Old Sloop Coffeehouse Presents Caroline Cotter and Emily Mure This Saturday Oct. 5th @ 7:30pm

The next Old Sloop Coffeehouse concert will be Saturday, October 5, and will feature Caroline Cotter and Emily Mure. Both have opened concerts for us and were very well received.
Here is a video of Caroline Cotter performing her song “Peace of Mind”

And here is a video of Emily Mure performing her song “Roommate’s Predicament”


City of Gloucester Harbormaster Office to Temporarily Close

City of Gloucester Harbormaster Office to Temporarily Close 

–Will Relocate to the Veterans’ Services Center on Emerson Ave.

–Construction Set to Begin on Improved Harbormaster Office and Visiting Boating Center 


GLOUCESTER, MA (September 30, 2019) – Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken today announced that the Harbormaster’s Office is set to close the week of October 7, 2019 and will re-open at a new, temporary location beginning Tuesday, October 15.  

During that week Harbormaster operations will commence remotely. In the event of an emergency residents and businesses should call 978-423-4165; for non-emergencies please email tciarametaro@gloucester-ma.gov and Harbormaster staff will respond accordingly.  

The Harbormaster’s Office, which is currently located at 19 Harbor Loop, is scheduled to move to the Veterans’ Services Center at 12 Emerson Avenue. The move is necessary to relocate the Harbormaster office and operations in preparation for construction of an improved Harbormaster Office and Visiting Boater Center.

Harbormaster TJ Ciarametaro said, “During construction of the new Harbormaster facility and Visiting Boating Center our operations will commence uninterrupted. Our staff will continue to provide, albeit from a different location, residents and businesses with prompt and attentive service related to their boating and natural resource needs.”

Anyone who has business with the Harbormaster’s Office is advised to visit their office before close of business on Friday, October 4. Residents or businesses who need service on or after Oct. 15, during normal business hours, should visit them at 12 Emerson Avenue.  

Earlier this year, the City of Gloucester was awarded a $1 million grant from the Seaport Economic Council (SEC). The grant was used for final design and the upcoming construction of an improved Harbormaster Office and Visiting Boater Center. 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.  

Construction for the improved Harbormaster Office and Visiting Boating Center is set to begin on Tuesday, October 15. The new facility is expected to open late May/early June 2020.  



Multitudes of silently beautiful brilliant orange flakes swirl overhead. Ontario, Chicago, the Great Lakes, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas–the list goes on and on–reports of record numbers of Eastern Monarchs are being shared throughout the country.

Monarchs are building their fat reserves by drinking nectar from wildflowers and garden flowers all along their migratory route. These migration pathways occur in urban areas such as Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, and Kansas City; the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia and Virginia; the fields and prairies of Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska; and along the coastlines of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Great Lakes.

The Atlantic Coast travelers are typically a week or two behind the Monarchs that migrate through the central part of the U.S. There are still large numbers of Monarchs in the Northeast waiting for the right conditions to journey on.

Here on Cape Ann I have been following the migration and checking hotspots several times daily. Beginning September 8th, the migration along our shores really began to pick up steam. We have had a steady stream with many overnight roosts. The last wave that came through migrated during the morning hours, but rather than staying overnight, continued on their journey, helped by a strong northeasterly wind.

Many thousands of photos were taken this past month and I will share them in upcoming posts, along with helpful answers to some Monarch questions that I am frequently asked. In addition to the photos, I have of course been filming. While my Monarch documentary, Beauty on the Wing, is in the final stages of post production, some of the footage from this year’s historic migration will make it into the film.

Please join me this coming Saturday, October 5th, at 10:30am at The Stevens Coolidge Place in Andover where I will be giving a talk and slide presentation on Monarch Butterfly conservation. A whole wonderful day of activities is planned for the kids and adults.


You spent the summer watching them flit about your gardens, now it’s time to wish them well on their trip down to Mexico – it’s the Monarch Migration Celebration at Stevens-Coolidge Place!

