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Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
"100 Years Young"
With the phrase “100 Years Young ~ 1922-2022” as its theme, the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce today announced that 2022 is a milestone year for the organization as it marks the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1922. First known as the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce, it was incorporated during the Presidency of Warren G. Harding -- and when Percy Wheeler was serving as Gloucester’s Mayor -- “to promote the civic, economic and social welfare of the people of Gloucester, Essex and Rockport”. Over the intervening century the Chamber has grown to become the largest business organization on the North Shore with 1,000 members. Its core service area now includes Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport and extends across the greater Cape Ann region. In 1973, the Chamber added Manchester to its service area; in 2005 it merged with the former Rockport Chamber of Commerce; and in 2021 it merged with the former Ipswich Chamber to become the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.
100 Years Young!

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce was initially incorporated as the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce in 1922. Now in 2022, we are turning 100 years young! To celebrate our centennial, we have unearthed articles and photos of our past 100 years and will be sharing a select few each month.
Bottom, pictured from left to right: Goerge C. Crosby, President Calvin Coolidge, Mr. Lyle, William Publicover and Congressman A. Piatt Andrew
Chamber History: 1925

After the 1918 influenza pandemic and following the Gloucester 300th, the newly founded Gloucester Chamber of Commerce traveled by car to Miami, Florida. The trip was planned to help bring awareness to Gloucester's visitor-friendly summer climate, highlighting the beaches, hotels and newly constructed boulevard. The car used for the trip was decorated with slogans advertising Gloucester, Rockport and Essex, complete with a scale model of Thacher Island atop the car. One stop along the trip was to the White House where the Gloucester Chamber met and took photos with President Calvin Coolidge.

Promoting our region is still an integral part of our organization 100 years later. We employ a slightly different strategy today as we produce three major visitor publications, operate two visitor websites, lead large seasonal events and aid visitors through our four visitor information centers.
COVID-19 by the Numbers
January 2022

As you know, since the start of the pandemic we have been closely monitoring our region's COVID-19 information and sharing that with you. Due to the recent significant increase in cases nationally and locally, we want to provide you with a weekly snapshot of current metrics - please click on the below button for national, state, county and city/town data.
CEO and President January Update

Happy New Year from Caitlin Pszenny and Ken Riehl! Caitlin is the Board President for the Chamber’s 100th year, yes, our Centennial, celebrating 100 Years Young! And of course you already know Ken, the Chamber’s CEO. We are enthusiastically looking forward to working with each other, and most importantly, all of you.
Tourism Council January Report

Each year, the holiday season is a bright spot for the Cape Ann tourism community, and that was especially true in 2021. This was just one of the topics discussed by the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council in its December meeting.
Government Affairs Council
January Report

The Chamber’s Government Affairs Council held its regular monthly meeting on December 14, with members attending in person and via Zoom. The Council discussed a range of possible speakers about housing for the 2022 Economic Outlook Breakfast, and the idea of conducting a brief member survey on employee shortages. The council’s December meeting also included a summary report presented by Olivia on recent community meetings that she had attended.
Health & Wellness Committee Update
Long Term Health Goals to Make in the New Year to Live a Quality Life

Health & Wellness Committee January Newsletter” and the copy can be something like, “A new year is here and instead of making New Year Resolutions that you will ditch by March; the Greater Cape Ann Chamber’s Health & Wellness Committee thinks making long term health goals that will provide a better quality of life is a more achievable goal for 2022.
January Love Cape Ann Podcast

CEO of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Ken Riehl and past Chamber President, Susan Coviello introduce the 2022 Board President, Caitlin Pszenny. Caitlin is an owner of Cape Ann Lanes & Laneside Pub & Brewery in Gloucester. Caitlin is the youngest board president in GCACC history and bring an unrivaled ambition to the table. Watch as they recap an eventful 2021 and look ahead to 2022.
January Did You Know?

