Community Stuff 12/01/12

Once again North Shore 104.9 and State Senator Bruce Tarr will hit the road collecting toys for children on the North Shore and broadcasting live all day. This year’s Holiday Toy Drive will take place on Thursday, December 13th from 6:00am to 6:00pm from ten locations on the North Shore. The live broadcast will feature local entertainment, school choirs and bands, great food, interviews with local officials and even Santa Claus will be on the road helping the cause. The Paper Store has partnered once again with Senator Tarr and North Shore 104.9 to present the 17th annual North Shore Holiday Toy Drive broadcast.

“People on the North Shore have powerful spirits of caring and giving, and our toy drive provides an opportunity to those spirits to translate into a real difference for kids in our area during the holidays.  I’m honored to partner with North Shore 104.9 to help make that difference, and truly appreciate the station’s ongoing commitment to public service now and throughout the year” said Tarr. This toy drive will be his 17th since being elected into the Massachusetts Senate in 1994.

North Shore 104.9 President Todd Tanger stated, “We are thrilled to be a part of this wonderful event. The North Shore Holiday Toy Drive is such an exciting event that brings holiday joy to deserving children right here in the North Shore. We thank everyone for their overwhelming generosity and kind contributions, especially Bruce Tarr for his continued efforts and energy year after year. We appreciate listeners and clients allowing us to break from normal programming to broadcast this event and hope they help us bring some holiday joy to the lives of children on the North Shore this holiday season.”

The scheduled broadcast locations are as follows (times are subject to change):

6:00am Capitol Diner 431 Union Street, Lynn, MA

Toys being collected for: Toys for Tots- Coordinated by the Lynn English High School R.O.T.C.

7:30am Devereux House, Marblehead 39 Lafayette Street, Marblehead, MA

Toys being collected for: Making Ends Meet

8:15am The Paper Store, Swampscott 435 Paradise Road Swampscott, MA

Toys being collected for: Toys for Local Children (The Paper Store in Swampscott will only collect toys on December 13th.)

9:00am Flint Public Library, Middleton 1 South Main Street, Middleton, MA

Toys being collected for: Neighbors in Need

10:30am Dawson’s True Value Hardware 50 Enon Street, Beverly, MA

Toys being collected for: Beverly Bootstraps

12:00pm First Ipswich Bank 31 Market Street, Ipswich, MA

Toys being collected for: Action Inc./ Ipswich Caring

1:15pm Woodman’s of Essex 121 Main Street, Essex, MA

Toys being collected for: Action Inc.

2:00pm Manchester Athletic Club 8 Atwater Avenue, Manchester, MA

Toys being collected for: Pathways of Gloucester

3:30pm Tuck’s Candy 15 Main Street, Rockport, MA

Toys being collected for: Action Inc.

5:00pm Cape Ann Savings Bank 109 Main Street, Gloucester, MA

Toys being collected for: Action Inc.

New Event at the Gloucester Writers Center

When: 7:30 PM on Saturday, December 8. (12/08/12)

What:  The Gloucester Writers Center presents the Poetry Salon series featuring author, poet, musician Damon Krukowski and award winning poet Darcie Dennigan.

Who: Damon Krukowski is the author of Afterimage (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Memory Theater Burned (Turtle Point), and 5000 Musical Terms (Burning Deck).  He and his partner, Naomi Yang, run the press Exact Change, which specializes in writings associated with the historical avant-garde.  The two are also musicians – performing currently as Damon & Naomi, formerly as 2/3rds of the indie rock band Galaxie 500.  Krukowski lives in Cambridge, MA, and works at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Darcie Dennigan’s books are the poetry collections Corrinnna A-Maying the Apocalypse and Madame X, and a poem/play/joke chapbook, The Dept. of Ephebic Dreamery.  Her work has received awards from the Poetry Society of America and Discovery/The Nation, and fellowships from the Breadloaf Writers Conference and RI State Council on the Arts.  She lives in Providence, RI, and teaches at UConn, Brown Continuing Studies, and Holy Cross.  She’s also the cofounder & codirector of Frequency Writers, a Providence-based community writing organization.


The Gloucester Writers Center is located in the late poet Vincent Ferrini’s historic home, at the Gloucester Writers Center at 126 East Main Street, East Gloucester, MA.  The Center was founded to celebrate, preserve, and promote Gloucester’s rich literary legacy and to create space in the community for the voices of people of all ages and backgrounds to be heard through writing, dialogue, and the artistic process.  Find out more about the Gloucester Writers Center at

anita diamant day after night

Sawyer Free Library & Temple Ahavat Achim present the Gloucester Lyceum Author Series "Words Beyond Words: Behind the Page":
Anita Diamant, an award-winning author, has written four novels – three of them set in the past. Her most recent book, Day After Night, takes place in 1945, in the immediate aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust. It tells the stories of four young women who survived with very different stories to tell and meet in an internment camp in Palestine, where they begin to face the uncertain future.
Diamant will discuss the process of writing historical fiction and the theme of human resilience in the wake of unspeakable pain and loss.
Please join us on Thursday, December 13th at 7 pm at the Temple Ahavat Achim (86 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA)!

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