Live: Full house at City Hall for MBTA train closure forum and link to petition

On line PETITION: http://gloucester-ma.gov/CivicAlerts/SingleAlertItem?alertID=1128

Senator Tarr, Representative Ferrante, Representative Hill, Mayor Romeo Theken hosting. Congressman Moulton sent a great letter. People showing up and to the mic one after the other: commuters, municipal reps from every  town–Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester– City councilors, experts in transportation,  environment, retail, business, tourism, visitors and residents. Issues of extra cars…A few scenes and petition below:

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BEAUTIFUL CEDAR ROCK GARDENS HAS REOPENED FOR THE SEASON – COME SEE ALL THAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER – SIMPLY A FANTASTIC SELECTION OF FLOWERS AND VEGIES!!

Cedar Rock Gardens is an 18-acre farm located at 229 Concord Street in West Gloucester. The flower and veggie farm is owned and operated by Tucker Smith and Elise Jillson. Last year was their first in business with hours open to the public and it’s so exciting to see Tucker and Elise developing their growing enterprise. This year they have expanded seedling offerings (see the “read more” at the end of this post for a complete list of plants offered) and have devoted even more fields to pick-your-own flowers .

We’re looking forward to having Elise and Tucker on our podcast this weekend. When you see the two, wish them congratulations. Elise and Tucker became engaged this winter! 

Fields of pick-your-own tulips in a lovely array of hues. This color opens to pure carmine. See photo below.

You run into the nicest people at Cedar Rock Gardens. Captain Stefan Edick of the Schooner Adventure surveying early season offerings.

Black-capped Chickadees nesting in a hole in the old Crabapple tree.

Cedar Rock Garden’s fabulous pick-your-own tulips are the perfect anecdote to April’s rainy days. This bouquet has become more beautiful with each passing moment. Only $4.50. for a bunch of gorgeousness!

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For a complete list of flower and veggie seedlings see below. Cedar Rock Gardens is open everyday from 8am to 5pm. For more information, visit Cedar Rock Gardens website here.

Cedar Rock Gardens writes, “We are committed to providing a healthy and beautiful choice to our community in both the floral and food industry and invite you to experience the local difference. Only environmentally-sound and organic growing techniques are used at Cedar Rock Gardens. You can always rest assured that our farm produce and flowers are safe and wholesome, with a freshness that guarantees good nutrition (and the best vase life for our bouquets). We use organic fertilizers and pesticides; We are currently not certified as ‘USDA Organic’ but our practices follow organic guidelines.”

Continue reading “BEAUTIFUL CEDAR ROCK GARDENS HAS REOPENED FOR THE SEASON – COME SEE ALL THAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER – SIMPLY A FANTASTIC SELECTION OF FLOWERS AND VEGIES!!”

Of the 226,000 North Shore jobs, how many do you think arts and culture?

In 2014, the Massachusetts labor force was 3,570,000 (vs 3,626,800 in February 2017 ); and the North Shore accounted for 6.3%. Yesterday, the US Dept of Commerce Bureau of Economics announced the state by state breakdown of arts and culture employment –for the first time ever– based on the 2014 national data. MA arts and culture jobs were reported to be 128,350, and 3.6% total MA labor. Various reports overlap categories. Sometimes “Health and education” are packed together or “arts, entertainment, recreation and leisure”. In MA top industries such as Financial services (20%), Technology, Medicine and Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Fishing, and Tourism (125,000–note how similar in size this is to the arts and culture jobs) are discussed.

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2014 employment by major industry sector

 

US Dept of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis reports the following MA stats: “The states with the highest concentration of arts and cultural jobs, with their location quotients: New York (1.47), Wyoming (1.30), Washington (1.28), California and Utah (both 1.17), Rhode Island and Colorado (1.13), Alaska (1.11), Massachusetts and Oregon (both 1.09)…The Location Quotient (LQ) is a measure of an industry’s concentration in a state or region relative to the industry’s national concentration. • As for compensation, in 2014 Massachusetts and NEFA had an LQ of 1.02 and 0.94 respectively. • In 2014, Massachusetts had a location quotient of 1.09 for ACPSA employment. In Massachusetts, therefore, ACPSA employment was 9 percent above the national average. By comparison, the LQ for arts-and-cultural employment in all states belonging to the U.S. regional arts organization NEFA (of which MA is a member) was 1.03 or 3 percent above the national average.

