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Chronicle WCVB Channel 5 shares Exciting updates from Woman owned Business on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

These local businesses are bringing a lot of positive coverage and energy about our region. Woman owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway re-aired March 9, 2018, International Women’s Day, on Chronicle with a new introduction from the hosts because of the trail’s continued success and expanded special offers and plans! Johanne Cassia and Pauline Bresnahan share the news for 2018: Our “Woman owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway”, a full day shopping destination, is moving forward in several ways.  


  • We are currently updating our brochure, creating special events and partnering with Essex Heritage Foundation. The 2018 printing will arrive in April and  include additional “Woman owned Business on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway”. Shops will still be located on the 10 mile trail along the coast of Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley, MA. We have developed a Calendar of Events to market our serious fun businesses. All shops will have refreshments, special products, promotions and giveaways.  Mark your calendars for a trio of 2018 seasonal outings hosted by the Woman Owned Business on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway:
  • SPRING May 5 & 12- “Moms are Everything”, a “special event” , will be held on two Saturdays, May 5 and May 12. We will honor ALL MOMS and invite them to shop with us. This is a “Women helping business Women” event as well: we are inviting other local “woman owned businesses” to bring in their products to our shops. We will give them space in our shops to sell their goods and services during this event.
  • SUMMER August 22,23 – “Harvest Festival” weekend:  Each shop will invite a local farm to partner with them. Local Farms will have tents in front of our shops where they can offer farm products, flowers and tastings.
  • FALL Sept 21-23 and 28-30 “Trails & Sails Weekends” sponsored by Essex Heritage, Salem, MA. We are partners with Essex Heritage Foundation and part of 150 events offered by Trail or Sail on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. Each shop will offer a demonstration event on these dates. For more information about Trails and Sails :https://essexheritage.org/ts  Essex National Heritage is in the process of building a new and better website. We’ll have our own shopping destination page and sub pages for each shop!
  • Several organizations and groups have offered mini-bus tours since we unveiled our trail
  • People ask where can you find the brochure? Contact Essex Heritage they will have the brochures, or any of our businesses. Our FB page is https://www.facebook.com/Woman-Owned-Businesses-on-the-Essex-Coastal-Scenic-Byway-1945965882357445/?ref=bookmarks


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National spotlight and recognition thanks to Gloucester Elks good works on behalf of returning veterans

Gloucester Elks Lodge #892 was recognized for the community work they do for Cape Ann’s returning veterans, receiving the Edward Spry trophy for being the #1 Lodge in the Commonwealth for veterans activities. Jayne Morse won the Elk’s Volunteer of the Year Award.  The Cape Ann Veterans Service office gives guidance and helps with information for the returning veterans.  ‘Welcome Home to Cape Ann- We Left the Light on For You’ outreach  for Returning Veterans is such an inspiring national model. It couldn’t happen without leadership, support and volunteers. Lots of good eggs here!

all photos are from  Elks Lodge #892 and Adam Curcuru


photos from last years Welcome Home To Cape Ann – welcome home family event hosted by elks, free for all returning veterans and their families, lots of nice donors and We Left the Light on for You local & generously filled swag bag

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GloucesterCast 255 with Pauline Bresnahan, Jan Bell, Gloria Parsons, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/03/17

GloucesterCast 255 with Pauline Bresnahan, Jan Bell, Gloria Parsons, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/03/17


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Timestamped Topics (click on the timestamp in front of each topic to go directly to that topic) Include:

Mark Your Calendars December 16th For The GMG Holiday Party At Cape Ann Giclee Details Here

06:25 Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website


Glosta Joe’s Coffee Available At Pauline’s Gifts

“Woman” owned businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway On Chronicle Wednesday Night

Lobster Trap Tree Buoy Painting 

Ladies Night December 7th Is Ladies Night Downtown Gloucester

Middle Street Walk Saturday December 9, 2017- Schedule

December 10th Family Fun Day At Maritime Gloucester

60,000 Toddler Oysters Released On the Annisquam

I can’t stand lemon on my seafood and I don’t understand why it’s a thing that people think if they’re serving seafood they have to serve it with lemon. Why?

Cheap Flights To Montreal

Reserve now for Dec 6th Bordeaux Wine Dinner Event at Feather & Wedge!

Dinner At Tonno

Sugo vs Gravy Fundraiser At Tonno

Check Out Sassy Eco Bags Made From Upcycled Coffee bags- http://www.sassyecobags.com/

Small Business Saturday local specials

Small Business Saturday 2017 specials

Joey asked Pauline’s Gifts for information about the 6th annual Small Business Saturday and a list of specials. She was an early adapter. Here it is, and thanks Pauline!

