, Gloucester, MA

December 2, 2006

'The Pulitzer Prize of decaf'

By All Hands

Gloucester playwright Israel Horovitz always has an innovative way to get his thoughts across.

And now, the outgoing leader of the internationally-renowned theater on East Main Street is quoted on the 12-ounce white Starbucks coffee cup.

Horovitz, a founder 25 years ago of the Gloucester Stage Co. in East Gloucester, said his play agent from the William Morris Agency asked him to send a couple of quotes from his plays to the Starbucks White Cups editors.

He sent them two:

"If the man I am met the man I was, there would be a fist fight!" (From "Park Your Car In Harvard Yard")

They selected the quote from his newest work, "The Secret of Mme. Bonnard's Bath," which made its world premier at Gloucester Stage this summer.

This is how the quote appears on the Israel Horovitz 12 oz. cup:

The Way I See It #232

You simply can't make someone

love you if they don't. You must

choose someone who already loves

you. If you choose someone who

does not love you, this is the sort

of love you must want.

- Israel Horovitz, playwright and screenwriter.

"This probably won't change my life a lot, but it's good fun, sort of like winning the Pulitzer Prize of decaf," Horovitz said from New York City, where he has been busy with several productions.

The prolific scribe pondered whether the interest in him may have stemmed from some confusion with another person with a similar name, the renown pianist Horowitz.

"Our names are similar, although my name is with a V like Vladimir, and his with a W like Wagner," said the playwright.

But Horowitz might find it difficult to translate music onto the side of a paper cup, while Horovitz's words lend themselves far better to such an undertaking.

In the meantime, Horovitz's new play will be staged in Manhattan at the New York Playwrights Lab, which will debut the work in the spring. The play also will be staged at Off Broadway's Theater Row in February and March. Variety Magazine made note of this work in its November issue.

The play revolves around the relationships of two 21st century art students and a mystery pertaining to some of the works of French Impressionist artist Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), and in particular to his penchant for painting his wife in the bath.

It was Archambault

Bob Francis certainly did his part helping the city's Christmas tree stand tall on Kent Circle. But he was not in the car with Brent "Ringo" Tarr when it was driven down here from Shelburne, Nova Scotia, as the Times reported this week.

It was actually Lucien Archambault and Tarr who went.

Diminutive artworks

Jeff Weaver, Eleanor Levin and Diane Maloomian, three local artists, will host a special holiday art show of "diminutive, small, little, medium and miniature" paintings, sketches and prints.

The show takes place Dec. 7 through Dec. 10 and Dec. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Sacred Cod/Guild at 178 East Main St. in Gloucester.

Levin said all the paintings are of Cape Ann, mostly Gloucester, including boats, the sea and skies.

Knowing that space can be at a premium for many home-dwellers, Levin said the idea was to specialize in small and diminutive works. They range in price from approximately $30 to $300. By the way, Christmas eggnog will be served Dec. 9 until 7 p.m.

Fund-raising success

North Shore Arc's sixth annual Holiday Craft Fair was another success this year, bringing in $6,000. The money raised the total earned by the organization from the craft fair to $30,000.

The event, which drew about 35 vendors and 700 patrons, was held the weekend of Nov. 11 at the Arc's new Center for Development in Danvers.

Julie Dukas, administrative assistant for the Arc's residential department, said she organizes the event each year and was happy with the turnout.

"It's a lot of work, and we never know whether or not to do it the following year," Dukas said. "But we depend on a large amount of fundraising to provide patients with equipment and services that may not be provided in our funding."

The money raised through the craft fair will go toward purchasing new furniture for the department's patients, Dukas said.

Formerly known as the Association for Retarded Citizens, North Shore Arc has worked for 47 years in the area to provide services and care for children and adults with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. The program has expanded in the past few years and now offers programs in 143 communities and to nearly 10,000 families yearly.

Tree of Lights ceremony

Hospice of the North Shore will host the annual Tree of Lights ceremony in Gloucester on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m. at Gloucester Cooperative Bank on 160 Main St. The Tree of Lights is an event that invites members of the community to sponsor a light in memory or in honor of a loved one.

Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a reception inside the bank where guests will be able to view the Honor Roll Book inscribed with the names of those memorialized on the tree.

"Seeing a loved one's name in the book is often an emotional moment, yet at the same time, very healing for many of the people who attend," Hospice president Diane Stringer said. "During the holidays, our hearts and minds focus on family, friends and loved ones. Designating a light in honor of someone, whether they've been a hospice patient or not, helps people remember them during the holiday season when their absence is felt even more profoundly."

Charitable donations go directly toward Hospice of the North Shore's mission to support patients and families affected by life-threatening illness, death and loss.

The Gloucester ceremony is one of three separate tree-lighting ceremonies to be held this year to offer people several options to attend. In addition to the Gloucester location, a Tree of Lights ceremony will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. at Danversbank in Danvers Square and on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. at Swampscott Town Hall.

Strengthening Families program

Cape Ann Families, a program of Wellspring House, is offering parents and youth of the community a way to learn skills to develop better relationships. The group meets for seven weeks in the evenings for two hours. The meetings are organized to allow parents and youths to meet in separate groups during the first hour. The second hour brings everyone in as a family for discussion, snacks and activities.

The meetings are free to the public.

Quite an honor

Four Gloucester High School seniors, all members of Holy Family Parish's youth group, were honored Nov. 17 at the Archdiocese of Boston's annual Award Recognition Banquet in Randolph for their outstanding service to the parish and community.

Jessica Parisi, Marc Piscitello and Tom Prybot each received the Discipleship Award, and Samantha Alves received the St. Timothy Award.

"The Discipleship Award is given to high school youth who live their lives in the community and parish as disciples of Jesus Christ and lead by example," said Mary Howard, one of the parish's volunteer youth leaders. "The St. Timothy Award is the highest recognition that can be given by a diocese to a junior or senior in high school who exemplifies Christian leadership."

The seniors' parish and community service includes serving on the Holy Family Parish Council, teaching in its religious education program, being team leaders in the youth group and even participating in the parish's Cevicos, Dominican Republic, education mission. They will be going on another mission to Cevicos this February. These four also help out with the Harvest Meals program at St. John's Episcopal Church on Tuesdays.

The Gloucester group was among about 20 of approximately 150 nominees who received awards that day.

"These four were deserving," Howard said.

"These kids have gone out of their way unconditionally," added Dawn Alves, co-coordinator for the parish's religious education program.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans' Center flies this week in honor of Ronald Madruga, veteran of Vietnam.

Born on Dec. 4, 1946, Madruga entered the Marine Corps on Dec. 29, 1946. A sergeant, he served as a mortar man with Company K 3rd Battalion 28th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division.

He left the service Dec. 13, 1968, having been awarded National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He died Sept. 19, 1993.

The flag is flown at the request of his father and stepmother, Jean and Toot Madruga.

If you would like to request the flag be flown in honor of a deceased veteran, call the Office of Veterans' Services at 978-281-9740.