Monthly Archives: April 2013

Total Power Revitalization Going On In The Middle of GTown

Has anyone else noticed the total power revitalization going on in the Middle of the City?

You suddenly have these big time community oriented businesses setting up shop and THRIVING in a neighborhood which in the past had been not feeling as much love as what is going on right now.

Let’s start with Burnham’s Field and the Community Garden as well as the recently announced a big grant to further make that inner city park even better.-

#BOOM! Gloucester wins big grant to fix up Burnham’s Field

Posted on September 27, 2012 by Joey C

Burnhams Field garden sign team

Then right behind there is Alicia and Chris DeWolfe’s Mamie’s Kitchen which holds the meetings for the Burnham’s Field group and has been bustling as a breakfast joint.  Alicia and Chris frequently invite other businesses in like Glosta Joe’s coffee and Dinner Dealer and host community dinners at Mamie’s Kitchen.

Mamie’s Kitchen Posts

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Next to Mamie’s Kitchen you have Savour Wine and Cheese and Beach Gourmet who invested a shit ton of money into the space former occupied by Connors Pharmacy.   They are holding open table meals, and if you haven’t been into that space you will be amazed at the renovation.

Behind St Ann’s Church you have our friends James and Anna Eaves at Cape Ann Giclee who decided to make central Gloucester home for their fine art reproduction company and turned their work space into a community Art Gallery opening it’s doors for artists shows and gathering of creative people to explore what is possible in digital reproduction. 

Why Having Your Digital Images Reproduced At Cape Ann Giclee Is A No-Brainer

Posted on December 12, 2012 by Joey C

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The owners of the local McDonalds spent a ton of money investing to build a beautiful McDonalds on Maplewood Ave.

More Photos From Inside and Out At The New Gloucester McDonalds From Ron Gilson

Posted on July 12, 2012 by Joey C

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Big Mike’s Bikes opens it’s doors and recently upgraded to a larger space on Maplewood Ave as well.

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Big Mike and his wife Kathleen are offering repairs and are huge into the local Bike scene.

Welcome to Big Mike’s Bikes, Gloucester, MA’s only full-service bike shop! We offer full bicycle repair services, rentals, and accessories and have pick up and drop off services available.

Big Mike’s Bikes Getting Bigger New Shop In The Works!

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Joey C

Hey Joey! Good news! After months of cramped quarters overstuffed with bikes, we moved into the space directly next door that was Miguel’s and before that, Enterprise Car Rental. So our address and everything is staying the same. How easy … Continue reading


Norm’s Auto Repair set up shop at the Former Tri-Angle Motors and is doing expert repairs.  The shop is meticulously maintained and Normand his wife are making a go of auto repair business when many smaller shops are folding.


It’s like there’s a complete power move in this Central Gloucester neighborhood of creative community minded people.

That’s not a slight in any way to the already great old school businesses that have been operating there for decades like The Yellow sub Shop or Joe Mondello The Cobbler.

But to not recognize that there is something significant going on in Central Gloucester you’d have to be deaf dumb and blind.

Kudos to all those people who are investing in making Gloucester even more dynamic than it already is (and that’s pretty damn dynamic to begin with)

Best Lobster Shacks On The North Shore « CBS Boston

Best Lobster Shacks On The North Shore « CBS Boston.

If we are talking true lobster shacks it’s Lobster Pool Hands Down.  Fire Pit.  Smores.  Unparalleled Sunsets. BYOB.  Great outdoor lawn with unspoiled views of Ipswich Bay.

I could name a bunch of great places to eat lobsters in Gloucester but none that I would consider a lobster shack type joint like a pure lobster shack like Lobster Pool.   Seaport Grille runs a ton of lobster specials  Topside Grille too but for this category they wouldn’t be eligible.

The YMCA Campaign

Living on Cape Ann we are blessed to have such a wonderful YMCA. Please listen and read their annual campaign. My daughter works at the Y and my husband and I belong to this great place. Enjoy and am sure you will recognize some of great citizens on this video.

http://www.northshoreymca.org/give-back/y-for-all/whataboutyou/cape-ann-y-for-all/

Coyotes, Red Foxes, and Lyme Disease in Massachusetts

Are Coyotes the Cause of an Increase in Lyme Disease?

