Hello Everyone, from Marty Luster

I’m happy to be the newest member of the GMG team.

Joey has already told the story of our, shall we say, impetuous, move to Gloucester from the Finger Lakes of New York last month, so I thought I’d fill in a few of the details.

I am a retired (dare I say it) attorney and (this is even worse) politician. However, for the past nearly 7 years I was the co-editor, and a photographer, reporter, distributor and fundraiser for Positive News U.S. PN is a remarkable print (circulation 20,000) and online (www.positivenewsus.org) publication produced in Ithaca, NY and Bolinas California.  Our move from Ithaca made it sensible for me to step down from my PN activities and I did so—just in time for GMG to come along and fill the gap.

Photography is my main avocation (www.photonewsservice.com) and I have been a sailor and boater since age 16. I am currently boat less for the first time in 34 years, but I expect that will change pretty soon. That works out fine because Barbara and I need the time to explore and learn about our new home and community. We are thrilled with what we have seen so far.

Barbara and I met when she was in junior high and I was in high school in Queens, NY. We were married 46 years ago. Since then we have lived in Manhattan, Queens, Long Island and, for 34 years, in Trumansburg, NY. Barbara is a retired R.N., an outstanding chef and a prolific and talented quilter. She is an extraordinary mother to our two children, Brian [http://amovablebridge.wordpress.com/] (Brooklyn) and Ann (Jamaica Plain) and the world’s greatest grandma to our 4 grandchildren, Priva, Yitzchak, Shanti and Raj.

I look forward to contributing what I can to GMG and the broader Gloucester community.

Here’s my first little tidbit.

Simple Pleasures

“Our life is frittered away by detail.  .  . Simplify, simplify.” Henry David Thoreau

That’s true. So why did he say it twice?

The View From The Top Of One Center Street

Click On The Picture To Enlarge.  Plenty of Activity To Observe.  When I took the picture there was so many things I didn’t notice until I looked at the full sized picture and saw the number of boats in the harbor the guys doing the roofing down in the Fort and other things.


Sawyer Free Library

Sawyer Free Library Fountain:

Sea Harvest Sculpture

Sea Harvest Sculpture 2
Sea Harvest 1977
Bronze fountain, 4′ tall

Aristides Burton Demetrios
Contemporary sculptor, born in 1932 and raised in Folly Cove, Gloucester, Massachusetts. Studied sculpture with his father George Demetrios, a classical sculptor, trained by Bourdelle, a student of Rodin. Son of Virginia Lee Burton, renowned author and illustrator of children’s books. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday June 29, 10:30amThe Bubble Guy with Bob Mello
  • Tuesday July 6, 3:30–4:30pmAfternoon Book Group for 3rd and 4th Graders
  • Thursday July 8, 10:00amCool Green Storytime for 3 and 4 year olds
  • Friday July 9, 10:00am–12:00noonDrop-In Crafts
  • Tuesday July 13, 7:00pmAdult Book Group. July Book: “Portrait in Sepia” by Isabel Allende.
  • Wednesday July 14, 10:00amThe Enchanted Forest
  • Tuesday July 20, 7:00am – Cape Ann Tales: Local filmmaker Dan Tremblay will present “Cape Ann Tales” a mix of stories about people and places from Gloucester and Cape Ann.
See the library website for more info at www.sawyerfreelibrary.org

Ten Pound Studio Textile Arts Classes

Kurt Ankeny and Kate Seidman have been holding textile art classes high above Main street in the Corner building One Center Street (the third floor above Passports)  The room was the former press room of The Gloucester Daily Times.

Video with Kate coming tomorrow


Bingo Fridays tonight at Lat43

I have to tell you if you have not seen these guys it is a must. Young and full of energy and bringing Rock/Roots Music/Psychedelic to the music scene.  They write a lot of their own music and do some pretty massive Hendrix too. I say to myself  how can they get any better, seriously. Try to stop by and check them out if you can.

Click the photo to go to their Myspace page

Here is a sample of what these guys bring to you.

Cape Ann Brewing At The American Craft Beer Fest

sent in from the tireless promoter of good things in G Town – Jo-Ann Castano

Cape Ann Brewing Company at the

American Craft Beer Fest

Seaport World Trade Center Boston

Friday, June 18th and Saturday 19th, 2010

American Craft 
Beer Fest


Video of event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBFnGwpbnxU&feature=player_embedded

Fest Times

  • Friday, June 18, 2010 = Friday Session; 6-9:30pm
  • Saturday, June 19, 2010 = Session One; 1-4:30pm
  • Saturday, June 19, 2010 = Session Two; 6-9:30pm

Cape Ann Brewing Co. (Gloucester, MA)


Booth #713

Fisherman’s Brew (American Amber Lager / 5%)

Fisherman’s Tea Party (Barleywine brewed w/ tea / 9%)

Fisherman’s Bavarian Wheat (5.5%)

Fisherman’s Ale (Kolsch / 5%)

86 brewers pouring over 400 craft beers!

American Craft Beer Fest is the largest and most diverse celebration of American Craft Beer on the east coast. We’re talking 86 American brewers pouring over 400 craft beers for you’re tasting enjoyment! Commence drooling and we hope you do indeed enjoy your beer tasting experience.

Important notes on the beers:

– All beers are subject to change and availability

– All pours are 2ozs (or less)

– Listed percentages are alcohol by volume (ABV)

– Rinse stations can be found throughout the venue

– Respect Beer. 

