Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Peabody High’s Class of 1946 Celebrates 65th Reunion

By Rachel Bell
Gordon College News Service
September 23, 2011
(This story appeared September 26, 2011, in the print and online editions of The Salem News.)

Danvers, MA – The Peabody High School class of 1946 did not have to learn about World War II in their history classes, they lived through it as teenagers. “The school let us leave three months early for training,” said Charles Lawrence, 83, whose yearbook ambition —“to be in the U.S. Navy” —was fulfilled as a senior in high school.

Lawrence is on the class of 1946 committee, which organized its 65th class reunion for Friday, September 23 at the Danversport Yacht Club.  Of the original class, 91 alumni were listed in the class directory as deceased. But 53 people (including spouses) gathered at the Lighthouse Point room at noon on Friday for a special lunch, entertainment by Julie Zielski, and social time.

“We have traced all except two people,” said Irene Zielski, 84, another member of the class committee and an employee for 40 years in the city clerk’s office. “Some faces you recognize right away,” she said. “Some you don’t even know.”

Their class first met every five to ten years but at their 60th reunion decided to meet more often and had a 62nd year reunion in 2008. “The hard part is tracing those that are deceased,” said Lawrence.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Treasure Hunt at Wenham Museum

By Angela Rodriguez
Gordon College News Service
September 20, 2011
(This story appeared September 21, 2011, in the online edition of the Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle.)

WENHAM, MA ­– From knick-knacks and old jewelry to dining room tables and linens, all are part of the Wenham Museum’s second Attic Treasure Sale of the year, September 24-25 at 132 Main Street in Wenham.

“It’s a full scale rummage sale with everything from furniture to old shoes,” said Mary Ann Streeter 79, co-chair of the Attic Treasure Sale. “There’s nice china, glass, jewelry, books, you name it, we have it.”

The sale started over 30 years ago in the basement of First Church in Wenham as a rummage sale to raise money for the Wenham Museum and its educational programs. For the past 20 years, it’s become a large Attic Treasure Sale where residents can get rid of their junk, and buy some one else’s treasure. Streeter, who was also on the board of the Wenham Museum for twenty years, has been a large part of the volunteer process for the sale. She donates to each sale, and always buys new treasure as well.

“We strongly appreciate all the donations the people and the community bring us,” said volunteer Cheryl Emmons, 63, of Wenham. “The Wenham Museum is a non-profit and relies totally on donations; we don’t want to cut back on programs.”

The money raised will go towards specific programs such as craft fairs, family days, or historical events where children can learn about colonial life as well as the museum’s dolls. Emmons said many school groups and representatives come and learn from the volunteers at the museum or participate in the history programs that are offered.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beverly Art Studios Celebrate Grand Opening in Old Building

By Rachel Bell
Gordon College News Service
September 19, 2011
(This story appeared September 20, 2011, in The Salem News.)

Beverly, MA —After facing bankruptcy and foreclosure at the end of 2008, the old mill building which once housed the Red Brick Arts Center, has been empty for a year and a half. On Saturday, Sept. 24th, however, with a new name and a renovated look, the Open Studios at Porter Mill (95 Rantoul Street) will celebrate its grand opening and introduce its 25 artists to the public.

“It’s an opportunity for all the artists here to open their doors,” said Bea Modisett, 25, a graduate of Montserrat College of the Arts who now manages the Porter Mills studios and coordinated the grand opening on Saturday. 

The event will provide the chance to speak to artists about their exhibited work and look at their work spaces, and will also feature evening performances by a live band, SWAY. For Modisett, a painter with her own studio on the third floor, it is an opportunity to introduce the building and the studios to the public.

“I hope it attracts more people,” Modisett said, “like dancers or writers. I’d love to see more diversity here in terms of medium.”

Most of the 25 artists at Porter Mill studios do two-dimensional work such as painting, photography, illustration and print-making but the new tenants of the four-story building also include a fiddle repairman, a ceramics worker and a barber. “I think hair-cutting is an art,” Modisett said.

Real estate agent George Vernet of Salem bought the old Red Brick building after looking at it for two years.

Salem’s House of Seven the Gables to Celebrate “Second Hundred Years” at Annual Fundraiser

By Rachael Bailey
Gordon College News Service
September 14, 2011
(This story appeared September 16, 2011 in the Boston Globe, Salem.)

Salem, MA—On Sunday, September 18 at 4:30 in Salem, MA, The House of the Seven Gables will celebrate its 101st year and a reinstituted mission that dates back to its foundation.

