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City of Gloucester & Fuller Mixed Use Venture, LLC Close on Fuller School Deal


The administration of Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and the principals of the Fuller Mixed Use Venture, LLC (FMUV) announced today that they have closed on the purchase of the former Milton L. Fuller Elementary School. The closing of the $4.1 million sale of the 10.6 acre property is the final step in executing the real estate transaction where ownership of the property is officially transferred to FMUV.

Mayor Romeo Theken said, “We are excited to have reached this project milestone. My administration worked very hard to get this deal done, and done right. The entire process was transparent and participatory. We listened to exactly what our residents wanted and are thrilled to be able to deliver a mixed-use development opportunity that will benefit Gloucester for years to come.”

The Fuller site is an important gateway to the City of Gloucester. The FMUV mixed-use project will transform this underutilized surplus property into a new economic engine, an enhanced center for community and recreation, and provide a housing option that will help solve the shortage described in the City’s Housing Production Plan.

The FMUV team, a partnership between Windover Construction, Sam Park & Co., the Dolben Co., and the YMCA of the North Shore, will redevelop the parcel on Route 128 adjacent to Gloucester Crossing. The $70 million private investment includes 200 new housing units (including thirty units of affordable housing), over 25,000 square feet of new retail space, and a new $23 million first-class YMCA that will provide enhanced health, education and social services for thousands of residents of Cape Ann.

The project will generate more than $500,000 in new annual property and excise tax revenue, create 200 permanent jobs and allocate the parcels needed to complete the buildout of Gloucester Crossing.

Lee Dellicker, CEO of Windover Construction and Managing Partner of Fuller Mixed Use Ventures, LLC said, ‘We are very excited to finally start construction on this wonderful new facility. This is a true mixed-use project that includes a new state-of-the-art YMCA facility providing so many community-oriented services; fine apartment living serving all of Cape Ann; and expanding an already successful retail market at Gloucester Crossing. This has been a long road. We never could have made this happen without the devoted and hardworking people of the City of Gloucester. The Mayor’s Office, the City Council, the Planning Board, and numerous other City Boards, staff and volunteers worked very hard to help us create this final project that we will all be very proud of.“

James Destino, Gloucester’s Chief Administrative Officer said, “Today we are able to start a new chapter on the Fuller site. Since day one of the Romeo Theken administration, the development of this site was a high priority. We are proud to have been able to deliver quality economic development and much needed options to enhance our housing supply. Through tough negotiations and ongoing collaboration this deal is set to transform the way residents live and work here in Gloucester.”

Today’s closing triggers a series of next steps to prepare the site for development. FMUV and its contractors will begin removal of asbestos and lead, demolition of the former school building, and removal of unsuitable soils. The City will be supporting the development with utility infrastructure upgrades made possible by a $3 million MassWorks Infrastructure Grant awarded by the Baker-Polito Administration’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The City and FMUV are working together to coordinate these efforts to meet an anticipated 2020 opening of the YMCA and housing elements.

FMUV originally submitted an offer for the site in 2015, and the Gloucester City Council gave their final approval to the project in July 2018. The parties have worked diligently to finalize all remaining details over the last several months and are pleased to see this project come to fruition.

A day at Parker River Wildlife Refugee

On Valentine’s Day rick and I went to Parker River Wildlife.  It was a pretty day but very cold and windy.  Did not see any owls but saw friends, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz.

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From Morning Glory to Yella | Together at City Hall finalizing restaurant transition (targeting May 1 2019 opening!)

Nancy Cooney and her daughter Grace were at City Hall to support plans for Danielle and Carlo Berdahn’s new Mediterranean bistro, Yella, opening May 1, 2009 in the former Morning Glory space on Stacy Boulevard. The Zoning Board approved some deck work at their waterfront dining site. Grace spoke about how hard her mom works, the bitter sweet closing, and the plans and excitement of these impressive new owners. The Berdahns made the decision easier for her mom to transition to a well-earned retirement and for customers to welcome a new eatery. The family wishes them well and long success in Gloucester, too.

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5th Annual Welcome Home Veterans Luncheon March 10, 2019

Gloucester Elks
101 Atlantic Road
Gloucester, MA 01930

Sunday, March 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am

Join us for a FREE Veterans Luncheon. If you are a local Cape Ann veteran, a member of the AmVets, VFW, American Legion, Elks, or a previous returnee… we would love to have you join us.

Tons of great food from many of our local restaurants.. the Causeway, Gloucester House, and Virgilios, to name a few!!

Every year we welcome home every returning veteran back to the Cape Ann Community. This year we are inviting others to join in the comradery and share their insights with our returnees this year.

