GloucesterCast 217 With Ken Riehl and Sara Young From the Chamber, Jim and Patty Dalpiaz and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/30/17


GloucesterCast 217 With Ken Riehl, Sara Young, Jim and Patty Dalpiaz and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/30/17


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Topics include:
Sara just started term as Chamber Board of Directors President
Cape Ann License Plate  To Apply For Your Own Cape Ann Specialty Plate  Click This Link
Businesswomen’s Wine Down at Katrinas
Quickbook Seminar
February 8th Business after hours at Studio Crepe
Rotary Polar Plunge This Saturday At Long Beach
LG G5 removable battery
TBT Post Drama
City Hall Archives- you Can Ask Questions on the City’s Website and They Respond


Work has begun in earnest sorting through all the Piping Plover footage and editing the documentary. In the mean time, I thought readers would enjoy this rare moment where we catch a glimpse of the new born chicks, with both mom and dad together.

Impossibly tiny—no larger than a marshmallow—moments after hatching a Piping Plover chick is on the move, running, tumbling, somersaulting, face-planting, and curious about every little thing in their brand new great big world. PuffPuff, FluffFluff, and TootsiePop are less than twenty-four hours old in this clip. Our East Gloucester neighborhood kids named the Plover family after spending an afternoon getting to know them, watching safely from outside the roped off area.

Dad Joe finds an impression in the sand and the chicks come running to warm under his protective wings. Piping Plover chicks can feed themselves at birth but can’t yet perfectly regulate their body temperature. They need Mom and Dad for protection and for the warmth they provide. After a few moments rest, Joe pops up and Joy zooms in to take his place. Watch how PuffPuff does a somersault and FluffFluff gives her a little bump out of their cozy nest. Mom runs off camera to create a new resting spot and the chicks are chided by piping calls to come join her.

In shades of bone and driftwood, note how beautifully the Plovers are camouflaged in the colors of the sand and dry beach grass. There isn’t a living thing that doesn’t pose a threat to these most vulnerable of creatures. For protection against predators they will soon learn how to stand perfectly still when Joe and Joy pipe commands, but for now, it’s willy-nilly around the beach, much to the parents great consternation.

Thanks to Esme, Lotus, Meadow, Frieda, and Ruby for naming the Piping Plover family!

piping-plover-chicks-babies-nestlings-male-female-copyright-kim-smithThe male Piping Plover is on the left, the female, on the right. The male’s little black forehead band makes it easier to distinguish between the two.

Attleboro Arts Museum 21st annual spring flower exhibit calls for artists for nature themed art and dried or live flower Emerald necklace competition

Attleboro Arts Museum annual flower show Calls for Artists Note fees to enter.

Exhibition of Nature-themed Artwork: “Open to all original visual expressions of the natural world. All mediums.” Works can be for sale and cash prizes. Art delivered March 9th and 10th.

Emerald Necklace competition- “design and create a necklace using live or dried materials that would make landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted proud”

They also have an open call for Line – 2017 National Juried Exhibition




Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is seeking new members for the 2017 season. A member-run, centrally located gallery under the umbrella of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gallery 53 exhibits and sells the work of about 30 Cape Ann/North Shore artists to a customer base of local, national and international visitors. Strategically located between the Studio and Rudder restaurants on Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 53 is open seasonally from late May until mid-October. More than 14,000 art lovers and tourists visited to the gallery in 2016.

Detailed information on how to apply and an application form are available online at The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017 and work must be dropped off at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck for jurying on March 15, 2017.

“We are looking for artists and artisans who produce refreshing, provocative work and who are interested in helping to run the gallery,” said gallery manager Judy Robinson-Cox. All Gallery 53 members share in the duties related to operating the gallery – everything from strategic planning, marketing, party planning and record keeping to hanging the artwork, gallery sitting and cleaning the floors. The Rocky Neck Art Colony Galleries (the for-profit branch of the non-profit Rocky Neck Art Colony) pays expenses, collects rent from artists, and takes a commission on artwork sold. For more information call 978-515-7004.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up to date information visit

3rd annual Welcome Home to Cape Ann initiative is back on its planning stages

Pauline Bresnahan writes in-


Just got info from V. 10 Veterans coming home this year. I will pass along info as I get it Thanks so much. Joey I will be down to pick up some T’s. Hey friends, so our 3rd annual Welcome Home to Cape Ann initiative is back on its planning stages. I am hoping I can once again get the support of local friends and business owners and in spreading the word for us. This year we are welcoming 10 veterans back home (1 female-9 males) if anyone is willing or knows of anyone willing to make any sort of donation it would be greatly appreciated. We are looking for anything from local restaurant gift cards to family friendly establishment passes for veterans with children, spa days, market basket gift cards, etc.. anything is greatly appreciated. Monetary donations are also accepted- please pm me for more information. Please contact either myself, Adam Curcuru Gloucester VA Office, or Jayne Morse at the Gloucester Elks Lodge for more details. Thank you all in advance and share away if needed.

Sun and Snow at odds

The sun and snow were at odds yesterday afternoon as we were driving through the White Mountains.   Took this leaving lunch at the Mt. Washington Hotel which made for a pretty winter scene.   Heading back home today…back to the grind tomorrow but enjoyed my few days out of dodge!

Sun and Snow at Mt. Washington Hotel

Pet of the Week- Alvin

Hmmm ….so am I cat named after a chipmunk or is it just a cute name? Alvin at your service. Tuna and treats are always a good way to make friends. I am a young adult looking for a life-partner. How about you? Looking for a pal who will listen to your day without interrupting? Someone who will help keep you company while you read, watch TV or while you respond to all that silly electronic beeping and buzzing on your phone? Me, I am looking for someone to scratch my chin, fill my dish, keep warm and safe indoors and who promises to always stick by my side! To see all available dogs and cats at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website: