American Craft Week

Announcement from FOB Donna  DIVA jewelry store on Main Street


Crafters! Artists! Businesses selling arts and crafts made by American artists and crafters in America, celebrate American Arts and Crafts Week!  Hi! I am Donna Soodalter-Toman, owner of DIVA (a jewelry store on Main St in Gloucester), and a jewelry maker.  I am so excited to be a participant in American Arts & Crafts’ week in Gloucester (October 6-15, 2017), especially since Gloucester was prestigiously selected among the top ten US cities and town for Artists and Crafters!

 To celebrate this week-long event (, DIVA will profile all American crafters and artists who make their goods in America with a special sale.  Just some of the jewelers include: Lori Bonn, Sally Craig, Sydney Lynch, Chris Ploof, Terry Logan, Laurie Leonard, Dawn Estrin, John Iversen, Mignon Faget, Robert Lee Morris, Amy Kahn Russell, Joyce Fitz, Deborah Armstrong, Elizabeth Garvin, Zoe Chimera, Eileen Sutton, all Native American jewelers, me, etc. etc.


For businesses and individuals, throughout Cape Ann, selling American made arts and crafts and who want to participate in some event during this week, please send information to Me, Donna, with the name of your business, contact information and what you plan to do.  For your participation you will receive a logo posting for your window/site noting that you are a participant in American Craft Week.  I will also compile information for press releases, Facebook, your site links, etc., and promote accordingly

 This is a great way to join the celebration, and market Gloucester and Other Cape Ann businesses in October and going forward.  Please send information to Donna Soodalter at DIVA, via email ( or phone (978-879-4119-leave message), or drop by (161 Main St.).

PLEASE, to afford time to compile and market, please submit all information ASAP and no later than Monday, 9/25. 

If people have any questions, call or email Donna.




A check for fifty thousand dollars was presented to the Alzheimer’s Association by Warren Waugh of Lyon-Waugh Auto Group and Mayor Sefatia Monday evening. Held at the Beauport Hotel, the check-presenting event celebrated the donations raised from the Bluefin Blowout Tournament’s live auction, silent auction, and from a percentage of the tournament’s daily jackpot.  Cidalia Schwartz, Mayor Sefatia, and Warren Waugh

See Nichole Schrafft’s Bluefin Blowout posts here:

Bluefin Blowout, Final Results

This is the Bluefin Blowout. Highlights 2017

Free Fun For Kids, Fitness For Mom

Cape Ann Wellness

kidszone2Phia is now offering FREE child care during select classes. We have a separate, fully equipped fun child care room that has toys, activities, and wonderful staff. To sign you child up for childcare you can call or text Phia at (978)491-9112. In you message provide the child’s name, age, your name, and the date and time of the class you’d like childcare for. You will receive a text confirmation that your child has been signed up. All children must be signed up for child care 24 hours prior to Mom’s class time.

More about our child care policies and class descriptions at PHIAWOMENSCENTER.COM

Meet our child care staff:


Billi-Jo Todd

Billi-Jo is 33 years old and has been a professional nanny and babysitter for over 12 years. Billi-Jo is a grew up in Gloucester and she has cared for children ages 3 months to 14 years old. She enjoys arts and crafts…

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Polls are open! Nice to see the gleaming back-to-school floors and precinct volunteers

We encourage perfect attendance from our students. We are positive role models for participation at the polls.


Thank you city of Gloucester, schools, teachers, students, Backyard Growers and the dedicated precinct volunteers. Beyond voting, tangible benefits were the Veterans threshold gardens and lobby. Stop by your polling place before 8pm to vote! 


Gloucester Preliminary Election: Polls Now Open (9/19)

Cape Ann Community

Gloucester Preliminary Election (Mayoral Candidates)Gloucester will be conducting the 2017 Preliminary Municipal Election today, Tuesday, Sept 19th, 2017 between 7 AM and 8 PM with three candidates on the ballot for mayor. The top two candidates receiving the most votes will then be featured on the General Municipal Election, scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, alongside all other candidates running for various municipal races (City Council, School Committee).

For polling locations or other election details, please visit the City Clerk’s website here or Contact the Clerk’s Office at 978-281-9720 option #6.

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Gloucester Rotary Club Photography Contest 

Cape Ann Community

The Gloucester Rotary Club will publish a 12-month Cape Ann photo calendar for 2018 as a fundraiser.  All profits will go to the Gloucester Rotary Club’s efforts to raise money that supports the many community and international activities in which the club is involved. 

 In Order to publish a beautiful calendar, the Club is requesting high quality digital photos that show the unique beauty of Cape Ann throughout the year– landscapes, seascapes, harbor scenes, sunrises/sunsets, boats, wildlife, etc.  As we will be featuring one photo per month, we need images from each season:  winter, spring, summer and fall.  Photographs from Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester will be accepted.     

Full contest rules and requirements are available online at  All entries must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017.  

More information about the Rotary Club of Gloucester is available online at and .  

The mission…

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