Bird-scaping – Home Sweet Habitat

Cape Ann Community

Tuesday, November 14, 7pm at the Manchester Community Center. Guests are cordially invited, $5 fee.

One week from today the Seaside Garden Club presents this delightfully illustrated program exploring the importance of creating welcoming habitats for birds through thoughtful landscape choices, including native plants vital for food and nesting sites. Presenters Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker are experienced gardeners with backgrounds in floral and graphic design. Go to their Enchanted Gardens website ( for details.

Seaside Gardeners are asked to bring donations for Beverly Bootstraps to this meeting. Toiletries are especially needed, such as tooth paste & brushes, shampoo, body wash, men’s and women’s razors, and feminine products.

Members are also encouraged to bring in material for the window boxes at Beverly Bootstraps. The Community Service committee requests greens from White Pine, Hemlock, Balsam Fir, Cedar, and Cyprus. Branches should be 2 to 3 feet long and put…

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Watching the sunset from the Easternpoint Lighthouse I then headed to catch the moonrise over Niles Pond. Despite the full moon, it was so dark that I could barely see the ground that I was standing on and did not even know Mr. Swan was swimming about until looking through the photos just now! Niles Pond Moonrise

Eastern Point Lighthouse and Dogbbar Panorama

Plastic Bag Ordinance

From the Clean City Commission, Ainsley Smith:

The proposed plastic bag ordinance is going back to City Council (the currently sworn-in councilors) on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00pm in City Hall. There is a public hearing where members of the public can speak for up to 3 minutes, to share their opinion on the ordinance.

Written comments are also being accepted by the City Clerk, who will distribute them to all councilors. These must be received by Joanne,, before 5:00pm on Thursday, November 9th.


– The text of the plastic bag ordinance was unanimously passed by Ordinance and Administration subcommittee members Councilors Nolan, O’Hara and LeBlanc last month. Our polystyrene ordinance has already passed a full council vote and will be effective January 1, 2019.


– The ordinance would not take effect until January 1, 2019, so we have over a year to distribute reusable bags to our neighbors and allow businesses to use up their current stock, and try out new, more sustainable options.

– The ordinance allows for thin produce and meat bags to remain, to avoid any concerns of contamination, and also allows for newspaper and dry cleaning bags.

– The Clean City Commission has already secured $1750 in grants and donations to purchase reusable bags, in addition to 350 lightweight bags we already have in hand, ready to distribute to our neighbors who may need assistance purchasing reusable bags.

– Just this week, Wakefield became the 56th municipality in the state to reduce their reliance on plastic bags. As a city that relies on a healthy ocean for so much, we believe that Gloucester should be next!

Questions about the ordinance can be sent to the Commission –

Pulling Lobster Traps out of Harbor Cove

Our Friend Zach Thomas asked me to get the word out:

CAMP (Cape Ann Maritime Partnership) are pulling derelict lobster traps out of Harbor Cove on Sunday at 11AM. e can use all the help we can get with hauling them to DPW.

Also, our marine debris skimmer is arriving today!



Fly Amero’s musical guest this week: Ron Shrank! 7pm @ The Rhumb Line 11.8.2017


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, November 8th – 7pm
My Musical Guest: RON SCHRANK!

Easy, breezy listening, folks. We have a very cool customer
on board this week… the calm and collected Mr. Ron Schrank!
He’s been a favorite of our Wednesday followers for a very,
very long time. Some see why! ~ 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!
11/15 – Honkytonk Women

11/22 – Thanksgiving Eve (full band TBA)

11/29 – Charlee Bianchini

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Lessons in Honor, Courage, and Commitment

The Gloucester Sea Cadets were invited to provide the color guard at the Dan Healy Memorial 5K race this past weekend in Exeter, NH. I was so honored to have Thatcher be a part of the color guard at the opening ceremonies. Having him witness and take part in an occasion to honor a fallen Navy Seal, especially so close to Veterans Day I suppose, gave way to numerous lessons about honor, courage, commitment…and respect, heartache, pride, and patriotism.  We took the long, scenic ride home and discussed the morning’s events…..and my heart broke and swelled with pride simultaneously as I listened to Thatch explain his feelings about the morning.

While I always think I know how watching this young group of Sea Cadets in action will effect me, I’m still always surprised by how it sneaks up on me.  Many of them, for the record, also rocked the 5K which is pretty cool too.  Learn more about the Gloucester Sea Cadets HERE

Dan Healy died along with seven other SEALs and 8 Army “Nightstalker” commandos when their MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down during a mission to rescue a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team in Kunar Province on June 28, 2005. Below is information about Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy, US Navy SEAL, as taken from the Dan Healy Memorial 5K Facebook page.  A tremendous individual and an exemplary example.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy, US Navy SEAL, BUD/S Class 196, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was born on July 17, 1968 in Exeter, NH and KIA in the Hindu Kush mountains of Kunar Province, Afghanistan on June 28, 2005 during Operation Red Wings.

SCPO Healy was lost when the MH-47 helicopter he was aboard on a rescue mission crashed going to the aid of a team of four SEALs on a reconnaissance mission who were embroiled in a battle with a larger force of the Taliban. When word got back to base about their plight, their fellow SEALs went into action filling two helicopters to go to their aid. Due to his rank as a Senior Chief Petty Officer, Dan Healy did not have to go on that mission, but he insisted. Taking men off of the lead helicopter SCPO Healy told the others “Those are my men and my face is going to be the first one they see”.

For his actions, SCPO Healy was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” for Valor, the Purple Heart and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. SCPO Healy’s other awards include Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal (3), and the National Defense Service Medal.



SCHOLARSHIPS- To area students entering the military or a trade school

VETERANS- Aiding Seacoast area veterans in various ways

SINGLE PARENTS- Offering a grant to deserving single parents

This run and walk event is in honor and remembrance of Dan and his fellow teammates. It is held in his hometown of Exeter, NH. For a full line of events; register as a runner or walker, including virtually; donate to The Dan Healy Foundation; or sign up to volunteer please visit


St. Joseph’s Sub a real blessing!


Virgilios for dinner on a New York table!  The St. Joe’s sub comes to the rescue again for dinner and takes the sting out of having to return to New York for a few days.  You could still smell the fresh bread as we opened the wrappings after the long drive back.  The cookies topped things off! Delicious freshness from Gloucester to New York!

Berkshire Museum can sell ALL art | Judge John Agostini okays Sotheby’s auction

detail from Norman Rockwell Blacksmith (1940 for Saturday Evening Post)

Norman Rockwell Blacksmith 1940 Berkshire Museum potential Sothebys sale.jpg

From Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees President Elizabeth “Buzz” McGraw:

“We believe we acted consistent with our responsibility to this community and our collections, to keep this museum open now and strengthen it for generations to come. We are grateful the Judge recognized the care and diligence the Board exercised in arriving at this decision, and that today’s decision will ensure we can move forward.”

–more to come —

*sent from phone, no power again in East Gloucester