Chickity Check It! “Water Under The Keel” From Rockporter George Grimes


George writes-

I will attach a copy of an article written by Gail McCarthy for the Gloucester Times last September. Also included is a copy of the front and back sections of the cover. It has been well received on the North Shore. Thank you for your interest. I am enjoying "Good Morning Gloucester" very much since I signed up.

There are copies in the Bookstore in Gloucester, Dogtown Book Store, Building Center, Maritime Heritage Museum, and Cape Ann Museum or Amazon. It is also available at Toad Hall in Rockport.

Bowie – Pet of the Week

My name is Bowie and I am residing at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA).  If you are looking for a handsome male cat, who is ten-months-old, black-and-white and rather dashing; I am the cat for you.  I have lived with children and dogs.   I am affectionate, I love to snuggle, I think I am almost perfect!


The CAAA is a non-profit shelter caring for homeless cats and dogs.  Visit and learn more about our upcoming programs, events and most importantly, more photos of me!

If you would like to visit me, stop down to 260 Main Street in Gloucester.  Thank you to all the friends who supported the "Winter Bash" last Saturday night.  I didn’t attend, I stayed back at the shelter grooming and looking at myself in the mirror!  It’s not easy being this handsome and remain humble!

In My Dreams Unrestrained There is No Place I Cannot Go

Since I haven’t  been getting out much now that I am in the throes of a mad creative period which I don’t want to interrupt, I thought I’d share another new piece.  Whenever I go through a creative quantum leap, I always end up leaving this planet for a bit.  This is from my most recent sojourn into the outer realms.  In addition to being a wall art piece, it also serves as a little display shelf for small collectibles (pretty rocks, shells, pieces of meteors, etc.).  This is one of a whole collection of three dimensional pieces where I get to be a designer and constructor of displays as well as a painter.  I am so loving it.  There has to be something in the water here because I am not smoking anything funny – honestly.

E.J. Lefavour

View from the Jodrey State Pier

The Jodrey State Pier is named after Everett R. Jodrey, a barber by trade and activist sympathetic to the fishing industry. Jodrey envisioned a changing waterfront and eventually won support to construct a state fish pier in Gloucester. The money was appropriated in 1931; the pier opened for business in 1938.

Rick Doucette previews April New Orleans Trip & Tuesday’s benefit to raise money for it

Rick Doucette previews the third Y TEENS REBUILD NEW ORLEANS April Vacation trip and the benefit to raise money for that trip featuring Grammy-winner Charles Neville with Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours on Tuesday 2/21 (Mardi Gras) at Latitude 43 and Minglewood Tavern.

Call 978.281.0223 to reserve tickets and help the Y teens pay for the trip.

Interview with the artist: new mural in Eco Boutique space on Main Street

As you hopefully saw last week, Cole Herbst is doing a beautiful new mural in the Main Street space that the Eco Boutique is moving into. Below is an interview with the artist (interviewed by Jason Burroughs) – the store is stocked now, so go in and check it out in the Brown’s Mall building!

Also, check out the unveiling of his other mural about a year ago:

Celebrate Mardi Gra with more horns! Ska, Reggae, Soul and Rocksteady.

The Runaround Sound @ Cape Ann Brew Pub
Saturday, Feb 18 @ 9:30pm
Celebrate Mardi Gra with more horns!
Ska, Reggae, Soul and Rocksteady.
If you haven’t experienced the Runaround Sound yet, well then what are you waiting for!?
Great tunes, high energy!



with Anu Garg




adjective: Serene; harmonious; disciplined; well-balanced.


After Apollo, the god of music, poetry, prophecy, healing, and more in Greek and Roman mythologies. He is considered the opposite of his brother, Dionysus. Earliest documented use: 1664.


“The end result was that the once-Dionysian Jagger became trapped in the crisp, precise Apollonian realm and was no longer capable of producing lyrics that matched Richards’s thunderous, blues-based inventions.”
Camille Paglia; Dancing As Fast As She Can; Salon (New York); Dec 2, 2005.



I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone. -Edith Cavell, nurse and humanitarian (1865-1915)

Hearts all over Town

Ken Belanger writes-

I could not help notice yesterday all the full page hearts posted all over Gloucester and Rockport yesterday.  Someone is spreading the  Love I guess.  Very Nice!  Do you know who is behind this?
see few pictures attached.

