The Whale before the Storm

I just had to check out the whale before and if it washes back out to sea. Such a magnificent creature!

whale, rockport ma

whale, washed ashore

whale, washed ashore, rockport

At this point, it doesn’t smell or look too good, but it’s a pretty cool life experience.


Joey edit to add our Does The Whale Get Washed Out To Sea? Poll-

Lois McMaster Bujold Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

October 25, 2012


Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.

Lois McMaster Bujold (1949-     ) in A Civil Campaign, 1999

The author of more than two dozen books of which 2 million copies are in print, Bujold writes in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. She has won the Hugo Award four times, equaling a record set by Robert Heinlein, as well as the Nebula and Mythopoetic Awards.  The daughter of the highly respected materials engineer Robert Charles McMaster, widely known for his monumental work The Non-Destructive Testing Handbook, Bujold’s heroes are often the progeny of famous fathers.

Greg Bover

Fun With Cape Ann Images From Ann Kennedy

Fun with Cape Ann images…

Hi Joey.  Just for fun, I’ve been designing fabrics using my Cape Ann photos.  Spoonflower is a great website and although  just experimenting, here’s a link to my "shop" (called Adagio) if you think GMG readers would enjoy a way to play with their photos.  It’s fun, easy and a good way to spend time waiting for our next trip to Gloucester.
Loving all the community news coming up these days! 


Unidentified Leaping Creature May Have Been Identified

Cynthia Kenny Sam forwarded my unidentified leaping creature post to her son, Oen, who came up with this identification: a mink.  Looking at the mink print (inset on the lower left) next to the print I photographed, they do look more alike than anything else I have seen.  I wouldn’t have thought we had mink on Cape Ann, but it looks like we might have an identification.  Has anyone ever seen or heard of mink sightings around Cape Ann?

E.J. Lefavour

Festa Italiana at Holy Family Parish

An evening of festivity Italian style

Dinner & a show featuring the sounds of legendary artists
Barry Mooney and friends

Saturday, October 27 in the Parish Hall of St. Ann’s Church
(Holy Family Parish) – parking next to St. Ann School at the corner of Pleasant and Prospect streets

Dipping oil with Virgilio’s bread
Eggplan Parmesan
Ziti & Meatballs
Mudiga Chicken (breaded chicken cutlets)
Salad, Rolls & Butter
Italian desserts – Coffee, Tea

Open to all – Tickets cost $20
Proceeds support Holy Family Parish

Community Stuff 10/27/12



20%of all restaurant proceeds will be donated for breast cancer research and development.

AT SEAPORT GRILLE – MON., Oct. 29, 2012

Seaport Grille at Cruiseport Gloucester



Every October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we at Seaport Grille donate 20% of ALL RESTAURANT PROCEEDS to The Susan G. Koman for the Cure.

Since its foundation in 1982, Komen has provided funding for basic, clinical, and translational breast cancer research and for innovative projects in the areas of breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment.

We at the Seaport Grille are proud to support the Susan G. Koman for the Cure. Please join us on Monday, October 29, 2012 to support this worthy cause. 20%of all restaurant proceeds will be donated for breast cancer research and ribbon

I personally want to Thank-You for your ongoing awareness and support for Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. This is the time of year when we are thankful for our family, friends, and loved ones and all the blessings we have had so far this year. I look forward to seeing all your smiling happy faces at this years event. We have previously have had successful campaigns to support this cause because of you.


Sheree DeLorenzo

Seaport Grille at Cruiseport Gloucester

Join Eastern Point Day School for music, hayrides, face painting, pumpkin crafts, story telling, raffle, artisan and food vendors

on Saturday, October 27th!

This event is for all ages and open to the public!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Eastern Point Day School

8 Farrington Avenue, East Gloucester (across the street from Niles Beach)



North Shore Nursery School
Enrollment Open Houseimage
Beverly Farms, MA– October 25, 2012- North Shore Nursery School, located at 204 Greenwood Avenue in Beverly Farms invites parents of prospective preschoolers to  enrollment Open Houses on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 10 am and Wednesday November 7, 2012 at 9:30 am. Parents will be given a tour of classrooms, outdoor playground and garden, as well as view the nature trails that surround the school. They will have an opportunity to hear from the director of the school to learn about North Shore Nursery School’s special approach to early childhood education, highly qualified and nurturing faculty, very low student-to-teacher ratio, engaging theme based and emergent curriculum, diverse cultural enrichment, music and movement programs, and warm and welcoming community of children, teachers and families.
Founded in 1962 as a non-profit organization, North Shore Nursery School offers programs for children ages 2-5 years of age. For 50 years, North Shore Nursery School has embraced the wonder of childhood. The child-centered program provides a nurturing and engaging first school experience that builds the foundation for a life-long love of learning.
To RSVP for the Open House and for additional information, please contact North Shore Nursery School at 978-922-8450 and/or


City of Gloucester Severe Storm Preparation Information


The National Weather Service now has a high degree of confidence that New England will experience significant impacts from Hurricane Sandy regardless of the location of the landfall. With landfall south of New England, Massachusetts is still likely to sustain significant impacts from this storm including damaging winds, associated power outages, and freshwater and coastal flooding.