The annual fundraiser titled, “Gables 101: The Second Hundred Years,” will be a black and white themed event on the lawn overlooking Salem Harbor and The Gables Colonial Revival Gardens in Salem, MA. There will be live music from jazz band, Soul Force V, a live auction, and a series of awards presented. 

Former Secretary General of the UN and strong supporter of human rights and humanitarian aid, Kofi Annan donated $5,000 to help make the event possible. Tickets are $101 and all proceeds will support the Gables’ five partnerships that are currently working with the underserved population of Salem.

“In focusing on the new direction that our mission has taken, we are reviewing and reinstituting what Caroline Emmerton had set up in the very beginning,” said Alan Collachicco, deputy director and curator of The House of the Seven Gables.

The House of the Seven Gables, was founded by philanthropist, Caroline Emmerton of Salem in 1910, and named after the short story by one of Salem’s most famous residents, Nathaniel Hawthorne. The house now displays many of Hawthorne’s personal belongings, but Emmerton centered the museum’s Settlement work around transitioning Polish and Eastern European immigrants into American culture and did so by funding classes in English, woodworking, sewing, and childcare.

Mary Burke, 94 of Beverly, MA, worked as secretary to the executive director for 48 years at The House of the Seven Gables from 1937 to 1985.

“I never noticed a change in the missions there,” said Burke. “Mrs. Emmerton was still alive while I was there for five years. She came everyday in a big black limousine for lunch and always had a lobster roll and she always kept an eye on things. She kept an eye on things very well.”

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Boston Law Firm Golf for Special Olympics at Local Club

By Angela Rodriguez
Gordon College News Service

September 14, 2011
(This story appeared September 21, 2011, in the print and online editions of The Gloucester Times, and the same day in the print and online editions of The Salem News.)

SOUTH HAMILTON, MA– When four partners at the Robins, Kaplan, Miller, and Ciresi (RKMC) Law Firm were brainstorming how to give back to the Boston area, John Love immediately thought of the Special Olympics of Massachusetts (SOMA).

Partner at RKMC, Love knew how important daughter Special Olympics had been for his daughter and thought SOMA would be an organization that could use their money.

“We didn’t just want to start an event that will wither away, but one that is truly going to be fruitful, truly going to be a signature event,” said Anthony Froio, 47, of Shrewsbury, who is a managing partner in the Boston office of RKMC and now oversees the annual fundraiser.

Nine years ago the firm approached Myopia Hunt Club, an exclusive country club, and asked to hold their benefit golf tournament at their course, which they’ve held each year since.

This year’s event will take place Saturday, September 22nd at Myopia Hunt Club’s golf course in South Hamilton, with tee off at 11 am, followed by dinner and the annual auction in which donations are made and then auctioned off. All money raised is donated to SOMA, which is about $50,000 annually.

“The money raised goes to support the programs of the Special Olympics,” said Bob Johnson, president and CEO of SOMA. “There are 12,000 children and adults who participate in SOMA’s year round programs, with 11,000 volunteers. The money raised will be put to good use.”

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beverly Mom Wins Women to Watch Award for Accounting

Roberta Chirco
 of Beverly

By Rachel Bell
Gordon College News Service
September 14, 2011
Beverly, MA - Roberta Chirco, 31, a certified public accountant and tax manager at CCR (Carin, Charron & Rosen), has just had a baby girl.

With four years experience as a mother, Chirco also has ten years experience as an accountant. Recently she was honored as an emerging leader in the 2011 Women to Watch Awards by the Massachusetts Society for Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) who recognized her as a woman making significant contributions in her profession and her community.

“I was a little surprised by the nomination,” she said, “and really honored, because it’s a challenging profession in general and particularly for me as a working mom.”
Chirco is mother of three children aged four years, two years, and three months. Balancing life as both a professional accountant and a mother is not easy. “It’s a zoo,” Chirco said, “but I have a lot of support with the family.”

To take care of the children, Chirco and her husband stagger their work days; she works three days at the office in Boston and two days at home. “But the door swings both ways,” Chirco said. “When work needs to take priority, I get more help at home.”

Besides her career at CCR and her life as a mother, Chirco is Co-Chair of Friends of Cove Park, a volunteer-run committee dedicated to the improvement of their local park. Last year, she helped the group raise $125, 000 in eighteen months even in the middle of a recession. 

