GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

January 12, 2013

Local group joins anti-drug campaign, contest

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — 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 www.facebook.com/HealthyGloucesterCollaborative. 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 www.GoProjectPurple.org.

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.

Parents of Essex Aggie students who are members of the Class of 2016 can email their choice by Monday, Jan. 14, to jwhite@agtech.org.

Nominate your hero

The Red Cross is looking for heroes to honor at its 11th annual Community Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, March 21, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore in Danvers from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Nominations are being accepted until Friday in six categories: enduring; community; youth; education; health care; and first responder.

All heroes must meet at least one of the following criteria: either live or work in the communities served by the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts, or their heroic act occurred in the chapter’s service area, both of which include Cape Ann.

To make a nomination, download the nomination form at www.redcross.org/news/event/Heroes-for-the-American-Red-Cross or call 978-922-2224. Sponsorship and tickets for this event are available.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans Center will fly this week in honor of World War I veteran Medio Rose. Born June 7, 1888, he entered the U.S. Navy on March 28, 1918.

The musician second class, seaman, was discharged Sept. 30, 1921, and died Jan. 20, 1934.

He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by the Office of Veterans Services.

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