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It’s that time of year again, friends and families! Our ONLINE AUCTION through is OPEN! Museum memberships, sports tickets, spa treatments, jewelry, restaurant cards and so much more!! Check it out, bid and pass it on! Last bids will be accepted December 6th by 6 pm! When you participate in our online auction, you are helping our school continue to offer affordable tuition and financial assistance to ensure that ALL families in our community have access to the unique and rewarding educational experience we provide! THANK YOU! Auction Flyer - Final

Temple Ahavat

COCONUT MACAROONS! A Delicious Temple Ahavat Achim Fundraiser! I Love Lucy Chocolate Factory THE PERFECT GIFT for family, friends, hostess and teacher gifts… or keep them for yourself! *** COCONUT MACAROONS (6 plain and 6 chocolate) – $15 for 12 macaroons *** Made in the TAA kosher kitchen with 100% all-natural kosher ingredients: coconut, pure cane sugar, ground almonds, egg whites, pure vanilla extract, salt. Chocolate macaroons also include chocolate and cocoa. The macaroons are parve and gluten-free! MACAROONS CAN BE – PICKED UP (ready at the Temple beginning Wednesday, December 9th) – DELIVERED (local Cape Ann towns only) – OR SHIPPED ($6/per package, continental US only) PLEASE PLACE YOUR ORDER AND PAYMENT NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2nd!! We accept cash, checks (payable to “TAA”) or credit cards (call Natalia at (978) 281-0739 with your credit card information)!

Hanukkah Party Hanukkah Saturday, December 12th at 6 pm Join us for candle lighting, dairy supper cooked by Abe Baron and crew, and enjoy the music of the Temple band! Bring your Hanukkah menorah – we will light the candles together. This event is open to TAA members of all ages, including kids! Suggested donation – $5/person $10/family. Please CLICK HERE to RSVP!

Community Lobster Trap Hanukkah Lighting

Tuesday, December 8th at 6 pm hanukkiah Please join us on Tuesday, December 8th at 6 pm as we light our famous Lobster Trap Hanukkiah! There will be signing, dancing and latkes. Everyone is welcome! This event is free of charge.

Shabbat Lunch & Learn

Kabbalat Shabbt Come on Saturday, November 14th to share a Shabbat lunch and participate in Torah study with the community! Please RSVP if you would like to attend the lunch. We will also be dedicating a plaque in memory and in honor of Josh Horowitz. Shabbat services begin at 9 am Lunch at 11:15 am Suggested donation to cover the cost of lunch: $8 members, $15 non-members


Monarch Butterfly Exposion -2 ©Kim Smith 2014 300dpi copy

What is a Monarch Butterfly explosion? The butterflies migrate to Mexico to keep from freezing to death in northern climates. The air is cool and moist in the trans-Mexican volcanic mountains, cool enough to keep them inactive and in a state of sexual immaturity, called diapause, but not so cold that they will freeze. As spring approaches and the Earth’s temperature begins to rise, the butterflies sleeping in the oyamel fir forests need to get out of the hot sun. Millions explode from the trees, drink water from nearby mountain streams, and move to a cooler, shadier spot on the mountain.

I hope you’ll come join our program Thursday night at 7pm at the Sawyer Free Library. We’ll be talking all things Monarchs including the current status of the butterfly’s migration, habitat destruction here in our own community, and most importantly, ways in which we can all help the Monarch possibly survive the warming of the earth.

We will be premiering the trailer for my forthcoming film about the Monarchs, too (also titled Beauty on the Wing). I hope to see you there!

For more information, visit the Programs page of my website and the Sawyer Free Library Facebook page.

Monarch Butterfly Explosion -1 ©Kim Smith 2014 300dpi copy

Jordan Shairs in Football Game for Curry College

Jordan (# 1)co-captain of  Curry playing in next to last game for his college in spectacular quadruple overtime loss at Endicott last Saturday. Jordan played his usual outstanding game carrying the ball an unbelievable 35 (or more) times for some very tough yardage.

