Information, from Dr. Safier, Regarding Internet Access

Information, from Dr. Safier, Regarding Internet Access

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

Comcast has announced that it will be offering its Internet Essentials program for free to new low-income customers for two months, amid the coronavirus outbreak. This offer is for low-income families who do not have internet service during this uncertain time and is intended to help them stay connected to families, school, workplaces, etc.

New customers will get complimentary internet essentials service for 60 days, which is normally available to qualified low-income households for $9.95 per month.

All new customers will receive a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem and WiFi router. There is no term contract.

 To sign up, applicants can simply visit The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

 If you need any assistance, please contact me at and I will connect you with our Information Technology Dept. I am hoping that students who do not have Internet access at home have mobile phones and can receive this message. But, if you know someone who could use this offer, please let them know it is available.

Richard Safier, Superintendent

Note: Comcast has also announced: Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.


Yesterday afternoon at the Fish Pier this unusually nearly all white gull was foraging about. It was so pretty and didn’t seem to mind too much my inching closer to take a photo. I at first thought perhaps it was a leucistic Herring Gull but now think it is a first year Glaucus Gull.

A friend shared the following on fb today. I thought it so true and beautiful-

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

-Wendell Berry



One hundred and ninety-two feet of new dockage is being installed at Ocean Alliance’s headquarters at the old Paint Manufactory. Work began today and will continue through Friday. The E-shaped dock will be accessed via a new gangplank and until that is installed a temporary gangplank is going up.

Alicia Pensarosa, Ocean Alliance’s assistant director writes, “The new docks will be available for transient/seasonal rentals with the goal of getting more commercial, research, schooner, and educational vessels coming to Gloucester.”  The new docks look beautiful and it’s a hopeful sign for Gloucester to see work continue during these unprecedented times of hardship.


Market Basket Senior Shopping Hours

Beginning tomorrow March 19, 2020, Market Basket will initiate senior shopping hours specifically geared to accommodate the needs of our customers 60 and older.
Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 AM to 7:00 AM the stores will be open ONLY to serve customers 60 and older.
This is designed to enable these members of our community who are at greater risk with the coronavirus to shop in a less crowded environment, which enables social distancing.
We ask that you please respect the necessity of a special shopping environment for our most vulnerable neighbors.
Thank you for your help in protecting our neighbors and community.

New Docks Being Installed at Paint Factory

Ocean Alliance is having new docks installed at the Paint Factory intended to be made available for temporary or seasonal rentals in the hope of getting more vessels coming to Gloucester! Very exciting. Here’s how the work is going so far. Thanks Alicia Pensarosa for the info and the heads up!

During This National Emergency, Dreamtime Wellness LLC Goes ‘Virtual’

Cape Ann Wellness

“Caution, without panic,” is the directive of our national, state and local officials as well as our healthcare agencies, during this national emergency.
As we learn new information daily regarding the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic my utmost priority continues to be the health and safety of my patients and the greater community. While many of my clients are healthy, others fall into the ‘high risk’ category, as designated by the Centers of Disease and Prevention (CDC). After careful deliberation I decided to avoid seeing patients/clients/students in-person, in order to abide by the current ‘social distancing’ directive. This went into effect on March 16th, though I have not seen clients since 2.20.2020 due to travel, and then recovering at home since, from an injury sustained while ‘on retreat.’ I arrived home March 7th, to a different world.
Dreamtime Wellness™ offers education and services for relaxation, stress and pain management, so while…

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Nia with Linda and Restorative Yoga Classes via Zoom Streaming Starts Thursday March 19 10:15 nia and 11:30 Restorative Yoga All Free!

Cape Ann Wellness

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Well, I’m sure it will be entertaining so you won’t want to miss seeing me dancing in my office.  Hopefully the technology gremlins will be in quarantine and not bothering us.

OK so here is how it works.  It will be easier for you if you download the Zoom client for meetings for a desktop or laptop, or the app for phones and tablets.

