The deadline to gather signatures to be on the ballot for the May 15 town election is now passed. The only contested race is for the office of town clerk.
Acting Town Clerk Pat Brown will face off against John Arnold for the permanent spot. They will be joined on the ballot by a non-binding question asking if there will be such a race in the future; it asks residents whether they support making clerk's job an appointed position.
Selectmen Sandy Jacques and Sarah Wilkinson will be running unopposed for re-election, while Michael Kelley, Tracy McLaughlin-Volpe and Susan Brisson are seeking the three available seats on the School Committee.
There is an open seat on the Planning Board, but since no one put in the papers for it, the seat is now open for a write-in campaign.
Schools leader finalists interviews
The town's School Committee, moving swiftly to find and choose a successor to outgoing Superintendent Susan King, will be publicly interviewing the three finalists for the job Monday night at the Rockport Middle and High School library.
The interview sessions start at 6 p.m.
Rockport Public Library's current events book club will be meeting Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the library to discuss "Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools" by Steven Brill.
Copies of the book will be at the circulation desk, so grab one and come in for a enthusiastic discussion.
David Borden, a composer who wrote the score for "The Exorcist," will be speaking at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Borden will talk about the history of synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog, and will play some music at the end of the talk. The lecture is free.
Rockport Ramblings is compiled each week by reporter Stephanie Bergman. If you have an item for Ramblings, call Bergman at 978-283-7000 x3451, or firstname.lastname@example.org.