Harborwalk Construction Update Gloucester MA

The wood they are using for this part of the Harbor Walk is about a dense a material as I’ve ever handled.  the guy pictured here tells me it will outlast all of us.  They wax the ends of the wood before installation to seal them.  this part is next to Cape Ann Brewing and St peter’s Park

Looking Good!


Robin Williams Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

“God gave men both a penis and a brain, but only enough blood to run one at a time.”
Robin Williams (1952-     )


A Chicago native, Williams attended Claremont McKenna College and the Juilliard School, breaking into television as the alien Mork on Happy Days. Mork was such a popular character that the spin-off Mork and Mindy ran four years providing Williams with the perfect vehicle for his unparalleled mimicry and improvisational impersonations.

A veteran of dozens of film roles ranging from Peter Pan to the deranged killer in Insomnia, Williams received an Academy award for his portrayal of a Harvard professor in Good Will Hunting, as well as several Emmys, Golden Globes and other awards.

Williams continues to perform stand-up comedy and is active in support of myriads of charities, some connected to his battles with substance abuse. Thrice married, the quote may reflect self-awareness of his own tendencies toward promiscuity.

Greg Bover


Don’t miss the Docksiders today at 4pm as they share the stage with some of Cape Ann’s finest talent, hosted by Allen Estes, star of “Local Music Seen with Allen Estes“. Special Guests: Dan King, AnnMarie, Renee & Joe, Dennis Monagle (looks a lot like the Bandit Kings!) with Mike Lindberg on saxaphone.

More great music tonight and at 10pm there’s a new addition to Saturday Night in Gloucester: Jalapenos features a Caribbean/Island/Latin & Reggae DJ ’till 12:30.  See full music lineup here.

Ask Joey C With A Twist- “What To Do With a Wiper Blade Kisser?”


EJ says that I need to answer the questions with a touch of the female perspective so I had an idea last night.  I will forward the questions that come in anonymously to two of our GMG contributors who will in isolation provide their advice.  I will not read their advice until I finish mine and then I’ll post all three responses and let you our readers decide which makes the most sense.  Maybe there will be some overlap, maybe they will be completely different.

The point will be that they will be from three completely different perspectives.

Here’s the question

Hey Joey,
I have a question that has been bothering me lately.  I met this wonderful man.  We get along very well, feels as if i have known him for years.  Every single time we make out i am instantly turned off.  He kisses like a windshield wiper…back and forth and back and forth with this firm, strong tongue.  This is so gross and such a turn off.  WHAT DO I DO?  Am i shallow and a horrible person if i end things with this person just because he is a shitty kisser?  I’m already a single mom and don’t need to teach another “thing” to another person.
Time for a new wiper blade?


Joey C’s response-

Dear Wiper Blade Kisser Victim,

I can sympathize with you.  Back in 95 or 96 I had gone through a time period where I was dating a lot of women.  It came to a point that going from one woman to the next and not really having an established relationship had left me feeling empty.  I met a really nice girl who was physically fit, pretty, smart and came from a nice family.  She was also a virgin.

Dating a virgin who is younger than you is serious business as you don’t want to ruin the girl for other men but I thought enough of this girl that I completely respected her standing as a virgin even though she was already in college.  There would be no pressuring her at all.  The thing was as I found out very early on was that she was a terrible kisser.  I mean brutally horrible.  Like she would just mash her lips up against mine and not even use the muscles within her lips or anything.  It was like pressing your lips up against a piece of liver.

At first I was sort of excited by the prospect of being able to mold this girl into a sexual dynamo.  The idea of taking this very shy virgin and helping her become a woman was something I thought would be fantastic.  So we continued to date even though the act of rolling around in the sack was incredibly awkward.  Even though I was completely patient and never pressuring her about her virginity she made absolutely zero progress toward becoming the least bit better of a kisser.  She was terrible.  I mean terrible terrible.  So after about three weeks of zero progress even though we were spending lots of time together I knew I had to end it.

There was no way I was going to take this girls virginity knowing that this kissing thing wasn’t getting any better.  There are things I might go to hell for that I’d done in my youth but this wasn’t going to be one of them.  I ended the relationship with the classic “It’s not you, it’s me” routine and even though I’m pretty sure her friends thought the reason I broke up with her was because she was a virgin, I swear on my soul the virginity thing had nothing to do with it.  It was the inability to pick up even the slightest nuances of kissing.

