Implications of government shutdown on members/families of the U.S. Coast Guard

January 15, 2019

Re: Implications of government shutdown on members/families of the U.S. Coast Guard
Dear Citizens of Cape Ann,
As you know, the now 24-day government shutdown is taking its toll on U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) members and their families. The Coast Guard, operating under the Department of Homeland Security, is the only branch of the military not being paid for their ongoing operations.
This morning, I met with Adam Curcuru, Director of Veterans’ Services; Chad Johnson, Assistant Harbormaster; Brian O’Connor, Commander, VFW Post 1624; Mark Nestor, Commander, American Legion Post 3; Julie LaFontaine, Executive Director, The Open Door, USGC Commander Sector Gloucester Kevin Morgan; State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante; State Senator Bruce Tarr; and a representative from Congressman Seth Moulton’s Office to discuss the issue and how we as a community can best help our local USCG members and their families.
Together we have identified several donation options for those wishing to help. Please be sure to reference USCG when donating. That reference is needed to ensure donations be allocated to USCG members and their families.
Food Donations: At this time, we kindly ask that you do not bring any food donations to the Gloucester Coast Guard Station. All food donations should be directed to Open Door, located at 28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA.
Gift Card Donations: Gift cards to specific stores such as grocery stores, gas stations, general merchandise (Target or Walmart) and monetary gift cards (Visa, American Express or Mastercard) in any denomination are needed. These can be dropped off in Gloucester or sent to American Legion Post 3, P.O. Box 122. Gloucester, MA 01931-0122, VFW Post 1624 or The Open Door, 28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930..
Monetary Donations: Monetary donations (check or cash) will be collected at the VFW, American Legion Post 3, P.O. Box 122, Gloucester, MA 01931-0122, Cape Ann Veterans’ Services, The Open Door, 28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930 or at the Gloucester Fund (45 Middle Street, Gloucester MA). As a reminder, any monetary donations must include a reference USCG.

Clothing Donations: Clothes donations are not requested at this time. Once needs are determined we will provide additional guidance. Please use the other sources of giving recommended.
Thank you for all the outreach regarding this situation. The community’s desire to help is overwhelming. Together let’s help our local USCG community families during this difficult time.

Sefatia Romeo Theken

Headlands is Back at Feather & Wedge! Thursday, Jan 17


Headlands, featuring John Rockwell, Amy Rich and Eric Wilson, all of Rockport, return to Feather & Wedge this Thursday for an evening of entertainment and great food. Their set list includes selections from Roots and Americana to a little bit of Country. Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917

Thursday, January 17, 2019
7:30 PM 10:00 PM

headlands at feather and wedge

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Lots of Talk About this Gillette Ad

On January 13th Gillette asked, “Is this the best a man can get?” as a spin on their long standing slogan “The best a man can get.”

Lots of talk last night and this morning about this Gillette Ad.  As is typical……it seems people are divided.  Some are applauding and some are boycotting.  Some are feeling vindicated some are feeling insulted.   Your thoughts?

Bullying. Harassment. Is this the best a man can get? It’s only by challenging ourselves to do more, that we can get closer to our best. To say the right thing, to act the right way. We are taking action at Join us.



Beautiful Squam Light in last week’s departing storm.

Weather expert friends–what would you call this type of cloud formation? The first photo shows it best I think. Thank you for any information 🙂

Public Art happiness is … Renowned Williamstown Art Conservation Center caring for historic Gloucester murals!

Thanks to Mayor Romeo-Theken, city officials & departments and staff, residents, volunteers, archives and generous grant awards & donations, — Gloucester’s extant historic mural collection has begun a new chapter and is beginning to receive most fitting care at the illustrious Williamstown Art Conservation Center!

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WACC conservation teams on the ground in Gloucester, MA, 2018


Located on the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute campus, The Williamstown Art Conservation Center​ (WACC) is a non-profit institution that was established as the regional conservation center for New England by the US government back in 1977.

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The Williamstown Art Conservation Center is located on the campus of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. (architect Tadao Ando)


The summer 2017 issue of Art Conservator, WACC’s indispensable industry magazine, ​focused on the center’s 40th anniversary milestone and Director Tom Branchick. The back page prints the 2017 Center consortium members.


