, Gloucester, MA

September 14, 2013

Talk of the Times: Fishbox Derby takes to Rogers Street Sunday

Talk of the Times

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Some very young drivers will be hitting the road along a block of Gloucester’s Rogers Street Sunday afternoon.

The occasion is the city’s annual Fishbox Derby homemade car race, which is set to start at noon on the hill by the Gorton’s of Gloucester complex.

All motorless cars will be entered into one of two categories, for a “freestyle” or “modified” competition. And while prizes will be awarded, as usual, to the first four finishers in each classification, there will also be prizes for the best pit crew and the “koolest car.”

In addition to saluting kids creative, entrepreneurial and automotive spirit, the event also serves as a fund-praiser, with donations from the derby going toward a scholarship fund for the young participants.

Each participant is eligible to apply for scholarship funds as she or he prepares to graduate from high school.

Anyone seeking more information may contact Greg at 978-283-1932, Beth at 978-281-6057, or send at email to

A ‘sale’ with a free twist

Many churches, community groups and businesses often carry out efforts aimed at “giving back to the community.”

But one Gloucester church is taking that phrase to a higher literal level than usual today.

The Cape Ann Bible Church, located at 8 Thompson St., off Concord Street in West Gloucester, is hosting what organizers are calling a “free yard sale” today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., as a part of its annual Fall Fling.

The yard event, also billed as the “Great Giveway,” is essentially offering away a wide variety of clothes, housewares, books, toys and more in a yard sale format — but all for free in an effort to “spread the word” about the need to give back to the community.

The family-oriented event will also include refreshments; visitors can reach the church by exiting Route 128 at Exit 13, heading north on Concord Street (toward Causeway Street and Wingaersheek Beach), and then turning onto to Thompson, which is the first left. The church is at the top of the hill.

Mice, men, senators

There have long been reports of mice scurrying through some of the rooms of the Stage House — most notably, across the State House press room.

But now, mice nibbling on food left on the desks of state senators also ate through speaker wires in the historic chamber, Senate President Therese Murray told her colleagues Thursday afternoon. And she’s not happy about it.

The chewed wires were discovered over the summer during work to upgrade cameras and the sound system in the chamber for webcasting, according to a spokeswoman for Murray. There were chuckles in the chamber when Murray announced the findings, but they died down quickly when Murray admonished senators and suggested that, if they planned to keep food in their desks they store it in sealed containers.

“The old microphones were old, but the reason they didn’t work sometimes is because you keep food in your desks and the mice chewed through them,” she said.

Mice are common in the State House. The cost of the upgrades was $83,295. There was no word at to whether Cape Ann’s senator, Bruce Tarr, was one of those who left snacks on his desk.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran Wilfred Stanley Prince. Born May 8, 1926, he entered the U.S. Army on Jan. 15, 1945.

A military policeman, the private first class served with 165th Infantry Regiment, Headquarters Battery 138th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group in Japan.

Prince was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was discharged Nov. 21, 1946, and died Feb. 8, 2008. The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his wife, Janice Prince, 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.