Did you know that as a member of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, your business gets a FREE business listing in our major publication, the Greater Cape Ann Guide & Directory? This high-quality coffee table piece is widely distributed and viewed by tens of thousands of people both locally and throughout New England, including online visitors to three major websites:,, and

As we work on the upcoming 2022 edition, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you look at your business information to ensure it is correct, as it see what will appear in this year's Greater Cape Ann Guide & Directory. To make changes to your listing, please log in to your account by clicking here. Once logged in, you can update your information. If you need assistance updating your information, please contact Sam at or by calling 978-283-1601.
Annual Celebration
Thursday, March 10 | 6 PM
Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

We've rescheduled! The Chamber’s Annual Celebration will be a BIG one in 2022 as we celebrate turning 100 years young. Join us with Greater Cape Ann's business leaders and local, city, and state officials at the beautiful Beauport Hotel to enjoy delicious food, great company, and dance the night away. Tickets are now available and going fast. Guests are required to be vaccinated and masks are strongly encouraged per state and CDC guidelines. Attendance is limited, buy your tickets below.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Gold : Beauport Hospitality Group, Beauport Financial Services, Cape Ann Savings Bank, National Grid
Silver : Happy Valley, Bank Gloucester
Sponsorships are still available for the Annual Celebration. Please see the attached document for a summary of sponsorship opportunities. Contact Sara at for more information
December's Ribbon Cuttings

This December the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce held numerous ribbon cuttings for local businesses. We held ribbon cuttings at Bliss Bites Cafe and Bravo by the Sea, Gloucester. Whether it be a new business, a new location, or a grand reopening, we want to help you celebrate! Email Sam at to schedule your ribbon cutting today.
Community Holiday Parties

Our members celebrated the holidays in all five communities throughout the month of December. Guests gathered and enjoyed great food, terrific company, and delicious libations. Our Lucky 9 Raffle and ½ Price Sale brought wicked good entertainment to the evenings. Thank you to our hosts, The Village Restaurant, Cala’s Restaurant, The Fish Shack Restaurant, and Fox Creek Tavern for creating such wonderful evenings. Thank you to our collection of donors in Rockport’s ½ Price Sale, local Gloucester Restaurants for providing a “Taste of Gloucester” for our Office party and the lovely Dawn Burnham of Engel & Völkers for being our spirited bartender.

Local merchants in Manchester-by-the-Sea were delighted to open their doors to the Holiday Stroll again this year. Children, teenagers, and adults alike participated in hopes of winning one of the great prizes and supporting local business. We’re grateful for Antique Table for hosting us that evening and to all of our businesses who supported the night’s festivities. 
Christmas in Rockport

Santa arrived in Rockport via lobster boat early in December to find a joyous crowd hastily awaiting his arrival. Each week the excitement built up as Christmas approached with holiday shopping nights, horse-drawn carriage rides and of course the annual pageant.
Next Gen Holiday Party

Graciously hosted at Laneside Pub & Brewery, the Next Gen Young Professionals gathered to mingle and ring in the holidays. The food and beer was superb as great conversations emerged from the casual holiday gathering. Keep an eye out for more upcoming Next Gen events in 2022.
Ipswich Jingle Bell Walk

On December 18, Ipswich Interact Club and Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club hosted the Jingle Bell Walk. Santa, The Grinch, and Jolly Elves made a grand appearance at Town Hall. Santa greeted children while the elves hosted fun games and activities at Santa's Village.
Chorus North Shore
P.O. Box 281 | Rockport

Health Etc. Consulting
PO Box 633 | Gloucester
(978) 502-3722

Rich Weissman & Associates
14 Ortins Road | Hamilton
(508) 284-5042

Tetreault Jewelers
24 Market Street | Ipswich
(978) 356-0577

The Mansion at the Hellenic Center
117 County Road | Ipswich
(978) 356-4742

West Plain Capital, LLC
112 West Plain St. | Wayland MA
(888) 864-6523

VM Design

Cazeault Solar & Home to be Featured on This Old House

Cazeaeult Solar & Home will be one of the featured contractors on This Old House next week. The segment airs on PBS on January 13 at 8 PM. This Old House is a nationally televised home improvement show that has been running for over 40 seasons. Tune in next Thursday to see Cazeault Solar & Home!
Assembling Your “A Team” and Planning for the Future - ABC Home Health Care

We all want to live on our own terms and be in control of our own futures. The time to start planning is NOW- don’t wait until crisis strikes! Diligent and detailed planning now can help provide invaluable peace of mind in the future for both you and your loved ones. Having the proper documentation in place now enables you to have a say over your future care and finances even if, God forbid, you should no longer be able to dictate your wishes and goals due to health issues, incapacity etc.
Katie's Gift Shop is Closing After 40 Years in Business
Cathleen Cahill, owner and founder of Katie’s Gift Shop in Rockport, announced recently that she will be retiring at the end of this year and closing the business that she opened over 40 years ago in 1981. Katie’s Gift Shop has been a much-loved downtown Rockport business throughout the past four decades, serving residents and visitors alike with a wide array of gifts, clothing and souvenirs. 
Second Annual "Winter Lights on Cape Ann" Receives Press in North Shore Magazine
Although the 2nd Annual Winter Lights is now over, the response and press coverage was amazing. Check out the article from North Shore Magazine below on how Winter Lights on Cape Ann created energy and enthusiasm for those participating and enjoying the beautiful displays. 
First Fridays: Art After Hours with Sarah Slifer Swift and Steven Lacey 
Friday, January 7 | 5 - 8 PM 

