Another Jim Dowd Stolen Bike Post

Madeline remains at large.

I know she’s still out there, somewhere, and there have even been unconfirmed sightings by ALERT CITIZENS like you. Also the psychic I hired assured me that Madeline is “near a large body of water” (Sounds like Cape Ann, right?) and then she told me that my long-dead uncle Tommy wants me to place some bets for him at Suffolk Downs. She handed me this long list of horses and a racing form, but no money to bet with. Yup, that’s Tommy all right. No doubt about it. So we’re assuming she’s right about the bike too.

For my part, I have executed the search up to this point using the investigative techniques I learned as a kid growing up in the late 70’s and 80’s who was allowed to watch way, way too much television. Based on the lessons imparted by unending episodes of cop shows I have done the following:

1. Talked to “Spleen.” Spleen is a buddy of mine and he knows the used bike scene in Gloucester. Though he had no leads and assured me that there is no “word on the street” regarding my bike, rule one in 70’s cop-show investigations is start with a dude who has a weird nickname.

2. Worked the cab drivers. They see everything and know everybody. In this case they had seen nothing and new no one. It’s more of a general principle than an effective strategy.

3. Hung with the homeless. They have time and tend to be pretty aware of what’s going on in the street. A surprising finding in this case is how much they know about bikes. A couple of the guys I spoke to asked me pretty sophisticated questions regarding frame size and sprocket sets. Thought for later: some kind of bike rally to benefit the homeless would be pretty cool, but of course I need my bike back first. Shelved.

4. Went to the most crime-riddles establishment in town and bought a drink. That would be the rainbow slush I bought at the Maplewood 7/11. No sign of the bike nor any persons of interest (though there were some interesting persons). They were also out of those awesome straw-spoon combos and I had to use a regular straw. Got one of those “brain freeze” cold headaches. Left.

5. Drove around looking accusingly at anyone one a bike. I have checked out every bike that remotely fit the description, peered over fences and into alleys, under fire escapes, I went to the Cape Ann Museum in search of Fibonacci Sequence-based messages encoded on the backs of the Winslow Homers in case a cult-like sect of bike thieves had it in a secret chamber under Harbor Loop as part of some ancient, mysterious ritual. Was asked to leave. Think they are hiding something.

There are a couple of things I have not tried, but are indicated when using the “Starsky and Hutch” method:

1. Roughing up a pimp. I don’t know any pimps and don’t want to (isn’t that all on Craigslist now?) If I see one riding my bike be assured I won’t hesitate in roughing him up. Otherwise, I’m just going to let that one slide.

2. Jailhouse conversation. Are there bike snitches? Is there a guy on the inside who used to roll with someone who carried a pair of industrial cable cutters and had a notable disability when it came to judging which bikes have actual value and which ones are 80’s relics with new tires and a couple of stickers? Does he want some time off his sentence or, more realistically, some Doritos from the snack machine?

3. Car chase. I drive a Subaru and the all-wheel-drive system makes it impossible to squeal around corners. So that’s out.

The investigation has hit a wall. I still need the help of ALERT CITIZENS to help me find Madeline and return her to our family lest I begin drawing elaborate maps that connect the site of the greasy pole before its collapse, the bike rack where Madeline was stolen from, the Fitz Hugh Lane house and the building in Anisquam where Alpheus Hyatt wrote “Evolution of the Cephalopoda”. Don’t you people see how it all fits together? How it all makes sense? (No, I will not calm down)Can’t you see what it’s leading up to? ARE YOU BLIND?

Anyway, at that point I’ll have to turn over my badge and then finish it “my way”. I know we all want to avoid that, so if you’ve seen my bike please let me know.



Jessica Eddy Represents! at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Are You Kidding Me????


Tremendous!  We should put all these in a book!

We should acknowlledge Frank Ciolino and Chuck Shewsberry who print tehm up for us as well as our beth Swan who designed the Official GMG Logo!  Big Huge Thanks To You Guys and to everyone who takes the time to take the pictures and (most importantly send them in)

Did You Know? (Bird Watching Magazine)

That Gloucester photographer, Judith Monteferrante’s photo of an African Spoonbill was chosen as photo of the week in Bird Watching Magazine?

This photo and more by Judith Monteferrante and Roger Seeley, as well as paintings by Roger Salisbury, from their recent African safari, are on display and for sale at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery through Thursday, October 6th.  Gallery hours: noon to 8:00 pm.  This particular, now famous, photo is beautiful and still available for purchase at a very reasonable price.

E.J. Lefavour

Sober Connections Presents "Don White and the Loomers!- In Other News The Mullet Makes A Huge Comeback!