This celebration will kick off with a children’s pollinator parade around the property (costumes encouraged!) bringing all visitors to an afternoon of demos, crafts & stories, seed bomb making and gardening tips to bring these orange friends to your yard in the spring. Want to join in the butterfly tagging? Bring your flying friends with you and we’ll be happy to show you how! Butterfly release at 2:30PM

Trustees Member: $3
Trustees Member Child: $5
Trustees Family: $15

Nonmember: $6
Nonmember Child: $10
Nonmember Family: $25
Please help us plan for the day. Pre-registration is encouraged.



Monarchs, Common Buckeye, and Painted Lady


MassWildlife proposes regulations to ban predator contests and prohibit wanton waste

Following a review, MassWildlife proposed regulatory changes to prohibit predator hunting contests, prohibit wanton waste of hunted wildlife, and change harvest reporting requirements for fox and coyote.

In response to public concern related to coyote hunting contests sponsored by private entities, MassWildlife and the Fisheries and Wildlife Board conducted a review of policies and regulations associated with coyote hunting and contests. Public feedback was collected at four listening sessions held from April through June and received through phone calls, letters, and emails. In addition to gathering and considering input from stakeholders, MassWildlife professionals examined the best available science and consulted with wildlife professionals from other state agencies. On July 17, MassWildlife staff made a regulatory recommendation to the Fisheries and Wildlife Board based on this comprehensive review. The proposal addresses public concerns that these hunting contests are unethical, contribute to the waste of animals, and incentivize indiscriminate killing of wildlife, inconsistent with the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Further, recognizing that public controversy over this issue has the potential to threaten predator hunting and undermine public support for hunting in general, MassWildlife recommended the following regulatory changes:

  • Prohibit hunting contests for predators and furbearers.
  • Prohibit “wanton waste” of game animals and birds taken during regulated hunting and trapping seasons.
  • Change harvest reporting requirements for fox and coyote to be reported within 48 hours, consistent with current reporting requirements for deer, turkey, and bear.

Public hearings

The Fisheries and Wildlife Board voted to hold public hearings on MassWildlife’s recommendations. Public hearings will be held at two locations:

October 22: Public Hearing on Predator Hunting Contests and Wanton Waste Regulations, Lenox – A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker Street.

October 29: Public Hearing on Predator Hunting Contests and Wanton Waste Regulations, Westborough – A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive in Westborough.

Please click here to read the proposed regulatory language and learn how to provide public comment. Comments may be submitted for up to 2 weeks following the hearings by email to Susan.sacco@mass.gov, Attn: Fisheries and Wildlife Board or by mail to Chairman, Fisheries and Wildlife Board, c/o Director of MassWildlife, Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581.

This proposal:

  • Fulfills one of MassWildlife’s core functions to develop and maintain hunting, fishing, and trapping opportunities in Massachusetts.
  • Addresses public concern that certain contests contribute to the waste of animals.
  • Recognizes and addresses that public controversy over this issue has the potential to threaten predator hunting.
  • Discourages the waste of wildlife and reinforces a core principle and expectation that all animals taken during the regulated seasons are utilized to the greatest extent possible, as taught in Hunter Education.
  • Recognizes that coyotes and other furbearers are managed as a valuable natural resource.
  • Does not reduce opportunity for hunting coyotes or other furbearers.

Summary of proposed changes

Prohibition on contests for predators and furbearers

  • A predator or furbearer contest is where participants compete for prizes of cash value or other inducements in the capture or take of predatory or furbearing animals.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to organize, sponsor, promote, conduct, or participate in a contest for take of coyote, bobcat, red fox, gray fox, weasels, mink, skunk, river otter, muskrat, beaver, fisher, raccoon, and opossum. (Animals regulated under 321 CMR 3.02(3) or 3.02(5)(b)(2, 5-11)).

Prohibition of wanton waste

  • “Waste” means to intentionally or knowingly leave a wounded or dead animal or bird in the field or the forest without making a reasonable effort to retrieve and use it.
  • It is unlawful for any person while hunting or trapping in accordance with 321 CMR 3.02 to waste an animal or bird. Each retrieved animal or bird shall be retained or transferred to another until processed or used for food, fur, feathers, or taxidermy.
  • The draft waste regulation does not apply to:
    • Animals “unfit for consumption or use” – animals or birds and their parts that are damaged, destroyed, decayed, rotting, diseased, or infected.
    • Defense of people or property (M.G.L. Ch. 131 Sec 37).
    • Problem wildlife, such as Beaver Emergency Permitting (321 CMR 2.08) and Problem Animal Control (321 CMR 2.14).
    • Certain animals listed in M.G.L. c. 131 Sec. 5: English sparrow, starling, crow, chipmunk, flying squirrel, red squirrel, porcupine, skunk, weasel, or woodchuck.
    • Wounded or dead animals that cannot be retrieved after a reasonable effort has been made.

