Last weekend 15 GMG authors and FOBs converged for a celebration the 100th GloucesterCast Podcast at Cape Ann Giclee. It was a great time and a tasty breakfast. I ate the Last Stop’s awesome blueberry muffin, which was 50% fresh blueberries.
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Ward 3 City Councilor Steve LeBlanc and the Community Development Department need your help on November 6th, 7th and 8th when the “Community Build for the Oval Playground” will take place. This is a great opportunity for civic-minded folks to roll up their sleeves, have some fun, and help install a new playground at Palazola Field!
Volunteers are asked to be available from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on one of the three community build days. Work will include installing concrete foundations, sorting, erecting and assembling playground equipment. To ensure safety and quality, volunteers will be trained and supervised by an experienced playground site specialist.
Dress in comfortable work clothes and closed toe shoes. Lunch and refreshments will be served.
The “Re-shaping the Oval Playground” project, which is funded by the Massachusetts “Our Common Backyard” program and federal community block grants (with project management funded through the Mass in Motion program), will not only improve the play area off Centennial Ave. near Harvard Street, it will provide more opportunities for kids to play and get fit.
The City is seeking 20 volunteers a day to help in the three-day effort (with an alternative extreme weather day on November 9.) Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk notes that with the “Renewal of Newell” last year and September’s completion of the update to Burnham’s Field, the City continues to build on its successes and create more opportunities for recreation, play, and support of active lifestyles.
Councilor LeBlanc, who reports that the existing equipment will be reused at Riverdale Park, hopes that community members, neighborhood associations and other community groups/organizations will sign up as community build volunteers.
Online volunteer registration is available at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0F4DA9AE28A4F94-community/.
Community members can also contact Councilor LeBlanc at SLeBlanc@gloucester-ma.gov.
Community Development Department Senior Project Manager Stephen Winslow also can be reached at email@example.com or at 978-282-8007.
Another beautiful Saturday morning for Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang. Also our friendly seal came by to say thank you.
Tony and Lisa DiMercurio are asking for your help. They need pictures of the inside of Tony’s Magnolia House of Pizza, ASAP for insurance.
Did you have a birthday party there, took a photo of Tony behind the bar, please look and take the time to send to Lisa and Tony’s daughter Angelica. Angelica’s mail:
Thank you, Please feel free to share this information. If you are having any problems in scanning and sending photos, please call 978-290-3005. Thank you again
A lot has changed in the 4 years since that day except how hard Pete works to provide for his family- THAT IS A CONSTANT.
One of the best guys you’d every want to have the pleasure of knowing as a friend OR a business acquaintance.
Pete Mondello is the kind of guy everyone should be lucky enough to have in their circle of friends.
Please come and join in fun:
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Jodrey State pier
Time: 8:00 am -9:00 am
We will supply the bags, please bring gloves and a broom and pan if you would like. Please meet us at the end of the pier.
Maybe we will the seal swimming by.
I am part of a volunteer group working on First Parish Burial Ground and Clark Cemetery. There has been a lot of talk around about the goats that have been placed there to help out and I was wondering if you would publish my article more about the humans who are working there. We are in need of more volunteers and would love to segway from the goats into that.
Thank you very much.
Goats are awesome but we need people too.
Up at the First Parish Burial ground the team of goats is happily munching away a section of the brush. The volunteers however don’t have such luxury. The overgrowth and neglect that the cemeteries have suffered is great. We are only three out of town people who are hard at work reclaiming the proud lost history of Gloucester’s people and military service. It is true that these cemeteries were not designed as more modern one with space for people to visit but we would like the change that. The first step is getting them cleaned and safe. We have been working diligently every weekend over the summer and have made giant strides towards that goal.
Now that a lot of the clearing for First Parish has been done it is time to focus on the smaller Clark cemetery behind it. Rose bushes, berry bushes, trees and bamboo have overtaken this sacred space. Using the website findagrave.com we have started to connect people with their ancestors in Clark and First Parish. Those connections to our past are why it is important for us to do this work.
On our first day of clearing a few months ago in First Parish we met a family that had come down to see a grave of one of their ancestors. They were unable to find it as the age of the stones makes it hard to read them. But over the course of the day we were able to find it for them and emailed them the location for them to visit again. The next time we were there a lovely bunch a flowers had been left.
