BEAUTIFUL GOOD HARBOR BEACH, BUT…

why this?

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Gloucester street art is an all star

Worcester, the host city for the Ma Smart Growth Conference, is Massachusetts’ second largest city and pretty pumped with a 500 million investment in their ‘city square’ area. The city invested 8 million dollars into their ‘streetscapes’, including a skating rink. “10,000 came out for themed skate nights!” I’ve heard skating rink wishes mentioned once or twice in Gloucester: discussions pro I4C2 or somewhere on Middle Street (“a scene nearly Currier and Ives!”) and why isn’t the O’Maley skating rink used by the students? “We used to use it for gym? It’s an amenity right there.”

Other conference talks focused on investment in public space and public health. Worcester aims to earn the distinction Healthiest Community in MA by 2020. They have the first and only accredited public health department so they’re investing in a core culture.  The conference speakers spoke about housing, planning, walk-ability, return of multi-generational family households, and diversity. Millennials say: “Where do I want to live?” and then go. Their parents’ said “Where is the job?” and relocated. We were told many times that millennials are different than boomers: they don’t like traditional offices and buildings for work. They would rather walk, bike or commute by train. Ideally their life radius would fall within one mile, a neighborhood scale. How does that affect consolidating schools vs neighborhood schools and other debates ensued.

From a planning perspective: “Does the investment action help to encourage sprawl or does it invest in your community?”

 

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The session “Is Housing a Municipal Budget Buster” was led by Mayor Donna Holaday of Newburyport and panelists included former Gov. Glendening and Umass Dartmouth Director of Public Policy, Michael Goodman. Most questions went to Mike Hogan, who gave a talk about Oceanspray’s residential venture in Plymouth, Redbrook Village. Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce brought him here to speak to our communities a couple of years ago.  He said to say hi to Peter Webber :).

The second session I attended focused on arts and planning and was led by artist (ceramicist) and planner, Jennifer Erickson with Kenneth Bailey, Design Studio for Social Intervention (D24SI) and others.  A projected slide loop featuring model national art projects scrolled continuously. I was so caught up in the briefs that I nearly missed one picture from Gloucester: the monumental Parsons Street mural by James Owen Calderwood. Congratulations James!

Cruz Ferreras took the photograph during a block party; there’s a Cape Ann Art Haven painting in progress and kids leaping. Since that photo, street lighting and more art was added, a second monumental mural, painted by children, under the direction of Cape Ann Art HavenThe Gloucester Fish Net mural was a temporary commission that is lasting because the road is primarily used for walking. (Also, the artist painted it over a second time, and widened it.) With funding, Cape Ann Art Haven art center  or an individual artist like Jason Burroughs (who assisted James Owen Calderwood) could re-paint the mural. With funding and fresh sealcoating, we could issue a Call for a new work of art. There are several more walls along Parsons Street that could be a wonderful matrix for murals, or the streetscape for a dance or theater production. 

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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW FEATURING GLOUCESTER SUSHI CHEF MAX MILLEFOGLIE FROM JON COONEY PRODUCTIONS

Tremendous job Jon, as we’ve come to expect!

Jon writes,

Hey Kim,

I hope all is well – summer is just around the corner!

Anyways, I just finished up another passion project that I thought you might find interesting. I’m not sure if you’re a big sushi fan or not, but I filmed a short interview with my friend and local chef Max Millefoglie. He’s the executive sushi chef at Lat 43, and he is super talented.

I can’t begin to describe how interesting this shoot was, and I was trying to absorb as much info as I possibly could about the craft. There is so much more to sushi than I ever could have imagined, and I’m now a fan of it myself!

Cheers,
Jon

 

Quote of the Week

“You don’t have to believe everything you think.”

Chris Hardwick (1971-      )

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A native of Louisville Kentucky, Hardwick is an actor, host, podcaster and comedian. A philosophy major at UCLA, he roomed with Wil Wheaton (Star Trek TNG) and got his start in films with Rob Zombie in House of 1000 Corpses. More recently he has been hosting companion talk shows to AMC hits like Breaking Bad and Walking Dead. Hardwick is also Chief Creative Officer for Nerdist Industries, lately acquired by Legendary Entertainment, which produces the celebrated podcast The Nerdist, and published his book, The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (in real life.) A self-described sober alcoholic, Hardwick is engaged to actress and heiress Lydia Hearst.

LIVE FROM EASTERN POINT DAY SCHOOL HUMONGOUS YARD SALE

Tons of cool stuff! Yard sale opens at 9am.

IMG_9262Sharp looking kayak, with apron and paddle for 175.00. I am told that’s a great price!

Mid-Sommar Fest

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Spiran Lodge #98Mid-Sommar Fest

Saturday, June 25 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

At Spiran Lodge

Corner of Broadway and School St., Rockport

Maypole

Nisu and Pastries for Sale

Swedish Meatballs

Strawberries & Cream

Hot Dogs and Swedish Hamburgers

Nisu & Coffee

Scandinavian Gifts

Entertainment: Finnish Folk Singers –

Alexandra Conniver and Kermit Bennett (HYVAA)

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