What Up Homie?

Kim Smith Submits these pictures of a Homie with a hook stuck in it.

Hi Joey,

Your posting about Richie Cassola reminded me to send these photos of a Homie that has been hanging out at the Eastern Point Lighthouse this past week. Despite the hook, he is managing to find sustenance. I just hope the fishing line doesn’t get caught on anything!

Homie with fish hook-1

Homie with fish hook-2

Santarpios Just Got A Little Closer

Santarpios, a classic Boston Pizzeria has expanded outside its East Boston landmark location to Peabody. It is right above the Sonic on the Northbound side or Route 1.  Last weekend the family loaded up the minivan and battled Cadillacs for parking spots on their opening weekend. Luckily, we got in right before 5 pm, because when we left there was over an hour and a half wait.

There have been rumors on the opening since July. The delay was due to waiting on an oven from one of the few American manufacturers of large rotating convection ovens. I saw this thing in action it was worth the wait. When they were ready to open, they didn’t call any media outlets, they just put a sign on a utility truck that said “OPEN”.

The decor is clean and simple. The old Bennigans location without the flare. Nothing on the wall except for a few boxing photos. The bar is a family affair and everyone was smiling. The menu is the exact same as the East Boston location. Same awesome pizza and BBQ Sausage/Lamb. Of course comparisons will come to the original and of course there is only one original location. When you go you need to know that you start with a bbq offering of sausage and/or lamb and then pick your pizzas. They offer cold beer, which I have heard goes pretty well with pizza.

I commend Santarpio’s on a successful expansion and thank them for bringing their classic pizza to the North Shore.  My only worry is that people will try to pack in a trip to Santarpio’s and then Sonic for the tater tots. Check out the new location and the “Food Fueds” episode coming to the Food Network on October 14th, where Santarpio’s battles another Boston legend, Pizzeria Regina.

The toughest critic crushed 3 slices
Santarpio's version of Social Media

The Best of Sorellanza ~ Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sorellanza, Sisters in Song,

The Best of Sorellanza

with Patti Pike Music Director

Sunday, October 3rd
at 4:00 pm
St. Johns Episcopal Church
48 Middle Street, Gloucester
(978) 283-1708 stjohnsgloucester.org

Saturday, October 23rd
at 7:00 pm
St. Adelaide Church
708 Lowell Street, Peabody
(978) 535-1985 saintadelaide.com

tickets $10

Why You Can’t Trust Reality Shows

Anyone who knows their way around the North Shore knows that the opening scene from the Amazing Race when host Phil was on the rolling hill was Castle Hill In Ipswich and not Gloucester MA .  The rest of the scenes from Eastern Point Yacht Club and Gloucester Harbor were shot in Gloucester but there was no mention of Ipswich in any of the show.

Much like the editing of Survivor, I simply refuse to believe that Jimmy T was angry the whole time he was on the show like they would have you believe by watching it.  ANYONE who has been around Jimmy knows he is one of the funniest and warm hearted people you would ever want to meet.

The Mrs always scolds me when I talk about how skeptical I am of the way TV producers try to take you down a certain path in your mind trying to figure out what is going to happen next.  my guesses are always opposite of what the producers would have you believe because I feel like they are editing for maximum shock value when the end results are shown.  She’s always telling me “Can we just watch the show without all your conspiracy theories?”  After watching these two shows, and being fans of both shows for years and now seeing what I know to be true turned on it’s head I think skeptical is the way to go.

Pick Your Own Apples at Russell’s Orchard

It’s that time of year. Joey in 2008: “Have you picked apples this year?” If you haven’t now is the time. Russell’s Orchard in Essex (Follow signs for Crane’s Beach) has trees loaded with crispy tasty apples that just taste ten times better than apples that have been sitting around in a grocery store. You think Gaia are flavorful? Taste one right off the tree.

If you have small children who need to pick their own pumpkin, take a hayride out to the fields, eat cider donuts fresh out of the machine, or pet a bunny you need to go next weekend to Russell’s Orchard. Click here for how Pick your Own. Hayrides are thrown in free on the weekends.

Find them on Facebook.

If you are an old curmudgeon who thinks a hayride is just for kids think again. The tractor drivers are comedians.

I take this guy’s photo and as he pulls even with me, “Hope my face didn’t break your camera!”