More recently after the first article ran in the Gloucester Times I contacted an online commenter on the article. He had said that his family owns a plot in Clark Cemetery. Through a few emails I asked him where the plot was and invited him to come down to show us where to clear out. By the time he got there last Saturday we had already figured out the location of his family and had cleared it for him.
Robert had not been able to go to his family’s plot since before 2008 due to the overgrowth. He told us that he used to come a few time a year to see the plot of his Great Grandmother and kin to leave geraniums. Originally we were told that the last person buried in either cemetery was in the 1920’s but Robert informed us that the last person laid in his family’s plot was in the 60’s. We were so happy that he is now able to go to the plot without having to wade through tough overgrowth and that he is able to come back to continue his tradition of honoring his history.
There are other stories like this but we do need the help of the community. There are only the three of us doing the work usually (light)rain or shine, with the exception of lighting. You can find us there on Saturdays after noon; we are Rachel Meyer, Josh Gerloff and myself Crystal Daley. Anyone coming to volunteer their time is only asked to dress for work. Jeans or other work pants, comfortable shirt (you will get hot working) and comfortable sneakers or boots. Tools are also welcome to be brought and used. The most helpful tools we have found are trash bags, tarps, rakes, clippers of all sizes, brush cutters, weed whackers, saws and we could use one or more people with chainsaws for some dead trees that have fallen over.
If you are interested in helping out we are excited to work with you. We would love for anyone to come down to help out. There is something for any skill level to do. If you would rather donate instead of volunteer that is also helpful. You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can answer any questions you might have on donating or volunteering with us. I look forward to having more stories like Robert’s in the near future.
Last night Awesome Gloucester gave Nancy Goodman $1000 for her pilot youth employment program at Gloucester High.
See attached press release & images. This idea is awesome because it will give kids real world experience while giving local businesses a chance to conduct on site extended “interviews” risk free. And – the kids are paid in Gloucester gift certificates – so the $$ go back into our local economy!
Win – win – win :)
The Awesome Gloucester trustees all expressed how proud and grateful they are be able to support the local community in this way. They also highlighted the need for continued community involvement saying, “Pitch us your ideas, we can’t give money away without them!”
Learn more about Awesome Gloucester & how you can “pitch” at https://www.facebook.com/AwesomeGloucester
Awesome Gloucester is a group of local folks who contribute $50 of their own hard earned cash each month to fund ideas they think will make Gloucester more awesome – no strings attached.
This is what you missed if you did not come to the clean up with Gloucester Clean Team and The One Hour at a Time Gang on Saturday morning, Good Harbor showed us a beautiful early morning.
A slice of New England autumn, thanks to the http://www.emersoninnbythesea.com/
Krissy Sunflower submits-
Krissy and Lindsay are travelers, entrepreneurs and adventurers with a case of wanderlust and a passion for giving back to the world and the magical places they visit.
With their travels and companies, they have created ways to live lives of adventure as well as provide sustainable solutions to some of the basic needs of those in poverty; food, water, jobs and education.
They have been working with Mexican craftspeople just south of the border, 90 minutes from their homes in San Diego, bringing back the beautiful handmade goods to sell on their online marketplace. They then donate back to organizations in the community where the items are from, providing jobs, scholarships and meals to those in need.
It is their goal to continue to spread these solutions and possibilities around the world, while they backpack through Europe and Southeast Asia, October through December.
Although all of their travel expenses have already been funded with personal savings– the key to reaching their goals depends on your generosity and support. Their aggressive crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter will help to
expand their business model, giving back and create sustainable solutions through targeted microloans, along with purchasing and shipping goods back to the US.
Join the movement:
It looks like Good Harbor Beach will be getting a clean-up this Saturday morning! Join us at 8 am at the footbridge to pick up your trash bag and in one hour we’ll have it clean. Thanks for your help! Le us keep the beach beautiful.
We have bags but please remember to bring gloves.
I’ve met people who fear Chemotherapy, and I hope they never have to get it. Cancer patients undergoing this therapy react to it in different ways, some badly. Chemo or a different therapy can help rid you of your cancer.
My experience as a (non-medically) trained patient has been a good one at the Oncology Clinic on the 4th floor of Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. When I arrived yesterday morning, I was seated in a Lazy Boy type chair with a view of the Annisquam River and the outer harbor, provided with the morning paper, up to date magazine, a cable TV remote, and earbuds. The intravenous connection was made, freshly brewed coffee delivered, and I studied the breakfast menu. If the timing is right, I get lunch too. I’d bring my laptop or tablet, but time goes by quickly with so many things do, and no pain whatsoever.
