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My 2013 Gloucester Community Person Of The Year- Melissa Cox

I’ve never done a Gloucester Community Person of The Year Award  but I got to thinking and this year it just was so obvious who I would pick for the title because after being around her (and her awesome husband Bill) and seeing how much she gives of herself to our community, to me it wasn’t even up for debate.

Melissa it seems is at every single community event and is always volunteering her time and work to make Gloucester a better place.  There are people that show up for ribbon cutting ceremonies, get their picture taken and then take off.  Melissa is the one who generally was there on the ground floor of whatever people were there to celebrate by getting her hands dirty and making things happen.  Always with a smile always with a laugh.

Not talking just about her work as a City Councilor which during her young tenure has shown a great desire to do what’s right for the City not based on political vendettas, but truly based on what she thinks are the right things to do.  She is responsive and effective in making things happen for her constituents and the city as a whole.

But politics is my least favorite thing so what I’d rather point out is how she’s always there at events lending a hand or at The Burnham’s Field Community Garden clearing plots and organizing meetings, and honestly it seems like every single event we cover here on GMG Melissa is there, supporting or participating to make our City better.

Melissa, thank you so much for all you do to make Gloucester even better than the place it already is.

We love you (and Bill too) Smile

Allen Estes Vickie and Melissa Cox at Cape Ann savings bank toy drive

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Getting Dirty For Breast Cancer

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Good Egg Melissa Cox Rocking Her New City of Gloucester Pin

Posted on March 2, 2012 by Joey C

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Melissa and Bill Cox at the Red Sox game.. lucky them

Melissa at World Series

New Year’s Rockport Eve 2013 looking for volunteers

New Year’s Rockport Eve is looking for volunteers. We need a pair of greeters at every door to check buttons, workers in Spiran Hall to sell buttons, souvenirs & food on Dec. 31st as well as people to help set up & clean up the night before & day after. Each volunteer willing to give 2 hours or more receives a free admission button. Please call 978-559-1263 or email claire.nyre@Comcast.net to volunteer. Visit www.newyearsrockporteve.com to see the performance descriptions under Events. — Headquarters at Corner of Broadway & School St, Rockport, MA.

Thanks,

Claire Franklin

New Year’s Rockport Eve Coordinator

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2013 Downtown Gloucester Christmas Raffle Winner Is…

Toni Brennan!

Joe, see photo of the 2013 Downtown Christmas Raffle winner Toni Brennan.  Toni won $1700 worth of gift certificates for downtown  shops  and restaurants.

From left to right, Joe Ciolino from the Weathervane hands the gift certificates box to Toni Brennan.  Looking on are Susan Parent of Toodeloos, and Linda Palazola from Palazola  Sporting Goods and Clothing. 

Thanks…

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Rockport’s Shop Local Week Dec 15–Dec 22

Hi Joey C & GMG Readers!
Rockport’s Downtown Merchants Group would like to invite their Cape Ann neighbors and friends to shop locally this holiday season, and have designated a full week in December as Shop Local Week.  From Sunday, December 15 through Sunday, December 22, treat yourself and your family to the delightful experience of holiday season shopping amidst the Christmas tree lined streets and beautifully decorated shops of Rockport!
We hope to see you in Downtown Rockport!
Happy Holidays,
Dawn Noble
Rockport’s Downtown Merchants Group

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2013 Middle Street Walk Schedule- Don’t Be a Frickin’ Grinch- Participate!!!

If the Middle Street Walk doesn’t get you in the mood for the Holidays then you have a heart of stone plain and simple.

