Public hearing Thurs. night Jan 31 in support of Cape Ann Lanes

 

A message from Nic & Cailtin Pszenny & Jim Frontiero, owners of Cape Ann Lanes

Looking to the Future…

You probably already heard our plans to add a larger kitchen and brewpub within the existing footprint of our business.  Click here to read the GDT article.

(ed. note: and recent article in Cape Ann Beacon)
 
The last step in the approval process is to get a special permit for our brewpub from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Thank you to all of you that have show such amazing support since the GDT article was released last week. If we can get this approval, we can finally make this a reality.
 
You can attend the public hearing THIS Thursday, January 31st at 7 PM in the Kyrouz auditorium at Gloucester City Hall (upstairs).
 
Some things that we want everyone to know about our plans:

-We will always be a family friendly candlepin bowling alley 
-We already have a food establishment permit
-We already have our Federal, State and city license to have a Brewpub
-We already serve food and beer/wine, we are just looking to improve and increase capacity to serve our customers
-We need to improve our capacity and offerings for food and beverage to keep up with demand and other entertainment options
-We still run birthday parties for people of all ages and all kinds of events
-This will help keep locals on the Island to have fun AND attract people from off the island to increase revenue for the CIiy of Gloucester
-We love this city, this business and this community and we are here for the long haul!

Sincerely, 
Nic & Cailtin Pszenny & Jim Frontiero
Owners of Cape Ann Lanes 

Look inside! Major Fred W Ritvo Veterans Center Gloucester Mass.

Have you visited the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center headquarters for Cape Ann Veterans Services?

Last year Cape Ann Veterans Services completed an inviting renovation. Adam Curcuru, Director of Cape Ann Services, said that the Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT), a veterans construction team from Bedford, “did an excellent job. They really took ownership of the program and the building. CWT helps veterans seeking treatment who are not prepared to step back full time into work and putting health first.”

 

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– exterior wall to be future site of the monumental eagle carving from Cameron’s 

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praying mantis screen door Maj. Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, Gloucester, Mass

 

 

Lucia Amero pointed to the original thank-you  poster listing the people involved with getting the building ready for veterans services back in 1994-95. “Ritvo (the building’s namesake)  worked to involve high school students like those taking classes in the electrical shop. Naturally, more work was done over the years to maintain the building.”

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The 1995 thank you poster text: 

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Red,White & Blue Sip ‘n’ Shop artisan fair Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892 to benefit Cape Ann Veterans

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charming little dresses including Boston sports team

Red, White & Blue Sip ‘n’ Shop and benefit

Local vendors showcased a variety of wares –including patriotic items, fine art, original designs,  artisan crafts, and services– and for a good cause: raising awareness for Cape Ann Veterans Services Welcome Home Initiative. This award winning model program  helps local veterans adjust to life back home. The event was hosted by the Elks, The Bridge and Pauline’s Gifts. Partipating vendors included  

  • Haley Allision, Bare Cheek Beauty
  • Ariana Barron, Lampshades & stickers
  • Kate Bresnahan, graphic illustrations
  • Pauline Bresnahan, Pauline’s Gifts
  • Joie Busby, Joie Art
  • Johanne Cassia – Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery
  • Vionette Vee Chipperini, Victory by Design, flowers, bags, t-shirts
  • Nicole Dahlmer, Nicole M. Dahlmer Photography
  • Kathy Guardino Fernandes, photography
  • Dave Fernandes, photography
  • Meghan Frontiero, Style Street Boutique
  • Lisa Bella-harvey, Bella & Harvey sweets
  • Nicole Johnson, custom handbags
  • Lara Snackzilla Jardullo, hair pieces and headbands
  • Bethany Hurst, Bethany Hurst Photography and whale drawings for t-shirts
  • Brooke MacComisky Sanidas, Avon Rising Stars
  • Jodie Malatzky – Tupperware US & Canada
  • Jayne Morse, Gloucester Mass. Elks Lodge #892
  • Phil Peterson, License Plate & American Flag art
  • Karen Pischke, GloucesterTEASE
  • Fran Simon, Simply Simon Soap & Skin Care
  • Melissa Tarr, Design of Mine
  • Kathryn Roberts Wall, BankGloucester

 

IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans curated by Ken Hruby at Rocky Neck

The creative response to military service is vast.

