Up close photos of the eagle that was at Wingaersheek beach on July 20th From MaryEllen Spinola


I have a few excellent up close photos of the eagle that was at Wingaersheek beach on July 20th. 

I thought someone may be interested in them who follow birds here in Gloucester. 

Do you know anyone who would want the photos? I’m not a birder, I was just at the beach that day. It was amazing to be just a few feet away! 

Thank you, 


Water Ban Info From Mayor Greg Verga

In response to the drought conditions, the City of Gloucester will begin water conservation measures for one month. Starting today, August 2nd and ending on August 31st, outdoor watering is limited to “handheld” with a hose or a watering can before 9am or after 5pm.

Additional water restrictions include the prohibition of the following: 

  • Lawn irrigation systems and sprinklers. 
  • Filling swimming pools.
  • Washing of vehicles, boats, driveways, buildings or sidewalks.

Residents on private wells are also encouraged to practice water conservation measures.

To repeat, starting today, August 2nd, and extending through August 31st,  water restrictions are in place for all residents of Gloucester. Outdoor watering is limited to “handheld” with a hose or a watering can before 9am or after 5pm.

For additional information and updates please visit the City of Gloucester website and Facebook page.

In light of the water loss due to the recent water main break as well as the ongoing Pole’s Hill brush fire fighting efforts, it is critical that we all do our apart to conserve water.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Electronic Reycling Collection from Black Earth Compost

Black Earth Compost is putting together a pilot Electronic Recyling Collection Route in August throughout Cape Ann and surrounding areas. You can send unused electronics off for recycling such as laptops, monitors, tables, cables and more. Go check your garages and closets and sign up by August 10 for pickup by visiting their webpage: https://blackearthcompost.com/

Screenshot from Black Earth Recycling Facebook page:

Lee Lewis and the Doo Wop All Stars return to Gentile Bandstand, August 7, 2022

The Continentals return to the Gentile Bandstand, Sunday, August 7, 2022

at 7pm. The Antonio Gentile Bandstand is located at Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA.

The free concert is sponsored by The Gloucester Rotary Club. The Continentals play your favorite rock and pop from the 70’s up to today’s hits. This group is a mainstay of New England summer entertainment.  

This will be the fifth concert of the Bandstand Series 2022 season. This year is the thirty fifth anniversary season of these free concerts in the park.  Large audiences continue to attend and listen in this picturesque setting overlooking Gloucester’s outer harbor.

The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are ADA-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps a picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 10. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

Message From Mayor Verga Regarding Pole’s Hill Fire


Hello, this is Mayor Greg Verga with an important message from the City of Gloucester.

As the Gloucester Fire Department and Massachusetts Forestry Services continue to manage the brush fire on Poles Hill they will be conducting controlled burnouts in the area. These burnouts will result in additional flames and smoke. Gloucester Fire Department will be monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of the area.

At this time the use of outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, chimineas, and any open or recreational fires is prohibited. Also, please do not extinguish or discard cigarettes outside.

The Gloucester Fire Department will continue to be on the scene throughout the day. There will be limited road closures and access in the area. We ask residents to avoid the area if possible. Residents should remain vigilant in monitoring for signs that the fire has restarted in the areas near them and call 911 if there are no fire personnel in the immediate area.

Please note there will be an additional call this afternoon related to water use restrictions.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Picnic Lunch From the cupboard

Saturday was the perfect day to stop at the Cupboard at Stage Fort Park and pick up a picnic lunch. We each got the specials: Cape Ann Reuben and Cuban sandwiches. Ordering is simple (cash only) and the sandwiches were quickly wrapped and ready to go. While we were waiting, we tried to assist some visitors with the new parking app. There were some language barriers between us and we weren’t able to help as much as we would have liked.

We took our sandwiches down to the boulevard, set up our chairs, ate our lunch and enjoyed the view and the activity. Lo and behold, the guy with app problems showed up having been unsuccessful with the app so he found other parking. We chatted for a bit and hope his afternoon turned out as pleasant as ours did.

**I do not mean to be negative about the parking app for beach parking. Though it could use some improvements, I think it’s been an overall success even in its first season.**

Gloucester Fire Department Provides Update on Three-Alarm Brush Fire in Poles Hill Area

GLOUCESTER — Fire Chief Eric Smith would like to provide an update on the large brush fire that the Gloucester Fire Department battled in the area of Poles Hill and Riverview Road earlier today.
On Monday, Aug. 1, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Gloucester Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a brush fire on Poles Hill. Upon arrival, firefighters found a large area of brush burning in dry, windy conditions, in an area that was difficult to access.
Firefighters remained at the scene working for the remainder of the day to control the blaze.
Much of the fire was contained by approximately 3:45 p.m. A second and eventually third alarm was struck as firefighters continued to work on preventing flare ups due to dry conditions.
Those efforts are ongoing, as flare ups can occur overnight, however firefighters will be ceasing operations for the evening due to the loss of light. Crews will plan on returning to the scene to resume operations at first light Tuesday, and crews from the Massachusetts Forest Fire Control and Forestry Division will continue assisting with operations while the effort is ongoing.
Light smoke in the area should be expected over the next day or two while crews work to fully clear the scene, however residents are asked that if heavy smoke or fire is seen in the area they call 911 to report it.
The Essex, Danvers, Salem and Hamilton fire departments provided assistance at the scene Monday, as did the Lynn Fire Department drone unit. The Gloucester Police and DPW responded to the scene as well, as did Beauport Ambulance Service.
The Peabody, Manchester and Middleton fire departments provided station coverage.
There are no reported injuries at this time as a result of the fire, and the fire remains under investigation.
“We would like to thank every neighboring department as well as crews from State Forestry for responding to this challenging scene,” Chief Smith said. “We will continue our efforts over the next few days and ask that residents remain vigilant in monitoring for signs that the fire has restarted in the areas near them. In addition I want to thank all of our dedicated firefighters who worked at this fire or came in and covered the city. It was an outstanding job by all.”