Notice – Gloucester Historical Commission invites the public to attend the 2016 Preservation Awards

2016 Preservation Awards

The Gloucester Historical Commission invites the public to attend the 2016 Preservation Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2 to 4 PM at the Cape Ann Museum. Recognition of preservation and restoration projects is based on the following criteria.

• Preserves neighborhood history through research, writing, or art.

• Preserves a property that is historically significant in age, style, or use.

• Restores using traditional materials or methods.

• Preserves historical integrity or appearance.

• Protects from present threat or future harm.

• Completes project within the past two years.

• Accomplished by an individual, family, or group, or through community advocacy, fundraising, or effort.

Award categories include the following.

• Archaeology

• Adaptive reuse

• Education and outreach

• Landscape preservation

• Restoration and rehabilitation

• Preservation stewardship

• Individual lifetime achievement

• Documentation of Gloucester’s history

At the ceremony, members of the Historical Commission will introduce recipients and present award certificates. Slides will be shown, and recipients will talk briefly about their projects. Recipients include:

· Chester Brigham, in the category of Documentation of Gloucester History, for his book, Phoenix of the Seas: the Ernestina-Morrissey.

· Robert Trott and Craig J. Anderson, in the categories of Restoration and Rehabilitation and Education and Outreach, for their Eagle Scout projects enhancing Veterans’ memorials.

· Juni VanDyke, in the category of Education and Outreach, for her Neighborhood Quilt project, conducted through the Rose Baker Senior Center.

· Mark Carlotto, in the categories of Archaeology and Landscape Preservation, for his research and advocacy for Dogtown Common and the Native solar observatory on Pole Hill.

· Paul St. Germain, in the category of Documentation of Gloucester History, for his book Cape Ann Granite.

· Ken Breen, in the category of Restoration and Rehabilitation, for the restoration of his Queen Anne style home at 159 Essex Ave.

· Martin Ray, in the category of Documentation of Gloucester History, for his blog, Notes from Halibut Point.

· Jason Grow, in the category of Education and Outreach, for his photographs of Gloucester’s World War II veterans.

· The Fish Shack Building Committee and the Lane’s Cove Historical Association, in the category of Restoration and Rehabilitation, for their collaborative resurrection of a historic fish shack in Lane’s Cove.

Everyone is welcome to attend the 2016 Preservation Awards ceremony at the Cape Ann Museum on Saturday, May 7, 2 to 4 PM.

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy – Apply Now!

Graduating Seniors and Recent High School Grads – What’s your plan for the future?

Do you like to work with your hands to create things? Would you like to work in a modern high tech environment? Then a career as a biotech technician may be just what you’ve been looking for.

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Gloucester Biotechnology Academy (GBA) is offering high school graduates a 1-year course that will prepare you for an entry-level job as a lab technician — and a professional career with tremendous upside.

There will be no tuition or other charges for our inaugural class.  All students in the class of 2017 will get a full ride.  We thank generous donors for underwriting this class.

You’ll learn all the basic skills needed to work “at the bench”, using equipment and methods that exist today in modern biotech labs. Such as computer skills, basic science vocabulary, how to run and maintain amazing equipment, and methods for simple data processing.

You’ll also have a paid internship, after successfully completing two 11 week semesters.

This is a chance to break into the Biotechnology industry, a field with a strong future. And once employed, most companies offer training programs and opportunities to advance.  This could be your start.

Want to learn more?  Please contact John Doyle with your questions.

Want to apply?  We recommend you decide soon, this is a rare opportunity – class size limited!  Contact us,, and we’ll send you an application package. Or see our website, Gloucester Biotechnology Academy
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Good Morning Gloucester

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Participants Registered Before May 1 Will Receive a
Custom Rocky Neck 5K T-shirt.

Go to to register online or visit the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. to obtain a paper registration form.

The event is sponsored by the Rocky Neck Art Colony to benefit Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District and the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Building Fund.  With chip-timed results, participants may compete individually or as a team in the popular Team Challenge.  The Run/Walk along the breathtakingly beautiful seaside course will be capped off by a festive post-Race brunch celebration on the deck at Rocky Neck’s The Studio Restaurant.

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The Rocky Neck 5K Run/Walk & Team Challenge is a fun community ‘happening’ to benefit RNAC, a neighborhood-based, volunteer organization committed to preserving Rocky Neck’s unique arts and maritime cultural heritage.   Open to all, beginners can experience the joy of exercise in the…

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June 4, Holy Family Women’s Guild will be hosting their annual Strawberry Festival

Hi Joey,  On Saturday, June 4, Holy Family Women’s Guild will be hosting the annual Strawberry Festival 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at St. Ann Church Hall.  This year the Guild will be honoring the Gloucester Lobster Fishermen.  We will be offering a lobster buoy paired with a gift certificate.  There will be handmade ceramic mugs and biscotti for sale also – a Gloucester Mug-up.  The Strawberry Festival will also offer homemade cookies muffins, jams and other baked goods including our famous Strawberry Shortcake.  There will be hand-crafted items and note cards.  As usual, there will be many types of plants offered as well.  All donations will be gratefully accepted.  If you need more information please call Jane Marshall at (978) 283-5111  or Janet Lucido at (978) 526-1543.

Rockport Is Keeping It’s Doors Open late again this summer! NOW EVERY Friday Night! May 27 – September 2

Rockport expands it’s 2016 Rockport @ Night! This event was so well received last year we’ve decided to step it up and do EVERY Friday Night throughout downtown Rockport. Just look for the “Hanging Lanterns with the Gold imprinted Ribbons” at participating Shops and Galleries…

Every Friday night beginning MAY 27th, through Sept. 2nd. Downtown galleries and shops open their doors from 4-8pm and then some… for a “Rockport @ Night” event. The town’s merchants welcome you with light refreshment, wine, and beverage while you enjoy the renowned talents of this creative Art Colony. See art demos, music, and visit the unique shops. Come celebrate as they illuminates it’s streets, and enjoy the ambiance that only Rockport can offer. Meet with the artists and shopkeepers and tour their galleries. Artists will be on hand to take questions from visitors.

Come share the history and hospitality of this seaside community, as you stroll through the streets of beautiful downtown Rockport.

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