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May 15, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Citizenship Awards

Eleven recipients of this year’s Gloucester Citizenship Awards will be honored by the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church at a public ceremony on Sunday, May 19, starting at 4:30 p.m. Chosen by the church Social Justice Committee from nearly 50 submitted nominations, the recipients embody the spirit of Unitarian Universalism: open-hearted giving, solely for what those gifts mean, for no pay, and often, no recognition. This year’s citizens are: Dennis Acker and Rick Doucette, Roger Corbin, Newton Fink, Shannon Gallagher, Reverend Ronald Gariboldi, Paul Harling, Russell Hobbs, Sheldon (Don) Knowles, Karen Ristuben, and Diana Smith. The church is located at Middle and Center streets with handicapped access via the Church Street entrance; Dress is informal.

Cemetery meeting

The Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Church of East Gloucester, Chapel Street. All lot owners are welcome. As always, only registered lot owners may vote, but all interested parties are invited. A friendly reminder that all artificial flowers and containers must be removed from the cemetery before May 20. Lot owners are responsible for the removal of any trash. Applications for Cemetery Caretakers should be sent to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 553, Gloucester, MA 01930 before May 18. Applicants must be fully licensed and insured. For more information, call Mary Ann Boucher at 978-281-3348.

Animal Cruelty

On Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m., a program on Animal Cruelty will be presented at Gloucester City Hall. Speakers will include Michael Keiley of the MSPCA and Leonard Campanello, Gloucester Chief of Police. This free event will raise awareness of animal cruelty in Gloucester by raising questions: What is animal cruelty, what are the signs of abuse, what are the laws, and what can you do to stop it. For more information, call 617-970-7739.

Writers read

On Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m., writers Peter Anastas and Ammiel Alcalay will read from, discuss and sign their new books at the Gloucester Writers Center, Harbor Room, Norwood Court, East Gloucester. Anastas’s ‘A Walker in the City’ features some of the 620 newspaper columns he had published in the Gloucester Daily Times between 1978 and 1990 the rich social and cultural life he knew growing up in Gloucester in the 1940s. Alcalay’s ‘A Little History’ explores the deep politics of memory and imagination. Writing movingly about Gloucester poets Charles Olson and Vincent Ferrini, he asserts the power of poetry as a unique form of knowledge. For more information, contact Maxwell Snelling at msnel371@mail.endicott.edu.

Electronic recycling

An Ethical Electronics Recycling Drive to benefit Ocean Alliance will be held at Ocean Alliance Headquarters, (Old Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory on Rocky Neck), Saturday and Sunday, May 18 & 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Bring almost anything with a battery or a plug; TVs, CRTs, computers and office equipment (including furniture) marine electronics, e-readers, sound equipment, CDs, DVDs, iPods/Pads/Phones, tablets, games, domestic appliances, etc. No hazardous materials! Cost is $1 per pound, payable by cash, check, MasterCard or VISA; discounts to Seniors, Teachers, and Ocean Alliance Staff. Anyone with 50 or more pounds qualifies for a chance to win an iPad Mini! Nothing will be tipped into landfills, incinerated as solid waste, or dumped in the developing world.

GHS Genocide benefit

The Gloucester High School Human Rights Initiative is holding a free benefit concert to raise awareness of the Congo genocide. Several talented high school bands will play. The concert will be held on May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Gazebo in Stage Fort Park. All are welcome!

Vernal PondTeam

The Cape Ann Vernal PondTeam and Kestral Educational Adventures’ 3rd Annual Fundraiser Yard Sale is Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Commercial Street, Gloucester, next to St. Peter’s parking area. (Rain date, Sunday, May 26).The team is accepting items in good condition; clothing, small furniture, books, toys, sports and household (no TV’s, computers). Delivery to the sale between 7-9 a.m. Small items may be picked upand/or stored upon request. Contact Cora at 978-281-5326 for more information.

Annisquam Exchange

The Annisquam Exchange, a non-profit fine consignments shop will open for the spring season on Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m., with wonderful treasures, old and new. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, May 17 to June 8; then Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of consignments is gifted back to the community to help those in need.

Call for art

Artwork is sought for “twentythirteen: recent works,” an exhibition of paintings, photography, mixed-media and sculpture at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in Gloucester. Guest juror is Blyth Hazen, an associate professor at Montserrat College of Art. Prizes will be awarded. Deadline is May 15. To request an entry form, email art@rockyneckartcolony.org.

Homemade nisu

The Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., will hold a homemade nisu sale Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. Cost is $5 per loaf. Orders may be picked up after 1 p.m. To place an order, call 978-281-1040. All proceeds benefit Grace House of Cape Ann.

Legion open house

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, will hold an open house Saturday, May 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. Event features a free pasta dinner for all veterans and their families to honor their service and sacrifice. To RSVP, call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m.

Community conversation

A community conversation and screening of the movie “Gen Silent” will take place Monday, May 20, 4 to 6:30 p.m., at Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main St. Program is facilitated by the LGBT Aging Project, and presented by SeniorCare Inc. Cost is $10 per person, $8 for seniors. Preregistration suggested; call 978-281-1750.

