pick up Anthony but it was late. I understand that there are more important things on such day than giving Anthony a ride to school that could be on any other day. So I called the Fire Department to see if we could reschedule, understanding that people are without power and there are a lot of cleaning up to do, but to get on the phone Captain Brackett from the fire department apologizing for not calling us and being super nice and professional about, and he said that he will make every effort to get a truck out to our house even though all the trucks were busy. He called few minutes later and said that he was sending a Ladder truck to pick up Anthony. I said I totally understand and Anthony understands if we have to reschedule, there are more important things going on. Captain said no, the truck was on its way, he kept apologizing. I’m so proud of the Salem Fire Department and their
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showed up and Lt. Hamilton and Firefighters Murphy and Muse came out of it, they introduced themselves and shook all of our hands and showed Anthony around the truck. they got Anthony in the truck, seat belt on, said bye and took off. I took the rest of the family in the car to school and waited for the truck and video taped the whole event. They arrived at the school and all the kids were waiting there for Anthony and the fire truck. The truck arrived with lights on and pulled into the school’s parking lot sounding the siren once and the kids started cheering, and screaming, jumping up and down. Anthony got out of the truck with a huge smile on his face. We took a lots of picture the teachers took a lot of pictures it was a great morning. Anthony enjoyed the ride, he had a great time and was so excited, he will never forget this ever. His friends at school were so excited about the fire truck being there. I heard from many kids and many parents that they envy him and they wished their kids get that chance one day.
Charlie Chalk “Grampa Grouse’s”
Classic to be Republished Looking for a gift for a bird hunter? ‘Partridge Shortenin’ by Gorham “Grampa Grouse” Cross. The rare, old classic is back from the grandfather of ruffed grouse hunting! Originally printed in 1949, Upland Publishing Inc. is proud to present this very special reprint of this rare, old classic. This reprint contains photos of the “Grandfather” not included in the original, a foreword by his grandson, John Cross, and a handsome slipcase. Both the book and slipcase are bound in luxurious book linen. As it was with the original, only 100 copies will be printed! Available on or about December 1! Hardcover, slipcase, approximately 200 pages. Re-printed with permission from the Gorham Cross family by Upland Publishing Inc. Price: $65 plus $5 S&H. Upland Publishing Inc., Fairfax, VT, 802-849-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Girl Scouts Earning Money Matters Badge
submitted by Danielle Salvetti Last week, BJ’s Wholesale Club in Salem hosted a field trip for 10 Girl Scouts from Troop 10221, as the girls worked towards earning their Money Matters Badge. The field trip included a tour of the club which allowed the troop to gain a new perspective of the club’s daily functioning as well as the value of a dollar and learning money saving tips while shopping on a budget.
Troop 10221, left to right, front row: Riley, Madison, Rachel. Middle: Jaedyn, Grace, Teylah, Sage, Kayla, Mia. Back: Jenifer.
“Hosting these tours and activities brings such joy to our team members,” said Danielle Salvetti; community relations specialist for BJ’s Wholesale Club. “It gives us a chance to show people we are more than just a wholesale club, we are a community.”
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