The Buoy House ~ Bayview

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I’ve always enjoyed the multitude of colors the buoys bring to this scene.   Last time I was there, it was just before sunset and I was chased away by a few raccoons surveying the area.  (Buoys made by my neighbor Greg Marchant, Ipswich Bay Wooden Buoys)

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Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 5/24/16

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Cape Ann Community

Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

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A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.


OPEN HOUSE – May 26th – Gloucester Biotechnology Academy

May 24, 2016 ~ Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute

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OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, May 26th
4:00-7:00pm

55 Blackburn Center, Gloucester

A new Biotech career training academy has opened in Gloucester – recent high school grads welcome to apply now!  Come see what everyone is talking about at our Open House.  Tour the new facility and meet the staff.

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy:

  • Preparation for entry-level lab tech jobs
  • Nine-month training on modern biotech methods
  • No tuition or fees – course is completely underwritten
  • Paid internship after completing 2 semesters
  • Career skills and mentoring

Please email if you have questions:  biotech.academy@gmgi.org

For more information:  Gloucester Biotechnology Academy

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Maritime Gloucester Season Opening – May 28

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Math Volunteers Needed

May 23, 2016 ~ lwheels2636

Wellspring’s Adult Learning Initiative (ALI) is seeking volunteer tutors to help in our math class.  You don’t need to be an expert, just bring your enthusiasm! 

Our summer session starts June 6th and runs until July 27th.  Classes meet at 302 Essex Ave, Gloucester on Mondays at 8:45 am to 10:40 am and Wednesdays at 10:50 am to 12:30 pm.  Please contact Mary to learn more about this volunteer opportunity at (978) 281-3221 x300.

Thinly Sliced #Pork Loin Sandwiches Made On The @WeberGrills Kettle

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Rubbed The Pork Loin with Paul Prudhomme blackened seasoning and coarse black pepper.  Set up the kettle using the snake method with briquettes, apple chunks and cherry chips.

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When she hit 130 internal I basted her with some Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce.

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145 internal and she got pulled off and rested for 10 minutes before thinly slicing it for sandwiches.

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Topped with cole slaw and Franks hot sauce.  So tender, juicy and flavorful!

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FIRST LOOK BEAUTIFUL GOOD HARBOR BEACH PIPING PLOVERS!

PIPING PLOVERS RUNNING 2 GOOD HARBOR BEACH GLOUCESTER COPYRIGHT KIM SMITHNot shy in the least, the four Good Harbor Beach Piping Plovers spent the early part of the morning running and feeding along the shoreline, bathing in the tidal flats, and ferociously defending their territory against other avian intruders. A jogger ran past the one preening at the water’s edge–he was quite close–but that did not seem to alarm the Plover. They are diminutive little creatures, about six to seven inches in length, and show mostly white feathers when flying overhead.

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Breakfast – Piping Plovers eat insects and small invertebrates

One Piping Plover seemed to be testing different sites to nest, momentarily hunkering down, then leaving the spot, and then returning a few moments later to vigorously dig a deeper depression in the sand, before then flying away.

PIPING PLOVERS NESTING -5 GOOD HARBOR BEACH GLOUCESTER COPYRIGHT KIM SMITHTesting the depression

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Leaving the possible nesting site

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Returning to the depression

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Digging in!

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The roped off area appears to be a terrific solution in helping to protect the possible nesting sites. Visitors to Good Harbor Beach this morning were very mindful about respecting the boundary. And there was not a single dog in sight, off leash or otherwise. The Plovers flew in and out of the restricted area, as did Killdeers and several other species of shore birds.

KILLDEER GOOD HARBOR BEACH GLOUCESTER COPYRIGHT KIM SMITHA Killdeer feeding near the Piping Plovers. The Killdeers, also members of the Charadadriidae, are slightly larger and a much darker brown than the Piping Plovers.

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Gallery 53 Opening Party, May 28th

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours, Daily, 10:00-6:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays ‘till 9:00 PM

Gallery Opening May 25, 10-6; Opening reception, May 28, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck Announces Opening Party on Saturday, May 28

New season presents artist demos and 8 new members

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck opens for the season on Wednesday, May 25, followed by a festive opening party on Saturday, May 28, from 6 – 8 pm to celebrate the new season and welcome seven new gallery members. Save the date! The public is invited to visit the gallery on beautiful Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA to meet the artists and enjoy an array of beverages and delicious edible treats.

The gallery welcomes eight new members: Deborah Barnwell, jewelry; Pam Courtleigh, assemblage; Rob Dieboll, painting; Gail Gang, painting; Ellen Garvey, blown glass; Kathleen George, painting; Shana Holub, ceramics, and Cornelius Sullivan, etching. See our Facebook page and web page rockyneckartcolony.org/gallery-53-on-rocky-neck/ for more pictures and further information about the upcoming season full of surprises.

On the same Saturday, May 28, our first Summer Artist Series artist holds her opening reception at the gallery, as well. The abstract paintings and mixed media of Kathy Soles, former Goetemann Artist in Residence on Rocky Neck, are on display in the Ann Fisk Room at Gallery 53 from May 25through June 7. The Gallery 53 SAS (Summer Artist Series) this year is exciting with seven incredible artists showing their work. See rockyneckartcolony.org/summer-artist-series/ for detailed information.

