Crab Larvae From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

We were catching jelly fish Sunday and found this little creature swimming near the surface of the water. It’s some sort of crab larvae, and the strangest thing about it was the way it swam. It used its tail like a lobster does, but it swam pretty quickly in a forward direction – lobster use their tail to swim backward. Another behavior we noted was that it would roll itself into a ball and sink when it perceived a threat – it looked and felt just like a little pebble.
B studied this creature for most of the day, and encouraged me to share it. The finger in the photo is B’s and it’s only about 3/8” wide. 

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

Blue eyed crab larvae

Pet of the Week- Am

pet of the week, siamese cat

Hello!  My name is Am and I am a one-year-old Siamese-mix female kitten.  I am staying at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.   I hope if you are looking for a cuddly kitten that you might consider me.

I have been asked to remind you about “Dog Day” on Sunday, September 9 (rain date September 15) at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.   This is going to be so much fun with games, agility course, alumni photos, food, games for people and dogs, bouncy house and more!  Don’t miss this!   For more information about “Dog Day” and other upcoming events, please visit:

and most importantly, more photos of me!

Book Arrives on Madfish Wharf

Tales of Bong Tree Island arrived today on Madfish Wharf.  Here Con-Way Trucking backs onto the wharf and a flurry of artist friends and neighbors arrive on the scene to help unload the huge pallet of boxes and move them into the gallery.  I unpacked the first box and immediately sold my first book to Valerie Ricker from Randolph, MA.  Come by the gallery any time to check it out.  Also, there will be a book launch Saturday and Sunday, 9/8&9 from noon to 5:00 and a Backer Reward Party (although everyone is welcome) on Sunday 9/9 from 5:00-8:00.  Come by and enjoy a September Rocky Neck fling at Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., G3. 















E.J. Lefavour

Fox 25 Zip Trip Details for Friday 6-10am at Stage Fort Park

Here’s the latest press release from Maggie Hennessey-Nees, Director of Marketing and Community Affairs at Fox 25


FOX25 Morning News is on the road for another season of Zip Trips!  Every Friday morning we’re live in cities and towns across New England.  This is the ninth year of Zip Trips with visits to more than 150 New England communities.  Our final summer stop this season will be Gloucester, MA 01930!  Join FOX25 Morning News Co-hosts Gene Lavanchy and Shannon Mulaire, Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon, News Commentator Doug “VB” Goudie and Reporter Elizabeth Hopkins on Friday, August 31st, at Stage Fort Park on Hough Avenue. Our live broadcast is from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Neighbors, residents, and kids of all ages who want to share their “Gloucester Pride” are encouraged to be part of our live audience! We’ll have special guests and features that celebrate the unique qualities of Gloucester. Explore the town, meet the people, and enjoy specialty food demonstrations.

Features Include:

*   Taste of the Town: Local restaurants, cafés or bakeries demonstrate savory dishes and sweet treats!

•         Home Town Team: A salute to a youth or senior team ranging from baseball and soccer to the local running club!

•         Zip Trip Trivia: VB tries to stump a special guest with town trivia.

•         Home Town Hero: Meet the local hero who helps out whenever needed! We’ll feature a resident who’s making a difference.

•         On the Market: Why is Gloucester a great place to live? Preview homes in three price points and hear about schools, services and recreation.

•         Firehouse Fridays: Local firefighters will be honored for all they do.

•         Zip Trip Fan of the Week: We’ll pick someone from the crowd with true Zip Trip Spirit as our Fan of the Week.

•         High Speed Deal: On-site scavenger hunt game for Zip Trip attendees.

•         Zip Trip Jr. Reporter: We’ll select a child from the crowd to help us with a few reporter duties.

•         Town Tour: The FOX25 Morning News team explores the best eats, must-see attractions, hidden gems, and little known landmarks!

•         Children’s Book Drive: Donate a new children’s book to benefit Reach Out and Read.

Residents are invited to drop-off a brand new children’s book from our book list featured on the Zip Trip page at All new books collected will benefit Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit that prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

Zip Trip attendees will also have the chance to find out who will win a new Mazda CX-5 as we conclude the Mazda Zip Trip Giveaway! Complete contest details are available on the contest page at<>. Prizes, games, children’s story time, and free products (while suppl         ies last) will be part of the fun provided by our Zip Trip partners including: Dunkin Donuts, New England Mazda Dealers, Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU), McGeough Lamacchia Realty, Fallon Community Health Plan, Sal’s Pizza, Tedeschi Food Shops, Catania Hospitality Group, The Paper Store, Canobie Lake Park, The Steamship Authority and Hunt’s Photo & Video.

For additional information about FOX25 Morning News Zip Trips visit<>.

New Bistro Lights at Willowdale Estate

Willowdale Estate Courtyard

Monday night I was filming at Willowdale as we are in the early stages of creating a web page about the butterfly gardens for the Willowdale Estate website. I was hoping to film the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at dusk and did succeed! They were nectaring from the Rose Mallow, hosta, Snowberry Bush, and butterfly bushes.

Verbena bonariensis

I love the new bistro lights in the courtyard garden–so romantic!

Another FREE Concert on the Boulevard Saturday Night to complement the Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks!

July 3 Concert on the Boulevard

Ringo Tarr is at it again, folks.  He’s putting on another FREE concert at the Boulevard.

Thousands of people danced and partied with us on July 3.  Were you there?  It was a perfect night for dancing and celebration.

Saturday’s concert features classic rock dance band Full Circle, so come ready to dance again!

Music starts at 7pm and continues until 11pm with breaks for the Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks

Help celebrate the the Schooner Festival by dancing on the Boulevard.

Don’t miss the last free big outdoor concert of the summer!

