Cape Ann Communities Secure Mass in Motion Grant

Cape Ann Communities Secure Mass in Motion Grant
Funds provided over next three years will help to provide infrastructure and programs that promote healthy activity in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester by the Sea

The City of Gloucester Health Department and Community Development Department today announced that the Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Program had granted Cape Ann communities a three-year $110,000 grant to develop enhanced environments that promote healthy living. The grant will be used to improve walkways, create recreational spaces, and increase availability of healthy foods in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea.
The successful grant application leveraged the success of the Get Fit Gloucester! program which included reconstruction of Newell Stadium and Burnham’s Field, support for the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market, and diabetes prevention.
“I’m so pleased to be able to build upon the success we’ve had in Gloucester through the Mass in Motion program. I look forward to collaborating with our neighboring Cape Ann communities to promote active lifestyles,” said Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk.
Gloucester Health Director Noreen Burke noted, “The 2012 Comprehensive Needs Assessment performed by Lahey Health identified significant health and wellness disparities in our communities and grants like this are essential in addressing those gaps with regional approaches. We also thank Mayor Carolyn Kirk and State Senator Bruce Tarr for helping secure these resources for the Cape Ann communities.”
Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki said, “On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, the Town of Essex is pleased to hear how this support will promote mobility and healthy living across Cape Ann. The collaborative nature of the project is sure to foster an exchange of ideas and strategies that a single community would not likely be able to develop on its own. Further, it is already apparent that municipal personnel and associated partners with strengths in particular areas of interest from one community will be able to assist other communities, and vice-versa.”
Greg Federspiel, Town Administrator for Manchester-by-the-Sea said, “We welcome the opportunity to work with Mass in Motion to build upon the efforts of our Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and Safe Routes to School programs to make Manchester-by-the-Sea more friendly to walking and bicycling.
Linda Sanders, Town Administrator for Rockport committed the Town’s support to build upon existing regional efforts that support healthier lifestyles such as the Cape Ann YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program and improving the Essex Scenic Byway for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Program, an initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, provides resources to cities and towns across the Commonwealth to advance wellness and healthy behaviors. Mass in Motion focuses on promotion of safe spaces for physical activity; improved safety standards for parks and playgrounds; and availability of nutritious foods.

Photos From Walker Hancock Tribute Weekend Courtesy Cat Ryan

Let’s Make The Open Door make the list of Top-Rated Nonprofits

opendoorThe Open Door has a chance to make the 2014 Top-Rated List at GreatNonprofits ( and be eligible for some great prizes, but we need your help!

What is GreatNonprofits?
GreatNonprofits–a review site like TripAdvisor–honors highly reviewed nonprofits with this Top Rating. Being added to the Top-Rated List helps us tell our story to a broader audience and get the support we need to alleviate the impact of hunger right here in our community.

How can I help?
You can help us get that rating by posting a review of your experience with us or how you see us making an impact on the community.

Write your review here:

All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! If you can help us out, we need your review to be completed by October 29! (Deadline is 10/31, but we want to be on the safe side and get it done.) Thank you in advance for your consideration!

With much appreciation,

Monarchs in the News

Three very interesting articles were shared this past week by friends and GMG FOBs. Thank you!!! I love reading what you send and below are the links to share with readers. Again, thank you!

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Frieda from Again and Again forwarded this from Nature:

“The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, is famous for its spectacular annual migration across North America, recent worldwide dispersal, and orange warning colouration. Despite decades of study and broad public interest, we know little about the genetic basis of these hallmark traits. Here we uncover the history of the monarch’s evolutionary origin and global dispersal, characterize the genes and pathways associated with migratory behaviour, and identify the discrete genetic basis of warning colouration by sequencing 101 Danaus genomes from around the globe.” Link to Nature article.

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Our Catherine Ryan forwards from the New York Times:

Why Some Monarch Butterflies Are Marathoners”

Monarch butterflies can be found throughout the world, but only in North America do they make a spectacular mass migration, annually flying from as far north as Canada to winter in Mexico.

Now, by sequencing genomes of 90 monarch butterflies from around the world, researchers have discovered a gene that plays a critical role in determining whether monarchs are migratory, along with new details about their origins, migratory behavior and coloring.

Read Full Article Here

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Josh Dickinson from the University of Florida in Gainseville forwarded the following:

“A Strange Cloud Over St. Louis Turns Out to Be an Enormous Swarm of Butterflies”

Late last week, meteorologists in St. Louis noticed a cloud acting peculiarly: It was beating a path toward Mexico while changing into a variety of odd shapes. Was it a radar glitch? The debris signature of a south-moving tornado?

