Last evening at the City Council meeting, former Gloucester conservation agent Ken Whittaker reviewed the City’s 3PPlan (Piping Plover Plan) with the Councilors.

We Piping Plover volunteer monitors are grateful for the time and effort Ken has put forth in helping to protect our threatened Piping Plovers. We’re especially appreciative of the time he spent coordinating the volunteer monitors–not an easy task! We wish Ken all the best in his retirement.

Ken and PiPl Volunteer Monitors, Good Harbor Beach

Ken and Jim Destino introduced Adrienne Lennon, Gloucester’s new conservation agent. We had a few minutes after the introduction to speak with Adrienne. Her experience includes working for seven years at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, located in Ipswich on the Plum Island causeway, adjacent to the infamous Pink House. While there, Adrienne gained extensive knowledge in Piping Plover conservation. She is especially interested in preserving and protecting our beach dunes. Adrienne can be reached at

Best of success to Adrienne in her new position as Gloucester’s Conservation Agent!

Photos of Ken and Adrienne at City Hall courtesy of City Council Vice President Steve LeBlanc

During Piping Plover nesting season, I have visited the public beach at the northern end of Plum Island, Newbury Beach. I believe the PiPl nesting areas at Newbury Beach are monitored by Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center. Newbury Beach is similar in several ways to Good Harbor Beach in that it is a popular town beach in a residential area with many access points and nearby hotels. Last year the beach and dunes were extremely hard hit by late winter storms, just as was Good Harbor Beach.

About Joppa Flats Education Center: Overlooking the Merrimack River and near the entrance to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, the Joppa Flats Education Center offers unique educational opportunities for people of all ages. Here, you can explore the region’s wildlife-rich habitats (salt marshes, mudflats, rivers, bays, and coastal waters) through guided tours, marine touch tanks, art exhibits, drop-in programs, and interpretive displays.

Scenes from behind the Joppa Flats Education Center and Plum Island causeway.

Councilors Steve LeBlanc and Melissa Cox wearing Piping Plover monitor hats provided by Ken Whittaker.

Coffins Beach and Wingaersheek Beach are going to be more closely monitored this year for Piping Plovers. The above photo is from 2016 when NINE chicks fledged at Coffins Beach!

Three-day-old Piping Plover Chick, Good Harbor Beach


Machaca’s $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge week #5 happening this evening 8pm 3.13.2019

Tonight, we bring you week #5 of our $1,500 Singer-Songwriter Challenge starting at 8pm. We have an incredible lineup tonight, so arrive early to get a seat and catch a great night of live, regional talent and see who will move on to the April 3rd Finals and a chance to play for part of the $1,500 prize purse!

14 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA
(978) 865-3669


Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ His Very Special Musical Guests:BOB DAVIS’ JOHNNY CARWASH! Tonight 7pm 3.13.2019

Wednesday, March 13 – 7pm
My Very Special Musical Guests:


Seriously folks, this will be an extraordinary and unforgettable
night at the Rhumb Line that no one should dare missing. For
starters, it features a rare 20th Anniversary appearance of Bob
Davis’ incredible trio, “Johnny Carwash”. But, that’s just the
beginning! March 13 marks Brother JB’s 71st birthday!
Sitting in with the band on this night, JB has been close friends
with Bob since the Beatles were babies. In fact, it was Davis
himself who introduced JB to the very guitar that started the entire Amero journey so many, many years ago. Thus, we
celebrate. 20 years of Johnny Carwash, 50 years since JBand Bob have performed publicly together – and… 71 years of
JB! Are you friggin’ CRAZY? Be there early if you want a seat!
No shit! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe! Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
3/20 – Quentin Callewaert (Bradley Hosts)

3/27 – John Rockwell Hosts

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂


City of Gloucester Encourages Residents to Sign Up for Smart911 Alerts

GLOUCESTER — Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Police Chief John McCarthy, Fire Chief Eric Smith, and Assistant Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director Joe Aiello are encouraging residents to sign up for mobile safety notifications and create a profile through the city’s emergency alert system.

Gloucester Emergency Alerts, powered by Smart911, is the official emergency notification system used by the city to communicate with residents and business owners during a range of emergencies.

Smart911 is a free service that allows residents to sign up online to create a profile that will provide vital information to 911 call takers during an emergency — allowing first responders to make faster and more informed responses. People who live and work in Gloucester can add relevant information to their profile, including the number of people and pets living in a household or working at a business, what those people and pets look like, relevant medical conditions and allergies, and emergency contacts.