Jeff Weaver painting on Pleasant Street

I was walking down the Pleasant Street several days ago when I saw him with his easel on the sidewalk, almost right across Prospect Street from St. Ann’s School.  He courteously let me snap a photo of him while he worked – apparently, I was something like the 15th person to photograph him that day… He has a gallery at 16 Rogers Street here in Gloucester (open Friday and Saturday 1-5 p.m., also by chance or appointment). His website gives you an idea of his beautiful work.  I haven’t made it to his gallery yet, but after perusing his web gallery, I really want to go!

Fr. Matthew Green

Another Way To Enjoy Gloucester Schooner Festival- Aboard The King Eider For The Schooner Chase!

Join us on board M/V King Eider for our annual SCHOONER CHASE during the Esperanto Cup Race on September 2nd.
Spectacular, upclose viewing of the participating schooners as they battle it out off Eastern Point.
Enjoy the 2.5 hr trip chasing down the ships. Fabulous photograph opportunities. Limited seating available. Bring your own lunch and beverages. Celebrate the day. Call us and reserve @ 978 283 1979.

Follow them on Facebook for more info-


Peter Seminara Photos From Stellwagon Bank On The Last Day Of The Bluefin Blowout

Joey, not sure you would want these but these were taken on the North West Corner of Stellwagen Bank on the last day of the Bluefin Blowout Tuna Tournament

Schooner Ardelle Schedule for Schooner Festival Weekend

Hi Joey,
We’re gearing up for a great Schooner Festival Weekend at Maritime Gloucester! Here is the Pinky Ardelle schedule for the weekend. There are no public sails on Sunday for the Race. Harold takes the amazing crew of volunteers who helped to build the Ardelle out for that special occasion.
Hope to see you on the water.
Mary Kay


Community Stuff 8/29/12

Thursday, August 30, 2011, 6:00pm
(register by 5:45pm)
$3.00 per child
Magnolia Library Center, 1 Lexington Avenue,
Start the beginning of school on a healthy note!


Children of all ages are invited to take part in the Kid’s 1K Fun Run/Walk at the 36th Annual Magnolia Road Race on Thursday, August 30, 2011. The race is an annual, family-friendly community event which benefits the Magnolia Library.
The Kid’s 1K Fun Run/Walk begins at 6:00pm, followed by a 5k race at 6:30pm. The Fun Run/Walk distance will once again be a 1 kilometer race to encourage more youth runners to participate.

The scenic course begins at the Magnolia Library, continues through Magnolia Square and along the coast, ending back at the Library. Parents are welcome to run along with younger children. The cost is $3.00 per child and all participants get a ribbon. Join in the fun!
Pre-registration is available online at or at
You can also register the night of the event. For more info, contact Stephanie O’Neil at


Night to include live set, Q&A and documentary screening


As part of the Cape Ann Community Cinema’s “Fall Into The Rhythm” lineup – 10 days of movies celebrating music that runs from September 11-20, 2012 – the CACC will host the legendary family band, The Cowsills.
The Thursday, September 13th show starts at 7:30pm, with a live set, screening of the new documentary “Family Band: The Cowsills Story,” and a Q&A with The Cowsills – Bob, Susan and Paul.
The Cowsills enjoyed great success during the late ’60s and in to the early ’70s, not only with their music but appearing as guests on many television shows and even hosting their own TV special. They were the basis for the hit show “The Partridge Family,” which aired on ABC from 1970-1974. The Cowsills’ hits include “Hair,” “The Rain, the Park, and Other Things,” “Indian Lake” and “We Can Fly.”
Tickets for this only Massachusetts appearance are $20.00 ($17.50 for Cinema Members), and are available at
For interviews with The Cowsills, contact Margo Lewis at (212) 730-2701, or at



Hi Joey,

Just wanted to let you know that this Saturday the Cape Ann Museum is offering hourly highlight tours as part of the Schooner Festival. Tours are free with Museum admission!



Come meet the new principal of East Gloucester Elementary School, Mrs. Carol Bratt!

Mrs. Bratt will be at the EGS playground on Thrusday, August 30th from 3:00p to 5:00p.  She wants to meet as many parents and students as possible before school starts, so please spread the word.


Location:  Manchester – Essex  Woods, meet at Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Time:  2:00 p. m., Saturday, September 8, 2012

Place:  Meet at Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Rear 66 Main Street, Essex MA 01929

Admission:  Free .  In order to assure a space, please sign up.

Contact:   info@essexshipbuildingmuseum , call 978-768-7541 and leave your name, or drop in at the museum Wed. – Sun., 10 a. m. – 5 p. m.

Find live, some of the many species of edible mushrooms that are in the Manchester- Essex woods.  Erika Sonder will take us to see for ourselves how these ephemeral, sometime tiny, sometime large and always interesting species of fungi grow and flourish. 

Erika is a field biologist, naturalist and nature artist with a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies.  She was formerly Assistant Curator of Vascular Plants at the New England Botanical Club Herbarium at Harvard University.  Her perfectly detailed and rendered specimen prints are used as tools in education, displays and as beautiful art.

Please join us in the Waterline Center of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum at

2 p. m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.  Admission is free.  Space is limited.  Please register

at 978-768-7541, or, or drop in!

Rain date:  meet at the Shipbuilding Museum on Sunday, September 9 at 2 p. m. ErikaSonder&mushroomHaul

Help Rockport Schools win$10,000 in FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES!

Hi Joey,

Can you please share this important info? Rockport Elementary and Middle Schools are in top 1% of winning $10,000 in FREE Schools supplies at Avery Gives Back To Schools Contest. Please go to and register emails and vote for both schools every day until 9/14. Wouldn’t the parents, teachers and kids love this!!!!!!!! Thank you everyone!!!

Diane Ambrose