Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet Of The Week- Data


Hi, my name is Data.   I am a two-month-old boy pup who is Retriever/Lab mix.   My siblings and I have rooms at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, a non-profit shelter located at 260 Main Street in Gloucester.  We are so excited about finding families to adopt us!

Please check our website at:

We always appreciate donations to our building fund.  We hope to be in our new shelter this autumn!  We also appreciate gifts of gas cards for the shelter van, postage stamps for mailings and of course toys for shelter cats and dogs.

The staff and volunteers are so kind.  The ONLY bad thing here is that they don’t have room service!

Cooling Center Open For Gloucester Residents

-Cooling Center Open for Gloucester Residents In response to the high temperatures expected today, July 20th, Thursday July 21st and Friday July 22nd, the City of Gloucester is providing a cooling shelter for Gloucester Residents, located at the Rose Baker Senior Center on 6 Manual F. Lewis Street. The hours of operation are from 8 AM to 8 PM.

Please help us help others by informing those who may be in need of this opportunity, especially elderly residents or those with medical conditions

New Pizza Place in Rockport Takes it To Another Level

Rockport is blessed with so much: several beautiful beaches, a vibrant arts community, historic wharves & buildings, lobstering industry…you could go on and on. And now, you can add the Atlantic Pizza Company to our list of blessings. Housed in the architecturally compelling former Al Ruben Gallery, the Atlantic Pizza Company was created, like its pizza, from scratch. Audra Dainora, the owner of the business, bought the building in April 2010. She proceeded to spend the summer season watching traffic patterns and chatting with visitors to Rockport when she noticed that so many questions from tourists had to do with finding somewhere to eat, especially somewhere casual. Audra saw the opportunity to fill a niche in the community, offering fresh pizza with the best ingredients: organic tomatoes and toppings that are sourced from local farms whenever possible. Together with Dan Cromidas, who helped with the conception and development of the pizza and can now be found working his magic in the kitchen, Audra brought the Atlantic Pizza Company to Rockport. Reading through the menu is a mouth-watering proposition, and I can attest to the fact that the Margherita Pizza was delicious, the thin crust crisp on the outside, perfectly chewy on the inside, while the basil and mozzarella and tomato competing for freshness. (Full disclosure: I also tasted the cheese pizza, which features an amazing mozzarella, unlike any I’ve ever tasted.) But it should be said: it’s not all about the pizza at this restaurant. The building itself lives up to the food. Audra hired the design firm Siemasko & Verbridge, based in Beverly with John Harden as the project’s architect, to take advantage of the building’s pitched roof and, as it was built in 1961, take it back to its mid-century glory: a combination of minimalism and New England rusticity. Which is like the best of Rockport itself: quintessential New England with a dose of high design.

So make your way down to Bearskin Neck and stop by Atlantic Pizza just as soon as you can. You can work your way down the menu with a few breaks in between for a swim at Front Beach and a stroll through the shops and galleries of downtown Rockport. Summer perfection.

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  • Atlantic Pizza Company
  • 4 Old Harbor Road
  • Rockport, MA 02140
  • (978) 546-2420

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Did You Know? (Laundry Day)

That on April 19, 2008, actress Sandra Bullock was involved in a head-on collision with a drunk driver in front of East Gloucester Square Laundromat while in the area to shoot “The Proposal.”?  No one was injured in the accident. 

Doing laundry is not one of my favorite chores, but having a great, clean, affordable laundromat with well maintained equipment nearby and my good buddy artist friend, Wendie Demuth of Wendie Demuth Photography (pictured here after staying up too late the night before enjoying the Rocky Neck nightlife on Madfish Wharf) to do it with, makes it fun.  If you live or are visiting in East Gloucester and don’t have a washer and drier, East Gloucester Square Laundromat at 197 East Main Street is a great place to do your laundry.  They even have a parking lot in back, a cool handpainted sign of a woman doing laundry the way I used to do it when I lived in Jamaica (except I didn’t have a wringer – just my hands), and a nice bench out front to sit on and watch the traffic go by (and hopefully no accidents).  It’s also right around the corner from the North Shore Art Association, so you can take in a little art while your clothes are spinning around, if you’re there after 10:00 am.

