GloucesterCast 283 With Susan Lipsett, Tucker and Elise From Cedar Rock Gardens Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/10/18


GloucesterCast 283 With Susan Lipsett, Tucker and Elise From Cedar Rock Gardens Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/10/18



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Topics Include:

Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

Susan Lipsett Brought Us Kouign Amann

Tucker and Elise At Cedar Rock Gardens CSA, Peacocks, , Native Plants Event June 20th

Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade

Kim mentioned in Plover Story Strange that in the Gloucester Times article they didn’t mention GMG
Props to Sean Nolan Extreme Truck and Auto
I don’t want Lebron
Props to Comcast voice remote/app/website
Plover Update
Good Harbor Footbridge Update


Late this afternoon, Essex Greenbelt’s Dave Rimmer and my husband Tom observed the Plover family leaving the parking lot and heading toward the dunes. Dave shares that they first appeared to be heading to the beach via the marsh creek end, when they suddenly switched direction and started back in the opposite direction towards Boardwalk #3. They went part way down #3, then back toward the parking lot, then back down #3. The family next began to go through the dunes toward the the middle of the beach, away from the #3 roped off area. After all the zig and zagging, the little family returned to the boardwalk, and then headed straight through the dunes, in the direction of #3 nesting zone. Dave lost sight of the chicks, but could hear the parents urging them on. Out they tumbled, down the dune edge, and into the roped off #3 area!

Please keep your eyes peeled for tiny toothpick-legged mini-marshmallow sized chicks zooming around in the sand.

We are elated that all four chicks made it safely out of the parking lot. Quite possibly this was the PiPl plan all along. Several times I observed the adults making the overland route at the very same time that they began nesting in the parking lot, which I had not seem them do in the the previous two years that they nested at GHB (in the very same location all three years).

The PiPl left the beach due to extreme dog disturbance while trying to court and nest, sadly finding the parking lot to be the quietest and safest place. Yesterday afternoon, we all observed folks trying to bring their dogs through the parking lot and onto the beach, after the life guards had left. The presence of dogs caused extreme alarm by the parents, they would pipe loud warnings and then leave the chicks to try to distract the dog. This is when chicks are at their most vulnerable, when the adults have to leave them to defend against predators. The problem is only going to get worse now that the footbridge has reopened. Please, please to the folks bringing your dogs to the beach after hours, now it is more critical than ever to please leave your pets at home. If any of our readers see a dog on the beach at anytime of day for any reason, first make sure the chicks are safe, and then please don’t hesitate to call the police.

Trash left on the beach is another huge issue for endangered shorebird chicks, of any species. Trash on the beach equals a plethora of seagulls. As do dogs, seagulls cause extreme duress for the PiPl parents. Even though the gulls prefer the easy garbage pickings left behind, they also eat baby chicks.

If you would like to be a a volunteer PiPl monitor, please contact Thank you!

Huge Shout Out to all our volunteers, Gloucester’s awesome DPW, Dave Rimmer, Ken Whitaker, Jasmine Weber, and Jonathan Regosin

Both Mama and Papa are now able to tend the chicks, while they are also able to feed and take care of themselves simultaneously keeping within earshot and eyesight of each other.


Our GHB Parking Lot Family survived the first night and day two, despite shenanigans from Barn Swallows, Red-winged Blackbirds, and the ever present Bachelor. The Bachelor’s aggressive behavior seemed even more pronounced this morning. Unmated males will attack baby PiPls in hopes of mating with the female, but our Papa PiPl has his number and does his best to keep him at bay. As if they don’t have enough to contend with, Plover on Plover violence is a real threat.

Here are the chicks waking up this morning after a snuggling session with Papa.

Thank you once again to Joe Lucido and Gloucester’s DPW for their interest and help throughout and to our amazing cadre of PiPl volunteers. If you would like to be a Piping Plover volunteer monitor, please email Ken Whittaker, Gloucester’s conservation agent, at

Mass Wildlife intern Jasmine Weber and her aunt Terry Weber 


Great DPW crew at Good Harbor Beach parking lot 

Gloucester MASS Good Harbor Beach lot attendants DPW staff wonderful_20180610_©c ryan

PATIENT city staff doing their job- Joe Lucido and Kenny Ryan (not pictured),  Brennah S, Dick Kelley, Wayne White, and John Harris all gave a shout out to GMG this morning.

piping plover chick update from this morning-

Day 4 Good Harbor Beach Gloucester Mass piping plover volunteers ©c ryan.jpg


Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Phil Cucuru and Mike Tarantino, it appears as though the footbridge temporary bridge construction is complete. When we taped the podcast this morning, I was under the impression an inspection was required, which may be the case however, folks are using the bridge, and it looks perfect!

Great Work Phil and Mike!!!

Sunday Morning Bluefin Blowout Family Fun 5k Run

Starting at 8:00AM with Becca Pizzi leading the runners on the 5K from Stage Fort Park to Hammond Castle and back to the finish line at Stage Fort Park ! Becca is two time women’s World Marathon Champion …7 days, 7 marathons on 7 continents in world record time! The Waugh’s and so many supporters including Mayor Sefatia Theken were all there to support the Alzheimer’s Association. The run raised over $56,000 today. Now on to August and the Bluefin Blowout!!!

GHS Baseball playoffs vs triton

GHS bats come alive in the last of the 6th and the boys win their first playoff game against Triton. A great effort by by John John Mondello and over all hitting and defense by a bunch of guys including Marcus Montagnino, E. J. Field, Matt Smith, and Ben Oliver.

Free Event at Parker River Wildlife Refuge Saturday June 16

The sun came out, so I decided to take a ride up the Scenic Coastal Byway to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.  The light is so pretty in early summer! Perhaps it was my polarized sunglasses, but no matter. It was so beautiful I did not even mind the one lane traffic at the Essex bridge.  It’s always a treat to see what I can find at Parker River. Though all the beaches are closed to accommodate nesting birds (except some access at Lot 1), I am always able to find cool stuff.


On June 16 from 10 AM – 3 PM, Parker River is hosting a free event they are calling “Let’s Get Outside”. It’s free and they are offering several interesting programs for families.  Check it out here.

Breakfast On The Red LE @WeberGrills Kettle for The Kiddos

Jazz Brunch at Feather & Wedge – Sunday, June 10


Join Feather & Wedge for a special brunch featuring live music by the notable Boston jazz duo Scollins-Warsi.  With Kevin Scollins on guitar and Sahil Warsi on double bass, these accomplished musicians have a wide repertoire of jazz standards, blues, R&B and more. If there is a better way to start your week, we haven’t found it.

Sunday, June 10

10:30 – 2:30 PM
Reservations suggested! 978.999.5917

Feather & Wedge Restaurant & Bar | 5 Main Street,  Rockport, MA 01966

Scollins - Warsi

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