Kids Eat FREE* at Latitude 43 & Minglewood Tavern
5-6 PM any day of the week
*With the purchase of an adult entree. Dine in only, during the hours of 5 to 6 PM.
*With the purchase of an adult entree. Dine in only, during the hours of 5 to 6 PM.
PIPING PLOVER UPDATE FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE
PIPING PLOVERS NESTING AT GOOD HARBOR BEACH
The City of Gloucester and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken will be working closely during the 2017 beach season at Good Harbor Beach with the Essex County Greenbelt Association and the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to manage Piping Plovers if they return again to nest on the beach.
“For generations, Gloucester’s citizens have existed in a delicate balance with our coastal ecosystem, from the open ocean, to the rocky shorelines and of course to our beaches,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “We are committed to making every effort possible to protect nesting Piping Plovers at our beaches but we will do so while maintaining public access to these amazing areas. Please help me and the City by cooperating with any short-term restrictions imposed at our beaches in 2017.”
In 2016, Piping Plovers, a small shorebird, were observed nesting for the first time at GHB, and the City acted quickly and responsibly along with Greenbelt and MADFW to protect the birds and their nesting areas. The City is preparing more proactively now for the 2017 beach season.
Piping Plovers are a small shorebird that was placed on the US Endangered Species List in 1986 as a threatened species. Piping Plovers nest directly on the sand at beaches throughout MA, typically on the upper beach just below the outer dune edge. Statewide the Piping Plover population has been increasing over the past 20 years and the population reached about 650 pairs in MA in 2016.
In Gloucester in 2016, 4 pairs of Piping Plovers nested at Coffins Beach and fledged 10 young. A single pair of Piping Plovers nested at GHB, hatching 3 chicks but none survived to fledge. The Piping Plovers at GHB nested later than normal in the season which may have contributed to the lack of chick survival. Better early season protections could help eliminate this problem in 2017.
Good Harbor Beach Piping Plover making a nest scrape for his lady love to inspect
The US Endangered Species Act requires public and private landowners to take necessary measures to protect listed species like Piping Plovers. MA also has guidelines and laws for beach nesting bird management. The city is making every effort to be compliant with all regulatory guidelines.
Piping Plovers typically arrive from their southern wintering areas to our local beaches in late March or early April. Males and females quickly form breeding pairs that begin the process of courtship and nest site select throughout April and May. During April and May, it is important to limit disturbance to the birds and their habitats. Chicks can hatch from nests in late May and are immediately mobile and move out of the nest in search of food. As chicks grow older and larger, they will roam from the dunes to the water’s edge in search of food. Chicks are very vulnerable to human disturbance and are susceptible to predators like gulls and foxes.
One day old Piping Plover chick
PLAN OF ACTION FOR 2017:
Gloucester officials have directed City staff to collaborate with Greenbelt and MADFW to development management strategies to protect Piping Plovers found nesting on any Gloucester beaches.
Beach Scraping – Limiting beach cleaning activities like beach scraping with a tractor and mechanical rake is very important once Piping Plovers arrive at GHB. This could start in April and last though June in certain areas at GHB.
Fencing – It is also important to strategically select areas for temporary closure with single strand fencing and signs. These fenced areas allow a refuge for Piping Plovers to begin their nesting season normally in May, before the busy beach season. fences could be installed in April and be in place through June in certain areas at GHB.
Monitoring – Regular monitors from Greenbelt, MADFW and theCity will visit GHB in March/April to determine if PipingPlovers are present and to ensure that any nesting Piping Plovers are well protected. Monitoring will continue as long as Piping Plovers are present at the site.
Public Access – GHB will remain open to the public during the beach season. Only selected small areas may be closed to the public to protect Piping Plovers. Mayor Theken encourages all beachgoers to respect the closed areas and to consider Piping Plovers as an important part of Gloucester’s rich and healthy coastal ecosystem.
Dogs – Unleashed dogs can pose a very real threat to Piping Plover adults and chicks. Dogs owners are responsible for controlling their dogs and may be legally responsible for any adverse impacts to Piping Plovers and their habitats.
