, Gloucester, MA

March 16, 2013

Talk of the Times:

All hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — When state Rep. Dan Winslow, one of the Republicans now in the race for John Kerry’s former U.S. Senate seat, came to Gloucester two weeks ago today, he got to meet a number of supporters during a stop at Jim’s Bagel and Bake Shop on Railroad Avenue.

But one of those supporters who has already stepped up to help the campaign can’t even vote.

Among those who turned out at Jim’s that day was 14-year-old Craig Anderson of Gloucester, who had already taken it upon himself to collect signatures from more than two dozen family members and neighbors. His effort was part of a drive to collect 10,000 certified signatures for Winslow and earn his place on the ballot, with primaries set for April 30 and the general special election pegged for June 25.

“He’s really interested, and really following it,” said Peter Webber, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce vice president who is also young Anderson’s uncle.

“It’s great to see someone that age getting involved,” added Webber, who noted that Craig had done his own research on the candidates, and decided to back Winslow, R-Norfolk.

Webber, who now lives in Rockport, also formerly as a state lawmaker — as a state senator representing Berkshire County from 1980 through 1990, when he lived in Great Barrington.

Rotarian hits 100

Rotary International is now 107 years old, having been founded in 1905 by Chicago lawyer Paul Harris.

But the Gloucester Rotary Club got to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of its own members earlier this month, as well.

Sam Miceli, who served as the local club’s secretary for 37 years and helped establish the club’s organizational structure as it stands today, was honored at the Rotary meeting of March 5, when Gloucester Rotary marked its own Sam Miceli Day,

Miceli has also long been a Paul Harris Fellow, considered the highest honor in Rotary.

Going to the dogs

These have been busy times for the Gloucester Police Department, with the Times’ daily reports showing a number of drug arrests and other issues that continue to keep the force hopping.

But a number of calls over the police scanner suggest that not every response tends to a case involving high crimes and misdemeanors.

Wednesday, for example, a call went out from dispatch seeking an officer to respond to an incident in which a “woman was having an argument with her neighbor.”

“What is it? Are they arguing outside?” the field officer asked, no doubt trying to gauge the level of discord or potential violence.

“Apparently they’re having an argument over a dog — and what the dog is doing in the yard,” the dispatcher explained.

“All right, I’ll take a walk up,” the officer sighed. “I love dogs.”

Money for the birds

Jodi Swenson, Cape Ann’s own bird rescuer, has raised over $1,500 in donations from two event fund-raisers for her organization since the Gloucester Times featured Swenson in a story outlining her mission, and her need to buy the house that has become her headquarters.

In a concert fund-raiser at Art Haven, patrons donated a total of $300 to support Swenson’s work, and Wednesday night at Giuseppe’s, another fund-raiser netted $1,300 for Swenson’s project.

Those interested in sending in their own donations can donate online at or call Swenson at 978-325-2501. Swenson’s address can be found on her webpage as well.

Those who donate at least $5 can receive a CAW (Cape Ann Wildlife) bumper sticker.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of Vietnam War veteran Jeffrey Gordon Tyne.

Born March 28, 1945, he was the son of Frank and May (Dodge) Tyne, and the brother of Roberta and Billy Tyne.

A 1964 graduate of Gloucester High School, he entered the U.S. Navy on July 7, 1964.

The hospital corpsman third class served with Medical Platoon 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.

Tyne was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He died in action on May 29, 1966, in the vicinity of DaNang, South Vietnam. Corpsman Tyne was fatally wounded by explosive device while engaged in combat against insurgent Vietnam forces. He was 21 years old.

Tyne’s name is listed on the Vietnam Memorial, Panel 7E, Line 123, and he is buried in his family lot in Beechbrook Cemetery.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by Bernard Amero III of Gloucester.

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