Gray Boy – Pet of the Week!


My name is Gray Boy; a sweet and affectionate cat. 
I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), located at 260 Main Street in Gloucester. 

I was asked to tell you about the 8th Annual CAAA Santa Paws where you take home a holiday photo of your dog taken with Santa.  The donation is $10. to benefit CAAA.

Photos will be taken from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 3 at Hometown Ace Hardware, 231 Gloucester Crossing, Gloucester and Dec. 4, Smith’s Ace Hardware & Lumber, 3 Station Sq., Rockport!

We cats will wait at the shelter where Santa will visit us on Dec. 25th!

I just heard the door bell!  It might be someone looking for me!  I have to run and groom my beautiful gray coat; it makes me look rather dashing.

Did You Know? (Fast Moving Train)

That the train heading to Rockport goes really fast as it passes through Dogtown?  My sister and I were on another Babson boulder hunting excursion on Saturday.  We were walking down the tracks heading for the reservoir from Blackburn when we heard the train whistle.  There is no where to go to get out of the way there, as you have water on both sides of the track, so we ran, and reached the path just in time to get some cool train passing shots.  The engineer blew a greeting whistle to us as he raced by.

Coming soon, the 2012 Dogtown and Babson Boulder calendar with all 26 boulders in it, as well as cellar holes, where James Merry died after being gored by his bull and other cool Dogtown images.  Watch for it here.

E.J. Lefavour

ZDNet Today: 7 reasons the Kindle Fire is better than the iPad But I Wanna Hear From Our FOB’s That Got Theirs (Are You Listening Mr Morrison?)

By David Gewirtz | November 16, 2011, 5:39am PST

Summary: To be fair, I’ve only had a few hours to tinker with the new device, but I can already say that there are a bunch of ways the Kindle Fire is better than the iPad.

My Kindle Fire arrived last night. I was surprised to find myself excited, waiting for it to arrive. This was especially surprising, because in September, I detailed 12 reasons you might NOT want to buy a Kindle Fire.

To be fair, I’ve only had a few hours to tinker with the new device, but I can already say that there are a bunch of ways the Kindle Fire is better than the iPad.

For the rest of the article click here and read his review

Now when I recommended people get this I never dreamed anyone would come out and say a $200 Kindle Fire would be better than a polished excellent device as the iPad at almost 3 times the price.  I figured it would be pretty damn good and the thing about it that would be killer was that $200 price point.

This is quite the coup.  I’m really eager to hear from those of you who got one yesterday or today in the mail from my initial recommendation


I’m dying to hear from you guys.  How do you like it?????

Paul Morrison I have some specific questions-

How is the screen?

Did you watch any youtube videos on it?

Did you access email on it?

Is it a value at $200 and who is it the perfect gift for if so?

Kindle Fire first impressions: Wow!

By Ed Burnette | November 16, 2011, 11:59am PST

Summary: I have the new Kindle Fire from Amazon in my hot little hands and I’m not letting go. It’s going to take the tablet market by storm.

I thought about posting an article consisting of a single word to describe my first impressions with the Kindle Fire. The word is:


Figuring this might be a lacking a little in the detail department, I decided to write something longer. So here you go:


Kidding aside, the Kindle Fire arrived at my doorstep in an unassuming brown cardboard box yesterday afternoon. I’ve spent several hours playing with it, trying different apps on it, and hooking it up to Eclipse to see if I could write and debug programs for it. And let me just say, I’m impressed.

The Kindle Fire is a sweet little tablet, exceeding my expectations in almost every way. Especially considering the $199 price. Where do I start?

