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December 17, 2012

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Times promotes circulation managers

The Gloucester Daily Times has promoted two people from within its circulation department.

Gloucester resident Christine Madruga is now the Times’ home delivery manager, publisher Mark Zappala announced. Filling her former role as district manager is Derek Pelletier, who was a temporary employee.

Madruga, the mother of two, has worked for the company for 16 years. She has an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

Madruga is secretary for the Gloucester High School Junior ROTC Boosters, and is involved with Pathways for Children in Cape Ann as chairperson of its Policy Council, and a parent on its Board of Directors.

Former delivery manager Joe Wilson left the Times for a position at The Apple Store at the Northshore Mall in Peabody.

Employees: Grants

for work training

The Workforce Training Fund Program will hold an information session for employers Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Sawyer Free Library. Networking and refreshments from 7:30 to 8 p.m., will be followed by a presentation from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Five programs are available: The General Program Training Grant; The General Program Consortium Grant; The General Program Technical Assistance Grant; The Express Grant Program; and The Hiring Incentive Training Grant. To register, contact Paul Ventresca at 781-691-7412 or

Gas prices down

5 cents in Mass.

BOSTON (AP) — The average price of gasoline has fallen again in Massachusetts, but still remains higher than the national average.

AAA Southern New England said Monday that self-serve regular is now selling for an average of $3.42 per gallon in the Bay State, down five cents from the same time a week ago.

The price has dropped 16 cents in the past month.

Nationally, the average price is $3.24 per gallon.

In Massachusetts, AAA said its latest survey found prices ranging from $3.23 per gallon to as high as $3.89 per gallon. According to, prices on Cape Ann range from $3.49 per gallon in Gloucester to $3.57 a gallon in Manchester. You find the prices at local service stations by visiting

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