A Conversation With Cape Ann YMCA Executive Director Erina McWilliams-Lopez

From Chris Lovasco’s Announcement:

I’m excited to announce that we have completed our four-month-long Executive Search process. We were thrilled with the caliber of applicants we interviewed from our local area as well as across the country. It is my great pleasure to share with you that Erina McWilliam-Lopez has accepted the role of Executive Director of the Cape Ann YMCA, beginning July 11, 2022.

Many of you may be familiar with Erina as the creator and owner of Bliss Bites Cafe at our Y. This was where we were first introduced to Erina’s entrepreneurial talents, dedication to socially responsible business, and passion for community. Erina has more than a decade of professional experience successfully developing and implementing social impact programming for institutions including The Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Silicon Valley, Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida, and the Intentional Endowments Network in Greater Boston.  

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Salem State University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey California.

Having grown up in Gloucester, Erina is a part of our community. She lives and understands the importance of our Y core values, mission, commitment to healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. She has enthusiasm, optimism, and passion for Cape Ann and is ready to inspire, engage and support our members, staff, and program participants while leading our Y forward.

Erina lives in Cape Ann with her husband and two children. When she’s not thinking big and creating impact, she enjoys reading, playing soccer with her son, and doing as many group exercise classes at the Y as possible!

Please join me in welcoming Erina to the Cape Ann YMCA team.

Chris Lovasco
President & CEO
YMCA of the North Shore

All Purpose Flowers new address

From owner Linda Brown

We are moving from 29 Lexington Ave, Magnolia, Gloucester, MA to 15 Lexington Ave #4, Magnolia! The new space is gorgeous, and we can’t wait to show you. We will be open tomorrow for our regular hours at the new space!!

All Purpose Flowers


Desperately Seeking Shell Person

Hello.  I am a visitor from Atlanta GA.  I understand there is a person in Gloucester who picks up shells, paints them, and puts them back out for us to find and cherish.

By any chance do you know who that is and how I can contact?  I recently found a bag of shells (s)he might be able to use in my sister’s basement.

I can be reached by phone/text at 404-909-2701 or via email at chrisco1000@yahoo.com.

I will be here through 1/10/2023.

Thank you.

Cape Ann Museum Is Delightful

I somehow let my Cape Ann Museum membership lapse so we went down to rectify that situation and took some extra time to check out the new exhibits and re-visit old favorites. It is unfailingly relaxing and enlightening to visit the Cape Ann Museum. If you haven’t been there in a while, take the time to check it out. The Sawyer Free Library offers free museum passes to this and other fine establishments. There are also times of the year when admission is free (Cape Ann residents free admission second Saturday of the month year round for example).

Please note this update from the Cape Ann Museum website: The museum will be closed to the public for renovations Tuesday January 24th 2023 – Sunday February 5th 2023 and will reopen and resume normal hours Tuesday February 7th 2023

Regardless, Jim and I each strongly recommend a visit and support with membership if you are able. Until you get there yourself though, here are some recent images:

Sawyer Free Library Unveils the Most Checked-Out Library Books of 2022

Cape Ann Community

As the page turns on 2022, the Sawyer Free Library has compiled a list of some of the year’s most popular books, sharing the top checkouts for adults, teens, and children. Of the thousands of print, digital, and audiobooks patrons borrowed, these were Gloucester’s favorite books of 2022. 

“It’s not surprising that as we slowly regained our ability to leave our homes, our reading turned to reflect on the priorities and values of our time spent in quarantine. In 2022, Gloucester seemed to want to read stories about relationships, families, and the uncertainties of modern life,” saidBeth Pocock, theLibrary’s Assistant Director. “The Sawyer Free Library takes great pride that our beloved community continually turns to us for unparalleled access to books, knowledge, and entertainment to feed their souls, brighten their spirits and enrich their lives.”

Top Adult Fiction

1.Oh William!by Elizabeth Strout

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