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July 11, 2023

Chamber News & Updates



The First Gloucester Main Street Block Party

is this Saturday, July 15 | 6 -10 PM

Last year all three Gloucester Main Street Block Parties returned to great reception and were attended by thousands, and this year promises to be even better!

Non-Profit Participation

Just $45 for All Three Block Parties

These great monthly events will attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Gloucester and are a terrific way to promote your non-profit! Once we have your commitment, we will reserve a 10x10’ space for you along Main Street in a location that is out of the

way of other goings-on.

Reserve a spot for your non-profit online or download the application.

Business Participation

Just $75 for ALL Three Block Parties

These three great events attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Gloucester and are a terrific way to promote your Business! The Block Parties have become a Gloucester classic - featuring fantastic street performers, great music and delicious food. We invite you to stay open to help create a festive downtown, and you will benefit with increased exposure for your business. Register your business online or download the application.

Looking to be a Food Vendor at One of the Three main Street Block Parties?

Please contact Michelle at for availability.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Info

From the Mass Department of Transportation



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The Massachusets Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has a comprehensive mitigation plan to address travel impacts and provide cost effective alternative transportation options for residents and visitors ahead of the scheduled closure of the Sumner Tunnel from Wednesday, July 5, through Thursday, August 31, 2023. The tunnel will be fully closed for approximately two months to facilitate work on the Sumner Tunnel Restoration Project. 

Travelers are encouraged to Ditch the Drive and use alternative means of travel. MassDOT has created a menu of safe, efficient commute options while the tunnel is closed for repairs. Travelers can utilize MassDOT 511 to help review traffic conditions and MBTA’s Trip Planner to plan their public transit trips.

Business & Job Resources

Learn About State Contracts: Are you interested in conducting business with the state? Click here for a crucial monthly update that lists the contracts and their expiration and renewal dates. This information is published and maintained in the OSD (Operational Services Division) eProcurement platform. For questions, please contact William J. Funk at 857-919-1039 or

Learn About Wind Energy in Free Webinar

Wednesday, July 12 | 5 - 6:30 PM

The Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association and the Gloucester Marine Station University Massachusetts Amherst are hosting a webinar on Wednesday, July 12, from 5 to 6:30 PM. This informational webinar will help attendees learn more about offshore wind energy’s potential impacts on the waters and communities of Cape Ann. Register Today

North Shore Career Center Online Workshops (MassHire)

Using Age to Your Advantage: Wednesday, July 12 @ 10 AM

Interviewing Practice: Thursday, July 13 @ 10 AM

Turbo-Charge Your Resume: Tuesday, July 18 @ 11:30 AM

Phone & Online Interviewing: Wednesday, July 19 @ 11:30 AM

Optimism & Your Job Search: Thursday, July 20 @ 11:30 AM

Member & Community News

Magnolia Library and Cape Ann Plein Air Announce Midsummer Art Festival

Local Plein Air Artists Display Works to Benefit the Magnolia Library

The Magnolia Library and Community Center and Cape Ann Plein Air, Inc. are joining forces to present a free Midsummer Art Festival featuring the work of over a dozen Cape Ann area artists August 6 -12, 2023 in the Magnolia Community Center, 1 Lexington Ave. in Magnolia.

Over 100 pieces of art will be displayed for sale, a portion of which will benefit the Magnolia Library and Community Center. The event will kick off with an advance viewing on August 6 at 3:00PM followed by a “Meet the Artist” reception at 6PM featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. The show will be open throughout the week from 2PM to 7PM daily and feature live demonstrations by artists.

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Cape Ann COSMOS has published a special edition of its digital arts and culture magazine, “Gloucester 400+ COSMOS Culture Folio,” that features 15 original articles drawn from the defining stories of cultural heritage of Gloucester. 

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Rockport Eagle Scout Candidate Helps Cape Ann Animal Aid

(From Gloucester Daily Times) Cape Ann Animal Aid’s Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, at 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester, has an outdoor fenced-in area where those hoping to adopt dogs might interact with their potential pooch. The problem was winter’s early sundown bathed the center in the shadows by the time many potential owners could get there after work. Enter Michael Elinskas, 17, who believed the site could be improved with a couple of benches that could be lighted up for evening experiences with the dogs. The Eagle Scout candidate later met with local lighting experts to come up with a solution in the form of solar-powered lighting. Learn More

Pour for a Pint Blood Drive th"Pour for a Pint" Blood Drive this Saturdays Saturday

Cape Ann Lanes & Laneside Pub & Brewery, Gloucester

Saturday, July 15 | 8:30 AM - 3 PM

Join Hook a Cure & Cape Ann Lanes for their "Pour for a Pint Blood Drive" on Saturday, July 15. Please register in advance to guarantee your spot or call 617-632-3206. Download Flyer

Essex Merchants Group, funded in part, by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, published an updated edition of their brochure with a map inside showing places to eat, shop, stay and play! Pick up a copy to see all that they have to offer and share with your summer guests. The brochure is available at many local businesses and on the website.

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week


Meet Penny, a 5.5-month-old available as one of Cape Ann Animal Aid’s foster-to-adopt dogs. If you think Penny would make a good addition to your family, visit for more information about me and all the other animals waiting for homes here at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester.

2023 BONS Home Readers’ Choice Awards Voting is Now Open.

Vote for you favorite home related business today. Voting closes August 1.

Shop Our Members

Continuing Hot Deals

Cape Ann YMCA: Reduced rate for Chamber members

Local Sales, Discounts & Promotions 

Posting a Shop Our Member deal is a great way to gain exposure for your business by highlighting your special promotions. Take advantage of this FREE member benefit and list yours today by logging into your account! 

*Contact Sam if you need assistance 

Job Listings

Guardian Angels is hiring Caregivers Immediately for Our Newest Location in Gloucester!

Spaulding Gloucester is seeking a Physical Therapy Tech (32 hours )

Cape Ann's Marina is seeking a Marine Retail Store & Parts Manager, a Marine Retail Store Clerk, and a Marine Outboard Technician/Mechanic/

Pathways for Children is seeking an Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler Paid Apprenticeship and a Transportation and Logistics Assistant

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