E.J. Lefavour

Ask the Trainer Thursday July 21st In front of the Visitor’s Center

Gloucester Dog Park Training

The Friends of Gloucester Dog Park will have their Thursday informational booth with ‘Ask the Trainer Thursday’ this Thursday, July 21st from 3 pm to 5:30 pm.  Come with your dog and/or your question and get valuable information on that question you have been dying to have answered.  Meet Laurel Silva, certified dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers with extensive experience in working with rescue/shelter dogs.  And as always we will have our signature red bandanas for the dogs and our Gloucester Dog Park buttons along with handouts on Dog Park Etiquette, Dog Behavior and Reasons to Pick Up After Your Dog. Come and learn more about the creation of Cape Ann’s First Dog Park!!!  We need your support.  Visit us at

PS- We are in need of an event’s planner and PR/Marketing help.  If you can help please contact us at

15th Annual Rockport Rotary LobsterFest will Rock Back Beach!


Rockport, North Shore, and Greater Boston, MA – Rain or shine, on Saturday, August 13 from 12 noon to 7 pm at the American Legion Hall Bandstand on scenic Back Beach in Rockport, MA, Rockport Rotarians will host their 15th annual public LobsterFest cookout, open to all, and including free entertainment by the legendary Cape Ann Jazz band. Enjoy a complete meal of hot boiled lobster, corn-on-the-cob, clam chowder, roll and butter, watermelon and a soft drink in this festive and picturesque setting for just $25. (military/fire/police/EMT price: $23). A cash menu of hot dogs, burgers, chips, desserts, beer and wine is also available. Each year close to 800 people enjoy this lively event, and funds raised support the good community service projects of Rockport Rotary.

Advance tickets are recommended, available at Granite Savings Bank, John Tarr Store, Rockport National Bank, Village Silversmith, BankGloucester, or from a local Rockport Rotarian or by calling Event Chair & President-Elect Laurene Wessel 978-290-8035, email:

– Don’t Miss It! –

Bill Gleason Joins Fly Amero This Wednesday Night

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, July 20th
Special Guest:

Bill Gleason: The straight and natchel delta blues. ~ Fly
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Wednesdays Only!
Prime Rib Dinner –
$9.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
I hope to see you there! 🙂 ~ Fly

It’s that Time of Year again! From Paul Frontiero

It’s that Time of Year again!

It’s Time for “The Man Grooming POLL!” 

Who dares to take it?!

It’s been hot and sticky lately!

The sweat seems to gather in some unfortunate places!

 Joey has been steadfast in his refusal to trim his most intimate area During these Hot and Sticky Days. Yuck!

Just check out the “Full Rum Moon” Post.

Are there any men out there that would admit to at least a trimming?

Wild Iris and the Love Photo

 Wild Iris, Halibut Point @Fredrik D. Bodin

I frequently scout a location before setting up to shoot a landscape, especially if it’s a sunrise or sunset. The equipment is heavy, the hike may be long, and I’ve got to be ready to shoot as the light changes. This was the case when I shot the sunset at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport. I explored the shore beneath the granite pile and noted two promising spots. The next evening I set up my tripod, framed the image in camera, and waited for the last rays of sunset. Even though the sky wasn’t very interesting, I made a few exposures.  It’s the wild iris in the bottom right that make this image a great seller in the gallery.  Then I moved to the second location about 150 feet to the east.
 Dusk, Halibut Point ©Fredrik D. Bodin

As dusk approached, the clouds darkened to purple and reflected off the ocean and tidal pools. The pool on the left is shaped like a heart, which I point out to customers in the gallery. I call this the “love” photo. I returned to this location a year later and the wild iris were gone. But the heart will always be there.
Shot on 6×7 centimeter transparency film. Printed from a 4×5 inch color internegative.
Negative #’s FDB9167-001c and FDB9167-002c
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Reminder On Dangers Of Hot Weather

July 19, 2011​or your local Fire, Police or Health Dept.

