Gloucester Is 32 On The List: 7 Unique Travel Destinations and Recommendations The Wanderful Creator Collective offers their top tips for 2020

7 Unique Travel Destinations and Recommendations

The Wanderful Creator Collective offers their top tips for 2020

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Unique Travel Destinations for 2020

These places might be new to you or maybe you already visited them all! But we love the diversity of places mentioned by our members based on their extensive travel experiences.

If you’re keen to visit new places this year, take a look at the recommendations below. You can always ask questions in our Facebook group and request recommendations for specific destinations. We love seeing our members connect around the globe as they explore new places and share their home cities with travelers.



As of 4:30pm, Abbie Flynn has not yet been found. There were over one hundred detectives and officers out searching today, along with police dogs, and land and sea aerial patrols. Detectives are deeply concerned and plan to resume searching tomorrow morning. Let’s hope and pray tomorrow’s daybreak brings happier news

Fox News helicopter circled around Niles Pond earlier today dozens and dozens of times.


Monday, February 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

East Gloucester School auditorium, Davis St. Ext.


WARD 1 Community Meeting

An opportunity for residents to express concerns –

about any issues impacting you & our neighborhoods – including schools, traffic, private road Betterment paving, development & open space…


City Councilors, School Committee & Administration are invited to attend & listen to residents’ concerns.


Note: Ward 1 includes precincts Ward 1-1 and Ward 1-2… from Eastern Point to the Main Street Domino’s Pizza area, and all surrounding streets, including Webster Street, Eastern Avenue, Harrison Avenue, extending to the Rockport boundary on Thatcher’s Road and Long Beach.


All voting at East Gloucester Elementary School &

Veterans’ Memorial School are a part of Ward 1.


If you would like to submit questions in advance, or concerns you would like raised but cannot attend that evening, please contact me:



Helicopter search teams

Since 1:30pm – Helicopters are sweeping back and forth close to shore, low and high, from Eastern Point past Long Beach and Thacher Island. Police from neighboring communities are helping; we have seen a few vehicles park and walk the rocky coastline and several vessels.

See Kim Smith post for recent update


This morning I went out at daybreak to walk where fellow photographer Abbie is known to have walked. I didn’t see any search activity and was hoping for the best, but unfortunately she is still missing. As I was leaving Eastern Point at 7:00am, the police began arriving to resume searching.

Yesterday afternoon I was walking at Niles Pond around the time Abbie went missing. At 8:30 this morning I met with Gloucester Detective Mizzoni to report some suspicious activity that I had observed on my walk yesterday. Our citizens should know that the detectives and officers are deeply concerned and are doing an outstanding job. If you saw any suspicious activity yesterday afternoon, anything, please report to Detective Mizzoni. The command station is located at Saint Anthony’s chapel parking lot at the corner of Farrington Street and Saint Louis Avenue.

There are a number of search teams combing Eastern Point, with officers and detectives from all around the Boston area including Lexington, Andover, Salem, and Newbury.

Thanks to Iain Kerr from Ocean Alliance for lending his drone cameras to the search effort.

Abbie is still missing as of 1:00pm.

Next Level Boating

1969 Great Building by architect Don Monell is a modernist beauty at 32 Dunham Road in Beverly (formerly Salem News) now available to lease

“…Coughlin said the building, which was built in 1969, needs to be updated but is in good shape structurally and will not be demolished. “It’s too good of a building (to demolish),” he said.”– John Coughlin Gateway Realty Trust quoted in Gloucester Daily Times, Paul Leighton article 1/7/2020

What a beautiful spot! The building was designed by architect Donald F. Monell for the  Beverly Newspaper Offices and Factory in 1968 (built 1969) and consolidated with the Salem News in 1995. Monell worked and resided in Gloucester Massachusetts and designed residential, public and busieness projects including the Gloucester Daily Times (1956), Newburyport Daily News buildings, Sawyer Free Library addition, and the Cape Ann Museum.

photos – winter views January 2020

photos: Spring views

Will Build to Suit (978) 768-4511

About the architect

Excerpt from a prior post I wrote about Donald F. Monell back in May 2019 with photos of extant designs both residential and commercial:

