Community Stuff 3/6/14

UUSR Photography Exhibit

As part of its ongoing program of original art exhibits, The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport is proud to present the work of photographer Robert William Streeter during the month of March. Robert has worked as an advertising and industrial photographer for more than thirty years, primarily in England, but now her turns has attention to the New England landscape. He uses traditional black and white photography and his prize-winning
photographs have been described as dramatic and ethereal. They are always thought-provoking. For more information, please call the church at 978-546-2989.

Eastern Point Day School Open House on Friday, March 14th from 8:30 am –12:30 pm

New Lower Tuition = More School Choice

Interested parents, guardians and their children are invited to visit Eastern Point Day School on Friday, March 14, from 8:30 to 12:30 to meet the dedicated faculty and students that make Eastern Point Day School a unique and enriching community for children to thrive.

Eastern Point Day School is an independent school, Pre-K to 8th grade, focused on thematic teaching with an emphasis on curriculum integration and academic excellence, delivered in a nurturing, creative, and dynamic environment.

Tuition rates have been reduced to support EPDS’s mission to provide an exceptional education to our Cape Ann communities.

EPDS offers rolling admission, options to augment homeschool learning, scholarships and financial aid.  For more information, please visit or email at



Plan ahead; March 14 is movie night at GAAC! 


We have a terrific film on the discoveries of a giant, little-known observatory, tucked away in Pennsylvania of all places, a facility that has nonetheless revolutionized our understanding of the universe around us.

The film features Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson of the American Museum of Natural History, and Dr. Tom Crouch of the Smithsonian, and is guaranteed to entertain and astonish, in true GAAC fashion. Come and explore the heavens with your friends and neighbors. There’s only one showing, and you don’t want to miss it.

GAAC movie nights feature all the great goodies and conversation that we always have at every meeting, but with popcorn and junior mints and soda. It’s a genuine night at the movies, so come early and grab a good seat!

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets from 8:00 pm to about 9:30 on March 14 at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Lanesville. There are no costs or fees, and everyone is welcome. See more on our Facebook page,, our website at, or follow us on twitter, @gaactweet

Randy Burns Event

Hi Joey,

I hope you are well!  I’m not sure if you have heard about Randy Burns, but he is one of the good guys here in Gloucester.  He had an unfortunate fall off a ladder on October 15th of last year and as a result is paralyzed from the chest down.  After spending three months in the hospital and Spaulding rehab, he is now home and beginning out-patient therapy at Spaulding in Boston.  There is an on-line fundraiser set up to raise money to buy him a wheelchair-accessible van so he can get to and from doctors/therapy visits and just around in general.  It would be great if you could post the info on the Good Morning Gloucester site, so the word gets out to the community.  Every little bit helps and it would be so awesome if we can make this happen for Randy!!

Here is the link:

Many thanks!

Best, Melissa


Sea Commons hosts “Terraferma”; Food provided by SHORT & MAIN

Are you ready for spring and be out on the water? Come watch the beautiful film about a Sicilian fishing community and enjoy some delicious pizzas provided by the local restaurant, SHORT & MAIN.  The citizens’ group Sea Commons will host the screening of the Italian film “Terraferma” at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main Street in Gloucester on Sunday, March 9th. Doors open at 6pm for food and film starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10. Suggested $5 for food donations.

Terraferma is an Italian film directed by Emanuele Crialese from a timely — yet also quite timeless — script he wrote with Vittorio Moroni, is set on a remote Sicilian island whose summer tourist trade has become more lucrative than its longtime, now-dwindling fishing business. However, because of its location, the isle is also a magnet for illegal African immigrants escaping to Europe.

One day at sea, the aging Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio), a tradition-bound, lifelong fisherman, and his 20-year-old grandson Filippo (Filippo Pucillo) secretly rescue a vulnerable boatload of Ethiopian refugees, which includes the very pregnant Sara (Timnit T.) and her young son. Ernesto’s daughter (and Filippo’s mother), Giulietta (Donatella Finocchiaro), is a restless widow renting her home to a carefree trio of Italian vacationers. After she delivers Sara’s baby, a precarious bond forms between the wary Giulietta and the desperate young mother. This sets off a deep wave of social, moral and emotional reflection — and recalibration — for all involved.

Perhaps most affected, though, is the impulsive, rudderless Filippo, who also works for his entrepreneurial uncle — and Ernesto’s son — Nino (Giuseppe Fiorello). The severity of Sara’s plight will result in a gutsy, much-needed call to action for Filippo which, like so much else in this insightful film, proves a stirring commentary on our better angels.

The film was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Sea Commons (, the sponsor of the film, is a group of concerned Gloucester citizens interested in promoting a regional dialogue/public forum about the future of our Seas, and how citizens will adapt to sea level rise. For more information, contact Camron Adibi at Sea Commons at or (978) 381-9709.


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