The answer was more heartening—and bizarre. After analyzing the reflections,the National Weather Service concluded they showed an immense swarm of Monarch butterflies migrating to their winter home in the Mexican mountains:

Here’s how it technically arrived at that conclusion, for the weather geeks out there:

Keen observers of our radar data probably noticed some fairly high returns moving south over southern Illinois and central Missouri. High differential reflectivity values as well as low correlation coefficient values indicate these are most likely biological targets. High differential reflectivity indicates these are oblate targets, and low correlation coefficient means the targets are changing shape. We think these targets are Monarch butterflies. A Monarch in flight would look oblate to the radar, and flapping wings would account for the changing shape! NWS St. Louis wishes good luck and a safe journey to these amazing little creatures on their long journey south!

Read Full Article Here

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Gordon Bok with Daisy Nell and Capt Stan – Saturday 10/11/14 at Old Sloop Coffeehouse

Gordon Bok learned many tunes, sea songs, stories, legends and ballads growing up in Camden, Maine. Where he couldn’t find songs that matched his experiences or needs, he wrote his own, and he has kept up a lively flow of poems, songs, stories, choral and instrumental works. He has performed extensively in the United States, and in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand and has appeared on the radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor. Daisy Nell & Capt. Stan will open.


More of a Good Thing: Fall Fest @ Mile Marker One

Both Donna and Joey already posted some fantastic photos from this weekend’s Fall Festival at Mile Marker One, but it was such a great event, that more can’t hurt.  Mile Marker One, Marshall’s Farm Stand, and The Bridge pulled off a fantastic afternoon despite some threatening weather.

The city of Gloucester provided some pretty awesome vehicles including Fire Engine 3, a police Hummer, an ATV, and even a Coast Guard Vessel.  That’s pretty much all my boys needed to make a day of it, but the pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, awesome vendors, pretty yummy Bloody Marys, gelato, the Sam Adams Brewery Oktoberfest Beer Hoisting Competition (what?), and some pretty sweet alpacas made it all that much more fun.  And…that was by no means all that the event had to offer.

A true collaboration of forces to pull off yet another fantastic family event here in our great city.  Thanks to all!  Put this one on your calendar for next year for sure.


Bacon Doughnuts From Brothers brew In rockport Are Every Bit As Ridiculous as They Sound

DSC08242Thanks Paul Bruce for bringing these bad boys in when you came by for our interview about Benjamin Smith Playground.

Note to other folks wishing to come on to promote their stuff- We don’t charge and love to help get the word out about your organization but buttering up your host with scrumptious food, well that’s just plain intelligence at work.

I’m not saying that by bringing in these Bacon doughnuts had anything to do with Paul getting the top GMG time slot of the week (8AM Monday morning) but it totally did. Winking smile




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Monday Oct 6th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Today SW winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming S this afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Tonight S winds 5 to 10 kt…increasing to 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Today sunny 50’s and lower 60’s SW winds light and variable ..
Tonight clear 40’s and lower 50’s..

Hourly Forecast :


Sorry for late Forecast , I’m sick 😦 …. Have a great Monday !


Community Stuff 10/6/14

The Rotary Club of Gloucester will host a Trivia Night on Friday, October 24, at the Gloucester House, located at 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m. Teams of four will compete for the title of Cape Ann Trivia Champions.

All trivia fans are invited to this fun night of knowledge and laughter. The registration fee is $100 for a team of four players. Proceeds from this event will support programs of the Gloucester Rotary Club. The night will also feature a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar, and light snacks for purchase. A registration form is attached to this email. Additional forms may be obtained any Gloucester Rotary Club member or may be downloaded from


CAARA offers amateur radio license course to public


The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association is offering an all day study course for those interested in earning the FCC Technician Class Amateur radio License.This course will be held on Saturday October 25th starting at 8:30 AM at the Lanesville Community Center on 8 Vulcan Street in Gloucester Mass.The course will conclude with the FCC Technician Class amateur radio license test being administered at the end of the afternoon.The course cost $20.00 which includes study materials,the FCC test fee and snacks.For those interested in taking the course and wishing to reserve a spot please contact course leader Stan Stone W4HIX at techinaday .As of 2014 there are over 715,000 amateur radio operators in the United States in a hobby that is over 100 years old.Amateur radio has also been used for emergency communications and has saved lives such as in the Katrina Hurricane disaster and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.For more information on amateur radio on Cape Ann please go to 

Fall Book Sale at Rockport Library

HI Joey,

Hope you can include this in your column at some point.  We appreciate your support.

