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Cape Ann TV Lunch and Learn

Cape Ann TV Announces It’s Next

Lunch & Learn Event
“Online Marketing: The New Rules for Business”

Presentation by: Hans Riemer, President of Market Vantage LLC

(Gloucester, MA) – Cape Ann TV (www.capeanntv.org), a regional non-profit local access television station that serves all of Cape Ann, is pleased to announce the next learning experience in the popular “Lunch & Learn” series – “Online Marketing: The New Rules for Business”to be held on April 8th, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Cape Ann TV (38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester MA 01930).

You need effective online marketing if you’re going to grow your business, but there are many roads you can take. Assuming you already have a website, you can attract visitors with ads through Google, Bing, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter just for starters. Then there’s SEO, social media and email, blogs and media buys.

Where do you start, and what should you expect for results? Can you do it yourself or assign this job to someone on your team? Should you hire an in-house expert or an outside agency to help you? Can your website designer do the job?

While each organization’s situation is different, there are some basic strategies every company should master. In this presentation, we will take a management view and separate the truth from the myths and rumors. We’ll highlight important trends and help you focus in the promising, challenging world of Internet marketing.

About the presenter: Hans Riemer has over 30 years of domestic and international experience working in marketing and sales for business-to-business technology companies – from startups to members of the Global 500.

As founder and President of Market Vantage over 10 years ago, Hans specializes in helping organizations develop and implement effective Internet marketing strategies that make a positive impact. Market Vantage optimizes organic search rankings, manages online advertising and continuously measures the results to reduce costs and improve ROI.

Seating is limited for this event. Please email: rtober@capeanntv.org to reserve your seat.

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Milkweed Seedpod ©Kim Smith 2014

Friend me on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

BREAKING NEWS! Filming on East Main Street Beacon Marine MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA MOVIE Tonight!

Filming continues in Gloucester for the indie movie Manchester-by-the-Sea, produced by Matt Damon and starring Kyle Chandler and Casey Affleck. Read More Here.

Manchester By The Sea Film  -2 ©Kim Smith 2015Manchester By The Sea Film Beacon Marine Basin  © Kim Smith 2015JPGManchester By The Sea Film © Kim Smith 2015Beacon Marine Basin ©Kim Smith 2015Gorgeous Beacon Marine Basin at Dusk Tonight! 

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Milkweed Seedpod ©Kim Smith 2014

Friend me on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

Cedonia Crosby Tugboat

Overcast skies and chilly temperatures. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Deep sigh, and waiting for spring.

Cedonia Crosby  Glopucester MA©Kim Smith 2015

The Cedonia Crosby, from Tugboat Information:

Built in 1979, by Eymard and Sons Shipyard of Harvey, Louisiana (hull #12) as the Nora Adams for the Adams Marine Towing Company of Morgan City, Louisiana.

In 2008, the tug was acquired by Crosby Marine Transportation of Golden Meadow, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Cedonia Crosby.

Powered by two GM 12V-71 diesel engines. With a 6:1 reduction, for a rated 1,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two 30kW generators. The tug’s capacities are 10,000 gallons of fuel oil, and 2,000 gallons of potable water.
(Birk Thomas)

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Milkweed Seedpod ©Kim Smith 2014Friend me on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

Artrageous 29! With the Always Beautiful Kathy Archer, Matthew Swift, and Tom Hauck

Kathy Archer Tom Hauck Artrageous 29 ©Kim Smith

Gloucester Author and Artist Tom Hauck and Rocky Neck Artist Kathy Archer

Both Kathy and Tom (my husband) donated works of art to the Montserrat Artrageous! 29. Artrageous is an annual auction party that supports Montserrat College of Art students. Last year’s event raised $432,00.00 in financial aid for deserving students.

