Check Out- “Leash-law options on table tonight” By James Niedzinski

At The Gloucester Daily Times site
Leash-law options on table tonight By James Niedzinski

The fur may very well fly tonight at City Hall.

A proposed new dog ordinance, which may allow dogs to frolic leash free on city beaches, while also raising fines for owners who fail to pick up their dogs’ calling cards, will be up for a public hearing before Gloucester’s full City Council, a week after a council subcommittee passed a set of proposed changes without a recommendation to either approve or turn aside.

If the new ordinance gets approval from the City Council, the first offense for failing to pick up after a pooch is $50, and any subsequent offense is $100.

While dogs are allowed on city beaches during the fall and winter months, the City Council is also being presented with two off-leash options from an ad-hoc committee that began studying the city’s roughly 40-year-old ordinance last November.

The first option is to allow…

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Announcing the 2014 Citizenship Award Winners Including Some Of Our Own!!! WOOT WOOT! CONGRATS!!!!


On Sunday, May 4, the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church will present Citizenship Awards to ten dedicated citizens (and one dog) for their selfless volunteer efforts on behalf of our city.

This year’s awardees will be Donna Ardizzoni, for her One Hour at a Time weekly cleanup efforts; Jim Flint, for spearheading the renovation and renewal of the Lanesville Community Center; Martin Krugman, for leading the restoration of the schooner Adventure; John McElhenny, for improvements to Burnham’s Field; Barry McKay, for his volunteer work at the Rose Baker Senior Center; Joe Novello, for helming the annual St. Peter’s Fiesta and keeping other traditions alive; Linn Parisi, for attracting tourism through Discover Gloucester; Maggie Rosa, for her work with the Gloucester Education Foundation and the preservation of City Hall; Terry Sands, for 23 years of musical theater productions at the Annisquam Village Players; and Ann Straccia and her rescue beagle, Ellie, for providing support and companionship to homeless people at the Grace Center.

The winners were nominated not just by members of the church but by individuals and organizations throughout the city. The final decision was made by the church’s Social Justice Committee. Many winners have no idea who nominated them and will not find out until they arrive at the ceremony.

The ceremony, which is informal, begins at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary at the corner of Church and Middle Streets, with a reception downstairs in the church vestry to follow. Both floors are handicapped accessible. The event is open to all free of charge; freewill donations will be gratefully accepted. Sponsors of the program include Rockport National Bank, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Santander Bank, Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shop, The Dress Code, MAC Fitness, BankGloucester, and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Donna Ardizzoni

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John McElhenny

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Joe Novello

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Ann Straccia

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Martin Krugman

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Jim Flint

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Terry Sands

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Maggie Rosa

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Linn Parisi

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Tuesday April 22nd , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast…
Tue S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Tue Night S winds 15 to 20 kt…becoming SW 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Areas of fog. A chance of showers. Vsby 1 nm or less.

Tuesday Forecast : Partly sunny with increasing clouds through out the day highs generally in the lower 60′s with slightly cooler sea breezes at the shore .. Winds light out of the south , south east at 10-15mph … Tuesday Night chance of showers and a few thunderstorms after 9 pm or so lows in the mid to upper 40°s…winds south at 10-12mph …
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GMG weatherman
Peter Lovasco

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Mass Motion Dance At The MAC


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Lanes Cove and Halibut Point From Mary Barker

Hi Joey,

I spent some time walking around Halibut Point and Lanesville recently. Despite the ice still left on some of the smaller more shaded ponds and the trees still dressed in their winter browns and grays, the sight of the ducks sunning on the rocks, the magnificent blues of the sky and water, and the gorgeous rock formations – natural and carved – helped me shed the winter doldrums. Here are a few photos.

Mary Barker

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Floor in The Art Room-

Kate Seidman submits-
I just spent the last two weeks painting the floor in The Art Room- I felt like Tom Sawyer because before I was finished others wanted to join in and have fun too- thanks: Judy, Loren and Stella.
What a great crew! The floor is done but now I have to finish the rest of my renovations. Hoping to be open by May 1st. Stay tuned….
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Kate and Stella painting The Art Room Floor…

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Antennae for Design: Native Flowering Dogwood

white dogwood cornus florida © Kim Smith 2013Currently I am working like mad on design projects, both creating new gardens and organizing existing gardens. Along with butterfly and pollinator gardens, I design many different types of gardens, including fragrant gardens, night gardens, children’s gardens, and seaside gardens. One of my favorite aspects of the design process is creating the horticultural master plan, which is typically done simultaneously after discussing with the client their needs, hopes, and aspirations for their garden, and when working on the plan drawings.

While working on planting plans, I thought our GMG readers would benefit from suggested plantings and illustrated design tips. I started this series awhile back and called it Antennae for Design, and still like that name.

Cornus florida rubra @ Kim Smith 2012 copy

In designing gardens the first step is always creating the framework and trees comprise a major component in establishing the framework, or bones, of a garden. Trees provide a welcome sense of shelter with the shifting light and shadows filtering through the ever-changing ceiling. Fragrance, flowers, the shelter they provide, form, and texture of the leaves are not the only attributes of a tree garden. During the winter months there is the elegant beauty of pure line, the beauty of the branch.

