, Gloucester, MA

August 3, 2013

Town Talk: Manchester official 1 in a 100

By James Niedzinski
Staff Writer

---- — Matthew Casparius, director of Parks and Recreation for Manchester, has become the second person in the state to receive certified park and recreation executive certification from the National Recreation and Park Association.

Fewer than 100 people in the nation have achieved this certification, and Casparius hopes the credential will contribute toward raising the prestige of the Parks and Recreation Department of Manchester.

To qualify for the CPRE, a person must have CPRP certification (certified park and recreation professional, also awarded by the National Recreation and Park Association), a bachelor’s degree and five years of professional full-time manager experience, or a master’s degree or higher and four years of professional full-time manager experience.

Obtaining the CPRE certification also requires passing a 125-question exam on communication, finance, human resources, operations, and planning. According to Casparius, many of these questions involved deciding how to confront hypothetical situations.

Casparius has worked for 14 years in the parks and recreation field and has been the director of the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department for seven years. Prior to working for Manchester, he worked in Brookline and Lexington.

Book program ongoing

Don’t forget about books at the beach.

Every Monday during the summer, Manchester Public Library will bring donated or withdrawn books down to Singing Beach bath house where you can help yourself to the available books for all ages. Enjoy your fun in the sun and return the book at the bath house or at the library whenever you choose.

A sign of summer closing

Let this be a fair warning sign to students of the Manchester Essex Regional School District: school is starting soon.

With that in mind, new Manchester Essex Regional Middle School principal Steven Guditus plans to keep students and parents informed through his blog, a Twitter feed, and online calender.

Check the Manchester Essex Regional School District web page for updates; he will be tweeting from the handle @MERMS01944.

Essex to see another model ship

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum proudly presents a new model replica of the Evelina M. Goulart by Paul Gran on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at the museum’s Water Line Center, off Main Street.

Gran, an American and Israeli citizen, has lived in Israel for the past 35 years.

He and his wife, Brenda, have spent many summers in Rockport. Paul, 72, has been a hobbyist since he was a teenager. He started building model ships, including the USS Constitution and the Titanic.

He is perhaps best known to Cape Ann folk for his model of the Andrea Gail that debuted two years ago at the Cape Ann Museum.

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