"Field of Dreams" Community Story of Mattos Field

Patti Amaral writes-

Hello Joey, Here is a wonderful story about Mattos field and local artists I know you will love. Great community effort, thanks for all you do.   Patti Amaral Clean City Initiative



Field of Dreams

The rock at the top of the hill states: This playground is dedicated to the memory of Joseph S. Mattos Jr. Born Oct. 4, 1899 and killed in action Oct. 5, 1918. Dedicated 1935.
During World War I, Joseph S. Mattos Jr. “died with honor in the service of his country”, just one day after his eighteenth birthday.  World War I officially ended just over a month later (11/11/1918)
Joseph S. Mattos Jr. was probably one of the youngest Gloucester men killed in action during WWI.
  The area known as the Joseph Mattos Field or Playground was originally a low-lying natural basin with a brook running through it.  In the 1840s Nathaniel Webster Sr. dammed the brook creating a pond.  In the winter he cut the ice from the pond to supply the fishing fleet.  Around 1900 his son, Nathaniel Webster Jr., sold the business to Cape Pond Ice Co.  In 1924 Cape Pond Ice Co. sold the property to the city for a public recreation area. Ten years later the city built Veterans Memorial School, adjacent to the field.  
For the past 30 years Mattos field has hosted The Cape Ann Women’s Softball League. This year the league started a campaign to raise money for new lights for the field that can cost up to $100,000. The CAWSL “Light up Mattos” field campaign has sponsored several local fundraisers to raise money for the lights.
Two years ago the women painted the bleachers with donations from the Building Center. After searching for a local artist to paint “Mattos Field” on the back of the freshly painted bleachers, in an attempt to brighten up the area, local artist Jason Burroughs stepped up and donated his time to paint the new “Mattos Field” mural. Jason and his friend Enza Dimaio spent last weekend painting the mural. Jason has been part of Cape Ann Art Havens Teen Artist Guild for over a year and a half now, which is led by Executive Director Mat Schetne. Jason has shown his work for the last two summers at the Farmers Market, and his most recent showing on October 1, 2011 called “Wet Paint”. He states,” in some ways my form of art is abstract but at the same time its got an urban feel to it, I pretty much have no boundaries to define my artwork”. Jason attended Veterans Memorial School and played at the field throughout his youth. “Painting the Mattos Field Mural meant a lot to me because when I went to Veterans Memorial School, I always remember the ugly bleachers in the corner of the field that we were not allowed to go near (because of their unkempt condition). I think painting the mural brightened up the bleachers and made it look a lot more inviting. I’m glad to say that I did something for my city.”

Enza Dimaio worked with Jason on the mural too. She is a local girl who played softball for the Raiders at Mattos field for many years. She doesn’t consider herself an artist, but when I saw her down the field helping Jason, I could tell she truly enjoys the work. Enza is happy to be giving back to the local field that she played on in her youth as well.

Two young local residents giving back to their community through what they love to do, Paint.
Patti Amaral
Clean City Initiative


Community Gloucester Santa Parade Pics

Kelly Rich submits-

Kai Rich watching the Santa Parade with his friends. Also I saw Ed on the way to the parade so I said happy birthday to him. Even though we never met he said thanks. Kellie Rich  


Maryanne Askwyth From Cape Ann Figureskating submits-

Hi Joey

Jenna, Marissa, Sean, coach Alisa, Marissa Stuart on her mom’s shoulder and Johanna Coutre line up for the Holiday Parade to greet Santa in Gloucester!

For more info on Cape Ann Skating: http://www.facebook.com/CapeAnnSkatingClub or

our website: http://cafsc.org/

Middle St Parade 11-26-11 Best


Karen Joyce submits-

Hi Joey,

Here are a few parade pics I thought you might like! 

Martin Del Vecchio submits-

East Gloucester Elementary won 3rd prize.

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Shop Local and Enter To Win A $1100 Downtown Gloucester Shopping Spree

Here is the GMG team’s tickets that we filled out downtown this Sunday.


Here are the details from the Gloucester Daily Times-

Following last year’s hugely successful introduction of a $1,100 holiday shopping spree sweepstakes, the Gloucester Downtown Association, spearheaded by two Main Street merchants — Palazola Sports’ Linda Palazola and Kids’ Unlimiteds’ Christine Orlando — has joined forces with more than 40 of Gloucester’s downtown retailers, to offer shoppers a chance to be this year’s winner-take-all.

The seasonal promotion, which offers holiday shoppers a free raffle ticket for every item purchased from participating merchants, starting tomorrow and running through Saturday, Dec. 10, culminates in a grand prize drawing immediately following the 5 p.m. lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree at Court House Square, outside the police station.

