Get COVID-19 Text Message Notifications for Massachusetts

The Baker-Polito administration today March 24 introduced a new tool for anyone interested in getting reliable COVID-19 updates for Massachusetts by text message.  Text COVIDMA to 888-777 to receive messages and links directly from state and public health officials. This new tool is intended “help connect residents to information that they are look for through other public information channels, such as the state’s information line, 2-1-1, and website searches on Mass.Gov.”  The link for further information is here.



Iain Ker forwarded these spectacular drone shots from the Ocean Alliance new dock installation.


Drone Photos by Iain Kerr using a DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Work on the docks has temporarily ceased due to the coronavirus situation however, although not quite finished, the docks are useable to a certain degree and are quite secure against bad weather.

Consultations, Education and ‘Virtual’ Sessions Offered for Relief of Anxiety and Stress

Cape Ann Wellness

Feelings of ‘Stress and Anxiety’ often arise during anyhealth crisis, let alone a globalhealth and financial crisis. The best we can do for our ‘health and safety’ is follow recommended Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, while remaining calm, in mind and body.
‘Breathing Techniques’ are some of the most readily available, effective tools for relaxation and stress relief. Meditation, guided imagery, hypnosis, and reiki are others that can be easily learned to use on your own, in the comfort and safety of your own residence.
Contact Us for FREE CONSULTATIONS, support and instructions on these, and other stress management techniques. Call 978.283.4258 or email to set up your ‘virtual’ appointment. Offered via phone, email, Skype, Webinar (Webex/Zoom) or FaceTime. (‘In-person’ sessions currently ‘on hold’ while ‘social distancing’ guidelines are in place).
FREE 20- Minute Sessions offered during this current Health Crisis.

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Good Morning Folks Mom’s Kitchen 46 Commercial Street will continued to be open our Regular Hours 7 days a week Tuesday through Friday 5am – 1 pm Breakfast open till close lunch starts at 11 am Saturday Sunday and Monday 5am-12 noon Breakfast Only

img_6419HOWEVER STARTING TODAY WE WILL BE OPENING BACK UP FROM 4 pm to 6 pm for our take out and delivery for our POT PIE ORDERS AND LUNCH SPECIALS TODAY CHICKEN POT PIE AND AMERICAN CHOP SUEY SO GIVE US A CALL Please rest assured we are following all guidelines and being extremely cautious for the safety of our customers and ourselves Come and Get It Homemade with Love 978 282-4444

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Bookstore Of Gloucester Update

The Bookstore of Gloucester
61 Main St
Gloucester, MA 01930

Hi Joey,

It’s Arwen from the Bookstore! I hope you and your family are well and weathering these
crazy times! I wanted to reach out and ask if you could let your followers on GMG know
that we are open for phone or e-mail orders. I am doing curbside or free local home delivery
of books. I also have been ordering puzzles, sticker books and such for family entertainment.

I am planning on being at the store most days for calls and on our website,” thebookstoreofgloucester”
I have lists of store favs and updates on Bookstore happenings.

Thanks for all you do for our community and the support you offer!

Stay well, Arwen

Application Deadline for Photo Exhibition

Now accepting photographs to be considered for the annual ‘Where Is It?’ exhibit in the Matz Gallery of Sawyer Free Library, June 2020.  Deadline for submissions is April 20. Photographers will be notified by May 1.  The work must be delivered to the Library by May 28. The exhibit is about places in Gloucester that are hard to find.  All photo subjects must be visible from public roadways or walkways.  To enter, send up to 3 photographs in JPEG format to:  Please put Gloucester Exhibit in the subject line of the email.  Photographs that are accepted must be framed and matted with sizes between 12”x 12” and 24”x 20”

Mats should be white or cream and frames black or neutral. No  saw-tooth hangers or sandwich frames please.


Market Basket Hours for us Seniors

Updated Hours: All Market Basket locations are open from 7am – 6pm every day.

