mr-swan-sleeping-2-copyright-kim-smithMr. Swan was safely nestled in along the shore at Niles Pond yesterday morning during the nor’easter. I found him this morning sleeping amongst the reeds, none the worse for the storm.


Niles Pond Causeway

The newly restored causeway weathered the storm beautifully. By day’s end the waves had settled but this morning at high tide they were still packing some fury. In the next photo, I am standing on the far side of the pond, looking towards Brace Cove. As you can see, the waves were crashing into the causeway.



Jon Butcher joins Fly Amero Tonight! 7-10 pm @ The Rhumb Line 1.25.2017










Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 25th – 7pm
Special Guest: JON BUTCHER!














His music is more than soulful voice and slick guitar. It’s
more than an evening’s entertainment – tho entertained you
most certainly shall be. Each song tells a moving story that
draws from the roots and depths of American history. From
the human spirit. From the heart. The legendary, Grammy-
nominated Jon Butcher is among us. Enough said. ~ 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!
02/01 – JB & Dave Brown

02/08 – Charlee Bianchini

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Looking for a GHS photograph of Frank Cox for David Cox and GHS photos that look like It’s A Wonderful Life

(L-R GHS senior photographs) David Cox, Norm Cox, and seeking photo of Frank Cox


David Cox had five older siblings. At the time of David’s graduation photograph, the family of Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Cox were residing at 853 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA. David’s mom was so beloved  2 families named their daughters after her, and 3 families named their sons after her (her maiden name ‘MacAulay’ as their middle.)


Here is a close up of the GHS photograph for his brother, Norman (“Norm”). Norm gave this print to his friend, Ken. Thankfully it made its way back to the Cox family.

Norman Cox

Frank and Norm graduated together from Gloucester High School in 1941; Frank had to make up a missed year recovering from pneumonia. He must have been busy as he was a recognized athlete and Flicker mentions his status in “our rogues gallery”. At this time the Cox family resided at 616 Western Avenue.


We are wondering if anyone has a copy of a cadet formal photograph of the oldest brother and sibling, Frank Cox? Or a copy of the senior photo as seen in the yearbook. Both Frank and Norman were in the Army Air Corp during WWII. Frank was drafted out of the Citadel and was a bombardier flying missions out of England. Norm went to Harvard on a GI bill. After retiring from a long career at Mitre Corp, Norm worked with David at the store. At Gloucester High School, all three Cox brothers were cadets which Albert Bacheler established at the school. David won awards.

Here’s one mention from the papers that David hopes I ditch, which I’d consider however it’s worth repeating for that mention of Albert Bacheler (see Civil War coat) and the brag: David Cox, a senior cadet from Company E, turned in a brilliant effort last night to take top honors in the 63rd annual Prize Drill and Dance in Albert W. Bacheler Drill hall of Gloucester High School.”


The girls had their own unit, the ‘Girls Drill Team’ which David’s sister and athlete, Theo, won. We don’t know if there were cadet photos for the girls. Louise and Christine were David’s other siblings. David told me that there were 4 special Prize Drill and Dance galas at Gloucester High School each school year. The first was the individual drill competition. The second was the prize squad drill competition. The 3rd dance was the Officers Party. The 4th and final prom was the Sargents Party and for this one the boys wore white jacket cut aways. These scans are from the collection of David Cox. He’s speaking to Nancy Knowles Rossi in one of the photos. Who can you recognize?

What is everyone gathered around in that last photograph?


Read How The Lobster Pool Restaurant Owners Who Support Local Lobstermen Are Getting Harassed

I’m not even sure how the Board the Board of Appeals after considering how every allegation against the owners has been proven to be false still intends to punish this place which has done nothing but continue to operate and honor the long time family traditions that every previous owner did at The Lobster Pool In Rockpoprt.

The Lobster Pool supports local lobster prices including buying lobster from Gloucester and Rockport lobstermen, and generations have been bringing their families to enjoy traditional lobster boils which of course Rockport is famous for.

For a minute imagine you make an investment in a business and run it exactly the same way it had been run for decades and then you got the rug swept out from under you devaluing your business by half over absolute harassment from people that are writing in slanderous things and spreading false rumors like you were trying to put in Rock and Roll bands when all you were doing was reapplying for the same license that every previous owner got every single year to announce when the orders were ready on the PA system?