  • The screen is bright and colorful, a pleasure to read and play.
  • The size is perfect; much easier to carry around than a 10 inch tablet. It even fits in my big pockets.
  • The Fire’s screen has true independent two-finger multi-touch. Games like Pew Pew 2 have no problem at all with their joystick-like controls.
  • All the Amazon user interfaces are beautifully designed and color coordinated.
  • Integration with the Amazon ecosystem of books, movies, and apps, is airtight and natural.
  • The Fire is fast! App switching, page turning, video watching, no matter what you throw at it, it just purrs along. I’ve read reviews about it being sluggish, but that hasn’t been my experience at all.
  • It uses the latest version of Android for which source code was available (2.3.4 API level 10). This is important because it’s the first version with decent APIs for native gaming. According to a source at Amazon who asked not to be named, they are working to port Android 4 to the Fire now that the code is available.
  • Amazon did a great job handling navigation with no hardware buttons without taking up a lot of the screen (better than stock Android 3.x or 4.x IMHO).
  • The Fire allows side-loading of apps, so I can install apps from web sites or email attachments (great for developers and enterprise users).

Paul Morrison Chimes in with a short review and answers to my questions–

I’ll write a longer review as soon as I get feedback from Sue who is an avid Kindle reader. But in answer to your questions:

How is the screen?
The clarity is amazing.

Did you watch any youtube videos on it?
Yes, within moments of thinking of youtube and typing Tim Minchin I had a selection of his youtubes, selecting Prejudice I was watching a crystal clear video in the right format. Nicely done. You don’t even have to think about it.

Did you access email on it?
Even though it is Sue’s I checked it out. Took about 30 seconds to put in some settings for one of my gmail accounts. Very simple and well laid out .

Is it a value at $200 and who is it the perfect gift for if so?
As I was messing with it just now and getting hooked on listening to the audio book of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (gotta buy that now) I think the answer is easy. This Kindle is for someone who wants to ingest input from the outside world. Movies, (the trailers look awesome) TV (samples look great), books (That is Amazon’s ecosystem), audiobooks. The layout to consume that stuff is simple, easy, elegant. I tried to think of myself as a grumpy old person born before the internet was invented and I could easily see figuring out the bookshelf and how to go get all of this stuff. Amazon is the perfect portal to all of that stuff. Buying stuff from also looks way to easy. 1 clickety click and the boxes show up.

I need to have Sue read a book to compare to the Kindle Reader. The fact that the screen is lit and not passive might be a dela breaker. Battery life might also be since the Kindle Reader lasts a month to the 8 hours on the Kindle Fire.

My last word: This thing is great because competition is what makes for good stuff. The iPad has some competition. They may lose the chunk of people who want to consume some good text/video. The iPad2 just has a lot more stuff. For the geek who wants everything this falls short but fortunately most of us aren’t geeks.

Taste of Latin America Open House at the Blue Shutters – Sunday November 20


We wanted to remind folks about a special event happening later this month — our "Taste of Latin America Open House". On the afternoon of Sunday November 20 – from 2pm – 5pm — you’re invited to stop by the Blue Shutters to shop for unique holiday gifts and enjoy some food and wine with a South American theme. It’s all to benefit Por Cristo, a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization that has been providing healthcare to the poor in Ecuador for the past 30 years (Por Cristo is headed by a longtime friend of the Blue Shutters innkeepers, Joe Reardon).
The items for sale that day are truly unique (and a great deal) — a collection of artisan-crafted sterling silver jewelry and items made from sustainable resources of the Amazonian rainforest and elsewhere in Ecuador (that’s just a small sampling in the photo here).
Those who join us will also be able to enjoy a menu of Latin American delicacies courtesy of our guest chef, Mark Sapienza of the Langham Hotel, and a selection of wines from South America .
It all takes place with beautiful Good Harbor Beach as a backdrop, so you’ll have an opportunity to come walk the beach.

You don’t have to stay with us in order to enjoy the open house, but if you’d like to spend a night or two, we’re offering a special discount — Friday and Saturday and get one night at half-price.
We hope you can be our guest for this special Blue Shutters event — please call us at 978-283-1198 for more information.

Tony, Patty, Ed and AnnMarie

Clue #3 gimmesound Live Music Lineup 11/16/11

Click the photo to get the unofficial history of Howard Blackburn from Kory and get Clue #3 for the gimmesound give-away.  Has anyone figured it out yet?  Get Wednesday’s Music Lineup

The First New Pearson Piling Has Been Driven for the Greasy Pole. Photos From Joe Borland

Does anyone bring you greasy pole coverage like we do? C’mon now! Smile

Thanks Joe!




