Local Creative Artists and Crafters Who Sell On Etsy Now Have A Facebook Page- Team Cape Ann

Good Morning Joe,

There is a team of very creative artists and crafters who sell on Etsy. We now have a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/teamcapeann, where we share our creations, ideas and help promote one another. We would love to have our page shared on Good Morning Gloucester. Not only will we be able to share our work with more potential customers, but there may be other artists and crafters out there who could join our community.

Thank you,

Tara White

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Sure would be great if you liked them on Facebook to show your support Smile

Where Are All the Goldfinches?

GMG reader Anita writes with a question about goldfinches ~

Hi Kim, I hope you can help me with this. I used to have lots of goldfinches. Lately I have not seen a one. I have the feeders but still no goldfinches.

Hi Anita,

Their lower numbers have been reported up and down the east coast. I’ve seen a few, but not nearly as many as in previous years. Goldfinches are migratory and nomadic, following food sources. And their population numbers vary widely from year to year. I’ve read the theory that they may be finding all the food they need in the wild, but that hardly seems plausible these past few weeks.

In 2011, an irruption of pine siskins arrived on Cape Ann. They, along with the goldfinches, were at the nyjer seed feeder from morning until nightfall. I would continue to keep your nyger seed feeders filled for finches, grosbeaks, and traveling siskins. Goldfinches (and squirrels) also love black oil sunflower seeds. 

The male’s plumage shows in much quieter tones at this time of year. You may, as do I, have a few goldfinches feeding alongside your sparrows but they are less noticeable because their brown and beige color blends with the flock. 

Goldfinch and Cosmos ©Kim Smith 2013Male Goldfinch in Breeding Plumage Eating Cosmos Seeds

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Filled bird feeders equals happy birds!

Watch the Instagram with the volume on–you’ll love hearing birdsongs in the snow and it will remind you of spring.

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Happy Birds!

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IMPORTANT STORM UPDATE: SNOW EMERGENCY EXTENDED

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City parking ban extended until noon Tuesday; schools closed again

Dear Friends:

The mayor has issued the following announcement concerning the ongoing snowstorm.

The City of Gloucester snow emergency and parking ban is being extended due to the continued snow storm.

From now until noon on Tuesday, Feb. 10, all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets.

Violators of this emergency declaration are subject to ticketing and towing at the owners expense. Residents may park in municipal and school parking lots during the parking ban. We have provided extra time so all cars may be removed from parking lots no later than noon on Tuesday. Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts.

This is a historic amount of snow. Please have patience as the Department of Public Works continues to work through areas that require snow removal. Please make every effort to shovel out hydrants at or near your homes.

The Gloucester Public Schools as well as the Public library will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Please check on your elderly neighbors.

For further updates on the storm, please follow developments on the city website:
http://gloucester-ma.gov


Snow removal 

The strong winds associated with this storm are causing heavy drifting throughout the city and in East Gloucester in particular. The DPW crews are working to keep the main roads open. Please be patient as snow removal is requiring multiple passes just to keep the roads open.


 

Trash pickup

 

At this writing (4 p.m.) trash pickup (Monday trash schedule) is still on for tomorrow, but please double-check the City website before putting out your trash.


Please stay off the roads

The Gloucester Police Department has issued the following request: 

In addition to the current parking ban, the Gloucester Police Department is requestingALL vehicles stay off the road at this time. We are responding to a large amount of spinouts and accidents as a result of the ongoing storm. It is unsafe to drive in these conditions and we are asking for your cooperation for the duration of this storm.

Please stay off the roadways during this storm for your own safety and the safety of other motorists and pedestrians

 

 

Request From #GloucesterMA Police

The City of Gloucester snow emergency and parking ban is being extended due to the continued snow storm.

From now until noon on Tuesday, February 10th, all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets.

Violators of this emergency declaration are subject to ticketing and towing at the owners expense. Residents may park in municipal and school parking lots during the parking ban. We have provided extra time so all cars may be removed from parking lots no later than noon on Tuesday, February 10th. Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts.

This is a historic amount of snow. Please have patience as the Department of Public Works continues to work through areas that require snow removal. Please make every effort to shovel out hydrants at or near your homes.

The schools as well as the Public library will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 10th.

Please check on your elderly neighbors.

To repeat, the City of Gloucester has extended the parking ban on all city streets. The ban will be in effect until noon on Tuesday, February 10th.

Please check the City of Gloucester website for further updates at www.gloucester-ma.gov

Respectfully,

Leonard Campanello

Chief of Police

In addition to the current parking ban, The Gloucester Police Department is requesting ALL vehicles stay off the road at this time. We are responding to a large amount of spinouts and accidents as a result of the ongoing storm. It is unsafe to drive in these conditions and we are asking for your cooperation for the duration of this storm. Please stay off the roadways during this storm for your own safety and the safety of other motorists and pedestrians.

@MattNoyesNECN Poll- Shoveling Multiple Times vs The Screw It Til The End Method. Which Person Are You?

