Cape Ann TV’s ‘Winter on Cape Ann’ Video Contest Deadline is Only 5 Days Away!

Cape Ann TV’s ‘Winter on Cape Ann’ Video Contest Deadline is Only 5 Days Away!


Cape Ann TV Announces
‘Winter on Cape Ann’ Video Contest
Gloucester, MA – Cape Ann TV ( ), a non-profit local
access cable station serving Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-sea,
and Essex, is hosting a winter video contest.
Cape Ann is one of the most scenic and beautiful places in New England,
and as such it is the perfect canvas for video. Show us your
interpretation of “Winter on Cape Ann” in five minutes or less and win…
•    A free computer tune-up from Abacus Computers in Gloucester
•    A $25 gift card to Wally’s Blackburn Bistro
•    $50 from Cape Ann TV
All submissions are due by midnight on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014;
which is only 5 days away! Cape Ann TV will determine the three finalists
and the winners will be chosen by public vote online. All finalist’s
videos will play on Cape Ann TV’s channel 12 in February.
•    Must include, however creatively, “Winter on Cape Ann”
•    All submissions must be under 5 minutes
•    Video producers must own all the rights to their content including music
•    Must be submitted via YouTube link to: by February
14th, 2015.

Perfect Storm Feb 6- March 1 At The Cultural Center Rocky Neck

Opening Reception, Saturday, February 6, 4 to 6pm

PERFECTstormFebruary 6 – March 1, 2015

Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson St. Gloucester
Reception: SAT Feb 7, 4-6pm
People’s Choice Award Reception: Sun Mar 1, 2-4pm

Juror, Leonie Bradbury, Director and Curator of Montserrat College of Art Galleries, selected 39 pieces from 22 artists out of 201 entries submitted. Bradbury said this about her selection process.

When I think of the concept of a “perfect storm” I think of a set of circumstances, or in this case the forces of nature, coming together in an unprecedented or unpredictable way. I feel that the works selected for this exhibition possess a quality of energies either colliding or expanding, sometimes raw and intense other times harmonious and peaceful. A few pieces, however, are subtler and show those quiet moments after a storm or visually capture a more delicate interaction of weather with a landscape through mist and fog. Together these works remind us of the power of nature and the beauty that we see in its magnificence.

The Eastern New England artists selected for the show include Emily Barrera,  Peter Baumgartner,  Dale Blank,  Kara Caso, Matt Cegelis,  Katherine Coakley,  Gail Gang,  Gordon Goetemann, Lisa Goren,  Ruth Hamill,  Law Hamilton,  Robert Hesse, Michele Kenna,  Mary Kostman,  Otto Laske,  Judith Monteferrante Skip Montello,  Sandys Moore,  Ruth Schneider,  Miranda Updike Timothy Wilson,  and Philip Young.

We invite you to see this exciting collection of work and meet the artists at our opening reception on Saturday, February 7 from 6-9pm. Vote for your favorite piece. A People’s Choice award will be presented at the closing reception on Sunday, March 1, 2-4pm.

Because of the snow, parking is limited in the main parking lot.
Extra parking is available at the Marine Railways at the end of Rocky Neck Ave., two blocks from the Cultural Center. Be sure to wear good boots.

God Bless The Hard Working Overtired Snow Plow Guys

Thanks for keeping the streets clear.  Every time shoveling in front of the driveway when the plow comes by I wince as it piles the snow back up in front of where I just shoveled.  Absolutely not their fault as they gotta get the streets cleared.  It just is what it is til the white stuff clears. Thanks plow guys for your hard work in this worst snow month ever.


Pet of the Week- King Charles

king charles

Are you ready to play?  Ready to build snowmen and climb snow forts?  Great!  I have been waiting for you!  King Charles here and I am super happy to meet you.  I love making new friends (both the two and four-legged kind) and going on adventures. I am extremely sweet, lovable, and smart and have lots of energy.  Like training and spending time outdoors, well then I am your boy so come down and visit! For more information on adoptable pets and upcoming events visit

Bird Of Paradise Flourishes as Icicles Hang Outside

This Bird of Paradise has bloomed for years, this summer it spent time outside, at the end of the season we cut away many roots, split it and repotted. It has flourished and has produced over a half dozen beautiful flowers this winter, even with the icicles outside.

