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Divots, Chukkers, and Mallets….Oh My!

It being Sunday and all, I thought I’d remind you of a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon during the summer.  Polo.

I know as much as anyone that it is hard to tear yourself away from the beach, boat, deck, or backyard BBQ on a sunny afternoon during the precious and all too fleeting summer months, but, if you’re up for something a tiny bit different, taking in a Polo match is really quite fun!

I’d like to add, however, that better than simply doing it….is doing it right!

The best way to do it is to gather a bunch of your friends, grab a chunk of tailgate space on the sidelines, pack the picnic of all picnics, stuff a cooler to capacity and have a lovely afternoon.  Despite popular belief, holding your pinky up while drinking is actually optional.  The polo crowd is quite mixed and quite lovely.  Ummm….and to any single ladies who happen to be reading….you could probably find a less attractive bunch of athletes elsewhere. Just saying. I should add that there are some pretty rad female players too.  I, for one, would LOVE to learn the game.

My boys enjoy walking around and meeting the players and ponies before the match begins.  I’ve yet to meet a player who wasn’t friendly and more than happy to let the boys ask questions and meet the horses.  They also get a kick out of replacing the divots in-between chukkers….often times barefoot. (Insert mild shutter….horse poop and all).

Myopia Polo

Do your homework here…if you care to.

CrossFit Cape Ann – Not Your Average Joe’s Competition

CrossFit Cape Ann put a team together from Gloucester to compete in the “Not Your Average Joe’s Competition” in Danvers. (I thought at first daughter Whitney had invited me for lunch..) CrossFit Teams from many of the area gyms came together to compete in weightlifting and rowing events. Competing for the first time in this event and not knowing what to expect, the team placed well landing in the middle of the pack of over about 40 teams.

Manchester Essex Falls to Northeast in Semi-Final Football Action

A tough day on Saturday for the Hornets as they fell in semi-final action to Northeast Metropolitan 38-12. Behind 14-6 at the half, the defense played long and hard in the second half and held for several exciting stops but the offensive team could only find the end zone one more time. A good season for the Hornets comes to an end, but memories of how far they got in the tournament should be an inspiration at the start of next season!

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Manchester Essex Field Hockey wins Semi Final!

Playing on a neutral field at Reading High School, the Manchester Essex Hornets took on the Ipswich Tigers in  MIAA State Field Hockey Tournament Semi-Finals. In a hard fought first half the Tigers broke through first for a 1-0 lead but before halftime  the Hornets were able to score the equalizer. In the second half both teams continued playing great defense and getting/allowing few scoring opportunities. The Hornets held a decided edge in penalty corners but had a tough time converting for scores.  Manchester Essex did get a few more chances and managed to make one count for the 2-1 lead.  The Hornets worked hard to preserve the win despite a strong finishing Ipswich attack. The Hornets move on to the finals of the State Tournament where they will face the perennial powerhouse Watertown. Game will be played at North Andover High School Saturday November 9th at 11:00.

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Manchester Essex Football Win 22-8 Make Championship Tournament!

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With a 22-18 win over the Amesbury Indians Friday night at Hyland Field, the Manchester Essex Hornets secured their place in the post season playoffs. Coming from behind several times in the game, the Hornets fought back and put it away with a touchdown and 2 point conversion with less than 40 seconds left to play. A key to the win had to be the late 4th quarter defensive stop made by the Hornets on a 3rd and VERY short attempt by Amesbury setting up the offense with good field position and just enough time.

Family Ties Golf Event

Family Ties put on their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at Ferncroft Country Club.  It was a beautiful day on the course. This event was made possible due to our great sponsors.  A big thank you to Dunkin Donuts, TRU services, Prattys CAV, Citizens Bank, Life Solutions Group, Mass Mutual, and Woburn Toyota.

Family Ties is a non profit created to benefit the local families of Cape Ann that have been affected by cancer.  We use the proceeds of our efforts to aid the families financial and emotionally through the tough times that cancer brings to their lives.

We would also like to thank our special guest Mike Watson; long drive champion who donated his drives on hole #4, a 360 yard par 4 where he reached the green consistently throughout the day.

Thank you to Thom Falzarano for donating his time to take all of the amazing pictures of the event.

The tournament ended with a sudden death card off between last year’s champs and Drew Dominick’s team (Drew Dominick, Nate Levie, JD Aspesi, Dean Babine).  In the end Mike Pratt, Anthony Ellis, Tony Grillo, and Billy Suppa took first place as repeat champions.

Also congratulations to Jason Balzarini for longest drive and Joe Nguyen for closest to the pin honors.

If you are interested in learning more about Family Ties please go to our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-Ties-Non-Profit/650659004954264

or

email us at familytiesnonprofit@yahoo.com.

Gran Prix of Gloucester Before and After

I am fully supportive of the Gran Prix, the quality of the people it brings here and what they put back into the community between the businesses that benefit and the showcasing of our City as a venue for world class events.  Make no mistake about it, these athletes travel from all over the world to participate.

They have demonstrated that they leave the park in better shape than when they arrive. (Pictures don’t lie homie),  and show that they are willing to listen to, and work with the powers that be to insure that people are left happy.

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Race organizer Paul Boudreau writes-

In late September 2012, we had the 14th edition of the Gran Prix of Gloucester bike race at Stage Fort Park. The conditions were brutal: rain fell almost continuousy for both race days. The competitors relished racing in those conditions. For the organizers, we knew this meant more work to restore the park.

You may have heard about some of the issues the race is having via articles in the Gloucester Daily Times.  There have been meetings between our organization and the City that have highlighted several issues with the way repairs have been handled. Importantly, we’ve identified some areas where communication between the City Council, the Parks Department and our organization was lacking and are doing our best to turn this situation around. 

