Elder Abuse Awareness Rally in Downtown Gloucester

June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15, 2017, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Gloucester Police Department, SeniorCare Inc. and the Gloucester Council on Aging are holding a rally on Wednesday, June 14, to increase awareness of this growing issue in our society.

10,000 people turn 65 in the US every day.  That trend is going to continue for the next 20 years.  Our demographics are shifting, and we will soon have more elder people in the US than ever before.  At the same time that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of elders face abusive situations.  Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.

Elder abuse and neglect and take on various forms. It can be physical, emotional/verbal, sexual, financial, neglect by a caregiver, or self-neglect. Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races. In Massachusetts, an elder is anyone 60 or older.

If you suspect abuse or self-neglect, don’t assume that someone has already reported it. In cases of immediate danger call 911. Otherwise, you can call SeniorCare at 978-281-1750 during business hours or the elder abuse hotline at 800-922-2275 after hours.

Concerned citizens are invited to participate. Join SeniorCare and our local safety agencies in bringing light to the horrendous crime of elder abuse. Please stop by to show your support!

SeniorCare is committed to identifying and stopping Elder Abuse!

About SeniorCare

SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over.  We provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine communities. Established in 1972, SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization which provides and coordinates services to elders and others. This allows them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community.

Cape Ann Farmers Market Opens in 1 week! See you June 1st at Stage Fort Park!

The Cape Ann Farmers Market will open for the season starting Thursday, June 1st from 3:00 to 6:30 at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester and running through October 12th. Fresh produce, meats, cheese, delicious prepared foods and local products from over 45 vendors, along with a playground, grills, and great views make this a special market. Parking is free and convenient.  For more information, go to http://capeannfarmersmarket.org


Rockport Cultural District Walking Tours resume Memorial Day Weekend

Free, guided Rockport Cultural District Walking Tours are offered weekends beginning Memorial Day through the last weekend in June; daily from the last week of June through Labor Day; and weekends through Columbus Day.

Tours begin at Dock Square (where Bearskin Neck and Main Street connect) on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.  In July and August, tours Monday – Friday are also at 10 a.m.

Discover the fascinating history of one America’s oldest art colonies on this free, 1 hour 15 minute guided tour of downtown Rockport. Hear the stories of our earliest residents, founders, revolutionaries and pioneering spirits while exploring our beautiful, seaside village.

From the tip of Bearskin Neck and the iconic Motif #1, to Rockport Music’s world-class Shalin Liu Performance Center with its stage overlooking the Atlantic, you will see many of Rockport’s most treasured spots.  Find out why international visitors make this a regular destination. Rockport’s Cultural District boasts over 30 artist galleries and studios, as well as cultural institutions like the Rockport Art Association, one of the oldest active art associations in the nation.

For more information: Email Sue at rockportculturaldistrict@gmail.com


GAAC/HPSP Star Party Saturday Night, May 27!

Roger Antares

Photo Credit: Roger Porter

Weather permitting, Halibut Point State Park and the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club will be hosting a star party Saturday evening, May 27, next to the HPSP Visitor Center. Everyone is invited! Come look through the club’s telescopes at a thin crescent moon, Jupiter and its moons, and an array of distant deep-sky objects like galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. Unless we have overcast skies, GAAC will have telescopes set up from dusk to 10:00 pm for public viewing. Of course there is no cost.

Please park in the paved lot off of Gott Ave and walk the short distance up the hill to the Visitor Center, and please keep white lights to a minimum, so everyone’s eyes get a chance to adapt to the dark.

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets at 8:00 pm on the second Friday of the month at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan St. in Lanesville. There is no cost, and the public is welcome. For more info on the club, see the websitethe club’s Facebook page, or on Twitter, @GAACster.

Motif No. 1 Day 5K and Festival THIS Saturday!

Good Morning Gloucester

Rockport’s going to be a happening place on Saturday, with the Rockport Elementary School Motif No.1 Day 5k & Fun Run kicking off at 9am, immediately followed by the Motif No. 1 Day Festival!

Tons of live music, great food, interactive art-making, a Seaside Circus, and a Rockport Art Colony pop-up art exhibit are all taking place right downtown from 11 to 7pm. Just outside the downtown area the YMCA’s Ben Beyea Youth & Teen Center celebrates its 10th anniversary with a party from 10:30 to 1pm with activities and food so good stuff is taking place throughout Rockport! Eastern Point Lit House is hosting an Open Mic for writers, and there will be plenty of opportunity to make art, whether as part of the Sidewalk Chalk art event or contributing to the community mural.

The Schedule of Events:

The 2017 Commemorative Poster from Rockport artist David Arsenault:

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Chamber Launches New Member Drive

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has launched a New Member Drive, and is offering a special discounted rate of $295 for businesses that join the Chamber by May 31, 2017.  Businesses joining during the New Member Drive will also receive a package of advertising and promotional incentives valued at over $3,500, including free incentives worth a total of $1,500.

Scores of volunteers from among the Chamber’s more than 800 member businesses have been reaching out to prospective members during the past several weeks. They will be getting together in the coming days to call Cape Ann business owners and share their insights about the value of being a member of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

Dozens of new and prospective members recently attended a reception and information meeting hosted by the Chamber at Cruiseport.  Representatives from the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Ambassadors Committee, together with Chamber staff, were on hand to provide information and answer questions about Chamber programs, services and member benefits.

The event featured information stations staffed by members of the Chamber’s Committees and Councils, including Next Generation Cape Ann, and a brief Chamber overview presented by CEO Ken Riehl and Board President Sara Young of Schooner Adventure.

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is a partnership of business and community leaders working together to support the economic and civic interests of the Cape Ann region. Each year the Chamber helps hundreds of businesses on Cape Ann grow by providing promotion, networking, training and information. The Chamber also works with area elected officials to advocate for business-friendly legislation and to advance community priorities. And the Chamber partners with area schools for the educational enrichment of the region’s next generation of business leaders.

For additional information about the Chamber’s New Member Drive, member services and benefits, and upcoming Chamber events, visit www.capeannchamber.com.

Great Things are Happening…

Cape Ann Chamber’s Businesswomen’s Group
Business After Hours at Common Crow
Business After Hours at Studio Crepe
Chamber’s Economic Outlook Breakfast
Chamber’s HR Seminar
Business After Hours at the Village Restaurant
Chamber’s Tourism Collaborative