Sunday the grand reopening of Enza Groppo’s fantastic new physical fitness training space was held at the studio’s brand newly renovated location, 58 Pulaski Street, in Peabody. VIP Fitness offers small group classes and personal training sessions with Personal Trainer Enza.

The fitness center finds a new home in an old mill building, with stellar workout equipment, fresh paint, new floors, and curtains. The center is only about a twenty-five minute drive from Gloucester, with ample parking, and would be ideal for 128 commuters as it is minutes off the highway. For more information call 978-828-2036 and like VIP Fitness on Facebook.


Gloucester Stage Joins “Not in Our House” Movement

By a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors, Gloucester Stage has joined the “Not in Our House” community, and adopted its Chicago Theater Standards (CTS). The CTS is a comprehensive document providing theater companies with procedures and protocols designed to prevent and respond to “unsafe events, environments or individuals,” with particular attention to the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Procedures for integrating these policies in the rehearsal process, daily operations, and orientation for new staff and apprentices, are already being enacted. With casting for Gloucester Stage’s 39th season beginning this week, Bob Walsh, Artistic Director shared, “We are already putting in place safeguards to support the artists.”

In a letter addressed to staff and colleagues late last year, Managing Director, Jeff Zinn, wrote, “So much of the work we do in the theater demands that we be open and vulnerable. This happens at all levels of the enterprise: playwrights, designers, directors, producers, all take risks daily. Actors, of course, must make themselves emotionally available in rehearsal and then in front of an audience. That’s why it is essential that we provide a safe space for that work to unfold.”

Zinn adds, “Theaters across New England are asking ourselves these questions: what policies are already in place? What can we do better? Collectively, there is momentum to adopt a common standard. We look forward to measuring our efforts and sharing our progress with our colleagues and sister companies.”

Elizabeth Neumeier, GSC Board President, stated, “We have been individually and collectively appalled by the allegations of past misconduct at Gloucester Stage and throughout the theater industry. We intend for Gloucester Stage, by our actions and example, to help change the culture that, for so long, has allowed such things to take place. Implementing the CTS this season will help ensure that Gloucester Stage is a place where people feel safe, free to do their best work, and to speak out without fear of reprisal.”

More about Not In Our House can be found at Chicago Theater Standards can be downloaded at

Another fun evening at the Magnolia Library and Community Center

The Magnolia Library held a great event on Friday night called, Sip N Shop. Alana Horne and the board have done a great job utilizing this Community Center. Of course, I had fun. There were many vendors and thank you for all who came out to support our Magnolia Library.

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Massachusetts Attorney General assent letter for Berkshire Museum battle

Here’s the complete official doc while awaiting Single Justice ruling. More to come.

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VIA EMAIL February 9, 2018
William F. Lee, Esq. WilmerHale 60 State Street Boston, MA 02109
Re: Sale of Works of Art by Trustees of the Berkshire Museum
Dear Attorney Lee,

Thank you for your and the Trustees of the Berkshire Museum’s (the “Museum”) continued cooperation while the Attorney General’s Office (“AGO”) investigated the proposed sale of 40 of the Museum’s most valuable works of fine art in order to fund a “New Vision.” As the AGO indicated to the Museum last September, after reviewing the proposed sale of all 40 items and planned use of proceeds ($76 million or more based on auction estimates), the AGO concluded that the objects that have been deaccessioned and offered for sale are subject to restrictions that prohibit the Museum from selling them in the manner proposed absent court approval lifting or modifying the restrictions. As we have also discussed, and as we outline further in this letter, while we continue to believe that these restrictions apply, the investigation has led us to agree with the Museum that it would be impracticable for the Museum to continue its operations without a sale, subject to, however, certain guidelines. Therefore, the AGO is prepared to support the Museum in its request to the Supreme Judicial Court for approval to sell up to 40 items subject to certain agreed-upon sale parameters.

Proposed Sale:
The Museum first provided notice of the planned sale on June 22, 2017. The notice indicated that the Museum was proposing to sell 40 works of fine art from its collection in order to fund a “New Vision,” which will include the creation of a $40 million “endowment” and dedicate $20 million to facilities upgrades and repairs. Over the course of further communications with the AGO pertaining to the AGO’s investigation, the Museum asserted that it is in dire financial need and requires a significant capital infusion in order for the Museum to be able to continue to fulfill its charitable mission. Further, the Museum asserted that the only way it could achieve that necessary capital infusion was by selling the identified 40 of works of fine art from its permanent collection. The Museum stated that it had come to this decision as part of a two-year process undertaken by the Board of Directors to consider alternative directions for the Museum that would create a more sustainable financial future for the Museum.

