Beautiful Fish: White Perch -By Al Bezanson

White Perch, Sea Perch

The white perch resembles its larger relative, the striped bass, in the number, outline, and arrangement of its fins, and in its deep caudal peduncle without longitudinal keels.  White perch are occasionally as much as 15 inches long, 5 inches or more deep, and 2 pounds or a little more in weight; but the average is 8 to 10 inches long and 1 pound in weight, or less.   The white perch is much more closely restricted in its seaward range than the bass, for while they are taken in undiluted sea water along southern New England, and at various other localities thence westward and southward, they are much more plentiful in ponds connected with the sea, in the brackish water of bays behind barrier beaches, in estuaries, and in river mouths. Run in salt and brackish reaches of the Parker River.  Also occur landlocked in fresh-water ponds in many places.   Swarms of young perch have been seen following the alewives around the shores of ponds on Marthas Vineyard, eating their spawn as it was deposited.

From Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schroeder (1953) online courtesy of MBL/WHOI http://www.gma.org/fogm/Morone_americana.htm

 

Al Bezanson

Alicia Unleashed- Hey Mr. DJ

Episode 78! We’re almost there!

Hot Plate: Free Screening of “A Plastic Ocean” at Cape Ann Cineman-April 19th, Great Gloucester Clean Up and BBQ to follow-April 21, Bikini Speedo Dodgeball-April 28.

Let’s get in to it! We sat down with Austin Sousa AKA DJ SOUZ! Not only is he a DJ of all the things awesome and 90’s Hip-Hop (Alicia’s Favorite), we talk about his Dodgeballing, Greasy Pole Walking AND HE’S BECOMING A MATH TEACHER!!!!!

We get in to how he got started as a DJ, what lead him to become the Karaoke DJ of O’Neils in Salem. He even gives us some “insider DJ details”. He talks about his Future endeavors including attending school to become a Teacher! Alicia also has the wheels spinning for her next party for Austin to DJ! Are you looking for a DJ for your Wedding, Birthday, Baby Shower, Gender Reveal, Business Opening? Are you looking to bring more people to your dance floor or Karaoke, contact SOUZ!

Social Media Finds:
FACEBOOK (don’t worry, we’re not asking for info):
@AliciaUnleashed
@DJSouz
Plugs: Thursdays/Sundays 9:30pm-12:30am @oneillsofsalem

And the Mystery Buyer of Berkshire Museum Shuffleton’s Barbershop by Norman Rockwell is…Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

No surprise! Here’s the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art press release about the Berkshire Museum deaccession. George Lucas already paid a record breaking price– 46 million–back in 2013 for Saying Grace, one of his numerous major Rockwells. Shuffleton’s Barbershop could have surpassed that price; the market won’t know unless Lucas opts to sell it at a public auction some future date.

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(photo above – Norman Rockwell, Saying Grace, collection Lucas Museum Narrative Art)

Thirteen more Berkshire Museum works (including another Rockwell Blacksmith’s Boy – Heel and Toe) will be sold at Sotheby’s auctions beginning May 14, 2018:

  • John La Farge, Magnolia, 1859–60. Estimate $200,000–300,000.
  • Charles François Daubigny, Paysans allant aux champs (Le Matin). Estimate $70,000–100,000.
  • Henry Moore, Three Seated Women, 1942. Estimate $400,000–600,000.
  • Alexander Calder, Double Arc and Sphere, executed circa 1932. Estimate $2,000,000–3,000,000. (*oddly just one of a site specific commisioned pair for the Berkshire Museum)
  • Francis Picabia, Force comique, 1914. Estimate $800,000–1,200,000.
  • Adriaen Isenbrant, The Temptation of Adam and Eve. Estimate $150,000–200,000.
  • William Bouguereau, The Newborn Lamb, 1873. Estimate $1,500,000–2,000,000. (**November cover lot pulled from sale last fall)
  • Alberto Pasini, Faubourg de Constantinople, 1877. Estimate $700,000–1,000,000.
  • Adriaen Isenbrant, The Flight into Egypt. Estimate $150,000–200,000.
  • William Bouguereau, Les deux sœurs, 1884. Estimate $2,000,000–3,000,000.
  • Norman Rockwell, Blacksmith’s Boy – Heel and Toe, 1940. Estimate $7,000,000–10,000,000.
  • Frederic Edwin Church, Valley of Santa Isabel, New Granada, 1875. Estimate $5,000,000–7,000,000.
  • Rembrandt Peale, George Washington. Estimate $200,000–300,000.
  • Norman Rockwell, Shuffleton’s Barbershop, 1950. Acquired privately by a nonprofit American museum.
  • (the Vuillard and 25 more aren’t listed at this time)

