St. Ann’s Students Making Pumpkin Pies For The Homeless

Sista Felicia organizes this every year.  This year they are making 90 pies total.

Kim Smith Dropped by to cover it.


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Also you can check out Kim Smith’s Videos on Cape Ann TV

Program schedule for "The Butterfly Garden at Willowdale Estate" on Channel 12 on Cape Ann TV:
Monday, November 21 at 8:00 pm
Tuesday, November 22 at 2:30 am and 10:30 pm
Saturday, November 26 at 8:00 pm

Program schedule for "The Greasy Pole Fall Classic" on Channel 12 on Cape Ann TV:
Wednesday, November 23 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, November 24 at 1:00 am and 6:30 pm
Saturday, November 26 at 7:30 pm

Nick Holland Asks- What Were These Used For?


I’ve found dozens of eye bolts set in outcrops or large boulders across Gloucester. This one (see attached) is from Dogtown. There are many throughout the woods of West Gloucester. Typically I find them at the top of the outcrop or rock, often with a piece of wire still attached. They are much smaller than the beefy hardware associated with quarrying.

What were these used for?



Aidan – Pet of the Week and Black Friday Special At Cape Ann Animal Aid


Hello, my name is Aidan, I am a 3-1/2 month old retriever mix with a handsome golden coat.

I am loveable, cuddly and affectionate.  If you would like to meet me, I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, 260 Main Street in Gloucester.

Did you hear that from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. dogs may have their photo taken with Santa?!

On Sat., Dec. 3 at Hometown Ace Hardware, 231 Gloucester Crossing, Gloucester and Sun., Dec. 4 at Smith’s Ace Hardware & Lumber, 3 Station Sq., Rockport.   My dream is to go to this with my new family!!!

Black Friday Special for the weekend, all adult cats and adult dogs (one year and older) at 20% off their normal adoption fees!

Did You Know? (Where to Get your Free Range Turkey)

If you haven’t yet gotten your Thanksgiving bird and prefer the organic, free range variety, there is a flock of about 20 nice healthy looking hens hanging around the Riverdale Post Office/Willow Rest area.  Here are three of them – nice looking and friendly.  You could probably coax them into your car with a little cracked corn.

BTW, did you know that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird instead of the eagle.  I wonder how differently our nation would have evolved if he had gotten his way.  This was Ben’s take on the eagle vs. the turkey (written in a letter to his daughter Sarah):

For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country…

I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving – including these majestic birds that I’m sure will still be roaming Riverdale long after Thanksgiving is over.

E.J. Lefavour

Gloucester Education Foundation Gala Auction at Latitude 43 on December 3, 2011.

GEF Gala Poster as jpeg

Latitude 43 and Alchemy Bistro proudly announces the first annual Gloucester Education Foundation Gala Art Auction at Latitude 43 on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 6-11pm.
The auction, hosted by Senator Bruce Tarr will go “live” at 9pm and is the season finale to the Alchemy of Art Gallery series, which has promoted local art and helped fund arts in Gloucester Public School District.  Each month a different artist has been featured in the gallery, promoted by the restaurant, had a formal opening and enjoyed 90% of proceeds from the sale of their art through Alchemy with the other 10% going to GEF.  Year one artists included Baraka Berger, Nubar Alexanian, Pattie Sullivan and EJ LeFavour, Christopher Wood and several other talented painters and photographers.
The series has been a wonderful opportunity to help up and coming artist, to host some better know local creatives and to foster arts in youth through the donation to arts in schools through the GEF.  The year-end gala auction further extends that support with 100% of the sale of art by series participants going to GEF.  The live auction will also include four hand painted doors by Gloucester High School students as part of a local artist homage.  Among these are fabulous representations of the works of local masters Winslow Homer, Charles Olson, Edward Hopper and Virginia Lee Burton. 
Works to be auctioned are currently on display at Alchemy Bistro and will be there until December 3rd, when they move to Latitude 43 for main event.
In addition to the auction items, Latitude 43 will offer 10% of dinner proceeds in the dining room to GEF, and the Gloucester Education Foundation has arranged a 50/50 raffle and some terrific student made art gifts for sale for those wanting to come out and support the GEF without participating in the art auction.
The evening will surely be a great way to start the holiday season, a fun place to catch up with parents and faculty, an easy way to support education in our schools and a fun night for all.
Reservations are a good idea, as the night will surely be a busy one.  978-281-0223.
Alchemy would like to extend our Request for Artists and invite local artists who are interested in potentially showing their art at Alchemy to contact us and we will send out our “Guidelines for Consideration” package. Artists to be showcased in 2011 will be contacted by Alchemy. For more information please contact Matt Rose at or at Alchemy at 978-281-3997. 

Trivia Question 2~gimmesound Music Lineup ~ 11/22/11

Heeeee’s Back!
 Kory came back from Hollywood with more useless information than he knows what to do with.  Get trivia question 2 and today’s music lineup sponsored by Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.  Don’t forget to shop Locally!

