June 30 CACF Grant Application Deadline Just Days Away

June 30 CACF Grant Deadline Fast Approaching

Online Applications Available

The revised deadline for grant applications to the Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF) is next Tuesday, June 30, 2020 now just a few days away.  The CACF Board of Directors, in addition to extending this year’s application deadline, has streamlined the application form and submittal process.  Printed copies of applications are no longer necessary. A submittal by email is sufficient.  A pdf of the revised application is available on the CACF website www.lovecapeann.com.  Board members have also created the application as a Google form, which is available here.  Many organizations have submitted applications already, but for those that have not time is running short.

Eligible applicants include religious, educational, scientific and cultural institutions; poverty relief agencies; and in general any organization that qualifies as a 501(c) (3) charity and is based in or providing services to the Cape Ann community. Local governments and their subdivisions, including schools, in the communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport are also eligible to apply for CACF grants.

CACF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization established in 2015 by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce to manage funds and award grants from the proceeds from the Cape Ann License Plate.  CACF will make grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 for projects that support the Foundation’s mission to improve the economy and overall quality of life for the residents of Cape Ann in the following areas:

  • Regional promotion: projects that support and enhance the quality of life for the Cape Ann region and the communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport; and promote Cape Ann as a desirable place to live, work, recreate and vacation.
  • Economic Development: projects that expand employment opportunities and enhance the economic vitality of Cape Ann, including but not limited to projects that facilitate the start-up of new enterprises or the expansion of existing enterprises on Cape Ann.
  • Training and Education: projects that support the training and education of the current and future Cape Ann workforce, including entrepreneurial training, to help Cape Ann residents succeed and thrive in the 21st century economy.

In their first three annual grant rounds the Cape Ann Community Foundation has made awards totaling $39,000 to 14 Cape Ann area non-profit organizations and schools: Action, Inc., Backyard Growers, Cape Ann Art Haven, Cape Ann Farmers Market, the Educational Foundation for Rockport, Generous Gardeners, Manchester Essex Regional High School’s Green Team, Pathways for Children, Project Adventure (in partnership with Schooner Adventure), Rockport Exchange, Sawyer Free Library, The Open Door, The Sunrise Fund and Windhover Performing Arts Center.

“My fellow Board members and I encourage all Cape Ann area non-profits and municipalities with eligible projects to submit proposals for this funding cycle,” said CACF Board President Ruth Pino. “And remember, any Massachusetts resident can buy the Cape Ann License Plate. We need more Cape Ann plates on the road to ensure funding for worthy initiatives in the future,” Pino added.

Sawyer Free Library launches GLOUCESTER READS: Many Readers, One Conversation Addressing Our Climate Crisis with the Hope of Building a Better Future

The Sawyer Free Library is inviting readers of all ages to be a part of something big this summer as it officially launches the first annual Gloucester Reads: Many Readers, One Conversation. This citywide collaborative reading program aims to unite and energize the community around the important issue of climate change through reading, discussion, and action.  

From Monday, June 22 through Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Gloucester Reads will explore the topic of Addressing Our Climate Crisis with the Hope of Building a Better Future. The inaugural reading program will feature two award-winning books, Falter by Bill McKibben and The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline.

Presented by the Sawyer Free Library as a part of The Civic Hub, and in partnership with Backyard Growers, Gloucester Education Fund, Manship Artist Residency + Studios, Maritime Gloucester, Ocean Alliance and TownGreen 2025, Gloucester Reads offers residents the opportunity to read about and discuss this important issue with local experts and learn more about what they can do to help combat climate change. Discussion groups will be held online during the month of July.

Gloucester Reads will culminate on Tuesday, September 15 with a live stream public presentation and Q&A with Bill McKibben, the award-winning author, and founder of 350.org, a global grassroots climate change movement. This event will be open to the public, with details forthcoming.

From June through September, copies of the books will be available at the Sawyer Free Library in print, ebook, and audiobook formats. For a complete list of Gloucester Reads programs, and for more information on climate change, visit SawyerFreeLibrary.org.

Join GMGI for a virtual Science Hour! Thursday, June 11th at 7:30pm

Looking for plans this Thursday night? Join GMGI for our virtual Science Hour!

Nina Overgaard Therkildsen, fisheries scientist, assistant professor at Cornell University, and GMGI Science Advisory Board member, will join us via Zoom on Thursday, June 11th at 7:30pm to discuss how she and her team use genomics as a tool for improving fisheries management.

Nina’s research aims to leverage the ongoing revolution in genomic analysis tools to help support sustainable fisheries management and marine conservation. Her talk will discuss the enormous potential of DNA as a tracing tool in a wide variety of ocean applications.

Invitation with details below.  RSVP to ashley.destino@gmgi.org.

