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September 7, 2013

Talk of the Times: Home-built sailboat finds place among schooners

Talk of the Times

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — A sailboat built last summer, named for a Gloucester neighborhood and moored locally, was floating among the big vessels in the Parade of Sail during last weekend’s Schooner Festival.

“The boat is named Tribute II Rocky Neck, pun on II / to completely intended,” said the vessel’s builder, Mark Goetemann. “It is a Montgomery Fish Boat from the chine down, my own lapstraked lines above. The rig is a pre-1960s Fish Boat rig. She is made of various eucalyptus (mahogany, red grandis, cumuru) and white oak, all solid, scarf jointed boards, no plywood.”

“I know I’m just a drop in the bucket compared to the other great ocean-going vessels that will be in the harbor,” Goetemann said last week, “however, though it’s a big name for a little boat, the gesture of building this classic boat in the spirit and celebration of Gloucester boatbuilding heritage is one that all of us in Gloucester can appreciate.”

Goetemann, a Lincoln-based custom builder of homes, moors the Tribute II Rocky Neck at the dock behind his parents’ Goetemann Gallery, at 37 Rocky Neck Ave.

Baseball business

The surging Red Sox have once again captured the attention of New England sports fans this summer.

But big league sports is big business, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will offer members and visitors a chance to get a first-hand look at the business of baseball with a special breakfast meeting Tuesday morning at the The Essex Room at Woodman’s in Essex.

Sam Kennedy, the Red Sox chief operating officer, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Chamber’s September membership breakfast. The event will open with check-in and breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the program set for 8 a.m.

Kennedy’s talk on “The Business of Baseball” will focus on the multi-faceted business side of the Red Sox’ operations at Fenway Park. He will also bring some special gifts from the American League’s Eastern Division-leading Sox as they head down the season’s home stretch.

Kennedy, who reports directly to President CEO Larry Lucchino, is responsible for growing all team revenue streams and overseeing the club’s general business operations, including ticketing (sales, operations and service), corporate sponsorship, broadcasting, marketing, media relations, advertising and much more.

The cost for the Sept. 10 breakfast program is $35 for Chamber members in advance ($40 for the week or day of the event) and $50 for non-members.

To register and pay online, visit www.capeannchamber.com . For further information about the event contact Events Manager Emily Harris at 978-283-1601 or email emily@capeannchamber.com.

It’s Forum time

What difference does our foreign aid make in winning us friends and keeping us safe?

The nonprofit Cape Ann Forum will kick off its 12th season Sunday, Sept. 15, and aim to answer those very questions when Kate Almquist Knopf, a former U.S. aid agency official, serves as its featured speaker.

The first forum in the 2013-2014 series is set to run from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gloucester City Hall’s Kyrouz Auditorium. The event, like all Cape Ann Forum presentations, is free and open to the public.

Knopf is a visiting policy fellow at the Center for Global Development and an adjunct faculty of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington. She served in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through much of the George W. Bush administration as a high ranking administrator for Africa. She also served with the private international aid organization World Vision.

Her presentation will be the Cape Ann Forum‘s 78th public lecture and discussion since the community-based nonprofit was launched after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, with an aim toward increasing public understanding of international issues. The Forum is an all-volunteer organization supported solely by donations from those who participate in local events.

Backpack drive bears fruit

This week, more than 100 Gloucester elementary and middle school students showed up at school with brand new backpacks and supplies donated through the first annual Bailee’s Backpacks community drive.

Bailee’s Backpacks is an initiative of Action, Inc. with help from local mom Brieana Militello and her seven-year-old daughter Bailee, the office of State Sen. Bruce Tarr, North Shore 104.9 Radio, and supporters throughout Cape Ann. This September the drive served 109 children from 65 Gloucester families.

The drive began when Bailee, who was already giving back to the community by donating proceeds from her lemonade stand, decided that she wanted to help out families who were struggling to purchase back-to-school supplies for their children.

“I just really wanted to help other kids,” said Bailee. “Since it can be really hard for families to get everything they need for school.”

Honored veteran

In memory of the 2,977 killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Office of Veterans Services has submitted this poem, written by Alan W. Jankowski on Sept. 30, 2010.

We Shall Never Forget

Let the world always remember,

That fateful day in September,

And the ones who answered duties call,

Should be remembered by us all.

Who left the comfort of their home,

To face perils as yet unknown,

An embodiment of goodness on a day,

When men’s hearts had gone astray.

Sons and daughters like me and you,

Who never questioned what they had to do,

Who by example, were a source of hope,

And strength to others who could not cope.

Heroes that would not turn their back,

With determination that would not crack,

Who bound together in their ranks,

And asking not a word of thanks.

Men who bravely gave their lives,

Whose orphaned kids and widowed wives,

Can proudly look back on their dad,

Who gave this country all they had.

Actions taken without regret,

Heroisms we shall never forget,

The ones who paid the ultimate price,

Let’s never forget their sacrifice.

And never forget the ones no longer here,

Who fought for the freedoms we all hold dear,

And may their memory never wane,

Lest their sacrifices be in vain.