Action Inc. Update!




More affordable housing will soon become a reality for downtown Gloucester.

In addition to the 30 rental units, there will also be approx. 2,000 sqft of retail space on the ground floor. A huge thank you goes out to everyone involved, including the MA Dept. of Housing & Community Development, the City of Gloucester & Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, our partners at North Shore Community Development Coalition, our architects at Icon Architecture, and our contractors at Groom Construction.




We asked for help with weekend meals at the shelter, and our community took action! We’ve had support and delicious dinners provided by Atlantic Vacation HomesGroom ConstructionThe Emerson InnWe Are All In This This Together Gloucester FB page (which includes Awesome GloucesterRockport Mortgage, & many individuals), the Cape Ann Referral Group, and several others. Thanks for letting our shelter guests and staff know that our community really cares about them. The Action Inc. Board of Directors donated this beautiful steak tip dinner (in the picture above) from The Causeway Restaurant.



You can still get help paying your utility bills! The last day to apply for Fuel Assistance through Energy Services is Friday, May 29th. You can find the income eligibility guidelines here, or call our Energy Services office at 978-281-3900 and leave a message.


We’ve processed nearly 400 applications from hourly-wage residents through the Cape Ann Emergency Relief Fund, and we’re still accepting applications. In addition, we’ve been able to increase our Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) for residents of Gloucester & Manchester-by-the-Sea who are struggling to afford their rent. If you need help, call our Main Office at 978-282-1000 and leave a message. We’ll respond in the order the call was received. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time of increased need and social distancing.


Action Inc.

180 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

@mdekoster: Our Front Line Friday series continues as we salute our members who are making a difference. This week is Charlene M Delaney who works for Meals on Wheels.

GloucesterCast 421 Livestream with Sal Zerilli, Beth Zerilli, Ann Malloy, Ray Cahill, Pat and Jim Dalpiaz and Joey C Taped 5/22/20

GloucesterCast 421 Livestream with Sal and Beth Zerilli, Ann Malloy, Ray Cahill, Pat and Jim Dalpiaz and Joey C Taped 5/22/20

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Topics Include:

Thank you to the people on the front lines of the crisis that are sacrificing being away from their families- First Responders, Health Care Workers, Grocery Store People, Truckers and anyone else sacrificing to keep things moving.

Happy Birthday to Kate who made being quarantined with pretty great

Death Row Subs Update

Awesome Gloucester/Rockport Pandemic related grants

Getting Tito’d / Beer me Bro / Wined

DC Report

Beauport Takeout was stupid good -new executive chef John Welsh

Horribles Parade /Fireworks/June Fiesta Off. Schooner Festival is still on the the schedule


Atlantic Power Cleaning Is Frickin Awesome!

Tonno Doing Takeout BBQ this weekend!

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Gloucester Biotechnology Academy Accepting Applications for Next Class!

Cape Ann Community

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s Class of 2021 is set to begin in the fall, and applications are still being accepted! This affordable, 9-month program is an incredible opportunity to gain the skills needed to start a new career in biotech.

Please visit our website at or reach out to Education Director John Doyle at for more information – we are happy to answer any questions you have!

Academy Marketing PDF

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Atlantic Power Cleaning Saved Us Thousands

Cape Ann Home

Kate and I thought we needed to paint our house and were really not looking forward to that bill.

Sean Coakley from Atlantic Power Cleaning came out and inspected the house and told me he was pretty confident the house didn’t need to be painted, that it just needed power washing.

Not only did they power wash the house, but they cleaned the gutters and teh house looks like it was freshly painted!

To say we are thrilled would be an understatement.


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Takeout From 1606 At Beauport Was Incredible. New Executive Chef and Sous Chefs Are Crushing It!

City of Gloucester Shares Phase 1 Plan for Reopening Public Beaches

City of Gloucester Shares Phase 1 Plan for Reopening Public Beaches

GLOUCESTER — Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Director of Public Works Michael Hale and Public Health Director Karin Carroll announce the City of Gloucester’s phase 1 reopening plan for welcoming the public back to the City’s beaches and Stage Fort Park as the warm weather arrives.

“I am proud that our city’s leadership team has developed a plan that incorporates responsible procedures and guidance that will allow people to safely enjoy our beautiful beaches this summer,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “We ask that everyone adheres to the rules in place to keep people safe and healthy so that our beaches can hopefully remain open, even at a health-conscious reduced capacity, until further notice.”

