The Last Lightkeepers Documentary || Thacher Island

Hello! You may find interest in this. I recently launched a feature documentary on lighthouse preservation in New England and the film features Thacher Island. 
You can learn more about the film and view the trailer watch the full documentary now on Amazon.
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rob apse

founder and chief storyteller || wandergroove LLC


A parking ban has been declared tonight, Wednesday, December 16 beginning at 6 PM through 6 PM on Thursday, December 17.  

To repeat, tonight, Wednesday, December 16, 2020 the City of Gloucester has declared a parking ban on all city streets starting at 6 PM due to an upcoming winter storm expected to bring heavy snow, gusty winds and minor coastal flooding late Wednesday into Thursday afternoon.

Parking is available at all municipal and school parking lots but it is at your own risk. Due to the possibility of minor coastal flooding parking will not be available in the lower lot at Gloucester High School.  All vehicles will need to be removed from off street parking areas by 6 PM Thursday, December 17, 2020.   

All residents and businesses are reminded that they are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. Please make every effort to shovel out hydrants at, or, near your homes, and please check on your elderly and disabled. Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts.

Updates will be shared on the City of Gloucester website and social media pages, so please visit:

Thank you.  

Christmas Lights in Danvers

The family who lives at 3 Arthur Street in Danvers is at it again. For the past several years they have been decorating like crazy to raise money for Children’s Hospital. If you haven’t taken a ride by yet you should. The lights are open for viewing until New Year’s. Monday -Saturday 4:30-10:00 and Sundays from 4:30-9:00. They have a donation box available to collect money for Children’s Hospital.

See their Facebook page for more information HERE:

Now Open: Brazilian and Hispanic Convenience Store

We stopped by the recently opened Brazilian & Hispanic Convenience next to Walgreens on Rogers Street. We were greeted in a very friendly manner by Jonas and Alex who offered any assistance we might need. The store is bright, cheery and well stocked as advertised with Brazilian and Hispanic food items. I encourage you to stop by and check it out!

Gloucester Fire Department Announces the Retirement of Assistant Chief Joseph Aiello

Assistant Chief Joe Aiello will retire at the end of December after more than three decades in the fire service. 

Chief Eric Smith announces that Assistant Chief Joe Aiello will retire at the end of December after more than three decades in the fire service.

Assistant Chief Aiello will retire on Dec. 31 after serving with the Gloucester Fire Department for the last 34 years.

“Assistant Chief Aiello has been an integral part of the Gloucester Fire Department, especially over the last few months as we’ve navigated through the pandemic,” Chief Smith said. “He’s shown immense dedication to the safety of everyone in the Gloucester community, and has proven to be a well-respected, capable leader. It’s been an honor to serve beside him, and we wish him and his family the very best.”

Assistant Chief Aiello joined the Gloucester Fire Department in 1986 and was promoted to captain in 2001. He was promoted to assistant chief and appointed as the City’s Emergency Management Director in 2018. He also served with the Swampscott Fire Department from 1991-1995.

In 2013, Assistant Chief Aiello received the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Firefighter of the Year Award for his efforts in helping to rescue a 15-year-old girl from a burning house. He has also received several commendations from the City of Gloucester throughout his career.

“Assistant Chief Aiello has gone above and beyond to protect the health and safety of Gloucester residents during his time with the department,” Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said. “He has been a tremendous leader in his role of Emergency Management Director during the pandemic, helping us thoughtfully and carefully navigate through these challenging times. We will miss him deeply, and wish him a very happy retirement.”

He has undergone training through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute, where he has taken courses in emergency planning, public information and other topics.

He is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators and is a Pro Board Certified Safety Officer.

The Gloucester Fire Department is currently in the process of selecting a new Assistant Chief.