MBTA Wi-Fi project, as currently proposed, will not be advanced

Cape Ann Community

MBTA Wi-Fi project, as currently proposed, will not be advanced

Gloucester and Cape Ann Elected Officials Work Together to Communicate Concerns

 BOSTON – The MBTA today notified BAI Communications that it will not approve the company’s current proposed implementation of the Wi-Fi system, under which BAI proposes to install approximately 320 seventy-foot monopoles along the Commuter Rail network’s rights of way.

In a letter to BAI, the MBTA said the proposal is not consistent with the license agreement, and cited concerns among members of the public and among federal and state legislators concerning the project’s impact on historic sites and community character.

“Gloucester is pleased about today’s announcement to halt the installation of Wi-Fi monopoles, especially since we didn’t get the chance to review any plans in advance,” said Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “Thankfully, our administration worked across Cape Ann and the North Shore to share information, review the potential sites…

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Over the summer, our East Gloucester neighborhood kids Atticus, Meadow, Pilar, Frieda, Lucas, and Sabine formed the club Plastic: Pick it Up!, a kid’s campaign for getting plastic off roadways and beaches so it doesn’t end up in our oceans. Through their lemonade stand, the club raised a whopping 540.00!! On Wednesday evening they, along with Jackson, visiting cousin from North Carolina, met with members of Cape Ann Maritime Partnership (CAMP) to donate the money raised to help purchase a Seabin and Marine Skimmer, marine technologies designed to clean up oil and plastic garbage.

Learning about the effect of plastic pollution with marine biologist Julie Hurley and CAMP leaders. 

Plastic: Pick it Up! club members Frieda, Atticus, Jackson, Lucas, Pilar, Meadow, and Sabine

Love this logo for CAMP designed by Jamie Mathison!

CAMP is a relatively newly formed  partnership between NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, Gloucester’s Clean City Commission, One Ocean One Love, Seaside Sustainability, Maritime Gloucester, and Gloucester’s Coast Guard Station.

The event took place at the beautiful printing headquarters and shop of Jamie Mathison and sister Sarah Steward, One Ocean One Love. Jamie is the owner and artist, and sister Sarah is the general manager. From the shop’s website: “One Ocean One Love shop is a hand-printed, surf-inspired clothing brand, offering one of a kind ocean related products in stores and online. We’re a small eco-friendly business made up of forward-thinkers, with a passion to conserve and protect marine life. 5% of all One Ocean apparel net profits are donated toward keeping the oceans clean.” 

Ainsley Smith from Gloucester’s Clean City Commission wearing tank top designed by Jamie with the CAMP logo. 

Stop by One Ocean One Love and see their wonderful collection of tees, tanks, and totes, all hand-printed from linoleum block designs by Jamie. One Ocean One Love Gloucester shop is located at 47R Parker Street, in the lighthouse on the harbor. Their Rockport shop is located at 6 Bearskin Neck. 



Links to learn more about the Seabin, Marine Skimmer, CAMP,  One Ocean One Love, and plastic ocean pollution:







Gloucester art and breakfast | Zeke’s Place



On the walls at Zeke’s place, summer 2017:


Nancy Alimansky from Newton and Phyllis Paster from Wellesley are showing drawings in the main room. Both watercolor artists have painted Cape Ann scenes, many from Gloucester and Rockport.


Nancy Alimansky #1


Phyllis Paster #2

David Kielier resides and works in Gloucester.



The first business to respond to the Mayor’s arts hotline was Zeke’s Place.


Alicia Unleashed- Closet Case

Alicia Unleashed Episode 65
Recorded with B-Side, Paul Catania, “Silent” MR. E and Hostess Alicia Cox


Hot Plate
*Hannah Kimberley’s book reading “A Woman’s Place is on Top” August 3rd @ Sawyer Free Library. https://www.amazon.com/Womans-Place-Top-Biography-Climbers/dp/1250084008

*Period Partners Drive August 12 at Stop & Shop 9am-1pm (See information below)***

*Shout out to Danny Diamond (Episode 61) with his AMAZING work at Cape Ann Brewery

* Patriots get 2 Planes, 1st in NFL to have their own planes. Wilfork signs a 1 day contract to retire as a Patriot.