Time: October 8, 2011 from 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Location: The Cape Ann (The Annie)
Organized By: Daniel Driscoll


Event Description:
It’s Official!!! You Asked For It, and we have Confirmed it!! They’re Back!!!
A night with the Legendary and Multi Talented Don White with the Band "The Loomers".
This night Promises to be a great show! A Don White performance touches the soul, lightens the heart, creates laughter where there was gloom. A must see event! This is an Family Friendly Alcohol Free Event presented by Sober Connections.
This Event will feature live local bands, a barbeque (which is included in the ticket price), Full use of the campground facilities, use of the Camp Pool with Lifeguards, Activities for the Kids, as well as some vendors coming to show some of thier wares.
Some of our loyal Sponsors have donated Goods and Services for our FREE Door Giveaways, and Raffles! Save your entrance ticket stubs (or web ticket!)
Single Admission is $15.00 (children under 12 free)
We are also asking for you to consider our Sponsor a Ticket Program to help cover the cost of a ticket for those new in Recovery looking to come but just cannot cover the costs. We all remember the struggles of the first years of sobriety so please consider helping us with this. We have created a Ticket especially for this Program that we can print out and leave at the gate for those we expect to come.
Thank you!
Tickets are onsale online as well as at the door!
Feel free to contact Dan Driscoll at 978-381-9888 or call "The Cape Ann (The Annie) for more information

Katrin ~


Prime Rib Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!  
Wednesday, October 5th
Special Guest:

Following a long and fine tradition of celebrity in the singular
name (Cher, Madonna, Liberace, Moses, etc.),  Katrin Roush
earns the right to be referred to simply as “Katrin”.  She has
long since paid her dues, having honed her compelling song-
writing, guitar playing and vocal skills in chic venues through-
out the United States and Europe.  Her latest CD, titled “Frail
to Fearless”, features such legendary notables as Tony Levin
and John Sebastian (among others)… and was in fact pro-
duced by Peter Gabriel’s Jerry Marotta – who happens also to
be a personal friend and former bandmate of mine (Orleans)
and David Brown’s (Garland Jeffreys).  Katrin is clearly being
taken seriously by all the right people in the world music
industry today, and it is truly a gift for us all to have her here
in Gloucester.
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner –
 $9.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!

Oct. 19: ROCKY & KERI

Oct. 26: JOHN ROCKWELL (guest host)

Nov. 2: JULIE DOUGHERTY/DAVID BROWN (guest co-hosts)


I hope to see you there!  🙂 ~ Fly


Tina Ketchopolos Forwards-

The Blessing of the Animals took place on Sunday, October 2 at Harvey Park in Rockport.  Here, (L to R)

Special Care Nursery 2011

Jill Armstrong of Rockport with George, Heather Donahue of Gloucester with Penny talk with The Rev. Karin Wade from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Rockport prior to the blessing.

Mug Up Spread

This is just part of the table with goodies from our FOB’s at Mug Up- what you don’t see because I couldn’t get it into the frame was Greg Bover’s killer Apple Crisp, Sista Felicia’s Ricotta Pie and Kim Smith’s Clam Dip and even more stuff came after I left to get back to work.  We have the best online and offline community going!  Big Up’s To All Our Peeps!


Coast Guard crews assist Gloucester fishermen

BOSTON – U.S. Coast Guard crews assisted four fishermen aboard an 81-foot fishing boat taking on water nearly 40 miles east-southeast of Cape Ann, Mass., Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Boston heard the Gloucester, Mass., stern trawler Captain Joe issue a Mayday call on VHF-FM radio channel 16 around 8:35 a.m., and launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Gloucester and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HU-25 Falcon jet crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.

The helicopter crew lowered a pump to the boat to help dewater the boat.

The Motor Lifeboat crew escorted the boat back to Gloucester.

“The fishermen’s distress call came over VHF channel 16 where we were able to collect information on what was occurring,” said Chief Warrant Officer Luis Munoz, the commanding officer of Station Gloucester. “In any distress case, the most important information that we are trying to collect is the position of the incident, how many people are on board, the nature of the distress, and the description of the vessel; this was all quickly passed in the initial distress call and helped us determine the appropriate response. Gloucester is a tight-knit community and we’re proud to be a part of it.”


