Monthly Archives: December 2010

Yeah! Thanks GMG!

Thanks to GMG We’re down about $60.00 today and probably at least another $60.00 tomorrow! My Beautiful Wife Cathy who’s a Nurse at Seacoast Nursing Home bought a few Greasy pole Ornaments and T-Shirts from Tiny Island Glass Beach store at the Westend of Main St. Today. It sounds like the woman who sold her the stuff could’nt have been nicer! She gave a little discount because she bought a lot of stuff. Maybe if she dropped my Name she could’ve have done even better.  Well, Maybe.

We Love the ornament! Very Creative! and pretty! It means a lot to two of my Son’s who have walked the Pole at St. Peter’s.

Gloucester is full of very creative People.

I don’t recomend things very often, But these Greasy pole Ornaments and T-Shirts are Unique and Beautiful! Check them Out!

Christmas Concert in Rockport December 18th

The North Shore Christian Men’s Choir and the Lighthouse Brass Quintet
will host a Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 18th at 3:00 p.m.
at the First Baptist Church, Four High Street at Harvey Park, Rockport.
Free admission.  Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome and
invited to attend.
This concert is part of Rockport’s Annual Christmas Pageant that
will be held at 5 p.m.  Don’t miss Christmas in Rockport; like the town
and the season, it is special!

Bradley Royds, Jake Pardee and Pete Lindberg~ Dog Bar ~ Tonight~9:00 to 12:00

Photos by Louise

Three dynamic musicians under one roof. You can not go wrong with that. I have had the opportunity to hear Bradley, Jake and Pete, each one alone and with a band. I was also able to catch the last set when they were all playing together, not to long ago at the Dog Bar. It was unique because they all have different styles among them but share that familiar passion. Sometimes you just want to sit back and have the pleasure of just listening to their creativity with all of the songs that they so eagerly share. Then again, you may want to jump right up and dance around the place.  You will see that at just about any show.

Patrick-Murray Administration Designates Gloucester A "Green Community"

Second round of cities and towns named clean energy leaders; now eligible for municipal renewable power and energy efficiency grants


Green Communities Map

BOSTON – December 16, 2010 – The Patrick-Murray Administration today named 18 cities and towns from Boston to the Berkshires as “Green Communities,” making these communities eligible for over $3.6 million in grants for local renewable power and energy efficiency projects that will advance both municipal and state clean energy goals.

Boston, Dedham, Easton, Gardner, Gloucester, Harvard, Hatfield, Marlborough, Medway, Milton, Newburyport, New Salem, Scituate, Swampscott, Watertown, Wayland, Williamstown, and Winchester join 35 other cities and towns named in the inaugural round of Green Communities designations last May – bringing the total number of official Green Communities to 53.

“I applaud these 18 communities – and the 35 that came before them – for the critical role they are playing in creating a clean energy future for the Commonwealth,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “Across the Commonwealth, cities and towns are eager to make clean energy choices that are already benefiting our economy, environment and quality of life.”

“As our Administration continues to invest in clean energy, it is encouraging to see so many cities and towns across the Commonwealth realize the value of renewable energy and energy efficiency,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “I’d like to congratulate our second group of Green Communities and hope their leadership inspires other communities as we work together to promote a stronger and more sustainable future for Massachusetts.”

The Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Green Communities Grant Program uses funding from auctions of carbon emissions permits under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reward communities that win Green Communities designation by meeting five clean energy benchmarks:

  • Adopting local zoning bylaw or ordinance that allows “as-of-right siting” for renewable and/or alternative energy R & D facilities, manufacturing facilities or generation units;
  • Adopting an expedited permitting process related to the as-of-right facilities;
  • Establishing a municipal energy use baseline and a program to reduce use by 20 percent within five years;
  • Purchasing only fuel-efficient vehicles for municipal use, whenever such vehicles are commercially available and practicable; and
  • Requiring all new residential construction over 3,000 square feet and all new commercial and industrial real estate construction to reduce lifecycle energy costs (i.e., adoption of an energy-saving building “stretch code”).

