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Repairs Gone Wrong – botched cleaning on City Hall Honor Roll plaques require corrective restoration

And the qualified help that’s needed is underway!

What do you do when your home repair goes very wrong? Upon evaluation, sometimes you just have to hire a new contractor to remedy mistakes. In the fall of 2014 memorial honor roll plaques in City Hall received some cleaning. The monuments were due some attention. Over time the names were no longer legible and the surfaces were grimy defeating their noble purpose. Gloucester’s outstanding City Archives and the Cape Ann Office of Veterans Services were and are able to help with research for those who can’t come in person or see them clearly.

photo caption: BEFORE photograph of one of four WW1 honor rolls in the rotunda City Hall, ca.2014

©C Ryan bronze plaque city hall 2


The 2014 project was not handled by the city nor administered through its committee for the arts, of which I am a member. Funds were raised privately to work on the plaques. Though well intentioned, those restoration efforts were botched, and costly at the time, so I’m told.  The names were made more visible, but the plaques were damaged and results are scratched, streaked and blotchy.

photo after poor bronze plaque cleaning splotchy © C Ryan 20170719

A small annual budget (FY2018 $4000) that’s set aside for care of City arts and culture and monuments must now be redirected to fix the fix. Sometimes you have to hire a new contractor to remedy mistakeswhich is frustrating, but necessary. Perhaps the 2014 group will reimburse this cost.

Throughout 2018, you may see specialists from Skylight Studios repairing plaques within City Hall through the Committee for the Arts on behalf of the City. (Gloucester residents may recall that Skylight Studios was hired by the Commonwealth to restore the bronze doors of the Abram Piat Andrew Bridge; the doors were temporarily displayed at Cape Ann Museum before being reinstalled.)

The detailed work on the City Hall plaques will be completed in brief, focused intervals. One plaque in the rotunda will be restored last, because it’s a great opportunity to show before and after examples of contemporary restoration projects- the good, the bad and the quality. As the plaques are repaired, the detail of the raised carving and borders and most importantly the names of so many veterans will become easier and easier to read and remember.

Gloucester Ma Veterans Honor Rolls and Monuments

Spanish American War- “Men of Gloucester who served in the War with Spain volunteers all 1898-1902. Gloucester ‘s men, serving on land and sea won for their city  the honor of giving to her country the largest per capita of men in this war. Erected by the City of Gloucester 1930.

Honor Roll War with Spain City Hall cleaning needs to be redone  ©c ryan 20180221_095556.jpg

2014 wonky cleaning needs repair (Honor Roll to be repaired sometime 2018)

World War I Honor Rolls (rotunda and upstairs)
World Ward II Honor Roll (outside clerk’s office)
Korean Honor Roll (outside clerk’s office)
Vietnam Honor Roll (outside clerk’s office; Brian Hamilton 1980 painting of fisherman)

just outside Kyrouz Auditorium, FIRST FLOOR, CITY HALL
“Civil War (1861 1865)This tablet records the service of Company G 8th Regiment MVM in the Civil War; and War with Spain (1898 1899) occupation of Cuba; and World War 1917 1919″ Corrective repairs are underway on this trio Honor Roll. Waxy build up added in 2014 is being removed all over, and names in a small lower right corner have been attended.


The multi story memorial to Gloucester fishermen lost at sea was a major public art project designed and hand painted by Norma Cuneo with Irma Wheeler in the 1970s. Their work was the basis for the cenotaph installed in 2000 by the Man at the Wheel on Stacy Boulevard.

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Food Combining

Cape Ann Wellness

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC knows the effects poor food combining can have on the digestive system. It can produce indigestion, fermentation and gas formation and if prolonged, can lead to toxemia and disease.

A few examples:
Eating raw and cooked foods together
Bananas and Milk
Berries and Dairy

Spices and herbs are often added in Ayurvedic cooking to help make foods more compatible or to ease undesirable effects.

One example: adding cooling cilantro to hot spicy food can help it to be digested.

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”


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O’Maley presents Shrek the Musical JR features double cast and 65 students!

Please join us…

Shrek at Gloucester O Maley 2018

WHAT: O’Maley Innovation Middle School – O’Maley Academy Drama Club’s Production of Shrek The Musical Jr. “Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. based on DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig.”

WHEN: The double cast production will be performing 6 public shows over the first 2 weekends in March:

(Cast X)   Friday, March 2, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.

(Cast Y)   Saturday, March 3, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.                                

(Cast X)   Sunday, March 4, 2018 – 1:00 P.M.

(Cast Y)   Friday, March 9, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.

(Cast X)   Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.

(Cast Y)   Sunday, March 11, 2018 – 1:00 P.M.

WHERE: O’Maley Auditorium, 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester, MA

WHO: Our production showcases 65 sixth, seventh, & eighth grade students in the cast & crew!