Kathy Chapman reports

Hi Joey,

Just came back from scouting out the GP situation…here’s what I know…

The pile-driving crew just drove in a test piling and located the anchor points before the wind picked up and they had to stop. The pilings will be driven into the mud 10 feet and pounded in another (roughly) 2 feet before it’s all said and done. Work will resume again on Black Friday, if there are calm winds. All work will be done at high tide in a four-hour window. They will drive in 6 poles and then make a platform that attaches at the top.


Greasy Pole Work Begins

Pearson Pilings are being used.  The pearson pilings use a proprietary formula which makes their pilings stronger than steel even though it’s much lighter.

here is their website

Check out  their website

PEARSON FIBERGLASS COMPOSITE PILINGS are today’s preferred building material for waterfront foundations, docks, piers and bridges. Our composite pilings are stronger than wood, steel or concrete pilings, and because they will not rust, rot or crumble, they will last virtually forever. Containing no chemical preservatives that leach into the water, our sustainable fiberglass composite pilings are environmentally friendly and are the choice of “green” developers of clean marinas and waterfront properties.




Kathy Chapman took this picture of the pilings loaded on the barge last week-


Burham’s Field Community Garden ~ Fall Clean Up / Potluck Breakfast Saturday Nov 19th

When:      Sat, Nov 19th from 8 am to 12 noon
Where:     Burham’s Field Community Garden
Why:        To clean up & close the garden for the season
Who:        YOU!

Burnham's Field garden - After

We will be sharing a potluck style breakfast. Our ‘garden fund’ will take
care of coffee and hot chocolate. Muffins, donuts, fruit, or any other
delectables are encouraged.
Dues for the 2012 season ($25 per plot suggested) are being accepted on
Saturday as well. Please make checks out to Burnham’s Field Community
Garden. For anyone interested in a plot for 2012 that did not participate
in 2011, please email me so I can add your name to the waiting list. We
will host a lottery for open plots next March.
If you cannot make it Saturday we will miss you but must carry on 😉
Please see to it that your plot is cleaned and cleared for the season no
later than Sun, Nov 20th. Unless you are one of our ambitious gardeners
planning to continue growing cold crops.
And last but certainly not least – THANK YOU to everyone who supported our
first year at Burnham’s Field – it was a smashing success that we will
continue to build on in 2012. Special shout out to John McElhenny for
getting our community garden off the ground, we could not have done it
without your dedication and leadership!
Cheers ~
Gina (Curcuru) Briguglio
2012 BFCG Manager

Howard Blackburn’s Bartender

Howard Blackburn’s Bartender, circa 1910 Anonymous/©Fredrik D. Bodin
Swedish immigrant Nils Lund settled in Gloucester to work as a fisherman. About 1910, he took time off from fishing to tend bar for the legendary Howard Blackburn. The Blackburn Tavern was located at 289 Main Street, where Halibut Point Restaurant is now. Chiseled into the front of the building in large letters: Blackburn 1900.

Albin and Nils Lund, Schooner Natalie Hammond, circa 1920 Anonymous/©Fredrik D. Bodin
In the days of sail, fishermen would sign on to schooners headed for destinations they wanted to travel to. Nils and his brother Albin fished their way to Sweden and back several times. The photo above shows the mustachioed Lund fishermen, Albin on the left and Nils on the rightThe two brothers found brides in Gloucester, with Albin’s wife Josephine owning a boarding house on Main Street, next door to today’s Crow’s Nest tavern.
Printed archivally in the darkroom from 6×7 cm copy negatives. Original prints supplied by Lillian Lund Files. Image #  AC960901-03#05 (bartender Nils) and # AC010129-01#07 (brothers at sea)

Fredrik D. Bodin

Bodin Historic Photo

82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930