Mechi – Pet of the Week

Mechi – Pet of the Week


My name is Mechi and my sister Marbella and I are at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, a non-profit shelter caring for homeless cats and dogs.   We are gentle pups who love to give kisses and play.    We are four-month old tan-and-white boxer/beagle mixes.

If you have the time and energy for a young pup, please stop down to the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at 260 Main Street in Gloucester and visit us.

You can also go online and visit at:  I think the nice volunteer caring for me thinks I am a vegetable; she keeps calling me sweet pea!

Rubber Duck hits the town with summer in November

70F in Boston so the Rubber Duck and her new friend the Devil Duck hit the big city. Getting thirsty, they stop by the fountain at the Christian Science Center for a sip.

Next stop the Mapparium and then Devil Duck wants to make a phone call To Mary Baker Eddy! Bad Duck.

The Essex Pride Awards and Dance November 12, 2011

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The Essex Pride Awards and Dance November 12, 2011


Essex Pride is back!  It’s time to celebrate our town and everything that makes it great!  Let’s kick off Essex Pride Week the good old fashioned way: with Pride Awards and  a kickass dance!

Come to the Essex Room at Woodman’s on Saturday, November 12 at 7PM to celebrate with friends and family, recognize past Essex Pride recipients and honor the 2011 winners.

There will be snacks at 7PM, as well as a cash bar.  Awards will be announced at 8PM, followed by dancing to music by the Johnny Ray Band until 11PM.  This is an event not to be missed!

Tickets are $20 PP.  Sponsor a table of ten for $180, a savings of $20.

The Woodman Scholarship Committee is also selling 50/50 raffle tickets for $20 each.  The winner will be drawn that evening and the cash prize may be as high as $10,000!

The 2011 Essex Pride Dance is sponsored by The Woodman Scholarship Committee and the Essex Merchants Group.  The Essex Pride Committee is grateful for their generosity.

So, put on your dancing shoes and join the rest of the town for what is bound to be the best kickoff to Essex Pride Week ever!  Don’t miss out:  buy your tickets today!  Tickets are on sale at The Village Market, The First National Bank of Ipswich, Highwave Hair Design and the clambake office at Woodman’s. Please fill out your nomination slip at the same time.

For more information please call 978-837-8273

or email

Thursday Night Blues Party To Host Greg Luttrell @ The Rhumb Line

Well, I’m drunk again and basically a pain to meet on the streets of this basically clean city. So, in keeping with my private zoo, may I introduce Mr. Greg Luttrell? This guy is the coolest kat that is what am. Prune juice magnate, uvula waggler, and glitarist nonpareil, this Teen Beat star is sure to melt the enamel offa yer incisors. No assembly needed. Safe when used as directed. Former hellion of the Michigan Black Snake band, Greg has seen it all, sometimes in 3-D. One of our more welcome infestations. You need this!
Giving our  dry cells a much needed jump start will be that Irish skinmaster: Mr. “Molto” Benny Benson, curator of the groove. Mr, Greg T. , on catarrh ,and myself  provide the jumper cables.  Don’t tell anybody!
And I’m getting tired of saying it, but Sunday nite I’m playing in Nbpt. at Glenn’s Cool Bar and Restaurant with the Justin Quinn band. The food is fabulous, and the band’s pretty good, too.6 to 9: make a reservation:It’s worth it!
Im getting outa this cast next week. It’s killing me! 6 weeks of torture! Anybody willing to drive me to Nbpt . on sunday??

Anyone have any photos of the old North Shore Cinema?

Jeeze I have great memories of going to the movies there in my youth.  That building was so cool with the architecture.

I’d love to see some old photos if anyone has any they can scan.

Infamous one?  you got anything at the Cape Ann Museum?

Dogs up for Adoption- Greyson & Zoey

Mary Lou of All Dog Rescue has two beautiful dogs that she is fostering in Gloucester that are up for adoption. Greyson & Zoey are absolutely gorgeous! I have always had a soft spot in my heart for pit pulls, they get such a bad rap but all of the pit bulls I have ever met are just big cuddle bugs! Let’s help these two find their forever home.