WHY: Besides being incredibly fun, musical theater helps young people develop many of the skills necessary for success in today’s world: Self-Confidence, Literacy, Communication, Imagination, Empathy, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Self-Discipline, Community Awareness, Public Speaking, and Teamwork.


Drama Club Co-Directors: Sharon Crowley, Joanne Horne, Lauren Horne, & Leslie Sellers

Costume Designer: Linda Stockman and Choreographer: TS Burnham

*O’Maley Drama Club is part of O’Maley Academy, a free, afterschool grant-funded program administered by: Site Coordinator Allison Cousins and Family Coordinator Mary White 

#GloucesterMA athletes: Countdown to Cheerleading Conference Championship at GHS Sunday

Champion Gloucester MA athletes cheerleaders practice year round July 2018 Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA Bass rocks

GHS cheerleading athletes July 2017, Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, MA-  Champions practice year round

Reminder & invitation From Principal Cook and GHS Athletic Director Julie Smith

“To the Gloucester Community:

We hope this finds you well and enjoying February vacation!

This is a special message to all residents of Gloucester and surrounding communities due to a special event happening at Gloucester High School this Sunday, February 25th at 4:30pm.

Gloucester’s State Champion Cheerleading team will compete AT HOME in the Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference Championships.  This is a rare opportunity to see the amazing GHS Cheer athletes up close as they take on their League rivals.  Click this link to view the teams’ order of appearance on Sunday:  Order of Appearance.pdf

Doors open at 3:30pm.  Tickets are $5.00 for Students and Seniors, $7.00 for Adults.

See you there!

James Cook, GHS Principal and Julie Smith, Athletic Director

P.S.  Spring 2018 GHS and O’Maley Athletics Registration opens soon…stay tuned!”


Reclaimed original Gloucester High School Floor (2)

Sports memorabilia and stories of former championships: original GHS floor repurposed and framed at high school, a legacy floor retired and immortalized, Gloucester, MA

Sigh…it’s still Winter

It was nice to have a little reprieve from winter yesterday but today with are reminded that it’s not quite finished with us.   Here’s a few chilly scenes to share from my time up North this weekend.   Hoping all of those school vacationers in warmer climates are bringing it home with them this week!!

Urban Living Is For the Birds?

I noticed these guys recently while waiting around downtown.  These three little guys seem to have made a home under the roofing of this building.  They seem to be very fond of their residence! I like the juxtaposition of the decay and lively birds.




Workshops at Treetop Yoga This Weekend

Cape Ann Wellness

Two great opportunities at Treetop Yoga this weekend. In addition to specialty workshops, Treetop Yoga offers over 40 yoga and barre classes a week for all ages and abilities. We are located at 3A Pond Road in Gloucester. Our new students special is for anyone who has not been to the studio in the past 12 months – $49 for an unlimited month of yoga or $59 for an unlimited month of barre and yoga. EveryBODY Welcome!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 – Winter Nourishment: A Balancing Flow and Restore Workshop The stillness of winter serves as an invitation to slow down, reflect, and turn energy inward. We are given the opportunity to rest from the usual extroverted energy of the warmer months. Yet, balance is key, as this slow paced energy can also leave us feeling weighed down. By cultivating an inspiring shift within our yoga practice, we can ignite a sense…

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Cape Ann Symphony: Belle Musique Francais


An Afternoon of French Symphonic Miniatures Featuring

World Renowned Harpist Ina Zdorovetchi on Sunday, March 25

Cape Ann Symphony continues the orchestra’s 66th Concert Season on Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA with the Belle Musique Francais Concert , a sparkling program featuring a selection of French symphonic miniatures by Faure, Ravel, Bizet, and Debussy. Guest Artist harpist Ina Zdorovetchi joins the orchestra for Debussy’s Danse Sacree et Profane and Ravel’sIntroduction and Allegro. The program also includes Faure’s Pelleas and Melisande Suite, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants (Petite Suite). Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa calls the program, “an outstanding concert  featuring an all star line up of the greatest French composers of all time.” “The addition of the brilliant harpist Ina Zdorovetchi,” adds Udagawa, “will make the music soar!” Ina Zdorovetchi has established a reputation as one of the leading harpists of her generation. Active as a soloist, recitalist and recording artist, she has been featured at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Rockport Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, WGBH Radio Boston, the symphony orchestras of Jerusalem andHaifa, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Moldova National Radio Orchestra, Moldova National Philharmonic, the chamber orchestras of Seattle, Boston University, Bucharest University, and the Republic of Moldova. As an orchestral musician Zdorovetchi is Principal Harpist of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Boston Lyric Opera.. Zdorovetchi makes her Cape Ann Symphony debut in the Belle Musique Francais Concert on Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or


What’s New with Backyard Growers

Cape Ann Community

Looking for a way to support Backyard Growers this winter?

