LOOPTWORKS- Gloucester’s Brand Group International Jon Lawler Explains Upcycling

Jon writes-
Tim, Anne and myself just wanted to again thank you so much for coming by the office and sharing with your readers what we do in the community.  We are all daily readers of the blog and can’t wait to see how it all came out.  I know I had mentioned that if someone wants to buy something on the website they need to use promo code BGI10 to get a 10% discount.  I also forgot to mention that for businesses they can contact me at the office.  We would love to get a large restaurant on board with us for t shirts.  Thanks again Joey and I will see you at the dodge ball game.
Jon Lawler
Brand Group International/Looptworks
67 Main St
Gloucester MA 01930
978-282-3330 office


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State of Massachusetts Birds

Chris Leahy spoke to a packed house at the Sawyer Free Library last night.

As is usually the case with Chris, his talk was brilliant and depth of knowledge inspiring. Aren’t we fortunate that he resides in Gloucester and always gives so generoulsy of his time and knowledge. Thanks, too, to the Sawyer Free for hosting this event. Chris gave out to our community twenty-five copies of the beautiful and densely illustrated 60 page seminal report on the avifauna of Massachusetts. If you did not receive a copy last night, it is available to read in convenient online magazine form here: State of the Birds: Documenting Changes in Massachusetts Birdlife. 

From the forward of State of the Birds, written by Edward O. Wilson, University Professor Emeritus in Entomology Harvard University. ”

Dear Friends,

It is with tremendous enthusiasm that I mark the release of Mass Audubon’s seminal report on Massachusetts avifauna, State of the Birds 2011. Though our Commonwealth is one of the smallest, most populous states in the union, it is blessed with spectacular landscapes filled with an astonishing biodiversity. The Berkshire Hills in their autumn splendor, Bald Eagles soaring over the Quabbin wilderness, the majesty of the sea at any season from Cape Ann to Cape Cod—these and many other treasures inspire our imagination and lift our spirits. These landscapes are home to birds—birds that can show us, when we watch and listen, how our environment is faring and how it is changing.

…Birds inhabit our myths, appear in our poetry, and inspire our music. Since ancient times, birds have been used in auguries to make critical decisions or predict the future. Now science rather than superstition is interpreting what the birds are telling us. We need to listen carefully.”


Edward O. Wilson

Did you know Allen Estes wrote a Top 40 Hit?

That’s right, folks.  It’s called Next to You and was Tammy Wynette’s last top 40 hit.  See her Next to You video here.

Watch the Local Music Seen video, above, and see Allen sing his version of the song.  Which do you like better?

Six excellent choices for music tonight with lots of dancing options.  See full lineup here.

A Sign From Paul the 3rd

Paul loved the muppets. His friends went down there and tied a bunch of balloons to the bench there was a big kermit the frog balloon. we went down there later and while we were talking the Kermit balloon took off. It flew over the greasy pole and headed for good harbor beach. his friends thought it was cool. They said Paul wanted the balloon.

Community Stuff Friday


Elizabeth Fitzgerald

Elder Service Plan of the North Shore, Inc., a member of the non-profit, national organization called PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) dedicated to maintaining the health of older adults so they may continue to live in their homes independently in the community, has announced the addition of Essex resident, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, PCA, HHA, to their team.  Elizabeth’s role will be in be in the Nursing Department at the PACE day center located in Gloucester at 29A Emerson Avenue.  Elizabeth graduated from Manchester Regional High School and has both her Liberal Arts Degree from North Shore Community College and certification as a Personal Care Attendant.  She hopes to complete her degree as an RN soon.  She loves working with the older population and is excited to be joining the PACE team in Gloucester.UMW Church 2-21-12

The UMW Group (United Methodist Women) of the Gloucester United Methodist Church stand together at a presentation yesterday given by Carol Pallazolla of Elder Service Plan of the North Shore, Inc., a member of the non-profit, national organization called PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) dedicated to maintaining the health of older adults so they may continue to live in their homes independently in the community, located in Gloucester on 29A Emerson Avenue.  They also learned about programs being offered at the Gloucester Senior Center with TRIAD.  A very educational day!

North Shore United Way Women in Action Breakfast February 16, 2012.

Jonathan Gay, Playworks, Brian Flynn, Cape Ann Y, Margo Casey, North Shore United Way, Julie LaFontaine, The Open Door. www.nsuw.org for more info.


In the spirit of romance this February, Oasis Rockport is looking for YOUR story.  Send along your romantic story. Did you get engaged this Valentine’s Day?  Do you have an incredibly romantic story of love you would like to share?  Oasis Rockport will give away a Wedding Photography Package, including an Engagement or Bridal Session for $500 to the winning entry. Send your story in to acook@oasisrockport.com to enter the contest, along with your contact info so we can let you know if you won.  Entries must be submitted before February 28th.  Winning entry to be determined March 9th and will be featured online.