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City Library Cuts: Impact on the Community

The recent decision to halve the city library opening hours (from 96 to 48) has sparked concerns among residents about access to essential resources and services. Libraries are vital community hubs that provide access to books, computers, workshops, and knowledgeable staff. With fewer hours, residents, regardless of age or background, face limitations in accessing these […]

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Mayoral and Judge Candidates

If you’d like to watch a mayoral candidate panel – along with the panel of Marion County judge candidates, NEN will host them via Zoom at its April 9 meeting, 6:30 p.m. neighborhood meeting. SESNA didn’t have the capacity to organized this, so we thank our northeast neighbors! More details, including the Zoom link, can […]

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Your Library, Your Living Room

Use the many free online services of the Salem City Library from Home: Watch movies, listen to books, learn a language or how to craft… Here are some of our favorites: Canopy is a streaming platform, offering a selection of movies, documentaries, and educational content. The catalog features acclaimed films, indie gems, thought-provoking documentaries and […]

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Embracing Dark Skies: Benefits for Residential Neighborhoods

In the hustle and bustle of urban life, it’s easy to overlook the beauty of the night sky. Yet, the Dark Skies movement advocates for preserving and restoring the natural darkness of our nighttime environment, not only for the benefit of stargazers and astronomers but also for the well-being of city residents. As city dwellers, […]

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Our 2024 Oregon representation

Once more the Salem Public Library was host to a town hall with double bill Oregon House Representative Tom Anderson and State Senator Deb Patterson. You are used to hearing our City Councilor Linda Nishioka speaking on what is happening at City Hall, during our monthly SESNA neighborhood meetings. However, the people representing us on […]

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How a Sewing Center Can Help You Unleash Your Inner Artist

Whitlocks Sewing Center is a family-owned business that has been serving the sewing and vacuum needs of the Salem community since 1952. The company was founded by John Whitlock, who was a sewing machine repairman at the time. Over the years, they expanded to include vacuum cleaner repair and sales, as well as a wide […]

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Backyard birds

People love watching birds. If you’re ready to give this hobby a try, a good place to start is learning about the small birds you’re most likely to spot in your own backyard. That’s what I did. Over the span of a couple of weeks, I kept records of the birds visiting my own yard’s […]

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Is your short-term rental compliant?

Five years after Salem created the short-term rental license program, Code Compliance Officers are doing the rounds. You might have recently received a communication from the City, stating a date when Code Compliance Officers will come around to inspect your short-term rental for compliance with city codes. They will be looking for smoke alarms, egresses […]

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Exploring law enforcement services, programs and policies

Twice a year, during April and September, Salem residents have the unique opportunity to engage with their Police Department in a unique fashion. The Community Police Academy program is designed to promote better comprehension and communication between neighbors and law enforcement. Through interactive in-person classes, you gain comprehensive insights into various topics, such as crime […]

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Support local!

If you are looking for takeout, or a holiday gift, or a new hobby; why not support local?! Here are some neighborhood options: Plants and flowers Beer and breweries Restaurants, cafes and coffee Seafood and other markets Crafts and household