Struck by the recent interest in coyotes after the fascinating video Two Coyotes Versus One Deer  by Shawn Henry was posted on GMG, I became interested in reading various studies and reports about coyotes, wolves, and foxes in Massachusetts and the Northeast. My primary interest at the onset was of concern for the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), which has seen a tremendous decline in numbers. I wondered if the presence of coyotes (Canis latrans) was negatively impacting the Red Fox. In the past, I often saw a Red Fox in the early morning hours trotting along the shoreline at Brace Cove. I wish so much that I had filmed the last one that I saw because it was a gorgeous scene; a strikingly beautiful creature so completely unaware of my presence and so at home in its realm, investigating rock and seaweed, pausing to sniff the air, and then resuming its journey. The last time I saw a Red Fox in our neighborhood was over three years ago. As I was reading about coyotes I learned the findings of some of the most recent studies indicate that because Eastern Coyotes out-compete the Red Fox, the coyotes are the cause of an increase in Lyme disease. More on that in a moment.

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The coyotes that now inhabit every region in Massachusetts are an invasive species. They are a hybrid cross species of the Western Coyote (found west of the Mississippi) and Red Wolf (Canis lupus rufus). “Researchers now believe that the Eastern Coyote is a hybridization between the Western Coyote and Red Wolf many generations ago in the upper Great Lakes region of the United States. It is theorized that as populations of the Western Coyote increased, they were forced to move east and north in search of food. As they moved into Minnesota they crossbred with Gray/Red Wolves and produced a genetically hardy animal able to sustain itself through New England winters.” (Mass Audubon)

Coyotes are not “re-populating” this region because this new species was never in our region.

Eastern Coyotes have extremely broad food habits and many factors affect the coyotes’ diet, including competition with other mammals, abundance of prey, season, and weather. In the Northeast, their diet consists of shrews, rabbits, voles, woodchucks, mice, deer, beaver, muskrat, weasels, squirrels, and carrion. And according to Mass Audubon, “They eat ground-nesting birds and their eggs, as well as reptiles and amphibians. When other prey is scarce they will eat a variety of insects including grasshoppers, beetles and cicadas. When animal matter is scarce, they will eat available fruits including apples, cherries, grapes, and strawberries.”

The rapid invasion of the alien Eastern Coyote has negatively impacted many sympatric native species, as the coyote has assumed the role of top-order predator. The coyote has fundamentally altered the existing ecosystem and various species have experienced population declines as a direct result of their role as coyote prey or from direct competition for food. “Culturally and ecologically significant species including Red Fox decline dramatically in response to increasing coyote populations. Eastern Coyote and Red Fox share many common habitat requirements and occupy overlapping niches. Through time, the larger and more resilient coyote is able to out-compete and displace resident fox populations.” (Department of Natural Resources, Maryland.)

Studies have shown repeatedly that Eastern Coyote predation on deer is minimal. Most herds can handle the coyotes. Typically coyotes have success with fawns that are 4-5 weeks old (after they have become more active and are not by the mother’s side), weakened and sickly adults, and deer separated from the herd. These targets represent approximately one or two percent of the total deer population. While coyote diet studies show consistently the use of deer for food, it does not appear that coyote limit deer population on a regional scale.

Although the population of White-tailed Deer has stabilized, Lyme disease continues to increase. In June of 2012 researchers at the University of California Santa Cruz published their findings from the study “Deer, Predators, and the Emergence of Lyme Disease.” (Taal Levi, lead author.)

The study found that once where there was an abundance of Red Foxes, there is now an abundance of Eastern Coyotes.  Even more significantly, fewer coyotes will inhabit an area once populated by more foxes. The greater number of foxes would have consumed a larger number of small tick-bearing animals, primarily White-footed Mice, Short-tailed Shrews, and Eastern Chipmunks, all of which transmit Lyme disease bacteria to ticks. It appears as though it is the Red Fox that once kept the population of these smaller rodents under control.

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Even when there is a threefold rise in deer population, study after study now shows that the strongest predictors of a current year’s risk of Lyme disease are an abundance of acorns two years previously. How does that work?

Many acorns = many healthy mice and chipmunks.

Many healthy mice and chipmunks  = many tick nymphs.

The following year when it may not be a bumper acorn crop = fewer mice.

Fewer mice and chipmunk = dogs and humans become vectors for the ticks.

While acorns don’t serve as a universal predictor because Lyme disease can be traced to forests where there are no oak trees, the data suggest that food sources and predators of small forest mammals are likely to be valuable in predicting Lyme disease risk for humans.

