Help arrived for the Piping Plovers yesterday afternoon when Greenbelt’s Dave McKinnon installed the symbolic posts and informative signage. Roping will come next week, but at the very least, cordoning off the nesting area informs the community to tread lightly and where to keep out. Two nesting areas have been identified. The signs are posted between boardwalk 3 and the footbridge, as well as between boardwalks 1 and 2.

So many thanks to Dave Rimmer and Dave McKinnon. I happened to meet up with them yesterday morning and initially Dave R. thought they would not be able to help until next week. What great relief when I read the email from Dave R. that Dave M. would be back later in the day to install the posts and signs!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


I wrote the above because yesterday I got a very disturbing call from a friend, a person who is usually mild mannered and not easily angered. He was calling to say that he had just observed a woman with her “birder” dog chasing the Plovers up and down the beach over and over again. When he spoke with her about the Plovers, she said she was aware of the threatened birds, but that she couldn’t control her dog because he “was having a bad day.” All I can write, is please, please, please do not allow your dog to chase the Piping Plovers. It may be fun and games for you and your dog, but allowing the PiPl to nest is a matter of survival for these beautiful and tiniest of shorebirds.

Two adorable sweet dogs, off leash today, on an on leash day.

Currently there are four PiPl at Good Harbor Beach. One very bonded pair (excellent possibility that it is our Mama and Papa Plover from the past two summers) and two unattached males. The above photo is of one of the two bachelors.

Beautiful Fish: Sea Bass -By Al Bezanson

Sea Bass, Black Sea Bass, Blackfish

Sea bass grow to a length of 2 feet or more and a few reach a weight of 7½ pounds; but northern specimens are seldom heavier than 5 pounds, and they average only about 1½  pounds. A fish a foot long weighs about one pound, one of 18 to 20 inches about 3 pounds.

The sea bass contrasts with the striped bass in being strictly confined to salt water. The sea bass enters our Gulf only as a rare stray from the south, Pemaquid Point and Matinicus Island being its nothernmost known outposts.  Too scarce to be of any importance in the Gulf, the sea bass is a very valuable food and game fish in more southern waters.

From Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schroeder (1953) online courtesy of MBL/WHOI


My boat was berthed next to a commercial hook and line black sea bass fisherman in Little Creek (Norfolk), VA for a time.  He would anchor about 50 miles off Chesapeake Light and bring in about 3,000 pounds per trip, which he sold directly to a couple restaurants.  This is one of the sweetest fish I have tasted.  We filleted them, shook them up in a bag of breading from the Piggly Wiggly market, dumped them into a fry pot.  Everyone stood around the pot, no utensils but paper towels and washed them down with Bud Light.

Al Bezanson

Kim Smith keynote and ‘Friend of the Earth’ award from Salem State University Earth Day 2018

Kim Smith - Amanda Madeira photo
courtesy photo by Amanda Madeira: Kim Smith receiving Salem State University ‘Friend of the Earth Award’ April 12 2018

The 2018 week-long Earth Day events at Salem State University culminated with an evening awards ceremony on April 12th. Kim Smith was the invited 2018 Keynote Speaker, and Friend of the Earth Award recipient! It’s an extraordinary fit as Kim Smith’s life’s work across media –whether its her acclaimed and award-winning films, photography, landscape design, art, or writing– calls us to marvel and commune with nature. She’s a champion Friend of the Earth.

Kim Smith is henceforth included in this distinguished Salem State University Friend of the Earth list, an ambassador for the natural world, our region and Massachusetts!


Earth Days at Salem State University – Past Friend of the Earth Award Recipients:

*2001-2017 list- Compiled by Prof. John Hayes, Geography, and co-chair, Salem State University (SSU) Earth Day Planning Committee

