The Problem with Catch Shares Video From GoodFoodnH2O

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I remember my dad telling me when I graduated from college and was at the crossroads of either coming down the dock or continuing my education to become an Economics professor.  He said- “Joey if you come down the dock, there’s always gonna be fish and they’re always gonna need a place to offload them.”  Never back then could he or I imagine how much they would have hyper-consolidated the industry and reduce the number of fishermen in our harbor by 80%.

So in the middle of composing this post Pete Mondello pulled up to load bait to go lobstering.  Pete doesn’t have any fishing permits any more and he tells me the story of what his father Joe the cobbler said to him- “Pete if everything goes to shit you’ll still be able to go catch some fish for dinner.”  Never did he dream back then that if he landed fish he’d get thrown in jail.

What our town was built on- the spirit of the independent fisherman who could get in the business by filling out a sheet of paper for a permit and get out of it as much work as he wanted to put in.  Now all that is over.  No young guy can afford the millions it will take to get started up in this business as a fisherman and within our lifetime we will see the complete transformation into few large fishing conglomerates from hundreds of fishing families supporting thousands.


Christian Heeb In Town To Shoot Scenes for A German Travel Book Forwards-

here the shot I took of you. I posted it on my Facebook page.

Many thanks

Check out Christian’s Facebook Page Here

Lobster Consolidator, Captain Joe & Sons, Gloucester, Essex County, East Coast, New England, Massachusetts, USA


Christian Heeb Photography

Linn Parisi from Discover Gloucester swung by the dock with Christian Heed.  An incredible photographer who travels the globe photographing for big time publications.

Linn regularly guides influential travel writers around Gloucester with her FAM tours designed to give these writers a great sense of what our community is all about!

Check out his site

Happy Birthday 40th Father Green!


Fred Bodin writes-

Father Matthew confessed at my gallery opening tonight that tomorrow he will reach the "Big 40." He looks so much younger, but I guess I’ll believe him. Matthew Green was born in Winchester (MA) Hospital on October 7th, 1972. He told me that his time in Gloucester, which has been less than two years, has been hugely enhanced by his connection with Good Morning Gloucester. GMG quickly put him in touch with the local community and the larger community beyond. We know him through his photographs and his words, and they’re all good. If you’ve met Fr. Matthew at Mug Ups, art openings, or other local events, you know how personable and approachable he is. When I took this photo, I asked him to hold up four fingers to signify age his of four decades. Now I think it should be for the next forty years he stays in Gloucester. This priest has blessed us all with his presence.


Annoying Sports Media

It bugs the shit out of me when broadcasters refer to today’s game as Brady vs Manning instead of the Pats vs The Broncos.

What, is there noone else on the field you jackasses?


That’s like saying GMG is all me when we all know that it’s really the contributors, the commenters and the casual readers that make it what it is.

The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s 10th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon

Miranda Russell

Essex County, MA, September, 2012 – The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its 10th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Peabody Marriott Hotel, 8 Centennial Dr. Peabody, MA.  The Annual Luncheon will recognize and honor the recipients of the Fund’s 2012 grant awards in the funding field of Economic Self-Sufficiency and Security, including Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Citizens for Adequate Housing, COMPASS for Kids, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., Girls Inc. of Greater Haverhill, Girls Inc. of Lynn, HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change), Healthy Directions, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center/ Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area, Wellspring House, YMCA of the North Shore and YWCA of Greater Lawrence.

As a special thank you to The Women’s Fund’s donors and supporters, the Luncheon will also include entertainment by Essex County resident Miranda Russell, a dynamic singer whose interpretations of the great popular songs of our day, as well as American Songbook classics, have earned her praise from critics and audiences throughout the region and in Europe.  “Miranda Russell will knock your socks off – should you be wearing any this close to the beach”, noted the Boston Phoenix.

The Women’s Fund of Essex County is an organization of energetic, dedicated women helping to change the lives of women and girls in Essex County.  Founded in 2003 to promote philanthropy and to raise and distribute funds to organizations that provide opportunities and promote solutions for women and girls in need throughout Essex County, the Fund has awarded over $500,000 in grants to Essex County non-profit organizations to date.  The Women’s Fund is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation located in Danvers, MA.

To purchase tickets to the Luncheon and learn more about The Women’s Fund, please visit


NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert Video

Len Burgess forwards-

In case you missed the webcast of Harold being interviewed by Nick Spitzer at the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert here’s the website for the rerun:
The interview with Harold begins near the end…around 01hr:39min. -Len Burgess

B)NEA Burnham 2 Michael G. Stewart

Doug Brendel Represents! in Belarus, Minsk

Hi, Joey!

I’m in Belarus with the "New Thing" ministry I lead here.

These are photos from a distribution of humanitarian aid to the poor in Minsk.

We distribute about 200 tons a year of donated food and goods here in the former USSR.

GMG readers might enjoy following along thru my photo reports — here’s a link to the first:




Community Photo 10/7/12

Sea Plane In The Fog From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

The sea plane that was flying over the harbor on Friday made multiple landing attempts in the outer harbor.  I shot this at it was entering the fog for a landing.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Dog Bar Breakwater photo by Anthony Marks

Dog Bar Breakwater

Community Stuff 10/7/12


Chamber’s Tourism Council to Host “Open Mic” Tourism Mixer on Monday, October 15; All Welcome!

Please plan to join your Cape Ann tourism colleagues on Monday, October 15 at the  Rockport Inn & Suites, 183 Main Street, Rockport, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, for the Tourism Council’s fall “Open Mic” meeting and mixer.

All are welcome.  Bring and share your ideas, your questions and your visitor stories, and help your Tourism Council and your Chamber shape the Chamber’s 2013 tourism marketing and promotion program.  Bring your literature and materials to share as well.

Following a brief opening presentation by the Tourism Council, the bulk of our meeting time will be devoted to an open forum for exchanging ideas, answering questions, and helping shape plans for the Chamber’s 2013 program of work.  There will also be time and opportunities for one-on-one conversations and networking.

Matt Anzivino, General Manager of the Rockport Inn & Suites, and Chairperson of the Tourism Council will be our host for the evening, and light refreshments, including beer and wine, will be offered compliments of Rockport Inn & Suites.

There is no charge for this event, and it is open to Chamber members and future members alike. We encourage you to pass along this invitation and bring along a friend as well.

Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Please email me at no later than Friday, October 12 to reserve your place.   Best regards, and have a great Columbus Day weekend.  Peter

P.S.  Be sure to check out Cape Ann Artisans fall open studio tour this weekend, October 6-8.  For more information visit here.  Also make plans to visit’s first annual Classic Car Show and Cruise in Rockport on Sunday, October 7.  See all the details here.  For more information about these and other upcoming events on Cape Ann, including the Essex Clamfest and Cape Ann Restaurant Week, visit

P.P.S.  We have received information late yesterday regarding the revised arrival time for the Ms Eurodam on Saturday, October 6. The cruise ship will be arriving in port earlier, with the first passengers expected to arrive at Cruiseport by 8:30 am. Visiting passengers should be arriving in downtown Gloucester and Rockport by 9:00 am or a little earlier and continuing throughout the morning and early afternoon hours.

Jennifer Entwistle writes-

I have been reading your blog for a while now and since you seem to know most everything going on around here, I figured I’d ask. Do you know why there are no street lights, no blinking lights at all functioning at Grant Circle??? This has been going on for weeks, maybe months and it seems a road hazard late at night. Any info? Nothing seems to be on your blog about it, Gloucester city hall, or Goggle that I can find. A post or response would be appreciated. Thank you!
Jennifer Entwistle