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May is Older America’s Month!

Yesterday Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Paula Curley and Lauren Gailites of Senior Care “Meals on Wheels had the pleasure of visiting eight seniors, all over ninety living in their own homes. We delivered a hot meal, flowers and a citation for each of the eight seniors. They delivered lots of smiles and stories, inspiring each of us to never forget our seniors.

As a results of life-extending advances in medicine, close knit families and concerned community agencies like Senior Care and it’s staff and volunteers seniors are living longer and more independently in their own homes rather than long term care facilities.

Don’t forget to honor and love your own seniors this month and every month, they have lots to give you in return.

Phyllis Curcuru (95)

Rose Demetri (95)

Clara Curtis (98)

Margaret and Mossimo Ballarin (90 & 95) married 71 yrs

Maria Padre (95) will be 96 in a month

Madeline Sarofeen (97)

Cape Ann License Plate at Pride Stride

The Cape Ann License Plate will be a Stage Fort Park for Pride Stride giving you an opportunity to show your love for Cape Ann in two ways. Order a plate and you get $15 from Cape Ann Community Foundation for the Non-profit of your choice. So come out and walk and drive for the Love of Cape Ann.

Cape Ann.

Support the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market – Dinner and a Movie Fundraiser!

There are still tickets available for Monday night’s Dinner and a Movie Fundraiser at the Cape Ann Cinema.

The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market was a recipient of the 2017 Cape Ann Community Foundation first ever round of grants. They were award $3500 for their project entitled “Fresh Food Access and Supporting Local Business”.

The Cape Ann License Plate funds this program through the Cape Ann Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit set up by the Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce to manage the proceeds of the Cape Ann License Plate.

Cape Ann Farmer’s Market loves Cape Ann and is proud to step up and support the Cape Ann License Plate at this event!

Historic Gloucester City Hall

Built in 1870, designed by Bryant and Rogers, it is a second Empire Brick building topped by an amazing clock tower that can be seen for miles. On May 8, 1973 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The inside walls are covered in WPA murals that no one should miss seeing. Thanks go to the wise people that have lovingly preserved this beautiful building!

Backyard Growers supports the Cape Ann License Plate!

In 2017 Backyard Growers received $5,000 from the Cape Ann Community Foundation founded by the Cape Ann License Plate for their project entitled “Backyard Growers Farm to School”, to expand their schoolyard garden program.

The 2018 grant application are available now for non-profits on Cape Ann.

The CACF IS A 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation, established by the Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce to manage the proceeds of the Cape Ann License Plate, and make yearly grants in support of the Cape Ann Community.

If you don’t have a Cape Ann License Plate please go to and purchase one today! There is a direct link here on the blog for your convenience.

Easter Saturday Fun with Sista Felicia’s Cookies!!!

Spent the morning with the children in my neighborhood decorating Sista Felicia’s cookies. Thanks to the Smith’s for hosting and to the children for making my Easter really special. Couldn’t have done it without Felicia’s amazing creativity!

We made special boxes for Chester and Liam who away at their grandparents.

Do you Love Cape Ann???

If you Love Cape Ann how about stepping up and getting a Cape Ann License Plate. What better way to show your love for Essex, Gloucester, Manchester and Rockport. You will be a traveling ambassador for a place you love and you will be helping the non-profits on Cape Ann to continue to receive grants from the Cape Ann Community Foundation. The Foundation is funded by a portion of the fee for your plate every two years as long as you have the plate. It so easy to get a plate just go to and sign up, plate is mailed to you in about 8 days, don’t have to turn in the old plate. Special plate fee is tax deductible. Help us get at least 400 more plates on the road by September 1st. So show your pride and support the region and all the non-profits that do so much good work on Cape Ann!

A Circle of Friends!

Last night was the final night of St. Joseph’s, the final night to gather to celebrate the amazing six weeks that ends with putting the saints to bed for another year. Of course there is still a small altar where candles are lit and prayers are offered all year.

The Novena girls are an extraordinary group of women where ideas and dreams lead to trust, connection, love, friendship, faith and amazing productivity working all together. Teamwork really does make the dream work!

A salute to the team with love!

Happy St. Joseph’s Day!

St. Joseph’s Novena is a nine day prayer, a way if praying with perseverance, modeled after the nine day period the apostles prayer before Pentecost. This year the Altar at the Mohan’ s was dedicated to Adoring Mother, Mary, mother of our Lord and all of the children everywhere.

Please grant the prayers of all those who faithfully prayed this novena. Bless the with your Love.

Cape Ann Chamber Ribbon Cutting @ Wellspring Awesome Closet!

Last night the Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce was very proud to cut the ribbon for the Wellspring Awesome Closet.

In January 2018 the Awesome Foundation awarded Wellspring the 52nd $1000 no strings attached micro grant to create the Awesome Closet. A underutilized space at Wellspring became that “shoppe”. It provides a boutique shopping experience for their clients. The grant was used to buy racks and fixtures for the room. H. Herbert Goodick, Inc installed the rack and painted. Glover Floor Covering, Inc donated and installed the carpet. The Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce and their Business Women’s Mixer at the Crows Nest last month helped to stock the closet with tons of awesome donations. J. Jill Compassion Fund will continue to support the effort long term.

The racks are organized by size, program participates can make an appointment and shop for FREE. Volunteers are available to act as personal shoppers and help them choose outfits. Donations of business atire for both women and men are always welcome.

Happy International Women’s Day – Women empowering women!!!

Cape Ann Gift Certificates!

Questions came up at the lady podcast about the Cape Ann Gift Certificates.

Did you know . . . Cape Ann Gift Certificates are really checks?

We sold more than 60K last year, 20K just over the holidays! This is a highly successful program that keeps people shopping and dining locally.

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