We’re Looking For More Members To The GMG Flickr Group


By now if you’ve been reading GMG for any amount of time and clicked on any of the pictures you know that I host the pictures you see on the blog on my Flickr page.

From the Flickr page I can transfer the pictures you see here to the blog and search for different photos by title or subject matter.

To see my Flickr page you can click here to see what I’m talking about.

I highly recommend Flickr as a place to host your pictures online for several reasons-

  • For one, if you upload your pictures and add titles and tags to them you can always find them.
  • You can do searches within your photostream and create sets and slide shows based on the name tags you enter for each picture when you upload them.
  • If you upload your favorite pictures to an online photo hosting service like Flickr it doesn’t matter if your computer shits the bed because the pictures will be hosted on the Flickr servers so you don’t have to worry about losing them all when your computer becomes obsolete or crashes.

The reason I bring all this up and the point of this post is that I created a Good Morning Gloucester Group on Flickr in which you can join if you have a free Flickr account.   When you upload your pictures to Flickr  you have the ability to send them to different Groups (Good Morning Gloucester Group being one of them).  So we have our own community group of GMG  pictures and if you add a Gloucester-centric picture to the GMG group I’ll likely add it to the Blog and give you credit.

It’s super easy to do with a click of a button once you join Flickr for free and upload a pic.

So open up a Flickr account, get to adding your pics and then join the Good Morning Gloucester Flickr Group

Here is a tutorial on how to upload to Flickr

An Old School Way to Connect With your Customers! – Preventative Septic

Joey C and many folks around town are providing a wake up call for businesses to adopt Social Media. I agree that almost every business should list themselves and interact on facebook and twitter. The one thing that you should also do is not forget about some of traditional methods that have been successful building your business.  This week I got an ACTUAL HAND WRITTEN THANK YOU note for a cleaning of my septic tank. Not only did they do a great job, but sent me a thank you with a magnet. With this magnet, there is no doubt who I am going to call when you know what hits the fan.



Thanks – Patrick Ryan

Jenny Dee and The Deelinquents ~ This Friday @ The Rhumb Line

WHAT:                  Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents

WHERE:                The Rhumb Line

WHEN:                  Friday, April 1st

STARTS:                9:30pm / 3 sets

AND:                     21+ / No Cover

After a brief winter hiatus, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents will be returning to The Rhumb Line this Friday, April 1st for three sets of girl-group favorites and Jenny Dee originals.  On Sunday, April 3rd, the Dees will be competing in the annual Rock’n’Roll Rumble held at T.T. The Bear’s, and competing with 24 Boston bands over nine nights for the Rumble title.

Possible Harbor Porpoise update

Hi Joey!
My name is Molly Kelleher and I’m currently a sophomore marine biology
student at the University of New England up in Biddeford, Maine. I’m
from Beverly, MA, and love your blog! Here at UNE we have a Marine
Animal Rehabilitation Center (MARC) and we are currently full of harp
and harbor seals, turtles and a harbor porpoise! This juvenile
porpoise is only 55 pounds and 47 inches long! She was stranded up in
Saugus, MA. Maybe this was the little porpoise that was spotted out
off the dock In Gloucester around St. Patty’s??
Here is the link for more information about our current patients at
MARC, check out the porpoise and our baby harp seal!!
I’ve also attached a picture of the porpoise swimming around outside
in her tank!


Did You Know? (Joey C.)

Joey C. (Ciaramitaro) working on the dock at Captain Joe & Sons
Photo by E.J. Lefavour

That before I even moved to Cape Ann, I was being positively influenced by the inspiring energy of Joey Ciaramitaro through reading Good Morning Gloucester?  The man is a non-stop package of powerful positive energy, a goodwill ambassador for Cape Ann, and a guru of social networking; but I only knew the Good Morning Gloucester side of him.  I’ve gotten to know him personally now, learned a little about his family history and wanted to share it with those GMG readers that might not know. 

Joey’s Grandfather, Captain Joe Ciaramitaro was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 6, 1915. He was two years old when his father died. His family then went back to Sicily where he learned to fish. At the age of fifteen he returned to the United States and settled in Gloucester, Massachusetts where he fished on several trawlers.  Captain Joe met and married Felicia Curcuru at the age of 23 in 1938. With the help of Ben Curcuru, Captain Joe had his first boat built – the “Ben and Josephine”.
The Ben and Josephine was launched in March of 1941, however the vessel was sunk off the coast of Maine by a German U-Boat.  When Captain Joe tried to board the Ben and Josephine to get the compass out, the Germans thought he was going to radio their location to the Coast Guard. They shot at him with machine guns so he came out of the Pilot House with his hands in the up and without the compass.  The crew of the Ben and Josephine got into the lifeboat and rowed for 36 hours and finally landed at Mt. Desert Rock off the coast of Maine. Navigating by the stars of the night, Captain Joe led his crew to shore after a day and a half of rowing.
The next boat built for built by Captain Joe was the “Benjamin C”. The Benjamin C was launched in 1946. He fished the Benjamin C from 1946 to 1952. The boat was then sold to National Sea Products of Nova Scotia.  In 1953, Captain Joe bought the former Slade Gorton property on East Main Street. The property was used as a smokehouse, salted fish house, fillet house and flakeyard. It was then that Captain Joe & Sons was formed.
In the 60′s and 70′s, Captain Joe & Sons, Inc. was known for processing whiting and the company supplied A&P grocery stores throughout the United States. The company was run by Captain Joe and his two sons, Benjamin (Libby) and Charles Ciaramitaro.
In the mid-70s Joe (our Joey C.) & Frank Ciaramitaro joined the company to form the third generation. Joe and Frank worked summers until they graduated from college to work full time along with their fathers.  As Joey tells it, their fathers paid them slave wages, so they decided to do a little lobster brokering on the side to make a little extra money.  The Captain Joe & Sons fleet has since grown to handle the fish and lobsters of 37 fishing boats and 39 lobster boats.
Today you can visit Captain Joe & Sons, in Gloucester, seven days a week to buy fish and lobster directly as the boats are being unloaded.  Stop by Captain Joe & sons at 95 East Main Street, say hi to Joey, get yourself a Good Morning Gloucester bumpersticker, and of course some lobster or fish.  http://www.wholesalelobster.com/

