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COVID-19 by the Numbers
March 8, 2022

As the COVID-19 rates continue to decline, this will be our final update. Please click on the button below for our weekly snapshot of national, state, county and city/town data.

For additional information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the "COVID-19 Updates" section below.
Sold Out! Annual Celebration
Thursday, March 10 | 6 PM
Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

This Thursday, we will be celebrating our 100th year! We’re safely gathering 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.
Sponsorships are still available for the Annual Celebration. Please see the link below for a summary of sponsorship opportunities.
Winter Birding Speaker Series 
Free Events | Tours, Presentations, and Professional Guides 
Friday, March 11 | 5 PM
Beauport Hotel, Gloucester
Sunday, March 13 | 9 AM
East Gloucester
Saturday, April 30 | 8 AM
Emerson Inn, Rockport
23rd Annual Irish Sweepstakes
Thursday, March, 17 | 5 - 7 PM
The Mansion at the Hellenic Center
117 County Road, Ipswich

Next Thursday, March 17, the community of greater Cape Ann will come together once more to try their luck in our Irish Sweepstakes. 12 lucky leprechauns will win a "pot of gold", ranging from $500 - $10,000! If you'd like a ticket, please contact the chamber today to be put on a waitlist.

Thank you to our sponsors: Anthony & Dodge P.C., SeniorCare Inc., Seashore Comfort Solutions, McWalter Volunteer Insurance Agency
Save the Date!
The First Annual Wellfest
A Greater Cape Ann Community
Wellness Fair
Sunday, May 15 | 11 AM - 2 PM
Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA

This event will showcase the Cape Ann region's broad range of health and wellness services. From yoga and massage to general health screenings and resources, this event will provide something for people of all ages! The event will also include a Blood Drive with the Red Cross.

Thank you to our sponsors: Addison Gilbert Hospital, Beauport Hearing Care
Grand Banks Building Products is Collecting Donations to Help Ukrainian Refugees

Help support the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees who have lost their homes in the face of war. A Grand Banks colleague in Poland is involved with Humanosh and organizing aid for the refugees. The donations received will go towards buying supplies for the refugees: food, clothing, diapers, and first aid. Together, we can help.
DECA Looking for Judges for State Competition this Friday

The Massachusetts DECA State Conference event will take place at the Boston Marriott Copley on Friday, March 11. The state conference is an all-day event requiring you to be at the Marriott Copley no later than 7:30 AM and with a departure of approximately 4 PM that day. Breakfast, lunch and free parking will be included.
Manufacturing Marvels® makes a visit to Anchor Seal

Anchor Seal in Gloucester is a family-owned manufacturer that has been in business for 40 years, but do you know what happens there? Check out Anchor Seal's feature on Manufacturing Marvels to get a glimpse behind the scenes at the work that happens there and the products that wouldn't be possible without them.
Donate to the Art for Equity Book Fund

For the second year, Art for Equity is raising money to purchase books by POC and queer authors for classrooms across the Gloucester Public School District! They've done tons of research and worked with faculty to choose titles - now they need your help to get them to students!
RIW Litigation Team Argues Three Appeals in One Week

RIW’s Litigation Team, led by Chair Bradley Croft, argued three separate appeals – two before the Appeals Court and one before the Supreme Judicial Court – during a single week earlier this month.
Wellspring is Looking for Young Professional Career Wear Donations to their Awesome Closet

Wellspring could use your help to fill the Awesome Closet with gently worn career wear for our students' upcoming interviews and job placements. Please call or drop Mary Hardwick a line at 978-281-3558 ext. 300 or and let her know how you can help!
Kay Ellis Memorial Scholarship is Looking for Applicants

The Kay Ellis Memorial Scholarship is looking for applicants to award scholarships in 2022. Over $34,000 in scholarships has been given to students pursuing secondary education in travel and tourism. Applications are being accepted now through April 30. Visit the website below to apply.
BONS 2022 Readers' Choice Voting is Open Now through May 1!

