From the Go Fund Me page:

This morning people all along the coast of Texas are waking to the remnants of Hurricane Harvey and wondering how they are going to deal with the aftermath. From the few reports coming out, it can’t get worse than in our sister city Rockport, TX, with reports of a collapsed roof at the school, multiple residences flattened or flooded, and numerous casaulties and injuries.

As their neighbors in spirit, from Rockport, MA, we are looking to raise money to make an impact as they rise from the destruction Mother Nature has indiscriminantly thrown in their path. From experience, with our distance, getting first-response aid to them is nearly impossible at this time. So we are looking to make a medium or long-term investment in their recovery. We are reaching out to friends and family with contacts in Rockport to determine what projects we can make the most impact on. We will take a poll before making the final contribution.

Initial ideas for final donation:
– School system to aid in the repair of the High School that was heavily damaged or replacement of damaged books, etc.
– Senior center with damaged roof
– Volunteer Fire Department (from our volunteer FD)

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Our Niles Pond rescue swan has survived her second night! She is still not venturing far from the reeds. Mr. Swan is definitely aware of her presence but is playing coy and for the most part, ignoring her. The good news, or great news I should say, is that he is not chasing and threatening her.

New Swan is continuing to feed on pond vegetation. I didn’t get a glimpse of her until around 11am when the light was very harsh, but here she is at the pond’s edge, photo bombed by a stealthy Green Heron.

A day at Maritime Gloucester

The other day Rick and I took Hannah and Riley to Maritime Gloucester. What a great time. The touch tank is terrific and the interns who teach the kids are wonderful. Take yourself and family to Maritime Gloucester. For more information please follow the link below.

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Seaside Sustainability

From our friend Eric Mager, the Executive Director of Seaside Sustainability a charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Eric is accepting high school and college student interns for all hours through the week and weekends. Eric stated they work on a large array of environmental hands-on projects, programs and initiatives locally, regionally and nationally.

If you are interested please email Eric at

Thank you.

Cape Ann SUP End of the Summer Board Barn Sale

We’re super excited to announce the dates for our annual End of Summer Board Barn Sale! We’re making room for 2018 and would love to hook you all up with some awesome deals! All Labor Day weekend long we’ll be rocking and rolling at the Board Barn. There are too many sales to list them all but a few highlights include:

New Boards $150-$250 OFF
Sunglasses 20-50% OFF
Swimwear 20-30% OFF
Yoga Wear 30% OFF
Select Neoprene 20% OFF
CASUP T-shirts 50% OFF

Also on sale: Rinsekit, Hats, Candles, Flip Flops and More

2 Southern Ave
Essex, Massachusetts, MA 01929
(978) 233-1787

September 1, 2017 – September 4, 2017
10 AM – 7 PM

Off the island…St. Louis

After our visit to Kansas City and Kaufman Stadium we took the 3 1/2 hour drive over to St. Louis to check ballpark #13 off our list.   Our hotel right across the street had a great view of the Stadium so Neil got to watch the Friday night game against Tampa from the comfort of our room!   Busch Stadium is a great stadium right in downtown St. Louis with great views and great vibe.   I’d put it on the top of the list of the fields we visited so far (behind Fenway, Camden Yards and far!).   The specialty food of this park is “Dinger Donuts” which are 50 donuts in a plastic hat with choice of vanilla or chocolate glaze.   Yum!   We have had a busy, but super memorable few days….next up we are tossing around a Tampa, Miami and Georgia road trip!



New Fitness Options for Gloucester Moms

Cape Ann Wellness

If you missed the first Mommy and Me Fitness class last week have no fear! It’s back this week with a new time.

Our mommy and me class will now be from 10:00 – 11:00 am every Wednesday morning at our convenient location on Main St. in Gloucester.

In other exciting news, Phia is now offering FREE child care two days a week. Check out our new fall schedule starting September 5th, after labor day.

Group Fitness 9-17 Phia was created to be a place for women from all walks of life to find a fun, accepting, empowering fitness experience. We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t offer options for the moms of our area. Whether you’ve always been into fitness, are just starting on your fitness journey, or are getting back into the swing of things after having a baby, we’ve got an option for you! Our classes are always

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