Our senior shopping hours program WILL continue each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30am to 7:00am where the stores will be open ONLY to serve customers 60 and older.

We look forward to serving you.

More online live music shows from local musicians!

Tuesday 3.24.2020

Mike Forgette and Chris Paul are going to go live in a few for Taco Tuesday 🌮

Get your supplies and meet us here like 6pm
I’m also going to jam exclusively for the family


Wednesday 3.25.2020

Fly Amero

I’m very much looking forward to bringing my traditional Rhumb Line Wednesday into your home. When we go live, please feel free to tune in, get comfy, pour yourself a cocktail and make believe you’re here with me. Love to you’z ~ Fly

A SPECIAL NOTE: Allen Estes has just now suggested (and I agree) that logistics are more than delicate when it comes to safely sharing space and gear among multiple artists. For this reason, he has chosen to step down as guest, and I have chosen to eliminate the guest format entirely. Going forward, I’ll be performing these live stream shows exclusively as solo artist. It’s just the wise thing to do. Hope you agree. ~ Fly


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MAR 25 7:30pm

Joe Wilkins Live from Home


 Hosted by Joe Wilkins

Hey everyone 🙂 Join me Wednesday night for a solo performance streamed live to Facebook from my home.



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Steve Lacey Album release party jam session

Hi Everyone, this event is postponed…but…

– You can buy one if you want.
– Any price will do. (Hopefully at least $5?😨)

Venmo. @steve-lacey-89



Virgilio’s is OPEN for take-out. What are your top 3 go-to sandwiches on the menu? #GloucesterMA

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  1. North Ender (light on sundried tomatoes) cold
  2. Eggplant supreme (without the prosciotto) hot

My son loves the caprese. My mother in law loves the chicken salad. Great vodka cream sauce! I also grab their bread and sauce and dips at area supermarkets, too. Virgilio’s makes fresh bread next level. As in All. Day. Long.

Virgilio’s Bakery & Deli

“Bread of the Fishermen” since 1961
29 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930


Alexandra’s Bread is OPEN and take out is brisk! Call ahead for what you need the next day, and they can bring it out to your car

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Alexandra’s Bread, 265 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Call the day before for your favorite loaves, rolls, cookies, scones and other sweet treats. They have been busy and selling out, and can make more if they know the orders ahead of time. A surprise at this time: people have been buying new dish towels and vintage ware (washable!), and greeting cards to go.

What’s your favorite bread at Alexandra’s?

p.s. If it lasts that long, their french bread freezes well and makes fantastic overnight french toast.

Alexandra’s Bread : (978) 281-3064

Thank you Sue Wheeler from Arts Abound

Hey, I am sewing masks for the folks on the front line…I just have to do something for this crisis. I have heard different opinions as to how much it helps but most say it is better than nothing. Many folks are doing this in my area so the craft stores are out of elastic. Does anyone have some I can have? Even on Amazon it is going to take weeks to get. Anyone wanna join me? I have lots of fabric to donate. LMK. Stay safe.

Hours for March
Please call first. (603) 359-2713
Stay safe out there…

Also by appointment and by chance…call (603) 359-2173

Trustees Closing All Properties Temporarily

Copied from a Facebook post from The Trustees. 

These are unprecedented times, and we must be both brave and prudent. Recently we have seen that our special places have become sanctuaries for those seeking safe spaces to get out of their homes, to occupy their families, to get exercise, to spend time with animals, to practice social distancing with acreage to spare. We are grateful to provide these opportunities, for the chance to serve in both times of leisure and in times of stress.

Thus, with today’s announcement from Governor Charlie Baker to suspend all non-essential businesses, we are saddened to announce that we will comply with this advisory by closing all Trustees properties beginning tomorrow, March 24 until April 7. All staff who are not involved in the care and maintenance of agricultural production and necessary operational care will be at home. All gates and parking lots will be closed and we ask the public to respect these barriers. We will continue to operate our agricultural operations in compliance with the guidelines issued for the care and feeding of animals, and the production and distribution of food. Our farms will only be available for the pick-up of food products.

