Friday Update: Our Friend Scottie Mac Needs Our Help. Please share This information From His Family and Friends

Friday Evening Update:

The outpouring of support from the community has been outstanding!

Many fundraisers are organized- The Crow’s Nest is collecting donations and Mary Ann Shatford has donated all of her tips. The Elks held a 50/50 Raffle tonight. Tomorrow night The Saint Peters Club is hosting a party with a $20 suggested donation with DJ’s Vito Ferrara and Tony Saputo donating their time. Sunday Cape Ann Lanes is donating 100% of the proceeds going to Scotties family account and my wife Katelyn is hosting a fundraiser. Joe Higgins donated several original Tuna Tail prints that are currently up for auction on his instagram page bid here , here and here

From Joe Higgins- “tuna tails for Scottie Mac: Scottie is a friend of mine (see previous post – he is in a Jamaican hospital in not very good shape and needs to be med flighted back to Boston- 100% of funds will go to his family organizing the funds to get him home – #item #3 The third tuna tail print I am donating is an original bluefintuna tail- it’s a about 24 wide x37 deep unframed – I will sign and stamp the print before giving it to you – I will close the bidding on Sunday evening this is between Instagram and Facebook and I only have one so I will update both sites with the largest bid. $100 minimum bid- Just place you bid in comments”

Meat and Sweets Foods are donating 100% of proceeds from their bean sale’s tomorrow.

More importantly- Scotties health. Today Scottie had a friend by his side and at one point, even though heavily sedated he spoke for the first time- “BL, get me the fuck out of here.”

Still waiting on more testing, Scottie is being taken to a neurologist. His girlfriend Alison and Aunt Terry have tickets to head to Jamaica in the morning.

The Better Together Venmo account has raised $35,000 at this point and the Bank account should be in very good shape.

Money Collection Jar at The Crow’s Nest
Friday Night Fundraiser at The St Peter’s Club
Sunday Night Fundraiser At Cape Ann Lanes

Testing is needed to confirm that Scottie is in a good enough condition to be transferred via med flight to the US. Estimates for the med flight to Miami are coming in at $23,000, and if to Boston $45,000. Currently the family has set up an account at Cape Ann Savings Bank check’s payable to Scottie’s Aunt’s Name “Theresa Bunker” with Scott MacDonald in the memo line.
Cape Ann Savings Bank 109 Main Street Gloucester MA.

This is a tremendous hardship on the family as you can imagine and I know so many people love and support Scottie as he has been such a huge part of our community and always there for so many local organizations and businesses.
Please keep Scottie and his family in your prayers what is needed now is all the positive energy and political will to keep the spotlight on getting Scottie home safely and in good health.

This post has been put together in conjunction with Scottie’s family including his Girlfriend Alison, Father Bernie, Mother Nita, Sister Tammy and Aunt Theresa.

Please no donation is too small and if you can’t get to the bank please reach out and we will make a trip to your house to hand deliver a check on your behalf.

Thank you so much for your support and generosity at this time and we will be sure to keep you all updated.

Again Checks made out to Theresa Bunker, Scott MacDonald in the memo line at the bottom of the check

Delivered to Cape Ann Savings Bank 109 Main Street Gloucester MA.

We can arrange to pick it up and deliver it to the bank for you.

Also Better Together For Cape Ann Facebook group has a Venmo set up and they say they will pledge 100% of the proceeds to Scottie’s Family Link here-

Feather and Wedge Restaurant In Rockport Is Donating 5 $100 Gift Cards- 100% of The Money Going To Scottie Mac Family To Help His Medical Bills and Getting Him Home- Details

The first five local people that pledge to write out a $100 (or more) check with the instructions below, we will pick up your check to bring to Cape Ann Savings Bank to deposit and deliver the $100 Gift Card from Feather and Wedge.

The family has set up an account at Cape Ann Savings Bank check’s payable to Scottie’s Aunt’s Name “Theresa Bunker” with Scott MacDonald in the memo line.

Thank you so much for your help, you can contact me at First five that pledge we will deliver the gift certificate and collect your check to bring to the bank.

Thank you for your support.