The City of Gloucester has aligned its reopening plan for City beaches and Stage Fort Park with the state’s safety and reopening standards during Phase 1 for coastal and inland beaches throughout Massachusetts. To read the state’s guidelines, click here.

All of Gloucester’s beaches and Stage Fort Park will be open on Friday, May 22 — Memorial Day Weekend. This phase is anticipated to end June 8, but could be extended or amended. Each reopening phase will be evaluated frequently and changes may occur mid-phase, such as strengthening or loosening restrictions. See below for guidance regarding limited access to specific areas.

Gloucester Phase One Beach & Stage Fort Park Access

  • Good Harbor Beach will be open to city residents ONLY, at a reduced capacity. Parking will be open to residents only with a 2019/2020 beach parking sticker or valid motor vehicle registration and license with a Gloucester address for entry. Residents must follow the lot attendant’s instructions on where to park.
  • Wingaersheek Beach will open to residents and a limited number of non-residents, on a first come, first serve basis each day. Residents will be required to have a 2019/2020 beach parking sticker or valid motor vehicle registration and license with a Gloucester address for entry. Non-residents will be required to pay daily parking rates. Cash only, exact change preferred. All visitors must follow the lot attendant’s instructions on where to park. To view parking rates, click here
  • Stage Fort Park will open to the public. This includes Half Moon Beach. Residents will be required to have a 2019/2020 beach parking sticker or valid motor vehicle registration and license with a Gloucester address for entry. Non-residents will be required to pay daily parking rates. Cash only, exact change preferred.To view parking rates, click here.
  • Niles Beach is a residential beach and will remain open to residents only. Parking along Niles Beach is available for residents only with a 2019/2020 beach parking sticker. No parking will be available on Farrington Avenue for beach access and this will be enforced by the Gloucester Police Department. 
  • Plum Cove Beach is a residential beach and will remain open to residents only. Parking will be available to residents only with a 2019/2020 beach parking sticker. 

Lifeguards will be on duty at Good Harbor and Wingaersheek beaches beginning on Friday, May 22, and at Half Moon beach on Saturday, May 23. Lifeguards will be on duty at other city beaches beginning June 20 (Father’s Day Weekend).

All beachgoers must adhere to the following guidance from City officials:

  • Face coverings, under state order, are required in all public spaces where social distancing, remaining a minimum of six feet from others, is not feasible. This rule does not extend to children under the age of two or those with specified medical conditions that disallow them from wearing a face covering. Masks and face coverings are not required when swimming.
  • Groups of more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • Visitors to Gloucester beaches are required to maintain social distancing. Everyone must maintain at least 12 feet of distance between toweling and blanket areas. 
  • Visitors must take with them all trash, recyclables and other items that they bring onto the beach.
  • Organized ball games are not permitted at this time, including volleyball, Kan Jam, spikeball, football, soccer, Kadima and bocce.
  • Walking access ways from parking lots to beaches may be designated as single file to enter and exit the beach. Moving traffic only will be permitted in these areas, no standing. 

Gloucester Beaches will operate as follows:

  • A minimum of six feet shall be maintained between lifeguards, lifeguard stands and the public unless there is an emergency.
  • At Good Harbor and Wingaersheek Beaches restrooms will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be four portable toilets as well. Stage Fort Park will have two portable toilets available at the Cupboard Restaurant and four near the Visitor’s Center. Bathroom facilities will be cleaned hourly and frequently will be deep-cleaned and disinfected.
  • Beach visitors shall follow social distancing when standing in bathroom lines and follow any established visual guidelines for maintaining a six foot distance in all restroom facilities. 
  • Lot attendants and lifeguards will wear face coverings and gloves. They will additionally be advised to frequently wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. 

There will be no police enforcement on the beaches; it is not the responsibility of city staff, lifeguards or police to enforce social distancing or the wearing of masks and face coverings. However, if it becomes clear to City Officials that social distancing and other guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is not being followed, the City may close its beaches or further limit access. 

In other words, the City of Gloucester does not intend to go person-to-person ensuring that everyone is following public health guidelines, however if in the judgement of public health and safety officials, these guidelines are being wantonly ignored and public health is in danger, the beaches will be closed. 

Beach visitors are asked to review all signage before entering the beach to ensure rules and regulations will not be inadvertently violated.

