“Lobster glut brings down retail prices, at last” Article In The Boston Business Journal


Lobster glut brings down retail prices, at last

by Jay Fitzgerald, Special to the Journal

Boston Business Journal

Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

An unexpectedly abundant catch this spring of soft-shell lobsters has finally begun to force down the price of lobster at restaurants and retail stores – much to the delight of consumers.

“We’re doing fabulous,” said Myalisa Waring, owner of the Lobster Pool restaurant in Rockport. “We’re serving lobsters like crazy. Everyone’s coming in and talking about the prices and want lobsters.”

“I haven’t seen catches like this in years,” said Frank Ciaramitaro, co-owner of Captain Joe & Sons Inc., a Gloucester wholesale dealer that buys lobsters direct from lobstermen on the docks. “For us, it’s been a record.”

Even though lobstermen began catching higher numbers of soft-shell lobsters in early June – about a month earlier than usual, creating an unexpectedly large surplus of lobsters early in the season – the retail prices for lobsters initially and generally held steady across much of Massachusetts through last week.

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This is Jujuba she has been missing since last Friday night.

Jujuba,  became missing on Summit street in Gloucester last Friday night. If anyone finds her or knows anything PLEASE call Jessica at 978 879 6623 or 978 930 2704. She is very loved and we are VERY worried.

I know what it is like to have a missing pet. I am hoping someone found this dog and fell in love with it. I also am hoping if this is the case that they will show some love and return it to its owner. The police said to give it up because there has been reports of a coyote in the area.The owner and friends have not given up. They continue to search, posters are up around town and it has been posted on some websites too.

Thank you,


What’s Cookin?-Living Social Deal

what's cookin? Living Social

Need to grab some sandwiches for the beach or a quick meal after work? Take advantage of this Living Social deal for What’s Cookin?  Pay $15 for a $30 credit.

They make awesome sandwiches and I’ve heard they also carry great meats for the grill.

Get the deal HERE or check them out at 185 Washington St. (Across from George’s).


Block Party Update – New Map, New Entertainment Schedule

Check out the new map from Block Party Committee with all 5 stages.  Remember the Block Party is this Saturday.  And we’ve got an updated entertainment schedule below the map:

  • 6 PM – THE DYNAMIC DUO – Show, classics and some Italian tunes. Guest appearance by Gloucester student, 9 year old Kam Diaz
  • 7 PM – TH’ BONES AND ROSES CIRCUS SIDESHOW – Astounding and varied side show feats and acrobatic yoga
  • 8 PM – NOT THAT BLONDE WITH JIM D’AUGUSTINE – Acoustic group with rich harmonies and an inimitable style. A wide mix of songs from the familiar to the obscure.
  • 9 PM – THE GOOD HARBOR BAND – Rocking with classic rock and originals – get ready to dance!
  • 6 PM – LIVIN’ ON LUCK – Soft rock from the 70s to the present; guitars, keyboard and vocals.
  • 7 PM – CAPE ANN DANCE TROUPE – Our gifted and graceful dance group – creative choreography
  • 8 PM – ALLEN AND DYLAN ESTES – National star Allen Estes joined by his talented son performing brilliant country, rock, blues and original tunes.
  • 9 PM – DAY JOB – Dance music from the 60s to today; fun listening and they will get you moving!
  • 6 PM – JAMES GOOD EYE – Acoustic guitar, alternate-roots Americana
  • 7 PM – DEB HARDY AND KERRY MULLEN – Cutting edge acoustic folk rock uniquely interpreted
  • 8 PM – SOLOMON MURUNGU – Traditional music from Zimbabwe played on the melodic Mbira
  • 9 PM – NATE SHAFFER – Gifted acoustic guitarist/singer playing originals and covers. Emerging young talent from Cape Ann.
  • THE LINDA AMERO QUARTET – Jazz interpretations by extraordinary chanteuse Linda and her trio.
  • JOE MACK – Blues master! This guy never runs out of musical ideas, and what a voice! 9 PM at the back stage.

Dancers, singers and our favorite magician, Joe Howard will be roaming Main Street.


After the Block Party winds down, many Gloucester venues will continue music into the wee hours, so there’s no reason to go home when the music on the street ends.  One of my favorite bands (KBMG Electric) will be heating things up at Minglewood Tavern.

See the complete Saturday music lineup here.

The Sailing Conways

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore… Dream… Discover…”  Mark Twain

This is the quote on the card of the Conway Family (Dad-Chris, Mom-Erica, Bryson, Riesling and Porter) from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey who came into the gallery and were just such a pleasure and inspiration to meet.  They are on day 16 of a year long sailing adventure aboard their 47′ sailboat s/v Patronus.   Check out www.conwaysailors.com to learn more about them and follow their adventure. 

