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by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
The recent purchase of a three-acreresidential property at 49 North PolicyStreet is stewing up controversy as the newowners hope to soon open a place for non-traditional worship.The Temple of Witchcraft, a NewHampshire based nonprot, previouslyleased ofce space at 2 Main Street, andheld gatherings in the Masonic Temple.This new facility would allow them torelocate both ofces and worship area toone location, said Project Engineer David Jordan.But neighbors are concerned with theorganization being located in a residentialneighborhood citing increased trafcconcerns, property values, and futureexpansion of the church.Gene Bryant, a resident of North PolicyStreet, feared the project would soon bemuch more then was being proposed.Bryant noted the organization’s websiteexpresses future interest in converting abarn on the property to retail, instructionand worship space.Christopher Penczak, Co-Founder of theTemple of Witchcraft, wrote in The TempleBell newsletter about future plans for thesite. “Next stage is the renovation of thethree-level barn for medium-size rituals,classes, and events, along with space forspiritual counseling, social services, andpractitioner supplies through the Templestore.”Penczak wrote the long-term goal of theorganization was to build a larger hall forrituals on the land and establish outdoorshrines and ritual space.“All of this is coming,” said Bryant,who said expansion could increase trafcproblems already created by Canobie LakePark and multiplied by the construction of Interstate 93. “It’s a very, very busy street,we don’t need to add any more trafc,” hesaid. Jordan said the plan was to install an18 spot parking lot and widen the existingdriveway to allow for easier emergencyand pedestrian access. He said lighting inthe parking lot would not nd its way tothe neighbor’s yard.But 59-year North Policy Street resident June Lilley said the impact would be toogreat. “There is too much there,” she said,“It’s ridiculous.” Lilley agreed with Bryantregarding trafc saying the road couldn’thandle extra cars. She also raised concernregarding water runoff from the parking lotowing into Policy Brook. John Franzen said a Witchcraft Templecould increase trafc from tourists andnot just attendees. “A lot of people oftenconfuse Salem, New Hampshire withSalem, Massachusetts,” he said, notingtourists could be drawn to an alreadybusy street. Franzen was also concernedwith the organizations future plans torenovate the barn and construct a functionhall. “How’s that going to impact theneighborhood,” he said.Zoning laws permit the operation of achurch within a residential area, providinglittle hassle for the group. “Churches arean allowed use in the residential district,”said Jordan who did not request anywaivers or variances for the board. Heonly requested site plan approval.Minister Steve Kenson said future plansare only ideas and not being proposed.“Although I am a witch, I am unfortunatelyunable to predict the future,” he said.Kenson noted the group was ratherexpansive in the vision for the property.“We aren’t proposing, right now, anythingmore than what is before you.”The Temple of Witchcraft purchased theproperty recently for over $400,000. Thecurrent site plan calls for a paved parkinglot, ofce space, classroom area andworship space on the rst oor, and livingquarters on the second oor and attic. Thehouse is 3,953 square feet and was builtin 1898.The board took no action on the planand will continue discussions at their nextmeeting.
by Susan Miner
Operation NH Cares, an all volunteer group, was created in response to superstorm hurricane Sandy which hit the east coast on Tuesday October 30. The groupwas created to provide a helping hand to Sandy’s many victims. Shortly after thestorm hit land Operation NH Cares was created by Glynis Citarelli and Neil DeLuca,a Facebook page was created asking for businesses statewide to volunteer to becomedrop off centers for donations. Weeks after being hit by this devastating storm peoplewere still in need of food, blankets, clothes, personal hygiene supplies and cleaningsupplies. In a very short time there was an amazing response for the outcry of necessities.Cub Scout Pack 160 leader Sheri Sharkey contacted Mill Direct (formerly theMalden Mills store) for some eece material so the group of Cub Scouts couldmake blankets, hats and scarves to send to Operation NH Cares for delivery to New Jersey. Sheri was thinking Mill Direct would send a couple of rolls of eece but withstunning generosity they sent two truckloads of eece. The Cub Scouts from Pack160 and 409 along with the Lancaster School and the PTA got together for a coupleof evenings and completed their community service project sooner than expectedbecause they had so many volunteers.
to Help Provide DentalServices to Students
Tina White RN, School Nurse at the Lancaster School;Wil Bamford, President, Kiwanis Club of Salem;Hope Saltmarsh RDH, Director, Children’s Dental Network
BeingT hank f ul
submitted by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem
Nine year old Jessica Salois of Salem helped to create thispaper turkey. Each feather represents one of the things that she isthankful for.
Temple of Witchcraft Stirs Up Controversy
Formerly known as the Grandview Manor, this home, built in 1898, was recently purchased by the Temple of Witchcraft for instructional, worship, and teaching space.
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Salem Cub Scouts Send Warmth
to Hurricane Victims Via Operation NH Cares
Salem Home Depot employee delivers cleaning supplies.Cub Scout Pack 160 at their pack meeting the night after they nished making blankets, scarves and hats for Hurricane Sandy victims.
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