Cape Ann Figure Skating Club

Natalie Schoonover, Ipswich, 9yrs, Jenna Lake, Magnolia, 8yrs with their coach Alisa Contreras of the Cape Ann Skating Figure Skating Club waiting to compete and the Silver Streaks Skating Club (Peabody, MA) Basic Skills Competition on Sunday November 20, 2011.  They both skated beautifully.

For more info regarding Cape Ann Figure Skating Club see: or our web site:

Basic Skills Comp. Alisa NS JL

Home for the Holidays?

Zooey is looking for a temporary home for the Holidays. Can you open up your heart and home to her? 

Zooey was found tied outside the pound and quickly became the staff favorite. Her foster family need to be out-of-town from Dec. 9th through Jan. 14 and we are desperately looking for someone to foster this 39 lb cutie during that time so she does not have to be kenneled again. She enjoys playing, car rides, toys and well pretty much anything. But what she enjoys the most is just being by her person/people. She craves soft strokes and eye contact and makes it so easy for you to give both. Everywhere you go people gravitate to her and she is wonderful with all. In her home she can become somewhat protective so a quiet home is best or a home that knows how to manage this behavior.
Simply crating her is a solution and she is crate trained, housetrained and non-destructive. She does not require a lot of exercise but does enjoy her walks. She is good with other dogs if met slowly and properly. She is living with a male pit bull & doing very well- even though she is a bit of a prima-donna. No dogs or cats would be ideal for this temporary home simply so it would be seamless. She enjoys being the center of attention and needs to learn no matter how cute she is that she must share. To fill out an on-line foster app. Please visit Note it is for temp. foster of Zooey.


Another Sign On I4C2 “Spotted” By Shep Abbott

Shep writes-

Good Morning, another sign at I-4,C-2. Folks are gonna think I’m the sign painter. Just on my 5AM jogging route. Good stuff, though …


I’m all for making love but I’d like to be able to eat as well, and that usually goes hand in hand with making money.

Shep always handy with the camera at just the right moments, even carrying it around when he goes for his 5am jog.  how fortuitous.

Disabled Student’s Laptop Returned!

Hi Joey, I’m THRILLED to report that the Gloucester High School student whose computer was taken last Friday now has his computer back! It was returned to the student’s mother on Monday night.

The student and his family send their gratitude to everyone who helped this story go "viral" all over Cape Ann, and especially to the Gloucester Police Department for helping to facilitate the return of the computer.

Within less than 24 hours from the time that GMG was first contacted, and also from the time that word was put out on Facebook, the family learned that the return of the computer would happen later in the day.

My incredible gratitude goes out to all of the amazing folks from Cape Ann and the wonderful business owners who helped to spread the story, especially to you, Joey, for posting this story and to all of your wonderful readers.

I’d like to send special thanks — more gratitude than there is language to express here — to some folks from Gloucester who posted on Facebook:

Her Honor Mayor Carolyn Kirk Pastor Anne Deneen from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lanesville Jo-Ann Castano from ArtsGloucester and Castano Design Associates Henry Allen from The Cape Ann and Henry Allen TheaterWorks Brenda Malloy from Imagine Gallery on Rocky Neck Walt Kolenda from Auction Wally Kevin Doc Burgess from Amvets Post 32 and his posts on Facebook via Karma Surfers Annisquam Herb Farm, and Tracy O’Neil from O’Neil Fitness and Personal Training

I’d also like to extend gratitude to Julie Upton from ACI-Cape Ann and Anita Pandolfe Ruchman from A Tender Place: Body Mind Spirit Therapies, both of Rockport.

Because the story went viral in such a short time, there are many, many folks who helped to spread the word… readers of GMG,and folks whom I don’t know and can’t "see" on Facebook. So I’d like to take this opportunity to say thanks to all of those folks as well.

As reported yesterday in GMG,this student’s computer is a lifeline to him. Because of vision and learning problems, he would not be able to read or write without it.

As Walt Kolenda put it on Facebook, "Awesome job everyone." It took everyone’s efforts to help this student get his computer back. This is one of those stories that highlights how special our community is: everyone coming together to help one of our own.

Many many thanks…

Sincerely, Judith Ring

O’Maley Intramural Wrestling

The O’Maley school is starting an intramural wrestling program. This program will be for middle school students only and is open to both male and female athletes.  This program will be mentored by aMassachusetts high school wrestling official and is designed to teach students the basics of wrestling as a competitive sport. It is also to provide a base for students interested in pursuing wrestling at the varsity level. A club program at the high school level has been started and the middle school program will act as a feeder program for the high school. Practice will be held at the Fuller School cafeteria starting @ 5 PM on Tuesday November 29th  . (All students must be dropped off and picked up and there is no afterschool bus provided.) If interested please pick up a permission form at the O’Maley School main office or contact Kirk Benson @978-283-9298 or Any interested high school student should contact Kim Patience or Coach Kurt Lichtenwald at Gloucester High School.