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Summer Beach Traffic and Parking Part 2 – high tech and common sense Good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, Stage Fort, Great Marsh

This is a follow up about the public meeting held by Gloucester City Councilor Scott Memhard February 15, 2018 at Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library on beach traffic and parking with a focus on his ward. This post includes Councilor Memhard’s meeting notes, and the Beach & Traffic Ad Hoc committee presentation to City Council. Look for information and maps related to Long Beach, Good Harbor Beach, Stage Fort Park, and more. Chances are your ideas or concerns were mentioned–doublecheck for yourself. Future public meetings to be announced.


Here’s the presentation packet to the City Council from the Gloucester Beach Parking and Traffic Ad Hoc Committee, January 2017

Here’s Councilor Memhard’s recap of the Summer Beach and Traffic public meeting held at Sawyer Free Library February 16, 2018 (advertised in the Beacon, Gloucester Daily Times, and elsewhere long in advance):

“The Ward 1 Beach Parking Ordinance community meeting last night at the library was well attended. We had a lively airing of concerns and opinions, addressing the specific Parking Ordinance proposed changes, and general, wide-ranging discussion of the problem and various potential solutions, including:

> expanded off-site parking* and trolly/bus service to the beaches;
> better signage notifying drivers that lots are full and closed, with posted directions to alternate parking options; and
> other practical steps to relieve severe safely, access, and disruption from on-street parking congestion in our beach neighborhoods.

*park n ride options would ease traffic especially with smartphone reservations/options. Locales like Rockport, Manchester, Provincetown limit cars. Several lots mentioned maximizing extant options such as negotiating with Stop&Shop, Shaws, Fuller, Blackburn, schools, etc. Stage Fort Shuttle already established and more train/bike. Train-trolley services have a rich history here.


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Cape Ann Lanes weekly and February vacation specials

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go Coehlos 🙂

What’s included…Family deal February vacation
2 hours of bowling on one lane for up to 6 people
Shoe rentals for all bowlers
Large cheese pizza
Pitcher of soda
All for only $59.00   -You save $25!!

Valid anytime. Cannot be combined with other offers.
Reservations recommended. Call to Reserve a Lane 978-283-9753

weekly specials

weekly specials

One Billion Rising event at City Hall


IMG_20180214_152726The Gloucester Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse, Strong Men Don’t Bully, HAWC, the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center, and the City of Gloucester annual event was packed  at City Hall . And it soared, especially artist Megan Wolf stunning song and brave Laura Crook.

Thank you Gloucester

A sail form in the Winter mural seemed more  heart 💓 shaped than ever


OBR Flyer #metoo final

Another fun evening at the Magnolia Library and Community Center

The Magnolia Library held a great event on Friday night called, Sip N Shop. Alana Horne and the board have done a great job utilizing this Community Center. Of course, I had fun. There were many vendors and thank you for all who came out to support our Magnolia Library.

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Gloucester UU Church

From our Friend Charles Nazarian:


This Sunday, February 11th, three children’s choirs will combine to present a festival concert at the Gloucester UU Church at 4:00pm, hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.  We are late getting out the publicity but hoping that our partners will be able to help using their email, blogs and social media.

More info is available on the GMF web site.

Thanks for your help in getting the word out for this family-friendly event!


Charles L. Nazarian, president

​Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation​

​​​10  Church ​Street

 Gloucester, MA 01930


Our own Sinikka Nogelo has been inducted into the NAWA

Wonderful article on Sinikka Nogelo in the Gloucester Daily Times

Among the many mediums Gloucester artist Sinikka Nogelo has worked in is television. As director of Cape Ann TV for 29 years, she pioneered early local public access programming (CATV) with one camera, a tiny budget, a lot of ingenuity and some “terrific teamwork.” Until retiring from that post back in 2011, her first love — art — went on hold. Except, that is, for weekends, when she was what she calls a “beach chair artist.”

