Thanks to the heroic efforts of the Tally’s crew, police, and especially Brendan Hendrickson who had the most undesirable job of being in the driver’s seat, the truck (with Maine plates) was pulled to shore without what appeared too much damage to the undercarriage.

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GMG Alternative Energy Series: Elizabeth McLindon Is Reducing Her Carbon Footprint While Saving Money With Her Cazeault Solar Energy Install

Elizabeth is actually cash flow positive after you account for all of the incentives,State and Federal tax breaks and Mass Solar Loan Program.  Her system in just two months which have been particularly cloudy and rainy have exceeded projections by 14%.

She chose born and raised Gloucesterite Tim Sanborn’s Cazeault Solar and Home and has nothing but great things to say about the process and the results.

Call to talk to Tim Sanborn From Cazeault Solar Home at 978-281-4625

Watch our video to hear how she worked her system-

Here is an image of Elizabeth’s system-


Here is the reading showing her system producing 14% more than projected.


Here is the chart showing her system producing more than she is consuming!




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Gloucester Stage kicks off new season with a party

By Eric Carlson

Gloucester Stage Company held its 37th Season Spring Celebration over the weekend, launching the new season in style with a silent auction, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and music by Boston cabaret artist Brian Patton. Attendees at the event, hosted at the home of Tom Burger and Andree Robert, included Gloucester Stage managing director Jeff Zinn, artistic director Robert Walsh, and Elizabeth Neumeier, president of the theater company’s board of directors.

Read more here.

Post Graduate Program for Yoga Teachers

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“Let the practice speak for itself” – Baron Baptiste

You’ll notice our schedule doesn’t list who is teaching what class. Why is that?

It’s because we believe in giving you space for your own growth. Like dining in a fine restaurant, we believe that your attention should be on your own experience, not on the staff. We keep it simple, strong, and no frills. You know that whatever class you can get to will give you a consistently excellent practice. That isn’t by accident – it’s by design, and it works.

“Let the students have their practice” – Baron Baptiste

At CAPY our teaching team is dedicated to leading a time tested practice, to inspiring you, and to supporting you in your growth on the mat. Sometimes we bring in new poses, or a new little sequence, but mostly we give you the space to measure your own progress in a familiar flow…

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Paul Harris Awards



ph3Each year the Gloucester Rotary Club and the Gloucester High School Interact Club give awards to two people from the community who typify Rotary’s motto: “Service Above Self.” Maggie Rosa and Roger Armstrong were this year’s recipients of the Paul Harris Awards, named for the man who founded Rotary International in 1905. Among their many accomplishments and tireless work for the betterment of Gloucester, Maggie is known for her work at the Gloucester Education Foundation and for the restoration of City Hall, and Roger for his efforts to design and build the World War II Veteran’s Memorial at Kent Circle as well as his longtime support of and work for the Sawyer Free Library.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Tonight’s special guest: Allen Estes 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 5.11.2016

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line
Dinner Specials each week!

Wednesday, May 11th – 7pm
Musical Guest: ALLEN ESTES!

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Once again, it’s Gloucester’s finest songwriter, the amazing
Allen Estes. I am honored to have him as guest… and
friend! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
J.B. Amero


Marina Evans

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Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Don’t forget the Empty Bowl Dinner tomorrow night


Reminding everyone to stop by the Empty Bowl Dinner tomorrow night 4-8pm at the Crusieport!  Yours truly will be there photographing the event for The Open Door so bring your smiles, come pick out your favorite bowl and enjoy the company!

Join us for an evening of food and hospitality.

The meal is simple—soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this community event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that somewhere someone’s bowl is empty.

Extra parking is available at Harbor Beach with complimentary trolley service to and from the event site.

Tickets available at the door. $15 for adults and $10 for children under ten.

Empty Bowl events are held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger-relief programs. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Open Door Summer Meals and Mobile Market programs.

One Hour at a Time Gang

Good morning kids:

Hope everyone is doing well.  Our Saturday clean-up will be on Thatcher Road near Stop & Shop Gloucester –
Time: 8:00 – 9:00
When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Where: Thatcher Road, we can park near Stop & Shop

Please bring gloves and I will get the yellow bags…

Thanks and take care


Part 3 Manny Carrancho Shares treasured photos Madonna statue carried from the Gil Eannes at State Pier to Our Lady

Our Lady of Good Voyage Madonna cedar-wood statue was created by two artists from Porto, Portugal, and was commissioned by Portuguese-American fishermen of Gloucester for the Our Lady of Good Voyage church. Silva Franca made the Madonna and Ourivesaria Alianca made the crown and vessel. It was brilliantly welcomed to Gloucester in 1948.

