Have you visited the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center headquarters for Cape Ann Veterans Services?
Last year Cape Ann Veterans Services completed an inviting renovation. Adam Curcuru, Director of Cape Ann Services, said that the Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT), a veterans construction team from Bedford, “did an excellent job. They really took ownership of the program and the building. CWT helps veterans seeking treatment who are not prepared to step back full time into work and putting health first.”
– exterior wall to be future site of the monumental eagle carving from Cameron’s
Lucia Amero pointed to the original thank-you poster listing the people involved with getting the building ready for veterans services back in 1994-95. “Ritvo (the building’s namesake) worked to involve high school students like those taking classes in the electrical shop. Naturally, more work was done over the years to maintain the building.”
The 1995 thank you poster text:
Hundreds of volunteer man hours and donated materials resulted in the restoration of this building. Without the combined efforts of individuals and companies, this dream would not have been realized. Because of the unselfishness of the people listed below, this once detiorating building is now one of which the City of Gloucester can be justly proud. The Gloucester Veterans Center will provide Gloucester’s veterans with the services and dignity they deserve.
Bruce H. Tobey, Mayor, Fred W. Ritvo, Director of Veteran Services, Lucia Amero, Mark Andersen, Bryan Andersen, Scott Anderson, Nancy Barlow, Rev. Dale Barnes, Ron Batson, Donald Bergman, Nick Briguglio,Robert “Smitty” Budrow, Tim Camille, Frank Ciaramitaro,RonCorey, Peter Dennen, Rick Dundon, Paul Ekborg, Vito P. ferrara,Vito Ferrara, Dan Ferriera,George Fincel, Mary Gardiner, Rick Gonsalves, Dr. Howard Goodrow, David Graves, JoeBucciardi, Brian Hamilton, Jacqueline Hardy, Don Howard Jr., Al Johnson, Michael Josepheson, Paul Landry, Edwin A. Leavitt, Billy Martin, Dom Napoli, Charles Nicastro, Frank Oliver, Mario Piazza,Sal Piazza, Jack Sawyer, John Soboleski, Mike Studer, Joe Susanno, Dom Taormino, Tony Trupiano, Joanna Trupiano, John Trupiano, Marlena Trupiano, Mike Valakatgis, Al West, Bob Whynott, Marie Whynott, Tom Witham, Jeff Zager, Al’s Autoglass Specialties, Ben’s Wallpaper and Paint, Camco Industries, Cape Ann Plumbing and Heating, DAV Chapter 74, Fredrick’s Plots and Plans, Gloucester Transit Mix, Grand Banks Bldg Products, J. Raymond Smith True Value, North Shore Vietnam Combat Veterans, Massachusetts Electric, Pope Cabinets, Timberline Enterprises, Union Hill Banjo Band, United Veterans Council of Gloucester, VFW Post 1624, Village Flooring Center, Wingaersheek Tribe #12