Monthly Archives: November 2015

Home Energy Series Update- Electricity Rate Savings Research

image

So last winter after checking different electricity providers I shared what I signed my mom up with for locked in 6 months rates.

Now that her contract is up a different company has the cheapest electricity rates. If you don’t lock in you are at the mercy of National Grid and their winter price spikes.

GMG FOB also did some research and he locked in at 10.4 cents per kWh (but a better price is being offered right now by Direct Energy)

Here’s what Marc wrote-

Hey Joey – thought this might interest you…
I just recently re-upped with ThinkEnergy for 12 months @ 10.4 cents/kWh.

Attached is a pdf showing supply rates for Nat Grid – past and present.
Looks like ThinkEnergy is still a steal through April, 2016. Below are the 4 recently rate histories. Following that trend, it seems that at worst 10.4 will probably break even after April 2016, but can still cancel at any time. Thanks again for tips via GMG.

Recent Rate History:

11/1/15 to 4/30/16: 13.038 cents/kWh

5/1/15 to 10/31/15: 9.257 cents/kWh

11/14 to 4/30/15: 16.274 cents/kWh

5/1/14 to 10/31/14: 8.277 cent/kWh

-Marc

image

So if you don’t lock in at the 10.15 cents per kWh with Direct Energy and then you can look forward to the variable pricing highlighted in the chart above which is way higher (andf way higher in teh months that you use the bulk of your electricity).

There is no penalty for signing up and all you have to do is click on the link and sign up with the cheapest option out there currently- Direct Energy at 10.15 cents per kWh and here’s the kicker- Direct energy not only has the cheapest price I could find out there for locked in 12 months, but they also will give you a $50 bill credit for signing up and give one to the person that refers you.

An absolute no-brainer. If you locked in last year- you saved a ton and as you talk to anyone else that took advantage it was completely painless to do so.

Here are the current rates from different energy suppliers-

image

 

If you sign up with Direct Energy using this link you’ll get the cheapest rate currently available and a $50 bill credit to boot.

The referral ID is – RAF-11332844

Copy this link and email it to your friends – www.directenergy.com/refer-a-friend/raf/RAF-11332844

direct energy refer a friend

It’s so easy!

  1. Copy the Refer A Friend link below.
  2. Paste the link into an e-mail, Facebook post, Twitter, etc., and send it to your friends.
  3. Instruct your friends to include your Referral ID in the Referral ID box when signing up for Direct Energy online or provide your Referral ID to the call center agent when ordering over the phone.
  4. You get a $50 bill credit for each friend who becomes a Direct Energy customer.
  5. Your friends will also receive a $50 bill credit because you referred them.

Would you rather offload a trailer of herring at 2:30AM and Get out of work at 7PM..

Or go to work at 4:30am and offload a trailer of herring at 8pm and get out at 9:30pm?
Party time…
image

First barrels smashed off the truck
image
Five pallets off seventeen to go
image
Half way home
image
10:30PM Done
image

Thanksgiving Break Pop-Up Sale & Exhibit to support young, local artists At The HIVE

Thanksgiving Break Pop-Up Sale & Exhibit to support young, local artists

For More Info Click Here

Hi Joey

ONE NIGHT ONLY: mark your calendars, November 28th is just 11 days away. Here is the latest roster poster for the 1st Thanksgiving Break POP UP fair at the HIVE, Gloucester’s amazing downtown arts center.  Can’t wait to see what these young local artists do!

Love the local all that day. Saturday, November 28th, is ‘Small Business Saturday’ – marketing, yes, but as opposed to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, why not? Support our businesses. SHOP SMALL downtown, stop by the Hive to see and shop more from 4-8, and then head out to eat or restaurant hop.  

image

micah o'connor

nicole dahlmer

Alexis chipperini

david fanning

Avery McNiff

Jon Cooney

betsey janus

mary sullivan

james curcuru

Sam Orlando

jason burroughs

Kate Bresnahan

Allessia Lograsso

Tyler Devlin

Leon Doucette

Jennifer Ziller

Jennifer Ziller

The Hive is hosting Gloucester’s Young Artist Pop-Up Show on November 28th. Check out the artist directory below.

