GLOUCESTER MAKES TOP ONE HUNDRED LIST OF NATION’S SAFEST CITIES!

Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S.

January 2, 2019

By Andrew Schiller

The safest cities in America are not remote, rural places. They are closer than you think. They may not be big, but often they are just minutes from the largest cities in the U.S.

One of America’s safest cities is just 3 miles from Manhattan, and 7 miles from Central Park, in the heart of New York City. That city is Fort Lee, New Jersey. Fully eleven of them are within the New York Metro area.

In many ways, these cities serve as neighborhoods within the large metro area.

Similarly, NeighborhoodScout’s research revealed nineteen of the safest cities are in the Boston metro area, and eight are in California, including Danville, which is a scant 22 minutes from Oakland, one of the nation’s most dangerous cities. This is a common pattern our researchers have noted: the safest and most dangerous parts of America’s great urban areas are often just a few miles apart.

Lake in the Hills, IL, the safest city in America for 2019, is a well-to-do community in the Chicago area, while Chicago itself is one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. In his book The Big Sort, author Bill Bishop describes how America is sorting itself by income, education, and lifestyle into isolated communities. The pattern of crime and safety reflects this social sorting, not just by region but by city and neighborhood within the same commuting zone.

READ MORE HERE

 

The nineteen Massachusetts towns and cities and their ranking are as follows:

2. Franklin
3. Shrewsbury
6. Marshfield
19. Reading
22. Needham
23. Billerica
24. Arlington
28. Newton
32. Beverly
33. Wellesley
39. North Andover
47. Milton
50. Belmont
52. Melrose
59. Wakefield
68. Gloucester
76. Andover
87. Bridgewater
91. Watertown

Stephanie Buck: Shadowed Lives presentation at Sawyer Free

stephanie buck talk at gloucester lyceum and sawyer free public library january 2019 gloucester ma

Stephanie Buck: Shadowed Lives

Saturday January 12, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

In conjunction with the African-Americans and Maritime History Exhibit from the Massachusetts Commonwealth Museum, From Slavery to Freedom, on view in the Matz Gallery, Stephanie Buck, a local expert on Gloucester History, will share information regarding the effects of slavery on Cape Ann.

Happy New Year from Design of Mine !

Everything is 40% Off!

New merchandise added to our inventory just for the sale !

We want to thank all of our customers for an amazing year!

Sale ends January 8th

*All sales final!

*excludes prior sales!

 

Design of Mine
33 Main Street
Gloucester, MA
978-491-7495

LIV AND CHARLOTTE AT THE LOBSTER TRAP TREE

Whenever at the Lobster Trap Tree to take a photo or passing by, there is a steady stream of people–families, couples, and groups of friends–stopping to pose and take snapshots. It’s a Gloucester thing for sure!

The tree will be up most likely though the end of January. David Brooks shares that the time of dismantling is weather dependent however, the BIG BUOY PARTY FAMILY FUN NIGHT is Friday January 25th, so don’t wait too long to take a photo at Gloucester’s beautiful (and the World’s Best) Lobster Trap Tree.

OUR LADY OF GOOD VOYAGE DOUBLE CROSSES ILLUMINATED BY MOONLIGHT

The double crosses of the bell tower holding the Moon

December’s Full Snow Moon, also named the Cold Moon

About the architecture of Our Lady of Good Voyage from the National Park Service –

A fire destroyed the original church in 1914. Prominent architect Halfdan M. Hanson designed and immediately began building the existing, unique Mission style church, which replaced the earlier church. It is the only Mission style church in Gloucester. Modeled after a church in the Azores, Our Lady of Good Voyage consists of two distinct sections: the two-story main worship space that is of a cruciform plan and an L-shaped rectory that extends from the northwest corner of the main worship space. The rectory, which was built between 1872 and 1884 as a separate building, was incorporated into the new church. Resting on a granite foundation, the building is covered in a buff-colored stucco. Flanked by two identical bell towers, the central bay of the façade is pierced by the main entrance at the first level. A rose window adorns the second level, above which rises an ogee pediment supporting a pedestal and a statue of Our Lady of Good Voyage, who holds a boat in her left hand as a symbol of a safe voyage. In 1922, bells were installed in the towers. These bells, still in place today, were cast by John Taylor & Company of England-the same foundry that cast Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell.

SANTA SPIED AT THE LOBSTER TRAP CHRISTMAS TREE ON CHRISTMAS EVE!

En route delivering Christmas gifts, Santa was spotted for fleeting second at the Lobster Trap Tree. He must have wings on his feet. Just like everyone else in Gloucester Town, he wanted a snapshot in front of the world’s best Lobster Trap Christmas Tree.

Character Breakfast To help benefit the gloucester horribles parade

A great way to help raise money for next years 4th of July parade…and fun for a bunch of kids…and adults…and Santa.

LADIES NIGHT IS A HUGE SUCCESS!

Come on down! Main Street is abuzz with shoppers and partygoers–it’s so much fun to see the street come alive at night. Shops are decorated to the nines and chock-a-block full of gifts. Maritime Gloucester is hosting a fantastic art show. All the Main Street restaurants are open and ready to serve you and your friends after a fun evening of shopping.

Changing of the guard at Dogtown books

A very well attended celebration and changing of the ownership of Dogtown Books. Bob and Andrea retire and give the keys of the castle to the new owners Lucas and Caroline. Best of luck to all involved. A new start for all!

GLOUCESTER’S CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET

Hats off to Gloucester’s Main Street merchants for their splendid holiday window decor!

To vote for your favorite window display go to the Chamber’sDowntown Gloucester Holiday Window Contest ” Facebook page.

Whimsy and wonderment on Main Street -the most magical time of the year!

A WHALE OF A TAIL AT THE PAINT FACTORY

“Dive Deep Within” – Goetemann artist Deborah Redwood’s sculpture at the Paint Factory

Don’t you love the scale of Deborah’s piece? Much like Gloucester’s most beloved statues, the “Fishermen’s Wives Memorial,” “Man at the Wheel,” and “Joan of Arc,” “Dive Deep Within” is built to a very human scale and blends beautifully with the environment. “Dive Deep Within” is a statement, but does not try to compete with or dominate the surrounding landscape. Read more about Deborah’s piece here:

Deborah Redwood

and visit her website here: https://www.deborahredwood.com/

When I look at the subtle artistry of “Dive Deep Within,” I am reminded of the humungous abrasive metal sculpture that our community has been highly pressurized to accept, to not only find a suitable location for its installation, but to pay for its fabrication as well. One suggested site was the tiny narrow strip of green grass on the Rocky Neck causeway. When that location was wholeheartedly rejected, the next attempt was to locate the sculpture at the beautiful, but again very small, Solomon Jacob’s Park. This suggestion was especially nonsensical because the Solomon Jacob Park was specifically designed to be an open window to the working waterfront.

Monumentally large sculptures like that perhaps look best when sited in vast open spaces, a midwestern prairie or on a farm field; at a similar place where from the artist has made his home for most of his life, rather than Gloucester’s stunning waterfront.

Greatly appreciating the scale and intention of Deborah Redwood’s “Dive Deep Within”