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September 14, 2013

Talk of the Times: Fishbox Derby takes to Rogers Street Sunday

Talk of the Times

Some very young drivers will be hitting the road along a block of Gloucester’s Rogers Street Sunday afternoon.

The occasion is the city’s annual Fishbox Derby homemade car race, which is set to start at noon on the hill by the Gorton’s of Gloucester complex.

All motorless cars will be entered into one of two categories, for a “freestyle” or “modified” competition. And while prizes will be awarded, as usual, to the first four finishers in each classification, there will also be prizes for the best pit crew and the “koolest car.”

In addition to saluting kids creative, entrepreneurial and automotive spirit, the event also serves as a fund-praiser, with donations from the derby going toward a scholarship fund for the young participants.

Each participant is eligible to apply for scholarship funds as she or he prepares to graduate from high school.

Anyone seeking more information may contact Greg at 978-283-1932, Beth at 978-281-6057, or send at email to

A ‘sale’ with a free twist

Many churches, community groups and businesses often carry out efforts aimed at “giving back to the community.”

But one Gloucester church is taking that phrase to a higher literal level than usual today.

The Cape Ann Bible Church, located at 8 Thompson St., off Concord Street in West Gloucester, is hosting what organizers are calling a “free yard sale” today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., as a part of its annual Fall Fling.

The yard event, also billed as the “Great Giveway,” is essentially offering away a wide variety of clothes, housewares, books, toys and more in a yard sale format — but all for free in an effort to “spread the word” about the need to give back to the community.

The family-oriented event will also include refreshments; visitors can reach the church by exiting Route 128 at Exit 13, heading north on Concord Street (toward Causeway Street and Wingaersheek Beach), and then turning onto to Thompson, which is the first left. The church is at the top of the hill.

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