1623 Studios Cape Ann TV building out on Pleasant Street

Change is coming to the streetscape beneath the stunning oriels.

There’s work in progress underway at 11 Pleasant Street downtown Gloucester: 1623 Studios (Cape Ann TV) is building out in the former Cape Ann Art Haven Hive space. I interviewed the station director, Erich Archer, back in 2016 (here) and recall him expressing some street presence downtown as one goal among many. The space on the right of the entrance at 11 Pleasant Street (7 Pleasant Street ,formerly Ruby Wolf) is available to rent.

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1623 Studios (Cape Ann TV) taking it to the streets

 

Dogtown news

Consideration of Dogtown for National Historic Register failed to pass last night 2 to 6 (and one recused).  1623 Studios (formerly Cape Ann TV) films city council meetings so if you missed the meeting you’ll be able to catch it there.

This just in from Lisa Smith: “1623 Studios recorded last night’s City Council Meeting, which had a hearing about Dogtown, and it will air on Channel 20 on Saturday at 1pm and 11:30 pm.” Once 1623 Studio edits, they’re uploaded to its youtube channel here. 

And here’s a link to Ray Lamont’s coverage in Gloucester Daily Times posted on line now and in print tomorrow.

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detail from satellite view Google maps – blue dots indicate photos for some Babson boulders relative to (red circles) O’Maley, Applied Materials, Babson museum, watersheds, whale’s jaw

Twentieth century gift to the city by Roger W. Babson

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BABSON RESERVOIR AND SANCTUARY [eleven hundred and fifty acres] commemorative plaque 1931 “This reservoir, watershed and reservation are for the people of Gloucester, the land having been given in memory of my father and grandfather who roamed over these rocky hills. They had the vision that some day it should be conserved for the uses of the city and as an inspiration to all lovers of god and nature. Roger W. Babson”

a few prior Dogtown posts-

April 28 Annual Dogtown day – ribbon cutting and some reasearch results

Oct 2017 there was a public presentation about an archaelogical consultation and information about historic designation: Before Dogtown was Dogtown

March 2017 What if…a section of Dogtown brush was cleared away? Summit by Essex County Greenbelt & Mass Audubon at Cape Ann Museum 

Gloucester Poetry Without Paper and Rockport Paperless Poetry contests

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Christy Russo and John Ronan host the 2017 Poetry Without Paper youth poetry ceremony 

 

2019 poetry contests for children and teens:

Gloucester Poetry Without Paper Contest co-founded by Christy Russo and John Ronan through Sawyer Free Public Library is now in its 17th year! Submissions are due March 1 – April 30th. Read all about it here: https://sawyerfreelibrary.org/poetry-without-paper-contest/

The deadline for Rockport Poetry’s Paperless Poetry Contest is midnight March 31. Submissions can be sent by email: rockportpoetry@gmail.com. Sharon Chace is Rockport Poet Laureate. Read more here. 

National Poem in Pocket Day for 2019 is April 25

Write a letter to the FCC to support 1623 Studios (Cape Ann TV) community media

New rules may be implemented with the FCC that could decimate funding to local community television. You still have time to weigh in with public comments today and tomorrow. See below for a current 2018 update and easy how-tos for public comments. (You can read more about  the FCC history and cape ann tv leading up to 1623 studios in a prior 2016 post.)

Erich Archer says thanks and please feel free to share:

LETTER TEMPLATES & HOW TO FILE COMMENTS BY 11/14/18

You can submit a comment to the FCC before November 15th with these steps:

  1. Go to this link: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/proceedings?q=name:((05-311))
  2. Click on ‘+ Express ‘
  3. Fill in your information and send

You can also the template found here. You can find other sample letters you can get from local lawmakers about the rulemaking to enter into the record. Let us know if you have questions!


BACKGROUND

The FCC’s “Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM) on Cable Franchising” was published in the Federal Register on October 15. This means that the deadline for comments will be November 14. This proposed Rule seeks to redefine and place a value on cable franchise obligations that have been traditionally defined as “In-Kind” (backhaul of signal, IPG, possibly our PEG channels themselves). The result would be to charge these “expenses” back against the franchise fee and essentially undermine the intent of the Cable Act. The national impact on PEG Access and local municipalities could be devastating. 

