Jared Talarski- Haiti Relief Aboard The Schooner Halie and Matthew Interview Part I

Stories of corruption,camaraderie and catastrophe during their two Haiti relief missions bringing supplies to the earthquake ravaged country Part I of a three part series

Part II comes tomorrow

GMG SCOOP! SCOOP! From Marty Luster

A crew from the tug CREOLE MISS, owned and operated by Riverside and Pickering Marine Contractors of Eliot Maine, today successfully removed the bell buoy that washed up on Coffins Beach in March. The work began at 11AM and the buoy was freed and towed away at about 1PM. Exclusive photos here:

Marty Luster

click this pic for the gallery

Father’s Day- June 20th- the Day After The First Block Party

Why do I have a picture of these panties on the pages of GMG other than the fact it is an easy way to legitimize posting pictures of skimpy panties you ask?

Well because Father’s day happens to fall on the very next day AFTER this Saturday’s Downtown Gloucester Block Party.  So if you are like me and are horrible at buying gifts because you always wait til the last minute you will have the absolute best opportunity to do that last minute Father’s Day shopping while getting your eat and drink on at the Block Party.  The stores will be open Saturday night and many will be having special sales for the Block Party.  Talk about great timing!  You can support the great retailers downtown, party down, meet up with old friends and get your Father’s Day shopping done all at once.  If I count that right that’s a four winner WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN

These filthy little numbers are available at Nancy Hendrickson’s Seasons On Main.  They are tied up in with a little bow and are small enough so they won’t bog down your partying and what father wouldn’t want his Significant Other to rock a pair of these? Best of all Nancy is having a sale-

Block Party Sale At Seasons On Main all Day Saturday June 19th-

The More You Buy, The More You SAVE SALE

at Seasons on Main

For all Regular Price Clothing

20% off 1 Item

25% off 2 Items

30% off 3 Items

40% off 4 or more !!



DSC07387Seasons On Main is Located at 130 Main Street In the Heart Of Beautiful Downtown Gloucester

Anyone want a nice pasta recipe?

Hi Friends!

Yes, I am at it again.  Another cooking contest… another cooking contest that has a voting component and I need your support.  So, if you would click this link:


check out my 3 minute video and cast a vote right under the video I would so appreciate it!  You can vote daily until July 15th and you can print out the recipe right on the Santa Margherita site.

This recipe is similar to the one I made for a lot of you at the Cape Ann Chamber Home & Garden Show in April so in fact, some of you have probably even tried it! The photo above is the recipe on the site made with shrimp instead of scallops.  Follow the same procedure and enjoy….

Thank you all and look forward to a new episode of Inspired Cooking next week!

Introducing New Blog Contributor: Beth Swan

I am honored that Joey invited me to be a frequent contributor of Good Morning Gloucester! He asked that I give an introduction so here goes:

I grew up south of Buffalo, NY – the youngest (and smallest) of five in a big loud, boisterous marine construction family. My husband and I moved to MA 9 years ago and a little over two years ago we relocated to West Gloucester, while I was very pregnant, to raise our family here. We have always been frequent visitors as we have family on the North Shore and love it! Discovering GMG when I was too pregnant to squeeze out the door and waddle around town helped to make me feel connected to the community and learn about all of the awesome aspects of our new home and continues to do so daily.

I work as a graphic designer specializing in non-profits part time and take care of my now almost 2 year-old son, Arden. I am interested in all kinds of things such as wild edibles, sustainability, local goods and foods, color, and happy fun things of all sorts.

So expect to be stunned with my awesome posts about local, uplifting, and/or hopefully interesting things…

Here’s my first one, just for you:

Noggin-Bops available at your neighborhood toy store, Toodeloos! GMG stickers available at Joey’s leisure. Awesome music and baby background sounds priceless!


Hi Joey,

Here is the press release that was sent out to area newspapers last week. It appeared in the Cape Ann Beacon last week page 3. As you will read in the press release, it has been endorsed by a number of creditable organizations in Gloucester plus Mayor Kirk.

Thank you for any consideration.

Robin Hoffman

Gloucester Drug Discount Card a Big Success

Gloucester residents save more than $36,000 on over 1,300 prescriptions with the free Gloucester Fund drug discount card.