*We missed in Episode 64 the passing of Chester Bennington.

*Yoga and Men, why is that not a thing, it should be. Shout out to Chelsea Porper.

Business Shoutouts: Gloucester Boxing Club, Cape Ann Power Yoga, Noel & Kevin from Boxx109 in Newton.

We’re talking with Paul C about Gloucester’s “Closet Case”. The origins of the monthly party @ Cape Ann Cinema. GURL at Short & Main, dance party and small shows. Paul talks about the vibes for creating and inspired by performances. Mission Statement: Entertain, Intrigue and Inspire. End of the Summer Party “Sex on the Beach” August 26th.

Paul also addresses his new sobriety and his mindfulness since drinking.
FB: http://www.facebook.com/closetcaseparty
Insta: @closetcaseparty
Black Sheep Stampede on August 19th @Katrina’s. Find ‘Road to Babylon’ on Spotify.

***Period Partners will provide clients of The Open Door with a year’s supply of tampons and pads. To kick off its fund-raising efforts, the group will hold a product drive at Stop & Shop, 6 Thatcher Rd. in Gloucester, on Saturday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Can’t make it to the drive? You can make a tax-deductible donation at https://theopendoor.givecorps.com/ – write “for Period Partners” in the note field. Or email goperiodpartners@gmail.com for more info.

This Weekend in the Arts

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Cynthia Curtis Demonstration
at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Friday, August 11, 6-8pm

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours:
Sun – Thurs 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Fri and Sat 10:00AM – 8:00 PM

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is sponsoring a series of artist demonstrations for the 2017 season. On Friday, August 11, potter Cynthia Curtis will demonstrate the art of making pots on the pottery wheel. She will cover basic forms such as cylinders, plates and bowls while discussing the many ways to alter and decorate wheel thrown pots. Cynthia began working with clay in 1977.  A North Shore native, she has always been drawn to the ocean as is evident in her selection of glazes.  Inspired by nature, Cynthia integrates beach glass, shells, and coral as well as environmental motifs into her work.  Her stoneware pottery consists of a variety of functional and ornamental pieces. She has taught over 1,200 students of all ages and abilities for the last 20 years.

For more information call 978-282-091.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in a historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to rockyneckartcolony.org.  See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.



Exploring the grey scale through
print, paint, sculpture and photography.

August 10 – September 10

Artists’ Reception
Saturday, August 12, 4-6 PM

Photo Forum Artists’ Talk
Sunday, August 20, 4-6 PM

Paint and Print Artists’ Talk
Sunday, August 27, 4-6 PM

The Rocky Neck Art Colony hosts a curated exhibition, GREY MATTER: Exploring the grey scale through print, paint, sculpture and photography. The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 6 PM. This month-long exhibition takes place from August 10 through September 10 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. Gallery hours are 12-6 PM, Thursdays through Sundays each week.

This exhibit offers a place to dwell, quieting the drama of color barriers to essential messages, explored through the diversity of singular voices. Words of color are part of our everyday language. Political states are described as colors. Today’s consumers associate national brands by their branding color: red stands for Coca Cola and Target; orange for Home Depot; green equals Starbucks; brown for UPS; and blue for Facebook and Twitter. We can be oversaturated by visual color messages and creative messages often get buried in our Technicolor world.

The show is curated by Martha Wakefield and features invited artists: Coco Berkman, Christiane Corcelle, Linda Packard, Judy Robinson-Cox, Michael Seif, Pip Shepley, Martha Wakefield, Ruth Worrall and Wendy Young.

Artists in this show believe that a lack of color does not mean the absence of visual excitement. Grey Matter highlights meaning through light, texture, form and imagery. The work of the nine local and regional artists covers a wide range of disciplines including painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and photography. This exhibit celebrates the differences and boldness and the expressive intentions of each artist working within a limited palette. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, August 12 at 4-6 PM. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Works by these artists are divided up and paired with novel partners—encouraging a freeform yet cerebral exploration of the show’s theme. Though each artist’s work is very different, this group shares an essential connection in how they approach process and design. The exhibit illuminates not just the work, but also the reasons these artists make what they make. Each medium possesses unique qualities and by juxtaposing this diversity, Grey Matter, offers visual abundance and engages community conversations. The public is invited to join the conversation at two lively, illuminating and free events—a Photo Forum Artists’ Talk, on Sunday, August 20, 4-6 PM and the Paint and Print Artists’ Talk, on Sunday, August 27, 4-6 PM.