The season also includes a series of artist demonstrations on Saturdays, from 1-3 pm. Please join us and watch how art is made up close and personal. A schedule and full list of participants is available on our web page rockyneckartcolony.org/gallery-53-on-rocky-neck/.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, 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 rockyneckartcolony.org.

Pets of the week- Piper and Larry 


Hello! Piper here with my older brother Larry. We are like two peas in a pod, just love hanging out together! We came to the shelter from another rescue who thought we would have a better chance of finding a new family here. We were living on the streets of Boston where a nice man was taking care of us. We are glad to be here at the shelter and we are ready to find a loving home we can call our own. We are a little shy and will take a little while to settle in but we are sure with some time and patience we both will have lots of love to give. If you have room for two felines in your home please come on down and meet me and my brother Larry. Did I mention how pretty I am? For more information about Piper and Larry and all of the available animals at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please check our website: http://www.capeannanimalaid.org. Our 2016 Dog Rescue Reunion is set for Saturday June 4th. You can register online.

 

A Little Bit of Kindness Goes a Long Way

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Be forewarned….this is going to be a story about one of my boys.

Last Sunday was Wally’s birthday at Fenway Park.  I took Finn in with me for the day because…at 6 years old…he is still a huge fan of mascots and, that being the case, Wally’s birthday is the place to be.

Many a mascot have been known to fly in to celebrate with Wally at the park on his big day each year and both of my boys have really enjoyed being in attendance in years past.

On the way into the park Finn started to ask questions about whether or not mascots are actually “real.”  I asked him what he thought. He listed many reasons explaining why Wally couldn’t actually be real….which broke my heart just a little bit.  My only response was, “Well, all I really know is that Wally has always been really nice to us and he makes me smile.  Real or not, Wally is Wally and I think he’s pretty great.”

Fast forward to the action at Fenway.  Wally had an A list of friends fly in indeed.  A thought which still makes me laugh.  I think it would make the best short film ever to see the mascots each grabbing their suitcases, running out of their home ballpark, hailing a cab or hopping in a limo, taking off for the airport, checking through security, and buckling up on planes across the country…prior to meeting up at Logan Airport and driving off to Fenway together.

We watched the pre-game action on the field and then Finn wanted to head up to the Green Monster to watch a couple of innings before heading down to Wally’s Club House for the birthday celebrations.  Turns out that Wally and his friends had the same idea.  Wally takes to the Green Monster during each game to do the “Wally Wave” with some fans.  At the end of the 2nd inning Finn was suddenly surrounded by Mascot Mania and couldn’t  have been happier.  Unfortunately, being little, Finn was soon pinched out of the action on the crowded stairs and was about to be lost in the shuffle.  As soon as the birthday dance started, T.C. (from the Minnesota Twins) came to his rescue and scooped him up to give him the coolest view in the park.  Finn was beaming.

As if that bonding wasn’t cool enough, we bumped into T.C. and the other mascots again during Wally’s birthday party.  By then, all Finn cared about was hanging with his new pal T.C.  I explained to him that the mascots were having a really busy day and had lots of fans to meet and a schedule to keep.  No sooner than I had said that, though, T.C. turned around, recognized Finn and gave him a special “hello.”

At that moment, T.C. became Finn’s favorite thing ever.  Any doubts about mascots being “real” vanished and he was beaming.  Finn talked about T.C. for the rest of the day.  On the way home it occurred to him that he may not have the opportunity to see T.C. again.  The doubts that filled Finn’s thoughts on the way into Fenway had been replaced with the purest and simplest memories of a new favorite day at the park.

At bedtime Finn asked, “Do you think T.C. has already left Boston?” and then rolled over and said, “Happy Birthday Wally” to his little stuffed green monster.  Ahhh….to be six again.

After downloading photos and videos from the day, it occurred to me  just how great T.C. had been.  I realize that it is surely in a mascot’s job description to bring enjoyment to fans young and old….but, T.C. went out of his way.  Anyone who brings such pure joy to one of my children deserves a “thank you” right?  So, I emailed T.C.  I can’t lie, I felt a little funny actually emailing a mascot and I certainly didn’t expect to hear back.  But, I did.  Not only did T.C. email me back, but he seemed genuinely happy that I took the time to let him know that he made Finn’s day.  T.C. asked for Finn’s address.  He said that he wanted to send him a little something.

Just a few short days later, a box arrived in the mail.  T.C. had sent Finn the mother load of Minnesota Twins goodies.  Finn was….well, really, the only word that seems right….incredulous.  His giggle as he figured out that the box was actually from T.C. is one of the most precious things I have ever heard.

The fact that someone…in this case a big furry bear named T.C. all the way from Minnesota…took such time and care to make my little guy smile….will be one of the moments that makes all right in this sometimes overwhelming and crazy world for this mom.  Huge kudos to T.C. for embracing his ability to make Finn feel special.

Mascots are real.

 

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