“Donald F. Monell ( 1917-2002) earned multiple degrees: Bowdoin (BS, 1937) , Royal College of Edinburgh (1938), Tekniska Hogskolan in Stockholm (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), and M.I.T. (MS in city planning,1941 and MS in architecture, 1950).  He was a research assistant in City Planning at M.I.T. (1940-41), and a Research Associate in solar energy at M.I.T. from 1949 to 1951. During World War II he served as a Captain with the 333 Engrs. S.S. Regiment in the US Army Corp of Engineers from 1942-46. Prior to setting up his own firm in 1952, he worked as a community planner in Tennessee and for various architectural establishments. His son Alex Monell said that his father declined positions with larger international firms. “He preferred working on a smaller one to one relationship with clients.” Monell’s tenure at M.I.T. coincided with I.M. Pei and Buckminster Fuller; Monell set up his eponymous business two years prior to I.M. Pei. I asked Alex if his father worked with architect Eleanor Raymond. She built her home in Gloucester and had similar interest in sustainable design. She is credited with designing one of the first solar heated houses in 1948 “I know he worked with Maria Telkes (who invented a means to store heat in melted crystals that stored more than water could) on one of their solar homes and now that I looked her up I see the home was designed by Eleanor Raymond! So they knew each other.”

Monell was licensed to practice in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York and was NCARB certified. He was a member of AiA and Boston Society of Architects. He served on Gloucester’s Civic Art Committee beginning in the 1960s. He was a trustee of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, an incorporator of AGH and Cape Ann Savings Bank, and a Vice President of the Cape Ann Museum (then Cape Ann Historical Assoc.).  Monell’s office was located in the Brown Building, 11 Pleasant Street. His son remembers visiting his dad on jobs and admiring the hand made scale models. Local residents may recognize the names of Monell hires:  Kirk Noyes who preserved Central Grammar and other award winning developments, was a draftsman, and Craig Toftey helped Monell

Portrait of Lila and Don Monell ca.1951_at Sarah Fraser Robbins home_Gloucester MA_courtesy scan from historic photo.jpg
Don Monell and Lila Swift should rightly be included on any Massachusetts #MassModernism trail. courtesy image: portrait of Lila and Don Monell ca.1951 at Sarah Fraser Robbins (photographer unknown)

Don Monell and Lila Swift, co-founders and collaborators of their own wrought steel furniture design firm in 1950, Swift & Monell, husband and wife, architect and artist, were the Charles and Ray Eames* of Gloucester for a time.  Original examples of their woven leather, metal and enamel stools, tables, and bins are rare and placed in collections. The furniture was exhibited at Current Design (now ICA) and Furniture Forum. They operated the business in upstate New York when Monell worked for Sargent Webster Crenshaw & Folley. They built a studio for their business in their home when they moved back to Gloucester in 1952. Initial prototypes and editions were inspired by touring Lawrence Mills with Monell’s brother in law, who worked in the textile industry.  Alex clarifies: “I do not know what mill my father’s brother in law was involved in or to what capacity, I just remember my parents toured it and found the source of leather. A Cambridge firm sold them for awhile. And later my parents gifted them as wedding presents to close friends and relatives. Ray Parsons a blacksmith from Rockport often made the frames and later I made some at Modern Heat.”

*footnote- Ray Eames in Gloucester: Before Hans Hofmann (1880 – 1966) settled into teaching in Provincetown, he was invited to teach summer classes at the Thurn School of Art in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1933 and 1934. Thurn was a former Hofmann student. Ray Eames studied painting with Hofmann in Gloucester and was a student of his for years.  Decades later (during an interview with Ruth Bowman, who I knew, was wonderful, and friends with Rita Fraad who had a great Hopper) Eames mentioned 1940, a later date, for when she first learned about Hofmann. On an architecture timeline-  Charles and Ray Eames were born in 1907 and 1912 respectively, and Monell in 1917. They were married about a decade before Monell & Swift and west coast rather than east. Yet they were contemporaries. Art & Architecture case study homes began in 1945 (Eames house, 1949) Eames lounge chairs were manufactured in 1956 (after years of prototypes). Gropius House in Lincoln , Mass., landmark Bauhaus residence now museum was built in 1938, same year as MoMa Bauhaus exhibition. The Graduate school at Harvard designed by Gropius was a TAC (The Architects Collaborative) build in 1950. TAC was founded in 1945 with the clout addition of Gropius who continued with the firm until his death in 1969. Original 7 founders were Norman FletcherLouis McMillenRobert McMillanBen Thompson,  Jean FletcherSarah Harkness and John Harkness. Twenty years later, Monell’s Plum Cove elementary school design in 1967 was leveraged by partnering with The Architects Collaborative. Gloucester’s Plum Cove school is a TAC build. Wikipedia lists several commissions. The school could be added…”

DON MONELL ARCHITECT_ Plum Cove school and grounds_built in 1966_ Gloucester MA_ lovely gentle winding path approach through nature_20190523_©c ryan

Read my full piece here  and see more examples of his buildings. “Many of his commissions are heavenly sites where buildings serve the surroundings,  whether built or natural.”