My contribution is digging, cutting, picking up and moving this 100 pound pot around.





I’m kind of in love with the new Shell Station on Eastern Avenue in Gloucester.

My mornings are just like the movie Ground Hog’s Day…..each and every day.

Hit the alarm, stumble through the house, open the laptop, turn on the coffee pot, let the dogs out into the back yard, fill their bowls, read overnight emails, grab the lunch boxes… and the lunches, icepacks, water bottles, and cloth napkins, fill the lunch boxes, let the dogs in, pack the backpacks, wake up the boys (if they’re not awake already), grab them some breakfast, and head off to get myself ready. Once I’m ready, there are only about 90 things left to do to successfully get out of the house by about 7:20.  Any kind of news or grown-up information is not one of them.

So, the new Shell Station allows me to multitask.  The new pumps with built in TVs actually allow me to fill my gas tank AND catch up on some current events. Shot. Score!   Even if it does cost a little extra.  The other day I found myself standing, pump in hand, for an extra few minutes, happily watching a news clip, before I snapped out of my daze and remembered that I was actually on my way to work….and chronically late at that.

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Community Stuff 2/9/15


Valentine Inspired Afternoon Offered to Families at Cape Ann Museum

MOVED A dance/movement workshop for kids of all ages led by Sarah Slifer Swift.

When we say that something “moves” us, we usually mean that it touches us emotionally. Using the sweet sentiments of the Museum’s historic Valentine collection, participants will explore gesture, composition and the fun of communicating through dance.

Families are invited to join museum staff in creating valentines using various mediums in the museum’s Activity Center.

This program is free and open to the public.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed during the month on Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors, students. Children under 18 and Museum members are free. The second Saturday of each month is Family Free Day.  The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at .


February Meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club


Michael Deneen



Feb 7 at 8:22 AM

Hi Joey, please see if you can get this in the blog — and you should really think about coming to this one, you’d have a great time. These are really fun events.  Thanks!



The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club has an absolute monster of a program for you on Friday night February 13.

Many of those wonderful pictures of objects in space — galaxies spinning, black holes feeding, stars being born and dying, planets moving around other stars, and so many others, are taken from space, not just by Hubble but by a whole fleet of space telescopes.

We actually have different space telescopes to observe different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum — light — from Gamma rays through our rainbow to the Infrared.

Why are the different space telescopes used and what do we learn from them? What do the different pictures look like? What is the future of space telescopes? We have the answers for you.

On Friday, February 13, North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club president and long-time GAACster Kevin Hocker will show us examples of different space telescopes that do different jobs, and, of course, we’ll see some of their amazing discoveries.

The space telescopes we will hear about include

  • Swift Gamma Ray Burst Telescope
  • Chandra X-Ray Observatory
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • Kepler – the telescope in the hunt for Earth like planets
  • Spitzer Infrared observatory
  • And of course, the Future of space telescopes – James Webb Space Telescope

Kevin will show us an overview of each telescope, its features, and of course a striking and colorful assortment of photos from each. Don’t miss this one! You’ll be telling your friends all about this for weeks!

GAAC meets from 8:00 to 9:30 pm on the second Friday of the month at the Lanesville Community Center in the Lanesville neighborhood of Gloucester. There is no cost, and all are welcome. You don’t need to know anything about astronomy and you don’t need to own a telescope to have a great time! More information is available on our Facebook page at, our website at or our twitter feed, @gaactweet.



Pam Sullivan



Feb 6 at 10:49 AM

Hi Joey – We hope you will consider including the news below so we can share this wonderful accomplishment for our Teen Leaders Club, they have collected 24,699 non-perishable items for local residents in need. Kids in Gloucester are really making a difference! I’ve attached a photo as well. Please let me know if you need any additional information.

