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March 23, 2013

Talk of the Times: New faces bound for 'Wicked Tuna'

There will be some new faces on National Geographic Channel’s “Wicked Tuna” with Gloucester’s Capt. Jimmy Santapaola Jr. and his crewman Ryan Osmond of Rockport. They will start appearing in the next episode or two.

They will be fishing aboard the 40-foot Shearwater.

The show is now in its second season and airs on Sunday at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel, and since the success of the first season, the show has been a hit around the globe, putting Gloucester and its fishermen in the spotlight.

Santapaola, 36, is no newcomer to the world of fishing, having started fishing out of Gloucester when he was 10 with his father, Jimmy Santapaola, who still fishes here.

Osmond, who has been fishing out of Gloucester, delves into the world of tuna fishing for the first time.

When not fishing for tuna, Santapaola fishes out of his father’s boat, the Amanda Leigh.

“He dedicates his life to fishing,” said his daughter, 23-year-old Amber Emery. “He does all types. It’s a nonstop life for him. He’s known as the diehard worker that will go out in storms, just to make a living.”

Santapaola said he enjoyed filming, but in the beginning it took some time to get used to being in front of the camera.

Pizza Taste-Off

Get your taste buds ready.

The Gloucester High School Interact Club — a high school affiliate of the Gloucester Rotary Club and Rotary International — is getting ready to host its sixth annual Pizza Taste-Off competition and fund-raiser Wednesday, April 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester.

The event will include samplings of pizza from more than a dozen local pizzerias and restaurants — all of whom will be competing for the honor of Pizza Taste-Off champ. The annual event is for a good cause, notes Interact Club member Jessie Carini. All proceeds will go to benefit the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

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