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COVID-19 by the Numbers
February 22, 2022

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.
Economic Outlook Breakfast 
Tuesday, March 1 | 7:30 AM 
Cake Ann | 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester 
$10 Members | $20 Non-Members 

The Chamber's Economic Outlook Breakfast is core to our mission to help grow the local economy, and has been held annually for over 30 years. Join us with housing expert and award-winning Realtor and business owner Cynthia Nina-Soto, as we discuss how accessible housing is key to job creation, business development, stabilized neighborhoods, and overall economic prosperity.

Ms. Nina-Soto, 2020 Board President at North Shore REALTORS ® is a staunch advocate for affordable housing and a board member for Harborlight Community Partners.
Coffee & Connections 
Virtual Networking Event 
Thursday, March 3 | 9 - 10 AM 
Occurring on the first Thursday of the month at 9am, the Greater Cape Ann Chamber hosts Coffee & Connections, a virtual networking event! We will continue holding these via zoom so that anyone may join us from anywhere. Meet new people, expand your business connections and stay in touch with friends and colleagues. 
Annual Celebration
Thursday, March 10 | 6 PM
Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

Celebrate our 100th year with us! 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 on Thursday, March 10. Tickets are going fast so sign-up today!
Sponsorships are still available for the Annual Celebration. Please see the link below for a summary of sponsorship opportunities. Contact Sara at for more information
Winter Birding Speaker Series 
Free Events | Tours, Presentations, and Professional Guides 

Saturday, February 26 | 9 AM POSTPONED
Blue Shutters Beachside Inn, Gloucester
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

On 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! Contact the Chamber today to purchase your lucky ticket!

Don’t forget to RSVP if you plan to attend the drawing! 
Get Involved and Make a Difference!

Getting involved with any of our committees will grow your connections and support important aspects of work and our community. The Greater Cape Ann Chamber offers you a range of opportunities to share your expertise and enthusiasm with the community. Build your business relationships as we work together to help our community prosper. 
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.
Cynthia Curtis Pottery Now Accepting Registrations for the Next 9 Week Session

In addition to making her own pottery, Cynthia offers pottery classes and is grateful for the over 1,400 students of all skill levels that have found their way to share the warm and bright pottery studio. Students work at their own pace with an instructor available for guidance as needed. Classes are held in a fun, relaxed environment. Laughing and breathing encouraged!
2022 Garden Program Applications Now Open - Backyard Growers

Backyard Growers is now accepting 2022 garden applications. Every year, Backyard Growers connects hundreds of Cape Ann residents with the resources to grow their own food in community gardens, backyard gardens, and container gardens. Interested parties can visit to learn more and apply, or call 978-281-0480 for assistance filling out an application.
Apartments that are Workforce/Essential Worker Focused, offered by Harborlight Community Partners

March 1st Deadline! Employees may be surprised they qualify for this new construction, affordable rental opportunity! Please share with employees/friends/colleagues – anyone who may benefit from stable, below-market rent (utilities included).
The Residence at Riverbend is Collecting Pet Supply Donations
Now Through February 28

The Residence at Riverbend is asking for pet supply donations to benefit the Ipswich Humane Group and Dawgs Fight Back Rescue. Swing by 149 County Road in Ipswich and drop off donations in their lobby.
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+!
Seven South Street Bed & Breakfast in Rockport is Closing After 22 Years in Business

From Debbie & Nick Benn - Good Day to our friends and former guests. It is with a heavy heart but spring in our step that we are announcing the closure of the Seven South Street Inn, Bed and Breakfast. It has been our pleasure to welcome you all into our 1766 Colonial home for the past 22 years. Running the Inn has been an experience of a lifetime and we have met and become friends with so many of you.
Clicquot in the Snow Returns to the Beauport Hotel, Gloucester
Friday, February 25 | 7 - 11 PM

No need for mountain travel, or skis! Dress in your winter best and gather friends for another fun evening in the Beauport Lobby, this time transformed into a stylish "apres-ski" chalet-like Champagne Lounge - for one night only! Sip on Veuve Clicquot Brut or Rosé, available by the bottle and glass, and groove to upbeat sounds by the award-winning Jimmie Espo of 617 Weddings & Events! Enjoy a gourmet light menu featuring shellfish towers, caviar, savory bites, sweets and more.
Family Maple Syruping Workshop
Saturday, February 26 | 10 AM - 12 PM
Appleton Farms, Ipswich