February 26, 2018 Gloucester Daily Times

Writing for the Gloucester Daily Times, Paul Leighton wrote that Salem News was looking for a new space because the operations no longer required such a big building.  Various production and departments had already been relocated by this time. You can read the full February 2018 story here. The article mentions that it’s a 60,000 square foot property. Recent descriptions indicate that it’s 37,000+. I’m not sure why; perhaps, the greater figure encapsulated the grounds.

2019 Commercial listing description

“32 Dunham is a 37,502 square foot building on 6 acres of land. Zoned for industrial, research and office, with high visibility on route 128. Less than 30 minutes from downtown Boston and Logan airport.” 

January 7, 2020 Gloucester Daily Times

Salem News moving to Danvers article by Paul Leighton Staff Writer about the status of the building now


“The Salem News is moving out of its longtime home in Beverly and heading to a new location in Danvers. The newspaper will move into its new office suite at 300 Rosewood Drive in Danvers on Sunday, according to Karen Andreas, regional publisher of North of Boston Media Group, which includes the Gloucester Daily Times.

“The Salem News has been located at 32 Dunham Road in Beverly since merging with the former Beverly Times in 1995. The company moved its press and printing operations out of Beverly years ago and consolidated several other business functions, such as the finance and customer service departments, in the North Andover offices of its sister paper, The Eagle-Tribune. Therefore, Andreas said, the Salem News no longer needs a building of that size.

“This building is 37,500 square feet, and way too big for us,” Andreas said. “It doesn’t make sense for us operationally.”

“Gateway Realty Trust of Essex has signed a purchase-and-sale agreement to buy 32 Dunham Road. John Coughlin, a project manager for Gateway Realty, said the company plans to preserve the building and lease it.

“Coughlin said Gateway does not have a tenant lined up yet but said the building, which has a mix of office and warehouse space and more than 100 parking spots, would be good for many types of businesses.

“Ideally it would be one tenant that would want to take the whole building, or we can sub-divide it,” he said. “It lends itself to a lot of potential users.”

“…Coughlin said his company, which owns several buildings on the North Shore, was attracted to the building due to its location next to Route 128. Dunham Road has been the site of several new office complexes built by Cummings Properties as well as a new manufacturing headquarters built by tech company Harmonic Drive. The road is also home to North Shore Music Theatre.

“…The Salem News building, which includes six acres of land, was listed for sale at $3.5 million. 


The Red Sox Equipment truck leaves from Fenway to Florida

The Red Sox equipment truck for the club’s Spring Training home at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida, leaves Boston on Monday.

The truck is being loaded Monday morning and is scheduled to leave Fenway Park at noon for the 1,480-mile trip.

The equipment truck, which will depart from Fenway Park on Van Ness Street, will be led by a flat-bed truck carrying Wally the Green Monster, his sister Tessie and Fenway ambassadors who will be tossing soft Red Sox baseballs to fans.

It will be the 24th year that Milford native Al Hartz will drive the 53-foot truck, which will carry an assortment of baseball equipment and supplies, including: 20,400 baseballs, 1,100 bats, 200 batting gloves, 200 batting helmets and even 20 cases of bubble gum.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report next week to spring training, that means we should know who will managing the team sometime before then.

Plaza Winter Fest. Such a Fun Idea.

My older son was at MIT yesterday building sea perch aqua robots with the Gloucester Division of the US Navy Sea Cadets (a program I wholeheartedly recommend).  With a found five hours, I drove to Harvard Square, enjoyed some coffee and quiche, and took my own little walking tour of the city.  I stumbled upon this Plaza Winter Fest and couldn’t help but think how much fun it would be to have one in our neck of the woods.  With fire pits, smores supplies for purchase, food trucks, bowling, curling, shuffleboard, chess, fuse ball, ping pong, corn hole, and a little free library for reading, there were several families out enjoying a crisp Sunday morning together.   What a great way to encourage outdoor time and community building!


About thirty law enforcement vehicles from all over in St Anthony’s Church parking lot to try to find missing Gloucester woman

7 hrs

Missing person from East Gloucester. Nothing appears to be suspicious. Please keep an eye out for Abbie Flynn. Approx 60 years old. Last seen near Farrington Avenue. If you have any info please call 978-283-1212

Lunch at Cape Ann Coffee

When we went to Cape Ann Coffee to pick up our quiches for the Super Bowl (apparently NOT appropriate football fare but I do not care), we decided to have a sandwich. I got the turkey Reuben and Jim got an egg sandwich. Perfectly hit the spot. Thank you Cape Ann Coffee!