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Here’s the timeline thanks to Sawyer Free and Gloucester Daily Times

On Sunday May 23, 1948

350 Portuguese-American fishing skippers and fishermen, their wives and children and friends took part in the third crowning and readied for the upcoming fourth annual blessing of the fleet. “A most colorful procession in the annual coronation ceremonies of the DES club in the Church of Our Lady of Good Voyage when Rev. Stephen E. DeMoura, the pastor, honored 22 with the impressive mass of coronation including the imperator, Capt. John Lopes of Sadler Street.”

Thursday May 27, 1948 

Cutting it close: the Gloucester Daily Times reported that the Portuguese ship Gil Eannes was expected at Fish Pier but didn’t arrive.  The 279 foot, 1048 net tons, fishing fleet hospital vessel, str. Gil-Eannes, “bound here from Lisbon, Portugal, with the estimated 600 pound cedar-wood life size statue of Our Lady of Good Voyage was due in port by 9 o’clock this morning, but up to noon today had not been sighted off Eastern Point Light.”  

It was here, just not at the pier. Take note: there’s a Ten Pound Island detail–Pancake Ground, and homeland security.

It was believed that she was fog bound off the coast and was jogging awaiting clearing before chancing the remaining voyage into port. She will anchor on the Pancake Ground near Ten Pound Island until tomorrow afternoon when she is due to dock at the State Fish pier.” She was escorted off Whistling Buoy by the redfish dragger Carol Ann, Capt. Francis, and brought to anchor on the Pancake Ground for a “three hour inspection to clear her for official entry.” Harbormaster Captain Fred Wise used his own craft. Mayor Friend gave a short speech. Seventy one officers, crew, and ‘relief fishermen’ were on board the Gil Eannes as it made the 11 day crossing.

What an arrival: the fog was so thick no one ashore could catch any glimpse of her! The Princess of Portugal, her Royal Highness Antonia de Braganza, was expected to arrive for the festivities and was booked at the Tavern, as were the ambassadors. Thousands came to town including bus groups from New Bedford, New Jersey, and other states. There were 26 Gloucester fishing boats and the USS Perry destroyer for the blessing of the fleet.

Memorial Day Weekend – Friday May 28, 1948-Sunday May 30, 1948

A thrilling 3-day observance festival began with Bishop John Wright leading a mass and procession Friday morning to the pier, and closed on Sunday with Archbishop Richard Cushing. Reverend DeMoura had a zealous committee. Twelve brawny crew from the Gil Eannes (matching shirts) six at a time alternated carrying the statue to the church. Crowds lined the streets and these guests were stunned at the sheer size of such a welcome. Three thousand people watched the procession and it’s estimated 10,000 were there for the Sunday climax.

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Gil Eannes crew, honor guard for the statue

Over the 3 days, there were special programs along with Memorial Day ceremonies: a carillon concert from the towers Friday night, a plaza-like square was decorated with colored electric lights in front of the church, banquets (at the Tavern), band concerts, and folk dancing*.  Later in the weekend, two men each from 25 different Gloucester draggers were chosen for the honor of bearing the statue on their shoulders to and fro the pier.Poor weather postponed the final day ceremonies. Ambassador Pereiro left with the Gil Eannes to travel to the Grand Banks and visit with the estimated 3000 fellow countrymen, fishing there in some 60 salt cod Portuguese boats at the time.

Of course, while aboard ship (in Gloucester), a bevy of news photographers and movie newsreel gentry took a raft of film of the statue, of the two bishops and monsignor and priests meeting one another…” 

I would like to see a newsreel. Newspapers carried it across the country thanks to the Associated Press pictures. By 1953 National Geographic was in town for a feature story in color. (You can read that article)

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More photographs tomorrow.

(*Rose Sheehan did you know?)

