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We Left the Light on For You returning veterans appeal

Pauline Bresnahan writes:

  This is info on the “Welcome Home Initiative for Returning Veterans” coming back to Cape Ann. If you have previously given something or may be interested in making a donation with either a Gift Card from your business or even a small monetary donation this letter explains what to do. This year we have 10 returning Veterans to Cape Ann, (9 men and 1 woman).   I am proud  to have named and designed the Logo for the Initiative but am even more honored to be involved with the Elks and the Gloucester Veterans office with this event. Welcome Home to these American Heroes!

Contact Jayne Morse veterans892@yahoo.com or Adam Curcuru acurcuru@gloucester-ma.gov

 

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Googly-Eyed Trash Eaters May Clean a Harbor Near You

Thank you to Al Bezanson, GMG FOB and former Schooner Green Dragon Captain (former as his son Andy now has the helm), for sharing the following article.

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National Geographic
By Jackie Snow
February 17, 2017

Baltimore’s harbor is cleaner than it has been in decades thanks to two anthropomorphic trash wheels pulling debris from its waters.

Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel, the latter of which was installed in December, are solar- and hydro-powered trash interceptors based in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, clearing debris before it enters the Chesapeake Bay. Over a million pounds of trash has been pulled out of the water by Mr. Trash Wheel since it was installed in May 2014.

The trash wheel’s creator, John Kellett, worked on the harbor for years and saw garbage floating on the water every day. A sailor and engineer, he approached the city and offered to take a stab at cleaning up the harbor. He built a pilot trash wheel and installed it in 2008.

No one had ever tried to stop the trash before and the task seemed daunting. Kellett quickly realized he’d have to go bigger. The pilot wheel was often unable to pick up larger debris and had only one Dumpster, so when it was being emptied, the wheel had to wait for it to return before working again.

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READ MORE HERE

Prepped and ready: Rotary Club of Gloucester polar plunge fundraiser today! So many come they park at Good Harbor before heading to Long Beach

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TODAY! 10AM-2PM

The Rotary Club of Gloucester hosts the 7th annual regional fundraiser to eradicate polio. Brave and generous dippers will park at Good Harbor, shuttle past Uncle Tony (Precision Roofing Services of New England) to Cape Ann Motor Inn and Long Beach waters. Hundreds of supporters will be on hand to watch as many fearless participants dive in for a purpose– including more than 20 Gloucester High School Interact club members and the new Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce President, Sarah Young, Director of Development for Schooner Adventure. It’s a colorful crazy sight and an inspiring cause. To donate and learn more visit the Rotary Club of Gloucester: Freezin’ for a Reason: The Rotary Club of Gloucester Hosts a Polar Plunge to Make Polio History

Donations are tripled by the Gates Foundation.

More fun from the GMG Party

On Saturday night, January 28, 2017, we had a belated Christmas Party at Cape Ann Giclee.  We would like to  thank all who came and brought yummy food and especially James and Anna for hosting another fun time.

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Cape Ann Art Haven Lobster Trap Tree Buoy Auction at Cruiseport

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Sound Harbor info@soundharbor.org to sign up or hear more about their teaching programs

 

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Live: Beauport Hotel hosts Cape Ann Reads jury selection panel

How cool is that? Thank you Beauport Hotel for this community support. What a gorgeous venue and fitting locale for this work! Cape Ann Reads is led by the 4 public libraries of Cape Ann. Deliberations for the first ever Cape Ann Creates for Cape Ann Reads Picture Book Contest are in process and underway!

 

 After a year of monthly programming by the libraries and community partners, the Cape Ann Reads contest is in full swing. Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann, and people who work on Cape Ann were invited to create part or all of a picture book for consideration to be published.  A first edition printing of one of these submissions will be published in 2017, timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of a Caldecott award for the children’s book, Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton, eminent Gloucester artist, author and illustrator. 
To read more about the jurors, please follow this link
Here is the link to the Cape Ann Reads website. 

Opportunities to contribute or sponsor the Cape Ann Reads contest are available.
Sponsors and contributions can boost awards that the jury panels may suggest as they complete their evaluations and determine recognition options.  Sponsor contribution opportunities could include prizes to  artists and writers, underwriting the publishing, and any exhibitions and readings to be held after publication in all the communities.

  • Various sponsorship, naming and friend levels
  • Juried award sponsor (2 prizes $500 each and up to 8 $100 each)
  • honorable mentions, awards, certificates and prizes (varies)
  • Exhibitions/Readings (at least one at each library)

Thank you, Beauport Hotel!

$463,141: City Council okays 14 CPA grants for 2016. Info meeting for 2017 application February 8th

Congratulations to the 2016 (round 7) awardees!  Their final presentations were at City Council on Tuesday.

