Thank you Community for seeing the wisdom in these changes and for giving voice to these tiny endangered birds.

Last night’s Council vote a was win for our Good Harbor Beach Piping Plovers and a win for all the citizens of Gloucester. There was a tremendous turnout by the Piping Plover volunteers and friends, as well as an impressive number of letters written to the Councilors in favor of the changes to the ordinance. The combination of the two spoke volumes and definitely tipped the scales in favor of the Plovers.

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City of Gloucester Awarded $1 Million Seaport Economic Council Grant

City of Gloucester Awarded $1 Million

Seaport Economic Council Grant

Improved Harbormaster Office and Visiting Boater Center planned

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (Feb. 27, 2019) ‚Äď The administration of Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced today that the City of Gloucester was awarded a $1 million grant from the Seaport Economic Council (SEC). This grant, and others, were approved at today‚Äôs SEC meeting, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

The grant will be used for final design and construction of an improved Harbormaster’s Office and Visiting Boater Center at 19 Harbor Loop. The enhanced facilities will allow the Harbormaster to meet the increasing community demand on the office including the response of safety calls, staffing special events that take place on the water, and handling of the growing number of visiting and local boaters.

Mayor Romeo Theken said, ‚ÄúAn improved Harbormaster Office and Visiting Boater Center will be a huge asset to our City. The City of Gloucester is excited about this substantial investment from the Commonwealth. It allows us to provide safe, efficient, and critical harbor operations while increasing economic opportunities to our thriving downtown. We look forward to welcoming visiting boaters into our harbor with these enhanced amenities. Thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration and my colleagues on the SEC for recognizing the critical role that all of our port cities play in the Massachusetts economy.‚ÄĚ

This endeavor is part of the Administration’s continued effort to put into action the recommendations of the City’s Harbor Plan/DPA Master Plan adopted in 2014 and as well as the Mayor’s Recreational Boating Ad Hoc Committee. The Plan had several recommendations including: diversifying the harbor’s economic base, including the visitor based economy; enhancing the harbor’s role as a center for community life while connecting the harbor to downtown; and promoting public access to the waterfront for both residents and visitors.

Modifications to the building will include: changes to meet safety codes and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); installation of energy efficient lighting and HVAC; and adherence to Federal Energy Management Agency’s floodplain construction requirements. The expanded space will also create a new training/meeting room that can be used for educational opportunities such as boating safety courses and cross department public safety meetings. ADA accessible public restrooms and space for visitor information that will provide historical and general information about Gloucester to visitors and the public are also planned.

Gloucester Harbormaster Captain TJ Ciarametaro said, ‚ÄúGloucester is poised to become a premier visiting boater destination in New England. With an improved Harbormaster Office and Visiting Boater Center there will be the support for the increasing transient boating community while addressing critical harbor needs. These shore side amenities will benefit the community and local economy tremendously and I‚Äôm excited to help implement these changes.‚ÄĚ

Gloucester’s port saw an overwhelming increase in recreational boating this past summer. The Harbormaster’s Department, with the help of Discover Gloucester and in collaboration with the Community Development Department, has successfully attracted a record number of visiting boaters to Gloucester’s beautiful harbor and thriving downtown. These increases have led to job growth potential in both the tourism and maritime sectors as well as new opportunities for downtown and harbor businesses.

This year marks the second full year of implementation of the transient mooring online reservation system, DOCKWA. DOCKWA rents 30 transient/visitor moorings for vessels up to 60 feet. Moorings are located in three areas: The Inner Harbor, in close proximity to downtown shops and restaurants; the Southeast Harbor, which offers views of Eastern Point, sunsets over the Western Harbor and the Boston skyline in the distance; and the Western Harbor, off of Stage Head, where the original settlers landed and dried fish. Reservations for the 2019 season will begin on April 1 at The Gloucester Harbor Launch is free of charge with a reservation and can be contacted on VHF channel 72 or by phone 978-726-0155. and Northshore Magazine recently published an article placing Gloucester on the top 10 list of places to visit by sea in Massachusetts for the second year in a row. Gloucester also has very favorable ratings on boating sites Active Captain and G-captain.

The Harbormaster’s Office offers 4 hour transient tie-up dockage for residents and visitors, an increased number of transient moorings, an on-line mooring reservation system, and runs a 26 passenger launch, The Gloucesterman, which operates from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days a week during the boating season. This allows for more boaters to enjoy the restaurants, shops, and attractions located downtown.

