PIPING PLOVERS AND SANDY POINT BEACH NEEDS HELP! -By Kim Smith

The storm devastation at Sandy Point Beach on Plum Island is alarming. The thing is, exactly where the debris pile-up is the densest, is precisely where the Piping Plovers nest. These photos were taken several weeks ago, and the mass of garbage has only grown greater with two subsequent storms. 

From PRNWR, “Although the refuge isn’t hosting a spring beach cleanup this year, Sandy Point State Reservation is! Join DCR on April 7th to clean up the southern tip of the island. Parking is limited, so carpooling from the refuge Visitor Center is encouraged.”

SPIFFY NEW LOT AT THE EASTERN POINT LIGHTHOUSE! -By Kim Smith

When writing “new parking lot,” I truly mean new. The old road and parking lot were completely destroyed after the second of our four march nor’easters.

The culvert that allows marsh water to flow into the beach survived all four storms with flying colors, providing continual drainage. The culvert was restored by NOAA and has proven storm after storm to be a great success story.

ROCK ON GLOUCESTER’S DPW MICHAEL SILVA AND JOHN HARRIS -By Kim Smith

Shout out to Gloucester DPW’s Michael Silva and John Harris. This morning they removed all the rocks that were blocking the drainage pipe on Atlantic Road, near the Grapevine Road intersection. The rocks had been pushed into the drain by the March nor’easters.

MAJESTIC OLD OAK TREE AT STAGE FORT’S HALF MOON BEACH DOWNED DURING STORM

So very sorry to see the beautiful shade-providing old oak tree taken out by the nor’easters.Cressy’s beach was hit hard, too, with mountains of rocks displaced and the ramp leading to the beach severely damaged. Both Stage Fort beaches sustained quite a bit of erosion.

Jeannette Steele Esposito One-Artist Show

Jeannette Steele Esposito One-Artist Show

One if by Land – An exhibition of recent paintings by artist Jeannette Steele Esposito will be on view Saturday, March 31 – Thursday, April 12 in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M).  An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, April 7th from 2 – 4 PM.  The exhibit highlights the joys and perils of living by the ocean.

“Painting, for me, is all about color and form…Harmony and Balance. The vibration of one color reacting to another, like music. One note in relation to the next, the spaces between the notes…The joy of the brush dancing across the canvas, The Jazz Of It All!”
– Jeannette Steele Esposito

More info about Jeannette Steele Esposito: http://www.paintingsbyjse.com/
For more information on this and other shows, please visit the RAA&M’s website at www.rockportartassn.org

RAA&M March Hours:  Open Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 PM.

RAA&M April Hours:  Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.

Backyard Growers supports the Cape Ann License Plate!

In 2017 Backyard Growers received $5,000 from the Cape Ann Community Foundation founded by the Cape Ann License Plate for their project entitled “Backyard Growers Farm to School”, to expand their schoolyard garden program.

The 2018 grant application are available now for non-profits on Cape Ann.

The CACF IS A 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation, established by the Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce to manage the proceeds of the Cape Ann License Plate, and make yearly grants in support of the Cape Ann Community.

If you don’t have a Cape Ann License Plate please go to Lovecapeann.com and purchase one today! There is a direct link here on the blog for your convenience.

Repairing Long Beach Rockport Mass after storm damage|Busy New England DPW crews

Marveling at the tenacity of coastal towns- Cape Ann public works after winter storms are no joke.

Spring staircases

Rockport, Mass. The many access stairs for the Long Beach pedestrian walkway are put back each spring. Some years, the landing platforms on the sand side need repair. The 2018 winter storms pummeled each and every access point. Landings on sand and up top, the railings, and treads were entirely stripped. The rebuild for a few of the staircases will remain on hold until their immediate seawall areas are tended.

 

Water shoes this summer

From there to here: popples and rocks from the decimated barrier wall between Long Beach and Cape Hedge Beach were deposited along Long Beach.

March 9 2018 after storms - barrier wall swept away Long Beach ©c ryan _173957

REPAIR~4
barrier wall displaced and great swaths landed on Long Beach

Where’s the beach?

Spring 2018, the ocean is several feet deep at the rip rap line every high tide

spring high tides- the water seems extra deep at rip rap as if could dive in-ocean against seawall- no beach at all most day albeit low tide

Evolution of damage at beach barrier

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