Chickity Check It! Gloucester Fireworks Facebook Page


Would you be willing and able to assist us in getting the word out to MORE people? Our next fireworks show is Tuesday, July 3rd at 9:30pm. I have a link, I think will work, that you can share on your goodmorninggloucester facebook page (and/or your blog page?)
Please let me know if there is anything else you would need from me.
Thank you,

Nearly Every Day

Nearly Every Day


Nearly every day I wander about

with camera in hand (attached like some odd

prosthetic device) trying to capture

the seconds that constitute my life.


It’s as if by snapping the shutter I

assure myself that nothing will change;

the people and places I see and freeze

in time will always be here and I will always


be unseen, but still be part of the whole

of this marvelous place discovered so late.

And those who tend their shops or perfect their art;

who play with their kids and fix and serve our meals,


or prepare their boats for long hauls at sea;

and those who repair our roads, connect our phones,

keep the peace and douse our errant fires and

those who find joy on the water; all those who don’t see me


as I observe them from the docks and corners

and the doorways as I walk  the town

make their lives part of my own and allow

their moments to mingle and merge with mine.


I put my camera to my eye and for one

fraction of a second a silhouette and I are one,

sharing that brief instant, caught forever

in a world that will never change.


© Marty Luster 2012

Pier Tag & Diving with Zip Line Kid @ Magnolia Pier

Pre-K to college kids to grandpa.  Everybody jumps off Magnolia pier. In this video, we catch part of a game of Pier Tag, followed by some aerial acrobatics and the Zip Line Kid’s first jump off the railing.  Given the ages of some of these kids (and adults) you could say they’ve got at least as much skill and daring as the greasy pole walkers!

It’s a beautiful summer Sunday with over a dozen live music choices on Cape Ann (see full live music lineup here).  Since the weather is soooooo good, consider the Celtic Music Sunset Sail with Michael O’Leary aboard the Schooner Lannon.  Truly acoustic–no mics, no amps, no power except the wind in the sails and the power of great songs and excellent musicianship to move your soul.

Great Mug Up Kim!

It was such a great Mug Up this morning at Kim Smith’s.  Thanks so much.  It was really nice to have a break from hosting Mug Up at the gallery and to just be able to visit and enjoy.  There was a lovely spread of food, as usual, including Kim’s deviled eggs (as well as mine which I brought), two beautiful salads, blueberry bread, cheese and crackers, iced coffee, tea and lemonade, and MONKEY BREAD! that Paul Morrison brought.  Diet went straight out the window! and Rosie never got a crumb.

E.J. Lefavour


The Trestle Across Little Good Harbor Beach Gloucester

I found this postcard at a little shop in Beverly Farms. The Community Heritage Map, published in 1889, shows the trestle, but not a later map from the 1930’s. I wonder what it was used to transport–people, granite, fish? On the antique map, the trestle is labeled: Gloucester Street Railway on Trestle. It appears as though the trestle ran through what is now the Good Harbor Beach parking lot.

Community Heritage Map #11

Double Rainbow fades to Bright Single Rainbow From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

After the storms rolled through tonight (June 22, 2012), a double rainbow  formed over Hawthorne Point that was only partially visible from my perspective.  The cool thing about it was that as the double faded, the single inner rainbow became brighter and brighter – it seemed like the color from the outer rainbow amplified the inner one!

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

Hawthorne_Point_Double_RainbowRainbow Over Hawthorne Point

FOUND! Dinner Time Rocks! 06/20/2012

FOUND! Dinner Time Rocks! 06/20/2012

But found Breakfast time the next morning by Artist Carol McKenna:

“Found! A much ‘coveted’ Art Rock by Paul Frontiero was found at Cressey’s Beach by Carol McKenna and her ‘yorkie’ Zoe also known as ArtMuse Dog’ at the blog A Creative Harbor where Carol promotes creativity and how it enhances the inner spirit. She also posts her art work, haiku and photographs (mostly of Cape Ann) and connects with other ‘kindred’ bloggers. Her art work is also on display at Kahn Studio and GMG Gallery on Rocky Neck.
Thanks a million times ~ Love your Art Rock! It ‘rocks’.  Carol”

Click the Links Below For more Info on Carols Art;

Host Families Still Needed for the Navy’s Visit to Rockport!

