I had a great time at O’Maley this week, presenting to 6th graders for “Gloucester Day”. For the past couple of years, I’ve spoken with classes about the HarborWalk because they study it at some point during the academic year. 6th graders are great and all (they were fantastic), but these O’Maley teachers make it seem effortless. Me? I bought cookies from Cafe Sicilia and Virgilios to hand out! This year I ran into Tom Balf for Maritime Gloucester on the way in, heard the teachers delight in seeing their former student, David Brooks for the Hive, back as a mentor, coach and leader. I caught some of Rick Doucette’s presentation because I heard the exclamations over YMCA summer camp and the 24 sleepless hours in a rocking chair fundraiser. Allison Cousins was heading into a class with Little Charlie Goes To Gloucester, a children’s picture book about poet Charles Olson by filmmaker Henri Ferrini and illustrated by Stefan Mallette. (It was also mentioned as it’s one of the links on the Olson marker for the HarborWalk and you can see it with other Cape Ann Reads published books.) This year, Gloucester day fell on National Teacher Appreciation Day. Every day could be National Teacher Appreciation Day. Here’s the report from 6th grade social studies teacher, Jessica Haskell and her O’Maley colleagues:
On Tuesday, May 3rd, 6th grade students at O’Maley Innovation Middle School participated in “Gloucester Day” as part of an introduction to their end-of-the-year service projects. Citizens who are active members of the Gloucester community volunteered their time and expertise to come in and teach students about organizations that work to make our community a better place. Students were also introduced to ways in which they can personally get involved in these efforts through exploring and discovering their hometown, volunteering, participating in summer camps, and coming up with their own ideas. Community mentors who attended were Catherine Ryan (HarborWalk), Rick Doucette (YMCA, Awesome Gloucester), Meghan Stratton (Backyard Growers), David Brooks (The HIVE), Tom Balf (Maritime Gloucester), Beth Klinefelter (The Open Door), and Allison Cousins (O’Maley Guidance).
Thanks for sending these photos and looking forward to hearing about the students’ projects!
Get better soon, Mr. Davis.
I love going to the Empty Bowl Dinner sponsored by the Open Door Food Pantry. My cupboard is colorfully decorated with my bowls from each year and I look forward to picking out the perfect bowl again at this year’s event on May 12th! Last year I was fortunate enough to photograph the event and captured this photo of the potters hands as she was demonstrating the bowl making process. This Saturday the Open Door is hosting a bowl painting party from 10-12 at 28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester. You can contact them to reserve a spot (see info below)….and make sure you paint a pretty one for me!
Come decorate a bowl for the annual Empty Bowl Dinner. Painting is free. Reservations are required. RSVP email@example.com
We are asking people to lend their talent to paint a bowl that will be glazed and fired and then made available at our main event, the Empty Bowl Dinner.
You can read more about the main event here: http://www.foodpantry.org/01_About_Us/empty_bowl.html
Join us Thursday, October 22nd from 7:30am to 9:30am, for a morning of community celebration and thanksgiving as we gather to kick-off the Food Drive and Holiday Basket season. Breakfast is free. Reservations required. firstname.lastname@example.org
Another great event coming up.
Held at Crusieport and all donations go to Cape Ann Animal Aid and Open Door.
The Open Door was lucky enough to be one of eight nonprofit organizations receiving a grant from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation this quarter in the form of a $7,500 grant.
Madame Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken recently visited the food pantry where she helped Kevin Brisson, our food pantry shift leader, stock the vegetable cooler with fresh produce before the last big storm. I sent along a few pictures to show how we are putting this resource to work for the community!
“BJ’s Charitable Foundation is proud to provide assistance to eight local nonprofit organizations that are committed to improving the lives of those in each of their communities,” said Jessica Newman, executive director for the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, in a statement. “These donations will assist thousands of individuals and families in the areas of hunger prevention, education, healthcare and self-sufficiency.”
A quote from me? “This is wicked awesome! Thank you, BJ’s for investing in our community.”
A reminder to readers and anyone out there who needs help, we are here to help. Don’t be shy!
The Open Door
Today’s Globe North Best Bets column features 4 events and the first 2 listed are in Gloucester. Here’s what they say:
Gloucester: Gloucester Stage Company closes its current season with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fences.” The play tells the story of a former Negro baseball leagues star working as a garbage man in Pittsburgh in 1957. Thursday through Sept. 7. $35, $40. Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com .
