To Show We Care named ‘Top-Rated Nonprofit’

The Gloucester-based organization To Show We Care has been named a “2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits.

To Show We Care provides events for Cape Ann and North Shore residents with life-threatening illnesses and their caregivers.

Its 2019 season of the Night on the Town program kicks off in June featuring “Oklahoma!” and winds up in December with “A Christmas Carol” at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly.

Guests are provided a catered buffet dinner before the performance and tickets to the show. Everything is taken care of so all the guests need do is show up, enjoy dining, and bask in the magic of live theatre. They even get to mingle with the cast at a post-show reception.

“We are honored to be named a 2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” said Stephen Tyler, founder and president of To Show We Care, in a prepared statement. “We are proud of our accomplishments and blessed to be able to touch so many lives. Since our beginning in 2013, we have hosted 57 Night on the Town events bringing smiles and love to over 2600 people.”

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews that To Show We Care received from volunteers, donors, and guests.

“To Show We Care is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with To Show We Care.”

The complete list of 2019 Top-Rated Nonprofits can be found at https://greatnonprofits.org/awards/browse/Campaign:Year2019/Issue:All/Page:1

More information about To Show We Care is available by visiting www.toshowwecare.org.

Area prices up 2.3% from a year ago

BOSTON — Inflation in the Boston area edged upward in May and has risen faster than the national rate over the past year.

The federal government reported Wednesday that the Boston area consumer price index increased 0.2 percent in May, compared to 0.1 percent nationally, and rose 2.3 percent over the last 12 months, faster than the national increase of 1.8 percent.

Food prices locally decreased 1.1 percent since March, mainly due to lower prices for fruits and vegetables, as well as cereals and bakery products, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Gasoline prices surged 13 percent over the last two months, but the local energy index was up only 0.4 percent due to a 19 percent drop in piped natural gas prices and a 4 percent reduction in electricity prices.

Higher rent and medical care costs, combined with an 8.3 percent reduction in apparel costs, contributed to an 0.4 percent increase in the CPI index for “all items less food and energy.”

— Michael P. Norton/SHNS

Buyers paying more, but still snatching up homes

BOSTON — Rising home prices in Massachusetts are not scaring buyers away.

Home sale agreements struck in May rose 6 percent over May 2018, and marked 12 straight months of increases in pending sales, according to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors.

The median price for a pending home sale last month was $420,000, a 3.7 percent increase from May 2018.

— Michael P. Norton/SHNS

Vendors sought for downtown bazaar

The Gloucester Merchant Association is making plans for its 61st annual Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar.

The bazaar will be held Aug.1, 2 and 3, rain or shine, and offers visitors bargains inside and outside the stores, and children’s events and games.

The association is accepting bookings for vendors and nonprofits seeking spots at the bazaar. Vendor spots are limited and are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

More information and registration forms are available for download at gloucestermerchantassociation.org

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