Some residents highlighted several areas where the park needs improvement. Armed now with specific, actionable items, we have every confidence that these issues have either been addressed or will be when the ground thaws and more work can begin. We’ve invested significantly more funds this year into post-event landscaping, with more to come. (We hire local landscapers Wolf Hill, by the way). 

The Gran Prix of Gloucester’s mission is to take care of Stage Fort Park. We love that park. I take my own kids there.    After the race, we visit the park several times a month to check the progress and ensure that conditions are improving.   Each Spring, the park looks beautiful and we have not received any complaints until now.

We are committed to continue work with the Parks Department and the City Council so the park conditions are satisfactory and the event can continue.

Finally, below are some numbers about our event’s economic impact from Bentley University (they managed the data collection and tabulation for impartiality).

We had a good meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and we’re receiving some positive testimonies  from area motels & inns regarding the benefits of hosting this event in Gloucester.

Regards,

Paul Boudreau

Race Director, Gran Prix of Gloucester

Data:
• 40% of GP Gloucester poll respondents indicated that they used accommodations other than their home prior to the race.
• The money spent on accommodations is in the range of $101-200 (19%) and $201-300 (20%)
• The number one category of spending in the city of Gloucester was on Dining.
• The average amount spent on Dining by respondents on dining was in the neighborhood of $66.
• Majority of those who participated in the Gran Prix of Gloucester are in the 30-39 and 40-49 age range (a combined 60% of participants)

The report identified that racers were not leaving the park during the race, so they weren’t buying food in town. However, all but one food vendor at GP Gloucester is from town.

Over 3000 people from all over the world coming to Gloucester this weekend

This is their 14th year.  Can you believe it?  The Gran Prix of Gloucester is a major, international sporting event — and this year Paul Boudreau and his gang are bringing over 3000 people from all over the world to Gloucester (950 riders each day plus a couple thousand spectators), including international superstars of this 150-year-old sport.

“If you talk to anyone who knows Cyclocross all over the world, they know Gloucester,” says Paul Boudreau.  Now it’s time for Gloucester to get to know him — and the sport of Cyclocross.  What is Cyclocross?  Think of it as crazy bike racing.  I call it psycho-cross.  As Paul says  in the video, racers prefer “crappy” weather.  They race through crazy difficult terrain, have to get off their bikes and carry them over obstacles and often get covered with mud, sand, snow — almost always ending up wet and filthy.  AND THEY LOVE IT!  You gotta come out and experience this spectacle for yourself.  These racers are the strongest, fastest, best fit, toughest sporting contestants you will ever see.  You’ve gotta be to compete.

Plus there’s plenty of food and beer.  Kid biking (5 and up) and much more.  It’s a two-day, family, international, world-class sporting extravaganza right here in our own backyard.  AND IT’S FREE!  Don’t miss it.

Oh, and these people LOVE Gloucester nearly as much as we do.  Look at what they say on their website Home Page:
Known nationally as “the New England Nationals” – unfolds at one of the most beautiful race venues in the country: wind-swept ocean side park. Winners are a veritable who’s who of cyclocross: Johnson, Vervecken, Trebon, Anthony, Powers, Bessette, Dunlap, Knapp and more. Gloucester is one of the oldest UCI races in North America and attracts hundreds of racers and thousands of spectators.  … The Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester is two days of international races where competitors from all over the US, Canada & Europe converge to race in the most beautiful race course in North America.

FOR ALL YOU RACERS AND FANS:  From Paul’s description of you in the video, I get the feeling you like to party — well folks you’ve come to the right town.  You’ve got over 28 live music choices at 15 warm, dry venues.  And lots of them are on the water, so if you really want to sit out on the deck in the rain, just ask.  The owners will probably accommodate you.  We’re nearly as psycho as you are!

See the complete schedule for all Live music in Gloucester and Cape Ann here.

36th Annual Magnolia Road Race Info With Randy and JD

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36th Annual Road Race

5K Road Race and 1K Fun Run

Magnolia’s 36th Annual Road Race will be held Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 6:30pm. This 5K Race will be held rain or shine along a beautiful, scenic route in Magnolia. Proceeds from the Road Race benefit the Magnolia Library.

$20.00 Pre-entry fee for all entries post-marked by August 23, 2012.
$25.00 Fee after August 23, 2012 and on day of race.
$3.00 Fee for Fun Run/Walk.

Registration Information

You can register several ways:

1. Online at the following websites:
http://www.active.com
http://www.coolrunning.com

2. Register online here

3. Print the Registration form and mail:

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INTER TOWN LEAGUE (ITL) SEASON KICKOFF EXTRAVAGANZA

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INTER TOWN LEAGUE (ITL)

SEASON KICKOFF EXTRAVAGANZA Including:

Here’s the league site/blog that covers info on the league and updates. Year #82, the oldest know amateur baseball league in the country. 
http://www.itlbaseball.blogspot.com/

ALUMNI GAME & 2011 SEASON OPENING GAME

FEATURING THE REMATCH FROM THE 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ROCKPORT TOWNIES & MANCHESTER/ESSEX MARINERS

SATURDAY MAY 21st, 2011 MEMORIAL PARK, ESSEX

DAY’S EVENTS

12PM-1PM     ITL Alumni Batting Practice

1PM        ITL Alumni Game

Immediately after ITL Alumni Game will be the

2010 Awards Presentation

(All Stars, MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of Year, Championship Trophy)

4PM (Approx.) Rockport Townies vs. M/E Mariners

Any former ITL players interested in participating in the game must email Bryan Lafata @ bryanlafata@hotmail.com or Terry Poste at itlbaseball@yahoo.com to reserve a spot on one of the teams. 

Cost is $10 per player, and this includes a game shirt.

50/50 Raffle

Food Concession provided by the Essex Lions Club