GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

January 19, 2013

Talk of the Times: Lobster tree buoy auction at Cruiseport today

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Did your enjoy this year’s Lobster Trap Christmas Tree in downtown Gloucester?

Would you like to have a piece of it — or two — for your own?

Cape Ann Art Haven, which coordinates the construction and decoration of the tree, is hosting its fifth annual buoy auction — putting the more than 300 hand-painted buoys that adorned the tree on the auction block for the benefit of the Art Haven today.

The auction, to be held at Cruiseort Gloucester, is set to run from 5 to 8 p.m., with state Sen. Bruce Tarr set to be “feverishly accepting bids” in a live auction, with children holding up their beautifully painted lobster buoys for sale, said Cape Ann Art Haven’s David Brooks.

“For those of you whose interest lies in the traditional and not so traditional artists of Cape Ann, we (also) have 20 hand-painted or sculpted buoys created by local artists, which will be our silent bid auction items,” Brooks added. “And if that’s not enough to keep you occupied, you can enjoy a buffet of local food from restaurants around Cape Ann.”

The event serves as a major Art Haven fund-raiser, and celebrates the annual Lobster Tree presentation adjacent to the Gloucester Police Station on Main Street. Admission to the event is priced at $25 for a family, $15 for individual adults, and $5 for children.

GHS students means business

Students in Gloucester High School’s DECA program — an international organization in which students compete in a variety of business-related categories such as marketing, finance, hospitality and management — showed last week that they can operate with the best of them.

Competing with a total of 640 schools in the District DECA Tournament at the Hilton Hotel in Danvers, Gloucester placed 15 students into the next round, the state championships scheduled for March at the Copley Plaze Hotel in Boston, said team adviser Ann Grassetti.

To that end, Gloucester DECA chapter president Danielle Pomeroy is focusing her leadership team on the important task of raising the $5,000 needed for all 15 students and Grassetti to attend the conference.

“We are going to be contacting businesses for donations, doing a Valentines’ Day fund-raiser, and many other ideas we have to put into place,” says Danielle.

Anyone seeking more information on the team, or anyone who would like to donate to the Gloucester DECA program may contact Grassetti at Gloucester High School at 978-281-9865.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran Richard Robert Silva. Born March 13, 1922, he entered the U.S. Coast Guard on Nov. 21, 1942.

The signalman third class served with USS Key West (PF-17) in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres.

He was discharged March 22, 1946, and died Jan. 27, 2009.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his wife, Janet Silva 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.