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US Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts knows community media and why it exists. He was on the House committee that helped enact the 1984 Cable Act that supported PEG across the United States. That’s why he’s outraged at the actions of the Federal Communications Commission to destabilize communities in its FNPRM on Cable Franchsing.

Among other things, the rulemaking proposes to define “in-kind” support so broadly it will allow cable companies to deduct just about ANY support against franchise fees – thus defunding municipalities AND community television.

Senator Markey is trying to organize Democratic US Senators to support a letter to the FCC disapproving of the proposed rulemaking. ACM wants to thank him for the effort. He’s been a champion of our cause for many years! Here are the Senators who so far have agreed to sign on to the Markey letter:

  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI)
  • Senator Ben Cardin (MD)
  • Senator Maggie Hassan (NH)
  • Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow (MI)
  • Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden (OR)
  • Senator Bernie Sanders (VT)

We want to thank all the ACM members who’ve been contacting their US Senators about signing on, but we need more! Please contact your US Senator about joining Senator Markey’s effort to oppose the FNPRM. You may notice some Democratic Senators who are not on the list!

If you need assistance or background information about the FNPRM, please contact Mike Wassenaar by email at mwassenaar@allcommunitymedia.org.

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GloucesterCast 300 Taped At The Crow’s Nest With Mary Anne Shatford, Chris McCarthy, Nichole Schrafft, Mike Codair, Kim Smith, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/6/18

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GloucesterCast 300 Taped At The Crow’s Nest With Mary Anne Shatford, Chris McCarthy, Nichole Schrafft, Mike Codair, Kim Smith, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/6/18

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Mary Anne Shatford

Who really owns the Crows Nest?

What do you think are some of the misconceptions about The Nest

Without mentioning the name of the place went on the hayride, Chris describes the hayride failure “He had one job!”

History of The GloucesterCast

First GloucesterCast Jan 23, 2011 With Kenny McCarthy Link

Mid 2013 Started to tape them more regularly, Toby and Kim became regulars

Right around 96 we started numbering the podcasts

GLOUCESTERCAST 100 TAPED AT CAPE ANN GICLEE WITH 15 OF US 10/25/14

GLOUCESTERCAST 200 WITH LIVE CALL IN FROM ED COLLARD ON THE ROAD, KAREN PISCHKE, BRIDGETTE MATHEWS, KIM SMITH AND @JOEY_C TAPED 9/18/16

We can be bought with gifts of food. 🙂

Bobby Ryan Ryan and Wood Distillery

Sam Nigro paints Captain Cosmo Oar For Cousin Larry Marcantonio

Online Fundraiser for Matza https://www.32auctions.comstpeter Dinner for 8 at Tonno, Sam Nigro Oar with depiction of The Greasy Pole

New owner Chris McCarthy Of Two Sisters

Nebraska folks

Paper Bag in The Doorway At The Nest

Welcome To The Crows Nest- Yankees Suck!

Rachel Refalo www.capeanncampsite.com

Cape Ann Plein Air Starts Sunday, look for artists around town

Glamping is trending.  Does anyone have any glamping locations they’d like to recommend?  Nichole is on the case.

Al Bezanson

Filming on Main Street Pilot for Showtime TV- filming locations include Main St, City Hall and I4C2

Congratulations To Frank DiMercurio and Chris Cicuranza- the First Same Sex Marriage Permed at a city hall- Sefatia is officiating

What is more advanced travel thinking? Packing minimalist and not checking a bag or packing everything into a large suitcase and checking it?

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B-Side Is Taking Over The Alicia Unleashed Podcast

Alicia Lou Who Man Drama and Best Dating Advice

Mike Codair Chimes In

New Hampshire people Chime In On Glamping Location –Squam Lake

Alprilla Farm and Iron Ox Farm are having a Pizza Party Sunday from 4-7pm

 

 

 

Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema welcomes three more sponsors- 2 days till The Greatest Showman

Five free movie nights begin Wednesday July 11th, 2018- The Summer of Song!

