Monthly Archives: July 2017

GloucesterCast 233 With Deanna Fay, Wayne Berger, Greg Verga, Doug and Gloria Parsons, Bill Cox, Catherine Ryan, Kim Smith, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/16/17

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GloucesterCast 233 With Deanna Fay, Wayne Berger, Greg Verga, Doug and Gloria Parsons, Bill Cox, Catherine Ryan, Kim Smith, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/16/17

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7TH ANNUAL CIGAR AND RUM SUNSET SAIL ON THE LANNON IS JULY 20TH – Props To Heath Ellis, Doug and Bobby Ryan, Paul Giacalone and the people that call in right away to reserve tickets every year.  Not sure if Felicia is doing the wine one
Trash Barrels on GHB
The Annual “This is the worst traffic I’ve ever seen in Gloucester ” on Fourth of July weekend vs the “This is the worst I’ve ever seen business on Main Street in February” rhetoric
Piping Plover Update 24 days old today
Baby Charlotte Update 6 days old today
Monarch Sightings
Backyard Growers Garden Tour
Oyster Spats At Maritime Gloucester

DAY TWENTY FOUR WITH OUR PIPING PLOVER CHICK/ALMOST FLEDGLING AND WHY MORE DOGS???

Beginning early this morning and continuing throughout the day, our Little Chick has almost fledged. He does a tiny run, then sort of hops into the air, flapping his wings for short distances, several feet perhaps. We can’t quite yet call it flying, but he is getting very, very close.

Every little clump of seaweed, dried or fresh, holds the promise of a tasty treat, insect treat that is.

The PiPlover volunteer monitors are amazing. I would like to again thank the following people, the Ryan-King family–Catherine, Cliff, Charles, and George–who divide their morning shift between all four family members, Caroline Haines, Hazel Hewitt, Paul Korn, Chris Martin, Diana Peck, Lucy Merrill-Hills, Cristina Hildebrand, Carol Ferrant, Jeanine Harris, Ruth Peron, Karen Shah, Annie Spike, and conservation agent Ken Whittaker.

Morning Wing Stretches ~ We hope you can fly soon Little Chick!

Papa on the job and in full on protective mode this morning.

We are pleading with folks to please, please keep your dogs off Good Harbor Beach. This morning I observed a dog owner purposefully and actively encourage his dog to chase Papa Plover. The owner had one of those retractable leashes and over and over again gave the dog more leash and encouragement to go after Papa. I stood between the dog, owner, and Papa with Little Chick on the other side in hopes of keeping him safe. As the owner and pooch came closer and closer, I tried to wave them away but they kept coming. Meanwhile Papa Plover was having a complete meltdown, employing every plover distraction trick imaginable. When I tried to speak with the man he cut me right off and barked that his was a SERVICE DOG and that service dogs are allowed. I again tried to explain but he was having none of it and said that if his dog caught the Plover, he wouldn’t hurt him.

Even if that were true, which it is not, I think the scofflaw dog owners are missing a huge point. To the PiPl, any four legged creature is a threat. It is very unlikely that the Piping Plover parent can ascertain the difference between a coyote, fox, or dog. I hope the following explanation helps people who don’t quite get it, better understand what all the fuss is about.

Your cute pooch is trotting down the beach. Even from a distance of several hundred feet away, your activity messages a ten alarm fire bell in the PiPl brain. The PiPl parent has no idea that your dog is the sweetest and most harmless dog that ever lived. Instead of staying nearby to where the chick is foraging or resting, the adult immediately goes on the defense, racing down the beach, flying after the dog/coyote/fox creature, alternating between dive bombing you and your dog and limping along the beach, pretending he has a broken wing.

Meanwhile, back where the chick is foraging, the crafty crows and ravenous gulls sense the golden opportunity they have been awaiting. Crows/Gulls don’t like the nasty defensive bites and pecks the adult Plovers inflict upon them when they get to close to the chicks, especially when tag teamed by both parents. But now there is no Plover parent anywhere within hundreds of feet of the baby because they are too busy defending the chick from the sweetest dog that ever lived. Time to swoop in and carry off the pleasingly plump chick, ripe for a wonderfully satisfying Gull/Crow breakfast.

A Tender, Tasty Plumpling

Shortly after the dog owner/service dog departed, and just as Catherine was arriving to take over my shift, coming from the footbridge end was an elderly woman and her adorable husky puppy. They were were walking the beach at the high tide mark, exactly where the chick was feeding. Simultaneously, coming from the private end of the beach were a Mom and her son, and their beautiful golden retriever. After a good deal of explaining to both parties, they all turned and headed toward the direction from where they had come and away from the boardwalk #3 area.

