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Our Most Heartfelt Congratulations to the 2014 Gloucester Citizenship Award Winners!!!

UU Citizenship Awards 2014 ©Kim Smith 2014Back row left to right: Martin Klugman, Joe Novello, Jim Flint, Terry Sands, Barry McKay, and John McElhenny

Front row left to right: Maggie Rosa, Linn Parisi, Donna Ardizonni, and Ann Straccia

To receive a Gloucester Citizenship Awards is a very special honor and it is truly only bestowed upon the most deserving. At the award ceremony last night the love and positive energy had by family and friends for these outstanding Gloucester citizens was palpable. Donna Ardizonni and Melissa Cox ©Kim Smith 2014Donna Ardizonni and Melissa Cox ©Kim Smith 2014 -2Melissa Cox presenting Donna’s award, and sharing a funy story about removing dead seagulls from the beach.

Here at GMG we are very proud of all the recipients, but especially, especially proud that our own Donna Ardizonni was nominated for her good work with the One Hour at a Time Gang. John McElhenny ©Kim Smith 2014We are very proud too of our GMG super FOB and friend John McElhenny for his stellar job in spearheading the Burnham’s Field improvements and in turning it into a gorgeous new community playground, garden, and park.

Mike English Terry sands ©Kim Smith 2014Mike English Terry sands ©Kim Smith 2014 -3Mike English Honoring Terry Sands

On a personal note, I am also very proud that a very dear friend, Terry Sands, is one of this year’s honorees, for his extraordinary work directing (along with his co-director Mary Curtis) the fabulous Annisquam Village Players, for the past TWENTY- SEVEN YEARS!

Kay Ellis Linn Parisi ©Kim Smith 2014Kay Ellis Honoring Linn Parisi for her work with Discover Gloucester

Each winner was honored by a friend or colleague and it was wonderful to learn about the roles they have played in making our beautiful community all the more beautiful. Gloucester is  a very special place to call home and it is people like this year’s 2014 Citizenship Award recipients that make our city profoundly unique and, simply awesome! Our most heartfelt congratulations to the 2014 Citizenship Award winners!!!

Jim Flint ©Kim Smith 2014Jim Flint for his work with the Lanesville Community Center

Martin Krugman ©Kim Smith 2014Marty Krugman for the Schooner Adventure

Joe Novello ©Kim Smith 2014Joe Novello for the Saint Peter’s Fiesta

Barry Mckay ©Kim Smith 2014Barry McKay for the Rose Baker Senior Center

Maggie Rosa ©Kim Smith 2014Maggie Rosa for City Hall Restoration and the Gloucester Educational Foundation

Ellie's beagle ©Kim Smith 2014Anne Straccia’s Rescue Beagle Ellie

McElhenny Famiky ©Kim Smith 2014McElhenny Family

AVP Family ©Kim smith 2014AVP Family

Ann Margaret and Sefatia ©Kim Smith 2014Sefatia Romeo Thekan and Ann Margaret Ferrante

Sefatia ©Kim Smith 2014Sefatia for Terry!

Donna and Rick ©Kim Smith 2014Donna and Rick and Family

Sefatia and terry sands ©Kim Smith 2014JPGSefatia and Terry

McElhenny Family AVP Family ©Kim Smith 2014McElhenny Family and AVP Family

Eleven Citizens Selected for Recognition for Their Contributions to Gloucester

Eleven individuals have been selected to receive this year’s Gloucester Citizenship Awards from the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church for the contributions they make to their community and their neighbors–quietly and persistently, without thought of remuneration or recognition.

The awards, given since 2006, recognize civic contributions that embody the best of the spirit that guides Unitarian Universalism: open-hearted giving to others, solely for what those gifts mean, for no pay, and often with no public notice.

The men and women being recognized were chosen by the church Social Justice Committee from nearly 50 nominations submitted by the congregation and the public. Their names appear below, in alphabetical order.

The awards will be presented at a public ceremony at the church, located at Middle and Church Streets in Gloucester, on Sunday, May 19, starting at 4:30 p.m. Dress is informal. The church has handicapped access via the Church Street entrance.

This year’s ceremony is being made possible in part through generous contributions by BankGloucester, Cape Ann Savings Bank, First Ipswich Bank, Rockport National Bank, TD Bank, the Dress Code, and Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shoppe.

Dennis Acker and Rick Doucette. For more than a decade Dennis and Rick have led the team of committed volunteers who make possible Pride Stride, the nationally known, community-wide walk that attracts hundreds of participants annually to raise money for dozens of Gloucester nonprofit organizations.