Chris is an active father, a successful businessman, a talented woodworker, a wannabe meteorologist, and a lifelong sailor.  He enjoyed years of racing sailboats with his family, at Cornell University, and at premier levels of the racing world.  Highlights of his racing career include the Transatlantic Race (New York to England), Fastnet (England), and Cowes Week (England).  These days, he enjoys being a dad to Bryson, Riesling, and Porter.  He is excited about sharing his love of sailing, adventure, and the sea with his children.  In preparing for our trip, he has taken an intensive diesel engine repair and maintenance course, researched every possible piece of equipment from bow to stern, and has pored over the charts from Maine to Grenada.  Chris had to come to Gloucester, which he has a fascination with due to our fishing and maritime history, and he loves “Wicked Tuna”.

Erica is a stay-at-home mom who has always felt most at home when on the ocean.  She was boating by 11 weeks old and has never stopped.  As achild, she enjoyed powerboating with her family and lived on a boat for 6 years on Long Island, New York.  In college, she began racing sailboats and fell in love with the wind.  And Chris.  Chris and Erica met on the Cornell Sailing Team, racing dinghies together and traveling around the country.  They dreamed of getting married and having three children some day, during those early months of starry-eyed dating.  They graduated, got married, and continued to race until having children 10 years ago.  Erica can’t wait to watch her three children feel at home on a boat.  Most importantly, she can’t wait to show them that we can make our dreams come true.

E.J. Lefavour


Help Please! Headphone Recommendation

Dear GMG Readers,

I am in the midst of adding the background foley to my Black Swallowtail film, which is really fun and I love this aspect of editing, however I am completely frustrated using my husband’s headphones, which are 20 year old relics (at least 20) from his past life as a working musician.

He says I need noise-blocking headphones, which these are definitely not. Even with every window shut tight, along with the several doors leading to my office, these are still ineffectual. It is extremely uncomfortable working in front of a computer in a stuffy room for hours with no ac. If you have a spare moment, please write with your recommendation–and I would love to know why. Thank you.

City Of Gloucester Heat Advisory

With the extremely hot weather forecast for the Commonwealth and the heat advisory issued for all counties including Essex, the Mayors Office in conjunction with the Health Department and the Council on Aging are opening a cooling shelter at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Please see attached.

We appreciate your assistance in getting the word out to those most at risk during extremely hot weather including the elderly, the very young and people with respiratory ailments.

For further questions please contact the Gloucester Public Health Director, Noreen Burke, or Manager of Environmental Health Services, Max Schenk.

Thank You,

Noreen M. Burke, MPP Public Health Director City of Gloucester Health Department 978-282-8016 (phone) 978-281-9729 (fax) nburke@gloucester-ma.gov http://www.gloucester-ma.gov

Don’t forget – origami class at The Annie tonight!

Tonight (Tuesday, July 17) I will be teaching an origami class at The Annie, starting at 7PM. I’ll start off with some simple models, and will work up to more difficult designs as time and the ability of the participants allows. Among other things, we will fold a basic boat, and a bird that flaps its wings. If you are already an advanced folder, this class is probably not for you – but I’d love to meet you, and maybe set up a regular meeting for an origami group for folders of all skill levels.

Folders of all ages are welcome, although children should be accompanied by an adult. I will provide paper, but if you have your own favorite origami paper (kami? duo? washi? chiyogami? foil?), feel free to bring it along too. You can purchase origami paper locally at Island Art and Hobby (on Main Street in Gloucester), at the Liberty Tree Mall (at Michael’s or A.C. Moore), or on-line at Origami USA (members of the organization get a discount, besides access to other resources and the annual convention) or at Amazon.com.

The Annie is a non-profit, and requests a $5 donation per participant to help cover costs of operation. It is located on Washington Street, just north of the intersection with Main Street, in the Blackburn Tavern building (on the floor above Giuseppe’s).

Inaugural Patrican Memorial Golf Tournament on August 3

Hi Joe,

On the heels of the very successful Aran Patrican Friendship Hockey Skate that raised over $2600 for the Thomas Patrican Scholarship fund, I have teamed up with the same group of Aran’s close friends to hold the inaugural Patrican Memorial Golf Tournament on August 3, beginning at 7:40 a.m. at Cape Ann Golf Course in Essex.    Aran, a new father to son Thomas — who was just one year old when Aran was suddenly and tragically taken from us due to a heart infection this past January — served as one of Gloucester’s finest police officers for 18 years.  Aran was a student of the human condition and, as a decorated officer, served the best interests of his fellow citizens by maintaining fierce vigilance with the level of care, justice, and sense of humor required for such an important role in our society.

The 18-hole, shot-gun start, tournament will be played by teams of four (foursomes) in a scramble format with the winner taking home a replica trophy of the NHL’s Stanley Cup, engraved with the names of each champion. The champions will stay in possession of the trophy until the following year’s tournament. Aran was predeceased by his brother Ryan in 1991 who died just six months after his mother, Pauline (Blackburn) Patrican succumbed to cancer. Aran and Ryan’s aunt and uncle, Bernadette and Peter Blackburn of England, have donated the trophy to show their support of all the good that is now taking place to help raise money for Aran’s son, and Pauline’s only grandchild, Thomas.

The entry fee for the Patrican Memorial Golf Tournament is $125 per player ($500 per foursome) and must be paid in full by July 23.  Please remit checks payable to the Thomas Patrican Education Fund.

Please email this completed form to PatricanMemorial@gmail.com to enter your foursome and arrange payment of fee.

Thank you for helping support our cause in memory of some very special friends.

JD Perry


Patrican Memorial

Invitational Golf Tournament

Cape Ann Golf Course

Friday August 3, 2012


A golf tournament will be held in the honor and remembrance of two great, respected individuals. Both Aran and Ryan Patrican passed on far too early in their lives, although their spirits will forever be with us all.

The golf tournament shall be a shotgun start, with a scramble format. It is expected that each group have one principal representative, responsible for payment, and coordinating the group. The $125.00 payment (per player) will include a full round of golf (18 holes), golf cart, and a full hot lunch. One should expect raffles, prizes, and plenty of laughs.

A generous amount of the group fee will be placed in the Thomas Patrican Educational Fund. Please respond as timely as possible, as half the group spots have already been filled.

The winning team with the lowest score card will have their names eternally etched upon the Patrican Memorial Cup, and they shall house the trophy until the following years event.


___________________ (Principal)




Please respond to: PatricanMemorial@gmail.com

Passed 20,000,000 Views Today GMG Inside The Numbers- Monday July 16, 2012- 47,373 Views, Last 30 Days- 1,034,814 Views, All Time 20,006,774 views

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Follow Up To The 50 Shades of Grey Poll

So after 24 hours as it stands 33% wish their men were more like Christian Grey and 67% don’t.

An obvious divide on this main character in one of the most sold books of the summer.

I’m curious to the women who voted yes, what qualities did you like about Mr Grey?

For the women who voted no, what attributes made you vote no?

I’ll also leave the poll running-


Community Stuff 7/17/12


About Music at Eden’s Edge

Founded in 1982, MEE has come to represent the highest standards of musical performance artistry as well as a strong dedication to community outreach. Its Concert Series, which runs from June through October, features extraordinary musical artists performing in some of the area’s most beautiful and distinctive settings.  MEE is known for creative programming that ranges from the Baroque period to innovative 21st century compositions, and for concerts that combine rarely performed works with more familiar and traditional pieces in the chamber music repertoire. For more information, visit http://www.edensedge.org or contact MEE at (978) 270-4463. 


North Shore Arts Association is pleased to offer the following Adult Workshops in late July and August:

Charlotte Wharton – The Interpretive Portrait: Capturing More Than Likeness (5 days) July 28 – August 1 from 10am – 4pm.

Carolyn Jundzilo – Beginners Plein Air, Oil – August 4th & 5th from 1-4pm.

John Caggiano – Creating Depth En Plein Air, Oil – August 15, 16 & 17 from 10am – 4pm.

Shelly Eager –Pushing Color, Pastel – August 17, 18 and 19 from 10am – 4pm.

For a complete listing and registration information for our Summer Workshop Program including offerings for Children and Teens, please visit our website at www.nsarts.org .  You are also welcome to call for information.
North Shore Arts Association has a thriving artist membership of over 300 contemporary artists recognized regionally and nationally. They come not only from Cape Ann, but throughout North America.
NSAA’s historic old building, located at 11 Pirates Lane in East Gloucester, provides the opportunity to view one of the largest collections of paintings and sculpture on Cape Ann. 
North Shore Arts Association is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from Noon to 5pm. In addition to exhibitions, NSAA offers demonstrations, adult, teen and children’s workshops, lectures, a live art auction on August 11 and more. Please call 978-283-1857 or visit http://www.nsarts.org for more information.

Wed, July 18, 7pm : The Early Years of the Cape Ann Art Colonies, 1875-1925


Using newspaper stories, city directories and the artist files of the Cape Ann Museum, Mary Rhinelander McCarl covers the period from the earliest summer artists’ boarding houses to the establishment of the North Shore Arts Association and the Gloucester Society of Artists.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street