Click here for the link to download the client or the app

Then click on this link to bring you to the list of my Zoom meetings 

You will want to click on the Thurs. 10 am class.  Otherwise you will be all alone!

If you have downloaded the client/app, the meeting will open automatically in that interface.

If you have not downloaded the app/client, it should open in a web browser.

You can join early and sit in the waiting room.  I’m not sure what…

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Music Around Town “Online” March 18-22, 2020

Venues are closed. Some are still open and doing take out. Click on the links through the page to see if anything is going on. Hopefully this stay at home/social distancing will not last long.

When asked if there are musicians in the area that are doing live music feeds and/or giving lessons online. Yes there are and this is the response..
The internet can be such a great tool while
having to stay in. How nice it is that one can get lesson, too via online!

Wouldn’t it be nice during this time for those who have can help those who do not?
I miss being able to go a couple of minutes down the street to see and hear live music.
Just click on their name and you are at their page!

Leo Ciaramitaro drum lessons! 978-764-2947

Anthony Rocco Prestigiovannii I’m gonna Do some live videos this week.

Jake Pardee guitar lessons

978-697-4161 and my email is

Greg Verga Deb Hardy with The Cactus Suits is planning to FB live our next rehearsal.

Greg Verga It should be next Tuesday around 7pm – that’s if we are able to get together.

Ryan Lee Crosby
I offer music lessons online (from Medford)

Kate Barry
Mike Tucker Tug BoatMatt Pie Beaulieu Jonathan Bousquet

Chris Fritz-Grice

Adria Smith Here! You know me.

Justin Tocco The Spynz – Gloucester have a plan

Steve Lacey I am available for lessons

Larry Young I will be starting online Alexander Technique lessons, but could do fiddle lessons as well!

Somer O’Brien Piano lessons; possibly tunes every now and again

Chelsea Berry

What an upended world we are living in.. I hope that this message finds you all safe and healthy in this crazy, trying time. The planet is holding its collective breath and I am no exception. That said, I would love to spend an evening with you.. sharing songs and stories and hoping to shine a little light into your quarantined worlds! Get cozy on the couch, grab a drink, wear whatever is comfortable, and tune in to Facebook this Thursday night at 7:30pm ET for a live stream.. from my living room to yours!
Love you all and wishing you the very best. Take care of each other out there. See you soon.


Nick A. Zaino III I’m all the way down here in Lynn, but looking to schedule one or more soon. Trying out something called Anyone else using a different technology I should think about?

Brian King I’m interested in playing some of my songs I seldom play. It will probably be spontaneous and unscheduled.

Jon Butcher I’ll be doing that

Ken Clark piano/organ Is also offering lessons to new students online.

Charlie O’Neal

Charlee Bianchini I’m giving lessons!

Michael Strakus My new band may do a live feed today 

Michael O’Leary Thinking on it!

Lindsay Paige Garfield I’m doing a Facebook live today at 9 PM EST…

And I do virtual vocal coaching and music classes for children aged 0-5.

Lindsay Paige Garfield
Spotify – Paige & The Thousand

Bernardo Baglionii I am offering guitar lessons on Skype : bernacalling

Cheryl Arena I do harmonica lessons… email me at

Erinn Brown Piano, Vox, Gtr lessons online- contact email for info

Renee Dupuis I’m giving lessons online
Joe is too!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!
Here is a bit of of Jailbreak by one of the greatest if not the greatest Irish 70’s rock bands, Thin Lizzy! Whipped up a quick backing track and sparked up the Marshall! Such a fun riff to play. I think we might all be wanting to make a jailbreak pretty soon.
Hit me up on PM if you are interested in Skype lessons, rock, blues, jazz, country, slide guitar, etc.. All levels welcome, $30 a 1/2 hour.
Be safe everyone

#ICNATION these are some harrowing times for everyone right now.

I want to do what I can and lift spirits any way I can.

Join me Saturday March 21st RIGHT HERE at 7pm on Facebook Live for a little intimate session with your Island Cowboy from the comforts of your couch!