City of Gloucester and Rob Newton, Cape Ann Cinema and Stage, announce the 2018 Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema free outdoor movies line up:

July 11 ::: The Greatest Showman
July 18 ::: Coco
July 25 ::: The Wizard of Oz
August 1 ::: The Beatles Yellow Submarine
August 8 ::: Footloose
July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 and 8. Rain dates  August 15 & 22

HarborWalk Summer Cinema Sponsors and Presenters include:

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, Sudbay Automotive, and 1623 Studios (Cape Ann TV) join North Shore 104.9, the Building Center; ToodeLoos! ; Doyon’s Appliance ; and Cape Ann Savings Bank  as HarborWalk Summer Cinema important sponsors. 

 

The Summer 2018 movie nights are presented by: Woodman’s of Essex;  DIVA; Cape Ann Lanes, The Cave Gloucester Mass: Cheese, Wine & Chocolate Shop, and Gloucester Auto Body.

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San Francisco Voters Uphold Ban on Flavored Vaping Products

Since two Stanford graduate students (product design) invented the fastest growing e-cigarette JUUL, I was surprised to read that there was a ban already in place in San Francisco.

Here’s a link to the article:San Francisco Voters Uphold Ban on Flavored Vaping Products: The measure is considered the strictest in the nation. Voters backed it despite an expensive advertising campaign…” 

1623 Studio Cape Ann TV taped (on their jazzy new equipment) visiting scholar, Ruth Potee, MD, at O’Maley discussing vaping and marijuana and impacts on the adolescent brain. Fortnite is another hot topic.

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✍️🎶Happy #pocketpoem day! Three from John Ronan. What poem will you share?

It’s free and simple to participate. Carry a Poem. Share a Poem.

John Ronan, a poet, playwright, journalist and a National Endowment for the
Arts Fellow in Literature, shares two sonnets: “The Parlor” and “The Lesson.”  And the very short, “Arrowhead.”

Arrowhead
The bifacial point, found in a potato
field in Maine, is still sharp,
a Micmac weapon or crafted heart
knapped from the whole cloth of stone.
Flint’s a slap in the face, elegist
relic only as long as you look.
Says: crow shadow and opaque.
Adds: I will exist without witness.

-John J. Ronan

John Ronan served as Gloucester’s Poet Laureate 2008-2010, maintaining the website resource dedicated to Gloucester poets, Gloucester Poet Laureate, and producing Salt and Light: An Anthology of Gloucester Poetry, published spring 2010. He is the host of the Cape Ann TV (now 1623 studios) program, The Writer’s Block.  His most recent anthology is Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown. He read “We, Helsmen” at Mayor Romeo Theken’s 2018 Inauguration. Ronan helped to establish Poetry without Paper; the 12th annual deadline for this beloved annual tradition is approaching. Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Libraray childrens services Poetry Without Paper 2018 contest 

CATV Cape Ann TV Gloucester Inauguration 2018 video is ready

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Cape Ann TV has great news: the Gloucester Inauguration 2018 video is ready for viewing. Erich Archer and Becky Tober remind viewers that the Cape Ann TV “camera system at city hall is still in standard definition and the quality is an issue because of the old equipment. Also, an electrical issue interrupted coverage an hour or so into the recording.” There’s more exciting news from Cape Ann TV: they’re replacing and upgrading all of the City Hall equipment soon.

Besides viewing it on Youtube, you can look for it on Cape Ann TV. It will be playing on CAPE ANN TV Channel 20
Monday January 8 at 6 PM
Tuesday January 9 at 9 AM
Thursday January 11 at 5 PM
Sunday January 14 at 9 PM

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Winners announced! Poetry aloud! SFL Poetry without Paper reception June 15

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POETRY WITHOUT PAPER AWARDS June 15

The 14th Annual Poetry without Paper Awards Ceremony and Poetry Reading is Thursday June 15th at 6:30pm at Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library under the direction of Christy Russo. Author and poet John Ronan will present awards to High School, Middle School and Elementary school students who will then read their poetry aloud. Winners in each division receive prizes,  a book of poetry, certificate of excellence, and an invitation to appear on Cape Ann TV’s long running series The Writer’s Block. Poetry without Paper is open to students living in or attending school in Gloucester. Look for it each April.

CAPE ANN TV POSTPONED: Lunch & Learn: Pre-Production

The Lunch & Learn previously scheduled for Thursday May 4 at 7 PM has been
POSTPONED to a later date.

We will send out an announcement when this event has been re-scheduled.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thanks!

