Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Expert Sees Improvement for Economic Future at 2010 North Shore Business Expo

By Maggie Roth
(Photo by Muriel Hoffacker)
Gordon College News Service
February 24, 2010

Amidst orange juice and scrambled eggs, business professionals from across the North Shore gathered last week to hear an expert’s opinion on the future of the United States economy.

More than 2,500 business professionals converged Tuesday, February 23, at the 2010 North Shore Business Expo held at the Crowne Plaza Boston North Shore in Danvers, the largest business expo north of Boston. The event was organized by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and hosted over 100 exhibits and hiring companies, ranging from small startups to national corporations. To start the day, John D. Katter, Chief Investment Officer of Eastern Investment Advisors, gave a talk forecasting how he thinks the economy will take shape in the coming years. 

Gloucester Celebrates Rudyard Kipling’s Captains Courageous: A Story of the Grand Banks

By Muriel Hoffacker
Gordon College News Service
February 24, 2010
(This story appeared in The Gloucester Times and The Salem News, March 4, 2010.)

Not many adventure novels are the center of a town’s attention for a whole day. But on Saturday, March 6th, Gloucester will host its first annual Captains Courageous Festival, honoring both Rudyard Kipling’s 1897 novel, Captains Courageous: A Story of the Grand Banks and Gloucester’s cultural heritage.

From Malden to Wakefield: North Shore Senior Centers Join the ZUMBA Party

By Alysa Obert
Gordon College News Service
February 24, 2010
(This story appeared in the February 25 edition of the Boston Globe, Malden, and in the March 6 edition of the Salem News)

What does Malden Senior Center have in common with the fastest growing workout program in the world? Everything.

In fact, Malden Senior Center Director Christine DiPietro said Zumba is not only popular, it’s their most attended class, surpassing even belly dancing and chair yoga. But Malden Senior Center isn’t the only one on the North Shore. Everett Senior Center was the first to offer Zumba classes but Marblehead, Lynnfield, and Wakefield are also embracing the Zumba motto: ditch the workout and join the party,

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Arlington Native Takes Risk and Gap Year Before Medical School

By Maggie Roth
Gordon College News Service
February 16, 2010
(This story appeared February 18 in the Boston Globe, Arlington edition.)

After Jackie Eagan graduated from Arlington High in 2005, she knew she wanted to be a doctor. But before the 22-year-old lifelong resident of Arlington heads to medical school, she’s spending a gap year in the capital of Denmark.

“The first time I went to Copenhagen was in 2007 to study abroad during the fall semester of my junior year,” she said. “Then after I graduated I knew I only had a year to do something cool and living and working in Denmark was a productive option and an adventure.”


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Melrose Church Spotlights Modern Day Slavery with Freedom Sunday

By Amanda C. Thompson and Alysa Obert
Gordon College News Service
February 17, 2010
(This story appeared February 18 in the Boston Globe, Melrose edition.)

When Sarah Sotelo, a member of Hope Alliance Church in Melrose, tells people about human trafficking here in Boston, the response is often the same: confusion.  

“It amazes me how many people still say ‘That's really happening?’ when I tell them about the problem,” said Sotelo, who says Boston is in the top 15 trafficking hubs throughout the U.S.

Salem’s History Showcases Women Abolitionists

By Muriel Hoffacker
Gordon College News Service
February 17, 2010

Even as women’s suffrage was fresh in the picture, Sarah Parker Remond and Charlotte Forten, once residents of Salem, MA, and both African American women, pushed the limits for women’s rights in their time. The two were prominent leaders in the abolitionist movement, speaking to crowds of men and women throughout New England.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Building Traditions: Family Fun Day Weathers the Snow at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum


By Amanda C. Thompson
Photos by Muriel Hoffacker
Gordon College News Service
February 16, 2010
(This article appeared in The Gloucester Times on February 17.)

The art of shipbuilding has been a tradition in Essex since shortly after the pilgrims settled in. So it wasn’t exactly a surprise when over 30 Cape Ann residents braved the snow for the Essex Shipbuilding Museum and Wellspring House’s Family Fun Day on Tuesday, February 16.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Honoring Black History by Exploring the North Shore’s Underground Railroad

By Muriel Hoffacker
Gordon College News Service
February 11, 2010
(This article appeared in The Salem News February 13.)

George Harrington, 20-year proprietor of Salem’s Lyceum Restaurant Bar and Grill, has long been convinced the North Shore has a rich heritage for African Americans, specifically as a haven for slaves in search of their freedom.

Harrington owned a house in Marblehead that was one of the oldest wooden structures in New England. “It had a lot of secret passage ways and it was right down near the water too,” Harringon said. “I’m sure it was an Underground Railroad stop.”

