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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Community Service

Letter Carriers’ ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive

The 23rd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive
is on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

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Food Drive Tool Kit | Food Drive Coordinator’s Database

When do I put out the food? On the morning of Saturday, May 9, just set out your non-perishable food items well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.


Eastern Point Day School sends out another thank you

Eastern point day school 2nd press release


Eastern Point Day School THANKS Their Teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week!

The collective love and effort from our EPDS teachers and staff is overwhelming!

They work as team, almost like a family, to give our kids a great experience and so, in honor of National Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week, our families say “thank you”!


And indeed, to educators all over the country! THANK YOU. It matters.



Birds hanging out at Clarke Pond

What a way to end a busy Saturday. Coolidge Reservation is so beautiful. Take a walk but I mostly love Clarke Pond and its beauty.

Saturday’s Clean up

clean up

Clean Gloucester and the One Hour at a Time Gang’s Saturday’s schedule


When:                  Saturday, May 9, 2015


Where:                 We can meet at the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial


Time:                    8:00 – 9:00


I have bags, hope to see all there on Saturday.


Paul Harris Fellow

Thanking Tracy Arabian for sending this information to GMG.

Rick and Doug


Contacts: Steve Kaity, 978-879-1051, Michael Costello, 978-546-7140



The Gloucester Rotary Club has named Rick Doucette and Doug Shatford as Paul Harris Fellows, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded the Rotary movement in 1905. Doucette was selected by a Club committee of previous recipients of the award, while Shatford was chosen by members of the Interact Club, the very active group of Gloucester High School junior Rotarians.  Doucette and Shatford will be honored at a special dinner on Tuesday, May 12, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester. The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Rick Doucette was born and raised in Gloucester, and is a proud product of the Gloucester public school system.

Rick has served as Executive Director of the Cape Ann YMCA since May 2002, turning his focus specifically to Teen & Camp Services in 2008.  Rick began his career at the YMCA as a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) at Camp Spindrift in 1984.  Through his career, Rick developed many new innovative programs and initiatives that remain as “mainstays” of the YMCA youth and family programming. These include unprecedented levels of growth and participation at Spindrift, the Friday Night Fun program, the afterschool child care program, Y Teen Leaders Rockathon, teen service trips, sports leagues, many of other youth and teen initiatives.

In addition to his work with the YMCA, Rick also spent four-and-a-half years as a faculty member at O’Maley Middle School.  Rick has been very active in the community throughout his adult life, coaching Senior Little League, Pee Wee Football and Fisherman Youth Soccer and serving on various civic and municipal committees.  Rick currently serves as co-President of the Gloucester Pride Stride Committee, a Trustee of Awesome Gloucester, a member of the O’Maley S.A.I.L.S. Team, and a charter member with Theatre in the Pines.  Rick is very proud to be a member of the Gloucester Rotary Club and served as its President in 2013-14.

An accomplished actor, Rick has performed locally in numerous productions as well as on stages in Boston, New York and London.  Rick has earned praise and positive recognition for his work in several short film projects – in particular earning awards at the Woods Hole Film Festival and the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Doug Shatford has been a pillar of the Magnolia community for many years. Another Gloucester boy, Doug is a graduate of Gloucester High School and currently is a co-owner of Machine Technology in Beverly.

Doug’s record of service to the community is extensive.  As a long-time coach of youth sports teams, the co-founder of Citizens for Public Safety (a group dedicated to the re-opening of the Magnolia Fire Station), a member and President of the Magnolia Library Board, and a member of the Magnolia Historical Society and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He also belongs to the Magnolia Lions Club and the Tyrian-Ashler-Acacis Lodge of Masons.

Shatford is a known leader in his community.  Whether working to repair the Magnolia pier or coordinating efforts to assist victims of recent fires, or chairing on the local sports team, Doug serves with enthusiasm, kindness, and humility.

Tickets to the Paul Harris Distinguished Service Award Dinner are $47 per person and may be reserved by contacting event Chairman Steve Kaity at 978-879-1051. The Dinner is open to the general public, and friends and colleagues of Doucette and Shatford are encouraged to attend.

Magnolia 525

New and exciting things are always happening at 525 Tavern on Lexington Avenue. Catherine Hull, GM of The Loiacano Companies, sent me the new spring/summer menu and invited me to try some of the meals before the restaurant opened on Thursday. The food was so good, the type of food you want to lick the plate clean. Below are some photos of the great food in this jewel of a restaurant in Magnolia. Remember to make some time and dine at this restaurant. It made my whole week. The restaurant also uses recyclable and reusable take out and left over containers.

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April 30, 2015 outdoor dining


Press Release
Magnolia 525 Tavern Introduces Fresh New Spring/Summer Menu
Gloucester, MA (May 1, 2015) – The 525 Tavern invites you to taste some fresh new additions to our Spring/Summer Menu. We kept your favorite authentic recipes and added some light and delicious new treats. Known for great music, great food & great friends … the 525 is your local tavern for made-from-scratch cuisine and a welcoming atmosphere. Everything from sauces to entrees, hand cut fries to hand dipped onion rings are all house made in in our 525 kitchen. And almost every single item on our menu can be gluten free. The new dinner menu now features a favorite pick of the neighborhood – the Seared Ginger Soy Salmon. The fresh caught salmon is seared to perfection with ginger and soy and accompanied with baby bok choy, sweet chili stir fry and our own udon noodles … an absolute must try.
Bruschetta was suggested by the 525 locals, so we baked a delicious loaf of focaccia, lightly grilled and topped it with tomatoes, capers and fresh mozzarella to create a light and healthy summer treat!

The bar menu now boasts a new selection of award winning wines and summer-time draught and bottled beers – all tasted and approved by our guests. New martinis and craft cocktails
highlight the history of infamous Magnolia from “The Hammond’s Hammer” to the “Oceanside Hotel.” The wide variety of new cocktails feature freshly muddled mint, strawberries, blueberries, lime, lemon and everything good about summer.
The new menu items, new cocktails and brunch specialties are available now at the 525 Tavern, located on Lexington Avenue in Magnolia. For more information please contact Magnolia 525
Tavern at 978.525.3230, or email
Take Out and Delivery are available.

Opened in 2014, Magnolia 525 Tavern brings passion for the freshest authentic food available in Magnolia. The 525 Tavern offers a wide variety of entrees including chicken, steak, pastas and burgers. Known for great music and a welcoming atmosphere, it is a favorite meeting place for locals. The 525 Tavern will have an expanded outdoor dining area that provides the perfect  space for casually sophisticated dining occasions, social gatherings and private dining events.

525 Tavern  serves Sunday Brunch starting at 10:00 and they also have take out and Delivery.
Logo Bruschetta Can not go wrong with these foods
Comfy Booths Margherita Pizza Mouth Watering
Seared Ginger Soy Salmon Steak with Mushroom and demi glaze Strawberry Cove Salad

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