Several Gloucester and Cape Ann artists and writers were veterans officially engaged as combat documentarians and/or military artists, like Larry O’Toole (1908-1951), marine artist, official USCG artist and WWII Veteran.

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Author and historian Ron Gilson viewing Larry O’Toole murals at O’Maley Innovation School, originally commissioned by Ben Pine ca.1945; after fire and demolition, temporarily relocated to Essex Shipbuilding Museum ; rescued and returned to Gloucester by Raye Norris. When he was a teenager, Gilson helped O’Toole with general art handling-studio assistance such as readying and moving these murals.

 

Addison Center’s 1866 portrait of Ulysses S. Grant is to the left upon entry in City Hall. (On the right is a 1946 memorial commission by Marguerite Pearson to 5 WWII marines: Sherman B Ruth, Ralph Greely, Wilfred Ringer, John M. Sweet, and Robert M. Maguire.)

Others created art in response to their service experience like fine artist, Robert Stephenson (1935-2013).

Good Morning Gloucester readers have been following an indeliable original illustrated series, Stories from Vietnam, with illustrations and writing by David Hussey. The Gloucester Writers Center established a Veterans Writing Workshop in the fall of 2013 and published a compilation book, The Inner Voice and the Outer World, launched in December 2017.  Cape Ann Veterans Services brought copies of the children’s picture book, Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhoodand super volunteer readers, into local Kindergarten, first and second grades to read aloud in the classes. Copies of the book were gifted to the classroom libraries. (Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood ©2012 is by Valerie Pfundstein with illustrations by Aaron Anderson and foreword by John Vigiano Sr., a Marine Veteran and retired FDNY Captain, who honors his sons’ memories –both lost on 9/11– by volunteering his time and resources to Gold Star families and wounded heroes.) Gloucester native and Gold Star mother, Anita Coullard Dziedzic, helped support this outreach through Cape Ann Veterans Services, to honor her son Sgt. David J Coullard.

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Artists-veterans throughout Cape Ann. Bradley Smith, poet, veteran

NEXT MONTH, Rocky Neck Cultural Center will present a visual arts group exhibition featuring artists who are currently active or served in the military curated by fine artist and veteran Ken Hruby:

IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans, Curated by Ken Hruby
May 17 – June 24, 2018

Courtesy photos credit info and press release below from Rocky Neck.

  • Mourning the Loss of a Comrade, GySgt Michael Fay, USMCR- Served in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan
  • Walking in Two Worlds, US Army Signals Linguist Cara Myhre, Served in Iraq, Afghanistan
  • Haunting Memories, Lt. Col. Deveon Sudduth, US Army, Served in Iraq
  • Ready for Ga Noi, Sgt. Robert Louis Williams, USMC, Combat Artist, Served in Vietnam
  • Woman Marine, GySgt Michael Fay, USMCR, Served in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan
  • Through The Elephant Grass, Sgt. Robert Louis Williams, USMC, Combat Artist, Served in Vietnam

PRESS RELEASE – “The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) proudly presents “IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans”, a multi-media, juried exhibition of over sixty works by more than thirty combat artists from the military services and by veterans making art from their experiences in zones of combat…Congressman Seth Moulton of the 6th congressional district of Massachusetts, himself a Marine Corps veteran of four tours in Iraq, states of this exhibition, The ‘incommunicable experience of war,’ as Oliver Wendel Holmes once described it, indeed often defies explanation by words alone. That veterans can share some of their experience through art can help us all better understand what they went through. And as a veteran myself, who returned to war with a camera after I left the Marines, I know how cathartic art can be for those of us who were there. The work of combat artists is important for civilians as well, to deepen their understanding of the lives of our service men and women, and their families. “In War and After” is an a very important exhibition for both communities.”

