Update To The Post By Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon From The Infamous Fred Buck (Update At Bottom)

Hi Joey, I recently joined the Gloucester Writers Group.
On Jan. 17th I attended my first meeting, The Inaugural Meeting of
Fish Tales, Live Story Telling. I would like to share my story and pictures
with your readers. Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon

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Fish Tales
My Dad, Mike Frontiero, was a Gloucester Fisherman My Dad had many fish tales to tell. I remember my Dad taking a big piece of paper and with pencil in hand he would draw and explain the process of catching fish to me. He would draw a picture of his boat, the winch, doors and net and explain how the drag net is set by lowering the doors with the net into the ocean. The doors are at the end of long steel cables attached to the boat and the winch. The net is shaped like a big stocking. The doors keep the top of the stocking open to scoop up the fish. After several hours of towing the doors and the net are hauled up, closing the doors in the process. To do this a strong winch coils up the cables. With the doors secured at the side of the boat, the net is then hauled up high above the deck. The bottom of the net is pulled open, like opening a purse, dumping he fish on the deck for sorting. Then it’s all hands on deck, as the junk is thrown back into the ocean. All the ground fish is dressed (guttered) before going down into the fish hold and iced. This process continues until the decision is made when to bring the fish to market. Whiting is very fragile and had to get to market in two days, When fishing for haddock and cod the trips would last longer.

I never realize how dangerous my Dad’s occupation could be until one morning my Mom was listening to her ship to shore short wave radio, when she heard the voice of the skipper, Busty Serio “May-Day, May-Day the fishing vessel America was taking on water and sinking.” With her rosary beads in hand later she heard a fishing boat was near by and rescued the crew. My dad was the engineer, and the skipper remained on the boat, pumping the water desperately trying to save the America, until the Coast Guard arrived. They explained to my dad that the America could not be saved and they had to abandon ship. My Dad said as they were leaving he witnessed a huge funnel hole appear and the America was sinking into this hole. The current was so strong the Coast Guard boat was having difficulty from being drawn into this hole.

My dad and the skipper had a new fishing boat built in South Bristol Maine. Harvey Gamage Boatyard was in the process of building a yatch and he accommodated them by turning this into a beautiful fishing boat, as time was money. I remember spending many wonderful weekends in Maine watching the boat building process. Soon the boat was launched and christened “Little Flower: in honor of St. Theresa. My dad was fishing again on the beautiful fishing boat. She was the pride of the Gloucester fishing fleet.

On December 13. I believe the year was 1952. the Little Flower was at sea, when a hugh storm appeared from out of nowhere. My Dad stated the waves were over 12 feet high. My Dad said a huge wave was heading toward the Little Flower. He and the crew gathered into the pilot house. They were on their knees in front of the little religious shrine. They made a sacred promise to God to never go fishing on Santa Lucia’s day, December 13th. The boat broached the wave and the Little Flower was spared from impending disaster. I believe fishermen’s faith in God is tested time and time again. I pray to God to bless our fishermen and keep them safe.

Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon January 2013


Fred Buck Writes-

hi virginia – i know the museum will have some photos to add to your father’s story. was the ‘america’ skipper gil lafford? went aground on ten pound island in 1941? we’ve got quite a few photos of that boat and her crew going back to the 30s when she was swordfishing. also a few of little flower in the 1990s, none as good as the 2 you’ve posted on gmg. if you can let me know the year gamage built the little flower, i’ll do some digging in our files and see what we can share with you. keep on writing! we need you!

fred buck
cape ann museum photo dept

Update 2:

joey -  i posted a reply to virginia’s great piece about her father, michael frontiero.  i should have looked before i leaped, because i found answers to the questions i asked in my files.  gil lafford owned the america in the 30s, but empire fish co. bought it in 1944, and capt. serio owned it in 1948 and 49 when virginia’s dad fished on her.  i’m attaching two short clips from the museum’s "american fisherman" files.  could you add this and the clips to my reply so i don’t look like a bigger idiot than i do in the mirror?  thanks, pal.

