The storm devastation at Sandy Point Beach on Plum Island is alarming. The thing is, exactly where the debris pile-up is the densest, is precisely where the Piping Plovers nest. These photos were taken several weeks ago, and the mass of garbage has only grown greater with two subsequent storms.
From PRNWR, “Although the refuge isn’t hosting a spring beach cleanup this year, Sandy Point State Reservation is! Join DCR on April 7th to clean up the southern tip of the island. Parking is limited, so carpooling from the refuge Visitor Center is encouraged.”
The culvert that allows marsh water to flow into the beach survived all four storms with flying colors, providing continual drainage. The culvert was restored by NOAA and has proven storm after storm to be a great success story.
Shout out to Gloucester DPW’s Michael Silva and John Harris. This morning they removed all the rocks that were blocking the drainage pipe on Atlantic Road, near the Grapevine Road intersection. The rocks had been pushed into the drain by the March nor’easters.
The clouds after snow, sun and a little rain on Monday made for a beautiful sky.
Jeannette Steele Esposito One-Artist Show
One if by Land – An exhibition of recent paintings by artist Jeannette Steele Esposito will be on view Saturday, March 31 – Thursday, April 12 in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M). An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, April 7th from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibit highlights the joys and perils of living by the ocean.
“Painting, for me, is all about color and form…Harmony and Balance. The vibration of one color reacting to another, like music. One note in relation to the next, the spaces between the notes…The joy of the brush dancing across the canvas, The Jazz Of It All!”
– Jeannette Steele Esposito
RAA&M March Hours: Open Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 PM.
RAA&M April Hours: Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
In 2017 Backyard Growers received $5,000 from the Cape Ann Community Foundation founded by the Cape Ann License Plate for their project entitled “Backyard Growers Farm to School”, to expand their schoolyard garden program.
The 2018 grant application are available now for non-profits on Cape Ann.
The CACF IS A 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation, established by the Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce to manage the proceeds of the Cape Ann License Plate, and make yearly grants in support of the Cape Ann Community.
If you don’t have a Cape Ann License Plate please go to Lovecapeann.com and purchase one today! There is a direct link here on the blog for your convenience.
Marveling at the tenacity of coastal towns- Cape Ann public works after winter storms are no joke.
Rockport, Mass. The many access stairs for the Long Beach pedestrian walkway are put back each spring. Some years, the landing platforms on the sand side need repair. The 2018 winter storms pummeled each and every access point. Landings on sand and up top, the railings, and treads were entirely stripped. The rebuild for a few of the staircases will remain on hold until their immediate seawall areas are tended.
Water shoes this summer
From there to here: popples and rocks from the decimated barrier wall between Long Beach and Cape Hedge Beach were deposited along Long Beach.
Where’s the beach?
Spring 2018, the ocean is several feet deep at the rip rap line every high tide
Evolution of damage at beach barrier
Spring cleaning has begun at Stage Fort Park!
I don’t make a habit out of smoking cigars, but I might for this fun night. Our friends at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort and Mile Marker One are always cooking up some new kind of fun. Tickets are limited so purchase your now at the link below.
April 17 is the day Pauline’s Gifts opens for the season!