Ocean Alliance Harbor Cruise Fundraiser

Hope to see you on the Ocean Alliance Harbor Cruise on Thursday! There are still some tickets remaining. We have great raffle items donated from many local businesses. Purchase your tickets here: https://shop.whale.org/products/ocean-alliance-harbor-cruise

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Follow Ocean Alliance on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/oceanalliance/

Call For Entries!!!

Please join us for a new art show in Gloucester at the Paint Factory!
First paid first in status as the wall space is limited. The are no refunds if you choose not to do the show after registration, however we understand emergency’s and will do our best to assist and accommodate you with pickup and delivery.
Hope to see you there!
Melissa Cox
Jessica Biker

There’s More to Sea

Friday, July 27 Opening Reception with Artists 6-9 pm
Saturday July 28 – Sunday July 29, 9-5 pm
Gloucester Paint Factory to Benefit Ocean Alliance

Call for Entry:

  • Receiving: Thursday, July 26 4-7 pm and Friday, July 27 12-2pm
  • Pick up: Sunday July 29 5 – 7 pm
  • Reception: Friday, July 27, 6-9 pm

Entry Fee:

  • $30 for three pieces.
  • Entrants may also submit up to 6 matted and sleeved prints for bin work.
  • Entry will be capped when space is filled.
  • Entry based on first come, first serve of entry fee.
  • Items should be ready to hang.

Entry Fee payable to Jessica Biker at 7 Morton Place, Gloucester MA

Entry Deadline: July 20

  • Please include show tags with entry fee or by email.


  • All items submitted must be for sale.
  • 20% of all sales will go to the Ocean Alliance and Restoration of the Gloucester Paint Factory.


Jessica Biker – jessicaabiker@gmail.com, Melissa Cox – mcoxward2@gmail.com

Music on the Meetinghouse Green

Classic Rock from The Bar Chords at third Gloucester Meetinghouse Summer Concert, July 20, 2018

Put on your dancing shoes and prepare for a trip down memory lane presented by The Bar Chords, at the third free Gloucester Meetinghouse Summer Concert, July 20, 6 – 9 pm, at the corner of Church and Middle Street.

Young and old will groove to the beat of classic rock of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s performed by the band’s vocalists and harmonica, acoustic and electric guitar players. Rock to the iconic rhythms of The Beatles, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, The Barenaked Ladies, and so much more. Lead vocalist Frank Reaney, who started the band in 2013 as a way to bring back the great memories of a bygone era, said, “Every song we play is the one you’ve wanted to hear live, yet most bands playing music from this era don’t play, won’t play or can’t play.”

The concert is free. In order to give back to the community, concert-goers are encouraged to make free-will donations to Maritime Gloucester, a non-profit organization seeking to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage, and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Bring cash or a checkbook, beach chairs or blankets. Fresh food is provided by Willow Rest, a foodies mecca on the Annisquam/Riverdale side of Cape Ann. In case of rain the concert will be held inside the Meetinghouse. Parking is available on Meetinghouse Green, in lots nearby, and at St. Peter’s Square.

Music on Meetinghouse Green’s sponsors include Linzee and Beth Coolidge; J.J. and Jackie Bell; Michael and Mary Bresnan; JoeAnn Hart and Gordon Baird; Harry and Mary Hintlian; Charles Nazarian; Dick and Doris Prouty; Sandra Ronan; Brent and Linda Wilkes; and the Cape Ann Savings Bank.

Dog poop altars


Winter, spring, summer and fall-  beach paths, trails, sidewalks, boulders and streets are not immune to collections of remaindered dog poop bag offerings.


I assume this back windshield wiper tie off is temporary. However I’ve seen them on parked cars like this one in the Cape Ann Museum lot.


A Gloucester resident writes about this inconsiderate habit common in local…cemeteries. I have seen them there, too. Today’s paper July 9, 2018 Dog Owners should remove waste

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Not just Gloucester. Friends are barking mad about dog poop on Manchester Singing Beach. A frustrated Rockport resident penned a letter to the editor May 2018 “The Dog Poop Saga” , Gloucester Daily Times. 

