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Building in Gloucester, MSBA School Committee consolidation update, and MAPC City Housing forum

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Three meetings with some items in common were held at the same time this past Wednesday, October 26, 2016: the standing School Committee meeting (including updates on new building) which include members Mayor Romeo Theken and Councilor Favazza; the Housing Building/Production Plan Public Forum #2 at City Hall which includes Councilor Lundberg; and a Forum to Focus on Building in the City held at the Magnolia library and community center with 3 Councilors LeBlanc, Orlando and Nolan.

Cape Ann TV filmed the first two.  (I will add them into the post.)

 

School Committee Meeting

“We’re on a path right now.”  “Nobody said we can’t pay.”   “We’re in Phase II of a 3-phase plan. We may need to convince the community to vote for a debt exclusion to pay for it.”

The MSBA toured East Gloucester Elementary School earlier in the week to corroborate the condition related to the School Committee Statement of Interest to consolidate East Gloucester Elementary and Veterans Memorial. The School Committee relayed that the community is united in expressing a need for new schools, moving forward and not changing course. The MSBA ascertains the community’s readiness and ability to pay. Gloucester is still in the running for MSBA aid. The pool of applicants was whittled down to 30 from 89 and sometime December or January, Gloucester will learn if MSBA accepts the plan, rejects it or places it on hold. “Up, down, maybe the plan is for the East Gloucester/Veterans only.”

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Housing Production Forum at City Hall (I’ll add links to the presentation and feedback from the Magnolia forum):

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Citizens waiting in line to vote just after 6pm

Gloucester photos from Zuiderdam cruise guest Larry Stock!

Thank you for sharing your perspective, Larry! The collage of 8 photos is followed by the ‘read more’ link for closer inspection of each of his terrific shots. His photographs document highlights from his visit including City Hall, climbing the tower, the murals, and a Cape Pond Ice tour. The September 24th visit was a full day into night port of call, and coincided with Essex National Heritage Trails & Sails. The welcome volunteers had prepared a list of things to do on that fun and busy Saturday. By 1:30PM, over 1200 Holland America passengers and crew had come through Cruiseport on this second September visit. (That clicker count does not include the package tours booked in advance.)

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RACE WITH THE SCHOONER ADVENTURE ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD!

race-and-parade-win-2016-9070-586x315Join Schooner Adventure in Martha’s Vineyard September 16 & 17 for the 28th Annual Pat West Gaff Rig and Schooner Race on Saturday, September 17th! This annual race benefits the island non-profit program, Sail Martha’s Vineyard. Adventure will be docked at Tisbury Wharf in Vineyard Haven Harbor from Thursday through Sunday hosting several dockside and sailing events.

To purchase tickets and read more, visit the Adventure’s website here.schooner-adventure-sunset-gloucester-harbor-2-copyright-kim-smithschooner-adventure-sunset-gloucester-harbor-copyright-kim-smithRecent snapshots of the Schooner Adventure docked at the Jodrey State Fish Pier

Art museums in Massachusetts are closer than they appear. Gloucester, Google maps and upcoming exhibitions

 

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Last week I was in the Amherst area to meet with clients at a museum. I added on a couple of exhibitions that I knew were closing before I’d be back in that area. I have to map out shows or I miss them.

If you do an online search for ‘art museums in Massachusetts’ or ‘best of’ museum inquiries there are several helpful lists that pop up. The New England Museum Association for one has stepped up their digital presence for their membership directory. Still, must-see institutions on the North Shore and Cape Ann are rarely high lighted, buried deeply, and frequently absent from compilation lists ( see omissions at Artcyclopedia, Massvacation, Tripadvisor, visit Massachusetts, art-collecting, etc.)

Here’s a link to Massachusetts Art Museums created in Google maps. Part 2 Massachusetts 2016 fall/winter museum exhibition guide coming!

Upcoming show trends include: illuminated manuscripts, citizenship, art of picture books, and vintage and contemporary photography.

 

 

 

RASING THE RAINBOW FLAG AT CITY HALL FOR #PRIDE MONTH!

Rainbow flag raising Gloucester Mayor Romeo Theken copyright Kim SmithRainbow flag raising City Hall Gloucester MA -1 copyright Kim SmithContinuing in the City’s tradition of supporting diversity, liberty, and freedom for all, Gloucester is celebrating Pride Month throughout June, beginning with today’s flag raising ceremony. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken was joined by House Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, Senator Bruce Tarr, City Councilors Melissa Cox and Sean Nolan, a representative from Representative Seth Moulton’s office, and many people from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

The flag was donated by Gloucester resident Alasandra McClellan.

