Senator Tarr on NPR and MA legislators unite

Senator Tarr, Mayor Romeo Theken, Angela Sanfilippo, Feb 27, 2018 (Mayor Romeo Theken shared this photo)

Feb 28, 2018 – Senator Tarr’s voice came through my car radio on the way to work this morning on WGBH 89.7 “stories we’re following”.  I’ll add a link to the audio if they add it to the website. The story concerned off shore drilling and the senate resolution. Here’s the opening (you can find the complete resolution here Mayor Theken shared photos, and Governor Baker’s letter of support  (see below the “read more” break)

Senator Tarr- Senate Resolution Calls for Protection of Massachusetts’ Waters

 Concerned about the potential for oil and gas drilling off of the coast of Massachusetts? Here is the text of the Senate Resolution that I sponsored with Senator Mike Barrett. The Senate adopted it unanimously. MEMORIALIZING THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR TO LIMIT THE PROPOSED EXPANSION OF THE NATIONAL OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF OIL AND GAS LEASING PROGRAM AND TO PROTECT THE WATERS OFF THE COASTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH AND NEW ENGLAND. Whereas, on January 4, 2018, the United States Department of the Interior announced the publication of a draft proposed program in support of its national outer continental shelf oil and gas leasing program; and…”

In 1979,  Attorney General Francis Bellotti and Sarah Bates and Douglas Foy of Conservation Law Foundation brought suit against the government’s plan to sell oil-lease tracts on Georges Bank.

JJ Clarke, Angela Sanfilippo, Douglas Foy-  November 24, 1981
Senator Tarr 2000 cenotaph dedication photo gloucester archives
In 2000, throwback photo of Tarr from the Gloucester archives at the dedication of the cenotaph

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Ever since 1616, when Capt. John Smith wrote “Hake you may have when the cod failes in summer, if you will fish in the night,” it has been common knowledge that they bite best after dark, from which it is fair to assume they do most of their foraging between sunset and sunrise.

We are forced to discuss these two hakes together, for they are so hard to tell apart that they are often confused, while they agree so closely in habits and distribution that what is said of one applies equally to the other, except as noted below.

From Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schroeder, 1953 _ Courtesy of MBL/WHOI

2010 to 2016 Massachusetts landings of white hake have been in the range of 3 to 5 million pounds.  Squirrel (Red) hake landings 197 to 366 thousand pounds.


James A Ryan map of Gloucester / Rockport quarries displayed at local dentist office

I like how area businesses display art and historic ephemera. The waiting area of Dr. Powers’ dentist office features a fascinating poster of the Gloucester Rockport Quarries © July 2017, a working document created by James A Ryan*, Reg / Prof Civil Engineer from Gloucester, MA, based on “2011 aerial surveys provided by Gloucester DPW Engineering Department and Rockport counterpart”

I know Dr. Powers is a history buff and that’s why it’s displayed. (I had a chuckle thinking about these are the first fillings at a dentist that I don’t mind learning about :))

(*no relation)

2011 map quarries (2)2011 map quarries

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Beginning in July there will be I Am More portraits traveling to Gloucester City Hall, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Gloucester High School, Emerson College, Gloucester Stage Company, Action Inc., Lahey Behavioral Health, The Open Door, Cape Ann Cinema and Stage, Cape Ann Coffees, Magnolia Library and Community Center, Eastern Point Lit House, Cape Ann Animal Aid, Backyard Growers, Saltwater Massage Studio, Cape Ann Power Yoga, Willow Rest, Maritime Gloucester, and Sound Harbor Music School.

If you would like to host a display of one or more portraits in 2019 please let me know. You can see the portraits and read the essays here:

Stay tuned for I Am More: Massachusetts…

Thanks for your support!

Amy Kerr

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ Michael Gallagher is retiring and there is a grand send off tonight! 7pm 2.28.2018

Wednesday, February 28 – 7pm
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA
My Special Musical Guests: EVERYONE!

After 37+ amazing years of bartending at the Rhumb Line, the great Michael Gallagher has decided to retire. In tribute to his longstanding impeccable quality, character and integrity, every Wednesday musical guest we’ve ever hosted has asked to appear to perform personal dedications for his final bar shift. There are some, of course, who will not be able to be with us, but they do send sincere regrets and undying love. There will be a card for us all to sign, and I’ve actually written a little special something for the occasion. Anyway, it promises to be a great send-off for a truly great person, so we’re expecting it to be busy. Please try to come early and grab a good seat for the spectacle you are about to witness! Hail to thee, Michael Gallagher! You are loved and will be missed! ~ Fly

The great Michael Gallagher, ladies and gentlemen…

Some of the evening’s guests: J.B. Amero ; David Brown ; Allen Estes ; Ed Daley ; Orville
Giddings ; Sasquatch ; Chick Marston ; Dan King ; Brian King ; Bill Gleason ; Toni Ann Enes ;
Tom Eaton ; Inge Berge ; Ron Schrank ; Bradley Royds ; Tony Frontiero ; Elaine O’Rourke
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!
3/7 – Toni Ann

3/14 – Ron Schrank

3/21 – Liz Frame

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Last Light Annisquam

4 minute exposure just after the sun had disappeared love capturing the lingering light this way as it gives the clouds the streak affect.