“In 2011 the Senate unanimously supported Small Business Saturday, and in 2012 all 50 states had participants. This one day event is bringing awareness of the importance in supporting your Local Small Businesses and giving many small businesses a way to promote at no cost to them. If you are an American Express merchant you are able to use the tools made available to you by AMEX. Many of us receive banners, balloons, postcards, reusable bags, and lots of other swag to use for our businesses. Even those who do not take AMEX are able to utilize the promotion working with a Neighborhood Champion. These champions obtain the materials and are able to share with other businesses in their neighborhood. In 2016 there were over 6,700 Neighborhood Champions in the country. Small business owners embrace the day. Through their own promotional efforts small business owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion dollars on Small Business Saturday in 2016.” GMG search pulls up posts about Small Business Saturday in 2012. Some of the 2017 GMG posts: Bridgette’s post, Donna’s post, Kim’s post about PRESENT, and GMG podcast (timestamped!)

*GC = gift certificate

Call your other favorite shops to find out what specials they may be having!

7 Seas Whale Watch: Adult GCs $29 & Season Pass Discounts
Cake Ann: 10% off Next in-store Purchase When You Buy a GC
Cape Ann Olive Oil: Buy 6 Same Size Bottles, Get 1 Free
Design of Mine: 20% off Total Purchase
DIVA : 12-20% off
Dogtown Books unique gifts, rare & used books, work by local artists
Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply
, 121 Eastern Ave, Essex: 20% off Treats, Toys, & Accessories
goodlinens – Gloucester buy-two-get-the-third-50%-off special on all of our linen on Friday and through December
Hair & Color Studio, The: Buy $50 GC get $10 GC free
LifeBloom Massage & Spa: Refer a Friend & Both Get 10% off Any Treatment (no limit)
Magic Scarf Company: Wholesale Prices, Wine/Snacks
Manchester Athletic Club: $50 Join Fee thru 11/30, 1/2 Donated to The Open Door
Maplewood Car Wash: 25% off Book of 5 Washes, 10% off GCs
O’Neil Fitness: 20% off Package of 12 Personal Training Sessions
Pauline’s Gifts: 512 Essex Ave, Gloucester: 20% off Entire Purchase (Excludes Pauline’s Painted Items)
Pop Gallery 
Premier Imprints: Gloucester: 20% off Premier Imprints gifts
Present: Celebrate Small Business Saturday as we release our holiday ornaments!
R & B Carpet Cleaning Services: 10% off
Sand to City Style: 20% off
Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, 7 Main St, Essex: Up to 40% Off
The Urchin Exchange: 20% off

For Stage Fort Park Volunteers: 2017 Thank You Luncheon at Captain Carlo’s

The traditional end of season Stage Fort Park Volunteers Thank you Lunch was held on Wednesday October 11 at Captain Carlo’s, and was hosted by the City of Gloucester, Mayor Romeo Theken, the Tourism Commission, and Captain Carlo’s. It was a lovely day and a great meal at a beautiful waterfront restaurant!



Thank them! If you’re interested in joining this fun group, ask them about volunteering and why they do it. They have great stories to share. Kathie Gilson manages the volunteers. Gilson said that many volunteers return year after year, and for the 2017 season, volunteers took on extra shifts because the Stage Fort Park Welcome Center was short on coverage. The visitor center is open to the public from May through Columbus Day weekend. It’s a busy stop for visitors to Gloucester and the region. Over the summer of 2017, volunteers helped 15,000 visitors. Some said coming to Gloucester was “on their bucketlist”, others return each and every year. Visitors came from every state. Guests from North Dakota were the last state to make the tally. The Stage Fort Park Volunteers keep a guest book. Not everyone coming through signs in or leaves a note though the ones that do write in comments about Gloucester’s beauty and its friendly residents and businesses. The park is a jewell.

Captain Carlo’s owner, Carla O’Connor, is a member of the Tourism Commission for the City of Gloucester and she organzied the event. Gloucester businesses worked together with the City to offer scrumptious local favorites: baked haddock and chowder from Captain Carlos: chicken broccoli and  ziti from Causeway; and braised beef from Azorean. Desserts were from Pauline’s Gifts, Caffe Sicillia and Captain Carlo’s.  Castle Manor Inn made a contribution.


Kathie Gilson (L), Carla O’Connor (R) welcome the volunteers

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The baked haddock–ALL the food was yummy!




