Gloucester Plovers Go Swimming! New short film created for Mass Wildlife Coastal Waterbird Cooperators. Turn up the volume to hear the chicks peeping and Dad Plover piping.



Gloucester Plovers Go Swimming! New short created for Mass Wildlife Coastal Waterbird Cooperators. Turn up the volume to hear the chicks peeping and Dad Plover piping.


On Tuesday I attended the Coastal Waterbird Conservation Cooperators meeting, which took place at the Harwich Community Center on Cape Cod. The meeting is held annually to bring together people and organizations that are involved with population monitoring and conservation efforts on behalf of coastal waterbirds. Threatened and endangered species such as Least Terns, Piping Plovers, Roseate Terns, and American Oystercatchers are given the greatest attention.

I was invited by Carolyn Mostello, event organizer, to create a short film, Gloucester Plovers Go Swimming, for the “Strange and Unusual” section. The film features our three little chicks SWIMMING in the tidal creek (see next post). I also provided a group of photos of the late hatching chicks for DCR. The film and the photos were well-received, which was gratifying to me, to be of help in documenting and sharing these wonderful stories.

Conservationists from all seven Massachusetts coastal regions participated, as well as conservationists from nearby states, including representatives from Maine, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. To name just some of the organizations presenting at the meeting-Mass Wildlife, Trustees of Reservations, Essex Greenbelt, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Mass Audubon, and US Fish and Wildlife.

In the morning, each region gave the 2019 population census report for nesting birds as well as providing information about problems and solutions. We all share similar challenges with predation from crows and gulls, uncontrolled dogs, enforcement, and habitat loss and it was very interesting to learn about how neighboring communities are managing problems and issues.

Trustees of Reservations Coastal Ecologist Jeff Denoncour presented on behalf of the north of Boston region, of which Gloucester is a part. Essex Greenbelt’s Director of Land Stewardship Dave Rimmer and intern Fionna were in attendance as well. Both Crane Beach and Parker River are having a fantastic year and the numbers are up across Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island. There are still many young chicks yet to fledge on Massachusetts beaches so the final count has not been determined.

The afternoon session was filled with outstanding lectures presented by conservation biologists and all the programs were tremendously informative.

I met Beth Howard from Mass Audubon, who has been involved with care taking the L Street Piping Plovers and Paige Hebert from Mass Wildlife who has been helping manage Roseate Terns. The DCR staff managing the shorebirds at Nahant, Salisbury, Winthrop, and Revere Beach were all there and they are just a stellar group of young people.

It was a great day! Many attendees expressed congratulations for Gloucester fledging three chicks. Last year after attending the meeting I wrote the following and it’s wonderful that our hope for Gloucester’s Plovers was realized this year: “After attending the cooperators meeting, I am more hopeful than ever that our community can come together and solve the problems that are preventing our PiPl from successfully nesting and fledging chicks. What we have going in our favor is the sheer number of amazing super volunteers along with strong community-wide support.”  

“Kaboom” J. Schneider submits- Postcards from the Edge… of Summer Vacation Part 4

As a kid, a rainy summer day in Gloucester in the 1960s meant a movie at the theater on Main Street, Candle Pin Bowling by the dreaded rotary, a museum, or arts and crafts at home with WSBK on the TV as background noise. When it came to arts and crafts, it was a mix of writing and addressing postcards my mother insisted my sister and I send to friends and relatives before school started in the fall, and my weird, creative, warped mind screwing with those postcards. My mother blamed it on MAD Magazine, which is why I read it. Years later I would work for MAD, so there you go, mom!


Decades before the computer, email or Photoshop, I would sit and cut out pictures from magazines and newspapers, then using gobs of Elmer’s Glue to paste them onto the postcards. Each one a piece of art. No longer would I hear how anyone got the same postcard, and considering there were only six different postcards available at Mal’s (then Ame’s, now a giant Stop& Shop), it was quite an accomplishment.


During the 1980s I was able to make color copies of postcards I was still defacing. I now have folders full of them, from cities around the country, but Gloucester will always be my favorite place to make the recipients wonder if the town is a little too weird.


