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March 30, 2013

Rockport Ramblings: Money from Beverly walk reaches Rockport, too

Although the annual Good Friday Walk was held in Beverly, some of the money raised from that event finds its way directly to Rockport and Gloucester as well.

The walk is organized in part by Rockport resident Alan Battistelli, who said his family started the Good Friday walk 34 years ago. Rockport resident Ron Roma also covered the cost of T-shirts for the participants.

Last year, 440 participants walked the 10.5 mile route and raised $68,081, with more than $16,000 directly benefiting Cape Ann nonprofits such as Action Inc. and local families.

Cemetery cleanup time on Monday

It’s that time of year again, and Rockport residents are urged to catch the spring cleaning fever.

With that in mind, the Rockport Department of Public Works is hosting the annual cleaning of the cemeteries this coming Monday.

All winter baskets, decorations, wreaths and artificial flowers must be removed by that time, DPW officials said.

Students recognized

The Catherine E. Churchill Chapter of the National Honor Society at Rockport High School announced the list of students that have been accepted into the honor society.

Members from the class of 2014 include Katie Andrews, Shaun Aspesi, Katharine Boucher, Michael Carbone, Gil Clark, Madeleine Downs, Virgina Lawrence, Alexanddra Legendre, Samantha Poole and Gabriella Rodriguez.

Members from the class of 2015 include Rachel Balestraci, Kelly Biondo, Emily Dailey, Oliver Herman, Michaela Hillier, Quenton Hurst, Bridget Johnson, Sayles Kasten, Conor Kuykendall, Henery Meredith, Viola Nakkazi, Aliza Ottenheimer, Jamey Ouellte, Sophie Palmer, Nelson Pike, Soni Razdan, Jacob Rostkowski, Jared Rostkowski, Corey Silver and Jennie Yoors.

A formal induction ceremony will take place on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on 37 Main Street in Rockport.

Garden Club springs into season

The Rockport Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the year on April 1 at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Members and guests are invited to enjoy a social hour at 12 p.m. At 1:15 p.m., Maureen Bovet will make a presentation on New York garden spaces, Wave Hill, Central Park, High Line Park and Battery Park.

Authors share work

Following Rockport’s history of arts and cultural events, three local authors will be reading selected works on April 14 at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society church, on 4 Cleaves Street. The authors are Reverend Susan Moran, Joe Rukeyser, and Jonathan Strong.

Rockport Ramblings is compiled by James Niedzinski. If you have a news tip or an item for Rockport Ramblings, please contact him at 978-283-7000 x3455, or

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