From Mayor Sefatia Romeo Thekan:




The Grants Division of the Community Development Department is seeking proposals from qualified organizations, agencies, or individuals for its Program Year 2016 (PY16) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The CDBG Program is designed to promote safe, sanitary, and affordable housing, encourage handicapped accessibility, improve public facilities, support social service and job training activities, provide economic development assistance, and improve the living environment for low- and moderate-income residents of the City of Gloucester. The 2016 CDBG Program is expected to be funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Funding of proposals is contingent upon receipt of funding from HUD.

The Five Year Consolidated Action Plan (PY15-PY19) offers direction for housing and community development efforts over the next five years. The goals and priorities indentified in the ConPlan will be used to guide future funding of CDBG activities and programs.

The REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) requirement packets will be available on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, and can be picked up at the Community Development Department, 3 Pond Road, Gloucester, MA or retrieved from the City of Gloucester website:

Proposals will be received until:

12:00 PM (noon) – Thursday, February 25, 2016

City of Gloucester

Community Development Department

Grants Division

3 Pond Road

Gloucester, MA 01930

(978) 282-3027

AN INFORMATIONAL PUBLIC HEARING to address any questions and explain the CDBG RFP requirements and to obtain the views of the citizens of Gloucester regarding the CDBG Program will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Friend Room of the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA.

A PUBLIC HEARING will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Friend Room of the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA. Individuals and organizations requesting funds will be required to make a brief presentation outlining their proposal at this meeting.

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Gloucester’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) has set its 2016 schedule for all those seeking grants from the city.  The Committee funds a wide variety of large and small programs from individuals and groups in four specific areas: open space, historical preservation, community housing and recreation.
Recent recipients include the community garden and backstops for the softball diamond at Burnham’s Field, renovations of the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, a fire suppression system for the Universalist Unitarian Church in downtown Gloucester.

The initial single-page eligibility form must be submitted to the CPC by February 29th.
The material should be sent to:

Community Preservation Committee
c/o The Community Development Department
3 Pond Road
Gloucester MA 01930
or via e-mail to

Completed applications from those who pass the preliminary review are due by April 15th.

Final decisions by the City Council will be made in November or December.

Full details are available from Debbie Laurie, Senior Project Manager of the Community Development Department, at 978-282-8004 or email above. Information is also available from the City of Gloucester website at www.gloucester-ma-gov.


51pzhdhu6QL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_About Charlotte Gordon’s latest book Romantic Outlaws, which was named one of the top books of 2015 by The Sunday Times (London), “This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book—until now. In Romantic Outlaws,Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and the Romantic visionary who gave the world Frankenstein—two courageous women who should have shared their lives, but instead shared a powerful literary and feminist legacy.

In 1797, less than two weeks after giving birth to her second daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft died, and a remarkable life spent pushing against the boundaries of society’s expectations for women came to an end. But another was just beginning. Wollstonecraft’s daughter Mary was to follow a similarly audacious path. Both women had passionate relationships with several men, bore children out of wedlock, and chose to live in exile outside their native country. Each in her own time fought against the injustices women faced and wrote books that changed literary history.

The private lives of both Marys were nothing less than the stuff of great Romantic drama, providing fabulous material for Charlotte Gordon, an accomplished historian and a gifted storyteller. Taking readers on a vivid journey across revolutionary France and Victorian England, she seamlessly interweaves the lives of her two protagonists in alternating chapters, creating a book that reads like a richly textured historical novel. Gordon also paints unforgettable portraits of the men in their lives, including the mercurial genius Percy Shelley, the unbridled libertine Lord Byron, and the brilliant radical William Godwin.

“Brave, passionate, and visionary, they broke almost every rule there was to break,” Gordon writes of Wollstonecraft and Shelley. A truly revelatory biography, Romantic Outlaws reveals the defiant, creative lives of this daring mother-daughter pair who refused to be confined by the rigid conventions of their era.”


Doesn’t This Photo Look Familiar!

Durring yesterdays interview with Gloucester Powerball Organizers Lillian LoGrasso & Misty Amero I asked both ladies to pose for a photo with the official Group list inbetween calls from verious media outlets! Today a photo of this occursnce was highlighted on the front page of the GDTimes!

