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    City purchases assistive listening systems

    The Commission on Disabilities has purchased two FM assistive listening systems for residents with hearing loss. One is permanently installed for use in the City Council chamber at City Hall and the other consists of portable devices that can be used in the public hearing and conference rooms at City Hall Annex, 120 Washington St. By wearing receivers that are provided, people can more clearly hear what is being said in the meetings. The receivers can be used with headphones alone or with “induction loops” that make them compatible with hearing aids equipped with telecoils. The receivers also have a volume control that is controlled by the wearer. Anyone interested in using the devices at City Hall can contact city clerk Cheryl LaPointe at 978-619-5610 or To use the portable system at the City Hall Annex, contact the city’s ADA coordinator, Lisa Cammarata, at 978-619-5630 or The cochairs of the commission, Andrew LaPointe and Debra Lobsitz; commission member David Martel; and David Moisan and Sal Russo, staff members at Salem Access Television, collaborated to research and install the systems. The city was able to purchase the systems with handicap parking violation fine revenues, as a result of its adoption of a state law allowing the use of those earnings to benefit people with disabilities.