Rockport Middle School $1000 microgrant winner!

 Ray Cahill submits on behalf of Awesome Rockport-
Bee safeBee safe supplies


 On Tuesday, January 26th, Awesome Rockport teamed up with the Education Foundation of Rockport to select one of three Rockport Middle School finalists to receive a $1000 grant to make Rockport more awesome. Kids from grades 5 through 8 were invited to participate, and there were 19 applicants for the grant! Three finalists pitched their ideas in public forum at the middle school cafeteria Tuesday night. Superintendent Rob Liebow and Mr. Jim Gutstadt represented the Ed Foundation and participated in the voting process as well.

The winning pitch, titled “Bee Safe, Bee Natural”, was made by three 5th graders looking to establish a honey bee hive in Rockport. The group wants to maintain the hive, train others about beekeeping, establish a source for local honey production, and help educate others on the challenges facing honey bee populations and why bees are so integral to our health and to the production of the food we eat.

 The two awesome runner up proposals will hopefully reapply in future challenges. One group hopes to establish an outdoor community ice skating rink, and the other is focused on bolstering a cooking club recently started at the Rockport Middle School.

 It was an amazing night of presentations by some inspiring, highly motivated kids! Now that’s AWESOME!

 Check out Awesome Rockport on Facebook for information on submitting proposals in the upcoming RHS and community challenges!

CATV/ECCF Special Event 2.5.16 12pm

On February 5th, 2016 Dave Edwards, President and CEO of the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), along with Julie Bishop, VP for Philanthropy, will lead an important discussion at Cape Ann Television ( about addressing the needs of Essex County.

The ECCF is gearing up for an unprecedented major community leadership project, an initiative focused on making a long-term, measurable impact on the quality of life in Essex County. The end result will not only help to guide their philanthropic priorities and strategic grantmaking, but it will also arm local community leaders with the data to help move the region forward. The ECCF will rely heavily on collaborations with funders, elected officials, business leaders and nonprofits to see their vision through.

Please join us on February 5th at 12:00 pm to unite in conversation.

Seating is limited. RSVP to 


Join Us at Our February Events!

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has some wonderful events planned for the month of February!  Join us at our Winter Wine Down, QuickBooks Seminar, Economic Outlook Breakfast and more!

Businesswomen’s Winter Wine Down
We will be gatherieng at Katrina’s Bar & Grill, 14 Rogers Street, Gloucester, on Monday, February 1, 2016, from 6:00-8:00pm.

A fun-filled night is planned! Not only will we have plenty of time for Networking, a glass of wine and some yummy Katrina’s appetizers, but at 7:00 we will kick-off Karaoke Fun Time with Jay!

QuickBooks Seminar
Join us for a ‘Refresher to QuickBooks” Seminar- two days: Tuesday, February 2 & Thursday, February 4, 2016, from 5:30-8:30pm, at Gloucester High

The class will be geared toward Small Business owners and Bookkeepers. A working knowledge of Quickbooks is beneficial.

Economic Outlook Breakfast
We are happy to announce that Rick Lord, President & CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Inc.,will be the keynote speaker for our Economic Outlook Breakfast this year, on Friday, February 26, 2016, from 7:30-9:00am, at the Elks at Bass Rocks. Rick will speak about his perspective on our regional and statewide prospects for the coming year, including his insights on GE’s decision to relocate to Boston.

Tickets are $30 and includes a light breakfast catered by Laurie Lufkin.


Nurse Assistant Training at Action – Spread the Word!


We’re starting a 6 week CNA class on February 17 and will still have a few spots available. There are 2 prep classes potential students will need to attend NEXT WEEK on Feb. 2nd and Feb. 4th, so this is time-sensitive.   

Could you please post the attached flyer or pass this info along to anyone who might be interested?

The class and CNA exam are FREE if you’re income eligible.

Thanks so much!

Megan Merlin

Project Coordinator, Action Inc.


Get up close and personal with the SnotBot!

This Wednesday 1/27/16 @ 4:45 PM, join us at O’Maley Innovation Middle School (auditorium) for an exciting and interactive presentation by Iain Kerr, CEO of Ocean Alliance! Get an up close and personal SnotBot experience!! Open to the community. All ages welcome. FREE EVENT!!