Read this article from the Times and tell me the owners aren’t getting harassed-

New ownership at the Lobster Pool has reinvigorated a long simmering dispute between residential neighbors and the Granite Street restaurant about parking, noise, and visiting diners.

The latest brouhaha is over the number of diners the seaside eatery can seat.

Residents recently submitted a complaint to building inspector Paul Orlando regarding the picnic tables on the outdoor lawn. A more than 40-year-old town law limits the restaurant to six picnic tables, a cap Orlando admitted was sometimes exceeded by the previous owners. Bradley Atkinson, who co-owns the Lobster Pool with Ryan Cox, Myles Cox and Noah Goldstein, said when they bought the property two years ago, there were 24 tables outside.


Next Wednesday, the four new owners will ask the town Board of Appeals if they may return some of those tables to the lawn after Orlando had them remove all but six in response to the complaint.

“The only reason we’re filing this is because they’re telling us we have to remove all but six tables, which would end the business,” Atkinson said. He and his co-owners would like to add more tables because six tables is sometimes too few for 36 diners. Often a couple will take a table, or a family of four. “When it’s nice out, no one wants to sit inside.”

Some neighbors have complained about how many diners the restaurant serves. “I believe the capacity was set, a long time ago, at 75 or 74 people at a time,” said former Selectwoman Ellen Canavan, a Granite Street resident. “They have exploded it so instead of 74 people, there have been 150, we even counted 168 and it’s overwhelming the neighborhood.”

In fact, some neighbors were so vocal that there were far more customers last summer at the Lobster Pool than in past years that the Board of Health assigned a food inspector to investigate. Over the course of August and September, the inspector visited 13 times during the restaurant’s rush hours on weekend nights, and the highest count was 65 people.

They have also complained about non-existent expansion plans.

“They are requesting an expansion of their seating from 36 to 96, quite a big jump,” resident Mark Richard wrote in an email of the Lobster Pool owners’ request to add more tables outside.

The new owners say they are not expanding; they would just like to seat the numbers of diners allowed. Again, after hearing from neighbors, the town looked into the matter; in September the Board of Appeals found that the restaurant is permitted to seat 60 diners inside and 36 outside, for a total of 96, a cap that has existed for decades.

Parking in demand

There have been other complaints, which Atkinson, the Coxes and Goldstein have attempted to appease.

“All of a sudden the road on Route 127 became a massive parking lot with cars all over the road,” Canavan said, citing why she does not want more seating outside at the Lobster Pool.

Neighbors approached the town Parking Commission last year, blaming the owners for the traffic chaos. The complaint resurfaced at a Board of Health meeting in July; board members told the neighbors parking is at a premium because the area, including nearby Halibut Point State Park, is a well-known tourist attraction. “Several divers, Halibut Point goers, and runners, walkers park at the site,” Board of Health member Dr. Sydney Wedmore said.

And it wasn’t only visitors. Other people said and later photographic evidence showed some neighbors were parking on the street instead of in their driveways, making Granite Street look busier than it already is.

At the time, the new owners voluntarily hired a police detail on the summer weekends to try to ease the street parking problem, at a cost of about $2,000, Atkinson said. “Again, we wanted to work with the neighbors,” he said.

Easing noise, odors

A next-door neighbor suddenly found a dumpster that had remained in the same spot since the restaurant opened in 1954 was now a nuisance. The sounds of it being emptied and the odor it emitted were disruptive, the neighbor said. “Without telling us that it was a problem, they went to the Board of Health,” Atkinson said. The owners willingly complied with suggestions from the board, built a canal and moved the dumpster, which cost them $5,000.


“We said, ‘We want to work with you, we don’t want any problems,’” Atkinson said regarding the neighbor.

When the new owners went to renew an “entertainment license,” rumors spread all over town and on the Facebook page “Rockport Stuff” that they were trying to bring in live music and rock ‘n roll bands. The license was actually for the speaker system outside the building used to announce when an order was ready. “We were never going to do music,” Atkinson said. Then some neighbors claimed the speaker system, which had been used for decades, was disruptive.

“We’ve run it the same way it’s always been run,” Atkinson said. Rather than fight, the owners replaced the speaker system with a new handheld buzzer system to notify customers that their order is ready, which Atkinson said cost more than $1,000.

