Program Note: Friday 7/13 Meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club


Friday night at 8:00pm, July 13, the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club is pleased to host Astronomy Magazine columnist and President of the Amateur Astronomy Makers of Boston, Glenn Chaple, with a presentation titled “Double Stars For Backyard Telescopes — Double Stars are TWICE the Fun!”

In the 19th century and early decades of the 20th, when refractors were the telescopes of choice, double stars were the favorite fare of amateur astronomers. With the discovery in the 1920s that the so-called “spiral nebulae” were actually distant galaxies and the emergence in popularity of the reflecting telescope, double stars took a back seat to deep-sky objects.

Light pollution has made it harder and harder to observe deep-sky objects, but double stars remain relatively unaffected by streetlights or the Moon. As a result, double stars are regaining popularity among backyard astronomers.

In a colorful and informative presentation, Glenn will explain the nature of double and multiple stars, discuss the history of double star astronomy, and offer hints on observing double stars with unaided eye, binoculars, or telescope. He’ll conclude with a look at a Top Ten double star list, the Double Star Marathon, and resources for the double star enthusiast; you’ll come away well-prepared for some double-star observing.

We’ll hope to see you on Friday July 13, from 8:00 to 9:30, for an evening of great snacks, great conversation, and a terrific presentation by a GAAC favorite.

GAAC meets on the second Friday of every month except August, at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Lanesville. There are no dues or fees, and the public is warmly invited. No special knowledge or equipment is needed to have a great time. For more info on the club and its activities, see the website, Facebook page, or follow the club on Twitter, @GAACster.

Meg Colby Team Massachusetts! USA medalist!!!

Gloucester’s very own Meg Colby rocked the pool in the 100M freestyle, 200M freestyle, 100M backstroke and the 100M freestyle relay. Meg swims for Cape Ann Special Olympics Sharks, the Gloucester Highs and part of Team Massachusetts.She made the whole Cape Ann Community and Massachusetts proud bringing home three silver medals and one bronze. Meg all your training paid off! You took Seattle by storm!!! Welcome Home 🏊‍♀️

North Shore Arts Association June 29 at 3:57 PM · Demonstration July 21st 2pm Pop Up Show July 16 -21st John Caggiano, a long time Cape Ann artist, will demonstrate his skills painting with brushes and palette knives. His oil palette, which has evolved over many years, is large and varied. It contains many colors, most of which are utilized in every painting. He will most likely paint from photos unless it is feasible to move outside on the grounds of the Northshore Arts Association, in which case he will choose a subject from the surrounding area. Questions from the audience will be welcomed. If time permits, he will be happy to critique a painting that you bring with you as long as you are willing to share it with all in attendance. Aside from the Northshore Arts Association, John Caggiano is an elected member of the American Society of Marine Artists, Academic Artists, Hudson Valley Art, Lyme Art and Rockport Art – Associations. Annually he is a juried and invited artist in up to a dozen plein air events around the country including Cape Ann Plein Air. Some recent awards are the Texas Ranchland Award from En Plein Air Texas, the Guerrilla Painters Award from Wayne (PA) Plein Air Festival and Second Place in the Marine Art Exhibition at the Lyme Art Association. John Caggiano’s art may be viewed on Facebook, or at his gallery on Bearskin Neck in Rockport, Massachusetts founded in 1981.

Fourth of July Message from Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken


City Hall                                                                                                                          TEL 978-281-9700
Nine Dale Avenue                                                                                                        FAX 978-281-9738
Gloucester, MA 01930                                                                   
City of Gloucester
Office of the Mayor

Next week is the Fourth of July, a day in which we celebrate the founding of our great country.  In the coming years, we will also be celebrating 400 years since the founding of Gloucester.  It is times like these that I believe we need to pause and reflect on who we are as a community.

Our beloved city has always been forward thinking.  We supported the Continental Army during the Revolution when the idea of liberty and freedom of speech for all men and women was a traitorous and foreign concept.  Gloucestermen fought alongside those from the other thirteen colonies and we won our freedom from the British and the opportunity to start a new country.

Throughout our history we have been strong and passionate supporters of individual rights.  Gloucester is a tight knit community of neighbors, of family and of friends.  We have been through much together in our 400 year existence and, I hope and pray, we will continue on for another 400 years.  Visitors recognize our sense of history and community and that is why they love visiting Gloucester.

It is no secret that our national politics have become destructive.  Both sides are more interested in driving wedges than in building bridges.  The promotion of fear and hate, intimidation and aggression has become common place.  In recent months, I have started to see this toxicity begin to seep into our community discourse and it concerns me deeply.  This is not who we are.  If we allow this type of politics to take hold, it will tear us apart.

I believe in a better Gloucester.  A Gloucester where we speak our minds but we do so with respect for other people.  A Gloucester where we act with compassion towards our fellow citizens.  A Gloucester where we understand that each and every one of us is equal.  Our values, our concerns, our lives… we are part of the fabric of this community.  Every one of us deserves respect and compassion no matter what our beliefs even when providing that respect and compassion is difficult.

Gloucester has been a pioneer in addressing national controversies head on.  We can, once again, lead by example and not allow political disagreement to ruin the community we have worked so hard to build. We must give our neighbors and our friends the respect they deserve… the respect that we would want in return.  We must continue to work towards building a just, fair and compassionate Gloucester.  It is what our forefathers fought and died for and it is what our children and grandchildren deserve.  I hope you and your family have a happy and safe Fourth of July.


Sefatia Romeo Theken