Hazardous Waste Day

September 28, 2013 is hazardous waste day for Gloucester Residence.  Please see the announcement below.

CONTACT: Department of Public Works to pre-register

PHONE: (978) 281-9785

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY

The City of Gloucester will be holding its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 9AM-12 Noon at the Department of Public Works, (DPW) 28 Poplar Street. The event, which will be held rain or shine, provides residents with the opportunity to dispose of hazardous materials in an environmentally responsible manner. There is no charge for Gloucester residents to dispose of hazardous waste up to a maximum of 25 pounds or 25 gallons and anything over this amount will require a payment to Clean Harbors (payable by check only). Contractors may not use Household Hazardous Waste Day to dispose of materials.

Clean Harbors Environmental Services will be on site September, 28th to accept oil-based paints (no latex paint), varnishes, pesticides, gasoline, and other household hazardous chemicals. In addition, residents may dispose of mercury-containing waste, including car batteries, thermometers, thermostats, and fluorescent lamps at no cost. For this Saturday only we will not be accepting tires or scrap metal.

A full list of accepted materials may be obtained from the Department of Public Works (978-281-9785), or you may find the information on the City of Gloucester’s Website http://www.gloucester-ma.gov and local cable. Clean Harbors will not be accepting commercial/industrial waste, latex paint, ammunition, asbestos, radioactive material, fire extinguishers, or medical or biological wastes.

Upon registering you will be sent a letter to use as your ticket into the event. Pre-registration and proof of residency is required.

To ensure safety, please adhere to the following handling procedures: leave materials in original labeled containers; tighten caps and lids; place containers in sturdy upright boxes rather than in garbage bags; avoid smoking while handling hazardous materials. Most importantly, do not mix chemicals.

For more information please call Rose LoPiccolo at the DPW at 978-281-9785.

Sawyer Free Library Art Auction – October 2nd

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The 2013 Annual Art Auction will take place on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The Silent Auction will take place in the Matz Gallery from August 30, to give visitors an opportunity to see the exhibit of paintings and bid early. Great interest is generated throughout the month as the bid book fills up. The Vocal Auction will be held on October 2, at 7:00 PM. A preview party will precede the auction. Light refreshments are available and a performance of live music is presented. The final vocal auction is always an exciting event. This is an important fundraiser for the library, so please come for an entertaining evening and take home a piece of Cape Ann art.

Pod of Harbor Seals at Brace Cove

Harbor Seals Brace Cove Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2013Click image to view larger

This morning at Brace Cove there was a pod of Harbor Seals sunning themselves; unfortunately a little too far out of range for my movie camera, but I tried filming nonetheless. They were wonderful fun to observe especially as the younger members of the pod seemed more interested in playing “King of the Rock,” rather than basking in the sun. It was challenging to figure out a total number because the younger seals were so playful, but I think there were ten in the herd. I only know this from one of the snapshots where you can see ten in all. Because the Harbor Seals were out of my camera’s ability to sharply focus, the footage may be too grainy, but I will try working with it.

In case you are wondering, as did I, a goup of seals is most commonly referred to as a pod or colony. The terms harem, herd, and rookery are also used, depending upon from where you originate.

I can only hope the young Harbor Seal hauled out at Good Harbor Beach earlier this summer has a pod to which it belongs!

Don’t believe on-line reviews unless you know the reviewer personally — or it’s GMG

SocialMediaYou’ve probably guessed that this was happening right?  Companies who want good reviews create fake ones on Yelp, Citysearch, Yahoo, Google, Kayak — even Facebook & Twitter.  Well you’re right. It’s called astroturfing.  It’s gotten so big that you can now hire companies to write and post fake reviews for your product or service.  You can even get them to write fake bad reviews about your competitors.

There’s a very interesting article in today’s New York Times about a crackdown on astroturfing that exposes several companies, including Main Street Host, which is one of those companies people hire to write fake reviews.  Main Street Host even went so far as to condemn astroturfing on one of their own blogs, while at the same time they wrote their own fake reviews about their own services, prompting this line from the New York Times article, “Faking reviews often begins with faked reviews of the company faking the reviews.”  You just can’t make this stuff up!

So, if you want to know the truth, stick with GMG.  No fake reviews here.