Cornus florida rubra pink dowood © Kim Smith 2012 copyFor a multitude of reasons, one of my top choices when planting a tree-garden is our stunning native American dogwood (Cornus florida), both white and pink flowering forms. The fresh beauty of its spring blossoms, horizontal level branches, myriad pollinators attracted to the tiny florets, and the elegance of its bare limbs in winter are just some of the reasons why I love this tree! For a night garden especially, the white flower bracts are especially luminous in the moonlight. And, the American dogwood is also a larval food plant for the diminutive Spring Azure butterfly’s caterpillar!

white dogwood cornus florida ©kim Smith 2013 copy

 Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Notes from a Gloucester Garden is available at my publisher’s website, click here.

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Yep, We Ran It ;)

Nikki submits-

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Tidal Creek at Good Harbor Beach


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Stream heading toward Clark Pond

April 16, 2014 stream in Coolridge

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Here and Now – Rocky Neck Art Colony Spring Show

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Opening Reception, Saturday, April 26 from 4-6:00 PM.  Show dates: April 24-May 11, open Thursday – Sunday from 12-4:00 PM.  Spring has sprung on Rocky Neck!

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Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore Spring concert “Songs of Love and Friendship” at Shalin Liu – Friday May 2

The Honors Youth Choir will   perform songs of love and friendship including selections from early opera, sentimental favorites, revolutionary war songs, humorous songs and even a little doo-wop.  The concert will be a walk down memory lane with songs that cover the gamut of love and friendship.

Sunny says the youth have been working very hard to prepare for this concert and are looking forward to presenting an evening of fun, sentiment and beauty.

Youth in the Concert: 
Rockport:  Emily Dailey,  Sarah Palmer,  Sophie Shwartzer,  Katrina Tuck
Gloucester:  Lucas Brisbois,  Lucia DiMeo,  Olivia Francis,  Moriah Murphy-Thornley,  Shannon Murphy-Thornley,  Kayla Saltonstall,  Isabel White,  Silas White,  Rachel Wolfe
Essex:  Anna Newkill
Manchester:  Naomi Franklin,  Madelaine Potter,  Sarah Potter,  Tori Potter
Ipswich:  Taeko Abuza,  Bailey Amazeen,  Regan Amazeen,  Elsa Anderson,  Marina Beauvois,  Elijah Bergner,  Isaac Bergner,  Nicole Brouillette,  Daniel Buletza,              Teaghan Duff,  Maggie Gould,  Myles Kercher,  Rachel McCatty,  Fiona O’Connell,  Erica Prisby
Wenham:  Shayne Bower
Boxford:  Emma Vitale
South Hamilton:  Ellie Greer
Rowley:  Emily Beckingham,  Alice Thornton
Georgetown:  Grace McGrail,  Laura Tarr
Newburyport:  Isabelle Bacon,  Anna Moreland
North Andover:  Breanna McCarragher
Marblehead:  Iryna Polunia


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April Vacation Activities


April Vacation is here….and not a moment too soon if you ask me!!!

I made a crazy, long list of activities to do with children over February Vacation.

See here.

While several of those activities focused on ice skating, tubing, or winter weather activities, many did not.

For this week’s April school vacation, I am going to start my list of activities by focusing on a few “stay-cations”…, either kind of long day trips, or quick over night getaways.  Please, though, if you’re looking for more local activities, go back and check out February’s post for some awesome museums, indoor climbing, trampolining, etc.  They all still apply as great things to do…some of the shows/exhibits offered may have changed, but the places are all still awesome!

Some of those choices were The Charlestown Navy Yard:

The Larz Anderson Museum (to see some pretty rad cars):

The Seacoast Science Center, NH

The awesome smartphone based scavenger hunt in Boston called Stray Boots

Some serious trampolining at SkyZone

And some mad rock climbing at MetroRock

Disclaimer:  I’m not going to lie…most of my suggestions for this April Vacation post would be a wee bit better if the weather was warmer, but if this is your one week off for some FFF (forced family fun) then you may want to buck up and make some plans.

The first must do is in Nashua, NH.   So, not too much of a hike…but a solid day trip.  At SkyVenture New Hampshire you can do indoor sky diving, climb the giant rock wall, brave their awesome Fishpipe water slide or catch a wave in the Surfs Up indoor pool!  So cool!!

Second on the list is an all-time favorite of the Schrafft family.  The Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.  My boys are literally counting the days until they are tall enough to chill with amazingly incredible beluga whales!!!!

Mystic is just over a 2 hour drive.  Not bad….other than the yucky part of driving through Providence.  For the record, I have nothing against Providence, but I’m kind of a horrible back seat driver and the stretch of highway through Providence (and Quincy, Ma) for that matter, brings out the worst of my door grabbing and fake break slamming.