If you ARE attending you must RSVP prior to the event. Space is limited. Email or confirm on the Facebook event invite prior to March 3rd.

Prime Rib Weekly Specials Around Town

Did you miss the Valentine’s Day prime rib specials this week? Fear not… rib specials are available from several local establishments. This is not intended to be a complete list: if you have something to add, please let us know! These are not regular menu items, but scheduled specials. Now, go get some for yourself!

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wed Thurs Friday Saturday
1606 at Beauport

$38 for two after 5 PM in February

Seaport Grille


Rhumb Line


    Mile Marker

After 4 PM

12 oz – $18

18 oz – $22


After 5 PM


          Boat House

22 oz – $24.99

26 oz – $28.99

Boat House

22 oz – $24.99

26 oz – $28.99

          Village Restaurant



Prime Rib Weekly Specials

Mary Poppins JR

Cape Ann Community

You Are Cordially Invited to………

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What: Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS JR.

Who:  75 O’Maley Academy Drama Club students in grades 6,7 & 8

Where: O’Maley Innovation Middle School Auditorium

When: Our triple-cast production will perform 6 shows

(Cast X)Friday, March 8, 2019 – 7:00 P.M.       

(Cast Y)Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 7:00 P.M.   

(Cast Z)Sunday, March 10, 2019 – 1:00 P.M.     

(Cast X)Friday, March 15, 2019 – 7:00 P.M.

(Cast Z)Saturday, March 16, 2019 – 7:00 P.M.

(Cast Y)Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 1:00 P.M.

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Cape Ann’s visiting Black Vulture Hector was recently spotted in Gloucester. He is enjoying reader Nancy’s food treats and her geese 🙂

Cape Ann Artist, Karen Pischke Expanding her horizons

Dreamtime Wellness photography is showing in two art centers in February and March.  ‘Meditation Rock in a Storm’ is in the open juried show ‘Opposites Attract’ at the Cape Cod Art Center, February 12 – March 17. Opening Reception is tonight from 5 – 7 pm. Her ‘Red Sky at Night’ is at Rocky Neck Art Colony’s ‘Rocky Neck Now 2019, Looking All Around’ show, starting today at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center through March 24th. Open Reception is Saturday. February 16th from 2 – 4 pm at 6 Wonson Street in Gloucester MA. Photos also available in various sizes, framed and unframed. PhotoArt note cards for ‘inspiration and meditation’ are for sale at the Bookstore in Gloucester MA.
‘Thank You’ to Anna James Eves at Cape Ann Giclee and Chuck Hayback and his team at Nor’East Frameworks for their great work and expediting the process to help get ready in time for these shows! ~ Karen Pischke, BSN, RN
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Create Space

Cape Ann Home


Moving away from your family is a right of passage when you turn 18, but as an adult it can feel more like a loss. For many of us, we rely on our families for comfort and support. Our relationships are strengthened and defined by the day to day interactions and the yearly holidays are a bonus. However, when you no longer live a 5 minute drive from your core family members, things can change a bit. Having room in your new home to host your family can make all the difference.  Create space, and fill it with love so that your family is never far away.

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Mortgage Rates Continue to Drop

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Daily Mortgage Rates

If you were a home shopper, or wanted to refinance your home this fall, you were probably in for sticker shock.  Not at higher home prices, but higher home-mortgage rates.  Mortgage rates through December rose to the upper 4’s and lower 5’s.  Combine that with escalating home prices, and some people all of a sudden got priced out of the market.

The good news in 2019 is we may have stabilizing mortgage rates.  The Fed announced last month they may be easing the rate hikes they had planned for 2019.  In 2018, the Fed had 4 increases to the benchmark lending rate.  On January 17, 2019, the Fed said they are going to be more careful of rate hikes in 2019 as to not to interfere with the economic growth the country has been experiencing.

All of this means that consumers, at the moment, have a brief interest rate respite…

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Violinist Sara Pajunen and accordionist Teija Niku bring their contemporary chamber-folk sound to Cape Ann. Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m

Pajunen was warmly received in performance here in 2018, and now with Niku draws on their Nordic heritage to create traditional and modern folk music as well as distinctive vocals.

Aallotar plays on Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St., Lanesville.

Free will donations appreciated.

Hunka Hunka burning love fest! Feb 14 Today 8:30 PM · The Rhumb Line


Valentine’s Day KissFest 2019 at the Rhumbline in Gloucester. We’re celebrating by giving out free kisses to the first 600 patrons that evening. Join me, the hotter-than-hell Brian Alex of Entrain, Grammy nominated Mark Earley of roomful of blues and Victor Wainwright and the train, Dave Sag holding down the big bottom bass, and rhythmic Einstein, Benny Benson on the drums. 2-14-2018. 8:30-11:30


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