For More Information: Email: info@rockyneckartcolony.org


Rockport Illumination Weekend

August 12 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come to Rockport on August 12th and enjoy a day and night of fun. Lanterns go up Thursday night and remain up throughout the weekend. Come and see shop windows decorated with lanterns. Start your day at the Farmers Market at Harvey Park. Head over to Firehouse Trust for free children’s activities. Join the Institution for Savings and the Fireworks committee to paint your own lantern, and have your face painted. There will be free popcorn and giveaways, supported by a Rockport Cultural grant. After you’ve made your lantern, head to dock square and enjoy live music from 2-9 PM. Spend the day shopping, eating and enjoying the wonderful town of Rockport. Like “Rockport Fireworks” on Facebook or follow them on Instagram for important updates. The Fireworks show will shoot off at 9:00 PM off Granite Pier. Rain date is August 13.


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Clara Lieu: Artist Talk at the
Cape Ann Museum

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) welcomes artist Clara Lieu as the Goetemann Artist Residency (GAR)  2017 Distinguished Artist/Teacher, a program initiated in 2007 by former GAR Director, Ruth Mordecai. This program brings an artist of national reputation to Cape Ann each year.

Clara-Lieu_Headshot.jpgClara Lieu begins her week-long stay with an opening talk at the Cape Ann Museum on Sunday, August 13, at 2 pm, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester.  This lecture is free to the public and is followed by a three to four-day workshop for area artists interested in exploring personal stories as an inroad to art. Please note that space in the workshop is limited. For complete details please contact the GAR at residency@rockyneckartcolony.org.

Clara Lieu is a professor, writer, and visual artist. Lieu’s practice uses drawing, printmaking, and sculpture as a means to explore the extremes of human emotion. Professor Lieu currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Professor Lieu has received grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Puffin Foundation and is a partner in Art Prof: a free, online educational platform for visual arts, embracing people of all ages and means. The mission behind Art Prof is to give the global community equal access to a free visual arts education. For more information on Art Prof, please go to the website https://artprof.org. For additional information about Professor Lieu in general, please visit http://claralieu.com/

For more information about RNAC programs email info@rockyneckartcolony.org.



Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Sixth Show

The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its sixth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Six” at the Marblehead Arts Association, The Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA. This show features artworks of both the RAA&M’s artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture and photography. The exhibition runs from August 12 through September 24, with an Artist Reception on Sunday, August 13 from 2-4 pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday & Sunday, noon-5 pm and Saturday, 10-5 pm. Closed Monday.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email experimentalgroupraa@gmail.com

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 96 years



Our Special Olympian going to Seattle

Congratulations Meghan Colby From Gloucester, MA. She will be joining Team Massachusetts for the Special Olympics in Seattle.

Meghan is a great swimmer and we wish her all the best.


For more information please go to the link below to hear all the other athletics.

Gloucester’s Joe Langhan (Food Network founder) brings his world-class pastrami to Beverly tomorrow night

Many of you know Joe Langhan from his work producing the Souls of the Sea videos.  What you may not know is that he’s a founder of the Food Network and created its signature show Emeril Live.  A couple of years ago, Joe brought world-class NY pastrami to Boston (see Globe article).  Tomorrow (FRI 8/11) he’s bringing his famous Beantown Pastrami right down the road to Beverly for a pop-up at our Beverly Blues Series.

If you know us, you’ll know that we love pulling what may seem like disparate people together for an unusually fun night (e.g., book signings with music, music with stand-up comedy, comedy with dinner, etc.)

