, Gloucester, MA

August 6, 2013

Thank You Notes

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Family of Betty Lafata

My family and I will never be able to express our appreciation for the kindness and caring support that we received from family, many friends and the Gloucester community at large.

Our heartfelt thanks to all the people who offered their care, concern and prayers during this difficult time.

A personal thank you to Kelly Cluett and the staff at Greely’s funeral home for all your help from beginning to end. You held our hand and walked us through our loss gracefully.

Thank you to Woodman’s of Essex for taking care of the small details and giving us a beautiful reception.

To Leonardo’s (Taormina/Canillas family), The Farm Bar & Grille, The Village restaurant, the RiverSide Bistro, and The Blue Marlin Grille for their generous donations for Betty’s memorial service.

To Father Bruce Flannagin from St. Richard’s Parish in Danvers for his blessings and kind words.

To all who donated to The Open Door food pantry in our mother’s name.

Our hearts are filled with much love because of all of you.

Betty’s smiling face will be sadly missed by the many lives she touched, but the memories we have will remain in our hearts forever.

With love,

Peter Lafata, Mick Lafata, Katrina Haskell and Rob Lafata

Seacoast Seven

The Friends of Seacoast Annual Seacoast Seven Road Race was a huge success. Runners from all of the state ran the 7K race throughout the beautiful scenic trail in Gloucester.

We are grateful to Patrick Thorpe, president of Bank Gloucester, our generous race sponsor for their continued support of this annual race which is one of our major fund raisers.

Lahey Health, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Rockport Mortgage, and Good Morning Gloucester for sponsoring the T-shirts given to the runners and volunteers.

Hospice of North Shore and Greater Boston for sponsoring the registration table.

Carroll K Steele Insurance, Lyons Ambulance, Beauport Ambulance, Granite Savings Bank, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Rockport National Bank, Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Merritt Capital Management, and Liquor Locker for sponsoring the beverage table.

Ben’s Wallpaper, Cape Ann Medical Center, George’s Coffee Shop for sponsoring Mile Markers.

Stop and Shop, Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shop, Market Basket, and Shaw’s for providing bagels, water, bananas, and power bars for the runners after the race.

Gloucester Rental Center for providing the tent.

Al Carrasco, David Harrison DMD, Goodwin’s Party Shop, and Lone Gull Coffee House for their generous donations towards the race.

Thank you, Nick Curcuru, Christina Parisi and David Cox for your coverage of the race, and Mike Page of North Shore Timing who timed the runners. Larry Ryan for his design of the race T-shirts. Lyons Ambulance for sending an EMT team to ensure the safety of the runners.

The success of every organization is dependent on the people who give selflessly of their time and money. The Friends of Seacoast are fortunate to have so many of these people ensuring that the residents stay connected to the community. Their efforts provide the entertainment on a daily basis. Harbor rides, dining at area restaurants, dinner shows at Seacoast, gifts on Mother’s and Father’s days, along with Christmas, and many more events that would not be possible without the Friends of Seacoast.

It all starts with our capable Activities Director Alison Cox, our Administrator Stephen Doyle and our Friends of Seacoast members, JD MacEachern our race director, Maryanne Amero, Angela Ciaramitaro, Joey Ciaramitaro, Pat Ciaramitaro, Lisa Leahy, Karen McCann, Rosalee Nicastro, Buzz McEachern, Sam Santuccio, Grace Simpson, and Joanne Waalewyn.

A special thanks to all the volunteers who helped on the day of the race, Joan and Fred Bishop, David Amero, Brian Carey, Mark Leahy, John Lattof, Josh Arnold, Donna Lupo, Vinny Woodhams, Faye Quinlan, Fire Chief Eric Smith, Meg McCann, Marc Grenier, Alison McNamara, Allie Rose Nicastro, Paul Muniz, Meghan Muniz, James C. Greely III, The Gloucester Police Department, Lt. John McCarthy, Sgt. Dave Quinn, and Officer Brian Crowley.

Tom Lattof

Chairman, Friends of Seacoast

Big Band concert

A big thank you to everyone who bought tickets for the Big Band concert at the Gloucester House.

Much money was raised for our active military.

I am so grateful people came out on such a hot night.

Many thanks to the Gloucester House fort the use of their facility.

And special thanks to Karen Fuhrman who won the 50/50 and then donated it back.

Also thanks to my son, Bob, and daughter, Mary Clare, as I could not have done it without them.

And, of course, the Cape Ann Big Band.

Everyone, thank you so much!

Connie Condon