The Seaport Economic Council advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for communities and residents across the state by leveraging unique economic assets to drive sustainable regional growth. The council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to deepen the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities


My husband Tom and I had the most unexpectedly wonderful and fantastic dining experience last Saturday night. We have our very favorite Cape Ann restaurants (that we adore), but were wanting to try something new. The menu posted online at Allie’s Beach Street Cafe, located in Manchester, looked very French and very inviting, so we gave it a try. It’s not everyday you discover a restaurant that hits all the right notes and we were beyond delighted. So much so, we are returning tomorrow!

Allie and Glenn Varga

Readers may recognize Allie. She has owned and operated Pleasant Street Tea company for over a decade. Husband Glenn has been a sommelier and server at the Four Seasons for more than nineteen years. Both are wonderfully welcoming towards guests, and the waitstaff are just as friendly.

Manchester’s former Beach Street Cafe has been transformed, with chic, Provencal-inspired decor. Sunlight pours through big picture windows warming the white-washed walls and wide-planked wooden floors. The dining room feels relaxed, fun, and elegant, all at the same time. Primarily a classic French bistro, the menu also features dishes from around the world where French cooking has been highly influential, including Louisiana Creole, French Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and North Africa.

The most amazing thing is, Allie’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as Saturday and Sunday brunch, all day! And, too, you can stop in casually for specialty drinks, coffee, pastries, or order from their online menu.

We happened in on a ‘Three Course Tasting,’ night, which takes place every Friday and Saturday evening. You can either order from the menu or partake in the tasting. Tom had the Weiner Schnitzel from the menu and Loved it. I tried the ‘Tasting’ offering and it was simply fabulous.

The first course was a sublime mixture of duxelles and goat cheese served in a puff pastry shell. In between courses, Glenn brought out a zippy sizzling hot pan of Shishito peppers. What a treat! Next course served was the fresh and warm baby spinach salad, dressed with a super tasty bacon balsamic vinaigrette. The final course was a perfectly cooked and tender medium rare steak, served with yummy truffle fries and a lovely arugula salad. We were waaaaay toooo filled to try dessert, but I did catch a photo of a gorgeous blackberry ombre layer cake, topped with blueberry compote, and it looked WOW!

I wasn’t expecting to take any photos and plan to return during the day with my real camera, but here are some cell phone snaps to give you an idea.

Allie’s Beach Street Cafe is located at 35 Beach Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea

For reservations, call 978-704-9571

Allie’s Beach Street Cafe Hours

Monday 6:30am to 3pm

Tuesday 6:30am to 3pm

Wednesday 6:30 to 9pm

Thursday 6:30 to 9pm

Friday 6:30 to 9pm

Saturday 8am to 9pm

Sunday 8am to 3pm

The menu changes seasonally and the following are the current postings.

Breakfast Menu

House Specialties

Croque Madame*: Grilled ham and swiss topped with a fried egg and bechamel $7

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich*: on an english muffin or bulkie  $5.5

Quiche Du Jour*:  made fresh daily $8

Ful Mudammas*: chickpeas fritters,  marrakesh harissa, eggs  in a wrap $7.5

Breakfast Burrito*: eggs, black beans, salsa,  and rice in a wheat wrap $6.5

Pancakes or Waffles: with nutella & whip cream or maple syrup $8

Smoked Salmon* on a  bagel with herb cream cheese $10

Monte Cristo: Fried Belgian Waffle stuffed with ham, cheese, turkey  and  jalapeno jam $9

Stuffed French Toast* : Banana & Nutella   or  Sweet Cream & Berries $8

Eggs Benedict*: two poached eggs served on english muffin with fresh hollandaise and herb potato

                              choices:  ham $12, florentine $12, avocado $13, smoked salmon $14,

Avocado Toast: Texas Toast w/ Avocado, pickled onions, pico de gallo, chimichurri $8

Omelettes or Scrambles*   $12

 Served w/ toast and herb roasted potatoes,  or beans & greens

Jardin: ‚Äúgarden‚ÄĚ:¬† shallots, herbs, ¬†veggies and swiss cheese

Petit Cochon: ‚Äúlittle pig‚ÄĚ bacon, ham and sausage peppers onions and cheddar

Champignon: ‚Äúmushroom‚ÄĚ ¬†truffled mushrooms, herbs, and goat cheese

Fumee du Mer: ‚ÄúSea Smoke‚ÄĚ smoked salmon, capers, chives, and boursin cheese

Grecque: ‚ÄúGreek‚ÄĚ spinach, peppers,onion, olives, feta and, oregano

Le Duc: ¬†‚ÄúJohn Wayne‚ÄĚ ¬†ham, peppers,onions, and of course American cheese

 A La Carte

Cinnamon Roll  $3.75

Scone w/ clotted cream  $3.5

Plain Croissant $3

Chocolate Croissant  $3.5

Two Eggs any style $5

 Side bacon, ham, or sausage    $3

¬†¬Ĺ Avocado ¬† ¬†$3

Oatmeal your way $7

Side Toast $2: Brioche, white, wheat,  marble rye, english Muffin / Gluten free toast $3

