Monthly Archives: August 2016

SUNLIGHT THROUGH GULL’S WINGS

Catch sight if you can of the graceful Bonaparte’s Gulls, migrating along the Atlantic Flyway and through our region. A few will spend the winter here but most are taking pause to rest and refuel at the least disturbed of our beautiful shores.
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City Release: Lane’s Cove Seawall Appeal Successful, Over $1.3 Million in Support for Critical Repairs Expected Through FEMA

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Lane’s Cove Seawall Appeal Successful, Over $1.3 Million in Support for Critical Repairs Expected Through FEMA

 Additional EEA State Matching Funds Pursued to Earn Additional $2.2 Million

 (Gloucester, MA) – August 15, 2016 – The City of Gloucester has successfully won an appeal to support restorative work at Lane’s Cove Breakwater with an estimated total of $1,356,195 expected to be received from MEMA (Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency).

“We are grateful that the city’s appeal was successful in order to gain the necessary funds for the critical needs at Lane’s Cove Seawall,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “Our city needs help from our state and federal partners to ensure we have safe infrastructures, and this appeal shows we are continuing to fight for results.”

A petition was originally filed by the City against FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) in October 2015, with Gloucester Public Works Director Michael Hale…

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Gloucester Dog Park at the Waterfront Festival

Gloucester Dog Park

The Friends of Gloucester Dog Park will have a booth at next weekend’s Waterfront Festival at Stage Fort Park.

Come on by and say Hi!

Checkout Their Websites:  http://www.gloucesterdogpark.org/

https://www.facebook.com/friendsofgloucesterdogpark/

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Saturday, August 20, 2016 ~ Sunday, August 21, 2016
Stage Fort Park

A collection of over 175 juried Artists and Craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations, live music, plus delicious ethnic foods including a pancake breakfast (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gloucester) on Saturday to help kick off this picture perfect seaport event!

Free live “family style” entertainment includes Celtic, Ragtime Bands, Country and Folk Music and Just Like Newman from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Additionally, North Shore Old Car Club will display over 75 Antique Autos on Sunday.

The Gloucester Waterfront Festival runs from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. Handicap Accessible and friendly pets, on a leash, are welcome. Admission is FREE and the event will be rain or shine! more info

Henri Smith with Dana & Mugs on 104.9 FM Tomorrow at 8:40AM — WIN TIX

Henri Smith taken in New Orleans when he went back for Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

Tune in to Northshore 104.9 FM tomorrow at 8:40AM for some fun when Dana & Mugs welcome local singer/bandleader Henri Smith (who moved to Gloucester after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home).  You’ll learn how Henri & Charles Neville (of the Neville Brothers) are nurturing the next generation of top musicians through this week’s debut of The New England Neville Brothers in Beverly (more info here).  And you can bet Dana Hersey will ask Henri about his roles in several films shot in New England, including “The Great Debaters,” “Double Jeopardy,” “Pink Panther 2” and “Shutter Island.”

Best of all you could win a pair of tickets to Friday’s show and dance with Henri Smith along with Grammy-winners Charles Neville & Amadee Castenell and the next generation of Neville Brothers at the fully air conditioned Vittori-Rocci Post right off Rte 128 in Beverly!  Good seats are still available for only $25.00.  GET THEM HERE.

Here’s an example of what that was like 2 years ago at a show in Gloucester!

Northshore Magazine: August 2016 issue Best of North Shore includes so much on Gloucester and Cape Ann!

20160815_100527Before we dive into Northshore Magazine’s Fall Favorites September issue, let’s take a moment to acknowledge its Best of North Shore August issue. Although votes did not come in all Cape Ann for categories you thought might be a shoe-in: best beach, bakery, breakfast, burger, clam chowder, farmer’s market, art gallery, art anything (!), museum, or attraction — Gloucester and all of Cape Ann businesses receive a lot of deserved attention! Signing in to vote may be a barrier to entry for some. Still, 150,000+ votes were cast. You can check out what won in many additional categories in the 300pp monster issue.

Congratulations to Cape Ann 2016 Best of awardees!

DINE ALFRESCO – The Market Restaurant, Gloucester

FRIED CLAMS- Seaport Grill, Gloucester and Top Dog (seasonal), Rockport; reader’s choice: Woodman’s

LOBSTER DINNER- Roy Moore Lobster, Rockport; reader’s choice Woodman’s of Essex

LOBSTER ROLL- Seaport Grille, Gloucester

PIZZA- Short and Main, Gloucester in a three way tie

ROMANTIC- Duckworth’s, Gloucester

SANDWICHES- Willow Rest, Gloucester

WATERVIEW RESTAURANT- The Market Restaurant, Gloucester

HOTEL BAR- Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

CHOCOLATE- Rockport Fudgery, Rockport (seasonal)