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and another March 23 2017, this one in the police notes “Owners fined for pet poop on beach” 

Why is Gloucester providing bags at all especially at the newly completed Boulevard? They don’t seem to work.

Around the globe:

  • Cities go to extreme lengths to tackle a dog poop epidemic- excerpt “And so cities, tired of the turd, are devoting precious brainstorming hours to inventing ever-more-novel ways to combat it. The latest is Madrid, which this week announced a “shock plan” to force dog owners in two districts to clean up after their pets: Those caught not doing so must either spend a few days as substitute street cleaners or face a $1,700 fine. The Spanish capital’s city hall said “there is still excrement in the streets, parks and other places” despite “repeated public awareness campaigns” and the distribution of millions of free poo bags, according to The Guardian…In 2013, Brunete, a suburb of Madrid, boxed up dog feces and mailed it to scofflaw owners. For two weeks, volunteers spied on dog walkers, sidled up to those who didn’t scoop and asked the name of the pooch — which, because most were registered with the city, was usually enough information to determine the owner’s address. Mayor Borja Gutierrez told the New York Times that the problem was the No. 1 constituent complaint, and that the mail-bombs had improved things by 70 percent. “It’s your dog, it’s your dog poop. We are just returning it to you,” Gutierrez said. Why are such absurd programs necessary? Fortunately, someone tried to find out. Last year, Matthias Gross, a German sociologist, published an entire paper about it in the journal Environmental Sociology. Its title: “Natural waste: canine companions and the lure of inattentively pooping in public.”
  •  DNA pursuits: “People used to think dog poop was harmless; it was considered fertilizer when in fact it contains more bacteria and chemicals than human poop, spreads parasites and pollutes our water supply,” said J Retinger, CEO of BioPet Labs. “We also have way more dogs in the world. Millennials have dogs before they have children.”… BioPet’s subsidiary, PooPrints, may be the ultimate solution for eradicating dog poop scofflaws. The company, which has grown 40 percent since 2016, provides a DNA testing program to 3,000 clients — primarily homeowners’ associations and building managers — in the U.S., Canada and England, including 250 in Florida. More than 250,000 dogs are in the PooPrints registry. Communities that implement the program require residents to profile and register their dogs. Offending poop gets tested, and the DNA is matched with the offending dog. The owner faces fines or eviction.“Property managers report a 95 to 99 percent reduction in waste,” said Ernie Jones, PooPrints sales manager. “People know DNA testing is accurate and will make them accountable. If you know you are going to get fined $250 to $500 you will take a couple minutes to pick up after your dog.”
  • Japan- (2015)City launched app to report dog poo

Along with consequences (taxes and fines), some communities try incentives beyond bags. New Taipei Taiwan unleashed a dog poop lottery: “Officials in New Taipei City say that more than 4,000 people have collected 14,500 bags of excrement. For each bag they turned in, they were given a lottery ticket. A woman in her 50s won the top prize – a gold ingot worth $2,200 (£1,400). The scheme was due to end in October, but officials said it had been so successful it had been extended…”

The Poop Problem: What to Do With 10 Million Tons of Dog Waste, op-ed, Live Science, April 2014 What’s wrong with scrap paper or newspaper? I used that in New York when Bags were not a thing.

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A New Weber in Town

GMG Jimmy stepped into the World of Weber with his very first charcoal grill! (Thanks to Joey)

With instructions from Joey, off we went to Fosters. They were very helpful and we enriched today’s receipts a bit.

Then to the grocery for some planning and preparation. We see that Weber is everywhere!

I’m expecting great meals in my immediate future. FOB Paula Ryan O’Brien also got her first Weber grill today—–coincidence???? I think not…..

Exciting end to the Annual TAA Wine Raffle!

Cape Ann Community

Temple Ahavat Achim of Gloucester is delighted to announce the winners of the two 36-bottle wine cellars valued at over $750 each. Happy winners are Steve Cohen & Andrea MacLeod, and Cynthia Mochowski.
Winners of our bonus 8-bottle cellars are Sam Silverman and Ruth Budelmann, Estelle Hochberg, and Bill Fonvielle. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winners!

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