Monthly Archives: April 2013

You want great food, comfortable friendly service, the best music in Naples and reasonable prices? It’s Weekend Willie’s!

Located in the Heart Of Naples we went after the beach.  The food is fantastic, the service friendly and on point. 
Must try dish- the chicken marsala.

They get everything right in a relaxed atmosphere. Never pretentious, just right for a meal with family and friends.
Highly recommended!

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Here’s Willy

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Check it out online- http://www.weekendwillies.com/

Fluid Dynamics Opening Friday, 4/12 5-9:00pm

This is going to be the photography exhibit of the season, so don’t miss it.  Charlie is an amazing photographer and James at Cape Ann Giclee has gone over and above to make his printed photos look fantastic.  Very intriguing and fascinating body of work.

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E.J. Lefavour

Before and After Scenes of Destruction at Digital Dogtown Project

ImageAlan Davis at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor last Sunday, receiving a commendation from State Senator Bruce Tarr on behalf of the Mass General Assembly

Roger LaRae Davis write,

“First, thanks for the blog last month on Alan Davis’s Digital Dogtown project.  He received his Eagle Scout award this past Sunday at the Troop 112 Court of Honor.

Just a couple of days later the Boston Globe and  Gloucester Daily Times reported on the vandalism of the Eagle Scout project in Dogtown.  Interviews of Alan appeared on the three tv network news programs, as well as WBZ radio.”
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According to the Boston Globe article, “Noel Mann, a member of Gloucester’s Open Space and Recreation Commission, said that many people in the area don’t want the Dogtown trails flooded with tourists. “[Trail guideposts] have been consistently vandalized for the last 20 years, maybe longer,” she said. “We would love to know who is doing this but nobody does.”
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Roger continues, “There has been a tremendous outpouring of community support and offers of assistance for the repair of the project, with offers of ideas, money, materials and labor.  We really hope that with all this publicity, the community can take ownership of this project, so that it becomes more than just Alan’s project, but Gloucester’s project.”

For any questions, please call Roger at 978-559-1190 or email Alan at digital.dogtown@gmail.com.

 

Jason Grow adds, “I’d like to see if our community could rally and help Alan Davis rebuild his “Digital Dogtown” project…Some money, some volunteerism, some materials donations? I’ve got a call into his father, O’Maley Middle School science teacher Roger Davis, to see what this would cost and what would be needed to help Alan replace his project. If you’d like to help out, let me know; send an email to jasongrow@comcast.net and I’ll see what, if anything, we can do. It would be terrific if we could, as a community, show the knuckleheads who did this that stupidity doesn’t win.”

IMG_2217-2One of the posts still in good condition, showing the map and QR code.

IMG_2198One post with its map and QR code ripped off.

IMG_2055Alan next to a post after it was put in place last Fall.  This post links to a web page explaining the role of the forest as a filter for the watershed feeding the city’s water supply in Babson Reservoir.  

IMG_2241This is all that is left of that post.

IMG_0994Eagle Scout Zach Schultz helping to install a post.

IMG_0947Alan next to the post near the “Spiritual Power” boulder.  This post linked to a biography of Roger Babson, the author of the motto stones in Dogtown and the Gloucester philanthropist who donated the Dogtown watershed land to the city for its reservoir.  This post is now gone, disappeared.

IMG_2051Alan (second from left) and fellow scouts of Gloucester’s Troop 112 with the post installed at Whale’s Jaw.  From left, Todd and Noah Tierney, Alan Davis, Craig Renales, and Jeb Hogan.

IMG_2189The same scene at Whale’s Jaw now, with only a stick left in the hole where the post was removed, apparently burnt.

IMG_2188Notice the burnt log and burnt grass near the hole at Whale’s Jaw.

IMG_0945A Dogtown hiker scanning the QR code from the post set at the Dogtown entrance, 45 minutes after the post was installed.

IMG_2234The post at the entrance parking area, apparently broken off by a car or truck.  The splintered remains of the post have since been removed entirely, leaving only a hole in the ground.

IMG_0517Scouts and leaders installing the last post.  This post has now been broken up.  From left, Todd Tierney, Wayne Moulton, Tyrell Moulton, Roger Davis (holding the post), Alan Davis (behind his father), Dave Wheeler, Jeb Hogan, Craig Renales and Noah Tierney.

All images courtesy of Roger LaRae Davis.

An Evening of Jazz & World Music celebrating our extraordinary Earth Sat 4/20

Annisquam Village Church is hosting an Earth Day concert next Saturday, April 20 at 7:30pm featuring jazz/world music singer/songwriter Greta Bro.  Check it out:Greta Bro

Will There Be a BUZZ on Cape Ann this Year?

