Relay for Life Event

What is Relay for Life?
Great Relay for Life Event held on Saturday, June 20th at Burnham’s Field. What a wonderful cause.

Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement. During a Relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they’ve overcome. We remember people lost to the disease, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer.
The event inspires Relay participants to take action against a disease that has taken too much.

Rose Baker Senior Center is a true jewel of our community

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I recently brought my mother, Jean, who is with me for the summer on Rocky Neck, over to the senior center.  I have tried to get her to go to senior centers in her hometown and while we were down in Florida, to no avail.  Rose Baker was different from the moment we walked in the door.  People (workers, volunteers and members) were outwardly welcoming and lovely.  We walked in last Monday to hear the end of Dave Sag and The Ole Salty Jazz Band, who were just wonderful, and I even got asked to dance by a charming man named Sam!  If you have free time between 1-3:00 pm on Mondays (they will be away until July 6), definitely stop in and break up the day with a little dancing.  I’ll put you on my dance card.

We have been back for lunch, which was delicious, fresh and lovingly prepared by Open Door.  Mom has joined in a singing group, and the supportive social day care program on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which gives us each some time away from each other and with our own peers.

The Senior Center offers so many wonderful programs from computer classes, knitting & crocheting group, longevity training, yoga, tai chi, zumba, Bingo, meditation, Reiki, drawing, art program with our Juni Vandyke, swimming at the Y, shopping trips, hearing clinic, cards (some serious players there of bridge, whist and poker), pool room and so much more.  I joined mainly to get my mother to go, but there are a number of offerings I want to take advantage of (the benefit of being 60!).  If you or a loved one are reaching or well into their “senior” years, you owe it to yourself to check out the wonderful resource we have here in the Rose Baker Senior Center.

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

CapeAnnCalendar Updated to Include St. Peter’s Fiesta Events

To submit entries for this calendar email text only to james@capeanngiclee.com the following:

  • A Title
  • A Date and Time
  • A Place including complete address
  • A Short description (no more than a paragraph)
  • and a link for more info

I post regular Arts related PR and announcements directly to GMG daily,
so send those to me too.

We Raised $788 To Help Fight Cancer Yesterday At Relay For Life

The Dunk Tank Organized By Our Buddy Melissa Cox To Raise Money To Eradicate Cancer Was A Great Success-

Vickie Grassman | Community Manager, Relay For Life writes-

Joey,

Thanks so much for getting in the dunk tank yesterday and for helping to promote Relay For Life of Cape Ann. We had a great day and raised over $41,000. And we’re not done yet!

The dunk tank alone raised $788 yesterday! We really appreciate you braving the cold water to help us fight cancer!

Surf Section Proposal From Liam Carney

Liam Carney submits

My Proposal to the City of Gloucester

Gloucester is a community rich in adventurous citizens who love to partake in recreational activities. This is likely due to Gloucester’s ideal geography that can be taken advantage of in many forms. One of the most unique aspects to this community is the often flawless wave break at Good Harbor Beach. The break offers immaculate waves while providing a forgiving, sandy seafloor. Because of this, I am proposing to the City of Gloucester that we create a surf section during hours of the summer that a lifeguard is on duty.

My name is Liam Carney. I am a student at Gloucester High School and I am enrolled in AP English with Mr. James Cook as my teacher. Mr.Cook has a tradition to have his AP English Language class construct a “Gloucester Project”. The point of this project is to allow the students to learn more about their community while at the same time take and express a position on a local topic of choice. Immediately what came into mind was the issue that I share with many others; I can not surf my favorite Gloucester beach three months out of the year.

Immediately opposers to this proposal will claim that straying surfboards are dangerous to the public swimmers. This is true, straying surfboards are very dangerous to swimmers and to fellow surfers. Although, this danger is easily avoidable by two simple precautions. One, surfers should be imposed to wear leashes. A leash is a device that attaches the board to the surfer’s ankle by wire. And two, simply avoid swimming in the surf section of the beach.

