More From Tugster (Gloucester From A New Yorkah’s Perspective)


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November 28, 2012 in arts, gallivant, Massachusetts, photos | Tags: Cape Ann, Fitz Henry Lane, Good Morning gloucester, Gordon W. Thomas, tugster

Three years ago when I visited Cape Ann, I returned obsessed with ideas about edifices and erections . . .  no no not what you think.  For a spell I toyed with efforts to grow ideas of erecting lights in the sixth boro like this . . . until I concluded–at the time–that our fair harbor already has its light. . . yet I’m ambivalent about the finality of that answer.

I like Gloucester’s unique reinvention of the tradition of a tree with lights, a genuine community effort, building the tree while building a community.

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The New Cell Phone- Samsung Galaxy S3

Just picked up the relatively new flagship Android phone The Samsung Galaxy S3.  Had the original HTC EVO 4G for 2.5 years and it was a little long in the tooth.


If anyone would have asked me before I had this phone what kind of cell phone one should buy I would have told you an iPhone for anyone that does what 95% of cell phone users will ask a cell phone to do and do well.

This was based on more than a few hiccups I had with the original EVO.  This Galaxy absolutely SCREAMS it is so fast, the screen is so beautiful.  There is zero lag.  It has a removable back for which you can buy a larger extended battery which will last you several days under constant heavy duty use as opposed to being stuck with a solid case which doesn’t allow you to snap on an extended battery.

The stock Samsung Galaxy s3 is so lightweight that I actually prefer a little extra size and heft with the extended battery.  It comes with 16gb of on board memory for your music and movies and to save podcasts with a slot for a micro SD card which can handle up to another 64 GB of on board storage space for photos. music, files.

So far I have no reservations about recommending this phone.  The top online tech sites routinely compare it to the iPhone and other top end phones.

It gets my highly recommended nod.

Ron Beckley of Gloucester, who specializes in disaster services technology, has been deployed to New Jersey To Aid In disaster relief after Hurricane Sandy

Red Cross volunteers deployed after Hurricane Sandy

Ron Beckley

From the American Red Cross-

American Red Cross volunteers from Eastern Massachusetts, after working in our communities during Hurricane Sandy, are accepting deployments to states devastated by the superstorm.
Ron Beckley of Gloucester, who specializes in disaster services technology, has been deployed to New Jersey.
Disaster Services Technology specialists are responsible for all the technology that is deployed on disaster relief operations. DST volunteers set up satellites where all phone and internet services have been disrupted, they set up computer services in remote locations for Red Cross caseworkers and often have to repair equipment in crisis situations.
The American Red Cross has mobilized more than 14,900 disaster workers from all over the country who have supported relief efforts. Volunteers have served more than 7.6 million meals and snacks so far, and have handed out more than 5.5 million relief items.
Ron Beckley, in accepting this deployment, is gaining more experience working with Red Cross experts throughout the U.S. When he returns to Massachusetts, his knowledge will help better inform our efforts, and help make our local region stronger.

Many in your community want to know how to help. They could train to become disaster volunteers, or fund this long-term relief effort by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or visiting RedCross.Org.

The Real Santa Claus by Lobster Boat this Saturday December 1 at 3:45PM in Rockport

As an annual tradition dating back centuries, Santa Claus rides into Rockport Harbor on a fishing boat, and then makes his way to Dock Square to light the tree. This is no mall Santa but the real thing!!

The day we have all been waiting for!

This Saturday, December 1st. Santa arrives at 3:45PM and the tree lighting is at 4PM in Dock Square.

The 2010 tree:

Cooperative Seagulls

Good Harbor Beach -1©Kim Smith 2012While filming B-roll of gorgeous herons, ducks, geese, and gulls this morning, the homies were particularly cooperative. Click images to view larger.

Good Harbor Beach -2©Kim Smith 2012

Come to think of it, the sunbeams, the herons, the pearly pink-hued surf caught in the dawn light, and sand turned-brilliant-gold were also cooperating. It must be my good fortune! Last night on my way home from work I purchased my first ever lottery ticket and, although unfortunate in that I did not win the half billion dollars, I feel fortunate everyday for our shared beauty that is Gloucester.

Good Harbor Beach -3©Kim Smith 2012JPG

Good Harbor Beach November 29, 2012

CORRECTION: Berklee Rock Night @ Lat 43 $10 tickets available until 5pm

Today’s Gloucester Daily Times article correctly states that tonight’s show featuring Boston rockers, The Shills with local rising stars Renee & Joe, is at Latitude 43.  But their Tunes on the Town  listing has the wrong location.

Tonight’s ALL AGES SHOW is at Latitude 43.  Doors open at 6:30.  Come for a great dinner and stay for the show.  Kids: bring your parents and prove to them that this generation is producing great music!

Get $10 tickets online here (until 3:30pm) or @ Gloucester Music or Liquor Locker until 5pm.  Tickets are $15 at the door — cash only at the door, please.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Berklee2Gloucester Scholarship Fund.

