If These Rodent Repellent Trash Bags Work I’m All In

These are available at Smith Hardware up at Gloucester Crossing and I assume the Rockport location too.  Damn varmint raccoons.  I’ve had my share of run-ins with raccoons.  Hate the little bastards. 

When I step back and look at the situation I know I could take the little sons-a-bitches but in real life face to face they scare the shit out of me.  I literally turn into a girly man.  Like even if I’m holding a nine iron and there’s no way the raccoon could get to me before implanting the club squarely in it’s forehead I’m scared to hell of the things.  Can’t explain it, it’s just the way it is.

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Past Raccoon Posts-

3:45am Visitors

Posted on August 1, 2009 by Joey C

Boom! I shot up out of bed like a rocket figuring that the maniac (Snoop Maddie Mad) finally figured out how to climb out of her crib and had landed with a thud. The Mrs, startled said no it didn’t … Continue reading →

Early Morning Visitors Video

Posted on August 1, 2009 by Joey C

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Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

PerchNetsNativeSonChapmanFishermen on the Native Son repair and tag their nets for landing perch.

RedPerchChapman Rose fish ( Sebastes norvegicus) also known as red perch at Atlantic Banks Fisheries.

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Mike, at Atlantic Banks Fisheries, sorts and boxes a catch.

B+W photos © Marty Luster 2013

2 chances this weekend to be offended by somebody other than our boy Joey

Our boy Joey needs a break.

Between non PC humor and MFers dying, it should be clear that we’re heaping way too much stress on him during his vacation.

Really, folks, we all need to find someone else to complain about — and we need someone else’s sarcasm to soar right over our heads while we’re complaining.

Inge Berge to the rescue.  According to The Noise magazine, Inge’s music is “Odd, adventurous and compelling.”

Plus you get the added value that Inge’s sarcastic wit is wrapped in catchy pop tunes you’ll be singing all weekend.  Just don’t sing the lyrics to your mother-in-law.

You’ve got two chances to see Inge this weekend (tomorrow @ Dog Bar and Sunday @ Rhumb Line)  See this weekend’s complete live music schedule here.

The best way to get your fill of sarcasm+bitching-about-sarcasm is to request some of Inge’s most witty and sarcastic songs and then complain about how you’re offended by them.  Here are a few choice examples:

More Inge Berge videos here, including an inside look at the making of Shit Under Your Shoes.


Rubber Duck’s Sistah Goes Skiing

Mount Sunapee Ski Resort just a two hour drive from Gloucester. Leave at 6:30AM and that leaves you with a half hour to buy a ticket, get your boots on and be the first on the lift. This Wednesday it was half price Wednesday (no idea if they do it every Wednesday) so even if you bail like RD’s sistah and hit the bar at noon for a Blue Moon it’s still a deal.rdsisterwent skiingRubber Duck stayed home. Still recovering from the New Year’s plunge.


Quote of the Week by Greg Bover

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

Attributed to Haruki Murakami (1949- )

Although often quoted from Murakami’s essay “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running,” this saying is much older and has its roots in Zen Buddhist tradition, which holds that one’s attitude toward the vicissitudes of life is all that any of us really has any chance of controlling. Murakami, who is often compared to Kurt Vonnegut, did not begin writing until his late 20’s, but has won widespread acclaim for his humorous and surrealistic novels including The Wild Sheep Chase and Kafka on the Shore. Infused with diverse musical references, Murakami’s beautifully written work is representative of the cultural tumult in modern Japan, and is just plain-old fun to read. He has been a writer-in-residence at both Princeton and Tufts universities and participates in triathlons and ultra-marathons. His most recent novel is the excellent 1Q84.

Greg Bover

Gregory R. Bover

VP Operations, Project Manager

C. B. Fisk, Inc

978 283 1909


Happy Birthday Felicia!

Felicia Ciaramitaro ©Kim Smith 2012

Happy Birthday Felicia! Best mom, daughter, wife, aunt, sister, fabulous cook, GMG contributor, and I am proud to say, dear friend!

Ciaramitaro family ©Kim Smith 2012

Felicia and Joey Ciaramitaro ©Kim Smith 2012

Felicia and Pat Ciaramitaro ©Kim Smith 2012

Felicia and Madeline Ciaramitaro ©Kim Smith 2012

Felicia Ciaramitaro and Coconut ©Kim Smith 2012

Thanks to Passport’s Eric, Layla, and Nicloe for making Felicia’s Bday lunch extra fun and special! Is that Nicole’s or Layla’s thumbs up in the photo below?

Donna Ardizonni, Eric Lorden, Felicia Ciaramitaro ©Kim Smith 2013

Passports Restaurant Gloucester Adriatic Stew

Passports Divinely Delicious Adriatic Stew

Passports Restaurant Gloucester Popovers

Passport’s Always Warm and Welcoming Popovers

St. Ann School welcoming students from charter school

From school principal Michele Butler:

St. Ann School of Cape Ann is happy to accept qualified transfer students from the charter school. We are pleased to be able to offer a pro-rated, discounted tuition for Gloucester Community Arts Charter School students who meet our admissions criteria.

We offer a quality, affordable Catholic education, and we also value the arts. Our students recently performed at our annual Christmas concert, and they are currently in rehearsals for our talent show, which will feature individual and group acts from all grades.

We offer weekly art and music classes taught by professional educators who are also active in their own fields. Gemma Amero Flavin, a local artist, teaches art two days a week. Lori L’Italien, a choral artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, teaches music once a week.

The flyer below provides additional information about our programs. If you are interested in learning more about transferring to St. Ann School, please call the office at 978-283-3455.

Click here to download the flyer: St Ann School handout 2013

Want to Shape Burnham’s Field’s Future?

