Signs of the times

(author’s note: Signs of the times updated as I add signs to the original 3/25/2020 post, most recent at top. Gloucester, Mass.)


Jeff’s Variety “Because of Limited Staff” signs


MBTA crew disinfecting train station stop, Gloucester, Mass.

MBTA_ disinfecting train station stop Gloucester MA_20200327_covid-19 signs of the times_photograph ©c ryan


George’s Coffee Shop of Gloucester corner of Washington and Centennial sign-  Take Out Available (978)281-1910


Wolf Hill sign – Closed Stay Healthy & Safe!

Wolf Hill_covid 19 sign_ closed Stay Healthy & Safe_ Gloucester Mass_ 20200327_©c ryan

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Coroneconomy – some local shopping sales bump

Is your supermarket busy? Here’s the Stop & Shop crush 6pm yesterday with lines for cashiers and self-checkout wrapped all around.

crush at supermarket 6pm_20200312_©c ryan


The essentials – one shopper’s cart last night -ice cream and water!

the essentials_ice cream and water_one shopper's cart at stop & shop Gloucester MA_20200312 ©c ryan

Not just UK apparently- here’s the toilet paper aisle at BJ’s today. Courtesy photo with note- “The shelves are empty here. The economy will be fine.” 

Coronavirus shopping_ not just UK toilet paper aisle at BJs_ Danvers MA 2020 March 13 © c king

Beyond health and safety conversations with family and friends, at this early week mark, I’m seeing discussions about which industries may be impacted disastrously or pick up. Ditto public services: public meetings will be postponed, but could roadwork ramp up as more people stay home and off the road? One friend canceled a party this weekend, signing off with some black humor – stay healthy and send suggestions for staying cooped up with kids. Another friend sparked a debate about sending students home from college (many untested):

“We are missing a huge opportunity as a Nation. Given that we have barely conducted 6000 tests in two weeks, when compared to South Korea which conducts 20,000 test A DAY! We clearly need to ramp up! Our college kids are healthy, pretty indestructible, and well educated. They could run tests, assist in research, help out in medical settings, even help in transforming hotels or other spaces into medical ready facilities. But we are sending them home, to sit on couches and play video games. Why?” – Linda 

Responses back ranged from the difficulties of such close quarters in dorms to alternative approaches in the works (like the Univ. of Washington appealing to grad students to do just that, and Colgate keeping kids on campus).

Healthy wishes to all and feeling grateful for the work that will be undertaken by so many–and at risk– to keep us safe.

Grocery parcel pick up & easy on line shopping launching September 2019 at Stop & Shop #GloucesterMA

New heights – Click and Connect coming soon!

Stop & Shop 6 Thatcher Road, Gloucester, MA 01930 is adding a parcel pick up area just inside the threshold. Upon entering the store, pick up customers will turn left. Stop & Shop staff said they’re targeting September 9th for the soft launch of this new option to buy on line and then pick up and the week following as the official opening.

Coming full circle? This addition brought forth some Massachusetts memories. Does anybody else remember the grocery chain with the curbside conveyor belt? Staff packed the groceries into bags and boxes, and customers brought their car around (station wagon for us)

Have You Bought Your St. Joseph Pasta Ingredients Yet?


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Producer manager Tom and his coworker Andrew at Stop & Shop has a beautiful display of Cauliflower and Anise Bulbs ready and waiting for St. Joseph Feast customers


Scalafani  Bakery  # 978-283-6622  &  Virgilio’s Bakery # 978-283-5295. Both are currently taking orders for St. Joseph bread rolls, nd both have amble supplies of semolina flour, and dried fava beans

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Café Sicilia is located on 40 Main Street # 978-283-7345.  Café Sicilia has announced that they will be selling St. Joseph Pasta on Wednesday March 19, and they are also currently taking orders for St. Joseph Zeppole. Call Nino & Maria and reserve your orders…They sell out quickly!


Cape Ann Fruit Company  978-281-5176 ~ Scott and his crew have been busy all week supplying  host families  around town with cases of lemons Oranges, Anise, and Cauliflower all week. They provide  fresh produce and are great to do business.

…I hope this directory is helpful…and please don’t forget to tell them Sista Sent you !