Nogelo, who last spring was inducted in a ceremony in New York City into the prestigious National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) is still a beach chair artist when she wants to be.

One of her most ambitious recent works, “All Wired” — a 5-by-8-by-4-foot environmental conceptual sculpture made from no fewer than 3,000 colored wire hangers — was constructed for a 2017 exhibition in Newburyport’s Maudslay Park while Nogelo basked in “a collection of beach chairs” that stretched from Gloucester (Good Harbor and Magnolia) to New Hampshire (New Found Lake).

 But for the most part, the artist may nowadays be found in her studio at Gloucester’s Cripple Cove, where there is no saying what medium she’ll be working in on any given moment. Although painting has been her primary medium, as an ever more passionate environmentalist, she has in recent years found herself increasingly drawn to working with found objects, as a way to conceptualize environmental statements.

Metallic materials, cans washed up on beaches, trash — litter of all kinds, contours and colors — have in her hands been transformed into sculptural installations and wall pieces. One of those pieces, “Washed Up” — a wall piece protesting beach litter — has been chosen by the Massachusetts chapter of NAWA for exhibit at RADAR, an environmentally focused show opening Sunday, Feb. 11, at Boston’s @artlery160 gallery.

This is the first time Nogelo’s work has been juried into a NAWA show, but it is not her only work in the show. “Tundra Melt,” an intricate acrylic that suggests glacier fragmenting to address global warming, will also be nearby.

One of several Cape Ann artists who are members of NAWA — including Cynthia Journey and Donna Caselden whose works will be in the show as well — Nogelo still seems to be more than a little awed to find herself in the august company of NAWA’s “awesome” artists.

Founded in 1889, “to create greater opportunity for professional women artists in a male-dominated art world,” NAWA has counted among its members no less than the great 20th century Impressionist Mary Cassat and sculptural iconclast Louise Nevelson, as well as Gertrude Whitney, founder of New York’s newly relocated Whitney Museum of American Art. But it was the trail-blazing 21st century contemporary feminist Judy Chicago who seemed to most impress the Gloucester artist.

“I was awestruck,” says Nogelo. She could not believe that she’d ever see the day she’s see her name on the membership roster with Chicago’s. “I thought, Judy Chicago! I guess I felt sort of intimidated.” But like Chicago, experimentation is the hallmark of Sinikka Nogelo’s work. She has, she says, been influenced by everything from her Scandinavian background (she was born in Finland, but raised in America) to her years teaching university in Africa, to her years of video production at CATV, to her love of waves and weaving.

A founding member of Gloucester’s now defunct women’s art cooperative and gallery, Center and Main, she has always been supportive of and inspired by fellow women artists. “We have so many good ones on Cape Ann,” she says.

One of them, Donna Caseldon, was with her last spring when she traveled to New York City’s Rubin Museum for NAWA’s formal induction ceremony. Caseldon, president of the Annisquam Sewing Circle, whose talents took her to Washington last holiday season to join a contingent of designers chosen to transform the White House for Christmas, is, like Nogelo, primarily known for her oils and acrylics. But at the RADAR exhibit, she will be showing a conceptual environmental piece.

Likewise Manchester artist, Cynthia Journey, will make her RADAR debut with a wall installation, “Breaking Through,” one of several conceptual sculptures she has produced this past year to protest current disregard for ethical management of the planet. With a newly opened gallery on Rockport’s Bearskin Neck, Journey joins Nogelo and Caseldon on Cape Ann’s growing roster of rising women artists to be counted among the “awesome” greats of NAWA.


What: “RADAR” an environmental art show juried by David Thomson and Tameka Eastman-Coburn (Gallery Director) of @artlery160 gallery.