"Atlantic Fisherman" Archive
Gardner Lamson Collectionamerica loss 1949

Well Lookey Here- Sista Felicia Is On Twitter


Follow her and ask her cooking questions.  I bet she’d be happy to answer your questions.

here’s a twitter tutorial to help you get started. you can follow it along and press pause as you go-

Try This Yogurt- Sunrise Farms Mediterranean Style Yogurt

I’ve been eating ciobani yogurt with unsalted and roasted almonds.  They were all out at Market Basket so I picked up this brand.  Let me tell you it was like eating whipped cream.  You could fill cannoli shells with the stuff it’s that good.

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You know what I love? I love when my opponents talk smack. it motivates me.

This from Muffy after her workout this morning in which she surpassed me in our MyZone Challenge-


“That’s my sidekick to your head Capt Joey! #macattack”
(taken at Manchester Athletic Club)

Nice Muff Master Muff.

So to begin the day I had a monster lead but when I showed up at the gym Muffy had already left with a slim 4 point lead.


….and that’s when I got the nifty instagram message you see above from her.

If you don’t think that motivated to increase my lead you’re taking crazy pills!

So here’s your update.




Keep up the taunting.  It only drives me Muah Ha Ha!!!!

As Thom said Access for all

Here is some information about this beautiful gem in our city, courtesy of The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church website.

It’s Official: We Have Lifts!

Welcome to Gloucester’s oldest church building (1806), the home of America’s first Universalist Society founded by Rev. John Murray in 1779. We are located in the heart of Gloucester’s Historic District at the corner of Middle and Church Streets. Our lantern steeple has guided generations of mariners into port as our founders fought for the early abolition of slavery, for women’s rights and separation of church and state as a cornerstone of our democracy. Today, more than 200 years later, our lighted steeple remains a focal point in Gloucester’s skyline.  We are a welcoming congregation, working in the present day for equality of all persons in the certain knowledge of God’s universal love. The church façade and steeple appear in works by renowned artists, including Fitz Henry Lane and Childe Hassam, that hang in many museums and private collections. The steeple bell was cast by Paul Revere Sons in 1806.

The amazing staircase

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Access for Everyone

Front L/R Larry Brooks, Joe Randazza Rear L/R Rev. Wendy Fitting, Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Charles Nazarian & Newton Fink Click on photo for views of the Ceremony

Access for everyone at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church as todays ribbon cutting ceremony unveils 2 new platform-lifts.  The installations of the platform-lifts makes access to all 3 levels possible.   The construction effort included: Installation of an outdoor ramp, 2 platform-lift installations, widening doorways & hallways and  bathroom relocation. The funding making all of this possible came from private donors and a grant from the City of Gloucester’s Community Preservation Committee.  The new Chairman, Dick Prouty  announced that the Gloucester UU Church will be looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the church.

leopard-skin pill-box hat

I have been dying to go to the Hats: An Anthology exhibit at the PEM and am looking forward to a visit this afternoon. If you haven’t been, go–several friends have given it rave reviews and the exhibit closes this coming Sunday, February 4th.

leopard-skin pill-box hat ©Kim Smith Designs photo 2013-1

As of yet, I don’t have any photos to share from the exhibit so I dug out my very own leopard-skin pill-box hat. This is actually the first hat I ever designed and its inspiration came from the Bob Dylan song “lepoard-skin pill-box hat.”

I kept a number of samples during my days designing clothes and hats for several reasons. My friends who were film and video stylists would often borrow the samples for music videos and films. Also too, because I was dreaming of someday having a daughter. I thought that if I was fortunate enough to be blessed with a daughter that she would surely want to play dress-up. My hope came true for a daughter (and son too!)–and she sure did, and still does, love to play dress-up! The above leopard-skin pill-box has been in one film, two music videos, one musical, and now on GMG!

leopard-skin pill-box hat Dylan

Well, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Yes, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Well, you must tell me, baby
How your head feels under somethin’ like that
Under your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat.

See more lyrics. Continue reading “leopard-skin pill-box hat”

Luminous French architecture


Several people have recently mentioned how much they enjoy my photos from Paris. Here are a few more!

Gothic architecture often gets a bad rap as being dark and gloomy. It can be dark and gloomy at night, but during the day it can be gloriously illuminated by the sunlight streaming through the high stained glass windows. Here are some photos I took in the church of St. Eustache in Paris last October which help illustrate that fact.  It was built after the Gothic period properly speaking (as the Corinthian columns attest), but still follows the overall style.



