You can be in a Music Video on St. Pat’s Day!

Hollywood comes to Minglewood.  Don’t miss your chance to get in on the action!

Watch the video interview, above, with Hollywood director Brandon Rose, of Mind Venture Pictures, who’s here this weekend to shoot a music video of Rockport native Brad Byrd‘s hit song Zero to the 101, which has been featured on ABC TV’s Happy Endings.

Want to be in this music video?  Just go to Minglewood Tavern (at Lat 43) at NOON on Saturday (3/17) and you could be in the shots of the audience for the live performance portion of the video.

Primary Care Physician Suggestion

I’m looking for a primary care physician that is affiliated with either Leahy or a Boston Affiliated Hospital Like Brigham or MGH as mine is no longer working.

Anyone have a suggestion for me?  I’m paying out the butt for small business insurance so I want the best care I can get.  Anyone know a good doctor at the New Partner’s Building in Danvers across from Market Basket?

…and Paulie Walnuts, I’ll save you the trouble of coming up with a list of gynecologists, thank you very much.

Well Well Well, My Boy John McElhenny’s Company just named to Boston Business Journal’s List of Fastest Growing Boston Private Companies!!!

BBJ names 2012 ‘Pacesetters’: Boston’s fastest-growing private cos.

The Boston Business Journal Tuesday announced the 2012 Pacesetters — a list of the region’s fastest-growing privately held companies. To make the list, a company had to report a three-year growth rate of 10 percent.

“Fast-growing private companies are at the core of Boston’s economic strength,” said Chris McIntosh, publisher of the Boston Business Journal. “Our Pacesetters list is a celebration of local innovation and business leadership.”

This year’s Pacesetters, in alphabetical order, are:

Matter Communications

Check out their website here


“Power of the Purse” Fundraiser

The Women’s Fund of Essex County is hosting their annual fundraising event at the Brookwood School, 1 Brookwood Road, Manchester, on Wednesday evening, April 4th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Power of the Purse is a ladies’ evening of fabulous hors d’oeuvres, wine, and purse raffle. Proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund to Essex County non-profit agencies that fund programs supporting women and girls in need.

The cost is $35 and $40 at the door. For more information contact the Women’s Fund.

Just one of the elegant purses that will be raffled at the event  ~

Kate Spade Crocodile Embossed Bag

Bouzouki ~ Irish or Greek?

Answer: Both.  The Irish adapted it from the Greeks and flattened the back.  Steve Levy plays the Irish Bouzouki in this video of  gimmesound Artist of the Week Michael O’Leary & Friends shot last Saturday at the Community House of Hamilton & Wenham.

You can see the same band at the First Parish Church of Newbury tomorrow.  Tickets are $12 today, $15 at the door, tomorrow.

Lots to do tonight starting at 7pm.  Our friend and former Artist of the Week Marina Evans is back from her NY City trip and you can see her with the band tonight at the Rhumb Line.  See full music lineup here.

New GMG Features- Affection Notes and Love Life Advice From Your Boy Joey

We’re going to start a few new features here on GMG.

Both Free of Course.

Affection Notes and Love Life Advice.

They will remain anonymous so just sign your questions or personals with something suggestive of your item.

I will give honest answers and advice from my perspective. You may not agree with my advice but it will be straight from the hip.

As far as an affection note, perhaps you ran into someone at a local coffee shop, felt some type of connection, but didn’t pull the trigger.

You can write in something like this-
“to the hottie in the burberry scarf at the Lone Gull who spilled coffee on me, I think you’re elegant and I’d love to stir your java. If you feel the same perhaps we could get together and you could spill some more”

You could also send in a note thanking someone for a random act of kindness.

They will remain anonymous.

Let’s get this party started, who’s first?

You can email your submission to Do you get it?

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years


“Here’s the story: About 13 miles from this spindle of rock, there’s a bigger island, called Lord Howe Island.