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Dogtown Clean up

Saturday, April 29, 2017 clean up. Thank you Allen for sending me this poster.

Hi Donna,

Here is the information on the event Saturday as well as a poster if you want to share. Thanks so much!

“Join us for a couple hours picking up trash and debris from the trails near the Cherry Street entrance of Dogtown. We will be meeting by the Dogtown sign next to the parking spaces (the white one with the crude map on it) to divide up into a couple teams and distribute gloves and trash bags. At 8am we’ll head out to tackle the trails – as we fill up bags, we’ll be leaving them in a designated location for the DPW to later pick up, so part of our job will be hauling trash out of the woods to that point. When 10am rolls around, some people will want to leave for the sustainability fair at O’Maley just down the street, and for those who stay we’ll be doing a short (no longer than an hour) hike around the Babson Boulders. Dogtown guru Mark Carlotto may even show up to share some of his knowledge with us!”

http://towngreen2025.org/sustainability-fair/

Chick Marston Tonight with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line 7-10pm 4.26.2017

 

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, April 26th – 7pm
Special Guest: CHICK MARSTON!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As far as Cape Ann is concerned, it all started with this guy,
the one and only Chick Marston. A true original, Chick was
doing his fingerpickin’ folk-blues thing way back in the 1960s
when I was just a kid on a path he’d blazed for us all.
7pm! ~ 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!
Upcoming…
5/03 * Ron Schrank

5/10 * Tony Frontiero

5/17 * Inge Berg

5/24 * Jon Butcher

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Mother’s Day Brunch from 10am-3 At Tonno

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Very Excited to announce our Mother’s Day Brunch from 10am-3 and we are open for regular dinner service after…

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Appetizers
-Tuna Tar Tare
-Raw Oysters
-Shrimp Cocktail
-Nicoise Salad with grilled Tuna
-Zucchini Flowers, herbed ricotta and tomato
-Beet Cured Salmon
-Spring Salad with baby kale, fava beans and asparagus
-Orrechiete with peas, mascarpone and pancetta

Breakfast
-Omelette – Lobster, scallion, potato & crème fraiche
-Omelette – Shiitake Mushroom, zucchini, mozzarella
-Vanilla French Toast & Berries
-Poached Eggs – Stone & Skillet English muffin, hollandaise &
pancetta / add Crab
-Pork Hash, Fried Eggs, English muffin, home fries
-Panini “la plancha” – Prosciutto, roasted peppers, mozzarella
-Scrambled eggs, bacon home fry potato and grilled bread

Entrees
-Chicken Parmigiano
-Eggplant Parmigiano
-Veal Milanese
-Spaghetti and Meatballs
-Cod Oreganatta

Sides
-Thick Cut Bacon
-Sliced Virginia Ham
-Home Fry Potatoes

-Bloody Mary’s and Champagne Cocktails too!

You can book online by clicking here

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SAVE THE DATE FOR MY UPCOMING PROGRAM “BEAUTY ON THE WING: LIFE STORY OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY”

On Thursday, May 4th at 7pm, I am giving my lecture with photos, “Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly,” along with several short film screenings, for the Salem Garden Club. For more information, see the events page of my website. I hope to see you there!

Newly Emerged Monarch Butterfly and Sunflower, Gloucester

Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch’s life story is one of nature’s most incredible examples of adaptation and survival. But the Monarch migration is in great peril. Learn how you can help. Through photographs and discussion, Beauty on the Wing tells the life story of the Monarch Butterfly, the state of the butterflies migration and why they are in sharp decline, and the positive steps we can take as individuals and collectively to help the Monarchs recover from the devastating effects of habitat loss and climate change.  (1-1.5 hours).Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis and Marsh Milkweed
Monarchs Awakening