Art Haven’s Executive Director Traci Thayne Corbett and Cathy Kelley are doing a fantastic job managing the fabulous buoy painting taking place daily after school. Today they were joined by volunteers Michael Kelley and Lianna Sours. The finished buoys are gathering in great piles all around the studio. Today’s ernest artists were representing from West Parish Elementary. Saturday, December 2nd, buoy painting continues, and is open studio day for any young person.

Michael and Cathy Kelley, Lianna Sours, and Traci Thayne Corbett

West Parish Elementary: Friday – 12/1 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Saturday – 12/2 – 10:0am – 1:00pm
Rockport Elemenary School:  Monday 12/4 – 3:30-5:00pm
O’ Maley Middle School:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Party at Art Haven after

December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree

Buoy Auction

January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

Local Veterans read picture book, Heroes in Our Neighborhood, aloud to elementary school classes this week


(photos Cape Ann Veterans Services)

This past week Cape Ann Veterans Services brought copies of the children’s picture book, Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood, and super volunteer readers, into our 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.

Volunteer readers at East Gloucester School: Members of the US Coast Guard Station, Gloucester, Navy/Veteran/Gloucester Police Department Officer Kevin Hicks and marine Corps Veteran Michael S. Grossi who read to his son’s class. 

Volunteer readers at West Parish: members of the the US Coast Guard Station  Gloucester; David Parisi Air Force Veteran who read to his daughter’s class; Marine Corps Veteran/State Trooper Tim Sova who read to his daughter’s clas; Coast Guard and Marine Veteran/deputy harbor master Chad Johnson; Vietnam War Marine Veteran Brian O’Connor; Army Veteran Anthony Trupiano who recently returned home; Ray Towns Army Veteran/commander of Gloucester Amvets; and Korean War Veteran Melvin Olson .

Volunteer readers at Plum Cove: Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Services Francisco Urena, Marine Veteran; Trina Parisi-O’Donnell, Air Force Veteran whose son attends Plum Cove; Police Officer Brendan Chipperini and Vionette Vee Chipperini Army Veterans; Gloucester Sea Cadet Commander Robert Pallazolla Air Force Veteran; Police Officer Chris Frates Coast Guard Veteran; Richard J Cavanaugh, Army Veteran; and Devan Smith and Mike Pillelli of US Coast Guard Station, Gloucester





Adam Curcuru telling Pauline Bresnahan and Anita Coullard Dziedziek about the book last month.



Gloucester schools consolidation

Mern Sibley speaking to the Gloucester School Committee Sept 14, 2016 about elementary schools merging

If you missed it, you’re in luck. Busy night of democracy was captured by Dave from Cape Ann TV- direct link if the video isn’t showing below.

The Chair of the School Committee, Johnathan Pope, opened with a power point presentation that went for the first 49 minutes. Questions from the floor began immediately after Pope’s background talk. First question up at minute 50–no surprise –concerned a clarification about the cost of West Parish, quickly followed by Mern Sibley’s remarks at minute 51 which received a large applause as did others throughout the evening. Some residents came prepared to speak. Some were spontaneous. The path to the mike was steady and fascinating. A few residents had more than one take like parent Kylie Mione  who is also by profession a teacher at Veterans.

Here’s a link to the Elementary School Plan Proposal August 2016


Councilor Ward 1 Scott Memhard Facebook page has several posts about the school proposal.

The audience numbered less than 100 and included Councilors Memhard, Lundberg, Cox and Ciolino.


Chair Johnathan Pope, School Committee, 9/14/16


WOW AND DOUBLE WOW!!! Check out this special edition of the Superintendent’s Corner as Dr. Richard Safier, Alex Corbett, and Telena Imel take us on a tour of the new West Parish Elementary School. This video was created by Lisa Smith and Becky Tober for Cape Ann TV.

The West Parish Elementary School open house for the West Parish community is on Thursday, August 25th. The entire Gloucester community is invited to tour the school on Sunday, August 28th. 

West Parish Elementary School Cruising for Education Auction Saturday, March 26, 2011

West Parish Elementary School

Cruising for Education Auctionimage

Saturday, March 26, 2011 Cruiseport Gloucester

Silent auction 6pm-8pm

Live auction to follow

You are cordially invited to attend the long-awaited West Parish Spring Auction “Cruising For Education” at Cruiseport Gloucester on Saturday March 26th at 6 PM!
Please join us for an evening of good cheer and a chance to win outstanding items and services that have been generously donated by parents and local businesses to SUPPORT EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN AT WEST PARISH!
Celebrate with your West Parish Friends and Neighbors as you are able to bid on spectacular items such as ski lift tickets, Disney Hopper Passes, Handmade Jewelry, Tickets to Boston Sports Events, Summer Family Getaways, Student Art Projects, and so much more!
Spread the word to family, friends, and coworkers about our festive evening!  Please remember that this is the MAJOR WEST PARISH PTO fundraiser that will fund the PTO budget for the next year.  Your attendance is so important!
The evening will include a cash bar, music, a raffle for an iPad, appetizer buffets at the various Ports of Call, a silent and live auction, and local celebrity guest auctioneers Bruce Tarr and Rick Doucette!

Purchase your “Early Bird” tickets NOW through March 18

$15 per person/$25 per couple ($20 p.p. the door)

All tickets will be held at the door on the evening of the auction.
Preview our items online in March at www.westparish.schoolauction.net/cruising2011
Make a donation now at www.westparish.schoolauction.net/cruising2011
Email inquiries to westparishpto@hotmail.com or call 978-281-9835.

To purchase tickets:

E-mail westparishpto@hotmail.com with:

Names of all persons attending, Address, Telephone and Email and mail check made payable to West Parish PTO, “Auction Tickets” in the memo line to:

West Parish School, c/o Auction Committee, 10 Concord Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.   


Mail above information with a check to West Parish School, c/o Auction Committee, 10 Concord Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.