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September 28, 2013

Talk of the Times: Chief belts out Bruce at Block Party

Last Saturday’s final Downtown Block Party of the summer went out with, shall we say, a rousing musical flourish.

While the Block Party lineup touted multiple musical talents, visitors may not have been prepared for the performance by one member of a little three-piece combo cranking out a string of Bruce Springsteen tunes in front of Giuseppe’s at the Washington Street end of Main — the end of the Block Party line.

Yes, that was Gloucester Police Chief Len Campanello belting out the lead vocals in the best Jersey shore tradition.

Campanello — whose gritty vocals on “Living on the Edge of the World” were indeed a bit reminiscent of The Boss himself — was backed by Ward 5 City Councilor and at-large candidate Greg Verga on the bass, and keyboardist Joe Thomas, who owns and regularly plays at Giuseppe’s.

If you missed it, check out this link for a taste of the show:

http://www.ovathebridge.com/content/open-all-night-block-party.

City man aids flooding relief

The American Red Cross is supporting rescue operations in Colorado by providing shelter, food, relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people forced them from their homes by flash flooding.

And with Red Cross workers from the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts now accepting deployments to help residents recover, Ron Beckley of Gloucester, who specializes as a Disaster Services Technology Supervisor, has been deployed to Colorado.

Beckley, in accepting this deployment, is gaining more experience working with Red Cross experts throughout the U.S. Earlier this year,, he volunteered to help flood releif efforts in New York. What he learns will help better inform our efforts, and help make our local region stronger.

Donations can be made by visiting redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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