Greg Bover Quote of the Week

“If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact – not to be solved, but to be coped with over time.”

Shimon Peres (1923- )

Born in Poland, Peres’s family moved to Palestine in 1934. Raised on a kibbutz, he entered politics through an agriculturalist party and with his mentor David Ben-Gurion was one of the people who created the state of Israel in the 40’s. By 1952, at the age of 29, he was Director-General of the Ministry of Defense, the youngest person to hold that post. Elected to the Knesset in 1959, he spent the rest of his life in the Israeli government as, sequentially, Minister of Defense, Transportation, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister. He was instrumental in the Oslo Peace Accords with the PLO, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. He served as the 9th President of Israel from 2007 to 2014, the oldest serving head of state. Barack Obama recognized him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Cape Ann Museum Annual Meeting

Celebrating the accomplishments of 2014

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 8, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Staff reports and Board elections will be followed by Fitz Henry Lane Revealed, a brief discussion of new research based on infrared photography presented by Board member and FHL Online Project Manager, Sam Holdsworth. Refreshments will follow.Annual Mtg

Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865), On the Wharves [detail with infrared photo overlay], 1847. Oil on panel. Gift of Jane Parker Stacy in memory of George O. Stacy, 1948. [1289.1b]


Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Community Service

Letter Carriers’ ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive

The 23rd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive
is on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

“Like” the Food Drive on Facebook | Follow the Food Drive on Twitter

Food Drive Tool Kit | Food Drive Coordinator’s Database

When do I put out the food? On the morning of Saturday, May 9, just set out your non-perishable food items well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.


35 Coolidge Point Manchester Ma From Kenny MacCarthy @Glosta

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The MarketWATCH: Rockport, Gloucester, Manchester, Beverly Farms
Contact Kenny For Personalized Real Estate Information Or Just To Chat About Your Real Estate Needs- 978-758-0983

Join award winning By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty agents Kenny MacCarthy, Sue and Bob McDermott for a ride around Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Beverly to see their favorite homes.

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When The Fish Came First: Gloucester Photographs by Nubar Alexanian

May 28-June 28, 2015

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours, Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 PM, until 6PM in June

Meet the Artist Reception Thursday, May 28, 6:30-8:00 PM

Talkback with Nubar Alexanian Sunday, June 14, 4:5:30 PM

Gloucester MA, February 26, 2015 —The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is pleased to announce the exhibition: When The Fish Came First, Nubar Alexanian’s photographs of Gloucester, opening May 28 and running through June 28, 2015 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. Spanning forty years, the exhibit features a stunning series of color photographs originally published in GEO magazine in 1981 and never before exhibited.  For this work, taken over an eighteen month period, Alexanian accompanied the Brancaleone family of Gloucester on four ten-day trips to Georges Bank aboard the Joseph & Lucia II. It is the most comprehensive contemporary document of commercial fishing in New England before its steep decline.

While the Joseph and Lucia series forms the heart of this collection, the exhibition’s upland component features large format black and white panoramas juxtaposed with images of everyday life and the intimate and collective rituals that give Gloucester its unique character.  “In his fish photos Alexanian finds a metaphor of the people of Gloucester – endangered, atavistic, communal – and they’re as riveting as they are forlorn.” Christopher Millis, The Boston Phoenix

When The Fish Came First is a watershed one-person exhibition that should not be missed.

This exhibition was made possible by the generosity and support of Linzee and Beth Coolidge.


Nubar Alexanian is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. His photographs have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Life, Fortune, Geo, Time and Newsweek among others, and has had solo exhibitions at The Walker Art Center, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Burden Gallery, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph and other venues.

He is currently working on Scars of Silence, a feature documentary film about the Armenian Genocide, and directing Science All Around Us, a groundbreaking educational television series hosted by an exceptional 9-year-old boy who makes connections between scientific concepts and life in the everyday world.

18 Lufkin Point Lane Essex Ma Cape Ann Real Estate With Kenny MacCarthy @glosta

Cape Ann Real Estate News-

Cape Ann Home

House Hunting Or Ready To List Your Home?
Contact Kenny at 978-758-0983

The MarketWATCH: Rockport, Gloucester, Manchester, Beverly Farms
Contact Kenny For Personalized Real Estate Information Or Just To Chat About Your Real Estate Needs- 978-758-0983

Join award winning By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty agents Kenny MacCarthy, Sue and Bob McDermott for a ride around Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Beverly to see their favorite homes.

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Manchester Historical Museum Events

Manchester Historical Museum  Lecture

“ One Hundred Years of the Manchester Bath & Tennis Club
and the history of Magnolia’s Summer Colony”

 David Fay will present a program on the formation and early years of the beach club that was originally known as the North Shore Swimming Pool and eventually became the Bath & Tennis. The presentation will also include the history of how Magnolia rose from a quiet fishing village to being known as “Little Newport”.

