GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

March 23, 2013

Talk of the Times: New faces bound for 'Wicked Tuna'

Talk of the Times
By All Hands

---- — There will be some new faces on National Geographic Channel’s “Wicked Tuna” with Gloucester’s Capt. Jimmy Santapaola Jr. and his crewman Ryan Osmond of Rockport. They will start appearing in the next episode or two.

They will be fishing aboard the 40-foot Shearwater.

The show is now in its second season and airs on Sunday at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel, and since the success of the first season, the show has been a hit around the globe, putting Gloucester and its fishermen in the spotlight.

Santapaola, 36, is no newcomer to the world of fishing, having started fishing out of Gloucester when he was 10 with his father, Jimmy Santapaola, who still fishes here.

Osmond, who has been fishing out of Gloucester, delves into the world of tuna fishing for the first time.

When not fishing for tuna, Santapaola fishes out of his father’s boat, the Amanda Leigh.

“He dedicates his life to fishing,” said his daughter, 23-year-old Amber Emery. “He does all types. It’s a nonstop life for him. He’s known as the diehard worker that will go out in storms, just to make a living.”

Santapaola said he enjoyed filming, but in the beginning it took some time to get used to being in front of the camera.

Pizza Taste-Off

Get your taste buds ready.

The Gloucester High School Interact Club — a high school affiliate of the Gloucester Rotary Club and Rotary International — is getting ready to host its sixth annual Pizza Taste-Off competition and fund-raiser Wednesday, April 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester.

The event will include samplings of pizza from more than a dozen local pizzerias and restaurants — all of whom will be competing for the honor of Pizza Taste-Off champ. The annual event is for a good cause, notes Interact Club member Jessie Carini. All proceeds will go to benefit the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets will be limited to 300, and will be available at the door. As of Friday, the list of competitors stood as follow:

Espresso’s

Captain Hooks

Alchemy

Sebastian’s

Gloucester Depot

Rockport House

Poseidon’s

Papa Gino’s

Domino’s

Maria’s

Guiseppe’s

Patio

Magnolia House

A Lego Andrea Gail?

It could happen, all it needs are 10,000 votes.

Lego.cuusoo.com is a website that people use to suggest projects or kits that could be built with Legos. A project that garners 10,000 votes is reviewed by Lego, which will decide if it becomes an official product.

This week, the site is highlighting ship models — and Friday’s staff pick of the day was an idea posed by web poster “mmbace” for an Andrea Gail replica built entirely from Legos.

The Andrea Gail, of course, was the longliner that fished out of Gloucester and was lost at sea with six aboard during the Halloween storm of 1991. Sebastian Junger wrote about the Andrea Gail and crew in the bestselling book, “The Perfect Storm,” which became a bestselling movie of the same name.

To see what the Andrea Gail looks like built of Legos and vote for the project, visit http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/37260. And thanks to Gloucester resident Paul Frontiero Jr. for bringing it to our attention.

School honors

Gloucester High School students Jason Erwin and Morey Ronan, on behalf of the school, accepted the Joshua Boger Award for Innovative School of the Year and spoke at a Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation award luncheon in Cambridge last week, explaining how biotechnology grants have benefited their education.

Gloucester High School teacher Eric Leigh, who was key in garnering the biotechnology grants for the school, accompanied the students.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran Richard Emmett Hinckley. Born June 28, 1921, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps on Jan. 20, 1942.

A photographic and laboratory technician, the corporal served with the 13th Photographic Technical Unit in Air Offensive Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe.

Hinckley was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon.

He was discharged Oct. 9, 1945, and died Dec. 8, 1989.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his son, John Hinckley 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.