Glass business moves to Main Street
Gloucester's Albert R. Carrasco, who has operated Al's Glass for 29 years on Maplewood Avenue, has relocated his business to 242 Main St., next door to Nelson's.
Carrasco, whose specialty is window and screen repair, has been in the business for 45 years, working first at Cape Ann Glass for 12 years, before starting his own business in 1982.
He made the move to Main Street when the Maplewood building was sold, and will continue to run business as usual at the new downtown location, with the same same telephone number, 978-283-6695.
Drug card wins endorsement
A Florida-based consumer group has endorsed a prescription drug card that gives discounts to the bearer and is issued by a Gloucester-based company.
The card from NeedyMeds is available to anyone, and yields discounts of up to 80 percent on hundreds of drugs. The card is now accepted at more than 600 South Florida pharmacies, including national chains. It's backed by the Consumer Federation of the Southeast.
To get a card, visit needymeds.org or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to NeedyMeds Cards, P.O. Box 219, Gloucester, Mass., 01931.
Nominate nonprofits for awards
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN), a statewide organization that works to strengthen and raise the profile of the state's nonprofit sector, has opened nominations for the fourth annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The awards recognize the work of exceptional nonprofits and nonprofit leaders in communities across the state.
"Nonprofits touch every part of our lives," said Rick Jakious, chief executive officer of MNN. "This is an opportunity to recognize the nonprofits that make a unique contribution in your community."
The Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be presented at MNN's celebration of Nonprofit Awareness Day at the State House on June 11.
Nomination deadline is March 28. Full descriptions of the awards and nomination forms are available on the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network website: http://bit.ly/2012MNNExcellenceAwards.
A change of PACE for after-hours event.
"It's a totally unique departure for us from our usual restaurant and business-based venues" says Tim Burton, of Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce's venue for Wednesday night's after-hours networking event.
The venue, Elder Service Plan of the North Shore/PACE's day-care facility at 29 Emerson Ave., is, he says, "a fantastic example of the value of what nonprofits can contribute to a community. "They're long-time members of the chamber, do a terrific job for our elder population and their families, and are terrific to work with."
The networker, which will take over the PACE facility's dining room/social area from 5 to 7 p.m., will be catered by Brian Rice and Christian Collins of Washington Street's new 'What's Cookin?," and will also feature a special wine and chocolates tasting session.
Admission is: members, $10; future-members: $20. For more information, or to RSVP, call Tim Burton at 978-283-1601, or email: Tim at email@example.com.
'Discover Gloucester' pitches "Discover New England's' European tourism network.
Fresh from "a hugely encouraging show of European tourism interest in Gloucester" at Boston's AAA tourism conference, Discover Gloucester's Linn Parisi and John Orlando, are gearing up to "take Discover Gloucester" to Discover New England's 17th Annual Tourism Summit & International Marketplace, March 26 through 28, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers.
The "only tourism trade event focused on bringing more UK and European visitors to the region," the 2011 Discover New England Summit is, says Orlando, owner of Gloucester's Harborview Inn, "a must for us."
Founded five years ago and voluntarily headed by executive director Linn Parisi, "Discover Gloucester, the Destination Marketing Organization" is a combined marketing effort dedicated to working tirelessly to help bring more people to Gloucester.
Just how many European people they'll net from these latest initiatives remains to be seen, says, Orlando. Adding that "We'll keep the GDT posted."
Spreading word on Cape Ann food
Food Truck Festivals of New England recently announced the food trucks that will rotate throughout the 11 festivals it will host this summer and fall. Taking part are The Happy Taco, usually found parked at 123 Eastern Ave. in Gloucester, and Woodman's of Essex, based on Main Street in Essex.
Launching with the Boston Food Truck Festival on Saturday, May 26, at UMass Boston/Bayside Expo & Conference Center, the tour will travel to the Topsfield Fairgrounds, Lowell, Worcester, Cape Cod and many communities in between. All festivals will take place from noon to 4 p.m., with a special VIP preview hour from 11 a.m. to noon.
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