 

Since Gloucester voted to approve the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in 2008, the city has administered 7 rounds of funded projects throughout our community. Have a look at who you helped fund in 2016

  1. North Shore CDC and Action, Harbor Village *missing this photo but great presentation!
  2. Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association, Wheeler School House & GFD Riverdale Hose, No 2
  3. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Civil War Monument
  4. Generous Gardeners, Stacy Boulevard Gardens
  5. Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee, Welcome Center Renovations
  6. Community Development Dept., Stage Fort Park Beautification Project
  7. City Clerk’s Office, Archives Initial Storage Project, Phase I
  8. Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Grove Cemetery continued restoration
  9. Gloucester Committee for the Arts, “Out of the Shadows: Gloucester’s historic Depression Era Mural” preserve & restore murals with refined project scope,discovery and schedule of work
  10. Historic New England, Beauport Museum, outer building roof replacement
  11. Sargent Museum, Preservation of porch, granite steps & retaining wall
  12. Gloucester Writers Center, Preservation of Maud/Olsen Library & GWC Archives
  13. Maritime Gloucester, Rehab & Restoration of the railway
  14. Friends of Burnham’s Field, Continued rehab of Phase I of Burnham’s Field Restoration

Safe bet you might know someone assisting one of these projects. Who else helps?  The volunteers on the Community Preservation Committee are fantastic: Catherine Bill Dugan, Catherine Schlichte, Henry McCarl, David Rhinelander, John Feener, Barbara Silberman, Heide Wakeman, Ellen Preston, and Scott Smith. There’s no break for this committee. From start to finish the process from an applicant’s perspective takes nearly a year. Depending upon the project, it will involve assistance from the Community Preservation Committee, City staff and various departments, City Council, City Council sub committees, and the administration.  Just as one round winds down, the next year’s process and round of applicants gears up. Visit the Community Preservation Committee page on the City website to learn more about the CPA and to see prior projects.

Save the date:The Community Preservation Committee will be hosting an information meeting for prospective 2017 applicants at Sawyer Free on  February 8, 2017 at 6pm. Applications are due April 17, 2017.

Debbie Laurie, a Senior Project Manager in the Community Development Department who manages Grants and CPA for the City writes about the info meeting: “We want to help guide applicants through the process and answer any questions you may have before filling out an application.  We can also determine if your project is actually eligible or not.  Please pass the word around if you know of anyone that may be interested. “

The Civil War Coat Won an Awesome Gloucester Grant!

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Let’s help Awesome Gloucester, please visit their Facebook page and like and share it. The coat is on their front page TODAY as well as The Awesome Foundation worldwide page. They gave an amazing $1000 kick off for the display case! It’s going to happen! Here are the Facebook links

Awesome Foundation: Gloucester Facebook page

The Awesome Foundation worldwide facebook page

Two other great projects went last night: repairing headstones at Clark cemetery and composting at Veterans. Be on the lookout for them.

Every month the Awesome Gloucester members listen to hopeful project ideas and try to make a difference. They do! The presentation nights are downtown in different spots. Last night was at the Pilot House. We thought we were too nervous to eat but then we saw the menus! We did that when it was at Gloucester House, too. If you haven’t yet, go see the Awesome Gloucester nights. They’re for the community.
Sincerely
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MAYOR SEFATIA AND ANTHONY CATURANO, OWNER/CHEF TONNO RESTAURANT, RAISE $$10,000.00 FOR CANCER!!

Mayor Sefatia write’s, “BIG shout out to Anthony Caturano and Tonno staff for the December ‘Sauce Cookoff: Gravy vs. Sugo’ charity event. We proudly raised $10,000.00 for local cancer patients and supporting services. Today, we delivered a check for $7,500.00 to Addison Gilbert Hospital Oncology, which will directly support their patients. The other $2,500.00 was previously given to different families in time for the Holidays.❤️

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One Hour at a Time Clean this Saturday

Hi kiddos:

Hope everyone was able to stay warm.

When:                  Saturday, January 14, 2017

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 Train Station on Railroad Avenue

Dress warm and please remember gloves

Thanks

Donna

 

The 4 Cape Ann public libraries announce the Cape Ann Reads jury panel

See the 2016 Cape Ann Reads selection panel  

After a year of monthly programming by the libraries and community partners, the Cape Ann Reads original picture book contest is in full swing and has moved into the jury processing stage. The contest is hosted by the 4 public libraries of Cape Ann. They will publish the first edition printing for one book from entries that were submitted by December 15, 2016. The jury selection panel includes representatives from each of the public libraries: Justine Vitale Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Carol Bender, Children’s and Teen Librarian,  Rockport Public Library; Kate Strong Stadt, Head of Youth Services, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; Anne Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; and April Wanner, Assistant Librarian at the TOHP Burnham Library, Essex. Joining these talented library participants are three artists and award winning children’s picture book authors and illustrators: Pat Lowery Collins; Giles Laroche; and Anna Vojtech.  Bob Ritchie proprietor of Dogtown Book Shop will provide another crucial area of book world expertise.  Cape Ann Reads is grateful for their time and considerable talents to help the participants and the process. A second jury of children will select their favorites and is chaired by Liza Browning from the Cape Ann Museum, a Cape Ann Reads partner.