So the point is that I’m not even sure “wiper blade kisser guy” is teachable in the first place.  If he’s a great guy and you feel like you’ve known him for years I would tell you that maybe you try to make the switch over to hanging out as friends.  It may or may not be difficult to make that transition but if you really like hanging out with him I feel like it’s you’re only option if you still want him in your life.

Next Up we have Good Moring Gloucester contributor Alicia Pensarosa and her perspective as a 29 year old in a long term relationship.  Alicia also has her own blog-www.MadcapStyle.com.

Alicia writes-

Dear Single Mom,

Do you throw out the whole car if the wiper blades are hindering your vision?  No, of course not, you just update the wiper blades.

A few simple pointers on how you prefer to be kissed could go a long way.  I suggest, you don’t tell him he’s a bad kisser (let’s not kill his ego), but rather show him what you like and what gets you going.  Kiss him the way you want to be kissed. Try slowing things down. When he’s doing it right use your body to let him know.  Practice, practice, practice. I’m sure if he’s really into you, he’ll respond to the cues and you can say bye-bye to wiper blade mouth.

Of course on the off chance that a little coaching doesn’t work, you have to decide if you’re really into him and you’d be willing to commit to a bad kisser. Can you give up some good kissing for an otherwise wonderful man?  Try picturing the rest of your life kissing wiper blade mouth- could you do it? And if you can’t, you’re not a shallow, horrible person; you’re just a woman who knows what she wants and won’t settle for less.

And for our third perspective we have Kim Smith, creator of Kim Smith Designs and married mother of two adult children.

Dear time for a new wiper blade,

No you are not a shallow and horrible person. Because you are turned off by something as intimate as kissing in the early stages of your relationship you are wise to question whether or not this man is a good fit for you.

Is he wonderful in every other way i.e., a wonderful lover (excluding kissing issue), wonderful to your child, loving, generous in spirit, and kind? If that is so then perhaps you could very gently, but confidently, say something like, “ I love to kiss with you; let’s try something different.” Perhaps he is misinformed and thinks his method of kissing is exciting. You could guide him in a way of kissing that is appealing to you, and make it exciting for the both of you. You suggest that you don’t want to teach another thing. Try not to look at it that way. You are in a new relationship with a guy you really like/love. Look at the kissing issue not as though you are teaching a child, but exploring each other intimately.

If you decide to stay with this guy, let us know how your relationship progresses.

Please rate the advice by clicking on the title of the post and clicking on the stars below the post on the page that opens.  One star for terrible advice and 5 stars for spot on.

GMG Spring Fling At Bodin Historic Photo This Saturday Night March 31st Starting at 6:30PM- FOB ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY!!!

Spring Fling!

Good Morning Gloucester and Bodin Historic Photo invite all of our friends of the blog, the gallery, and the public to celebrate the season.


Saturday, March 31st at 6 p.m.

Bodin Historic Photo & Fine Art

82 Main Street, Gloucester, MA

We’ll have appetizers, dishes, and desserts to eat.

There’ll be artists, photographers, and writers to meet.

Bring your own beverages and if desired – an edible treat!

EVERYTHING in the gallery will be discounted by 10% all day and all night Saturday. Gallery neighbor Premier Imprints will be open late (at least 8 pm) and will discount EVERYTHING by 20% until they close. Across the street, Cape Ann Olive Oil Company will be open until 7 pm, and will supply us with choice oils and balsamic vinegar for our Spring Fling. Also, “Painter Barb” (my sista) will be in attendance:

Join Us to Welcome Spring!

Fred B. and Joey C.

Paul (I’m Horny For Ducks) Morrison will be bringing some of Ryan and Wood’s Knockabout Gin, Sista Felicia promises she’s making something special, Alicia Cox from Mamie’s Kitchen is Bringing her world’s greatest coffee rolls and to-die-for linguica.

It’s a BYOB or appetizer party.  Come on down and have a blast withyour favorite GMG personalities.  There will be autograph signings, you can get your picture taken with a rubber duck and a whole lot more (and who could resist that?)