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AGO Investigation:
Upon receipt of the Museum’s June 22, 2017 notice letter, the AGO undertook a careful investigation of the Museum’s plans. As part of this review, the AGO requested and reviewed over 2300 documents bearing on the Museum and its Board’s decision-making process as well as donor intent and restrictions on objects donated or bequeathed to the Museum. These documents included, inter alia, board materials, minutes and agendas, committee materials, meeting minutes and agendas, board retreat materials. Museum policies and procedures, other internal Museum and board communications, files associated with each of the artworks that the Museum plans to sell, archival director files, and other historical files. The AGO also interviewed Museum employees, board members, and third party witnesses regarding, inter alia, the Museum’s history, the Board’s efforts to date to stabilize the Museum’s finances, the Board’s decisionmaking process related to deaccessioning and selling art from its collection, the Museum’s consideration of alternatives to selling art to revitalize the Museum, the intent of donors, and employee experience at the Museum.

In addition to the AGO’s review of documents and interviews with witnesses, the AGO also worked to understand all components of the Museum’s decision. In doing so, the AGO consulted with and relied on experts to provide the AGO with information regarding museum industry best practices, the Museum’s finances, and the impact of a decision to deaccession and sell art from a museum’s permanent collection.

The AGO is charged with review of the proposed sale for compliance with charities law, including an assessment of such factors as whether there are any restrictions that limit or prohibit the Museum from selling the chosen objects and whether, if such restrictions exist, it is impossible or impracticable for the Museum to fulfill its charitable mission and meet the intent of the donors without seeking court approval to lift or amend those restrictions. A summary of our conclusions related to this part of our review is described below.

1. Restrictions On The Works of Art Proposed for Sale
As detailed elsewhere (e.g., in its filings in the litigation referenced above) the AGO believes that all of the works of art deaccessioned and proposed for sale are subject to one or more restrictions that limit the Museum’s ability to proceed with its planned sale and use of proceeds to fund an endowment, pay for operating expenses and fund renovations. The Museum continues to believe no restrictions (beyond the Museum’s charitable purposes) apply. In light of certain findings from the AGO’s investigation described below, and in an effort to avoid unnecessary expenditure of charitable and government resources on litigation to determine which view of the restrictions would ultimately be found to be legally correct, the AGO and the Museum have agreed on a framework for requesting authorization for a sale under specific conditions. First, all of the 40 works of art identified for sale have been, until recently, part of the Museum’s permanent collection. These works of art constitute most of the monetary value of the Museum’s fine art collection and have historically been devoted to fulfilling the art component of the Museum’s three-part mission. The Museum has also long represented itself to donors and the public as an art museum (even though not solely an art museum). Further, the Museum policies and professional affiliations in place at the time the objects were selected for deaccessioning reflect a commitment by the Museum to hold its art for art puiposes, and

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World Family Puppet Theatre classes resume-Winter term!

World Family Puppet Theatre classes resume-Winter term!


Create, dramatize and perform a Puppet Show!
For children ages 6 through 12.

Saturday mornings, 10:00 to 11:30 am
Winter term: February 3, February 10, March 3, March 10, April 7
Location: Cape Ann Cinema, 21 Main Street, Gloucester

The WORLD FAMILY PUPPET THEATRE offers exciting school year puppetry arts programs. Participants bring alive the folktales of the worlds’ peoples thus learning valuable lessons of getting along. This program model has been refined over 39 years of multicultural arts programs for children. Time travel to a land or time far away, experience world kinship, compassion, lifelong positive problem-solving, while making new friends! COST: $100/child in advance or $20/class drop-in


or call Dora: 978-546-3222

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Goals for 2018 – We Can Help!

Cape Ann Wellness


Did you reach your goals in 2017? If not, Crossfit Cape Ann can help! Our members have goals inside and outside of the gym. We have always made a point to keep CFCA a fun, engaging and above all a supportive and inclusive environment.

Not sure CFCA is for you? Check us out –

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Cala’s Awesome Serenitee Deal

Free sandwich with your Serenitee card until Feb. 13.  We decided to check it out.

You had me at the blood orange cosmo…….

Clearly there are lacrosse fans in the room! Nice mix of customers for a weekday lunch hour.  The Larry Bird poster in the background reflected the red light in such a way that it appears Larry is sporting a red bow in his hair.  You can just barely see it here. Try to get the seat that shows’s  hilarious.

Fish sandwich for me, eggplant for GMG Jimmy.  And one of them was FREE!!  We enjoyed our visit to Manchester and Cala’s today.  We’ll go back and see Larry again.

February Vacation Art Classes

Cape Ann Community

OA-Collaboration_PostLooking for something fun to do over February Vacation?

We’ve teamed up with Ocean Alliance to offer two fun 2-day workshops for kids grades 1-6. Learn about whales, drones, and the ocean—then make art inspired by nature and science!

Session One: Artists as Young Scientists
Tuesday February 20 and Wednesday February 21
9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
$120.00  / Sibling Discounts and Scholarships Available


• Learn about Ocean Alliance’s SnotBot drones then build and present your own model.
• Hold whale bones, listen to recording of whale songs, learn about different species and where they live, then create art inspired by the science you have learned.
• Have fun painting, drawing, and building!

Session Two: It’s All About Creativity!
Thursday February 22 and  Friday February 23
9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
$120.00  / Sibling Discounts and Scholarships Available


• Learn about these majestic animals, their…

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