GLOUCESTER CELEBRATES EARTH DAY! WITH GREAT NEWS: LYN AND DAN RELEASE THE YOUNG SWAN BACK TO THE WILD!

Throughout the community people took the time to participate in Earth Day cleanups and events.  I was only able to cover a small fraction of the events and locations. Let us know how you spent Earth Day weekend. We would love to post your stories on Good Morning Gloucester. Thank you so much!

THE GREAT GLOUCESTER CLEANUP TEAM CAPTAINS

Organized by Ainsley Smith and Nick Illiades from Gloucester’s Clean City Commission, The Great Gloucester Cleanup took place at six locations–St. Peter’s Square, Pavilion Beach, Washington Street, Cripple Cove, Good Harbor Beach, and Horton Street.

The volunteers filled over ONE HUNDRED BAGS OF TRASH!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS FOR HELPING TO KEEP GLOUCESTER BEAUTIFUL!

After the cleanup, a fabulous cookout was hosted by Jamie at her beautiful shop located right on the inner harbor, One Ocean One Love. Jamie provided the burgers and much of the food; Caffe Sicilia donated cookies; Pigeon Cove Ferments, the sauerkraut; and Ma and Pa’s, the pickles. Additionally Beauport Hotel, Clean Pro Gloucester, and Lone Gull provided breakfast. Please say thank you for supporting The Great Gloucester Cleanup to these local businesses by patronizing their establishments. 

Meanwhile, over at Good Harbor Beach, I was watching the Piping Plovers this morning from 8am to about 10:30. With many volunteers expected for the Good Harbor Beach clean up location I thought there would be lots of folks interested in learning more about the PiPl, and yes, there were!

While there, I also met Gloucester’s new animal control officer Teagan (rhymes with Reagan) Dolan. He’s very interested in helping the PiPl and the dog officer’s stepped-up presence at Good Harbor has had a noticeable impact on the number of dogs off-leash and in the dunes at Good Harbor Beach. Teagan is suggesting to dog walkers alternative locations such as Plum Cove Beach and Cressies Beach. I showed him where the roping that cordoned off the nesting area broke overnight and he got out his trusty pocket knife and fixed it on the spot!

Then onto Eastern Point, with the great wildlife news of the weekend is that my friends Lyn and Dan released the Young Swan back to Niles Pond! You may recall that the Young Swan became frozen in the ice in early winter. Lyn has been kindly taking care of the immature swan all winter, housing him in a chicken coop remodeled (by carpenter Joel Munroe) just for a swan, replete with a heated pool.

Releasing the Young Swan at Niles

Lyn and Dan gently and humanely covered the swan with a blanket while carrying him to the water’s edge. Upon release, he immediately headed into a reeded area and then down to Skip’s dock where he took the longest swan bath imaginable, dip-diving and splashing for twenty minutes. When last I saw him, he was perusing the pond’s edge, becoming refamiliarized with his home territory.

Stretching his wings!

Swan Rescuers Lyn and Dan

Lyn’s little Little Aruba rescue puppy and Dan

HAPPY EARTH DAY FRIENDS!

 

SUPER EXCITING NEWS: SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS BANNED!!!

Ainsley Smith from Clean Gloucester writes, “We’ve got some great news! Gloucester is now Massachusetts’ 57th municipality to reduce our reliance on plastic bags! Thank you to everyone who came out and spoke in support or sent in emails. We look forward to working with our City Council on successfully rolling out this ordinance and related education to all of Gloucester’s residents.” The vote was passed seven to one.Gloucester Clean City Commissioners Nick Lilades, Ainsley Smith, Eric Magers, Councilor Melissa Cox, and Bev Low

GloucesterCast 245 With Paul Lundberg, The Cast of To Kill A Mockingbird, Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Judy Ryan, Heidi Dallin, Kim Smith, Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/8/17

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GloucesterCast 245 With Paul Lundberg, The Cast of To Kill A Mockingbird, Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Judy Ryan, Heidi Dallin, Kim Smith, Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/8/17

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Time-stamped Topics Include (click on digits before each topic to go direct):

00:12 Paul Lundberg Running For Councilor At Large- Why?

