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12 - February 17, 2012 | Salem Community Patriot Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?

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“Thumbs up to those who recycle! I am so

happy to see JJ recycling his signs from previous years. Just goes to show one more thing a piece of duct tape is good for. But seriously JJ, could you, Patrick and Ron stop flooding the thumbs section with your own praises each week and promises of how good you’ll be for Salem? It’s really pitiful that you’d stoop so low and think we’d buy it!”

“Thumbs down to the

individual who gave SHS AFJROTC a thumbs down by the negative attacks especially stating a lack of integrity of leadership. I suggest to you that you lack integrity by sending in those comments and lack common courtesy and courage to come in and discuss your issues with the cadet leadership and instructors. Our door is always open. He who throws dirt just loses ground.”

“Thumbs down. Candidate Manning please remove all those signs off town property and right-aways. There is a ordinance against that type of behavior. How can you enforce regulation when do not even know them. Stop littering

“Thumbs down to Belanger for planting Manning on the ballot. Your not fooling us again. I am not voting for you or your followers. You backed Gray now Manning. Go away please.”

“Thumbs up to all the stations that sell gas without those trick cash prices, if cash price is at a discount then let the customer beware. What other services have been of poor quality from the company from south of the border doing the town such a service.”

“Thumbs up to Ronald J. Belanger in all you have done for Salem. Good luck on March 13th.”

“Thumbs up to the American Legion and Marine Corps League for taking care of the local Veteran’s! Semper Fi!”

“Thumbs up Salem for supporting our Town Employees. It’s nice to see that the only one’s complaining about our town contracts are Campbell and McDummy. Thank you to the rest of our board members and our educated citizens for realizing these are good contracts for both the Town and the employees, many of whom are our neighbors who have gone 4 or 5 years without a pay increase. Thank you to all town employees for your service.”

“Thumbs down to anyone

increase (estimates never go down). Do not be fooled anytime government controls a service. It is seldom less expensive than the private sector. Final point: the next time you go to the transfer

held at Lancaster School on Wednesday night, February 8 as Lancaster and Fisk PTAs combined efforts and hosted an ice cream social. It was a full house and the event was informative as well

Melissa Sorcinelli - as well as thanks to all the volunteers and those who attended. The event was a success based on the joint efforts of a Phase 1 and Phase 2 school combining their time and talents!”

“Thumbs down for trash pick-

“Curbside” Pick-up is the Responsible Choice!

Why You Should Vote YES! for “Curbside Pick-up”

up. I have lived in Salem 20 years and have used both the dump and private pick-up. I will not vote for curb-side for many reasons, I don’t agree that overall it will be cheaper, put anything in the governments hands and it always gets more costly, also I have found from living in the city and from have private pick-up that if there is trash on the ground or in the bottom of barrels they don’t pick it up. You will have town employees now doing street clean-up. I say raise the cost of the dump stick another $10 or $15 in the end it will cost less.”

“Thumbs down to the school

renovations. I can’t believe that we will be renovating Haigh when just the other day they were talking about closing it because of low number of students. If they had closed it we would have saved 1 million a year but for some parents in town wanting it kept open. Now you want to renovate it? Really. Close it and save the million and the cost of reno and put that into the other two schools.”

“Curbside” pick-up promotes recycling.

•By supplying each residential household with one 96 gallon tote for trash (Free). Additional trash totes have a one time cost of $60/tote and an $10/month fee for pick up. •Each household will be supplied with one 96 gallon tote for recycling (Free).

! Recycling Fact

•It is estimated that 60% of what comes into your home can be recycled. •The national average for recycling went from less than 10 percent of MSW generated in 1980 to over 33 percent in 2008. •Salem’s recycling rate is currently at only 18% (combined private residential pick up and transfer station drop off). •Salem Residents currently dropping off their Solid Waste at the transfer station only have a 12% recycling rate.

who thinks curbside pickup is a no brainer. Beware of very low-ball tax increase numbers to get this approved. To think it will cost only $12.00 per year to pick up your trash makes one wonder where the no brainer resides. Assume your math is correct, giving the information you were provided, doesn’t common sense tell you this is wrong? Once approved wait and see the taxes

Endorsed by: Salem NH Municipal Solid Waste Committee. Political Advertisement paid for by David Kincman, 8 Melissa Ave., Salem NH

station look in the recycle section. You will see a significant amount of trash being recycled. Do not assume people who try to keep taxes down and in check do not recycle.”

