The definition of a ‚Äėbomb cyclone‚Äô is one that drops in pressure by at least 24 millibars in 24 hours or less. As this storm intensified, the central pressure dropped to a new record for lowest pressure during October in our area.

City of Gloucester Storm Update

City of Gloucester Storm Update

5:30 PM UPDATE: Thank you Lt. Governor Karyn Polito for checking in.  Our emergency management team (Mayor’s Office, DPW, Police, Fire, and Harbormaster) has been meeting throughout the day working on preparations for this possible multi-day event. 


At this time, we are still experiencing a significant number of power outages throughout the City.  We remain optimistic that power will be restored soon but are waiting for our evening update from National Grid.  However, we encourage anyone without power and/or heat to seek shelter with family and friends. 


The Rose Baker Senior Center is currently open as a warming center.  The Senior Center has power, heat, cots, water/food and will be staffed by a paramedic.  If this location is utilized we will remain open overnight; if unoccupied at 9 p.m. we will close and re-open at normal business hours tomorrow. CATA is available to provide transportation from your home to the Senior Center until 9 p.m.  Please call 978-283-7916 to coordinate pick up. 


Be safe and check on your elderly neighbors.  Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to deal with the aftermath of this storm event.  Stay tuned as any additional important updates will be posted on social media.

This Weekend in the Arts 10/18-21/2019

PAPERWORKS: Art as Evidence
A juried exhibition featuring 41 artists

October 17 ‚Äď November 24, 2019

Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 19, 2:00-4:00 PM

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00- 4:00 pm

Artist Talk: Exhibiting artists discuss process
Saturday, November 9, 3:00-4:00 PM

Free and open to the public

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to celebrate 41 artists selected for inclusion in the highly anticipated exhibition, PAPERWORKS: Art As Evidence. This juried exhibition at the Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA, runs for six weeks beginning Thursday, October 17 and continuing through Sunday, November  24, 2019.  The pubic is invited to enjoy the art and conversation at the opening reception on Saturday, October 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM with light refreshements and beverages served. Street parking is free and the facility is handicapped accessible.

Jurors Anne Marie Crotty and Cynthia Switzer Roth¬†chose 59 pieces for the exhibition from more than 230 works submitted for¬†consideration by 71 New England artists. Despite being open to New England¬†artists, those chosen for the¬†PAPERWORKS exhibition are all from Massachusetts with¬†many from the Boston area and greater Cape Ann‚ÄĒwith 12 from Gloucester and¬†Rockport including Joy Buell, Janice Charles, Pat Lowery Collins, Barbe Ennis,¬†Dina Gomery,¬†Ann Lafferty, Rebecca Nagle, Christy Park, Mary Rhinelander, Lynne¬†Sausele, Ruth Schneider, and Jan Weinshanker.

The pieces for PAPERWORKS: Art As Evidence were¬†chosen to not only their quality and content but as the ‘evidence’ of the many¬†creative uses of paper they display. Viewers will enjoy myriad paintings,¬†pastels, encaustics, mixed-media, photographs, constructions, collages, prints,¬†papier mach√© and more in 2D and 3D works of art, all employing paper in their creation.¬†The exhibition occupies two galleries at the Cultural Center.

Artist Talk
You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear¬†from a number of artists about their process of art making in a casual¬†afternoon talk at the Cultural Center on¬†Saturday, November¬†9, 3:00-4:00 PM. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and ask¬†questions about their work. Light refreshments will be¬†available.

About the Jurors
Jurors Anne Marie Crotty and Cynthia Switzer Roth met in 1990 as founding members of Gloucester’s cooperative gallery, Local Colors, and later, in 2008, opened the Flatrocks Gallery in Lanesville. The Crotty-Roth curatorial partnership created over 100 exhibits in ten years there, introducing young artists to the public and providing recognition for established talents.


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Today it lay in all it’s glory today, but in the wee hours of the morning, a cruise ship it was not.

By 2:30 am, it was clear, the mother-ship had landed in Ipswich Bay!

What could it be? Is this the night they return?

Then it became clearer. We’re not alone!

And by the morn, the truth was out there!

2 mother-ships had actually arrived!

Memories of a Gloucester Childhood

I heard from FOB David Collins recently in response to a post that featured pictures of Half Moon Beach. With his permission, I am sharing his recollections.

Your photos of Half Moon Beach struck a real nostalgic chord with me. I used to love to run up and down those steps from the beach to Tablet Rock back some 60-65 years ago (!) when Stage Fort Park was my “personal playground”. The steps look to have been made a good bit safer now but still have their charm. The life guard stand and the ramp were not there then, however. And, in fact, very few people seemed to go to that little beach during the week.

We used to live on Stage Fort Avenue and there were many days when I would ride my bike through the whole park – from the tennis courts to the playground to the fort to Half Moon Beach and Tablet Rock to Cressy’s Beach to The Cupboard and be just about the only person there. I’m glad to see the gem of a park is more fully utilized these days.¬†

I can remember when the little league field (now Boudreau Field) was added. That sure changed how we sledded down the hill behind it. One winter, I tried to sled down the embankment at Half Moon Beach. That was a disaster – too many plants sticking up under the snow. I think some of them were beach roses. Are they still there do you know?

The park came much more alive in the summer, of course, and especially so when the circus or the carnivals were there. And Cressy’s Beach often had a crowd on it during the summer days. I remember talking to the young man who painted the sea serpent there. I was about 10, so 1955? I think he referred to it as a quetzalcoatl. When I first started going there, Cressy’s Beach was mostly all sand. Then a storm or hurricane hit and it became almost all stones.

The building housing the Visitors Welcoming Center where you volunteered this summer was there back then along with a playground with swings (little box-like swings for very young kids were in an area separate from the rest of the swings) and there was a slide and see-saw and a spinner or spinning carousel. Here are a couple pictures of my sister and me enjoying them way back in 1948.


You can see the Welcome Center in the photos. I forget what we called it back then. I honestly don’t remember that ladder attached to the big kids’ swings in the top picture.

The park bandstand you featured in another GMG blog entry was not there back then but the ball field below it was.

The (Welcome) building seemed little used that I can remember except by us neighborhood kids who loved to run its porches (which are likely not as big as I remember them being). I think I can remember buying an ice cream in that building at one time, maybe before The Cupboard opened? But not often. And maybe some of the park maintenance equipment was stored under the building? Shel Sudbay, who I think was the park maintenance supervisor, lived next door to us and a lot of the  maintenance equipment was housed there in sheds right below my bedroom window.

Anyway, thanks for the pictures, Pat. What wonderful memories they brought back!!

You are very welcome, David! Thanks for reaching out. I am certain there are others who will enjoy these memories.

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy Open House – Thursday, October 24th!

Cape Ann Community

Join us on Thursday, October 24th from 3p to 6p for Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s Fall OPEN HOUSE! Come tour our state-of-the-art teaching lab, talk with current students about their experience with the hands-on curriculum, and learn about the application process from Academy instructors.

All are welcome! Please contact Elizabeth Wing with any questions at

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