Few people are aware that when US military forces go to war, some of them carry, in addition to their weapons, their sketch pads, graphite pencils, watercolor brushes and cameras. These are combat artists, tasked to not only serve the combat mission but to record that mission in ways only an artist can.

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Red, White & Blue Sip ‘n’ Shop May 11 at Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892 🇺🇸

Red, White & Blue Sip ‘n’ Shop 

hosted by the Elks, The Bridge and Pauline’s Gifts

Save the Date- just about a month away! Friday May 11, 4:30-8pm at Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892 

🇺🇸”Join us as we raise awareness for Cape Ann Veterans Services’ “Welcome Home Initiative”- a program that helps local veterans adjust to life back home. Local vendors with patriotic items and crafts. it will be as American as mom & apple pie, Stay tuned for more details and features!” 🇺🇸

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More photos – 4th Annual Welcome Home Cape Ann Veterans Mission at Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892

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Caffe Sicilia celebration cake

Gloucester and Cape Ann’s generous community join together to pull off this awesome, model initiative. Numerous volunteers prepare for and host on site. The welcome home bundles are loaded up with community business gift certificates and support.

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The organizers– Adam Curcuru, Vionette Chipperini, Jayne Morse– and Mayor Romeo Theken welcomed attendees. The guest speaker, Lt General Mark O.Schissler (USAF Retired), and Marcia (Deacon) Schissler  retired here. Marcia grew up in Gloucester. Their enthusiam and positivity are a delight–say hi when you see them! The Lt General urged Veterans to stand on their service, reminding them who they are: “You make sacrifices. You willingly give of yourself and give up time to serve in the military…Hold on to it and move forward…the skills and confidences you build up a little bit over time will be great here and going forward. You’ll help make communities stronger–as strong as they can be…As you prepare for other chapters in your life, you will carry these skills and capabilities in to your next chapter… and the next, always. We honor you today and join together to celebrate and give thanks for your service and talent. This event–look around you…We’ll be there for you, take care of you now…”

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Final note from Adam Curcuru, Director Cape Ann Veterans Services

“Great day at the Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892 for the 4th Annual Cape Ann Veterans Welcome Home Initiative. Welcome Home to all our Veterans and thank you to all our Volunteers, local businesses, and community for supporting our Veterans.” 

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National spotlight and recognition thanks to Gloucester Elks good works on behalf of returning veterans

Gloucester Elks Lodge #892 was recognized for the community work they do for Cape Ann’s returning veterans, receiving the Edward Spry trophy for being the #1 Lodge in the Commonwealth for veterans activities. Jayne Morse won the Elk’s Volunteer of the Year Award.  The Cape Ann Veterans Service office gives guidance and helps with information for the returning veterans.  ‘Welcome Home to Cape Ann- We Left the Light on For You’ outreach  for Returning Veterans is such an inspiring national model. It couldn’t happen without leadership, support and volunteers. Lots of good eggs here!

all photos are from  Elks Lodge #892 and Adam Curcuru

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photos from last years Welcome Home To Cape Ann – welcome home family event hosted by elks, free for all returning veterans and their families, lots of nice donors and We Left the Light on for You local & generously filled swag bag

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Army vs Navy Flag Football at Newell!

Cape Ann’s First Annual Veterans Flag Football Army/Navy

High Noon land and sea Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Newell Stadium Gloucester High School– easy back and forth from Middle Street Walk and the game. Austin Dorr & Mayor Romeo Theken have the coin toss. Carlos Goulart and Daniel Collins are the refs. GHS boys soccer is ‘kicking in’ some Gatorade and water support.