Gloucester, MA June 1, 2010 — Richard J. Sagall, MD, president of NeedyMeds and a Gloucester resident, reported to the Gloucester City Council that in the first six months of operation, the free Gloucester Fund drug discount card has saved Gloucester residents over $36,000. It also generated nearly $350 for the Gloucester Fund – money that will be used for health-related projects in the city.

The card, accepted at all the pharmacies on Cape Ann and at 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, saved card users an average of $27.75 for each of the 1,311 times it was used.

“The Gloucester Fund card is one of our most successful partnerships,” said Sagall. “It’s consistently used by people more often than any other partnership card. This is a sign that there are still a lot of people who need help paying for their medicines.”

The card, a joint project of NeedyMeds and the Gloucester Fund, is provided free to any Gloucester or Cape Ann resident. It’s part of a nationwide project to get the NeedyMeds drug discount card into the hands of anyone who has no prescription drug insurance or needs help paying for their prescription medicines.

According to Mayor Carolyn Kirk, “The card has been and continues to be a big help to many Gloucester residents. Medication costs are a problem for many people in Gloucester. I hope more people will use the card.”

Barry Pett, president of the Gloucester Fund, said, “Partnering with NeedyMeds to save people money on their prescriptions and then give back to the City of Gloucester Health Department to fund projects related to the citizens of the city is a win, win, win; hopefully this contribution will continue to both save and give back for years to come. Thanks to NeedyMeds for partnering with The Gloucester Fund, and thanks for helping keep the costs of health care down for our citizens.” NeedyMeds is donating $327.75 to the fund for citywide health-related projects.

Nationwide, in April the NeedyMeds drug discount card saved users nearly a quarter of a million dollars on prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies, and pet prescription drugs purchased at a pharmacy.

Commenting on the popularity of the cards, Carol Gray, executive director of the Sawyer Free Library said, “NeedyMeds cards literally fly out of the library and we’re very happy to be a location that supplies them to the community. It’s a great service.”

Many local groups are cooperating to help distribute the card. Cards are available at The Sawyer Free Library, Cape Ann Medical Center, The Cape Ann YMCA, The Gloucester Family Health Center, Addison-Gilbert Hospital, The Rose Baker Senior Center, The Open Door, SeniorCare and the Gloucester Department of Health.

A card can also be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to NeedyMeds, P.O. Box 219, Gloucester, MA 01931.

“I am most impressed with the dedicated work of Dr. Rich Sagall and NeedyMeds. For folks without full or any insurance to have affordable access to prescription medication is truly a blessing,” said Rick Doucette, of the Cape Ann YMCA. He continued, ” I know of several families I work with who, in the past, were forgoing getting prescriptions filled. They were incredibly grateful and relieved when I was able to introduce them to the program.”

“I hope everyone will get a card,” Sagall said. “Although it can’t be used in conjunction with insurance, Medicare, or other state or federal programs, it can be used when the drug isn’t covered by these programs or instead of insurance if the card’s price is better. Many people on Medicare Part D told me they used the card when in the donut hole.”

NeedyMeds is hoping to expand the program by partnering with other cities and towns and nonprofits nationally.

About NeedyMeds:
NeedyMeds, a Glucester-based national nonprofit, is a comprehensive and reliable source of information on assistance available for people having difficulties paying for their medications or health care. The website (www.needymeds.org) is visited by approximately 13,000 people each workday. All of NeedyMeds’ information is always free, easy to access, and updated regularly. Unlike similar sites, NeedyMeds requires no registration. All the information is easily printed.

About the Gloucester Fund:
The Gloucester Fund, Incorporated is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization founded 10 years ago to partner with others to raise funds for worthy causes in the Gloucester and greater Cape Ann community. Beneficiaries of the fundraising have been very diverse, ranging from fire victims to flags on the boulevard, from City Hall restoration to survivors of fishing tragedies, community events such as fireworks, the Middle Street walk and the Christmas parade, and many more. To date, The Gloucester Fund is proud to say it has passed on 100% of all monies raised to those beneficiaries.