Becky Tober
Supervising Producer
Cape Ann TV
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CAPE ANN TV LUNCH AND LEARN AFTER HOURS After Hours 5/4 at 7 PM

 LUNCH AND LEARN AFTER HOURS May 4th
KEEP YOUR SHOOT TOGETHER—TRICKS AND TIPS FOR PRODUCTION PLANNINGThis year’s Lunch and Learn series at Cape Ann TV has been concentrating
on how to get the most out of cameras, microphones, lights and other
technical equipment. But how do you plan to use all this stuff on your
next project without losing your mind?Come to our next Lunch and Learn After Hours at 7pm on Thursday May 4th
and we’ll show you how pre-production planning can help you keep your
shoot together.
We’ll cover how to keep your crew and cast organized, how to plan and keep
your locations ready, and how to make sure you aren’t blowing your budget.
We’ll be handing out some handy forms the pros use designed to make your
life easier when you’re planning and executing a video production.  Bring
your production questions and learn some of the secrets production
managers use to keep the show on the road.

“Keep Your Shoot Together”—Thursday May 4th at 7pm at the Cape Ann TV
studios in the Blackburn Industrial Park

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to
reserve your spot!

What Do You Want to Know? We want to hear from you about what you’d like
us to tackle next, so you can get working on your next video project. Just
email us at rtober@capeanntv.org, and let us know what you want to know.
We’re putting this year’s schedule together now, so send us your ideas
soon.

Sawyer Free April 8 | John Ronan reads from his first new book of poetry in 8 years, and shares one here for National Poem in Pocket Day April 27, 2017

John Ronan presents Taking the Train of Singularity South From Midtown on Saturday, April 8, 2:00-3:00pm in the Friend Room. It’s Sponsored by the Gloucester Lyceum and Friends of the Sawyer Free Library.

John Ronan a poet, playwright, journalist and a National Endowment for the
Arts Fellow in Literature has done so much in Gloucester! Here’s a throwback article from 1978 about the Gloucester Broadside, a monthly 10 cent one sheet of quality poetry.

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Ronan developed the website resource dedicated to Gloucester poets, Gloucester Poet Laureate, also for Salt and Light: An Anthology of Gloucester Poetry, published spring 2010. He is the host of the Cape Ann TV program, The Writer’s Block.  He was pivotal in establishing the library’s annual Poetry without Paper Contest and poetry columns in the Gloucester Daily Times.

Students are encouraged to submit poems to the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library’s annual Poetry without Paper contest by April 30th!

April 27 2017 | POEM IN POCKET DAY: It’s free and simple to participate. Carry a Poem. Share a Poem. For more information, search for Poem in Your Pocket Day (PIYP Day) Academy of American Poets (www.poets.org) or New York City’s excellent web site, http://www.NYC.gov/poem. PIYP Day started in NYC in 2002 inspired by the Favorite Poem Project established in 1997 (first events April 1998) by Robert Pinsky, former 3x Poet Laureate of the United States. East Gloucester Elementary School initiated Poem in Pocket Day in 2011 (PTO enrichment).

The Ride of My Life

The signs say sixty

miles an hour, sixty

degree angles, eight

bucks for two minutes,

and Don’t Stand Up!

We pay the eight,

climb in the car.

The Big Guy who draws

down the lap bar

tight as a tourniquet,

says:  “Stash the glasses,

the pen in your pocket.

Stuff flies out.”

Cogs catch.  The cars

quake, start awkwardly

forward as my wife waves,

safe on West 10th

and others stroll Surf,

Coney Island tourists

not thinking about The Cyclone,

or the comic fate that leads

in the first place to Astroland,

no way not to be

in a roller coaster seat

at the top of the first drop and…

Ohmygod! Ohmygod! Ohmygod!

Up plummet of guts

plunging down, fist

full of fear in the heart-

sick final mind:

I am not on a metaphor,

I am going to die.

Followed by a slow coast,

an arc of confident calm,

balm of Brooklyn below and…

Ohmygod! Ohmygod! Ohmygod!

Death drop and keister

clench!  The easy scream!

…and the balm of Brooklyn below.

Ohmygod! horror, and hope…

Ohmygod! horror, and hope…

Slowly, slack in the lickety split.

Speed evens out

and the sine curve dies,

finally flat

in a fan turn to the ramp.