This initiative and community dedication is one of the qualities that brought Chirco to the attention of the MSCPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee, which selects the award winners.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Beverly Cultural Council calls for Creative Grant Applications

Gail Eaton, Chair of the BCC,
hopes for many proposals.
By Rachel Bell
Gordon College News Service
September 7, 2011
(This story appeared September 12, 2011, in The Boston Globe, Beverly.)

Beverly, MA—When Lucas Spivey, 27, left Seattle eleven months ago, it was to become the new exhibitions manager at Montserrat College of Art. Arriving in Beverly, however, he found a thriving arts community, jumped in and as a result, recently began a three-year term on the Beverly Cultural Council (BCC).

“I joined (the BCC) as an independent gallery owner,” he said, “to add youth and a different line of experience to the committee.”

This month Spivey will join nine other committee members in sorting through grant applications from local artistic and cultural groups. Last year, one of the grant allocations went to the galleries that Spivey now manages. In 2010, Montserrat received BCC funding for its Frame 301 gallery as well as a $600 grant for an exhibition entitled, “What Happens When Artists Look at War.” This month the gallery’s current exhibition follows a similar theme and is called “For the Record; Searching for Objectivity in Global Conflict.” This and other Montserrat exhibits, galleries and workshops are also receiving support from the state-run Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the same agency that funds the BCC.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cape Ann Animal Aid Finds New Home, and New Name

By Angela Rodriguez
Gordon College News Service
September 5, 2011
(This story appeared in print and online September 6, 2011, in The Gloucester Times.)

GLOUCESTER, MA –Christopher Cutler Rich’s short life will always be remembered now that the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA) has re-named its new shelter after him and re-located to 401A Essex Avenue, aka Paws Lane.

Christopher was killed in a bicycling accident when he was ten years old.  Because the family knew how much he loved his dog, their generous support has helped build the new shelter which is now located out of Gloucester off route 128 on eight acres of land near a cemetery, away from residential neighborhoods.  It is a private area for the animals and staff to enjoy, said Cindy Dunn of Gloucester, 48, volunteer co-chair of the fundraising campaign.

“It has been preserved in its natural state with walking trails for the animals,” Dunn said, “and the shelter was built to withstand the types of natural disasters we’ve witnessed the last few weeks.”

Families to Feast at PEM’s First Art Buffet

By Rachael Bailey
September 7, 2011
Gordon College News Service
(This story appeared Sept. 8, 2011, in the Boston Globe, Salem site.)

SALEM, MA—Families attending the Peabody-Essex Museum (PEM) Art Buffet on Saturday, September 10 in Salem, MA, won’t have to worry about making a mess. In fact, they’ll encourage it.

For the first time, the museum has incorporated a free Art Buffet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to their Studio Saturday program included with museum admission, which is $15 for adults, free for Salem residents, seniors and children 16 and under, $11 for full time college students. Here drop-in participants will be given a roomful of materials to create nearly any type of art they desire without the worries of cleanup. The Studio Saturday program is an event or activity geared toward families one Saturday of every month.

“This month I wanted to keep it fresh,” said Lisa Incatasciato,https://r3.res.outlook.com/owa/ 28, PEM’s Family Programs Coordinator. “I hope the theme will introduce visitors to new artistic processes and media that they may not have explored before this fun and family friendly environment.”

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Peabody’s Race for Research Marks Its Ten-Year Anniversary

By Angela Rodriguez
Gordon College News Service
September 2, 2011
(This story appeared September 6, 2011, in the Boston Globe Peabody section online.)

PEABODY, MA- When Audrey Gordon of Peabody, 49, contacted her city officials about holding a benefit road race for Progeria, a rapid aging disease found in children, she wasn’t sure if anyone would come. Today there are 300-400 participants and on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. the Race for Research will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

As the executive director of Progeria Research Foundation, Gordon says they are on track to reach their goal of raising $25,00 for research during this year’s race.  The 2-mile fun run/walk starts at Peabody City Hall (4 Lowell Street) and is a community event open to families and companies who want to take part in the activities for a good cause. 

Progeria, a rare disease discovered soon after birth, affects a child’s growth, skin aging, and hair loss early on. The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF) was founded after Dr. Leslie Gordon (Audrey’s sister) and Dr. Scott Berns were told their 22-month-old son Sam had Progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. They found a lack of research and information on the disease, and opened the only non-profit Progeria research center in the world.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fall 2011 Fellows

Meet the GCNS Fall 2011 Fellows! Congratulations to Rachel, Rachael and Angela.
The stories have begun!