 TUESDAY, MAY 12 at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall 6:30pm Refreshments, 7pm Program

Members free, nonmembers $10
Please RSVP by Friday, May 8
Phone: 978-526-7230 or email

Needlework Family Program for ages 3 and up

Saturday, May 9 (10am) I n the MHM Hall
$5 per child – Please RSVP by May 8
Phone: 978-526-7230 or email

GHS DECA Cycling Club!

Hi Joey: My DECA students just started a DECA cycling club and we are riding before school on Wednesday’s and meeting for coffee at different places around Gloucester. My students have created a blog and we are hoping to do a charity ride before the end of the year. Check out the blog at

This is from our school newspaper the Gillnetter: Not sure if you wanted to include this-just really cool to actually get seniors to do something before school at 6:00 a.m!

If you were asked to imagine the best way to experience Cape Ann in the morning how would you answer? The Gloucester High DECA program believes they have found just the thing. Starting with a well attended Wednesday morning rendezvous the DECA Bike Team has kicked off an expanding campaign of enjoyable bike riding, and promotion of better environmental consciousness. Spearheaded by Mrs. Grassetti, the business teacher and focal point of DECA at GHS, the DECA Bike Team aims to encourage larger participation and begin a weekly charity ride.

Only one week into the young program the DECA Bikers have already spent two early mornings riding to local coffee shops and enjoying the morning atmosphere. Mrs. Grassetti found herself “pleasantly surprised by the amount of students who actually showed up and how much they enjoy it.” The DECA program plans to expand the infant program by introducing DECA Bike Team T-shirts and beginning the Wednesday morning charity sponsored rides.

Senior Jared Marshall has taken to the new group activity with enthusiasm and even began a blog to document their rides and attract new riders. The group as described by Marshall, a track star nonetheless, is “just a bunch of DECA kids who love the thrill of the bike.” These bike lovers blog can be found at; the group is planning future rides both for enjoyment and charity and would love more involvement from the GHS student body. Their blog is simple to navigate and announces planned rides. Mrs. Grassetti has been pleased so far with their results and is “looking forward to keeping the rides going.” So keep an eye out for the DECA Riders.

It’s time for Beethoven tomorrow (SAT) with The Cape Ann Symphony Mother’s Day Concert feat. BSO Soloists

Past_PresentLast month (in this post) I pointed to the roots of today’s music.

And a few weeks ago (in this post) you saw the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony used in Academy-Award winning film, The King’s Speech.

So to help you get ready for tomorrow night’s powerful Cape Ann Symphony concert (Get tickets here), I’ve put a few other films and videos using this iconic music at the end of this post.

In addition to Beethoven, they’ve invited Boston Symphony Orchestra father and daughter team Richard and Erin Svoboda as soloists for Michael Gandolfi’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon.  Plus you’ll hear an overture by Rossini, the most popular opera composer of his time.

You really do want to be there!  Get tickets here.


Get Fit – Walk, Run, Hike Cape Ann’s Beaches and Trails

Cape Ann Wellness

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit

Get Your Sneakers and Hiking Boots On! Warmer weather is here to stay. Spring is a great time to get moving and get fit! Ralph Waldo Emerson said –  The First Wealth is Health! No time like the present to begin focusing on Your Good Health! 

Dogtown Hiking GMG

Plenty of Exercise Opportunities on Cape Ann, indoors and outdoors!

If you haven’t been exercising all along or took the winter off, begin with a discussion with your physician and ask for safe exercise guidelines. Start where you are. Set goals. Gradually increase either duration, frequency or duration. (one at a time!) See safety guidelines for exercise below.

Best Cape Ann Beaches for Walking – Good Harbor, Long Beach, Wingaersheek (Gloucester) Singing Beach (Manchester-by-the-Sea,) and Cape Hedge Beach (Rockport/Residents Only Parking.)

* Cape Ann Residents Get Your Beach Stickers! Visitors – Prepare to Pay for Parking; Car pool,  ‘park and…

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While you can’t go wrong with the scenic eye candy no matter where you walk or run in Rockport, I find myself torn just for a split second each night at the end of my little road.  If I head left, I go past Old Garden Beach, down Atlantic, all through town, through the Mill Pond Park, up to 5 corners down 1/2 of Broadway, behind the fire station, through some neighborhoods, up Summer Street, past the school, and home.  If I head right, I go onto the Old Garden foot path, follow it to its end, onto Marmion Way, past Gap Head, by Straitsmouth Cove Landing, do the Straitsmouth Way loop, back onto Marmion, up and down the streets parallel to mine, and home.  6 one, 1/2 dozen the other.

It is all pretty amazing.

Tonight, I went right. I couldn’t help but spend a little time creeping as I went.  I’m pretty envious of those homes that have Thacher’s Island and Twin Lights right there in their backyards!

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