The Embrace Statue honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King | Daybreak of Monument Unveiling on Boston Commons

photo caption: Daybreak photos on Boston Commons, January 13, 2023, a few hours before the Embrace unveiling ceremony- and the rain.

Hank Willis Thomas Monument to the Kings

The memorial by Hank Willis Thomas is installed just inside the Boston Common Parkman Plaza entrance (across from 151 Tremont St.). Today’s event precedes the public access to the site. Note: The area will be fenced off for a few more weeks before public access is cleared.

In addition to photo documentation of how the Embrace looks today as its readied for the unveiling event, there are photos of the art featured on the temporary fence wrap; the surroundings alongside the new installation and how the Embrace is set into the Boston Commons to give an idea of scale; and photos of the Robert Kraus Boston Massacre / Crispus Attucks Memorial (dedicated 1888), the Augustus St.-Gaudens Robert Gould Shaw | 54th Regiment Memorial (1897), and the John Paramino Signing of the Declaration of Independence tribute tablet (1925) for context and to illustrate their proximity. With the addition of the Embrace (2022) commission, three centuries of striving for equality– now including a tribute to a woman* rather than an allegory for the spirit of Freedom– are located on the Boston Commons within sight of the State House.

*Cyrus Dallin’s Ann Hutchinson and Sylvia Shaw Judson‘s Mary Dyer statues are on the State House grounds.

2023 January 13- morning of Embrace unveiling

Embrace is by American artist Hank Willis Thomas, with Mass Design Group architects. It’s 22 feet high and was fabricated in the Walla Walla Foundry. Thomas was inspired by a photograph of the spouses hugging when MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. When it’s open, people can walk through the heart of the sculpture. I’ll write more about it later. Hank Willis Thomas is now represented by Pace Gallery, NY.

American History – For Freedoms

The Embrace will fall on the Freedom Trail and Black Heritage trail. It’s incredibly moving to visit these liberty milestones sited in such close proximity.

Jan 23, 2023 photos emphasize site lines in relation to the new Embrace commission.

1888 Boston Massacre – Crispus Attucks obelisk

Boston Massacre – Crispus Attucks bronze by Robert Kraus. The 25 feet high obelisk marks the day of the Boston Massacre and includes a tribute to its victims.

Crispus Attucks, a freed black man, whaler, and sailor, was the first revolutionary killed in the battle for liberty.

The sculpture was inspired by Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People commemorating France’s battle to overthrow the King in 1830 (decades following the French Revolution). France’s National Assembly disclosed the Declaration to the Rights of Man and Citizen in 1789. Olympe de Gouges pamplet, Déclaration des droits de la femme et de la citoyenne (the Declaration of the Rights of Women and the (Female) Citizens) came soon thereafter.

Boston Commons: Boston Massacre | Crispus Attucks Memorial on left; Embrace King tribute between the trees, past the temporary fencing; State House dome on right. Rainy day scenes are 2023. Blue skies were March 2018. All photos: C. Ryan


Sculptor John Paramino, after (John) Trumbull’s monumental painting completed in 1818 and installed in the Capitol, The Signing of the Declaration of Independence (Aug 1776), tablet set into granite with eagle carving and produced at the Gorham foundry, Providence, RI.

Closer to home in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the bronze doors on the A. Piatt Andrew bridge are by Paramino.

1897 54th Regiment Robert Gould Shaw memorial

Augustus Saint-Gaudens took nearly fourteen years to finish. The memorial was unveiled May 31, 1897. Charles McKim designed the site. The names are carved at the back The paths slope down in the direction of the new statue.

People on their phones that morning whether standing, seated or walking.

