GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

February 9, 2013

Talk of the Times

Talk of the Times

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — The Gloucester Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy is filling up, but there are still a few spots remaining for residents who’d like to get an inside look at the department and policing over the coming weeks.

Police Chief Leonard Campanello said that, as of Thursday, more than two dozen people had signed on to be part of the program, which will begin Wednesday. Feb. 27 and run for six weeks through April 10.

The Police Department, under new chief Leonard Campanello, is open to Gloucester residents age 18 and older. It will include classes taught by Gloucester officers on subjects such as domestic violence, motor vehicle law, patrolling procedures, accident response and investigation, firearms awareness, juvenile issues, drug problems and other topics. And it will include a police ride-along, a tour of the Middleton House of Correction, and a K-9 unit demonstration.

Anyone interested in participating in the program must fill out an application, with application forms available at the city’s police station on Main Street and at area businesses. Participants may then drop off the completed application at the station’s front desk, or mail it to Lt. John McCarthy, Gloucester Police Department, 197 Main St., Gloucester MA 01930.

Applicants will be notified by Feb. 20 if they’ve been admitted to the program.

Anyone seeking further information on the program may contact Lt. McCarthy at 978-281-9000.

Dog park in home stretch

Construction of the much-anticipated Gloucester Dog Park is nearing completion, with one of the biggest projects – the fence surrounding the nearly 2 acre park – now complete at Stage Fort Park.

Now, the Friends of Gloucester Dog Park committee is calling on the dog lovers of Cape Ann to help take this project through the final steps of completion—particularly in fund-raising, as the project needs an additional $45,000 to complete construction in time for a May opening.

“Now that the landscaping and fencing are done, the park is really shaping up and it’s looking like a real dog park,” said Louise Grindrod, who chairs the grass roots group called Friends of Gloucester Dog Park. “But there is still a lot that needs to be done in order to meet our goal of an early May opening.”

The opening is timed to coincide with the closing of Gloucester’s public beaches to our four-legged friends.

“Once the beaches close to dogs, Cape Ann residents will have a new place to exercise and socialize their dogs,” Grindrod explained.

The land for the park – a once barren part of Stage Fort Park – was generously donated by the City of Gloucester, with all funds for park construction having been raised entirely through private donations. Donations have slowed, however, over the winter holidays, and the Friends of Gloucester Dog Park are urging Cape Ann’s lovers of canines to help during the home stretch.

Mary Lou Maraganis, founder of the Gloucester Dog Park, said the park was carefully designed to incorporate elements of the most beautiful dog parks across the country.

“It’s truly going to be a first-rate facility that the entire community should feel proud of, but we are still far from our final fundraising goal. We’re at a critical part of the park construction and need the community now more than ever,” she said.

Donations can be made via the Gloucester Dog Park’s website: gloucesterdogpark.org or by mailing a check to the Gloucester Dog Park, 45 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. The committee hopes to incentivize the community to make larger donations by offering adoption opportunities. For example, a gift of $250 enables an individual or company to ‘adopt’ a section of fence in honor of their best friend for family member – canine or otherwise.

For those residents looking for other ways to get involved, the Friends of Gloucester Dog Park is also looking for volunteers. Opportunities are listed on the park’s website.

Valentine’s love

The Cape Ann Community Cinema will be hosting a special program to celebrate love and Gloucester this Valentine’s Day with a showing of Gloucester filmmaker Lya Guerra’s acclaimed documentary, “The Love Part Of This” next Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

In the early 1970s, Grace Schrafft and Grace Moceri left their respective husbands with their infant children in tow to be together. The two Graces find themselves deeply rooted in their hometown of Gloucester — and make a life together for 37 years.

Guerra explores the Graces’ meeting, their ensuing love and their struggles being a couple, sharing their stories, both separately and together. We also hear from an ex-husband, their two children, the town pastor and a family friend.

Guerra is an American filmmaker currently living and working in Oslo. Since leaving her five-year post as festival coordinator and programmer at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, she has completed two feature scripts — one of which, “Varg Veum – De døde har det godt” (”The Dead Are Doing Well” in English) opened in Norwegian movie theatres in January 2012.

“The Love Part Of This” is her first documentary film.

Tickets for this one-night-only event are $14, and benefit The North Shore Health Project, a Gloucester-based nonprofit that provides free holistic health care and support services for those living with HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis C. Tickets are available at www.CapeAnnCinema.com.

For more information about the film, visit www.TheLovePartOfThis.com.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran David Cameron. Born Feb. 13, 1917, he entered the U.S. Navy on June 16, 1941.

A medical assistant, the pharmacist’s mate first class served with the Marines in the first landing on Guadalcanal. He served in Cape Gloucester, Australia.

Cameron was awarded the American Area Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation with Blue Star, the Asiatic Pacific Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was discharged Nov. 1, 1945, and died Dec. 31, 2006.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his wife, Jean Cameron, and children, of Rockport.

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