(MANY) DAYS AT THE BEACH: Early on a recent Saturday morning Anna Marini had a big surprise at Crane Beach in Ipswich.
Friends and colleagues had gathered to recognize and thank her for more than 50 years of service to the Trustees of Reservations.
Marini, a third-generation farmer and lifetime resident of Ipswich, started working at Crane Beach in 1963, briefly as a bathhouse attendant and then at the refreshment stand, making her the longest-serving employee for the trustees.
The gathering included a catered breakfast and presentation of an honorary plaque.
“She is one of the most committed staffers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with,” said Peter Pinciaro, a 33-year veteran of the Trustees of Reservations.
Pinciaro, now deputy regional director for the northeast region, also started his career at Crane Beach and has worked with Marini during his tenure.
“She’s been a great role model for the countless young people who have worked at the beach over 50 years,” Pinciaro said. “She’s kind, generous, and sets the standard for productivity.”
She still works at the family-run Marini Farm in Ipswich, harvesting in the morning and helping clean and close the farm stand in the evenings, all before and after her Crane Beach shift.
DOGGIE PADDLE: Just before the Burbank YMCA in Reading closes its small pool for the season, it invites people to bring their dogs in for a swim.
“This is the second year that we are hosting the Puppy Swim and it’s a great time,” said Irene Collins, executive director of the Burbank Y. “For so many of our members, their dogs are an extension of their family, so they enjoy spending the afternoon with them at their neighborhood Y. It’s a real treat for the families.”
The Puppy Swim runs 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and half-hour time allotments are available for sign-up. Advanced registration is required, with proof of rabies vaccination. Vaccinations must be completed a minimum of one week prior to swimming.
A $25 donation to the Burbank YMCA Annual Fund is suggested. The fund ensures that anyone interested in becoming a member of the Y is never turned away due to an inability to pay.
Last year the Puppy Swim raised $1,000.
Call 781-944-9622 or visit ymcaboston.org/burbank.
GONE PICKIN’: Beach plum and cranberry picking has a long history on Plum Island and it continues this summer and fall at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport.
Beginning Monday, people interested in picking can obtain a free permit at the refuge headquarters during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The number of permits issued each year is based on the abundance and quality of the fruit. A total of 50 permits will be issued this year, on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is a specific collection period for each of the fruits: beach plums beginning Monday through Oct. 31, cranberries Oct. 13 through Nov. 30.
More details are available when the permits are issued.
Refuge headquarters is at 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Call 978-465-5753.
WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Windover Construction, based in Manchester-by-the-Sea, has announced the addition of four employees: Sonia Cabral of Tewksbury, project administrator; Melissa Domizio of Arlington, assistant project manager; Kevin Fraser of Billerica, superintendent; and Patrick Halverson of Gloucester, carpenter. Windover creates luxury homes, commercial and institutional spaces, and urban multifamily communities. . . . The Essex County Community Foundation has four new trustees: Benjamin Chigier and John H. ”Joe” Knowles, both of Manchester-by-the-Sea; Benigno Espaillat of Methuen; and Tracy Abedon Filosa of Ipswich. The foundation’s aim is to promote philanthropy and help strengthen nonprofits in Essex County.