GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

April 20, 2013

Talk of the Times: Knowing the social host law

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — With school prom and graduation seasons approaching, so, too, is what has often become the teen party and celebration season.

And in keeping with their fight against rampant underage drinking, the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, Gloucester Police Department, Gloucester Licensing Board and the Gloucester Council on Aging are planning a special forum for next Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Rose Baker Senior Center.

But the focus of this event won’t be geared toward teenagers, it will be aimed at their parents and others who might think it’s OK or even cool to allow kids to drink in your home.

Titled “Party’s At Your House,” the forum will spotlight Massachusetts’ social host law, which allows parents or other underage drinking party hosts to be charged criminally or to be held civilly liable for accidents or other teen actions that are seen as due to teens’ drinking in a hosts’s home.

The forum will feature Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, who has long been active in pushing for use of the social hoast law, and Attorney Richard P. Campbell.

Blodgett and Campbell have worked together to develop programs such as “Be a Parent, Not a Pal” in an effort to raise the awareness of parents, students, and educators about the social host law across the state. The forum is free and open to the public.

Remembering Mary

The late Mary (Calomo) D’Amico made a huge impact in her lifetime in Gloucester, which became clear at her funeral on Patriot’s Day Monday when family and friends filled St. Ann Church.

The Rev. John Kiley told the crowd that he was struck by the turnout, which reminded him of something once told to him that clearly was not the case with D’Amico. He said someone once told him that if you wanted a large funeral you had to die young.

D’Amico was 95. She was born in Sicily on Nov. 25, 1917, and was the daughter of the late Michael Calomo, who died during World War I, and Ida (Parco) and Samuel Scola.

She was a petite woman who stood about 5-foot-1 and likely weighed in at around 100 pounds. But her devotion to family and her Catholic faith were larger than life. She was very active in the Madonna del Rosario Society, Mother of Grace Club, Fishermen’s Wives Association, and the women’s guilds of Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Church.

She was the matriarch of a large local Italian family, whose surnames are a who’s who of sorts of a segment of the Sicilian community on Cape Ann. Many who carry the surnames of Ciaramitaro and Trupiano, in addition to D’Amico and many others, married into more Anglo surnames like Chambers.

Model projects

Three Cape Ann residents will talk about the role model-making plays in their work as part of the Lowell Folklife Series on Sunday.

Magnolia resident Greg Bover, vice president of operations for C.B. Fisk Inc., will take about how models play a part in the manufacture of the Gloucester company’s pipes organs. Also speaking are Essex shipwright Harold Burnham who built the Gloucester-based schooners Thomas Lannon and the Ardelle, and Rockport model ship builder Erik Ronnberg Jr.

The free Lowell Folklife Series program takes place in the Visitor Center theater at Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market St., Lowell, on Sunday, April 21, at 3:30 p.m.