Petition to support the new hotel: Here’s how to sign up

A new group has been formed to support positive change in Gloucester that will strengthen our city.  Citizens for Positive Change in Gloucester believes the hotel proposed on Pavilion Beach will help our economy grow. Gloucester needs to move forward, not backward, and create jobs and a healthy economy that will give our young people a reason to stay and visitors a reason to come here. It’s time to say “Enough is enough” to those who’ve held Gloucester back.

The new hotel will go on Pavilion Beach, near where an earlier hotel stood for 65 years. (Here is a previous GMG post about that hotel.) The hotel will create over 100 new full-time jobs, attract visitors whose spending will strengthen our downtown businesses, and generate revenue for the City from Meals, Rooms, and Property Taxes.

Click here to sign a petition to the City Council and Planning Board in support of the hotel. You can also share it on Facebook by clicking here.

If you’re interested in joining us, please visit us at

Citizens for Positive Change in Gloucester

Video- Mr Bentley From Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Squad "Ass With Class" Is Giving Back To The Littles, Tourney Rules and Brackets

Rules of the 2012 bikini/speedo Dodgeball tournament

All 5 team members will start by lining up against the back of their side of the court,
5 balls will be distributed across the center line (2 large kickball style balls, and 3
smaller “stingers”)

On the ref’s whistle, teams can race to the center to claim the balls; those who get balls
must retreat to the back wall again before throwing their first ball. Balls thrown before
that will not count.

Balls that bit the ground first or the side of the court are dead, and do not count for outs if
they then hit a player.

If a player is holding a ball, they can use it to block other balls thrown at them.

If you are hit by a ball or your throw is caught cleanly by a member of the opposite team,
you are out, and must immediately stand in the side court area in the order you were hit.

If a player catches a ball, one player from their team who is already out in the side court
area can come back in the game. (follow the order of outs, the first one who was out is
the first back in, etc.)

No head hunting. Balls thrown at the face will not count as outs and the thrower will be

Balls that fly out of the court will be retrieved and returned to the side of the court where
they went out of bounds.

Once all 5 players from a team are out, the match is over.

This is a great event for a great cause… have fun!!



Late-breaking news: MAC ups the ante!

Joey, this news just came over the wire about Sunday’s event.

Late-breaking news: MAC ups the ante!

This just in: Manchester Athletic Club has upped the ante for Sunday’s Bikini-Speedo Dodgeball event, doubling the entry fee for Muffy White’s Hot Mess team that will benefit Next Step.

Just as bets before a horse race flow toward the favorite, the smart money before this Sunday’s event is lining up behind the Hot Mess squad. The MAC had held back on making its support public in an effort not to intimidate the other teams, especially the other so-called “gyms” in the event.

Muffy White


Just one word…

Karen Ristuben will be performing “Just, one word…” On Monday, March 5, 2012 7:30 pm at the Rose Performance Hall at Endicott College Center for the Arts, Beverly, Mass., co-sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Endicott College Environmental Society.

“Just, one word…” a performance lecture about plastics, addresses the issue of marine plastic pollution from an artist/educator’s perspective.  Karen offesr a different way to represent and communicate the hard scientific data currently the focus of many marine scientists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, and policy-makers. Her project deals with our use, over-use, and disposal of plastics, their toxicity, and their effects on our public health. Highlighting the issue of marine plastic pollution and its impact on ocean ecosystems including the marine food chain, she uses a multi-media performance/lecture format, using her own and archival video and photography, presenting the facts and data in an aesthetically compelling format. Her message is made personal by her personal story, including her voyage in July 2011 through the North Pacific Gyre with a leading science team from Algalita Marine Research Foundation.

For Directions, visit:

Rubber Duck Tip of the Week: The Weather

I love weather websites. Watch the clouds roll in, compare forecasts. Weather Underground is my favorite. But then I ran into WeatherSpark. Check it out. Dodgeball weather looking good:

Click the map to go to WeatherSpark with some of my settings. It looks complicated, and it is. But well worth figuring out. Besides forecasts all graphically shown. You can select the cloud cover graph, wind speed graph, wind direction graph, rain accumulation, all sorts of stuff. But the cool thing is to go back into the past. Currently anything after 2007 and you can playback the storm. Watch the clouds roll in for last year’s Halloween storm. Watch the wind direction as Irene comes ashore.

It’s in beta testing so the data will likely go back all the way to your birthday soon.

Rubber Duck Bonus tip: once you pull the slider back and forth (down in the bottom right) so that a past storm is showing, CLICK and DRAG across the hours you want replayed in the map on the left. Now run the cloud movie (slider below map.)

Round Robin Redbreast Snowy Day Video

Each year we are visited by a breathtakingly beautiful migrant flock of American Robins. This year they arrived on leap day, many weeks later than is typical. There wasn’t much to eat as the Mocking Birds and Catbirds have eaten nearly all the berries on the Dragon Lady hollies. Fortunately, the winterberry had held its fruit. Unfortunately, the aggressive and pesky European Starlings were competing for what little fruit remained.

The following was originally posted December 2010 ~

The widely distributed and beloved American Robin (Turdus migratorius) hardly needs an introduction. The American Robin is the largest member of the thrush family—thrushes are known for their liquid birdsongs and the robin is no exception. Their unmistakable presence is made known when, by early spring, the flocks have dispersed and we see individual robins strutting about the landscape with fat worms dangling. Unmistakable, too, is the male’s beautiful birdsongs, signaling to competing males to establish their territory, as well as to entice prospective females. Read more about the American Robin including suggestions of native plants that provide nourishment for resident and nomad.

The Song Speaks for Itself

Not many performers are brave enough to sit in front of a camera and play a song solo with only ambient room lighting.  No movie lights, no high-production value, no overdubs, no background vocals.  It’s just Marina, her guitar, her voice and her song.  And it works!

