Nine Piping Plovers napping Gloucester copyright Kim SmithNine Piping Plovers Napping 

WONDERFUL creatures are currently migrating through our shores. How blessed are we who live along the Atlantic Flyway. Whether traveling by shore or by sea, there is this great and continual movement of life happening always in our midst.

Many thanks to my friend Jeff Denoncour, Trustees of Reservations Ecologist for the Northeast Region, for assistance with identifying the birds. I met Jeff earlier this summer when he kindly took me out to the tippy far end of Cranes to film the Piping Plovers nesting there.

Additionally we have seven tiny Monarch caterpillars in terrariums. It’s so late in the season for these teeny ones. Last year at this time we were releasing adult butterflies and I worry that they are not going to pupate in time to successfully migrate to Mexico. The caterpillars are too small to handle, but if any of the kids in our community would like to come see, please comment in the comment section or email me at The last of the Cecropia Moth caterpillars has not yet pupated and he is fun to watch as well.

Here are some photos to help you identify our migrating feathered friends.

Black bellied Plover Semipalmated Plover Massachusetts copyright Kim Smith

Compare the larger size of the Black-bellied Plover in the foreground with the Semipalmated Plover and Semiplamated Sandpiper in the background

Yellow Legs

Red Knot non breeding plumage copyright Kim Smith

The above group of four photos are of either a pair of Red Knots or White-rumped Sandpipers in non breeding plumage. The White-rumped Sandpiper is thought to migrate an even greater distance than the Red Knot, from Canada’s Arctic Islands to the Southern tip of South America, and some further still to islands near the Antarctic Peninsula. These shy birds did not allow for human interest and the photos were taken at some distance.

Juvenile Laughing Gull copyright Kim Smith

Juvenile Laughing Gull

Laughing Gull copyright Kim SmithAdult Laughing Gull



One Hour at a Time Gang Saturday Clean Up


Kerry from the Chamber asked Melissa if anyone could please help with the Block Party during the event.

Hi kids:

What an amazing summer.. cannot believe it is Labor Day this coming weekend. Since it is also Schooner Festival, thought we should clean around Rogers Street near the Maritime Center. We can park right on Rogers near Walgreens.
When: Saturday, September 3rd
Time: 8:00 – 9:00
Where: Rogers Street

Please bring gloves.

Thank you kids.


#GloucesterMA Trash and Recycling News

Cape Ann Community

 Important Trash & Recycling Information

Good Afternoon,

Effective Thursday September 1, 2016, JRM Hauling & Recycling Services will begin collecting residential trash and recycling for the City of Gloucester. With recent delays in trash and recycling collection, the City is taking the proactive measure of accelerating the start of JRM. 


Although there will be no change in normal collection days, the transition is bound to have an occasional glitch.  We anticipate a delay in the appliance collection scheduled for Thursday September 1.  Public Works will have crews out Thursday and Friday collecting these items.  


In the event that your trash or recycling is not collected, please contact Public Works at978-281-9785, and we will dispatch someone to collect what was missed.  The City truly appreciates the patience and understanding from our customers.


Rose LoPiccoloExecutive Secretary to

The Director of Public Works

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Goetemann Artist Residency Jana Matusz, Aug 28 – Sept 28

Goetemann Artist Residency
Jana Matusz, Aug 28 – Sept 28

Opening talk:

Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 PM
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester

Informal closing conversation:

Monday, September 25 at 7:00 PM
Goetemann Residency Studio, 51A Rocky Neck Ave. Gloucester

All artists talks are free and open to the public. We encourage you to join in the discussions.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony Goetemann Artist Residency is pleased to announce the next Resident, Jana Matusz. Jana will be staying on Rocky Neck from August 28 – September 28.

Jana Matusz received her B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Visual and Environmental Studies (Studio Art) from Harvard University and Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art. Jana Matusz is a highly accomplished plein air painter. Her vast array of subject matter includes landscape, still life, city and townscapes, trucks, figurative work and portraits. Her pallet is vibrant and bold revealing her talent for design and color while highlighting her superb drawing skill. Jana has studied abroad and has shown her work internationally.

Jana Matusz draws and paints directly from observation, never from photographs. Almost all of her drawings and paintings are done en plein air, outdoors. She also paint alla prima, all in one sitting. This is an extremely challenging way to work, particularly given the rigors of New England weather. Jana states that she believes it gives her paintings authenticity, freshness, and immediacy.

Jana Matusz plans to work on paintings of the rocky coast, the quarries, and the town. She is particularly interested in the rocks and quarries, including Halibut Quarry and the State Park, but everything, from town to fishermen, is fair game for Matusz. For more information on Jana’s work, please see her website:

More information and schedule of artists talks:


TBT Sale

This FRIDAY from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. join us at the last Gloucester Block Party of the summer!

Back by popular demand is our FREE SCARF GIVEAWAY so be sure to come early!
The first 20 customers with a purchase of $25 or more will receive a FREE SCARF with their purchase!
August 7, 2014 from TBT on Main StreetPlus this is one of your last chances to take advantage of our End of Summer 50% OFF Store-wide promotion which ends Labor Day. Don’t miss out!
(781) 351-0035

Fish Box Derby – September 18

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The twenty-third annual Fish Box Derby race will run down Rogers Street Sunday, September 18th at High Noon. Each year dozens of kids between 8 and 14 build cars with their families or friends and compete for bragging rights and great prizes. Rules, details and used cars for sale can be found at

 There is no entry fee for the kids, but you must register before September 11.fisk carfinish line

If you would be proud to have your company’s name prominently displayed on the bales of hay lining the racecourse with the scores of other underwriters of the event, visit the website above or call Greg at 978-283-1932. With your help, the committee can continue to award multiple $1,000 college scholarships each year to former racers.

Beauport Princess cruises into September and beyond!

More Cape Ann Dining News-


Our Spotlight Cruise…a Labor Day Brunch Cruise featuring singer AJ Edwards! See our full September cruise schedule at Celebrate the unofficial last day of summer with us!Labor Day Cruise AJ Edwards JPG

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Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line ~ This week Allen Estes Hosts and his guests are Jay and Laurie Keefe (and friends) 7-10pm 8.31.2016


rhumblineDinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, August 31st – 7pm
Special Guest Host: ALLEN ESTES!

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Allen Estes plays the role of host this week while I’m on the
road with Orleans (thank you, Allen). His musical guests will be…
JAY & LAURIE KEEFE (and friends) !

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Have a great time, everyone. Catch you next week! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
9/07 – Liz Frame & The Kickers

9/14 – Honkytonk Women

9/21 – Bradley Royds

9/28 – Chick Marston

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Coyote back to school Gloucester

Before loping through the parking lot and shifting right at the ‘parked bus game trail‘ and straight on to Cherry Street, our wildlife neighbor lingered in the skate park with us.

We were mostly still mice. Did I think that? I slipped in front of three kids which is ridiculous because the kids are my size or bigger . And it was just passing by. Still, it did seem a long time before its distinctive gait resumed.

The photo is Blow Up style– from the point where we were standing comfortable enough to grab a phone shot of the coyote heading out rather than to the Ralph B O’Maley Innovation Middle School in Gloucester .

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