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A familiar character in Watertown resident Fred Grandinetti’s cartoons, Brandon Stumpf shifts into action mode (above), and plays a heroic dad in “The Stumpf Family Goes to the Beach.’’
A familiar character in Watertown resident Fred Grandinetti’s cartoons, Brandon Stumpf shifts into action mode (above), and plays a heroic dad in “The Stumpf Family Goes to the Beach.’’

Popeye aficionado Fred Grandinetti of Watertown is paying homage to the 1950s cartoons starring the spinach-loving sailor in three episodes of his local-access cable television show, "Drawing With Fred,'' which can be seen in Watertown, Needham, and Winthrop.

In his original cartoon short, "The Stumpf Family Goes to the Beach,'' Grandinetti uses music and sound effects that were composed by Winston Sharples for the classic Popeye series produced by Famous Studios.

Instead of Popeye chasing Swee'pea, however, the main character in Grandinetti's cartoon is based on Nashua resident Brandon Stumpf, an actor, model, martial arts practitioner, and Londonderry Middle School art teacher who is shown chasing his 6-year-old daughter, Madison, when she runs toward the water without a life jacket.


Also depicted in the cartoon (when Stumpf bumps into him on the beach) is actor and film producer Cuyle Carvin of New York City, who was featured in another Grandinetti project, "A Cuyle Carvin Coloring Book.'' The animation was provided by ARG! Cartoon Animation Studio of Colorado Springs.

Grandinetti said the cartoon project is another step in his campaign to popularize Popeye. In addition to his five books on the character, Grandinetti said, he has written articles for newspapers and magazines that are "too many to count.''

"Popeye, in both the comic strip and animated films, is a figure with positive morals and values,'' said Grandinetti, who was active in getting the original black and white theatrical Popeye animations restored for broadcast on the Cartoon Network, and subsequently released on DVD. "Especially today, Popeye needs to remain a strong presence in the public eye.''

"The Stumpf Family Goes to the Beach,'' which is also posted on YouTube, will be aired on Grandinetti's cable TV show this month. For information on "Drawing With Fred,'' visit www.wcatv.org.


SCHOOL PROMOTION: Danielle Boyd Heard will begin her new job as the top administrator at Nashoba Brooks School in Concord on July 1. The Milton resident was appointed head of school following a nationwide search, with the unanimous recommendation of the search committee and unanimous approval by the board of trustees.

Heard succeeds Acton resident E. Kay Cowan, who is retiring after classes end next spring following a 20-year tenure at the independent school.

A native of Concord, Heard holds a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a Klingenstein fellow at Columbia University Teachers College, and she completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.

Heard, who is the assistant head of school at Nashoba Brooks, said she appreciates the "tremendously supportive community'' of students, parents, and teachers committed to continuous learning.

"There are already so many good things in place at Nashoba Brooks,'' said Heard, noting that she lives by a saying from her former Concord-Carlisle High School soccer coach, David Castelline: "If you stop getting better, you stop being good.''

"It's a really exciting time to be here,'' she added, "and nice to be in a position to think about the endless possibilities for growth.''

EMERSON NEWS: Sudbury resident Christine Schuster, president and chief executive of Emerson Hospital in Concord, was recently selected by the Massachusetts Medical Law Report as one of 55 recipients of its annual Rx for Excellence Awards, saluting the best in risk management and patient safety.


Dr. Paul D'Ambrosio, a primary care physician and lifelong Concord resident, was elected to a two-year term as president of Emerson's medical staff. In this role, he will act as a liaison between the staff and the hospital's administration and board of directors. D'Ambrosio has been chairman of Emerson Hospital's Physician-Hospital Organization for 16 years.

Dr. David Handin of Sudbury was named director of the hospital medicine program. He has been a full-time hospitalist, or hospital-based internist, at Emerson for the past seven years.

Newborns in Emerson Hospital's special-care nursery are receiving extra attention as the result of a grant from the Alice Eaton Fund. The charity was created through a bequest by the former Stow resident, who died in 1992. The grant will support CPR training for parents by the hospital's nursing staff, as well as a take-home kit for each infant.

The special-care nursery treats approximately 150 newborns each year.

MORE KUDOS FOR KAPLAN: HerCampus.com, a digital media start-up aimed at college women that was cofounded by Stephanie Kaplan of Newton, recently earned a $50,000 Gold Award, plus free office space for a year, as the Best All-Around Team in the MassChallenge competition.


Judges selected 125 start-ups from 733 entries from 24 countries as finalists in the competition. They will move into 27,000 square feet of office space on Boston's waterfront, and receive access to mentors, events, and seminars. Also, 17 received cash prizes from a total pool of $1 million.

"To be recognized by our peers is the ultimate compliment and a true testament to our teamwork, collaborative mind-set, and work ethic,'' said Kaplan, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of the online magazine and marketing firm, which mixes national and local content provided through chapters at more than 200 colleges across the country.

In addition to MassChallenge honors, cofounders Kaplan, Windsor Hanger of Boston, and Annie Wang of Cambridge have been cited in BusinessWeek's 25 Under 25 Best Young Entrepreneurs, Inc.'s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs, Glamour's 20 Amazing Young Women, and The Boston Globe's 25 Most Stylish Bostonians.

Kaplan is a 2006 graduate of Newton North High School and graduated from Harvard in 2010.

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