Published in Live Science, March 11, 2015

By Laura Geggel, Staff Writer

A remarkably well-preserved fossil of a 480-million-year-old sea monster is helping researchers understand the evolution of arthropods. The creature, an anomalocaridid, has not one but two sets of legs on each of its body segments, showing that it’s an ancestor of modern-day arthropods, which include arachnids, insects and crustaceans.


Here’s an illustration of the anomalocaridid (Aegirocassis benmoulae), a giant filter feeder that ate plankton and lived in the Early Ordovician period about 480 million years ago. The animal measured about 7 feet (2 meters) long, and is one of the largest arthropods that ever lived.

Despite its size, A. benmoulae was a gentle giant, said John Paterson, an associate professor of paleontology at the University of New England in Australia, who was not involved in the study.

“Its feeding appendages werebuilt for filtering plankton, not grasping prey,” he said. “This is in contrast to olderanomalocaridid species, some of which are interpreted to be the apex predators of their time.”

Read the full story here.


Awesome Gloucester Area Astronomy Club Talk On Friday at the Lanesville Community Center

Friday night March 13 at 8 PM GAAC is extraordinarily pleased to host Robert Naeye, former Editor in Chief of Sky & Telescope, the world’s most respected and influential popular astronomy magazine. Robert will be speaking to us about the Cassini mission to Saturn and its moons. In July 2004, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft fired its braking rocket and entered orbit around Saturn. Since then, Cassini has orbited the Ring Planet hundreds of times, and returned hundreds of thousands of images, many of which we will see on the 13th, along with a flood of data about Saturn’s magnetic field, particle environment, and ring composition. This enormous dataset has revolutionized science’s understanding of the Saturnian system. Besides studying Saturn and its rings, Cassini has unveiled its mysterious moons, showing the planet and moons to be a mini-solar system unto itself. In 2005, Cassini deployed the European-built Huygens probe, which parachuted and landed on the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, arguably the most Earth-like world in the solar system other than Earth itself. Cassini and Huygens have revealed Titan to be a world of complex meteorology and geology, with lakes and rivers fed by methane rainfall. Perhaps most exciting of all, Cassini has also found jets of water-ice particles laced with organics shooting away from the moon Enceladus, making this small world a potential abode for life. And Cassini images of Iapetus have helped explain how this bizarre moon got its yin-yang appearance, with one side darker than coal and the other as bright as freshly fallen snow. Many GAACsters know well that Bob’s presentations are colorful, informative events, and if you haven’t had the pleasure yet you should definitely make plans to catch this one. March means winter is finally on the way out, and what better way to celebrate than an evening with your friends at GAAC, lots of goodies and a really wonderful presentation delivered by a pro. We’ll have some surprise goodies and some extra chairs set up for this one. See you there! GAAC meets from 8:00 to 10:00 on the second Friday of every month at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Lanesville. More information on the club is available on our website,, our Facebook page,, and our Twitter feed, @gaactweet. There are no dues or fees, and you don’t need a telescope or any special knowledge to have a very enjoyable evening.

Robert Naeye earned a master’s degree in science journalism from Boston University in 1992, and later worked on the editorial staffs of Discover and Astronomy magazine. He served as Editor in Chief of Mercury magazine (published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific) from 2000 to 2003. He worked as a Senior Editor at Sky & Telescope from 2003 to 2007, before moving to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to work as a Senior Science Writer for the Astrophysics Science Division. He returned to Sky & Telescope in June 2008 to serve as Editor in Chief. Robert is the author of two books: Through the Eyes of Hubble: The Birth, Life, and Violent Death of Stars (Kalmbach, 1997) and Signals from Space: The Chandra X-ray Observatory (Turnstone, 2000). He has contributed to two other books, and has won several awards for his writing and outreach activities. blogpic

BREAKING NEWS: Bank Robbery at First Ipswich Bank @ Walgreens’ Plaza

Gloucester Police probe bank robbery at First Ipswich Bank in Walgreen’s plaza at 11:27am 

Gloucester Police were searching for an alleged bank robber in the downtown area during the Thursday lunch hours after the First Ipswich Bank branch located in the Walgreen’s plaza on Main Street reported being robbed.