Tom Hauck Matthew Swift Trident Gallery ©Kim Smith 2015

Tom and Matthew Swift, Owner of Gloucester’s Trident Gallery

 

Artrageous installation and behind the scenes look ~

Typewriter project Montserrat College of Art ©Kim Smith 2015

The Typewriter Project

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Milkweed Seedpod ©Kim Smith 2014Friend me on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

 

Important Note to GMG Readers

There has been some discussion lately that our readers do not always know who is contributing which post, especially for the GMG subscribers that receive the aggregate newsfeed every evening in their inbox, and do not click on to view the complete website.

As a matter of fact, someone said to me the other day, “I see you all the time on GMG.” I wasn’t sure what they meant and mentioned that I was a daily contributor–the “Six O’Clock”. They still didn’t understand. I explained that GMG is not the static page that appears in their inbox at 8pm every evening, but that we are a team of contributors and that as a group we contribute all day long, every hour on the hour, from 6am to 8pm, oftentimes with more posts added. Each contributor has a time slot to which we adhere, for the most part. For example, Nichole’s posting time is 7am, Marty Luster’s is 5pm, and mine is 6pm. On a typical day, Joey is responsible for more than half a dozen time slots throughout the day. Occasionally there are days when there is breaking news or community news that needs to be reported immediately and then you may see several posts from a contributor.

(If you are a subscriber and would like to view the full site, one way to access is after opening the GMG nightly subscriber’s email, click on the GMG logo seagull icon in the upper right corner).

In the future I will be adding contact information and a photo to each post to help clarify. I have yet to design a personal contributor logo so in the meantime, will use the header photo from my Kim Smith Designs website. I hope that you will find this helpful and would love to hear from you, one way or the other.

Milkweed Seedpod ©Kim Smith 2014Friend me on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

 

Spring is Here and So Is the Annual River Herring Count!

Message from Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team:

CONTACT: DAVID SARGENT – CITY OF GLOUCESTER SHELLFISH CONSTABLE/ALEWIFE WARDEN

Email: dsargent@gloucester-ma.gov
Phone: 978-282-8018

Each spring for over 10 years, the City of Gloucester, the Eight Towns and the Great Marsh Committee, and NOAA-NMFS have coordinated the annual river herring (alewife) count at the top of the fish ladder by the West Gloucester Water Filtration Plant on Essex Avenue.

Volunteer monitors help scientists by observing and documenting the spring run of herring as they migrate from their home in the Atlantic Ocean to their freshwater spawning grounds. This is a wonderful activity for interested individuals, families, youth organizations and students who want to play an active part in local conservation efforts. Learning to become a volunteer monitor is easy and the time spent observing can require as little as ten minutes of your day.

This year’s count will take place from April 1st to May 30th.

A training session will be held on Saturday March 28th at 9:00 A.M. in the
Friend Room of the Sawyer Free Library.

If you would like to become a volunteer monitor and help efforts to protect this important species, please contact:

Dave Sargent/ Alewife Warden @ 978-282-8018 – dsargent@gloucester-ma.gov
or Max Schenk @ 978-282-8025 – mschenk@gloucester-ma..gov

Time coverage is the key to a successful count and any time you can give will make a difference!

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team

 

 

Seals Basking…In the Fog?

Seals Brace Cove Brace's Rock ©Kim Smith 2015The seals appeared as delighted as we were for today’s return of warmer temperatures. Despite the lack of sunshine, I counted 22 socializing and lollygagging, five on one rock alone!Seals Brace Cove Brace's Rock Eastern point Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

Niles Pond driftwood ©Kim Smith 2015JPGThe giant twelve-foot log tossed by the sea, up and over onto the Niles Pond side of the causeway, is seemingly supported by nothing but frozen snow. And Niles Pond is still thawing, with only a small cluster of mallards huddled together in the center of the ice. I hope the swans return soon!

Niles Pond frozen ©Kim Smith 2015

EAST GLOUCESTER ROCKY NECK SEWER WORK

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Sewer work

Smith Cove line rehab slated to begin in April

Dear Friends:

I have received the following communication from DPW Director Mike Hale concerning upcoming sewer work in the Smith Cove/Rocky Neck area.