Mother’s Day breakfast

The Madonna Del Rosario Society will hold its Mother’s Day breakfast Saturday, May 25, at the Gloucester House restaurant. A brief meeting will be held at 9 a.m., followed by breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Tickets must be purchased by May 20; call Marie at 978-283-7820 or Grace at 978-281-1907. (If no answer, leave a message.)

Fireworks fund

The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is currently raising funds for the July 3 and Labor Day weekend fireworks displays. Donations, large or small, are welcome. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: c/o The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. (Write “fireworks” on the memo line.) Email gloucesterinfo@gmail.com.

Elder Law Education

The Council on Aging will offer an Elder Law Program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association, on Wednesday, May 29, 10 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Guest speaker is elder law attorney Stephen Spano. Light refreshments served.

Kennedy book

Ted Widmer, editor of the recently released “Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy,” will speak at the Sawyer Free Library on Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. Currently serving as assistant to the president for special projects at Brown University, Widmer had served as a senior advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and also worked as a speechwriter and senior advisor for President Bill Clinton.

Book sale

Sawyer Free Library’s annual book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library, will be held Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations may be dropped off at the library’s front desk.

Class reunion

Gloucester High School and St. Ann High School classmates are planning a 55-year reunion Friday, Aug. 2, at Woodman’s function hall in Essex. Letters have been mailed out; anyone who has not received a letter should call Marie Murray at 978-283-7333 or RoRo Aiello at 978-283-1664. Classmates are asked to remit by May 15.

School open enrollment

Annisquam Kindergarten and Nursery School, 1123 Washington St. is currently holding open enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. Call 978-283-2814 to schedule an appointment, or drop by at your convenience. Bring your child for a tour of the nonprofit and nondiscriminatory school.

AMVETS elections

AMVETS Post 32 will hold officer elections Wednesday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the post, 14 Prospect St.

Friday night bingo

Bingo is held in the St. Ann Church hall, 74 Pleasant St., Friday nights at 6:30. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Anyone 18 and older is invited. Proceeds support school and parish programs. Call 978-281-4820.

Business advice

SCORE, a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, offers free business advice and resource information to prospective and existing business owners at Cape Ann Business Incubator (CABI), 33 Commercial St., third floor (side entrance) every Tuesday. Using a three-person team approach, SCORE’s accredited counselors help develop a business plan, test the potential of a new business idea or determine the best solution to a business problem. Visit www.scorenemass.org and call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.

Peer support training

The Northeast Recovery Learning Community (NERLC) provides peer-run support and services to people with psychiatric disabilities throughout the North Shore and Merrimack Valley, and are training facilitators for peer-run self-help meetings on Cape Ann. For those who are interested, there will be a training session, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. (Parking available at 47 Washington St.) The NERLC offers recovery-oriented, trauma informed care and culturally sensitive peer support, both in group settings and on an individual basis. Call Vida Whitcomb or Pablo Leon at 978-687-4288, or email vwhitcomb@nilp.org or pleon@nilp.org.

Singing Seniors

Seniors who love to sing will love this: A. Jorgelina Zeoli (Jayzee) is offering music classes at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesday afternoons. Four weekly hour and a half sessions learning simple breathing and vocal exercises, to help expand vocal abilities, variety of styles, from standards to sacred. Call the COA at 978-281-9765.

Legion Post open

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 opens its smoke-free lounge for members and guests, Monday through Friday, at 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, at noon; and is open during many holidays. The upstairs hall may be rented for special events. Call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m. for information.

Seniors learn Facebook

The Council on Aging Computer Program volunteers are offering seminars for seniors interested in learning social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, etc. To sign up, stop by the reception desk at the Rose Baker Senior Center or call 978-281-9765.

Open Door meals

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., serves a family-style meal from 5 to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 4 to 5 p.m. Call 978-283-6776 ext. 204, for a free van ride. Visit www.foodpantry.org.

Weight loss clinic

Cape Ann Weight Loss Clinic provides a program based on individual goals, determined through health assessment. Fitness director Nicole Bembridge helps implement your five-week program, with nutritional guidance and motivation. Classes are one hour and 15 minutes and includes unlimited email and phone contact. Contact Nicole Bembridge at 978-283-0470 or bembridgen@northshoreymca.org.

North Shore Friends

Every Sunday, the North Shore Friends (Quakers) meet at 10 a.m. Call 978-283-4585.

Northern Essex WIC

Northern Essex WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a program providing nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free to Massachusetts families who qualify at the Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St.

Cell phones for soldiers

Gloucester High School collects old cell phones for overseas troops. No cords, batteries or any other accessories are needed. Phones may be dropped off at the GHS ROTC office. Call Rick at 978-281-9870, ext. 1212.

AWANA Kids Club

AWANA is a Christian kids club mixing fun games and activities with thoughtful devotions and Bible memorization. Open to preschool children through grade six, meeting Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St. Call 978-281-3941.