For information pleae contact: Rockport Navy Committee, P.O. Box 35 ~ Rockport, MA 01966

The Rockport Navy Committee (RocNavCom) and the Town of Rockport will again be hosting The United States Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS). Five NA-44 foot sailboats will arrive in Rockport on Friday July 13th, 2012 and cast off Monday morning July 16th, 2012.


A replica of an 1812 USS Constitution gun deck complete with a 5,800 pound late 18th century long gun will come to Rockport on Sunday. A master gun team, in 1813 period uniforms, will be giving hourly demonstrations in the upper parking lot on Bearskin Neck from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Sailors from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, the USS Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts and the Navy Band in Newport, Rhode Island have been invited to participate in the weekend events.


Midshipmen Hosting

The RocNavCom is looking for  Rockport families to host the forty midshipmen and ten advisors during their visit. The midshipmen range in age from 18 to 22. The families will be responsible for room and board Friday, Saturday and Sunday, transportation to morning events and returning the midshipmen to T-wharf Monday morning. Many of the activities the midshipmen will be participating in will include meals. We are holding to the Navy standard of the buddy system; families must be able to accommodate at least two midshipmen or advisors. If you are interested in hosting midshipmen, please fill out the form below or go to:


The US Navy and USNA will play kickball with Rockport children 6-16 years old on Saturday.  The children and sailors/midshipmen will be mixed together on the teams, no rivalries. Children must be able to be photographed. The game will be held at Evans Field at 10:15 a.m. Lunch will be provided for the players after the game at 12:15 p.m.


If you would like your child(ren) to play, please fill out the form below or go to:



The success of the Navy visits is dependent on the enthusiastic support and generous financial donations of the residents and businesses of Rockport. To help defer the costs of the Navy Weekend the RocNavCom will be holding a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available from committee members. The drawing will be held during the USN/USNA vs. Rockport Police/Fire softball game at Evans Field on Saturday night July 14th. The game starts at 6:30 pm. Public is welcome.

Midshipmen Hosting




Telephone: ___________________________  Email:_________________________________


Address: ___________________________________________________________________


Preferred gender: •Male  •Female  •No preference


Number of midshipmen/advisor you’d like to host: •2 •3 •Other__________


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Financial Contributions


Please make checks payable to American Legion Post 98

and write RocNavCom in memo.


Name/Business name: ______________________________________________________________

I would like to donate to the RocNavCom Fund •$5 •$10 •$25 •$50  •$_____

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Name/Business name: ______________________________________________________________


I would like be a sponsor of the:


Kickball team •$200.00 (Name will appear on the back of t-shirt) Deadline June 18th


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Child’s Name: _____________________________________________________________________


Parent’s Name: ____________________________________________________________________


Telephone: ___________________________

GloucesterGourmet.Blogspot From Melissa Smith Abbott


Hi Joey,
Just checking in with you! I haven’t been all that active with my Tumblr Blog "Gloucester Journal" and guess I sort of fell out of love with Tumblr. I have pulled together a new blog called and my twitter account is @glostagourmet . I am hoping you can switch out the links on your blogroll. Meanwhile, I am looking to retweet your food links to my foodie friends on twitter.
In my new blog,  I will be documenting cooking all the stuff my husband catches on his boat "Blue Pearl" moored in Smith’s Cove. He lobsters, digs clams, and catches fish (non commercial) while I have an incredible backyard garden at my home in East Gloucester where I eat out of my garden 7 months a year. Together we try not to take too many trips to the grocery store while enjoying everything Gloucester has to offer. Many of the things we do are old style things we learned from our grandparents and great grandparents who lived in Gloucester (Both our familys have been on Cape Ann since 1600’s). I think this is a great premise for a local blog and fills a niche so to speak. I am hoping we can trade information and work together a little bit on a networking level. This is not really a commercial venture although I may sell a few of my cookbooks, nothing crazy, more just a thing I am interested in and everyone always tells me I should share it cause I do things people don’t do much anymore.
Anyway, Thanks in advance for switching out the websites on your blogroll: Let me know if you have any cool ideas for networking. OLD SITE: NEW SITE:
Friend me on twitter too! @glostagourmet
Thanks and Kind Regards 🙂 Melissa Smith Abbott

Dave Sullivan Remembers Johnny Orlando

Friday afternoon, we lost the nicest guy I have ever known – and one of the most respected and successful men in Gloucester. 

