Took this at White Beach, the sky was very hazy and the little sun that was out shone down on the water to make the ocean look silver. Did not take this as Black and White.
The Cape Ann Community Foundation and our favorite leprechaun Matt Anzivino, General Manager of Rockport Inn And Suites hope for the love of Cape Ann and the Irish you will order a Cape Ann License Plate today at Lovecapeann.com!
Construction work continues on the Long Beach seawall at 3 compromised sections: two 500′ sections (one is closer to the Gloucester edge and the second pretty much mid beach) and a third 30′ area of trouble at the corner by the creek and footbridge. Last summer’s temporary pyres have been vastly expanded with truckloads of boulders from Johnson’s Quarry. The line of boulders helps to prevent sand from being scoured away by seas and the bottom of the wall from further erosion. The rip rap will add ballast support weight.
Besides the crew at Long Beach, the second unit labors at the quarry. It’s slow and careful going impacted by weather and tides. This week was busy. Next week’s conditions are less favorable. Extra time is allotted to make certain heavy equipment beats the tides or the very real possibility of large equipment breaks or malfunction (thankfully has not happened yet). People wondered if a jetty or two was in the works but that is simply temporary staging.
Boulders are deposited at the Gloucester entrance to the beach and transferred to repair sites. Excavators work with Rockport DPW and GZA engineers for optimum selection. (GZA was contracted for Gloucester’s Stacy Boulevard work.) “Spotters” can be seen atop the Long Beach walkway. After the boulders are dumped into piles, the excavator sorts, lifts, rolls and inspects the whole lot and singles like searching for an impossibly hard to find puzzle piece. Sometimes one boulder is turned 15x before it’s the correct pitch or timing. The sorting was remarkably graceful and reminded me of rinsing and prepping berries or beans.
One day at Long Beach I spotted a swimmer with a glorious and faithful arm tattoo of Mary Ann from Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. He was staying at Cape Ann Motor Inn. Did he know that the author and illustrator, Virginia Lee Burton, was from Gloucester? He was stunned and thrilled. She modeled the steam shovel after one she brought her son to see busy building Gloucester High School. Families with little construction fans might enjoy watching Mary Ann’s descendant shoring up the Long Beach seawall.
The timeline for permits and planning for a future sand phase have not been slated.
It’s been about a month since Mass DOT began structural repairs to Blynman Bridge and it seems a good job has been done to make navigating the restricted lanes as easy as possible on commuters. For those who may be unaware, one big change that will be noticed is that the the bridge tender’s control house on the harbor side of the bridge has been removed completely. It’s been empty for a while now, but the open space on that side of the street may be a welcome sight for many. (Thanks cousin Colleen for pointing this out to me!)
Here’s how it’s looking so far:
I decided to go to Halibut Point for dinner as I had not been there recently and it was quite delightful. I like to skip lunch and have an early dinner so table seating was plentiful. As time went on, the bar filled up with obviou “friends and family” well known to the bartender and staff. It was fun to watch the “Cheers”-like aspect to welcoming new arrivals and rearranging the seats to accommodate them.
I started with a hot cider drink. I always appreciate hot drinks at this time of year. While I waited for my Cajun chicken ( a little more Cajun than I expected, but very yummy), I looked around at the history told in pictures on the wall. I have always loved these pictures so it was a joy to see them again. A very pleasant dinner, thanks Halibut Point!
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 3/17 FROM 12:00 – 1:30PM. Come see for yourself why you will want to pack up and move into this beautiful home. Don’t miss out! I look forward to seeing you on Sunday! You will also be able to get information on the next phase of this development which will be 4 Stanwood Point, COMING SOON!
THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF TIME TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY AFTER YOU HEAD OVER TO 5 STANWOOD POINT, UNIT B, GLOUCESTER THIS SUNDAY TO TAKE IN THE AMAZING VIEWS FROM EACH AND EVERY WINDOW!
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Check out a great JAZZ BRUNCH with music by guitarist Peter Fedele. Peter has a great setlist including selections from traditional jazz, bebop, rock and funk.
Jazz Brunch at Feather & Wedge
Sunday, March 17
10:30 – 2:30 PM
Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917
Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966