Select your favorite places on the North Shore of Boston to dine, renew, shop, and play. Vote in one subcategory or all 140+!
Seaport Grille's 13th Anniversary
Tuesday, March 8 - Thursday, March 10

Join Seaport Grille this week - Tuesday, March 8 - Thursday, March 10 - for their 13th Anniversary!
Seaport Grille will be celebrating with menu specials, giveaways and prizes, beer and cocktail flights, live music and more. Roll the dice at your table to get a special dining deal - whatever number you roll, you'll get lucky!
Backyard Growers Present a Virtual Workshop: How to Start Seeds Indoors
Tuesday, March 8 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

In this online workshop, Backyard Growers will guide you through the process of starting your own vegetable seeds indoors, including a materials list, dos and don’ts, and a live Q&A.

This workshop is FREE for Backyard Growers Program participants (e.g. Community Garden, Backyard Garden, GrowBag Garden Programs)
$15 general admission
Rocky Neck Now 2022: The Annual Members' Show - Part 2
March 10 - April 10 | 12 - 5 PM

Part 2 of ROCKY NECK NOW 2022, the highly anticipated annual members show, continues the 2022 exhibition season at the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC). This two-part show shares a common theme: New Directions. The work demonstrates members’ creative processes that inspire risk taking, change and growth.
Making the Most of Your Medical Appointments Webinar
Thursday, March 10 | 1 - 2 PM

This webinar will provide tips to make the most out of your next medical appointment. The more prepared you are, the more likely you will be to discuss the issues that are most important to you and leave with a plan in place.
Steps to Managing Memory, Alzheimer's Disease, & Dementia with Dr. Andrew Budson
Thursday, March 10 | 5:30 - 7 PM

Sawyer Free Library to host Dr. Andrew Budson as a part of its educational series Of Sound Mind: A Series on Dementia. Based on his award-winning book, Dr. Andrew Budson will explain how individuals can distinguish changes in memory due to Alzheimer's versus normal aging, what medications, diets, and exercise regimes can help, and the best habits, strategies, and memory aids to use, in seven simple steps.
Rockport Music Presents Vincent Peirani & Emile Parisien
Friday, March 18 | 8 PM

Two of France’s most revered young jazz artists, accordionist Vincent Peirani and saxophonist Émile Parisien, join forces for an incredible evening of jazz, chanson and tango. The duo, both award-winning stars in their own right, are touring off the release of their new tango-inspired record Abrazo.
Maple Breakfast at Appleton Farms
Weekends in March | 10 AM - 12 PM

Join Appleton Farms on weekends in March for a special menu of breakfast items made with or accompanied by their own maple syrup from the maple trees at Appleton Farms. Their Culinary Programs Team, led by Jess Wagoner, will create a delicious assortment of items which will incorporate our delicious maple syrup. It doesn’t get any more local or any more delicious than this.
Protection: Abstract Art Exhibit at Hammond Castle Museum
March 19 - 30 | 10 AM - 4 PM

Contemporary artist and Montserrat College of Art Alumni, Sarah Dineen has amassed an army of painted helmets, shields, tubes, and microphone-trees lining the Great Hall of Hammond Castle Museum. Working in multiples to magnify the uncanny human and industrial presence of each form, she uses abstraction to suggest familiarity while leaving open to the viewer the possibilities of their own imagination.
Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum Presents: Frame Up to Fit Out 
Tuesday, March 22 | 7 - 8 PM

Join National Heritage Fellow Harold Burnham, and his Apprentice KD Montgomery (Dench) for an update on their progress for the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship. After a hiatus for the summer sailing season, Harold & KD are back working on the rehabilitation of Sylvina W. Beal, the return home of Schooner Isabella, and all manner of shipyard nonsense.
Book a Virtual Tour, get One Hour of Free Post-Production ($100 Value)