Smoothie $6

Lunch Menu

Soups   &   Salads

French Onion Soup:  Steaming hot sweet onions in a rich broth loaded with cheese    $7

Poisson Rouge: (Redfish Soup) local haddock &  vegetables in a lightly spiced tomato broth  $8

Seasonal Greens: Fresh greens, roasted root veg, and pumpkin seeds Winter citrus vinaigrette $8

Arugula:  Peppery rocket greens, shaved Parmesan, and lemon zest   $9

Butter Lettuce Wedge: Great Hill Blue, Applewood Bacon, egg, sunflower seeds, Fig glaze $14

Ancient Grains: Quinoa, Heirloom rices and grains(gluten free) with greens and harissa dressing  $9

Caesar: Kale tossed in Chef’s caesar dressing with garlic croutons  $10

Add on to any Salad:    Falafel  $4, Chicken Salad  $4,  2 Eggs* $4 Sirloin Tips $7  Beach Street Lobster Salad $15

 Sandwiches & Wraps

Croque Madame*:Grilled Ham and Swiss Topped with a fried egg and Bechamel $9

Crispy Fish: Tempura battered fish with wasabi mayo and coleslaw $12

Veggie Quinoa  Wrap: Hummus, veggies, and whole grains, in a wheat wrap          $8

Vegetarian Sweet Potato BBQ : Vegetarian BBQ Sweet Potato on a Bulkie          $7.5

Smoked Salmon Plate :Toasted Bagel w/ Avocado, Hard Boiled Egg, Onions, Cucumbers, Capers  $13

Beach Street Smashburger*:  60z ground chuck on a bulkie with secret sauce#5 & pickled veg  $8.5

Chicken Banh Mi: Cilantro Veggie slaw on a baguette  with chicken   $9.5  or Lobster $22

Ham & Swiss: Black Forest Ham piled high on rye w/ horseradish Dijon         $7.5

Beach Street Club: Turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato on thick sliced Brioche   $12

Falafel Shawarma: Falafel with Tzatziki, mix greens, and harissa in a grilled wrap  $9.5

Burrito all the Way: Chicken with beans, rice, cheddar, pico de gallo.   Do you like it hot or mild ?   $9

Philly Cheese Steak*: ¬†Shaved Sirloin, Mushrooms, Onions, & yes, cheese wiz ūüôā ¬† $12.50

Turkey & Pesto: w/ prosciutto, arugula, pickled onions & provolone served on Italian Bread   $9

Add on to any Sandwich: Mixed Veggies $4 , Falafel $4, Chicken $4, 2 Hard Boiled Eggs $4, Smoked Salmon $4

All sandwiches & wraps served with Chips or Cilantro Veg Slaw.  Add fries $4  Soup du Jour $3   Salad $4  Cilantro Veg Slaw $3

Dinner Menu


French Onion Soup:  Steaming hot sweet onions in a rich broth loaded with cheese   $7

Poisson Rouge: (Red Fish Soup) local haddock &  vegetables in a lightly spiced tomato broth  $8

Seasonal Greens:  Fresh greens, seasonal veggies, pumpkin seeds, w/ citrus vinaigrette $9

Arugula:  Peppery rocket greens, shaved  Parmesan, and lemon zest   $7

Butter Lettuce Wedge: Blue Cheese, Applewood Bacon, egg, sunflower seeds, Fig glaze    $14

Ancient Grains: Quinoa, Heirloom rices and grains(gluten free) with greens and harissa dressing   $10

Caesar:* Kale tossed in Chef’s caesar dressing with garlic croutons   $10


Fried Camembert: Balsamic Glazed Strawberries, Prosciutto Crisps, & Crostini        $12

Falafel Plate: Falafel, Tzatziki, Red Pepper Coulis      $ 9

Crispy Brussel Sprouts:  Hot Sauce and blue cheese dip     $9

Lobster Cocktail : Sweet local Lobster, Cilantro-Lime Mayo, Avocado $16

Stuffed Avocado:  feta, spinach and tomato stuffing baked with crispy herb crostini  $12


Croque Madame*:  Grilled Ham and Swiss Topped with a fried egg and Bechamel $11

Beach Street Smashburger*: 60z ground chuck on a bulkie with secret sauce#5 & pickled veg  $12

