Poll- Has Political Correctness In This Day and Age Gone Too Far

Have we as a society gone soft?

Coaches getting punished for making kids run,

Mothers getting arrested for letting kids play outside,

High School Basketball coaches getting fired for swearing in the locker room,

High School Boards Trying to eliminate Football because it’s too dangerous,

High schools banning kids from telling other kids they got into Ivy League colleges so they don’t hurt other people’s feelings,

 Teachers getting fired for writing out of frustration,

Nursury Rhymes being changed to not offend, the list goes on and on and on.

People in everyday life acting as if they were running for office or were in some corporate job 24/7 campaigning for a raise.   Everything is supposed to be vanilla, no one is supposed to raise their voice, we’ve literally handcuffed the poor teachers from disciplining students, everyone gets a trophy, eliminating MVP awards to not make anyone feel inferior. 

For Christs sake when does it end?  Are we creating a nation of weak, dry, humorless politically correct robots?

What would our Grandfathers say about all this?  Probably just shake their heads in disgust.

George Krewson Talks About Navy Ships In Gloucester Harbor in the 1940s

Hi Joey!  The Eurodam in Gloucester reminds me of the 1940’s when the Navy would have some pretty large ships stop in the harbor and outside, depending on the size.  My Dad, owner of the Oceanside at Magnolia, would invite the officers over for dinners. 

The guests got to meet them and were glad they could thank them personally for their service.   All windows in the hotel were required to be blacked out at night so as not to provide a background of light for lurking German subs, anxious to sink American ships.

George Krewson

Patti Amaral doing her work

Most people know Patti and all her hard volunteering to keep this city beautiful and clean of litter. She would like to thank Gloucester garden and Civic Club.  Patti will be on Cape Ann TV at 7:30 Wednesday.  Here she is working hard maintaining a garden on Main Street.  She does an amazing job.  Thank you Patti.

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Chip off the old block

You all know Allen Estes, right?  You may not know that he has a tremendously talented son, Dylan, who is performing Saturday at the N9NE on TH1RT3EN show at The Landing in Manchester along with a number of local favorites, including Marina Evans, who just released her new EP called Dogtown.

So we figured this would be the perfect week to reprise the Local Music Seen show on which Dylan appears with his father.  They sing together and Dylan performs some of his own songs, which truly transcend generations.

You can see the show tomorrow (Wednesday 10/10) at 6pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 — and again on Friday at 1:30 and Sunday at 6pm.  Check out this video of a song from the show:

(see more videos of Allen Estes here)

It’s really a big week for music on Cape Ann with about 60 artists at well over a dozen venues.  See the complete list of live music in Gloucester and all around Cape Ann here.

One year ago today. You never know.

One year ago today. You never know.


One year today we were worried about the Patriots game. My Son Paul called after watching that game at 10pm one year ago tonight to talk to his Brother James about what crazy Star Wars xmas  figures he bought at a Flea Market. 30 minutes later he died protecting two female roomates. You never know what’s going to happen in your life. Enjoy the time you have  Here!

Also I want to thank all the GMG People for the support during this year. It’s been a very tough year losing my son and then my Dad. THANKS!

Here’s a link to a story about Paul; http://nashua.patch.com/articles/accused-accomplice-in-court-on-anniversary-of-victim-s-death

Here’s Pauls Facebook page and memorial Page;



Before and After Photos

Willowdale Estate April 2008

In preparing for the lecture I am presenting tomorrow at Long Hill in Beverly, I came across several “before” photo of Willowdale Estate, from the spring of 2008, which was the year I began working on the gardens.

Taming the Wisteria Willowdale Estate Spring 2008

I’ve learned over the years to always take the all-important “before” photos. Clients, and prospective clients, love, love to see the transformation documented!

Five months later, September 2008. We created a “wisteria arbor” that guests could pass through.

Willowdale Estate May 2012

Thank You Seacoast

Went to visit my dad this morning and Auntie Gerry was there hanging out with him.  It’s always tough to see him with his reduced mental capacity but what gives me so much relief is the care he receives at Seacoast.  Always clean shaven and looked after, they dote on him as well as all the other residents- patiently and thoughtfully. 

It’s such a blessing to have him there with the angels who look after him.

Thank you

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Update: On October 3rd I posted a poll about the local economy. The GDT follows up today

Poll- U.S. unemployment has remained above 8% for 43 months but do you feel like the local economy is in the crapper?

Posted on October 3, 2012 by Joey C

I don’t have any friends that are without a job.  All of the restaurants we service are having great years and have told me that over the past 5 years things have gotten progressively better.  The malls are always packed.

I don’t see a ton of for sale signs around town on houses like you normally do when housing goes to shit.

So I ask you, do you feel like the economy is horrible based on what you see around you?  I’m not talking about the national 8% number I’m talking you personally?  Do you feel like the economy around you is horrible?

Leave your comment below this post in the comment section.

Results of the October 3rd local economy sentiment poll-


Today the Gloucester Daily Times has an article fleshing out the actual local numbers-

October 9, 2012

Jobless rate for city dips to 6.1%

By Times Staff Gloucester Daily Times

Gloucester’s unemployment rate, holding steady throughout the summer above the 6-percent mark, inched back down to 6.1 percent in August from a 6.2-percent figure in July, according to the latest city and town jobless statistics from the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

And the tenth-of-a-point decrease this time comes with supporting figures showing that more people landed local jobs in August amid a growing summer workforce — with 250 more people working in August of this year, than had been in August 2011, when the city’s jobless rate was pegged at 7.4 percent.

For the entire article click here

Be Creative, Have Fun & Win Some Cash Money

Rockport’s HarvestFest is coming up on Saturday and THIS year Granite Savings Bank has generously furnished some cash prizes for the winning scarecrows in our Scarecrow Stroll Contest. $175 and $150 for first and second place in the 15 & Older Category. Yes, that’s right: $175 and $150! You could do a lot with that money. Teams are encouraged to enter, with nonprofits especially encouraged to enter to raise funds for your organization. The possibilities are endless! There is also an “Under 15” category for groups or individuals with $75 and $50 as the first and second place prizes. Don’t be shy! Make a scarecrow! You can pre-register online (Click HERE and scroll down when you get to the page for online registration) or just show up with your ‘Crow on Saturday, October 13th at 9 o’clock in the Scarecrow Stroll Headquarters in Dock Square!