Thursday 6/1 is the first day of the Cape Ann Farmers Market!

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Join us at Stage Fort Park from 3:00-6:30 this Thursday June 1 for our first market of the season!!!

Come enjoy the gorgeous view from Stage Fort Park and get your fresh, local strawberries, greens, basil, and pastured heritage chicken. Let your kids play on the playground while you enjoy live music, check out the beautiful work of local artisans and chat with friends!

See all of our vendors at

Gloucester Police to Recognize 6-Year-Old Boy Who Donated Birthday Funds to Cops For Kids With Cancer


Mason Adams dressed as a police officer for Halloween and had a chance to meet his heroes at school.


GLOUCESTER — Interim Chief John McCarthy is pleased to announce that the Gloucester Police Department will welcome and give thanks to 6-year-old Mason Adams, who insisted that his friends donate money to his police heroes rather than spend the money on gifts for his birthday.

WHEN: Thursday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Gloucester Police Station, 197 Main St.

WHO: Gloucester Police Department Edward McNelley, director of Cops For Kids With Cancer 6-year-old Mason Adams and his family

WHAT: Ahead of his sixth birthday party, Mason Adams told his parents that he would rather see his friends donate money to his hometown heroes at the Gloucester Police Department than receive presents. Honoring his wishes, his parents set up an online fund and also collected donations at his birthday party and raised $900, which the Gloucester Police

Honoring his wishes, his parents set up an online fund and also collected donations at his birthday party and raised $900, which the Gloucester Police will, in turn, donate to Cops For Kids With Cancer.

“I am extremely proud of Mason’s selfless desire to support both the police and other kids like him who are faced with the challenge of battling cancer,” Chief McCarthy said. “His desire to support his heroes and put his community ahead of himself closely mirrors all that it means to be a police officer, and we are excited that the money will go to such a great cause.”

The Gloucester Police have invited Mason, his family, and McNelley from Cops For Kids With Cancer to the station to formally make the donation to the organization.

5 Year Anniversary Party and Open House

OpenHousePosterJoin us for a week long Open House celebration in honor of the 5th Anniversary of our Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter! Featuring adoption specials, photo opportunities, snacks, prizes, donation drive and more!

We invite you to bring donations and 5 is the magic number! …5 cans of pet food | 5 rolls of paper towels | $5 dollars | 5 gift cards | 5 pet toys | 5 packages of treats etc. Thank you!

Open House Hours:
Saturday 6/3- 11am-4pm
Sunday 6/4 – 12pm-4pm
Monday 6/5 – Closed
Tuesday 6/6 – 11am-5pm
Wednesday 6/7 – 11am-4pm
Thursday 6/8 – 11am-7pm
Friday 6/9 – 11am-6pm

Gloucester’s ‘Love Fest’ Project is coming to Cape Ann Animal Aid! This interactive community art project is traveling throughout the city this summer, spreading messages of LOVE and POSITIVTY. ♥

Backyard Growers recipient of Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 grant

Backyard Growers is the proud recipient of a Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 grant!

Backyard Growers is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Gloucester-based organization was chosen from a total of 549 applicants during a competitive review process.


Backyard Growers is a grassroots organization helping to reshape Gloucester’s relationship with food and healthy eating. We provide resources and support to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools, and provide learning opportunities in growing and preparing fresh produce in order to create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing and eating one’s own food.

Representing Backyard Growers, Lara Lepionka, Executive Director, and Anna Swanson, Community Programs Manager, will join approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $170 million to local nonprofits alone.

“We are thrilled to be among the 100 organizations receiving this generous funding from the Cummings Foundation,” said Lara Lepionka. “This grant will make it possible for Backyard Growers to increase the number of children and families we serve, and expand gardening resources in Gloucester. We’re so excited to have the support we need to help more people learn how to grow their own fresh, healthy food.”

Backyard Growers will use the Cummings Foundation money to expand their signature Salad Days School Garden program into new school districts in Massachusetts, develop new garden education programs at O’Maley Innovation Middle School, and expand community gardening resources in Gloucester for low- to moderate-income families and older adults.

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefiting 35 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth.

Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“Nonprofit organizations like Backyard Growers are vital to the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “ We are delighted to invest in their efforts.”

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention and affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at

About Backyard Growers

Copy of byg-logo2014color (1)Founded in 2010 by urban farmer Lara Lepionka as a way to help her neighbors stretch their budgets by growing their own food, Backyard Growers has grown exponentially to include a suite of programs serving students in the Gloucester Schools and a broad segment of Gloucester’s low- to moderate-income residents with a focus on serving children and their families. Since 2010, Backyard Growers has built over 200 new garden beds in Gloucester, serving over 2,500 individuals.

About Cummings Foundation

Cummings FoundationWoburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc, was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1.4 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at

Sawyer Free Library, Week of May 28 – June 3


The Library’s Summer hours will start on Saturday, June 3. The Library will be open from 8:30am-1pm on Saturdays.  The hours will remain the same for the other days of the week.  

Tech Seminar May combined

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The Library will close at 1pm on Saturday, June 3 and will reopen on Monday, June 12 at 8:30am.  Please be sure to pick up any holds or museum passes that have been reserved prior to the Library’s closing at 1pm on June 3.  Thank you!

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Orange Crane Drive for National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Gun violence affects individuals, families and friends. But it also affects entire communities. Help us show that as a community we are willing to stand up against gun violence.

Origami cranes are a symbol of hope and healing. Each crane is a prayer, a thought, a remembrance. Every crane folded is an action.

Orange is the color of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Read about it at We are making orange cranes to remember victims of gun violence.

We will be collecting cranes to have with us at City Hall in Gloucester on Friday, June 2 at 10:00 for a National Gun Violence Awareness Ceremony.

Cranes can be left at the Eastern Point Lit House on Main Street, Celia’s Flower Studio in Lanesville, Coveted Yarn and the Universalist Unitarian Church or delivered to Amanda Cook or brought to City Hall on June 2.

We will be having a ceremony at City Hall on Friday, June 2 at 10:00 and a vigil at the Universalist Unitarian Church at 7:00. The church will be open at 6:00 to make cranes and write post cards concerning gun violence to officials.

After June 2 the cranes will become part of the art show RESIST: The Art of Protest at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.20170522_134050

New! Open Stage for Gloucester Youth

flyerFolk Life Studio’s Rose Sheehan in cooperation with the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church are launching a new project for Gloucester Youth.

Youth Leaders, middle-school through high-school, are invited to join a youth collective to plan and manage an Open Stage for youth performers and youth audiences.

Sheehan will serve as an advisor to the collective. In addition to many years working as a performer and concert organizer, she is an experienced educator and youth advisor.

Interested young people are urged to contact Rose Sheehan at by June 1. An initial planning meeting for mid-June will be scheduled by a poll among the participants

The Youth Open Stage Project is funded in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.