Johnny Orlando built a home for himself, his wife Sue, and three generations of children – literally with his own hands – on his lot on Perriwinkle Lane just above the flats where he kept his ten pots and the skiff he used to get to his boat, “Orlando’s Magic.” 


Johnny graduated from Gloucester High School in 1959, two years ahead of Susan Favalora, and everyone knew they were made for each other.  They married and have been Gloucester’s “Sue and Johnny” ever since.  They raised two sons and three grandchildren; then postponed their retirement plans to tend to their great-granddaughter so her mother could finish her education.

Although my wife, Maggie, went to school with Sue and Johnny, I didn’t know him well until I was recovering from cancer while at the same time trying to make our house on Chapel Street livable.  Johnny just said, “Don’t worry about it” – and quietly took over responsibility for everything that needed to be done.  He even began calling in the morning to get me out of bed and out to the Boulevard for the daily walks he knew would hasten my recovery.  That’s the way Johnny was all his life – putting the needs of others first.

Johnny had a talent with carpentry, and applied it to helping build and enhance homes around Cape Ann, and then to teaching others how to deliver quality work as the high school’s shop teacher.  I couldn’t spend more than a few hours with Johnny around town without hearing, “Hey Mr. Orlando” from one of his former students who were now earning their own living and raising their own families.

When Johnny agreed to help me build my deck I was happy and honored.  He’s a great carpenter and he could look at my pile of lumber and know it would become a deck if we just kept working at it.  He taught me a lot, and I can still hear his response every time I asked him how my work looked – “Good enough for who it’s for!”  I’m proud to be a small part of “Orlando Brothers and Associates.”

Johnny loved fishing and would fish Ipswich Bay with his son Joe every day he could.  But he loved helping kids fish even more.  Last summer he took my grandkids out in the harbor – first around Ten Pound Island to catch some mackerel for bait, then over to Hammond Castle to catch stripers – and Johnny was perfectly content, without a rod of his own, watching the kids having fun.  He loved them and was loved greatly in return.

Johnny was always watching for fish.  Many mornings after walking with his brother Lenny on the Boulevard, they would have coffee at McDonalds then go home by way of Rocky Neck, Long Beach, then Pebble Beach, looking for the gulls that signaled bait fish in the water.

Johnny had a ten-trap license, and for years he just put them in the river behind his house.  When Sue no longer let him go out alone, he talked Lenny into getting his own ten traps and the two of them could be seen a couple of times a week ducking under the cut bridge on their way to their traps in the harbor. 

When he actually caught legal lobsters – and Johnny was a stickler with his measurements – he saved them until he could give them away to his granddaughter or friends.  He knew he could save money by just buying them at Market Basket, but then he wouldn’t have an excuse to be out on the water.


Johnny’s vices were few – playing the slots at Lucky Seven or Foxwoods, a Captains or two at the Elks, a drive to North Conway, or just relaxing in the pool at Frenchman’s Reef in St. Thomas.  Mostly he loved to pamper Sue, help his friends and family, and enjoy summers in Gloucester.  A ride home with Johnny always included detours up Portagee Hill, past the Cut, or along the Back Shore, with Johnny commenting on how lucky he was to live in such a wonderful place.

Johnny was famous for having an eye for bargains, and he and Sue or his brother Lenny would scour Christmas Tree Shop for the triple markdown items.  Like many of their generation in Gloucester, Sue and Johnny were generous to a fault.  They never failed to remember birthdays and anniversaries with lavishly wrapped perfect gifts. Typical of their thoughtfulness, we arrived in Gloucester last summer to a dozen balloons waving from our front porch and a fully stocked refrigerator.

Spending time with Johnny – whether hauling traps, building the deck, walking the Boulevard, or chasing gulls – was, well, comfortable.  I cannot recall a harsh word, nasty comment, or angry expression in all our conversations over the many years we have been friends.  He’s the nicest guy I have ever known, my best friend; and I will miss him greatly.

Dave Sullivan
23 Chapel St