Three dogs in the span of twenty minutes.

Catherine’s photo of me approaching Golden Retriever family.

Please don’t write and tell us to call animal control at 6:00am. We have called and left messages, but their shifts do not begin until later in the morning. I think if we are serious about controlling the dog owner problem on Good Harbor Beach, possibly we could hire a part time person to ticket early in the morning and after the lifeguards leave in the late day. The tickets collected would easily pay the cost, and then some. It wouldn’t be long until the word got out.

I plan to find out if service dogs are allowed on beaches with shorebirds that are listed as a federally threatened or endangered species. If the dog was really a service dog, and service dogs are permitted, perhaps the owner could choose a different beach. And too, hopefully rentors in the area are letting their renters know that dogs are not allowed on the beach, leashed or unleashed, and at all hours of the day and night during the summer months.

Twenty-four-day-old Piping Plover

Piping Plover chick assuming the crouch defense posture.

“Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup.”

Get down to the next block party!

Here are scenes from last night’s Downtown Gloucester, MA, Main Street Block Party, the first of 3. Congratulations to the organizers, volunteers, and City for hosting a great party downtown. We ate at Short and Main — busy, fresh and fantastic.  We met friends who went to Topside–heard wonderful reports, there and from other eateries. Downtown was bustling and joyous thanks to stores with open doors, live bands (who was that super band outside Short and Main?), Gloucester Stage’s youth actors, and buskers. Our last stop was frozen yogurt at Cafe Bishco  because why not? It had outdoor seating, too.

You have two more chances to get down to a block party: Saturday August 12 and Friday September 1.

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Strike up the band! Happy kids on Main Street downtown Block Party Gloucester MA

 

 

I’m guilty of this…

I think one of the reasons I’m always the one behind the camera is because I just hate having my picture taken but after reading this I’m going to make sure I get in front of it more often!  Are you guilty too?  Then check out this article!

So you’re feeling too fat to be photographed

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YET ANOTHER GLOUCESTER BUSINESS GOES SOLAR

Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watching and Cape Ann Oil Goes Solar!!!

“I felt it was important to go solar for a number of reasons. As Melissa and I are parents we believed it was important to protect the environment for future of our children. Also, our whale watching business is directly involved with the wonders of Nature and it felt like the right thing to do.

With these key points and the incentives provided to us by the State and Federal government it made the decision easy” “Great to work with Tim and the Cazeault Solar Team”

                  Mark Cunningham – owner Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch and Cape Ann Oil

“ Mark and Melissa were great to work with. They join a partnership with the hundreds of Cape Ann residents and businesses who have worked with us to assist them in saving money and making money with the great investment of solar. And helping the future of our environment”

                  Tim Sanborn – owner Cazeault Solar and Home

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Have You Checked Out Joe’s Fish Print Shanty On Madfish Wharf? Make It A Priority!!!

You gotta go check out one of my favorite artists, Joe Higgins gallery on Madfish Wharf.  Hit this link if you don’t see the video

77 Rocky Neck Avenue click here for the map

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Here’s one of my canvases for sale, but never mind my stuff, check out Joe’s awesome Gyotaku.  My buddy Mike Codair bought this one yesterday-20170715_162556-0120170715_162619-0120170715_162539-01

Enza Iocono’s Wine Trap and Beer Holders made out of lobster trap wire are available-

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Super premium caps and tees-

Mike is a happy guy-

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Sawyer Free Library, July 17-22

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2017 7-26-17 Portuguese Portuguese Story Time with Lidiane

Notice of Release for Library
Launched in London in 2004, the exhibition has been displayed in over 550 venues worldwide. The exhibition examines forgiveness as a healing process, a path out of victimhood, and ultimately a journey of hope.                                                                                                                                                                                From 6:30pm-7pm there will be an opportunity to view the 18 banners with personal stories that make up this portion of “The Forgiveness Project.” Stephanie Cassatly who is also a contributor to “The Forgiveness Project” will begin her presentation at 7pm. After the presentation, there will be time for additional viewing of “The Forgiveness Project” as well as a book signing for Stephanie’s book “Notice of Release.” The Exhibit will remain open for viewing and contemplation in the Friend Room through Monday, July 24 (except during other programming).


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The Writer’s Group at the Sawyer Free Library

Each person is invited to bring their current work to share (fiction or non-fiction). We will read & discuss…

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