Author Archives: Kim Smith

TALL SHIP LYNX GETS AN ADORABLE FIRST MATE

Now she’s living a life of adventure and love as the cutest little first mate, on the Tall Ship Lynx.

Alex Peacock, who’s been around boats his whole life, became the Lynx’s permanent captain this past winter.

Most days aboard this replica of a privateer used in the War of 1812 are spent voyaging — from its summer base in Nantucket, Massachusetts, to its winter home in St. Petersburg, Florida, to far-flung destinations including Hawaii, Mexico and other beautiful places — with the crew talking to history lovers, or engaged in some other kind of interesting and challenging pursuit.

Shortly after landing the choice gig, Peacock decided to head to a local animal shelter to fulfill what the 28-year-old says is a tall ship tradition.

“It seemed like the right time to get a buddy,” he told TODAY while sitting on the floor and feeding Leeloo some of her favorite treats (Greenies, for those who like such details).

Peacock and a few crew members headed over to Friends of Strays, a nonprofit shelter in St. Petersburg. That’s where they met Leeloo.

Leeloo was at the shelter, waiting to be adopted, because she’d had the good fortune to be found wandering loose in the vicinity of Friends of Strays community relations manager Clair Wray.

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EPHEMERAL FOGGY GLOUCESTER MORNING

Beauty abounds even on the foggiest of mornings

baby-pinecones-copyright-kim-smithBaby Pinecones

hoary-branched-cherry-tree-raymonds-beach-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithHoary branches of the Raymond’s Beach old cherry tree

foggy-marsh-wild-turkeys-copyright-kim-smithMarsh turkeys on the run

cattail-marsh-foggy-morning-copyright-kim-smithFoggy morning marsh cattails

PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!

Essex National Heritage is celebrating their 20th anniversary. To mark this special occasion, Essex Heritage is recognizing organizations and people that make the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County) so exceptional.

Much, much to my delighted surprise, I have been nominated as an Essex Heritage Trailblazer in the second category, Connecting People to Place. The 130 nominees are all stellar and most are businesses and very large organizations, for example, the Peabody Essex Museum, Mass Audubon (statewide), and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, so it is really quite an honor to be nominated. I think GMG could have been nominated for all our work collectively but I am of course grateful for the nomination.

The voting process is very simple, you don’t have to provide your email address or any other personal information. Please vote Kim Smith, in the center column, halfway down in the second category, Connecting People to Place. Here is the link to vote: surveymonkey.com/r/TrailblazersVote

All nominees will be recognized and the Gala sounds like great fun–celebratory cocktails, an exquisite dinner, silent auction, and a Toast to the Trailblazers.

For more information visit: EssexHeritage.org/Gala

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HEAVY CONSTRUCTION AND RESTORATION UNDERWAY AT MADFISH WHARF

Looks promising for a fun summer at Madfish Grille and Wharf!

GLOUCESTER HARBOR IN THE GLOW OF LATE DAY (OR JUST ONE OF THE 101 MILLION REASONS WHY WE LOVE OUR HOOD)

Gloucester Harbor aglow on a warm winter’s early evening.fv-black-pearl-heading-home-copyright-kim-smith

dredgers-gloucester-harbor-2-copyright-kim-smithoakes-cove-beach-sunsetGloucester Harbor from the landing at Oakes Cove Beach

Googly-Eyed Trash Eaters May Clean a Harbor Near You

Thank you to Al Bezanson, GMG FOB and former Schooner Green Dragon Captain (former as his son Andy now has the helm), for sharing the following article.

trash-wheel-1-ngsversion-1487331004138-adapt-590-1Known as “Mr. Trash Wheel,” this floating device sucks up plastic from polluted waters.

National Geographic
By Jackie Snow
February 17, 2017

Baltimore’s harbor is cleaner than it has been in decades thanks to two anthropomorphic trash wheels pulling debris from its waters.

Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel, the latter of which was installed in December, are solar- and hydro-powered trash interceptors based in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, clearing debris before it enters the Chesapeake Bay. Over a million pounds of trash has been pulled out of the water by Mr. Trash Wheel since it was installed in May 2014.

The trash wheel’s creator, John Kellett, worked on the harbor for years and saw garbage floating on the water every day. A sailor and engineer, he approached the city and offered to take a stab at cleaning up the harbor. He built a pilot trash wheel and installed it in 2008.

No one had ever tried to stop the trash before and the task seemed daunting. Kellett quickly realized he’d have to go bigger. The pilot wheel was often unable to pick up larger debris and had only one Dumpster, so when it was being emptied, the wheel had to wait for it to return before working again.

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READ MORE HERE

BREAKING: UPDATE ON PAPRIKA GRILL ARMED ROBBERY

Gloucester Daily Times

By Ray Lamont

A masked man with a knife made off with an estimated $300 or more in cash from the Paprika Grill on Washington Street on Monday night.