About the Cape Ann creates for Cape Ann Reads Children’s Picture Book Contest:
The 4 public libraries hosted a one of a kind call for entry seeking new and original children’s picture books showcasing local artists and writers. 

Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann, and people who work on Cape Ann were invited to create part or all of a picture book for consideration to be published, and to submit their entries by December 15th, 2016. A first edition printing of one of these submissions will be published in 2017 by the 4 public libraries and with the support of various sponsors. The copyright is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of a Caldecott award for the children’s book, “Little House”, by Virginia Lee Burton, eminent Gloucester artist, author and illustrator.

Oh, what a doll! “Have a Heart Dolls” public art from Rose Baker Senior Center is global

There’s always something happening in the art sessions at Rose Baker Senior Center. With help and direction from the indomitably positive and dedicated artist,  Juni VanDyke, participants in the art program share their talents and collaborate. Participants join in an amazing amount of creative work and activity and have the opportunity to exhibit their creations. Often they work together as a group toward a final outcome. Three quilt series became monumental and cherished works of public art. (See Kim Smith’s beautiful coverage on Good Morning Gloucester.) When you visit the art studio at Rose Baker you’ll see floor to ceiling examples of their creations. For the past few years, dolls have been blooming up the studio wall and steadily and similarly building into a kind and social public art project. Now it’s a mission for art and healing that’s reached beyond Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Juni Van Dyke shared the photographs in this post and writes about the iteration of this project:

“Two years ago, Lois Stillman, a regular participant in the Art Program at the Senior Center, shared an idea with our Monday art group.  The idea became known as “The Endearing Doll Project” — “endearing” because the hand-made doll that Lois introduced to us was just that…endearing.  By way of Lois’ initial instruction, the dolls began to multiply with a serious purpose:  the dolls would be created for the comfort of children undergoing cancer treatment at Dana Farber.  Later, more dolls…(baskets of dolls!) would be delivered to elderly residents at Golden Living and SeaCoast.  Still later, more dolls…(armfuls of dolls!) would join volunteers headed to The Dominican Republic where children who have little in the way of playthings would receive them. The “Endearing Dolls” became known as “The Have a Heart Dolls”. To accurately describe the artwork attributed to each individual doll, (over four hundred dolls to date!) one would have to exhaust every synonym in a thesaurus under the heading “beautiful”.  Indeed, the dolls are beautiful with exquisite individual attention given to detail:  lace trimmings, velvet ribbons, eyelet petticoats, knitted caps, stylized tresses, etc.  But the “Have a Heart Dolls” are so much more than beautiful works of art.  These dolls, with their purpose of bringing comfort and cheer, are a definitive source of love.”  Participants in the “Have a Heart Doll Project” are: Lois Dench, Judy Menicocci, Mary Noons, Maggie Rosa, Carmella Scola, Emily Soule, Ida Spinola, Lois Stillman, Teddy Talbot, Connie Troisi, Juni VanDyke, and Susan Wright

To help with the dolls or other projects and learn more about the art program: Council On Aging (COA) Rose Baker Senior Center Art Program. The mission statement under the direction of Juni VanDyke: To connect Gloucester Senior Citizens to their community through worthwhile art projects while encouraging artistic individuality and collaboration. 

One Hour at a Time Gang Clean Up

Hi kids:

 Hope everyone had a great holiday season. 

 Saturday clean up            

 When:                  Saturday January 7, 2017

Where:                 Moorland Avenue, starting near the Back Shore

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

 Please bring gloves and pickers.

 Thanks all and stay well.

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Donna

 

The One Hour at a Time Gang Schedule

Good Morning kids:

Hope everyone is doing well. Our clean up on Saturday will depend on the weather and wind conditions.

Where:                 Main Street starting near Tonno’s

Time:                    08:00

When:                  Saturday, December 17, 2016

Please bring gloves and any pickers you may have.

Yesterday I cleaned in front of Brown’s Mall. It was a mess and hopefully we can do something to contact the landlord to keep it clean.

I would like to keep a list of stores on Main Street that seem not to care what the front of the stores look like.

Thanks peeps..

Donna

BEAUTIFUL EARNESTNESS

Buoy painting today, up to the very last moment before the tree was lit.

LIVE FROM GLOUCESTER’S LOBSTER POT TREE LIGHTING!

Four, three, two, one…Merry Christmas!

 

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SHOUT OUT TO ART HAVEN’S DAVID BROOKS AND CREW

david-brooks-cape-ann-art-haven-lobster-pot-tree-gloucester-december-10-2016-copyright-kim-smithThank you to David Brooks, the Art Haven crew, the lobstermen who donated their traps, and all the buoy painters for their phenomenal creation of Gloucester’s 2016 lobster pot tree. The most magical to date (if that is possible) and as always, the “World’s Best Lobster Pot Tree!” Thank you for this beautiful gift, and for all that you do for our community throughout the year.

David placing the star with the firemen, crew adding finishing touches, and Tim Bushfield and band from the East Gloucester Community Church leading carolsimg_1616-2

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