Reminder On The Dangers Of Hot Weather
The National Weather Service is forecasting excessive heat for our area this week especially for Friday. Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Heat causes more fatalities per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. In the disastrous heat wave of 1980, more than 1,250 people died. In the heat wave of 1995 more than 700 deaths in the Chicago area were attributed to heat. In August 2003, a record heat wave in Europe claimed an estimated 50,000 lives.

Too Much Heat
Heat related illnesses occur when the body absorbs more heat than it can dissipate caused by a reduction or collapse of the body’s ability to shed heat. When heat gain exceeds the level the body can remove, or when the body cannot compensate for fluids and salt lost through perspiration, the temperature of the body’s inner core begins to rise. Heat related illnesses range in severity but share one common feature: the individual has been overexposed or over exercised in the heat.
In adults, the severity of heat disorders tend to increase with age, heat cramps in a 17-year-old may be heat exhaustion in someone 40, and heat stroke in a person over 60. The effects can be more severe on children because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults. Sunburn can significantly retard the skin’s ability to shed excess heat.

Know The Signs & Symptoms
HEAT CRAMPS: Painful spasms usually in muscles of legs and abdomen possible. Heavy sweating. First Aid: Firm pressure on cramping muscles, or gentle massage to relieve spasm. Give sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue.
HEAT EXHAUSTION: Heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold, pale and clammy. Pulse thready. Normal temperature possible. Fainting and vomiting. First Aid: Get victim out of sun. Lie down and loosen clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths. Fan or move victim to air-conditioned room. Sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue. If vomiting continues, seek immediate medical attention.
HEAT STROKE (sunstroke): High body temperature (hyperthermia) (106° F or higher). Hot dry skin. Rapid and strong pulse. Possible unconsciousness. First Aid: HEAT STROKE IS A SEVERE MEDICAL EMERGENCY. SUMMON EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE, 9-1-1 OR GET THE VICTIM TO A HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY. DELAY CAN BE FATAL. Move the victim to a cooler environment Reduce body temperature with cold bath or sponging. Use extreme caution. Remove clothing, use fans and air conditioners.

Children, Adults, and Pets in Parked Vehicles are at Great Risk
Each year children die from hyperthermia as a result of being left in parked vehicles. This can
occur even on a mild day. The temperature inside a parked vehicle can rise rapidly to a dangerous level. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.

Vehicle Heating Dynamics
The atmosphere and the windows of a car are relatively “transparent” to the sun’s shortwave
radiation and are warmed little by it. This shortwave energy however, does heat objects that it
strikes. These objects (e.g., dashboard, steering wheel, child safety seat) heat the adjacent air
that is trapped inside a vehicle. A dark dashboard or seat can easily reach temperatures in the
range of 180 to over 200 degrees F.

Heat Wave Safety Tips
• Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or rescheduled strenuous activities until the coolest time of
the day. Children, senior and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
• Cool down. Take a cool shower or soak in the tub or go for a swim.
• Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
• Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods like meat and other proteins increase metabolic heat production and increase water loss.
• Drink plenty of water. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before
increasing their consumption of fluids.
• Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limited caffeinated beverages.
• Spend time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings
markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.
• Avoid direct sun. Especially in the middle of the day. Sunburn reduced your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
• Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
• Take frequent breaks, if you have to work in the heat pay close attention for signs and
symptoms of heat related illness.

Child Safety Tips
• Check to make sure seating surfaces and equipment aren’t too hot (e.g., child safety seat and safety belt buckles) when securing a child in a car that has been parked in the heat.
• Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.
• Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.
• Always lock car doors and trunks even at home and keep keys out of children’s reach.
• Make sure all child passengers have left the car when you reach your destination. Don’t overlook sleeping infants. Don’t leave a child sleeping in a parked vehicle.

If you can’t get cooled down or get to a cool place call your local health, fire or police department. If you think you or someone you are with is experiencing a serious heat related illness, call 9-1-1. Cape Ann Emergency Planning Team compiled this information from the National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.