E.J. Lefavour


Seasonal Openings of Cape Ann 2011: Part III

Friday, March 25, , Nate’s of Front Beach Rockport It’s open. What’s better than fluffy pancakes and a walk on the beach?

Friday April 1, The Lobster Pool of Rockport 11:30 AM Friday. You might find me on Saturday, April 2nd with my BYOB six pack and some fried scallops and fried clams at the picnic table closest to the guitar watching the boats entering Folly Cove. It might be snowing. I will still be there.

Friday, April 1, Topside Grill opens. The dining room is completely renovated but the martinis have not changed. Opening Day party with music by John Jerome. Then Tuesdays are always Oyster night. Check out the Good Morning Gloucester artwork on the walls.

Saturday, April 2, Top Dog of Rockport opens for the eleventh season. A clam roll at a picnic table outside. That is my official start of the season. Might be chilly so go for a Hot Chihuahua Dog with Chili Cheese Fries.

Thursday, April 14, Lobsta Land Restaurant opens. Even though their website says “thanks for a great season” still, the news has leaked out. Just say “Lobsta Land!” out loud. I feel better already.

Friday, April 15, Captain Carlo’s opens with Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents playing that evening. Your taxes are in. Time to celebrate.

Still looking for definitive opening dates on the following which had these for opening dates in 2010: The Rudder: April 15, The Cupboard: May 6, Popo’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, and  Surfside Subs on Thacher Road, all around April 27.

And although The Ice Cream Store of Bearskin Neck, Rockport does not have a specific opening date they get a mention because they made a Facebook Page today. Open soon. If your business starts a Facebook or a Twitter account and you keep it up to date with cool announcements you get the Joey C Star of Approval with special mention on the GMG blog. Send in comments to this post the address of your website, Facebook, or Twitter account and you’ll be listed.

Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Annual Movie Night Event, April 10


You’re invited….


SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011, 4-7 PM

Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main St., Gloucester


Fresh: New Thinking About What We’re Eating

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.




SERVICE provided by LATITUDE 43




$30 Standard Admission includes admission and refreshments OR

$45 Promotional Admission (includes admission, refreshments &  2011 CAFM membership – value is $30

For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.CapeAnnFarmersMarket.org

— Nicole Bogin, Manager

Found: “Art, Rock’s!” 03/27/2011


Meet Will Toppan,  The Owner of the last “Art, Rock’s!” Rock.

Will and his Dad found that Rock in record time. I received an email within an hour after it was posted on GMG.

Here’s the email I received from Will and bill;

Mr. Frontiero,

thank you, my son has been on a mission to find one. You have made his day. Words can’t describe his expression upon finding it. You have a special following, please continue, I’m sure more smiles will follow.

Bill and Will Toppan

Will Toppan’s “Mission Accomplished!”

Chickity Check It! The Rocky Neck Gallery New Blog


This woodblock print, designed by artist, Sigrid Olsen, is our logo. See this as our imprint on Facebook and Twitter and please follow us (here and there) for news and updates about the gallery and the artists.

We have an exciting summer ahead with plans for artist demos and talks, festive Nights on the Neck and a new Summer Artists Series showcasing solo and group art shows in addition to the gallery’s artists’ works. We are looking forward to 18 weeks of sunny summer days falling into beautiful autumn afternoons, salty sea breezes, fun nights, art, music, friends and family coming together on Rocky Neck. Stay tuned for more updates on all of the above and we’ll be seeing you, soon, in Gloucester on the Neck

Click here for The Rocky Neck Gallery Blog

Rocky Neck Gallery Facebook Page

GMG Topside Grille Art Show This Summer

Doug Silva who has been making some fantastic changes as manager at his father’s Topside Grill invited our posse to fill the newly renovated space with our photos.  If you haven’t heard by now from Paul Morrison’s Seasonal Restaurant Openings list,  The Topside will be opening April 1st.

We stopped by Saturday morning to drop off our work and I’ll be posting some images of each of our contributors with their pieces all week long.  You can check it all out for yourself (and get some great grub) on the 1st at Topside grill.

The GMG contributors who will have work for sale- Sharon Lowe, Alicia Pensarosa, David Cox, EJ LeFaveur, Donna Ardizzoni.

Here Manny gets an interview with Doug.


We start with Alicia Pensarosa and Mike.