We Had Solar Installed By Cazeault Solar. We Have A $730 Electricity Credit And Our House Is 100% Electric

I’m not sure how much more I could boil it down but here’s the latest bill-

Do you want to put solar on your house and make money?

Fill out the form and I’ll have lifelong Gloucester resident Tim Sanborn from Cazeault call you to go over your options for free.


While releasing the last Monarchs of the season with Charlotte, one landed on her hair and stayed for few moments, just long enough to catch a minute of footage and to take a photo.

Thank you to Patti Papows for our little straggler. Patti’s chrysalis was attached to a plant in her garden, an aster, which had lost all its leaves. She was worried a predator might eat it, so we scooped up the chrysalis and placed it in a terrarium at my home, where the butterfly emerged on October 17.

Will these last of the season’s Monarchs that are migrating along the Atlantic Coast make it to Mexico? Some will follow a path along the coastline, where when they reach the Delaware Bay, winds will begin to funnel them towards Mexico, between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. Some will continue on down the coast all the way to Florida. Some of these Atlantic Coast Monarchs will live their days out in Florida, and some will cross the Gulf of Mexico on their journey to Mexico.

Please join me on Wednesday, November 7th, from 1:00 to 5:00pm where I am one of three presenters for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank. I hope to see you there!

Discover new ways to garden, and new plants to select to make your home more sustainable in three presentations that address methods and plantings that you can adopt to improve your local environment and welcome more wildlife to your gardens. Presentations will review methods of ecological landscaping, introduce you to native shrubs, and share what you can plant to support pollinators.

Register Now!

October Monarchs
American Ladies on the wing during the month of October

Jazz Dinner with Jose Allende! Feather & Wedge, Thursday, Nov 8th


Feather & Wedge is delighted to feature Jose Allende for this week’s Jazz Dinner. Join us as Mr. Allende delivers a captivating mix of jazz standards and Latin American music featuring improvisation, South American rhythms and classical music influences. Enjoy dinner while listening to this great jazz artist. Reservations recommended. 978.999.5917

Thursday, November 8, 2019

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Jose Allende

Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

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Pete Frates’ “Pete’s Park”

“A Place for All”

I was so happy to have been at the Ribbon Cutting for the new Pete’s Park in Beverly this past Friday. The playground that Pete Frates grew up playing on has been rejuvenated and redesigned to be accessible to all and is really amazing. In addition to the Frates family, friends, sponsors, neighbors and more….also in attendance were Mayor Cahill, Governor Baker, Ray Bourke, and the brand new 2018 World Series Trophy.

Quite a line up to celebrate quite a collaboration….and an amazing guy.

This collaboration, in fact, began three years ago and the list of donors, sponsors, volunteers, and those who gave of time and talent is impressive.  From the sports courts in Pete’s Boston College’s Maroon and Gold to the blue fish painted to indicate the accessible paths throughout the park….from the unbelievable basketball hoops to the custom built boat, the Lucy Fitz, this park has it all.  It is truly gorgeous and speaks to how much love exists for Pete and the Frates family while also emphasizing their goal of creating a family friendly space for everyone!

Congratulations to all who worked so hard and gave so much.  You hit it out of the park….as one of the speakers said, “for Pete’s sake.”


And Orange Leaf content absolute auction 11AM Walgreens Plaza, Gloucester, Ma.

Across the street from Dunkin’ Donuts and the recently shuttered Papa Ginos in Walgreens Plaza, the content of Orange Leaf Soft Serve francise in Gloucester, Ma., will be sold at absolute auction today at 11:00 by Swampscott based Michael C Purcell A-1 Auctions. Preview inspection opens at 9am. In 2013, local news reported that the owners invested a whopping $300,000 into the build out of the structure erected in 2008 by Walgreen Plaza developer, Mac Bell. Classic Cooks and Orange Leaf shared the space for a few months this summer.

Orange Leaf, 102 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA

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St. Peter’s Square on a Gray Day

Taking a look around the square on a dreary day, I notice there is still beauty everywhere I look.


I hope you have or will vote. I used to believe my vote did not matter too much, but recent events have proven me wrong on that count. I’ll be driving 5 hours to cast my vote…that’s how important I believe it to be.  Now getting off my soapbox…….

Wheelhouse Co-working just signed a lease at 189 Main Street building in downtown Gloucester!

From Ken Hecht’s post-

I would like to give a warm welcome to Wheelhouse Co-working who just signed a lease with us at our 189 Main Street building in downtown Gloucester! This is going to be Gloucester’s first co-working space where small companies and individuals come together to form a synergistic and productive work environment to everyone’s benefit.

We will be beginning a really attractive and interesting build out shortly and Wheelhouse hopes to open the doors in January! For more information call Nate Cahill at 617-331-1639. This is all very exciting for Gloucester and we wish Wheelhouse great success! We will keep you informed of the grand opening!

City Of Gloucester Community Electricity Aggregation Program Information Breakdown

Cape Ann Community


To learn more:

Call: (866) 456-8232

Or go to the website: www.gloucester-cea.com

Keep in mind that your National Grid bill is divided into two sets of charges, one for supply and one for delivery. The Gloucester CEA program will only impact the supply portion of your bill. This is identified on your National Grid bill under Supply Services. The program does not affect the delivery or transmission portions of your bill which are substantial. Additionally, summer rates have been historically lower than winter rates. For example, the National Grid residential rate for summer 2018 was 10.87 cents/kWh.

The primary intent of the program is to provide price stability and savings over the duration of the 36-month term. National Grid’s rates for electric supply change every six months for Residential and Small Commercial customers and every three months for Industrial customers. Thus, National Grid…

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NOVEMBER Happenings at MAC

Cape Ann Wellness


11/1 – 11/30: “The Gift of Gratitude”
Receive a special gift this month when you join!
Manchester location only
* Offer valid 11/1 – 11/30 ONLY – Includes sessions to get you started
* Join fee offer valid at all three locations for ages 18+
For more information, please call membership at 978-526-8900 x253
Health Insurance Fitness Reimbursement
Avoid the rush and request your paperwork now!
Requests can be made by emailing Kim, our Member Service Representative at kpews@macathletics.com, or by calling/visiting the membership desk.
We provide a printout of 2018 transactions for proof of payment along with a letter stating active membership.


10/22 – 11/22: Book 2 massages with Lindsey and SAVE $20!
* Available with Lindsey Farrell only
* Cannot be combined with any other offer
* Massages must be booked and redeemed between 10/22/18 – 11/22/18

Inquire with Marlene about our…

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book signing Ruth Mordecai art book at the Book Store on Main Street

WHAT:     A conversation with artist Ruth Mordecai

7:00 – 7:30 Short lecture and Q and A

about about creation of this coffee table artbook

7:30 – 8:00  Book signing

WHEN:    7:00pm – 8:00pm Thursday November 8th

WHERE:  The Book Store

61 Main Street