Savour’s Grand Slam Event

Of course, plenty of tasty food was passed around. This wooden serves measured about
Over 100 women attended this event, and there was plenty of wine. Exhibitors included massage therapists, mediums. reiki masters, card readers, and astrologers.Plenty of tasty appetizers  were passed around. This impressive wooden server measured two by three feet. They have a full kitchen and you can watch the chefs prepare the food.
Tasty appetizers were passed around. This impressive wooden server measured two by three feet. They have a full kitchen and you can watch the chefs prepare the food.
The key speaker was Mirium Divinsky, PhD. She's a local Spiritual Coach, and shared the secret behind the secret. "it's not what happens to you," she says,"but negative energy you attach to it." That energy needs to be cleared, so you can enjoy your life, she explains. I think that's a good point.
The guest speaker was Mirium Divinsky, PhD. She’s a local Spiritual Coach, and shared the secret behind the secret. “It’s not what happens to you,” she says,”but negative energy you attach to it.” That energy needs to be cleared, so you can enjoy your life, she explains. I think that’s a good point.
Part of the fun was using the wine dispenser. Insert your wine card, select the wine you'd like to sample, put some in the glass, and enjoy. The event was coordinated by Annette Dion and Silvie Lockerova, both healers and from Gloucester. I can't wait for the next event and tasting!
Part of the fun was using the wine dispenser. Insert your wine card, select the wine you’d like to sample, put some in the glass, and enjoy. The event was coordinated by Annette Dion and Silvie Lockerova, both healers and from Gloucester. I can’t wait for the next event and tasting!

Autumnal Equinox 2013 Wishes From Tom Philbrook

IT’S HERE – almost! The equinox brings autumn on September 22, 2013 at 4:44 P.M EDT — when everywhere light and dark are equal in time.

Wishing you an awesome Autumnal Equinox!

-Tom Philbrook

www.thomasphilbrook.com

It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: They meet.
        –Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

Gloucester IDRC presents the Oar Master’s Cup Race

The Oar Master’s Cup Race is the only annual dory rowing competition which pits single rowers against one another in multiple heats over a set course to determine the fastest singles rower in the USA .  The 2013 course will begin at the Maritime Center pier and proceed out around Ten Pound Island and back (1.75 miles).  Heats will be limited to 4 dories provided by the IDRC and the fastest time will be crowned the Oar Master 2013.  This annual race will take place this Sunday, September 29th at 10 AM (best viewed from, and rowers report to Maritime Gloucester Center …dories will be towed over).  The Oar Master’s Cup race is open to all IDRC members and you do not need to be an advanced rower to compete.  As long as you can navigate the course, you are encouraged to sign up and enjoy a great day of rowing and camaraderie with your friends from the IDRC!!!

As a special tribute, the 2013 Oar Master’s Cup Race will be dedicated in memory of IDRC member Mike Regan of Springfield , MA .  Mike was a fan of dory rowing and loved to get out for a row in a dory when visiting Gloucester .  He passed away suddenly last month and will be dearly missed by his friends and family.  All members are encouraged to come down and row or watch, then join us for a light luncheon to celebrate life and Mike.

Please shoot me an email if you would like to register to race or if you can help with race logistics on Sunday.

http://www.internationaldories.com/

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Len Robertson 2011 Oar Master with the cup

Community Stuff 9/23/13

Hive Teal2

Intro to Cloud Computing
Thursdays, 6 – 8pm.
Six sessions starting September 26
The Hive Center at 11 Pleasant Street

Learn how to utilize the power of “The Cloud” to access and streamline all your files and photos online from any device.  Each week we will go over a different FREE platform: Google Apps and Google Drive, DropBox, Picasa, Prezi, and much, much more!  All participants must bring their own laptop or tablet to class and must have a gmail account. If you do not have a gmail account, we can help set you up with one the first class.  Instructor// Rebecca Borden

Clay Sculpture
Fridays, 6-9pm
Six-sessions starting on September 27
Use your hands to create a masterpiece! This class will cover different hand building techniques. The focus will be on experimenting with new methods to bring out your inner creativity and imagination.  At the end of the class, participants will have at least one completed project.  Instructor// David Brooks

All classes are held at The Hive at 11 Pleasant Street. Questions? 978-283-3889 or admin@arthaven.org