“Thumbs up! A great community event was Chamber Welcomes New Members

On Wednesday, February 8, Keith Belair of More Space Place hosted a New Member Reception for the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce. It was attended by both new members, Board of Directors and Committee Chairs. We welcome our new members: John Larochelle of Sodexo, Corey Moore of American Tinter, Bonnie Breen representing Salem Exchange Club, Nicole Shepley of Servpro of Salem Plaistow, Kristin Yasenka of Yasenka Law.

as tasty! Fisk families toured the newly renovated Lancaster school and all the children had a good time making ice cream sundaes and playing games. Special thanks to Lancaster and Fisk PTA members for coordinating the event- Margo Beutler, Trina Carr, Tracy Acker, Shelby Blanchest,

“Thumbs down to the vote yes for curbside pickup article paid for by David Kincman. None of the four reasons mentioned did I read lower cost and savings to the taxpayer. A key reason for us voters would be lower taxes especially after Salem just went through a double-digit real-estate tax increase. Do you really think it is the right time to add more taxes to property owners? It scares me that a ‘Yes’ vote may be a blank check for the Waste Committee. Do not forget to ‘live free or die.’ If you want to go to the transfer station then go, if not then have your own curbside pickup.”

“Thumbs down to the person

who commented that shutting off a water flow would be a federal crime... As I understand it, a ‘federal crime’ must occur on U.S. federal property or on an Indian reservation for there to be federal jurisdiction; state owned property for state jurisdiction, and so forth. Town police, for example, would have jurisdiction over property owned or controlled by the town. So I believe it would fall under a private property issue.”

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North Policy Street Fire Destroys Vacant Apartment Building

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz A vacant building on North Policy Street was destroyed in a fire on Saturday, February 10. The cause of the blaze is still unknown. Salem Fire Department responded to 70 North Policy Street at 11:10 p.m. on Saturday for a report of heavy fire in the four-unit apartment building that fortunately was vacant. The property is directly across from the entrance to Canobie Lake Park and next to Armando’s Pizza and Subs. Heavy, deep set fire destroyed much of the building before firefighters could contain the blaze, according to Fire Captain Jonathan Brackett. Walls and ceilings inside the building collapsed making for an extremely dangerous situation for Salem firefighters on scene doing all they could to contain and

extinguish the blaze. No one was

injured. First

Beverly Donovan, Rita Zolubos, hosts of the evening Keith and Lynn Belair of More Space and Denise Doloff of Boys & Girls Club of Salem

responders announced a single alarm

working fire at 11:10 p.m. and at 11:46 p.m. announced the blaze was under control. Firefighters in Salem received mutual aid from Windham, Derry and Pelham Fire Departments. Additional ambulances from Derry and Windham were brought to the scene and put on standby because of concerns fire officials had about the safety of firefighters working at the scene. Even though the building is vacant electricity had not been turned off to the building and some of the first at the scene said they could see electrical systems arching. It is possible an electrical problem could have been the cause of the fire but an investigation with the fire marshal and Salem Police detectives remains ongoing.



Paul J. Jr. and Heidi L. Muskavitch, 18 Hitching Post Lane, 2/7/12, BL-Residential ADD/ALT, $0 Donna E. Mustone, 43 Shore Drive, 2/7/12, BL-Residential ADD/ALT, $47,500 Steven M. Sr. and Laura Hailson, 1 Short Street, BL-Residential ADD/ALT, $0 Kirilin Vyacheslavy and Diane M. Abraham, 2 Green Haven Road, 2/10/12, BL-Residential ADD/ALT, $13,900 Troy D. and Arlene C. Smith, 4 Bridle Path Lane, 2/10/12, BL-Residential ADD/ALT, $3,300 Clarks–Rocksal Mall LLC c/o Simon Property, 1 Mall Road, 2/6/12, BL-Commercial, $0 Jay Gee’s Ice Cream LLC, 327 S. Broadway, 2/8/12, BL-Commercial, $675,000

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