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Friday, January 23rd, 2009

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Nice morning out scalloping today. Flat calm. A rare day on the water this time of the year. Photos
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Waterfront News blog

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

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Work on the new dock at the end of Old North Wharf is going along well. I have followed the progression since day one of the rebuilding. Recently, the guys from AGM have moved their big barge and crane way down by Kevin Shore’s old fish market. Wednesday at low tide, they were setting huge concrete pads as the base for the pilings. Here are some scenes.
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Waterfront blog

Pictures

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Inquirer and Mirror staff writer Josh Gray was in Washington, D.C. on inauguration day. He had tickets to the swearing-in, but was unable in the massive crowds to get anywhere near the seating. He was, however, able to take some pictures along the way. Click here.

Dancing in the streets

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

1 p.m. People are cheering in the streets, hugging, and there is a feeling of jubilation everywhere. The party atmosphere will no doubt only increase throughout the afternoon as the inaugural balls and parties approach.

It will take hours for the mall to clear out. Many people seem to be leaving, only because it’s too cold to stay outside for long and wait for next wave of festivities to begin, and the parade is only open to those with tickets or were screened in advance.
I&M staff writer Josh Gray is attending Barack Obama’s inauguration and will share his thoughts and observations on the proceedings throughout the day.

Two words

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

12:05 p.m. Thunderous applause.
– I&M staff writer Josh Gray is attending Barack Obama’s inauguration and will share his thoughts and observations on the proceedings throughout the day.

Rock Star Reception

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

11:41 a.m. The crowds around us watching on television are breaking into sustained and loud applause for Obama as he makes his way to the podium.
– I&M staff writer Josh Gray is attending Barack Obama’s inauguration and will share his thoughts and observations on the proceedings throughout the day.

Denied

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

11:26 a.m. We gave up on trying to get into the ticket area. I bet there’s 5 million people here. There are just hundreds of thousdands of people still trying to get in. People who don’t have tickets are maybe 75 percent of those people standing in line to get to the ticketed areas. The whole mall and the Capitol are fenced off.

We left home at 5 a.m. and got here around 7. We were in line probably for two hours and didn’t move an inch. It just kept getting more and more crowded. We actually hopped the barrier to get out. It was ridiculous. It wasn’t worth it, so my friends and I are two blocks away at a restaurant, watching it on TV.

But it’s an amazing feeling. All the restaurants are full, and we’ve got a decent view of the TV. Everyone is glued to it. People are cheering.
– I&M staff writer Josh Gray is attending Barack Obama’s inauguration and will share his thoughts and observations on the proceedings throughout the day.

Waiting Game

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

I’m waiting in line with thousands to enter our ticket area (for a spot on the public bleachers). It would appear the crowds have exceeded expectations.
– I&M staff writer Josh Gray is attending Barack Obama’s inauguration and will share his thoughts and observations on the proceedings throughout the day.

Front seat to history

Monday, January 19th, 2009

As Barack Obama takes the oath of office Tuesday, staff writer Josh Gray will be in attendance and will share some thoughts on the proceedings held throughout the day.

As with any presidential inauguration there are those stationary elements that belong to almost every single one. Every four years a newly-elected or incumbent president will utter his oath of office, many times preceded by musical performances and other orations.

As solemn as the oath of office is, the inaugural address has always carried with it a measure of expectation. While there are those that stand out above the rest, many do not meet that expectation and the poignancy of their words fade with time. There are those, however, spoken by some of the greatest orators in American history, that stand the test of time. These words become part of the fabric of the American experience and are as easily brought to mind as Pearl Harbor or Armstong’s first steps on to the surface of the moon.

With the inauguration of Barack Obama, Americans are faced with a transcendent event. It is a moment in time that reaches beyond party politics or affiliations, geographic divides and ideologies. Those who refuse to acknowledge this forget that they are, above all else, Americans. It is our duty as citizens to come together for the common good in order that the whole may prosper.

As the first African-American president, but also a man who has fully experienced the potential of the American dream, one that reaches beyond class or race, President Obama carries with him the highest of expectations from his fellow citizens. This may be a result of his message of hope and his slogan that together, “yes we can,” or it may be that we sense in him the undeniable presence of a true leader and a remarkable communicator in the modern tradition of FDR or Kennedy.

I will be in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to stand at the foot of the Capitol steps with the expectation that I am there to witness a moment for the ages, one that I will never forget, one that I will one day share with my children and grandchildren.

My expectations are high, but I believe that is as it should be. On this day the rhetoric ends and the real work begins. In what have become some of most difficult times for Americans in modern history, the next four years will help determine Obama’s place in the succession of presidents. I will take him at his word, remembering his call for a return to greatness, and I will hope, near the foot of those storied marble steps, that I have been fortunate enough to watch history unfold.

Waterfront News

Friday, January 16th, 2009

We received several inches of snow today. I went down to the docks to have a look. More
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Waterfront News blog