Enjoy free admission to the Cape Ann Museum every First Friday during Art After Hours from 5 - 8 PM. Each month, CAM will partner with a practicing, contemporary artist to interpret the Museum’s collections.

In January, Sarah Slifer Swift from Movement Arts Gloucester, MA (MAGMA) and Steven Lacey, guitarist, will bring art to life through improvisational dance and music. Visitors will be able to enjoy short performances at 5:30 PM, 6:25 PM, and 7 PM.
Rocky Neck Art Colony & Loren Doucette: Where You've Been; Where You're Going
Saturday, January 8 | 10 AM - 3 PM
Loren Doucette is back! Join us for a critique of past work and jumpstart suggestions for the new year. Class starts with a supportive and helpful group critique of 6-8 of your past works (please choose works that you would like feedback on and that possibly inform your next body of work—where you want to go.) The second part of the class will be a time to "go within" and reflect on the feedback of where you have been and set ideas for where you want to go next. Please bring a journal, pen, charcoal, sketchbook and some small travel paints of your choice to explore new visual concepts. 
The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier
Saturday, January 8 | 2 - 4 PM
Sawyer Free Library

Author talk and book signing with Ted Reinstein, award-winning, longtime reporter for Boston’s celebrated nightly-newsmagazine, “Chronicle.” He'll discuss his new book Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier, which tells the story of the little-known heroes, such as Moses Fleetwood Walker, communist newspaper reporters, and Pullman car porters, who fought segregation in baseball, including within the Boston Red Sox.
Hike for Beer at Appleton Farms
Saturday, January 8 | 4 - 6 PM

Before heading out for dinner or date night, join The Trustees for a leisurely hike across Appleton Farms, followed by enjoying some craft beer from one of our many local breweries. The hike will be about 45 minutes to an hour long, following some of Appleton Farms most beautiful trails. Be sure to wear boots or shoes that are appropriate for hiking in potentially wet and muddy spots, bringing your own water is also advised. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly recommended.
About Reading the Trail Tracking for Adults - Crane Estate at Castle Hill
Sunday, January 16 | 11 AM - 2:30 PM

Join this workshop followed by dune hike to learn tracking basics and identification skills allowing you to experience the outdoors in a new way. Enjoy a presentation on tracking at the Casino at Castle Hill, then reconvene at Crane Beach for a guided dune walk, investigating the trail for footprints, scat, burrows, and other signs left behind by dune dwellers. Via our observations, we will collect clues as to what animals are using this habitat. Bring your sharp senses and observation skills for this learning adventure.
Gloucester Meeting House Foundation
MLK Day Forum - The Racial Climate in Gloucester: What Lies Ahead
Monday, January 17 | 2 PM

Race relations in Gloucester, including findings of a new community survey, will be the focus when the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation conducts its annual observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on Monday, January 17, 2022. Three local organizations have been invited to take part in a forum titled “The Racial Climate in Gloucester: What Lies Ahead,” beginning at 2 PM that day.
Samuel Bak and the Art of Remembrance Exhibition at Montserrat Gallery
Opening January 18
Montserrat College of Art Gallery will present Samuel Bak and the Art of Remembrance, Jan. 19 – March 5, 2022, at 23 Essex Street. Presented in cooperation with Pucker Gallery, Boston, this exhibition presents a selection of paintings by the acclaimed artist and Holocaust survivor. A public reception will be held on Jan. 27 from 5 - 7 PM. It is free and open to the public. 
Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Presents: An Evening with Brian Rutenberg
Wednesday, January 19 | 7 PM
Please join us as we listen to respected artist Brian Rutenberg discuss his artistic journey. This exciting talk is free and open to the public! All are welcome! Widely considered to be one of the finest American painters of his generation, Brian Rutenberg has spent forty years honing a distinctive method of compressing the rich color and form of his native coastal South Carolina into complex landscape paintings that imbue material reality with a deep sense of place. 
Marc Cohn at Shalin Liu
Friday, January 21 | 8 PM
After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. Rooted in the rich ground of American rhythm and blues, soul and gospel and possessed of a deft storyteller’s pen, he weaves vivid, detailed, often drawn-from-life tales that evoke some of our most universal human feelings: love, hope, faith, joy, heartbreak. 
Gloucester’s So Salty - Cape Ann Museum
January 22 - 23 | 1 - 4 PM

