Community Stuff 11/7/13

2013 Rockport PTO Holiday Fair

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Innovation House

The EDIC is pleased to announce to the City that an Innovation House is going to be established in Gloucester.  The Innovation House is a creative concept developed by Mr. Jon von Tetzchner, the founder and former CEO of Opera Software (a web browser company that under Jon’s leadership grew to over 300 million users).  Last year Jon and his family moved to Gloucester and settled in Magnolia.  He has decided to acquire and convert the Inn Magnolia into his second Innovation House.  His first is in his homeland of Iceland.  The Iceland facility houses 18 early stage start-ups and Jon’s entrepreneurial efforts are also coordinated with a similar effort in Norway, where 60 start-ups are already housed.

His Gloucester Innovation House will be a place where Gloucester start-ups can get a beginning  within an environment that nurtures creativity and it will also be where European ventures might come to establish their first presence in the United States.  Jon is just completing the acquisition of the Inn Magnolia and internal modifications will need to be completed, but it will soon be operational.  

Jon’s decision to reside in Gloucester and establish one of his Innovation Houses here will be news literally heard around the world within the high tech internet business sector.  Our City should feel proud that the core of our heritage … Courage from our fishermen and Creativity from our artists … is also a description of the high tech entrepreneurial spirit.

It is very important to note that the Innovation House would not have come into existence without the impressive, professional support from many members of the City government team.  Jon’s requirements were unique and without the creativity and effort from the City the right solution would not have been found and eventually approved by the City Council.  In particular the EDIC and Jon thanks Mayor Kirk for her leadership and Jim Duggan, Tom Daniel, Gregg Cademartori, and Bill Sanborn for their knowledge and invaluable expertise. 

Thomas F. Gillett

Executive Director – Gloucester Economic Development and Industrial Corporation [EDIC]

Contra Dancers

Hi Joey,

Mary Barker stopped by and took some great photos at our last dance.  We want everyone to know that there is another contra dance on Sunday, November 10 at the Baptist Church on Gloucester Avenue.  The dancing starts at 7:00 following a 5:00 pot-luck supper.  The dancing is fun and appeals to all ages.  And it’s okay to come and just listen to the music.  All are welcome!  Come check it out!

Thanks for all you do!

Rose Sheehan

Cape Ann Contra Dance

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“A Sense of Place” — paintings by John and Pamela Lang Redick

November 5-30

Time & Tide at Post Road Framers, Route 1, Rowley

Opening Party!

Saturday, November 9 5-7pm

Contact: Kristina Brendel 978 238 8848

Do opposites really attract? Or do they just fit together so well that it seems that way? 

John and Pamela Lang Redick create art together, often side by side in the same location. But their paintings are as different in technique and style as can be. John’s free flowing paintings resemble marbleized paper, the liquid paint creating liquid images, most often of the ocean or mountain lakes. Pamela’s meticulously detailed paintings capture both natural man-made elements that might be overlooked by the casual observer, in her hand tree bark becomes mosaic.

The couple’s work is on display now through November 30 at Time & Tide at Post Road Framers in Rowley. The opening party on Saturday, November 9, 5-7pm, offers a chance to meet these fascinating artists and to see their intriguing artwork.

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In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, a survivor of his father’s suicide, introduced a new resolution to the United States Senate. With its passing, the US Congress designated the Saturday before American Thanksgiving as National Survivors of Suicide Day; a day in which friends and family of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support.

In recognition of suicide’s worldwide impact and that sites are organized on every continent, our program is called International Survivors of Suicide Day.

At hundreds of local gatherings on six continents, survivors of suicide loss gather together to remember their loved ones and offer each support.

At each of these community centered events, organizers show a 90 minute DVD created by AFSP that features the personal stories and advice of other survivors and psychiatric professionals.

Survivors of suicide loss are also able to watch from the comfort of their own homes, as we stream the program on our website.

To learn more about International Survivors of Suicide please visit

There will be a gathering on Cape Ann this year:

November 23,2013 at Addison Gilbert Hospital, from 12 -3:00pm. Food and beverages will be served. A suggested donation of $15 will be received at the door.

To pre-register please contact the event facilitator: Anita Pandolfe Ruchman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner @ A Tender Place~Mind,Body,Spirit, Therapy. 978 546 6599,

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