11:46 The Cast of To Kill A Mockingbird from Gloucester Stage Buy Tickets Here

14:44 Kim Balls Her Eyes Out

31:37 Cape Ann Community Cinema Ticket Contest We will have two free tickets to give away I will post a question from the podcast, people need to share the podcast, tag me in it and answer the question for a chance to win the tickets.

Cape Ann Community Cinema Tickets Contest Question- What movie did Joey and Kate see?

34:40 The Franklin Cape Ann For Dinner- Maria Seniti and Crew Have Not Lost A Step -Delivering Consistency For Years At The Franklin.

37:36 Happy Belly Coffee– Shoutout To Happy Belly Coffee Roaster Tom

40:20 Serenitee Rewards Card Joey Got One Free Entree because you get one to use during your birthday month , One Free Coffee and $10.00 Free To Use At Happy Belly

42:20 Cape Pod Ice Gift Shop, Cape Ann Whale Watch Gift Shop, Pauline’s Gifts, Maritime Gloucester, Weathervane, One Ocean One Love

45:26 You Can Help Fund Kim Smith’s Monarch Butterfly Film

46:52 This past week Essex National Heritage announced new trustees including PETER WEBBER, Cape Ann Chamber; new commissioners including KIM SMITH; and 2017 Pioneer in Partnership awardees including Woman owned businesses of the Byway  Essex National Heritage organizes the wildly successful Trails and Sails and the coastal scenic Byway—best route home from the airport if you have family/friends visiting for the first time and they get into Logan like at 4pm on a weekday and don’t want to be horribly stuck in traffic on route 1! easy to follow and gorgeous. Essex National Heritage celebrated their 20th anniversary this past winter and many Gloucester and Cape Ann organizations were recognized. Only one person, though, and she was…KIM!

 

49:15 Dan Ruberti Passed

50:34 Joey I’m Edwin from Tacos Lupita can u help me spread the word..A quick update on the donations to Puerto Rico. We have 2 containers of donations but we have the money to sent only one so far. So I ask the community of Gloucester one more time to help collect 6k to pay for the other container. God bless

52:10 Addicted to Garden of Eatin’ Red Hot Blues Corn Tortilla Chips. Is it bad to eat nacho chips at 7am?

54:33 Ro-Tel Dip

56:35 Pigeon Cove Tavern

58:50 Fun things to do ART LINKS compiled by Cat Ryan-
Arts events still going strong on Sunday and Monday Columbus Day weekend

o   Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Scary Movies all October Why should Salem have all the fun?

o   Cape Ann Cinema & Stage with UU Church SILENT horror movies

Hunchback of Notre Dame Oct 17, 7:30PM featuring world famous pipe organ maestro Peter Krasinski

Not sure if these have planned 2017 dates, yet

Magolia Sip and Stroll; Brace Cove Annual Art Market; Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing

SAVE this link to plan for every FALL Gloucester annual arts events schedule—just in October/ “fall”!

 

Paddleboard race in Gloucester | Cape Ann SUPahBowl vision for a new sporting event was a HUGE success!

Cape Ann SUPahBowl, Gloucester’s biggest paddle board racing event, brought more than 60 contestants to Pavilion Beach at Beauport Hotel early this morning. It was a rainy start but gave way to a beautiful day on Gloucester Harbor.

Congratulations on a such an amazing launch Cape Ann SUP! And to all who pulled this together including Beauport HotelHigh 5EM event management company, Barefoot Wine (the largest wine spritzer company in the country I was told- who knew?),  One Ocean One Love retail shop, and a big family of volunteers and staff.

The race had staggered starts for 4 various classes: elite, amateur, open and kids. The elites kicked it off and had the longest distance course.  The video shows the start of the first two groups heading off to turn right… at the Greasy Pole! Coast guard and police boats were on hand and a paddle board pit stop at each buoy should any help be necessary. Photos from today’s event below.