Although the nooks and crannies can still be dark by our standards, the progress made in building technology at that point in history allowed Gothic buildings to make better use of natural light in large buildings than had been done in centuries.

Fr. Matthew Green

From Today’s New York Times Online

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Cod Fishery in Crisis

Jim Ford, a cod fisherman out of Gloucester, Mass., faces an uncertain future after the New England Fisheries Management Council voted Wednesday on painful reductions to cod harvests.

Cod Fishery in Crisis – Video – The New York Times


Watch Cod Fishery in Crisis video online. News and opinion video from The NYTimes including breaking news, investigative reporting, national and international coverage. Style and celebrity video.

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Thanks to GMG Team from Committee for the Arts

Catherine Ryan writes-

Hi Joey

Thank you Donna and Marty for your photographs documenting the City’s murals restoration! As FOBs we’re so lucky to be exposed to so many GMG artist photographers and their unique take. Donna your posts and photos are upbeat and you seem to be in more than one place at one time! Your recent photograph of Morgan Faulds Pike’s Fishermen’s Wives Memorial, heroic against our Gloucester harbor’s big sky, was a stand out for our public art. There is also a whimsy in your work–like the detail of today’s “behind the scenes” Peter Williams’ placard for his posted hours. Marty, it seems the conservators are channeling the artist, Charles Allan Winter, in their chosen attire and you, too, in the way you’ve framed them among the portraits! Your photos also highlight the scale–the conservators look as if they could walk right into the murals among the denizens and jobs featured.

Long standing CFTA member Dale Brown with help from committee members Roger Armstrong of State of the Art Gallery are the volunteers primarily engaged with the management of this conservation project. Chair Judith Hoglander, committee member Marcia Hart and many past committee volunteers have worked so hard to raise the funds to commence this cleaning. It’s a very exciting time. Dale is also setting up an account with another incredible Gloucester good egg, Barry Pett, of the Gloucester Fund so that people who want to contribute to the Committee for the Arts can do so!

Allegra Boverman and Marjorie Nesin of the Gloucester Daily Times and the Cape Ann Beacon have also covered this conservation project. The Gloucester Daily Times has documented them from their first unveiling and nearly every decade since. All this reporting of the mural conservation will be part of their history, too, and help us see them in new ways. The Committee for the Arts hopes that Gloucester residents will have a chance to look for themselves just as we were so lucky to do with the turbines. More art and science up close. Gloucester is not dull!

Real Estate Folks Upset That Minimum Down Payment On A House Might Go To 20% Like That’s a Bad Thing

Gloucester Real Estate agent Patty Knaggs posted A link to this article-

Will 20% Soon Be the Minimum Down Payment on a Home?

by The KCM Crew on January 23, 2013 · 2 comments

Increased CostSeveral government agencies are reviewing data to determine what will be the minimum down payment required under the new Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) guidelines scheduled to be revealed in the next few months. In the original Mortgage Market Note issued by the FHFA, it was suggested that loan-to-value (the percentage of the overall purchase price which was being borrowed) was a major factor in determining if a loan would default:

“For most origination years, requirements for borrower credit score and loan-to-value ratio are the factors that most reduce the ever-90-day delinquency rate of mortgages acquired by the Enterprises that would have met the proposed QRM standards.”

The note then made the following proposal:

“An LTV ratio qualified residential mortgage must meet a minimum LTV ratio that varies according to the purpose for which the mortgage was originated. For home purchase mortgages, rate and term refinances, and cash-out refinances, the LTV ratios are 80, 75, and 70 percent, respectively.”

Basically, the original note suggested that a 20% down payment should be the new guideline. We realize that there has been much debate on this issue since and that the minimum down payment required under the new QRM guidelines will probably be less than 20%. However, we can’t know for sure.

Bloomberg reported last week:

“The six regulators drafting the separate QRM rule, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Securities and Exchange Commission, must decide whether to include such a requirement — and whether to make it less than the 20 percent they originally proposed.”

