BEVERLY, MA —Happy Sunday on the North Shore.
Between raking leaves and counting down to the Patriots game tonight, here are some Patch stories you may have missed this week to fill any Sunday downtime:
The Cabot Street Cinema Theater opened nearly 100 years ago as a response to a nation in crisis.
The country was slowly recovering from the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. Troops were returning home from the ravages of World War I. It was a country full of pain, political division and social detachment.
"It's something I think about almost every day," Cabot Executive Director J. Casey Soward told Patch. "The timing of the Cabot's original opening was the result of the flu of 1918. They built theaters then to bring people back out in public after a war and a pandemic. We think of this as a crazy time. That was even more of a crazy time."
The locks were lifted from the James McVann-Louis O'Keefe Memorial Skating Rink this weekend after a two-week, state-mandated shutdown because of coronavirus cases traced back to ice hockey and hockey-related gatherings.
Paul LoGiudice, and his fellow rink managers, are now going to need the help of coaches, parents and players to make sure the doors stay open — with behavior off the ice perhaps as important as protocols on the ice when it comes to keeping cases in check.
Rising coronavirus cases in Salem, and across the North Shore and the state, have officials worried that younger residents contracting the virus in recent weeks — the majority of whom do not develop severe symptoms — will soon begin transmitting the virus to older, more vulnerable relatives during the holiday season.
In a virtual town hall meeting with local municipal leaders and health officials Thursday night, North Shore Medical Center President and cardiologist Dr. David Roberts said that while hospitalizations are way down compared to the spring, despite the recent steady rise in rates, if younger people infect their older relatives during the holidays "these hospital rates will take off like a shot."
The union representing Salem State University faculty members and librarians is fighting a forced three-week furlough the university said it hopes will help cut into a projected $26 million budget gap.
Massachusetts State College Association Salem Chapter President Tiffany Chenault told Patch an unfair labor practices complaint was filed Friday to the state Department of Labor Relations in objection to the furloughs, while the university said in a statement to Patch that the three weeks are in line with furloughs that were negotiated with other unions at the school, and that the MSCA "declined numerous official requests to meet between June and October."
The Marblehead Rotary Club is helping a young North Shore boy get his service dog.
The Marblehead Rotary Club is teaming up with the Chelsea Rotary Club to raise the $8,000 necessary for the family of 9-year-old Gabriel Bachour, who has autism, to secure Kacey, a black Labrador Retriever that will help Gabriel navigate social situations that come naturally to most children.
A name forgotten on the Peabody World War II monument for 75 years — but never forgotten among those with whom the soldier served and among members of the Peabody Portuguese American War Veterans Post 1 — is now where it rightfully belongs.
The Swampscott Select Board spoke out against protesters in the town brandishing "the Confederate flag, other intolerant and racist signs, and a megaphone spewing hate" in a condemnation of what they called some of the persistent and often-confrontational rallies of recent months.
Danvers High is celebrating one of its students who was recently recognized as the recipient of a MASS Superintendent Association Academic Excellence Award.