At the end of January, the Cape Ann Museum is partnering with cultural institutions and businesses across Gloucester including Art Haven, Movement Arts Gloucester, MA (MAGMA), Maritime Gloucester, Dogtown Books, Discover Gloucester, the Gloucester Cultural Council, and the Cape Ann Makers Market to celebrate the Fish City’s recognizably salty character with Gloucester’s So Salty. Inspired by our friends down in Salem and their annual Salem’s So Sweet event, Gloucester’s two-day event will include ice sculptures on display, salty sweets for sale, free kids art activities, and much more.
Community Listening Session
Tuesday, January 25 | 9:30 - 11 AM
Wednesday, February 9 | 6 - 7:30 PM
Beth Israel Lahey Health and its member hospitals are conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment to better understand the most pressing health-related issues impacting the people living and working in the communities they serve. Please join them to hear key themes from our assessment, share your perspective, and discuss potential solutions. 
Greenbelt Presents: Moving Beyond Barriers (Virtual)
Wednesday, January 26 | 6:30 PM
Join Greenbelt and meet local trail runner Kyle Robidoux, and hear about his journey overcoming the continuing challenges of running while visually impaired. Kyle has now completed over 25 marathons and ultramarathons, including five Boston Marathons and three 100-mile races.
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CDC Updates Isolation and Quarantine Recommendations

The CDC has updated isolation and quarantine recommendations for the public. These recommendations do not apply to healthcare personnel and do not supersede state, local, tribal, of territorial laws, rules, and regulations.
Rockport COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Face Covering Regulation

Effective at 12:00pm, December 31, 2021, face coverings that cover the nose and mouth
are required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, aged two years and above
in all indoor public spaces, including but not limited to restaurants, retail establishments,
bars, performance venues, social clubs, event spaces, places of religious worship and
municipal buildings, or private spaces open to the public.
Manchester-by-the-Sea Reinstates Mask Mandate
The Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea will reinstate an indoor mask mandate at all businesses and public buildings effective at midnight on Thursday, December 30, 2021. The Board of Health voted unanimously in a meeting on December 28 to bring back indoor masking to help mitigate recent COVID variants and prevent further community spread. The mask order will remain in place until further notice. 
Town of Essex Public Health Mandate

Effective December 27, face coverings that cover the nose and mouth are required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status in all indoor spaces. Read the full notice below.
Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update on Winter Advisory Regarding Face Coverings

In response to the spread of the Delta variant and the emerging Omicron variant, the Department of Public Health now advises that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home). The DPH particularly urges this recommendation if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
A Message from the Gloucester Health Department

The Gloucester Health Department is working with the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce to inform our members and share the message that the easiest and more effective ways to protect staff and patrons is to follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.
Onsite COVID Vaccinations for Businesses and Employees Available for FREE at Conley's Drug Store - Ipswich
There is no cost to the business and no out of pocket cost to the recipient. Conley's Drug Store can offer either the Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 12+) or the Johnson&Johnson (Age 18+).
The Greater Cape Ann Community Collaborative (GCACC) Offers Regular Vaccination Clinics Throughout the Area
The GCACC serves the 5 Greater Cape Ann communities, including Boxford, Hamilton, Middleton, Topsfield and Wenham. Vaccines are free to all Massachusetts residents age 5 and above. Identification and health insurance is not required. Walk-ins will be accepted while supplies last at each clinic.
Ipswich: Our Lady of Hope rectory, 1 Pine Swamp Road, Mondays, 2-6 p.m., through the end of 2021. Register for the Pfizer vaccine here.
Essex: Town Hall Annex, 30 Martin St., from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register for a dose of the Register for Pfizer, Moderna, or Janssen (J&J) vaccine here. (No clinic will be held on Thursday, Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day.)
Rockport: Community House, 58 Broadway,
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Register for a dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or (J&J) vaccine here
New Creative County Initiative Website

