“If you or someone you know has been sick with diarrhea, nausea or vomiting this winter you may have had Norovirus” states Gloucester Public Health Nurse, Chassea Robinson. Cape Ann and the surrounding communities have experienced a series of Norovirus outbreaks this winter and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that Norovirus is prevalent around the state. Compounding the problem is that there are several strains of Norovirus circulating which means a person could get the illness more than once.

Norovirus is commonly known by other names including: viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu and food poisoning. The most common symptoms are frequent diarrhea and/or vomiting and stomach pain. People with Norovirus feel extremely ill. Dehydration can quickly become a problem for people suffering with Norovirus, especially in children and elders. Most people recover in 24 to 48 hours. People with the virus are contagious from as soon as they become ill to at least 3 days and possibly as long as 2 weeks after they recover.

Norovirus is a highly contagious illness and outbreaks are common due to the ease of transmission. The virus can spread quickly in closed environments like daycare centers and nursing homes. However, anyone can become infected through touching contaminated surfaces and putting hands in the mouth, having direct contact with an infected person, and eating contaminated food or liquid.

Hand washing is the best defense against the virus especially after using the toilet or changing diapers. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are a helpful addition in hand hygiene efforts but not as effective as careful washing with soap and water. People infected with the virus should not prepare food for others. Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces. Wash laundry that is contaminated with vomit or feces thoroughly.

There is no vaccine to prevent Norovirus infection. There are no medications to treat the illness. Rehydration is very important for people ill with the virus, they must drink plenty of fluids to replace those lost through vomiting and diarrhea.

For more information contact your local Health Department in Gloucester at 978 281 9771.

YMCA FUNdraiser at Lat 43 Tuesday March 8th

YMCA of the North Shore

YMCA Fundraiser at Latitude 43 – Gloucester

FUNdraiser @ LATITUDE 43!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 5:00 pm – close
For too many families in the Greater New Orleans area, this will be the sixth year that they spend without a stable home. With more than 400 families still living in FEMA trailers, and thousands more who own their homes but cannot afford to rebuild, the St. Bernard Project is committed to helping these families return home.

Building upon the success of our April 2010 Trip, as seen above, a dedicated team of sixteen local teenagers and four adult chaperones from our YMCA will be returning in 2011 to continue our service-learning and volunteer work.
Please consider joining us for a great night for a great cause!
Reservations recommended: 978-281-0223

Quote of Thr Week From Greg Bover

“Most people don’t recognize opportunity when it comes
because it wears overalls and it looks like work.”
–Thomas Alva Edison
Often praised as the pre-eminent inventor of the
modern technological age, the “Wizard of Menlo Park” was home-schooled
and a voracious reader. Beginning his working career as a telegraph
operator, he built his own laboratory for the exploration of electrical power
and went on to hold over a thousand patents. His inventions most famously
include the electric light bulb, the stock ticker and the phonograph.
His method of dogged trial and error, denigrated by his rival Tesla, is
reflected in his best known remark, “Genius is one percent inspiration, and
ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

GMG Questions and Answers- Donna Ardizzoni


Many of you know Donna as a GMG contributor but she is also a Grandmother  and a community maniac who loves to help make our place here a better spot to be every single day!

How long have you lived in Gloucester?
7 years but my soul has been here for 58 years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Summer but love all season in paradise

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

Raffe’s Chasm

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Valentinos but now it is closed

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?

Minglewood at Lat 43

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?


What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Where do I start, Schooner Festival, Celebrate Gloucester

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

Beach, as often as possible

Who is your favorite local artist?

Allen Estes

Which is your favorite local beach?


Who has the best chowder in town?

Since I am allergic to clams, which is a bummer, but probably would be the Causeway

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

My grandchildren’s

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Wish I could have both

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood?

Where we live, Magnolia

What is your favorite local band?

Groove therapy

Did You Know (Rockport Harbor)


Before the coming of the English explorers and colonists, Cape Ann was home to a number of Native American villages, inhabited by members of the Agawam tribe. Samuel de Champlain named the peninsula “Cap Aux Isles” in 1605, and his expedition may have landed there briefly. By the time the first Europeans founded a permanent settlement at Gloucester in 1623, most of the Agawams had been killed by diseases caught from early contacts with Europeans.

