, Gloucester, MA

January 26, 2013

Talk of the Times: Innkeeper's offer gets warm response

Talk of the Times

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Brad Pierce, manager of the Cape Ann Motor Inn, said Friday he’s been getting a warm response to his offer of a free room to anyone who has no place else to stay during the current cold snap.

Pierce, whose offer was posted Thursday and Friday on the Times Facebook page, also let officials at the Action Inc. shelter know of his offer, and he took in six people Thursday night at the inn, located at the Gloucester end of Long Beach. Pierce said he expected folks to stay there overnight last night as well.

“I think of it as a mini-vacation; people certainly need it,” he said.

Pierce said other Cape Ann residents have reached out to thank him for the welcoming policy.

“One lady even baked cookies for my staff and I,” he said.

Latest Hall of Famer

A former editor and later publisher of the Gloucester Daily Times is among the latest class of journalists being named to the New England Newspaper and Press Association Hall of Fame.

The late Peter Watson, who lived in Rockport and died this past November at the age of 73, is among six career journalists whose names will be formally added to the 86 already in the Hall of Fame during the NENPA group’s annual winter convention set for Friday, Feb. 8, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Watson was credited with motivating a generation of journalists throughout his career, which began as a reporter with the Beverly Times in 1963. He served as editor of the Times from 1970 to 1983, then went on to serve as a publisher and general manager of the Essex County Newspapers, which included the Times, The Salem News and The Daily News of Newburyport, until his retirement in 2002.

Others to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year include Thomas E. Heslin, executive editor of The Providence (R.I.) Journal; Mary Pat Rowland, managing editor of Foster’s Daily Democrat of Dover, N.H.; Morgan McGinley, former editorial page editor of The Day of New London, Conn., and a member of the Connecticut Judicial-Media Committee; Peter J. Caruso Sr., a media lawyer who is legal counsel to the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association; and Mary Dodge Brewer, former managing editor of the Boothbay Register of Boothbay Harbor and the Wiscasset Newspaper, both in Maine.

Chamber hosts Nobel laureate

A 2010 Nobel Prize Winner for Economics will offer his economic projections here next week when he serves as guest speaker at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Forecast Breakfast Friday at Essex Room at Woodman’s in Essex.

Peter A. Diamond, a longtime Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who was presented the Nobel Prize along with two-winners, Dale T. Mortensen of Northwestern University and Christopher A. Pissarides of the London School of Economics, will headline the Chamber breakfast program that is set for Tuesday, with check-in and networking time beginning at 7 a.m. and the program running from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Diamond’s presentation is slated to focus on the ongoing fiscal and budgetary issues currently being deliberated by political leaders in Washington, including looming deadlines for raising the nation’s debt ceiling and dealing with deep cuts scheduled across the board in defense and non-defense spending.

In October, 2010, Professor Diamond and his co-winners were presented the Nobel Prize for “their analysis of markets with search frictions.” He was also nominated the same year by President Obama for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, but his nomination, essentially blocked by congressional Republicans, was returned to the White House and he later withdrew his name from consideration.

The Economic Forecast Breakfast will also feature such regular highlights as the introduction of new Chamber members, special salutes, and the chance to connect with business colleagues and elected officials. Breakfast by Woodman’s is included.

Tickets are priced at $35 in advance and $45 the week of the event for Chamber members, and $50 for future members. Tickets may be reserved by emailing or calling the Chamber office 978-283-1601.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of World War I veteran Christopher W. Karayanes. Born in Myteline, Greece, on Sept. 17, 1899, he entered the U.S. Army on May 9, 1918.

The private first class served with Troop D 310th Cavalry Field Artillery, Battery D 58th Field Artillery 20th Brigade.

He was discharged Feb. 12, 1919, and died Dec. 29, 1926.

He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Lot 1086, Section 13, Beech Avenue.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by the Office of Veterans’ Services.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.