June 2022- BEFORE installation

site work

Rainy day scenes, today, Jan 13, 2023. Before scenes depicting site preparation and leafy trees dated June 2022. photos: C. Ryan

About the Embrace memorial Fence Wrap Artists

featuring Rixy Fernandez, Yotron the Don, Malakhai Pearson, Harry Scales, Zahirah Nur Truth, and Ngoc-Tran Vu

1960 – Religion, Learning, Industry

Wayfinding: Commissioned for a 1958 build out for Parkman Plaza designed by Shurcliff and Merrill, this tribute celebrates Boston’s industriousness, scholarship and spiritual history. Sculptors Arcangelo Cascieri & Adio di Biccari completed the series before a 1960 installation. The unveiling dedication was in 1961. This is the closest park entrance to see the Embrace.

blue sky photo: C. Ryan, March 2018 – Religion, Industry, Knowledge Boston Tribute 1961

Greek Wine Tasting – Sat. Jan. 14, 2 – 4 pm




2021 Monemvasia Laludi, Peloponnese

Varietal :Moschofilero Alc.13%

The label, influenced by Greek folkloric art, as well 20th-century modernist painters like Greek Expressionist and Cubist artist Yiannis Moralis, seeks to express “the connection to the land, the sharpness of the landscape, the intense sun and the wildly aromatic, seductive, and flowery tone of the wine.” Laludi comes from the word “Las,” which was one of the most ancient towns of Ladedaimonia, eventually called the Mani Peninsula. The root “Las” is still present in the modern Greek language, and this wine aspires to describe with its aromas, the qualities of this historic land. The vineyards grow on a 700-mountain plateau in Arkadia, in central east Peloponnese. Expect jasmine, rose-petal, and mouth watering citrus, with a mineral packed backbone.

Pairs well with Asian-inspired cuisine. $19 .99

Edanos Aegialia 2021, Aegialia,Peloponnese

Varietal: Malagousia Alc.12.5%

Edanos is a family winery founded in 1975 by George Ligdopoulos, with vineyards growing upwards of 800 meters, on mountainous slopes in eastern Aegialia, in the village of Kalamias. It’s run by the second generation of estate growers and winemakers who also source grapes from neighboring growers. Edanos is just across a mountain ridge and to the east of Tetramythos, and the Tetramythos winemaker, Panayiotis Papayiannopoulos, consults on all their wines. The varietal Malagousia is quintessentially the gateway white to all things expected in white Greek wines; lovely and accessible with stone fruit, and peach in particular, wrapped within a lively acidity thanks to the cool climate and the breezes of the Corinthian gulf. Organically made from grapes grown in limestone soils, and fermented in stainless steel, with the result being a brilliantly aromatic and fresh white wine.

Pairs well with sushi, shellfish, and roasted beet salad. $17 .99

Tetramythos Roditis 2020, Patras, Peloponnese

Varietal: Roditis Alc.12.5%

From two brothers, Aristides and Stathis Spanos, and winemaker Panayiotis Papayiannopoulos, the wines from Tetramythos, located in the mountains of northwestern Peloponnese, are organic, with the intent to express the unique terroir of Aigaleias. The vineyards rise to elevations of 1,000 meters, providing a brilliant diurnal shift, which ensures wonderful aromatics, taut tension, and the purity of grace. The wines from Tetramythos are made from free-run juice, are unexpectedly affordable, and as the brothers practice biodynamic practices, the white wines are harvested, pressed, and bottled on flower days, and the reds on fruit days. Roditis is made from limestone soils, and is deliciously characterized by white fruit and citrus, and lovely acidity. A quintessential food wine, both refreshing and pure, with a hint of salinity, and a delicate herbaceous nuance.

Pairs well with rich roast chicken, glazed lentils rich with herbs. $14 .99

TetramythosAgiorgitiko2021, Patras, Peloponnese

Varietal: Agiorgitiko Alc.13%

With fruit coming from a single vineyard situated upwards of 700 meters, this is an Agiorgitiko intensely aromatic on the nose, with violet, cherry and a little raspberry and spiced plum. that combines both fresh and mature elements. Velvety and soft mouth sense with intensity and elegance, a delicious and fruit forward rendition of this noble grape. An incredible value. 

