Monthly Archives: March 2013

2013 Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Facebook Page

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The Farm Bar & Grille and Good Morning Gloucester together with YMCA Camp Spindrift present the 3rd annual outdoor bikini/speedo dodgeball tournament to benefit Next Step, a charity that provides aid to children and young adults with life threatening illnesses (

The event itself will be held at YMCA Camp Spindrift in West Gloucester. They have an ideal facility to accommodate this event as it grows. Parking will be at nearby Wingaersheek Beach and there will be a shuttle between the parking lot and Camp Spindrift.
On Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm there will be a COMPETITOR’S PRE-EVENT MEETING at the Farm Bar & Grille in Essex, MA (233 Western Ave). The purpose of this meeting will be to give the athletes their tshirts and wristbands, as well as go over the rules of play and verify athletes’ age and make sure swimwear is all legal. At least one person from each team should be present. The idea here is to make everything run smoothly on the day of the event.

This is a 21+ event, all participants MUST be 21+. We will play through snow or light rain, but in the event of extreme weather there is a makeup date the next weekend. This is a double elimination team tournament, each team will have 5 players with a minimum of 2 women per team. We will be using basic team dodge ball rules with a few modifications for the outdoors and teams of 5.

All team members MUST compete in bikini or speedo style swimwear (no swim shorts, jean shorts, etc.) or face automatic elimination. Your team’s competition swimwear must be approved at the pre event meeting at the Farm on Weds, March 13th at 7pm. Send at least one member of your team with your swimwear to pick up wristbands, shirts, and go over details for the competition. You can find some good themed uniforms here, don’t wait until the last minute:

Non-competitors: there will be a $5 minimum donation at the gate to watch the day’s events. The Farm will have food and drink available on the Camp Spindrift grounds. Remember, ALL of the profits from this event are going to a GREAT CAUSE!

Last years video pretty much sums up the whole day:

For more info on how to register a team, or to volunteer to help with the event or to just make a donation email Joey C at, or Frankie G at

DEADLINE: Register your team’s t-shirt sizes by Friday, Feb 8 in order to be guaranteed the size you want, after that, no promises!

Teams: let the smack talk begin…

Square Foot Gardening Training


Grow a more productive garden with less work! And enjoy eating your own home-grown veggies this year!

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Contact Lara, BYG Coordinator

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Square Foot Gardening Training

This year we are offering a limited number of spots to the general public to attend our Backyard Growers Program training. The training program fee is $25. You will be trained alongside this year’s program participants. (Sorry! We can’t provide you will additional Backyard Growers Program resources! The $25 fee is for the 2-hour training only.) To learn more about our program go to the Quick Links above.

The Backyard Growers Program partners with The Food Project to provide an interactive, hands-on training, which is fun, informative, and gives you what you need to successfully start and maintain a garden. You will learn the "square foot gardening method" and how to plan your family’s garden.

Where & When

  • We offer two training dates. Both trainings cover the same material so you only need to sign up for one. 
    • Saturday, March 23 generally for families at Veteran’s, East Gloucester & Plum Cove
    • Saturday, March 30 generally for families at Beeman & West Parish
  • Families that do not fall within these categories can choose which date they would like to attend.
  • The trainings are from 10 AM – 12 PM at The Open Door in the dining room. Please arrive at 9:45 to register. Please use the rear entrance.

Sign-up & Payment

If you’d like to participate please email me with the date you would like to attend and the number of people attending. Space is limited! After confirming your spot you can:

Click here to pay on-line

Or mail a check with BYG in the memo line to:

Cape Ann Farmers’ Market, PO Box 1458, Gloucester, MA 01931

Your $25 fee goes back into supporting the Backyard Growers Program.

Spring is coming, I promise!

Lara Lepionka

Backyard Growers Coordinator

5 Questions With @Joey_C’s Favorite Twitter Peeps- @andreasoldier Andrea Holbrook


Follow Andrea here-

What are your duties at your job and do you use twitter as a tool for your job?

I’m editor of the Gloucester Daily Times and Cape Ann magazine. I also handle most of the social media for both publications. The facebook accounts for both publications are linked to Twitter, so I can try and multitask ( I can Ryan saying "No, no, NO" right now.)
But I  retweet stuff I think will be interest to readers — Facebook followers miss out on that.
Also when breaking news happens, I tweet about it first, then post on facebook when I have enough to put together something more substantial.

Why do you think you are follow worthy on Twitter?

By searching for #CapeAnn, #GloucesterMA, #RockportMA, #EssexMA or #ManchesterMA you can find out the news that’s important to you as a resident of these communities. I don’t tweet everything, but if anything is trending on, I usually post it.

What types of tweets or twitter user drive you up a wall?

Spammers who use @GDTnews to get my attention for viagra sales, weight-loss gimmicks, etc.

Who are some of your favorite twitter users?

Work-related: @Joey_C, @DscvrGlstr, @VisitEssexMA, @AP (Associated Press), @kidsns and Steve@alertnewengland, a scanner junkie who tweets the latest on the police front.
For fun: @FranJurga and @HoofcareJournal, both by Gloucester resident Fran Jurga who blogs about equestrian news and horse-related hoof care; @goodreads for the latest on new books

Do you have a website you would like to promote?

Of course,!

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