Below is the “Original” photo posted yesterday on GMG

Below is the photo highlighted on the front page of the GDTimes…. Yes that is  Sista Felicia’s Hands & Cell Phone in the bottom left frame of the photo! Pretty fun to see!


Mike O’Connell, George McCann and Forrest “Frosty” Padgett Tonight @ The Rhumb Line’s “Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30-11:30 1.14.2016 It shall be smokin!



Mike O’connell and the Three Stooges, featuring George McAnn, Chuck’s brother and erstwhile guitarist in the Jas. Montgomery Band.

mike george bw rlAlso, Mr. Frosty “Forrest ” Padgett on defibrillators. Gonna be a hot time in Fishtown Thursday night!

frosty Put on your shoes and lose yer blues!Spread out! Why don’t you get a toupee with some brains in it? Nyuk Nyuk.


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Dedication of a bench on Magnolia Beach for Philip Bouchie

A. Philip Bouchie, Jr. passed away last January.  He was the Acting Lieutenant of the Gloucester Fire Department.  On Wednesday, January 13, 2016 there was a dedication to Lt. Bouchie with a bench in his name on Magnolia Beach.  The winds were blowing and the temperatures were in the 20’s but the warmth of the crowd exhibited how much the Gloucester Fire Fighter was respected

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Jeff Cluett continues to be one of my favorite young artists.

Nichole’s Picks 1/16 + 1/17

Pick #1:  The New England International Auto Show

JANUARY 14-18, 2016


Head HERE to see all important information!



Pick #2:  Rock n Romp, Boston with Freezepop

Saturday, January 16th at 11:30 a.m.  The Sinclair, Cambridge.

The Sinclair

Got kids? Love music?   Then Rock-n-Romp is for you. Started in the Washington D.C. Rock-n-Romp is a family friendly concert series showcasing fantastic local-area musicians and bands. Shows are held during the day in a relaxed, kid-safe environment. The volume might be low, but the music is designed for parents and kids both in mind. Kids enjoy the music, dance, or just enjoy the other activities available to them, and parents get the ever-so-rare opportunity to listen to great live music and enjoy a beer with other parents. Romps give parents who miss that aspect of their social life a chance to get out, enjoy some music that might be new to them, and expose their kids to great bands in a safe, friendly environment.

This show is all ages, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults must also accompany a child to enter. Please ensure that no adult is responsible for accompanying more than three children. The child ticket is for ages 12 and younger. Opening acts subject to change without notice.


Follow this link to read more!

Follow this link to order tickets!



For a more comprehensive list of family activities visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Rose Baker January Artists

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Each month Juni Van Dyke, Director of the Art Program at the Rose Baker Senior Center selects one or two artists to honor with a show of their works. To start 2016, Virginia Dench and Genevieve McNamara are the honorees and their works are on display now.


Virginia Dench (l) and Genevieve McNamara in front of their art exhibit.

Virginia Dench has always enjoyed observing the natural world around her and taking in its beauty. But after she took an art class at the Rose Baker Senior Center everything changed. She found that she could capture the beauty of nature in her drawings and paintings. She is still observing nature, but now she is able to share what she sees with others. In the exhibit at Rose Baker, you can see her love of nature and enjoy her view of the natural world.

Coming from a family of artists, Genevieve…

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Folly Cove Designer Inspired Printmaking Classes

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Cape Ann Community

Enjoy three days of close instruction from artists Mary Rhinelander and Victoria Petway as they delve into the beautiful and rewarding world of block printing.

birds Eleanor Curtis, Round Robin, ink on cotton, 1954.

This customized course offers adult participants a special opportunity to create his/her own artwork surrounded by the inspirational work of the Folly Cove Designers. Participants will sketch, carve linoleum blocks and print an original work to take home. They will leave this course with a greater understanding of the history and work of the Folly Cove Designers, with a new creative outlet and twenty original greeting cards. All levels of experience are welcome and materials will be provided (participants will be required to bring enthusiasm and some elbow grease!).

The workshop will meet on Thursday, February 4, February 11 and February 25.

$125 for CAM members / $145 for nonmembers. Space is limited to 15, reservations required:…

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