DECEMBER’S COLD SNOW MOON AND METEOR SHOWER!

The gorgeous Snow Moon was enough of a show but driving home after sunset, my daughter Liv and I both saw a large meteor speeding through the night sky. Ursids meteor shower peaks tonight. The shower can produce up to 100 meteors an hour!

The Ursids are a yearly event beginning around Dec. 17 and ending until just after Dec. 25. They get their name from the constellation Ursa Minor, because of their position in the night sky—they appear to come shooting out from it.

Cape Ann Report – Conversation with Local Faith Leaders About the Holidays

Maureen, host, talks with Rabbi Steven Lewis of Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester, Rev, Susan Moran of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, and Pastor Anne Deneen of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gloucester/Lanesville about the blue side of the holidays and what you can do to cope.

Cape Ann Christmas Angels

 Michele Geloso had worked by her fathers side in their Italiam Family Restaurant since she was a little girl.
 All she ever wanted to do
Was feed people and help those in need, Saving as much of the world as she could.
Michele met Kelly Reardon, several
Years ago, during her horrific battle with
Breast Cancer.  The two woman became instant friends.
Kelly had been working at
The Open Door where she also, helped
People in any way she could..
Michele, although still quite broken,
started Volunteering at
The Open Door, feeling thankful to be A Survivor.  She wanted to continue her mission of helping others..
Michele told Kelly,
” I want to Save The world. ”
That was all it took.
The two became Forever friends.
Michele taking on many projects to help people, working with the Red Cross, working as a Breast Cancer Advocate, MA Dukes  serving Thanksgiving  dinners to those in need,
With Kelly right by her side. Helping others.
Then Michele met some friends who had a Christmas program helping children.
She told Kelly
We help people all over the world.
There are so many families right  here among us  in Cape Ann that need us without venturing any further.  Kelly agreed.
Both of These woman are very selfless.
They will do anything to help someone.
Putting Their families aside,
They Have one mission
To help as many people as they can.
No matter what.
and so they started
Cape Ann Christmas Angels in 2016.
Michele and Kelly decided that they would
Help less fortunate families.
To  Bring a smile To the children’s faces.
At the same time they wanted there program to be Very personal.
Their mission  is to Have a personal connection with the family to let the parent or parents know that their are People that truly care for them.  All year. Not just holidsys.
The two woman get either a nomination for a family or the parent will ask for help themselves.
The first year we had 17 families, the second year 23 families and this year 27 families.
Kelly and Michele have Donors,
Along with themselves, that adopt these families.  Individuals such as Councilman Ken Hecht, Heidi who is a Gloucester Police Officer, along with other police officers , purchase most or All of the jackets for tbe children.
Julie Lafontaine from The Open Door has been such a big supporter and a friend.
Carl Mackay Stratton had a fundraiser this  year for  toys and raised over $800.   Businesses such as Fatima Hair Salon, Paparazzi Jewelry, Seabreeze Liquors,
donate gifts for our parents.
The Angels have a Wrapping Event where
The Donor and the Parent get the opportunity to meet and everyone, including, volunteers,
And The Angel Team, wrap presents.
There is plenty of homemade food prepared and donated  by Mimis Kitchen and Catering, which is Michele and her daughter Michaela. Pizza donated by some some local pizza places, Greg’s Pizza, and Captain Hooks
.David and Eleanor made a beautiful cake
with our Logo on it.
The room is filled with so much love and
Laughter.  New friends are made.
If you would like more information
Contact Michele at 978 879 6092 or
Email angelsoncapeann@gmail.com.
Also see our Facebook page
Cape Ann Christmas Angels.
Michele and Kelly look forward to putting smiles on
plenty of faces for years to come.

Last minute Christmas Shopping not a problem in Gloucester

No need to panic. Power Shop the West End of Gloucester Main Street. From Alexandra’s Bread down to the Cave there are a ton of shops brimming with stocking stuffers to real unique gifts. Power shop. Cheese counter at The Cave, do not fall for tasting every cheese. Just say, “Give me a half pound of six yummy cheeses. 15 seconds, grab a few flashy gold bottles of Presecco, some crackers, a cutting board, two minutes, tops. Alexandra’s just grab one of everything including sarcastic socks and a puppy covered apron.

Now Pastaio Via Corta (corner shared with Larsen’s Shoes) one might take some time checking out the olives behind the glass and what is on the shelves. Then “Medium container, six different olives you can reach” and meanwhile grab the Presecco that isn’t called Prosecco and the olive oil that you never heard of.

Hit a couple of bookstores, “Give me three new best sellers female author, murder mystery” 60 seconds a new record. Brought my own cloth bags and Christmas was done in 18 minutes tops.

Too much Presecco? I have never had a bottle go bad or even make it to New Year’s Eve. That’s another 18 minutes. No need to be Italian. I’m Scottish and do you think I am going to the Haggas Shop?

Do it today. Some of these shops might be closed on Monday.

 

Danielle at Pastaio Via Corta taking a break from making fresh pastas with unpronounceable names to ring up wine, olives, olive oil, more pasta, and other yummy stuff.

But if you want to float my boat stop in at Cape Ann Electric Bikes and pick up one of these beautiful bikes.

Kathy and Dan at Electric Bikes. The minimall up from Common Crow, neighbor of Cake Ann.

Deadline for the 2019 Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunities

Don’t miss the Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunity in the New Year! The foundation has helped many local efforts such as: Gloucester Stage, Cape Ann Reads, Cape Ann Art Haven, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann YMCA, Rocky Neck, Cape Ann Symphony, and many more.

 

 

From the Boston Foundation outreach by Loren Van Allen:

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Request for Proposals for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation.  The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation has been making grants on Cape Ann and in the Nashoba Valley for over 30 years.  Please review the guidelines carefully and note that the application deadline is Friday, February 8, 2019. Grant announcements will be made in mid-June.

This year we will be hosting an informational webinar session in January. Those interested in attending can join us to hear about the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, the process for applying for funding, and to ask questions you may have.  More information will be sent out in the coming weeks on how to participate in the webinar. Please note that this year all applications will be submitted online.

Please find the application HERE.

We hope you will consider taking advantage of the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation funding opportunity.  Questions regarding program eligibility can be directed to my attention at loren.vanallen@tbf.org or 617-338-1621.