Pairs well with lamb shanks with red sauce, roasted vegetables. $ 14.99

Vaeni Naoussa Xinomavro 2018, Naoussa, Macedonia

Varietal: Xinomavro Alc.12.5%

Vaeni Winery, located in Episkopi, just outside the appellation of Naoussa, is one of the most highly progressive and powerful wine producing co-operatives in Greece. The co-operative counts 200 experienced vine growers who are driven by their profound love for quality wines. That vital human factor, combined with the use of advanced technology, can guarantee the quality of the wine. By definition, Vaeni appellation Naoussa wines are made with 100% Xinomavro, an indigenous variety dominating northern Greece. Vaeni vinifies 50% of wine production in Naoussa, and organic practices ensure integrity and polish in the wine, which offers harmonious and well-structured tannins, earthy and fruit forward aromatics, a warm mouth sense, balanced acidity, red fruits, and a hint of spice and forest floor. A lighter style of red with characteristics similar to Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo. Well-structured and easy to drink, and equally tempting with food.

Pairs well with spanakopita, seared pork loin. $14 .99

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Unique to SAVOUR our three price-value collections, with

each category ($9.99ers – $14.99ers -$19.99ers) offering hundreds of wines

at one price, personally curated by Kathleen, some have limited availability

9.99ers…the quality is taste delivering above-price enjoyment …Value!

14.99ers…exhibiting qualities of complexity…Elevating the Experience!

19.99ers…value laden wines by innovative vintners…Expect Exceptional!

Adding to this Saturday’s wine tasting with Steve is Savour’s Everyday Tech Tastings at the North Shore’s Only Digital Wine Machine. Fun to use and enjoy!  Taste up to 20 wines with new selections regularly added…& yes, complimentary. Kathleen welcomes your questions for food pairings.

Welcome Your Donation in any amount for Pathways for Children.

Thank You! …Kathleen

 For Your Mobile Calendar – July

Savour Wine Tastings!

Jan. 21 – Harry Zarkades – Main Street Wines

Jan.28 – Gary Ballard – MS Walker

Feb. 11 – Gordon Alexander – Owner, Terroir Wines

Continuing to offer a case discount 0f 10% on wines and all items purchased with the case to all customers. Wine Club members get 5% off on 6 bottles and all items purchased with the 6 bottles. Thanks again for your support!

 We continue using our 5 Molekule high performance air purification units that clear the air of 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and allergens every hour, store wide.

We are pleased to continue curbside pickup service

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Savour Wine and Cheese
76 Prospect St.
Gloucester, Ma 01930
978 282-1455

Ed and Patty Wall just deposited 20,000 into the account for Scottie from the Venmo donations into the account set up for Scottie at Cape Ann Savings Bank

There is currently over $7000 more in Venmo deposits and when that hits $10,000 another sweep into the bank account will occur.

Meanwhile check deposits on top of that should be over $28,000 by the end of the day in addition to those deposits.

Our Friends Joey and Lynn Caruso Lost their beautiful 31 year old daughter

Katelyn Marie Caruso

December 23, 1991 ~ January 9, 202331 Years Old


Katelyn Marie Caruso, age 31, passed away peacefully following a courageous battle after suffering from a brain aneurysm on January 9, 2023.  She was surrounded by her loving family and fiance by her side.

A lifelong resident of Reading. Katelyn is the loving daughter of beloved parents Joseph Caruso and Lynne (Cranitch) Caruso. She is the beloved sister to Joseph Caruso of Reading and her devoted fiance Brett Lepore of Reading. They recently purchased their first home in Reading and she was to marry on May 27 of this year.

Katelyn was born in Malden, MA on December 23, 1991 and raised in Reading all her life. She attended Reading Memorial High School class of 2010. She was an Honor student and three sport, four year varsity athlete and two sport Captain who loved everything about sports. Her passion was lacrosse. She was a fierce competitor and cherished her RMHS teammates and experiences.  She was recruited to play lacrosse at Quinnipiac University and enrolled in a 6 year Occupational Therapy Program graduating in 2016 with a Masters in OT. She furthered her education at Tufts University Graduate School for the Hand and Upper Extremity Certificate Program and became a licensed Certified Hand Therapist in 2019. Katelyn worked at Excel Orthopaedic Specialists in Woburn as an OT/CHT since 2015, a career she was so passionate about. She touched the lives of so many patients and loved the reward of helping them heal. She also traveled to the Dominican Republic with an Excel team to treat patients in need of medical care. She worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Tufts University Graduate OT Program. She also worked per diem at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Boston on the brain injury floor from 2017 to 2019. She worked with patients who suffered from brain injury which she ultimately suffered herself.