Young Artist Directory

Sign Up for Email Updates! *

@simonebodmerturner glazing her footed planters for the kiln. #ceramics #gloucesterma

@simonebodmerturner glazing her footed planters for the kiln. #ceramics #gloucesterma

Cathy Kelley getting ready to teach her sketchbook and drawing class. #creativity #gloucesterma #artclass

So excited to be making self boxes! #creativity #highschoolart #reflectiontime

Tuesday watercolor class starts tonight! Join us next week 6-8pm

RARELY SEEN WHITE PELICAN IN MASSACHUSETTS, IN GLOUCESTER, ON NILES POND!

Imagine the excitement when after filming Mr. Swan this morning, I spotted across the pond a very swan-like large white bird. The first thought that came to mind was a new Mrs. Swan had magically appeared on the scene. But no–not as wonderful–but equally as exciting, with its large orange pouched bill, the bird was unmistakably a pelican!

It was swimming toward the berm so I raced back to the other side of the pond and was able to get somewhat nearer, close enough so that the footage is passable. Without warning, the pelican suddenly took to the air with elegant, graceful wingbeats and I was lucky to have movie camera in hand. The light was murky this morning and all would have been more beautiful if the sun were out a bit more. Nonetheless, it’s great to have a record of this very unusual occurrence.

The American White Pelican is a rare sight in Massachusetts and I wonder if any of our readers have ever seen one on our shores. Please write if you have. 

With wings spanning nine feet, the American White Pelican is one of our largest native birds, only the Trumpeter Swan and California Condor are larger, reportedly having up to ten-foot wingspans. Comparatively, the wings of a Mute Swan span approximately seven to eight feet. Please note that Mr. Swan is a Mute Swan, not a Trumpeter Swan, and is not indigenous.

The Niles Pond pelican was far off course. Pelicans east of the Rocky Mountains typically migrate through the Mississippi Valley, from breeding grounds in northernmost North America to the Gulf of Mexico Texas and Florida coasts. Unlike Brown Pelicans, which dive and plunge for food, white pelicans catch prey while swimming.

As with the Brown Pelican, during the mid-twentieth century, the American White Pelican was severely adversely affected by spraying DDT in fields and wetlands. Habitat destruction, shoreline erosion, and mass poisonings when pesticides are used near breeding grounds continue to threaten the American White Pelican.

White pelican Massachusetts gloucester ©Kim Smith 11-16-15Far off course, a white pelican migrates through Gloucester

american_white_pelican_map_bigMap provided by South Dakota Birds, via Peter Houlihan, who is Anna from Cape Ann Giclee’s brother. Peter teaches biology at UMass Amherst, has a PhD in biology/animal behavior, and is an ornithologist. Thank you Peter!

SRO Seats Available for Yardbirds with Gloucester’s KBMG Opening

As always, we alert our GMG friends when a show is about to sell out. Gloucester’s KBMG (Dan King, Dave Brown, Dave Mattacks & Wolf Ginandes) are opening for The Yardbirds, right down the road at Beverly’s intimate Larcom Theatre this Friday 11/20 and there are 8 single seats left, but we added 8 more standing tickets behind the last row in the Orchestra.  The standing tickets are only available by phone on a first-call-first-served basis, so if you want them, please call 978.525.9093.  You can leave a message if you get voice-mail and one of us will call you back.

You may know that Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton were all former lead guitarists for The Yardbirds.  Malden, MA native Johnny A is their newest lead guitarist and by all accounts is carrying on the tradition in stellar fashion.  You may have also heard the story of when Jimmy Page left the Yardbirds to form his own band, he was going to call it “The New Yardbirds” and his friend Kieth Moon quipped, “Well that’ll go over like a led zeppelin.”

Here’s a video of a Yardbirds show from a couple of days ago.  They are HOT!

Help Stop Lung Cancer – ‘Lung Force Giving Day’

More Cape Ann Health, Fitness and Wellness News-
http://www.capeannwellness.com

Cape Ann Wellness

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

November 17th. Today is ‘Lung Force Giving Day’ at the American Lung Association.  Join me in this effort to stop lung cancer! Donate or become a social ambassador and spread the word!