I also want to thank Joey for giving me this opportunity as the featured artist for the month of February. And also to all of you for the lovely comments and likes.

Tomorrow March 1st through the month i will have 6 pieces at the gallery area at Addison Gilbert Hospital here in Gloucester

And will also have 7 pieces hanging in Gallery above the Schooners Market in Essex through the month of March,,

Thank you everyone,

To view more of my work, see my gallery on the Cape Ann Giclée website

Acoustic Dinner at Feather & Wedge Featuring Andrew James, Thursday, March 1


Join us Thursday, March 1 at Feather & Wedge for dinner and a special evening of music from one of Boston’s most talented singer/songwriters, Andrew James. His impressive set list is comprised of original music and covers by artists including Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Tracy Chapman, John Mayer and Jack Johnson.  7 PM- 9 PM.  For a list of upcoming events at Feather & Website, visit our website.

Reservations strongly suggested.  978. 999. 5917


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Young Professionals Event at Pier 23 Kitchen

Come meet with other young professionals over drinks in a casual atmosphere at an event hosted by Pier 23 Kitchen and Next Generation Cape Ann.

Tuesday, March 6 at 5 PM – 7 PM

We have a growing group of young professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs on Cape Ann and this is a way to get together, share ideas and help grow each other’s businesses and the community.

FREE to attend. Cash Bar. Light appetizers.




Cape Ann Community Listings For 2/28/18

Cape Ann Community

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board


A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Life’s So Sweet with a Sugar Maple in Your Yard


The March 13 meeting of the Seaside Garden Club presents Trish Wesley Umbrell of the Natick Community Organic Farm ( with a maple sugaring demonstration.

Trish will share tips on tree identification and use in home landscape, and share the rich history and traditions of New England maple sugaring. She will give a virtual tour of her local favorite sugar shack, and provide practical tips for making your own maple syrup. Maple syrup will be for sale at the meeting.

The program is sponsored by the Manchester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Guests are welcome, free of charge.

The Seaside Garden Club meets at the Manchester Community Center, located at 40 Harbor Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea. Social time begins with light refreshments at 7:00 pm, followed by the program at 7:30 pm. Newcomers are welcome.

2018 Phyllis A Fund Raiser! Join the Fun and Help Us get the Phyllis A Back in the Water!


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Gloucester Pride Stride Info Session


Attention Cape Ann nonprofits, school, and community groups! Registration is now open for the 2018 Gloucester Pride Stride! Sign up your group so your supporters can officially join your team and raise money for your cause!

You are also invited to a free info session at The Open Door on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 6:30-7:30pm. Come learn how you can participate, raise funds, and engage your supporters. Plus, see tutorials on creating your team’s online fundraising page and tips and tricks from your peers! RSVP by March 1st to


Magnolia Cribbage League Spring Session


Magnolia Cribbage League starts its spring session on Wednesday March 7 at 6:30pm at J.D. Meyers Pub, 24 Lexington Ave, Magnolia. New players are welcome to join in this friendly game of cribbage. $40 covers 10 weeks of play plus a dinner and cash prizes.  If you cannot commit to a 10-week session then consider substituting for a regular player. Arrive at 6:30pm to sign up and learn more about the league. Call Andy Heinze at 508-596-3857 for more information.

Let the Youth Lead! – Open Forum for Youth Voices

FEBRUARY 26, 2018 ~ ROSE ~

FLYER 2On Thursday, March 1, “Let the Youth Lead – An Open Forum for Youth Voices” will be held for youth from across Cape Ann. The forum is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM and will meet in the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church’s Community Room. The accessible entrance is at 10 Church Street.

The goal is to provide a space where young people can meet and share their thoughts, feelings, questions and ideas regarding the recent wave of youth leadership and action happening across the country.

Participants will be encouraged to explore how they can effectively increase youth agency locally and beyond, in the short term and the long term.

The current conversation about gun laws and school safety is certainly one of the biggest topics right now, but the forum will not be limited to that subject.

Should interest arise in the upcoming March 24 March for Our Lives events – locally, in Boston or in DC – a breakout group will form to develop options to support participation.

The forum will be facilitated by Rose Sheehan, Gloucester Unitarian Universalist’s Education and Community Engagement Leader. Refreshments will be served.

Questions may be directed to Rose Sheehan at


A tiny pelagic seabird, the Dovekie, was discovered this morning laying dead in the sand. I think it must have died very recently as it was completely intact. Dovekies are the smallest of the auks (the puffin family) and when on the beach they are in serious trouble because they walk very poorly and have difficulty taking off. Most of us will only ever catch a glimpse of this tiny treasure far away and out to sea and although very dead, it was beautiful to see.

Dovekies (also known as the Little Auck) breed on islands in the high Arctic and move south to the the north Atlantic in the winter. Several weeks ago, one was spotted off the shoreline on Atlantic Road.

Photos of living Dovekies courtesy wikicommonsmedia.