Lindsay Crouse shows her ‘Table Manners’ as Gloucester Stage opens for season

Gloucester Stage’s 2010 season kicks off on June 17 with “Table Manners,” a heartbreakingly hilarious reunion of adult siblings and their spouses and the first play of Alan Ayckbourn’s infamous “The Norman Conquests” trilogy. The play runs through July 3 at the theater, 267 East Main St., Gloucester.Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel, the production features the return of Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse to Gloucester Stage as she joins an all star cast of Boston actors featuring Richard Snee, Barlow Adamson, Sarah Newhouse, Jennie Israel and Steven Barkhimer.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. from June 17-19, June 24-26 and July 1-2, with Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. on June 19, June 26 and July 3 and Sunday performances at 4 p.m. on June 20 and June 27.

Saturday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. is An Evening of Theatre and Fireworks. The performance will be followed by a party and special viewing of the Gloucester fireworks. There is no performance on Sunday, July 4.

The 3 p.m. Saturday matinee on June 19 is a special Pay What You Can matinee.

A limited number of discount tickets are available to Cape Ann residents for all Wednesday and Thursday 8 p.m. performances. For these performances only, Cape Ann residents can purchase half price tickets for $18.50. Advance reservations are strongly suggested on Cape Ann nights.

Following the Sunday, June 20 4 p.m. performance, audiences are invited to a free post show discussion with the artists from “Table Manners.”

For information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit gloucesterstage.org.


Scott Bumpus Writes-

We will be hosting a FREE open clinic on June 20th at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester for all Triathlete levels.
8:00am : Sign in
8:15am : Pre Ride of the Gloucester Fisherman Triathlon bike course
with Gloucester Fisherman’s Triathlon Race Director Janda Ricci Munn and former pro cyclist Phil Wong.
Learn how to race safely and efficiently
* pacing strategies
* climbing technique
* braking
* cornering
* and changes to course from last year
9:00am : Transition Clinic by Janda Ricci-Munn
plus tips and techniques to make your event day go smoother.
9:15am : Run Clinic with Janda Ricci-Munn
Running drills and form work to increase run efficiency.
Janda will perform run analysis using video camera and Dartfish software to film and analyze run mechanics.
Particular attention will be paid to the determination of where each runner’s foot strike occurs in relation to their center of gravity and how body position when running can affect gait mechanics throughout the stride cycle.
10:00am : We’ll have a short Q&A to finish up
*Please note that if you do not have a Gloucester beach sticker there is a $15 parking fee. Parking should also be available on the boulevard.
*Show up a little early and leave time to get ready so you don’t miss the start of the ride.
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GMG IS IN THE HIZZY!!!!! Susan Stimson Has Some Nice Things To Say

Hey, Joey …

Kathy Kelleher’s letter of praise captured it all … though she perhaps didn’t mention the Bean, her charming sister, and the family uber-cat.  As a native Vermonter who has been living in California for what seems like a million years, I also stumbled on your web-site and read it every night here.  It is a virtual taste of New England that is a taste of home … from the great food, to the boats and the harbor, to the spirit of community.  My first serious love, a wonderful man who hailed from Merrimac, took me to Gloucester years ago … we sat on the espanade watching the bridge go up and down.  A great memory.  Now, because of your website, we are talking about making sure we come back for a visit.
Keep doin’ what you do …
Susan Stimson
Thanks Susan and Kathy, but just so everyone is aware we have a great team that goes out and gets these stories.  Not just me.  I’m super proud of the entire GMG Team!
Just this past week-
Beth Swan who was already a part of the team but we’ve officially given her posting privileges and right out of the gate got the scoop on Common Crow To Go.

Also coming aboard is Marty Luster- recent Gloucester transplant who got the story in pictures of the bell buoy salvage! Woot!

Fantastic stuff all around with Manny Simoes JUST KILLING IT!!!!!( Our Lady Of Good Voyage Bells being replaced, Art Haven, Linda Greenlaw Interviews, John Morris at the Library and much more!)

Paulie Frontiero gets major props for helping out with the silkscreening of the GMG Horribles Day Float Shirts!

Alicia with her Art In The Barn coverage Woot!

Sharon despite her crazy schedule has been her usual steady force in the 9AM.

There was a Laurie Lufkin sighting this week with another recipe.

Paul Morrison his regular innovative self with the cool as hell Interactive Blackburn Challenge Map!

Donna Ardizzoni contributing with her pictures and beautifying projects around the city!

Joanne Silva with her steady compilations of the Music scene around Gloucester which NO ONE does a more comprehensive job

Thom Falzorano had some nice sports coverage along with David Cox being…. well David Cox.

We got you exclusive with Jared and Justin Talarski fresh off a relief trip to Haiti in which the stories of corruption in the Haiti pseudo government would make your hair stand on end.  who are these people coming to to tell their stories?  GMG That’s WHO!
We got you on the set of “What’s Your Number”
We Got Amazing Race Exclusive Video and Photos of the Start of The Whole Goddamn Network Television Prime Time Supposed to Be a Secret Series As It Happened!
All the people who write in supportive comments and adding to the discussion in the running comment section are part of the team as well.
We’re killing it!!!!  Stories are being broken in words and pictures left and right all around us and I couldn’t be prouder of our team! we are WAYYYYYY OUT IN FRONT OF THESE STORIES!  WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY OUT IN FRONT!  Step Up Or Move Over Because GMG Is A LOCAL NEWS FORCE BIATCH! (in case you hadn’t noticed)