Theatre in the Pines

Theatre in the Pines presents "The Cradle Song" by Gregorio & Maria Sierra on December 1, 2, 3 & 4.   Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. at Spiran Hall, corner of School and Broadway in Rockport.

Tickets $15 for adults; students $10.

Tickets available at door and at Toad Hall Books, Rockport, and The Bookstore, Gloucester.

The nuns of a Spanish Dominican convent are faced with  the dilemma of raising a baby girl left on their doorstep.  They name her Teresa, after the order’s patron saint. But  Teresa grows up too free-spirited to remain in the cloister.  Comedy and pathos join as one in this lovely play.

Don’t miss it!

Final Week Announcement for Jemil Beauchamp


Our final week at Jemil Beauchamp (1091 Washington Street, Gloucester) is upon us. We’re trying to clear out the store, and so that means that the deals just got even better.

While the paintings and handmade bags will remain at 40% off, everything else is being sold at cost. What we paid for it is the price for you. If we paid $5 for that Dolce and Gabbana rugby jacket, that’s the price.

And we don’t just have women’s clothes and antiques, either, since this is also our moving rummage sale. So I’ve got a very nice Altec Lansing speaker set that hooks up to your computer for $75. We’ve got a box of tools, $4 a piece, we’ve got chairs and books, purses for $5 a piece. We’ve also got some bigger furniture items like an old armoire for $40 and a folding table for $15. Lots of great stuff in wonderful condition. If we can’t get rid of it, it’ll cost us money to throw it away, so make us an offer if you need to.

Thank you,

Kurt and Jenny

Toy Drive & Meat / Seafood Raffle

This weekend is "Christmas by the Sea" Weekend in Manchester by the Sea, MA – the kickoff to the holidays in town.  The weekend’s events start on Friday night with a local "shop around" event which offers incentives to people for browsing and shopping at retailers in town.  On Saturday, Santa arrives by boat into Manchester harbor and then there is a Christmas parade in which the children march with santa to the community center for a Santa meet-and-greet. Finally on Sunday, we will light the "Friendship Tree" in the center of town.

This Saturday night, December 3rd, I (along with my band) will be hosting a fundraising event at The Landing at 7 Central – a Manchester restaurant & pub.  Our band will be donating our time and performing from 9 to midnight in order to collect new, unwrapped toys for Pathways For Children (http://www.pw4c.org) in Gloucester. Each guest who brings a toy will receive a raffle ticket and will be entered to win one of several Meat Prizes throughout the evening.  Also, if guests do not bring a toy, they can purchase raffle tickets and the money raised will be used to purchase toys. Currently, several Manchester and Gloucester restaurants and businesses have donated grass fed ground beef, roasts, etc..  We are still looking for donations of meat that will be raffled off throughout the night.

I am writing in hopes that you will make a donation.   I think having some seafood donated by Captain Joe & Sons would be a fun play on the Meat Raffle concept and would tie back nicely to funds being donated to Gloucester’s Pathways for Children.  All who donate – whether a restaurant, butcher or local business – will be recognized and would be more than willing to hand out coupons, collateral or any other info you would like throughout the night.  Should you choose to donate, I can pick up your donation on Friday or Saturday.

Look Good/Feel Good $200 Give-away @ gimmesound Starts Today!


Hey pay attention!  $200 Look Good/Feel Good Give-Away.  gimmesound.com new contest starts today (11/28/11) sponsored by Sunbanque, 156 Prospect St, Gloucester, MA.  It’s the Look Good/Feel Good $200 give-away, including tanning, hair, nails & fitness. (This would be a great GIFT)   Here is how it works:

  • There will be a question in every lineup video (Monday – Friday)
  • Click here to see today’s video
  • On Friday, click the ANSWER LINK under the video to give us your answers (you won’t see the link until Friday)
  • The FIRST person with the 5 correct answers wins the $200 Look Good/Feel Good Give-Away from  Sunbanque.  GOOD LUCK!

Join the Bandit Kings at the Rhumb Line tonight for Open Mic.  Get today’s live music lineup and check out Gloucester’s best local music!

Gloucester Dog Park Receives Generous Donation

A follow up to the fundraising performance of Sylvia from May Lou Maraganis: 

Dusky Foundation Pledges $100,000 with Matching Funds to the creation of Cape Ann’s First Dog Park

Before a group of supporters at a benefit performance of ‘Sylvia’, a play about a rescue dog, a dog park and the relationships that ensue it was only fitting venue for the Friends of Gloucester Dog Park to announce the generous contribution by the Dusky Foundation of $100,000 to create such a park here inGloucester. Mary Lou Maraganis and Judi Masciarelli, co-founders of the dog park, have devoted the last year and a half to making this a reality.  With a core group of volunteers to assist them and the donation by the Dusky Foundation, groundbreaking is under way for phase one.

Although the city council unanimously approved the appropriation of land for the dog park at Stage Fort Park, the park will be built entirely by private donations.

Eighty percent of the $100,000 Dusky donation will be in matching funds making your donation go that much further and the dog park built that much sooner.

This is a recreational park built by and for the community to bring together the dog-loving community.

All gifts designated for the dog park are tax-deductible, and donations can be made through the Gloucester Fund. Checks should be made out to

                        The Gloucester Fund (earmark for theDogParkin the memo section)

                       45 Middle Street


If you would like to take advantage of limited naming opportunities, or would like to donate materials or services, please contact gloucesterdogpark@gmail.com or call 978- 768 3400 for further information.

Visit www.gloucesterdogpark.org and sign-up for the Friends of Gloucester Dog Park newsletters. 

Gloucester Blue From Mark Destino

Mark writes-

Hi Joey,
Walking through the east village yesterday late afternoon. Stumbled upon the Cherry Lane theater – Saw the poster. Caught the play – only its sixth run through. I think it was about pilgrims verses the natives  – but isn’t everything.  
Had a funny little post performance chat and a sweet fish town remembrance with Izzy and Gillian. 
The world is curious but particularly Gloucester – shes a most curious place.
We, from far and away, send our love home.


Holiday Magic or Several More Reasons to Shop Small Not Mall

Alexandra's Bread

Kim Smith writes-

During my mad rush Tuesday morning to shop for our Thanksgiving dinner, I first stopped in at Alexandra’s Bread to pick up several loaves of their freshly baked bread. Knowingly, I had placed an advance order because the bread at Alexandra’s is so super delicious they are often sold out. I not only needed baguettes for dinner Tuesday evening, but for our fondue dinner planned for Wednesday evening. It is our tradition to serve fondue on Christmas Eve and to the kids, fondue symbolizes warm- and cozy-holiday-fun-dinner; they now request it for “Thanksgiving Eve” as well.

I next popped into Pearl’s to see if Sue had any fondue forks. Pearl’s is a wonderful vintage everything shop at the east end of Main Street. Fondue forks are designed with extra long, heatproof handles and I needed several additional forks for our guests. Sue did not have any fondue forks, but Deb, the meter attendant who was, very fortuitously, standing at the counter chatting with Sue, mentioned she just-so-happened to have a set at her home that had not sold at her recent yard sale. Deb said she’d be happy to deliver her forks to Pearl’s and Sue very graciously agreed to be the go-between. I bought them sight unseen for ten dollars.

Next stop was Abacus Computer and MacDaddy, across the street from Pearl’s and several doors down from Alexandra’s. Their tagline is “Your PC and Apple Repair Service Specialists.” I explained to Frank that my daughter was arriving Tuesday night and was only staying for a few days. Could they possibly squeeze in a look at her laptop to see what was wrong? Yes, no problem, and requested we bring in the computer promptly at 10:00am Wednesday morning.

The following morning Frank and Thad looked it over and thought perhaps they could repair and have it back to her by that afternoon, even though it was by no means an easy fix, needing a new hard drive, along with various other problems. WOW—you don’t get service like that at the big box stores, as a matter of fact, at the Apple Store in NYC, the salesperson told my daughter her laptop was unfixable and not to waste their time.

Next stop was Pearl’s, where we picked up the most gorgeous boxed set of wooden handled fondue forks, circa 1960—very Eames looking— and far more elegant than the forks we had planned to use. Thank you Sue and Deb and thank you Holiday Spirits!

More Holiday Magic—later that afternoon, Abacus Computer and The MacDaddy called with the good news Liv’s computer was ready for pick-up. Cleaned and repaired, it is working perfectly. Thank you Frank and Thad and thank you again Holiday Spirits for working your Holiday Magic!


Check Out Kim’s Blog Here

Carrie Fisher Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

    “Holding on to a resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”


Carrie Fisher (1956-    )
Born to Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, one of Hollywood’s golden postwar couples who messily divorced when she was two, the actress, novelist, lecturer, and screenwriter is perhaps best know for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the early Star Wars movies. She is thought of as one of the smartest people in the film industry and has had a less well-know career as a script doctor and writer. Her novel Postcards from the Edge and her memoir Wishful Drinking detail her battles with substance abuse and eating disorders. The Emmy Award winning Fisher continues to tour as a lecturer and appears frequently on television (30 Rock, Sex in the City, etc.)

Greg Bover