Sort, Roll, Inspect, Repeat – Mary Ann’s descendant & construction progress on Long Beach seawall

Construction work continues on the Long Beach seawall at 3 compromised sections: two 500′ sections (one is closer to the Gloucester edge and the second pretty much mid beach) and a third 30′ area of trouble at the corner by the creek and footbridge. Last summer’s temporary pyres have been vastly expanded with truckloads of boulders from Johnson’s Quarry. The line of boulders helps to prevent sand from being scoured away by seas and the bottom of the wall from further erosion. The rip rap will add ballast support weight.

Besides the crew at Long Beach, the second unit labors at the quarry. It’s slow and careful going impacted by weather and tides. This week was busy. Next week’s conditions are less favorable. Extra time is allotted to make certain heavy equipment beats the tides or the very real possibility of large equipment breaks or malfunction (thankfully has not happened yet). People wondered if a jetty or two was in the works but that is simply temporary staging.

Boulders are deposited at the Gloucester entrance to the beach and transferred to repair sites. Excavators work with Rockport DPW and GZA engineers for optimum selection. (GZA was contracted for Gloucester’s Stacy Boulevard work.) “Spotters” can be seen atop the Long Beach walkway. After the boulders are dumped into piles, the excavator sorts, lifts, rolls and inspects the whole lot and singles like searching for an impossibly hard to find puzzle piece. Sometimes one boulder is turned 15x before it’s the correct pitch or timing. The sorting was remarkably graceful and reminded me of rinsing and prepping berries or beans.

One day at Long Beach I spotted a swimmer with a glorious and faithful arm tattoo of Mary Ann from Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. He was staying at Cape Ann Motor Inn. Did he know that the author and illustrator, Virginia Lee Burton, was from Gloucester? He was stunned and thrilled. She modeled the steam shovel after one she brought her son to see busy building Gloucester High School. Families with little construction fans might enjoy watching Mary Ann’s descendant shoring up the Long Beach seawall.

The timeline for permits and planning for a future sand phase have not been slated.

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BIG home tournament game tomorrow! #GloucesterMA Fishermen boys basketball vs Reading

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No. 5 seed Gloucester boys basketball  vs. No. 13 seed Reading Sunday 1pm

What: State Basketball Tournament Division 2 North Quarterfinals

Where: HOME GAME!! Benjamin A. Smith Field House, Gloucester

When: Saturday March 2, 2019   due to snow storm game moved till Tomorrow Sunday March 3, 2019 1pm

Tickets: “Just a friendly reminder that there will be a $5.00 fee for all students and a $7.00 fee for all adults.  These fees are accessed by the MIAA. Everyone will have to pay.  GOOD LUCK GHS BOYS BASKETBALL 🙂 “- Rosa 

Fast Facts:  Gloucester beat Danvers in overtime 67 to 58. Matt Montagnino scored 31 points. There was a ton of home town support in the stands (including Gloucester Hockey team after their own tough game the night before). Teenagers sported black t-shirts; tomorrow is beach attire. Reading beat Wakefield in a close game, final score 56 to 53. Winner tomorrow moves on to play Belmont in the semifinals.

Gloucester High School Fishermen Athletics facebook page –https://m.facebook.com/ghsfishermenathletics/

MIAA tournament page

MIAA boys basketball 2019 bracket North Div 2

BIG home tournament game tonight! #GloucesterMA Fishermen boys basketball vs Danvers

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Gloucester High School Fishermen Athletics facebook page –https://m.facebook.com/ghsfishermenathletics/

Great info excerpt from the Gloucester Daily Times sports coverage:

Did You Know?: Gloucester is looking to make just the program’s third ever appearance in the sectional quarterfinals. The Fishermen ventured to the quarters in 2000 and 2006. Gloucester is also hosting a first round home game for the first time since 2006 (the team hosted a preliminary round game in 2015)”

No. 5 seed Gloucester boys basketball (14-6) vs. No. 6 Danvers (10-10)

What: Division 2 North First Round

Where: Benjamin A. Smith Field House, Gloucester

When: Wednesday (7 p.m.)

Update from Rosa about Tickets: “Just a friendly reminder that there will be a $5.00 fee for all students and a $7.00 fee for all adults.  These fees are accessed by the MIAA. Everyone will have to pay.  GOOD LUCK GHS BOYS BASKETBALL 🙂 ”

What’s at stake: The winner advances to the Division 2 North Quarterfinals later this week against the winner of Tuesday’s first round game between No. 4 Wakefield and No. 13 Reading.

Points per game: Gloucester, 60.8; Danvers, 54.9.

Points against per game: Gloucester, 57.7; Danvers 62.7.

Gloucester’s leading scorers: Marcus Montagnino, 19.2; Ben Oliver, 17.3; Matt Montagnino, 9.3.

Danvers’ leading scorers: Justin DiTomaso 15.5; Armani Vlaun, 12.3.

Gloucester’s key to victory: Play strong defense. The Fishermen can find good looks at the basket against any team, and it can also play a up tempo or down tempo. The key for Gloucester is on the defensive end of the floor. If it defends the perimeter the way it did in its 86-38 win over the Falcons last month, it will be in great shape to move on.

Danvers’ key to victory: Keep up offensively. Gloucester can score from inside and out against good defense. Danvers is going to have to find a way to match Gloucester’s offensive output. The Falcon’s shot selection and ball movement must be on point on Wednesday night, they can not afford a mediocre offensive game.

 

Update- Gloucester for the win! 67 vs 58

 

Apply now for Summer 2019 Internships at Maritime #GloucesterMA

Maritime Gloucester news from Sarah Oaks

Snow is on the ground here in Gloucester but it is time to start planning for summer 2019. We are thrilled to announce we are now accepting applications for the upcoming season’s internship program. Please forward (and post and share) the following link to all the college and high school students who may be interested in Maritime Gloucester this summer.

Maritime Gloucester Summer internship program

Maritime Gloucester 23 Harbor Loop Gloucester, MA 01930 978/281-0470

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5th Annual Welcome Home Veterans Luncheon March 10, 2019

Gloucester Elks
101 Atlantic Road
Gloucester, MA 01930

Sunday, March 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am

Join us for a FREE Veterans Luncheon. If you are a local Cape Ann veteran, a member of the AmVets, VFW, American Legion, Elks, or a previous returnee… we would love to have you join us.

Tons of great food from many of our local restaurants.. the Causeway, Gloucester House, and Virgilios, to name a few!!

Every year we welcome home every returning veteran back to the Cape Ann Community. This year we are inviting others to join in the comradery and share their insights with our returnees this year.

If you ARE attending you must RSVP prior to the event. Space is limited. Email veterans892@gmail.com or confirm on the Facebook event invite prior to March 3rd.

Wingaersheek Beach winter whites #GloucesterMA

Scenes from Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester, Massachusetts, an icy wonderland after first winter storm 2019

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