  • 2018 – KIM SMITH award winning photographer, filmmaker, landscape designer, artist, and writer. Author of Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden
  • 2017- 
  • 2016: Naomi Oreskes, Ph.D.—(Professor, Harvard Univ.), co-author, Merchants of Doubt, …….
    Bob Prescott—(Exec. Director, Wellfleet Ocean Sanctuary)…..
  • 2015: Larry Chretien—(Executive Director, Energy Consumers Alliance of New England and of Mass Energy – for his advocacy and leadership for over 20 years to champion the benefits of renewable energy alternatives in the New England region for our states, cities and towns, and our utility companies that provide us electricity and energy; as Executive Director of Mass Energy and the Energy Consumers Alliance of New England – he demonstrated how consumer-oriented non-profit organizations can lead the way in promoting affordable and environmentally
    sustainable energy resources.)
  • 2014: Gerard (Jerry) Bertrand (Environmental Adviser, Permian Global – for his enduring commitment to preservation of land and habitat; for his past service as head of international affairs for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
    Service, his chairmanship of BirdLife International, his service as president of Massachusetts Audubon Society and cofounder of World Land Trust, and his service at Permian Global and its efforts to protect natural forests globally to
    sequester carbon, mitigate climate change, and preserve habitat through investment.)
  • 2013 Frances Moore Lappe – (co-founder of Small Planet Institute and author of 18 books including the landmark Diet for a Small Planet, World Hunger – Twelve Myths, Food First – Beyond the Myth of Scarcity, Hope’s Edge, and EcoMind – Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want.) Marc Rodgers – (Communications Director, Cape Wind Associates – for his continuing efforts for more than ten years to communicate and educate about the proposed Cape Wind wind farm project on Nantucket Sound and for his efforts to help shepherd the project through the long-lived environmental review process.)

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Kinloch Nelson: Guitar Mad Scientist




Kinloch Nelson: Guitar Mad Scientist
Saturday, April 28 at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

 The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to announce that it will present Kinloch Nelson: Guitar Mad Scientist as part of the upcoming ArtWeek festival happening April 27 – May 6. Hundreds of events will be presented across the Commonwealth during the 10-day creative festival. See a complete listing of events at

ArtWeek is an award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Now an annual statewide festival, ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and recently expanded its footprint across the Commonwealth.

Don’t miss this exciting event:

Presented by: Rocky Neck Art Colony, Inc
Price: $20
Location: The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Art Colony
Date: Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Kinloch Nelson is a uniquely amazing finger style guitar player and composer, and he loves his Mad Scientist Guitar Projects. You’ll experience the design, construction, and sublime playing of Kinloch’s crazy harp guitar along with his usual stock of unusually fabulous instruments. Learn how to build a harp guitar with junk plywood and a coat hanger, and hear a fabulous concert by the Mad Scientist himself! Kinloch plays with an enthralling dexterity, diversity, and sense of humor – a guitar master not to miss! Kinloch Nelson Event at Rocky Neck Art Colony

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek offers new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity. This year, Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism have joined ArtWeek as Lead Champions in this unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the state’s creative economy.

“We are thrilled to have organizations like Rocky Neck Art Colony participating in ArtWeek this season,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of the Boch Center. “ArtWeek is an innovative festival that works to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts. We are very excited about this season’s offerings, which include many unique experiences spanning dance, fashion, media arts, spoken-word, poetry, writing, culinary, visual arts, music, opera, theater, design, film, and more. And the best part is that many of the events are free making it affordable and accessible to everyone!”

For more information on ArtWeek, visit


Rocky Neck, a picturesque part of Gloucester, MA, is widely known as the location of a famous artist colony. In fact, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, artists such Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko and others lived and worked on Rocky Neck. They came to Cape Ann charmed by the landscape, vibrant light and working waterfront as well as the artist community. Rocky Neck Art Colony is oldest continuously operating art colony in America.

About ArtWeek

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek has become an annual award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and has since expanded to serve communities across Massachusetts. Statewide partners include: Mass Cultural Council, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism as well as Mass Center for the Book, MASSCreative, MassHumanities, MassPoetry, New England Foundation for the Arts, New England Museum Association, Young Audiences of Massachusetts and VSA Massachusetts. To learn more about our regional and local collaborators as well as about the festival and its growth, visit  

About Highland Street Foundation

Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $180 million to many worthy non-profit organizations. It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit

About the Boch Center

The Boch Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts institutions and a guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert Theatres. As New England’s largest cultural venue, the Boch Center is home to theater, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, opera, Broadway musicals, family entertainment, and more.

Located in Boston’s historic Theater District, the Boch Center also offers a diverse mix of educational and community outreach initiatives, including the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeekcollaborates with artists and local nonprofit arts organizations; preserves historic venues; and acts as a champion for Greater Boston’s arts and cultural community. Learn more at

About the Mass Cultural Council

The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy.

The Council pursues this mission through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy for artists, communities, organizations, and schools. Mass Cultural Council also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment. For more information, please visit

About the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination for domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. MOTT works closely with 16 regional tourism councils across the state, and with larger tourism alliances such as Discover New England and BrandUSA. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to​


Cape Ann Community News 4/13/18

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.



ATTENTION Gloucester High School Students (and Parents):

Summer is only 2 months away!