They’re off!

video of the first 3 minutes – elite and amateur racers start from dry land

 

They’re off – open race starts in the water

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They’re off – kid’s race starts in the water

Cape Ann SUP SUPahBowl start of kids race

map for the 2.5 mile open course

Cape Ann SUPahBowl 2017 2.6 mile course for open race

Returning Racers

Racers return to Pavilion Beach after grueling courses. Cape Ann SUP (red t-shirts) staff wait to carry and beach each and every board as contestants dismount and sprint –carrying their paddles — through to the official finish line and timer.

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After grueling paddle board race footrace with paddle to finish line

Finished racers await other contestants and times. Many knew each other and competed in all 4 races of summer 2017.

Beauport Hotel Pavilion Beach Gloucester MA racers finished awaiting competitors from the rest of the course

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Ashley and Caren from HIGH 5EM event management handled the times (I’ll post to results)

 

BEFORE THE RACE

Vinnie, Dominic’s dad (white shirt),  worked throughout the event (setting up finish line here with High 5em!) and worked through the celebration. “It’s a family effort and affair,” he said speaking to how the race is put on and who it caters to. There was a tremendously positive vibe!

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Participants get a sweet t shirt

DURING THE RACE

Danielle Maccini, Director of Events for Beauport Hotel, goes over details with Dominic. Small or large they make any event special. DanielleM@BeauportHotel.com
www.BeauportHotel.com

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The view from the Beauport Hotel deck is a sweeping stunner! Before the awards ceremony and reception were held, Barefoot Wine, Cape Ann SUP and One Ocean One Love shop were readying the event space with Beauport Hotel.

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AWARDS CEREMONY AND RECEPTION

Gentle and fun crowd of racers. There was serious prize money and cute swag. All participants received the sweet inaugural t-shirt.

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Racers tshirt 2017 Cape Ann SUPahBowl

Nice to see so many families and future racers!

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EAST GLOUCESTER KID’S CLUB DONATES $540.00 TO HELP PURCHASE CLEAN HARBOR TECHNOLOGIES

Over the summer, our East Gloucester neighborhood kids Atticus, Meadow, Pilar, Frieda, Lucas, and Sabine formed the club Plastic: Pick it Up!, a kid’s campaign for getting plastic off roadways and beaches so it doesn’t end up in our oceans. Through their lemonade stand, the club raised a whopping 540.00!! On Wednesday evening they, along with Jackson, visiting cousin from North Carolina, met with members of Cape Ann Maritime Partnership (CAMP) to donate the money raised to help purchase a Seabin and Marine Skimmer, marine technologies designed to clean up oil and plastic garbage.

Learning about the effect of plastic pollution with marine biologist Julie Hurley and CAMP leaders. 

Plastic: Pick it Up! club members Frieda, Atticus, Jackson, Lucas, Pilar, Meadow, and Sabine

Love this logo for CAMP designed by Jamie Mathison!

CAMP is a relatively newly formed  partnership between NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, Gloucester’s Clean City Commission, One Ocean One Love, Seaside Sustainability, Maritime Gloucester, and Gloucester’s Coast Guard Station.

The event took place at the beautiful printing headquarters and shop of Jamie Mathison and sister Sarah Steward, One Ocean One Love. Jamie is the owner and artist, and sister Sarah is the general manager. From the shop’s website: “One Ocean One Love shop is a hand-printed, surf-inspired clothing brand, offering one of a kind ocean related products in stores and online. We’re a small eco-friendly business made up of forward-thinkers, with a passion to conserve and protect marine life. 5% of all One Ocean apparel net profits are donated toward keeping the oceans clean.” 

Ainsley Smith from Gloucester’s Clean City Commission wearing tank top designed by Jamie with the CAMP logo. 

Stop by One Ocean One Love and see their wonderful collection of tees, tanks, and totes, all hand-printed from linoleum block designs by Jamie. One Ocean One Love Gloucester shop is located at 47R Parker Street, in the lighthouse on the harbor. Their Rockport shop is located at 6 Bearskin Neck. 

 

Links to learn more about the Seabin, Marine Skimmer, CAMP,  One Ocean One Love, and plastic ocean pollution:

projectaware.org

www.plasticoceans.org

http://www.oneoceanoneloveshop.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CapeAnnMaritimePartnership/

http://www.marinatrashskimmer.com/

http://seabinproject.com/