And finally there is the restaurant’s septic system.

“The residents simply want the pollution to stop,” Richard said in an email statement.

While the septic system did fail a Title 5 inspection, there is no evidence of fecal matter leaching into the wetlands. “That’s a rumor certainly and speculation,” Wedmore said Thursday.

The new owners expected the failure and required the previous owners to put money in escrow to cover the purchase of a new system. Atkinson and his co-owners have two years to replace the current tank with a new tight tank; they are working with the Board of Health to accomplish that.

“All we are trying to do is keep business as usual,” Atkinson said.

Mary Markos may be contacted at 978-675-2708 or

Humor for Humanity: Jimmy Tingle at the Gloucester Stage Company

unnamedHumor for Humanity:

Jimmy Tingle

In the Age of Trump

at Gloucester Stage on January 28


Gloucester Stage Company presents Humor for Humanity: JimmyTingle in the Age of Trump at 7:30 pm on Saturday, January 28 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester MA. Tickets are $25. For tickets and further information, or call 978-281-4433. Tingle brought his hilarious, thought provoking and politically charged one-man show based on his 2016 run for the presidency, Jimmy Tingle for Presidentto GSC in October 2016 for one sold out show. On Saturday, January 28, he brings his newest work, Humor for Humanity: Jimmy Tinglein the Age of Trump to Gloucester Stage for one night only. Picking up where his Presidential campaign left off, Jimmy Tingle continues to expand the Humor for Humanity footprint, impact and movement with passion, creativity and optimism, reminding audiences that ultimately humor, humanity and the principles of the United States of America will prevail!. Humor for Humanity is a new social enterprise founded by comedian Jimmy Tingle that aspires to use entertainment for purposes beyond entertainment! According toTingle, “Our mission is to help raise spirits, funds and awareness for non-profits, charities and social causes through social media, traditional media and live events. Our Mission is Their Mission. Humor for Humanity; Humor and Helping; Humor and Healing; Humor and Hope; HaH! HaH! HaH!”

From 60 Minutes II and MSNBC, comedian and commentator Jimmy Tingle captures the sweet spot between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. His unique brand of topical yet timeless comedy is as insightful as it is hilarious. Jimmy Tingle will make you laugh, make you think, and make you feel better with his clean, funny intelligent humor for audiences of all ages.

In 2010, Jimmy Tingle was chosen to give the Commencement address in front of thousands of people at Harvard. He’d just received his Masters Degree in Public Administration. Being that he was in the midst of many great academic minds, Tingle felt he should explain himself. “I’m a comedian by profession and have traveled all over the world performing stand-up comedy,” he said. “I don’t want to brag, but two years ago I performed in Europe. I’d just like to say excellent country!” He punctuated it with an enthusiastic thumbs-up gesture.

As the students, families and faculty erupted with laughter, Tingle went on to explain, “People asked me all year why would a comedian want to go to The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. I told them: ‘the same reason all of you wanted to go to Harvard… We got in!”

Yes, there was that. But also, as a political humorist he wanted to dive deeper into those murky waters of politics.jtingle_humorforhumanity

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Biotech Academy Student Recruitment Open House – January 26, 2017

More Cape Ann Community News-

Cape Ann Community

Dear Friends –

Student recruitment season is here! Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is recruiting students for our Class of 2018, to enroll in September 2017.  We are offering a one year fulltime vocational course for entry level jobs as lab technicians, working in biotechnology.

For this second year, the program is free, no expenses for tuition or fees.

We have had a very successful launch year, with 13 students now entering their paid internships.

If you know anyone who might be interested in our program, please invite them to join us on Thursday, January 26th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. It will be a great opportunity for potential students to learn more and speak with members of our inaugural class.

Call 978-491-5968, email, or visit Facebook for more information.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Valentine’s Day at Pigeon Cove Tavern

More Cape Ann Dining News-


This Valentine’s Day, join us for a romantic night dining by the ocean with your loved ones. Pigeon Cove Tavern will be offering a special Prix-Fixe Menu for the night optionally paired with carefully curated wines. Seatings are limited, please call us today to make your reservation: 978-546-6321

Prix-Fixe Menu will be available on the nights of Friday, 2/10; Saturday 2/11 and Tuesday 2/14

Looking to stay the night as well? Join us for our exclusive Valentine’s Escape Package!


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