, Gloucester, MA

June 17, 2013

Thank You Notes

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — RHS Quiz Bowl Team

The Rockport High School Quiz Bowl Team would like to thank all who have generously supported our fundraising efforts to raise money over the past month to travel to Atlanta for the 2013 High School National Academic Quiz Championship on May 24.

We are grateful to Mr. Silver and Outback Steakhouse for generously donating the food for our very successful Outback dinner fundraiser on May 1, and to the RHS cafeteria staff, who graciously allowed us to use the cafeteria for the dinner.

Our Equal Exchange fundraiser has been met with huge success over the course of many weekends at the Transfer Station and the Town Meeting. We’d like to thank Mr. Mel George, Mr. Parisi and the men at the DPW for welcoming us at the Transfer Station and allowing us to sell Equal Exchange Products and run our bottle drive.

Thank you to Mr. Liebow, Mr. Conrad, Mr. Visnick, Mrs. Keating, Ms. Cooney and Mr. Dineen for supporting us in our fundraising efforts — and to every person who bought tickets to our dinner, bags of coffee, boxes of tea, candy, donated bottles for our bottle drive or otherwise generously donated to our team. You all helped us reach our goal!

RHS Quiz Bowl Team

Corey Silver, Quenton Hurst, Nate Allen, Sayles Kasten, Nelson Pike and Ekin Bacall

Staffs of Gloucester Public Schools

Congratulations to the Gloucester High School Class of 2013, which includes my daughter, Zoe Paddock. I know I am in good company with other proud parents of graduates this month, in reflecting on the positive experience and excellent education my child received in Gloucester Public Schools. I’d like to thank some of Gloucester’s many dedicated and gifted educators.

At West Parish School: Jim Gutstadt, Vickie Harvey, Anita Beloff, Cynthia McNamara and Mary Rudolph.

At O’Maley Middle School: Craig Hovey, Caitlin Sumner, Sandy Castro, Amy Donnelly, Graham Epple, Jennifer Luzitano, and Leslie Sellers.

At Gloucester High School: Christopher Kobs, Carol Finacey, Michael Perrault, Sophi Hopkins, Tracy-Lynn Lowthers, James Cook, Richard Francis, Kim Trigilio, Scott Place, Michael Telles, Lorrinda Cerutti and Steve Gruber.

With gratitude and admiration to all of you,

Beth Paddock


Thanks to caring staff

I would like to thank Dr. Ray Cahill at Sea Port Veterinary and his caring staff for making a most dreaded heartbreaking day any pet owner has had — the day you have to put your pet down because he/she is suffering so — bearable.

The compassionate care and dignity that they give you and your beloved family member go far beyond the ordinary.

In a long life of having pets, I have never had such a caring veterinarian.

Thanks to you and your staff. You are all amazing. I will eventually be back.

Family of Jake Haskell

Pride flag

I wanted to personally thank Mayor Kirk for agreeing to fly this Pride Flag at Grant Circle for the month of June. This flag is sponsored by NETA ( of which I am a board member, along with being a board member of the ILCNSCA ran by Mary Margret Moore.

My employer, Applied Materials Inc., has an active ERG (Employee Resource Group) for the more than 14,000 employees worldwide in the semiconductor equipment business.

As the national community relations chair for this ERG, as such on June 12 there will also be a Pride Flag raising at the two campuses of AMAT here in Massachusetts. At the main factory here in Gloucester, and the training facility in Newburyport, where a second flag pole was erected just for this event.

NETA will also be a presence in the second annual North Shore Pride Parade on June 29. I hope that you and any of your colleagues will find us and say hello. We will have a vendor table, and I will be leading several high school GSA young adults in the parade.

The thought of a formal dedication and flag rising next year is something I personally will look forward to.


Alasandra McClellan