Seacoast 10K Saturday July 16, 2016


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13th Annual Seacoast 10K Road Race – 2016 Online Registration

Event Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016, Event Time: 8 am
Online registration ends: 7/14/2016 at Noon, EST

Hosted By Friends of Seacoast, the fund raising committee for the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Gloucester

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016

Time: 8 am

Location: Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA

Race Fees: Pre Registration Fee is $25   Day of Race is $30

Day of Registration starts at 6:30 am at Stage Fort Park

T-Shirts: Guaranteed to all runners who register by July 1, 2016

Cash Awards: We are awarding $300, $200,and $100 for first, second and third place winners for both Men and Women

Age Groups: M/F 1-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Questions: JD MacEachern at 978-675-7490

Race Sponsored by: Bank Gloucester and Friends of Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Gloucester


New Spaces/Old Places – Architecture at the Cape Ann Museum

New Spaces/Old Places – Merging Contemporary Architecture with Historic Neighborhoods

Thursday, July 7

6:00 p.m. Reception; 7:00p.m. Panel Discussion

Join two of the regions top architects for a conversation on issues in contemporary architecture: Deborah Epstein (Epstein Joslin Architects, Inc.), one of the lead architects for the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, and Maryann Thompson (Maryann Thompson Architects), architect for the modern rebuild of Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester following the loss of the original building to fire in 2008. Epstein and Thompson will speak about the process each firm went through and the challenges they faced in the design and construction of new public buildings in an old New England community.

A cocktail reception will precede the architects’ panel discussion in the Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects exhibition gallery on the Museum’s third floor.

Member cost is $10 per lecture / $25 for the series; Non-member cost is $15 per lecture / $40 for the series. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets or for more information please call (978)283-0455 x10 or email

Tickets can also be ordered online at Eventbrite.

Not a member of the Museum? Join now and get discounted tickets to all our events!

Top left: Shaulin Liu Performance Center, Robert Benson. Top right: Temple Ahavat Achim, Chuck Choi.

Upcoming Design/Build Lecture:

Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Architect Eleanor Raymond: A Pioneer in the Field
Presented by Lyda Kuth

Sign up for O’Maley Academy Summer Science Program!

O’Maley Academy Summer Science Grad Program – FREE for Gloucester Students

 Weeks of July 25 and August 1, Monday through Thursday 9am-1pm

There are still a few spaces in a fantastic two week program this summer at O’Maley Academy. Joining this program is a great way to meet with experts, learn about 21st century careers and skills in science, and add to your summer activities.

In the Summer Science Grad Program we will Investigate careers in science and engineering by meeting people who work in these exciting fields. We will think about what it takes to become a scientist by visiting UMass Lowell and Northeastern University. Last, but never least, there will be many exciting hands-on activities and discussions with experts in the field:

– We will take a trip to the MIT Museum to complete the “Make a Move” workshop

– We will take a trip to the Museum of Science and explore a variety of exhibits

– We will hone our skills by collecting water samples and use microscopes to find organisms in them

– We will try our hand at building a bridge from cement

For more information and to register, please email

Regarding The Lifeguard Situation

Dear Residents:

The Mayor’s office and administration is aware of the ongoing staffing shortages at our beaches, especially seen at Niles and Plum Cove. I can assure you that we are actively working on this issue, which is affecting all of the Commonwealth and especially here in Essex County. This staffing shortage is due to the fact that there is a high demand for lifeguards with a limited pool of qualified candidates currently available. Our DPW wisely suggested that we start our lifeguard hiring earlier in the season, which our team started conducting earlier than any past year.

Thankfully, we hired new lifeguards this past week with more interviews, training and outreach being conducted through next week.  Additionally, I authorized a pay rate increase for lifeguard candidates to better compete in this tough job market.

As always, our larger beaches remain staffed, but the fact remains that young, certified and available lifeguards are a difficult commodity. Even though we opened up our hiring process earlier, we hope that this pay increase and additional networking will help attract the candidates we need to better patrol our beaches.

Please remain patient and thank you for the understanding.

Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken

Thacher Island Association Annual Lighthouse Cruise

“Lighthouses of Cape Ann” — Wednesday, July 13. Departs at 7 p.m. from Captain Bill’s Whale Watch, 24 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, aboard the 100-foot Miss Cape Ann. This three-hour narrated sunset cruise up the Annisquam River and around Halibut Point will pass all six of Cape Ann’s lighthouses, including the Twin Lights of Thacher Island, before returning via Eastern Point to Gloucester Harbor. Snacks and sandwiches available (or bring your own), plus cash bar. Donation is $30 per person. Credit Cards accepted. For reservations or information, call 617-599-2590 or e-mail

A bit of Brazil growing in Gloucester

ryan fernando and sarah

Ryan, Fernando, and Sarah stand proudly in front of their garden.

Fernando, his wife Raquel, and their two children Ryan and Sarah are participants in the 2016 Backyard Garden Program. Raquel and Fernando are originally from Brazil, and they heard about our program when they volunteered to translate our program application into Portuguese.

When asked about his experience with their garden, Fernando said that “it’s getting the kids to eat healthier and showing them where their food comes from”. His daughter Sarah, when asked what her favorite thing to do in the garden was, said she “likes watering, because it makes the plants grow”.

Fernando said that there isn’t one day where the whole family doesn’t go out to the garden to see what had changed from the day before. Often when Fernando is in the garden his young son Ryan comes to help out. Fernando noted that both Sarah and Ryan “are impressed that they’re growing things they can eat” and laughed when he recalled all the times Sarah would ask, “Dad what is this, can you eat this!?”.

Not only does their immediate family love this garden, but Raquel’s mother, a McPherson Park resident, plants in the BYG managed McPherson Park Community Garden. Often Sarah’s grandmother and her can be found out in the garden watering and harvesting, and Fernando said that the garden is therapeutic for his mother-in-law. As a chef Fernando has loved having the fresh produce and herbs for his cooking, and mentioned that he has had the chance to explain to Sarah and Ryan that sometimes they make salads with multiple types of lettuce. Not only that, but because they have their own garden they have had the opportunity to plant some things from Brazil that they can’t find in stores in the area, and Fernando’s mother-in-law has been able to use that produce in cooking traditional dishes that they missed.

When asked what this garden means to him and his family, Fernando said “it’s another chance for us to do things together, and it’s strengthening our family”.

For more information on how to support our Backyard Garden Program see our donate page, and for information on how to apply see our program page.