Applications for 2018 summer jobs are now being accepted!

Apply for a GHS summer internship for July and August. Get a jump on your friends and nail down a summer job. THERE ARE VERY LIMITED OPEN SLOTS, SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO REVIEWING YOUR APPLICATION ASAP!

As part of this internship you will:

  • Be matched with a local company where you will gain important workplace skills – we have multiple comanies looking to hire
  • Be paid minimum wage or a stipend
  • Start to build a solid resume for college and future endeavors

Internship highlights:

  • Open to students in 9th through 12th grades
  • Interviews are being conducted now
  • A 2.5 hour workplace skills workshop each Wednesday at GHS during the weeks of July 9th- August 17th, and an internship placement at least 10 hours per week

Applications are available online through LEAP for Education’s website:

Or apply by contacting JoAnn Leavitt at 774-270-0119 or There is also a QR code on the internship flyer below.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact your guidance counselor, or JoAnn Leavitt:
JoAnn Leavitt
Gloucester Program Coordinator
LEAP for Education


Appetite for ACTION this Tuesday!


Enjoy dinner and support your community, too!

For over 50 years, ACTION INC. has been dedicated to helping residents of Cape Ann access better opportunities through affordable housing advocacy, job training & education programs, emergency shelter services, fuel assistance, energy efficiency updates, and so much more. Appetite for Action RED

Canned Food Drive to Support St Vincent de Paul Saturday May 5th

APRIL 11, 2018 ~ KOFC215 ~

Come donate canned and non-perishable foods at Market Basket and Shaw’s on Eastern Avenue from 9 am to 3 pm.  The Gloucester Knights of Columbus and Rockport Boy Scouts will be collecting for the St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry located at Holy Family Parish.  You can also donate after Mass at St Anns and Our Lady of Good Voyage on the 5th and 6th.  Help feed local families in need!

Red Cross Blood Drive May 25th

APRIL 11, 2018 ~ KOFC215 ~

On Friday May 25th come give the gift of life at Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish Hall from 2 pm to 7 pm.  Register at 800-733-2767 or go online at

.blood drive

Terrific GAAC Meeting Friday Night 4/13: Gravitational Waves



Sam Palmer (Electronics Engineer, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Lecturer on Astronomy, Harvard University) will be GAAC’s April speaker, with a presentation on the LIGO gravitational wave observatory.

What are gravitational waves? Check out, which describes them as “…ripples in space-time (the fabled “fabric” of the Universe) caused by massive objects moving with violent accelerations (in outer space that means objects like neutron stars or black holes orbiting around each other at ever increasing rates, or stars that blow themselves up).” That’s a picture of a LIGO observatory, above.

We’re really looking forward to this one.

More on our speaker:

Sam Palmer is an Electrical Engineer and Radio Astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  A member of the CfA’s Radio & Geoastronomy Group, Sam built the 1.2 m “Mini” radio telescope which has been hugely instrumental in increasing our understanding of the structure and chemistry of the Milky Way Galaxy.

The radio telescope has been mainly dedicated to obtaining what is by far the most extensive, uniform, and widely-used survey of dense, star-forming molecular clouds in our Galaxy. A total of 24 PhD dissertations have so far been written based on observations or instrumental work with these telescopes, and many more undergraduate students have participated in the observations either in course laboratories or as observing assistants.

Join us Friday night, April 13 at 8:00 pm at the Lanesville Community Center for an evening of fun, accessible science, great conversation and lots of goodies.

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets on the second Friday of the month at 8:00 at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Lanesville. You can find out more about the club on our Website, Facebook page, or twitter, @GAACster.

April Break at Backyard Growers


Looking for a fun and education way to spend April break? Join Backyard Growers on April 17th and 18th for days filled with plants, seeds, games, crafts, and more!

Contact: or call 978-281-0480 for more details.

April Break 2018 Flyer

Call NOW! Only two spots left in class!

IMAGE ~ APRIL 10, 2018 ~ LWHEELS2636 ~

ALI 1 4x6 postcard SPRING 2018 Computers ONLY FINAL

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

This sounds like fun! From The Gloucester Daily Times: Saturday April 14 will be Kite Day at Cogswell’s Grant in Essex (60 Spring St) 11 AM – 4 PM.  Free for kite flyers and spectators.  Bring or build your own kite.  $10 for kite making workshop. Watch professional kite flyers from Kites Over New England. Free chowder from Woodman’s! Win-win.  978-768-3632

Hoping to see you there!