As always, we appreciate anything you can do to share this with your readers.  Thanks – Pam Sullivan

For Immediate Release                                                 



Nearly four dozen dedicated, service-minded teens “rocked” for 24 sleepless hours to raise awareness and food donations for Open Door Food Pantry, St. Vincent De Paul Society and local families


Gloucester, MA – For the 18th year, the members of the Cape Ann YMCA Teen Leaders Club each rocked the night away (in rocking chairs, that is) for 24-sleepless hours to raise awareness and food donations for local families in need.  This year’s event continues to accept donations and to date has collected 24,699 cans and non-perishable items (financial donations were credited 3/$1) to be donated to the Open Door food pantry, St. Vincent De Paul Society and directly distributed to families and elders in need.  This event continues to grow each year impacting more and more community members who need assistance with one of life’s basic necessities–food.  In 2014, the Rockathon collected 15,100 canned goods and just one year later is on its way to nearly doubling that amount in donations.

“This event has grown significantly over the past several years and we are so incredibly proud of each one of our Y Teens for pushing through the tremendous discomfort in order to serve our community to provide, literally, thousands upon thousands of meals for folks and families in need.  By rocking for 24-sleepless hours, we get to truly get a sense of self sacrifice.” said Rick Doucette, Executive Director of Teen and Camp Services at the Cape Ann Y.  Doucette added, “We’re super-excited and grateful that the Gloucester City Council will formally recognize our Leaders Club and their commitment to helping our community at the March 10 Council Meeting at City Hall.”

The Cape Ann YMCA has a long history of being at the forefront of youth work with teens and strives to empower the next generation of leaders by giving them the tools to succeed.  Through community service opportunities, leadership clubs and drop-in Teen Centers where everyone is welcome, the Y is creating an inviting and inspiring atmosphere for young adults to thrive.

With the generosity of the Cape Ann community, the dedication of YMCA Staff and volunteers as well as the support from local businesses, this was the most successful Rockathon ever.  Rockathon space was provided by Mac Bell and food for the “Rockers” was provided by Carroll K Steele Insurance and Chick-Fil-A® at the North Shore Mall.


Julia Amero, Justin Anderson, Chloe Bailey, Nick Beck, Sam Blake, Chris Brayton-Tedesco, Robert Brazzo, Vinny Brazzo, Emily Briere, Mcaela Chase, Michael Collins, Bianca Costa, Leigh Curcio, Rick Doucette, Jessica Dunn, Kayleigh Dunn, Abby Feener, Jack Fernandez, Christian Francis, Trinity Frustraglia, Mya Harmon, Luke Hilshey, Max Hubbard-Nicastro, Adam Jerome, Jojo Klyce, Richie Klyce, Hunter Lane, Jaren Lane, Sky Lane, Geoff Lattanzi, Jovanna LoCoco, Luciana LoCoco, Bella Master, Stabo Master, Mollie McGillvary, Jessica McPhail, Cienna Militello, Kae Munroe, Christian O’Donnell, Alessia Saputo, Ardriana Saputo, David Tucker, Zach White, Conor Williamson, and Nikki Williamson.

To find out more about our YMCA offerings for teens on Cape Ann, please visit or contact


February Open House Flyer

Storm Update- Trash Pickup Cancelled

Storm update

Snowstorm update

Monday trash pickup CANCELLED

Dear Friends:

I have just received word that Monday’s trash pickup has been CANCELLED.
Trash pickup will follow a holiday-week schedule and be delayed one day.
For further updates on the storm, please follow developments on the city website:

Parking ban

A reminder that the city’s parking ban remains in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Cars may be parked in city and school lots until that time. Please remove your vehicles promptly so that the lots can be cleared. Vehicles impeding snow removal are subject to ticketing and towing at the owner’s expense.

Brown Pelican Pesticide Ban Success Story and Why This is Relevant to Gloucester Lobstermen and Our Community

California Brown Pelican taking flight El Matador Beach ©Kim Smith 2015 copyBrown Pelican Taking Flight

When I was a young girl my family lived in Southern California for several years. I recall seeing few, if any, brown pelicans at our local beaches. Due to the widespread use of DDT in agriculture, brown pelicans on both the east and west coasts, along with other species of birds, were made nearly extinct. Pelicans incubate their eggs with the skin of their feet, essentially standing on the eggs to keep them warm. DDT caused thinning of the eggshells and when the pelican parents stood on the eggshells, the shells fractured and broke.California Brown Pelican preening ©Kim Smith 2015

Preening Pelicans ~ You can tell that these two are young pelicans because their eyes, usually brown, turn blue during courtship.