It is unfortunate to be misinformed and I hope that if one finds an

error in this posting, please bring it to my attention so it can be fixed as soon as possible. Sincerely, Joanne.

Please be sure to check out the links to all the fine musicians and venues on the sidebar to the right of this blog >



Floating Lotus~

Floating Lotus Gloucester 169 Main St, Gloucester, MA

Machaca ~

14 Railroad Ave. Gloucester, MA


Minglewood Harborside ~

25 Rogers Street. Gloucester, MA

Drift Cafe ~


3 Main St, Gloucester, MA 

Closed for the season

Captain Carlos ~ 

Closed for the season

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75 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA

 Call for reservations 978-283-2122.

Follow for a fuller music schedule. Enjoy this season in comfort at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort 🙂

The Franklin Cafe >



Dinner Reservations a must: 978-283-7888



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PHONE: (978) 282-739


86 Main St, Gloucester, MA

1606 Live Music Series ~

 55 Commercial St. Gloucester, MA


Short & Main ~ 

36 Main St, Gloucester, MA


 Magnolia 525 Tavern ~

12 Lexington Ave. Gloucester, MA





5 Main Street . Rockport, MA

Antique Table ~

7 Central St  Manchester-by-the-Sea

Cape Ann Olive Oil will delivery through this difficult time

Cape Ann Olive Oil Co. will deliver your olive oil and balsamic vinegar to you if you live in the Cape Ann area. Go to place your order, pay, and press IN STORE PICKUP. Support your local businesses!!!

Bringing the Zoo to You

Kudos to the Cincinnati Zoo for starting this daily Zoo-to-You at Home Safari schedule.  With the zoo closed they wanted to find a way to enrich the lives of the children who would have visited and continue to spread the word about their awesome residents.

Each day at 3:00pm they go live on their facebook page for a 15 minute interaction with one of the zoo residents.  If you miss the live video, fret not.  The video is then uploaded to a page on their website along with some fun follow up activities.

On Monday we met Fiona the hippo and on Tuesday we met Pico the Porcupine.

Check out the page HERE:

Check out their Facebook page HERE:

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Treat Yourself! Order Take Out at Feather and Wedge


As always, Feather & Wedge remains committed to your health, safety and enjoyment!

We will be open THURSDAY – SUNDAY from 4-7pm to offer delicious take out, delivered to your car curbside. Call ahead to place your order over the phone with a credit card. Our take out menu is available on our website.

Please consider a gratuity for our staff when you pay for your order. Their financial well-being depends upon your generosity, especially right now!

It is a pleasure and honor to serve a community as thoughtful, caring and united as Cape Ann. We know that continued access to healthy and comforting food will strengthen our collective goal of overcoming these challenges.

Thank you for your continued support.



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GHS Gridiron 1958

The recent Tom Brady news stories brought to mind some Gloucester High football stories I have been waiting to post. Here’s some memories of gridiron days gone by from the Gloucester Daily Times. You may see some familiar names in the GHS Class of 1959.

Timothy Senior game GDT Nov 25 1958

Gloucester Daily Times Oct 3 1958:

FB game GDT Oct 3 1958


In a bid to keep you and your children entertained and informed during our current doomscape, we will be putting a bunch of unrehearsed, unscripted, off-the-cuff, slightly wacky garden trainings and info sessions on-line for your viewing pleasure and acquisition of gardening knowledge (basically our official gardening training, but in a virtual format, and free for all). Spring is upon us and it’s almost time to plant!

PLUS, our very own Executive Director, Lara Lepionka, will be hosting our first-ever virtual story hour to keep your littles entertained and focused on growing food! Mark your “calendars” for the first story hour! Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10 AM EST. Lara will gladly distract your children for a full 18 minutes with a charming gardening tale from yesteryear. (Don’t worry, we will get through this.) LOOK HOW EXCITED I AM TO TELL YOUR KIDS A STORY.