HOTEL- Beauport Hotel

CHARTER BOAT- Schooner Thomas E Lannon

COMMUNITY WALK RUN BIKE BY SEASON – summer Twin Lobster Half Marathon & 1 mile Race, Gloucester; winter Happy Holidays Half Merrython, Gloucester;  reader’s choice, Motif #1 Day 5K, Rockport

FESTIVAL (FALL)- Essex Clamfest, Essex

GOLF COURSE- reader’s choice Bass Rocks Golf Club, Gloucester

MARINA- Cape Ann Marina, Gloucester

NATURE TRAILS- Ravenswood Park, Gloucester

BOOKS-The Bookstore of Gloucester

MATERNITY CLOTHING- The Urchin Exchange, Gloucester

CONCIERGE- reader’s choice Tending the Sweet Life, Gloucester

DANCING- Minglewood Tavern, Gloucester

LIVE MUSIC VENUE INDOORS- Shalin Liu, Rockport

 

 

 

Gloucester Motif Monday: conservation inspiration. Roger Babson, Sarah Fraser Robbins, Sarah Evans, Philip Weld JR

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 Babson

Reservoir

and Sanctuary

[Eleven hundred and fifty acres]

THIS RESERVOIR, WATERSHED, AND

RESERVATION ARE FOR THE PEOPLE

OF GLOUCESTER, THE LAND HAVING

BEEN GIVEN IN MEMORY OF MY

FATHER AND MY GRANDFATHER WHO

ROAMED OVER THESE ROCKY HILLS–

THEY HAD THE VISION THAT SOME

DAY IT SHOULD BE CONSERVED FOR

THE USES OF THE CITY AND AS

AN INSPIRATION TO ALL LOVERS

OF GOD AND NATURE

-ROGER W BABSON, 1931

There are examples of land preservation, but featuring a watershed in 1931? Isn’t it wonderful! If you haven’t seen it in a while, it’s worth a close look. I believe that it has definitely inspired many in Gloucester. 

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DPW HQ on Poplar

 

THE FIRST CLEAN HARBOR SWIM

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Thank you to Deborah Cramer and Dan Greenbaum for sharing this memory and finding this Gloucester Daily Times article! This trio’s swim inspired Cape Ann’s Year of the Coast led by MassAudubon the following summer.

Related posts:

8/13/16, race above same day: And they’re back

8/13/16, Celebrate Clean Harbor Swim, and they’re off

8/12/16 Gloucester’s Clean Harbor: H2O No No’s are in the past – some history of the swim

8/10/16 Accclaimed writer, Gloucester resident, and one of the trio that inspired the Clean Harbor Swim Sarah Fraser Robbins excerpt ( the title of her classic book The Sea is All About Us was a nod to Gloucester summer resident TS Eliot’ Four Quartets)

8/6/16 litter 1978 Crackdown at the quarries 

8/4/16 history of the swim and news about 2016 Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim

RIO WATERS CAN GET BETTER! THANKS TO DOGGED NATURALISTS, WE CAN PUT OUR HEADS UNDER WATER IN GLOUCESTER. REGISTER NOW FOR THE AUGUST 13 CLEAN HARBOR SWIM

Cleveland Rocks

We have some good friends who are Yankee fans and despite their poor judgment in baseball teams we have enjoyed a little friendly rivalry.  About 8 years ago we thought it would be fun to start visiting different ballparks.  It started with the Baltimore Orioles (which other than Fenway is my favorite so far) and since then we’ve seen both NY parks, both Chicago parks, Toronto, Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia and this year we came to Cleveland.   So far we have seen 11 out of 30 parks and done as much touring, eating and drinking in each area as we could lol!  Next on the agenda is finishing up the east coast with Washington, Georgia and Florida!  It’s a great way to visit the country!  Today we see the Red Sox take on Cleveland 😋

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August Cape Ann Reads: Picture book on Rockport’s Illumination Night dazzles

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This captivating story walk installation within the gentle park outside the Rockport Public Library was enchanting on Rockport’s Illumination night.  Along with countdowns to kindergarten and story time, celebrate children’s picture books this month with Cape Ann Reads events!

Gloucester: August 17th (WED) 1:00-2:00 PM CAPE ANN READS writers workshop for all ages led by Amanda Cook of the Gloucester Writers Center (free)

Essex:  August 18th (THURS) 1:00PM. Does your boat float? (free)

Essex: Teen Activity August 22nd (MON) 6:00PM (free)

Gloucester: August 27 2:30pm (SAT) Mark your live event calendar! Just 12 more days until  legendary children’s book creator Ed Emberley will be at Cape Ann Community Cinema & Stage! Caldecott winner! Published more than 100 books! North Shore artist! 

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People Mapping Out Travel Plans Based On Availability Of EV Charging Stations and Gloucester Benefits!

Martin DelVecchio writes-

Alessandro sent me these pictures.

He drove his Tesla from Albany, NY for a whale watch, and chose Gloucester because of its newly-installed public charging station.  He even ate at Tonno!

Alessandro charging his Tesla at Gloucester MA City Hall

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