The Big Guy hovers

above the cars, smiling:

“Second ride’s five.”

-John J. Ronan

Cape Ann TV filmed John Ronan reading this poem, The Ride of My Life

I LOVED the Cyclone and I lost my prescription eyeglasses…and a shoe!

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Harry Shokler 1943 Coney Island original screenprint

John Ronan’s New Book: Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown

Taking the Train of Singularity South From Midtown

The Poetry Society of America recently featured  John Ronan’s wonderful civic poetry creed essay January 2017. Book tour events listed http://www.theronan.org/

POET LAUREATE: In Gloucester, MA, the Poet Laureate is dedicated to building community through poetry and encouraging a love of poetry among people of all ages. The honorary post for the City of Gloucester was created in 1998. There have been 4 Poet Laureates: Vincent Ferrini was the City’s first, then John Ronan served from 2008-10, Ruthanne Collinson served 2010-14, and Peter Todd served 2014-15. The Committee for the Arts helps to select a new Poet Laureate.

 

Cape Ann TV Lunch and Learn Series: “Green Screen 101”

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Tuesday March 21 at 7PM with “Green Screen 101”. Presentation and demonstration by Ted Reed, professional video producer.

Think of all the times you’ve wanted to battle with Vikings, dive deep beneath the ocean waves and fly to the moon and beyond. Well, now you can!

Join us for our first Lunch and Learn After-Hours, starting at 7pm on Tuesday March 21st when we explore the basics of shooting on green screen. We’ll cover the basics of what you need for cameras, lighting, and software right here at Cape Ann TV’s studios. Find out how to make your own special effects—special!

WHAT IS GREEN SCREEN/CHROMA KEY?

Chroma Key or Green Screen is a fantastic tool for filmmaking that opens up so many storytelling opportunities. It isn’t too difficult provided you know the basics and is easy to use for your films whether you are making an independent low budget film or Hollywood Blockbuster.

Green screens are a key tool in a technique called chroma keying. In a basic scenario this may involve a person/subject being filmed standing in front of a green (or blue) screen. Then using an editing program the green color is digitally removed from the video file leaving the person/subject. A new image/video is then layered behind them. If done well it should look as though the person is actually standing in the scenario that is happening in the background.

The ability to chroma key opens up an array of options for filmmakers. For example if you are filming a news story and you need your presenter to look as though they are standing out the front of the Taj Mahal, then you could use this technique instead of ACTUALLY taking a news reporter to the Taj Mahal. It saves a lot of time and money.

Join award-winning local video producer Ted Reed on Tuesday March 21st at 7PM at Cape Ann TV for Lunch & Learn After Hours “Green Screen 101”.

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to reserve your spot.

CAPE ANN TV LUNCH AND LEARN: BASICS OF LOCATION AUDIO

Cape Ann TV

Lunch & Learn Series: “Basics of Location Audio”

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Wednesday, February 22 at
12 Noon with “Basics of Location Audio”.  Presentation and demonstration
by Ted Reed, professional video producer.

We’re listening! Thanks for your feedback about what you’d like to learn
next at Cape Ann TV’s lunch and learn series. Keep those emails coming, we
want to plan our upcoming sessions knowing what you want to know.

Sometimes sound is an afterthought in video productions—
But it shouldn’t be.  Bad audio can make your video unwatchable!

It’s good to know when to use a hand mic, a lav mic, or a shotgun mic. And
what’s the best mixer if you’re using more than one microphone?

Join award-winning local video producer ted reed at our next lunch and
learn at the Cape Ann TV studio on Wednesday February 22nd at noon. Bring
your audio questions and we’ll take a look at what sounds good when it
comes to video.

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to
reserve your spot.

Cape Ann TV Lunch & Learn Series: “Deep Diving Into Your Camera’s Menu”

Cape Ann TV Lunch & Learn Series: “Deep Diving Into Your Camera’s Menu”

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Thursday January 19, 2016
at 12pm with Professional Video Producer, Ted Reed.

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to start on that New Year’s
resolution to do more video! In support of that, our next Lunch and Learn
at Cape Ann TV will concentrate on getting the most out of your video
camera with something you already have—its menu of controls.

