Sea salps, those gentle gelatinous barrel-shaped and penny-sized free-floating tunicates, have returned to our shores. Salps are completely harmless although honestly, they can be a bit annoying to swim through. A few always manage to get stuck in the bra area of my swimsuit, which is a little yucky, but nothing more than a nuisance.

Salp reproduction is fascinating, amazing actually. The salps that we saw at Good Harbor Beach this week were in the oozoid phase. They were singular individuals. The solitary salp reproduces asexually by producing a chain of up to hundreds in the aggregate, or blastozooid, stage. In this short film you can see both the oozoid and blastozooid phases.

Read more about salp life history on wiki here.

Read about how salps may be a weapon against global climate change in this NatGeo article here.





dscf4337My husband and I like to make it to every wine dinner event at Passports because it is a wonderful opportunity to taste outstanding and delicious entrees, appetizers, and wines that we wouldn’t ordinarily try. For example, I LOVE Passport’s lobster roll and think it is the absolute best around. So that’s what I usually have when there and it is always fabulous. At their upcoming wine dinner, which is this coming Thursday, September 22nd, the first course is Captain Joe’s lobster in sherry cream sauce with Pastaio’s handmade campenelle pasta. Doesn’t that sound simply splendid? Each course at Passport’s wine dinners are paired with a thoughtful selection of excellent wines, and with the lobster, we will be enjoying Stags Leap Chardonnay from Chef Eric’s special reserve. Come, I guarantee you will not be disappointed!!

September Wine Dinner

1st Course: Captain Joe’s lobster in sherry cream sauce over Pastaio’s handmade campenelle pasta, served with Stags leap Chardonnay.

2nd Course: Jerk pork shank w/sweet potato hash accompanied by Hess Select Trio, Red Blend.

3rd Course: Pepper crusted Brandt beef tenderloin, grilled polenta, radish and tomato Béarnaise with Rodney Strong Brother’s Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon.

4th Course: Pumpkin pie, from locally grown pumpkins, and pistachio crumble, with Argyle, Vintage Brut.

To reserve a seat and for more information on the September Wine Dinner call 978-281-3680.

While there check out the new paintings by artists Elizabeth Bish and Coco Berkman. 



saltwatermassagestudio NOW HIRING!!! Immediate opening for an experienced MT to join our team on Thursday & Friday evenings


N O W H I R I NG !!! Immediate opening for an experienced MT to join our team on Thursday & Friday evenings. (More hours may be available if desired.) You WILL be busy. To apply, please send a resume to Tell us a little about yourself!

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 9/16/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C ~

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.


September 16, 2016 ~ Joey C

The Friends of Dogtown announces its third annual Dogtown Days event–in celebration of our iconic landscape in the heart of Cape Ann, beloved by all.

Day 1 of this free two-day public event features fun family activities, exhibits, food and drink, educational presentations, and live theatre and music. Day 1 takes place at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan St. in Gloucester, on Saturday, October 1, from 1 to 5 pm.

Day 1 Schedule:


Day 2:

Friends of Dogtown offers four free guided tours of Dogtown on Day 2, Sunday, October 2, including a Natural History tour with Chris Leahy of Massachusetts Audubon, a Dogtown Commons cellar hole tour with local author Mark Carlotto, an Artists and Writers Tour with artist Shep Abbott, and a Babson Boulder Trail tour.

For more information see the Friends of Dogtown web site ( or Facebook page.

GHS Class of 2018 Color Run

September 16, 2016 ~

Saturday, September 24 at 10 AM – 1 PM

Stage Fort Park

Cost: $15 per person
Family Package(4+): $40
Pre-Register before … and spend only $10!
Cost includes paint
2 mile course around Stage Fort Park
Registration at 9, race will begin at 10
Wear a white or light shirt
Email to pre-register

Maritime Gloucester Harbor Race

September 16, 2016 ~

2016 race flyer FROM WORD

Maritime Gloucester Harbor Race
Directions | Race Course | Registration


September 15, 2016 ~ 11pirates ~ Edit


Image ~ September 15, 2016 ~ 11pirates


8th Annual Painting Restoration Assessment with Roy Blankenship September 17th (1-3pm) Do you have a painting that is showing signs of aging? Would you like an assessment of what’s happening from a professional painting restorer? NSAA Artist Member, Roy Blankenship will offer free painting restoration assessments at North Shore Arts Association on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Image ~ September 15, 2016 ~ 11pirates


Sawyer Free Library Week of Sept 18,2016

September 15, 2016 ~ sawyerfreelibrary



View original post

Reiki for Seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center, 3rd Fridays

More Cape Ann Wellness News-

Cape Ann Wellness

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

NEW – Reiki for Seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Sept. 16th and every ‘3rd Friday’ of the month. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm. 15 minute chair reiki sessions for a nominal donation. Sign up in advance by calling – Rose Baker Senior Center 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street Gloucester, MA 01930. Ph: ( 978) 281-9765. Hours Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00 pm.

Note: For those people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, family health agents may sign a simple consent form for their loved ones to receive Reiki. This Reiki Program for Seniors is coordinated by a registered nurse and Reiki will be offered by experienced, advanced Reiki Providers that are licensed or certified, and insured. Attention is paid to safety, hygiene and confidentiality. People receiving Reiki may feel free to stop a session at any time. Most…

View original post 597 more words