We recognize that many of our properties are without gates and are within safe walking distance from others and could be safely visited within the parameters of the Governor’s directive. We ask that those who choose to visit those properties be respectful, follow guidelines about litter, safety, and dog behavior. We understand that these changes will feel dire to many who have come to rely on the daily use of our properties. We ask that everyone comply with the Governor’s orders, that you respect the closures of our properties, and that you keep your families and others safe during this unpredictable time.
Despite our closures, we will continue to pay all staff. We are available to answer emails and questions, can process Memberships and gifts made online, and we are working to creating virtual resources that you can enjoy at home.

Thank you for understanding how difficult this decision was. When we receive word from officials that it is safe to gather, we look forward to welcoming all back to our special places.
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ESPN8: The Ocho

I mean, I’ve been kind of wondering what all of the sports networks would be covering during these long weeks, but I didn’t give it much thought.  But then Sunday night I found my husband watching “Dodge Juggle.”  What?   So, I had to look into it. You’ve all probably heard about it…but, I hadn’t.

Turns out it’s a thing….and it was part of ESPN8: The Ocho’s all day line up of sports…. “seldom seen sports” as ESPN affectionately calls them.  I’m so sad I missed much of the line up, but maybe you can find it on demand.  I listed all of the events included in The Ocho below…along with some videos from a few of the competitions.

Straight out of “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” and in an attempt to fill the void for viewers in need of competitive sports content, ESPN is bringing back ESPN8: The Ocho with “a full 24 hours of seldom seen sports” programming Sunday on ESPN2, the network announced Thursday.

This will be the fourth version of ESPN8: The Ocho since 2017, inspired by the 2004 movie starring Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor and the late Rip Torn as Dodgeball legend Patches O’Houlihan.

Some of the self-explanatory events scheduled for Sunday include the Stupid Robot Fighting League, Jelle’s Marble Runs, Cherry Pit Spitting, Sign Spinning and World Sport Cup Stacking championships, as well as events in Cornhole, axe throwing, arm wrestling Spikeball, putt-putt golf and stone skipping.

Yes, there even will be a Dodgeball tournament involving teams from the United States and Canada, although it’s unclear if it will feature Peter LeFleur (played by Vaughn) and his Average Joe’s Gymnasium squad pitted against White Goodman (portrayed by Stiller) and his Globo Gym.

Check out the line up:

Johnsonville ACL Cornhole Championships: 2020 Kickoff Battle

2 a.m.
World Axe Throwing League: 2019 World Championship

4 a.m.
U.S. Open Ultimate Championships

6 a.m.
2019 Spikeball College Championship

7 a.m.
2019 Las Vegas Highland Games

7:30 a.m.
Putt Putt Championships

8 a.m.
2019 IDEAL Electricians National Championship

9 a.m.
E:60 as part of The Ocho

9:30 a.m.
51st National Stone Skipping Competition

10:30 a.m.
2007 World Sport Stacking Championships

11:30 a.m.
2019 World Sign Spinning Championship

2006 Krystal World Hamburger Eating Championship

1 p.m.
2006 Johnsonville Brat Eating World Championship

2 p.m.
European TramDriver Championship

3 p.m.
2019 Stupid Robot Fighting League

3:30 p.m.
46th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Championship

4 p.m.
Professional Arm Wrestling Championships

4:30 p.m.
2019 Golden Tee World Championship

5 p.m.
2018 Classic Tetris World Championship

5:30 p.m.
E:60 on ESPN8 Presented by Liberty Mutual

6:30 p.m.
America’s Dodgeball Continental Cup: USA vs. Canada

7:30 p.m.
2019 Jelle’s Marble Runs

8 p.m.
Slippery Stairs: College Tour

8:30 p.m.
2019 Death Diving World Championship

9:30 p.m.
Dodge Juggle 3

10:30 p.m.
Moxie Games 3