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January 12, 2013

Local group joins anti-drug campaign, contest

Healthy Gloucester Collaborative is joining the launch of the Project Purple Anti-Substance Campaign and Photo Contest.

Community groups, schools and people across the United State will be “Going Purple” today through Monday to support Project Purple, an anti-substance abuse awareness program.

Project Purple is an initiative of The Herren Project, which assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. The nonprofit foundation was established by former Celtics basketball player Chris Herren, a motivational speaker, author and sobriety advocate.

Project Purple’s goals are to create awareness and educate the public on the epidemic of substance abuse while encouraging teens and people of all ages to make good choices and stand up to drugs and alcohol.

Join Healthy Gloucester Collaborative in Project Purple by entering its photo contest.

Encourage as many people in your family, office, school, or community group to wear as much purple gear as possible today, Sunday or Monday then snap some photos. Submit the photos by Tuesday, Jan. 18, online at Start sharing your entry with all your friends to get as many votes as possible by Jan. 22 and increase your chance to win an award and a $20 Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificate.

More information is available by visiting

Seeking Aggie seat

A Gloucester parent is seeking election to the School Council at Essex Agricultural and Technical High School in Danver as a representative for the Class of 2016.

Allyson O’Connor says she is a hands-on, pro-active parent, involved with her child’s education, and strong believer in vocational education.

“I want the best we can offer to our children and my child, today, tomorrow and in the future,” she said.

“I am running against two other parents who are clearly great candidates and great parents, and it’s an honor to even make the ballot,” she said. The other candidates are Julia DeSilva of Beverly and Maura Kilbride of Wilmington.

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