Essex National Heritage: 7 Cape Ann awards, Bass Rocks Golf Club, & just how many people visit Salem?

There are 49 National Heritage Areas throughout the United States. Massachusetts shares three of its four with neighboring states: CT, NH and RI.  The fourth, Essex National Heritage Area, is the only one located entirely within the Commonwealth. The enviable Essex National Heritage Area was established in 1996 for all of Essex County, Massachusetts, its 34 cities and towns, nearly 10,000 historic places on the national historic register, 26 national historic landmarks and 2 National Park headquarters (Salem and Saugus Iron Works).  Trails and Sails is just one of Essex National Heritage’s memorable rallying efforts. Make sure to participate! Another initiative is the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway which calls attention to our county via its lovely, historic roads. You may have noticed the brown byway signs which were installed in 2012 after years of establishing the best routes to re-connect and highlight Essex County. This is one of the signs installed in Gloucester, MA. David Rhinelander helped with the Gloucester and Cape Ann part.


2017 Essex National Heritage Presenters

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) held its Annual Fall Meeting on Thursday, October 4 at the Flint Public Library in Middleton. Business and community leaders throughout the county were in attendance. John Farmer, Essex National Heritage President, mentioned that he joined Bass Rocks Golf Club and that he enjoyed visiting the Gloucester HarborWalk for this year’s Trails & Sails in his opening report. Farmer is the Senior Vice President & Senior Credit Officer, of Eastern Bank, Lynn, one of the major Lightkeeper Sponsors* for Essex National Heritage.


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John Farmer, Essex National Heritage President, Essex National Heritage Commission. Farmer is the Senior Vice President & Senior Credit Officer, of Eastern Bank, Lynn, one of the major Lightkeeper Sponsors* for Essex National Heritage


Can you guess how many guests the busy Salem vistitor center welcomed since 2013? Paul DePrey, the National Park Service Superintendent for the Salem Martime & Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, shared this update…

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WWII Navy ship’s bell mystery and news from Capt Lester S Wass American Legion Post 3

Commander Mark Nestor welcomed the city’s Tourism Commission to the Capt. Lester S Wass American Legion Post 3, Gloucester, MA. Gloucester Congressman A. Piatt Andrew (1873-1936) founded the American Field Service and was instrumental in forming the National American Legion at this post. It’s the third oldest in the country, and its 100th anniversary in 2019 is fast approaching.

The Legion has a new website http://www.post3.org/

It was pushed along by the requests for an on line drive to support  legionnaires suffering as a result of recent hurricane Harvey/Irma.

The building and legion accommodate thousands of visitors annually. The building itself was constructed ca.1844 and is one of the greatest examples of residents crowd sourcing together to purchase a municipal building. The architecture serves an enduring patriotic role: first as a Town Hall, then school, and since WW1  the Legion Post 3.

Nestor expressed gratitude for the city. This past summer they restored the wood floors, which brightened the space from the everyday black/brown grime of the past 20 years. They’ve greatly improved the space and display. A museum mount for the handwritten contemporaneous Official City Clerk copy of the WW1 army and navy register is a high light. A writer has already relied on it for original research.


The Legion is open to the community and rented for private events. There is a private recreation room for veterans which is under renovation. Upkeep and care of the building is ongoing.


Can you help identify the WWII naval vessel? The bell belonged to Reverend John J. Sheehan who was a Navy Chaplain. “It’s believed the bell was from the vessel he served on, but the ship remains unknown.” Sheehan’s cousin donated the ship bell to the Post. From the Legion’s plaque:

“After World War I, Reverend Sheehan served as Director at Camp Stella Maris for more than 40 years. It was a summer camp for youth located in West Gloucester. Its name is inscribed on the bell. Reverend Sheehan was also the National Chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also served as Pastor in a number of Catholic parishes on the north shore. The bell was dedicated to a Stephen Chamberlin. Stephen Chamberlin was a Ret. Lieutenant General who served in the army during WWII and was the Asst. Chief of Staff,G-3 in General Douglas Macarthur’s General Headquarters in the southwest Pacific area. His relationship to Reverend Sheehan is unknown.”


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The commemorative coin celebrating the Capt Lester S Wass Post No. 3 100th anniversary and the Cape Ann Veterans Services coin are for sale.

Adam Curcuru, Director Cape Ann Veterans Services, attended the meeting and remarked how great it was “to see our Veterans organizations being utilized to support our great communities.”

