Devils Island Filmed on Thacher Island Showing October 10th

Maybe you missed DEVILS ISLAND when it was shown last spring. Maybe you’d like to see it again. Either way, you’ll have a chance to see the movie on:
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
7:30 pm
Rockport Community House
Suggested Donation: $5, to be divided between the GHS film club and Thacher Island Association
Devils Island was filmed two years ago on Thacher Island by amateur filmmaker and Gloucester High School history teacher Shaun Goulart. He appears in the film, along with other Cape Ann people you might know, like Rick Doucette of the Gloucester YMCA and the late Mitch Cohen, a local therapist who died two months after his scenes were filmed. The film also features a cameo by Thacher keeper John Fulton and many scenes of the island itself.

Business After Hours Chamber Mixer at Ocean Optical September 19th

As someone who knows the value of networking I hope you will join us on Wednesday, September 19th  for Business After Hours at Ocean Optical. Ocean Optical is located at 127 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester (282-1923) while their website is

With summer of 2012 now in the rear view mirror this is the time to move forward and meet new Chamber members as well as reacquaint yourself with business colleagues that you have not seen for some time.

It all starts at 5 p.m. with plenty of free parking and a chance to meet new clients, win a door prize and have fun!  Please make your reservation this week to save yourself both time and money! If you reserve your space (with payment) by Friday, September 14th the cost is $15 for members; after that date the cost is $20 per person. Non-members are $30 each. Call the Cape Ann Chamber today at 978-283-1601 to secure your spot!

Thank you and hope to see you on the 19th.


Updates from Marina Evans, Rob Cowsill, Block Party, KBMG & more

Yesterday, we told you that Marina Evans was releasing another song from her Dogtown EP this week and she said, in her interview, that each new song would have a little more of a groove (see post here).  This new one sure does.  It’s a little more bluesy too.  Listen:

And we said we’d have the Block Party Lineup soon.  Today, we’ve got it sorted for you in two convenient ways.  Here’s the Block Party Entertainment Lineup by stage.  And here’s the Block Party Entertainment Lineup by Time.  Either way, a splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Last week, we told you about Aurelia Nelson’s interview with Rob Cowsill (see that post here) on her show Curtain Up.  Good stuff.  If you missed it, you can listen to the podcast here.  Rob doesn’t hold back with his stories about 1960s child stardom.

KBMG is back in action tonight at Jalapenos with the return of Dave Mattacks.  It’s not too late, so hurry down.

And tomorrow (Wednesday) you’ve got six choices, including 3 hosts with special guests.  Looks like hump day is picking up as Summer winds down.  See the full lineup here.

Book Launch Party Photos by Charlie Carroll

Thank you to everyone who backed Tales of Bong Tree Island, and all who came to the party to help celebrate its launch, and Charlie Carroll for capturing it.  For those who missed the party or got the wrong info that the party was going to be on September 15th (my mistake), or just want to come back for another party, there will be a repeat party on September 15th so we can finish off all the wine, crackers and cheese, cookies, etc. that didn’t get opened Sunday (unfortunately the artichoke and lobster dip is all gone and won’t be repeated).  Always good to have a reason for another party before summer ends.  Saturday, 5:00-8:00pm, everyone is welcome.

E.J. Lefavour

Call for Wildflower Locations

Seaside Goldenrod

While I am finishing editing my Black Swallowtail film, I am also shooting footage for my film about the Monarch butterflies. I am looking for scenes of wildflower meadows and drifts–milkweed, asters, and goldenrod, for example. If you have a favorite place and know of such a scene on Cape Ann (accessible to the public) or are willing to allow me to come film and photograph on your property, please let me know. There is no extensive equipment involved, just me and my camera and tripod. Please feel free to email directly at Thank you.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Special Guest ~ Ric Saint Germain

Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, September 12th
Special Guest: 
Ric just keeps getting better and better!  I love the genuine,
good old-fashioned rockabilly… and everything else he brings
to the party! ~ 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!
Sept. 17: Bill Gleason

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

Boat Raffle To Benefit Family Of Mike Smith

Good morning All,

Just thought I’d shard this with all of you in case you are interested or if you know someone else who may be that you could pass it onto.  This boat raffle will benefit the wife and three young boys of my late brother, Michael Smith.  Mike was a Gloucester firefighter who valiantly battled cancer and unfortunately passed away this past July.  There will be 175 tickets sold.



· TEAM SMITTY BOAT RAFFLE! We will be raffling my brothers boat off on November 3rd! 1999, 24′ Wellcraft Walkaround, includes trailer. Estimated book value is $12,500 – $15,000. Tickets are $100 each and includes a gathering at the St. Peter’s Club for the drawing. Let me know if you need a ticket!