The Goal – Raise $$$ for innovations in research and personalized treatments against the #1 cancer killer – Lung Cancer.

Innovative Targeted Therapies for Lung Cancer have improved the outcome of lung cancer. Innovative research and personalized treatmentt are the goals for this fund-raiser.

Cure Cancer shutterstock_30955345 DTWThe Facts – 

  • Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men and women.
  • Every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is told she has lung cancer.
  • The lung cancer death rate in women increase in the last 37 years, while falling 24% among men.
  • More American women die from lung cancer than breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer combined.
  • More American men die from lung…

View original post 548 more words

MAC kicks off weekend of tennis events with a benefit for ALS hosted by Nick Bollettieri

Cape Ann health, fitness and wellness News-
http://www.capeannwellness.com

Cape Ann Wellness

MANCHESTER, MA—November 17, 2015. This week, Manchester Athletic Club’s MAC Tennis program, welcomes Nick Bollettieri—who will host an adult tennis social and pro exhibition to benefit ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALSTDI) this Friday evening at 7pm.

In addition to the fundraiser, Bollettieri will be the centerpiece in a weekend of events, geared toward parents and junior tennis players, which focuses on coaching outstanding athletes. Saturday, November 21, at 2pm, MAC Fitness Director Nan Gorton will speak to parents on the USTA’s Strength & Conditioning Philosophy and Resources. At 2:45, Sports Psychologist Bryan Lomax will lead a session on Helping Your Child Compete Like a Champion. The sessions are free and open to parents of USTA New England tournament players. Additional presentations will take place on Sunday November 22 at 9:30am and 10:15am. Parents are encouraged to call for a reservation.

During his annual visit to the club whose tennis program…

View original post 221 more words

Home Energy Series Update- Electricity Rate Savings Research

Reading this story From CBS Boston reminded me to get going on our Home Energy series for winter of 2015-16 and to tell you what steps I took.  Many of you have been asking because your contracts are up (and there’s no cost to switch) in fact you can get a $50 bill credit to switch to Direct Energy which is currently offering the cheapest 12 month lock in rate.  Read on-

National Grid Wants To Raise Electricity Rates

BOSTON (AP) — National Grid is asking state regulators for an electricity rate hike of more 20 percent for most Massachusetts residential customers that would drive up bills this winter, but keep them lower than last winter.

The utility, with nearly 1.3 million customers in Massachusetts, says if approved by the state Department of Public Utilities, the typical residential customer would see their bill jump to about $110 a month this winter, up from the current $90.

Last winter’s typical monthly bill was more than $121.

National Grid said “Due to continued gas pipeline constraints, the electric supply prices remain volatile and relatively high, though not as high as last winter.”

If approved, the new rates would take effect in November and run through April.

image

So last winter after checking different electricity providers I shared what I signed my mom up with for locked in 6 months rates.

Now that her contract is up a different company has the cheapest electricity rates.  If you don’t lock in you are at the mercy of National Grid and their winter price spikes.

GMG FOB also did some research and he locked in at 10.4 cents per kWh (but a better price is being offered right now by Direct Energy

Here’s what Marc wrote-

Hey Joey – thought this might interest you…
I just recently re-upped with ThinkEnergy for 12 months @ 10.4 cents/kWh. 

Attached is a pdf showing supply rates for Nat Grid – past and present.
Looks like ThinkEnergy is still a steal through April, 2016.  Below are the 4 recently rate histories.  Following that trend, it seems that at worst 10.4 will probably break even after April 2016, but can still cancel at any time.  Thanks again for tips via GMG.

Recent Rate History:

11/1/15 to 4/30/16: 13.038 cents/kWh

5/1/15 to 10/31/15: 9.257 cents/kWh

11/14 to 4/30/15: 16.274 cents/kWh

5/1/14 to 10/31/14: 8.277 cent/kWh

-Marc

image

So if you don’t lock in at the 10.15 cents per kWh with Direct Energy and then you can look forward to the variable pricing highlighted in the chart above.