Cape Ann Beach - Notice BoardLaneville Post OfficeWulla Store

No I don’t know who was responsible but I kinda like the mystery of it all.  Like it’s better that we don’t know and get the little unannounced surprises, right?

Visiting Gloucester

Hi Joey, 

My girlfriend (laura) and I just visited Gloucester and some of Cape Ann for the first of I hope many times. Its just an amazing and new landscape for both of us to experience, having just relocated here from Nashville we are in awe of Cape Anns beauty. Laura is a writer and I am a photographer. We have been traveling together and collaborating on travel and essay projects for the last year. We took this photograph overlooking Rafe’s Chasm on the morning of our visit, on our way into town.Fred Bodin encouraged us to submit it to you for possible inclusion in your blog. We would be honored if you would consider it! We love Gloucester and intend to haunt there often.

Regards Jeff


Laura wrote;

Wherever Jeff and I travel, we make friends. We make friends with people and we make friends with places: the places through the people who are their ambassadors and the people that give the places their character and spirit. This photo is of us at Rafe’s Chasm on our first morning in Gloucester, greeting the sea that is the port city’s power and sovereignty. To our left, the ancient Atlantic is surging up in a cleft and then lowering itself, again and again, in the richest dark green you could ever dream to see, veined with white froth and deepening to black. The twisty pale woods are behind us.

We must have made a good impression on the ocean because Gloucester welcomed us: the friendly folks hanging around the entrance of the Saint Peter’s Club; Fred Bodin at his historic photo shop, the prints a lovely counterpoint to his narration of the city’s history; Bob Ritchie at Dogtown Book Shop, who not only sold us lovely books about birds and codfish but told us the stories of the books themselves; Geno Modello with his Saturday-afternoon Dory Shop crowd, cooking sausage on his great iron stove, wood shavings everywhere from the gorgeous hull he is shaping, who gave us a Shipyard Ale and shared the inside skinny on The Perfect Storm. At the old-school Pilot House Jeff burrowed into a fish-and-chips and I had a big vegan spaghetti. It was a perfect day.

Everything wants us to come back. Everything in us wants to come back. Good morning, Gloucester! We love you.

~ Laura Marjorie Miller

GMG Inside The Numbers- Almost A Million A Month 912,756 Views for January 17th-February 15th


By the growth we’ve been experiencing we should be doing well over a million a month by summer.

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February Vacation at The Y


Dear Joe,

A lot of parents have been asking us if there is a way we could post some of the awesome stuff happening during February Vacation at the Y. We were wondering if there was any way you could post some of our programs for us. Here are our “open time” schedules:

Open Gym

Monday               6:00pm-7:00pm

Tuesday               3:30pm-5:00pm MIDDLE SCHOOL PICK UP


Wednesday        3:30pm-6:00pm HALF COURT


Thursday             3:30pm-6:00pm HALF COURT


Friday                    3:30pm-6:00pm HALF COURT


                                9:00pm-11:00pm TEEN NIGHT

Open Swim

Monday               12:00pm-2:00pm


Tuesday               12:00pm-2:00pm


Wednesday        12:00pm-2:00pm


Thursday             12:00pm-2:00pm


Friday                    12:00pm-3:00pm


                                9:00pm-11:00pm TEEN NIGHT

Open Gymnastics

Monday-Thursday           11:30am-1:00pm FAMILIES 7 & UNDER

Monday-Thursday           5:00pm-6:00pm CHILDREN 6+

Friday                                    9:00pm-11:00pm TEEN NIGHT

We will also be running two family programs- a carnival and a magic show. If you could post some information on these two programs it would be awesome! Here is the info:

Family Carnival

Ages 3-12

Spend some awesome fun time at the Y! We’ll have face painting, carnival games and a big bouncy house! Every family participant has a chance to win a free program of your choice for next session! Don’t miss the chance to kick off your vacation in style! Monday, February 20 @ 4:00pm-6:00pm


YMCA Family Memberships: FREE!

YMCA Youth Memberships: $5 per child or $10 for the family

Community: $5 per child or $15 for the family

Magic Show

Ages 3-12

Come join our after school kids and be amazed by some magic tricks! This magic show will entertain kids of all ages! All children attending must be supervised by a responsible adult. Friday, February 24 @ 1:00pm. The magic show will be located at 67 Middle Street (one door down from the YMCA!)


YMCA Family Memberships: FREE!

YMCA Youth Memberships: $3

Community: $5

Thank you so much for your help! We all really appreciate it at the Y!