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By John McElhenny
October 13, 2016
Kids created it and a vandal destroyed it.
The Burnham’s Field Community Garden mural stood for three years, a 20-foot-wide sign painted with red, purple and blue flowers beneath a cloud-filled sky and a bright afternoon sun. Designed and painted by kids at Cape Ann Art Haven, the mural was a sign of the rebirth that had taken place at Burnham’s Field, the largest green space and playground in central Gloucester, right across Pleasant Street from St. Ann’s church.
Burnham’s Field in past years had become a rundown, graffiti-covered playground where drug use thrived. Families stayed away and parents were afraid to let their kids play there. That all changed when the field was renovated. Two new playgrounds were built. A new lighted paved path for joggers and little bike-riders circled the field. Basketball courts were resurfaced. Two community gardens sprang up. New backstops and benches were built for the softball fields. Trees and flowers were planted. And families and kids returned.
“We’re bringing Burnham’s back,” people said.
Then someone took a hammer or a rock and punched holes the size of watermelons through the purple flowers and cloud-filled sky.
The School Committee’s consolidation concept was approved for next steps. From the Gloucester Daily Times announcement for the next two meetings: “The plan calls for consolidating East Gloucester and Veterans Memorial schools into a new building, likely on a 43-acre site in Swinson’s Field and The Pines or — after more recent talks — on an extended site around the current East Gloucester School and extending down to East Main Street.”
EGS and Veterans Memorial Consolidation Public Forum: Monday October 17
Ward 1, @Veterans Elementary, 6:30PM
School Committee with City Council: Tuesday, October 18
O’Maley Innovation Library, 7pm, “Not a public hearing. Workshop to glean needed financial and other information for future school building plans. Discussion will include presentations on school needs and on city financial projections.”
Questions and comments swirled from the meeting at East Gloucester Elementary school. The Scaling Up conference brought to mind further points of discussion.
Some topics all sides: the budget; swing space; use existing footprints; build one at a time; build all at once; Swinson’s Field and The Pines; design; wildlife; waterways; traffic patterns (East Main after school gets out is “mightily backed up”); the possible historic designation of Rocky Neck; Gloucester’s Green Community designation; Get Fit walk to school movement; Tiny House Tiny Community; small schools increase property values; small schools and learning environments; Smartgrowth; Why So Big? Rethinking design concepts and sustainable community development; experience; big school will save money; big schools can feel small; the state is paying so much, but not for long; all kids deserve what West Parish students get; etc.
Love the swan on the deck, kayaks and the small skiff at high tide. Ready for next summer.
Saturday Morning at Stage Fort Park saw this year’s races get underway. This is the MASTERS age 35 to 40 and age 45 and up. Video time is 5 min. 32 seconds.
Fig Leaf Rag by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Walking on Cape Ann Just Got Easier! CATA offers public transportation to some of the Essex Greenbelt Trails on Cape Ann. For more information
Nature Offers Many Health Benefits for Mind, Body and Spirit. A favorite ‘go-to’ activity of mine is a walk in the woods. Luckily, living on Cape Ann one need only step outside to enjoy a beautiful woodlands. Whether for a quiet, solo walk for meditation and contemplation, a trail run for aerobic exercise, or a hike with friends to explore the paths and virtues of Dog Town, walking in the woods calms the mind, energizes the body, and lifts your spirits. The woods is my ‘happy place.’
Walking Cape Ann. Cape Ann has hundreds of acres of public, wooded paths. While you can create a relaxing ‘walk in the woods’ through guided imagery, visualization and self-hypnosis, actually being in the woods heightens the experience. Here…
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Scenes from Gloucester
Public forum on the four referendum questions which will appear on the November 8th ballot. Gloucester and Rockport High School students will present the arguments for and against each question, with ample time for voters’ questions.
Question One: Expanded Slot-Machine Gaming
Question Two: Charter School Expansion
Question Three: Conditions for Farm Animals
Question Four:Legalization, Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana
Gloucester Student Presentation: Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 – 8:30 pm Lecture Hall, Gloucester High School, 2nd Floor
Rockport Student Presentation: Thursday, October 20, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Community House, 2nd Floor
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann and Gloucester High School
Photo: Tom Mikus (LWV), student Delaney Benchoff, and Diane Cartwright (LWV) practice for the forum.
Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury has the perfect driveway for a classic New England fall photo!