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Board member Jane Metrano and her daughter Christine Metrano Barber decorated an amazing and delicious cake of the entire Bench Project map.

Longevity Bench Project Launches Walking Challenge 

On the sixth anniversary of the launch of the Longevity Bench Project, the organization announced a summer-long partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department to underscore the value of the …
Cape Ann Savings Bank President Marianne Smith

Marianne Smith Elected to Massachusetts Bankers Association Board

Cape Ann Savings Bank President Marianne Smith has been elected to the 20-member Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Bankers Association. Smith is the first female president of the …
The team at The Open Door, holding up donations from Saturday's

Stamping Out Hunger

Local letter carriers across Cape Ann last week collected 17,043 pounds of food donations for The Open Door at Saturday’s 32nd National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger …
Beverly’s Stephanie Vanderbilt, who was just named Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year.

Beverly’s Stephanie Vanderbilt Named Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year

Stephanie Vanderbilt, owner of Coastal Windows & Exteriors in Beverly has been named the 2024 Small Business Person of the Year for Massachusetts by the U.S. Small Business Administration. On …
Melissa Hoffer was appointed last year to head up the Office of Climate Innovation and Resilience by MA Gov. Maura Healey.  Hoffer will be speaking later this month in Rockport in a program hosted by TownGreen. 
Melissa Hoffer, Massachusetts Climate Chief, Coming to Rockport May 29
TownGreen, the Cape Ann non-profit focused on climate awareness education for Cape Ann, is presenting An Evening with Melissa Hoffer, Massachusetts Climate Chief, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May …
Cape Ann Museum Acquires Hopkinson’s “Three Dancing Girls”
For the last 30 years, Cape Ann Museum visitors have become familiar with a stunning painting hanging prominently at the top of the staircase in the museum’s main hall.   It’s …
Essex voters at Monday’s Annual Town Meeting.
EES Study Approved Along with Wide-Ranging Zoning Changes at Essex ATM
On Monday, 198 Essex residents passed measures to fund all financial operations, including the FY25 annual regional school district and municipal budgets.   But it was changes to the …
Sports
The term “finishing skills” is traditionally applied to sports like basketball or soccer, but Manchester Essex softball coach Frank Sarro is hoping his team can find a way to apply it to …
Pitching, as much as anything else, has been the key so far for the Manchester Essex baseball team. The Hornets have gone 4-4 to start the season and are still in the middle of fine-tuning …
This week, we have updates from coaches on Hornets' team play this spring for tennis, girls' lacrosse, and baseball. Check it out ...
Tallying a 3-1 record to begin the season constitutes what most would consider a strong, early start to the season.   When asked about it, Manchester Essex girls’ lacrosse coach Nan Gorton …
While a 4-1 start to the season is nothing to sneeze at, a 9-7 loss to Ipswich on April 5 provided the Manchester Essex boys lacrosse team with its most important lesson of the spring season so far. …

Artist Carmela Martin Showing in Gloucester

Moon Jellies, 2024, Carmela Martin

Gloucester-based artist Carmela Martin’s paintings will be featured through June 28 in the Main Street lobby exhibit space of BankGloucester. A reception will be held from 10 a.m. to noon …

Senior Nite for Varsity Boys Basketball

Monday night the Hornets held Senior Night for the boys’ basketball team.   The seniors honored their parents for the support they provided during their athletic careers.   Kneeling, …

The 10 best winning streaks in men's tennis history

OLBG compiled a ranking of the ten most impressive winning streaks in men's tennis history according to their length.

Jane Deering Gallery Features Renata Fryshara

Standing My Ground, 2024 by Renata Fryshara.

C ape Ann artist Renata Fryshara will be featured in an exhibit, “life | capsules” at Jane Deering Gallery in Gloucester through May 26. An opening reception is planned from 3 …

Obituaries
John Lind
John Lind passed away peacefully on April 3 rd , 2024 at the age of 76 in Arizona.  He was the son of the late Clifford and Adma Lind. He was also predeceased by his sister, Helen Ann Lind, and …
Lowell Mason Lee Peabody
Lowell Mason Lee Peabody, born in Mt. Kisco, NY on August 11, 1951 died peacefully on May 9, 2024, surrounded by family. He lived most of his life in Manchester, MA and raised his family in Essex and …
Richard James Greenleaf Jr.   
Richard “Dick” Greenleaf Jr., 85, of Manchester, MA, beloved husband of Annie Willmonton Greenleaf, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, cousin, and friend, passed away …
Sarah “Sally” (Yarnall Means) Loring
Sarah “Sally” (Yarnall Means) Loring passed away peacefully Friday, December 15, 2023 at Brooksby Village in Peabody. Born in Hartford, CT, to Helen Keen (Crowell) Means of Riverton, …
Joanne Crerand
Joanne Crerand of Essex died on May 2 nd , 2024 in Hospice following a battle with cancer. She was 62.  Joanne was born on October 7 th 1961 to Mary Grace (Coleman) and Joseph Crerand.  She …
Lifestyle

The Rewilding of Cape Ann

I’m no Daniel Boone, but I’ve paid enough attention to animal tracks over the years to recognize cat tracks when I see them.  The tracks I saw in the wet sand of the Dunes at Castle …
A Bobcat caught in this 2024 award-winning photograph by Dan Prosser just north of Worcester, Mass.

The Creatures' Return

Conservationists use the term “rewilding” to describe the phenomenon where habitat is restored and native flora and fauna return (or are reintroduced) to their former range. Naturalist …

Event on May 5 Asks: Can New England Make Things Again?

Looking around at all of the old mill buildings and tanneries that have been turned into fashionable shopping areas and apartment buildings, it’s easy to think of New England’s …

Gloucester Stage Brings Together Art, Activism, Community in Three Days of Climate Action Plays This Weekend

A three-day performance festival will take place this weekend in the name of climate change at the Gloucester Stage Company.  Called Water's Rising: Festival of New Climate Action Plays , the …
“Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide)” by Winslow Homer was called “grotesque” when it debuted in New York City in 1870, described as “one of the most unsettling romantic paintings of the nineteenth century.”  Today it hangs in NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Winslow Homer’s “Eagle Head”: More Than Meets the Eye

When the artist Winslow Homer came to paint on Cape Ann in 1869, he arrived as a busy commercial illustrator for popular magazines of the day.  Over the next eleven years, spending …
Home and Garden

Manchester Library Notes | May 17

A lot is happening this week at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library, including a meeting of the Diversity Matters Book Club, educational session on NASA and space exploration, children's programs and more.

Just in time for the beginning of spring, Gloucester's Cape Ann Museum is bringing back its popular Cape Ann Blossoms event on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Floral …
Pets and People

Pet Insurance: Navigating a Slew of (Important) Questions

Every year we see an increasing number of patients with pet health insurance at the Manchester Animal Hospital.  The common question is, “Is it worth it?” ...

Books

Manchester Library Notes | April 26

Maria Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, authors of

A lot is happening this week at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library, including a meeting of the Mystery Book Club, a plant swap, meditation, children's programs and more.

Columnists

What's New in Home Design for Cape Ann?

Lean into a non-neutral this year.  Jen Coles like jewel tones, like this.

Spring is finally starting to be sprung.  Those brave spring bulbs are sticking their skinny green necks out, and so far all I’ve wanted to do is wrap a scarf around them—but they …

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