Have You Ever Wondered What The eating arrangements Are For Coast Guardsmen At USCG Station Gloucester?  Well wonder no more as GMG brings you behind the black gate after CWO2 Luis Munoz invited us in.

You are cordially invited to attend US Coast Guard Station Gloucester’s Boating Safety Day.  This multi-partnered community event kicks off National Safe Boating Week on Saturday, May 21st, from 9am to 3pm and will take place at USCG Station Gloucester.  Our boating safety partners involved in this event include Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Power Squadron, State of Massachusetts Marine Environmental Protection, commercial fishing safety representatives and many others. The goal of this community event is to put all aspects of boating safety back in the public eye as we approach our spring and summer boating season.  We will showcase an assortment of search and rescue demonstrations, structured boating /paddling safety and Boating Under the Influence (BUI) forums, flare demonstrations, commercial fishing vessel safety, tours of Station Gloucester and vessels, as well as various informational booths.

Vote for a Local Musician!

Gloucester's own Courtney Reid

I wanted to let GMG readers know that one of our own, the extremely talented singer-songwriter, band member, recording artist, etc. etc. Courtney Reid of Gloucester is among the top 10 finalists in the Folger’s Coffee Jingle Contest. Check out her entry through the link below, and, since it is the best of the 10 finalists (no, I’m not biased, I promise), you can vote for it in good conscience. And even if you’re not crazy about Folgers coffee, her jingle just might make you rethink your position. Which is the whole point of a jingle. Just so you know, in order to vote the Folgers website requires you to fill out your name, etc. to make sure you’re a real person casting an actual vote as opposed to a virtual person who is part of a conspiracy to stuff the ballot box, but it will be worth the effort to have Courtney representing!

Topside Grill GMG Art Show This Season-Your Boy Joey

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.


Last Chance To Catch “Beyond Therapy”

Audiences are loving "Beyond Therapy". Last chance this weekend. There are links to photos down below or let me know and I’ll email you something. Hope you might give us a shout-out. We’re up against basketball, but this is a whole different kind of "March Madness"!  😉
-David McCaleb

Fri/Sat April 1, 2 @ 8pm, Sun, April 3 @ 3pm



"hilarious and well delivered"
"Awesome time. U guys r the bomb. Kudos"
"Laughed and laughed yesterday afternoon at the CAT’s production of Christopher Durang’s BEYOND THERAPY"
“It was excellent! I was just telling a neighbor how much fun it was. I laughed all the way through it – including between the scenes. Thank you for all the great work you do.“
"It was so funny. Great job to all the cast and crew"
"You were awesome!!!! …the audience was busting a gut!"
"It was great fun!"
"Saw it opening night and loved it! Congrats everyone."
"Come see this strong show guaranteed to make you laugh. I guarantee it."

FINAL WEEKEND! — April 1, 2 and 3 —  Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm

Get some Therapy… now!



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Last of the Wooden Eastern Rigged Side Draggers


Last of the Wooden Eastern Rigged Side Draggers

The “Little Sandra” is the last wooden Eastern Rigged  side Dragger here in Gloucester Massachusetts. At one time there were hundreds of these Based here in the Port of Gloucester.


Benjamin–Adopt A Pet of the Week


Benjamin – Pet of the Week

Hello!   My name is Benjamin, but my nickname is "Little Bear".

I am a sweet four-month-old Retriever/Hound mix.  I am a bit goofy and a little bashful at times.   I am still a pup with lots to learn, but I love people and other pups.  I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA) in Gloucester and invite you to stop by and visit me.  I am so excited about becoming a member of a family.

The CAAA is a non-profit shelter located at 260 Main Street. Of course we appreciate donations to our Building Fund, but it is fine to bring toys for the shelter cats and dogs and yes, it is okay to bring me the most!

Thanks to Tina Ketchopolos for sending in the pet of the week.

Treasured Audio-Gloucester History Cigar Joe Talks About Smuggling Liquor In the Early Part of The Twentieth Century Part 1

Good Morning Gloucester Exclusive


The family of Cigar Joe Frontiero brings Good Morning Gloucester these treasured recordings of smuggling liquor into the Essex River and into Annisquam in the first of a multi-part collection of recordings.  I’m happy that the family entrusted GMG with these priceless recordings and am proud to be able to have the platform in which we can archive and share with the community.

Cigar Joe Frontiero born in 1898 these tapes were recorded in 1981 when he was 83 years old.  Cigar Joe lived to be 96 years old and had whiskey and cigars at his nursing home every day til the day he died according to his granddaughter Josie Cary.

Click the arrow below to play the audio file

If you don’t see the arrow you can click this link to listen to the audio

Cigar Joe (Charlie Lowe Photo)1975

Ray Witham and Joseph “Cigar Joe” Frontiero land an 18 foot basking shark after it got tangled and died in a mackerel net off Rockport.

The history behind the tapes: Someone had asked Cigar Joe for an interview for an oral history project but Cigar Joe decided to do the recording himself. At the time he was having trouble with circulation in his legs and spent most of the time at home so he bought a tape recorder. He had trouble with the tape recorder and threw all of the tapes away. His mailman took the trashed tapes, spliced them, and made copies. He gave Cigar Joe copies and kept backups (with Cigar Joe’s consent) in case the originals were lost. This occurred in 1981.

Look for part 2 of the recordings Monday April 1st at 6AM