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Is Charles Darwin Ready for His Own Holiday?

By Amanda C. Thompson
Gordon College News Service
February 10, 2010
(This article also appeared in BioLogos.)

Charles Darwin turns 201 this Friday, February 12, 2010, and schools and churches across the Bay State are gearing up to celebrate. Salem State College and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Falmouth, MA, devote entire weeks to evolution’s daddy.  If the International Darwin Day Foundation has its way, the 12th of February could even become an official holiday.

Not everyone, though, is ready to party. Some local scientists aren’t convinced there’s a need for such a holiday and don’t think it will happen. Karl Giberson (pictured here), a professor of physics and engineering at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA, and author of the best-selling book “Saving Darwin,” doesn’t see the point.

“We don’t have an Einstein day or a Newton day. I don’t think we need a Darwin Day,” said Giberson. “Politicians wouldn’t propose something that would upset so many Christians.”

Patty Dupray, a science teacher at Beverly High School, agreed that an official Darwin Day won’t – and shouldn't – happen. “You’d get too much adversity from people who don’t accept evolution,” she said.

As Facebook Turns Six, Reporters Mixed on Its Role for Journalism

Editor’s note: In order to test Facebook’s influence on local journalism, the Gordon College News Service conducted all of the research and all but one interview for this article over the social media site.

By Alysa Obert
Gordon College News Service
February 10, 2010

Dan MacAlpine, veteran journalist and editor of the Ipswich Chronicle on Boston’s North Shore, initially hoped to wait out the Facebook craze. He figured it was going to be “just another AOL” and wasn’t convinced that it would last. So he decided not to put too much time into it.

Big Brothers Influence Massachusetts Women on U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

By Maggie Roth
Gordon College News Service
February 9, 2010

Meghan Duggan understands New England. She knows that no coffee is better than Dunkin’ Donuts and Cape Cod, Boston accents, Massachusetts drivers, and of course, hockey are wicked cool.

Duggan, a 22 year-old native of Danvers, MA, and member of the 2010 U.S. Women’s Olympic hockey team, is only a quarter of the women representing Massachusetts at this year’s Winter Games. Duggan plays alongside three other Massachusetts natives: Molly Schaus, 21, of Natick, MA; Erika Lawler, 23, of Fitchburg, MA; and Kacey Bellamy, 22, of Westfield, MA.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

High School Student Promotes Film Festival Between Class and Practice

By Alysa Obert
Gordon College News Service
February 3, 2010
(This article appeared in the February 12 edition of The Salem News.)

Jessica Doherty, ’11, of Marblehead High competes on the swim team, tennis team, helps out with the recycling club, made the honor roll, and started her film career— all before her 17th birthday.

“It’s important for people my age to get out there and actually do something that they’re interested in,” said Doherty, who is also volunteering at this year’s Salem Film Festival taking place February 26th—March 4th .

Boston’s Own Olympian: Addicted to Speed

By Muriel Hoffacker
Gordon College News Service
February 3, 2010

With a love for the Red Sox, karaoke, dancing and the ocean, Michelle Gorgone, 26, might appear an average Bostonian. What distinguishes her is a love for speed, which will come in handy when the 2010 Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver, British Columbia. Gorgone will be competing on Team USA in the Parallel Giant Slalom (PGS) on Cypress Mountain.


Making Music in Somerville: Dwight & Nicole Signing On with New Release

By Amanda C. Thompson
Gordon College News Service
February 2, 2010
(This article appeared in the Boston Globe, regional edition.)

Local drivers may complain about the lack of street signs, but for Nicole Nelson, 31, and Dwight Ritcher, 34,—aka, Dwight & Nicole—Somerville has been full of signs. Now they’ve arrived at their long-awaited debut album, appropriately dubbed “!Signs,” whose release the blues duo will celebrate Friday, February 5th at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square as a thank you concert for their fans there.

Will Eat for Cause: Local Nonprofits Head to the Kitchen with New Fundraising Efforts

By Maggie Roth
Gordon College News Service
February 2, 2010

They’re sharpening knives, grabbing aprons, and cooking up a storm, not for some culinary prize but for a good cause.

On Monday, February 8th, Beverly area chefs will show their stuff in the first annual Bootstraps Best Chef Competition. Sponsored by Beverly Bootstraps Community Services, a nonprofit organization in Beverly, MA, that seeks to give “a hand up, not a hand out,” the unique event began as an idea from an intern and has grown into a cook off involving four local, chef-owned restaurants competing against one another, taking the majority of their ingredients from the Bootstraps pantry and hoping their creations will win the flavor-favors of prominent local judges (including Mayor Bill Scanlon of Beverly, CEO Ken Hanover of Beverly Hospital, and cookbook author Anna Kasabian of Manchester).