Eating In Playa Del Carmen

I’d just like to say to people that say that they wouldn’t go to Playa Del Carmen because they don’t think it’s safe- You’re really really dumb.

We spent a week there, ate like champs, walked around town at all hours of the night and felt as safe as could be.  Not one second did I ever feel as if there was even a hint of danger.  In fact I feel much safer walking around In Downtown Playa Del Carmen than I do ANYWHERE in the city of Boston.

Not talking about Mexico City or Juarez, I’m talking specifically about Playa Del Carmen.  The people are incredibly friendly.  The tourists are from all over the world. The food is EXCELLENT.  The food and accommodations are great values.  Can’t say enough about it.  That’s why I go back year after year.

Here’s a sample of the food we ate last week-



February’s Super Snow Moon was magical in more ways than simply beautiful. The unusual mirage captured during the Moon’s rise was seen by other Cape Ann photographers as well as myself. Lisa Freed from Rockport photographed the omega shape, rising adjacent to Motif No.1.

The effect has several names including Omega Moonrise, Etruscan Vase Moonrise, and Inferior Mirage Moonrise. The omega shape is seen more often during a sunrise, so it is quite exciting that we were witness to an Omega Moonrise on Cape Ann!

From my reading, this is how I understand why it occurs:

During cold weather, when the seawater is warmer than the air, the lowermost air layer is warmed up by the water and produces a temperature difference.

This omega shape is a type of inferior mirage. The refracted (inverted) image is actually below the object’s true position. When the Moon protrudes above the horizon at Moonrise, its inferior mirage can sometimes be seen below it, where it joins the true Moon, creating an omega shape. For this mirage to occur, a layer of very warm air must lie just above the sea surface.

Omega Moonrise (above)

A few minutes later

So this is high tide #RockportMA and winter shoveling WINDY after super snow moon

Rockport, Mass.- Shoveling Windy just before high tide after the super snow moon

winter shoveling windy Rockport MA_20190221_© catherine ryan

And then the dinghy.

and then the dory_Winter Rockport Massachusetts Harbor just before morning high tide after big full moon_20190221_© cryan (1)

Just before high tide



just before high tide_Rockport Ma Motif 1_ after super snow moon_20190221_© catherine ryan
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Winter Rockport Massachusetts Harbor just before morning high tide after big full moon_20190221_© cryan (2)
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Winter Rockport Massachusetts Harbor just before morning high tide after big full moon_20190221_© cryan (3)
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Winter tide- Rockport Massachusetts Motif 1_February 18 2019 © catherine ryan
Feb 18 2019

shoveling windy GIF_Winter Rockport Massachusetts Harbor just before morning high tide after big full moon_20190221_© cryan (1)

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Apply now for Summer 2019 Internships at Maritime #GloucesterMA

Maritime Gloucester news from Sarah Oaks

Snow is on the ground here in Gloucester but it is time to start planning for summer 2019. We are thrilled to announce we are now accepting applications for the upcoming season’s internship program. Please forward (and post and share) the following link to all the college and high school students who may be interested in Maritime Gloucester this summer.

Maritime Gloucester Summer internship program

Maritime Gloucester 23 Harbor Loop Gloucester, MA 01930 978/281-0470

View from Maritime Gloucester and Coast Guard- Mayors Challenge_20160902_Gloucester Mass_©catherine ryanMaritime Gloucester_20170901_© catherine ryan.jpg



Seed Starting Workshops with Backyard Growers

Cape Ann Community

2.26.19 Seed Starting Workshop (1)

Join us for our very first Gardener Education Workshops of the season! Learn to start your veggies and flowers from seed as the winter days turn to spring.

You can purchase tickets and RSVP here.

Offered on two dates this year for convenience!

$10 admission

FREE for Backyard Growers program participants

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GHS/O’Maley Spring Sports Registration Open

1. Register on FamilyID gloucester-public-schools-ma- athletics


2. Complete the Online Concussion Course and save the certificate of completion provided at the end.  Best to download that on to your FamilyID registration, or email it to blafata2@gloucesterschools. com

Link to concussion course: 61059/concussion-for-students

*If you completed the concussion course for a Fall 2018 or Winter 2018-19 sport, and the certificate is on file, you do not have to complete the course again until Fall of 2019.


3. All athletes must have documentation of an up to date physical within the past 12 months (it expires 13 months from the date of your last physical).  Best to download that on to your FamilyID registration or email it to blafata2@gloucesterschools. com

*If you provided an up to date physical for a Fall 2018 or Winter 2018-19 sport, and it is on file, then you do not have to resubmit it.


4. Check payable to Gloucester High School Athletics for your user fee



All student-athletes must have past season’s uniforms and user fees turned in to the Athletic Department or student-athletes will be held out of their respective sport.


Important Spring Sports Dates:

There will be a mandatory parent/student-athlete meeting on Monday March 4th, 6pm, at the GHS field house.  All student-athletes, and at least 1 parent/guardian, must attend this meeting.  This meeting will be run by your sports Varsity Coach, so all must be in attendance.

Parents/Student-Athlete Meeting: 6pm Monday March 4th

Registration Closes: Monday March 11th

All Sports Tryouts/Practices Begin: Monday March 18th


If you have any questions please contact me.


Thank you,


Bryan Lafata

Athletic Director

Gloucester High School