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Gloucester Massachusetts art collection stands with important American collections and just might be the first municipality on this list!~

You can peruse the issue here or follow the link to explore a complete digitized repository of current and past issues. The WACC website URL is:


Conservators at the center assessed the condition  and performed necessary triage because of the invaluable support from the city’s Community Preservation Act (CPA). CPA funding and Williamstown Art Conservation Center’s stature are inspiring endorsements for broadcasting the project and compelling additional financial support. As money is raised, every mural will have its necessary care regimen completed. Donations in support of the mural care can be sent c/o the Auditor’s Office, City of Gloucester, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA (note mural restoration). All murals will be displayed in Gloucester as soon as their care is completed.

Sneak peek then and now:

The former Eastern Avenue School (85 Eastern Avenue) was the site for the monumental mural, Schooldays, by Frederick L. Stoddard, from 1936.  This multi-panel triptych was painted 8 feet high and nearly 60 feet long despite an array of unusual architectural challenges. My hunch for its original location on the main floor was confirmed thanks to Barbara Tarr. I’m looking for interior photos of the school that show the mural installed. Over time the school walls were resurfaced, doors blocked, and an elevator installed. Based on my expertise, I recognized that a stand alone piece was misattributed and must have been dispersed, not as bad as the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz after the flying monkeys descend-… still it was dire and will be amazing to have it whole once again! Special thanks go to Gloucester’s Department of Public Works.

catherine ryan correct attribution and rediscovery for major and amazing frederick l stoddard gloucester ma 1936 mural © catherine ryan





Mary Poppins visits the library!

Justine and Christy share Sawyer Free children’s services fun program from a versatile enrichment talent:

Mark your calendars: Mary Poppins Visits the Library Thursday, February 21, 2019

mary poppins courtesy sawyer free childrens programs

Sign up to read to Zyla the dog at Sawyer Free Library!

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library children’s services offers fantastic weekly programming. Zyla the Therapy Dog loves a good book! The next “Sign up to read” or sit with Zyla are January 29th, March 5th and May 14th. Looking ahead: there’s plenty of time to prepare for the annual Poetry Without Paper contest co-founded by Jon Ronan with Christy Russo, Director of Children’s Services. This year, national Poem in Pocket Day falls on April 25, 2019.


Wheelhouse Co-Working Space Opening February 1!

Some pictures from this morning’s live Facebook video and podcast. Nate Cahill showed us all around and answered all our questions with confidence and good humor. It’s shaping up to be a great space for work, research and networking. Contact Nate for a tour via this link to Wheelhouse. You won’t regret it!

The vault lock and door handle that Kim thought was so intriguing!

Finish Line Glosta for the Adventureman!



I caught a re-tweet from Sefatia Romeo Theken last night which contained very exciting news for Gloucester from Adventureman Jamie McDonald, who is running 6000 miles across the United States to raise money so that no child will have to forgo medical treatments due to financial concerns. He has decided to end his run right here in Gloucester, in part due to the fact that his hometown is Gloucester England.  At the moment, he thinks he might cross his finish line sometime in March. He’s on his way up the East Coast after starting in northwest Washington state.

You can follow him on this link as well as on Facebook by searching for Adventureman. Donations can be made at This is very exciting news for our city! Thanks to the Mayor for sharing the information!



14-Day Trial at Crossfit Cape Ann

Cape Ann Wellness


Looking for a new fitness routing in 2019? Not sure if CFCA is right for you? We offer a 14-day trial membership for $65 so you can test the waters before fully committing to improving your health/fitness and life!  Trial memberships start with a private intro session with one of our coaches. The intro will give you an opportunity to check out our facility, learn more about our program, watch an actual class in progress and learn some of the basic movements that we use on a regular basis. More importantly, it’s a chance for us to get to know you… (your goals, athletic background, previous injuries) and address any questions or concerns that you may have. This session generally lasts 40-60 mins. Once you have completed your intro… come to class as much as you want for the next 14 days! Get a feel for our workouts, our coaches and our…

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What’s In A Name – More Algonquian Place Names

“What’s in a Name?” is a new original series from 1623 Studios in partnership with the Gloucester Historical Commission. On this episode, Mary Ellen Lepionka explains the history behind place names on Cape Ann and their Algonquian roots. Mary Ellen is an independent scholar researching the history of Cape Ann from the last Ice Age to around 1750 for a book on the subject and is a trustee of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and co-chair of the Gloucester Historical Commission. Visit her website at

submitted by Becky Tober Cape Ann TV