If you consider yourself one of our FOB’s this is a must attend event.  The Christmas party was off the Chain and I know all you crazy MoFo’s are just itching to get out and have some fun!

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oh and don’t forget to swing by the Horribles Parade fundraiser first and place some bids to help support the great Gloucester tradition!

GmG Spring Fling. What to Bring?

What to bring to the Spring Fling Tonight?

How about Lemon Monkey Bread!

Paul Morrison would trade his Rubber Duck for one.

Maybe Not

Blogger Angie McGowan of Eclectic Recipes shares a quick and easy recipe for lemon monkey bread with a lemon glaze.

Prep Time: 20 Min

Total Time: 1 Hr

Makes: 16 serving


cup packed brown sugar
tablespoon grated lemon peel
box (4-serving size)  lemon pudding and pie filling mix (not instant)
cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury® Grands!® Flaky Layers Butter Tastin’® refrigerated biscuits
cup butter or margarine, melted
cup powdered sugar
to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
to 2 drops yellow food color

Living Way of the Cross Tomorrow at St. Ann’s

Continuing what has become an annual tradition, young people from Holy Family Parish will present a reenactment of the Way of the Cross tomorrow, Sunday (April 1), at 6:00PM at St. Ann’s Church.  Many of the players have previous experience in school plays and other dramatic productions. Come and join us!

Here are two photos from their dress rehearsal the other day.


Video- Middle Street from Henry Ferrini

There is a "Middle Street" in the middle of most cities and towns in America. This Middle Street is in America’s oldest fishing port, Gloucester, Massachusetts. It’s crowded with churches, municipal buildings and funeral parlors. The street is a conduit into the life of the city. Traveling over wharves, through religious festivals and into the movies transmuting a personal story into a Gloucester story. Middle Street is a chowder of sounds, gestures, syllables, looks and fleeting moments, a nature walk through Gloucester, Massachusetts with Willie Alexander and Henry Ferrini.
Winner: Somerville Film Festival-Best of Festival, 1995.

Community Stuff Saturday

Scott Bumpus writes-



Your doing a great job with the blog.  Without your blog we never would have known about tacos lupita, now we come up there all the time for lunch!  It would be interesting to know how many people found out about the place through the blog.

if you think this is of any value to your readers feel free to post but if not, no problem.

We still have availability for the repair classes tomorrow night and remaining classes too.  the info is right on seasidecycle.com or on our facebook site.

thanks keep up the good work.

scott b


Muffy White writes-

Good morning Joey!
Hope you are well – feel like there is less banter in my life with the
Dodge Ball tourney behind us!

Anyway – I am working with East Gloucester Elementary School hosting a Summer Camp Fair (flyer attached)….wondering if GMG could help us by posting the flyer and inviting all Cape Ann Families to come and see the plethora of options for summer fun for the kids! 

Also to note that any camps and programs who would like to get involved they
contact me (muffy.l.white@gmail.com OR wheels2636@aol.com)



