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April 16, 2013

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CATs hosts inaugural event

Cape Ann Trail Stewards (CATs), a new nonprofit organization, is hosting its inaugural event this weekend.

CATs was founded by residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex to help landowners and conservation organizations protect, maintain and expand Cape Ann’s trail networks.

By matching volunteers with trails in need of stewardship, CATs will connect Cape Ann residents with the vast network of trails in the area and help preserve these recreational resources for our community. CATs will arrange workdays where volunteers can learn about trail construction and maintenance.

The board of directors includes Cape Ann residents, and representatives from the Essex County Greenbelt, Essex County Trails Association, Cape Ann Climbing Coalition, the New England Mountain Bike Association and other user groups.

CATs invites the public to join the inaugural cleanup workday at Gloucester’s Goose Cove Reservoir on Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m. Cleanup will take place rain or shine. Participants will meet in the lot along Gee Avenue.

Participants should wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather, and should bring rakes, shovels and buckets, if available. CATs will supply gloves and other materials.

To register, visit www.capeanntrailstewards.org.

Notus begins second year

Notus Learning Center, which provides comprehensive tutoring services in the Para Research building in Gloucester, has started its second year.

Ilter Bakkal of Rockport, one of the founders, said, in a statement, he is pleased with the feedback he has received from local students and families, many who have been seeking help with subjects in the middle and high school level.

Bakkal said the center’s mission encompasses the goal of helping students develop lifelong learning habits while addressing more immediate issues students face in their grade and college admission.

More specifically, he continued, the center offers two track instructional programs. The first is the SAT or ACT prep offered by qualified instructors in small classes, with not more than five students per class. Each class is tailored to student needs and aptitudes. The second track is one-on-one high school subject tutoring customized on the basis of each student’s strengths and challenges. Additionally, the center can assist with helping to improve information absorption, study performance and organizational habits.

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