, Gloucester, MA

September 28, 2013

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

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — 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:

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 or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Underwater adventure

Kids Unlimited at 123 Main St. in Gloucester is holding an afternoon of fun to benefit the Sawyer Free Library children’s room.

The ocean-themed afternoon is set for next Saturday, Oct. 5, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event includes a chance to meet Scuba Jack and his nautical friends, touch tanks, face painting, crafts, games, prize wheel and each child will take home a free gift bag. The downtown shop will donate 20 percent of sales during the event.

‘Poetry Out Loud’

Are you a teenager who likes to quietly write poetry? Well, here’s an opportunity to read and shout it out loud.

Two local organizations are teaming up to give Cape Ann teens a chance to compete in the national Poetry Out Loud contest.

Eastern Point Lit House & Press and The Hive will offer the course, which is open to students in grades 9-12, Tuesdays, 3 to 5 p.m., beginning Oct. 1.

The free course will be taught by poet and educator Jenn Monroe of Eastern Point Lit House.

“We had been looking for a space to hold our readings and workshops, and when we walked into The Hive we knew we’d found our space,” said Monroe in a statement.

“We met with Cape Ann Art Haven board chair Rebecca Borden and decided together that Poetry Out Loud would be a great way for us to introduce ourselves to The Hive community,” Monroe said. “It’s such a great program and we’ve already received enthusiastic responses from local English teachers.”

After successful pilot programs in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Poetry Out Loud was launched in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 and has grown to involve millions of students across the country.

The class at The Hive will conclude with a competition. The winner will advance to a regional and/or state competition for a chance to participate in the National finals.

Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.

Interested teens should register by calling The Hive at 978-283-3889.

‘Touch a Truck’ at O’Maley today

It’s not always easy to get up close and personal with some of our roadways’ fastest or most enormous vehicles.

But today’s the day that “kids” of all ages can indeed reach out and “touch a truck” — with fire trucks, police vehicles, dump trucks, backhoes, a Coast Guard boat, tractors and more all on display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at O’Maley Innovation Middle School.

The event is a benefit for the Fishtown Horribles Parade Committee, which puts on Gloucester’s Fourth of July holiday best every July 3 and is on track to do so again next year.

The entrance cost will be $5 per person, while children 3 and under will be admitted free, with door prizes and food for sale as well.

All money raised from this event will go to support next July 3 Fishtown Horribles parade.

Art in historic house

Cape Ann Museum will host a Fall Festival at the historic White-Ellery House, 245 Washington St., on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The program, which is free and open to the public, features decoy carving with Bob Brophy; needlepoint design with Carol Karlson; traditional rug making with Rose Ann Hunter; hand woven design with Sara Wright; and wool spinning with Leslie Wind.

Children will also have the opportunity to make spoon dolls and other traditional toys and games.

There will be a display of the quilts, titled “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods,” made by seniors in the Rose Baker Senior Center art program; as well as a display of early colonial farm animals created by Shep Abbott, and historic puppets by Christy Park and Rosie Segal.

Traditional musical accompaniment will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will include mandolin and harmonica player Pat Conlon with Linda Shields Swicker on guitar and banjo and David de la Barre on tin whistle.

From 1 to 3 p.m., the Cape Anne Ramblers, featuring local musicians Jeannine Lynch, Charlotte Chane, Peter Phillips and Richard Chane, will perform.

The festival is supported by the Goldhirsh Foundation.

For more information, call 978-283-0455 or visit

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran Rudolph Paivio Laine. Born Sept. 27, 1918, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps on Feb. 27, 1943.

The staff sergeant served with 807th Army Air Force Base Unit. He served during the Southern France Air Offense Europe.

Laine was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with three Battle Stars, and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

He was discharged oct. 4, 1945, and died March 28, 1978.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his son, Rudolph L. Laine, of Vermont.

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