Tai Chi sessions

The COA offers Tai Chi sessions Tuesday afternoons, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Tai Chi is a gentle way to fight stress and reduce anxiety, while increasing flexibility and balance. To register, call 978 281-9765.

Practical Spirituality

Inspirational author Jayzee offers sessions at the Rose Baker Senior on Tuesdays, May 21 and 28, for those needing help bringing back the joy of living by dealing with human struggles.

Dads and doughnuts

The Sawyer Free Library invites dads and kids, ages 2-6, to a special storytime for dads and their little ones Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Call 978-281-9763.

ESOL at the library

Wellspring Adult Learning Center provides ESOL courses at Sawyer Free Library, with free tutoring and small group classes in English for non-native speakers. The center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday nights, 5:30 to 8. Walk-ins welcome. Call 978-281-9763, ext. 23.

Drivers needed

The Rose Baker Senior Center assists senior citizens in need of transportation to medical appointments. Drivers are needed for local rides to Addison Gilbert Hospital, the Cape Ann Medical Center, other local medical offices, as well as Beverly Hospital, Lahey Clinic and hospitals in Boston. A mileage stipend is provided. Call Bruce at 978-281-9765.

VNA Care Network

VNA Care Network, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness provider, provides stipends to women with breast cancer who need financial assistance for medications, co-payments, transportation to treatment and services to help increase access to treatment and support recovery. Women must be residents of eastern or central Massachusetts to qualify. This program is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call Joan Schaefer at 888-663-3688, ext. 1264, or email jschaefer@vnacarenetwork.org.

Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.. to 1 p.m. This is made possible through the volunteer efforts of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Holy Family Parish. Proceeds benefit local families in need. Call 978-283-7391.

GED help

Wellspring House Education Center, 302 Essex Ave., offers a free, drop-in GED skills session every Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn and practice GED skills in math, reading and writing; take practice tests; get tips on taking the test that will help you pass; and learn how to deal with stress and anxiety. Call 978-281-3558, ext. 302.

Medical insurance help

For seniors and low-income residents needing help with health insurance forms or information, SHINE counselor Sefatia Romeo is at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765 to schedule an appointment.

Free blood pressure screenings

Free blood pressure screenings are offered each week here:

Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Health Center, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Appointments not necessary. Not held on Monday holidays.

Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Rose Baker Senior Center.

Knitting, crocheting group

Every Tuesday, a group meets to knit and crochet items for veterans and other worthy causes, 10 a.m. to noon, at Rose Baker Senior Center. Donations of yarn are always accepted. New members are welcome to join. Stop in or call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765.

Bay View Brotherhood

Bay View Brotherhood meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St.

Memorial bricks

The Gloucester World War II Memorial Committee is accepting requests for memorial bricks. For an appointment, call Lucia at the Veterans’ Center office at 978-281-9740. Bring a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers and a check for $200 for the perpetual care of the memorial.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cruiseport Gloucester.

Pet adoptions

Stop by Cape Ann Animal Aid at its new location at 4 Paws Lane. Located off Route 133, near the junction with Route 128, the shelter holds an Overlooked Pets Adoption Day on the third Thursday of every month. Adoption fees are reduced and are completed on a first-come, first-served basis, and all regular adoption requirements apply. Photos and fees will be posted on the shelter’s website, www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com, monthly. Call 978-283-6055.

Scholarship Fund

Johnny Orlando was a teacher, mentor and friend to countless students during his many years as a carpentry teacher at Gloucester High School’s vocational school. A native of Gloucester, Orlando was a fixture around town, especially on the Boulevard where no one passed by without a greeting or kind word. A $500 scholarship in Orlando’s name will be awarded to a graduating senior accepted at a college of higher education or an accredited technical school. Tax-deductible donations in his memory may be sent to: John W. Orlando Scholarship Fund, C/O Gloucester Scholarship Foundation, Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

‘Singin’ the Fifties’

Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., presents Share the Music performing “Singin’ the Fifties” for three performances: Friday, May 17, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Gloucester Stage Company. Tickets are $25; call 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.org.

Military Family Support

The Cape Ann Military Family Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave., Gloucester. Those with family and friends serving in the military are welcome to attend. Those wishing to attend to support our military by working on special projects are also invited. All are welcome. Refreshments served.

Parent mentors

Pathways’ Cape Ann Families is seeking men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. This program has served stressed and isolated parents of the Gloucester and Cape Ann Community for 20 years. Volunteers participate in a five-week Winter Parent Mentor Training, after which each will be matched with a parent, starting a year-long mentorship and friendship. Contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or email hgranger@pw4c.org.

Military families

Gloucester military family members may call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740 to register their active-duty family members. Military members’ names will be announced during upcoming city ceremonies.

Arts scholarship

The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe has established a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a Cape Ann high school senior who has been accepted to a college theater arts program. Prerequisites include participation in high school drama programs and involvement in one CAST production. For an application, contact Ray Jenness at kjenness045@netzero.com or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.

Lighthouse BNI

The Lighthouse chapter of BNI meets Fridays, 7 to 8:30 a.m., at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester. Visitors are welcome. For reservations, call Annalei Babson at 978-309-8450.