Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation



This event, part of an annual series hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation on topics of civic concern, will concentrate on what is happening in our communities and around the country now. More information and video link at:

Before our last Summer Series concert we heard an impassioned talk by Congressman Seth Moulton about our responsibility for the safety and resettlement of people from Afghanistan in New England. The Symposium will take a broader view, hearing from members of several organizations who have assisted new arrivals from many countries for a long time. Of equal importance, some presenters are individuals who have been through the immigration or refugee experience themselves. They will gather for a round table discussion in the last segment, addressing questions submitted from the audience, helping us to understand how best to offer our support. 

The historic (1806) Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian-Universalist Church, is located on the green at the intersection of Middle and Church Streets. A lift to the Sanctuary level is available just inside the 10 Church Street door. It is a free event – all are welcome. Your safety is important to us. Masks are required inside the building and seating is staggered to encourage social distancing. We request that the audience be vaccinated or have had a recent negative Covid test. Refreshments will be available at break times outside near the front entrance.


Elsabel Rincon, Founder and Executive Director of The Welcome Immigrant Network in Salem, and recipient of the Peter J. Gomes Service Award

Alexandra Weber, Chief Institutional Advancement Officer for the International Institute of New England in Boston

Andy Allen, Director of Adult Education at Wellspring House

Francis Mpfuranziza, who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo during the ethnic violence

Blanca Martinez, an immigrant representative from the Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) in Lynn

Rev. Rona Tyndall, Pastor, West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC, and organizer for Allies of Our Afghan Allies

Rev. Alice Erickson, Gloucester resident who has been active for many years in the process of resettling refugees

Melissa Buchanan, ESOL Coordinator for the Wellspring Adult Learning Center


Gloucester, MA, November 10, 2021nie, CLU®, Managing Partner, BFS. “Corey is implementing new ways to best communica…With the goal to scale the firm’s communication operations and service capabilities; to facilitate the efficient sharing of resources among staff, and to reinforce support for the firm’s initiatives to accommodate and manage its growing client base, through its signature high-touch advisory practice, Beauport Financial Services, LLC, (BFS), a client-centered, wealth and risk management firm with a proprietary, partnering approach to client services for individuals, families and business owners throughout the New England marketplace, announce Corey McLellan has joined the firm as Director of Operations, and Rosa Provost as Administration and Marketing Associate.        

“We are excited Corey has joined our team as we experience widening interest in our services augmented now by the timely application of his tech-communication skills directing and expanding our communication systems and service capabilities, benefitting from his statistical analysis, systems modeling, forecasting and array of operations proficiencies,” explained David McKechnie, CLU®, Managing Partner, BFS. “Corey is implementing new ways to best communicate the firm’s internal activities among staff, ensuring we apply our time and competencies where needed most. He will direct communications to our client community, coordinate the ongoing support of vetted North Shore charities by our clients and our firm, and strengthen relationships with other businesses – including our partnership with Valmark Securities, Inc.”

Introducing Corey McLellan – Director of Operations, BFS  
Prior to joining BFS, McLellan served as Vice President, Customer Operations for EBSCO Information Services, a $3B SaaS and information services division of EBSCO Industries Inc., based in Ipswich MA, where he led all aspects of data transformation applying his mastery of statistical analysis, modeling, forecasting and other operations management techniques to a variety of business needs and opportunities as part of an overall administrative, financial and people management enterprise.

Among McLellan’s notable responsibilities:
>Built the company’s first enterprise-wide product database, implementing a formal configure, price and quote process (CPQ).
>Led analysis of the global customer service and professional services group producing
 significant cost savings (15% YOY)        
>His role expanded to a Vice President in finance, strategy, planning and operations including
working closely with client services leadership to improve operations while empowering and developing the team using custom technologies and systems.

Over his career McLellan has led organizations and teams in influential administrative roles in smaller and mid-sized companies notably as Executive Director, founding Gordon College’s Career and Connection Institute, setting the strategic vision for the career development and entrepreneurial centers, implementing digital workplace and CRM tools.

McLellan’s educational diversity speaks to his career capabilities and accomplishments beginning with a BA from University of Virginia; gaining a MDiv, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary; leading to an MBA from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, VA.

McLellan, his wife Pamela and their two sons and two daughters reside in Topsfield, MA.

“Experiencing our firm’s growing client base, we recognized the opportunity to strengthen our operational capacity. Corey’s career accomplishments and leadership strengthen our overall capabilities in serving our clients and our firm’s future attainments. His interpersonal skills are a seamless fit to our persona ensuring an enterprising team chemistry in serving our clients, gaining the full measure of a rewarding relationship,” recalled Derek Reed, Managing Partner, CFP®, CLU®. “Rosa Provost lands at Beauport with proven skills to take on multiple marketing / communications roles, from front of the house, first person client contact…to timely pushing out must-have information to our clients and business partners.”

Introducing Rosa Provost, Marketing & Administration

Joining the Beauport team, Provost brings six years of banking experience focused to marketing and customer service for BankGloucester, founded in 1887 as a cooperative community bank, based in Gloucester, MA.

