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January 5, 2013

Talk of the Times: Ferrantes move from Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill

Gloucester Democrat Ann-Margaret Ferrante was on Beacon Hill getting sworn in as Cape Ann’s representative Wednesday. Soon after, she and her mother, Frances Ferrante, were flying to Washington, D.C., to see another swearing in.

On Thursday, the Ferrantes watched while Joseph Biden delivered the oath of office to Democratic Elizabeth Warren, who replaced Republican Scott Brown as Massachusetts’ junior senator on Capitol Hill.

“It was history in the making watching the vice president of the United States of America swear in the first woman elected from Massachusetts to serve the commonwealth as a United States senator,” Ann-Margaret Ferrante said.

Warren made a number of visits to Gloucester, Beverly and other North Shore communities in her push for the seat, with help on the ground on Cape Ann from Ferrante, who accompanied her on a number of Gloucester campaign trail visits.

City woman joins Governor’s Council

Another Gloucester woman was also sworn into office this week.

Eileen Duff is one of panel of eight elected officials that holds the fate of Gov. Deval Patrick’s judicial nominees. A new member on the council, Duff, a Democrat, fills the 5th District seat formerly held by MaryEllen Manning. Senate President Therese Murray swore in the councilors while Patrick, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, Treasurer Steven Grossman and Auditor Suzanne Bump looked on.

Cape Ann DAR honors students, groups

The Cape Ann Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), honored outstanding students in several local high schools at it annual holiday luncheon last month at the Gloucester House Restaurant.

This year ten high schools participated in the chapter’s Good Citizen program and eight students wrote essays for the contest, which was judged by three educators.

Pauline Cruz of Gloucester High School was the winner for Cape Ann chapter. Her essay will be submitted to the Massachusetts DAR to compete with other chapters’ submission in Massachusetts and one essay from that group will be chosen to go on to the National Daughters to be judged with other states.

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