Will it be more difficult to qualify for a mortgage after the new QRM rules are announced? Probably

As David Stevens, President of the Mortgage Bankers Association said during a speech in Washington on Jan. 16:

“I have consistently warned of the regulatory tidal wave to come and it’s finally upon us. These changes will impact business operations and the future of mortgage access for years to come.”

My response:

I remember going for my first loan back when I was 22 years old.  I had a decent enough amount of money saved from working every summer since I was 9 down here at the dock but the bank turned down my loan application.  The reason they gave me was because it was for one half of a duplex and they didn’t like to give loans on duplexes in case the other half of the duplex turns out to be a stiff and doesn’t have the money to maintain the place properly.

It was the very best thing that ever happened to me in my financial life.  Not because the investment would have turned out to be a good one or a bad one but because it made me so angry, so determined to prove that bank wrong it drove me to work and save like a maniac. 

Remembering advice my dad had told me- “A bargain isn’t a bargain unless you really need something” and   “Just because something was on sale doesn’t mean you should buy it” and another one he used to say- “The guy that makes $50,000 a year but saves $10,000 is way better off than the guy that makes $100,000 but spends $110,000.”   Two great pieces of advice that served me well.  I’m not quite the maniac saver that I used to be but being disciplined early on has definitely helped me in mid life.

Anyway before I get too far off track I’d like to say that I think that our Federal Government and Business Community and American Workforce has Become INSANELY OUT OF SKEW WITH WHAT THEY DESERVE.  As if owning a home is a right and you should only have to put down 2.5% or zero percent.  Or businesses should always have access to cheap money in the form of crazy low interest rates just to keep the American Economy going.

These cheap rates and low thresholds for homeownership are exactly IMO what got us into the mess we are in.

Damn right someone should have to prove they can save the 20% for a down payment before they own a house.  Have a goddamn stake in the game.  If you can’t afford it, forgo  the trips to the mall and the playstation and make the sacrifices you need to make to get there.  If you still can’t afford it, rent til you can. 

Perpetually low interest rates for business communities seems to make capital flow to less than perfect investments.  The people that saved all their lives and should be rewarded by the ability to invest in low risk cds and bonds but there’s no payback any more.  They’ve made money so cheap by printing so much of it it forces people at the end of their lives when they should be investing conservatively into riskier stocks.

When I was 20 years old 20% down was more or less standard for what you would put down on a house.  If you defaulted on the loan the financial institution who took the risk on you at least has that 20% that you put down to work with in trying to get out of that bad investment they made in you.

Every time it comes around to the discussion of interest rates on CNBC these financial dudes keep clamoring for lower interest rates, artificially lowered by the amount of money they want the government to print.  Well our financial system has become so addicted to these cheap rates they’ve backed us into a corner that any rise in rates would be catastrophic.  It’s catastrophic because you’ve put on way too much risk for what you can handle.  How about teaching responsibility instead of bail outs?  How about rewarding savers instead of teaching people that being a good American is to spend spend spend?

In my opinion there shouldn’t be any as in ZERO no money down loans or 2.5% down loans.  Not unless you have other assets that you can pledge in case you bail out on it.  It should probably start at 10% down and that’s only if you have a pretty good track record of job history and savings.

Maybe I’m old fashioned that way.

The Committee for the Arts announces the juror panel for the Public Art Challenge

Hi Joey

The Gloucester Committtee for the Arts is excited to announce the complete panel of jurors for the Gloucester HarborWalk Public Art Challenge!

At the time of publication of the Call on December 8, 2012, the CFTA welcomed the University of Texas Landmarks museum Director, Andrée Bober;the Peabody Essex Museum Curator of Contemporary Art, Trevor Smith; and teaming up for Cambridge Seven Associates, architects Peter Sollogub and Chris Muskopf, to participate on the jury panel. Joining these distinguished experts on the jury panel are Gloucester citizens John Bell, Phil Cusumano, Morgan Faulds Pike and Jeff Weaver. The CFTA is grateful to the jurors for volunteering their time and considerable talent to help the artists and this process!

To learn more about the jurors, please visit http://ghwalk.blogspot.com/


The deadline to apply is February 8, 2013

For more information please visit http://ghwalk.blogspot.com/ to view/download the complete Call.

Questions email the CFTA: gharborwalk@gmail.com, subject line Public Art