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Green Screen 101 at Cape Ann TV March 21st

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Tuesday, March 21 at 7PM with “Green Screen 101”. Presentation and demonstration by Ted Reed, professional video producer.

Think of all the times you’ve wanted to battle with Vikings, dive deep beneath the ocean waves and fly to the moon and beyond. Well, now you can!
Join us for our first Lunch and Learn After-Hours, starting at 7pm on Tuesday March 21st when we explore the basics of shooting on green screen. We’ll cover the basics of what you need for cameras, lighting, and software right here at Cape Ann TV’s studios. Find out how to make your own special effects—special!  To sign up, go to

Chroma Key or Green Screen is a fantastic tool for filmmaking that opens up so many storytelling opportunities. It isn’t too difficult provided you know the basics and is easy to use for your films whether you are making an independent low budget film or Hollywood Blockbuster.

Green screens are a key tool in a technique called chroma keying. In a basic scenario this may involve a person/subject being filmed standing in front of a green (or blue) screen. Then using an editing program the green color is digitally removed from the video file leaving the person/subject. A new image/video is then layered behind them. If done well it should look as though the person is actually standing in the scenario that is happening in the background.

The ability to chroma key opens up an array of options for filmmakers. For example if you are filming a news story and you need your presenter to look as though they are standing out the front of the Taj Mahal, then you could use this technique instead of ACTUALLY taking a news reporter to the Taj Mahal. It saves a lot of time and money.

Join award-winning local video producer Ted Reed on Tuesday, March 21 at 7PM at Cape Ann TV for Lunch & Learn After Hours “Green Screen 101”.

EES PTO Down River Raffle

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The Essex Elementary School PTO is at it again!

The Down River Raffle is a big part of the “Making Waves for EES!” spring fundraising event, which is our biggest fundraiser of the year by far. This year, we have partnered up with ERBA to raffle off a pair of kayaks and accessories, a prize package worth over $3000! Tickets are $50 and we only sell 250, so get yours now! Links to individual items in the package can be found at our website,, and the winner will be drawn at our auction Pick-Up Party on April 7, 2017. You do not need to be present to win.

With the exclusive sponsorship of our friends at J. Barrett and Company, every dollar we bring in goes to enriching the EES experience. Join in the fun and reserve your ticket today by emailing!

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Cape Ann Giclee Local Word Collages Are Gorgeous additions To Any Home Or Business

Who in their right mind wouldn’t want one of these awesome Cape Ann Centric Word Collages From James Eves III and Aniko Houlihan Baglaneas Eves Cape Ann Giclee 978-546-7070

Word collages are available at, in our studio or at Shore Thing Rockport or Sand to City Style

Random act of Kindness by a Driver and companion from BREAKWATER CONSTRUCTION

Hi Joey, 

I want to publicly thank Breakwater Construction for their random act of kindness last night.

Last night at 6:40 PM I arrived at the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational  church to open the church for a Tuesday evening 12 step CoDA  7PM program meeting. It was rain, snow and sleet  outside and the city plows had created a 3 foot wall of ice and snow on the street. The church had not been plowed yet with the several inches  snow and slush.

I decided to park on Essex Ave with my four way flashers and walk in on top of the snow 75 feet or so and see if the snow  shovel was next to the door. It was. I took a scoop of the snow slush 6 inches deep laden with water and the plastic shovel bent and creaked with the weight of the slush. I proceeded back to the street to shovel at least a car width in to allow for those who might have felt compelled to get to the meeting.

I took one partial shovel full of snow and saw a huge bright Red 1 ton pickup truck with a four way bright yellow snow plow blade across Essex St going toward Essex  stop his truck and roll his window down. He said I can cut you a path in and move the barrier ice wall out of the way. I told him I was opening up for a 12 step meeting and I would really appreciate it.

He turned his truck around and cut a path two car width  path into the full length of the parking lot , widened the street opening and left with his passenger.  Just after he had departed a member of the group arrived and we drove in the space he had created and parked to be ten minutes early to open the church for the meeting.

The truck said BREAKWATER CONSTRUCTION on the side. The driver and his passenger were extremely generous of their time, equipment and kind spirit for which I and others were very thankful to be able to hold our Tuesday night CoDA meeting.  This was an act of kindness that is discussed often in church but tonight clearly demonstrated by BREAKWATER CONSTRUCTION. 


Cape Ann Youth Hockey Programs- Girls Open House Today!

I was wondering if you could share the following for some Cape Ann Youth hockey programs. 

Girls open house Friday the 17th

And our challenger program:

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Jessica Cusumano

CAYH Registrar

Judith Curtis at the Cape Ann Museum

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Cape Ann & Beyond: Lecture by Judith Curtis

Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond.

Charles Movalli (1945–2016), Marine Railways, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Dale Movalli, 2016 [2016.59].

Image: Charles Movalli (1945–2016), Marine Railways, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Dale Movalli, 2016 [2016.59].

Author and art historian, Judith Curtis will give an illustrated lecture on one of the North Shore’s most distinguished landscape and marine painters, the late Charles Movalli. This talk will touch on Movalli’s philosophy and technique as it pertains to works in the Cape Ann & Beyond exhibition.

The cost of this program is $10 Museum members / $15 nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email Register by calling 978-283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.

Judith Curtis is a freelance writer specializing in art-related themes and is curator of the Rockport Art Association and Museum’s permanent collection. She lives on…

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Gloucester Biotechnology Academy – Visit us at the Cape Ann Career and College Fair!

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Gloucester Biotechnology Academy – Priority Applications due now!

Stop by our table at theCape Ann Career and College Fair!  March 16th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Gloucester High School field house.  All GHS students and parents are invited.

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Cape Ann Wellness

Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

#NationalKickButtsDay. You Can Do It!

Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation. The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996.


Talk to your doctor about group and individualized treatment programs for smoking cessation. Stopping smoking can be a challenge. Medications for tobacco treatment along with tobacco treatment counseling may make it easierAsk your doctor if you are a candidate for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT,) Zyban (Wellbutrin) or Chantix. 

Addiction is a ‘disease of the brain.’Nicotine addiction is no exception, and the cigarette companies know as much about the addiction pathway as healthcare providers, finding ways to  make cigarettes more addictive so they can sell more cigarettes.

Collaborative, comprehensive, supportive programs make it easier to stop.

Benefits of Stopping Smoking –  Click here to…

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The Power of Play Festival is Back!

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Gloucester Education Foundation is proud to host our second annual Power of Play Festival!

What: The Power of Play Festival: a day of play for ALL AGES. GEFcolorPlayLogo

When: Sunday, March 26, 2017 11am-2pm

Where: Gloucester High School Field House, 32 Leslie O. Johnson Road, Gloucester

Who: Gloucester families and kids. Admission $5 per family at the door.

Gloucester Education Foundation’s Power of Play Festival will feature fun family activities like: an obstacle course, art projects, lego building challenges, hula-hooping, giant board games, music, dance, fort-building, goop-making, sand and water play, simon says and LOTS more.

Play promotes creativity and innovation, and helps kids develop skills that are a foundation for life-long success, including critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and collaboration.

Hosted by Gloucester Education Foundation and Sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank and Cape Ann Savings Trust & Financial Services Department

Gloucester Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization made up…

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