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Gloucester’s own Meg Colby will be at the Special Olympics in Seattle in July

This is very exciting for Meg, her family and her Cape Ann Special Olympics family to qualify for the  Special Olympics. We will be watching and cheering for you. We are all proud of you.

Meg will be swimming the following events.

200M Freestyle, 7/2
100M Backstroke 7/3
100M Freestyle 7/4
4×50 Freestyle Relay 7/5

One Hour at a Time Gang

Hi kids:

Hope all is well and you are enjoying some beautiful weather. As I was walking Rogers Street yesterday from Pier 23 towards St. Peters Square, must have picked up a whole yellow bag of trash, still needs work.

When:       Saturday, June 23, 2018

Where:   Rogers Street starting near Pier 23

Time:       8:00 – 9:00

I will not be there since we are going to Maine to visit the grandchildren.

Thanks and hope to see everyone soon.

Take care


I Am More Project

If you missed the I Am More Project by wonderful artist Amy Kerr, this show has been extended.  It is an amazing show.

This is just to let you know that due to popular demand, the opening exhibit of the portraits at the Paint Factory has been extended:

 The I Am More Opening at the Paint Factory (32 Horton St) has been extended to this afternoon (Wed) from 1-5, Thursday from 9-5 and Friday 9-5.

 If you have family or friends who wanted to see all the portraits in one place, this is their chance. This does not include the work from the additional artists.



Cape Pond Ice

Cape Pond Ice Company

Published by Scott Memhard

We need your help! – This may be our last chance to keep Cape Pond Ice afloat & serving Gloucester’s fleet! PLEASE contact Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo & Alexander Strysky at MA MEMA to endorse our Cape Pond Ice project and plans ahead:

Before Fiesta we need Letters & E-mails of Support for: Cape Pond Ice Plant Moderization, Re-configuration, and Supporting Restaurant/ Fish Market/ Distillery/ Parking

RE: EEA No. 15867 Cape Pond Ice Company, Gloucester

Project Description: An Environmental Notification Form (ENF) has been filed with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs by Cape Pond Ice Company, LLC to renovate an existing 34,423-sf building to reconfigure and modernize the ice plant, add 33 parking spaces within the building and convert a portion of the building to a three-level, 15,300-sf restaurant. The project may also include a distillery. The project does not include any expansion of the existing building. The site is located on filled and flowed tidelands in the Gloucester Inner Harbor Designated Port Area.

Contact: Alex Strysky, MEPA Office, 100 Cambridge Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114
ph: (617) 626-1025 fx: (617) 626-1181

Mayor Sefatia Giambanco Romeo Theken, City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester MA 01930
ph: (978) 281-9700


After 170 years, we don’t want Cape Pond Ice to end up “on the rocks” like the scalloper Artemis, or lost at sea, like the Andrea Gail!

Scott Memhard, PresidentCAPE POND ICE COMPANY, INC.aka Bresnahan Ice, Lawrence & Peabody Icehouse104 Commercial Street, Fort WharfGloucester, MA 01930tel: 978-283-0174 FAX 978-283-3714 cell: 978-879-9394

RE: EEA No. 15867 Cape Pond Ice Company, Gloucester

Project Description:

Scott Memhard, PresidentCAPE POND ICE COMPANY, INC.aka Bresnahan Ice, Lawrence & Peabody Icehouse104 Commercial Street, Fort WharfGloucester, MA 01930tel: 978-283-0174 FAX 978-283-3714 cell: 978-879-9394

Good Harbor Beach

Took a late in the afternoon walk to Good Harbor Beach.  Everyone I met or talked to was so respectful of our little plovers.  Since all the negative things about what goes on with dogs at GHB, we have to remember that most of the time things are good.  Most important thank you volunteers for helping keep these cuties safe.

The Launch

Over at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Friday, these great 8th graders launched 2 more boats.  The faces on these kids speaks volumes of how much fun and educational this experience is.  The teachers who were there, I wish I had them in 8th grade.  Thank you to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum for all your experience and to Teacher Dave Brown and Amy Donnelly for your dedication to these students.  It was also so wonderful to see Harold Burnham watch some future boat builders launch their creations.

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Music on Meetinghouse Green’s Sizzling Summer Concert Series

From the Meetinghouse



An integral part of Gloucester summer is almost here. The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s Summer Concert Series, Music on Meetinghouse Green, featuring 9 free concerts, takes place from July 6 to September 7, 2018. The family-friendly concerts, now an iconic part of Gloucester’s summer music scene, have something for every musical taste, including be-bop, Brazilian ‘forro’ dance music, soul, jazz and rhythm and blues.

 All concerts take place at Gloucester Meetinghouse Green, at the corner of Church and Middle Street in Gloucester. Bring folding chairs or blankets. If it rains the concerts will take place inside the Meetinghouse. Each concert will be catered by a local food vendor, providing fresh and tasty dinners or snacks, often reflecting the origins of the music.

 In the spirit of giving to the community each concert is partnered with a Cape Ann non-profit organization. The public is invited to make a free-will donation (bring cash/check.)

 The Friday 6 pm concert schedule, including partner non-profit and food vendor is:

 July 6: Berklee Be-Bop Guitars

            To benefit Pathways for Children

            Food by Causeway

July 13: Stacia Kraft

            To benefit Backyard Growers

            Food by Crepes Dominique

July 20: The Bar Chords

            To benefit Maritime Gloucester

            Food by Willow Rest

July 27: Os Forrozeiros, Brazilian/Forro

            To benefit Wellspring House

            Food TBA

August 3: Deb Hardy and The Altairs

                 To benefit HAWC

                 Food by Classic Cooks

August 10: Hye Fusion, Middle Eastern Band

                   To benefit The Open Door

August 17: What Time Is It, Mr Fox?

                   To benefit Art Haven

                   Food TBA

August 24: Willie Alexander’s Persistence of Memory Orchestra

                 To benefit The Grace Center

                   Food by Common Crow

September 7: Alvin Foster, Soul/Motown

                        To benefit Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

                        Food by Classic Cooks


The non-profit Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation was founded to help preserve and increase public use of the 212-year old Meetinghouse of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. The structure is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Parking is available on Meetinghouse Green, in lots nearby in the Central Gloucester Historic District and at St. Peter’s Square.

Music on Meetinghouse Green’s sponsors include Linzee and Beth Coolidge; J.J. and Jackie Bell; Michael and Mary Bresnan; JoeAnn Hart and Gordon Baird; Harry and Mary Hintlian; Charles Nazarian; Dick and Doris Prouty; Sandra Ronan; Tom and Kristin Zarrella and Cape Ann Savings Bank.


Gloucester 8th graders making their boats at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Last year I went over there to take photos of this great way to help students learn a new skills. Amy one of the teachers invited me back.  It is fun to watch and learn. The teachers at O’Maley and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum are really great.  On Friday, they will be launching this boats.

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