Adam Curcuru at the Legion for the Gloucester Tourism Commission meeting

Great idea and beautiful new trail map! Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Route 133/1A

One for All and All for One !

Local women retailers and colleagues from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley met early last spring about working together to market their businesses.  These street level shops represent 4 cities and towns, and share a regional ‘Main Street’ – Route 133/1A, part of the gorgeous 90 mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. The new Woman Owned Businesses Along The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway brochure will be in stores before Labor Day. I’ll re-post with higher resolution images and final copy when it’s unveiled. While you’re exploring this contemporary woman owned businesses trail, don’t miss the fantastic historic exhibition The Women of Essex – Stories to Share show sponsored by the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, on display on the 3rd Floor of the Essex Town Hall and Library, 30 Martin Street (Route 22), Essex.

Fun route is easy to follow

#1 Pauline’s Gifts, Gloucester

#2 Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply, Essex

#3 Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Essex

#4 The Essex Exchange, Essex

#5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich*

#6 AnnTiques, Ipswich

#7 Be Modern, Ipsiwch

#8 Lost Treasures, Rowley

#9 Serendipity at Todd’s Farm, Rowley

*Johanne Cassia, who owns Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery –#5 on the new map–painted the illustration of their businesses featured on the brochure.



Woman Owned Business on the Essex coastal byway

I’ve included a few scenes from The Women of Essex – Stories to Share exhibition at Essex Town Hall and the renovated bright space on the top floor, accessible for all.

photo- Women of Essex: Restauranteurs (detail from installation Essex Town Hall)

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Stacy Boulevard expanded garden plans Tulip Fest May 6

IMG_20170504_052040Saturday May 6, 2017 is the official ribbon cutting re-opening of Stacy Boulevard by Mayor Romeo Theken. Thanks to the Mayor, Mike Hale and all Gloucester DPW, GZA, Essex County Landscape Assoc, Gloucester Community Preservation Act, Ann Giraldi Johnson, GFWA, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and groups like the Seaport Economic Council and Dir Carolyn Kirk, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Joe Lucido, Ed Parks, Mike Linquata, Donna Ardizzoni and One Hour at a Time Gang, Ringo Tarr, Bobbie Turner, YMCA and summer help, Wolf Hill, Generous Gardeners, and other volunteers!

Tulip Festival and bonnet parade Saturday 10AM

Ribbon Cutting 11:30AM

Party at Mile Marker Restaurant 6-10PM

Enjoy a closer look at the engineering and landscape plans for the expanded gardens and before/after comparisons.

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Stacy expanded gardens

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Heart and army : Pauline and the Generals talk Gloucester and veterans services

Pauline shares a once in a lifetime experience (Photo L-R: 39th Chief of Staff for the US Army, General Mark A Milley; Pauline Bresnahan; Major General John ‘Mike’ Murray; Special Assistant to the Commanding General at Fort Benning Mike Burns)


Artists and Mother and Daughter: Pauline and Kate Bresnahan design the new emblem for Cape Ann Veterans Services



The new emblem came out of Pauline’s original ‘we left the light on for you’ drawing for the Welcome Home Initiative for returning veterans. Kate completed the graphic design work. You can see her fine art and design work here http://katebrezzy.com

Cape Ann Veterans Services in Gloucester always has something going on! Every early Friday morning, there’s a coffee crowd visiting. Friends drive from near and far. On this day a guy came up from Providence.



We’re sharing this lovely letter about GMG’s own Catherine Ryan, which was sent to the the Gloucester Daily Times, and written by Pauline Bresnahan.

To the editor:

The year 2013 was the first year I was asked to be on the city of Gloucester’s Tourism Commission. I have met many people who love the city and want to use their area of knowledge to help our community.

It was then that I met and started working alongside my now dear friend Catherine Ryan. I am constantly in awe of her dedication to her family and her love of Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Some of the wonderful projects that she has in some way positively impacted and in many cases quietly but with great passion championed are: Gloucester’s Harborwalk, the Downtown Cultural District, Committee for the Arts, the Tourism Commission, the Pop Up Art event at The Hive for Young Artists, Cape Ann Reads and murals at City Hall. She has also helped to guide her sons in their desire to preserve and display the Bachelor Civil War coat at Gloucester High School.

It is a great privilege and honor to be able to call Catherine a friend but even more to let her know that I cannot thank her enough for what she does for us here in Gloucester. I have amazing respect for this amazing woman and I wanted to just let her know that.