Are you a boutique, an art gallery, an event venue or are you just looking to take your business's virtual accessibility to the next level? Virtual Tours aren't just for real estate! As a Greater Cape Ann Chamber member, book a virtual tour with VRtical Media and get an hour of post-production ($100 value) towards your first virtual tour.
Misselwood Events Corporate Outing Special

Sign your contract between March 1 and May 31 and receive special rates on entertainment, photography, and photo booths for your next corporate outing. Misselwood has reached out to two of our vendors and they have agreed to give our clients special rates on a variety of services to enhance your event. PLUS all corporate outings that book a hosted open bar will receive the option to have a featured cocktail for one hour during the event at no additional charge.
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!

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Russia Sanctions & Export
Controls Update
Wednesday, March 16 | 12 - 1:30 PM

This webinar will discuss the new sanctions and export controls targeting Russia and will also address ongoing implementation of list-based sanctions as they relate to Russia, including rules for compliance. The webinar will also address Russian sectoral sanctions, controls on foreign produced items incorporating U.S. technology, end use and end user restrictions, and more. Finally, the webinar will also provide guidance on screening and due diligence best practices, as well as contingency planning for U.S. firms doing business in Russia.
The Essential Steps In Starting A Business
Tuesday, March 22 | 9 AM

Starting a new business? Learn the essential steps in starting a new business, the key elements of a business plan and financial forecasting needed to manage and grow your business.
Business Planning, the Simpler Way
Wednesday, March 24 | 12 PM

Creating a business plan can seem like a daunting exercise. This is especially true for those running a small business, which can be an all-consuming undertaking. But it helps to have a plan. This workshop will explore a simplified means of business and strategic planning through the use of the Business Model Canvas. Participants will leave with a practical knowledge of the essential business elements/essential activities to increase revenues and manage costs for their particular business.
LEAP for Education’s Summer Internship 

LEAP is now recruiting employers and
community members! Be a “Career Mentor” and virtually advise a youth/young adult summer intern in a six-week project-based remote learning experience.
Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Now Available Through the USPS

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:
  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January
Click the link below, and complete the form to place your order. No credit card information is required.
Gloucester COVID-19 Testing Site at Stage Fort Park
PCR testing site has opened in the Stage Fort Park parking lot. Testing is no longer by appointment only, and walk ins are accepted 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday – Saturday. If you would like to make an appointment, click the link below. 
Conley's Drug Store in Ipswich is Now Offering Vaccinations at Their New Offsite Clinic 

Conley's Drug Store is no longer offering in-store vaccinations. Please go to their new clinic located at 79 Turnpike Road in Ipswich. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 10 AM - 5 PM. Conley's also sells at home antigen tests, KN95 masks, and other protective equipment.
Vaccination Clinics Available Throughout the Greater Cape Ann Region 

Identification and health insurance are not required. Walk-ins will be accepted while supplies last at each clinic.

Essex | Thursdays from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Town Hall Annex

Rockport | Saturdays from 10 AM-Noon
Community House
Allen's Pharmacy in Manchester Has RT-PCR Test Appointments Available

Located at 40 Beach Street in Manchester, Allen's Pharmacy has RT-PCR test appointments available this week. Their RT-PCR test device offers a runtime of 30 minutes which allows them to provide you with same day results. RT-PCR tests are considered the "gold-standard" of COVID-19 testing. This molecular test is administered using an anterior nasal swab to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material or RNA.
Gloucester Housing Authority is Hiring for a Life Coach/Caseworker
Cape Ann Savings Bank is Hiring for ALL Locations 
Schooner Adventure is Hiring for an Executive Director 
Operations and Coordinator 
Gloucester Education Foundation 
Artists Wanted at Local Colors Artists' Cooperative 
Line Cooks Wanted at Happy Humpback Cafe
Positions Available at Works by Jesse DeBenedictis 
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