As a Gloucester Public Lifeguard, this topic of discussion comes up quite frequently. Often times during a beautiful summer day, a party of surfers arrives at the beach with the intention of taking advantage of Good Harbors alluring wave break. As lifeguards, we are mandated to approach the surfers and inform them of the restriction we have on surfing. This job goes to the lifeguard who pulls the shortest straw simply because we find this task awkward due to the lack of reasons we can come up with as an explanation for the rule. Surfers are normally understanding but always upset as many of them have paid the parking toll already or have traveled across towns with intentions of surfing. The sport offers very little danger to our beaches that is not avoidable. In fact it can be argued that it even strengthens the safety of our beaches.

I was asking many of the fellow lifeguards what they would think of surfers being allowed in the water and the majority thought it would make the water safer. Having capable surfers out there with flotation devices(surfboards) and a different perspective creates a safer environment for swimmers and potential drowning victims.

The safety of Gloucester’s surfers should also be a concern of this city. Good Harbor Beach is the only spot to surf in the city of Gloucester that has strong waves and offers a forgiving, sandy seafloor in case of an accident. Other common surf spots in Gloucester include “First Cove” on the Back Shore, and Brace Cove on Eastern Point. These two spots are equivalent if not better than Good Harbor at times, wave-wise, but they contain several hazardous rocks that can easily be hidden by the ocean and result in some serious injuries.

Yes, I know we are all allowed to surf as much as we want after 5pm when the lifeguards are off duty. But unfortunately, surfing is not a sport that works with your schedule. There are small windows open throughout the day where the surf will be best. These windows often depend on the tide. And as local surfer, John McAreavey stated to me when I asked him about the issue, “It can be annoying if the tides aren’t right to surf after 5 O’clock”.

The city of Gloucester should take advantage of this incredible geological resource it has. Surfing offers a marvelous experience and sticks out to tourists as an adventure worth trying. It could also attract tons of experienced surfers who currently are being deterred from Gloucester beaches due to the no surfing policy and instead are traveling to neighboring cities that don’t offer as good of a break but allow surfers on their beaches.

The recreational sport of surfing has been increasing in this city over the past few years. In fact a new surf shop is opening up on Main Street called Surfari Sup & Surf. I was able to interview the owner, Christian Del Rosario, and he had a lot to say on the topic. Christian began by proposing a plan that compromises the time of year in which surfboards could be banned if they must be. He stated “if we can’t surf, have it be from June 15th or 20th to Labor Day. School isn’t out before June 20th so the beaches don’t really get crowded before then. Also the water is usually pretty cold and not many people are in it unless they have wetsuits on… Have the surf ban end on Labor Day because the beaches don’t get nearly as crowded as they do in July and August.” He went further by proposing times of the day in which surfing can be allowed by stating “if we can’t get all day surfing what about extending surfing hours in the morning before it gets crowded… Hardboards (surfboards/SUPs/skimboards) not allowed 11am to 5pm (maybe 4pm). Hardboard ban can be lifted at Lifeguards discretion if cold and/or rainy day and/or less than 100 people on the beach”. Christian grew up in Manchester and has been surfing in Gloucester his whole life. He is what I’d call an expert on the surfing community of New England. Christian’s theory is that if the younger generation could surf for more of the day, than the sport would become more familiar in Gloucester and you would start to see Gloucester families, or even families traveling to Gloucester from neighboring towns, hang out on the beach and surf all day as they do in other surf promoting New England cities, potentially boosting Gloucester’s economy. As Christian puts it “Surfers aren’t all dirt bag beach bums anymore (all the bums moved to somewhere warm that has consistent surf). At Good Harbor on any day there are doctors, lawyers, real estate developers, policemen, builders, fishermen, students and more trying to get a little healthy recreation in before they head home to their families or off to work. Those surfers can help contribute to both the local economy and the local community.”

As an activity many of us enjoy. Surfing in Gloucester Massachusetts is an aspect of this city that is being bound by unjust rules. As a Gloucester Public Lifeguard, a local surfer, and a student at Gloucester High School, I see a potential change that could drastically put the recreational sport of surfing to the forefront of this community.

 

My Proposal to the City of Gloucester

Gloucester is a community rich in adventurous citizens who love to partake in recreational activities. This is likely due to Gloucester’s ideal geography that can be taken advantage of in many forms. One of the most unique aspects to this community is the often flawless wave break at Good Harbor Beach. The break offers immaculate waves while providing a forgiving, sandy seafloor. Because of this, I am proposing to the City of Gloucester that we create a surf section during hours of the summer that a lifeguard is on duty.