The nation’s most comprehensive health survey will be coming to Essex County in April 2012. Known as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NHANES combines interviews and physical examinations to assess the health and nutrition of adults and children throughout the United States. Every year approximately 5,000 people from 15 different US counties have the opportunity to participate in the survey. 
NHANES began in the early 1960s and is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The NHANES interview includes demographic, socioeconomic, dietary, and health-related questions. The examination component consists of medical, dental, and physiological measurements, as well as laboratory tests administered by highly trained medical personnel.
“NHANES is very much like a ‘health exam center on wheels,’ that goes out into actual communities to get data on real Americans,” said NCHS Director Edward Sondik. “It truly is a unique resource for health information in this country, and without it we wouldn’t have data on a number of important health conditions.”
NHANES provides annual estimates on a range of diseases such as the number of individuals who have heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, respiratory disease, and other conditions. The information gathered in NHANES is used by public health officials, legislators, and physicians to develop sound health policies, direct and design health programs and services, and expand the health knowledge for the nation.
Individuals selected for the survey represent the U.S. population of all ages. Respondents first participate in a health interview conducted in the respondent’s home. A team of specially-trained professionals conducts the household interviews. The health examination that follows takes place in one of three mobile examination centers which will be set up in Peabody at the Boston Marriott (chosen as a central location for all of Essex County). 
A team of health personnel, including a physician, nutritionists, and health and laboratory technicians using high-tech, state-of-the-art equipment, staffs the mobile examination centers. All participants receive an examination by a physician, as well as a dietary interview, and body measurements that include height and weight.   Some will be eligible for a hearing test, a scan to evaluate skeletal health, a breathing test, as well as a blood pressure test.  The various tests and procedures depend upon the age of the participant. No medical care is provided directly in the examination center, but a report on the medical findings is given to each participant along with an explanation from survey medical staff.
All individual information collected in the survey is kept strictly confidential, and privacy is protected by public law. Participants selected to undergo the physical examination receive reimbursement for travel expenses and are given a monetary incentive. Interviewing in Essex County will begin on April 7, 2012 and examinations will begin on April 28, 2012.
The Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health John Auerbach has endorsed NHANES, as well as Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk, the Gloucester Board of Health, and Noreen Burke, the city’s Health Director. For more information about NHANES, please call 1-800-452-6115, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nhanes, or contact the Gloucester Health Department at (978) 281-9771.


Video clip- Midsummer Nights Dream at East Gloucester Elementary From James Dowd

Most of what I think I do as a father is spend huge amounts of time reminding my kids about obvious things like that they can’t go outside in the rain wearing just socks on their feet. If someone said to me at that moment: "You kid and her class are capable of pulling off a pitch-perfect rendition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream" I’d laugh out loud.

"You mean the kid outside in the rain with the socks on?"

But this is why we have schools and great teachers, to remind us occasionally that there are deep, deep wells of talent in those kids.  Beyond what we can imagine.

This clip is from East Gloucester Elementary fifth grade play, last night.
Tonight is sold out, but there may still be tix for the Sat matinee at 2.

Head To The Fort Square Café ASAP! The Lucky Table Is Back!!!!

Ron Ross has refinished this classic tabletop with boats from Gloucester’s past fishing fleet and they are installing it in the window seat.  There has been 3 $15,000 winning scratch tickets scratched at this table as legend goes  (hence the title lucky table). 

While at the Fort Square Café you can get one of Heidi’s OUTSTANDING muffins, listen to the single most entertaining breakfast counter man in the business Rusty Shatford and try Heidi’s latest creations the stuffed breakfast pepper.

That table has a ton of history on it with the old photos and stories from Gloucester’s fishing fleet so get there early and try to snag “the lucky table!”

Click on the photos for larger views

My “This is Gloucester” DVD’s are available for sale as well if you haven’t got one yet.


I’ll be donating 5% of the proceeds from the sale of this DVD to The Saint Peter’s Fiesta to rebuild the Greasy Pole.

20 Chapters in all-

  • ReplyGloucester at Dawn Featuring Music By Dan King
  • 2011 Friday Greasy Pole
  • 2011 Jr Womens Seine Boat Champs Donna Del Mare
  • 2011 Saturday Greasy Pole Featuring Footage From Adam Bolonsky & Sam Hartson
  • Building The 2011 Greasy Pole Shrine
  • Down The Fish Hold Of The Sanfilippos Captain Domenic
  • Gloucester Zen 6/3/11 Good Harbor Beach at Dawn
  • How Your Lobsters Were Harvested- Aboard The Trapper John
  • Blue Lobster Landed In Gloucester By Lobster Boat The Connemara Bay
  • Lobster Molting In Real Time At Captain Joe and Sons
  • Monkey Balls or Sea Squirts -European Invader Ascidiella Aspersa
  • One Inch Baby Lobsters Filmed and Released
  • Rare Golden Sea Robin Landed Videotaped and Released
  • Triple Pincer Claw Lobster
  • The Back Shore 3/16/10
  • Salting Herring At Cape Seafoods
  • Gloucester Zen 6/3/11 Good Harbor Beach at Dawn
  • Lobstermen Matt and Mark Ring Prepare A Trawl For The ’11 Season
  • Fontana Family St Joseph Novena 2011
  • Ferrante Family St Joseph’s Novena 2011

Here are some screen shots from the DVD menu-