I’ve been keeping up with the storm (or at least trying to) by going out every couple of hours to shovel the walkway, around the cars and the end of the driveway.  When driving over my mom’s to shovel her out I noticed a good number of cars and driveways that were straight up covered and hadn’t been touched.

Reflecting on it right now I’m not sure which is the better method.

One makes for obviously lighter duty at the end but the screw it til the end method where you sit around and eat like a pig and watch marathon tv series on Netflix sounds pretty damn good.

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Please let it end…

What has been your tactic for handling the last few storms.  If the options presented in the poll don’t represent your method, leave a comment.

THE SUGAR TONES: VALENTINES DAY BENEFIT CONCERT

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DATE:

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 (snow date: Sunday, Feb. 15th, 3:30pm)

TIME:

Doors open at 7:00pm; Program starts at 7:30pm; Reception to follow

LOCATION:

Gloucester’s Historic Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse (1806)

Corner of Church & Middle Streets, parking allowed on the green

Accessible Entrance: 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

ADMISSION:

$15 Adults/$12 seniors & students

DESCRIPTION:

The Sugar Tones have been performing classic hits from the fifties and sixties around the North Shore for several years. In glorious harmony and working with just one guitar and a few rhythm instruments, their clear voices carry the intent and artistry of the original material from another, simpler time. Whether your favorite is the “shoop shoop song”, Johnny Angel, or Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?…you will love time travelling with The Sugar Tones.

This concert is a special treat for the Cape Ann Community on Valentine’s Day. Bring your honey pie, sit back and enjoy the often humorous and always mellifluous tones of this group as they take us back in time with old favorites.

 

Does Anyone Know How Many Inches of Snow Gloucester Has Accumulated So Far?

Yesterday…

Today!

Cape Ann TV’s ‘Winter on Cape Ann’ Video Contest Deadline is Only 5 Days Away!

Cape Ann TV’s ‘Winter on Cape Ann’ Video Contest Deadline is Only 5 Days Away!

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Cape Ann TV Announces
‘Winter on Cape Ann’ Video Contest
Gloucester, MA – Cape Ann TV (www.capeanntv.org ), a non-profit local
access cable station serving Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-sea,
and Essex, is hosting a winter video contest.
Cape Ann is one of the most scenic and beautiful places in New England,
and as such it is the perfect canvas for video. Show us your
interpretation of “Winter on Cape Ann” in five minutes or less and win…
•    A free computer tune-up from Abacus Computers in Gloucester
•    A $25 gift card to Wally’s Blackburn Bistro
•    $50 from Cape Ann TV
All submissions are due by midnight on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014;
which is only 5 days away! Cape Ann TV will determine the three finalists
and the winners will be chosen by public vote online. All finalist’s
videos will play on Cape Ann TV’s channel 12 in February.
Criteria:
•    Must include, however creatively, “Winter on Cape Ann”
•    All submissions must be under 5 minutes
•    Video producers must own all the rights to their content including music
•    Must be submitted via YouTube link to: contest@capeanntv.org by February
14th, 2015.

Perfect Storm Feb 6- March 1 At The Cultural Center Rocky Neck

Opening Reception, Saturday, February 6, 4 to 6pm

PERFECTstormFebruary 6 – March 1, 2015

Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson St. Gloucester
Reception: SAT Feb 7, 4-6pm
People’s Choice Award Reception: Sun Mar 1, 2-4pm

Juror, Leonie Bradbury, Director and Curator of Montserrat College of Art Galleries, selected 39 pieces from 22 artists out of 201 entries submitted. Bradbury said this about her selection process.

When I think of the concept of a “perfect storm” I think of a set of circumstances, or in this case the forces of nature, coming together in an unprecedented or unpredictable way. I feel that the works selected for this exhibition possess a quality of energies either colliding or expanding, sometimes raw and intense other times harmonious and peaceful. A few pieces, however, are subtler and show those quiet moments after a storm or visually capture a more delicate interaction of weather with a landscape through mist and fog. Together these works remind us of the power of nature and the beauty that we see in its magnificence.

The Eastern New England artists selected for the show include Emily Barrera,  Peter Baumgartner,  Dale Blank,  Kara Caso, Matt Cegelis,  Katherine Coakley,  Gail Gang,  Gordon Goetemann, Lisa Goren,  Ruth Hamill,  Law Hamilton,  Robert Hesse, Michele Kenna,  Mary Kostman,  Otto Laske,  Judith Monteferrante Skip Montello,  Sandys Moore,  Ruth Schneider,  Miranda Updike Timothy Wilson,  and Philip Young.

We invite you to see this exciting collection of work and meet the artists at our opening reception on Saturday, February 7 from 6-9pm. Vote for your favorite piece. A People’s Choice award will be presented at the closing reception on Sunday, March 1, 2-4pm.

Because of the snow, parking is limited in the main parking lot.
Extra parking is available at the Marine Railways at the end of Rocky Neck Ave., two blocks from the Cultural Center. Be sure to wear good boots.