On Lord Howe, there used to be an insect, famous for being big. It’s a stick insect, a critter that masquerades as a piece of wood, and the Lord Howe Island version was so large — as big as a human hand — that the Europeans labeled it a “tree lobster” because of its size and hard, lobsterlike exoskeleton. It was 12 centimeters long and the heaviest flightless stick insect in the world. Local fishermen used to put them on fishing hooks and use them as bait.” click here for the rest of the story

Lessons for Children- The Squished Frog

While on vacation we took a walk with the girls and came across this squished frog which I think got run over by a golf cart as it was on the golf cart path.

A little later in the day the Bean hops out of the rented minivan and proceeds to walk across the pavement to get across the road to which I raised my voice and grabbed her by the arm before she got more than a step.

Reminding her yet again about looking both ways and waiting for me before she crosses I asked her to look me in the eyes.

Then I told her to remember the squished frog we saw earlier in the day and how I’d hate for her to get run over by a car and her get squished and how dead stuff is dead forever and how it would really make me sad to never be able to talk to her again.

Maybe it might have left a little impression on her.

In the mean time I’ll just keep reminding her to stick by my side while I help Snoop Maddie Mad out of her car seat.


Cape Ann Author and Artists Featured at The Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, MA

Joseph M. Orlando writes-


Thought you might be interested in this for Good Morning Gloucester…

The Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, MA, is doing a month long exhibit and celebration of Cape Ann artists, the Gruppe family. In addition, it has chosen to feature my book, The Fisherman’s Son, as part of its Cape Ann feature, in a book discussion on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the museum.

For more info, see the website–


Joseph M. Orlando, Esq.

Orlando & Associates


During the 19th and 20th centuries, the Gruppé family contributed to the New England art scene by producing many artists including: Charles Paul Gruppé (1860-1940), his son Karl (1893-1982), his son Emile (1896-1978), his daughter Virginia (1907-1980) and his grandson Robert (b.1928). This exhibition will look at their colorful careers and how they influenced each other as artists.

The following talks and activities are in conjunction with the exhibition and are included in the price of admission:

  • Friday, March 16, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. – Public Opening Reception
  • Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m.
    Wine and Book Discussion of Joseph M. Orlando’s “The Fisherman’s Son”
    RSVP by March 19 at 508 428-7581

  • Tuesday, April 3, 11:00 a.m.
    Richard Waterhouse will talk about the legacy of the Gruppé family

  • Tuesday, April 17, 11:00 a.m.
    Tour of the exhibition.


Peter Todd’s ‘Etchings from my Heart & Soul’ On Sale

Peter Todd writes-

Dear Joey:
    As you might know I have been dealing with Lymphoma , and other cancers. My lymphoma I am told cannot be cured , but the others can. I am diability retired, and I do drive for Gloucester Taxi & Livery on a on call basis. To try and raise money to help defray increasing costs in my battle I have put together a book of my writings called ‘ Etchings from my Heart & Soul ‘ I went to Seaside Graphics and they put it all together for me . Dean of George’s fame has given me permission to sell my books at his place. I have to get $20.00 each , because there is not much profit . I am also giving away a framed copy of my writings. So Joey it has not been easy , but this is my only source. I thank you for reading my request and hope that Good Morning Gloucester will pass it on. As you know my writings are  and, or people can just google my name.
    I was born in Gloucester on January 10th,1943. I was born in my grandmothers spare room about 100 feet away from the railroad tracks at the Cedar St. crossing.
Sincerely & Respctfully
Peter A. Todd

community stuff

Sober St Patty’s Day Event?

It is at 7:30pm on Saturday March 17th, at the American Legion Hall 2nd fl (use side door). This is at 8 Washington St Gloucester Ma 01930.

This Event is for those looking to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in a sober environment. We will have local bands, dancing, Door prizes, and a raffle for two Claddagh Rings!

Food and Beverages will be available for sale to support Sober Connections as well.

For more info they can call Sober Connections at: 978-381-9888

Daniel Driscoll

Don’t forget to visit our sites: our Public Site our Social Network of Recovery our Retail Online Store! Please consider checking us out and using our Donations Page to help fund our Programs!

