2019 Beach Stickers –Mail-in applications available online –In-person processing to begin Thursday, May 16

2019 Beach Stickers

–Mail-in applications available online

–In-person processing to begin Thursday, May 16

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 10, 2019) – Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken today announced that the City of Gloucester is now accepting mail-in applications for beach stickers for the 2019 season. Stickers will be available to purchase in-person beginning Thursday, May 16.

Beach sticker applications are available for download on the City’s website by clicking on the “Beach Info” link on the left of the home page and then “Beach Sticker Application.” Applications are also available on the first floor of Gloucester City Hall outside the Collector’s windows.

Stickers will be available to purchase in-person beginning on Thursday, May 16 in the Kyrouz Auditorium at Gloucester City Hall. Sale hours will be Monday – Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon. To avoid long waiting lines you are encouraged to take advantage of the mail-in application.

Applicants are encouraged to read the instructions carefully and be sure to include all supporting documentation. Any missing documentation could result in delay of processing.

Gloucester residents with a valid vehicle registration can also purchase a temporary beach sticker (voucher) at the beach through mid-June.  A permanent sticker will be mailed within two weeks of purchase.

Beach sticker costs:

·         Resident Stickers –  $20

·         Resident Senior Stickers (age 65 and older) – $2 and valid through December 2020

·         Non-Resident Stickers for Seasonal Renters – $100

·         Other Non-Resident Stickers – $300

Any questions regarding sticker eligibility will be addressed beginning Thursday, May 16 by emailing beaches@gloucester-ma.gov or calling 978-281-9708. If your call is missed and put through to voicemail, leave a detailed message.  Emails and calls will be answered within two business days.


A trio of Black-bellied Plovers was foraging at Good Harbor Beach late Wednesday afternoon. They were only there very briefly; Black-bellied Plovers flush easily and the three skittishly flew off together when a happy group of noisy kids came along.

We will never see Black-bellied Plovers nesting. They are migrating north, to breed along the Arctic coast, from Baffin Island, Canada to western Alaska. Just like Piping Plovers, Black-bellied Plover males build nest scrapes and both male and female incubate the eggs.

The eggs look very similar to Killdeer eggs (Killdeers are also a species of plover), the eggs of both species are darker than Piping Plover eggs, and both are more heavily spotted at the large end.

Piping Plover Eggs

Black-bellied Plover eggs , left Killdeer eggs, right

So many species of shorebirds nest in the Arctic. We are so fortunate that Piping Plovers and Killdeers nest on our shores, providing a wonderful window into the life stories of these amazing and resilient creatures.


While out and about organizing jobs for my landscape design clients with my newest assistant Charlotte, we were planning to take more photos, but it was too dreary. Believe me when I write, all three of our fantastic local nurseries are bursting with beautiful plants and garden ornaments that would make wonderful gifts for Moms, and all the special ladies in your life. The weather forecast for tomorrow is mostly sunny and mid-fifties, perfect weather for plant shopping.

New assistant, Charlotte, and best mother’s helper, our Radio Flyer COLLAPSIBLE wagon!

Mother’s Day Weekend Hours

Cedar Rock Gardens

    Saturday 8am to 4pm

    Sunday 9am to 3pm

Wolf Hill

    Saturday 8am to 6pm

    Sunday 9am to 4pm

Marshall’s Farm Stand

    Saturday and Sunday 9am to 6pm

When at Marshall’s Farm Stand, stop in to say hi to Angie’s Alpacas, Perry the Peacock, horses, goats, geese, and ducks. Kids are welcome!

Thank You, Gunner Muth

Episode 92-(on location)

For the past 23 years, Gunner Richard Muth has educated thousands of teenagers on the North Shore as an Iinstructor for the MCJROTC at Gloucester High School (aside from a year or two in Lynn).

This is his final year as an Educator/Instructor/Mentor at GHS. Prior to this, he served his country in the United States Marine Corps for 20+ years as an Infantry Instructor before retiring. Not knowing what to expect teaching high school students, he embarked on a decades-long journey that has left an impressionable impact on students and colleagues alike. B-Side even got a little help honoring Gunner from some friends.

B-Side sits down with Richard Muth to talk about his 23 years as an educator; what it has meant to him, and what it is like to teach teenagers of Gloucester. He even confirms that B-Side did, in fact, throw a desk (but don’t worry—the statute of limitations is over).

Gunner Muth would also like to invite the public to join them in celebration on Thursday May 16th at 6pm in the auditorium for the ROTC Awards Night to honor those students for their achievements for the school year.

It was Military Appreciation Month as well as National Teacher Appreciation Week during this recording.

Alicia Unleashed would like to also thank to following for their participation in this recording:
Rick Moore, Lisa Cusumano Gray, Kayla Pinkham, Kara Wagner, Sarah Bondarev, Jen Duston, Jessica Gross, Aaron Smith, Annette Parco, Chris Severance, Jon Blair, and Peter Cannavo.


I cannot begin to express the amount of gratitude I have for you as an educator because, let’s be real, you were unlike any other teacher I’d ever had. You were patient, tolerant, funny, and had different, undetectable ways of teaching us life lessons. While I was part of your formative years when you were getting your feet wet as a “teacher of teens,” and we tested your limits every chance we could get, you are still the same Gunner you were in ’96. The impact that you have left on your students runs deep. Without you, I believe I never would have survived through or graduated from high school. Thank you, Gunner, for your Service, both to our Country and to us Students.

