Discovery Channel at Ocean Alliance


Ian Kerr Discovery Channel interview ©kim Smith 2014 copyIain Kerr Interview with Discovery

Sunday morning Discovery Channel News was at Ocean Alliance filming a story about SnotBot, the organization’s new drone. The drone was created by a group of Olin College of Engineering students, under the direction of Professor Drew Bennet, in the College’s robotics lab.

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“SnotBot will be used to collect DNA, bacteria, viruses and stress hormones from whale blows. The team also tested SnotShot, a machine that makes a simulated whale blow (with the capacity to simulate different blow types) on demand—a testing tool that will actually help the scientists in the field collect a control sample.

Olin College students Snot Bot ©kim Smith 2014

The SnotBot drone works something like this: “as SnotBot flies out to a whale that is approximately 300m from the research vessel, it hovers over a whale and the whale repeatedly blows onto a collection device. After the sample is collected and brought back to the RV Odyssey, the data is used to help interpret an animal’s state of heath through the analysis of bacteria, viruses, DNA, and stress hormones recovered from the whale’s blow.”

Read More from the Olin College of Engineering Website Here

Snot Bot Ocean Alliance Archives Here

Captain Dominic ©Kim Smith 2014Gorgeous View from the Paint Factory of the Captain Dominic Fishing Boat

See More Photos Here

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Sunday 10/12/14

Phantom-3THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!

The timeless 1920s silent film classic starring Lon Chaney with live improvised score by International Sonic Artist Peter Krasinski

DATE:  Sunday, October 12th, 2014
TIME:Doors open at 7:00pm, the show starts at 7:30pm.

LOCATION:
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church,
10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

ADMISSION:

$15 general admission, $12 seniors (over 65), children under 12 free.

DESCRIPTION:

Experience a unique evening of entertainment for the whole family with one of the most famous silent film actors of all time, Lon Chaney, in his legendary role as the Phantom of the Paris Opera House.  When Krasinski accompanies a film it becomes literally a “once in a lifetime” event. Well known in the Gloucester area for his improvisational skills he began perfecting his craft at Hammond Castle and has become internationally know as a master of his art.  This is a “do not miss” event! This event is part of 2014-15 Concert & Lecture Series to benefit the Meetinghouse Preservation Fund.   For more information see:  www.gloucesteruu.org

REVIEWS:

“Anyone who has been lucky enough to hear Mr. Krasinski in performance knows his skill at presenting the essence and power of a film.”

“It was remarkable and seamless, and yes—no modern action movie could outdo it.

In fact, I’ll go so far as to say it was live theater…It was as if Krasinski became one with the elements”

“During the applause and encores, you gestured to the hall’s organ – I’m sure it was, in turn, bowing to you in appreciation for having being played so dexterously”

Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group Meeting

Hi Everyone,

The Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group will be at Cape Ann Giclee, 20 Maplewood Avenue, on Friday, October 10 , 9-10:30 AM.

Please bring something you have been working on to share.

The Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group was founded three years ago to bring Cape Ann Painters and Photographers together to get to know each other, share ideas, support each other and have fun. New members are always welcome.

Hope to see you.

Alice Gardner

Grand Fatilla on Rocky Neck!

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Grand Fatilla Concert
Saturday, October 11, 7:00 PM, Tickets $15
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.

Gloucester MA—The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is pleased to present Grand Fatilla, on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7pm. Their repertoire is an energetic and spirited journey through the music of Bulgaria, Italy, Argentina, North Africa & Hermeto Pascoal (Brazil), a unique style of “Global Stomp Music.”
 The Boston-based ensemble released its debut CD, Global Shuffle, on September 2, 2014. Like an iPod on shuffle the group jumps from Argentine Tangos to Italian Tarantellas, from Turkish sacred Sufi songs to Irish reels, Moroccan trance to Bulgarian dance music, all performed with an emphasis on improvisational group interplay and playful spontaneity.
Tickets are $15 and available in advance at http://www.rockyneckartcolony.org or at the door.
For more information please visit: http://www.grandfatilla.com
 
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Each member of the band brings a distinct flavor and area of expertise in different world music to the collective sound: Cassan and Pirozzolo both hail from Italy where they were immersed in the folk music of that area (and play with the Italian folk group Newpoli), and have also intensely explored Balkan, Tango, Brazilian and South American music. Glover came to Boston from his native Newfoundland where he absorbed the Celtic influences and fiddle music of that area, as well as studying the South Indian style of mandolinist U. Srinivas. Rivard, who is also a member of Indian-jazz group Natraj and plays with theBoston Pops Orchestra, has a passion for North African music, especially Moroccan trance music.
  
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The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, contact the coordinator at rnaccoordinator@gmail.com.

Wednesday Lunar Eclipse at Dawn Once in a Lifetime!

Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, when the sun rises in the east the full moon will be setting in the west. But this time a full lunar eclipse will be taking place.

The countdown:

5:18 AM eclipse starts (moon starts getting red)

6:27 AM total eclipse (moon is red!)

6:47 AM maximum eclipse in Gloucester

Sunrise is at 6:47 AM and the moon sets at :6:52 AM  So you can see there is a pile up with the sun rising, the moon setting and the moon is epic total all at the same time!