The area that is now Rockport was simply an uninhabited part of Gloucester for more than 100 years, and was primarily used as a source of timber—especially pine for shipbuilding. The area around Cape Ann was also one of the best fishing grounds in New England, in 1743 a dock was built at Rockport harbor on Sandy Bay and was used for both timber and fishing. By the beginning of the 19th century, the first granite quarries were developed, and by the 1830s, Rockport granite was being shipped to cities and towns throughout the East Coast of the United States.

Rockport had consisted primarily of large estates, summer homes, and a small fishing village while Gloucester was becoming increasingly urbanized. Rockport was set off as a separate town in 1840 as its residents desired a separate enclave with an identity of its own. As the demand for its high-grade granite grew during the Industrial Revolution, the quarries of Rockport became a major source of the stone. A distinctive form of sloop was even developed to transport the granite to parts far and wide until the second decade of the 20th century. For many years, there were a large number of residents of Scandinavian descent, dating from the days when Finns and Swedes with stoneworking expertise made up a large part of the workforce at the quarries.

Although the demand for granite decreased with the increasing use of concrete in construction during the Great Depression, Rockport still thrived as an artists colony—which began years earlier due to its rocky, boulder-strewn ocean beaches, its quaint fishing shacks, a harbor filled with small, colorful fishing boats, and Motif #1. 

E.J. Lefavour

“ART, ROCKS!” Gloucester

It’s Located in Gloucester, somewhere.

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The Sketch the Rock sits on has nothing to do with it's Location.


Building Center 1-Mile Road Race Giving Back

Building Center Banner

Tom Alves (left) and Paul Dunfey (center) of the Building Center and Julie LaFontaine of The Open Door Food Pantry display the new race banner to announce the Building Center 1-Mile Road Race.

"The Building Center is very pleased to become the title sponsor of this new race.
The race will take place in the heart of the city of Gloucester
and we enjoy giving back to the community."
– Tom Alves, Chief Operating Officer at the Building Center

Support The Open Door Food Pantry!   START FUNDRAISING NOW

Take your first step toward stomping out hunger on Cape Ann!  Give back to those who give so much and join our fundraising effort to help support The Open Door Food Pantry.

Race Registration is Now Open! REGISTER NOW!

The Building Center 1-Mile Road Race
Gloucester, MA
Saturday, April 9, 2011     9:00am
Announcing the first of nine races in our exciting series that includes events all over the North Shore. Each race gets a little longer and helps you get a little stronger. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlanic Ocean as you run past the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial Statue along the historic waterfront. Test your off-season training and spring fitness or save the date as a goal for your first road race. This spectacular course is fast and flat.

The Girl Next Door At The Seaport Grille

Nancy Goodman Writes-
excited to announce that the band I play with, The Girl Next Door, will be
playing in Gloucester this Wednesday, March 9 from 6-9 p.m. In celebration of its second anniversary, the Seaport Grille will
be offering their special “Sully” Burgers at half-price ($5.95), and you can
eat in a heated tent on the deck.

The Girl
Next Door offers a crazy mix of songs, from Beatles to Elvis, Ricky LeeJones, some
blues, country, and even a few originals. Janice Fullman anchors the band
on guitar, keyboards and vocals. Barbara Jansson sings leads and plays
harp and percussion. Nancy Goodman plays flute, sings a few tunes and
supports with percussion. Fud
supports the whole sound on bass. We promise an evening of finger-snappin’
tunes, magical harmonies, precision grooves and lots and lots of fun.

Hope to get
to sing for you!

Chickity Check It- Film Cape Ann


Here’s a website that I provided some photo contributions to help bring film makers and more production to our area.  Poke around the site a bit.

From the site-

Welcome to
Film Cape Ann

From Captains Courageous to The Proposal, Cape Ann continues to be captured in many a director´s lens. Rooted in the arts, with backdrops as spectacular and as diverse as it people, the area has much to offer a filmmaker. Culture. Character. History. Awe-inspiring scenery and architecture. Interested in filming on Cape Ann? Welcome to Film Cape Ann, the premier on-line resource for filming in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the Sea.