I am Second – Wounded Hero Voyage!

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… a shallow water boat crossing the Atlantic Ocean, captained by Ralph and Robert Brown, will set multiple Guinness Book World Records! A US Marine (Former), Ralph’s idea is to “Do More Than Just Say Thanks” for our wounded veterans.

This voyage keeps a 29 year old solemn promise Ralph made to honor fallen heroes from the ill fated 1980 EAGLE CLAW mission (pdf) to rescue the US Embassy hostages in Iran in 1980. Ralph, as a United States Marine, was on the original roster to go, but a different unit was called up, and Sgt. John Harvey, Cpl. George Holmes, and SSgt. Dewey Johnson lost their lives.

Setting out on June 27, 2009, the goals of this heroic adventure are to set new Guinness Book World records for a Transatlantic crossing and to raise money for Wounded Heroes from the USA, UK and Canada.

Two brothers, Ralph and Robert Brown (Author of the book “Bermuda Suicide Challenge in a Flats Boat”) are crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a Dreamboats Intruder 21′ Flats Boat – a small, open fishing boat (no cabin, no keel) that is able to operate in two inches of water. Their first World Record was an Atlantic Trip was from North Carolina to Bermuda and back to NYC in 2007. The Dreamboats Intruder-21, powered by ultra reliable Interstate Batteries and a single Suzuki outboard, will be the first Flats Boat (and the smallest power boat) to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

This voyage will take them from Tampa, Florida, up the US east coast, to Canada, Greenland, Iceland, London England and ending at the  /Landstuhl Regional Medical Center/.near Frankfurt, Germany.  The “I Am Second” voyage team is planning a reception with the wounded heroes being evacuated from our current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Notes from Mike:
This is kind of a local story in the grand scheme of things. These two brothers are from Waltham, MA and as you can read from the above article they are attempting to go from Tampa Florida to Germany on a 21 foot open center console boat. As I’m sure some of you know, even being out at Stellwagon on this size boat can get pretty hairy if the weather comes in. I would say a journey of this magnitude, the odds are you won’t make it. But these boys are plugging along and safe so far.
I am posting this story for a couple of reasons. One is to raise awareness for this mission. I believe it is a great cause. As a former Marine myself, there is truley a bond between all Marines serving this country. Secondly, as a boating community, Gloucester folks can relate to these types of adventures that raise money for a good cause.
I hope to get a phone interview when they reach Scotland or the UK. They are currently at the Shetland Islands off of Scotland. The last week has been a tough one for the brothers.
Please go to the website. You can read the blogs and track their progress.
Please pass the word and buy a shirt to help fallen soldiers families in the USA, Canada, and the UK.


GMG Q&A With Jon Conant at The Hive

Jon Conant is the head honcho over at The Hive.  If you haven’t heard about it or aren’t completely sick of hearing me rave about how vital I think The Hive is to our creative community check out The Hive Blog here
I’d love to see them move the space that is The Hive to a central location in Gloucester where they might get more foot traffic and exposure.
How long have you lived in Gloucester?   7 years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester? Fall

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?   Brace, breakwater, dogtown

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester? Last Stop

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?  Halibut

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester? Cape Ann Brewing

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester? 2 Sisters & Sailor Stans

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? Blackburn Challenge

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?  boat

Who is your favorite local artist?  Don Gorvett

Which is your favorite local beach?  Good Harbor or Brace

Who has the best chowder in town?  ???

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?  The Hive Cape Ann

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?  Not a big Chowder guy

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year? Missed them cause they were all on Roller derby nights

What is your favorite local band? Qwill


Glosta-phobic t-shirt orders

Glosta  on shirt 2 copyThe new order of t-shirts are in! Several people have asked how they can get one.

Kathi, Carol, Kalesy and anyone else who wants a shirt, click here to send me an email with your order.and how to contact you so we can meet up. The shirts are $15 and come in L and XL. If you need it mailed to you, it will be $2 more.

I only have 30 shirts so get yours ASAP!

Thanks!                                                     —-Sharon

Above La Trattoria- 62 Main Street Video

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Mike and Jane Fonzo have been pouring a lot of energy into renovating the West End of Gloucester.  They have been successfully renovating these properties while retaining the character of the neighborhood.  Their vision has been Gloucester’s gain.

Mike and Jane Fonzo’s 62 Main Street

Because 62 Main Street sits on a bend and this unit which is being refurbished sits above La Trattoria, it has unique sweeping views up and down Main Street.  Not only that, to the left it neighbors the gardens in front of the Sargent Murray House.  Plenty of light and huge windows make this a very cool spot for the Downtown Gloucester lover to call home.  Video tour at 8AM

Mike and Jane Fonzo Property at 62 Main Street
Mike and Jane Fonzo Property at 62 Main Street
Mike and Jane Fonzos Property at 62 Main St
Mike and Jane Fonzo's Property at 62 Main St
Mike and Jane Fonzos 62 Main St
Mike and Jane Fonzo's 62 Main St