When: Sunday, Feb. 11, to May 4. Opening Reception: Saturday, Feb. 17, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: @artlery160 gallery, 160 Federal St., Boston. Phone: 617-699-2713

For more information, visit: and www

Winter Sip ‘N Shop Magnolia Library

Save the date:
Friday, February 9, 2018 06:00 – 09:00 pm
Magnolia Library
1 Lexington Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930

Public · Hosted by Magnolia Library and Community Center

Once again the Magnolia Library is proud to host a slew of amazing vendors for our seasonal Marketplace! This pre-valentines event includes some great local artists, photographers, hand knit creations, glassware, jewelry and MORE! Stop in for a quick gift for your loved one and a glass of wine on us! Free admission, free wine samples, snacks and appetizers. Bust out of your Winter Blues and join us for a Sip N Shop!

Lindsay Marshall: Angies Alpacas
Kathy Guardino-Fernandes: Photography
Rosandra C Oliva PureHaven
Erin A Pequeno Erin Pequeno’s Creative Nook Online
Donna Ardizzoni Photography
Judy Gilliss and Betty Cannon Mag His Society
Carolyn Gurrisi Paparazzi
Melissa Cox/ Jessica Biker Soaps and Dog Treats
Lara Snackzilla Jardullo Headbands, Fascinators and more
Diane Brown Saunders Lularoe
Jamie Margiotta/ Whitney Knit Head wraps and wine glasses
Amy Prichard
Amanda Neal
Kylee Foote
Haley Allison Bare Cheek Beauty
Julie Geary Classic Cooks
Rhonda Ryan Nelson Ruby Hearts
Melanie Lovell Cape Ann Animal Aid

The I Am More Project

From our friend Amy Kerr, she is doing a wonderful project. Please go to her website for more information.


 Those of us who suffer from depression, grief, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, and dysphoria can become overshadowed by our struggles, but we are more than our suffering. We are parents, friends, artists, professionals and children. We have dreams, loves, goals and gifts.

 You can read the stories of those here in Cape Ann that you might not have realized struggled with these issues, like Donna and Seth, by following I Am More at Then share your own essay or poem by emailing to receive a Writing Guide.






Cape Ann Museum

January is Membership Month.  Also every year the Museum opens its doors free of charge to all Cape Ann Residents during the month of January.  If you have never been there, you are missing out on a great day of learning and enjoyment.

For more information please check on the link below:



Martin Luther King Volunteering at Market Basket, Saturday January 13, 2018

We will be meeting at Market Basket starting at 9:00 a.m. and collecting until 3:00 p.m.  The 3:30 p.m. shift will meet at The Open Door, 28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester to unload the truck.  We will be handing out flyers to Market Basket patrons asking if they could spare a donation. I have assigned a shift captain to each time slot.  They will be assigning tasks to volunteers, providing volunteers with flyers and buttons that identify us as democrats, I will also ask that they take a picture of their group and email it to me for Facebook and possible submission to our local newspapers.  If you don’t want to be in the picture that’s fine.

Please dress for the weather, it looks to be 47 degrees (but falling fast) and raining.  Please try to be on time for your shift as you are replacing someone else.  Most importantly remember to have fun!  We are fortunate to live in a great community of very generous people making this project a pleasure.  Attached is the schedule  please look for your name under a specified time slot and you will see the name of your shift captain.  For those of you not on the schedule, you expressed an interest and I welcome you to join where you can.  One last thing, at the end of this signature you will find my phone number, please take that number down and put it in your phone in case there is an issue.


Catch a Ton of Tuna

Shift Captain: Bernadette Merenda
Dave Marro
Donna Ardizzoni
Nicole Altieri
Jackson Altieri
Suzanne Newman
Florence Williams
Jane Marchurs
Rosie Sagall

Shift Captain: Liz Murray

John Van Ness
Dylan Benson
Peg Leeco
Meredith Fine
Roz Smith
Joan Sweeney
Christy Park
Pat Doran

Shift Captain: Susan Only

Sean Recroft
John Recroft
Tom Denman
Mark Williamson
Ivan Williamson
Michael Wheeler
Candice Wheeler

Bernadette Merenda
GDCC Public Service Director

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