If you know Catherine, you also know she is a humble woman who never asks for recognition but will be the first to recognize others for their work. You will often see her posts on Good Morning Gloucester. She is always sharing the work of others in the city and helping to promote events. Catherine does not hesitate to help a young person who might need some help or advice. Her ability to research stories and share factual information for the readers of the blog are extremely useful.

If you know Catherine let her know how much you appreciate what she does for all of us. I know I will.

Pauline Bresnahan

Chairwoman, Gloucester Tourism Commission

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



GloucesterCast 215 With Kim Smith, Joel Favazza and Brandon Pratt of Happy Valley Ventures, Pauline Bresnahan and Donna Ardizzoni Taped 1/22/17


GloucesterCast 215 With Kim Smith, Joel Favazza and Brandon Pratt of Happy Valley Ventures, Pauline Bresnahan and Donna Ardizzoni Taped 1/22/17

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Joel Favazza and Brandon Pratt- Happy Valley Ventures Dispensary and Cultivation Facility
What exactly is being proposed in Gloucester?
Where can people legally purchase marijuana and what credentials will one need to purchase it?
Will it be taxed?  On the State Level, Federal level, local level.
Besides jobs and real estate taxes, what other benefits to the City of Gloucester does having a dispensary have?
Are there laws for police officers when people are driving under the influence of marijuana and is there a test that police officers use?
Scott Memhard and Val Gilman filed ordinance to add Coyotes to existing ban on feeding Pigeons, Seagulls, terns and other Water Fowl downtown.
Winter Cabin Fever Creative Marketplace At Magnolia Library Sunday February 12
Elks Welcome home to Cape Ann We Left The Light on For Your initiative for returning vets, for more info- check out Pauline’s facebook page
Ringo Tarr’s flags on the Boulevard donations
Condolences to Brian, Bruce and Ringo Tarr for the passing of their mom
Women’s March yesterday Millions all over the country, Kim Smith reports
Patriots vs Steelers- Craig Kimberley Die Hard Steelers Fan going to tonight’s game.  Question is- “Will he be wearing his Patriots jersey under his Steelers Jersey at the Game and if the Steelers are getting blown out, does he take his Steelers jersey off?”

Local Veterans read picture book, Heroes in Our Neighborhood, aloud to elementary school classes this week


(photos Cape Ann Veterans Services)

This past week Cape Ann Veterans Services brought copies of the children’s picture book, Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood, and super volunteer readers, into our local Kindergarten, first and second grades to read aloud in the classes. Copies of the book were gifted to the classroom libraries. Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood ©2012 is by Valerie Pfundstein with illustrations by Aaron Anderson and foreword by John Vigiano Sr., a Marine Veteran and retired FDNY Captain, who honors his sons’ memories (both lost on 9/11) by volunteering his time and resources to Gold Star families and wounded heroes.

Volunteer readers at East Gloucester School: Members of the US Coast Guard Station, Gloucester, Navy/Veteran/Gloucester Police Department Officer Kevin Hicks and marine Corps Veteran Michael S. Grossi who read to his son’s class. 

Volunteer readers at West Parish: members of the the US Coast Guard Station  Gloucester; David Parisi Air Force Veteran who read to his daughter’s class; Marine Corps Veteran/State Trooper Tim Sova who read to his daughter’s clas; Coast Guard and Marine Veteran/deputy harbor master Chad Johnson; Vietnam War Marine Veteran Brian O’Connor; Army Veteran Anthony Trupiano who recently returned home; Ray Towns Army Veteran/commander of Gloucester Amvets; and Korean War Veteran Melvin Olson .

Volunteer readers at Plum Cove: Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Services Francisco Urena, Marine Veteran; Trina Parisi-O’Donnell, Air Force Veteran whose son attends Plum Cove; Police Officer Brendan Chipperini and Vionette Vee Chipperini Army Veterans; Gloucester Sea Cadet Commander Robert Pallazolla Air Force Veteran; Police Officer Chris Frates Coast Guard Veteran; Richard J Cavanaugh, Army Veteran; and Devan Smith and Mike Pillelli of US Coast Guard Station, Gloucester





Adam Curcuru telling Pauline Bresnahan and Anita Coullard Dziedziek about the book last month.



Pauline Bresnahan goes to the State House: Watch it live 1pm


Congratulations, Pauline! She is one of the inspiring women to be honored today at the State House in the 13th Annual Unsung Heroines Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Gloucester can watch it live on app Periscope at 1pm! This will be the first time the Unsung Heroines event is livestreaming, and the first time Pauline has been inside the State House.  

Open the Periscope app in your phone or tablet. Search for “MassCSW” 1pm live feed.


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