The City of Gloucester is providing the following information for residents and businesses in order to ensure that steps are taken to be as prepared as possible in the event the storm has a serious impact on our community.

As the storm gets closer and more information is available a Public Information Officer will be available and a telephone number for residents and the media to call will be issued. The announcement of the Public Information Officer will coincide with the opening of the Emergency Operations Center. More information will follow as it becomes available.


The Gloucester Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) would like to share the following hurricane preparation tips for residents of Gloucester. In addition, the checklist below outlines what you may need, should Gloucester be hit with damaging winds and power outages.
·    Stay informed by monitoring the storm via the media.
·    Be sure to have a well-stocked Family Disaster Kit* in the event you lose power or are isolated for a number of days.
·    Clear clogged rain gutters. This storm brings the potential for torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.
·    Secure outdoor items such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strong winds and potentially become a projectile.
·    Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minor flooding.
·    Keep your vehicles fully fuelled.
·    Have a certain amount of cash available.  If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.


Following is a list of suggested essentials for what you will need to create your own home disaster kit. You might be surprised to see that most of the items are things you already have. Even if you have everything on this list, now is the best time to organize everything so it is all together when you need it. Medications change, babies arrive, new pets join the family and people move. Check and update your water, food, batteries, medications and contact phone numbers at least once a year.

ü    Cell Phone, charger (there are also emergency crank or battery powered cell phone chargers) and headset so you can talk hands free.
ü    Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day for drinking, plus an additional gallon for teeth brushing, bathing, cooking, etc.).
ü    Battery-powered radio with extra batteries.
ü    Flashlight and batteries.
ü    Keep your vehicle fueled up. Get in the habit of not letting your gas tank get below half full. In an emergency, when it may be difficult or impossible to get fuel, you will be very thankful you have it.
ü    Dry and canned foods and can opener (make sure the canned and packaged foods don’t have too much salt – they will make you more thirsty and with limited water around, that isn’t the best thing).
ü    Disposable eating utensils, dinnerware and cooking tools.
ü    Baby needs, including diapers, wipes and food.
ü    Pet needs, food, water, collar and leash.
ü    Medical supplies, including prescription medications, eyeglasses, contacts, etc.
ü    Toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer and feminine needs.
ü    Trash bags.
ü    Soap and toiletries.
ü    Scissors and tweezers.
ü    Utility knife.
ü    Crow bar.

ü    First Aid Kit including:
Ø    first aid instruction guide
Ø    bandages of various sizes and types
Ø    elastic wrap
Ø    adhesive tape
Ø    finger splints
Ø    eye pads
Ø    sterile dressings
Ø    gauze roll
Ø    examination gloves
Ø    instant cold pack
Ø    burn cream
Ø    antibacterial ointment
Ø    alcohol prep pads
Ø    hydrogen peroxide spray

ü    Comfortable thick soled shoes and socks.
ü    Whistle.
ü    Waterproof matches and emergency candles (do not use if you smell gas or hear a hissing sound).
ü    Duct tape.
ü    Rope.
ü    Emergency blanket.
ü    Work gloves.
ü    Small towel or clean rag.
ü    Bandana or dust mask.
ü    Change of clothes.
ü    Cap or visor.
ü    Pen and paper.
ü    Emergency contact numbers.
ü    Emergency gas shut off tool.
ü    Fire extinguisher.
ü    Road map.
ü    Important personal documents.
ü    Comfort items – especially for children (stuffed animal, toy, cards, etc.)
ü    Backpack to store important items so you can grab and go.

Securing Your Home from Hurricane Sandy

Knowing what weather forces your home is vulnerable to is the key to reducing any damage that might occur from Hurricane Sandy. You should know if your home can be damaged by wind, water surge and/or flooding.

There are various ways to secure your home from the weather scenarios that Hurricane Sandy might produce. You should make sure the exterior of your home is as strong as possible by securing doors, garage doors, roof, shutters and windows. For more information on securing your home from high winds, visit:

Do not attempt to move downed limbs until you are sure that there are no electric wires involved and that the cutting the limb will not result in it suddenly moving and possibly causing injury.

Should Cape Ann suffer substantial storm damage, you should be prepared to “shelter in place” for as long as 72 hours.  If this is the case, please check on neighbors who may need assistance.

Stay informed of the latest forecast – the National Hurricane Center continues to be the official source for storm forecasts and updates, which you can find at or on your phone at

If the storm approaches your community, your local National Weather Service forecast office is the best place to find any severe weather watches/warnings for your area ( or on your phone at

More information can be found at