Might as well paint your face green, strap a mangy dog to the front of a sleigh and go around stealing little kid’s presents.
Don’t be this guy-
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Thank Bill OConnor for producing this readable, searchable program-

2013 Middle Street Walk Schedule of Events

Saturday, December 14, 2013

When Where and What
8 am – 6 pm Gloucester Boy Scout Troop #112 will be selling Christmas Trees on the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church lawn, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 6pm
9 am-4:30 pm Saunders House, Sawyer Free Library

  • seARTS Wearable Art Holiday Show& Sale
    • (and Sunday from Noon to 4pm)
  • Raffle drawing to be held on Sunday at 3:30pm to benefit Sawyer Free Library
  • Raffle tickets sold at Saunders House and Library, Middle Street entrance of Sawyer Free Library 3pm
10 am- 2 pm Sawyer Free LibraryPresentation of History of WPA Murals and Samuel Sawyer
10 am
to
3 pm
Gloucester City Hall

  • 10am - Welcome and Launch in the Auditorium
  • Festival Headquarters for information and buttons
  • Committee for the Arts will sell postcards of City Hall’s WPA Murals and have a table with information on City Hall Restoration efforts.
  • The Gingerbread House Contest Display - winner will be announced in Kyrouz Auditorium at 1pm.
  • Girl Scouts Troop #60235 – Bake/Cocoa Sale
  • The Phyllis A. Marine Association will have an information table and Ship’s Store.
  • Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church – Popcorn & Lunch Ticket Sales
  • ‘Community of Neighborhoods’ Quilts from the Rose Baker Senior Center
  • Cape Ann Museum – Folly Cove Designers inspired family ornament making and Museum Pop-Up Store
10 am-3 pm Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
Cape Ann Thrift Shop Seasonal Goods Sale.Cape Ann YMCA
Open house, kids activities, face painting and craftsSargent House Museum
Visitors can shop holiday Christmas decorations, enjoy seasonal foods and browse the museum gift shop for holiday gifts and treats
10 am-4 pm Cape Ann Art Haven

  • Join a community art creation! Help create a Giant Ice Sculpture (ice courtesy of Cape Pond Ice)
  • Buoy Painting for Lobster Trap Tree All Day

Sargent House Museum
Open House decorated for the season, Holiday Goodies & Seasonal Gifts.

10:30 am Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
Performance – Bell Ringers
11 am Sawyer Free Library
Magic by Matthew Cushman – Magician to the Red Sox
11 am – 4 pm Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Make your own s’mores, coffee and cocoa for sale on the Church lawn!
11 am-2 pm Gloucester City HallTours of City Hall Tower on the half hour by Maggie Rosa, Chair of City Hall Restoration Committee.Guided Tours of Middle Street

11:30 am Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Tour of this historic churchGloucester City Hall Auditorium
Live performance – Cape Ann Big Band
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Lunch with 2 menus:

  • Historic New England – Clam Chowder, corn bread & gingerbread cookie – $10
  • Modern New England – Fenway Frank, Cape Cod chips & brownie – $5
12 pm Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
Concert – Plum Cove Singers
12-2 pm Middle Street Trolley Rides
Featuring the Songbirds and a Holiday Sing Along, courtesy of CATA.
12:30 pm Gloucester City Hall Auditorium
“Mixed Bag of Nuts”:

  • Christmas Carol Singing
  • Collection for ‘Toys for Tots’

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Tour of this historic church

1 pm Saint John’s Episcopal Church
‘A Children’s Holiday’ with the Rockport and Annisquam youth choir singing music for the season
1 -3 pm A Visit with Santa at Brown’s Mall
1:30 pm Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
Concert – with Louis Stella (piano), Mary Jane Fabanio (cello), Jeanine Lynch (flute) and Robert Heinaman (French horn)Gloucester City Hall

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Tour of this historic church

2 pm Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Concert – Elementary and Middle School String Group & Band and Gloucester High School Chorus
2:30 – 3:30 pm Temple Ahavat Achim
Tour and Q&A Session with Rabbi LewisSargent House Museum
Scenes from Judith Sargent Murray’s play “The Medium”, staged by the North Shore Folklore Theatre Co.
3 pm Sawyer Free Library

  • seArts drawing
  • Concert: What Time is it Mr. Fox? Trio
3:30 – 5 pm Art Gallery Open Houses – Pleasant & Main Streets
Visit All four Galleries and Win a Prize:

  • The Hive
  • State of the Art Gallery
  • Law and Water Gallery
  • Trident Gallery
4:30pm Cape Ann Art Haven & Gloucester Police Station Plaza
Lighting of the Holiday Lobster Trap Tree and a visit from Santa!