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Gloucester Writers Center knocking out must read and see projects: Cape Ann Veterans book launch at Gloucester House

Sunday December 10, 2017, 1PM, at the Gloucester House

Book launch for THE INNER VOICE AND THE OUTER WORLD: writings by veterans and their families from the Cape Ann Veterans Writers Workshop, a Gloucester Writers Center project, supported by Cape Ann Veterans Services (also stunning outreach and programming)

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Cape Ann Lanes candlepin bowling: Thursdays Veterans League

Photos of candlepin bowling league from Pauline- on Thursday nights it’s Cape Ann Veterans at Cape Ann Lanes, Gloucester, MA.  Contact Adam Curcuru, Director Cape Ann Veterans Services about the fun league. Contact Cape Ann Lanes about the other nights: it’s a happening spot! Thanks for sharing photos, Pauline and Adam!

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Worcester, MA, is the place where Candlepin started, mid 1800s and roughly the same time period as interest in golf spread. Unlike golf which spread everywhere, candlepin stuck around New England. Some people feel that’s because it’s harder than 10 pin. Who remembers Candlepin Bowling competitions on Channel 5 (1950s-1970s), later other channels (1970s-1990s), one of the most hidden watched sports on TV? It may have been on in the ‘background’, but it was a staple. Did they have bars then? Here’s some vintage inspiration, one with sportscaster Don Gillis 1992

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WWII Navy ship’s bell mystery and news from Capt Lester S Wass American Legion Post 3

Commander Mark Nestor welcomed the city’s Tourism Commission to the Capt. Lester S Wass American Legion Post 3, Gloucester, MA. Gloucester Congressman A. Piatt Andrew (1873-1936) founded the American Field Service and was instrumental in forming the National American Legion at this post. It’s the third oldest in the country, and its 100th anniversary in 2019 is fast approaching.

The Legion has a new website http://www.post3.org/

It was pushed along by the requests for an on line drive to support  legionnaires suffering as a result of recent hurricane Harvey/Irma.

The building and legion accommodate thousands of visitors annually. The building itself was constructed ca.1844 and is one of the greatest examples of residents crowd sourcing together to purchase a municipal building. The architecture serves an enduring patriotic role: first as a Town Hall, then school, and since WW1  the Legion Post 3.

Nestor expressed gratitude for the city. This past summer they restored the wood floors, which brightened the space from the everyday black/brown grime of the past 20 years. They’ve greatly improved the space and display. A museum mount for the handwritten contemporaneous Official City Clerk copy of the WW1 army and navy register is a high light. A writer has already relied on it for original research.

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The Legion is open to the community and rented for private events. There is a private recreation room for veterans which is under renovation. Upkeep and care of the building is ongoing.

CAN YOU HELP SOLVE THE WW II  SHIP’s BELL MYSTERY?

Can you help identify the WWII naval vessel? The bell belonged to Reverend John J. Sheehan who was a Navy Chaplain. “It’s believed the bell was from the vessel he served on, but the ship remains unknown.” Sheehan’s cousin donated the ship bell to the Post. From the Legion’s plaque:

“After World War I, Reverend Sheehan served as Director at Camp Stella Maris for more than 40 years. It was a summer camp for youth located in West Gloucester. Its name is inscribed on the bell. Reverend Sheehan was also the National Chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also served as Pastor in a number of Catholic parishes on the north shore. The bell was dedicated to a Stephen Chamberlin. Stephen Chamberlin was a Ret. Lieutenant General who served in the army during WWII and was the Asst. Chief of Staff,G-3 in General Douglas Macarthur’s General Headquarters in the southwest Pacific area. His relationship to Reverend Sheehan is unknown.”

 

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The commemorative coin celebrating the Capt Lester S Wass Post No. 3 100th anniversary and the Cape Ann Veterans Services coin are for sale.

Adam Curcuru, Director Cape Ann Veterans Services, attended the meeting and remarked how great it was “to see our Veterans organizations being utilized to support our great communities.”