The bank branch is just a few doors down the Main Street hill from the Gloucester Police Station.  see full store

Suspect 6’1″ – 175lb with red stocking cap.  Suspect escaped scene in cab.  police still on the hunt.  Call Gloucester Police

Dave Sag’s Blues Party Tonight @ The Rhumb Line. Hold on to your hats cause Steve Sadler and and Jimmy Scoppa are joining in on the fun! 8:30 pm 3.12.2015



Dave says,

C’mon down to the Rhumb Line this Thursday and reset your humorous bone to the dulcet tones of the world’s biggest glitar duo on the whole North Shore. I’m talking about the sweet return of the one and only Mr. Steve Sadler and Mr, Jimmy Scoppa. Masters of perspication, these two cats will have you squirming in your BVD’s with their wholesome interpretations of the entire blues and rockabilly cheese log. Steve is one of the Boston areas biggest call guys for studio and live work. Matter of fact, so is Jimmy. Steve and I go way back. He even knew Fred before they changed the water. And Jim was the pile driving force in the T.H. and the Wreckage Band before I ruined his life. These cats are amazing!  Do come!


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Our friends at Eastern Point Day School


Open Houses at Eastern Point Day School are a great way to learn about our school and programs for PreK through 8th Grade! If you cannot make our next Open House, we are happy to schedule a visit for a date that works better for you and your family!
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The Faces Pastries & Nightly Rituals of the St. Joseph Novena 


Just prior to beginning our rosary prayer service, my “Cumnares” are buzzing around the altar, kitchen and dining room lending a helping hand with the many behind the scene rituals that are necessary to keep each evenings novena running smoothly and enjoyable for all who attend. It takes many helping hands to pull off this type of tradition for nine consecutive evenings. Many hosting families have a crew of  devoted helpers, who show up a little earlier each night and stay a little late to help with set up and clean up! The tasks of fixing the altar candles, adding new names to our growing prayer list, organizing and handing out prayer books, and preparing the dining room table for “Novena Coffee Time,” including the arrangement of  freshly baked desserts, preparing pots of Cappuccino, and the after coffee cleanup are all performed with love!

It’s with my deepest gratitude that I personally thank ! Bridgette Mathews Abbey Mathews, Andrea Randazza Carlson,Caryn Linquata Ryder, Nicole Imbrunone Curcuru, Mo Klop and Julie Sanfilippo, Eleanor Tucker, my mother Pat, daughter Amanda and all who pitch in to help me keep this tradition alive night after night!






The Novena Coffee desert assortment changes each evening, and never disappoints!



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Get your Tickets! TUUKIS Friday, March 20th

CAA benefit show Tuukis

Local band, Tuukis, is playing a benefit show for Cape Ann Animal Aid on Friday, March 20th from 8pm-11pm at the Gloucester Fraternity Club. The event is a fundraiser for the Animal Aid’s Gloucester Pride Stride Team, raising money for the Veterinary Care Fund for shelter animals. Event features music and dancing, cash bar, raffles, prizes and more. Tickets $10 in advance/$15 at door. Advance tickets available at Cape Ann Animal Aid (4 Paws Lane, Gloucester) or call 978-283-6055 x23.

Nichole’s Picks of the Weekend 3/14 and 3/15

Pick #1   Think Spring!

The Boston Flower and Garden Show

The Boston Flower & Garden Show will return to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on Wednesday, March 11 through Sunday, March 15, 2015 with the theme “Season of Enchantment”. Our gardens are places of magical metamorphosis. They’re the stage on which Mother Nature reveals her most wow-worthy wonders; where a talented designer can cast a spell over a dull patch transforming it into a colorful and lively oasis. And it’s where a little toil mixed with a few tiny seeds can conjure a breathtaking bounty for our vases and plates.

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To make your visit even better, especially with little ones, download the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Family Discovery Guide!

You can do that by following the link here:  Mass Hort @ the Flower Show

Pick #2

Suessical The Musical!

The Neverland Theatre always does a great job with their performances.


Purchase Tickets Here


Pick #3

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

While thinking of indoor venues that I have not mentioned yet and that may not be as well known as typical local weekend excursions, I remembered how much fun we had the two times that we ventured to The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Dover.

Read all about the museum here!  

While checking out their website be certain to find the calendar that shows what special events are being offered each weekend.