Light Up Main Street Kickoff Party

Councilman Ken Hecht visited the GMG podcast this morning to discuss the Light Up Main Street project, which will deck 76 trees from the Blackburn building to Flanagan Square with 4.3 miles of 23000 LED lights. I can see the sparkle in my mind’s eye already.  It will add a distinct dimension to Main Street and encourage people to linger, stroll, visit, and be neighbors.

To complete the project by the July 14 (Block Party) target date, the project is going to need a great deal of assistance especially from volunteer electricians, bucket truck owners and people willing to “adopt a tree” and hang the lights. To that end, a kickoff party is scheduled for this Wednesday June 20 at 5:30 at 189 Main Street (formerly Wisdom’s Heart). Ken encourages potential volunteers to look for the Dead in the Water banner on the Rogers Street side and use that entrance. If you are among the first ones there, you’ll get a snazzy volunteer T shirt as shown here. The shirts were donated by Sweats of New England and they are awesome! Don’t you want one?

I’m going to head down to Main Street to pick out my tree………see you Wednesday June 20 at 5:30! Spread the word.

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NSAA Happenings

Open Painting & Drawing Sessions Selected Wednesday’s • noon-3pm • July – August – September

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Fee $5 Suggested Donation Over the decades, art enthusiasts have looked to North Shore Arts Association for their introduction to and ongoing involvement in the arts. As part of NSAA’s commitment to fostering the fine arts and its dedication to community outreach, NSAA is offering these open sessions. A call to artists – beginners, intermediate, all levels are welcome to stop by and work on their own personal projects. This is a great way to meet other artists, socialize, exchange ideas and broaden your knowledge. Meet new friends and immerse yourself in the Cape Ann arts community! The goal is to develop increased knowledge and skill that comes from sharing and critiquing each other’s work. We welcome participants suggestions to help this program evolve. How it works – These sessions are informal gatherings and offer no formal instruction. The studio/gallery is open to anyone, from professional artists to amateurs. The grounds of the NSAA are also an option! Participants provide all of their own materials: easels, paints, canvas, paper towels, drop-cloths, etc. Artists are asked to pay $5 each. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. We reserve the right to cancel a session if no one has signed up in advance. If you’re planning to attend, we recommend making a reservation. 978.283.1857 or arts@nsarts.org

Pre-Demo Pop Up Show June 24 -29th Demonstration June 24th 2pm

JUNE 16, 2018 ~ 11PIRATES ~

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KT will demonstrate painting clouds and skyscapes, with a focus on morning and evening light and mixing dramatic color. Space is limited so we do suggest that you sign up early . . . 11 Pirates Lane • Gloucester MA 01930 • 978.283.1857 http://www.nsarts.org

@ISPVersailles – #Hero.

@ISPVersailles: I stopped this vehicle today for a left lane violation on I-65. The driver had approximately 20 cars slowed behind her because she would not move back to the right lane.

Again…if there are vehicles behind you, you must move to the right lane to allow them to pass.

GloucesterCast 284 Part 1 Taped June 17th, 2018

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GloucesterCast 284 Part 1 Taped June 17th, 2018

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Topics Include:

Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

Henry Ferrini- Gloucester Writers Center with The Incredible Dancer Gala Buy tickets here!

Sarah Steward and Jamie Matheson Beer On The Pier Event

Ken Hecht Light Up Mainstreet Volunteer T Shirts Lighting Up 76 Trees

GloucesterCast 284 Part 2 Taped June 17th, 2018

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GloucesterCast 284 Part 2 Taped June 17th, 2018

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Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

Dancing at Lughnasa At Gloucester Stage- Tickets Here

Callie and Fen

Props to Comcast voice remote/app/website
Plover Update
Duckworth’s Update
Save The Horribles GofundMe
Seaport Grill Lobster

 

 

Captain Pete Mondello Rebuilds His Trap Trawl Table Once Again

A GMG tradition through the years.

Tracking Captain Pete’s Trawl Table Rebuilds every 3-4 years.

Here’s this year’s table (built 6/16/18)-

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PETER MONDELLO MAKING A NEW SETTING TABLE

Here’s Pete Mondello and Billy working on a new setting table for the Allison Carol.

When Pete hauls his ten pot trawls he will stack the pots along that setting table after they have been re-baited and then he will set the traps off the back of this “setting table”

Peter Mondello Making A New Setting Table, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

SO PETE MONDELLO IS REBUILDING HIS TRAWL TABLE AND…

So Pete is rebuilding his trawl table on the back of the F/V Allison Carol and I coulda sworn he had just rebuilt it last year.  I’m thinking to myself jeeze, that didn’t last long.

