(EDITED) GLOUCESTER POODLE MAULED AND KILLED BY COYOTE WHILE WOMEN FORCED TO TAKE REFUGE IN CAR

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AS reported in thelocalnews.ws

Sumac Lane, Rocky Neck

GLOUCESTER — The mayor and police chief are advising residents to keep a careful watch on all pets after a resident’s dog was killed by a coyote last night.

Two women who tried to save the dog were forced to hide in a car after the coyote turned on them.

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Interim Chief John McCarthy issued the advice after the dog was attacked last night (January 15).

At around 9:30 p.m., “Gloucester Animal Control responded to Sumac Lane for reports of a resident whose dog had been attacked and killed by a coyote,” a police statement said.

“The dog was on a fixed leash in the yard while its owner was inside the home. Animal control officers searched the surrounding area but did not find the coyote,” it added.

Rocky Neck resident Mark Olsen told WBZ TV the dog, a poodle, belonged to his 75-year-old mother.

The dog was out for about five minutes when the coyote attacked, he told reporters.

Olsen said his mother and sister “tried to save the dog, but they had to hide in their car when the coyote came after them,” WBZ said.

As a result, animal control officers and Gloucester Environmental Police are monitoring the entire Rocky Neck area today.

City officials said the coyote population has been increasing on Cape Ann recently. Olsen agreed, saying he had seen three or four recently. He also said they are becoming “more brazen.”

The Boston Globe reported last year that 250 residents attended a meeting last year to voice concern about the increasing coyote population.

In October 2015, a woman drinking coffee on her front porch was attacked by a coyote, according to Good Morning Gloucester.

To prevent coyote attacks, Gloucester Police advise residents to follow safety tips from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife:

  1. Do not approach, feed, pet, or try to interact with wildlife, including coyotes, foxes, or other wild animals.
  2. It is always a good idea to leash pets at all times if outdoors. Small cats and dogs are seen as prey and larger dogs competition.
  3. Don’t hesitate to scare or threaten coyotes with loud noises, bright lights, or water sprayed from a hose.
  4. Cut back bushy edges, as these areas provide cover for coyotes and their prey.
  5. Secure your garbage. Coyotes raid open trash materials and compost piles. Secure your garbage in tough plastic containers with tight-fitting lids and keep them in secure buildings when possible.
  6. Take out trash when the morning pick-up is scheduled, not the previous night.
  7. Keep compost in secure, vented containers, and keep barbecue grills clean to reduce attractive odors.
  8. Keep bird feeder areas clean. Use feeders designed to keep seed off the ground, as the seed attracts many small mammals coyotes prey upon.
  9. Remove feeders if coyotes are regularly seen around your yard.

More information regarding the city’s increasing coyote population will be released on the City of Gloucester website this week.

Anyone who sees a coyote in Gloucester should immediately contact Gloucester Animal Control at 978-281-9746.eastern-coyote-massachusetts-kim-smith

 

Gloucester Police Warn Residents After Dog is Killed by Coyote

Cape Ann Community

GLOUCESTER — Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Interim Chief John McCarthy and the Gloucester Police Department are advising residents to keep a careful watch on all pets after a resident’s dog was killed by a coyote last night.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., Gloucester Animal Control responded to Sumac Lane for reports of a resident whose dog had been attacked and killed by a coyote. The dog was on a fixed leash in the yard while its owner was inside the home. Animal Control officers searched the surrounding area but did not find the coyote.

Animal Control officers and Gloucester Environmental Police are monitoring the entire Rocky Neck area today.

To prevent coyote attacks, Gloucester Police advise residents to follow safety tips from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife:

  • Do not approach, feed, pet, or try to interact with wildlife, including coyotes, foxes, or other wild animals.

  • It is always…

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John Wilson’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr suite of proofs at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, owns 20 incredible and deliberate states from John Wilson’s monumental etching of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The final state was printed in an edition of 50 in 2002. The 2002 print was based on a smaller Wilson drawing of Dr. King, a 1985 preparatory study for a bronze statue installed in the Rotunda of the US Capital in 1986. Wilson created other portraits of Dr. King including a monumental 8 feet tall bronze that was installed in Buffalo’s Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Its macquette went to the Butler Institute of American Art.