“Kaboom” J. Schneider

Lisa Marie and Charlie O’Neal with Fly Amero Tonight 7pm @ The Rhumb Line 8.7.2019

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, August 7 – 7pm
My Musical Guest: LISA MARIE!

The old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” has
never been more true. Just gaze into the eyes of this smokin’
hot blues mama. She got the pipes and she got the sass.
Can’t you tell? Accompanied this week by Charlie O’Neal
on guitar, say hello to the one and only Lisa Marie! Sure to
be a night to remember – for a long, long time. ~ 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!
8/14 – Dan King

8/21 – Annette Dion

Coming soon…
Honkytonk Women

Lynne Taylor

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Lattof Farmhouse Kitchen

I stopped by Lattof Farmhouse Kitchen again the other day and grabbed an ice coffee (delicious…and I’m a little picky about my ice coffee) and a Tremont Sandwich…hummus, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, and havarti.   I took the sandwich to eat a few hours later at my desk and bought a blueberry muffin for a late breakfast. Everything was so good! This special place really is a perfect stop on your way in/out of Rockport.  Nestled on Main Street (#205) you can get there easily.

If you have not made a point to stop by, you should.  The fresh produce at the farm stand out front is bountiful and the quaint picnic area reminds me of days at Something Natural on Nantucket.  It really is a lovely spot to sit in the shade and enjoy a quiet lunch.

I’ve heard the homemade anadama bread is not to be missed and next time I stop in I am definitely getting a smoothie.

See images of the menu below


Aquarius on the Back Shore Update

Last March, I shared pictures of new signs on the back shore at the location of the former Ocean View Inn presenting “Aquarius at Back Shores”.  I recently noticed some new activity over there and thought an update might be in order. We now see “Aquarius on the Back Shore” (much better) with a newer logo to go along with the construction activity.  Great minds thinking alike, apparently, as the Gloucester Daily Times featured this in Tuesday’s (Aug 6 2019) paper. Click here for full article. I understand we can expect a couple of single family homes along with duplexes. The

The Manor House, to be razed and rebuilt as single family home.

Former High Cliff Lodge to become single family home. I will miss this building especially as we stayed on site several times for family events over the years and I loved this building.

Building Your Business

Cape Ann Home

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Join us to hear about the best ways to grow and market your business. We’ll hear from Christine Armstrong of Armstrong Brand Consulting as well as some real stories of marketing successes and failures from local contractors. Come enjoy an evening of good conversation, food, beer and a great community!

Where: Grand Banks, 7 Crafts Road, Gloucester

When: Thursday, August 8 4:30-6:30


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AUGUST 7, 2019 BY ADDISON GILBERT HOSPITAL Nursing Support Hiring Event Today! Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9 AM – 12 PM & 1 – 4 PM


Nursing Support Hiring Event Today! Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9 AM – 12 PM & 1 – 4 PM

With multiple locations and hours available – Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, BayRidge Hospital in Lynn, Lahey Outpatient Center in Danvers, and Home Health, you’re sure to find the one that’s right for you!



Fill out our brief form to let us know you will be attending

and we’ll save you a seat.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including:

  • Phlebotomy and EKG training
  • Tuition assistance
  • Free on-site parking
  • On-site cafeteria


  • High School Graduate or equivalent
  • CNA preferred upon hire or equivalent training and/or experience
  • BLS must be obtained by the end of the month following the first 90 days of employment

Beverly Hospital is a full-service, 221-bed, community hospital.  We provide quality, patient-centered care to North Shore and Cape Ann residents, including maternity, pediatrics, surgical, orthopedics, cardiology, and several other specialties.

Addison Gilbert is a full-service, 58-bed medical/surgical acute care facility that provides inpatient and outpatient care to residents of the Cape Ann community in specialties such as cancer care, surgical day care, critical care, and emergency medicine.

Lahey Outpatient Center in Danvers offers a full range of primary care, diagnostic and imaging services, lab, specialty, and preventive care.

Become part of a Home Health team that provides the support families need when everyday living becomes more challenging. From home care and adult day services to assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, long-term and hospice care, we provide a full spectrum of services for frail and chronically ill adults, as well as those recovering from illness or injury.