Join us on March 3rd as we partner with Treetop Yoga for a Karma class!

Yogi VeggiesTreetop’s Emma Delphin will lead the class and provide the bartending skills. Emma offers an energizing, lighthearted 1 hour flow and after we will celebrate our community with a fun post savasana cocktail!

Minimum donation of $10 includes the class and the cocktail – all money raised will go to Backyard Growers.

If you find more zen in the garden then on the mat, consider supporting our Give-A-Garden, Get-A-Garden Program.

G4 2018

The Get-a-Garden, Give-a-Garden is a program for those who are not income eligible for the Backyard Garden Program. When you participate in the Get-a-Garden, Give-a-Garden program, not only do you get a garden, but you make it possible for a low-income Gloucester family to have a garden just like yours!  When you make a contribution…

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Never Look Backwards

Stairways around town have special beauty.  The trip up offers promise with each step; sometimes the destination can be life changing.  Rudyard Kipling, who has his own special place in Gloucester history said: “Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs.”  Some of these stairs beg you to climb. Never looking backwards seems like sound advice.


Added bonus homage to Rudyard Kipling in case you haven’t seen this recently:

Artists’ Call for Entries

Artists’ Call for Entries

from combat veterans for the exhibition:

IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans

May 17 – June 24, 2018

The Rocky Neck Art Colony invites combat veterans to submit works of art to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition, “In War and After: The Art of Combat Veterans” a six-week exhibit at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Curator/Juror: Ken Hruby – Combat Veteran, West Point graduate, Sculptor, Author, Faculty at School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston Massachusetts.
Submissions: Online, via Smarter Entry
Deadline for Submissions: Midnight, Friday, March 23, 2018
Exhibition Dates: May 17 – June 24, 2018
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 20, 4-6 p.m.

The Intent of this Exhibition

The exhibition seeks to show the work of artists who are combat veterans working in the visual arts. Artists are urged to submit their best work, showing or interpreting the realities of war or its aftermath —the lives, emotions, tragedies, and actions of those who have lived through theaters of war, civilian and armed forces, and it effects upon them, their loved ones, friends and comrades—perhaps exploring the relationships between military citizens and their civilian counterparts.


Open to all veterans who served in the Combat Artist Program as well as Combat Veterans engaged in the visual arts from all branches of the military.

Details for Submission

All media are welcome: painting, photography, signed and numbered prints, drawings, pastels, assemblage, small sculpture, videos, mixed media and more.

  • Entry fee: In appreciation of the artists who are submitting, all entry fees will be paid by the exhibition sponsors.
  • Include an Artist Statement and a Bio (PDF, Doc, or txt files). Include in the Bio the artist’s Branch, Dates and Theater of service.
  • Artists may submit images for up to three works of art, one image per two-dimensional work and up to three images for each three-dimensional work.
  • Entries must be submitted via the “Smarter Entry” online entry system, see
  • You will need good quality photos of your work in JPEG format, sized no greater than 2MB, maximum 1200 pixels for the longest dimension. Each image must be labeled with the following information: last name, first name initial, title, medium.jpg. Example: Smith_J_SunsetSymphony_acrylic.jpg
  • Smarter Entry will not accept special characters, (e.g. !@#$%^&*+()][{}|/) on jpeg labels.
  • Two-dimensional art should not exceed 48” maximum width.
  • Three-dimensional art should fit on a 16×16” pedestal, be hangable or free-standing.
  • For exceptions to be considered: Please contact the Exhibitions Committee at as soon as possible. Every effort will be made to accommodate your work.
  • Submissions deadline: 11:59 PM, Friday, March 23, 2018.
  • Notification: Works and artists selected for the exhibition will be announced on the RNAC website ( on Friday, March 30, 2018 by 5:00 PM.

Commissions on Sales

  • 40% commission on the sale of non-member work
  • 25% commission on the sale of RNAC member work.

NOTE: Artists must be members at the time of the beginning of the exhibition to take advantage of the reduced commission rate. Membership is $100. For membership information please see:

About the Curator

Ken Hruby is a sculptor, an author, and a faculty member of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston. As a combat veteran who served in Korea and Vietnam, his work has been shown in numerous group and solo shows across the nation and is included in several private and public collections, including the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA. See more about Ken here:


The Mission of The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is to nurture excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, Gloucester’s harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist painters in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists as Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Theresa Bernstein, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today, Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up-to-date information visit

We at the Rocky Neck Art Colony look forward to seeing your work!

Sound Harbor’s FIRST Open Mic on March 4th

NEW! Middle and High School students are invited to participate in Sound Harbor’s first Open Mic hosted by Renee Dupuis March 4th, 2018, 2PM-5PM. All instruments welcome.


Check out their updated website , like ’em on Facebook, and sign up for their newsletter to find out about all their great musical offerings.

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