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May 11, 2013

Talk of the Times: City lands its launch service boat

Talk of the Times

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — A launch service boat for the city Gloucester – a vessel and a service that some city officials have literally sought for years — is finally ready for duty, and will be formally christened and launched in a ceremony set for Sunday, May 19.

The boat, which was delivered to the city and to Rose Marine on Thursday and is geared toward shuttling visiting boaters from their moorings in Gloucester Harbor to and from the city’s downtown and other site, is a first-class, 26-foot, 24-passenger, solid fiberglass “Duffy” built by Atlantic Boat Company, Waterways Board Chairman Tony Gross and Harbormaster James Caulkett said in an announcement about the vessel’s arrival.

“This launch service will provide boaters a convenient gateway to Gloucester’s shops, museums, the Rocky Neck and the Gloucester Harbortown Cultural Districts, restaurants and shore-side amenities,” added Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk.

The launch will provide cruising boaters with a safe option for bringing bulky loads to and from shore – including laundry to the laundromat, groceries, or a mechanical part that was repaired in one of Gloucester’s marine repair shops. As a cruiser’s port-of-call, Gloucester also has showers available for $2 at the YMCA for those who really want more than a sailor’s shower.

Visiting boaters will be able to hail the launch on VHF channel 72 or call 978-942-0660 for a lift to one of Gloucester Harbor’s three public floats or the Historic Art Colony at Rocky Neck.

The formal christening of the launch boat as “The Gloucesterman” will be held Sunday, May 19, at noon at the Harbormaster’s Dock on Harbor Loop. Rides will be available — weather permitting.

It’s mail food drive day

Remember, when your letter carrier delivers your mail today, he or she will be looking to pick up your contributions to the carriers’ annual food drive as well.

The National Association of Letters Carriers will hold its annual food drive today, with residents in Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester are encouraged to leave a bag full of non-perishable food items next to their mailbox on that day.

All locally collected items will be donated to The Open Door food pantry and service agency.

Items most needed include tuna, peanut butter, pasta, cereal, and juice, but no glass, please, said Open Door Executive Director Julie LaFontaine.

For more information visit, www.foodpantry.org or call 978-283-6776.

Ed chief is Chamber speaker

Fresh off a tour last week of Gloucester’s O’Maley Innovation Middle School, Matthew Malone, Gov. Deval Patrick’s new Secretary of Education, will be returning to deliver the keynote address at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s May membership “power luncheon” Wednesday in Essex.

The event will be held on Wednesday at The Essex Room at Woodman’s, 125 Main St., with check-in beginning at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon program set to begin at noon.

As part of this program, seven graduating seniors from Cape Ann’s high schools will also be honored as the recipients of 2013 scholarships from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

As Secretary of Education, Matthew Malone serves as Governor Patrick’s top adviser on education and helps shape the commonwealth’s education reform agenda. As Secretary, Malone also directs the Executive Office of Education and works closely with all of the Commonwealth’s education agencies — Department of Early Education and Care, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Higher Education and the University of Massachusetts system — while serving as a voting member of the governing board of all four agencies.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary, Malone served as the superintendent of the Brockton Public Schools and earlier as special assistant to the superintendent in the San Diego City School District and the headmaster of Monument High School in South Boston.

At Monument, he co-led the transformation of a large underperforming high school into three small, effective high schools, and his work there became a model for high school conversions in the Boston Public Schools.

Day By Day film work

A documentary film crew’s work spotlighting Florida’s acclaimed Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike contest brought it to Gloucester this week — and to the Day By Day senior adult health-care center in Blackburn Industrial Park.

Day By Day client Denis Golden, who lives in Rockport, has participated in the Key West, Fla.-based contest, and was interviewed for the film, which is operating under the working title of “Papa.” A number of other Day By Day clients are expected to be seen in the footage, Golden said,

For more information or to view a working trailer, visit www.kickstarter.com(search PAPA), www.facebook.com/PAPAFILM, or check out youtube.com/PapaDocumentary.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of World War I veteran Arthur Sirois. Born May 15, 1892, he entered the U.S. Army and served in France, where he worked as a horseshoer.

He died in November 1945.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his son, Roger Sirois, 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.