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Rose Baker Art Exhibit

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Juni Van Dyke has named Mary Rhinelander McCarl and Ed Leavitt the Rose Baker Artists of the Month for May and June. Juni is the instructor and coordinator of the Rose Baker Art Program and every two months she selects one or two artists from the program to be honored with a show of their work in the lobby of the Senior Center. The May/June show opened the first week in May and can be viewed weekdays from 9am to 4pm until the end of June.

During the summer, Mary Rhinelander McCarl paints the beaches, marshes, and rocks of Cape Ann. During the long Cape Ann winter she concentrates on painting flower arrangements and collages inspired by her study of Medieval Art.   Over the years, Mary has studied printmaking, batik, embroidery, and quilt making.

In this exhibit, she has chosen to display her watercolor and acrylic work.

Mary strives to…

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Open House Thursday at EPDS!

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Our Next Open House is THIS Thursday (May 12th) from 1 pm to 3 pm! Open houses at EPDS are a great way to learn about our school and programs for PreK through 8th Grade! Can’t make an Open House? CONTACT US ANYTIME to schedule a tour! Call us at 978.283.1700 or via email: epdsfrontdesk@gmail.comLOCALLYGRWON_FINAL.jpg

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Cape Ann Preschool (Formerly Laneville Preschool) Establishes New Location and New Name

Cape Ann Preschool TeachersLocal Preschool Relocates and Rebrands to Accommodate Greater Enrollment and Reflect Its Commitment to Cape Ann

Gloucester, Mass. – May 9th, 2016Cape Ann Preschool, the most personal and positive first school experience for children of Cape Ann, has relocated in order to accommodate greater enrollment and has rebranded to reflect its commitment to families in Gloucester, Manchester, Essex, and Rockport.

“Location is an important consideration for our families,” said Meghan MacLaughlin, Director of Cape Ann Preschool, formerly Lanesville Preschool Center. “From bigger classrooms to the wider outdoor play area, this new space resonates with a sense of openness similar to our active community of teachers and families. Education is a team effort; we look for opportunities like this to simplify logistics for parents and to expand what we can do for our students.”

Beginning September 2016, Cape Ann Preschool will be conveniently located right off Route 128 via exit 14 at the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church (488 Essex Avenue). Lanesville Preschool opened in 1980 and then moved to its current location downtown on Gloucester Avenue in 2006. Ten years later, this newest expansion serves to extend the school’s rich history and unique focus on school readiness to all of Cape Ann.

Cape Ann Preschool is now open for fall enrollment with spaces in the Green Room (ages 2.9-4 years) and in the Blue Room (ages 4-6 / pre-kindergarten). The 2016-2017 academic year will be its 35th consecutive enrollment season with hundreds of former students and families comprising its current community network. For more information, visit or call 978-270-1896 to schedule an in-person school tour.

Meghan Wall MacLaughlin, M.Ed., Director, Teacher has a B.A. from the University of Richmond and a Master’s degree in Education from Lesley College, and is licensed as an Early Childhood Director. She has more than two decades of experience in education having taught preschool in California for 2 years, and having worked as a teacher, coach, advisor, and admissions counselor with middle and high school students and their parents.

Shelley Halligan, Lead Teacher, is licensed as an Early Childhood Lead Teacher, and holds a degree in Early Child Education from Lasell Junior College. Upon graduation, Shelley began her career teaching preschool in Hopkinton, MA before bringing her talents to Cape Ann Preschool in 1990. Throughout the years, Shelley’s passion for teaching has been evident to the hundreds of students who have passed through her classrooms, and is now focused on incoming students ages 3-4 years in the Green Room.

Mara Destino, Lead Teacher, holds a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood (with a concentration in Special Needs) from Wheelock College, making her uniquely qualified to usher Cape Ann Preschool’s pre-K students into their first year of kindergarten. Beginning her working at the school as a substitute in 2000, and as a teacher in 2012, Mara has taught preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten for over 25 years.

About Cape Ann Preschool

Providing the most personal and positive first school experience for children of Cape Ann, Cape Ann Preschool fosters curiosity and creativity in a supportive environment that engages young minds through play, group experiences, and individual accomplishment. The dedicated educators at Cape Ann Preschool integrate academic school readiness, social skills, and developmentally appropriate learning for children ages 2.9 through 6. For more information, visit or for the Cape Ann Preschool Community, go to: Facebook, Pinterest, and Flickr.

Cape Ann Preschool Students At Play