GloucesterCast 384 w/ Ralph DiGiorgio, Pat Dalpiaz, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 2/23/20

GloucesterCast 384 w/  Ralph DiGiorgio, Pat Dalpiaz, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 2/23/20

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Topics Include:
We Will Be Live Streaming From Gloucester England As Guests of Adventureman Next Monday March 2nd!
Suddenly people are debating whether it’s polite or not to recline your seat on an airplane???
Google search integrating Open Table and Rezy when searching for a restaurant by name.

Duckworth’s not going by Duckworth’s Bisto any more

Oliver’s Harbor now open

Savour Wine & Cheese Wine Seminar Series #2: Exploring The Wines Of Portugal

Gloucester Times reporting -”

Sam Park of Sam Park and Company, the developer of Gloucester Crossing, said a family-style steakhouse and a hibachi grille will be opening. What won’t be coming is a certain fast-food restaurant rumored to be a lock.

Hands Free Law in effect as of today. For more info: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/hands-free-law

Here’s the magnetic cell phone mount I use to use my cellphone hands free in the car. link here

Use of seat recliner on airplane?

Joey’s Review of Spirit Airlines

Where were you for the Miracle on Ice? 40 years ago yesterday.
Bruins Moves and Hurricanes/ Mapleleaf Game

Annisquam River dredging 2020: closeup views from the boats and across to A. Piatt Andrew bridge #GloucesterMA

Here are some views across Annisquam River to A. Piatt Andrew bridge to show relative scale and position of the Annisquam River Dredging operation in February 2020. The Annisquam River dredging project began back in October 2019 and will continue into next year, however it’s not continuous. It’s overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The first dredging sections began in October 2019 (north of the 128 bridge, by Lobster Cove and Thurston Point), and will finish up next Friday (February 28, 2020), following two extensions. Dredging will resume sometime in the fall, likely October 2020.  They’re moving in the direction of the Cut right now. The operations run 24 hours a day with two 12 hour shifts. There are lots of local hires manning the rigs. Cessation by Friday is definite. “There won’t be a third extension because of the flounder spawning season,” says Paul Vitale, captaining one of the push boats for Patriot Marine, a Coastline Consulting sub-contractor.

The equipment you might see before they begin disappearing by the end of this week  are the following:

  • Three barge dredges operating excavators; one is a self loader designed to go in spots where there’s not enough space (There’s still a chunk to do between the train bridge and the cut bridge. The self loader will be doing that.)
  • Three dump scows (also barges) where they put the mud that they load into and cart away to very specific dump sites in Ipswich Bay (they have 5 or 6 compartments and doors that open up on the bottom like coal cars)
  • Roy Boys and Nancy Anne, two tug boats that do the dump runs primarily to Ipswich Bay, carting the scows back and forth
  • Three push boats – two manuevering with each dredge plus one (to help move or ready if there’s a breakdown)

When the project is completed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will remeasure and update charts. Buoys will be in new spots. But that’s still a long way off.  Fun facts: the scooped sediment was sandier by Thurston Point and muddier at the bend where they’re situated now. There are sensors and computers linked up on barges and scows for monitoring the dump runs, and future research and tracking. The grants obtained for this massive dig were written long before the March trio of storms struck Good Harbor Beach and Long Beach.

 

Closeup views from the barges and vessels courtesy photos below:

 

Mayor Romeo Theken shared the City of Gloucester dredging announcement here November 8, 2019.

About the dredging:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District is proposing to perform maintenance dredging of the Annisquam River Federal navigation project (FNP) in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The city of Gloucester is the local sponsor and requested this dredging.

The proposed work involves maintenance dredging of portions of the 8-foot-deep Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) channel and anchorage, plus authorized overdepth dredging in the Annisquam River FNP. 

“Natural shoaling processes have reduced available depths to as little as 1.0 foot in portions of the 8-foot MLLW channel and anchorage making navigation hazardous or impossible at lower stages of the tide,” said Project Manager Erika Mark, of the Corps’ New England District, Programs/Project Management Division in Concord, Mass. “Maintenance dredging of approximately 140,000 cubic yards of sand and some gravel from approximately 20 acres of the authorized project area will restore the FNP to authorized dimensions.”

A private contractor, under contract to the government, will use a mechanical dredge and scows to remove the material and then transport it for placement at the Ipswich Bay Nearshore Disposal Site (IBNDS) and the Gloucester Historic Disposal Site (GHDS). Approximately 132,500 cubic yards of sandy material will be placed at the IBNDS and the remaining 7,500 cubic years of sand and gravel material will go to the GHDS. Construction is expected to take between 3-4 months between Oct. 1, 2019 and March 15, 2020.

Proposed work is being coordinated with: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; National Marine Fisheries Service; Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management; Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries; Massachusetts Historical Commission; Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources; Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe; Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and city of Gloucester harbormaster. An Environmental Assessment is being prepared.

The public notice, with more detailed information, is available for review on the Corps website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Public-Notices/.

Great moment in GHS Sports History as Liam Donahue is the D3 State Champion via @FishermenGHS

Great moment in GHS Sports History as Liam Donahue is the D3 State Champion with a tremendous performance over the 2 day tournament. JR Quinten Ulrich also with a very impressive 4th place finish in States. Both Qualify for All States this Fri/Sat.

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Great honor awarded to Coaches Swanson & Benson yesterday at D3 Tournament via @FishermenGHS

Great honor awarded to Coaches Swanson & Benson yesterday at D3 Tournament. In only a few short years they have built up a great program, doing it the right way the entire time. Congrats to the 2019-20 squad as this award is well deserved to a group of special student-athletes.

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Barns Along the Byway

This barn drew my immediate attention. It seems to tell so many stories of the past, still full of character. There are numerous historic and stately homes along the byway. They all seem comfortable in the midst of barns reminding us also of the past. These barns simply fascinate me.

GloucesterCast 384 Livestream 9AM Sunday 2/23/20 (Refresh this post at 9AM for the live feed)

The chat part where you can write in questions while we’re taping is at WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/JOEYGMG

Join the chat, please ask questions on the live stream, we have lots of fun!

Topics Include:
We Will Be Live Streaming From Gloucester England As Guests of Adventureman Next Monday March 2nd!
Suddenly people are debating whether it’s polite or not to recline your seat on an airplane???
Google search integrating Open Table and Rezy when searching for a restaurant by name.

Duckworth’s not going by Duckworth’s Bisto any more

Oliver’s Harbor now open

Savour Wine & Cheese Wine Seminar Series #2: Exploring The Wines Of Portugal

Gloucester Times reporting -”

Sam Park of Sam Park and Company, the developer of Gloucester Crossing, said a family-style steakhouse and a hibachi grille will be opening. What won’t be coming is a certain fast-food restaurant rumored to be a lock.

Hands Free Law in effect as of today. For more info: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/hands-free-law

Here’s the magnetic cell phone mount I use to use my cellphone hands free in the car. link here

Use of seat recliner on airplane?

Joey’s Review of Spirit Airlines

Where were you for the Miracle on Ice? 40 years ago yesterday.
Bruins Moves and Hurricanes/ Mapleleaf Game