Tomorrow (Wednesday, October 5) Walt Kolenda will be holding his first Gloucester  auction in the Cape Ann Industrial Park. I’ve been helping Walt open box after box of the contents of the estate of Wentworth Professor of Aviation, Lockhart Smith, of Saugus, MA. There are old (back to the early 1900’s) aviation magazines, original flight training manuals and handbooks, antique aviation collectibles, ephemera
( collectible written and printed matter), memorabilia, postcards, awards, etc. We unearthed a bunch of very cool old hobby model kits of airplanes, cars, ships, spaceships, robots, and more. There is plenty of antique/vintage glassware, lighting, pottery, porcelain, jewelry and who knows what else!
If you’re looking for furniture, the auction will include mission oak chairs, a solid cherry drop front desk with glass bookcase, a hand painted Asian cabinet, a Hoosier cabinet with Tambour doors, pine corner shelf, and other  really nice pieces.Walt moved to Gloucester in August of  2010, and although new to the area, has been in the auction/antiques business for about 30 years. He’s very excited to be holding his first Gloucester auction and plans on making it at least a monthly event, with special event auctions added as needed.The monthly auctions will take place on the 1st Wednesday evening of each month at 6pm, inspection starts at 3pm the day of the sale.There will be no buyer’s premium for this auction. Terms of payment accepted are cash, known checks and credit cards.
Walt is also an antiques appraiser and webmaster at his online appraisal site,
To see more pictures and details go to his page.
The background story on the estate being purchased here can be found on

If you have any questions about this or future auctions call 978-636-3101 or email


17 Kondelin Rd.  #7
Gloucester, MA 01930

The auction starts sharp at 6pm (inspection 3-6)

Read the Times article on tomorrow’s auction!

 MA-128 N
 Take exit 14 for MA-133 toward W Gloucester/Essex
Slight right onto MA-133 E/Essex Ave
Slight right onto Magnolia Ave
Take the 2nd right onto Kondelin Rd
17 Kondelin Rd. #7
Destination will be on the right

GMG Tech Talk- Don’t Say I Didn’t Tell You- Amazon Fire Article On Engadget

Kindle Fire pre-orders heat up, reportedly reach 95,000


Like I said on September 28th-

The Kindle Fire Color Tablet is going to sell like hotcakes.

The Amazon Fire Tablet is going to be this year’s Zhu Zhu Pet and Past year’s Cabbage Patch Doll.   The thing where everyone will be killing themselves to get and there won’t be enough to go around creating a frenzy to get them.  you heard it here.  September 28th, 2011.  Write it down.

It’s brilliantly priced for people who don’t have to do everything an iPad can do or as seamlessly.  Also there are more pixels than the already fantastic iPad screen?
This will sell well, really well for all those folks who can’t justify an iPad at the same price of a decently spec’d laptop.

You can and should pre-order one for Christmas presents if you don’t want to spring ALL the money for an iPad.

get on the list here


New Balance pledges $500,000 for naming rights at Gloucester High School stadium Bid gives huge boost to reconstruction of historic Newell Stadium

The Press Release From The GFAA-

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – Sept. 30, 2011 – New Balance has pledged $500,000 for naming rights to Gloucester High School’s historic Newell Stadium, which was dedicated in 1936 and has been used by generations of local athletes but deteriorated badly in recent years. New Balance’s sealed offer was opened at Gloucester City Hall on Friday, giving a huge boost to the fundraising effort to rebuild the stadium.

“This is a touchdown for every community member who’ll benefit from the rebuilt Newell Stadium – every high school athlete who’ll play on the new field, every senior citizen who’ll walk the new track, every family that’ll attend a public concert,” said Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk. “We’re grateful for New Balance’s support and thrilled that the renewal of Newell Stadium is moving ahead.”

Newell Stadium’s poor condition, including wide pits in the track and warped, swaying stands, has severely limited its use. The bathroom building was condemned and the track team has not held a home meet in six years because the track is unsafe for runners. Although it is next to Gloucester High School, none of the school’s physical education classes use the field. An analysis by the City of Gloucester estimated that 1,000 more children per year will be able to use the field when it is rebuilt.

“At a time when obesity among kids is a growing problem, we’re building a stadium that encourages kids to participate in sports and exercise,” said Jonathan Pope, president of the Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association, which is raising money for the new stadium. “That’s exactly the message we should be sending to our children.”

The new field will be known as “New Balance Track and Field at Newell Stadium” and the New Balance name will be prominently featured on the playing field. The $500,000 pledge will be paid over 10 years, according to New Balance’s sponsorship agreement with the City of Gloucester.

“New Balance is proud to join the City of Gloucester in supporting the reconstruction of Newell Stadium to provide the City’s school children and area residents with a safe place to engage in athletic activities,” said Matt LeBretton, director of public affairs for New Balance. “We applaud Mayor Kirk, the City Council, the Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association and the efforts of the many Gloucester community members who have made this opportunity a reality. Both New Balance and Gloucester share a long tradition of excellence and understand what can be achieved by working together on a shared vision.”

The City has committed to spending $1.5 million on the new stadium, estimated to cost $3.5 million, and over 130 other corporate and individual donors have pledged donations. For information or to donate, visit