Even the most basic camcorders have ways of adjusting exposure, focus and
color manually, so whether you just got a new camera, or want to find out
more about one you’ve had for a while, bring it in at noontime on Thursday
January 19 to Cape Ann TV’s latest Lunch and Learn workshop. Emmy
award-winning director Ted Reed will answer your questions and give you a
head start at shooting the videos you’ve always wanted to make.

Promo Video Here: https://youtu.be/ZAxPPcwuNXY

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to
reserve your spot.

Proposed building plans Sawyer Free Library, City Hall…Whoa! In the news plus the 1973 appeal led by Joseph Garland, universal access, and archives

“No finer place for sure, downtown.”

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“Fate of historic buildings uncertain” Gloucester Daily Times, Ray Lamont, Jan 3 2017

Seeing double? Yes, you’re supposed to. The Sawyer Free Library addition was designed to mirror Cape Ann Museum as a balanced and nuanced architectural symmetry in deference to City Hall, and catalyst for a graceful center.

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Cape Ann Museum, December 2017

Sawyer Free Library has announced a public meeting January 11th for discussions of a new building. (See the flyer at the end of this post.)

City Hall may have some upcoming construction on the Dale Avenue side as well.

Both projects are largely in the name of accessibility of a physical nature. Can they be cost effective, worthy of our history and culture, protect our significant buildings, and address current and future needs? The following are some of the issues, local coverage, links to resources, and archival material for your interest.

HANDICAP PARKING SPACES BY CITY HALL- Do we have enough?

Although there are several new handicap parking spaces along Dale Avenue by City Hall, carving out the landscape on the left for more spots is in the cards because of grant money. Why? Several people told me that Dale Avenue parking spaces are hazardous for anyone exiting on the street. Although I do not want to minimize any pressing needs, I still ask, “Really?” Have we become so car dependent we would rather a thoroughfare here than the elegant streetscape we have (once a tree lined walk from the train station.) I was also told that it will increase visitation counts. It is an unfair advantage that historic sites with access to more funding (Monticello, Smithsonian, Colonial Williamsburg, and more) are better equipped to face these seemingly no-win situations. But there are creative retrofitting options for Gloucester, too.  Universal design is about balance, not chasing funding sources at the expense of preservation and beauty, nor backwards planning.

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Dale Avenue c.1910
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City Hall, December 2017
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The site of possible razing and paving

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NEW LIBRARY 2016. And 1973.

Before the current 2015-16 library outreach, the library hosted extensive visioning sessions throughout 2013. I went to a couple, and I was invited to take part in a focus group (on schools and the library.)  A completely new library and jettisoning of the historic Saunders library building was not an expressed community value. What were some common discussion points? A strategy for digitization of historic archives and newspapers, more staff, more hours of operation (Sundays), better bathrooms, parking issues, air conditioning, electrical work, maintenance, security, maximizing technology/ content access with schools, ditto Cape Ann TV, and attendance (see this great video from Lisa Smith by kids for kids ) were some goals that were mentioned.

So it was a surprise to see the unveiling of new architectural renderings that did not showcase the Saunders house. It’s like the White House not featuring the White House. I think the Saunders house should be key and central to any building overhaul, not tossed aside. Providing universal access should preserve the intended awe factors if there are any, FOR EVERYBODY–such as the architectural details, proportion, welcoming entrance and unique heritage of a historic building. In this proposal, with Saunders severed there is zero physical access to the main event. What a missed opportunity. And for a library. What do you think?

Today’s paper mentioned that the Saunders house could be used for other purposes instead of the library. Why can’t that be the case and the library maintain its #1 asset? The downtown cultural district (which is not going forward in the same capacity) and other organizations could use the library meeting spaces. Do we really need to conjure up another stand alone endeavor?

Back in 1973, the Trustees of the Library began a fund drive for the new library addition; the city of Gloucester paid 2/3. As the Library’s General Chairman, Joe Garland led that campaign. Not surprising, the text of the brochure is a good read! The architect was Donald F. Monnell. (In 1971 Monnell was quoted in the papers speaking about the attributes of Central Grammar.  One likes him more and more.) The population served was 27,000–nearly what it is today.