“It’s the public’s responsibility to do continue to follow the guidance and restrictions that have been put in place for their wellbeing as well as the health and safety of others,” Carroll said. “We urge residents and visitors: maintain social distance. Wear a face covering when social distancing isn’t feasible. Please do the right thing, so that we can keep reducing the spread of this virus and move forward with reopening, safely.”

Beach parking stickers are available for residents/resident seniors only at this time. Applications will need to be downloaded from the City’s website here and mailed to the P.O. box listed at the top of the form for processing. Those with questions regarding sticker eligibility can email or call 978-281-9708. Inquiries will be answered within two business days. Due to high volume of applications, processing may take up to two weeks. Residents can enter parking facilities using last years’ parking sticker or a current valid motor vehicle registration and license with a Gloucester address until this season’s sticker is available. 

Non-resident beach stickers will not be sold this year. Daily parking rates will apply for all non-residents. Temporary beach stickers/vouchers are unavailable. 

The City additionally reminds residents and visitors that the following activities and items are banned on public and residential beach property in Gloucester:

  • Smoking or vaping
  • Flotation devices
  • Surf boards
  • Tents or shelters with the exception of sun shades or umbrellas
  • Radios, portable stereos, so-called boom boxes, etc. 
  • Dogs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bottle and glass containers
  • Open fires of any type

Residents and visitors are also reminded that recent ordinances have been changed to protect wildlife, and it is forbidden to disturb, harass, harbor or feed seagulls, waterfowls or crows directly or indirectly at any beach or other public property. Additionally, there is an endangered/threatened wildlife buffer zone at Good Harbor Beach, and violations to that area are subject to a $300 fine.

Check Out Kate In Her Ad For @klerely360 Filmed At Good Harbor Beach

Cape Ann Veterans Services & 1623 Studios will air a special program Monday, May 25 at 11am to honor those who have served & continue to serve our country.

Since the Memorial Day Observance at Gloucester High is canceled, Cape Ann Veterans Services & 1623 Studios will air a special program on Channel 12 (Comcast) & their Facebook pages on Monday, May 25 at 11am to honor those who have served & continue to serve our country.


Cape Ann Museum launches “Virtual Vault” lecture series and more stay-at-home activities during temporary closure

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Virtual programming from the Museum’s exhibition lectures, educational programs, and archives offers at-home opportunities during closing for COVID-19

Cape Ann Museum Video Vault

GLOUCESTER, MASS. (May 20, 2020)Although the Cape Ann Museum is closed temporarily during the pandemic to protect staff and visitors, there are many rich opportunities to experience the Museum virtually with a new initiative called CAM Video Vault, which features 60 lectures, programs, and archival material dating back to 1992.

The wide range of offerings include exhibition and program lectures by curators, artists, community leaders, educators, and others. Featuring discussions about past museum exhibitions, well-known artists with Cape Ann roots, natural environments and habitats around Cape Ann, as well as the region’s maritime history all 60 programs are accessible via the Museum’s website.

To help at-home educators and parents looking for a variety of online resources for their children, the Museum is also adding educational content from its robust…

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Chris McCarthy’s New Grill Setup

Beauport Boutique Is Now Available Online!



For graduation gifts, home decor, summer beach attire and more – Beauport Boutique Gift Shop items are now available for online purchase. While we plan the reopening of Beauport Hotel, 1606 Restaurant and more (updates soon!) enjoy Beauport gift shopping in your own home, with our offering of signature home decor, apparel and accessories. A few featured items include our custom White Tea scent candles, sailcloth beach bags, Colby Davis of Boston jewelry, and of course, Beauport Hospitality Gift Cards – to gift for a future stay!
View current online collection, and stay tuned for more added items. Enjoy Beauport Style home decor or apparel, for you or a loved one – and stay posted on our hotel website for reopening news coming soon!

BHG Restaurants Now Offering Takeout Service!

1606 Restaurant and Bar, Seaport Grille and Rail Stop Restaurant and Bar are now offering takeout! View their…

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Wined, Beer’d and now “Tito’d

Huge movement going around town with different Facebook groups starting up to randomly drop off wine gift baskets or beer at people’s houses as acts of kindness during the pandemic.

Well my beautiful bride asked this question a couple of nights ago:


and wouldn’t you know Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz came through:


Very sweet

BEER ME BRO!(or sis) Gloucester/Rockport