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January 26, 2013

Town Talk: Poetry reading features Essex resident

Erica Funkhouser is set to read at the Gloucester Writers Center on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Funkhouser has published five books of poems, the most recently being “Earthly.” In addition, she teaches advanced poetry writing workshops at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She will be reading from a group of poems in response to “The Dream Songs” by John Berryman.

The Gloucester Writers Center is at 126 East Main St., and was founded to celebrate, preserve, and promote Gloucester’s rich literary legacy. Find out more about the Gloucester Writers Center at gloucesterwriters.org.

High school students get key information

Students at Manchester Essex Regional High School will get an up-close look at alcohol and its effects with a new online course offered in upcoming academic year.

School officials announced that all students will be asked to complete the course as part of “Talk with your Child Weekend.” The program provides students with practical information that will enable them to make better, healthier decisions when confronted with alcohol.

School officials said the district is committed to ensuring students are prepared to deal with making decisions related to alcohol.

Titled “AlcoholEdu for High School,” the course is a proactive effort aimed at preventing problems before they occur, by helping teens understand the factors that influence their choices; such as the media and their peers. Interactive exercises reinforce key concepts and create an engaging learning experience.

High school is a challenging time when new students are faced with many new influences, the schools goal is to empower our students to make smart decisions about alcohol by giving them the tools that will help them succeed, both in high school and beyond.

Town Talk is compiled by James Niedzinski. If you have a news tip or an item for Town Talk, please contact him at 978-283-7000 x3455, or jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com

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