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To make the etchings currently on view at the MFA, Wilson collaborated with master printer and artist Jim Stroud. Stroud is the founder and owner of Center Street Studio, named for its address in… Gloucester. Center Street Studio opened and operated from 1 Center Street from 1984 to 1986 before moving  to Boston. I co-curated an exhibition Civil Progress in American Art which featured John Wilson in 1986. More to come.

Deer at Parker River

I’m not much of a nature photographer because it takes a lot of patience…and I will be the first to admit that I could use to practice a little more patience!  But this weekend nature just seems to be finding me.  I decided that since I had the day off I’d head over the Parker River in Newburyport with my friend Helen and catch a sunrise, but as we were driving out Helen pointed out these white tailed deer that were hanging around the frosty marsh.   Parker River Wildlife Reservation is a great place to explore cause you never know what you might see!  Next time maybe a Snowy Owl!   blm_8805-edit blm_8785-edit blm_8784-editblm_8810-edit

Pet of the Week- Buddy


Are you looking for a sweet and bashful fellow? A true lover at heart with a mellow nature? A boy that gets along with others and has a playful side? Well we might be purr-fect for each other! 

I am a rescue from outdoors. Some sweet souls took me in after I had been hanging about for months and their home was already filled with pets so they didn’t have a permanent spot for me but they made sure I was cared for, safe and loved until I got my chance to come to the shelter. I have lived outdoors and as a Tom cat I did my share of adventuring and I am happy and confident to say that is out of my system!

 As a result of those reckless days of my youth I am FIV positive so considered a Special needs adoption. Many cats live long healthy lives with FIV especially if kept indoors and healthy. FIV affects the immune system so makes me more susceptible to colds, virus and other disease. Life is a gamble any way you look at it. Ready to roll the dice on me? 

To see all of the available animals at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to http://www.capeannanimalaid.org

Most Special Piece of Mail Ever…With Love, From the King Family

By far one of the most special things I’ve ever received in the mail and one (of the many) times I have been incredibly proud of my students.

Back in 2006, just days after finishing the book I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King in class during our “Read Aloud” time, I learned that Coretta Scott King had died.  I shared the news with my students and, because we had just spent two weeks learning about Martin Luther King’s life, and family, and work…and probably in part because they knew of the many struggles, fights, tribulations, and ultimate tragedy that marked her life and the life of MLK and their children…they were very, very sad.

They immediately suggested that we write sympathy cards to her children.  They worked hard, spoke from their hearts, and shared their emotions and their admiration for the commitment and sacrifices that the King family made to try to make life better for others.

I found the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia and mailed the letters there…not knowing what would become of them. I watched parts of her funeral…where four presidents, more than a dozen senators, and Maya Angelou, amongst many others paid tribute…and felt sad.

Imagine my surprise, when four months later, an envelope arrived at school from “The King Family.”  While I know that what we received is the very same printed letter that hundreds, if not thousands of other people received, it still made me so incredibly proud of my students.  In some little way, their thoughts and words and love, had reached Yolanda, Martin, Dexter, and Bernice….those same young children (now grown) that they had read about in the book about MLK.  The same young children who watched their father inspire, and rally, and protect, and defend, and love, and sacrifice for others, had made certain to say “thank you” to my little group of twenty elementary students.

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Taking care of a false rumor

Hello my friends and Gloucester business partners,
I just had another visitor (Fellow Shop Owner of Main Street) who was concerned because they had heard TBT Post was leaving.
That rumor is 100% false.
We love Gloucester and our customers & friends we have made here.
We have expanded our office space in the back of the TBT Post Main Street Store as well.
TB Post has also added a sectional couch in the store for customer convenience, a new service desk and dozens of new tables to enhance the store for our customers. TBT Post is currently shopping for a kids table that will allow children to color in an Alpaca pictures while mom and dad shop. More to come on that shortly once we have the prizes for the kids ready too.
We do continue to have more than one store with the opening of TBT Post Beverly and our MAB Corporate address continues to be 33 Main Street Gloucester as it has been since we opened here 3 years ago this spring.

If you should here this rumor please squash it and thank you.

We love you Gloucester!!!!

VP MAB Corp Richard P. Fenk
TBT Post Stores
33 Main Street
Gloucester Ma 01930
781-31-0035