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press release from Lucas Museum APR 11, 2018

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Lucas Museum Announces Acquisition of Norman Rockwell’s ‘Shuffleton’s Barbershop’

Museum ensures iconic masterwork remains in public view

Los Angeles, CA (April 11, 2018) – The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art today announced the acquisition of Norman Rockwell’s masterwork Shuffleton’s Barbershop. The 1950 painting, which had been in the collection of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, has been the subject of considerable attention in recent months.

“As a museum dedicated to celebrating visual storytelling, we are honored to become the public steward of this major work,” said Don Bacigalupi, Founding President of the Lucas Museum. “Norman Rockwell is one of our nation’s most important storytellers, and this cultural treasure will continue to be seen and enjoyed by the public in an American museum, where it will be a source of inspiration for generations to come.”

The Lucas Museum recently broke ground and launched construction in Los Angeles, and is expected to open to the public in 2022. 

Shuffleton’s Barbershop, revered as one of the most iconic works of Rockwell’s storied career, will join an expansive collection of works by the artist, including Saying Grace (1951) and After the Prom (1957). 

These works will be featured prominently on public view to allow museum visitors to explore the power and importance of visual storytelling. The Lucas Museum will engage visitors of all ages in educational programs that highlight prominent examples of narrative art in a variety of mediums, periods and cultures. 

With the acquisition, the Lucas Museum announced a cross-country partnership whereby Shuffleton’s Barbershop will be on long-term loan to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for public display commencing later this year and extending into 2020. The Lucas Museum will also explore opportunities to loan the painting to other museums in Massachusetts and elsewhere in order to maximize public access to this beloved work of art.

“We are immensely grateful to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art for ensuring that Norman Rockwell’s masterpiece Shuffleton’s Barbershopwill continue to be available to and enjoyed by the public. We thank the Museum for generously loaning the painting to the Norman Rockwell Museum while the Lucas Museum is under construction in Los Angeles,” stated Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell Museum Director and CEO. “It is especially meaningful for the people of Berkshire County who will have the opportunity to enjoy this masterpiece for a few more years, knowing that it will remain in the public realm. We look forward to continuing to work with our friends at the Lucas Museum to create educational opportunities and appreciation of the narrative art of illustration, including ongoing collection-sharing.” Continue reading “And the Mystery Buyer of Berkshire Museum Shuffleton’s Barbershop by Norman Rockwell is…Lucas Museum of Narrative Art”

Reminder, Spring Household Hazardous Waste Day, April 14, 2018

Spring Household Hazardous Waste Day – April 14, 2018

This year our Spring Household Hazardous Waste Event will be April 14, 2018, rain or shine, from 9am-12 noon.  Residents are asked to schedule an appointment to bring their materials to the DPW yard.  The Recycling Department will begin accepting appointments beginning March 15th.  Please call 978-281-9785 to schedule your appointment. Registration closes April 13, 2018 at 11 AM.

Gloucester residents are allowed to bring up to 25 pound or gallons of material at no cost.  If you exceed 25 pounds or gallons, and additional fee will be accessed and payable to ACV Enviro(payable by check only, cash is not accepted).  For up to 10 gallons or pounds over it is $30, 11-25 gallons or pounds over the charge is $50.00.

Please understand that we can only accept hazardous materials when ACV Enviro is on site, early drop offs will not be allowed.

