SEACOAST NEWS January 2016

Thank you Friends of Seacoast for your commitment, kindness, generosity and support!

The Friends of Seacoast have provided the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with a year worth of wonderful events in 2015 including:

Lunch trips at the Gloucester House, The Azorean, The Seaport Grill and the Village Restaurant.
Monthly dinner theater with entertainment and foods from local restaurants.
Visits by Barn Babies with Baby Farm Animals.
Weekly concerts with superb entertainers including The Honky Tonk Women, The Sugar Tones and the famous singing State Trooper
Sgt. Dan Clark.

The Friends of Seacoast provided each resident with a gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Christmas.

We are looking forward to many upcoming events with the support of the Friends of Seacoast in 2016 and we are grateful to all those who contribute to the Friends of Seacoast.

The next Friends of Seacoast meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12th @ 5:00PM at Bank Gloucester. New Members Welcome!

Also many thanks to all the Christmas Carolers who contributed in bringing cheer to the facility this holiday season including the Annisquam Nursery School, The Brownie Troop, Majestic Harbor School & W. Parish School 2nd graders, Eastern Point School, the O’Mally School, Bob Wynott and Friends, The town of Rockport Christmas Tree Committee and the Gloucester Fire Department Christmas Carolers. Thank you!

Cape Ann Skating Club at their Holiday Exhibition

Hi Joey!

This is a picture of the Cape Ann Skating Club at their Holiday Exhibition held on December 19. We welcome new hockey & figure skaters to join in the skating fun! Registration is now open for Hockey and Figure Skating Lessons in our winter sessions of group & private skating lessons for beginners through experienced skaters. Group lessons are held at the Talbot Rink in Gloucester on Saturdays at 1pm and Tuesdays at 6pm. At the Johnson Rink in Hamilton, Wednesdays at 1:30 and Tuesdays & Fridays 9:30 am & 12:30 pm classes are offered. Professional coaching staff certified by USA Hockey & US Figure Skating Associations. Badge program for hockey and figure skating skills for all ages boys & girls, tots 2 1/2 & up, teens, and adults. Many other ice times available for private & semi-private lessons. Register at the rink or see website at or call 978-546-2290 for more information.


Coach Faye


Good Morning Gloucester

99 thank yous Lisa and April❤️

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I find myself forthe second time this year sending a heartfelt thanks to the compassionate and infinitely competentemergency room staff and EMTsat Addison Gilbert Hospital. Embarrassingly, yesterday morning I fell on the rocks along the berm. The nicest personyou could ever meet, Carol, helped me to my feet and waited with me for the ambulance, taking care of me, Rosie, car, and camera until husband and son arrived.

The EMT Jeff Romeo was terrifically kind (both Jeff and the ambulance driver, whose name I did not learn, were terrific). When I asked him if he pronounces his name the same as does our Mayor, we laughed when he said no, becausehe is from New York, hisname is pronounced like the Romeo of Shakespeare fame.

So many thanks to Doctor Berger for getting my elbow back in…

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The 39th running of the Magnolia Road Race Is Next week!

Good Morning Gloucester


Hi Joey,

We are pleased to announce the 39th running of the Magnolia Road Race to benefit the Magnolia Library Center next Saturday morning. This year, the great Joe Nadeau Band featuring Sandy Peek will perform right on Lexington Ave at the finish line.

The traditional kid’s 1K Fun Run will begin at 8:30AM followed by the USATF approved 5K Road Race at 9:15 AM. The 1K Fun Run route will follow Norman Ave. to Shore Road to Hesperus Ave. to Lexington Ave. and finishing at the Library. The 5K road race map below outlines the route and streets that could be affected between 8:30AM and 10:15AM. Senator Bruce Tarr will officially start the 5K while Cape Ann Savings Bank EVP and Team Gloucester running legend Bob Gillis will kick off the 1K.

Still Time to Register To Run: It is easy to register any of the following…

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The Building Center TripleThreat Half Marathon, 5K & 1M Race Series


Hey Joey –

We’re getting close to this year’s Building Center TripleThreat Half Marathon, 5K & 1M Race Series scheduled for August 2nd.

They races have become a huge success and the event sells out every year.
We were even included in the most recent edition of Runner’s World Magazine!

Registration is filling fast but there’s still time to register.

I was hoping you could help us spread the word again this year.

Details can be found online at

Thanks so much for your help and keep up the great work with GMG!

