Sending love and prayers to Mayor Sefatia, Marianne, Grace, Rosaria, Anthony’s daughters, and the extended family and friends of Anthony Giambanco.

Six time Greasy Pole Champion Anthony “Matza” Giambanco – “all heart”

I Am More Project from our amazing artist Amy Kerr

“I Am More: Massachusetts” Unveiling

The project that started in Cape Ann has now gone statewide, with twenty new I Am More portraits from around the state, including Cape Ann, being unveiled this weekend.

The new colored pencil and pastel portraits by Gloucester artist Amy Kerr include topics such as postpartum depression, brain cancer, dementia, anxiety, addiction, poverty, eating disorders, spinal cord injury, insecurity, sexual abuse, schizoaffective disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, suicide, learning disabilities, bullying, PTSD, and surviving the Holocaust.

Portrait subjects come from Worcester, Westborough, Littleton, Burlington, Mattapan, Lynn, Reading, Leverett, Amherst, Wenham, Feeding Hills, Peabody, Lawrence, Gloucester, Newburyport and Mashpee.

 Where: Worcester PopUp – 20 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA

When: October 19th through November 7th

Gallery hours Tuesdays through Fridays 12-4 pm

Opening Celebration Saturday October 19th from 5-8pm

 A huge thank you to our portrait sponsors:



Andrew Morse

Ken & Rose Carlsen

Additional sponsors:

Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services

Ocean Alliance

Brace Cove Foundation

Anne & Richard Rosenfeld

Laurie Taylor

Ann Carlsen

Carol Stone

Chris Sadkowski

Anita & Peter Thomas

Katherine & Peter Coakley

Maggie & Joe Rosa

Sara Lippert

Debe & Nick Holland

Anita Pandolfe Ruchman

Cheryl Allen

Lauren & Ted Suchecki

Lee Quigley

Amy & Mark Farber

Julia Wachtel

Joan Amero

Anne Kinigstein


A special thank you to Kitt Cox, Cynthia Mochowski, Anita Pandolfe Ruchman, Anne Pieterse and Rolf Urbach.


Thank you David Cox!

I often visit David Cox and Main Street Arts and Antiques seeking family albums or memorabilia. I specifically look for items that might contain enough clues to allow me to contact current family members to offer their return. It’s very rewarding, and honestly I am hoping one day to be on the receiving end of such an effort.

Anyhow, for a very modest sum, I recently purchased from David’s shop a folder containing handwritten family tree pages and a certificate of membership to the Governor Thomas Dudley Family Association naming George Richards Minot. As I had recently been doing some transcription work for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, I recognized the surnames contained within the folder: Cabot, Dodge, Bradstreet, Dudley etc.

A quick Google search revealed that George Richards Minot was a well regarded medical researcher who shared a Nobel Prize in 1934 for pernicious anemia research. He apparently descended from Massachusetts Bay Colony’s second Governor Thomas Dudley. I just had a feeling there might be interest in this folder of information for the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston so I contacted their Manuscript Collection Department. They did express interest in adding this to their collection on the Governor Thomas Dudley Family Association so I sent it to them. Here’s a PDF of the certificate if you are interested:

MINOT George Richards membership certificate

Just another example of the role we all play in keeping history alive. Thank you David Cox for making that opportunity available!

Have you heard about our Fireside Chat Series at Beauport Hotel Gloucester?


Join us by the fire and engage in lively discussion with local authors, historians, speakers, and more!


Our first chat takes place on Monday, October 21st from 6:30-8:30pm featuring JoeAnn Hart, author of Stamford ’76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970’s.

To attend this FREE event, please RSVP via email to Space is limited, so be sure to save your spot today!

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