The Friends of the Rockport Library Annual Fall Book Sale is Friday, October 17 from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday October 18 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday October 19 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Hard backs and paper backs, a large collection of art books, children’s books, books on tape and dvds all in good condition are on sale.

On Saturday during Harvest Fest there will be a table of children’s books on sale at Harvey Park.

All profits from the book sales are used to supplement programs at the library including, Meet the Author Nights, Passes to area museums, Cabin Fever movie series, special programming events for children, and other enhancements beyond what the town budget can provide.

The library is on the corner of Broadway and School Street.

For more information  visit the website at

Thank you

Dianne Anderson

“The Gift” –  Local Artist’s Generosity Gifts Thousands to Local Charities:

In the many generations long tradition of Cape Ann artists serving the community,
acclaimed Rockport artist and teacher Betty Lou Schlemm, in a gesture of great personal generosity, recently sold off the personal archive of her own work to support the vital mission of Cape Ann’s three major charities:  The Open Door, Wellspring House, and Cape Ann Animal Aid. 
Hosted by the North Shore Arts Association,  the benefit sale event, entitled “The Gift”, garnered approximately sixty-six thousand dollars which has been equally divided among the three charities.  Dolores Erickson Reid, Co-Vice President of the NSAA and Dixie Clark NSAA Trustee stewarded the event with the help and support of scores of Betty Lou’s students, friends, and the Cape Ann charities’ supporters.  Here Dolores Erickson Reid is shown presenting a check in the amount of twenty-two thousand dollars to Julie LaFontaine of The Open Door, one of the three charity representatives which included Kay O’Rourke of Wellspring House and Sunniva Buck of Cape Ann Animal Aid.


The Businesswomen’s Fall Luncheon is right around the corner- in fact it is next Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 11:30am-1:30pm, at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 33 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA.

If you have not reserved your spot, Please do so now!

Lunch is $35, when you register, please make your choice of Baked Scrod or Yankee Pot Roast.

This year our keynote speaker is Angela Sanfilippo– a beloved daughter of Gloucester!  Angela has spent the better part of her life advocating for Fishermen and their Families.  Come hear her speak passionately about her life’s work.

To register, please go to:

Please remember to make your choice of meals for the day when you register.


Register today for Marine Halloween II – Planktonstein’s Lab! Maritime Gloucester’s marine science center becomes a mad scientist’s lab during our 2nd annual Halloween party. We will be offering three different activities full of creepy creatures, spooky science, and frightening fun. Full info and registration:


The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club will be celebrating its 11 year anniversary on Friday night October 10, at 8:00 at the Lanesville Community Center. 


Astronomy educator Virginia Renehan will be presenting the story of Space Weather, enormously powerful solar phenomena which can knock out satellites, kill the power grid, or light up the northern sky like nobody’s business. Come and see all about it, have some cake, and help us celebrate the first year in a new GAAC decade!

The club meets on the second Friday of every month at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street Lanesville, from 8:00 to 9:30 pm. Parking is free. The public is warmly welcomed and there is no cost. More information is available through the website, on Facebook at or in the club twitter feed, @gaactweet.

Working Waterfront Writers Group

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:30 pm through Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Registration : no charge, but participation is limited to 10 writers.

Audience: adults


Do you have stories to tell about working on Gloucester’s waterfront?  The Gloucester Writers Center and Maritime Gloucester are joining together to offer a writers group for current and past waterfront workers.   Amanda Cook of the Gloucester Writers Center will lead the group. This is a free program, limited to 10 writers.  Meets every other Tuesday beginning Oct. 7 to Dec. 16 from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm at Maritime Gloucester’s Sarah Fraser Robbins Classroom located down the walkway to the pier. Register here or by calling (978) 281-0470. Questions? Contact Amanda Cook at or Melanie Murray-Brown at 


Paul Strisik, N.A. – The Artist & His Collection

October 4 – November 16

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The RAA is proud to present the fourth of its special summer exhibitions: Paul Strisik, NA: The Artist & His Collection from October 4th – November 16th. This beautiful show will not only feature the works of this National Academician, but also highlight the vast collection that he and his wife Nancy acquired over the years both here on Cape Ann and during their worldwide travels. The exhibition will feature gallery walks led by two of Strisik’s long time friends Ron Straka and Rudy Colao. These free gallery walks will take place on Wednesday, October 15th and Wednesday, October 29th respectively, at 10:30 AM.

Opening Reception October 4, 2014, 6 – 8 pm
$25 per person

Alison Landoni

Rockport Art Association