Change harvest reporting requirements for fox and coyote

  • Fox and coyote shall be checked within 48 hours of harvest, consistent with deer, bear, and turkey requirements. Fox and coyote may be checked online or in person.


Q: Have other states banned similar contests?

A: Yes. Since 2014, California, Arizona, Vermont, and New Mexico have banned coyote, predator, or furbearer contests. New York and Oregon are currently contemplating laws on this matter.

Q: Are hunting contests or coyote hunting regulations threatening the current coyote populations?

A: Coyote populations are stable, healthy, and abundant. MassWildlife estimates the statewide population of coyotes is between 9,500 and 11,500 animals. Over the past 10 years, the annual coyote harvest has ranged from 400 and 750—less than 10% of the statewide population. Due to the coyote’s unique reproductive biology, it would take an annual 70% harvest to reduce coyote populations. The current harvest from coyote hunting does not reduce the coyote population.

Q: Coyotes kill deer; shouldn’t coyote populations be controlled in order to maintain the deer population in the state?

A: With a historic high of 95,000 deer estimated in Massachusetts combined with recent record deer harvests, deer populations are thriving despite the presence of coyotes. Recent research shows that coyote predation on fawns and adult deer does not impact deer populations. Annually, biologists estimate that coyotes kill about 20–30% of fawns. Scientific studies have shown that fawn survival rates are similar with or without coyote predation. Coyotes rarely kill adult deer and in Massachusetts, adult doe survival rates are very high. High adult female survival translates into more fawns produced over a number of years, contributing to a flourishing statewide population.

Painter JJ Baker, the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s final 2019 Goetemann Residency Artist, presents Opening Talk on Tuesday, October 1

Man with the Golden Helmet (after Rembrandt) by JJ Baker

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) Is pleased to announce painter JJ Baker as its last Goetemann Residency Artist for the 2019 season. The public is invited to attend his free opening and closing talks.

The Opening Talk is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00 PM at Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester. The Closing Talk takes place on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 PM at the Goetemann Residency Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., #10.

Currently living in Houston, Texas, JJ was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his BFA from the University of Cincinnati. His work has been shown in both Cincinnati and Houston. His recent art is focused on portraits and the figure, exploring the human psyche and our environment. His recent art focuses on portraits and the figure. He use portraits to explore the human psyche and our environment, pulling images from art history, movies and his surroundings. This synthesis of images represents the barrage of information we are subject to. Combining various drawing, painting and collage techniques, he paints portraits to represent the perception of the self: How we perceive, how we are perceived, and how we want to be perceived.

For more information, call 978-515-7004

MAC Tennis Hits Back at Hurricane Dorian, Raises Money for American Red Cross.


The tennis program at Manchester Athletic Club raised over $1000 this month with the help of north shore tennis players who participated in a fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross and those affected by Hurricane Dorian.

In their 3-hour, season-opening tennis event held Friday, September 13, 28 players from the North Shore Tennis League, came together for this fun event to support those whose homes and lives were devastated by the destructive hurricane which hit at the end of this summer. Participants included teammates from the MAC as well as surrounding area clubs.

“It was a great event. The women were able to enjoy a day of tennis that included high-intensity tennis drills followed by competitive matchplay—all while raising money for a cause we all care about. It was a win for everybody,” said Todd Carpenter, who hosted the event along with other tennis staff.

This kicks off a season of fundraising tennis events at the Manchester Athletic Club, which will run its next event on October 11 from 9:00-12:00pm to support breast cancer awareness—marked around the world in October. Fundraising tennis events will be open to both MAC members and guests. If you would like to participate in upcoming tennis fundraisers, contact, Todd Carpenter at tcarpenter@macathletics.com.