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Salem Community Patriot | December 16, 2011 - 9 Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?

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“Thumbs down and shame on the lady that

lives on Pumping Station Road for dumping all her debris on town property. The last I knew, it was illegal dumping. It’s against the law. She should be made to clean it up at her expense. What if all the neighbors all dumped our debris there also? It’s attracting all sorts of rodents.”

“Thumbs down to the idiots who drive the wrong way on the one-way access road to McKinnon’s Market off of Dyer Street in Salem. Parents, talk to your driving teenagers about giving the finger as a response to a blown horn. Someone will make these brats back up this sort of behavior one of these days. There are violent people out there who won’t take this without responding. By the way, a teenage girl by herself did this to me recently just after dark. Was this your kid?”

“Thumbs down. We have a Massachusetts resident who used to live in New Hampshire but spews his political garbage up here now. Dante, please keep your democratic hate letters in Massachusetts. We don’t appreciate them. We don’t all think like you do, and we don’t all appreciate the hate that you’re spewing.”

“Thumbs up. This is a wonderful time of the

year. A time when people really reach out and help each other. Please do not believe the gloom and doom. We’re all working together to get by this burden that’s been dropped on us by the government. Let’s work together, keep a smile on our faces and there’s plenty of hope out there. Remember one thing… the little ones need a little help, and so do the elderly.”

to pay their bills and they have ruined the town of Salem. They should be impeached. They destroyed our town!”

“Thumbs up. Ron Giordano the Chairman of the Zoning Board I want to say I was watching the meeting and you do have a big heart and want to help the people here in Salem. The Demers family needed your Boards help and you stepped up and did the right thing. I know the former Boards would not have done that for that family, you and your Board went above and beyond the call of duty and I want to say Thank You for doing the right thing, Merry Christmas.”

“Thumbs up. I want to thank the Salem Zoning Board for saving our neighborhood from the chickens. We have all invested in our homes and land and this was not the place for 12 chickens to be. We all love animals, but this was a bit much for us all to handle. Salem resident.”

“Thumbs up for Ackermans Retirement Park.

They do more than mow grass, and plow roads. They take the trash/recycle, clean septics, provide water, on call to residents 24/7, I am a resident. They pay the land taxes,we only pay for the evaluation of our homes. Try and find another park with these services for $340.

“Thumbs up to Salem High School Air Force

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“Thumbs down to Lyons, Susan Covey, and Elizabeth Roth for destroying the town of Salem. People can’t afford their houses, they can’t afford

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“Thumbs up to the staff and parent volunteers at the Haigh

School for the cheery decorations adorning the school sign, the front of the building and the huge flower boxes outside. The holidays are supposed to be a magical time of year! Just driving down

Students Participate in Bullying Awareness Assemblies at Hampstead Academy

School Street and seeing the wreaths and bright red ribbons wrapped around the pillars making it look like candy canes just made me smile. Thank you to those of you who took the time to decorate the school. We all appreciate it very much!”

“Thumbs up to the Salem Dance Network Company kids for their hard work on Operation Teddy Bear! They will be distributing the teddy bears to the Salem Haven Nursing Home residents on Tuesday December 20, at 4:30 pm! Great work, girls!!! Go bring some smiles and happiness.”

“Thumbs down. I was watching the Budget Committee and School Board Budget hearings. Patrick McDougall don’t you know how to read the budget? I see you’re reading from a pad of paper that I am sure was prepared for you by Stephen Campbell. I know the Budget was given to Steve to review for you, why?? Don’t you know how to stand on your own two feet? You’re a disappointment to us all.”

“Thumbs up. The employees of Greystone put together a great Holiday Stroll last Thursday. The food and beverages were all great, but the chocolate room with the desserts was the best. The idea of the Stroll was to auction of holiday baskets and wreaths. The money raised at the event was donated to ServiceLink, which helps the elderly. A special thanks to all the people and organizations who donated items, the volunteers who help set it up and to the Queen of the Stroll, Tracey.”

neighborhood and ruin our peace and quiet with your garage. Who will buy my home with a garage in there back yard?”

“Thumbs down to GTA Construction. They are the company that is destroying the town owned lot on Pumping Station Road. They are using this lot as a staging area as they replace water mains on St Mary’s Lane and North Policy. All the earth they have excavated during this project is being stored on Pumping Station Road. They have it piled high and unfenced, making it a safety hazard to any children in the area. In addition, the area next to this lot is a wetlands with flowing water and there are no silt fences to prevent runoff. These piles are more unsightly than the neighborhood piles of yard waste that grow every year! Will they restore this lot to the previous condition when they are done?”