My name is Liam Carney. I am a student at Gloucester High School and I am enrolled in AP English with Mr. James Cook as my teacher. Mr.Cook has a tradition to have his AP English Language class construct a “Gloucester Project”. The point of this project is to allow the students to learn more about their community while at the same time take and express a position on a local topic of choice. Immediately what came into mind was the issue that I share with many others; I can not surf my favorite Gloucester beach three months out of the year.

Immediately opposers to this proposal will claim that straying surfboards are dangerous to the public swimmers. This is true, straying surfboards are very dangerous to swimmers and to fellow surfers. Although, this danger is easily avoidable by two simple precautions. One, surfers should be imposed to wear leashes. A leash is a device that attaches the board to the surfer’s ankle by wire. And two, simply avoid swimming in the surf section of the beach.

As a Gloucester Public Lifeguard, this topic of discussion comes up quite frequently. Often times during a beautiful summer day, a party of surfers arrives at the beach with the intention of taking advantage of Good Harbors alluring wave break. As lifeguards, we are mandated to approach the surfers and inform them of the restriction we have on surfing. This job goes to the lifeguard who pulls the shortest straw simply because we find this task awkward due to the lack of reasons we can come up with as an explanation for the rule. Surfers are normally understanding but always upset as many of them have paid the parking toll already or have traveled across towns with intentions of surfing. The sport offers very little danger to our beaches that is not avoidable. In fact it can be argued that it even strengthens the safety of our beaches.

I was asking many of the fellow lifeguards what they would think of surfers being allowed in the water and the majority thought it would make the water safer. Having capable surfers out there with flotation devices(surfboards) and a different perspective creates a safer environment for swimmers and potential drowning victims.

The safety of Gloucester’s surfers should also be a concern of this city. Good Harbor Beach is the only spot to surf in the city of Gloucester that has strong waves and offers a forgiving, sandy seafloor in case of an accident. Other common surf spots in Gloucester include “First Cove” on the Back Shore, and Brace Cove on Eastern Point. These two spots are equivalent if not better than Good Harbor at times, wave-wise, but they contain several hazardous rocks that can easily be hidden by the ocean and result in some serious injuries.

Yes, I know we are all allowed to surf as much as we want after 5pm when the lifeguards are off duty. But unfortunately, surfing is not a sport that works with your schedule. There are small windows open throughout the day where the surf will be best. These windows often depend on the tide. And as local surfer, John McAreavey stated to me when I asked him about the issue, “It can be annoying if the tides aren’t right to surf after 5 O’clock”.

The city of Gloucester should take advantage of this incredible geological resource it has. Surfing offers a marvelous experience and sticks out to tourists as an adventure worth trying. It could also attract tons of experienced surfers who currently are being deterred from Gloucester beaches due to the no surfing policy and instead are traveling to neighboring cities that don’t offer as good of a break but allow surfers on their beaches.

The recreational sport of surfing has been increasing in this city over the past few years. In fact a new surf shop is opening up on Main Street called Surfari Sup & Surf. I was able to interview the owner, Christian Del Rosario, and he had a lot to say on the topic. Christian began by proposing a plan that compromises the time of year in which surfboards could be banned if they must be. He stated “if we can’t surf, have it be from June 15th or 20th to Labor Day. School isn’t out before June 20th so the beaches don’t really get crowded before then. Also the water is usually pretty cold and not many people are in it unless they have wetsuits on… Have the surf ban end on Labor Day because the beaches don’t get nearly as crowded as they do in July and August.” He went further by proposing times of the day in which surfing can be allowed by stating “if we can’t get all day surfing what about extending surfing hours in the morning before it gets crowded… Hardboards (surfboards/SUPs/skimboards) not allowed 11am to 5pm (maybe 4pm). Hardboard ban can be lifted at Lifeguards discretion if cold and/or rainy day and/or less than 100 people on the beach”. Christian grew up in Manchester and has been surfing in Gloucester his whole life. He is what I’d call an expert on the surfing community of New England. Christian’s theory is that if the younger generation could surf for more of the day, than the sport would become more familiar in Gloucester and you would start to see Gloucester families, or even families traveling to Gloucester from neighboring towns, hang out on the beach and surf all day as they do in other surf promoting New England cities, potentially boosting Gloucester’s economy. As Christian puts it “Surfers aren’t all dirt bag beach bums anymore (all the bums moved to somewhere warm that has consistent surf). At Good Harbor on any day there are doctors, lawyers, real estate developers, policemen, builders, fishermen, students and more trying to get a little healthy recreation in before they head home to their families or off to work. Those surfers can help contribute to both the local economy and the local community.”