The new Creative County Initiative website is user-friendly and beautiful. Over the next two months, website developers would like to collect at least 200 Artist and Organization Profiles, and populate the events page with as many live and virtual events, workshops, and opportunities as possible. Organizers plan to launch a major promotional campaign in March as they build public awareness of this amazing resource.
Essex Main Street Bridge Replacement Project Schedule

Please see below for a general timeline of the Essex bridge replacement project over the next three weeks. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
ARPA Funding Update
On December 13, the Governor signed a $4B COVID-19 spending plan to support continued recovery across key priority areas, making substantial investments in housing and homeownership, healthcare, workforce development, premium pay for essential workers and infrastructure. The funding, first proposed by the Baker-Polito Administration in June of 2021, will put to work a portion of the Commonwealth’s direct federal aid from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Read more about the bill – including its support for housing, small business, and the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund – in the press release below. 
MGCC Small Business Grants
Mass Growth Capital Corporation has matching grant funds to help eligible small businesses develop digitally. With Empower Digital, qualifying businesses will receive advisory support and funding for hiring, equipment, software, and more.
For more information about Empower Digital and Biz-M-Power grant opportunities, please visit the website below. 
Free Sign Up for Boot Camp Digital
What's the #1 reason businesses aren't getting the results they need from digital marketing? They don't have time to do it well. The #2 reason? They don't know how. At Boot Camp Digital, we have solutions.
We get it. Digital and social media marketing can feel overwhelming. There are so you could do. The businesses that use digital tools to successfully grow are focused on what they should do. They make smart decisions about what makes sense for them. And that answer isn't the same for everyone. Investing just one hour a week can take you from knowing digital is important to getting the results your business deserves.
This opportunity has been made possible by the Cape Ann Regional Grant. Contact Peter Webber at to sign up with Boot Camp Digital
Cape Ann Savings Bank is Hiring for ALL Locations

Cape Ann Savings Bank is a $850 million mutual savings bank, serving the Cape Ann Community for 175 years! In 2022, the Bank will be opening the new “Gloucester Crossing Branch” at 4 School House Road in Gloucester. “We are growing and hiring at ALL locations”. Cape Ann Savings Bank prides itself in offering its employees an excellent benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, 401(k), defined benefit plan, life insurance and more! Click below to view their current job openings.
Action Inc. is Hiring

Action Inc. has more than 70 current employees. For over 50 years, our staff has been committed to promoting social change and improving our community. Now, we are looking for dedicated individuals – who want to make a difference – to fill the positions listed below. Apply now to join our team!
Anthony & Dodge is Hiring for Tax/Accounting Professionals - Part Time/Full Time

Anthony & Dodge is a full-service, progressive public accounting firm located north of Boston.
Our firm has been providing consulting, tax, and accounting services to individuals and businesses for over thirty years. We believe in a hands-on approach which translates into an intimate knowledge of our client’s personal and business financial and tax needs. We are currently seeking a self-motivated, highly organized, team player with experience in public accounting to lead tax and accounting engagements.
GMGI: Executive Administrative Assistant

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) addresses critical challenges facing our oceans, human health and the environment through innovative scientific research and education. By bringing world-class science and transformative workforce development to Gloucester’s historic waterfront, GMGI is catalyzing the regional economy.
Iron Tree Service is Hiring for Ground Crew Members

Iron Tree Service is looking for a ground crew member to join their team. Their ground crew team members receive competitive rates commensurate with your experience. Working with Iron Tree Service is not a job; it’s a way of life. Their team is the heart of their success. They’ve become the fastest growing and highest rated professional tree service company in Massachusetts.
Rockport Housing Authority - Executive Director

The Rockport Housing Authority is seeking a qualified applicant to oversee the daily management and operation of 80 units of 667-1 elderly housing, 24 units of 705-1 family housing and 153 Section 8 HCV.
Senior Care is Hiring for Multiple Positions
Senior Care offers ongoing training, supportive supervision, great team relations and a sense of challenging, worthwhile work within the local communities they serve. This position is an important part of an Agency that has been in operation for over 45 years and is devoted to multiple programs supporting people’s ability to live in the setting of their choice as they age. 
Local Colors Artists' Cooperative is Looking For Artists
Exhibit your work in the gallery and enjoy being among artists where you'll find a positive, creative, and collaborative environment.
We would like to extend a big thank you to our supporting sponsors.

If you are interested in promoting with the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and sponsoring this newsletter, please contact Ken Riehl at
Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce