Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken on Snow Removal in Gloucester

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken on Snow Removal in Gloucester

Clip from this months Cape Ann Report: Mayor’s Report with Mayor Sefatia
Romeo Theken. In this clip Mayor Theken talks about how the City of
Gloucester is dealing with snowmagaddon 2015 and how the city’s staff is
doing their best work and putting the city first.
From Cape Ann TV

GREAT IDEA FOR GOLF LOVERS!

With all this snow Golf lovers may not see the links until Late Spring. Maybe this will help with the Cabin Fever.

“POTTY PUTTER”

“Have you wanted to head for a few holes of golf, but can’t seem to find the time? The Potty Putter lets you play with your putter while your taking a number 2. Everybody does their best thinking when they are on the can and that may translate to their golf game. You can be taking care of business while you’re taking care of business. It’s important to remember not to squat when your playing a real game of golf. Great way to get “away” from your kids, wife, boss, work…You can tote the Potty Putter anywhere and now practice your golf game in any restroom! The Potty Putter is the perfect accessory for your porcelain throne. Toilet paper not included. The potty putter even includes a free do not disturb door sign to ensure no interruptions.”

Ken Knowles Blizzard Photos 2/15/15 and Lovely Paintings

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Winter Gloucester Waterfront
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Check Out Ken’s Work Here- http://www.kenknowlesfineart.com/ken_final/home.html

GIFT SHOPPING AT ALEXANDRA’S BREAD and FYI, PARKING IS A BREEZE ON MAIN STREET!

Alexandra's Bread ©Kim Smith 2015 -1 Needing a gift for a friend who loves to bake, I stopped by Alexandra’s Bread this morning. Thanks to our hard working DPW, I just pulled right into the parking space, easy, peasy! A blast of scents, yummy fresh-baked bread and cranberry scones greeted me, along with an equally as wonderful blast of color in their fun gifts and wonderful handmade treasures. Alexandra’s Bread is the perfect anecdote to yet another snowy day! While shopping, you can also stock up on their fabulous and fresh baguettes, olive bread, and scones.

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Alexandra and Kirsten ©Kim Smith 2015

See more treasures here ~ Continue reading “GIFT SHOPPING AT ALEXANDRA’S BREAD and FYI, PARKING IS A BREEZE ON MAIN STREET!”

Carolina Wren

For the past several years a pair of the sweetest Carolina Wrens have made our garden their home. The wrens are at the very edge of their northern range and because of that, they are much more at risk than many of the species of birds that we see at our feeders. Knowing this is one of the reasons why we are so vigilant in keeping the bird feeders well-stocked. The Carolina Wrens are easy to please; safflower seeds and suet are amongst their favorites. The following I wrote awhile back but because they are so vulnerable in this snowiest of winters, I think the information is worthwhile to repost.

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Come-to-me, come-to-me, come-to-me, repeated from sun up to sundown. Mellow and sweet—though loud enough to attract my attention—what was this new-to-my-ears birdsong coming from the thicket of shrubs? Occasionally we would catch a quicksilver glimpse of a petite sparrow-sized songbird singing energetically atop the fence wall or rapidly pecking at the chinks of bark on our aged pear tree. But this was definitely not a sparrow. His is a rounded little body with tail held upward. He has pale orangey-buff underparts and rich russet plumage, with white and black barred accents on the wings, and long white eye-stripes. Because his coloring is so similar to, my husband took to calling it “that chipmunk bird.”

After much running to the window and out the back door at his first few notes I was able to identify our resident Carolina Wren. All summer long and through the fall we were treated to his beautiful and sundry melodies. Here it is late winter and he is again calling me to the window. We can have a longer look through bare trees and shrubs. Much to our joy there is not one wren, but a pair!

The Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) is common throughout the southeast; so populous it is the state bird of South Carolina. When found on Cape Ann it is at its most northern edge of its territory. Gradually, as the climate has warmed over the past century, its range has expanded. They are sensitive to cold and will perish during severe weather. The Carolina Wren is a highly adaptable creature, dwelling in swamps, forests, farms, and tree-filled urban and suburban communities. They hop around leaf litter and dense brush, using their elongated bills to forage for food close to the ground. A pair may bond any time of the year and will stay together for life. It is the ardent male who sings the loud song and he is apt to anytime and anywhere. Carolina Wrens work together to construct their nests and feed their young. Their nesting sites are varied, built in both man-made and natural nooks and crannies; tree holes and stumps, and just as frequently, windowsills, mailboxes, tin cans, garage shelves, and holes found in porches, fence posts, and barns.

Short & Main Presents: Mardi Gras 2015

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Tickets are now available online for Tuesday’s Mardi Gras Extravaganza at Short & Main Upstairs! $15 includes a bowl of Jambalaya and Hurricane Cocktail. Don’t miss a night full of NOLA Brass, Soul, Funk, Dancing & Merriment. Doors 7pm
Featuring members of Cape Ann Big Band, The Run Around, and BrassFed Nation!
w/ Mark Earley, Rick Geraghty, Rich Graiko, Tom Bones, Jon Persson, Zach Gorrell, Gary Wolsieffer,Christian Towler.

Attn: All Dog Owners! Live from Good Harbor Beach

A fair heads-up to all dog owners! Your responsibilities as an owner doesn’t change during the winter. Even when you think nobody is around, they are. And they’re watching you. Even during today’s conditions, the police where giving out $100.00 citations today to people not picking up their poop. Meanwhile, Ruby was having a blast! Icebergs over 2 1-/2 ft tall!

Ruby sights up a challenge.

It’s another pooch? In these conditions?

Game on!

Don’t stop believing!

I was given a fair warning about what days are off-leash days by a very kind woman from the GPD/Animal control. Good Harbor is EVEN days off-leash, and Wingaersheek is ODD numbered days. If you get caught leaving, or covering up ya poop, you will get a $100 ticket, no excuses!! This is our amazing island, let’s not trash it up! Any questions about anything, call them at 978-281-9746.

Fat Tuesday Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Valentine Pancakes

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Fat Tuesday Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Valentine Pancakes~ In our home we call Breakfast foods served for Dinner, Dippy~Dippy Dinner Nights! Tonight we will celebrate Fat Tuesday with these delicious Pancakes! For recipe details click see more… Continue reading “Fat Tuesday Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Valentine Pancakes”

Blizzard Valentine’s Dinner

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 As the blizzard started, we walked over to the Emerson Inn for a s
pecial dinner (it’s always special there). I had the pan seared scallops with lentils and wine sauce. It was delicious, but because of what chemo has done to my taste buds, I ate sparingly. The leftovers will make great omelettes at home. It was nice to dress up. The place is not as formal as my outfit indicates.

Janet, my Valentine: She had the Rack of Lamb, rubbed with brown sugar and dijon mustard, served with a Port Wine reduction. She cleaned the plate with a simile on her face. Leftovers: 4 bare lamb bones.

 http://www.emersoninnbythesea.com/

Chickity Check It! Eoin Vincent’s 18 Haven

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Click the Header Above To Check Out Many Other Great Photos From Eoin’s Family Archive

From The Site-

18 Haven was the address of the home and studios of Ken and Elizabeth Vincent. Originally bought as a summer home in 1950’s from realtor Ray Kierman they took permanent residency there years later.

“Why do you want to go anyplace else when you’re already HERE!” – Kenneth Vincent

Elizabeth and Ken met in Ogunquit, ME sometime in the early 1920’s. Elizabeth’s parents regularly spent their summers in Ogunquit and Ken’s parents sent him there to paint and live in a fishing shack.

Elizabeth aspired to be a writer but also enjoyed painting, gardening, and cooking. She loved the wild blueberry and bayberry bushes around the yard of 18 Haven Avenue. She often did paintings from slides or photos that she had taken during their travels to Europe, or around New England. She loved reading cookbooks, art books, and both Sunday edition New York Times and Boston Globe.

Kenneth Vincent

Kenneth Vincent

Ken started his career in New York, doing work with his brother in-law on the Perry Como show. He later went to Newell-Emmett/Cunningham & Walsh as a “bull pen” artist and to Campbell-Ewald, where he became Creative Director. Campbell-Ewald offered Ken a position as Vice President, which would have meant moving the family to Detroit. He refused, moved the family to Rockport, and opened Kenneth Vincent Advertising.

Kenneth Vincent Advertising worked on many projects with local businesses on Cape Ann including: Gloucester Paint, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Bomco, and The Building Center.

Ken and Elizabeth had five children together.
In August of 2012 their son Peter Vincent passed away. Boxes and boxes of negatives, slides, and films were found and the estate asked me to look after them. The first goal for me was to make sure everything was safe. Then, over time, I want to put something together for the family; hopefully, the long-term goal would be to create a book. Though as I looked at many of the images, there seemed to be a need to share some of these images and stories immediately with family and the larger community of Cape Ann, historic designer, and local families.

This is how www.18haven.com came to be.

Ahhh…Winter in Massachusetts

A friend of mine found this somewhere….and I stole it from him.  While I can’t take credit, it made me chuckle.  Allow me to say, however, that despite all of this white crap, I do truly still love living in Massachusetts.  It seems terribly fitting for our current state of affairs….or snoffairs…as it would seem.

Dear Diary…

August 15 – Moved to our new home in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s so beautiful here. The lake to the north looks so majestic. I can hardly wait to see it snow covered. I’m going to love it here!

October 14 – Massachusetts is definitely the most beautiful place on earth. The leaves have all turned colors.  There are beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow. Went for a ride through the park and saw some deer. They are so graceful. Certainly, they are the most wonderful animals on earth. This must be paradise, I LOVE IT HERE!!