As an activity many of us enjoy. Surfing in Gloucester Massachusetts is an aspect of this city that is being bound by unjust rules. As a Gloucester Public Lifeguard, a local surfer, and a student at Gloucester High School, I see a potential change that could drastically put the recreational sport of surfing to the forefront of this community.

Sail on the Schooner Lannon with Celtic Music and a Sunset

Captain Heath Ellis and Michael O’Leary entertain quests on the schooner Thomas E. Lannon with Celtic Music and a brisk sail ending with a great sunset.  A great evening.

Fiesta Hair Pieces “Made with Love”

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Adorable “Fiesta Wear” made by a Gloucester Mom!

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Shop Local for “Fiesta Wear”

Follow “Made with Love” on Instagram and Facebook, for their latest hair piece creations! All hair piece are one of kind and hand crafted with love!

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Phyllis Cuunningham with beautiful daughter Marley

  Place your orders now or stop by Styles on Main, located on Main Street, Gloucester Ma, to pick up one of these adorable Fiesta Headbands!  

**If you see me at the races or along the Parade rout, be sure to point out your children wearing a locally “Made with Love” Fiesta Hair Piece…I will be posting a special photo gallery highlighting them, along with the folks wearing “Fiesta White’s”!**

St. Peter Novena Day 6

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The doors are open…all are welcome

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The prayer list read by Rosie Verga continues to grow every night…

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St. Peter Please Hear Our Prayers

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Faces Of The Rosary

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Novena Confections

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 Novena Coffee Time

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2015 Cape Pond Ice Colest Dad Contest winner- Russell Smith

We received many great submissions, but the winner of the contest is Russell Smith nominated by his daughter Ainsley!
Runner up Coolest Dads are Jay nominated by Loretta Craveiro, Rob nominated by Phil Eckenrode, and Barry nominated by Marlee & Sydney Meinerth.

Congratulations & Happy Father’s Day to all Cool Dads out there!

Scott

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Nomination Period For Gloucester’s Best Bartender Closed. Nomination Results Being Tabulated

Check http://www.thehomiecast.com for your 2015 Gloucester Best Bartender Nominees

The Homie Cast

Top Five Nominations Will Be Placed In the Run-Off Poll Which Opens Tonight At 8PM and Runs Through Next Sunday at 8AM.

Winner To Receive Engraved Drink Shaker With Their Name and Gloucester Best Bartender 2015

Best Of Luck!
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Community Stuff 6/21/15

Lynzariums Father’s Day Pop-UP

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Pop’s Picks for your POP!

Father’s Day is June 21st and we’re ready to help you find the perfect present for your papa! Come see us at 67 Main Street!

Top Suggestions: Cards by TayHam and L2, 01930 branded shirts by Camp, shave soap and leave in beard conditioner by Dr. Sofskins, watches by Taki, to-go growlers and mini kegs by Adnart, “Shark Bite” Hoodies by POP Gallery, socks by Sock it To Me, “Pop Icon” mugs by Justin Rothshank and soap by The Gloucester Soap Company!

Come visit us for more in depth look at our men’s collection (Buoy)


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The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association invites the public to a 24 hour continuous live demonstration of amateur radio.This 24 hour event called “Field Day” will be starting at 2 PM at the Fuller School in Gloucester, Mass on Saturday June 27th and will end at 2 PM the following Sunday June 28th. During this demonstration the public will see various forms of worldwide communications based on a scenario if the power goes out and all other cellphone and internet communications goes down in a disaster or other emergency.The public will even have the opportunity to actually talk on the air on an amateur radio.For more information on this event and amateur radio please go to www.caara.net


Rockport Has a new Author-

“One Before Bedtime” – 13 Tales of Mystery, Fantasy, and Suspense.