Gloucester: The Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series presents blues artist James Montgomery, joined by Danielle Miraglia, Marissa Licata, Sax Attax Horns, and Willie Loco Alexander. Friday, 8 p.m. $25-$55. A portion of proceeds will go to The Open Door food pantry. Waterfront Pavilion, Cape Ann Marina, 75 Essex Ave. www.gimmelive.tv
Looks like the editors of the Boston Globe know where to go for top entertainment north of Boston.
Aren’t you glad you live here?
Painting Bowls at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Support of The Open Door
Addison Gilbert Hospital hosted a bowl painting on February 26th in support of The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner.
Hospital employees, their family and friends painted over 40 bowls for the Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner to take place on
Thursday, May 8, Cruiseport Gloucester from 4-8 p.m. Everyone had fun for a great cause.
Kathi Murphy ran The Open Door 3-Minute Shopping Spree this morning at Market Basket filling her cart with more than $1500 worth of groceries to help feed her big family for the next year! Congratulations to Kathi for a good run!
The Shopping Spree Raffle is offered each year as a fundraiser for The Open Door! Watch next August for your chance to enter and WIN!
Happy holidays and Onward!
Food Drive for Open Door Food Pantry
O’Maley Innovation Middle School students participated in an all-school food drive for the Open Door Food Pantry for two weeks prior to Thanksgiving. Over 1400 pounds of items were gathered to help families in need. The O’Maley SAILS program (Service, Integrity, Acceptance, Leadership, Success) emphasizes Service in our community and this year’s annual food drive was a wonderful opportunity for students to put the school community’s values into practice. It was a great success!
My first review in my series on second-hand stores in Gloucester is “Second Glance” (2 Pond Rd., Gloucester), the thrift shop of Open Door, a local hunger-relief charity.
It has a wide selection of items, including clothes, kitchen utensils, books, CD’s, toys (in small quantities, from what I’ve seen), dishes, knickknacks, furniture, etc. It is well organized, clean, and affordably priced.
The place is often busy, so there is a fairly quick turnover of popular items. It’s worth checking back often – and if you see something you want, get it while you can!
They have ample hours, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., both for purchasing and for donating. Proceeds go to support the Open Door hunger relief efforts. So whether you are looking for a useful item for your home or your wardrobe, or you have items in good condition that you want to pass on to another owner, this is a good place to go!
But just because it’s awesome, doesn’t mean it has everything all the time. The other locations I will be reviewing are well worth checking out too!
– Matthew Green
And he’s got a heart. Check this out from the Old Sloop website:
Garnet Rogers and Old Sloop Coffeehouse encourage attendees to bring non-perishable food items to this concert to be donated toThe Cape Ann Open Door Food Pantry. Donors will receive a free drink as a thank-you.
Sounds like my kinda guy! Get tickets here.
Gloucester residents Calvin Del Vecchio (9) and Treely Dowd (8) decided that they didn’t need any presents at their joint Ninja birthday party. Instead, they asked each guest to bring a small donation for The Open Door.
They raised a total of $87, which they presented to Julie LaFontaine, Executive Director of The Open Door. She said, "Donations like this touch the heart and inspire us all to give what we can to help make a difference in our community."
Jen Amero writes-
Continuing the Be Grateful Project through the holiday season with a nod to Gloucester’s own Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry. Under the energized direction of Julie Hazen LaFontaine, the Open Door offers a free grocery store and community meals for the needy, the elderly and the lonely at their Emerson Ave location as well as neighborhood, senior care and school-based mobile farmers’ markets and a second hand clothing and furniture shop at it’s "Second Glace" resale boutique on Pond Road.
For the rest of her blog post about The Open Door Pantry click here
Donate one grocery bag of non-perishable items to Manchester Athletic Club and receive-
(1) Personal Training Session &
(2) hours of child care in our Gymazing! Center.
All non-perishables will be donated to The Open Door Food Pantry!
Donations accepted November 1st – 19th
Breakfast is FREE. Donations accepted.
Thursday, October 25 Cruiseport Gloucester
6 Rowe Square
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
RSVP by Monday, October 22
978-283-6776 ext. 205
Register to reserve a seat
Community Service Award
Val Gilman and Jared Gilman
Outstanding Community Builder
Good Morning Gloucester
Broadcast Interview with Local Author
Charles L. Fields
Charles will discuss his latest riveting travel mystery-adventure
Tainted Dish along with his other titles.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 9:30 am ET
Streamed live via the Internet and available 24/7 by podcast at
Listen for the GMG shout out from Charlie.
Some great folks from the Cape Ann TimeBank came down to Art Haven yesterday to paint some beautiful bowls for Open Door’s Empty Bowl fundraiser coming up on May 10th!