Tonight and Tomorrow Night at Diamond Cove Music

Artistry of the Guitar
with Ken Bonfield & Steve Davison

November 11, 7:00-9:00PMpm, $15

On Wednesday November 11, Ken Bonfield & Steve Davison will rekindle their national touring under the banner, Artistry of the Guitar. For those used to the in-the-round shows Bonfield has presented in the past, this will be a bit different.  As in most Artistry of the Guitar shows the two will each have a solo set lasting approximately 30 minutes, and that will be followed by 30 minutes of duets.  The duets are a bit of a change and something audiences have been asking for since the very beginning.  The music will be far ranging, from Celtic to Classical, Blues, Folk, Country, and include some good ol’ Travis thumbstyle fingerpicking. And as always they will be played on some amazing instruments; Bonfield’s Alan Carruth 11-string harp guitar and baritone guitar, and Davison’s Tony Yamamoto 12-string or his Sheldon Schwartz Oracle.

 Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop: Basics to Beyond
with Ken Bonfield & Steve Davison

November 12, 7:30-9:00pm, $25

In this 90 minute workshop the guitarists will cover topics every guitarist should know; how to tune a guitar, how and when to change strings, how to properly hold the guitar, how to hold a pick, as well as discuss basic chord theory, and proper right and left hand technique. There will be plenty of time for Q & A. Bring a guitar, pencil, notepad and an open mind.

Diamond Cove Music, 57 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930
For reservations contact Tom Eaton; 978-283-9877

VIDEO: Henri Smith with the Great Allen Toussaint

Last October, Gloucester’s Henri Smith chatted with Allen Toussaint in Allen’s dressing room at Berklee Performance Center.  Check out Allen’s reaction to Henri’s song.  Plus you’ll LOVE what Allen says about Amadee Castenell!  You can see Henri and Amadee along with award-winning trumpeter Stanton Davis (who performed with Henri at Celebrate Gloucester) on December 5 right down the road at Beverly’s fully-restored, acoustically magical Larcom Theatre.  Tickets available here.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero Tonight Special Guest: Allen Estes 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 11.11.2015

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line
This week…
Lobster Roll w/French Fries for two – $22. (while they last)

Wednesday, November 11th – 7pm
Special Guest: ALLEN ESTES!

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Allen Estes has quietly-but-firmly held his tenure as Cape
Ann’s strongest original music artist for over three-and-a-half
decades under our very noses. His profound and loving lyrical
tributes to the local fishing community alone will surely stand
the test of time for generations to come. Allen has already
placed a personal stamp on our culture that will last forever.
To my definition, this is the true measure of success for us all. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Chick Marston

Mary Lou Lord

Jon Butcher

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Saturday’s Clean Up

Good Morning All:

 Saturday’s Clean Up

 Where:                 Pavilion Beach and St. Peter’s Parking lot

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

When:                  Saturday, November 14, 2015


Please bring gloves, etc. 

 I have my grandchildren so will not be there.  If anyone needs bags can bring them to you today.

 Stay warm and dry and thank a Veteran


Plant Shack Pop Up This Saturday Featuring Kara, Of Needle and Knot

Hey there Joe, 

Wanted to let you know the Plant Shack will be kicking off it’s holiday season of “Pop Up” events this Saturday. We are planning on hosting events every weekend with different local artist’s through the end of December. 

This Saturday, Kara, of Needle and Knot,, will be bring her amazing woven wall hangings and intricate macrame’s, and will be also be taking custom orders. Please join us at the Shack, 186 East Main Street, from 11am-6pm, be there or be square!


Pet of the Week-Stewie

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I’m what you call a Velcro dog. I love to be with my owner! Chinese Crested dogs were bred for Therapy dogs so we love to be with our family all of the time. I would love nothing more than to eat, sleep and breathe you. I love to snuggle under the covers of your bed, ride in the passenger seat of your car and sit on your lap while you watch T.V. but I hate going in a crate! I am a Special needs adoption because I have severe skin acne and will need weekly scrubs and bathes with special shampoos to get my skin back looking the way it should.  Know and love my breed?  Have time for a special guy who will be loyal and true?  Stop by the shelter to meet me or one of my furrier friends!

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Visit for more information about Stewie and all the other animals waiting for homes here at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter.

Bouchard fundraiser for Children’s Hospital

Hi Joe, 

My son Griffin started a fundraising campaign last year to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital, as a way to give back for the exceptional care he received there during two successful surgeries. This year, he has partnered with the Boston Bruins Foundation, the Corey C. Griffin NHL Pro-Am Alumni Tournament, and Bruins Alumni, and he has raised his personal fundraising goal to $3,000. Hoping you can put a link up on GMG to help raise money and awareness. Griffin is also coordinating a charity open skate for Christmas week, where all proceeds will go to Children’s Hospital. Last year Rick Middleton was kind enough to attend and give his support. More info will follow as we get closer to the event.