Acceptable Materials

From the House:

  •  Rubber Cement, Airplane Glue
  •  Fiberglass Resins
  •  Photo Chemicals
  •  Chemistry Sets
  •  Furniture Polish
  •  Floor & Metal Polish
  •  Oven Cleaner
  •  Fluorescent Bulbs
  •  Mercury bearing wastes
  •  Drain & Toilet Cleaner
  •  Spot Remover
  •  Rug & Upholstery Cleaner
  •  Hobby Supplies, Artist Supplies


From the Yard:

  •   Poisons, Insecticides, Fungicides
  •   Chemical Fertilizers
  •   Weed Killers
  •   Moth Balls
  •   Flea Control Products

From the Workbench:

  • Oil Based Paints ONLY
  • Stains & Varnishes
  • Wood Preservatives (except Penta)
  • Paint Strippers/Thinners
  • Solvent Adhesives
  • Lighter Fluid


From the Garage:

  • Fuels/Gasoline/Kerosene
  • Motor oil
  • Car batteries
  • Antifreeze
  • Engine Degreaser
  • Brake Fluid/Carburetor Cleaner
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Car Wax, Polishes
  • Driveway Sealer
  • Roofing Tar
  • Swimming Pool Chemicals
Unacceptable Materials

What Not To Bring!

  • LATEX PAINT (pop lid, let dry, throw in trash)
  •  Empty Containers/Trash
  • Commercial or Industrial Waste
  • Radioactive Waste, Smoke Detectors
  • Infectious & Biological Wastes
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders (other than propane)
  • Ammunition, Fireworks, Explosives, Flares
  •  Fire Extinguishers
  •  Prescription Medicines/Syringes
  • Asbestos

How Can I Safely Transport These Hazardous Materials?

  • Leaving materials in original containers.
  • Tighten Caps and lids.
  • Sort and pack separately: oil  paint, pesticides,and household cleaners.
  • Pack containers in sturdy upright boxes and
  • pad with newspaper.
  • NEVER MIX CHEMICALS.
  • Pack your car and drive directly to the site.
  • NEVER SMOKE while handling hazardous material.

Blue Shutters Beachside Inn Psychic Weekends

Joey — Would appreciate some help spreading the word.  It worked last month — we filled the place!  Thanks. Tony

Last month’s Psychic Weekend was a big hit with with Blue Shutters friends from near and far, and this Saturday and Sunday the mediums will be back.  All are invited to join Julie Ann Gadziala and Genevieve Hackett on April 14 & 15 for their Spirit Hour and other Psychic Weekend activities. Here are some photos from last month — and a poster for this weekend (and some upcoming dates).

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Calling all grandparent caregivers! Sawyer Free library hosting a fascinating program with community partners just for you

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Libary Childrens Services Tuesday April 24, 2018 5:30-7pm 

“Opening Doors, Opening Hearts: Grandparents raising Grandchildren Cape Ann: Guest speakers Deborah Doucette author of Raising our Children’s Children: Room in the Heart and Colleen Pritoni, Director of Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.”

This original & innovative event is hosted by Sawyer Free Library Childrens Services in collaboration with community partners like: Cape Ann Museum,  Cape Ann YMCA, Senior Care, The Open Door, Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, WIC, Pathways, NS MVP, and Backyard Growers.

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Plant a Poet-Tree! Sawyer Free Children’s Library Services April 20 poetry celebration

“April is National Poetry Month! Kids can celebrate by writing a poem & planting a tree! All supplies will be provided for this make & take program on April 20, 2018 from 2-3pm”

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Always busy, busy fun programming through children’s services at Sawyer Free Library

Poetry without Paper deadline reminder from Christy Russo Sawyer Free Library, John Ronan, O’Maley School, and Mayor Romeo Theken

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Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Poetry Without Paper 2018 is underway!

