The GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 13

GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 13

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Taped January 30, 2012 with hosts Joey Ciaramitaro from and Kenny MacCarthy from

Show Notes:

Restaurant news, Tacos Lupita, Passports Wine Dinner, George’s Coffee Shop, the Patriots, Vermin Supreme and politics, Bikini Speedo Dodgeball update, Kenny points out a special property, Kenny searches for a local vet.

Gymazing at the Manchester Athletic Club


The family has joined the Manchester Athletic Club

So the workouts have begun and it’s nice to be back at the MAC after not working out for a good number of years.  The Gymazing program where you can have you children looked after while you work out is AWESOME!

Here’s David Swanson talking about his experience there-

Pier Reconstruction At Maritime Gloucester From Tom Balf

Tom writes-

The final stage of reconstruction of the large pier at Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop has begun. The main pier already offers extraordinary views of Gloucester Harbor.  Completion of the project, scheduled for late winter, will enhance public access and improve Maritime Gloucester’s capacity to host visitors, students and vessels for events and special programs. The pier will be named in honor of Harriet Webster, the longstanding executive director of Maritime Gloucester, who passed away this past summer.

This project involves removing and replacing approximately 62 piles and demolishing and reconstructing approximately 4,600 square feet of pier. Folks can also track the crane activity on our harbor webcam, on your website, if they can’t make it over to the site.
The Maritime Gloucester pier is publicly accessible during the day and is used day and night by the organization for educational programming, boating activities and member events. A schedule of summer events and programming will soon be available, and we welcome ideas for music, educational programming and events on the pier. The Schooner Ardelle, built by Harold Burnham, will also be berthed at the pier and available for educational field trips and charter sails.

The mission of Maritime Gloucester is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, our maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences.

For more information about Maritime Gloucester contact Tom Balf at 978-281-0470 or

WW2 Fighter pilot rescue boat at Beacon Marine Photo Kathy Chapman

The ambulance vessel TRAVELER rescued World War II fighter pilots. She sits at the end of Beacon Marine enjoying the view of the T-Party ships.

Photo © Kathy Chapman 2012


Did You Know? (Charlie Carroll)

This beautifully captured photo of flying geese was taken by Charlie Carroll of Gloucester. Charlie uses a Canon 60D and a Canon G-12.  He attended several Art Schools in Boston, ending up at the Museum School, concentrating solely on drawing, for the first 7 years and then moved onto Etching, Engraving and Stone Lithography for the last 2 years of formal schooling. Over the years he has shown at and has work in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, the DeCordiva, The Danforth, City of Boston Permanent Print Collection, The Republic of Ireland Permanent Collection and the Vatican Permanent Collection, as well as many Public and Private Collections.  About a year ago his work was included in the Permanent Collection of the Cape Ann Museum and is featured in the Rule of Four exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum through Spring 2012.   A couple of years ago he started concentrating solely on photography and became obsessed with it. To see more of Charlie’s photography, visit

E.J. Lefavour

Rare Albino Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Many thanks to Caroline Haines, the director of Pathways for Children, for forwarding the photos of the rare albino Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). The photos were shot by Kevin Shank and four of his sons over a several day period in late August. Caroline has a love for butterflies and birds, and nature in general, and brings her passion to the programing provided for the children at Pathways.

The above photos were taken in Virginia at the beginning of the hummingbird’s annual southward migration; it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that we may see an albino hummingbird visiting our Cape Ann feeders and flowers as we are in the same migratory corridor.

A true albino hummingbird, as is the above bird, has snowy white plumage and it’s eyes, legs, and bill are pink. True albinos are extraordinarily rare. Leucistic hummingbirds are still rare but are seen more often than true albions. Like the common Ruby-throated Hummingbird, leucistic forms have black, feet, bills, and eyes, but their feathers are some version of white, gray, buffy, and tan; not the typical shades of green.

Leucistic form and common Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Image courtesy Hilton Pond Center.

A Real Music Video


Thanks to Inge Berge’s vision, inspiration and all-night editing, we’ve got a treat for you this week.  He growls like Tom Waits and bangs on household implements in this bitter breakup video shot in his home studio.  Few songs express the pain we’ve all felt at one time or another as well as this one set to a catchy tune that will play in your head all day long.

Watch and listen carefully — you’ll see all the percussion in the song is from the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

Laura Dow Represents!


Linn Parisi forwards-

Hi Joey,

Laura Dow, owner of The Vista Motel in Gloucester sent this picture along of her representin’

in Switzerland. She’s there skiing and enjoying a much needed vacation.
It doesn’t suck.

Thanks, Joey! Have a blast, Laura!

Check out The Vista Motel Webcam which overlooks Good Harbor Beach on



Terry Oder says he’s willing to give the Patriots their football back.

Fan Says He’ll Give Up Game-Winning Football In Exchange For Donations To Scholarship Fund

January 25, 2012|By AMANDA FALCONE,, The Hartford Courant

Terry Oder says he’s willing to give the Patriots their football back.

If, he said Wednesday, Patriots fans can help him raise $50,000 for a scholarship fund before the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

And if the football team wants to make a contribution, he said he’d accept.

"I’m not asking for any money from the Patriots," Oder said Wednesday, "but if they offered, I would take it."

Oder was in the stands for the AFC Championship Game Sunday when Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff’s field goal attempt went wide left, sending the Pats to the Super Bowl. Oder, watching the game with some of his childhood friends, grabbed the errant ball.

It was a heart-warming end to a bittersweet story. Oder, a physician with a Hartford medical group, said he brought his buddies to the game for some fun after weeks of sadness associated with the death of one of their friends, who had died unexpectedly from a heart infection. The scholarship fund is for his friend Aran Patrican’s 1-year-old son.

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Thanks Ed Sawicki  for forwarding the story

Community Stuff Monday

Coming Saturday Febuary 11 — 2nd Annual Blue Shutters Beachside Chili Cook Off!

chili cook off girl

The Blue Shutters Beachside Inn will hold its 2nd annual Chili Cook Off on Saturday February 11 for guests of the inn.  Guests get a 25% discount if they bring a pot of chili for the competition.  Our judges will choose a winner that Saturday evening, and the chili champion gets a gift certificate for a free return visit!  Last year, our second and third place winners got prizes too, courtesy of guest judges from Topside Grill and Cape Ann Brewing Company (we’ve invited these judges back this year).  If you’d like to come and stay a night or two and just taste the chili, that’s OK too.  We think this could be a great way to spice up your Valentines Weekend (Valentine’s Day is just a few days later).  While we’ll be enjoying chili on Saturday night, there will be time for a cocktail by our fireplace after a romantic lunch or dinner downtown — or just a quiet walk on the beach with with your valentine.  Call (978-283-1198) or email ( for details — and to reserve a spot.

Tony & Patty Sapienza, Ed & AnnMarie Comer

Blue Shutters Beachside Inn