Crease that Uni one last time and then hang it up. Congratulations on your retirement; you’ve earned it.

-Bridget Ernest, Fishbowl Class Member 96-00

#MCJROTC #GLOUCESTERHIGH #ayellowbird #highschooldays #militaryappreciation #marines #thankyou

Essex openings tonight- 4PM Fun Friday & Bicentennial Display at TOHP Burnham | 6PM Essex Art Collective at Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Fresh – Essex Art Collective exhibition

Essex Art Collective Exhibit.jpg

tonight! Opening Party: Friday, May 10, 2019 at 6pm

Exhibit Hours on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10am – 5pm

Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Waterline Center, 66 Main Street (Rte. 133)

Come see FRESH new works by Essex Art Collective: women artists who collaborate in artistic endeavors and inspire each other to create paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, fiber arts, mixed media works and photography. Group Members Alison Taylor, Jen Grober, Jen Romans, Kristen Wilson, Mallie Pratt, Margaret Sweet, Melissa Glorieux, Naomi Chapman, Rosie Winthrop and Wrenn Bartlett invite you to see the show!



Installation View Once upon a Contest Cape Ann Reads at TOHP Burnham Essex_20190430_© c ryan.jpg

Reception: Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10am – 12pm

TONIGHT! Fun Friday featuring James McKenna/Juni Van Dyke books 4pm

Fun Fridays Featuring  Reading/Activity with Award-Winning Authors & Artistsmeet local artists and writers and enjoy free stories and visual arts events perfect for children to create artwork side by side with an older family member – either a parent, grandparent or a sibling May 10th, May 17th, 31st and June 7th at 4pm

Exhibit on View until June 21, 2019

Essex Town Hall, 3rd Floor, 30 Martin Street (an accessible facility)

Once Upon a Contest showcases award-winning children’s books by Cape Ann artists and writers. Congratulations to Essex resident and author, Diane Polley awarded Cape Ann Reads Honor Book for Lets Go! Animal Tracks in the Snow, with illustrations by Marion Hall. Congratulations to Essex resident and author, James MacKenna awarded Cape Ann Reads Gulliver Award for If I Were a Moose and If I were a Lion with illustrations by Juni VanDyke. And congratulations to Essex native and artist, Alexia Parker, for illustrating Cape Ann Reads Gulliver Award books for two authors, Pumpkin Carving and Bike’s Big Adventure. Parker is the Invitational Public Artist for the Essex show. Her series celebrates iconic Essex buildings and places in collage using solely paper and glue. Come meet some of these local authors and illustrators! Light refreshments by the Friends of the T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library will be served.

Side by side Once upon a Contest at TOHP Burnham in Essex:

Fantastic Essex Bicentennial display – don’t miss it!

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Sign up to receive notices from Visit Essex, MA – May is Blooming with Events to Enjoy info@visitessexma.com

Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today

Be the reason someone smiles today.  I know that the whole “random act of kindness” thing isn’t exactly new and that no one really needs me telling them to spread cheer, but I wanted to tell you a super quick little story anyway….

Yesterday, a person who I adore and respect immeasurably left me a voice message thanking me for something that I did….that, really wasn’t a very big deal at all.  In his message he told me how special it was and called me a, “Bloody Star.”  I mean, come on.  It totally made me smile and, quite honestly, made my day.

So, be someone’s little boost today. Be the reason someone smiles unexpectedly today. Shoot a super nice text, send an email letting someone know that you appreciate them, leave a super nice voice mail….or, better even still, tell someone in person how great they are.  Make someone’s day.

If, by chance, someone does something nice for you or makes you smile by surprise, feel free to tell us about it here.  Good stuff.


Now Three Osprey Eggs and the Bruins won!

By puck drop last night Mama Osprey was skating on three eggs. Now the wait begins. Who finishes first? By June 15 there may be a Bruin Stanley Cup Trophy and three baby osprey. The over/under is set now for June 9, I’ll take the over.

Rotating her stock at 5 PM before the puck dropped. 3 eggs! Hard to see since she covers them as well as Tuukka.

Bruins score first goal and Dougie has the sads.

MAC Backyard BBQ Bash 2019!

Cape Ann Wellness


Join us as we kick off summer at our annual Backyard BBQ Bash! Bring your swimsuits and get ready for some good food and lots of FUN!

  Manchester Athletic Club: 8 Atwater Avenue, Manchester, MA, 01944

FREE for members / $10 per family for non-members



We can’t wait to see you there!


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Plant Sale Season

Seaside Garden Club

This Saturday, May 11

Long Hill Plant Sale hosted by the North Shore Garden Club
Trustees of Reservations Members, 9-10
General Public, 10-1:00
572 Essex St., Beverly, MA
Lynnfield Flower Workshop
1714 Meeting House
Lynnfield Town Common
Driftwood Garden Club
62 Pleasant St
Marblehead, MA
Next Saturday, May 18
Generous Gardeners
9-noon, Gloucester
on the boulevard near the tennis courts

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