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January 26, 2013

Talk of the Times: Innkeeper's offer gets warm response

Talk of the Times

Brad Pierce, manager of the Cape Ann Motor Inn, said Friday he’s been getting a warm response to his offer of a free room to anyone who has no place else to stay during the current cold snap.

Pierce, whose offer was posted Thursday and Friday on the Times Facebook page, also let officials at the Action Inc. shelter know of his offer, and he took in six people Thursday night at the inn, located at the Gloucester end of Long Beach. Pierce said he expected folks to stay there overnight last night as well.

“I think of it as a mini-vacation; people certainly need it,” he said.

Pierce said other Cape Ann residents have reached out to thank him for the welcoming policy.

“One lady even baked cookies for my staff and I,” he said.

Latest Hall of Famer

A former editor and later publisher of the Gloucester Daily Times is among the latest class of journalists being named to the New England Newspaper and Press Association Hall of Fame.

The late Peter Watson, who lived in Rockport and died this past November at the age of 73, is among six career journalists whose names will be formally added to the 86 already in the Hall of Fame during the NENPA group’s annual winter convention set for Friday, Feb. 8, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Watson was credited with motivating a generation of journalists throughout his career, which began as a reporter with the Beverly Times in 1963. He served as editor of the Times from 1970 to 1983, then went on to serve as a publisher and general manager of the Essex County Newspapers, which included the Times, The Salem News and The Daily News of Newburyport, until his retirement in 2002.

Others to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year include Thomas E. Heslin, executive editor of The Providence (R.I.) Journal; Mary Pat Rowland, managing editor of Foster’s Daily Democrat of Dover, N.H.; Morgan McGinley, former editorial page editor of The Day of New London, Conn., and a member of the Connecticut Judicial-Media Committee; Peter J. Caruso Sr., a media lawyer who is legal counsel to the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association; and Mary Dodge Brewer, former managing editor of the Boothbay Register of Boothbay Harbor and the Wiscasset Newspaper, both in Maine.

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