Monthly Archives: May 2011

“Public Access and Democracy: From the Boob Tube to YouTube, A Revolution in Our Time” – CATV Annual Meeting

Coming Up: Tuesday, May 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library Friend Room

Come to the Cape Ann Annual Meeting and hear: “Public Access and Democracy: From the Boob Tube to YouTube, A revolution in Our Time”

Learn about the evolution of public access television, where ordinary people can create television programs and release them on CATV and the internet!

Let’s figure out how to merge Blogging and Broadcast!

There was a time before there was bloggers, before there was social media, before there was internet when the only public media “portal” to our community was Public Access Television: Channels 12, 27, and 67 on your Comcast cable dial.

There is a long history of individuals who fought long and hard for the right of each community to have these channels for PEG programming, which stands for Public (general interest), Education (school and public education programs) and Government (transparency in government meetings). Today, Public Access facilities around the world produce more programming annually than CBS, NBC, and FOC television combined.

YOU have the right to make television shows and cablecast them on CATV, as well as out through the internet. One of the most exciting developments on Cape Ann in the past few years is the incredible success of Good Morning Gloucester and the existence of all you wonderfully talented authors. In a keynote presentation that will be given by Barry O’Brien, there is a great acknowledgement of the work of Joey C., and the team of bloggers that make GMG so much fun. As television and the internet merge, we want to determine how our rights to Public Access television can be preserved and developed by applying our communities’ talent.

There will be tasty refreshments! Come on over Tuesday, May 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library Friend Room and join the conversation.

Discolored Water on Western & Hesperus Avenues

The DPW has been getting numerous discolored water complaints from residences on Western Avenue, Hesperus Avenue, and Ocean Highlands.  The discoloration has been brown and yellow water associated with iron from unlined cast iron water main.  Iron in the water poses now public health threat; however, it  is aesthetically unpleasing and can stain clothes.  DPW crews have been flushing mains to clear up the water and have fixed a leak at Castel Hill Road/Hesperus Avenue and replaced a fire hydrant on Ocean Highlands.

Yesterday the DPW employed a leak detection specialist who found three water leaks on service lines to residence on Ocean Highlands and DPW crews have started working on those leaks.  No other leaks on Hesperus or Western Avenue were found.

The DPW is investigating the water main piping near Ravenswood entrance and hopes that leads to clearing up of the discolored water at that area of Western Avenue.

If you have any questions please contact Karen or me.

Thank you

Lawrence A. Durkin, P.E. – Environmental Engineer

City of Gloucester – Department of Public Works

Office of Water Compliance

50 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone 978-281-9792, Fax 978-281-9724

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