If you are not a boater, win it and sell it… will go quick if priced right!  It is a nice boat that gave Mike and his family endless pleasure!!  Thanks to all who have already gotten back to us and have begun to buy tickets.

My best always,


Call 978-879-8877 to het your tickets

Opening Night of Community and Identity

Last Saturday was the official opening of the “Community and Identity” show at the Rocky Neck Cultural center.  It’s quite a nice show, and well worth the visit!

The opening was very well attended, and the food – provided by curator Rocky Delforge’s mother – was absolutely amazing.  She could take up catering professionally, in my opinion.

But, back to the show itself.  A variety of artists are showing works related to the theme of the show, with a wide variety of approaches and media.  Give yourself time to contemplate them!  Community participation is also encouraged: there is a wooden lattice cube in the center of the room with cards inviting visitors to write or draw reactions to the exhibit or to questions and ideas on the front of the card.

Many of the artists were present, so I snapped photos of them with their work:

Curator/artist Rocky Delforge
Leon Doucette
Corinne Grant
John Swayze
Danny Diamond
John Sarkin. (I had autofocus on, and the camera went crazy trying to decide which face to focus on…)

The most beautiful thing at the show, though, was this little baby.  She was looking around at the art with the expression of a connoisseur as her mother carried her from place to place:

The Rocky Neck Cultural Center is easy to locate. It’s at 6 Wonson Street, and is quite distinctive:

It is in easy walking distance from the parking lot at the beginning of Rocky Neck – from which vantage point I took this panorama:

– Fr. Matthew Green

Lou Holtz Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

September 7, 2012

“Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

Lou Holtz (1937-    )


Best known as a football coach and motivational speaker, Holtz is a West Virginia native who had a brief career as a player at Kent State. He held head coaching positions at six different academic institutions and compiled a 249-132-7 record. Although hired by Notre Dame with a lifetime contract, it is rumored that he was forced to retire before he broke Knute Rockne’s record of 105 wins with that team.

Community Stuff 9/11/12

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Adult Pickup Soccer in Gloucester

Julie Ledwig submits-


Hi Joey,
Something to pass along…
Adult Pickup Soccer in Gloucester.
Come play pickup Saturday mornings in Gloucester.  The first get-together is at 9am at Kettle Cove Fields in Magnolia.  We’ll begin with some light drills at 9, followed by a scrimmage at 9:45 to 10:30.  Email to get on the weekly invite list.


Here is an opportunity to do something wonderful for your dog and yourself. On Sunday, September 30, from 3-4:15 PM, I am offering an introductory session on Canine Massage called “The ABC’s of Canine Massage”. The cost is $15

If your answer to the following list of questions is a rousing YES, then I think you will get a lot from this session

-    Would you like to develop a deeper bond with your dog?
-    Would you enjoy an activity in which your whole family becomes more involved with your dog?
-    Would you wish to have an all-new way to connect, pay attention and express affection to your dog?
-    Would you love to be able to detect any changes in your dog’s health very early in the process?
-    Would you like your dog to be more receptive to touch, and easier to handle at veterinary visits?
-    Would it make you happy to help your older dog with her / his stiffness or arthritis?
-    Do you enjoy seeing your dog in a blissed out happy state?
-    Would you simply like your dogs to relax her / his muscles and de-stress?
-    Would you like to learn new skills that allow you to be creative with your touch?

If there is sufficient interest after this introductory session, I will consider offering a four session course that will help you become even more comfortable and confident in massaging your own dog. I have already done this at several other places with excellent results. There is always a “getting to know you” period at the beginning of these sessions and then the dogs tend to settle in and really enjoy themselves. If you are interested or have questions, please respond to me by email because space is limited.

For more information about dog massage, go to my website

David Feldman

Free ESOL/ABE & GED Classes

Action, Inc. is offering three levels of adult education classes beginning in October. Level 1, ESOL/Adult Basic Education: Mondays and Wednesdays starting Oct. 1. Level 2, Pre-GED: Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Oct. 2. Level 3, GED: Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Oct. 2. All classes run from 6:15 pm to 9:00 pm and take place at Action, Inc.’s main offices, lower level, at 180 Main St., Gloucester. Registration and placement testing are required. Registration dates: Tuesday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:15 – 9:00 pm. For more information call Michele Ameno at 508-284-6186.

Volunteer Math Tutors Needed

Action, Inc. is seeking volunteers to provide tutoring to adult students at a range of learning levels, from basic math to geometry. Volunteers will assist participants in three levels of adult education classes: Level 1, ESOL/ABE; Level 2, Pre-GED; and Level 3: GED. Beginning October 1st, classes will run Mondays – Thursdays, 6:15 – 9:00 pm, and will take place at Action, Inc.’s main offices, lower level, 180 Main St., Gloucester. For more information call Michele Ameno at 508-284-6186.