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Annual Almeida Memorial striped-bass fishing tournament benefits local food pantries

By Wendy Killeen
Globe Correspondent / August 23, 2012
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FISHING FOR FOOD: Leo Almeida, a lifelong area resident who loved to fish, organized the first North Shore Striped Bass Tournament in 2003. But shortly before the event took place, he died of cancer at age 69. 

Family and friends have since carried on the annual tournament in his name. And because Almeida also had a commitment to public service — he was the longtime chairman of the Finance Committee in his hometown, Danvers — the event benefits food pantries north of Boston.

In the past nine years, some 900 people have participated in the tournament and more than $44,000 has been raised for antihunger organizations in Essex County.

The 10th annual Leo Almeida Memorial North Shore Striped Bass Tournament will take place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3. 

Prizes up to $500 are awarded in various categories, including for fish caught by boat, shore/surf, and youths 15 and younger. There also is a raffle of dozens of prizes.

People who are not in the tournament but who donate to the food pantries are also eligible to enter the raffle.

The entry fee is $15. Tickets are available at area bait shops including those in Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Lynn, Salem, and Saugus. The deadline is Aug. 31. 

To enter or for more information, visit www.northshorestriper.com or call tournament chairwoman Amy Almeida at 617-501-1659. 

A MUSICAL TRIBUTE:Alvin C. Mitchell, who was born and raised in Beverly, joined Manuel’s Black & White Orchestra in 1937 and was a well-known musician around New England throughout his life.

He also loved to teach children to play music and dance, and owned and operated Al Mitchell’s Dance Studio in Beverly for decades.

On Sunday, the concert shell at Lynch Parkin Beverly is being dedicated in memory of Mitchell, who died in July 2011 at age 92. 

To thank the city and the people of Beverly, Mitchell’s family is presenting a free show, including family members, former band members, dance students, a sing-a-long, and background and recordings by Mitchell, as part of the dedication ceremony.

Mitchell was a 1937 graduate of Beverly High and held the school record for the 100-yard dash. He was inducted in the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. 

He was a member and past deacon of the First Baptist Church in Beverly, and directed shows for the archdiocese. He also played music at local nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. During the Big Band era, he played along with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Tommy Dorsey.

Mitchell was well known as the playground instructor for Ward 3 in Beverly, where he was on the School Committee for 16 years. He also helped start and operate Camp Mitchman  in Essex and Beverly.

Mitchell received the Beverly YMCA’s Service to Youth Award and was the first recipient of Beverly’s Martin Luther King Jr. Award. He received an honorary doctorate from Endicott College in Beverly in 2002. 

The concert in Lynch Park begins at 4 p.m. Sunday.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE:Sarah C. Powers is the new director

of admissions at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. She’s responsible for all aspects of recruitment, admission, and enrollment. Powers previously was associate director of admissions at Pingree School in South Hamilton. Prior to working in independent schools, she was an account executive at Edelman Public Relations in New York City and Boston. She has a degree in history from Dartmouth College, where she was starting goaltender on the school’s NCAA Final Four women’s lacrosse team. She serves as head coach and program director for Synergy Lacrosse, and is copresident of the New England Prep School Women’s Lacrosse Association. Powers lives in Topsfield with her husband and children . . . Jessica Yuhasz has been promoted to assistant vice president and manager of the Institution for Savings main office on State Street in Newburyport. A native of Newburyport, Yuhasz graduated from Newburyport High School in 2001 and received an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Northern Essex Community College in 2003. She managed Ganesh Imports in Newburyport before joining the Institution for Savings in 2005 as a teller at the bank’s Storey Avenue office. In 2009, Yuhasz was promoted to assistant manager of the main office. She lives with her husband and daughter in Danville, N.H.

Items can be sent to wdkilleen@ gmail.com.

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