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Awesome design  on this 1973 brochure for the fundraising campaign for the Sawyer Free library– led by the Joe Garland (cover). See photos of complete pamphlet
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See “Preserving our Civic Center,” great letter to the editor by Prudence Fish, Gloucester Daily Times, December 23, 2016

Working together

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2016 Planning term and movement- “Scaling Up”

A quip about the concept of Scaling UP that I remember from a conference this past September at Peabody Essex Museum and hosted by Essex National Heritage was to “think about the farm not just a barn”; in this case a downtown, or an entire city and region. I like thinking this way in general–architecture and planning, art, and schools. But this conference pushed me to add overlays beyond my areas of expertise or focus like wildlife and waterways. Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts–there’s so much! Mayor Romeo Theken is committed to working together and feels that planning is important and broad. One example, see Gloucester Daily Times Dec 19, 2016 Officials: City to Prioritize Its (competing) Needs 

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City Looks to Prioritize its Needs, Gloucester Daily Times, Ray Lamont, Dec. 19, 2016

There are several looming questions, evaluations, and decisions.

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Every era has choices. The prior library expansion plans began well before 1972. Possibilities swirled as they do now. (Back then, Central Grammar was also in the news, may or may not have been razed, and possible uses favored senior housing, commercial development, an annex to City Hall, and a courthouse police station.) Today there are competing building needs and uses floated for properties as diverse as: the Cape Ann YMCA on Middle Street, the post office on Dale, the Gloucester Fire Department, police headquarters, St. Ann’s, and the elementary schools–and that’s just to name a few. Let’s celebrate enviable architectural strengths, and not fuss with buildings that should be venerated, unless it’s to help them be accessible and healthy. Let’s get the balance right.

HISTORY MAKING PLEA- Archives for all

The prohibitive costs of best practice historic preservation (ADA compliant, temperature and humidity controls, security, sustainability, in house scanning/OCR/audio transcription, etc) is impossible for all the worthy collections in town, and pits them as foes when vying for funds. Let’s flip that impediment on its head and make Gloucester a model for the state.  Its treasures would be available worldwide if they were truly accessible –digitized.Two words may help accomplish this goal and free up cash for individual operations: shared overhead. It’s one hope I continue to stress–the need to share necessary resources for a state-of-the-art research and warehouse repository. This universal hub should be large enough to encompass any holdings not on view. There could be a smaller downtown central site combined with a larger off site location, such as at Blackburn. The list of sharing institutions could include and is by no means exhaustive: our municipal archives that date back to 1642; Cape Ann Museum; Sawyer Free Library; North Shore Art Association; Beauport; Hammond Castle; the Legion; Amvets and other social clubs; Sargent House; several places of worship; Gloucester Daily Times; Annisquam historical building collections; Lanesville; Magnolia’s historic collections; artists/writers estates; Veterans office; our schools; Isabel Babson Memorial Library, and perhaps businesses such as Cape Pond Ice and Gortons. The library plans don’t appear to retrofit their site(s) for this goal.

If incentives and policy supported neighborhood character over less generic construction collages51

that would be wonderful.  It’s not just Gloucester.

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Continue reading “Proposed building plans Sawyer Free Library, City Hall…Whoa! In the news plus the 1973 appeal led by Joseph Garland, universal access, and archives”

Before: Awaiting Gloucester Lobster Trap Menorah

at Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA. It would be the third year for this tradition.Upcoming TAA event: movies and Chinese food December 24th at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage.

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Lisa Smith of Cape Ann TV won a national award for her report on Gloucester’s Giant Lobster Trap Tree and Menorah which will soon be linked on the Gloucester HarborWalk marker #32 for the temple.

The new building was designed by Maryann Thompson. Learn more about her design.

She was part of a fantastic symposium at Cape Ann Museum this year. I’ll add that link, too.

https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/before-gloucester-

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Cape Ann TV Lunch and Learn: Tricky Lighting Situations

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Wednesday, December 7 at 12 Noon with “Tricky Lighting Situations”.  Presentation and demonstration by Ted Reed, professional video producer.

One of the more challenging things to shoot video of is a meeting presentation. Usually, the speaker is at a podium and referring to a slide show projected on a screen or displayed on a video screen, and the existing lighting is far from optimal.

Dealing with different color temperatures and big exposure variations are just some of the problems—and what if you only have one light? We’ll examine and work out a solution for these and other tricky situations at our next Lunch and Learn atnoon on Wednesday December 7th at the Cape Ann TV studio. (38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester)

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to reserve your spot.