World Fish Migration Day! Little River Fish Count (Sat March 31st)

Gloucester Shellfish Warden Tammy Cominelli and NOAA Fish Biologist Tara Trinko Lake lead a walking tour

Little River Fishway Tour

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Tour from 9:30 am – 10:30 am

LOCATION: Little River next to the West Gloucester Water Filtration Plant, 732 Magnolia Ave, Gloucester, MA.

Join us to celebrate World Fish Migration Day and learn more about the Little River! Come tour the new fishway with the Gloucester Shellfish warden and staff from NOAA Fisheries. Learn about the small, but resilient alewife population in the Little River.


The City of Gloucester leads an annual effort to monitor the migration of returning adult alewives as they migrate from the ocean to Lily Pond and the Little River to spawn. Volunteers that count fish help us understand when and how many fish travel upstream every year. River herring provide important forage for cod, bluefish, tuna and striped bass, which are important fish for the City of Gloucester.

Volunteers needed!

  • Sign up for 10-minute fish counts from April 1-May 31
  • No experience necessary, training will be available!
  • Fun and easy way to help the river and practice citizen science!

Thanks to the City of Gloucester, NOAA Fisheries, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and Sumco for supporting this restoration project and monitoring.

For more information please contact: Tammy Cominelli, Gloucester Shellfish Warden, 978-559-9435,

Full flyer:

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Seaside Garden Club’s April Meeting

April 10, 2018, 7pm at the Manchester Community Center
Deborah Trickett of the Captured Garden, will present a Jaw-Dropping Container Demonstration. Two containers will be demonstrated and raffled. Deborah Trickett is the owner of the Captured Garden ( First, she will demonstrate some unique and beautiful container gardens with a power point lecture. Next, she will create 2 container gardens as we observe her design choices and technique. Deborah designs these to be beautiful, and anything but typical. She showcases uncommon plants and creates combinations that are anything but cookie cutter. At the end of the program, we will have a chance to win her two designs. Guests are welcome, there is a $5 fee for non-members.


The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners. We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share. We invite you to become a member of our club and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops. Registration for the 2018-2019 season is open; join by April 30 for only $25. After May 1 the membership dues are $30. Go to for an application and more information.

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June, at the Manchester Community Center, located at 40 Harbor Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea. Social time begins with light refreshments at 7:00 pm, followed by the program at 7:30 pm.

What’s New with Backyard Growers

Looking for a great way for your kid to spend April break? Join us at Backyard Growers for two days filled with plants, seeds, and lots of fun! For children ages 5-8. April 17 and 18, 9am-12pm.

Scholarships and discounts available; contact for more information.

April Break 2018 Flyer

Are you looking for a way to spend more time outdoors and to give back to your local community this spring? Consider our get-a-garden give-a-garden program. Applications for the 2018 growing season now available! Call 978-281-0480 or email for more details.

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Harold Rotenberg: An American Impressionist. A special exhibition features 90 years of painter’s work at Cape Ann Museum On view April 14 – June 17, 2018.

pic.pngHarold Rotenberg: An American Impressionist, a special exhibition exploring the career of artist Harold Rotenberg (1905-2011), will open at the Cape Ann Museum on Saturday, April 14 and remain on display through June 17.

For 90 years, Rotenberg devoted himself to painting, creating a remarkable body of work. “Paintings are adventures,” he once observed, adding each one is “a new experience.” Visitors to the Museum will be able to share in this remarkable artist’s adventures as they explore a selection of 40 works created on Cape Ann and around the world.

A native of Attleboro, Massachusetts, beginning in the early 1920s, Rotenberg embarked on a life of creating art and inspiring others to do the same. Through his work at a settlement house in Boston, at the Boston Museum School, the School of Practical Art in Boston and from his own studio, Rotenberg provided instruction to an entire generation of artists, including Jack Levine, Reed Kay, Jason Berger, Barbara Swan and David Aronson.

Rotenberg created a large body of his own work, experimenting with a variety of mediums and moving easily between traditional compositions and abstraction. His mature style was influenced by impressionism and effectively uses color and brushwork as a mean of expressing the uniqueness of place and time. He lived and painted around the world but Rockport held a special place in his heart and the paintings he created on Cape Ann dominate this exhibition.

Harold Rotenberg: An American Impressionist was organized with the assistance of the artist’s daughter, Judi Rotenberg who will present a gallery talk on her father’s work on Saturday, April 28 at 9:30 a.m. A noted artist herself, it is Judi’s hope that this special exhibition will introduce new audiences of art lovers to her father’s work and inspire artists to view their work as “adventures.”

Judith Curtis, a freelance arts writer for publications like American Art Review and author of several books on artists including “H. Rotenberg: an Artist’s Journey,” will speak about his work on Saturday, June 9 at 3 p.m. Curtis is also the curator of the Rockport Art Association, and she lives on Cape Ann.

For more information about the exhibition and related programming, please visit the Museum’s website



ATTENTION Gloucester High School Students (and Parents):

Applications for 2018 summer jobs are now being accepted!

Apply for a GHS summer internship for July and August. Get a jump on your friends and nail down a summer job. THERE ARE ONLY 20 OPEN SLOTS, SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO REVIEWING YOUR APPLICATION ASAP!

As part of this FREE internship program you will:

  • Be matched with a local company where you will gain important workplace skills
  • Be paid minimum wage or a stipend
  • Start to build a solid resume for college and future endeavors

Internship highlights:

  • Open to students in 9th through 12th grades
  • Interviews are being conducted NOW!
  • A 2.5 hour workplace skills workshop each week at GHS during the weeks of July 9th- August 17th, and an internship placement at least 10 hours per week (exact weeks/hours will depend on the employer but will mostly be over those 6 weeks)

Applications are available online through LEAP for Education’s website:

You may also pick up and fill out a hard copy application in the Guidance Office. Or apply by contacting JoAnn Leavitt at 774-270-0119 or There is also a QR code on the internship flyer below.

 If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact your guidance counselor, or JoAnn Leavitt:
JoAnn Leavitt
Gloucester Program Coordinator
LEAP for Education


Rockets Softball FUNdraiser! Tomorrow Sunday Night!


Date:Sunday March 25, 2018

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Cape Ann Lanes (53 Gloucester Ave, Gloucester MA. 01930. Phone 978-283-9753)

This FUNdraiser will support the Riverdale Rockets Softball program & its’ athletes!

Cost is $20 per person for 3 strings & shoes (remember to bring socks)

Prizes will be awarded for TOP SCORING TEAM, HIGHEST SCORE & MOST GUTTER BALLS — Raffles will also be held

Sign-up as an individual or a team (teams consist of 4-6 bowlers)

Sign up at the event!