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To summarize, multiple studies suggest that the invasive Eastern Coyote out-competes and kills the native Red Fox population, which leads to a rise in the number of small animals particularly the White-footed Mouse and Eastern Chipmunk, which in turn leads to an increase in ticks that carry Lyme disease. The impact of the Eastern Coyote on native deer population is negligible. And, as many family’s can attest, the impact of the Eastern Coyote on populations of domestic cats and small dogs has been devastating.

Typically the excuse given for unwanted encounters with wildlife is that people are encroaching on the animal’s habitat. That simply is not the case with the Eastern Coyote. The Eastern Coyote is advancing on humans–and they like what they see; no large predators, a reluctance on the part of people to hunt and trap, and an abundance of food. The environmentally and culturally destructive chain reaction caused by the Eastern Coyote invasion is taking on added urgency as the coyote strikes closer and closer to home.

It is legal in the state of Massachusetts to shoot and kill a coyote from your home. If confronted by a coyote, make as much noise as possible, if attacked, fight back aggressively.

Images courtesy Google image search.

Rare chance to see Dennis Brennan (one of Boston’s best rockers) with Dave Sag @ Rhumb Line tonight

Dennis Brennan @ gimmesound GiveBack Benefit
TT The Bears, October 2009

The fact that Dennis Brennan isn’t a huge star proves that music business executives are clueless.  Dennis was one of the first Boston area artists to make a gimmesound profile when we launched 4 years ago this month (see it here).  The first song he uploaded was Sugar Falls (listen here) and when we heard it, the whole office jumped up and danced and all agreed,  “He’s gotta be in our very first benefit show!”  (still producing benefits)

The next October, we produced our first GiveBack benefit show at TT’s in Cambridge featuring Dennis Brennan and other Boston stars.  Here’s what James Buhrendorf had to say about Dennis at that show, “Dennis Brennan was the cool driving force of the night. Fedora, coat, black jeans and boots, slinging an upside down lefty acoustic sluiced through a Fender amp…after 40 years on the Boston/Cambridge music scene, Young Mr. Brennan still tears it up. We’re talking genuine gritty alt-roots rockers, and tear out your heart sweetness and sorrows.  … ” (see the full article here).

Here’s a short video featuring all the performers that night: Elle Gallo, Dennis Brennan, Sarah Rabdau and the Elastic Waste Band (members of Morphine with Jeremy Lyons):

Don’t miss your chance to see Dennis Brennan tonight at Rhumb Line with Dave Sag, Matt Stubbs and Chris Rivelli.  Show starts at 8pm.

Bill Kubicek Has Some Nice Things To Say

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Joey, Frankie, Ryan, Noah and Bradley From The Farm, Rick Doucette, Camp Spindrift Volunteers and all the dodge-ballers, 

Another amazing year of colored balls, outstanding fashion and questionable judgment for the common good.  You and your team put on a fantastic event and I dearly love the energy, passion and effort that goes into this epic affair.  Next Step is so honored to be the the beneficiary of the magical mayhem that was the 2013 Speedo and Bikini Dodgeball Tournament.  Your contribution will allow for over 100 hours of programming for teens and young adults battling life-threatening illness.  Thank you from all of us at Next Step.

Bill

Bill Kubicek

Founder/Executive Director

The Next Step Fund

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Community Stuff 4/5/13

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Pancake Breakfast fundraiser this Saturday for RHS DECA 

Inquiries can be made to Scott Larsen at slarsen@rpk12.org


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For more info click- www.endicott.edu/gloucester


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Tide comes in… on a new shore

You can’t keep a good tide down.

Even before the doors had closed on Time & Tide Fine Art’s downtown Ipswich gallery, the wheels were turning on the next incarnation of the popular gallery. 

A new partnership between Time & Tide’s Kristina Brendel and Post Road Framers in the Rowley Marketplace center will create a gallery within the frame shop. 

Opening April 1 with the exhibition “On a New Shore,” Brendel is preparing to curate exciting collections of original work by local fine artists. 

An opening reception will celebrate the new collaboration on Saturday, April 6 from 5-7pm.

“I’ve become more and more impressed by the depth of the talent in this area,” Brendel says. “We have artists producing work here that rivals any big city gallery. As a matter of fact, many of the artists I work with show their work in Boston, too.”

Time & Tide will present a new show each month, alternating group shows with solo and duo exhibitions. 

For more information, contact Kristina Brendel viakristina@timeandtidefineart.com or 978 238 8848.


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