For more information, please contact Greenbelt Essex County Trust at email@example.com or (978) 768-7241 x14
Preparations for St. Joseph celebrations are well underway throughout the City and our local bakers are baking up a storm. Saint Joseph rolls are available from Virgilios at 978-283-5395.
Maria and her Mom and Dad, Nina and Domenic, at Caffe Sicilia are now taking orders for the special Saint Joseph altar bread, zeppole, sfinci, ravioli, and cassata cake, and they can be ordered by calling 978-283-7345.Can’t wait for Caffe Sicilia’s ricotta-filled St. Joseph Day doughnuts, or sfinci in Sicilian ❤
As a new restaurant making it’s mark on the north shore, we would greatly appreciate your time to help spread the word about FEATHER & WEDGE!
To place your vote, go to voting.nshoremag.com/l/BONS-2017/ballot/dine
In the “Dine” category, scroll down the alphabetically listed sections to “New Restaurant”.
Click “Vote” next to your selection, then enter your email address to create an account if you don’t already have one. You must verify your account via email before your vote will be accepted.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE!
Thursday at the Rummie, let’s welcome back the amazing Ms. Toni Lynn Washington. The most amazing, long time, world travelling singer and an absolute joy to work with, having 65% more chutzpah than the leading brand.
Not only that, but she’s dragging in Mr. Mike DiBari, fabulous gootarist who just won the 2017 Swiss Kriss® Award for excellence in downloading. Also, drummer to the gods, Mr. Steve Bankuti. Let’s get funky! See you there!
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
Anna Vojtech’s weekly course begins March 28 (not March 14th). Please adjust your calendars.
Delightful illustration course at Rocky Neck Cultural Center: award winning children’s book author illustrator, fine artist and Film Animator ANNA VOJTECH
Boston Globe critics –Kate Tuttle (books); Zoe Madonna (classical music); Karen Campbell (dance); Loren King (film); Michael Andor Brodeur (pop music); Don Aucoin (theater); Malcom Gay (visual arts)– published an arts preview: “Globe Critics survey of 42 Essential art events in New England that you won’t want to miss this spring and summer.”
Congratulations to Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Clara Wainwright for making the list! Rockport Chamber Music Festival is June 2-July 9 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Clara Wainwright, artist and First Night Founder, is one of 8 artists selected for the 21st round of Art on the Marquee, the “massive three sided, seven screened, 80 foot tall marquee at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center” public art project. Look for that exhibit March 16-April 17.
Here’s the geographic tally:
Boston area, MA arts events: 19
Western, MA: 8
North Shore, MA: 2 –Rockport/Chamber Music Festival and Lincoln/Thoreau. (Clara’s work will be shown in Boston)
Cape and islands, MA: 4
CT: 1 (could be New Bedford…)
Most of the MOTT seasonal round ups and e-blasts are light on North Shore listings.
I love the “on this day” part of Facebook because you get to walk down memory lane a bit each day. Today’s “on this day” was my first post as a GMG contributor and although I’m not sure I’ve had a whole lot to contribute over the last year, I know that GMG has contributed a great deal to my life. It’s pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to meet so many awesome new people! The one thing I will take away from this last year is the love of my home town and how every day I learn to love this beautiful city even more!! So Thank YOU GMG readers and fellow contributors for indulging me and always being so kind and supportive!
One of the surest signs of Spring! DownRiver Ice Cream in Essex opens at noon on Saturday! Meet you there!
Saturday, March 11th 10:00-12:00
Enjoy a family-friendly tour of the galleries on this bird-focused STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math – Day at the Museum and create a bird-inspired artwork to take home.
This event is free for families. Space is limited; reservations required. Reservations can be made by calling 978-283-0455 x16 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, March 11th 10:30
Tickets: $8.50, $13.50
Ben Rudnick and Friends have been bringing families, music and fun together in their own unique style from their first release, Emily Songs, in 2000 to their January 2016 release, A Frog Named Sam, A Musical for Children.
For a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid
Jessica Danskin, a Montserrat College of Art (2016) and GHS (2012) graduate and Gloucester resident, writes GMG that in addition to painting and illustrating, she recently started painting pet portraits. Contact email@example.com if you’d like to order a portrait of your pet! She attached a couple of examples of her work. You can follow her art on