December 14, 2013, Middle Street Walk

At the Middle Street Walk this Saturday the 14th, the four galleries of the Pleasant & Main Art Zone — The Hive, Law and Water Gallery, State of the Art Gallery II, and Trident Gallery, will be holding an Open House from 3:30-5:00pm, surrounding the time of the lighting of the lobster buoy Christmas tree at the police station plaza next to Trident Gallery. The galleries will be offering refreshments (Trident Gallery will have cookies and hot chocolate), and each gallery will be distributing one part of a souvenir, the Pleasant & Main Art Zone Art Cube, which can be assembled by those who visit all the galleries.
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Two Days Til The 2013 GMG Holiday Party At Bodin Historic Photo!!!

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Are You A FOB?

Then you better get your sexy ass down to Bodin Historic Photo For The GMG XMAS Party December 13th! 6PMTil We Burn Down The Neighborhood!

I’m just gonna put this out there that if you consider yourself a FOB you had better show up for our killer  OFFICIAL GMG CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!!!!

We’re gonna celebrate it all, Kwanza, spinnin the dradel, all that fun shit!

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Dreidle Dreidle Dreidle A Dreidle Made Of Clay!  Sing It Toby!!!!

Boxwoods Up In the Hizzy Y’all!

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Hosted Our Annual Boxwood Tree Party Last Night.  Wine, Women, Boxwoods and Food.  What’s not to like?

Special shoutout to Mayor Kirk, Sheree Zizak, The Gloucester Housewives, Jim Haskell- Wine expert extraordinaire, partner in crime Dee Noble, Best Neighbor ever Deanna Ouderkerken and all the lovely ladies who came and kicked boxwood ass.

2013 Middle Street Walk Schedule

Thank Bill OConnor for producing this readable, searchable program-

2013 Middle Street Walk Schedule of Events

Saturday, December 14, 2013

When Where and What
8 am –  6 pm Gloucester Boy Scout Troop #112 will be selling Christmas Trees on the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church lawn, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 6pm
9 am-4:30 pm Saunders House, Sawyer Free Library

  • seARTS Wearable Art Holiday Show& Sale

    • (and Sunday from Noon to 4pm)
  • Raffle drawing to be held on Sunday at 3:30pm to benefit Sawyer Free Library
  • Raffle tickets sold at Saunders House and Library, Middle Street entrance of Sawyer Free Library 3pm
10 am- 2 pm Sawyer Free Library

Presentation of History of WPA Murals and Samuel Sawyer

10 am
to
3 pm

Gloucester City Hall

  • 10am - Welcome and Launch in the Auditorium
  • Festival Headquarters for information and buttons
  • Committee for the Arts will sell postcards of City Hall’s WPA Murals and have a table with information on City Hall Restoration efforts.
  • The Gingerbread House Contest Display - winner will be announced in Kyrouz Auditorium at 1pm.
  • Girl Scouts Troop #60235 – Bake/Cocoa Sale
  • The Phyllis A. Marine Association will have an information table and Ship’s Store.
  • Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church – Popcorn & Lunch Ticket Sales
  • ‘Community of Neighborhoods’ Quilts from the Rose Baker Senior Center
  • Cape Ann Museum – Folly Cove Designers inspired family ornament making and Museum Pop-Up Store
10 am-3 pm

Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
Cape Ann Thrift Shop Seasonal Goods Sale.

Cape Ann YMCA
Open house, kids activities, face painting and crafts

Sargent House Museum
Visitors can shop holiday Christmas decorations, enjoy seasonal foods and browse the museum gift shop for holiday gifts and treats

10 am-4 pm Cape Ann Art Haven

  • Join a community art creation! Help create a Giant Ice Sculpture (ice courtesy of Cape Pond Ice)
  • Buoy Painting for Lobster Trap Tree All Day

Sargent House Museum
Open House decorated for the season, Holiday Goodies & Seasonal Gifts.

10:30 am

Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
Performance – Bell Ringers

11 am

Sawyer Free Library
Magic by Matthew Cushman – Magician to the Red Sox

11 am – 4 pm

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Make your own s’mores, coffee and cocoa for sale on the Church lawn!

11 am-2 pm Gloucester City Hall

Tours of City Hall Tower on the half hour by Maggie Rosa, Chair of City Hall Restoration Committee.

Guided Tours of Middle Street

11:30 am

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Tour of this historic church

Gloucester City Hall Auditorium
Live performance – Cape Ann Big Band

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Lunch with 2 menus:

  • Historic New England – Clam Chowder, corn bread & gingerbread cookie – $10
  • Modern New England – Fenway Frank, Cape Cod chips & brownie – $5
12 pm Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
Concert – Plum Cove Singers
12-2 pm Middle Street Trolley Rides
Featuring the Songbirds and a Holiday Sing Along, courtesy of CATA.
12:30 pm

Gloucester City Hall Auditorium
“Mixed Bag of Nuts”:

  • Christmas Carol Singing
  • Collection for ‘Toys for Tots’

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Tour of this historic church

1 pm

Saint John’s Episcopal Church
‘A Children’s Holiday’ with the Rockport and Annisquam youth choir singing music for the season

1 -3  pm A Visit with Santa at Brown’s Mall
1:30 pm

Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester
Concert – with Louis Stella (piano), Mary Jane Fabanio (cello), Jeanine Lynch (flute) and Robert Heinaman (French horn)

Gloucester City Hall

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Tour of this historic church

2 pm

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Concert – Elementary and Middle School String Group & Band and Gloucester High School Chorus

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Temple Ahavat Achim
Tour and Q&A Session with Rabbi Lewis

Sargent House Museum
Scenes from Judith Sargent Murray’s play “The Medium”, staged by the North Shore Folklore Theatre Co.

3 pm

Sawyer Free Library

  • seArts drawing
  • Concert: What Time is it Mr. Fox? Trio
3:30 – 5 pm

Art Gallery Open Houses – Pleasant & Main Streets
Visit All four Galleries and Win a Prize:

  • The Hive
  • State of the Art Gallery
  • Law and Water Gallery
  • Trident Gallery
4:30pm

Cape Ann Art Haven & Gloucester Police Station Plaza
Lighting of the Holiday Lobster Trap Tree and a visit from Santa!

Saturday December 7th 2013- the Day Of Fairing!

Holy Canoli Batman there’s about a bazillion holiday fairs all planned for tomorrow.  Can’t figure out which one to attend?  Make a day of it!  Attend ‘em all!

Art in the Schoolhouse Preview Opening Party

Posted on December 4, 2013 by E.J.

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Friday, 12/6 5-8:00PM at the new Magnolia Historical Society’s Museum and Cultural Center building (in the old Blynman School), 46 Magnolia Ave.  A great collection of artists and photographers, plus a large selection of affordable holiday gift items -cards, books, prints, mini paintings, calendars and more.  Refreshments, live music and free admission.  Come see, shop and find out what Magnolia Historical Society is up to – exciting developments for Magnolia and the Gloucester historical, arts and cultural scenes.  Hope to see you there.

E.J. Lefavour

 

Manchester Athletic Club Holiday Fair Expo December 6th 5PM-8PM and December 7th 9AM-1PM Open To The Entire Community!

Holiday Fair 2013

 

 

St. Mary’s Advent Fair December 7, 2013

Hi Joey,

Helen Murphy, Penny Cook, Judy Ryan and Ann Lafferty prepare wreaths and holiday arrangements for the St. Mary’s Advent Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church,  24 Broadway, Rockport.  The fair features hand decorated greenery, gifts, baked goods, soup luncheon, all of high quality.  The proceeds from the fair go to outreach in the community of Cape Ann. 

Mike Lafferty

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Trinity Church Fair

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2013 Gloucester MA Lobster Trap Tree Being Built

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All the traps are on loan from local lobstermen.