   March 23, 2015

Phase III CSO Control Plan – Project 5: Water and Sewer Rehabilitation

Re: Notice of Pending Sewer Rehabilitation, Smith Cove Sewer Easement

Dear Residents and Businesses:

As you are aware, the City of Gloucester is currently completing a water and sewer rehabilitation project in the East Main Street and Rocky Neck neighborhoods to improve the service and reliability of the municipal wastewater collection and water distribution systems. The sewer rehabilitation component of the project involves cleaning the existing sewer pipes and installing a cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) liner from existing manholes in the street to avoid excavation and minimize disturbance.

The next phase of work will include sewer rehabilitation of the sewer pipe crossing under Smith Cove from Rocky Neck Avenue within the City sewer easement limits of work area shown on the attached plan. The schedule for the rehabilitation work within the sewer easement crossing Smith Cove has not yet been finalized, but is anticipated to occur in April of 2015. The proposed Smith Cove sewer rehabilitation will also involve installation of CIPP liner from existing manholes so excavation and disturbance within the easement will be minimized.

Planned Work
Temporary Force Main (#229/R to #285 East Main Street and #5, #9 Rocky Neck Ave.)

In preparation for future sewer rehabilitation, the City’s Contractor (N. Granese & Sons) will install a temporary sewer pipe (force main) along the edge of the road from the Rocky Neck parking lot to the Beacon Marine pump station as shown on attached map. The temporary pipe will remain in place for approximately one month. When the pipe crosses driveway entrances, the contractor will create ramps of asphalt to allow vehicles to cross, or will excavate in road and bury the pipe if required to allow access to driveways. Following completion of the project, the contractor will clean up the area and repave the road where cuts were made.

Parking will be restricted along the route of this force main for the duration of the project.

Temporary Pump Station (in vicinity of #1 Eastern Point Rd. and #5 to #16 Rocky Neck Ave.)

The Contractor will then install temporary pumps in Rocky Neck Avenue to bypass the sewer flow through the temporary force main and allow work on the sewer pipe in Smiths Cove to proceed.

The pump station will be tested for a period of 48-hours and later will be run for approximately seven days. The station will run 24-hours a day and will be powered by diesel generators. They will be sound attenuated to reduce the impacts on the neighborhood but there will be some noise 24-7, with the pumps operating and workers attending and refueling the generators and pumps periodically.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane (alternating traffic) in the vicinity of the temporary pump station during the installation, testing, and operation of the temporary pump station.


Rocky Neck Parking Lot
During the work, the contractor will be staging equipment and materials in the parking lot on Rocky Neck Avenue. Parking will be restricted in the vicinity of the temporary pump station during this project (approximately one month), and when the rehabilitation work is underway (approximately 7 days) parking will be restricted on the majority of the parking lot.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience you may incur during this process. The City appreciates your patience and forbearance during this important project. If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact Scott Vesey (Construction Manager) at 978-973-6539 or Don Peavey (Department of Public Works) at 978-479-2184.

Sincerely,
Michael Hale
Director of Public Works

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Please check the City of Gloucester website for further updates at www.gloucester-ma.gov

Save the Dates Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio Tours

unnamed34th Annual Open Studio Tours
June 20-21 and October 10-12
10 am to 5 pm each day

 

24 Artisans in 22 Studios
  • New work, new artisans, new studios!
  • Ongoing demos in many studios tucked away in hidden spots
  • Read more “behind the scenes” at
    From the Studio
  • Watch excerpts from 2014 tours here
  • Beautiful new brochures and maps available at all studios

Len Burgess Submits Edward B. Snow Hull Life Saving Museum Rowing Race

Hi Kim,

I thought you might like to see this and pass it on for the Cape Ann rowers. I don’t know if any entries came from here.
It’s a slideshow of the Edward B. Snow, Hull Lifesaving Museum rowing race that was held this past weekend in Hull. It sure doesn’t look like spring, does it.

Order Your Beautiful Caffe Sicilia Cassata Siciliana for Easter Today!