Why am I happy to be treated here for cancer? Most importantly, it will prolong my life. The above amenities are welcome, but the staff is key: “We want to make your experience here as pleasant as possible,” they say. And they do.
A few hours later, I’m home expecting fatigue and the dreaded side effects. After 5 treatments, I’m not tired enough to nap, and go ahead with my everyday life, just a little slower. As I said above, this is MY experience with King Chemo, and so far, we’re getting along just fine.
While at E.J.’s gallery The Hobbit II on Monday, met a very nice couple from Toronto, Canada, Elise and Andrew Macwha.
Great turn out for clean up at Niles Beach this morning. We want to thank Nichole Duckworth for bringing this beautiful Pumpkin Spice cake for the workers. You also never know what you can find on the beach.
Emma, Pilar, Lily, and occasionally Emma’s brother Ben, manage the menagerie beautifully, to the extent of even bringing along a water bowl on hot summer days. They are kind, gentle, patient, and loving towards their charges. Our Rosie is having the time of her life with the East Gloucester Dog Walkers (along with socializing with the other dogs, too). This great team certainly practices the three P’s of a successful business: Positive, Polite, and Professional.
Thank you East Gloucester Dog Walkers for taking such great care of our neighborhood pets!
Just wanted to say thank you so much! It’s official! We received our email from Chase Mission Main Street that we officially reached the 250 Facebook votes we needed to be eligible to have our grant application considered for a $150,000 grant!
We could not have done this without the help of you, Good Morning Gloucester and EJ, Sista Felicia, Donna, Craig, Hannah and Alicia P and all the FOBs who voted for us – I want to thank them so much for supporting us and taking the time to vote for us. We told EJ about the grant and she graciously offered to include it in the blog, if anyone has ever had the pleasure to talk to EJ they know what a smart, kind generous person she is, for those who don’t know her she is a positive driving force in our community and we are all lucky to have her here, she is a very talented artist, author and all around wonderful human. When EJ’s blog post went live on September 30th we had 46 votes and that was about 4 days after we initially posted the link on our Facebook walls, by that evening, in less than a day, we had about 156 and it just steadily kept going up from there. A couple days later we reached 250! People may have thought, 250 votes what’s the big deal that’s easy to get – that’s what I thought when we first applied too, “oh this will be a piece of cake” I said to myself, but actually it’s not that easy to get 250 Facebook votes, eventually people get sick of hearing you beg for votes, my high school friends helped out and were awesome about it (go Lakers) but I thought at some point they are going to start unfriending me – the majority of the businesses that initially apply don’t make it to 250 and those that do don’t make it to 250 in just a couple of days! Chase actually gives you about a month and a half to get the 250 and even then some don’t make it – we were lucky to have the support of our community thru GMG. So between the blog post and Felicia, Hannah, Craig, Donna sharing it on Facebook, you tweeting the direct link for us – the votes rolled in. So for the 100th podcast beer, wine, soft drinks and pizza are on us for your help with this and to express our appreciation for everything that you do not just for us but the whole community and also just because you are a fun guy to be around. We appreciate you and all that you and your merry band of very talented contributors do! And hopefully we will send you an email in January that we won the grant! Thanks for helping us get the chance.
Anna Baglaneas Eves
Cape Ann Giclee
The Open Door has a chance to make the 2014 Top-Rated List at GreatNonprofits (greatnonprofits.org) and be eligible for some great prizes, but we need your help!
What is GreatNonprofits?
GreatNonprofits–a review site like TripAdvisor–honors highly reviewed nonprofits with this Top Rating. Being added to the Top-Rated List helps us tell our story to a broader audience and get the support we need to alleviate the impact of hunger right here in our community.
How can I help?
You can help us get that rating by posting a review of your experience with us or how you see us making an impact on the community.
Write your review here: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/the-open-door-cape-ann-food-pantry-inc
All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! If you can help us out, we need your review to be completed by October 29! (Deadline is 10/31, but we want to be on the safe side and get it done.) Thank you in advance for your consideration!
With much appreciation,
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On this otherwise cold and dreary Saturday morning, a beautiful view came into sight from across the soccer field.
The Peabody Thunder U12 Team is making a wonderful statement by donning pink socks for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
Good job, boys! I hope that your season is as fantastic as you are!