GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

May 25, 2013

Talk of the Times: Bully breed owners send positive message

Talk of the Times

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — It didn’t take long for the new Gloucester Dog Park to take hold as a popular spot for residents and visitors alike to bring their canines.

And the park became a centerpiece last Sunday for a group of Gloucester “responsible bully breed owners,” who held their first organized walk in an effort to, as they put it, “challenge stereotypes one step at a time,” and “change minds one walk at a time.”

The idea was to show that so-called bully breeds — including the likes of pit bull terriers, Dobermans and others — are well-behaved when in the hands of responsible owners. And by all counts, the walk went off well, to the delight of the dogs and owners alike.

The group’s next walk is planned for Sunday in at 11 a.m. in Boston, with walkers and their pets slated to meet at Boston Common, near the Boylston MBTA train stop across from the Landmark Movie Theater and Emerson College.

Meanwhile, the new Gloucester Dog Park in Stage Fort Park, which officially opened its gates a week ago today, is open daily from dawn to 9 p.m., with separate off-leash areas for dogs over and under 25 pounds, and a special needs and training area for dogs not ready for the dog park, and dogs that need special training and time to adjust.

The park is also available to hold training, education and adoption events. For more information, visit gloucesterdogpark.org.

An awarding visit

We noted in April that our own Andrea Holbrook, the Times’ features editor and the editor of Cape Ann magazine, had been named the winner of national Designer of the Year and Cape Ann magazine was chosen Magazine of the Year as part of the annual Best of CNHI contest, sponsored by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., the parent company of the Times and the North of Boston media group.

This past week, however, brought the presentation of the awards, with CNHI President and CEO Donna Barrett visiting to do the honors along with William Ketter, the company’s Vice President/News.

The presentation of both awards gave the entire Times team — news and editorial staff and both advertising and circulation personnel — the chance to meet with Barrett and celebrate the prizes, which are the latest in a string of successes for the Gloucester crew.

The award is the latest of several for Holbrook, who also won a first prize and two third-place honors for page design in the New England Newspapers and Publishers Association competition in February. That contest covers all New England newspapers in a variety of circulation categories.

“I’m especially glad that these awards recognize not only Andrea’s work, but also the importance of page design, which is an important factor in our daily news presentation,” said Times’ Editor Ray Lamont. “Andrea and all of the design folks who work on the Times are important players on our news team, and an important part of our community coverage.”

The magazine of the year award is the first first-place award for Cape Ann magazine in the five-year history of the quarterly publication, and Ketter noted that it was chosen from some 45 entries from across the company and the nation in its category for small daily and non-dailies.

The current issue of Cape Ann, featuring Rockport’s Motif No. 1 on the cover, is on newsstands now, with the next edition due out in June.

With Holbrook as editor, Cape Ann magazine also regularly features work by familiar Times journalists such as writer Gail McCarthy, writer and Community Editor Joann Mackenzie, Times photo chief Allegra Boverman, and photo correspondents Desi Smith and Jim Vaiknoras.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of Memorial Day.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.