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November 9, 2012

Talk of the Times: Boston to Gloucester's ladder rescue

Gloucester firefighters have had to go into service with another out-of-town ladder truck for the second time this year.

Last week, the Fire Department borrowed a ladder truck from the Boston Fire Department while the city’s Ladder 1 was in the shop — again.

The Boston ladder came in well worn, and firefighters said that at one point, they had trouble starting the engine. But the truck could be seen around town responding to calls this week – and drawing some odd looks from drivers who noted the distinctive “Boston” lettering.

In March, the city’s Ladder 1 went out to Wapole for repairs, and Gloucester borrowed a ladder truck from Lawrence.

Alas, Ladder 1 returned into service from another repair trip Friday night, and is now back in service, meaning that the borrowed Boston ladder was taken out of service in Gloucester as well. The truck, however, was still in town Friday night before being returned to its home over the next couple of days.

Harbor planning time

Voters turned out in droves for Tuesday’s elections, but if you now want a say in the future of Gloucester’s working waterfront, you can also come to the first Harbor Planning Committee meeting on Nov. 19.

The city announced the lineup for its new Harbor Planning Committee Friday, with open meeting set for the 19th at 7 p.m at Endicott College’s Gloucester campus, 33 Commercial St.

The nine member committee consists of two city councilors — Greg Verga and Paul McGeary — Planning Board Chairman Richard Noonan, Waterways Board member Ralph Pino, local commercial fisherman Paul Vitale, Ron Shrank, a recreational boater who retired from the energy industry, and three waterfront property owners. The owners are Ann Molloy of Neptune’s Harvest, Jeffery Amero, who owns J&L welding and the Cape Ann Fisheries property on Fort Square, and Marcy Pregent, who heads Harbor Realty Trust.

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