Try your hand at maple sugaring at Appleton Farms! Join for a fun, hands-on workshop that kids and adults will love. After exploring our maple sugaring tools, use our hand drill to practice tapping a tree! Go through the whole process from maple sugar tree ID to boiling sap, and we’ll be sure to play along the way. Appleton Farm's knowledgable educator will answer your questions so you can be a sugar maker at home. We’ll finish up with a story– and, of course, a maple syrup sample!
Creative Career Fair
Wednesday, March 2 | 3 - 5 PM
27 Pleasant St, Gloucester

Join the Cape Ann Museum's Teen Arts Council to learn about a variety of creative career paths, including careers at cultural institutions like the Cape Ann Museum, artistic careers represented by artists in CAM’s collection, and careers in the trades that build the world we live in.
Rockport Music Presents Rickie Lee Jones
Saturday, March 5 | 8 - 10 PM

Working in the sweet spot between folk, jazz and pop since the late 70’s with hits like “Chuck E.’s in Love,” Rickie Lee Jones remains an artist of boundless curiosity with a sophisticated cool sensibility. Ever since her debut, Jones has created music that consistently defies easy categorization, an aesthetic she writes about in her brand new memoir, Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour.
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. He will also discuss his newest book, including how caregivers can manage issues with memory, language, vision, behavior, driving, incontinence, sleep, and more.
Theatre in the Great House: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
March 11 - 13 & 17 - 20 | Showtimes Vary
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich

Castle Hill Productions presents Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. Arcadia is set both in 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. Stoppard’s comedic masterpiece moves smoothly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits- the attraction Newton left out.
Greater Cape Ann Chamber Members get 20% Off Their Order at Little Red Rooster
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester

Little Red Rooster is offering a 20% discount to all Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce members! Little Red Rooster has an amazing
customizable signature fried chicken sandwich, specialty sandwiches, buckets of chicken, creative sides & more!

Walk in or order in advance through Chow Now using the discount code CHAMBER. Promotion valid February 24 - March 2.
Winter Intersession Meeting Special

Misselwood is ready to ring in the new year with an amazing limited-time special! Take your team out of the office and join us on campus.
Book your corporate meeting during our semester intersession dates and receive 50% off the facility rental. Call 978-232-2128 or email to start planning your meeting today.
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 at if you need assistance
Enterprise Center Programming 
Are You Innovating? 
Wednesday, March 2 | 9 - 10 AM 

As a small or medium sized business owner, it is challenging enough to meet the day-to-day requirements for running your business. Increasingly it is becoming more difficult to achieve your business goals, keep up with ever changing technology and stay ahead of the hiring curve.

Please join the Enterprise Center and Stephen Webster of Wellfleet Enterprises, Inc. for this one-hour interactive workshop webinar. The workshop webinar will include a question-and-answer segment.
Eligibility Forms for the 2022 Round of Community Preservation Act Funding are Now Available through March 8

The City of Gloucester is now accepting applications for the 2022 Community Preservation Act (CPA) round of funding. Eligibility forms must be submitted by March 8, with full applications due May 3. CPA funds can be used for:

·Acquire, create, and preserve open space; and rehabilitate and restore open space if acquired or created with CPA funds
·Acquire, preserve, rehabilitate, and restore historic resources
·Acquire, create, and preserve land for recreation use; and rehabilitate and restore land for recreational use
·Acquire, create, preserve, and support community housing; and rehabilitate and restore community housing acquired or created with CPA funds
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.
Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Applications Now Available

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage), in keeping with its long tradition of supporting the region’s unique cultural heritage, announced the start of the 2022 Partnership Grant program cycle, now through February 25. Over the next year, the 12 grant recipients will be working to implement a diverse range of educational, interpretive, accessibility and preservation projects throughout Boston’s North Shore and the Merrimack Valley. Any eligible organization is encouraged to apply, the application process has been designed with simplicity in mind and most applications take less than an hour to complete.
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.
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. 
Employee Notice Regarding Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave law requires employers to provide up to one week of paid sick leave to employees who need leave for a covered COVID-19 related reason. Read the full update 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.

Ipswich | Mondays from 2 - 6 PM
Our Lady of Hope Rectory

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
Maintenance Mechanic
Position Available
Cape Ann Savings Bank is Hiring for ALL Locations 
Don Gorvett Gallery + Studio, Seeking a Printmaking Assistant Part Time
Schooner Adventure is Hiring for an Executive Director 
Operations and Coordinator 
Gloucester Education Foundation 
Artists Wanted at Local Colors Artists' Cooperative 
Wellspring is Looking for an Annual Fund & Donor Services Manager
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