During this year’s round of filming for Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, I had the wonderful good fortune to stop at Caffe Sicilia just as Maria Cracchiolo was about to decorate her signature Cassata Siciliana.

It was the morning of Saint Joseph Day and as you can imagine, Caffe Sicilia was bustling to fill the day’s special orders of delicious Sicilian pastries and altar breads. Nevertheless, I asked Maria if she would mind if I filmed her while she decorated the cake. No, not all, she graciously allowed. Maria is so deft at cake making that it took her only minutes to create this masterpiece. It’s all been captured for our film project! The Vine below gives a tiny glimpse of Maria’s artistry.

Cassata Siciliana is also traditionally served at Easter time. What a gorgeous gift Caffe Sicilia’s cassata would make to share at your family’s Easter celebration, which as you may know is coming up very soon, in less than two weeks, on Sunday, April 5th. Believe me when I write, Maria’s Cassata Siciliaina tastes as good as it looks–divine, actually! A partial list of the ingredients includes sponge cake, ricotta, liquor, marzipan, royal icing, and candied fruit.

Special orders may be placed by calling Caffe Sicilia at 978-283-7345.

Caffe Sicilia Maria Cracchiolo Cassata Siciliana Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

 

The Gloucester Clam’s Jim Dowd EP Lit House Event at Duckworth’s

Jim Dowd Snow Crash ©Kim Smith 2015

Last night Jim Dowd led a fascinating discussion on Neal Stephenson’s book Snow Crash, considered to be one of the best in the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction writing.

Jim Dowd Duckwoth's ©Kim Smith 2015

Lawrence Penson, editor of Nova Express describes cyberpunk, “Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body.”

Stevens Brosnihan ©Kim Smith 2015JPGStevens Brosnihan explains how to use Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display, on loan from Ocean’s Alliance. Read more about Oculus Rift at The Gloucester Clam here.

Chris Anderson Jenn Monroe ©Kim Smith 2015Eastern Point Lit House Co-founders Chris Anderson and Jenn Monroe

KT Toomey Michelle Barton ©Kim Smith 2015KT Toomey and Michelle Anderson

Duckworth's Snow Crash ©Kim Smith 2015

Jim Dowd Ken Duckworth ©Kim Smith 2015 Jim Dowd ©Kim Smith 2015

They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships

Snowy morning scenes from the boulevard and Eastern Point Lighthouse.

They that go down to the sea in ships.

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The Fisherman 's Family

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Snowy Day Eastern Point Lighthouse

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Happy First Day Of Spring!

Azure Bluets, Quaker Ladies, Houstonia caerulea -2 ©Kim Smith 2014Bluets, also known by the charming name Quaker Ladies

The first day of spring! It’s official although, with temperatures hovering in the twenties, its hard to believe. Close your eyes and imagine along with me pink and orange tulips, spring dresses, (stick with me here–just don’t look out your window at the still high drifts of snow) fields of bluets, sailboats in the harbor, windows open, the music of buzzing bees, shoots of new green grass, blue skies, robin bird songs, the smell of freshly tilled earth, fog horns in the distance, baby birds, misty warm April showers, the sweet scent of jonquils, bird’s nests along the meadow’s edge, the song of the Baltimore orioles returning, walking along the beach (without bundling up), friendly Red Admiral butterflies, lilacs, plum blossoms, magnolias in bloom, dogwoods in bloom, orange poppies, sweet pea tendrils, and sweet alyssum (see there, its not that hard).

Hurry Up Spring!

Tulips Mary Prentiss Inn ©Kim Smith 2014JPG

Tulips at The Mary Prentiss Inn 

Cornus florida rubra ©Kim Smith 2013

Cornus florida rubra

Lilac Presidnet Grevy ©Kim Smith 2011 copyBlue Lilac ‘President Grevy’

Bee and Rosa rugosa ©Kim Smith 2014Rosa rugosa and Bee

Lilacs bloom in in an array of hues ©Kim SmithLilacs flower in an array of beautiful hues

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