Salt Lake City is getting some North Shore Ice Crystals…From Our Len Burgess!!!!

Len writes-

Back in the beginning of the year an architectural designer, Catherine Widgery purchased a lot of my macro photos of ice crystals that she found on my Flickr site, ‘Photoholic1’. She used them, combined with lightning graphics, into large etched-glass windows for a transit station platform, elevator enclosure and stairs in Salt Lake City, Utah which is now under construction. Here’s a few photos of the work being done. -Len Burgess

Check out some of the great projects that Catherine has done and is designing for future contracts.

Also, click here for the link for some of my photos that were used to design the transit station project…



Congrats Len!!!!!

George Rosen Reading at the Harbor Room Nov 28th


November 28, 2012 • 7:30 pm

The Harbor Room • 8 Norwood Court

East Gloucester, MA


imageGeorge Rosen

Chicago-born, Harvard-educated, George Rosen, now lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. As a journalist, he has reported on West Africa and Mexico, writes frequently for the Boston Globe’s op-ed page, has done radio commentary for WBUR, and worked as a political speechwriter. Rosen’s novel, Black Money, was called by Publishers Weekly “a strong study of power that corrupts and idealism that persists,” and his short stories have appeared in Harper’s, the Yale Review, and the Harvard Review. He has received the Frank O’Connor Memorial Award and fellowships from the Artists Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.



The Immanence of

God in the Tropics

Tales of soccer, death, hot water, lost love, and the presence of God in Africa, Mexico, and the coast of New England

“The stories in George Rosen’s collection take place in unlikely sites under unsure conditions; they treat with respect odd people — a man somewhere between a bum and a crazy, another who’s afraid of words, a reticent couple who practice reckless abandon. The unadorned sentences often reach a conclusion whose truth makes you catch your breath. This unpretentious book is the work of a master.”
–Edith Pearlman, Winner, 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

 Sponsored by:

Gloucester Writers Center 

Bookstore of Gloucester

The Immanence of God in the Tropics at Amazon

“Songs are these great recipes of inspiration and torture.”

Megan Burtt on Local Music Seen

That’s what award-winning, Denver-based singer / songwriter Megan Burtt, says on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes, which premieres tomorrow night at 6:30pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.

Megan was kind enough to stop in and tape a show last week after having played to a sold out crowd at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse.  Her writing is straight from her heart and gut. Her songs take you away and when you return you’re a different person. You don’t want to miss this show!

Those of you familiar with Local Music Seen know that Allen starts every show with a song, and for this one, he premiered a brand new song that doesn’t even have a title.  (Megan told me her idea for a name, but we won’t reveal that until after the show airs.)  Here’s a video of that song.  Leave a comment using the link below to share any ideas you have for a name (See more videos by Allen Estes here)

You can see Allen at Jalapenos tonight sitting in with KBMG for Dan King, who’s in Seattle.

More excellent music all week long.  See the complete live music Schedule here.

Being Distracted Can Get You Wet

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

Three people went for a walk out on the sandbar off Wingaersheek Beach Sunday afternoon and ended up going for an unexpected swim.  It was a beautiful day and I was out showing the village to visiting FOB’s Linda and Rob Castagna from Milford, NJ when we came across this scene.  In the first photo, you can see the most distracted of the three running full speed to catch up with his two friends who were nearly back to the beach (2nd photo).  In the 3rd photo you can see that the beginning of the sandbar is now under water and in the 4th photo, well – they have no choice but to wade in to shore.  Fortunately is was a balmy November day and the water hasn’t had a chance to get too cold.

E.J. Lefavour

Breakfast at George’s Coffee Shop

Practically since I arrived in Gloucester, people have been telling me I have to try breakfast at George’s (178 Washington Street). For one reason or another, I had not made it until this past Sunday when I had breakfast there after Mass with some parishioners.  From among the many appetizing things on the menu, I chose “breakfast boats”:

That’s three potato halves, hollowed out and filled in with scrambled eggs and bacon, topped with shredded cheese and served with salsa and sour cream.  Wow.  It tasted as good as it looks!  However, it was twice what I could eat, so I ended up with leftovers for later.   Definitely worth ordering!  We were all satisfied with our meals.  I had tried a bite of someone’s plate-sized pineapple coconut pancake, and it was delicious too…

While we ate, I saw this unusual sight:

I’ve never seen a sign like that on a car before. The owner must have real problems with people trying to get friendly with those beautiful hounds.  It reminds me of this scene from “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” (which I just watched again):

– Fr. Matthew Green

Community Photos 11/13/12

Addison Gilbert Hospital Reunion

Over 100 people attended the Addison Gilbert Hospital Reunion held on November 10.

Current, former and retired employees, volunteers, associates and medical staff members shared in an enjoyable evening of memories, viewing memorabilia, raffles and a delicious dinner at The Gloucester House Restaurant. 

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Reunion Committee members who were praised for all of their hard work in organizing this fun event included (L to R), Judi Gross, Roberta Evans, Dr. Candace Thompson, Judy Brosnan and Shirlee Farina.

Community Stuff 11/13/12

18th Annual Taste of Magnolia will be held Friday, Nov. 16


The 18th Annual Taste of Magnolia will be held Friday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 9:30pm at the Magnolia Library & Community Center, 1 Lexington Ave (at Norman Ave) in Magnolia.
Enjoy delicious food from favorite Cape Ann restaurants and sample fine wine and beer.

** A 50/50 cash raffle (up to $2500 1st prize, $1500 2nd prize, $1000 3rd prize!!) is underway. ONLY 200 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD for the 50/50 cash raffle.
THESE ARE GOING FAST (compare these odds to the lotto)!

Event: $30 includes all food & drink. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.
50/50 Raffle: $50 available in advance; any unsold tickets will be offered at the event
A Silent Auction will also be held at this popular event.
Tickets for either may be obtained by calling Magnolia Library & Community Center Board of Directors (see, including Board members
Donna: (978)290-3734 or Bobbi: (617) 429-7279.
Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
All proceeds benefit this Gloucester non-profit and will be used to support the center.