Boston Globe good news | Gloucester House Grace Center story #GloucesterMA

How this Gloucester Restaurant Transformed into a haven for homeless people by John Laidler Boston Globe published January 29, 2021 – Gloucester House during Covid-19, the city and Grace Center

“A popular Gloucester seafood restaurant known for its fresh seafood and harbor views has taken on a new role this winter as a temporary haven for people in need of daytime shelter, meals and other support.”

“This was the most selfless thing that anyone can do,” Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said of Gloucester House owner Lenny Linquata’s willingness to welcome homeless people to “this beautiful waterfront function hall, [a place] that makes you feel like a princess when you get married there.”

– Mayor Romeo Theken, John Laidler Boston Globe article 1/29/2021

Birthday Parade for Gloucester’s “Crazy Carl”

When you are “Crazy Carl” and the amazing Dee Noble is your awesome friend….you get a really big parade to help celebrate your really big day…. with a few flamingos thrown in.  Lots of friends came out to celebrate Carl while practicing social distancing.



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Social distancing cocktail party in our driveway

With responsible social distance our neighbors decided to have a cocktail party early on Friday evening.  We all brought our own beverages and snacks.  No touching but lots of laughs.  Remember to social distance but try to have contact with your friends and family.

Going on a Bear Hunt? rainbow & teddy bear sightings 🧸 #GloucesterMA

For the little ones and young at heart, more and more windows in homes and shops are kindly decorated with stuffed animal teddy bears for a welcome and safe distance distraction. There are a few rainbows. Have I missed a street or your favorite?

Here are some of the bears we found on merry drives in Gloucester, Mass., this last week in March 2020, connecting during covid-19. (Click or pinch to enlarge)



bear and rainbow hunt for the little ones_ social distancing_covid-19_20200328_Gloucester, Mass. photograph ©c ryan

Friends are sharing rainbows and heart family art projects from their windows and homes– messages of hope and gratitude for community and caregivers. Have you seen the Rainbow Connection Google Map in New York?

Rainbow connection Google map

one more shared with GMG (from Arlington)

Bears joining in _©k



Long Beach Dairy Maid OPEN & social distancing in the waiting line for ice cream 🍦🍦

Long Beach Dairy Maid OPEN for the season and social distancing_Gloucester MA_20200328_©c ryan (1)

Long Beach Dairy Maid OPEN for the season and social distancing_Gloucester MA_20200328_©c ryan (2)

Long Beach Dairy Maid, 137 Thatcher Road, Gloucester, Mass. (978) 281-1348

While you’re waiting and if you missed it, here’s a great article about one of the ice cream coldmaster servers! Gloucester Daily Times article Students Raise Money to serve children in Ghana