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November 30, 2012

Cartoonist in downtown spotlight

A collection of news items about Gloucester people and events.

A Gloucester-born cartoonist will visit the city this coming week, even as his strip celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Cartoonist Mark Parisi will sign his new 2013 page-a-day cartoon calendar Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Weathervane shop on Main Street in Gloucester, starting at 6 p.m., during the annual Ladies Night Shopping event.

Parisi is the creator of the award-winning syndicated cartoon feature, “Off the Mark,” which appears on the Gloucester Daily Times’ comics page.

This year, Parisi won the Best Newspaper Panel Award from the National Cartoonist Society. This is Parisi’s fourth nomination (2004, 2006, 2009, and 2012) and second win (2009 and 2012).

This year also marks the cartoon feature’s 25th anniversary.

To view Parisi’s archive of more than 7,000 cartoons, visit www.offthemark.com.

Parisi was born and raised in Gloucester, where his parents, Nick and Fran Parisi, and brother’s family still live.

He graduated from Salem State University and now lives in Melrose with his family.

Local man helps

in NJ after Sandy

A city man is one the volunteers deployed by the American Red Cross to states devastated by the superstorm Sandy.

Ron Beckley of Gloucester, who specializes in disaster services technology, has been deployed to New Jersey. Disaster services technology specialists are responsible for all the technology that is deployed on disaster relief operations. Beckley and other DST volunteers set up satellites where all phone and Internet services have been disrupted, they set up computer services in remote locations for Red Cross caseworkers and often have to repair equipment in crisis situations. The American Red Cross has mobilized more than 14,900 disaster workers from all over the country who have supported relief efforts. Volunteers have served more than 7.6 million meals and snacks so far, and have handed out more than 5.5 million relief items. Beckley, in accepting this deployment, is gaining more experience working with Red Cross experts throughout the U.S. When he returns to Massachusetts, his knowledge will help better inform the local Red Cross chapter’s efforts, and help make the region stronger. If you are interested in training to become a disaster volunteer, or funding this long-term relief effort, call 1-800-REDCROSS or visitRedCross.Org.

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