Over the weekend many more beaches and beach parking lots closed across the state. Massachusetts DCR State Beaches such as Winthrop Shores Reservation, Revere, Swampscott, and Nahant joined other North Shore communities (Crane Beach, along with Ipswich and Newbury town beaches, for example) in closing to non-residents.
Should Gloucester close her beaches to non-residents? Please write and let us know what you think (and why).
The good news is that State Parks across the Commonwealth are opening early. Massachusetts owns more 450,000 acres of recreational property. Several of the State Parks listed below are beaches, which are now closed, but many are not.
Once in a while surfing conditions are good at Brace Cove, Gloucester. The word got out Sunday afternoon.
When the sun finally came out on Saturday decided to take a walk with social distancing.
I love our vocational program! Today I went out for groceries and noticed one of my tires was low.
I went to Sandy Bay garage, and Kenneth Gillis, a senior in the Auto program, noticed my valve stem was broken. After calling his boss, Kenneth got the ok to replace the broken piece. He did a great job. Because of everything he learned in auto he fixed my tire and probably saved more damage to my car if it hadn’t been fixed.
Jack Porter and Bud Maciel, you two teachers are awesome! You deserve a huge shout out for the education and skills you’re giving our students.
Current routine will be our homage to Broadway. You can be a Broadway diva in your living room. No critics, whew!
The whole streaming thing is working pretty well. I’m awaiting some new equipment to further improve the quality of the music and a better mic that doesn’t cut out when I sit on the floor. Fingers crossed.
It’s amazing how many people have been “attending”. I had some folks from Florida and upstate NY join us last week. Pretty cool.
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 on the right class…
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When I went to pick up curbside some Cape Ann Olive Oil on Saturday, love the sign that Patty and Rick put in their window.
Anyone know these fishermen from back in the day?
Posted today Sunday April 5: Great news from Scalfani Italian Bakery’s Facebook page
We will be reopening Monday, taking all necessary precautions to keep staff and customers safe. We will have plenty of your favorites, everything is restocked! Thank you!
More time around the house has me looking through old pictures. Here’s the Italian Princess, Grace Marie and Michael & Kristen docked in the harbor 20 years ago!
They are doing it again: From Fisherman’s Wharf Facebook page:
Drive-Thru “Pop-Up” Event – Sunday 4/05/20
Scallop and Haddock Drive-Thru “Pop-Up” Event
Sunday, April 5th, 2020
Starting at 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
37 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA
Haddock Fillets Vacuum sealed in 2 lb. Bags
$15.00 / Bag (Only $7.50 / lb.)
Scallops in 1 lb. Containers
$15.00 / lb. (limited supply)
*Please don’t walk up to the truck, we won’t be selling to any walk-ups while we have a line of cars to ensure safe social distancing and to be fair to those in line.
Please try and bring exact change to cut down on the transfer of money.
This will be set up as a “drive-thru” style pick up only. No need to get out of your vehicles. Please follow the signs and stay inside your vehicles to ensure social distancing.
I mentioned on the podcast that HBO is offering free streaming of some of their most popular shows including “The Wire”, “Sopranos” and “Veep” and I recently discovered the news is even better than that! You need to access these through the Roku Channel on your streaming device, the mobile app or on the internet at http://www.therokuchannel.com. Selected Warner Brother movies are also being made available along with episodes of “Sesame Street”. Here’s a link with details on which shows and how to access them.
Did it feel like March was the longest month ever? A friend told me to watch my MEDS.
Here’s what he meant:
- Meditation: as in prayer and meditation. There are a lot of good teachers. But Deepak Chopra is one of our favorites. He has a 21 day guided practice that is free and easy to follow, even if you’ve never meditated. You’ll find it at https://chopra.com/ . (It’s about HOPE!)
- Exercise: Keep the body moving. Walk it. Twist it. Make it jump up and down. https://dailyburn.com/ offers a 60 day free trial and https://digitalstudio.theclass.com/ streams live and offers a 14 day trial. We also found lots of free yoga and workouts on YouTube.
- Diet: We know that some foods “feel” good when we eat them but aren’t good for us so we’re keeping a close eye on what we’re eating.
- Sleep: Even though it may feel like…
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