Chickity Check It!- City of Gloucester launches new, smart phone friendly, official visitor website

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City of Gloucester launches new, smart phone friendly, official visitor website-

A group of volunteers today launched a new visitor website for the City of Gloucester.  With stunning visuals, expanded listings, a highly intuitive interface and search feature, the new content-rich was built by Peter and Vickie Van Ness as part of a push by PR for Gloucester founders Tracey Muller and Jan Bordinaro to promote tourism and boost the City’s visitor economy.

“The new features Gloucester’s authentic beauty, maritime culture, storied history and thriving arts community,” says developer/marketer Peter Van Ness.  “We feel that promoting our unique, authentic nature is the best way to attract visitors to Gloucester.  Plus this website looks and works great on all smart phones — including the iPhone.”

“The visitor economy holds great promise for creating new jobs and generating new tax revenue for Gloucester,” said Mayor Kirk, who embraced the PR for Gloucester group’s enthusiasm and encouraged them to remake the website.  “This dramatic overhaul of our official Visitor website cost the City nothing.” She added.  “We are grateful to the volunteers and partners who gave their time, photos, data and inspiration to get the job done.”

Every effort was made to include all Gloucester businesses that serve the visitor economy.  Any business that may have been accidentally overlooked can go to the site and fill out the contact page and the developers will include them as soon as possible.  New businesses can do the same.

One of the new features on is a page of stories about Gloucester that includes videos chronicling the sinking of the Corinthian, Gloucester’s official song, links to the Cape Ann Museum’s story of Howard Blackburn, movies filmed on Cape Ann, T.S. Eliot, Rudyard Kipling and the Gloucester Daily Times special coverage of The Perfect Storm.  The PR for Gloucester group encourages anyone who has a story idea to fill out the contact form.

This website is a volunteer effort led by the City of Gloucester Mayor’s office, Tracey Muller, Jan Bordinaro and Peter & Vickie Van Ness, with the help on many partners.

The developers would like to extend our deep gratitude Joey Ciaramitaro of Good Morning Gloucester for sharing his spectacular photos & blog widget, and for his inspiring encouragement and undying support.

Special thanks go out to Bob Hastings of Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Frank Gentile of Udine4less for making their databases of Gloucester businesses available.

March, The New Year starts tomorrow

Until King Numa screwed things up in 713 BC, March was the beginning of the year. Since March is my favorite month I never followed the king’s edict so today is New Year’s Eve. The Romans started the year with March because March is from Mars, god of war and you could start a war campaign in March and not get bogged down. But there are tons of other reasons why March is the greatest month. Everything starts in March.

March 1st: Hummingbirds have just hit the gulf coast and will be here soon. Monarch butterflies not far behind.

March 1st: First day of the year, first day of spring if you don’t go by the new fangled calendar.

March 4th: Gather in crowds , yell out the name of the day, and March forth. This is a Friday so a pub crawl would be good on this day. Stone Pub, Dog Bar, Minglewood Tavern, Rhumb Line.

March 5th: New Moon

March 6th: The sliver of the new waxing moon crescent will be paired just above the setting sun with Jupiter. With binoculars you might glimpse Mercury below the pair before it sets right after the sun.

March 7th: My Birthday. Now you know why this is my favorite month, I celebrate all month long.

March 13th: Spring Ahead! DST starts so instead of the sun setting at 5:45PM the day before it sets at 6:46 PM! Gin and Tonic on the deck as the sun goes down.

March 14: Pi Day. Be an even bigger nerd and have a drink, 3/14 @ 1:59 PM and 26 seconds.

March 15: The Ides of March “Et tu, Brute?” Caesar stabbed 23 times. Toga! Toga! Toga!

March 17th: Saint Patrick’s Day, green beer on a Thursday this year.

March 19th: Full Moon. This March full moon causes Easter to occur late, April 24th this year.

March 19th: Boston Derby Dames in Wilmington, 4PM. Full moon and roller derby? Twice as crazy!

March 20: wicked low tide at 6:25PM and sun sets at 6:54PM. Take dog for a walk on Good Harbor Beach.

March 20, 7:21PM: Spring Equinox, take dog for a walk on Good Harbor Beach.

March 31st: Red Sox Baseball season’s eve. Sox are tied for the best record in baseball.

Print this list out and put it on your fridge along with the Gloucester Harbor Tide Chart to get the most out of your March. Before you know it I will be posting seasonal openings and we can all meet at the Cupboard for a Fish and cheese sandwich. Top Dog in Rockport is opening Saturday, April 2nd. OK, maybe April is my favorite month.