There is no penalty for signing up and all you have to do is click on the link and sign up with the cheapest option out there currently- Direct Energy at 10.15 cents per kWh

and here’s the kicker- Direct energy not only has the cheapest price I could find out there for locked in 12 months, but they also will give you a $50 bill credit for signing up and give one to the person that refers you.

An absolute no-brainer.  If you locked in last year- you  saved a ton and as you talk to anyone else that took advantage it was completely painless to do so.

Here are the current rates from different energy suppliers-

image

 

If you sign up with Direct Energy using this link you’ll get the cheapest rate currently available and a $50 bill credit to boot.

The referral ID is – RAF-11332844

Copy this link and email it to your friends – www.directenergy.com/refer-a-friend/raf/RAF-11332844

direct energy refer a friend

It’s so easy!

  1. Copy the Refer A Friend link below.
  2. Paste the link into an e-mail, Facebook post, Twitter, etc., and send it to your friends.
  3. Instruct your friends to include your Referral ID in the Referral ID box when signing up for Direct Energy online or provide your Referral ID to the call center agent when ordering over the phone.
  4. You get a $50 bill credit for each friend who becomes a Direct Energy customer.
  5. Your friends will also receive a $50 bill credit because you referred them.

Community Stuff 11/17/15

 

GLOUCESTER STAGE HOLIDAY DELIGHTS RETURNS FOR SEVENTH YEAR1

SantasWorkshop_2_1254Santa’s Workshop

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops 

Presents

HOLIDAY DELIGHTS

A Holiday Season Event for All Ages Featuring Students from Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops

 

The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops proudly presents Holiday Delights on Friday, December 11 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester. Holiday Delights features a cast of over 40 young people ranging in age from 6 to 17, all students in Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops. This family holiday event marks the seventh time in Gloucester Stage history that a production has featured a cast of student actors from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop Program. First produced in 2007, Holiday Delights has become an audience favorite and Cape Ann holiday tradition. Conceived and directed by Gloucester Stage YAW Director and teacher Heidi Dallin, Holiday Delights is a festive evening of stories, songs, and dance recounting the special traditions that other cultures and families experience as seen through one young girl’s magical journey on Christmas Eve to discover what is really important during the holiday season. The 40 young actors bring the original and classic stories to life on stage with a fresh perspective. Many actors play multiple roles in the production to bring all the stories to life. Holiday Delights features over 100 costume changes, Irish step dancing, folk dancing and a traditional Hebrew dance with the added twist of dancing dreidels; classic holiday music including Deck The Halls; Three Ships, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, and a holiday sing a long with the audience. Holiday Delights performance times are 7:30 pm on December 11, and 2 pm on December 12. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults; $12 for Senior Citizens, $8 for Students and $6 for Children under 12. For tickets and further information, call 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

DreidelDancers_2469Dancing Dreidels

Glou_GabeHat1406Christmas in Gloucester

Elf_GabeMagee1281

PHOTOS BY GARY NG


The Gloucester Writers Center, Cape Ann Farmers Market and Backyard Growers present Will Allen.

WillAllen


December Happenings at Temple Ahavat Achim

COCONUT MACAROONS!

A Delicious Temple Ahavat Achim Fundraiser!

I Love Lucy Chocolate Factory THE PERFECT GIFT for family, friends, hostess and teacher gifts… or keep them for yourself! *** COCONUT MACAROONS (6 plain and 6 milk chocolate) – $15 for 12 macaroons *** Made in the TAA kosher kitchen with 100% all-natural kosher ingredients: coconut, pure cane sugar, ground almonds, egg whites, pure vanilla extract, salt. Chocolate macaroons also include chocolate and cocoa. The macaroons are parve and gluten-free! MACAROONS CAN BE – PICKED UP (ready at the Temple beginning Wednesday, December 9th) – DELIVERED (local Cape Ann towns only) – OR SHIPPED ($6/per package, continental US only) PLEASE PLACE YOUR ORDER AND PAYMENT NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2nd!! We accept cash, checks (payable to “TAA”) or credit cards (call Natalia at (978) 281-0739 with your credit card information)!