Beach Street Club: Turkey, Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato on thick sliced Brioche $14

Lobster Shells & Cheese: Lobster, Spring Peas &  Shells Baked to Gooey Perfection $ 18


Caribbean Bouillabaisse: Scallops, Local Catch& Clams, Creole Broth, Plantains, & Avocado Toast $26

Wiener Schnitzel:* Thin & Crisp veal paillard topped with a sunny side egg & skinny fries   $19

Steak Frites: Marinated Black Angus  skirt steak, truffle fries, arugula salad         $ 26

Veggie Quinoa Bowl: Fresh Veg of the day with Kale and Quinoa, Warm Dressing   $13

Roast Chicken Provencal: Organic fingerling potato, Market Veggies, Pan Sauce      $16

Bretonne Haddock: Wine Poached Haddock w/ Mushrooms and veggies, Bretonne cream  $16DESSERT


Cinnamon Blueberry Cobbler: Ginger Beer blueberry compote, cinnamon bun & ice cream     $8

Brownie Banana Split:  topped with the works  $8

Baked Alaskan‚ÄĚ Smores‚ÄĚ: Flourless chocolate cake,toasted marshmallow, graham, ice cream ¬† $8

Caramel Apple Turnover: Served hot with Vanilla ice cream       $8

Allie’s is located at 35 Beach Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea

For reservations, call 978-704-9571

This Week at Treetop: Reiki Circle and Monthly Restorative

Cape Ann Wellness


Welcome to all our new students who have joined since the New Year! We love seeing all the new faces at the Barre and on the Mat. And to those who are ‚Äėregulars‚Äô, thank you for being part of our community. If you have a friend interested in trying yoga, talk to us about brining a friend for free and our new student specials.

THIS WEEK ‚Äď Two amazing workshops are available this week, and no yoga experience is ¬†necessary. Join us at Treetop Yoga, 3A Pond Road, Gloucester.

INTRO TO REIKI ‚Äď Add some Wellness to your Wednesday

Have you heard all the buzz about ‚ÄúReiki‚ÄĚ? Wonder what Reiki is? Join us to learn all about the power of this self-healing technique. Reiki is the most accepted alternative healing modality , and Brigham & Women‚Äôs has the largest Reiki clinic in the nation! Find out why, learn about the‚Ķ

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BIG home tournament game tonight! #GloucesterMA Fishermen boys basketball vs Danvers

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Gloucester High School Fishermen Athletics facebook page ‚Äď

Great info excerpt from the Gloucester Daily Times sports coverage:

Did You Know?:¬†Gloucester is looking to make just the program’s third ever appearance in the sectional quarterfinals. The Fishermen ventured to the quarters in 2000 and 2006. Gloucester is also hosting a first round home game for the first time since 2006 (the team hosted a preliminary round game in 2015)”

No. 5 seed Gloucester boys basketball (14-6) vs. No. 6 Danvers (10-10)

What: Division 2 North First Round

Where: Benjamin A. Smith Field House, Gloucester

When: Wednesday (7 p.m.)

Update from Rosa about Tickets: “Just a friendly reminder that there will be a $5.00 fee for all students and a $7.00 fee for all adults.¬† These fees are accessed by the MIAA.¬†Everyone will have to pay.¬†¬†GOOD LUCK GHS BOYS BASKETBALL ūüôā ”

What’s at stake:¬†The winner advances to the Division 2 North Quarterfinals later this week against the winner of Tuesday’s first round game between No. 4 Wakefield and No. 13 Reading.

Points per game: Gloucester, 60.8; Danvers, 54.9.

Points against per game: Gloucester, 57.7; Danvers 62.7.

Gloucester’s leading scorers:¬†Marcus Montagnino, 19.2; Ben Oliver, 17.3; Matt Montagnino, 9.3.

Danvers’ leading scorers:¬†Justin DiTomaso 15.5; Armani Vlaun, 12.3.

Gloucester’s key to victory:¬†Play strong defense. The Fishermen can find good looks at the basket against any team, and it can also play a up tempo or down tempo. The key for Gloucester is on the defensive end of the floor. If it defends the perimeter the way it did in its 86-38 win over the Falcons last month, it will be in great shape to move on.

Danvers’ key to victory:¬†Keep up offensively. Gloucester can score from inside and out against good defense. Danvers is going to have to find a way to match Gloucester’s offensive output. The Falcon’s shot selection and ball movement must be on point on Wednesday night, they can not afford a mediocre offensive game.


Update- Gloucester for the win! 67 vs 58



Thank you to Val Gilman for sharing this on facebook.

