Note To Self: Pass On The Bumblebee Tuna

AP: Calif. Worker Cooked to Death in Tuna Factory Steamer

The Associated press reports-

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 62-year-old employee was cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods.

The Whittier Daily News reports Jose Melena was found shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday at the plant in Santa Fe Springs.

Erika Monterroza is a spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. She says it’s unclear how the man ended up inside a cooking device called a "steamer machine."

The state agency has launched an investigation.


Roger Torre Represents! In Yellowstone

Hi Joey,

Just returned from a trip to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons with my brother (one of the pics) – the place is incredible – and just makes you respect the power of Mother Nature. Attached are just some of photos taken. There are pictures of bison, elk and a bear in their natural environment – along with landscapes and geysers and thermal pool – with a short video of a geyser. Hopefully you will post them on GMG

Roger Torre


New Local Music Seen show premieres tonight

Local Music Seen with Allen Estes, kicks off a new fall season tonight featuring the man who taught Fly Amero to finger pick, Chick Marston, with his partner Ellen Ford. Chick & Ellen’s chemistry is infectious; their harmonies gorgeous. Songs transcend genre with powerful storytelling and melodies that stay in your head all day long. And if that’s not enough, they’re joined by Laurie & Jay Keefe. What a show!  Catch it on Cape Ann TV Cable Channel 12 tonight at  6:30pm, Friday at 1:30pm or Sunday at 6pm.

Speaking of Fly Amero, after you’ve seen Allen’s show tonight, get on down to the Rhumb Line at 8pm to see Fly with his special guest Elaine O’Rourke and see if she can get Fly into a yoga position like this one.

For a complete list of live music in Gloucester, click here.

Be Good to Your Eyes


If you are looking for an optometrist in Gloucester, you owe it to yourself to try Dr. Charles “Chuck” McKervey.  He and his awesome staff, Sheila Trupiano and Laura McCollum will give you the royal treatment and make you feel like you are the only patient in the world.  Sheila has been with Dr. McKervey for 20 years and Laura for 11 years.  He is located in the Brown Building at 186 Main Street.  Phone number 978-283-5599.

E.J. Lefavour

Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center shows their support of Breast Cancer Awareness

Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Gloucester shows their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Staff shows their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by dedicating their monthly Staff Appreciation Day to a Fund-raising events for the Susan Komen Fund.  The Gloucester Fire Department join in with their T-shirt campaign for Breast Cancer fund-raising that benefits the Susan Komen Fund.  "Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness" Day was held on Thursday October 18 with entire staff wearing pink.   Here, Deb Sacco, Administrative Assistant, Addison Gilbert Hospital, purchases T-shirts (Far left).

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Deb Sacco, Administration Assistant, Addison Gilbert Hospital

Linda Cooney, Human Resources Manager, Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Stephen Doyle, Executive Director

Phil Bouchie, Gloucester Fire Department

Deb Curcuru, Data Entry Coordinator

Jennifer Shairs, Activities Assistant

Josie DiMercurio, Dietary Hostess

Pat Ciaramitaro, Activities Assistant

Endicott College’s Gloucester Campus To Offer Associates Degrees Beginning This January

Beginning this January, Endicott College will begin offering an Associates degree program at our new campus at 33 Commercial Street. This 2-year program, custom developed to meet the needs of Gloucester’s youth, will be comprised of five courses per semester and run from 9AM-Noon Monday through Thursday, and every other Friday. Financial aid is available for full time students. Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming semester. For more information, please contact Jodi Cleveland at 978-879-4250 / , or come by our campus for a program overview and a tour.


Fred Bodin writes-

Oops! While moving the largest cylindrical section of the Wind Turbine tower, which was 90 feet long including the truck in front and the rig in the rear, they nearly got hung up leaving Cruiseport. The problem was a steel pylon (painted yellow). No problem for this crew however — they just took a torch to it and cut it down to the ground. The bushes went bye bye too.


Harold Burnham and his crew returned on the Schooner Ardelle from Washington, D.C. Photos From Len Burgess

Harold Burnham and his crew returned on the Schooner Ardelle from Washington, D.C. Tuesday afternoon, with friends and family welcoming them back at the Maritime Gloucester Center.

Click below for slideshow


Today Gloucester Fire Fighters sell pink tee shirts for breast cancer awareness at Seacoast Nursing and Rehab Center. All proceeds go directly to cancer research

Gloucester Fire Fighters wearing pink and selling
Pink Tee Shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Today Oct 17th at Seacoast Nursing and Rehab Ctr
Until 1 today while supplies last.
All proceeds go directly to cancer research


Gloucester Health Dept: Hard-Freeze Confirmation Mosquito Borne Illness Threat Virtually Eliminated


According to the National Weather Service, all areas of Massachusetts (EXCEPT Suffolk
County and the Cape and Islands) and including Gloucester, experienced a hard frost/hard freeze
on Friday night, October 12-13. A copy of the map can be found at the following website:
While individual mosquitoes may have survived in isolated sheltered areas, the risk of mosquitoborne
illness should be virtually eliminated at this time in areas where the hard frost occurred.
Given the reduced risk of mosquito-borne illness, programs may resume scheduling
outdoor activities between the hours of 5 pm and 8 am. However, we advise that people
continue to take certain precautions when going outdoors. This includes applying insect repellant
and wearing clothing such as long sleeves, long pants and socks.
Please contact Max Schenk, Manager of Environmental Health Services at the Gloucester Health
Department, at 978-282-8025, or by email at if you have any
further questions.

Man at the Wheel


Click on the photo to see it much larger.  It’s interesting how the perspective and panoramic distortion make the the circle of plaques into a straight line, and the convergent lines on the pavement look roughly parallel!  I took this panorama a while ago, but only got around to putting it together now…

Fr. Matthew Green