Music for Marblehead

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January 17, 2008

No one needs more proof of teenagers' love of music than their constant attachment to iPods and Zunes.

Jessica Prouty, a 14-year-old freshman at Marblehead High School, is no exception. But she's not just listening to rock; she creating, performing, and recording.

And now she's lending her talents to raise money for the Marblehead High School freshman class. The Jan. 25 fund-raiser celebrates the CD release of the Jessica Prouty Band's single, "Saving My Sanity."

The event also features two Marblehead High School a cappella groups, The Jewel Tones and Luminescence.

Prouty was working with musician Brian Maes at his Briola Records studio, cutting her first CD, when she met some musicians her own age. They helped finish the tracks on the CD and began playing together live.

"Saving My Sanity" is the first song to be released as a single on CD, iTunes, and

The completed CD is scheduled for release in the spring.

The band features Prouty on vocals and includes Cam Pelkey, 14 and also a freshman at Marblehead High School, on drums; Cody Nilsen, 14, of Wilmington, lead guitar; and Andy Covino, 12, of Swampscott, keyboard.

Marblehead High freshman class officers also are helping organize the fund-raiser. They include Max Bates, president; Kelsey Davis, vice president; Emily York, secretary; Josh Chmara, treasurer; and Ari Ratner, historian. Michael Lavender is faculty adviser.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Marblehead High School Theater. Tickets are $5 at the door. Visit

CLEANING UP IPSWICH: The first annual Ipswich Citizens Action Award is going to the Ipswich Recycling Committee in recognition of its successful and innovative efforts to reduce the amount of trash going into landfills.

The effort has resulted in cost savings to the town and had a positive effect on the environment, according to the Ipswich Democratic Town Committee.

The award is being presented at a Call to Action Breakfast, hosted by the committee, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ipswich Masonic Hall.

Tickets are $25. Call 978-356-1464.

BANKING ON YOUTH: The Provident Bank has awarded a $2,000 grant to Arts in Reach in Portsmouth, N.H.

The money is helping support Picture Poets, an after-school poetry and photography program for teenage girls at risk.

Picture Poets is led by Courtney Bent, an award-winning photographer, and Mimi White, a former poet laureate of Portsmouth. The 15 girls in the group are exploring the theme "Living Within a Changed Environment: A Photographic and Poetic Study of Land, Water, and Air."

Arts in Reach is a nonprofit program serving the Seacoast region of New Hampshire.

Its mission is to promote self-esteem and personal development among teenage girls by providing quality arts programming at no cost.

The grant was provided by the Provident Community Foundation, which has given $2.4 million to local community organizations since 1997. Call 978-834-8587.

WHO'S WHAT WHERE: Jeffrey Gopen (right) is the new assistant administrator at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center in Swampscott. He was director of rehabilitation at the center the past six years. Gopen was elected to the center's board of directors in 2005 and became licensed in Massachusetts as a nursing home administrator in 2006. Also at the JRC, Sharon Sharland (below, right) has been named director of admissions. She was most recently director of the Golden Living Center in Gloucester. She also worked as a nurse in Beverly for 37 years. . . . Steve Kaity is the new president of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. He is vice president of operations at Strong Group, Inc., in Gloucester, where he has worked since 1979. Serving with Kaity are Todd Tanger, first vice president; Kathy Ciluffo, second vice president; Howard Frisch, treasurer; and Ruth Pino, board chairman.

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