During the 1960s brown pelican colonies along the Southern California coast had shrunk by more than 90 percent. For decades, a chemical plant had been discharging thousands of pounds of DDT into Los Angeles sewers. The toxic chemical was ingested by anchovies and other fish consumed by pelicans. The chemical altered the pelican’s calcium metabolism, which caused them to lay eggs with thinner shells. DDT-caused shell thinning also exterminated peregrine falcons in the east, and took a terrible toll on bald eagles and ospreys.

El Matador Beach Brown Pelican habitat ©Kim Smith 2015. JPG

Insulation: After deep diving for fish, pelicans perch on rocks and preen. Pelicans feather’s keep them warm and dry; they do not actually get wet thanks to the oil in their preening gland. The glands secrete oily waxes and fats that they work into their feathers making them wind- and weatherproof, as well as providing insulation from the cold.

As a direct result of Rachel Carson’s seminal book Silent Spring, in 1972 DDT was banned nationwide. The brown pelican has recovered ground and was delisted from the federally endangered species in 2009. Unfortunately, after DDT was banned, two years later Monsanto brought to market their glyphosate herbicide Round Up.

El Matador Beach commorants ©kim Smith 2015

 Brown Pelican Habitat ~ El Matador State Beach

While visiting Liv and Matt, we spotted pelicans everywhere and it was absolutely wonderful to see. They are magnificent birds with an extraordinary life story. Here are several links to learn more about the California brown pelican:

About Pelicans, California Brown Pelicans

El Matador  Beach Pelican ©Kim Smith 2015

Today the lobster industry faces several major threats. Not only are the lobsters stressed from warming ocean waters and a protozoan parasite, but several pesticides used in massive mosquito spraying, including methoprene, malathion, and remethrin are linked to contributing to the collapse of the lobster fishery in the waters off Connecticut and New York. Lobsters are arthropods, which places them in the same phylum classification as mosquitoes and may help explain why they are affected. Lobster landings on Long Island Sound are of particular concern as they have declined from 3.7 million pounds in 1999 to 142,000 pounds in 2011.

Bearing in mind that worse chemicals are often used after specific chemicals are banned, the Maine Lobsterman’s Association is somewhat reluctant at this point to endorse banning specific pesticides until more comprehensive testing is done.

Gloucester lobsterman follow strict conservation guidelines. It would be very interesting to learn what they consider are the reason(s) for the declining population of lobsters in fisheries further south.

El Matador Beach ©Kim Smith 2015El Matador Beach

Overkill: Why Pesticide Spraying for West Nile Virus May Cause More Harm Than Good

Silent Spring


Snow emergency

Parking ban begins at 8 tonight; schools closed; trash pickup cancelled*



Chief Campanello writes:

Below you will find important information from the City of Gloucester regarding the upcoming storm. This storm has changed direction and speed several times over the last few hours and we are doing the best we can to keep up with the changes, keeping in mind the publics safety always comes first. Thank you for your understanding and patience during what has been a really trying three weeks worth of storms. We are here for you and your public safety needs 24/7 and will continue to be. We appreciate all of your cooperation and your efforts to assist with moving your vehicles, clearing sidewalks, and helping your neighbors. Please continue to do so while we deal with this series of storms. Thanks so much. Here’s the latest:

Effective at 8:00 pm on Sunday, February 8, 2015, the city has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to the snow storm.

From 8:00 pm on Sunday, February 8th, until 6am on Tuesday, February 10th, all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets.

Violators of this emergency declaration are subject to ticketing and towing at the owners expense. Residents may park in all municipal and school parking lots during the parking ban. Please be aware that due to the unpredictability of this storm, adjustments to the snow emergency and parking ban may be made.

All residents are reminded they are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts. Please make every effort to shovel out hydrants at or near your homes.

Please make every effort to check on your elderly neighbors.

Gloucester Public Schools will be closed Monday February 9th, 2015.

*Update: Trash collection is on a holiday schedule and will be picked up one day later than normal.


Leonard Campanello

Chief of Police

City of Gloucester, MA

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