GMG Questions and Answers- John McElhenny


John is a good friend and part of the team at Matter Communications that publicize great things happening in our community.

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

seven years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?


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

The cannons at Stage Fort Park overlooking the Outer Harbor

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Sebastian’s for takeout, Giuseppe’s for eat-in

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?


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

The Franklin

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Tie: Alchemy/Cape Ann Brewing Company

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Sugar Magnolia’s

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

downtown block parties – I’m a big fan

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


Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor over by the footbridge

Who has the best chowder in town?

I like Charlie’s

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Clam chowder
What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood?


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We all have Hope, whatever your going through.

I hope I’d win Powerball. Maybe Next Time.

“Hope never abandons you; you abandon it”

 George Weinberg

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
 Thich Nhat Hanh quotes (Vietnamese    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteAnyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength

“When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.”

This post is for a few good friends who are going through difficult times. Maybe for myself  and you also.


Chickity Check It!- The Ghosts, Sea Monsters, and UFOs of Gloucester, MA Travel Blog

Check out Haunt Jaunts- A Travel Blog For Restless Spirits Piece On G-Town Here


Cute little hot dog cart with a flowerbox near the Fisherman Memorial

I didn’t do my research on Gloucester’s haunted places before we went on our Canada/New England cruise  last year. I figured we’d take an excursion to Salem the day we docked there. Alas, we didn’t do the Salem route and instead spent part of the day walking around Gloucester.

Click the link for the whole story-

Check out Haunt Jaunts- A Travel Blog For Restless Spirits Piece On G-Town Here

Did You Know (Not Snow)

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

Although it may look like it, this is not snow we are getting today.  Today’s weather forecast was for freezing fog and snow mist.  Freezing fog occurs when liquid fog droplets freeze to surfaces, forming white soft or hard rime.  This is very common on mountain tops which are exposed to low clouds. It is equivalent to freezing rain, and essentially the same as the ice that forms inside a freezer which is not of the “frostless” or “frost-free” type. The term “freezing fog” may also refer to fog where water vapor is super-cooled, filling the air with small ice crystals similar to very light snow. It seems to make the fog “tangible”, as if one could “grab a handful”.  Snow mist is frozen ice crystals.  Semantics, I know, but they didn’t call it snow.  If you look closely at what has fallen, it does have a different appearance than normal snow.

E.J. Lefavour

How Cool Is Lily Linquata? GMG Buoy Almost Done

Lily makes these cool nautical themed buoys and sells them (see how you can get one for yourself below the pic).  It was so nice of her to think of us here at GMG headquarters and make one of her beautiful buoys with Da logo!


Lily Linquata started painting buoys last summer as part of her involvement in a seasonal gift shop downtown. After selling over fifty to tourists, all from out of state and usually from the middle of the country, she thought there might be a market for unique nautical items outside of Gloucester. Encouragingly for all of us, there is. Based on some blogged photos alone, wedding-related orders have been placed from Chatham, MA and Florida, as well as nursery requests from New York City and a few local birthday buys, as well.

Purchased at Winchester Fishing, these buoys are the real deal; what you’ll find bobbing in the Atlantic most days. Hand painted and calling for three hours of time each (outside of drying) they’re currently selling for $25 to $50 via custom e-mail orders. As of April, these buoys and a few other local items will be available on

Beauty and The Beast Jr At O’Maley


Beauty & The Beast, Jr.

4 performances over 2 weekends

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM              Friday, March 11, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM              Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 1: 00 PM

Seventy sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are in the cast and crew. (please see the enclosed cast/crew list for names of students in the show, which has been double cast). They have been rehearsing for an hour after school once or twice a week since September to ensure that these performances will meet the standards set by our past productions. You are sure to be impressed and inspired by our young performers as they sing, dance, and act out this heartwarming story. The performances are an excellent showcase of the end product of our Performing Arts Department’s elective after school training programs in Music (Chorus), Dance, and Theatre. The production builds upon the skills and talent of our designers as well – Russell and Melissa Hobbs (set design & construction), Camilla MacFayden (scenic designer/painter) and Linda Stockman (costume designer/builder). They have engaged our students in the technical aspects of theatre.
Tickets ($7 adults/ $5 students and senior citizens) can be purchased at all school lunches and will go on sale a half hour before each show time. We will be collecting non-perishable items throughout the run of the shows to donate to the Cape Ann Food Pantry.