GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

January 5, 2013

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

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — 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.

Besides Cruz, the outstanding students from Cape Ann, chosen by their schools for their dependability, service, leadership and patriotism qualities are Dylan Crawford of Manchester Essex Regional High School, and Jenny Sonia of Rockport High School. Each student received a special pin, an official DAR card, and a check. Cape Ann Chapter Good Citizen Committee chairperson Patricia Anders presented the awards.

Judith Garland, Cape Ann Chapter member and national deputy representative for Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service, presented the chapter’s JROTC bronze medal to Jessica Ingaharro of Gloucester High School’s Marines JROTC program. Jessica demonstrated dependability, good character, leadership and adherence to military discipline and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of JROTC training.

Several community leaders and organizations that support DAR objectives of historic preservation, education and patriotism were also honored. Chapter regent Susan Herron presented donations to Carol Gray of Sawyer Free Library; Paul St. Germain, president of the Thacher Island Association; Sarah Dunlop and Janie Walsh of the Gloucester Archives; Kurt Wilhelm of the Essex Historical Society and Essex Shipbuilding Museum; and Lloyd Schwartz, president of the Sandy Bay Historical Society. A representative of the Rockport Public Library was unable to be present.

Local couple to show film trailer

As part of a Hamilton school’s project on Armenia culture and history, a Gloucester couple who have been working on a film will present a trailer of their work.

A screening of the trailer of a film by Nubar and Abby Alexanian of Gloucester, who have traveled to old Armenia to document their family roots, will take place Jan. 10 at Pingree School in South Hamilton. They will talk about their venture and goals. Nubar Alexanian is a renowned photographer whose work has appeared in many books and periodicals. including National Geographic magazine.

The screening will follow a presentation by Ruth Thomasian of Project SAVE will project the photographs and discuss their significance and the power of seeking and discovering one’s family roots.

Members of the community are invited to view exhibits and attend the 9 a.m. assembly on Jan. 10. For more information, call the school at 978-468-4415 x233.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran Peter J. Ktistes. Born Jan. 10, 1913, he entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 13, 1942.

A communications engineer, the captain served in Africa, Italy, Rome-Arno, and Algeria-French Morocco.

Ktistes was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the American Service Medal.

He was discharged July 5, 1946, and died Feb. 7, 1983.

The flag was requested to fly in honor of his 100th birthday by his son, John P. Ktistes of Gloucester.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans Services at 978-281-9740.