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Raising the rainbow flag over City Hall with @sefi62 #pride #gaypride @northshorepride

A video posted by Kim Smith (@kimsmithdesigns) on

LEADEN DECEMBER SKIES :)

How fortunate we are to be experiencing a delightfully warm El Nino December although many regions in the rest of the country are not faring as well as we in the Northeast. Thinking about where we were almost to the date a year ago at this time…see the end of this post.
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GLOUCESTER HARBOR ROCKY NECK DECEMBER 2015Rocky Neck

GLOUCESTER HARBOR OUR LADY DECEMBER 2015Our Lady of Good Voyage

Photographing from the same location last year at this time, Smith’s Cove, December 18, 2014 ~

LOBSTER TRAPS SMITHS COVE EAST GLOUCESTER ©Kim Smith 2014SMITHS COVE EAST GLOUCESTER ©Kim Smith 2014Pirate’s Lane Smith’s Cove East Gloucester

DUCKWORTH'S BISTROT EAST GLOUCESTER ©Kim Smith 2014Duckworth’s Bistrot December 2014

RODERICK McALLISTER TUGBOAT

Sure is a pretty tugboat and loved seeing the Roderick McAllister in Gloucester Harbor during Schooner Festival. On my way into Cambridge to do an installation last Thursday and there it was docked in Boston Harbor, looking good from the Tobin Bridge vantage point.

Roderick McAllister Tugboat ©Kim Smith 2015

From Gloucester City Hall Tower

What an amazing experience to go up to the tower at Gloucester’s City Hall.

 

BREAKING NEWS: FIRST LOOK @USCGNortheast CUTTER KEY LARGO ARRIVES GLOUCESTER!

Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015Under the command of Captain LT Nolan Cuevas, Gloucester’s USCG new Cutter, the Key Largo, powered through the harbor before docking at the Jodrey State Fish Pier.Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015 -10

 

Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015 -5Brandon McCampbell Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Executive Officer ©Kim Smith 2015Executive Officer Brandon McCampbell reports that the crew of the Key Largo is the same as the crew that operated the Grand Isle. Approximately 32 days ago, they picked up the Key Largo in San Juan, then onto Miami, then to Charleston, before arriving in Gloucester. Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015 -7

Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015 -3Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 -2 ©Kim Smith 2015Interestingly, I asked Executive Officer McCampbell what the symbols mean that are painted above the Key Largo sign, each with a red X. The seven snowflakes represent seven cocaine seizures and the plant, marijuana seizures.

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Silhouettes ~ Capt. Joe Fishing Boat

Capt Joe Gloucester fishing boat. ©Kim Smith 2015. -5Yesterday afternoon as the sun was setting I stopped down the Jodrey State Fish Pier to see if there was any ice left in the harbor. There was some, but it seemed mostly along the edges. Snapping photos of the Captain Joe fishing boat, I met the captain of the Captain Joe and, no surprise, his name is Captain Joe! He was super personable to talk with and asked whether I was speaking American English or was from Great Britain. I asked him from where was his accent and he said a combination of Sicilian and Italian. One of the crew joked and demanded a $100.00 per shot as he assumed I was working for an international magazine. Funny! I told them all about Good Morning Gloucester. If you read this Captain Joe, thanks for the photos of your beautiful boat in the setting sun!

Capt Joe Gloucester fishing boat. ©Kim Smith 2015Capt Joe Gloucester fishing boat -4©Kim Smith 2015Capt Joe Gloucester fishing boat -3©Kim Smith 2015

Capt Joe Gloucester fishing boat. -2 ©Kim Smith 2015I think the photos would be prettier if it were high tide, and will try again one afternoon.

Gloucester Harbor Exquisite Sunrise

Yesterday morning’s exquisite sunrise from Pirate’s Lane.

Freemantle Doctor Fishing Boat Rockport ©Kim Smith 2015

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Cape Pond Ice winter Gloucester Harbor ©Kim Smith 2015

The sun’s light at daybreak coming up over the harbor after the snowstorm lent a golden glow to all. I find our neighborhood–the people, the architecture, the boats, the sweet little robins–to be a never ending source of inspiration. See panoramic view of Smith’s Cove sunrise, posted yesterday.

Smith's Cove Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015Gloucester City Hall winter snow @Kim Smith 2015

Americold ©Kim Smith 2015Our Lady of Good Voyage winter snow Gloucester harbor ©kim Smith 2015Maritime Heritage Gloucester winter snow ©Kim Smith 2015

Pirate's Lane Arbor ©Kim Smith 2015East Gloucester Americna Robin ©Kim Smith 2015Pirate’s Lane Robin

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