“After hanging around underground for 17 years, billions of flying bugs known as cicadas are due to sweep over the East Coast starting sometime in the next month. And although it’s too early to predict exactly where or when the brood will appear, this spring’s emergence should rate as the most closely watched bug-out in history.

“For entomophobes, this is the season of despair. For the entomophiles, this is the season of joy,” said University of Maryland entomologist Michael Raupp, using highfalutin terms for bug-haters and bug-lovers.

The outbreak is expected to start in the Carolinas in April or early May, and work its way up northward to Washington, Philadelphia and New York by early June. Some observers have already reported the first signs of the emergence. The timing depends on the weather: Cicadas dig “escape chimneys” up from the ground where they’ve been maturing for the past 17 years — and when the temperature reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius), that signals the insects to rise up, wriggle out of their shells, take wing and look for mates.

“Be ready for the buzz
The bugs are mostly harmless to plants and humans. The worst a cicada can do is poke you with its pointy proboscis. But the 90-decibel buzz of a sky-darkening swarm can be a bit unnerving to the unprepared. Raupp recalls one harrowing tale from 1962’s outbreak, when “the kids were shrieking in the playgrounds as cicadas divebombed them.”

In Raupp’s view, however, the pluses far outweigh the minuses. The cicada nymphs help aerate garden soil with their burrowing, and when they emerge, the bugs represent a culinary bonanza for birds and other species. (They’re said to taste like asparagus. Or shrimp.)

Besides, cicadas are cool. “Without a doubt, they are a true marvel of nature and one that should be enjoyed whenever possible,” Raupp writes on his Bug of the Week blog.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THE STORY

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp=51499051&#51499051

Fast Chicks 5K

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Hello there!
I’m part of the Hamilton-Wenham Mother’s club, friends with Jeannine Ryan. She mentioned that last year you put a little blurb on your blog about our race, and we were wondering if you’d be willing to add something again this year? The second annual women’s only Fast Chicks 5k road race is on May 4th at Patton Park. http://www.fastchicks5k.org/Home.html  Last year we had over 200 runners, and we’re hoping to at least double that this year. Each year we pick a charity to donate the proceeds to – this year the proceeds will go to the Community Giving Tree, a North Shore organization based in Boxford that provides gently used children’s clothes, equipment, and basic necessities for families in need. http://communitygivingtree.org/ It’s a great local charity.
Let me know if you’d be willing to add anything about the race on your blog, and thank you so very much!!

Laura Sexton

Community Stuff 4/11/13

  The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association is offering a one day study course for those who are interested in earning the FCC Technician Class Amateur Radio License.This course will take place at the Lanesville Community Center on 8 Vulcan Street in Gloucester on Saturday April 27th starting at 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.The cost of this course is $20.00 which includes study materials and the testing fee.For those interested in taking this course please e-mail course leader Stan Stone at techinaday@caara.net . For more information on the amateur radio hobby please go to www.caara.net

Thanks

Dean Burgess

You can get your

FCC Technician Amateur Radio License in One Day with

Tech-in-A-Day

Note: Morse code is no longer needed for any amateur radio license.


How?

If you can spare one Saturday, chances are very good you can get your FCC amateur radio Technician license. Don’t worry if you’re not technically inclined, this method depends much more on short-term memory than technical knowledge or background. By spending six hours studying the questions and answers from the FCC exam question pool, you’ll remember enough to pass the exam given at the end of the class. The test is 35 multiple-choice questions and you need 26 correct to pass. This method has worked with teenagers to senior citizens.

Why?

With a Technician license, you can use VHF and UHF amateur radio bands, meaning when the phones go dead and your cell phone doesn’t get reception, you will be able to get a message out with a simple hand-held radio. For emergency workers, adding Amateur Radio capability adds to your communications abilities. And, it is great fun with interesting people to meet.

Help!

So after I get my license, what next? The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association is ready and willing to teach you the practical matters on getting “on the air”. We can answer your questions on how to operate, what radio to buy, etc. We get together every Sunday morning for coffee and donuts—come join us sometime. We also have members’ meetings once a month with interesting presentations.

Schedule

Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (includes exam)

Place: Lanesville Community Center
8 Vulcan St
Gloucester (Lanesville), MA

Contact

Stan Stone, W4HIX

978 283-2015 e-mail: techinaday@caara.net

You must pre-register for this course.

Cost & Requirements

Fee: $5 (includes materials & snacks)

Test Cost: $15 (required by FCC)

Bring photo ID & Social Security Number