Light Up Mattos

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Strong storm winds for have finally put out the lights at Mattos Field on Webster street, the most historically significant “Field” in Gloucester. Home to decades of youth sports, birthplace of little league in Gloucester and home plate for a few hometown heroes gone to the “bigs”, darkness dimming this diamond is something a dedicated group is looking to reverse like Ruth’s curse.

“Light up Mattos”, a committee formed largely of the veteran members of the Cape Ann Women’s Softball League (CAWSL), had secured considerable funds to replace the 40 year old lights before the storm knocked the poles down altogether. The removal of the poles has now displaced the league and many other Mattos enthusiasts altogether, in the middle of their season. It is in an effort to illuminate their cause that I submit this brief history of Mattos field:

The field’s history is an impressive one, perhaps the most vibrant open space in Gloucester for nearly 100 years. In 1935, in the depths of The Depression, the WPA had a brilliant idea; take Webster’s Pond, provide work for the jobless, open space for tenement –dwellers, pay honor to a teenaged Portuguese immigrant from the neighborhood, who on October 5, 1918 was the youngest “American” killed in WWI, and with it’s iconic bleachers create not Mattos “Park” but Mattos “Field”.

When the following great, war, WWII ended in 1945 and GIs again came back to “The Hill”, the cultural epicenter of Gloucester’s Portuguese community, they started families, joined social clubs, and organized sports leagues at Mattos Field. Portuguee Hill’s Gloucester Fraternity Club (The GFC) still houses the 1948 league trophy in its trophy case.

In the early 1950s, Gloucester Little League began at Mattos, the charter signed in the GFC hall. From its inaugural class, little Billie McLeod would go on to pitch for the Boston Red Sox in 1962.

In “baby boom” 1957, Veterans’ Memorial School opened on the grounds of Mattos Field, providing much needed space for the children of veterans to learn and play. A playground was added to the offerings at Mattos.

In the 60’s, the growing softball league proposed and worked with the city to install the original lights, one of the very first installations in the state. Every summer, teams and fans came by bus from across the New England to play fast pitch tournament ball “Under The Lights at Mattos”. And kids who honed their baseball skills playing sandlot on its diamond each morning would re-assemble there to cheer on their brothers and fathers after dark. 

Pee Wee football took the field in the 1960s, offering year round organized sports for kids on the hill.

In 1970s, in the days of Billie Jean King and Title 9, guaranteeing equal funding for female student athletes, graduating GHS softball players wanting to continue playing ball organized a league of their own, the Cape Ann Women’s Softball League (CAWSL), joining the men’s Cape Ann Industrial League and Semi-Fast leagues to take their own place under the lights at Mattos. They quickly made their mark, producing an all-star squad that traveled the country winning in high level tournaments.

They also became coaches and mentors to other female athletes. Girls aged ten to fifteen who were previously relegated to cheerleading became competitive softball players, then GHS softball players, players in the CAWSL, and then themselves coaches in the youth and high school programs. And most importantly, they became the stewards of Mattos Field.

It is this group of women, mothers and daughters, sisters and friends who bring their families down the field every Wednesday and Friday night from spring to summer who are leading the charge to restore the shine on the emerald field. It is through their tenacious efforts to secure grant money, private donations and city support that over the past four years has resulted in an overhaul of the field.

They’ve gotten bathrooms installed, electrical service moved and up-graded. The DPW has replaced and covered the splintered, dangerous, ugly bleachers and installed, maintain and police trash and recycling barrels. . The CAWSL has worked with Art Space to get the bleachers painted. They are a cheery, vibrant addition to the Veterans’ Memorial School playground. A backstop and scoreboard are planned. The old dirt and stone dust infield has been replaced with state of the art materials and also the outfield has been treated and seeded and is a verdant symbol of their efforts.

But the lights are the biggie. And that was before they actually fell down.

The committee, “Light Up Mattos” (Like them on FaceBook) is in need of an additional $200,000 to replace the lights and restore the field and all of the games played on it to it’s original glory. Ongoing fundraising events have been very successful, but that’s a big number and a big need but a big part of the city’s athletes and school children will shine under those lights if we help them to reach their goal.

For information and to donate, please go to….https://www.facebook.com/lightupmattos

Let’s Light Up Mattos, for every kid who wants to play ball, big and small.

Jerry Goulart

former men’s league pitcher, CAWSL father and coach, former EG Vikings coach and board member, Little League grandfather and Portuguee hill kid.

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CAMELOT PHOTOS!

ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS CAMELOT ©KIm Smith 2015The Annisquam Village Players superb production of Camelot is playing now through Sunday. Once again the Players have created summer theatre magic, set in an enchanted world where Right is MightVisit the AVP website here to purchase tickets. Do not miss this show!

