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Saturday Clean Up

Hi kids:


Hope all is well.

The Time will be 9:00 – 11:00

I have my grandchildren so will not be able to be there.

This weekend is the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean up day – a cleaning is scheduled in our area at:

Good Harbor Beach Cape Ann, Massachusetts

We will be meeting at the side entrance of Good Harbor Beach (Nautilus Road) We will be providing refreshments, trash bags, and gloves. However, we do encourage you to bring your own gloves if you can to reduce waste!

More information about the world wide event is here:




Eastern Point Lit House

From our friend Carla Dellaporta: I am actually reading her book now.

Hello all,

Hope to see you all tomorrow night 9/15 at the Eastern Point Lit House Third Thursday Open Mic at 261 Main Street, Gloucester to hear my reading and to purchase a copy of my debut novel, Wounds of the Past.

No fee! No RSVP! Easy!

I am the first speaker so please be sure to arrive by 7:30PM!!

Thanks again and have a great rest of the day,

Never forget that horrible day September 11, 2001

This morning at Gloucester Central Fire Station there was a service remembering September 11, 2001 and a reception at Gloucester’s City Hall.  A woman named Patrice Schaffer made an incredible quilt and her brother-in-law, Daniel who lives in Gloucester, is a survivor September 11, 2001.  He told me he walked down 74 flights of stairs and was able to survive.  Here are a couple of photos from this beautiful memorial service.

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September 11, 2016

To commemorate that awful day.  Be kind to one another today.

The New York City Fire Department’s 5-5-5-5 bell calls will sound around Cape Ann on Sunday morning.

Fifteen years after hijacked jets crashed into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., and into a field in western Pennsylvania, fire departments around Cape Ann will host ceremonies commemorating the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. And New York’s 5-5-5-5 signal — the call sounded there as a firefighter’s final bell, said Gloucester Deputy Fire Chief Barry Aptt — will be part of the services.

All the Cape Ann services will be Sunday morning, loosely in line with the time line of the attacks, which killed 2,996 people, left more than 6,000 injured, and led to an undetermined number of later deaths of responders who sustained lung damage from air pollution at the World Trade Center site in New York City.

On that clear Tuesday morning, the hijacked United Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston’s Logan International Airport and bound for Los Angeles crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. A second plane, United Flight 175, also out of Boston and bound for Los Angeles, then slammed into the WTC’s south tower at 9:03, while united Flight 77 out of Dulles International Airport in Virginia crashed into the Pentagon outside Washington at 9:37.

United Flight 93 out of Newark International Airport in New Jersey crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, after passengers who had contacted family members and friends mounted an effort to overtake the hijackers.

The schedule of Cape Ann events commemorating the 15th anniversary of the attacks Sunday is as follows:

GLOUCESTER: Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith will open ceremonies at Central Fire Station at 9:55 a.m., with announcements over the Fire Department’s radio channel calling for a moment of silence to remember those lost in the 2011 attacks.

The brief ceremony will include the sounding of the bells, with the full department at attention in dress uniforms. The dismissal from the ceremony is targeted for 10 a.m.

ROCKPORT: Rockport’s 9/11 memorial service will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Central Station on Broadway.

Members of the town Fire Department, in full dress uniform, will then march to T-Wharf for a memorial service slated to begin at 9 a.m.

ESSEX: The Essex Fire Department will host a 9/11 memorial service beginning at 9:55 a.m. in front of  Memorial Fire Station at 24 Martin St.

Fire Chief Daniel Doucette said all retired firefighters and members of the public are are welcome to attend the brief program.

MANCHESTER: The Manchester Fire Department will hold its 9/11 memorial program starting at 9:45 at the fire station, 12 School St.

Chaplain David Forsythe will serve as the primary speaker, and, as with the other Cape Ann services, residents are encouraged to attend.


A Bicycle Ride for Neurofibromatosis Research

On Saturday, September 10, 2016 the NF Coast to the Cure was at Stage Fort Park, another great cause. For more information please to the following link.

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Coast to the Cure Bike Ride

Brunch at the 525 is back

SUNDAY BRUNCH is back! You asked, we listened! EVERY SUNDAY 10am to 3pm

12 Lexington Avenue
Magnolia Gloucester, MA 01930

All your favorites…..Omelets, Eggs Benedict, Pancakes, Mimosa, Parfait, Bacon Bloody Marys, Monte Cristos, Fried Dough, Burgers & more!

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Special Clean Up on Saturday

Morning kids:

Hope all enjoyed the glorious weekend. Loved the parade of sails and the waves and the ocean certainly gave us a show.

Saturday’s cleanup will be a coordinated clean with Gloucester Beach and Park Clean Team, The One Hour At a Time Gang and Gloucester Clean City Commission.

The One Hour at a Time Gang will be going to Green Street Playground.

Time is different this week.

When:                  Saturday, September 10, 2016

Where:                 Green Street Playground

Time:                    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Please bring gloves and if you have them your pickers.  Would like to give a shout out to our DPW, they are doing a great job.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Thank you kiddos

DonnaSeptember 10 clean up




Cruise Ship coming in on Friday

Volunteers needed to welcome cruise ship’s 2,000 guests

Almost 2,000 visitors will be coming to Cape Ann on Friday, disembarking from a large cruise ship, and the local Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to greet them and offer information on local attractions.

The visitors are passengers on the MS Zuiderdam, a Holland America cruise ship, which will arrive in Gloucester on Friday, Sept. 9. The ship will return to Gloucester for two additional fall visits, on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 29, according to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

Approximately 1,800 passengers will be on board and an estimated 40 percent have pre-booked excursions, the chamber said. The remaining 1,000 vacationers will be shopping, dining, and visiting Gloucester’s and Rockport’s museums, attractions, shops and cultural districts.

On Friday, the first passengers coming in from the ship on tenders are expected to arrive on shore at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, at 9 a.m. and reach downtown Gloucester by 9:30 a, ■ , and Rocky Neck and Rockport by 10:30 a.m., the chamber said.

Volunteers are needed to help chamber representatives welcome this group to Gloucester and Cape Ann.

At Cruiseport’s upper entrance, there will be eight tables staffed by volunteers with a wide array of local maps and brochures. CATAtrolleys will be on hand to transport visitors around downtown Gloucester and CATA buses will be available to take passengers on their regular routes to Rocky Neck and Rockport. CATA will be selling all-day passes for their trolleys and buses for $3.

All other Cape Ann area transportation companies (e.g. taxis, rental car agencies, tour services, etc.) are being alerted to the ship’s arrival and will be invited to transport cruise ship passengers to all Cape Ann locations.

Many local businesses will be offering special discounts and other promotions for cruise ship passengers. The chamber has created a “Welcome Zuiderdam Passengers” sign that business owners may download from and hang at their business entrance.

The Cape Ann Chamber is working collaboratively with the city of Gloucester, CATA, Discover Gloucester, Cruiseport and downtown merchants in Gloucester and Rockport to help make these visits memorable and fun experiences for all and build the demand for more cruise ships to visit Cape Ann.

For more information or if interested in volunteering, people are encouraged to contact Lorre Anderson at welcomecruisers@gmail. com or Peter Webber or 978-283-1601.

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