‘Fish Tales from the Fish House’ launches in Swampscott

GONE TO DISNEY WORLD - Fifth-grade students from Brickett Elementary School in Lynn won a trip to Disney World to attend an Earth Month event, after being recognized for their efforts to conserve nature and protect the planet.

TALES OF THE SEA: The Swampscott Yacht Club is launching a community lecture series called “Fish Tales from the Fish House.’’

Richard Patch, a longtime fisherman who has been lobstering from Swampscott for 40 years, presents the inaugural talk and video on Wednesday evening.

“There are many colorful stories to be told about Swampscott’s past and present, and we thought Richard was a perfect choice to start off what we hope will be a new community lecture tradition in Swampscott,’’ said Steve Speranza, rear commodore of the yacht club. “Gloucester may have ‘Wicked Tuna’ but Swampscott has its own lobster tales.’’


The aim of the lecture series is to share the richness of community life and the history of coastal Swampscott, as well as introduce community members to the Fish House.

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The yacht club, a volunteer club founded in 1933, has more than 200 members, about half of whom enjoy fishing, sailing, power boating, kayaking, or rowing.

It is located on the second floor of the Fish House, which was built in 1896 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wednesday’s lecture begins at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Call 781-962-5587.

BE A FRIEND: Children’s Friend and Family Services has been selected to be part of an Eastern Bank program with Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez to support mentoring programs in Massachusetts.


“Children’s Friend mentoring program has helped hundreds of children in Essex County develop important relationships that will leave a positive and indelible imprint on their lives,’’ said Carla Saccone, the nonprofit’s president and CEO. “We are grateful that this program recognizes the critical need to support mentoring programs.’’

Children’s Friend is one of five organizations in the state, and the only one locally, chosen to be part of the program.

Later this spring, Eastern Bank and Gonzalez will announce how they plan to make their donation. It it will likely be made through a campaign on Facebook at

During its 15 years, the youth mentoring program has had many successful long-term matches. And, it continues to recruit new mentors to accommodate a growing list of children.

Children’s Friend and Family Services provides innovative counseling, mentoring, parenting and child psychology services.


With offices in Salem, Lynn, Gloucester, and Lawrence, it serves more than 3,000 children and families each year throughout Essex County and the Merrimack Valley.

For more on the mentoring program, contact Arden Dore at 978-219-1506 or

$1 MILLION DONATION: At the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s 21st annual Reach Out for Youth and Families auction gala, an Andover woman was honored for her $1 million donation.

Stephen Ives, the YMCA’s CEO, recognized Roslyn Wood for her donation to the Andover/North Andover YMCA’s project to build the Active Living Center for Older Adults.

“My late husband, the Rev. Cornelius Ayer Wood Jr., was passionate about taking care of seniors, and I am proud to carry on his legacy by donating to the YMCA for the purpose of senior wellness,’’ said Wood.

The planned center will serve as a place where senior citizens in the community can come together for physical activity, nutritional education, and overall support for living a healthy lifestyle.

The live and silent auctions at the gala raised $125,000, a 25 percent increase from last year, to support annual operations.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: The Essex National Heritage Commission and the National Park Service will present the 2012 Essex Heritage Hero Award to Thomas M. Leonard of Danvers on May 9 at a dinner at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. The award recognizes individuals who help protect, preserve, and promote the region’s rich historic, cultural, and natural resources. For tickets and event information, visit

Wendy Killeen can be reached at