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Following the January passing of Joseph Rotunda Jr., who owned Joe’s Snack Bar in Jericho for more than 50 years, locals feared the fried-food institution would not reopen. In fact, staffers will start slinging creemees and hand-cut fries even earlier than in recent years.

Despite work on the sidewalk, Rotunda’s widow, Marilyn, hopes to open on Thursday, April 15.

“The only thing missing will be Joe,” says Marilyn, who is the snack bar’s manager.

According to the April 11 issue of Parade Magazine, Fuad Ndibalema, better known as the Samosaman, raked in $222,800 last year.

Ndibalema is the third highest earner on a page of the magazine’s annual salary survey that includes athlete and pit-bull torturer Michael Vick and a Montgomery, N.Y.-based sports handicapper. That’s a lot of fried steak and cheese triangles!

— A.L.

The team behind Montpelier’s Three Penny Taproom is really, um, hoppy about the bar and pub’s upcoming one-year anniversary. To celebrate, they’re throwing the first ever “Montbeerlier Festival” on May 1, from 3 to 10 p.m.

“We’re doing an event with maybe 10 or 12 different casks,” says co-owner Wes Hamilton. “We’re putting a tent in the parking lot out back.” The Primate Fiasco, a band hailing from Northampton, Mass., will rock the lot with its self-described “psychedelic Dixieland” tunes.

What’s on tap? Suds from locals such as Lawson’s Finest Liquids as well as one from Stone Brewing Co. and others from afar, but Hamilton says he can’t get more specific than that. Why? Because the brewers are holding out on the details. “They’re like, ‘Oh good, we’ll send you something special!’” he relates.

He does know that the Taproom’s new chef, Joey Nagy, will be sizzling house-made sausages on the grill.

“We wanted to celebrate this for ourselves, as well as thank the local community for being so supportive,” Hamilton notes.

—S.P.

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