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October 26, 2013

Rockport Rambles: Art sale set for today

Rockport Ramblings
James Niedzinski

---- — A collection of paintings by local artist William Beal will be on sale at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, today from 3 to 5 p.m.

Pursuing his love of art, he became an artist member of both the Rockport and North Shore Art Associations. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the church, light refreshments will be served.

Artist designs Boston poster

Living up to Rockport’s reputation as a hub to all of the arts, a Rockporter has designed the poster for the 29th Boston Film Festival.

Jonathan Zuker of the Wishing Well Gallery on Tuna Wharf has painted the poster, which depicts a bird, donning a scarf and Buddy Holly-esque glasses and a director’s chair along a city skyline.

Spotlight on Haiti, Dominican

Two members of the Cape Ann Community will be discussing their experiences as visitors to Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, at 4 Cleaves St.

Rockporter Mary Ann Camp, a registered nurse, has been a frequent volunteer at the Partners in Development Medical Center in Blanchard, Haiti, since the devastating earthquake in January of 2012.

She will speak about the current situation and needs, including the urgent need for children’s sponsors, as well as the progress that has been made since the earthquake.

Heidi Wakeman of Gloucester, a Spanish teacher in the Rockport schools, will offer information on her trip to the Dominican Republic as an educational envoy with Friends Beyond Borders. Light refreshments will be served following the talks, all are welcome.

RMS’ top students

Rockport Middle School has announced its students of the month for September.

The Grade 6 student of the month is Olivia Theriault, who is recognized for positive attitude, her leadership in the classroom, her superior effort, and her courteous and polite manner.

Grade 7 student of the month is Jacob Greene, who is recognized for his hard work on every single homework assignment this school year. Jacob has demonstrated superior behavior and is generous with his peers.

Grade 8 student of the month is Abby Feener, who is recognized for being a role model and for demonstrating tremendous effort and focus in the classroom.

Church in national celebration

The First Baptist Church of Rockport will join with Protestant churches across the globe on Sunday in commemorating the 495th anniversary of Protestant Reformation.

In addition to a special sermon, the service will include music from the Lighthouse Brass group and the Rockport Baptist Choir.

The community is invited to the service, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. The First Baptist Church is located at 4 High St. in Rockport. For more info visit FirstBaptistRockport.Org or call 978-546-6121.

High school benefit set

The Rockport High School Class of 2017 will be hosting a dinner fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Rockport Middle High School Cafeteria.

Dinner will consist of spaghetti, meatballs, desserts, coffee and drinks.

Tickets are $8 each and may be purchased from a member of the class of 2017, by calling 978-546-1234 or emailing

There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Art studio opening

The DeLouise Studio at 53 Main St. will have its grand opening on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Gallery artists will be on hand to take questions from visitors during the reception.

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