Katelyn had a real passion for life. She had boundless determination with everything she did. She spent all her summers in Gloucester at her family’s summer home. Her favorite place to be, she loved the beach, boating and being with all her friends and family on the endless summer days she loved. She was passionate about fitness and running. She was an amazing snowboarder, who loved the sport and apres ski as well. She loved to travel and plan her next trip.  Her adventures took her to Iceland, Ireland, Caribbean, Nantucket and so much more. Her favorite places were the British Virgin Islands and St John’s USVI.  She loved getting her friends and family together for a day or night of great food, drinks and fun.  She loved cooking also. She had endless love and friendship with her lifelong Reading friends who she cherished dearly. Katelyn was also a proud member of the Gloucester Elks. She touched so many lives. Her passion for life and her beautiful spirit and smile would light up anyone’s day!

Along with her devoted parents and fiance, Katelyn is survived by her loving Godparents, Steve Caruso and Ruthanne Riccioli and many beloved Aunts and Uncles. She cherished her cousins, Lauren, Daniel, Steven, Victoria, Olivia, Casey, Madison, Taylor, Joy, Kathryn, Maryellen, Catherine, Kevin, Brian, John, Alessia, Callie, Reece and Elizabeth. She is so loved by many extended family, lifelong friends and coworkers.

Katelyn was the beloved granddaughter to the late Robert and Ruth Cranitch and Carmelo and Mary Caruso. Also the loving niece of the late Bobby Cranitch and Nat Caruso.

Arrangements: Friends and family are invited to visiting hours on Monday, January 16 th from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at St. Athanasius Parish, 300 Haverhill St., Reading, MA. Katelyn’s Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 17 th at 11 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church, 74 Pleasant St., Gloucester. Please meet at church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations in Katelyn’s honor can be made to the Katelyn M. Caruso Memorial Scholarship Fund.  This will be awarded annually to a Scholar Athlete pursuing OT, PT or Nursing at RMHS. Checks can be made payable to Lynne Caruso.

Mail to: Bank of America

Alex Whitmore

100 Federal Street


Boston, MA 02110

Or Venmo at: or Venmo:




January 16, 2023
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
St. Athanasius Church
300 Haverhill St.
Reading, ma 01867



January 17, 2023
11:00 AM
St. Ann’s Church
74 Pleasant Street
Gloucester, MA 01930


Last Weekend for Sugar Mags Til April!

If you need a Sugar Magnolia fix, this is the weekend to do it as they will be closing Jan 16 until April 2023. We had a yummy lunch with a Buffalo Chicken Taco and a Walnut and Pear Chicken Salad Toastie. We also got some lemon ricotta scones to bring home. I treated myself to a mimosa flight as a send off to Sugar Mags for their winter break. Always a great atmosphere, delicious menu and helpful staff. Get there this weekend! You’re going to miss it while they are closed. Sugar Magnolia’s Main St Gloucester

Caitlin and Nic Pzenny Are Donating 100% Of The Proceeds To Help Scottie Mac Medical Bills With A Cape Ann Lanes Fundraiser Sunday

Come on down and bowl to support the fund to get our friend Scottie Mac home. He was seriously injured in Jamaica and needs to be med flighted home.

$20 cash donation/ person gets you 1.5 hours of bowling and shoe rentals. Payment will be taken at the door.

*Gather up a team of 6 bowlers and reserve a lane. Must have 6 bowlers to reserve a lane!

Link To Reserve A Spot Here-

If you don’t have 6 bowlers, just show up and we will fit you in where we can.

Let’s fill up the lanes for Scottie Mac!

Caitlin Pzenny writes:

Would any of my local business owner friends like to donate a gift card to raffle off at the Fundraiser to help Get Scottie Mac Home Cape Ann Lanes on Sunday 1/15 from 7-9 PM?

If so, you can drop gift cards off at Cape Ann Lanes anytime before the event- or bring it with you if you are coming.

Thank you!