– Rich

GFD Awarded


Last week EMS Coordinator Sander Schultz was awarded for his knowledge, experience, passion and energy that he brings to the Paul Coverdale National Acute Stroke program.  This program and its collaborative committee which Sander is a key pre-hospital partner is setting policy not only in the Commonwealth but leading the Nation in an effort to directly impact patient outcomes by improving stroke care from the time of call to 911 through discharge of the patient to their home.  Please see the attached Press Release and picture from the award ceremony.

The Department is very proud and fortunate to have Sander representing not only the Gloucester Fire Department but pre-hospital EMS care providers as a critical partner in the patient care continuum for stroke victims.   

Best regards,

Eric L. Smith

Fire Chief

City of Gloucester Fire Department 

Firefighter/EMS Coordinator Sander Schultz received the 2015 Coverdell EMS Collaborative Star Award from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). This award recognizes one EMS coordinator who has provided outstanding leadership to the Coverdell EMS Collaborative.
The Massachusetts Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program relies on shared learning to raise the quality of care for stroke patients by EMS agencies EMS Coordinator Schultz is a leader dedicated to providing exceptional care, and committed to sharing his expertise with his Coverdell EMS Collaborative colleagues.
“The Star Award was given to EMS Coordinator Schultz, is recognition of his exceptional leadership in stroke care at over many years,” said Fire Chief Eric Smith, “We’re grateful the Massachusetts Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program has provided this opportunity for Sander to share his knowledge, experience and passion with other Primary Stroke Service hospitals.”
Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth, and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes.
Knowing the key signs and symptoms of stroke and calling 9-1-1 immediately can save a life. The F.A.S.T. acronym is an easy way to remember:
• Face: Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile
• Arm: Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms
• Speech: Does the speech sound strange? Ask the person to repeat a phrase
• Time: If you observe these symptoms, call 9-1-1
For more information the Massachusetts Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry, or about FAST and the DPH stroke awareness campaign, here: .

Addison Gilbert Announces $150,000 Challenge Grant

Cardiology Suite

The Addison Gilbert Society, a division of Addison Gilbert Hospital, received a $150,000 challenge from Gloucester residents Mollie and John Byrnes, inviting the community to join them in support of the brand new Cardiology Suite that opened this past spring.

“Addison Gilbert Hospital is committed to providing our patients with expanded, high-quality cardiac care conveniently located under one roof,” said Cindy Cafasso Donaldson, Vice President, Addison Gilbert Hospital. “We are grateful to the Byrnes family for offering this challenge, as this new Cardiology Suite offers the opportunity for a transformational change in how our Cape Ann patients can access needed care. Through the Addison Gilbert Society, residents can help invest in the next generation of care right here at Addison Gilbert Hospital. ”

The Byrnes family has been utilizing the services at Addison Gilbert Hospital since John was 5-years-old when he broke his arm after he fell out of an apple tree. They continued using the hospital for their children and have always appreciated the high quality care they have received at home in Gloucester. They offered this challenge to support a cardiology unit that has been an important part of the couple’s lives.

Both John and Mollie have a history of heart disease in their family, so supporting a service that has been so critical in their lives was an easy decision.

“We are pleased to support the new Cardiology Suite at Addison Gilbert Hospital,” said Mollie and John Byrnes. “It’s so important for the community to have cardiac services close to home. We hope others in Gloucester appreciate the value of services like these and help us ensure that they remain in of our community.”

This modern cardiology suite is located adjacent to the main entrance of the hospital. The new suite has prominent visibility and expanded access, easing cardiology visits for patients and their family members. It includes two new physician offices; two well-equipped patient exam rooms; an easy-to-navigate registration area; plus a spacious, serene patient and family waiting room. By co-locating the Cardiology Suite within the walls of Addison Gilbert Hospital, patients can receive a broad continuum of cardiology services all under one roof for efficient and exceptional care.

“Here on Cape Ann, we have a population at high-risk for cardiac disease,” said Michael Arsenian, MD, cardiologist. “These patients deserve high-quality care as close to home as possible. We do not want to add to the burden of logistical challenges to weak, tired or stressed patients and their family members. This new Cardiology Suite will avoid that: Our patients will be able to receive the range of cardiology services they need — without delay and all right here at Addison Gilbert Hospital.”

The Addison Gilbert Society will be honoring John and Mollie Byrnes on July 16 at its Gloucester Harbor fundraising cruise benefiting cardiology care.

For more information or to make a gift, please contact Rebecca Imperiali at 978.236.1624 or .