Gloucester and Rockport 50’s, 60’s Photo series From Mark Holzman Part I Updated

Our Dock, Captain Joe and Sons This is from a slide that was put in backwards.  I’m not sure if the boat that was pulling up was the St Peter III or the St Mary.

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Sam Frontiero Chimes In-

Nice Blog Joe,
  That boat you were wondering about was definitely the St. Peter 111  not the St. Mary.. Take Care.. Sam

Len Burgess Cleans It Up In Photoshop for us-

Hi Joey, A little photoshop makes it a little closer to when it was taken.
Len Burgess

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Call Out For Visitor Center Volunteers -GMG Gloucester Tourism 2011 Kick Off Week

The Visitors Center At Stage Fort Park Is Looking For Volunteers. 

If you would like to volunteer there is a checkbox on for people who want to help out at the Visitor Center.

You can see it on the CONTACT form here:


Todd Farm is Open!!!

For those of you who love a good Flea Market, Todd Farm in Rowley is open again. This, along with all the open fish shacks, is the sign that Spring has truly arrived.

Vintage stuff at ol' Todd Farm Flea Market.

I wrote a post on my blog about flea market fashion after going to Todd Farm yesterday. Here’s one of the stylin’ flea marketers I spied:

Nearly everything she's wearing is vintage flea market stuff. Just after I took this photo she promptly scored a scarf at the next booth. A real pro.

Let me know (email: if you find anything amazing this summer at Todd Farm and I’ll shout it from the rooftops via GMG! Happy hunting!

Leftovers: Saint Patrick’s at Lee’s

Checking through the hard drive leftovers and forgot to post our Saint Patrick’s Breakfast at Lee’s.

This Leprechaun may as well be saying, “You’re not from around these parts now are you?” Yes it is true it is the first time we had breakfast at Lee’s. I know, hard to fathom. Can you see the Steve Connelly sign in the background? I have been there.

A look at the menu:

Ordered the Nathalie with Hollandaise and hash. Wicked pissah.

Then it was back home to plant the peas which is something that has to be done on Saint Patrick’s Day. They already need thinning.

Giving Diapers, Giving Hope Foundation


Kristen McCarthy Writes-

Hi Joey,

  I wanted to contact you because my friend and I have started a local foundation and we were hoping you would help us get the word out. We are running it as a non profit but haven’t legally gotten non profit status yet.  Anyway, in December my unemployment ran out.  I was laid off of my teaching job in NY and am a single mother to 2 young kids.  After I had lost my unemployment, I remember thinking how grateful I was that I had chosen to cloth diaper my children because if I didn’t already have cloth diapers, I had no idea how I would have been able to get diapers because I was broke and no government agency provides diapers.  This led me to wondering what people who don’t cloth diaper would do in a similar situation.  I then found recent articles showing that people without the money to buy disposable diapers will leave the diapers on as long as possible or rinse them out and put them back on the kid.  Neither of these practices are healthy for children due to the chemicals in disposable diapers and being exposed to their own excrement for long periods of time.  So I decided that I would start a local non-profit foundation which lends cloth diapers to low income families.  My friend Emily Glover, also a Gloucester resident, joined me in this cause.  We named the organization "Giving Diapers, Giving Hope". 

We would be very grateful if you could help us promote this because the more people that know about it, the more people we can help.  Also, we are running on donations of any kind of diaper related item and of course we are accepting monetary donations as well, to pay for new diapers and repairs.

Please contact us if you have any questions or want more information. 


Kristen McCarthy  You can find out more information regarding the foundation if you click on the "info" tab.

Clean City Initiative Earth Day Thank You’s


Patty Amaral Writes-

Hello Joe, First time posting on your site and I love it, thanks for all the great info you are getting out. If you could put these pictures up and my earth day thank you that would be great, thanks so much for all you do. Oh, the three women volunteers with the recycling sticker are cleaning Ferry Street, and the rain gear crew is cleaning Burnham’s field, thanks so much.  Patti Amaral Clean City Initiative  

Thank You

The Clean City Initiative would like to thank the die hard volunteers that came to our city- wide earth day cleanup at Stage Fort Park. It was not the ultimate weather out that day and to see all the hard workers that came to clean our city, well it was amazing. Special thanks goes out to Sharon Kishida from the DEP for her expertise in helping to coordinate getting the word out about our cleanup and the concert. From posters to recycling pins and more, Sharon got the job done.

Thanks to Chelsea Berry, Pete Lindberg, Jake Pardee, Charlee Bianchini and James Buhrendorf who put on a wonderful earth day concert for everyone at the Cape Ann Brew Pub. Louise Welch for designing the concert earth day posters for the concert and Hiltz Disposal for the recycling pins. The Beacon, Gloucester Daily Times, Good Morning Gloucester, Cape Ann T.V., Chamber of Commerce and Gloucester Maritime Center for advertising the event. The Willow Rest donated generously to the Food Pantry as we asked volunteers to bring fresh fruits and vegetables in honor of earth day.

Thanks go out to:

Barbara Anderson, Damon Cummings, Diane and Alex Sousa, Matt Sydlowski, Noah Ashe, Laura Frontiero, Bill Hellmuth, Jane Sweet, Charlie Shutt, Patricia Petel and Jonathan Cunanan who cleaned Stage Fort Park

John Steiger and volunteers (Smith Cove), Susan Frey (East Gloucester), Mary Weissblum (East Gloucester), Ed Collard (Main St.) Barry Moir (Western Ave), Jane Sweet and Joyce and Henry Beaudet ( Concord St.), Holly Tanguay, (Raffes Chasm), Kenny MacCarthy (Centennial and High School Parking Lot), The Marble Road Conservation area team are Brian Barry, Charlie Olson, Mila Barry, Willow Barry, Nicole Bosin, Lila Olson, Jason Grow, Matilda Grow, Maisie Grow, Jemimah Grow, Katie Doane ( Marsh between the railroad bridge and C.A Marina), Jerry Ackeman (Western Ave around Fresh Water Cove), Sandee Eaton, Deb McComiskey (Essex Ave.), Polly Hickey ( along Good Harbor Beach), Win Story, Darlene Story, Diane Story, Rebecca Dowd, Brandi and Liz Bennet, Jim Dowd, Healy and Teala Bailey cleaned Swinson’s Field, Celia Beauparlant and family ( Fort Square), Cindy Hendrickson (Boulevard), The Burnham’s field cleanup crew are John, Aria, Luke, and Ruby McElhenny, Jennifer Hale, Mary Lou Pascucci, Dianne Waff-Thomas, Emma Thomas and Emily Moore, Maureen Malloy (Good Harbor), Tyler Knight (Pavillion Beach), Laurel Tarantino (The Fort), Donna Ardizzoni (Raffes Chasm), The Ferry Street Gang are Cindy Caffasso, Barbara McCarthy, Peter Mckinnon, Linda Martin and Deb Sacco, Chelsea Barry and John Henry Berg ( Magnolia Beach), Goose Cove cleanup organized by Citizen Water Committee ( Watch 20) Joan Kimberly, Russell Hobbs, Melissa Hobbs, Sean Brennan, Jack, Melissa Mooradian, John Guptill, Ted Smith and Larry Durkin Wayne Williams (Niles Beach) and Nancy Sullivan (Atlantic Road to Good Harbor) and Rose LoPiccolo and the D.P.W. for supplying the yellow bags and picking them up.

Remember every day is earth day and we should respect our beautiful earth and city, there are many more wonderful volunteers that I know I have missed and I’d like to say thank you to you and all you do to help us to “Keep Our Home Port Clean”.

Patti Amaral

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