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560-2432 “Thumbs up to Dawn M. for her comments

“Thumbs up to the Salem Rams board members, coaches, parents and players for making the 2011 season a positive and successful one. The Seventh grade team went to the State Finals while three other teams made it to the State Semi- Finals (including the two sixth grade teams) while the Cheer squads had another impressive year. Great job done by all!”

“Thumbs down to Mr. Porter on North Main

Street. Please move your business to the business district part of town, being Rte 28. No one forced you to sell your property on Rte 28, you did that by choice, now you want to come into our

Recovered Keys Lead to Drug Arrest

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Officer Mike Bolduc went a little above and beyond the call of duty on Monday and because of his crafty skills, landed himself a good arrest. On Monday, December 12, he responded to a report of six to seven suspicious male subjects in the Walmart parking lot. When he arrived Officer Bolduc observed the group and witnessed two of the men attempt to leave the scene quickly. As he approached them one of the men ran and tried to hide between two vehicles then began to run from him. Officer Bolduc chased the man on foot and saw him throw keys on a key chain into a storm drain.

Ryan Ambrose Once Officer Bolduc had the man in custody a records check

was conducted and it was learned the man, Ryan Ambrose, 23, of Merrimack had an active warrant for his arrest out of Hillsborough County.

Regan Hartley, Miss New Hampshire 2011, whispering to Jordan Lavery, grade 2.

submitted by Heather Wheeler, Hampstead Academy On Wednesday, December 7, Hampstead Academy grades one through seven participated in Bullying Awareness Assemblies. During these assemblies, eighth grade students performed a skit centered on Kathryn Otoshi’s book, One, and performed a song/ dance routine to “The Middle.” We were also very excited to have Regan Hartley, Miss New Hampshire 2011, as our guest speaker. Regan’s platform issue is “Stand up: Bullying Awareness in Our Community.” She has partnered with and Bully Free NH, working on passage of House Bill 1523 to strengthen New Hampshire’s anti-bullying law, and is now a spokesperson for both organizations. She has spoken at many schools and events about her personal experience of being a victim of bullying which led her to join the fight against the insidious acts of bullying.

“Other officers quickly arrived on scene to assist. Officer Bolduc, believing the keys may have belonged to a stolen vehicle in the lot, quickly went into Walmart and purchased a rope and a magnet. Within a few minutes he was able to fish the keys out, which were under water out of the storm grate. Attached to the key chain was a small metal container. Inside the container was a small baggie with 15 30 milligram Oxycodone pills in it,” Deputy Chief Shawn Patten said. Ambrose was taken to Salem Police Department for processing and refused the services of a bail commissioner. Ambrose is charged with the active warrant from Hillsborough County, resisting arrest, falsifying physical evidence and possession of narcotic drugs. Since he refused the services of a bail commissioner he was transported to Rockingham County Jail in Brentwood and appeared via video arraignment at the 10th District Court in Salem the following day.

towards S. Campbell regarding the school budget. You stated what the majority of us feel and we will be out voting!

If I were a betting man, however,

I’d put all my money on you being bashed here in thumbs this week. That’s how the dark side works.”

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Salem Man Arrested on Drug Distribution Charges

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Salem police arrested a resident after a lengthy drug investigation

Wednesday, December 7. James Monico, 59, of Salem was arrested while reporting to probation at Salem District Court. Detectives of Salem Police Department witnessed Monico make three drug transactions, the drug that he sold being Oxycodone, while he was under surveillance for several months. “Subsequent to Monico’s arrest at the Salem Probation Office, Salem detectives executed a search warrant at his residence where further evidence was collected,” Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten said. Later that afternoon Monico was arraigned at Salem District Court

James Monico

and was ordered held on $75,000 cash bail. Monico is on probation for a habitual offender charge as well as drug charges within the last year. Because Monico was on probation at the time of his arrest it could mean a longer prison sentence. The previous drug investigation last year that resulted in Monico’s arrest occurred in March of 2010 when Monico and a woman, Kim Nuzzo, 45, of Windham where both under investigation for the sales of Methadone, Cocaine, Adderall, Oxycodone, OxyContin, and Marijuana. Prior to Monico’s arrest last year he was charged in July 2009 with passing counterfeit money at local gas stations and has numerous driving while intoxicated convictions against him. Monico now also faces three felony charges of sale of a controlled drug as a result of his latest arrest. He will be back in court for a probable cause hearing later this month.

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