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Black Earth Deal for Manchester Residents

Great Deal for Manchester Residents

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June is Manchester Appreciation Month
Hello all, our goal at Black Earth Compost is to get people gardening and growing food at home and in the community.  The high quality compost is free to Manchester residents at the town compost site, all you can shovel.  Now we want to offer our home town our high quality Raised Bed Kits delivered to your driveway for $280 Only for Manchester residents in June; Normally $395 to everyone else.
        We will deliver the 4 walls, screws, soil and assembly instructions to your driveway.  Soil is bought in from central MA, tested for heavy metals, nutrients, etc and is made for growing food or flowers.  Beds are 4 x 8ft and 22 inches tall for less bending, assemble in 10 minutes and the lumber is bought from the Building Center. The $280 is our cost to blend, build and deliver.  This is meant to be a giveback…

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The Cape Ann Farmers Market is BACK!

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The Cape Ann Farmers Market is happy to announce a Drive Thru/Pre-Order Cape Ann Farmers Market at Gloucester’s O’Maley Middle School starting Thursday June 4! 

Thank you to the CAFM community for your patience as we have been working hard to put together a plan to keep you, our patrons, and our vendors safe in this time of uncertainty. Cape Ann Farmers Market will look different this season, but we are, as always grateful for the opportunity to contribute to food access and security in our community.

For the 2020 summer season, the Cape Ann Farmers Market will be:

Thursdays 3:00-6:30
at the O’Maley Innovation Middle School
32 Cherry Street Gloucester

*Drive-thru and pre-order ONLY*

Summer is nearly here, and along with it comes the first delicious greens, radishes, and green garlic from our local farms. The harvest is coming in as it always does, and the Cape Ann Farmers Market is working to make sure that you can access it safely in these uncertain times. Preorder NOW to get your veggies, fruit, and baked goods for Thursday – or for the season if you become a shareholder at one of our farms. New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Farmer Dave’s  still have vegetable and fruit CSA shares available that you can pick up right at the Cape Ann Farmers Market. You can even use your SNAP/HIP benefits to sign up!

For this Thursday, you can preorder from one of the links below (more to come in future weeks), or come pick up your CSA share if you’re already a member:

Farmer Dave’s – Get your order in by 12:00 pm Wednesday before our Thursday market, and pick up your veggies, baked goods, flowers, and more!

Marshview Farm  – Get a spring veggie sampler, eggs, lettuce, or bok choy! Get your order in ASAP!

A&J King – preorder all of your favorite bread, cookies, pastries, granola, and other sweet things on TUESDAY so that you can pick up your delicious treats on Thursday.

Kim Gregory Pure Pastry – delicious options across the board for gluten lovers and gluten free alike!

If you preorder from one of our vendors -or you are a current shareholder of one of our farms – we can’t wait to see you on Thursday!

Please visit our website at capeannfarmersmarket.org and review our guidelines for joining us at the market to help us keep our community, our farmers, our bakers, and each other safe! 

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**PLEASE NOTE: We too will be missing our home at Stage Fort Park and our friendly, social, open air market, but due to the current circumstances CAFM will be a drive-thru/pickup ONLY market held at O’Maley Innovation Middle School (32 Cherry Street, Gloucester). **

The Sawyer Free Library welcomes new Board President and Trustees

The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library (SFL) is pleased to announce that Marion (“Mern“) Sibley has been elected President of the Library Board of Directors. She succeeds John T. Brennan, who has been Board President for the past three years and will be leaving to become the President of the Sawyer Library Foundation. Mern Sibley joined the Sawyer Free Library Board of Trustees in 2017 and recently served as its Vice President. She formed and Chaired the Saunders House Stewardship Committee (SHSC), which is committed to ensuring that the venerable Saunders House, built in 1764, is restored, preserved, and fully accessible to the public to enjoy as an essential part of the Library. Sibley said, “I am excited to get started in my new role. I am fortunate to have much good groundwork laid by the collaboration between John Brennan, our hardworking past President, and our energetic, imaginative Library Board. These will be challenging and critical years for the Sawyer Free Library and our city.” She added, “Our Library is a key partner in sustaining the educational, economic and civic health of our community in a time of dramatic change and uncertainty. In Gloucester, we have something great in the Sawyer Free Library, and our Board and our Library staff want to make it even better.”