Music starts at 6:30 tonight and keeps on goin’ ~ Jazz, dance, dueling pianos, rock, bop, groove — and Gloucester’s own sound.  There’s absolutely NO REASON to stay home tonight.  Check out the full lineup here.

George Eliot Quote of The Week from Greg Bover

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”
Mary Anne Evans, aka George Eliot (1819-1880)


Among the finest novelists of the Victorian Age, Evans chose a masculine pen name in order that her work would be taken more seriously by the male-dominated literati, and to keep her private life, including a twenty year relationship with a married man, private. Her novels Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, and especially Middlemarch, are regarded as masterful descriptions of life in provincial England with great insight into the psychological drama of everyday life.

Art by Peter Reis

In the time I’ve lived in Gloucester, I’ve been walking around and exploring the local stores, galleries, etc. little by little.  For some reason, I have neglected the eastern part of Main Street; I always end up walk west, on the strip from around Alchemy to the Annie. So the other day, I decided to head in the opposite direction.

One of the treasures I found is Peter Reis art space at 222 Main Street. He was about to close up, but he saw me looking in the window and invited me in.

Besides being a very friendly and welcoming person, creates beautiful works of art, ranging from paintings on canvas for hanging on the wall….

to painted wooden toy chests…

and even a beautiful bronze crucifix!

His work on display incorporates saturated colors and strong geometry, which makes it very striking (and to my taste). Although some of the paintings are straightforwardly representational, most are somewhere along the spectrum of surrealism or self-reference: paintings of fantasy space-scapes, paintings of paintings that merge into the scene, paintings that are paintings of themselves, a pool table with fruit instead of pool balls… It’s really fun to look at!

So, stop by the gallery if you have a chance. It’s well worth it.  He also has a good website:

American Bacon Team Captain Gator Has A Few Choice Words For Arch Nemesis Hozar From Canadian Bacon

2 DAYS!!!

After witnessing the Team Canadian Bacon’s Hozar Pre-Bikini Speedo Dodgeball workout American Bacon Captain Gator, a Pig Farmer from Down South sends in this magnificent reply.  Seething with pent up aggression, this promises to be an epic battle for the ages!

This in reply to Canadian Bacon’s Hozar workout just two days prior.

Who Ya Got Going Deeper Into The 2nd Annual GMG/Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tournament?

For The Details-

Check Out The 2012 Speedo Bikini Dodgeball Facebook Page Here and Like it!

Also you may want to get to the Farm Early and you can view this parking plan for alternative parking arrangements.  The action starts at noon.

Also we have this from Bill Kubicek Founder and Executive Director Of the charity we will be donating the profits from the entry fees and 50/50 raffle to.

Bill Kubicek 

My name is Bill Kubicek, I am the Executive Director and founder of Next Step, the charity that is benefiting from the 2nd Annual Bikini & Dodgeball tournament. After reading the considerable smack talk and seeing the photos of past events I have only one thing to say…. I have never been so grateful for mass hysteria and shameless exposure for the common good. I am looking forward to comparing all of your 6 packs on Sunday. Thanks Everyone.

Check Out The Live Snow Totals On and Bookmark it For Easy Access To Local Weather Condiotions!!


There’s no need to guess what the weather’s like in G-Town when we have over 20 webcams all on one portal with links to the individual businesses that installed them right at your fingertips.




Bookmark to View Over Twenty Gloucester and Rockport Webcams.

Special thanks and shout out to Tim Blakeley from www.gloucesterbytes who severely discounted his rates to install many of the webcams and make the site what it is.

Community Stuff

Caherine Ryan submits-

Gloucester High School Honors Physics, Robotics, Technology students are looking for some of these batteries

We have amazing teachers. Kurt Lichtenwald teaches engineering, technology, robotics (with support from Gloucester Education Foundation), and physics at Gloucester High School . Here are some photos of a STEMsapalooza day at East Gloucester Elementary. Kurt Lichtenwald brought 34 high school students for a full day to get the younger students excited about science, technology, engineering and math. His high school students ran learning stations that showcased their own engineering work. That’s  infrared writing you see featured in the first slide and Kurt (he’s the guy in the suit); there were also plenty of  remote controlled customized robotics and clever science experiments that had action packed hands on science (buoyancy, Gas Laws, etc). All grades were enthralled.

See that second slide? They could use any of these batteries if you have some and don’t need them any longer. It’s amazing what they invent with a little power juice!


Museum presents Family Fun Day on the second Saturday of the month

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a drop-in program for families with young children on the second Saturday of each month. Family fun day includes free admission for family members all day, family gallery guides for our exhibitions, art and history activities in the education room throughout the day. Stop by on Saturday, March 10, 2012 to Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Museum docents will be located throughout the galleries from 10:30-12:30 to talk about women on Cape Ann from artists and artisans to women in the workplace. Families will be given a scavenger hunt to complete using both the information in the docent talks and their own exploration of the galleries.  There will be art and history activities in the Education Room celebrating women on Cape Ann including historic photographs, creating prints like Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios and the Folly Cove Designers, painting like Nell Blaine, and creating fabric art like Clara Wainwright.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, students and seniors. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online


Seventy-five sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students are in the cast and crew (please see the enclosed cast/crew list for names of students in the show, which has been double cast).  Students have been rehearsing for an hour after school twice a week since September. Audiences are sure to be impressed and inspired by the talent and exuberance radiated by our young performers as they sing, dance, and act out this heartwarming story. The performances are an excellent showcase of the end product of our Performing Arts Department’s elective after school training programs in the disciplines of Music (Chorus), Dance, and Theatre.

In addition to being sold at school lunches, tickets ($5 students/seniors & $7 adults) go on sale a half hour before show time.