, Newburyport, MA

January 9, 2013

Newburyport City Council member to be chosen Monday


---- — NEWBURYPORT — The newest member of the City Council is expected to be chosen Monday night when the council meets to interview seven residents to fill the vacant seat.

The 10 councilors plan to fill an at-large opening created when Councilor Kathleen O’Connor Ives was elected to the state Senate.

The new councilor will be chosen by a majority vote of the City Council, and that tenure will last until the November election.

Larry McCavitt, a former city councilor who had shown interest, has withdrawn from the race, city officials say.

Those invited to speak include Paula Hudson Chambers, Larry Giunta Jr., Steven Hutcheson, Ralph Orlando, Robert Rothberg, Warren Russo and Mary Zinck.

Chambers, a retired business professional, is a graduate of Newburyport High School and Barrington/Gordon College in Rhode Island.

For more than a decade, she was involved in the advertising field, including Adventures in Advertising in Newburyport and Chambers Specialty Advertising.

The Newburyport native also has managed a small promotional-products business specializing in sales, sales strategy and marketing.

Chambers, a resident of 31 Federal St., years ago worked as a long-term substitute teacher in French and social studies and as a retail associate in business.

Giunta is a territory manager for Homans Associates, Inc., where he is responsible for the heating, cooling and mechanical insulation business within eastern Massachusetts.

Prior to Homans, he held positions in several other companies providing services and equipment relating to heating and air conditioning.

He is a graduate of Salem State College and Northeast Institute of Industrial Technology in Boston.

A resident of 139 Crow Lane, he has been a coach with Newburyport Youth Lacrosse, and he is a member of the Newburyport School Building Board. He was a candidate for the City Council in 2011.

Hutcheson, a quality engineer with the Raytheon Co., also ran for City Council in 2011, missing out on a position by 77 votes.

Prior to the election, he had served on the council for six years. He says this experience would add to a smooth transition, and of the committees that O’Connor Ives sat on, “I have served on two of them already.”

“I would like to serve in the term that I campaigned for last year,” he said in a letter to city officials.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College and an MBA from Salem State College.

Orlando, a resident of 4 William Hall Drive, is a doctor who has focused much of his career on urology. He was a lieutenant commander in the Navy Medical Corps and a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

He is a urologist with the Boston Veterans Administration Healthcare System.

Orlando has been active on issues relating to schools and educational financing for the past eight years. Other municipal service includes serving on a task force created by former Mayor John Moak.

He is currently a member of the executive committee of the Governor’s Council on Veterans Services and on the Board of Directors of the Gulf of Maine Institute.

He is a graduate of Boston College and Tufts University Medical School.

Rothberg, a native of Andover, graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where he studied computer science. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional and a member of Mensa International.

Rothberg, of 15 School St., works as a technical project manager for Aspider Solutions in Beverly. He has also served as an independent technical services consultant for businesses on the North Shore.

Rothberg has worked as a technical consultant for the Newburyport Mothers Club. In 2011, he worked with the city’s budget and finance committee with the goal of saving money on technical services.

Rothberg has children ages 7 and 6, and said that having councilors with young children in the school system would benefit many of the city’s constituents.

Russo, of 182 Northern Blvd, is a lieutenant commander, retired, U.S. Navy. He is program manager for the USAF Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base. He is retiring in February and says he will have more time to contribute to municipal service.

For many years he was a member (and president) of the Newburyport Rotary Club and he has managed publicity efforts for the Yankee Homecoming Committee.

His career includes tenures as a marketing communications manager for companies including General Electric Co. He has also served as a correspondent with The Daily News.

He is a graduate of Northeastern University and has a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University and an MBA from Boston College.

Zinck is a resident of 6 Laurel Road, and has three decades of experience in the healthcare industry, including work in medical billing, coding, resource management and collections.

She currently is a medical practice administrator/manager for Allergy and Asthma Specialists in Chelmsford.

She is a graduate of Newburyport High School and completed a computer application certificate program at Whittier Vo-Tech. She also has taken medical management and billing courses at Northern Essex Community College.

Zinck has been a member of the Board of Registrars for the City of Newburyport since 1997.