It’s hard to predict just how much fun tomorrow’s show will be as we bring together Blues Hall of Famer, Joe Moss from Chicago and the last prophet of the funky Texas blues The Willie J. Laws Band for an exceptional night of music hosted by WZLX Music Director Carter Alan (who will sign his new book The Decibel Diaries at the show).

Add Beantown Pastrami’s world-class, hand-carved, NYC style sandwiches and … well … you just never know what can happen at the most intimate, elegant listening room on Boston’s North Shore. Get tickets here (cheaper on-line!)

Evan Goodrow Tonight at the Rhumb Line’s Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm 8.10.2017

Thursday at the Rummie, Mr. Evan Goodrow pops up for a defrosting. Big E.,longs every womans’ desire, will fill you with blues-based Cheez- Whiz® until you’re ready to scream!


Mr. Dave Moore takes Gary’s place on the drums. Don’t miss it!


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


Scenes from Princess Bride HarborWalk Summer Cinema




pre party HarborWalk Summer Cinema Gloucester MA August 2017

GIF above pre movie fun. GIF below at the Westley and Inigo sword fight atop the Cliffs of Insanity point.  The night’s biggest clap came late in the movie, after Inigo’s confront’s his father’s murderer. “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” 

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Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema is presented by the City, Cape Ann Community Cinema and North Shore 104. 9. The Green carpet sponsor is Cape Ann Savings Bank. Series sponsors are Doyon’s, Foster’s Grill Store, and North Shore Navigators.  Next week’s SING! is presented with support from Atlantic Vacation Homes. Last night’s Princess Bride was sponsored by Toodeloos! — and they were there enjoying the show!

Next up:

Aug 16 Sing!

Aug 23 (rain date make up) Jaws

Aug 30 (rain date make up) Lego Batman movie

Gloucester Awarded $97,500 State Grant for Pump Stations Floodproofing Redesign Retrofit

Cape Ann Community

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.2 Million for Coastal Communities to Prepare for Climate Change 

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced more than $2.2 million in funding to support local efforts to increase community preparedness and resilience to coastal storm and climate change impacts, including storm surges, flooding, erosion, and rising sea levels. These grants, provided by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), are being awarded to Dennis, Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., Eastham, Essex, Falmouth, Gloucester, Kingston, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Northeastern University, Salem, Scituate, Wareham, Weymouth and Winthrop. Fifty-one resilience projects have been completed under the Baker-Polito Administration with an investment of over $6.8 million for these projects.

“Protecting and preparing Massachusetts’ extensive residential and commercial developments, port facilities, habitats and natural resources from changing climate conditions along our coast is a priority for our administration,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We…

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Last sunrise

This morning I got to shoot with my good friend Helen for the last time (for a while anyway) as she is heading out to Chicago to start a new life with her grandkids and it could not have been a more perfect send off.   The skies that had started out a little bald, filled in with some beautifully reflective clouds and then the biggest sun just loomed up from the horizon behind the lights.   Helen has been my shooting partner over the years and I will miss her dearly and although you don’t know her you might miss her too as she’s the one who drags my butt out at 4 am in the morning…so you might not see another sunrise photo from me for a while lol!!  Here’s wishing you many great things ahead Helen!! 




Rockport’s Fireworks and Illumination Night

Such a fun weekend coming up in Rockport!



Come and enjoy a day of fun in the town of Rockport! Start the morning at Farmers Market. Head over to Old Firehouse Trust and meet employees from Institution for Savings who  will be handing out popcorn and free items. Paint your own lantern to help celebrate the day. Children can have their face painted. Everything is free.

Check out all the shops that have decorated their windows with lanterns. The town will have lanterns throughout. In Dock Square we will have live music starting at 2 PM until the show begins at 9. You can view the show from anywhere along the water. As always the show is weather permitting and the start time is, too.

As dusk descends on Rockport, settle in at Back Beach or anywhere along the shore to watch the fifth annual summertime fireworks display over Sandy Bay. The fireworks display will follow the Rockport Rotary Club’s Lobsterfest (3 to 7 PM), a unique, annual, outdoor dining and fundraising event at the Legion Bandstand, serving boiled lobster, clam chowder and more.

Visit facebook.com/RockportFireworks for detailed information.