Free Monday Nia classes at Senior Center 1pm featuring the music of Pink Martini

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April Nia-Music of Pink Martini

If you don’t know the group, Pink Martini, it is time you did. Featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire in over 25 languages and in many different genres.  They are fun to listen to but more fun while moving your body and spirit.

Here is a video that tells the story of the band https://youtu.be/NpWz36ahXbQ

Linda22What is Nia?

Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes – body, mind, emotion, and spirit.
Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Nia classes are taught by licensed Nia teachers.

Want to try Nia?  Four locations to move your body!

1-Classes on Thursdays at 10:15am at MAGMA, 11 Pleasant St.

Class fees:  $30/6 class card for seniors, $60/6 class card for non-seniors.  $15 drop-in rate

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HAPPY NEWS- OUR GOOD HARBOR BEACH PIPING PLOVERS HAVE RETURNED – A SECOND CHANCE FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO GET IT RIGHT!

This morning we found Papa and Mama in precisely the same nesting areas as last Friday. ACOfficers Teagan and Jamie pointed them out. It was too wet and drizzly for my camera, so we don’t have photographic evidence, but we could clearly see they were courting, Papa fan bowing his tail feathers and Mama inspecting the nest.

Papa and Mama courting (photos taken last week)

We don’t know where they disappeared to while the weekend disturbances to the nesting area were taking place, but I do know this is a gift and a second chance for our community to get it right.

It will take our entire community working together to help mitigate some of the threats the PiPls daily face.

Gloucester’s DPW has installed dune fencing, which is helping to restore the dunes. Protecting the dunes benefits both people (our beloved beach) and wildlife.

Improved trash collection and heavier fines for littering helps keep predators such as gulls, crows, foxes, and coyotes from scavenging the beach for garbage left behind by people, and makes for a much more pleasant beach going experience.

The Gloucester City Council passed an ordinance to prohibit dogs from Good Harbor beginning April 1st.

Now it is up to the citizens of Gloucester to respect its ordinances and laws by not littering, not trampling through the dunes, and by not bringing dogs to the beach during shorebird nesting season.

And for the City to enforce these laws.

I frankly blame myself for being caught off guard. It had been so quiet on the beach the previous week, I thought people were getting the information that the ordinance has changed to prohibiting dogs on the beach. But the warm weather brought out both locals and out of towners and they have not gotten the information that the rules have changed.

Today is Tuesday. In order to be prepared for the very real possibility of another warm weekend day in April (five days from now) we need an IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION

  1. SIGNS, SIGNS, SIGNS! We need to remove the ultra-confusing blue sings. Replace with simple, easy to read LARGE and PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED NO DOG signs.
  2. Very Important: The locked glass door signs with the May 1st date need to be updated before the weekend. Folks are using this as a reason to bring their dogs on the beach.
  3. Update the City’s website with the ordinance change. The City is aware of this and we pray this simple change can be accomplished before the weekend. Folks are also using the incorrect information posted there as a reason to bring their dogs on the beach.
  4. WE NEED HELP with enforcement from the GDP. There is only one dog officer on duty each weekend day and they are covering the entire city.
  5. Staff the parking lot booth at Good Harbor Beach. This will prevent dogs from coming in through the lot (and bring in $$).
  6. In addition to staffing the booth, position staff or volunteers at the footbridge and at the Whitham Street entrance, before people even have a chance to walk on the beach with their dogs.
  7. Be active, you can help by speaking to folks when you see them coming onto the beach with their dogs or when littering.

The following two photos (photos are not posted here, please see kimsmithdesigns.com) are posted to show as an example as to why we need help from uniformed officers in enforcing the ordinance. This family was politely told that the ordinance had changed and that the ACOfficers were issuing tickets. The father’s response was “we’ll keep the dog in our pocket.” Moments later, the mother and daughter were taking their dog on a romp, off leash, at the creek.

Folks don’t understand that if we had chicks on the beach, this would pose an incredible threat. Even the smallest dog is no match for a tiny shorebird chick crouched down in the sand, unable to fly away, and at risk of being stepped on. Our Piping Plover parents often bring the teency weency chicks down to the creek to feed on hot crowded summer days.

Please be reminded that it was constant unrelenting dog disturbance that drove the PiPls into the parking lot last April. Knowing what we know, and in learning from last year’s debacle, it  would be a crime if we let that happen again for a second year in a row.

The Piping Plover is the littlest of shorebirds struggling against extremes- loss of habitat, rising sea level, natural predators, and human-created predators and disturbances. We have been given a gift, to be able to witness part of the life story of the Piping Plover here on our Good Harbor Beach.

To better understand what is happening on the beach and in response to recent comments–

Two of the three birds went missing during the day on Saturday. There are no coyotes or foxes roaming Good Harbor during the busiest part of the day while the beach is teeming with thousands of people and hundreds of dogs. 

Coyotes and foxes do not pose a threat to adult birds, only to the eggs and hatchlings because adult birds can fly away, and eggs and hatchlings cannot.

Piping Plovers feed alongside gulls, and many other species of shorebirds. Gulls and Crows eat baby chicks and eggs, not adults. One of the most astonishing scenes you will see when observing the dynamics between the gulls and the PiPls is to watch this tiny shorebird chase a gull away from its nest and chicks, biting and nipping the gulls tail fathers and even latching on. Both parents get involved and they will chase the gull far down the beach.