Roger Corbin. Over the years Roger has personally donated more than 2½ tons of groceries to help keep the shelves stocked at the Open Door Food Pantry, When not shopping or soliciting food donations from neighbors, he is the volunteer is helping to manage the reconstruction of Gloucester’s Newell Stadium.

Newton Fink. Retiring to Gloucester from upstate New York, Newt soon became involved as a volunteer with the Gloucester Maritime and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum—and, for the past five years has been buildings and grounds chair at Gloucester’s oldest standing church, the Unitarian Universalist church, keeping it standing and in good repair and overseeing installation of new handicapped-access elevators.

Shannon Gallagher. Throughout her Gloucester High School years this GHS senior has been a constant volunteer to Open Door, Pride Stride, the Sawyer Free Library, the YMCA, the Rose Baker Senior Center, and the Fish Box Derby. She has gone to New Orleans twice in the Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans program, and this year also was in Nicaragua planting trees and helping children learn about sanitation.

Reverend Ronald Gariboldi. Beyond his longtime ministry at Holy Family Parish, Father Ron’s personal dedication in retirement to Grace Center has been an inspiration for all the volunteers and others who make this day program a safe space and resource center for homeless in their desire to move out of poverty and into a sustainable life.

Paul Harling. His jam-packed Diving Locker at Maritime Gloucester, begun with his personal collection of artifacts, from the homemade rig he wore when he made his first dive in 1949 to the most modern underwater gear. Paul is on duty most days in the summer and even some in the winter, showing off gear from light scuba to heavy commercial underwater helmets, cheerily educating all about our world below.

Russell Hobbs. When his Lanesville neighbors resolved to save the last surviving fish shack at Lane’s Cove, Russell played a key role in bringing their vision to reality by his dogged and cheerful determination, leadership, and craftsmanship. City-wide, he also has been a strong voice in ensuring that Gloucester’s water supply is safe and well-managed.

Sheldon (Don) Knowles. Don is co-founder of Sober Connections, a social and support network for people formed “to enhance the quality of life in sobriety for the individual, which benefits their families and the communities in which they live.in recovery.”  He is constantly in the forefront of Sober Connections, organizing dances, concerts, shows, picnics, and other events, held in an environment without drugs and alcohol.  

Karen Ristuben. As unpaid president of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, Karen mobilized the community support needed to establish the Rocky Neck Cultural District as a state-recognized entity and the city’s first such district. That done, she then led the Art Colony’s conversion of a former church to become the nonprofit Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

Diana Smith. Volunteering at Grace Center, tutoring children with reading difficulties, or running the “Good Guys List” blog, Diana uses her teaching skills to advocate for and help those who struggle. She has been a major force in organizing candlelight vigils held annually on Stacy Boulevard as a way for Gloucester residents of all backgrounds to confront publicly the realities and heartaches of opiate addiction.

Gloucester Citizenship Awards nominations are open!

Gloucester UU Church Calls for Nominations for Annual “Gloucester Citizen” Honors

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is inviting nominations form the public for its 2013 “Gloucester Citizenship Awards,” which will honor individuals for the contributions they make to the community with no expectation of recognition or remuneration. More than 40 men and women have received this honor since its inception in 2006. Nominations for 2013 are due by Friday, April 12. They must be in writing and include the nominee’s name, why this person should be honored, and the name and phone number of the person making the nomination. They may be mailed to the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., Gloucester MA 01930, or sent by e-mail to gloucesteruu@earthlink.net. Final choices will be by the church Social Justice Committee. Awards will be made on Sunday, May 19.  Additional details can be found online at www.gloucesteruu.org

Previous Recipients of Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church Gloucester Citizenship Awards
Shep Abbott     Patti Amaral     David Benjamin     Marie Blanding    Sherry Borge    David Brooks    Stephanie Buck   Thomas Byers    Joey Ciaramitaro     Daniel Connell     Barbara Kaplan     John Crowningshield     Sarah Dunlap     Carolyn Edwards     Bob French     Bob Gillis       Renee Gross-Nutbrown      Phil Hadley     Patricia Hadley    Sewell Hayes      Vilma Hunt       Barbara Koen     Lucille LePage     Marty Morgan    John John Nicastro     Carolyn O’Connor    Micaela O’Connor     Margaret “Peg” O’Malley            SooHwa Ono      Loretta Peres    Dolores Perrin     Joshua Perrine    John Prybot      Bob Quinn      Geoffrey Richon      Donald Riley       Rick Roth     Janis Stelluto     Jane Walsh     Maud Warren      Mary Weissblum      Bob Williams       Dick Wilson