Adam Curcuru at the Legion for the Gloucester Tourism Commission meeting

All in the details | Cape Ann Veterans Services so engaged and creative

Adam Curcuru writes: “Very excited to have received our first batch of Cape Ann Veterans Services Challenge Coins! Thank you Paul Krueger for your help in design and ordering –they came out great!”

The Cape Ann Veterans Services original  ‘we left the light on for you‘  logo was designed by Pauline Bresnahan

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Adam Curcuru’s daughters reading the names on Stacy Boulevard flags

Sweet voices lifting on the wind. Video from Adam Curcuru, Director Cape Ann Veterans Services, 2017 installation Stacy Boulevard Flags, Gloucester, MA.

 

Bridgette Matthews beautiful installation photographs

Stacy Boulevard Part 7: expanded garden plans Tulip Fest May 6

IMG_20170504_052040Saturday May 6, 2017 is the official ribbon cutting re-opening of Stacy Boulevard by Mayor Romeo Theken. Thanks to the Mayor, Mike Hale and all Gloucester DPW, GZA, Essex County Landscape Assoc, Gloucester Community Preservation Act, Ann Giraldi Johnson, GFWA, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and groups like the Seaport Economic Council and Dir Carolyn Kirk, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Joe Lucido, Ed Parks, Mike Linquata, Donna Ardizzoni and One Hour at a Time Gang, Ringo Tarr, Bobbie Turner, YMCA and summer help, Wolf Hill, Generous Gardeners, and other volunteers!

Tulip Festival and bonnet parade Saturday 10AM

Ribbon Cutting 11:30AM

Party at Mile Marker Restaurant 6-10PM

Enjoy a closer look at the engineering and landscape plans for the expanded gardens and before/after comparisons.

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Stacy expanded gardens

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Heart and army : Pauline and the Generals talk Gloucester and veterans services

Pauline shares a once in a lifetime experience (Photo L-R: 39th Chief of Staff for the US Army, General Mark A Milley; Pauline Bresnahan; Major General John ‘Mike’ Murray; Special Assistant to the Commanding General at Fort Benning Mike Burns)

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Artists and Mother and Daughter: Pauline and Kate Bresnahan design the new emblem for Cape Ann Veterans Services

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The new emblem came out of Pauline’s original ‘we left the light on for you’ drawing for the Welcome Home Initiative for returning veterans. Kate completed the graphic design work. You can see her fine art and design work here http://katebrezzy.com

Cape Ann Veterans Services in Gloucester always has something going on! Every early Friday morning, there’s a coffee crowd visiting. Friends drive from near and far. On this day a guy came up from Providence.

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We Left the Light on For You returning veterans appeal

Pauline Bresnahan writes:

  This is info on the “Welcome Home Initiative for Returning Veterans” coming back to Cape Ann. If you have previously given something or may be interested in making a donation with either a Gift Card from your business or even a small monetary donation this letter explains what to do. This year we have 10 returning Veterans to Cape Ann, (9 men and 1 woman).   I am proud  to have named and designed the Logo for the Initiative but am even more honored to be involved with the Elks and the Gloucester Veterans office with this event. Welcome Home to these American Heroes!

Contact Jayne Morse veterans892@yahoo.com or Adam Curcuru acurcuru@gloucester-ma.gov

 

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Free monthly community meals at West Gloucester’s historic Church in the Wilderness. Your office space could be there, too!

Photos from October’s community fellowship meal, held monthly Fall into spring at West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, 488 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA. Church and Veterans Office volunteers cheerfully hosted and the food was yummy– corn chowder, grilled cheese sandwiches and a pumpkin trifle for dessert. Next meal is Wednesday January 4, 2017.

The history of the “Church in the Wilderness” dates back to colonial times, finally established in 1713 because of geography, taxes, and laws. The Church has recently renovated a second floor office space/artist studio that was available to rent (not residential). All utilities included. If you rented there you could have an easy commute to join in that fellowship meal.