Cape Ann Whale Watch Updated Season #42 Opening

Cape Ann Whale Watch has announced May 16 2020 as its updated season opening, a newly designated date to adapt to COVID concerns. You can check their webpage here or check their Facebook page for additional details. I am disappointed but I understand. Can’t wait to get back onboard for a whale watch!  42 years of great sails!

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Governor Orders Extension to Non Essential Service Closures

From the Mass.gov COVID website:

BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced several updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak including extending the non-essential business emergency order and guidance for Executive Branch employees until May 4. The Department of Public Health’s Stay-At-Home Advisory remains in effect. The Administration also updated the “COVID-19 Essential Services” categories for businesses and other organizations that provide essential services and workforces related to COVID-19 that are permitted to operate brick and mortar facilities during the emergency.

Essential Services Order: Governor Charlie Baker’s emergency order requiring that all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public will be extended until May 4. Businesses and organizations not on the list of essential services are encouraged to continue operations through remote means that do not require workers, customers, or the public to enter or appear at the brick-and-mortar premises closed by the order. This order also prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people until May 4th.

Further details available here.

I Miss Our Library

Today I realized how much I miss our library. The online services are great, but I am missing the microfilm! Yes, I’m a little bit of a geek. I use the online local history resources and make frequent use of Libby to borrow books. But there’s something very special about a visit to your local library and I am sure I am not the only one who would like the library staff to know how much they are appreciated.

Safe Harbor

I hope you all have a stalwart beacon in your life that you can look toward when the seas get rough. Our area lighthouses provide symbols of “safe harbor” and guidance through storms. So grateful to be here with all of you riding out a global pandemic. Thank you to the Mayor, council members, and to those in public service.

Another Welcome Sign of Spring

We spotted this killdeer couple at Parker River Wildlife Sanctuary a few days ago and it was a welcome sign that spring really has begun. As of this writing, the refuge remains open, though no facilities like bathrooms are available.  The beach remains open entirely until April 1 when most of the beach will close to protect nesting birds.  Though there is an admission charge, the gate was not attended these last couple of times we have been there. There is a box for you to put your fee in and  you should note no dogs are allowed even in cars. It’s a nice little ride to take if you are feeling trapped and housebound. We see something different each time we go! These killdeer were fairly close to the roadway and easily observable.

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Destinos Taking a Well Deserved Day Off

Yesterday, Destino’s announced on its Facebook page that it will be closed today Sunday March 29 to allow for a day of rest as well as to take a  “Family Deep Clean Day”. They will reopen Monday for takeout, delivery and curbside pickup 8 AM – 9 PM. I am sure I am not alone in appreciating that they have remained available to us during this time. This picture is from their website:

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Check COVID-19 Symptoms Online

An alert I received from the new Mass.Gov text alerting system let me know that the state has created a new way for residents to check their symptoms online and get the right care as needed. It’s called Buoy and further information is available here.

This is what you will see after you click the link to “Check your symptoms online” I hope you find this helpful.

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Great Opportunity for Fresh Haddock from Fisherman’s Wharf

From Fisherman’s Wharf Gloucester Facebook pagecomes news of a great opportunity to safely pick up some fresh haddock tomorrow Saturday March 28:

**Fresh Haddock Drive-Thru “Pop-Up” Event**

Due to the current events and overload of inquires Fisherman’s Wharf Gloucester wants to do its part by providing our community the ability to eat fresh local seafood.

Come down and visit us at
37 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA
Saturday March 28th
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Haddock Fillets Vacuum sealed in 2 lb. Bags
$7.50 / lb. – $15.00 / Bag

Cash Only
Please try and bring exact change to cut down on the transfer of money

This will be set up as a “drive-thru” style pick up only. No need to get out of your car. Please follow the signs and stay inside your vehicle.

**For those of you who either can’t leave your home or don’t feel comfortable leaving we will be launching our Home Delivery service early next week. Follow us on Facebook for updates.

Update from Cake Ann

Update from Cake Ann emailed March 25.

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We’ve made some changes due to COVID-19
Dear Cake Ann community,

We are navigating through uncharted waters and hope that in some small way we can help our community at this time. I just wanted to update you how we changed our business due to COVID-19:
• Continued compliance and best practices for cleaning and sanitizing. 
• Our hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 8-4, Sunday 8-2 until further notice.
• We offer free delivery in Rockport and Gloucester, and  online orders that allow us to serve and support our customers. The online site is being worked on to make it look better – please bear with me – I am my own tech support. 
If you’re looking for more ways to protect yourself and your loved ones, check out the CDC website.
Thank you so much for sticking with us. We look forward to supporting each other during these challenging times.

Ryan & Wood Hand Sanitizer

We are seeing all kinds of examples of individuals and businesses stepping up the the challenge COVID-19 has presented.  Friends and neighbors are creating and sharing silly or heartwarming videos, solutions, and messages online. Safely delivering foods and services using new methods as demonstrated by our local restaurants and businesses is another example. Even our boss Joey is finding ways to podcast safely.  One fine example of this is Bob Ryan at Ryan & Wood who switched the distillery as needed to produce much needed hand sanitizer! I went up there yesterday to pick up this bottle (which I am predicting someday will go for high prices in antique stores as a sign of the times) and business was brisk.  People were patiently waiting their turn at 15 Great Republic Drive to pick up 1 liter bottles for $30 each.  I expect an entire liter to last through this self isolation. I sincerely appreciate their efforts to help the community.   The inventiveness demonstrated by all is heartwarming and soul-lifting. As Bob says “We’re all in the same dory.” More info here from the Gloucester Daily Times.

Please feel free to share your own examples of stepping up to the challenge.