Volunteers dedicate a weekend to building the tree.

Children paint buoys as “ornaments” to decorate the tree. Buoy Painting is December 14 and the Tree Lighting Ceremony is 4:30 – 5:00 on December 14.

When the tree comes down in January, the buoys are saved and auctioned off as a fundraiser for Cape Ann Art Haven on January 24th @ Gloucester Cruiseport.

Thank you to Awesome Gloucester for awarding Cape Ann Art Haven $1000 towards the Lobster Trap Tree and Buoy Painting Week!

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Mark Your Calendars- The Middle street Walk Is Coming! December 14th, 2013

This is easily one of my top 4 events in Gloucester.  Fiesta, Horribles Parade, Schooner Festival, Middle Street Walk.  We all know there’s a ton more but Middle Street Walk is insane with the sheer number of things happening all within a couple blocks of each other.   The schedule of events will be posted here soon but right now do yourself a favor and mark your calendars for December 14th- The 2013 Middle Street Walk!

 

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Thanks Gloria!

Community Stuff 11/27/13

Hi Joey,

Thanks for the tweet.  Below is our announcement.  We are psyched that a Gloucester start up, not Mumbai or Silicon Valley but Gloucester’s incubator.  

Would love to share the news.  
Sincerely yours,

Charles de Gaspe Beaubien

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The Groupize Team has just returned from the 2013 PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit with a trophy.   We are pleased to share that Groupize received the honor of being named the most Innovative Emerging Travel Technology Company for 2013.  We were selected from a field of 30 finalists and PhoCusWright states that “only the world’s most innovate technology driven products and solutions are good enough to appear on stage and only the best of the best will be named Travel Innovation Summit winners”. 

 

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Esteemed judges included Executives from TripAdvisor, Priceline.com, Expedia, Cornell University, Queen’s Road Capital, Thayer Ventures, Triporati, Clear Sky Associates, Google, WeHostels, Salesforce.com and Brook Venture Fund.   The critics circle included Miriam Moscovici, Director of Emerging Technologies of BCD Travel, Evan Konwiser Co-Founder of FlightCaster and Erik Blachford, former President of Expedia and Venture Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures.

In the spirit of the week, Groupize is thankful to our team of advisors, investors, associates and clients for their role in receiving this award.

Sincerely yours,

Alisa de Gaspe Beaubien, Chief Operating Officer

Breaking News ~ Sunday Matinee Added for Henri Smith Christmas Show

FOBs Get the News First!
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By Poplar demand a Sunday Matinee at 2pm has been added for the Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas.  Henri Smith and his all-star band will bring the sounds and soul of New Orleans to New England once again for a special Matinee Christmas concert of traditional New Orleans jazz and blues with a touch of gospel, topped off with traditional Christmas favorites.   Henri’s special guest include Grammy-Award winner Amadee Castenell, Lynne & Mike Cabaret, Carmen Spada and Diane DiSanto.  See more about Henri’s special guest here.

Still some seats available for Saturday 

We are proud to sponsor an instrument drive for The Musary at this Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas concert. Everyone who brings an instrument to donate will be entered to win a door prize at intermission. The Musary serves as a free lending library of musical instruments.

The Musary is a 501(c)3 on-profit organization that that works to motivate, cultivate and inspire people, especially young people, in our community to get involved in music. It is the Musary’s goal to lend musical instruments to anyone in need, “No Strings Attached.” To learn more about The Musary, borrow an instrument or donate, visit their website.

The Fleet

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Traditionally I suspect when people think of the Gloucester Fleet or Gloucester Fishermen they think of large draggers, wooden or steel.  Fact is probably over 90% of our fleet are boats less than 50 feet in length and most are made of fiberglass.  Sure there are a few draggers left but that subsector of Gloucester’s fleet is miniscule compared to what it once was.

This morning in the office our fishermen were having a conversation about how many fishermen and lobstermen are due to retire within the next 10 years.  The last great generation of fishermen to fish out of this port are nearing retirement.  The last generation of fishermen who can remember Gloucester fishing when it was humming.

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