Go early on the weekend as this is very popular although Russell’s is set up to handle a crowd. Plenty of parking and plenty of stuff to do. I didn’t even make it to the winery. This time. Meanwhile I have homemade apple crisp with vanilla ice cream on the menu this week. 298 days until the Blackburn Challenge. Plenty of time to fit into the kayak.

Open 9-5 every day. You miss out on the hayride if you go during the week.

madeline june 5th, 2010

Snoop Maddie Mad rambles on in the back seat- yes my children are bananas

Here’s a few video clips that I haven’t been able to delete from my camera’s memory chip because they are precious (to me anyway).

God I’m gonna miss this stage when they get older.

There’s a New Blog in Town!

There’s a New Blog in Town!

Don’t worry Joey, GMG has nothing to worry about. Even though I will be posting some Great Stuff! This Blog will be following the progress of Six Artists participating in the “Sketchbook Project” all of us either live here in Gloucester or have Ties here.  Deb Clarke can explain it better. Check it out below.   

From Deb Clarke;


We are 6 intrepid sketchbookers with a common love of gloucester massachusetts that have decided to participate with 17,000+ other sketchbookers in “The Sketchbook Project”. This began with Elizabeth Bollenberg asking me (deb clarke, her mom) to get her a sketchbook so that she could participate in the project. I ordered a sketchbook for her and one for me. My goodmorninggloucester friend and student Paul Frontiero ordered one. Then my friend, co-worker, and goodmorninggloucester friend Sabine Ocker ordered one. Then my friend, now living in Palm Springs and goodmorninggloucester friend Helen Anne Lind ordered one.

my personal approach…i’m going to start posting regularly on it after i deliver eb’s sketchbook to her tomorrow. i have some fun ideas, and of course, since i am an artist and am used to stretching into unknown territory, i’m going to dive in, dive down deep, then re-surface. whatever i do, i trust it will be full of surprises, with unexpected consequences.

at least this is one art object that i won’t have to store and take care of after it leaves my hands.


We invite you to follow our progress towards the successful completion of our sketchbooks.

Anyone can participate, you don’t have to be an artist! If you would like to participate in the sketchbook project too, click the sketchbook project link. If you would like to share your sketchbook work for The Brooklyn Art Library’s traveling ‘Sketchbook Project”, we would be pleased to see your work and perhaps share your progress on our Blog; http://somethingsketchy.wordpress.com/ and here on GMG too.”

Click the Banner below for more Info on the “Sketchbook Project”






Chickity Check It- ‘Intelligent clothing’ could stop boats when fishermen fall overboard

‘Intelligent clothing’ could stop boats when fishermen fall overboard

By Ben Coxworth

23:17 September 20, 2010

Hilde Faerevik (left) and the SINTEF Safe@Sea team

Working as a commercial fisherman is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. There are numerous ways in which they can end up in the water, with their shipmates (if they even have any) not noticing until it’s too late. That, or their boat can simply sink. In any case, fishermen need all the help they can get when it comes to safety, so a 14-group research consortium is developing “intelligent clothing” for them to wear at sea.

The three-year, 4 million Euro (approx. US$5,225,000) Safe@Sea project is being coordinated by Norway’s SINTEF research group, with Norwegian textile manufacturer Helly Hansen Pro as project manager. Other groups taking part in the project come from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Italy and the UK.

European fishermen have already expressed their needs to Safe@Sea, and the group is now working on addressing them. One of the most noteworthy features of the workwear is a proposed built-in wireless “dead man’s handle.” This will detect when its wearer has fallen overboard, and automatically kill the boat’s engine and activate a locator beacon – an essential feature for fishermen who work alone. Such devices are already available, although they have to be manually attached to clothing, so they could be forgotten or just not used.

Click here to read the rest of the article

thanks to jrose1947 for submitting the story

Donna Ardizzoni’s Saturday In Pictures

The Ice at Cape Pond Ice Tour As Part Of Trails and Sails
The Ice at Cape Pond Ice

Inside the Ice Room at Cape Pond Ice

Inside the Ice Room at Cape Pond Ice
Hazardous waste day with Clean Harbor

Hazardous waste day with Clean Harbor
The Good Citizens of Gloucester coming to Hazardous Waste Day

The Good Citizens of Gloucester coming to Hazardous Waste Day
Cape Pond Ice

Cape Pond Ice 007 

Beautiful Industry at Cape Pond Ice- Filling Up The fish Hole With Ice

Beautiful Industry at Cape Pond Ice