Police were continuing to seek the alleged robber as of Tuesday afternoon.

Emrah Arslan, owner and chef at Paprika, which opened in December at 185 Washington St., said he and his girlfriend Helena Lu were working at the Turkish cuisine eatery around 8 p.m. Monday when a man wearing a ski mask came in the front door and confronted Lu.

“She was the only one up front (in the counter area) and I was in the back (in the food preparation area),” Arslan recounted Tuesday morning. “I don’t know if he might have thought she was the only one in here, but I came up right away.

“At first, he said ‘Give me the money,’ but then he showed me the knife and I said ‘OK, take the money,'” Arslan continued.

“He kept (jabbing forward) with the knife,” Arslan continued, “then he went through the cash drawer, took the money and escaped. It all happened fast.”

Gloucester police responded to Arslan’s call at 8:04, the police log shows, and recovered the robber’s mask and knife within the nearby Oak Grove Cemetery, Arslan said. The police log, which lists the robbery as “under investigation,” notes that detectives followed up with a return to Washington Street at 9:45 p.m.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

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BREAKING NEWS: PAPRIKA GRILL ROBBED

LIVE AT PAPRIKA GRILL 185 WASHINGTON ST #GLOUCESTERMA MORNING AFTER ROBBERY 

LIVE LUNCH FROM PAPRIKA GRILL

 

CONGRATULATIONS AND EXCITING NEWS FOR OUR COMMUNITY: STATE REPRESENTATIVE ANN MARGARET FERRANTE APPOINTED TO HOUSE LEADERSHIP

hearing-1Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) has been nominated by Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) and affirmed by a vote of her colleagues to be the First Division Chair of the House of Representatives for the 190th Massachusetts General Court. She had previously served as the House Chair for the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses.

Ferrante’s new position as a Division Chair carries the responsibility of serving as a mentor and leader for representatives in her division, about a quarter of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. Ferrante will also be one of nine Democrats who meet with the Speaker on a weekly basis to discuss House policy and legislation.

“I’m honored to be a part of Speaker DeLeo’s leadership team,” said Ferrante. “Under the Republican leadership of Trump, McConnell, and Ryan, I expect the Federal government to send more decisions about policy and budgeting items back to the states, making our roles as state representatives all the more important. I’m humbled to have been given this responsibility and opportunity to help chart the legislative course of the Commonwealth and I remain dedicated to making sure Cape Ann has a strong voice at the table so that our communities get their fair share.”

“Representative Ferrante is an exceptional coalition builder who approaches her work with great respect for her colleagues and recognizes the importance of bringing diverse voices to the table,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “She is a woman of outstanding intellect which she couples with a commitment to public service. I look forward to seeing the good work she will do this session on behalf of her constituents and the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

In addition to her role as First Division Chair, Ferrante has been appointed to serve on the House Rules Committee and the House Steering, Policy and Scheduling Committee, as well as continuing to serve as the House Chair of the Tech Hub Caucus, a gathering of technology business leaders and legislative leaders. Ferrante’s co-chair is Senate Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka.

“Ann-Margaret is passionate about her communities beyond her elected office,” said John Bell, former Mayor of Gloucester and community activist. “From the establishment of cultural districts in Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport to the opening of Gloucester Biotechnology Academy and Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, Representative Ferrante is there to make sure that state dollars and legislative support come to Cape Ann to bring new projects forward. I can only imagine in her new position as a leader in the House, Representative Ferrante will remain a steadfast defender of our fishing industry while bringing innovation to Cape Ann.”

Prior to serving as the House Chair for the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, Ferrante had also previously served as the House Vice Chair of the Joint Committee Economic Development and Emerging Technology, the House Vice Chair of the Committee on Environmental Resources and Agriculture, and as a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

SILKSCREEN CLASS WITH JANE KEDDY OF KEDDY GRAPHICS

Jane Keddy, of Keddy Graphics, is teaching a series on silkscreening during the month of March on Fridays.

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You may be familiar with Jane’s lovely silkscreens of some of Gloucester’s most iconic images. For more information about Jane’s prints visit her website here.keddy_jane_2

MORE EAGLE SIGHTINGS – THIS ONE SHARED BY SCULPTOR MORGAN FAULDS PIKE

Morgan writes, “All I had was the iPhone but, here it is! There were 2. Over the Mill River behind the O’Maley school. I was primed to notice them, having seen the recent shots in GMG.”eagle-gloucester

The two eagles were spotted at 4pm yesterday, Monday. Thanks so much to Morgan for sharing!