Community Lobster Trap Hanukkah Lighting

Tuesday, December 8th at 6 pm hanukkiah Please join us on Tuesday, December 8th at 6 pm as we light our famous Lobster Trap Hanukkiah! There will be signing, dancing and latkes. Everyone is welcome! This event is free of charge.


Gloucester Rotary Trivia Night Recap

Thanks so much to everyone that helped make this a really fun night. The bonus– we not only had fun, but we raised over $2500 for Rotary projects. In addition, the TriTown team from TBM Rotary won the 50/50 raffle and will be donating their winnings to the TBM Rotary Foundation.
Congratulations to “Hell-th Project” and “Lawyers, Guns & Money” for tying for first place.* It should be noted that “Cape Ann On-Line’s Scrambled Eggheads” tied for second place with a 3-person team. Team standings for the evening were as follows–

Tied for First Place:

Lawyers, Guns & Money
Meredith Fine, Sal Frontiero, Tom Hills, Scott Enos
Hell-th Project
Frank Millitello, Jason Brisbois, Wendy Nunes, Susan Gould-Coviello

Tied for Second Place:

Cape Ann Online’s Scrambled Eggheads
Cathy Tarr, David Tapley, Tim Perkins
Four Aces
Bob Drohan, Sue Brearley, Anthony Favaloro, Jeff Pope

Tied for Third Place:

Interact Interlopers
Mike Perreault, Bela Parco, Charlie Sumner, Lia Ring
The 4 Cricketeers
Patricia Slade, Wendy Clark, Jim Clyde, Mike Buksa

Tied for Fourth Place:

It’s All Relative
Marlyn O’Sullivan, Mike O’Sullivan, Kelly Goyette, Bill Breslin
Jeopardized
John Dugger, Suzyn Ornstein, Tom Dexter, Anita Blackaby
Orlando & Associates
Amanda Kesterson, Kevin Kesterson, Jenn Stonage, Joe Orlando Jr
Thirsty Bankers
Pat Thorpe, Dennis Doolin, Mark Grenier, Bud Ahearn

Many thanks to our gracious hosts– The Gloucester House Restaurant and their wonderful staff!

Thanks also to the generosity of the following businesses for donating prizes to the game:
Caffe Sicilia
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Dogtown Book Shop
Gloucester House
Jalapenos
Latitude 43
Mark Adrian Shoes
Passports
Ryan & Wood Distilleries
Seaport Grille
Sticky Fingers Bakeshop
Sugar Magnolias
TBT Post
TD Bank
Turtle Alley
Virgilio’s

Thanks again everyone! We’ll see you next year!!!

*Please note that the team standings were questioned after the event.  All paperwork was checked and an error was found– resulting in the tie for first place. 


unnamed

Tuesday, November 17

and

Tuesday, November 24

4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Eat at Passports Restaurant

110 Main Street Gloucester, MA and

10% of your bill will be donated to

Relay For Life of Cape Ann!

Owner Eric Lorden will create a special 3-course meal for $15.00 or
you can order off the regular menu.

Reservations are suggested. 978.281.3680

Visit Passports website for menu and more information!

Holiday Happenings at the Seaport Grille!

More Cape Ann Dining News-
http://www.capeanneats.com

capeanneats

pump pie 2

Order your Holiday Pies here!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to think about ordering your freshly baked pies right from the Seaport Grille. We’re offering Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, or Pumpkin Pie with Gingerbread Crust, and they’re baked right here in our ovens using only the freshest ingredients. Ten inch pies for $16 each. Call 978 282 9799 to order or for more details. Last day to order is Nov. 24 at 3 PM. The countdown begins…

gift cards

Holiday Gift Sale!

Don’t forget, if you buy a $100 gift card to the Seaport Grille or Beauport Princess Cruiselines, you’ll receive an additional $20 gift card at no cost. Enjoy the $20 card yourself or use as a stocking stuffer for someone else on your list! Visit the Seaport Grille to purchase either card or call 978 282 9799 to order. There’s no better time to start thinking about…

View original post 15 more words