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GLOUCESTER DPW ROCKIN THE NEW FENCING AT GOOD HARBOR BEACH!

Check out the awesome new dune fencing recently installed at Good Harbor Beach by our DPW crew. The wire fencing runs along the length of the beach. The DPW did an outstanding job, very neat and unobtrusive.

Dune fencing plays an important role in reducing erosion. One of the main benefits of dune fencing is to help keep pets and people out of the dunes. Why is it detrimental to the dunes to allow uncontrolled dogs to run through the dunes and for people to use the dunes to access the parking lot, or worse, as their personal toilet? Repeated traffic through the dunes damages and kills the plants growing in the dunes. Plants help control erosion by stabilizing soil and sediments with their roots. Dune vegetation helps break the impact of of wave splash and rain, and also traps sand to help build up the dunes.

The fencing material installed by the DPW is an excellent choice for nesting shorebirds. This year especially, with much of the beach vegetation washed away and with the beach greatly narrowed, the Piping Plover adults and chicks had learned to use the area behind the old wire fencing for shade and to hide from predators. The open fencing still allows for small wild creatures to go in and out of the holes to find shelter and safety at the base of the dune.

Pip snuggled under Mama PiPl at the old fence.

Thank you Gloucester DPW for a super job well done!

 Adult Piping Plovers and chicks found shelter along the wire fencing (the Bachelor left, and Mama and Pip, right).

Call for Artists: $300,000 public art at new Roxbury Fire Station Engine 42

Boston Roxbury percent for art call to artists august 2018From the call announced 8/13/18:

“…The Call to Artists is open to to all artists, artisans, architects, landscape architects, or teams with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management, and construction administration. An Artist Selection Committee comprised of representatives from the Boston Art Commission and local arts professionals representing the neighborhood will review all applications and determine the final artist/team.

The deadline to submit questions about the project to bac@boston.gov is August 29, 2018, and applications are due by September 18, 2018. The application can be found here.”

 

Into the Wind

Last month Thatcher and the Sandy Bay Yacht Club Race Team spent three days, in somewhat snotty conditions, sailing at Marblehead Race Week.  About 25 different clubs and sailing programs were represented in the three day event at Pleon Yacht Club.  Upon dropping Thatch off each morning I sat, completely impressed, and watched the scene unfold around me.  I couldn’t believe how independent, confident, and dedicated all of the young sailors were.  Rigging boats is no joke and takes it hard work and preparation…and often times, commitment to jump in and help others.  There is no simply show up and race.

Here is a little time lapse video of just some of the action as about 175 boats set sail….

SeniorCare Honors Lafontaine at 46th Anniversary Gala

Cape Ann Community

SeniorCare Inc. will host its 46th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Danversport, located at 161 Elliott Street in Danvers, MA. The Gala will feature a delicious dinner, dancing to the sounds of Madhouse and a Silent Auction. The Gala is presented by ABC Home Healthcare Professionals.

SeniorCare will honor three community leaders at the Gala.  Mary Ann Camp of Rockport will be presented with the Myra L. Herrick Outstanding Older American Award. Julie Hazen LaFontaine of The Open Door will be presented with the Rosemary F. Kerry Community Service Award. William Coughlin of Beverly will be presented with the Board of Directors Community Partners Special Recognition award.

Tickets to the Gala are $75 each or a table of 10 for $650. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information about the Gala, contact SeniorCare’s Marketing Officer Tracy Arabian at 978-281-1750 or tracy.arabian@seniorcareinc.org or go to http://www.seniorcareinc.org.

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SeniorCare presents A Matter of Balance workshop

Cape Ann Community

SeniorCare Inc. will host a free 8-week workshop, A Matter of Balance, at their offices located at 49 Blackburn Center in Gloucester, MA, on Mondays, starting on September 10 and ending November 5, 2018. Each session will be held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

Participants learn to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes to reduce the risk of falling
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance

Who should attend?

  • Anyone concerned about falls
  • Anyone who has fallen in the past
  • Anyone who has restricted activities because of falling
  • Anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength

For more information or to register, contact Beverly Flanagan at 978-281-1750. For more information about SeniorCare programs, visit our website at

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