After being away for twenty-eight years, Ms. Sibley, a Gloucester native, proved you can go home again and returned to her old East Gloucester neighborhood in 2002. She credits her early experiences growing up in this fishing town for giving her a love of nature and its complexities, leading Sibley to embark on a career in biology. After a long career in research and process development at New England Biolabs in Ipswich, MA, she retired in the fall of 2016. Finding herself with more time to get involved in her community, Ms. Sibley was drawn to the work ongoing to maintain and improve the Sawyer Free Library. “For me, the Library has always been a place to study, to find resources, to meet people, and sometimes, to just sit and daydream. It is a haven for people of all ages and from all walks of life – providing free programs and resources that improve lives across our great city and beyond,” said Sibley.  “And I believe, now more than ever, with schools closed, programs cancelled and everything seemingly on hold, SFL and its committed librarians continue to demonstrate creativity, resourcefulness, and the essential role the library plays to so many during this time of unprecedented community need.”

Joining Sibley as a part of the leadership team of Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Board of Trustees will be the newly elected Vice President Fran AliberteAnne-Marie Anderson will serve as Secretary, with Joe Grella remaining as the Treasurer, and Budget, Finance, and Investment Chair.  Also, Melanie Murray-Brown and Neil Glickstein were elected as the newest members of the Library’s Board of Trustees. 

Melanie Murray-Brown, who has been a volunteer on the Library’s Corporate Communications Committee for many years, is the Director of Development of Backyard Growers. The longtime Gloucester resident brings to the Board over 20 years of experience working with mission-driven nonprofit, community, and government organizations.

Neil Glickstein is a retired science teacher who moved to Gloucester in 1979, where he and his wife, who is also an educator, raised their two sons. Upon moving to Cape Ann, he first directed an aquaculture training program in Gloucester Harbor. He then began his long and fulfilling teaching career at several secondary schools, colleges, and schooner training programs, including Governor’s Academy, Waring School, Endicott College, and, most recently, GMGI’s Gloucester Biotechnology Academy.

SFL board members have a variety of experience and backgrounds, including finance, business management, research, writing, legal, and marketing. SFL board members volunteer their time and talents and have three-year staggered terms.

A blog from Backyard Growers: what you should be doing in the garden right now

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🥕 Check out the latest blog post from Backyard Growers‘ founder & executive director Lara Lepionka, where she’s sharing guidance on what you should be doing in your veggie garden NOW, and the three attributes of a successful vegetable gardener during the pandemic growing season 🌿🍅🦋  Happy growing!

Here’s an excerpt:

“Don’t forget to mulch around your veggies to keep the weeds down and the soil moist. Thin your carrots. Those tomato seedlings look small now, but they will soon take over so stake or cage them now. Eat your spinach before the leaf miners wreak havoc or before it bolts in the heat. There’s nothing sadder than a bolting spinach. Nothing.

As we move forward into the heart of the growing season and into the great ridiculous unknown, I would like to share with you what I think are the top three attributes of a successful vegetable gardener during the pandemic growing season.”

Click here to read on.

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy Accepting Applications for Next Class!

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s Class of 2021 is set to begin in the fall, and applications are still being accepted! This affordable, 9-month program is an incredible opportunity to gain the skills needed to start a new career in biotech.

Please visit our website at gmgi.org/apply or reach out to Education Director John Doyle at john.doyle@gmgi.org for more information – we are happy to answer any questions you have!

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Cape Ann Museum launches “Virtual Vault” lecture series and more stay-at-home activities during temporary closure

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Virtual programming from the Museum’s exhibition lectures, educational programs, and archives offers at-home opportunities during closing for COVID-19

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GLOUCESTER, MASS. (May 20, 2020)Although the Cape Ann Museum is closed temporarily during the pandemic to protect staff and visitors, there are many rich opportunities to experience the Museum virtually with a new initiative called CAM Video Vault, which features 60 lectures, programs, and archival material dating back to 1992.

The wide range of offerings include exhibition and program lectures by curators, artists, community leaders, educators, and others. Featuring discussions about past museum exhibitions, well-known artists with Cape Ann roots, natural environments and habitats around Cape Ann, as well as the region’s maritime history all 60 programs are accessible via the Museum’s website.

To help at-home educators and parents looking for a variety of online resources for their children, the Museum is also adding educational content from its robust programs, using art and the region’s history as the basis for art-making activities, reading adventures, and virtual tours and experiences. From the Museum archives and library, there is also now online content called “Stories from the Stacks.”

For more information about the exhibition and related programming, please visit the Museum’s website www.capeannmuseum.org.

The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, three historic homes, a Library & Archives and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. In June 2021, the Museum will open a new 12,000-square-foot collection storage and public exhibition space in Gloucester as part of its Cape Ann Museum Green campus. The campus includes three historic buildings – the White Ellery House (1710), an adjacent Barn (c. 1740), and the recently acquired Babson-Alling House (c.1740) which are located on the site at the intersection of Washington and Poplar Streets in Gloucester.  Visit capeannmuseum.org for details.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. While temporarily closed due the COVID-19 pandemic, regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. Cape Ann residents can visit for free on the second Saturday of each month.  For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.