So if you are out at the Eastern Point lighthouse before 6:30 AM you can set up to watch the lunar eclipse set over the western harbor while the sun rises behind you in the east behind the lighthouse.

Except it is going to be raining at dawn with a 17 mph wind out of the south making it no so much fun out there. But what if the clouds part?

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That yellow line points to where the sun will be coming up and the dark blue line points to where the moon is setting.

Because the blood red eclipse will be on the horizon the moon will look about as gargantuan as a giant Rubber Duck sitting in Gloucester Harbor. Except we won’t see a thing because it will be raining.

Vote for gimmeLIVE and help us bring more concerts to your backyard

Vickie and I have applied for a $150K grant from Chase Bank’s Mission Main Street Grants program and you can help us win by voting for us.  It’s easy and free.  Just click here and then click the VOTE button.

What would we do with $150K?  Hire people.  Buy sound gear.  Book more expensive artists.  In short, it would mean we can present more concerts and take bigger risks.  Last year we presented 8 concerts; this year we’ll do 24 and next year even more.  Some of our concerts are in Gloucester and some are at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre (right down the road).  All of them bring top quality music to you at reasonable prices.

Please vote now and help us put more top local talent on stage with national recording stars right in your neighborhood!

Pet of the Week-Tanzy

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Hi my name is Tanzy. Everyone always tells me just how cute I am, but don’t worry, I only let it go to my head a little! I am full of energy and love to romp, wrestle and play away the day. I am an affectionate fellow so can be caught enjoying some quiet snuggle time too. I like playing with the other pups and toys of all sorts. I am a southern boy and no one knows my exact breed but they are guessing I have some Labrador mixed in so I will probably be medium-large size when full grown. I am looking forward to joining you at obedience class and on adventures outdoors– after all a well trained and tired human is the best kind to share your home with! I’m happy and outgoing and eager to join my new family as soon as possible. Stop by and meet me at Cape Ann Animal Aid’s Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter today! www.capeannanimalaid.org

GMG Update for Marine Mammal Response From Mendy Garron

Dear Good Morning Gloucester Community:

We know people were concerned and had questions about the harbor seal that was at Good Harbor Beach over the weekend.  I wanted to take this opportunity to remind people of what they should do if they see an animal that may need assistance.

October 4, 2014 injured seal

Donna Ardizzoni Injured Seal photo Oct 4, 2014 Good Harbor Beach Taken With Telephoto Lens

Up until this year, the protocol was to call the New England Aquarium.  The Aquarium served as the NOAA authorized responder for the Northshore area for many years.  On January 1st, the Aquarium refocused their response effort to sea turtle rehabilitation and the study of infectious disease in marine mammals. As a result they had to scale back their response area for stranded marine mammals and now are focusing their efforts on the area from Salem to Plymouth.  

Over the last year, NOAA Fisheries has been seeking an alternate organization to help us fill this void on the Northshore, which includes Cape Ann. Until an alternate organization is identified and authorized to help us, we ask that all stranding calls be reported to our offices.

Our program oversees the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program from Maine to Virginia.  Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to respond to every animal in the field and do not have the legal ability to authorize individual volunteers to respond to these cases.  As a result, marine mammal stranding cases in Gloucester will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  When needed, we will seek help from other authorized stranding response agencies, but their ability to help will be limited and based on their available resources. 

I would like to ask the Gloucester community to spread the word about the current status of response to stranded marine mammals and remind one another to be responsible viewers of wildlife by:

– Staying a safe distance of at least 150 feet from animals on the beach or hauled out;

– Do not let dogs approach seals or other marine wildlife.  Marine mammals do carry diseases that can be transmitted to your pets, and vise versa;

– Do not touch or feed the animal.

Remember, seals are wild animals.  Medical treatment of these animals is significantly different from domestic and terrestrial animals.  We have to consider a variety of factors when making a decision about how best to respond to an animal on the beach including individual animal health and potential risks to humans and pets, the overall health of the species’ population , and how intervening may affect the natural ecosystem. Seals and other marine mammal species are federally protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

I would like to thank the Gloucester Police Department and the Massachusetts Environmental Police for their assistance in maintaining a safe viewing distance for this animal while it was resting on the beach.  The seal did go back into the water on its own Saturday evening and no further reports have been received.

More information about the National Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program can be found at the following website:

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/stranding.htm–

Mendy Garron, CVT
Marine Mammal Response Coordinator
Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office

NOAA Fisheries

MARINE ANIMAL HOTLINE: 866-755-NOAA (6622)

Tuesday October 7th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Small Craft Advisory!!!
Today S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Tonight S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers and tstms. Some tstms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.

Pod Cast Weather :
http://www.spreaker.com:80/episode/5050115

Hourly Forecast :

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Community Stuff 10/7/14

The O’Maley Innovation Middle School will kick off its SAILS initiative for the 2014-15 school year tomorrow, Tuesday, October 7th at 10:00am with an all school assembly. Rick Doucette from the Cape Ann YMCA will serve as master of ceremonies and guest speaker will be Gloucester’s own Billy Muniz (Captain Hollywood) from Wicked Tuna.  Billy’s talk will emphasize a few of the SAILS values, Integrity, Leadership and Success as speaks of his own life adventures from middle school to being part of a reality tv show.


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