Irma Cohen writes: Another body that needs to be quarantined

He or she, stranded himself in my bird feeder to get food. Yes, the squirrel is alive. We saw him blinking his eye. Find that picture re eye. We all think this is a fun incident to share. What do you think? Choose as many pictures as you like. My neighbors, the Vaneck’s took these great pics.

Irma Cohen

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Kitesurfer maximized today’s wind advisory off Long Beach #RockportMA

This extreme sports enthusiast was out there a long time. I wonder how hard it is on the arms?

solo kitesurfer enjoying windgusts April 21, 2020 _Long Beach_Rockport_Ma, Gloucester_MA, Twin Lights © c ryan



(Meanwhile, it was so windy I had trouble holding my phone.)

Light Up the Night For Earth Day – A Facebook Live Event-Wednesday Evening

LuminArtz is partnering with Ocean Alliance to bring you “Light up the Night” – Part 4 on their Facebook Live Page, Wednesday night at 9:00 PM.  

Here’s a sneak peak!

OA light up the night

With social distancing, we are all feeling a bit scared and lost. Covid-19 is touching each one of us and the request to stay at home keeps getting extended. But that doesn’t mean we can’t come together!

LuminArtz is partnering with Communications, Ink and other local organizations to launch “Light Up the Night” — a project that will project messages of hope and inspiration. Every week they will project from an undisclosed location in Essex County and stream it live to their Facebook page.

Check out last Sunday evening’s installment of “Hope is a Thing with Feathers”, the work of JennyMae Kho at a Historic Beverly location. Amazing work!

luminartz feathers

Check their events page for the next date and time. Stay safe & stay home!


From Superintendent Safier Regarding School Closure News from Gov. Baker

A letter to families from the Superintendent as shared on Facebook. I took this news as a bit of a blow but no more so than parents, teachers, coaches, athletes and especially seniors. For additional information from Gov. Baker’s conference today:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that Governor Baker has just announced that school closure will be extended through the school year. This comes after extensive deliberation on the matter at the state level.

For our part, the district teachers and administrators will continue to hone their instructional delivery, materials and resources to provide remote learning as best they can. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be providing updated guidelines regarding the remote delivery of education this week, specifically, highlighting best practices. Our district will take these recommendations under advisement.

Now that we know that the rest of the school year will be done remotely, let us all be resolute in working together to provide our students with the best education and support possible.

Best wishes,

Richard Safier, Superintendent


I could photograph Gloucester’s fishing fleet all day long.  It is so beautiful and tells such an important story of today and yesterday and all of the years that have made Gloucester the city that we know and love.  A story of pride and a story of heartbreak. I took this photo on Sunday.  On Monday, the city lost another fisherman.  My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to all of those who are missing him today.  Nicola “Nick” Patancia Vitale, Gloucester’s Fishermen’s Statue was hoping to guide you home, but stands in your honor instead.



Gloucester Boats in Portland

My nephew Tim is currently stationed in Portland Maine with the USCG. He sent me this picture from the fantail of the USCG cutter Sitkinak. Gloucester vessels Blue Water III and Christina Carol sitting side by side in Portland. I guess it really is a small world after all! Thank you to Tim and his crew mates for their service. Special recognition to our own Coast Guard for their assistance yesterday with the tragic incident aboard the Miss Sandy. Blessings on the family.

Preventing the Spread of Disease and Boosting Your Immune System

Cape Ann Wellness

To stay ‘healthy and safe’ during this national/global health crisis, it is important to be aware of and follow the advice of local, state, national and international government and public health departments guidelines.

Depending on where you live in the world, those recommendations vary as well as can change daily. Sources to find up-to-date, accurate, evidence-based information include: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), World Health Organziation (WHO), and the United Nations (UN), as well as state and local Public Health Departments.

Take care of yourself and doing everything you can to stay healthy and boost your immunity:

  • Rigorous hand washing,
  • Keep a healthy environment,
  • Eat healthy balanced, nutritious meals,
  • Avoid drugs, smoking, excess drinking,
  • Spend time in nature,
  • Minimize stress,
  • Get adequate sleep.

Follow the Department of Public Health (DPH) Guidelines for ‘Social Distancing,’ ‘Stay at Home’ and ‘Face Covering

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3-Day Spring Cleanse~

Cape Ann Wellness

Have 3 days? Want better health?

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLCl and TreetopYoga are teaming up on a 3-day spring reset to detox your mind and body and let your soul shine!

A 3-day cleanse will help to reset your digestive fires to help flush out toxins and restore the gut-brain connection to improve your over all health. You will see improvement on fatigue, mental fog, depression, anxiety, and bloating.

Erin Waltz McKay of Tree Top Yoga will lead a free spring sunrise yoga class, by Zoom. This practice will recognize Kapha’s earthy and watery nature.

Information night by conference call
Thursday, April 30

Attendance to the info night is not mandatory

Cleanse dates: May 3-6 (or any three days that work for you).

Click on the link to read more and reserve your kit:…/spring-cleanse/

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”


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