Renee & Joe have promised an excellent set of new music.  Here’s a taste of the hot, driving, melodic sound you can expect from The Shills:

Cape Ann Diner is open in Brown’s Mall!

In Brown’s Mall, there is now a new cozy restaurant, the Cape Ann Diner (7 Pleasant Street)! They are currently open 7-2PM, Monday-Saturday (closed on Sunday).

There aren’t big signs outside yet, but they sometimes have a sandwich board outside. The closest entrance/exit is the door between The Hive and the Pleasant Street Tea Co.  I came in that way, and chanced upon some friends who were enjoying a delicious lunch at the diner.

I joined them for a cup of hot cocoa (with a mound of whipped cream) – perfect on a cold early winter day.

The prices are very affordable.  A bowl of the soup of the day – my favorite item on most menus – is just $2.95!  The most expensive item I could find on the lunch menu (all good traditional American fare) is the Burger Bomb – two fresh patties, American cheese, crispy bacon, grilled pepper and onions, bbq sauce and mayo on a grilled seeded bun with lettuce and tomato with choice of potato chips, home fries, or mashed potatoes. All of that for $8.95!  That sounds so good, I am almost drooling on my keyboard.  No, they didn’t bribe me to say that.

If you go in the front door of Brown’s Mall on Main Street, you get to enjoy the decked halls as you head up one flight of stairs towards the back left.

Up the stairs, into the hall, to the right!

Fr. Matthew Green

Thanksgiving Morning Surf


Thanksgiving morning I took an early morning walk to relax before all the craziness started. It reminded me to be extra thankful for the wonderful place I live.

The light we have on Cape Ann is amazing and everyday it’s a little bit different. It was nice to  have the Thanksgiving break, where I had time to enjoy the mornings a little more, rather than my usual rush to work and sitting in 128 traffic.



2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Lone Gull

The fourth year of the GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Video Series where we walk up and down Main Street and try to capture as many retailers as we can and highlight their best gift ideas one a day every day leading up to Christmas.


2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Kids Unlimited

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Loop Gifts

2012 Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co

Community Stuff 11/29/12

East Gloucester Elementary Santa/Frosty Portraits

At the EGS Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, December 1st 10:00a to 2:00p

For the 10th year, the East Gloucester Elementary Holiday Fair will feature high-quality portraits with Santa and/or Frosty!

Santa Portrait-001

These portraits:

  • Are of extremely high quality; much better than you get at the mall!
  • Are printed right there at the fair, whle you wait!
  • Cost $10 per sheet, with a variety of print packages available
  • Are also available as a high-resolution JPG file, which you can use for your holiday cards ($25)
  • Are made with professional lighting and camera gear
  • Can include pets, stuffed animals, Lego creations, etc.!

All time and materials are donated, so every dollar goes right to the EGS PTO, to help pay for enrichment programs, field trips, and tons of other wonderful activities.

Thank you!!!

Prairie Lights The Musical



Prairie Lights tells the story of a Jewish brother and sister who journey west on an Orphan Train in 1905. Arriving with other homeless youths in a tiny Nebraska town just before the holidays, Benjamin and Rose are adopted by Wellspring’s only Jewish couple, Abe and Sophie Birnbaum. Devout 12-year-old Benjamin clashes with Abe, a successful shopkeeper who has abandoned his religion. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Rose falls secretly in love with a fellow orphan, thus upsetting Sophie’s marriage plans for the girl. Townsfolk are further divided by the fearful banker, Maxwell Ryder, who wants to send all of the orphans back to New York. As the town prepares for Christmas and Hanukkah approaches, Benjamin finds himself enlisting the young people—orphans and local kids alike—on a quest to reunite Wellspring.

Ticket Prices at the door:   $18 (adult) /$15 (Std/Snr)


Purchase advanced tickets on-line at :  Get a $3 discount per ticket (+ $1 service fee) up till one week before show.

Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum Presents It’s Annual Holiday Party – Monday December 3


Cape Ann Brewing holds week long fundraising event for the victims of Sandy
The Cape Ann Brewing Company (CABC) will be holding a fundraising event for victims of Hurricane Sandy on Friday November 3oth . CABC will be donating 25% of the proceeds as well as raffling gifts provided by numerous local business from throughout the North Shore. “We are overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from local businesses to make this event a truly special occasion”, CABC owner Jeremy Goldberg said. Tickets for the raffle may be obtained by making a donation of any denomination at The Pub at Cape Ann Brewing, located at 11 Rogers St Gloucester, MA.

Cape Ann Brewing Company
Founded in 2004, Cape Ann Brewing Company is an award-winning, family-owned, micro-brewery in the heart of the historic seaport of Gloucester in Cape Ann. Brewing beer whose bold flavor and character reflects the spirit and courage of the sailors of the North Atlantic fishing fleet, and is the same passion that drives what we do. The Fisherman’s line of beer is a tribute to hard work, and a salute to friendships that endure. Cape Ann Brewing continues it’s support of the Northeast Seafood Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving fishing communities, protecting fishery resources and feeding the world, and urges people to get involved in aiding our local fishermen.