Hats off to the stellar cast and production team, with an extra huge shout out to production: Co–directors: Terry Sands and Mary Curtis. Production Manager: Seania McCarthy, Stage Manager: Lori Correale, Musical Director: Marcia Groome, Set Designers: Chicki Hollett and Tom Moriarty, Costumes: Jessie Summers, Choral Director: Kristina Martin, Choreographer: Deej Viau. See the program for a complete list of cast and crew.

ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS CAMELOT -2 ©KIm Smith 2015 ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS CAMELOT -3 ©KIm Smith 2015 ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS CAMELOT -4 ©KIm Smith 2015 ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS CAMELOT -5 ©KIm Smith 2015 ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS CAMELOT -6 ©KIm Smith 2015 ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS CAMELOT  -7 ©KIm Smith 2015 ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS CAMELOT -8 ©KIm Smith 2015 ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS CAMELOT -9 ©KIm Smith 2015 ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS CAMELOT -11 ©KIm Smith 2015 ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS CAMELOT -12 ©KIm Smith 2015 ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS CAMELOT -17 ©KIm Smith 2015

SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE Continue reading “CAMELOT PHOTOS!”

Styles on Main

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There are many hair salons around Cape Ann and I would particularly love to give a shout out to Meghan the gals at

Styles on Main. They are one stop shop when needing hair, make-up, waxing and more.

Talia and I had a Quince to attend on Saturday and had our hair and make-up came out FABULOUS!

Meghan did our hair

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and Flora did our make-up

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THANKS AGAIN GALS!

Breaking News…

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There are not many Hollywood couples I care about when they get divorced; BUT I am absolutely devastated over this break up.

Kermit and Miss Piggy both released statements on their personal Facebook page and they were very cordial.

Could this just be a publicity stunt for their new show?

 

“After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, Kermit the Frog and moi have made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship. We will continue to work together on television (“The Muppets”/Tuesdays 8pm this fall on ABC) and in all media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, throughout the universe. However, our personal lives are now distinct and separate, and we will be seeing other people, pigs, frogs, et al. This is our only comment on this private matter… unless we get the right offer. Thank you for your understanding.”

 

#misspiggy

#kermitTheFrog

 

 

LOOKIE LOOKIE COMMUNITY DANCE PARTY

“Lookie Lookie” Community Dance Party
Friday, August 8, 2015, 7:30pm

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

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Back by popular demand, Lookie Lookie will again bring their infectious Latin bugalu vibe back to Rocky Neck on August 8 for a community dance party. All are welcome, no need for a partner or sophisticated dance chops – the music makes for a groove guaranteed to make you smile! Admission $15 at the door or online at http://www.rockyneckartcolony.org

“With the summer heating up, there’s no better time for some dance music, and this congregation of musicians from Human Sexual Response, Either/Orchestra, Bim Skala Bim, and other Boston bands have just the thing with their revival of bugalu, the explosive ‘60s Nuyorican mélange of various Latin and African American styles.” – Stuart Monro, Boston Globe

BREAKING NEWS: $28 Gloucester Blues Fest Tix still available @ Chamber

When I posted yesterday, I didn’t know the Chamber is still offering $28 tickets at their 44 Commercial St. office until Friday @ Noon.  And if you go to the Harbor Loop concert tomorrow and track down Frank Biscardi or Gary Gorczyca, you can get $28 tickets from them too.  Weather prediction is for 72 and sunny.  A tad cool for the beach, but perfect for dancing to the Blues @ Stage Fort Park!

Come dance to this!

Maria Di Stephano wants To Cash Mob Nine Lives Café In #RockportMA

Hi Joey,
Any way you can help promote this? This is what I posted on Facebook, but there’s no way I can reach as many people as you can! Thanks for considering…

Hi all, my husband Sal Di Stefano and I are fairly new to Rockport MA A friend of ours Lisa Glover at Nine Lives Cafe had to close for a bit for a family emergency. She just reopened today. She’s such a positive and civic-minded small biz, we’d like to help her out. We’d like to do a “CASH MOB” at the café tomorrow, (Thursday 8/6/15). I challenge us all to go spend $10 in cash at the café. We “mob” her so she sells out of coffee and pastries. Who’s with us? Thank you for your consideration.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line Tonight! 8/5, 7pm. Fly Amero’s special guest: Fozzie Hill

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This week only: Comfort food Meatloaf Dinner with veg and choice of potato or rice $9.95

Special Music Guest: FOZZIE!

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We’ve waited so long. She’s finally here. The wonderful gentle soul and lilting voice of Fozzie Hill! Please come and catch the glow. ~ Fly

*Dinner with great music!

*Each week features a special, invited musical guest

*Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!

*Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!

Next week…
Chick & Ellen!
Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Saturday’s Clean up

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Hi all:

Hope everyone enjoyed the rainbows after the storm.

 

Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang cleanup will be Main and Rogers.

 

When:                  Saturday, August 8, 2015

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 We can meet at St. Peters’ Square

 

It is also Side Walk Bazaar weekend, so we can clean up before visitors come.

 

Thank you all and see you there.

 

Donna