Griffin’s donation page:

Griffin’s fundraiser profile in USA Hockey Magazine:

Newspaper write-up of last year’s event:


Boston Children’s Hospital is ranked #1 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals honor roll. More than offering great care, the hospital is known for its commitment to the Boston community—serving as the largest provider of health care to low-income children in our state. The hospital is also home to the world’s largest research center at a pediatric hospital, making discoveries that benefit both children and adults. Just one area of research we’re leading: concussions and injury prevention. Children’s Sports Concussion Clinic is a national leader in understanding and treating pediatric concussions, with a multidisciplinary research team and a clinical setting that receives more than 350 patient visits each month. Philanthropic support will advance critical research into this skyrocketing problem.




Don’t miss Jason Grow’s stunning Cape Ann World War II Veterans photography show on exhibit at Kyrouz Auditorium and open specially today, Veteran’s Day, from noon to four o’clock.

If you have a relative who served in WWII, bring a copy of a photo of them for the Memory Wall and post it (please don’t bring originals, they won’t be returned).

From Jason’s website:

“This year, 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Thousands of men and women from Cape Ann – Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex – served our nation during World War II. More than 5,600 of roughly 25,000 residents from Gloucester alone joined the conflict serving in every branch of the military. Of those, 119 never made it home. As we recognize the end of that great conflict, we have to acknowledge that fewer and fewer of Our Greatest Generation remain. Their actions, their history, and their stories are an integral part of who we are as a nation. Though we continue to see conflict in the world, with men and women stepping up to serve our nation, it is unlikely that we will ever see such an epic, world-wide conflict again. My goal has been to photograph these remaining veterans from, or who now call home, Cape Ann, to honor and recognize their service to our country, and their place in our history. These are ordinary men and women who were called upon to do, at times, extraordinary things. To all our veterans, from every conflict, thank you. Currently on display at Kyrouz Auditorium in Gloucester City Hall – Gloucester Massachusetts – during business hours, through November.” To see the portfolio of WWII Veterans, visit Jason’s website here.


In the Heart of the Sea

While I’m not often a fan of the movie version of some of my favorite books, this is one that I can’t wait to see.

If it is good enough for Nathaniel Philbrick, it is certainly good enough for me!  And, with Ron Howard at the wheel, it really can’t go wrong.

Release Date scheduled for December 11th.

In the Heart of the Sea Movie Click HERE

Read More about the book HERE

Community Stuff 11/11/15



Hi Joey,  Here’s the latest from Holy Family.  Thanks for your help.  Janet Lucidp

On Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Holy Family Parish will hold its annual Christmas Fair.  As always, there will be something of interest for all age groups.  We will have homemade Italian and American cookies, candy, knitted and crafted items, books, dolls, Chinese Auction, Christmas decorations White Elephant table, beautiful fresh pine decorations and much more.  There will also be the Basket Wheel.  Take and chance and see the Wheel comes up with some wonderful prizes!  See you at the Holy Family Country Christmas Fair!

Rockport Police Debut New Polaris eBike

Chief John Horvath is pleased to announce that the Rockport Police Department acquired a new Polaris eBike to expand its policing efforts in town.

Police are now riding the Rapid Response Team Safety Model, which is specifically designed for police use. It can reach up to 20 miles per hour with the assistance of a 750 watt motor. Officers Michael Anderson, William Budrow, Daniel Mahoney and Philip Wesley are certified for patrol on the eBike.
“The bike will be a valuable addition to our community policing efforts and provide our officers with an effective means to navigate the neighborhoods of Rockport while interacting with residents,” Chief Horvath said.

The department received the bike on Oct. 27, through asset forfeiture funds from Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, who is committed to furthering community policing in his cities and towns.

“This was a great opportunity to use drug money to enhance this department’s ability to patrol areas not easily accessed by a cruiser, as well as to be more accessible to the citizens they serve,” District Attorney Blodgett said.

Polaris develops and designs their eBikes using the latest green, electric power technology in conjunction with a sleek design. This allows riders to navigate narrow streets and lanes, which are often difficult for emergency vehicles and patrol cars to reach quickly. In turn, first responders expand their range and arrive faster while conserving energy.

“Polaris eBikes are proud to be supplying the Rockport Police Department with our Rapid Response Electric Bicycle to enhance their bike patrol, to assist in their community outreach initiative and numerous town events,” Polaris President Adam Rand said.


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