Help the IDRC this Saturday.

The first Nor’Easter of the season left it’s mark on our winter storage home this past week.  A huge tree fell across the tent and crushed the entire structure as well as one of our dories.  The tree has been removed, but the debris remains.

This Saturday, Nov. 13th at 9AM, we plan to get together at Eastern Ave Self Storage to clean up the remainder of the tent structure and move the damaged dory to the dory shop.  Many hands make light work, so please join us for a couple hours.  Bring a rake or a sawzall if you have one.

We were fortunate that all the dories weren’t in the tent when the tree fell and we plan to rebuild the damaged boat, but we can use your help.  See you Saturday!!

Press Release regarding Afghan families

With support from an organizing group of civic and faith-based community leaders, a public gathering will convene on Tuesday, November 16th at 7 pm to organize volunteers and identify resources to assist several refugee Afghan families resettle in Gloucester and neighboring Cape Ann towns. The group, to be known as “Allies of Our Afghan Allies” in acknowledgment of the support many of these refugees gave to American efforts in Afghanistan during the past twenty years, will meet in Rockport at the Congregational Church on 12 School Street.

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Reverend Rona Tyndall and Reverend  Alice Erickson (both of the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC), former Mayor Bruce Tobey and others have held a series of planning meetings to lay the framework for this gathering. “We came together because we recognized the need to help families who find themselves in our country after fleeing their native land with little more than the shirts on their backs,” said Mayor Romeo Theken. “Ours are communities that help those in need, and now is the time to step up.” 

“The Afghan refugee families are temporarily living on U.S. military bases waiting for processing and clearance. When they leave the bases, they will face a tight housing market,” added Rev. Tyndall. “The national median rent rose to $1,302 in September, up 15% from a year ago, and costs are even higher here on Cape Ann.” 

Rev. Erickson, who brings hands-on experience in refugee resettlement to this effort, understands the support that must be mustered. “Funds are needed to cover housing costs, including rent, utilities, and furnishings, as well as for education, employment training, clothing, food, medical care, transportation, and legal fees for family reunification.”

Any and all who can help this effort in any way are urged to attend this meeting, where fundraising, volunteer solicitation, and resource identification will be discussed. Masks and social distancing are required at this in-person gathering, which can also be live-streamed either at “Rockport UCC” on Facebook or at the “Old Sloop” YouTube channel.

“These families and their children deserve the same opportunities for success our communities offer to our kids and grandchildren,” said former Mayor Tobey. “This is our chance to be there now for those who stood with us as our allies. As they struggle to rebuild their lives, please join us in this effort.”Those who wish to donate immediately to the on-going “Allies of our Afghan Allies” GoFundMe campaign may do so either by visiting https://gofund.me/6ddd185e or by mailing a check, with the notation “Refugee Resettlement” in the memo line, to the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, 488 Essex Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. 

Public Invited: Sawyer Free Library Annual Meeting on Wed, 11/10 at 6pm

Cape Ann Community

The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Corporation will be hosting its Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening, November 10, at the Sawyer Free Library from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The Corporator’s sign-in begins at 6:00 pm.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this informative evening, although only Corporators can vote. Masks are required, and for those interested in participating remotely, a zoom link is also available. For more information click HERE

The Sawyer Free Library’s Annual Meeting will be from 6:30–8:00 pm on the main floor of the Sawyer Free Library located at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester. For more information visit SawyerFreeLibrary.org

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Because, What Could Go Wrong Here?

Walmart has started to use driverless delivery trucks. My mom lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas for a few years. It was quite beautiful…and it was also right next door to Bentonville….home to Walmart Corporate Headquarters. Yesterday Arkansas Online announced that a driverless truck delivery company that Walmart Inc. works with in Bentonville has been operating vehicles without a driver behind the wheel since August. Yikes.

The trucks run on a single delivery route several times daily on public roads between a Neighborhood Market and a Walmart “dark store,” or store that is now being used solely as a fulfillment center, the companies said in a joint news release.

Walmart did not immediately respond to questions including how many trucks it’s using or whether it owns a stake in the company as it does with another driverless vehicle firm.

The Arkansas Highway Commission gave approval for the company, Gatik, and Walmart, in December to use the box trucks without a safety driver after they had successfully operated in the city for 18 months.

The companies said that the commission’s approval makes Gatik the first autonomous trucking company allowed to remove the safety driver from a commercial delivery middle-mile route “anywhere in the world.”

Middle mile refers to the part of the supply chain in which items are transported between warehouses or from warehouses to stores. In comparison, last-mile deliveries are made from stores or fulfillment centers directly to customers’ homes.

Autonomous delivery helps Walmart fill online orders faster, the companies said.

Oak To Ember (Former Cape Ann Brewing Spot) Gives Some Updated Sneak Peeks-

THE ENTRANCE 

demo is complete. here’s a look from the future Rodgers Street entrance.

coming 2022
RODGERS STREET SIDE DINING

adding tables and booths to this street side dining area plus an open kitchen with live fire grilling.
adding a bigger bar and tons of tables. sneak a peak out the windows for future outdoor harbor seating.

34th Annual Love Cape Ann Fundraising Auction

Cape Ann Community

Bid From Anywhere!

This year’s 34th Annual Love Cape Ann Fundraising Auction kicks off on Wednesday, November 10th at 5:00pm. Didn’t buy a ticket? That’s okay! Online bidding lets you bid on auction items from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Bid at an event or from any location with internet access, however only guests present at the event will enjoy the Live Auction. You can create your account to get started bidding by following the instructions below.

Early Bidding Instructions:

1.      Click hereand then click the “Get Started” button to register.
2.      Create a (NEW) Account using a computer or smartphone (this must be different than your Chamber account).

  • Shipping address
  • Credit card number
  • Your cell phone number (You can receive text alerts for the items you bid on)

3.Verify your email address.(You will receive an email from Greater Giving and you need…

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