“As the signature initiative of the Green Communities Act signed by Governor Patrick in 2008, the Green Communities program challenges cities and towns to go greener than ever before and then rewards that hard work with resources that enable them to go even further – saving energy costs for their residents and reducing the environmental impact of municipal operations,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles said.

November 19 was the deadline for municipalities to apply for Green Community designation in order to qualify for approximately $3.6 million in Green Communities grants. Communities designated today have until January 21 to submit applications for grants that will be awarded later this winter.

“In the first round of Green Communities grants, my office was pleased to award funding for an array of innovative and practical projects – from buying down the cost of municipal energy management contracts and purchasing hybrid vehicles for municipal fleets to installing solar power and high efficiency street lights,” DOER Commissioner Phil Giudice said. “I look forward to seeing these 18 new Green Communities come forward with equally compelling projects in our next grant round.”

Using a formula that caps awards at $1 million and provides each community with a $125,000 base grant – plus additional amounts based on per capita income and population, and for municipalities that meet Green Communities Criterion 1 for energy generation, DOER notified the selected communities of their eligibility for the following funding:

Boston $1,000,000
Dedham $ 179,800
Easton $ 168,300
Gardner $ 206,100
Gloucester $ 198,200
Hatfield $ 130,725
Harvard $ 141,200
Marlborough $ 217,125
Medway $ 158,450
Milton $ 157,100
New Salem $ 138,100
Newburyport $ 155,000
Scituate $ 163,025
Swampscott $ 143,800
Watertown $ 192,825
Wayland $ 131,775
Williamstown $ 142,000
Winchester $ 151,475


Lights of Love

Nearly 200 Cape Ann residents and business and community leaders turned out for the 3rd annual Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony at Addison Gilbert Hospital.  The event, which took place on December 2nd , brings community members together to honor family and friends who have battled cancer and to support Gorton’s Specialty and Cancer Care Center at Addison Gilbert Hospital.

The Lights of Love is a volunteer effort led by Gloucester residents Sue Kyle and Shawn Wilson to help raise awareness of the world class cancer care available at Addison Gilbert Hospital. During the ceremony guests enjoyed a special visit from Santa, and caroling with the talented Gloucester High School Chorus, which was led by GHS Music Director Dave Adams. The tree lighting, symbolizing the many Cape Ann residents affected by cancer, was one of the highlights of the evening.  Cape Ann artist Ken Knowles also donated an original painting for the event and many local businesses contributed to the “Fives for Lives” raffle packages.

“This marks the third annual Lights of Love ceremony and we are now proud to call it an official Cape Ann tradition,” said Dr. Angus “Sandy” McIntyre, an oncologist at Addison Gilbert Hospital.  “We are thrilled to have the community involved in this wonderful event.  Gorton’s offers vital cancer and specialty care services right here on the North Shore, and we are so grateful for the continued support of this facility.”

The Gorton’s Center offers a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to patient care that brings together medical oncology physicians, pathologists, radiologists and nurses to provide patients with the latest diagnostic technology and evaluation, innovative treatment approaches, and superior care and support. Patients also have access to the latest in clinical trials and protocols through Addison Gilbert’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

There are nearly 3,000 patient visits to the Gorton’s Center each year.  Since its launch in 2008, the Lights of Love has raised close to $35,000 for the Gorton’s Center.

Those wishing to make a gift in support of Addison Gilbert Hospital Cancer Care Services can visit and click on "giving/make a gift" and select Addison Gilbert Hospital Annual Fund.  Please note Lights of Love in the "in honor of" section.

To see a full listing of Sponsors and Cape Ann Tributes, please visit the Addison Gilbert Hospital Main Entrance throughout the month of December.  The 2010 Lights of Love Photo Gallery is available at

Please save the date for the 2011 Lights of Love Raffle and Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 1, 2011.

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