Product Donation Drive August 12, 2017, at Stop & Shop in Gloucester

A new organization, Period Partners, has been established to provide menstrual products to people who need them on Cape Ann.

Access to menstrual hygiene products is a basic survival need, but tampons and pads are not covered by WIC or food stamps. Those living in poverty often make do without. This affects people’s health and can cause them to miss work, school or appointments, making it hard to escape the cycle of poverty.

Period Partners was formed to change this, working in partnership with The Open Door. The Open Door will serve as Period Partners’ fiscal sponsor (which means donations will be fully tax-deductible under TOD’s 501(c)3). Period Partners care packages will be distributed through The Open Door’s food pantries as well.


Period Partners was founded by 26-year-old Gloucester resident Lucy Gross when she became aware how seldom menstrual products are donated to homeless shelters and other social agencies. “Because it’s something we rarely talk about, people just don’t think to donate these essential items,” she said.

“I believe that everyone has the right to a healthy period,” said Gross, a fourth-generation Gloucester resident whose grandfather, Dr. Robert Lundberg, and grandmother, Renee Gross Nutbrown, both served the Gloucester health community. “No one should be held back because of this basic need.”

“The Open Door is pleased to work with Period Partners to meet this critical need,” said Julie LaFontaine, executive director of The Open Door. “It is a natural collaboration that will benefit this community.”


Period Partners will provide clients of The Open Door with a year’s supply of tampons and pads. To kick off its fund-raising efforts, the group will hold a product drive at Stop & Shop, 6 Thatcher Rd. in Gloucester, on Saturday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Can’t make it to the drive? You can make a tax-deductible donation at – write “for Period Partners” in the note field. Or email goperiodpartners@gmail.comfor more info.

About Period Partners: Period Partners was founded in November 2016 to provide menstrual products to people in need on Cape Ann. It operates in collaboration with local organizations and members of the community. For more information visit

About The Open Door: Founded in 1978, The Open Door’s mission is to alleviate the impact of hunger in the community by connecting people to good food, advocating on behalf of those in need, and engaging others in the work of building food security. Programs include two Food Pantries, Community Meals, Mobile Markets, Summer Meals, Senior Soup and Salad, and more. For more information visit

For more information, please contact Abbie Lundberg at:

Craig Kimberley Photo


All are welcome at The Mary Prentiss Inn, people and pollinators!

Pollen-dusted Honey Bee

We’ve planted the front dooryard garden with an array of eye-catching, fragrant, and nectar rich flora for both guests and neighbors to enjoy, and to sustain the growing number of bees, butterflies, and songbirds frequenting the garden. 

Fabulously fragrant Oriental Lilies are planted adjacent to the front door to welcome visitors as they enter the Inn.

The Mary Prentiss Inn, from the pollinators point of view~

The Mary Prentiss is a stunning twenty-room Greek-Revival style inn located on a quiet street minutes away from Harvard Square. Elegant, comfortable, and charming, with period architectural detail and decor, the Inn is outfitted with all modern amenities. Visit The Mary Prentiss Inn website for more information.

Enjoy a delicious made-to-order breakfast or afternoon tea at the Inn’s secret garden.

The Mary Prentiss Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the proud recipient of the Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award for 1995.

The Mary Prentiss Inn is located at 6 Prentiss Street, Cambridge. Call 617-661-2929 or visit

2017 Sidewalk Bazaar

  •   Danielle Capalbo asked me to post her photos and appreciation to GMG for helping promote Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar
  • Billy Goulart, owner of Nana’s Fried Dough in Gloucester, wiped off a “gift” our seagull friends left on the electric BMWs that Lyon-Waugh Auto Group and BMW of Peabody had donated to the Gloucester Police Department.  The two vehicles were on display at the Sidewalk Bazaar to promote the use of green energy.
  • The B-Fit Team of the Bruins Foundation was a popular stop for our young athletes!  The B-Fit team is a community outreach program whose primary objective is to increase the overall wellness of the New England community through fitness and dietary education.
  • Another popular stop is the puppet show.
  • The DPW, Fire Department and the Police were all hard at work supporting the Bazaar before and during the 3-day event.  A visitor dropped something down a drain-hole, and the DPW was called on to help retrieve it.

Thanks to our sponsors: The Cape Ann Savings Bank, The Randazza Group, Horvitz & Frisch and Lahey Health.


Key volunteers who helped out at the event: John Orlando with the Harborview Inn, Patty Gates with Cape Ann Olive Oil and Premier Imprints,  Elizabeth Carey with Discover Gloucester, Melissa Cox, Ward II Councilor,  Elliott Margolis, Josiah Fisk with More Carrot, Michaela DiPersia, and Kathleen Adams.  Thanks also go to Brass Monkey and Bank Gloucester for the use of their parking lot.  The Clean Team from the Cape Ann YMCA did an awesome job keeping Main Street clean throughout the event!

Many thanks to GMG for helping with getting the word out!

Danielle Capalbo

Coordinator, 2017 Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar



Cape Ann Special Olympics


Cape Ann Special Olympic Sharks Meghan Colby and Noah Winer both won First Place under 19 in their division in 1/2 mile Wild Fish Open Water Swim ! Thanks to their teammates Coach Ally and John Condon for swimming along!! — at Collins Cove, Salem.

Suffer from morning mucous?

Cape Ann Wellness

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC loves cardamom, ginger and fennel tea which also helps improve digestion and circulation.
2 pinches of cardamom
2 pinches of fennel seeds
1/4 inch fresh ginger

Mash ginger in a mortar and pestle. Grind cardamom and fennel using a mortar and pestle. Place in cup. Pour boiling water over ingredients and steep, covered, for three minutes. Strain and serve.

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”



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Seaport at Night

It was a beautiful summer night to be walking around the Seaport District in Boston with my friend Helen checking out some new views of the city as well as some favorite spots that never get old!

View of Boston at night from Children’s Wharf Park, Seaport District


View from Fan Pier


Flag displayed at Boston Harbor Hotel

Pet of the Week Hooper

Hi! My name is Hooper and I am what you call a friendly feral. Although I’ve lived outdoors for part of my life I’ve become very fond of humans and now am looking for my own to share their home with me. Because I’m so friendly the folks here don’t think I’ll have a hard time transitioning to the indoor life .I like warm cozy beds, snacks to share and a sunny spot to lounge in. I don’t mind a good scratching behind my ear from time to time. If your into helping out with second chances stop in and meet me and maybe I’ll be the lucky one ! To see all of the available cats and dogs at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website: