GMG Sweeps The 2012 BONS (Best of North Shore) Magazine Awards For Best Blog Editors Choice and Best Blog Readers Choice


Congrats! Best Blog Readers Choice and Editors Choice!

Ashley Drinkwater

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From North Shore Magazine

July 17, 2012 by Northshore ·


Photos, food content, and area events are a few of the things you’ll find posted by Joey Ciaramitaro, the outspoken author of Good Morning Gloucester. The blog’s popularity is evidenced by its always-active (and entertaining) comment threads. Good Morning Gloucester,

Readers’ Choice: Good Morning Gloucester

Editors’ Choice: Good Morning Gloucester

I want you all to read one sentence very carefully from North Shore Magazine’s Announcement-

The blog’s popularity is evidenced by its always-active (and entertaining) comment threads.

This isn’t just Joey Ciaramitaro and My Awesome Contributors’ Award, This Is Every Person that submits a story, and especially the people who are active in the comment section telling our contributors how much you appreciate their energy, positive spirit and artistic abilities.

Thank you each and every one of you who have given us so much back in the form of positive energy which keeps us driving and pushing to be the very best for you. Love Ya!

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2012 Reid’s Ride Photos From Tina Ketchopolos

Joey:  Here are some photos from Reid’s Ride in memory of Reid Sacco that took place yesterday from Lynnfield ending at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester.

Reid’s parents Gene and Lorraine Sacco of Lynnfield began this event in memory of their son Reid R. Sacco.  They are an incredible parents with lots of support from wonderful family members and friends.

The ride is a 28-mile Bike-a-thon , a fun and rewarding way to support clinical and scientific research into finding more  treatments — and someday a cure — for the cancers that predominantly strike adolescents and young adults. Cyclists of all ages and abilities pedal their way from Lynnfield to Cape Ann in what is the primary fund-raising event for the Reid Sacco Memorial Foundation.  The event registration fees, sponsorships and donations benefit the Reid Sacco Memorial Cancer Research Fund, and this fund supports clinical and research programs in the area of young adult cancers. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the outlook for this population of cancer patients, a population that has been tragically underserved by recent advances in cancer treatment.

Sacco was born July 24, 1984, which is intentionally close to the ride date. Sacco’s goal was to ride in a bike-a-thon to prevent young adult cancer, but cancer took his life before he achieved that desire. He died June 16, 2005 at the age of 20.   Reid was enrolled at Columbia University to study Chemical Engineering

In late June 2012, the Reid R. Sacco AYA Program at Tufts Medical Center was announced – the program includes the establishment this summer of the Reid R. Sacco Adolescent & Young Adults Clinic for Cancer and Blood Diseases, as well as the establishment of the Reid R. Sacco AYA Fund to support educational initiatives at Tufts.   This extraordinary achievement was made possible by your participation in Reid’s Ride over the years.

This year’s Reid Rice raised over $100,000. with donations still coming in!

ArtRocks! Paul Frontiero with some Adoring Fans

“Melen” (Mary Helen) Landergren found one of Paul’s ArtRocks by Good Harbor Beach in September.  For Christmas, she gave it to Nancy Silva, her best friend of 38 years, who had long wanted an ArtRock.  MH is also married to Don called D, Nancy’s brother, and their son was one of the unsuccessful videotaped searchers looking for the rock hidden at Capt. Joe & Sons that Patti Keenan’s husband found (if you remember that incredibly funny video, featuring some historic Ed Collard footage).  It has been a family mission to find an ArtRock.  They came to Mug Up Sunday so they could meet the famous Paul Frontiero, Jr. and thank him in person.  I love stories with happy endings, don’t you!

E.J. Lefavour

What’s Cookin on Amazon

 What’s Cookin, 185 Washington Street  Brian Rice is a great cook, and an all around great guy.

They say, “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen” — and that’s fine because you don’t want to spend all day baking during a 90-degree heatwave anyway. Savor outstanding grub without all the roasting when you grab today’s deal from What’s Cookin’?: $15 for $30 to spend on prepared meals, sandwiches, soups, and more.

Opened in 2011, this Gloucester eatery has proven to be a cut above the rest by specializing in creative dishes made from locally sourced North Shore produce and seafood. Enjoy a new twist on classic dishes like a chicken salad sandwich with cranberries, scallions, and toasted almonds, or a portabella panini on crusty ciabatta. Whether you want to pick up a fresh-made lunch or a prepared entrée to take home for dinner (we love the pulled pork with homemade barbecue sauce), you’d better grab this sizzling deal while it’s still hot.

E.J. Lefavour

Cape Ann by Air

These are some great aerial shots of Rocky Neck and Annisquam taken by Tom Bernie of Gloucester, from his cool little red plane that he built.  The 1st shot is of Tom ready to take off from NH, the 2nd shot is one I took of him flying over Rocky Neck, and the bottom shot is one he took of Smiths Cove with me standing on the dock behind Madfish Grille shooting him.  He didn’t know I was there, and I was returning from shooting the Picton Castle when I heard the plane and looked up in time catch him.  The moral of this post is, wherever you go and whatever you are doing, you never know when someone might be photographing you, so smile – you’re on candid camera! – especially on Cape Ann.

E.J. Lefavour

Gloucester Harbor Walk ~ What a Difference! Construction Phase Accomplished in Only a Few Months!

Congratulations and thank you to Mayor Kirk,  Sarah Garcia, Chris Muskopf, Jay Ramsey, and including everyone involved (there are many, many more than named here–these are the people I have had the pleasure to work with on the project) for having the vision, courage, tenacity, and talent to create Gloucester’s Harbor Walk.

Gloucester Harbor Walk ~  View of Gus Foote Park

The Harbor Walk is nearing completion. Despite the plethora of unforeseeable problems with the landfill at I4-C2, and current drought, the walk looks gorgeous. Come, take a stroll!

Gus Foote Park Last Year at this Time. What a difference–the build phase of the project was accomplished in only a few short months!

I will be bringing GMG readers more ‘before and after’ photos, as well as information about the native plants habitat gardens (and how you can translate that information to your own garden), in the coming months.

Got kids? Take ’em to the Block Party. It’s Free and Fun on Saturday.

I just spoke with Rick Doucett, whom you all know and love from the YMCA.  Rick reminded me that he and his wife, Loren, will be running Kids Town at the Block Party on Saturday (just like last year).   Kid’s Town is between Pleasant St. & Hancock St. near the Sovereign Stage (see map here).

Balloons, face painting, giant chess and more.  Every year kids connect with friends at the Block Party that they haven’t seen in a while (just like adults do).  How many things can you do that are just as much fun for your kids as they are for you?

Speaking of kids, don’t forget Y summer camp is in full swing (see here).

Don’t forget that the Orleans concert on Aug 31 — featuring Gloucester’s own Fly Amero along with Rhode Island’s John Cafferty of the Beaver Brown band and Eddie and the Cruisers movie will help raise money for the North Shore YMCA Summer Camp program.

And just in case you missed Monday’s announcement (click here if you did) Allen Estes will open the show.  You won’t want to miss this!

You and your kids can see Allen Estes at the Block Party on Saturday at the Sargent Stage.

And if we’re lucky,  we may also get to hear Fly sing with his sister at the Franklin Stage.

See Block Party Entertainment Schedule here.

Wednesdays at The Rhumb Line

Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, July 18th
Special Guest:

Cape Ann’s most prolific songwriter, Allen Estes joins us this
week.  It is always an honor!  Don’t miss it! ~ Fly
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Surf & Turf Dinner –
 $11.95 (while they last)
Something new for the summer! Tenderloin Tips with Grilled Garlic Shrimp!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
July 25: Basti Moceri

August 1: Inge Berge

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Angela Masciale Plays at the Seaward Inn’s Sunday Morning Live Brunch, Sunday, July 22, 2012

Rockport, MA – Angela Masciale, an energetic singer/songwriter with her soulful, angelic voice will be performing at the Seaward Inn, Sunday, July 22, from 11am – 2pm.  The brunch is prepared by the talented Beach Gourmet, reservations are suggested. Masciale has had such devoted followers that even a New England snowstorm couldn’t stop some from one of her Marblehead performances!  Don’t miss the enchanting Angela Masciale.  Her CD’s will be available for purchase



Annette Means
Assistant Manager
Seaward Inn
44 Marmion Way
Rockport, MA 01966

Peaches at the Farmer’s Market

From Arrowhead Farm.  Seen at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market at Stage Fort Park, Thursdays during the summer, 3-6:30PM. Don’t miss it! I had one of these peaches, and it was juicy and delicious (and messy, the way fresh ripe peaches should be).

Don’t worry, I’ll be posting more tantalizing photos of the many and varied products at the market, so you won’t forget…

-Fr. Matthew Green


The Rockport Police Department and the Rockport Council On Aging are asking residents to check in on their elderly family members, friends, and neighbors throughout the warm summer months.

Residents should pay extra attention to homes that are exceptionally hot and to warning signs of dehydration, heat stroke and exhaustion, which includes lack of energy, nausea and high body temperature.

The Rockport Council On Aging will also be welcoming seniors to the town’s air-conditioned Senior Center in the Community House at 58 Broadway.

Any resident concerned about an elder may contact the police at 978-546-1212 or the Council on Aging at 978-546-2573.

Pet of the Week-Pi

pet of the week, cape ann animal aid

Hi, my name is Pi, over here on the left!  I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid with my brothers Jack and Dash.  The Cape Ann Animal Aid is now located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester.  We are four-month-old pups who are Lab/Retriever mix.

We all love to play and we are also learning good manners and leash walking.

Please visit and learn about our upcoming events such as our booth at the Sidewalk Days in downtown Gloucester from August 2-4.  Don’t forget “Dog Day” on September 9th and if it rains, it will be held on the 15th.   Maybe you will see me there with my new family?!

I am a sweet and affection little girl and I hope you might stop by and visit me.   The staff and volunteers here are great.  They walk me and then I get to play in the kiddy pool; I love to swim.  Wow!  I’m tired again!  Playing and being this cute takes work!