Docksiders "Ecycling" day

All Towns are Welcome
      Electronics and Appliance Recycle Day
            The Docksiders Jazz Band
          Sat. March 17, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Gloucester High School Parking Lot,
32 Leslie O’Johnson Rd. Gloucester MA

Electronics such as: Monitors, computers,stereos, DVD, scanners, copiers, etc…$5 ea.
Appliances such as: Dishwashers,Dryers,stoves,Microwaves,
Dehumidifiers,Refrig.,AC,Exercise Equipment, Lawn Mowers,
Small Engine items, Snow Blowers,etc……$10 each.
TV<19..$10 TV>19..$15 Console/Wood TV.. $20
Junk Car Batteries.. NO Fee(They will be recycled)
Questions: contact Dennis Wood 508-277-7513

St. Paw-Tricks Celebration


Celebrate the Luck of the Irish by adopting a pet today!  Stop in to
visit our many adorable cats and dogs as we honor St. Patrick’s Day
with our own version of St. Paw-trick’s Week.  Wednesday March 14th
through Sunday March 18th when you visit our shelter try your luck and
pull a four leaf clover to get anywhere from 10% to 50% off of an
adult adoption fee.  Be the start of a rainbow, rescue a pet and be a
hero to your own furry pot of gold!
Attached are photos of 2 of our adult animals available for adoption.
Sophie the dog is an 8 years old sweet mellow girl just looking for a
comfy home to relax in and Cali 1 year old cat is an affectionate
diluted calico looking to snuggle in a home of her own.


NeedyMeds at the Gloucester City Council

Gloucester, MA (3/13/12) – In the past 2½ years, residents of Gloucester have saved nearly $350,000 on prescription costs with the Gloucester Fund NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card. The partnership between these two groups has also earned the City of Gloucester nearly $3,000 for use in city-wide health-related projects.

At the March 13th meeting of the Gloucester City Council, Rich Sagall, MD, President of NeedyMeds, updated the councilors on the use of the Gloucester-specific card. The card, which is free and distributed at many sites throughout the city, has been used to save on nearly 12,000 prescriptions. The average savings per prescription is close to $30.00.

Nationally, the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card saved users over $1 million in December and another $1 million in January. In total, the card has saved users over $15 million in three years.

The free card can be used by anyone, as there are no age, income, insurance or residency restrictions. People with insurance or on state or federal programs can use the card if their drugs are not covered or if they have poor medication coverage. The card offers a discount of up to 80% off the cash price of prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and medical supplies if written as a prescription, and pet prescription drugs purchased at a pharmacy. The average savings is about 50%.

The drug discount card is accepted at all the pharmacies on Cape Ann and over 62,000 pharmacies nationwide. There is no registration process and all use is anonymous. Unlike many other cards, no user-identifiable information is gathered, offering a high level of privacy protection.

In addition to Gloucester, NeedyMeds is working with Lowell, Chelmsford, Dracut and other municipalities on the North Shore of Boston. NeedyMeds has partnership programs with over 200 local, regional and national organizations.

“Daily we hear from card users who tell us by using the card they can afford medicines they otherwise couldn’t afford,” says Rich Sagall, MD, president of NeedyMeds. He goes on, “It’s very gratifying to see how we are helping so many people who might have had to go without their medications.”

As a non-profit, NeedyMeds keeps costs down and passes the savings on to the card users. Many pharmacists have reported that the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card offers the best discount of any drug discount card.

About NeedyMeds: NeedyMeds, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit, is a comprehensive and reliable source of information on assistance available for people having difficulties paying for their medications or health care. The Web site ( is visited by over 15,000 people each workday. NeedyMeds has the most comprehensive and reliable database of patient assistance programs available and all of NeedyMeds’ information is always free, easy to access, and updated regularly. Unlike similar sites, NeedyMeds requires no registration. All the information is easily printed.

One of the rare Art Showings by Cape Ann Watercolor Artists (and oils) is at Sawyer Free Library for the month of March. Check it out, Joey!

(Love your blog… the UMass girl’s (Alex Gross) article about learning lobstering was stellar. Karen Nastuk)

Essex Shipbuilding Museum and Schooner Adventure present…



presentation by RON GILSON, author of An Island No More

with Ryan and Woods Distillery Rum Tasting

7pm, March 28, 2012,

at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Waterline Center

Admission $10

Tickets available at the door or in advance at

Essex Shipbuilding Museum Website