About Greyson: 

“OK, by now you know from Greyson’s pictures that he is an extremely handsome boy. But what you don’t know is that he is as sweet and wonderful on the inside as well. He is new to rescue and we are still getting to know him but we have discovered he loves car rides, toys, playing with other dogs, cuddles and his walks. He has beautiful sparkling amber eyes, beautiful blue/grey fur and a wiggly butt and tail that is constantly going. He is fun, sweet, playful and affectionate. He weighs about 55 pounds and is around 2 years old. Athletic outside, calm and mannered inside the house. He likes to please so will likely be a quick learner. He adjusted very quickly to his new surroundings which is an indication of his adaptability and calm nature. To be the best dog he can be he will need a leader that will help socialize him and re-direct his enthusiasm when new people come to visit. This handsome Blue Pit Bull is waiting patiently for his forever home. He will make a wonderful companion in life. Because of his size, he is best in a household without young children.”

About Zoey:

“Zoey was found tied to the air conditioner shaft outside the pound and quickly became the staff favorite. She is a sweetheart with those real ‘puppy dog eyes’.  She enjoys playing with other dogs, car rides, toys and well, pretty much anything. She is one of those dogs that just enjoys being with her person. She would benefit with some basic training to make her the best dog she can be (as would any dog). She crates well, is housetrained, weighs in at 39 pounds.  She is soft and cuddly and speaking of cuddles can give and receive them all day long. She is being fostered with Greyson another of our dogs and doing very well-even though she is a bit of a prima-donna. She enjoys being the center of attention and needs to learn no matter how cute she is that she must share. She was in the pound for 2 months before we were able to take her. Be prepared for people to stop you on the street if you get this one, she is one of those dogs people just have to pet. She’s a real charmer!!”

If you are interested in meeting Greyson or Zoey, please fill out an application on the All Dog Rescue website. 

Henry Allen TheatreWorks is NOW Casting for The LobstahCrackah Ballet!

Henry Allen writes-

Hi, Joey!
On the heels of our latest success at The Annie, ‘Song of the Sea,’ comes what is sure to be a new Cape Ann holiday tradition:
The LobstahCrackah Ballet – a homespun spoof of The Nutcracker! Rehearsals begin next week for a Dec 15th opening. Thanks for posting!


Gloucester Harbor Village, 1856

Gloucester Harbor Village, 1856 H. F. Walling/ ©Fredrik D. Bodin

The Gloucester Harbor Village map was a small inset on a larger map, A Topographical Map of Essex County Massachusetts, which measured 62 inches x 62 inches. It was a wall, or scroll map, and was printed on linen and hand colored. The surveys and map were made by civil engineer Henry Francis Walling (1825-1888),  Superintendent of State  Map. Some of the 49 insets, which were approximately 5 inches  x 9 inches, were Annis Squam Village, Lanes Ville, Rockport Village, and Pigeon Cove Village (which I have). Interesting features of the Gloucester Harbor Village map include: Canal Street (the Boulevard) and the long Cordage Mill (rope factory); Fort Defiance at the end of Peach Street (The Fort); Front, Spring, and Jackson Streets running the length of the Gloucester waterfront (no Rogers Street yet); Rocky Neck with it’s first wharf – the Walen Story Wharf; and the end of the railroad line is in Gloucester. Also significant is the now non-existent Vincent’s Cove, and Five Pound Island, which is now the terminus of the State Fish Pier.

Printed archivally from a scan of the original map. Image # AM04-001

Title Section of A Topographical Map of Essex County Massachusetts, 1856 H. F. Walling




Cape Pond Ice in NYC and the Marathon

Bob Cornell writes-

Hello Joey,

Thought you might get a kick out of this.

My daughter Stephanie Cornell ran the NYC Marathon yesterday—her first.  I had my iPad fired up and open to the ING NYC Marathon website so I could track her progress on the map.  At the same time I was following along on my iPhone in Google Maps StreetView so I could see something of what she was seeing as she ran, although in photos taken some time ago.  From mile 15 to 16 the runners cross the Queensboro Bridge then turn north on 1st Avenue .  As she crossed East 86th Street I was surprised to see a StreetView photo of a Cape Pond Ice Truck at 86th and 1st.   I took this reminder of home sweet home as a good omen. 

Although she didn’t quite meet her goal of doing the Marathon in less than five hours—mostly due to having to run through the pain of a couple of previous injuries—she was delighted to have finished in 5:41:48 and got many cheers and kudos from friends and family.  She said that at one point she entertained the idea of taking the subway to the finish.  I’d have taken the subway from the other side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at mile two.  Bravo Stephanie!

Bob Cornell

Cape Pond Ice at 86th StSmiling Steph with medal

Live Election Night Coverage Video From Vickie Van Ness

Our newest contributor Vickie is doing what I’ve begged others to do endlessly, live blog using your smartphone.  Thank you Vickie!!!!!  I do believe our Vickie reported the results close to an hour ahead of anywhere else!