Contact Information:
Richard J. Sagall, MD
NeedyMeds, Inc.
P.O. Box 219
Gloucester, MA 01931

Market Restaurant Scallops Wrapped In Bacon

Last night dinner was a who’s who of North of Boston Food Bloggers dinner at The Market Restaurant at Lobster Cove.

The Two Palaverers, Author Jane Ward, The Savory Kitchen, our own David Cox, 5thJoy,The H-Bomb,and one Half of North Shore Dish got together to nosh and talk shop blogging.

Good times, good food, excellent service and ALWAYS most important to me- GOOD COMPANY!

Here’s the appetizers that David and I split- Scallops wrapped in bacon.




I4C2 Ribbon Cutting and Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Opening Ceremony June 24th

From CK-

Everyone is welcome to join in as we celebrate the first productive use of I4C2 in decades! 

We will be joined by state officials who helped make it happen, and of course Gloucester City Councilors who were instrumental throughout the public debate and approval process. 

Please pass along to your friends and especially any volunteers that you know of who dropped off plants, raked for a while, or just generally are excited to see positive movement on the waterfront. 

Thank you.

Mayor Carolyn Kirk



Flag Day Observance – at Gloucester Elks

June 14th – the Gloucester Elks had a Flag Day ceremony, where they retired old flags.

On hand for the ceremony were the Elks leadership and honored guests.  Senator Bruce Tarr, and State Rep Ann-Margaret Ferrante.

The High School color Guard and rifle team participated in the ceremonies

Middle School Essay winners read their essays, and six high school scholarships were awarded.

Essay Winners:

Grace A. Marino, Olivia Legenfre, Mary E. Colusssi, Fiona Noring

Scholarship Awards Given to:

Elizabeth Scatterday, Connor Ressel, Kyle Jenkins, Brendan Douglass’ Casey McCarthy’ Ashley Lopes

Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse participates in Jamboree

CAYL U11 boys team - click photo for slide show from Thom Falzarano

The Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse Organization participated in two youth lacrosse jamborees, the Girls U15 team went to Acton, MA, while the Boys U11, U13 & U15 team were in Ayer, MA.  These events bring over 5000 Lacrosse players from all over Massachusetts.   This coming weekend the CAYL U9 teams will be heading to Ayer representing Gloucester, Manchester, Rockport and Essex, competing against other MA towns.

Congratulations to the Boys and Girls of Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse!

From More information about our program please visit www.capeannyouthlacrosse.org

The original American sport!

Brothers Jared and Justin Talarski In Gloucester For Repairs After Haiti Relief Mission

Jared was the second mate aboard the Lettie G last we spoke at the Schooner Festival a couple of years ago.  I interview the brothers aboard schooner Halie & Matthew at The Gloucester Marine Railways where they are in for repairs.  The stories of corruption,camaraderie and catastrophe during their two Haiti relief missions bringing supplies to the earthquake ravaged country will be told in the three part series starting tonight.






Here are the interviews with Jared when we first met two years ago. Listen to the second mate aboard the Lettie G Howard explain what use 15 pounds of Vaseline serves aboard a Schooner.

Look for the new adventured with Jared and Justin tonight at 7PM

New GMG Feature-Adopt A Pet of The Week

Thanks to Tina Ketchopolos we will be adding yet another feature to the Pages of GMG- Pet of The Week From Cape Ann Animal Aid. I told you we’d be bringing you even more GMG goodness!:)




Meet Mousey-

Mousey – Pet of the Week – June is Adopt-a-Cat Month!
I am Mousey and my siblings and I are at the Cape Ann Animal Aid in Gloucester.
We are playful, affectionate and ready to find loving homes.   We are short-
haired smokey-grey creatures who are ten-weeks-old.
During June, all young adult cats 1-2 years will have their adoption
fees cut-in-half and all cats over 2 years old, will have
no mandatory adoption fee; just a donation in appreciation. All cat adopters
will be entered in a fun feline raffle to be drawn on July 1.
There are several older cats and many who are between 1-2 years old. 
Remember to mark your calendar for the Sunset Cruise on Saturday, July 24 – more details
later!  More important things right now; like finding me a loving home!!!