Reminder MLK Day


The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation will host it 6th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, live on Zoom, on Monday, January 17th at 2:00pm. Please preregister at

The Racial Climate in Gloucester, What Lies Ahead will be the focus of the 2-hour program, including including findings of a new community survey. The keynote speaker will be Brian Saltsman, Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion at Alfred University in upstate New York. He is a leading advocate of addressing community issues between dominant and marginalized racial, ethnic or economic sectors as allies, a process known as “allyship.”

The invited presenting organizations are:

  • The Gloucester Racial Justice Team, reporting on a survey that assessed how much people of color “feel like they have a sense of community and belong in the city, including how race and ethnicity play a role in their daily lives,” according to GRJT spokesperson Gail Seavey.
  • The North Shore Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) which most recently has focused on racism issues within Danvers High School athletic teams. A branch leader will discuss the North Shore branch’s activities across a region stretching from Lynn to New Hampshire.
  • The Diversity and Equity Committee of the Gloucester 400th Anniversary Celebration, which is researching narrative stories that accurately depict racial and ethnic relationships since European settlement began displacing the native, indigenous Pennacook-Abenaki peoples. This will include years of slave ownership and maritime commerce in the global slave trade.

A video of this program with be available on the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s YouTube channel afterwards. The Foundation is a nonsectarian, federally-recognized nonprofit, organized to promote the preservation and community programming of the historic 1806 Meetinghouse on Middle Street, home of the first Universalist Church in America. Tax-deductible donations are welcome and may be made on the website, or by check to “GMF” at 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Lantern Construction

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Here’s your chance to visit the former USSR without ever leaving home!

With the former Soviet republic of Belarus much in the news, popular North Shore speaker Doug Brendel will present a lively talk about the country, with visuals.

Belarus was the country hardest-hit by radiation after the Chernobyl disaster, and has continued to struggle on multiple fronts since then.

The evening at Magnolia Library will include a no-holds-barred Q&A.

This free event begins at 7 pm on Thursday, January 13th, at Magnolia Library & Community Center, 1 Lexington Ave. in Gloucester MA.

Doug, along with his wife Kristina, has led the humanitarian operation in Belarus for 20+ years.

Each attendee at the Thursday evening event will receive a gift of appreciation for their time and participation.

Questions? Contact Doug Brendel personally via

Mask Mandate Update For Cape Ann YMCA From Chris Lovasco Acting Executive Director

Cape Ann Wellness

Our Y community is strong and vibrant and we are grateful for your continued support and participation in the Y! We know the impact the pandemic has had on our mental and physical wellbeing and we remain committed to continuing to provide opportunities and services that support you while providing a safe environment to stay physically and mentally healthy and build immunity.
You may have heard that the city of Gloucester has implemented an indoor mask mandate requiring masks for all indoor businesses effective today, Monday, January 10.Below outlines how these changes impact our YMCA.

  • Effective January 10, 2022, underthe direction of the Gloucester Board of Health,masks must be wornby all staff and members over the age of 10 at all times while moving about the facility.
  • Masks can be removed while exercising. We will continue to space out machines to provide social distancing.
  • As this…

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