In case any of our readers do not already know this, Morgan is the sculptor who created the “Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial.” For more information about the monument, visit the Filed Guide to U.S. Public Monuments and Memorials here.gloucester-fishermens-wives-memorial-sculptor-morgan-fileds-pike

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: PAPRIKA GRILL ROBBED

Dear Readers,

I am not sure the exact details and don’t want to post inaccurately until we learn more, but what we do know is that Paprika Grill, the new restaurant on Washington Street, was robbed yesterday. No one was injured and the Gloucester Daily Times will surely be bringing the facts. As a community let’s show them our support. I’ll be picking up lunch there today, even if the food wasn’t fantastic, but it is, and the owner Emrah Arslan is friendly and very hardworking. Everything on the menu is super delicious and I especially LOVE their felafel with salad–simply outstanding! Dinner for the family too some night this week 🙂

Paprika Grill is located at 185 Washington Street, kitty corner to George’s Coffee Shop. They are open from 11am to 9pm daily. For take out call (978) 551-8186.

 

See Joey’ excellent post about paprika Grill here.

 

 

 

BEAUTIFUL BRACE COVE

The Brace Cove/Niles Pond causeway is weathering the winter very well so far, knock wood.

brace-cove-panoramaBrace Cove and Niles Pond Panoroama. Click image to see full size.

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WHAT A HOOT! BARRED OWL TAKES SANTA’S ROUTE

owl-flew-down-chimney-1487519927GMG FOB Susan LaRosa shares this Barred Owl story from the Animal Rescue League of Boston –

An owl needed rescuing after flying down a chimney and getting stuck inside a Methuen home. The Animal Rescue League of Boston said the Barred Owl took Santa’s route into the home, then perched in the living room when it couldn’t find the way out again.

NEW SEASON WITH DUCKWORTH’S BISTROT AND LIT HOUSE BOOK CLUB EVENTS

Chef Ken Duckworth out did himself in the fabulous and delicious department!

Jenn did an outstanding job leading the discussion last night at The Great Gatsby book club event. A mandatory high school English class read for many, nonetheless, it was very enjoyable to read again, and especially interesting in light of our current political climate.

 

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The next Lit House Book Club @ Duckworth’s Bistrot event is Old Filth on Sunday, March 19th, with moderator Laura Harrington. Laura is an “award winning playwright, lyricist and librettist, winner of the 2008 Kleban Award for “most promising librettist in American musical theatre,” has written dozens of plays, musicals, operas and radio plays, which have been produced in 28 states, Canada and Europe, in venues ranging from Off-Broadway to Houston Grand Opera to the Paris Cinemateque. She has twice won both the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in playwriting and the Clauder Competition for best new play in New England.  Harrington teaches playwriting at MIT where she was awarded the 2009 Levitan Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Alice Bliss, (Penguin/ Viking) her first novel, won the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction. Her second novel, A Catalog of Birds (Europa), launches in July.” For tickets and more information go to the Lit House website here.static1-squarespace

Gloucester’s Lobster Trap Tree Comes Down til Next Year

20170218_132436Lisa Smith writes,
Hi Kim,
I took some pictures yesterday of the lobster trap Christmas tree being taken down, and thought you might want to post them on GMG and give a shout out to Art Haven.
A handful of volunteers helped Art Haven’s David Brooks retire the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree for the year. Passers-by commented on how sorry they were to see the beloved tree come down. One women thought that the tree should stay up all year and be decorated seasonally, with shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day, and eggs for Easter. David said that would be nice, but the traps are borrowed and the fishermen need their lobster traps back.
Thanks,
Lisa

NOMINATE NOW YOUR CHOICE FOR CAPE ANN Y COMMUNITY AWARDS!

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THE CAPE ANN YMCA ANNOUNCES NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 ANNUAL COMMUNITY AWARDS

Our Community Celebration event honors community members who make an impact every day.

Do you know someone who is making a difference in our Cape Ann community? The Cape Ann YMCA wants to hear all about them and thank them for all they do!  The Y is accepting nominations for its second annual Community Awards in the areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility and, new this year, the Mayor’s Youth Exemplary Award.

Join us Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:30 am
Cruiseport Gloucester (the event sponsor)
6 Rose Square, Gloucester.
Complimentary breakfast will be served.

Cape Ann Y Executive Director Tim Flaherty said, “This event is a great way for our Y to honor those people in Cape Ann who join us in our commitment to strengthening our community by providing  essential programming regardless of one’s socio-economic situation. Last year, the honorees included Maggie Rosa and Ed Shoucair of the Gloucester Education Foundation, Erin Canniff of the Rockport Public School System and the Reverend Tom Bentley of the Trinity Congregational Church.  We can’t wait to see who gets nominated and selected this year.”

It’s easy to nominate:

Please submit all nominations by 5:00pm on February 28th for consideration by the Y’s selection committee. For more information, please contact  Brian Flynn at flynnb@northshoreymca.org

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