Spirits occupy a seaside inn, technology invades a marriage, troubled voices rise from an airliner graveyard, and an atheist is hijacked to Heaven.

One Before Bedtime” gathers a captivating collection of original short stories for young adults, and everyone older—sweeping together Gothic tales, dark mystery, and fantasy, with humor. These stories offer satisfying reading to everyone for, as author N.S. Johnson has written,  “The extraordinary and inexplicable occurs at least once to each of us.”

“One Before Bedtime” is enrolled on Amazon Kindle Select, and is on-line today.

CLICK HERE: http://amzn.to/1IqV7TE

I am also presenting a three-day free promotion period:

Tuesday, June 23, Wednesday June 24, and Thursday, June 25.

This e-book will be absolutely free for those three days.

I hope your readers will take advantage of this offer, and if so moved, might tender a review directly to Amazon.

My editor was Chris Anderson of Eastern Point Lit House in Gloucester, MA.

For further information about me, and my work, please visit my website at http://www.nsjohnsonauthor.com/home or at http://bit.ly/1LkAZbW

Thank you!

Nat

(N.S. Johnson)

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Note: Political Fundraising Event Postings are Not Endorsements or Non-Endorsements- GMG Does Not Endorse Candidiates.

 

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MUTT MITT DISPENSERS AND VOLUNTEERS PARTNERING WITH CITY

Effective June 12, 2015, and just in time for Fiesta, six community volunteers from the Facebook page, “Dog Friendly Gloucester”, are pleased to announce that existing Mutt Mitt dispensers for dog waste disposal are now fully supplied in the following locations around the city:

· Stage Fort Park (4 dispensers)

· Stacey Boulevard (4 dispensers)

· Wheeler’s Point including Brown’s Field and Corliss Park

· Goose Cove Reservoir/Gee Avenue entrance.

· Rocky Neck Park (1 dispenser)

The City will purchase the bags and our volunteers will make sure the dispensers are stocked in time for summer vacation and stay stocked throughout the year. In the first week, volunteers reported that 100 Mutt Mitts were dispensed at Goose Cove Reservoir and 100 on Stacey Boulevard/container closest to Tavern.

“Mutt Mitts provides Gloucester with a smart solution to keep our parks safe and to avoid unnecessary health risks. This program is a great way to help dog owners avoid pet waste pollution and comply with City ordinances,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken.

This initiative to get the dispensers back in operation is a collaborative effort between volunteers from Dog Friendly Gloucester, the Department of Public Works, City Administration, and the Environmental Health Services Department. Since the winter, Dog Friendly Gloucester, together with Dog Park leaders, Cape Ann Animal Aid, Rotary, and the City of Gloucester, has organized several clean ups of dog waste and trash on Good Harbor Beach, Goose Cove Reservoir, our Dog Park, Wingaersheek Beach, and Stacey Boulevard.

If you have a dog and you are able to continue bringing your own dog waste bags and one for a friend, please continue to do this. In addition, if you see an owner who is not complying with our City’s pick up ordinance, please remind them of these newly stocked Mutt Mitt dispensers.

If you have any questions or if you want to volunteer to fill empty Mutt Mitt dispensers in your neighborhood, send a message to Dog Friendly Gloucester on Facebook. Our grassroots community initiative is always looking for additional volunteers! The concerns of Dog Friendly Gloucester go well beyond discussions of leash laws and city ordinances. It is a group that is committed to making sure we all act responsibly and empathetically towards our four-legged friends, the environment, and our fellow citizens.

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Goose Cove Reservoir Mutt Mitt Container Photo With Mutt Mitt Volunteers  Cindy Dunn and Linda Brayton

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Boulevard Mutt Mitt Container Photo With Mutt Mitt Volunteer Val Gilman with her Golden Retriever Maya

Other volunteers from Dog Friendly Gloucester include Sandy Barry, Francesca Combs, and Sheryl Reed with new volunteers ready to be trained.