Now in its 16th year (!) Sawyer Free’s annual poetry contest for all students who go to Gloucester schools or live in Gloucester is LIVE. Participants can submit up to 3 poems through April 30, 2018. Some of the previous winning poems are published on the library web site. 2015  2016 2017

Former Gloucester Poet Laureate, host of The Writers Block, and co-founder with Christy Russo of the dynamite Poetry without Paper contest, John Ronan, included this reminder plug along with his January column and poem in the Gloucester Daily Times:

“Students! Families! Grandparents, aunts and uncles! The annual Poetry Without Paper contest, sponsored by the Sawyer Free Library, will again open from March 1 to April 30. All students living in or attending school in Gloucester are eligible, from elementary to high school. This is the 16th year of the contest and hundreds of students participate each season, winners claiming prizes, a public reading, and a chance to be on TV. Spread the word! Watch for details at: www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.”

Mayor Romeo Theken broadcasts and celebrates National Poetry Month every April, Poetry without Paper, and Poem in Your Pocket Day which is April 26 in 2018. #pocketpoem

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Mayor Romeo Theken National Poetry Month 2018 poster at City Hall, Gloucester, Mass

O’Maley Innovation Middle School has it posted in several spots and it’s been included in newsletters since the contest opened. Good luck to all the writers!

 

Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight with Sax Gordon, Ricky King Russell, Ed Scheer and Dear OL’ Dave Sag 8:30pm 4.12.2018 The Joint will be Jumpin

The one and only “Sax” Gordon Beadle wafts in to flit on your hippocampus with his remarkably well-endowed grasp of the blues. Just back from a tour of outer space, Gordie and his boys will destroy your wildest dreams! Featuring Risky “King” Russell on catarrh and “Mr.Ed” Scheer , on the skins. And me, too.

Dave Sag

Ama = Toxins

Cape Ann Wellness

Do you have a coating on your tongue or feeling tired all the time? Through the lens of Ayurveda – these are a few signs of Ama (toxins). Toxins clog the canals in our bodies.

Ayurveda offers ways to cleanse the body of Ama (toxins) but it’s always better to prevent if from forming in the first place.

Ask yourself when you eat the biggest meal of the day? If you answered “dinner” you are helping to create Ama. Eating a large, heavy meal in the evening is the single, target and most common mistake that the majority of us make, especially in the Western world…and if you are over 50 years of age this is even more problematic as your metabolism and digestion become slower.

So start today and make “lunch” (12-2pm) your biggest meal of the day.

Let us know how you do.

If you’d like…

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Our Kim Smith Gives The Keynote Earth Days Week Address At Salem State Tonight If You Can Make IT!

Kim writes:
Please join us tonight,  Thursday evening at Salem State University for Earth Days Week celebrations and awards ceremony. I am giving the keynote address.
This event is entirely free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!

I have been pouring through photos from this year’s past late great Monarch migration to create the new “Beauty on the Wing” program that I am giving Thursday evening at Salem State.

My favorite thing to do photographing butterflies is to capture them mid-flight.  Working on landscape design projects and film projects back to back I only had time to upload and didn’t have a chance to look through the film footage and photos daily. I discovered a bunch of photos that are worthy of adding to the presentation–a photographer’s idea of finding buried treasure–and these are two of my favorites.

Terrific GAAC Meeting Friday Night 4/13: Gravitational Waves

Cape Ann Community

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Sam Palmer (Electronics Engineer, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Lecturer on Astronomy, Harvard University) will be GAAC’s April speaker, with a presentation on the LIGO gravitational wave observatory.
What are gravitational waves? Check out  https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/, which describes them as “…ripples in space-time (the fabled “fabric” of the Universe) caused by massive objects moving with violent accelerations (in outer space that means objects like neutron stars or black holes orbiting around each other at ever increasing rates, or stars that blow themselves up).” That’s a picture of a LIGO observatory, above.
We’re really looking forward to this one.
More on our speaker:

Sam Palmer is an Electrical Engineer and Radio Astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  A member of the CfA’s Radio & Geoastronomy Group, Sam built the 1.2 m “Mini” radio telescope which has been hugely instrumental in increasing our understanding of the structure and chemistry of the Milky…

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