November 10 – Deer season will start soon. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to kill such a gorgeous animal. Hope it will snow soon. I love it here. Those red, orange, and yellow leaves have covered my yard. Looks like a magnificent multi-colored carpet. HOW BEAUTIFUL. Raking and cleaning up the yard will be an opportunity for invigorating exercise in the cool crisp air.

November 15 – Ah, more leaves and more exercise.

November 18 – Jesus, still more leaves. Guess it’s best to wait until they’ve all fallen before I rake again.

November 25 – Finally, all of the trees lost their leaves and with today’s final raking it’s over for this season. Chiropractor suggested I use a lawn maintenance service next year. Only four blisters became infected. Should probably remember to use gloves.

November 30 – What the f…? Where did all of those leaves come from? Had a little wind last night and the lawn is covered again. Oh well, they’ll just have to wait until spring.

December 12 – It snowed last night, FINALLY. Woke up to find everything blanketed in white. It looks like a postcard. We went outside and cleaned the snow off the steps and shoveled the driveway. Had a snowball fight (I won) and when the snowplow came by and we had to shovel the end of the driveway again.
What a beautiful place. Massachusetts!

December 14 – More snow last night, I love it. The snow plow did his trick to the driveway again. Love it here.

December 19 – More snow again last night. Can’t get out of the driveway. Can’t to get to work. I’m exhausted from shoveling. F…ing snowplow.

December 22 – More of that white shit fell again last night. As if dealing with the leaves weren’t bad enough, now I’ve got blisters all over my hands from shoveling. Must remember to wear gloves. I think the snowplow hides around the corner and waits until I’m finished shoveling the driveway. Idiot.

December 25 – Merry F…ing Christmas. More frigging snow. If I ever get my hands on that son-of-a-bitch who drives the snowplow, I swear I’ll kill the bastard. Don’t know why they don’t use more salt on the roads to melt the f…ing ice.

December 27 – More white shit last night. Have been inside for three days except for shoveling out the driveway after that plow goes through every time.  F…ing gloves got wet and then froze on my hands.
Doctor said it was just a mild case of frost bite, disfiguration is probably only temporary. Can’t go anywhere, car is stuck in a mountain of white shit. The weatherman says to expect another 10 inches of the shit tonight. Do you know how many shovels full of snow 10 inches is?  A LOT.

December 28 – The f…ing weatherman was wrong. We got 34 inches of that white shit last night. At this rate it won’t melt ’till summer.
The plow got stuck up the road and the bastard came to the door and asked to borrow a shovel. I told him I’d already broken six of them shoveling all the shit he pushed into the driveway and then I broke my last one on his f…ing head.

January 4 – Finally got out of the house today. Went to the store to get food and on the way back I hit a damned deer that ran in front of my car. Did about $3000 damage. F…ing beasts should be killed. Wish the hunters had killed them all last November.

May 3 – Took the car to the garage in town. Go figure, it’s rusting out from all the f…ing salt they finally put all over the roads.

May 10 – Dumped the car.  Sold the townhouse. Moved to Florida. I can’t imagine why anyone in their right mind would ever live in that forsaken state of Massachusetts!

Community Stuff 2/17/15

Dear Joey:
One of Gloucester’s own, Katy Geraghty (GHS 2012 alum) is coming home to perform on the stage at GHS in March.  She is bringing the music of a cappella in the form of The Hexachords, a six-person group from UMass Amherst. There will be a one-night only performance on March 13 – proceeds to benefit the high school’s Theater Department and their upcoming show “Legally Blonde.”  Tickets are $8.00 for all seats and on sale now.

Thank you in advance for posting this. We’re excited to bring this award-winning college singing group to our own musically-rich city — hope everyone will come out to enjoy it!

Sent by: GHS Theater Boosters 

Gloucester High School

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Island Art And Hobby is now offering another amazing reason to shop locally for all your art supplies – prepaid Artist Discount Cards. Purchase a $200 gift card at 10% off -use it- and when it is gone, you will continue to receive 10% off purchases for the remainder of the year. Same deal, but BETTER- Purchase a $400 card at 20% off and when it’s gone, get 20% off for the rest of the year! Additional benefits are available for the serious artist (included with your gift card purchase). Inquire inside the store.
Island Art And Hobby    117 Main Street      978-879-4511


Gloucester History Sharing Program is back! Thanks to funding from the Awesome Gloucester Fund for equipment and the sponsorship of the Phyllis A Marine Association, Beth Welin will return to the Rose Baker Center each month to give a presentation about Gloucester’s history. These slideshows focus on various pieces of our city’s history. It’s called the History SHARING Program because Beth will share what she’s learned about the topic while the audience is encouraged to share what they know.

The first program will take place on February 23 at 1pm upstairs in the Rose Baker Center. The topic will be Gloucester’s Former Grand Hotels. Arly Pett will join her sharing a number of pieces of memorabilia  from various Gloucester hotels. The program will continue on the 4th Monday of each month. For more information go to the Phyllis A Marine Association website at www.phyllis-a.org.