City Council Voted (7-2) to approve an increase in miscellaneous trash fees effective August 1, 2016

Cape Ann Community


On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, City Council Voted (7-2) to approve an increase in miscellaneous trash fees effective August 1, 2016.

The increases are as follows:

The cost of 36 gallon trash bags will be $2.25 each (sleeve of 5 bags will be $11.25)

Appliance Stickers will be $30 each. (Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Televisions, Computer Monitors, etc).

Bulk Item Stickers will be $10 each. (Furniture, Rugs, and other large items not appliances that will not fit in purple bag).

Please note, the cost of the small (15 gallon) bag remains the same.

The Senior Center will continue to sell large bags (5 per month) at a discounted rate of $1.50 each, to residents who are at least 65 yrs. old and who currently participate in the City’s trash and recycling program. Proof of identity and address are required.

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Our alphabet garden at the Children’s Campus at Phillips Andover is coming along beautifully. In its second year, I’ll post photos later in the season as the garden begins to fill out and come into full bloom.

Thanks to Pam and her wonderful staff at Wolf Hill for locating our letter Q  plant, the towering ‘Queen of the Prairie.’ She is a gorgeous beauty for the back of the border, growing 5 to 7 feet tall, with panicles of deep pink and purple streaked lacy foliage. Can’t wait to see this native bee and butterfly attracting beauty in bloom!

P is for Peach leaf Bellflower copyright Kim SmithP is for Peachleaf Bellflower



Live Theater Performances for Young Audience Members Age 3 and Older
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Playtime Stories Company member Ella de Gaspe Beaubien shows off the paper bag puppet she made during a puppet making workshop following the performance

Gloucester Stage Company proudly launches the 2016 season of  Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories and live performances for ages 3 and older, on Saturday, June 18 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. According Youth Acting Workshop Director and Teacher Heidi Dallin, “We had a great response to the Playtime Stories program last summer. It is a terrific way for YAW to reach out to younger audiences to spark their excitement in live performance. Many of the veteran YAW students in the Playtime Stories Company have been involved in the YAW program since they were 5 years old and now they will inspire the next generation of YAW students!” Each weekPlaytime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The books for June 18 are the classicThomas The Tank Engine and Friends: Thomas Goes Fishing, Based onThe Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry and The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch. Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime Stories Company include The Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Hen onJune 25; Curious George and Little Bunny Foo Foo on July 9. Other Stories planned for July include Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Rumpelstiltskin, and the Dr. Seuss classics, The Lorax and What Pet Should I Get?  All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or


Blackburn Challenge July 16, 2016 is 38 Days away


OK, so the Blackburn Challenge has a new twist this year. After you register you get an electronic bib number mailed to you connected to RaceJoy. (Click for info) This software will track everyone in the race. Not sure exactly what “spectators” will see but likely you will be able to follow someone in real time around the course. You could follow Rubber Duck or even better, follow someone who is speedy.

We have 38 days to figure it out. Rubber Duck will post a test run on Facebook or here. Anyone out there who has experience with RaceJoy please speak up in comments. It would be cool to see all the contestants race around Cape Ann but that is a lot of dots. Ask your friends who race in triathlons. I bet they have used it.

Tin Can Sally at Gallery 53

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Gloucester’s Tin Can Sally to show at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours, Daily, 10:00-6:00 PM

Tin Can Sally is the second artist in the Summer Artist Series at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Her show opens on Wednesday, June 8, with the gala opening reception on Saturday, June 11, from 6-8 pm. The public is invited.

Tin Can Sally (Sally Seamans) creates birds, fish, jewelry, collages, mobiles, and more from printed tin containers of all shapes and sizes. She finds tins at yard sales, flea markets, antique shops and serendipity. She is a tin hunter/gatherer. Some of the tins she uses are olive oil, cookie, coffee, tea, candy, biscuit, soy sauce, mustard, ethnic foods, popcorn and sewing tins. “I greatly appreciate any tins that are kindly recycled my way,” says Semans. She is also known as Sally Seamans of Gloucester, MA


Wednesdays with Fly Amero at The Rhumb Line ~ This weeks musical guests: Honkytonk Women 7-10pm 6.8.2016

This week’s dinner special:
Roast Sirloin w/french fries
or choice of potato – $10.95

Wednesday, June 8th – 7pm
Musical Guests: HONKYTONK WOMEN!

Honkytonk Women 2014

Honkytonk Women : Sheila Schrank on guitar with lead and harmony vocalists, Deby Wantman and Maureen Benson.

First time in on a Wednesday, folks. The 50s & 60s “girl group” hits
have never sounded better. This one is sure to be unique and fun!
We start things of at 7pm.~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!

The very near future…
J.B. Amero

Liz Frame & The Kickers

Jon Butcher

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Last Chance


The four-exhibit 2016 season opener at the North Shore Arts Association is closing this weekend on  June 11. Make time.

ROBERT DOUGLAS STEPHENSON  (1935-2015) retrospective, first floor, back of building.






GINGER GREENBLATT, solo exhibit installed along the walls between the Stephenson show and the first floor reception gallery. Our Lady of Good Voyage woodblock is $200.



ASSOCIATE MEMBERS exhibit, first floor, first gallery, 73 works of art and ARTIST MEMBERS exhibit, top floor, 130 works of art.


plus one more Stephenson on the top floor



19th Annual Viking Baseball Academy

I’ve heard some great things about this baseball camp, I know John Parisi is fantastic, and I’m thrilled Thatch and Finn will be attending.

What a great way to kick off summer!  Check it out and consider signing up your 7-12 year-old.  The organizers are making final preparations now.

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Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 6/8/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Rockport Rockport Illumination Fund Plea

June 8, 2016 ~

Letter to the Editor:

We are a small but mighty group but we need your help.  We love how much the town has embraced “Illumination Weekend”.  This year’s show is August 13, at 9:15.  This year we are trying to have even more lanterns put out around town to make the town even more festive.  Maybe we’ll even break a record!  We will be having children’s activities at Firehouse trust, sponsored by a Mass Cultural Grant and Institution for Savings.  Families will be able to come and paint their own lantern to hang.  We need help keeping the show as big as it is.  Every little bit helps.  If you are interested in helping please send at tax-deductible check to:     Rockport Illumination Fund Inc. c/o Susan Collins, 16-b South Street, Rockport MA or you can buy a $50 raffle tickets to try and win a Ken Knowles painting. Raffle Tickets are available at Katie’s Gift Shop or Nine Lives CafĂ©.  Your donation is tax deductible, or call 546-9566 and ask for Susan.

Halibut Point State Park Nature Walk With Ed Jylkka Sunday June 12

Image ~ June 8, 2016 ~ judithharris