Liv (Daughter of Kim Smith) Guest Post


A few days ago I informed my mother and GMG contributor Kim Smith that I would be coming home to Gloucester for a short visit.

Immediately the first question she asked me was, "What do you want for dinner your first night home?" Of course I didn’t have to think twice about the answer: lobsters from Captain Joe’s! It had been months since I had fresh lobster; I suffer through flavorless, overpriced lobster tempura in sushi rolls and rubbery lobster nuggets in wanna-be lobster rolls during the winter months in NYC. The only thing I wanted was to get my hands on a tender, juicy two pounder straight off the boat, and boy did Joey C deliver.

Last night my family enjoyed our scrumptious boiled lobsters accompanied by artichokes, pasta pesto, and a refreshing salad. It was simply the perfect summer meal! Today I had the pleasure of visiting the king of the lobsters himself on his docks, the "epicenter of the lobster world", to see exactly where my delectable crustaceans come from. I was in heaven surrounded by the bins of live lobsters just waiting to go in my belly (sorry, PETA), and even got a few to model with me. Thanks to Joey for having me!

Check out Liv’s blog here-


First Fresh Rocky Neck Strawberry of 2012!

Hi Joey,

Looks like Strawberry season started on Rocky Neck early this year!  Here’s a shot of our first picked strawberry – picked Saturday, May 19, 2012. It was small, a little misshaped, and was pretty tart when eaten.  If it was a lobster you would have thrown it back…

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Our Little Avery turns one

Our little lady Avery turned one and we went to a great party for her.  Nonnie and Papa, Auntie Kimberly and Uncle Matt also went to a carnival at Maddie’s school..

Avery the birthday girl and mom
Our man Cole
Owen playing Croquet of course with his boots on
Ms. Maddie doing the Hula Hoop
Auntie Kimberly doing the Hula Hoop
Nonnie doing the Hula Hoop

Two People from Ipswich Meet in Gloucester

That may not seem so strange, but Maureen Farley is from Ipswich, MA and Jon Bartlett is from Ipswich, England.  They met at the Rhumb Line in Gloucester, although Jon came here specifically to visit Ipswich.  Maureen is a friend of the blog, Jon has now been introduced to the blog and plans to take his shiny new GMG sticker back to England with him and represent from Ipswich, and then take a trip to Gloucester, England and represent from there.  I have a feeling Jon is a new FOB in the making, and that we’ll be seeing him back in Gloucester (USA that is) soon.  And don’t he and Maureen make a cute couple?

E.J. Lefavour

Another new song by Allen Estes ~ perfect for the summer kick-off!

He’s on a roll, folks.  Every week we hear a new Allen Estes song — and they keep getting better too!  This gem is featured on Local Music Seen TONIGHT at 6:30 on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  Chelsea Berry is Allen’s guest on this week’s show — and she has a beautiful new song too — must be something in the air!

If case you forgot, Chelsea will be opening for Chris Isaak at North Shore Music Theatre on June 28 with her new band — and they ROCK.  Imagine Chelsea’s powerful voice soaring over a rockin’ new band.  This will be the first time you can see them together on a magical night in an intimate listening venue with perfect sound.  Tickets are selling fast, so don’t wait until the last minute — get tickets here.

Sun’s out today.  Seven shows tonight.  Summer’s here in spirit.  Check out the music lineup here.

Alert: John McElhenny Doctors Warn That Skinny Jeans Can Cause Nerve Damage

Johnny Johnny Johnny.  How long have I been telling you that wearing these skinny jeans just ain’t right.  I didn’t need no stinkin doctor to tell me. 

Isn’t it obvious that when your junk is all mashed up inside your body cavity that it just isn’t normal?

Please Johnny we don’t want to see you do any more irreparable damage to yourself than you already have.

I’m sure second Glance or The Dress Code can take that closet full of skinny jeans of yours off your hands.

Before it’s too late Johnny.  You mean too much to the our community with all of the civic minded good that you do. Please.  If not for your boy Joey C, if not for your community, then do it for Luke and Ruby so when pictures of you surface when they are in college they won’t have to deny you as their father or just say it was some terrible photoshop joke that made it look that way.

Fashion victims: Skinny jeans can cause nerve damage, doctor warns

Allen Estes and his son Dylan @ Giuseppe’s this Sunday


Sunday evening, (Memorial Day Sunday) 6pm-9pm, Allen Estes and his son Dylan, will be performing at Giuseppe’s as an acoustic duo. What a treat this will be! Call us 978-879-4622 for a table!

Allen and Dylan

Pet of the Week-Kai

Pet of the week Cape Ann Animal Aid

Hello!  My name is Kai, a seven-month-old Retriever/mix.
I have a very special assignment.  I have been asked to extend
a warm invitation to all our friends to an Open House
at our new shelter!  Please join us for a tour of the
Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter on Sunday, May 27
from 12 Noon – 4 p.m. at Four Paws Lane, Gloucester.

Here are the directions in case you need them:

From Route 128 North, take Exit 14 to Route 133 East/Essex Avenue.
At the stop sign, turn right onto Essex Avenue and take the first left at
the Paul Bergmann Memorial Island.  Turn left onto Paws Lane,
at Beech Brook Cemetery.

This is so exciting and we are so pleased and grateful to
our many friends who have made the dream of a new
shelter possible. Remember to tell everyone you heard about
the Open House from Kai!

Community Stuff May 23


Karen Ristuben writes-

Hello Rocky Neck friends & neighbors!
A quick report:  The Rocky Neck Art Colony has received grant awards from two foundations in support of The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck:  The Essex County Community Foundation has awarded $2000. toward building our financial capacity, and the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, through the Boston Foundation, has awarded $10,000 toward The Center’s initial operating costs. We are extremely grateful to these grantors, as their support will help us to build a solid foundation for this project and leverage financial support from other sectors in the months ahead!
On another front, an energized "Center Management Team" (Pat Conant, Vicki Diez-Canseco, Suzanne Audette, Tom Nihan and yours truly) have begun to schedule events at The Center and recruit volunteers to cover Welcome Center hours (Saturday & Sunday, 11-1 and 5-7) beginning this coming weekend.  Come by for a visit or to sign on as a volunteer as we get underway…
Hope to see you soon!