So I say “Pete, didn’t you just rebuild that last year?  Two years ago tops?”

His reply, “Nah, that was three years ago.”

Well guess what?  Not only wasn’t it longer than one two or three years ago, it was 6 frickin years ago!

6 Years ago-

Where the heck is the time going?????

Today-

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! BROUGHT TO YOU BY PAPA PLOVER

Papa and Pip snuggling today

Whenever folks stop by to ask questions at the nesting area and they see the little chicks snuggling under the adult PiPl, they almost automatically assume it is the Mama Plover. Half the time it is the female, and the other half, the male. Mom and Dad share equally in caring for the chicks, generally in twenty minute to half hour intervals. They are always within ear shot and while one is minding the chicks, the other is either feeding itself, grooming, or patrolling for predators. Last year, as is often the case, the Mama Plover departed Good Harbor Beach several weeks before the chick fledged, leaving Little Chick entirely under Papa’s care.

Eight-Day-Old Little Pip

Papa piping a warning call to Mama, while snuggling Pip 

If you would like to help monitor Pip and our PiPl family, please contact Ken Whittaker at kwhittaler-ma.gov.

Shoring up the Long Beach seawall: readying concrete forms and walkway

Phases of storm repair continue.

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Father’s Day Morning bike ride Plus PSA

I call this “Skip’s Tree” since he takes the best photos predawn right here. End of ride so I’m an hour late. (And I run into Skip under the Keystone Bridge ten minutes later with his camera out.)

PSA (Public Service Announcement) Road Race today. Just don’t get in your car. It’s not worth it.

Quarries are lovely in the morning.

Father’s Day gift. I am designating myself President and Treasurer of the Cape Ann Electrical Bicycle Association. Email me your application for membership to CAEBA.

SeniorCare Sunset Cruise Fundraiser

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SeniorCare Inc. will host its Ninth Annual Sunset Cruise Fundraiser, an evening cruise aboard Cape Ann Whale Watch’s Hurricane II, on Thursday, July 12, 2018, boarding at 6:30pm and returning at 9:30pm. The evening includes a light dinner, dancing and entertainment, raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased by contacting SeniorCare at 978-281-1750 or online at www.seniorcareinc.org. Sponsor opportunities are available.

About SeniorCare
SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over. We provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine communities. Established in 1972, SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization which provides and coordinates services to elders and others. This allows them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part…

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OUR THIRD GOOD HARBOR BEACH PIPING PLOVER CHICK WAS KILLED THIS MORNING

We are so very sorry to share that the third chick was killed this morning. The seven-day-old chick was taken and eaten by a very large crow that swooped in unexpectedly, as witnessed by the volunteer monitors.

One week ago today all four Good Harbor Beach Piping Plovers hatched in the parking lot. We celebrated, but also knew that the really hard part was yet to come. Monitoring tiny marshmallow sized fluff balls, made the color of their surroundings, is like looking for sand upon sand. To do this several hours at a time is no small feat, made even more challenging on Gloucester’s busiest of beaches.

I would like to give a huge shout out and thank you to all our super dedicated PiPl monitors. Know that they are doing the very best they can to fend off predators of every kind, ill mannered people, astronomically high tides, diminished beach, people who have been drinking in the hot sun all day, garbage left behind on the beach (which attracts crows and gulls), and every other creepy thing you can think of. The core group is putting in many hours, are sunburnt, and neglecting their families.

A terrible mishap of death or injury to a chick could happen on anyone of our shifts. When you see a PiPl monitor at GHB, stop and feel free to ask questions about the plovers, and please thank them for their dedication. I honestly hope I don’t see one more facebook post/comment blaming the monitors about how we are not doing enough to keep the chicks safe and not reporting enough about the scofflaws. It is just plain cruel. Thank you. 

Our one remaining chick, the one volunteer monitor Heather Hall calls Pip, is the smallest of the hatchlings and the one we think hatched last. This afternoon Mom was keeping watchful eye while Pip was foraging between the foot of the dunes and line of folks at the rope’s edge.

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Mama Plover and Pip

Early this morning when we still had both chicks.
 

SPECIAL FATHER’S DAY FREE SAIL ABOURD THE SCHOONER ARDELLE

Check out this fantastic offer from the Schooner Ardelle, just for Dads! Fathers sail free when accompanied by the purchaser of one full priced ticket. Click here for more details.

Late afternoon sail aboard the pinky Schooner Ardelle.

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