This aquarium is really something special.  Small, but not too small.  Some really decent marine life (including the only beluga whales I’ve ever seen), several outdoor exhibits, a great opportunity to hand-feed the little rays, a bird aviary where the birds literally land on your hand/arm/shoulder to eat, a sea lion show, tons of crazy-adorable penguins (which you can sign up to spend some quality time with….not like that…that’d be weird) and a state-of-the-art indoor aquarium too.

We usually stay at the Hyatt Place.  Modern, nicely appointed rooms…super clean.  A small outdoor pool is a bonus along with a pretty decent free breakfast before heading off to the aquarium.  Reasonably priced too…otherwise we wouldn’t be there!!

Banging in at third is actually a repeat.  Forgive me if you actually went back and checked out February’s post, because this was on it, but I didn’t elaborate too much on how truly cool it is!  The Roger William’s Zoo in Providence is truly perfect.  I have only been there once, but plan on making it a frequent day trip from here on out.  It was spotless and so beautifully manicured.  The animals have fantastic habitats and it seemed to me as if there was a zoo volunteer around every corner!  Only about 1.5 hours away….totally worth it.  “A great take”…as Joey would say.  We seriously watched the river otter for 30 minutes easy…never mind some of the amazing larger animals!  AND…April vacation week happens to be Fairy House week.  You can explore the botanical gardens to hunt for Fairy Houses.  The week concludes with the Fairy Festival!

Fourth in line is definitely an overnight trip.  If all goes as planned, we’ll be hitting the road for this little getaway sometime next week…or one spring weekend.   One word. Portland.  Other than being super pretty and home to great shops, outlets,  and restaurants, top on our list of things to do while there are:  1.  Catch a Portland Sea Dogs’ Game at Hadlock Field (home games towards the end of vacation week).  Super reasonable prices and small venue make seeing this Red Sox affiliate team a no-brainer     2.  The Main Wildlife Park  Again, crazy cheap…and crazy cool if you have nature lovers like my boys!  3. Hop on the ferry and spend some time on Peaks Island.  The island can be walked in shortly over an hour or biked in less than 30 minutes…depending on the biker (obviously).  Pack a picnic..grab an ice cream…enjoy the short scenic ferry ride.

For some other destinations…some closer than others…check out Discover New England’s list of best day trips from Boston here:

For a shorter day, but not your average trip to the movies or bowling alley, head to Fenway Park.  Not for a game….although CLEARLY that is a great option too…but for a tour.  If you’ve never had a tour you are missing out.  I think one of the best things about the tour is that you have the opportunity to be within those magical walls of Fenway without thousands of other fans.  I’ve said this before, but one of my favorite times to be in the ballpark is when it is empty.  Corny, I know, but the sense of reverence can take your breath away.

And, while in Boston, the opening day for the Swan Boats in the Boston Commons was on Saturday, April 19th!!

The Wheelock Family Theater is always a great option.  They are family friendly and it is a nice venue for kids to take in a play!  Over school vacation week they are offering performances of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

The Arnold Arboretum is gorgeous!  It is a must see if you’re into botany…or not.  The last time I went I went to their website first and made a little booklet of trees and flowers for my children to hunt for during our visit.

ALWAYS check out the many, many properties belonging to the Trustees of the Reservation AND/OR the Massachusetts Audubon .  So many great ways to spend the day!!  With the weather getting a little warmer many of these are such a great way to spend  1/2 a day.

Some of my favorites are Drumlin Farm, Joppa Flats, obviously Ipswich River, and even the very close Long Hill Farm in Beverly.

If you’re like me, yard work is top of the list of this week’s activities too.  No matter what you do this week, enjoy!  Please feel free to add to this list by including activities that you are planning on doing in the comment section!!  We are all always looking for new ideas!!!


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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote of the week From Greg Bover

April 18, 2014

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.

If we treat people as they ought to be,

We help them become what they are capable of becoming.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  (1749-1832)


Often cited as the one of the most brilliant men of his time and the best writer in the German language, Goethe excelled in literature, philosophy and science. Although best known for his seminal poem “Faust,” which tells the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil, Goethe also made significant contributions to the theories of both evolution and the perception of color. He did important work in botany and meteorology while simultaneously heading the Weimar Theatre.  Politically conservative in an age of revolution, he was a principal advisor to the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar.  Goethe’s effect on early Romanticism and Humanism is hard to overstate.   Hesse, Nietzsche, Freud and Jung all cite his influence. His poetry was set to music by Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Schumann, Wagner, and Brahms. The botanical park and the Ducal Palace that Goethe helped to design are today a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Greg Bover

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Happy Peter Scola Making Sicilian “Cannateddi” Easter Egg Cookies!


 This weeks GMG Cook is Happy Peter Scola! 

Peters mother Grace Moceri-Scola captured this priceless moment in time for her parents living in Florida.  I’m sure this video of “Happy Peter” enjoying every minute of this years annual Sicilian Easter baking tradition will make Grandparent’s Carlo and Mary Ann Moceri feeling “Happy Too!”


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Gloucester strong

Art Haven. Come on down to help

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Artists have unique brain structure

Artists have unique brain structure

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