List of Articles and Links Provided That Explain How Dog Disruptions on Beaches Harm Piping Plovers

GLOUCESTER STAGE WINS TOP CRITICS’ AWARD!!

Gloucester Stage Wins Top Boston Critics’ Award.

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards Ceremony was held Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Ballroom of The Inn at Brookline where the awards for the 2018 Calendar Year were announced. The IRNE Awards honor the best of the previous year’s actors, directors, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, midsize and fringe theater companies in the New England area. Gloucester Stage garnered one of the top awards of the evening Best Play-Midsize for: Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa . Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh accepted the award for the company, “Thank you IRNE Committee, the theater community and of course, our wonderful audiences in Gloucester.” Dancing at Lughnasa cast members Lindsay Crouse, Samantha Richert , Chris Kandra and Ed Hoopman attended the award ceremony.

Gloucester Stage Company received a total of eight nominations for the 2018 season. The nominations included: Best New Play: My Station in Life  by Gloucester’s Ken Riaf; Best Lighting Design: Marcella Barbeau for Sam Shepard’s True West; and four nominations for Brian Friel’s Dancing at LughnasaBest Play-MidsizeBest Director-Play-Midsize: Benny Sato Ambush; Best Actress-PlayMidsize: Gloucester’s Lindsay Crouse, and Best Supporting Actress-Play-Midsize: Samantha Richert.

Gloucester Stage Company’s 40th Anniversary Season opens on June 7 with Neil Simon’s romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park. For information about Gloucester Stage, or to purchase single tickets or subscription packages, call the Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

Photo 1: Pictured L to R: Actor Ed Hoopman; GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh; Actors Lindsay Crouse; Samantha Richert and Chris Kandra celebrate after winning the award.
Photo 2: Cast members enjoy the evening : L to R: Chris Kandra; Ed Hoopman; Samantha Richert, Lindsay Crouse and GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh
Photo 3: L to R:  Samantha Richert and Lindsay Crouse with Robert Walsh
Photos by Chris Griffith

Emma’s Revolution with Willa Mamet ~ Saturday April 13, 2019 @ 7:30 PM · Old Sloop Coffeehouse · Rockport, MA

Here is a video of the a cool recording of Emma’s Revolution’s song Peace, Salaam, Shalom:https://youtu.be/lBQ-KsGo_BI.

The concert page, which includes a link for tickets is at https://oldsloopcoffeehouse.org/concert/emmas-revolution-2019.

 

House Finch Live Feed Action Cam From Joey and Kate’s House!

Pat Dalpiaz let me borrow her suction cup mount to allow this to happen

Filmed using the $60 YI Lite Action cam. Crazy how many features are packed into this $60 cam.

Check it out on Amazon here- https://amzn.to/2X3XvPX

Suction Cup Mount Kit On Amazon Link Here

 

Another Burnham’s Field clean-up in the books!

Thanks to all the peeps who came out to clean up Burnham’s Field on Saturday – and to everyone who picks up litter around our city every day. Thanks to Rose with the DPW for arranging the yellow trash big pick-up, City Councilor Melissa Cox (below, left) and Councilor Paul Lundberg, who ducked out before we could take his photo.

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Neighbor John Mahoney was picking up litter like a boss.

EASTER BRUNCH MENU TONNO GLOUCESTER

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🐰 EASTER BRUNCH MENU 🌷
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APPETIZERS
Raw Oysters, cocktail sauce and mignonette.
Shrimp Cocktail.
Avocado Toast with Shrimp.
Tuna Tartare , lemon vinaigrette and chive oil.
Zucchini Flowers, herbed ricotta and tomato.
Smoked Salmon, bagel, cream cheese, shallot and capers.
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BREAKFAST
Omelette – Lobster, scallion, potato & crème fraiche.
Omelette – Shiitake Mushroom, zucchini, mozzarella.
Vanilla French Toast & Berries.
Poached Eggs – Stone & Skillet English muffin, hollandaise & pancetta. Add crab … extra charge.
Pork Hash – 2 Fried Eggs, Stone & Skillet English muffin.
Waffles with banana, almond butter, amaretto whipped cream .
Scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries and grilled bread.
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LUNCH
Chicken Parmigiano.
Eggplant Parmigiano.
Veal Milanese.
Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Grilled Lamb Chops, rabe, roasted potato and mint gremolata.
Cod Oreganata, creamy potatoes and leeks.
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SIDES
Bacon.
Sliced Virginia ham.
Home fries.
Mixed Fruit.
Roasted Potatoes.
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MIMOSA’S

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Free Bird

Every once in a while a bird will fly into the lobster traps that we have stacked in the yard…..and inevitably, like a lobster, get caught.  Finn has taken it upon himself to check the traps each time we come home to make sure that hasn’t happened.

As soon as we pulled into the driveway yesterday I heard “uh oh” from the back seat.  Finn threw his backpack, lunchbox, and jacket on the lawn (wet and muddy as it was) and sprang into action.

His smile at the end kills me.  He’s a salty kid.  He takes the lobster gear seriously and he’s always so happy to help a little friend in need.

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