The system also allows participants to receive emergency notifications in real time. Emergency alerts are used to notify residents of a variety of situations, including power outages, evacuations, lock down situations, water advisories and road closures.

“I encourage all Gloucester residents to sign up for Smart911 Alerts,” Mayor Theken said. “By utilizing this technology, residents are able to receive important notifications while providing essential information that is needed to best help during an emergency situation. Stay informed. Take advantage of this safety tool and sign up today.”

Gloucester Emergency Alerts also issues advisories to residents for amber alerts, missing person alerts, snow, flooding, traffic, weather warnings and beach alerts.

“This safety alert system could truly save lives, and it only takes a few minutes to sign up online,” Fire Chief Smith said. “Knowing how many people, and pets, live in a household in the event of a fire is a huge help to first responders. Being aware of medical conditions can help us provide the best possible care in an emergency. This system is a great asset to our city’s safety– let’s use it to its full potential.”

Residents can sign up to receive mobile alerts and create a safety profile for their household by clicking here.

2019 Marine Endangered Species Art Contest | share wonderful NOAA opportunity with young artists!

Celebrate Endangered Species Day (May 17) and the International Year of the Salmon by having your classroom participate in the Greater Atlantic Region’s Marine Endangered Species Art Contest. “We invite Massachusetts schools as well as schools from anywhere in the U.S. and beyond to submit entries!…In addition to school entries, home school and individual entries are welcome.” Submissions are due April 19th and selections will be featured in a group show at Gloucester’s NOAA headquarters. Last year (photos below of 2018 group show) I noticed some Massachusetts schools participated including Manchester and Beverly. 

Read more about the contest guidelines and prizes Continue reading “2019 Marine Endangered Species Art Contest | share wonderful NOAA opportunity with young artists!”

Ice Cream!

Another sign that spring is near: Down River Ice Cream opening this weekend (Sat Mar 16 at noon) and White Farms in Ipswich opening March 15. I do not know what that means for the Gloucester location of White Farms. No sign posted yet.

Getting taken for ice cream when we were kids was a big treat as it involved a 20 minute drive with 6 kids. I think our dad took us to give Mom some peace for a bit. We would usually get soft twists (chocolate for me, why bother with vanilla?) but today I prefer hard ice cream. Now there are all kinds of ways to have soft twist ice cream….it’s a wonderful world.

Expect the unexpected ~

Cape Ann Wellness

Don’t get caught up in your own shadow…March 5 – 28!

Mercury retrograde occurs at two levels. At one level, there is not much you can do with the actions of others, except to be more conscious and prepare for delays and errors by double checking.

But at the personal level you can do a lot in order to avoid the consequences of Mercury Retrograde. Most of us encounter the consequences when we are not centered, aware or conscious of what is going on around us, and more often than not the culprit is that we are not acting from our heart and spirit.

Instead we are reacting from our needs, our hurts, from our buttons being pushed, or the way that we take care of others and not ourselves. In that way we act from our shadow, and that is what mercury retrograde is all about.

Mercury Retrograde…

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Summer Art Classes for Kids at Art Haven

Cape Ann Community

Summer_Art_Kids-2019Art Haven provides affordable, fun week long art classes. Kids gain skills in the visual arts and explore through creative art projects, build confidence through hands on learning.

For more information and to register, visit

Sibling Discounts and Scholarships available.

Information about Middle School programs will be available soon, too. For more information email

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The Orchestra on the Hill Chamber Ensemble performs ‘Bach and Beyond’ in the historic Gloucester Meetinghouse

Cape Ann Community

‘Bach and Beyond’ will take you on a musical journey around and through the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach.

In the first half, soak in the serene exultation of Trumpet Concerto No. 2 by Tomaso Giovani Albinoni to gain an understanding of why this popular composer was so intriguing to Bach.  Next, venture onward to Bach’s vibrantly fast-paced Orchestral Suite No. 2 with haunting melodies for the flute.  Then hold on your seat for Bach’s powerful Prelude and Fugue (“the Wedge”) in E minor for organ solo played by Jeffrey Mead on the mighty 1893 Hutchings-Fisk pipe organ.

In the second half you will meander forward in time to Mozart’s exquisite Clarinet and String Quintet, in which Bach’s influence runs through like a golden thread. And finally we return to Bach for his glorious and brilliant Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, a musical challenge for the whole ensemble including harpsichord and…

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