Highlights of City Council 2/26/19 votes on Amendments on GCO Chapter 4 ‚ÄúAnimals‚ÄĚ.

Dogs shall be prohibited from Good Harbor Beach from 4/1 -9/30. Off leash remains on even days of month during season.

Dogs prohibited from Wingarsheek from 5/1 – 9/30 (no amendments to this) Off leash remains on odd days during season.

Sunset clause unless renewed or made permanent by the CC and signed by the Mayor, the provisions of this section shall expire on 12/31/19

Fines of $300 per violation will be double in season for beaches and other off leash areas as determined

Feeding or disturbing wildlife violation shall be subject to a $300 fine per incident/violation

Feeding coyotes directly or indirectly on any public or private property violations shall be subject a $300 fine per incident/violation

Endangered/threatened wildlife buffer zone- buffer zone of 50 feet around an area will be established around an area designated for wildlife. Prohibited activities in the buffer zone include whiffle ball, frisbee, soccer, volleyball, paddle ball, kites, inflatable balls, and any other activities that involve objects that can fly or roll into the restricted area. Violation shall be subject to a $300 fine per incident/violation.

No person shall throw, drop, release or otherwise dispose of directly or indirectly into any Harbor, River, or pond or on any beach or any public property garbage, refuse, rubbish, bottles, cans, containers, paper, cigarette butts, balloons, wrapping material, glass, filth or any noxious or dangerous liquid or solid. Violation shall be subject to a $300 fine per incident/violation.

This ordinance becomes effective 31 days from passage.

Singer Songwriter Challenge at Machaca!


Yet another reason to get yourself down to Machaca tonight….or one of the next several Wednesdays.

The ORIGINAL $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge returns on Wednesday, February 13th at our new home, Machaca!

Now starting weekly at 8pm, 8 singer-songwriters will perform 3 songs each before a panel of live judges. See some of New England’s hottest new performers each Wednesday at Machaca.

Machaca presents the $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge: an 8-week, performance event open to all musicians. Starting in early February 2019, this weekly event will select a finalist at the end of each night for 7 weeks. On the 8th week, all of the weekly finalists come together and perform for a piece of the $1,000 cash prize.

Sign up by emailing your name, phone number and whether you are a solo artist, duo, trio, etc. to

How it works:
This weekly event, hosted by Chris Langathianos, will showcase musicians ‚Äď solo performers, duos, trios & bands (no drums as setups must take less than 5 minutes) ‚Äď allowing them to perform up to 3 songs. Performers will play before a panel of judges. The judges panels will change from week to week and will be made up of local musicians, business owners, etc. After each performance, judges will provide their live feedback to the performer and audience. A confidential score card will be kept, and a weekly winner will be announced at the end of the evening.

After the 7 weeks of preliminaries, all 7 finalists and 1 wild card will return for week 8 to perform 3 songs ‚Äď at least 1 MUST BE AN ORIGINAL ‚Äď before a panel of celebrity judges. 3 winners will be selected and will go home with a piece of the $1,000 cash prize. 1st place / $700, 2nd / $200, and 3rd / $100.

Other details:
1. Performers may participate on a weekly basis but may only win one week.
2. In the event of high demand for performance spots, the event host reserves the right to move previous performers further down the list.
3. All audio equipment is provided ‚Äď PA, microphones, stands, and monitors.

Sign Ups:
Performers may register for a performance slot by emailing Chris Langathianos at or through this Facebook page.


SnotBot Live! Sunday at 5pm

The Ocean Alliance research team will be chatting live from the Dominican Republic. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the humpback whales that feed off of Cape Ann and ask all your SnotBot questions.

The Event is FREE, please RSVP to reserve your seat. Live Poster




Maritime Gloucester and Ocean Alliance team up for LIVE event from Domican Republic

Cape Ann Community

SNOTBOT LIVE!Maritime Gloucester is teaming up with Ocean Alliance to bring Gloucester on location for their current research expedition.  This is a first-of-its-kind LIVE webcast where YOU the audience gets a front row seat to the action.  Ask questions LIVE and check out the status of their current research as they gather data in the Dominican Republic.

WHAT:  The Ocean Alliance team is on a humpback whale research expedition off the coast of the Dominican Republic! They are studying the breeding behaviors of the very same whales that feed just off of Cape Ann in the summer using their innovative SnotBot drone, which has revolutionized whale research.

Join us at Maritime Gloucester for a live webcast conversation with Ocean Alliance CEO and lead scientist Iain Kerr. Find out what the team is learning about Gloucester’s humpback whales in the Dominican Republic, and ask Iain everything you always wanted to know…

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