As the Bank’s Marketing Assistant reporting to the Marketing Director, Provost played a key role in maintaining all social media accounts, identifying marketing trends and opportunities to grow the bank’s services.  Provost was tasked with content development for social media posts and promotions.  She wrote and performed script voice-overs for educational videos. Provost researched and analyzed new business opportunities, supported business development by cross-marketing products and services; analyzed and prepared monthly data reports for vendors, managed their services for bank functions.
>Provost graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from Salem State University. Provost resides in Gloucester.

Leading BFS, Managing Partners David McKechnie, CLU® and Derek Reed, CFP®, CLU® continue their expansive roles focused to the BFS client community experience, while directing the firm’s business development planning in concert with marketplace interest for BFS services, influenced by digital pathways into the global marketplace. McKechnie and Reed’s leadership role is a straightforward design to ensure every client benefits from the firm’s strategic strengthening of its capabilities linked to their singular client-care relationships, exemplified by their team’s passion for professional development to excel in both business and community affairs, together supporting Beauport’s maxim, “where care meets craft™”.

Founded in 1985 by managing partner David S. McKechnie, CLU®, subsequently joined by managing partner Derek J. Reed, CFP®, CLU®, Beauport Financial Services, LLC provides comprehensive individual, family and business owner services employing an advisory approach to facilitate needs, attain goals, helping clients to integrate their investments, retirement planning, risk management, legal and tax needs into a console-dated blueprint for their financial lives. The depth of experience and expertise of the Beauport team is reinforced by its affiliation with Valmark Advisors, providing independent third party financial advisory solutions. Based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Beauport Financial Services’ client base encompasses Boston’s North Shore and New England.  McKechnie, CLU® and Reed,CFP®, CLU® are licensed to serve their clientele in over 14 states.       _______________________________________________________________________________________
Fee based planning offered through Beauport Financial Services, LLC A MA State Registered Investment Advisor. Third Party Money Management offered through Valmark Advisers, Inc., an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Securities offered through Valmark Securities, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC 130 Springside Drive Suite 300 Akron, OH 44333-2431 800.765.5201. Beauport Financial Services, LLC is a separate entity from Valmark Securities Inc. & Valmark Advisers, Inc. CFP Board owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP® (with plaque design) in the U.S

Truckload o Tannenbaum – Wolf Hill Garden Center stocking up #GloucesterMA

November 17, 2021

And it’s firewood season!

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Bravo By The Sea 2 on Main Street Update

We livestreamed the arrival of the new monster pizza oven to Bravo By The Sea 2 on Main Street this morning but here are some additional photos. The oven arrived by truck and was forklifted expertly (great job Scott) through the window opening then moved manually to the back wall of the restaurant. Pretty cool to watch.

Beth Panagos and her son Nick Panagos are hoping to open the restaurant in about 3 weeks/mid December, just in time for downtown holiday shoppers. Lots of primo local businesses right on Main Street for your shopping pleasure! Hope to see you there.

Does Anyone Have One Of These Tiny Refrigerators?

Does anyone have one of these? I wonder if they’re cute for a few small items….or completely useless? This may be the toughest year yet to think of things that my two boys (now 14 and 12) need/want for the holidays. I’m all about experiences and tickets and quick trips, but I also want some boxes under the tree. This is, in fact, the first Christmas in my house where there will be no Santa (sigh…yay…sigh…not sure how I really feel about that….but more on that in another post) so gift giving will look very different. Both boys have, at one point or another, said that having a small refrigerator in their rooms would be “cool”, but I’m not about to do that. I’m definitely not in the market for keeping them holed up in their boy caves unnecessarily with a stocked fridge (also, look for a post on the logic of “Fridge” vs. “Refrigerator) but, these little ones hold a few waters, seltzers, sodas and some tiny snacks. Maybe just cute enough for a little gift? Anyone?

It Pays To Look Down Once In A While

I noticed this insert in the concrete near the Good Harbor Beach footbridge recently, so naturally I was curious and felt compelled to do a little research. First question that came to mind was “What’s granolithic?” In case you were didn’t know either, it’s a type of construction material made of cement and fine granite (or other material). Apparently C.W. Pratt of Gloucester provided such a service for a period of time perhaps around the 1930s. I found Charles (contractor) and Helen Pratt with children Dana, Carlotta, Charles Jr., Ralph and Donald along with his mother Bridget living in Gloucester in the 1920 census. This matches up with the 1937 City Directory information you see here. His draft registration for WWI indicates home on Essex Ave and business on Maplewood. It was an interesting glimpse into Gloucester’s past. It pays to look down at your feet once in a chile.

Choice by Choice

Cape Ann Home

Creating a new home is hard. There are so many decisions to make. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. And it’s incredibly rewarding. Whether you are moving into a new apartment, renovating your kitchen, or building a whole new home. It’s an opportunity, full of decisions and hard work. And at the end, you will have a space to share with the people you love.

Grand Banks

7 Crafts Road




7am – 4pm Monday – Wednesday

7am – 4pm Thursday

7am – 4pm Friday

Saturday + Sundayby appointment
7 Crafts Road

Gloucester, MA 01930
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