You and GoodMorningGloucester have been super supportive of the clean-up of Burnham’s Field in central Gloucester (Thanks!) Now that the City has won a big grant-

#BOOM! Gloucester wins big grant to fix up Burnham’s Field to renovate the field, the fun part begins – deciding the new walkways and play equipment and other improvements that will go there. The first meeting is Monday, Jan. 14. Details are below. All are welcome. If you care about Burnham’s Field, you need to be at this meeting!
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All are invited to a Community Meeting on Monday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.

The City of Gloucester has secured grants to improve and beautify Burnham’s Field, the largest green space in central Gloucester. Work is about to begin. Do you want to have a say in how the new Burnham’s Field will look? Join us!

Mayor Kirk and Ward 2 City Councillor Melissa Cox invite you to the first community meeting to plan the future of Burnham’s Field. Landscape architects from Weston & Sampson will present their assessment of the current conditions of Burnham’s Field and ask for your input on its future. Ideas under consideration include new walking paths, swings and playground equipment, better lighting and even a water play area for children.
Burnham’s Field is a wonderful park in downtown Gloucester that is becoming more beautiful and welcoming. Help us keep the momentum going and make Burnham’s Field a place we can all be proud of. Hope to see you on Monday, Jan. 14!

When: Monday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.
Where: The Hive, 11 Pleasant Street (next to Pleasant Street Tea)
Who: Parents, children, neighbors, athletes, nature-lovers, dog-walkers – anyone interested in Burnham’s Field!

Questions?  Call Stephen Winslow, Gloucester Community Development Department, (978) 282-8007

or e-mail swinslow@gloucester-ma.govmailto:swinslow@gloucester-ma.gov

More Stuff Around Town 1/11/13

The News From Rocky Neck via Judy Robinson Cox



Michael Feeney, clerk COA


CLASSES MEET for two hours ONCE each WEEK FOR 8 WEEKS at ONLY $50.00.  CALL THE ROSE BAKER SENIOR CENTER Reception Desk AT 978-281-9765 TO SIGN UP NOW!!

Savour Wine and Cheese Special Event January 22nd

Morgan Wine Tasting

with special guest and winemaker, Gianni Abate

Tasting party with complimentary hor d’oeuves and wines: 5 – 7 p.m.  (Everyone Welcome)

Chef’s table dinner: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.  (6 places available at $95.00 each).

This is a great opportunity to “talk wine” with a skilled producer, as well as myself and Skip Cribari, our wine manager.  Chef Beach is cooking and I will pair each course with a great wine from Morgan, including the legendary “Double L” pinot noir.  Only 6 places, so call right away and reserve your spot with a credit card.

978 282-1455, kathleen@savourwineandcheese.com

Dear Joey,

Come to the party! Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a full range of wines from  one of America’s premiere wineries, from the most exciting up-and-coming region of California, Santa Lucia Highlands.

Savour Wine and Cheese is very proud to host the winemaker of Morgan Winery in Monterey County, California on Tuesday January 22.

Gianni Abate will be pouring many of his wines at Savour early Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 PM. Be sure to stop by and taste the magnificent Morgan wines and chat with the charming and irreverent winemaker, Gianni Abate!

Don’t miss this special event!

10 % off all Morgan wines, all day Tuesday, January 22, 2013.  We’ll see you at Savour!

Kathleen Erickson
Savour Wine and Cheese

Savour Wine and Cheese

Morgan Winery

Cruiseport Gloucester hosts a grand Bridal Show & Wedding Exposition


Once a year Cruiseport Gloucester hosts a grand Bridal Show & Wedding Exposition in their Grand Ballroom, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA

The long awaited 2013 Event, hosted by Sheree DeLorenzo, is on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from Noon to 4pm.

This is the Boston area’s Bridal Show & Wedding Expo featuring a fashion show, exquisite wedding fare, wedding cakes, DJ’s, live bands, dozens of floral tablescapes, prizes and more! Cruiseport Gloucester is nationally acclaimed as a premier Wedding Destination and voted the 2013 BEST IN WEDDINGS award from theKnot.com

A $10 per guest admittance fee enters guests to win valuable door prizes. The 2012 show was sold out and space is limited. Reservations will be confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis online at: http:// www.cruiseportgloucester.com/BridalShowForm.cfm.

The Bridal Show and Wedding Exposition will help you to plan, get ideas, and celebrate your event giving you a chance to enjoy Cruiseport Gloucester’s magnificent, most luxurious waterfront destination, directly on Gloucester Harbor.

To learn more about Cruiseport Gloucester visit our website at http:// www.cruiseportgloucester.com or call our Events Office 978-282-9700 x 1 

Flu Clinic at Addison Gilbert Hospital

A free community flu clinic will be held at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Tuesday, January 15 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Cafe inside the Fisher entrance of the hospital.  The clinic will be conducted by the Gloucester Health Department.  There is no fee or pre-registration required.  The clinic is available to those six months of age and older.   Those attending are asked to wear short sleeves.  All are welcome, you do not have to be a resident of Gloucester to attend; all are welcome.

It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate!

Gloucester, MA- January 2013. The Gloucester Health Department encourages you to get
vaccinated against the flu, as flu season can go on until March or April and it is shaping up to be a bad year for the flu.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) encourages everyone 6 months and older to get
vaccinated against the flu. If you have not already been vaccinated the flu vaccine is now widely available and is still your best protection against the flu.

At the urging of the Mayor and the City Council, the Public Health Department is offering a free walk in flu clinic this afternoon Thursday January 10th from 3pm-6pm at its offices at 3 Pond Road.

In conjunction with Addison Gilbert Hospital we will also offer a flu clinic this Tuesday January 15th from 9am-11am at the hospital cafeteria. The clinic is free and open to anyone over 6 months of age who still needs a shot.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health
habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your mouth and nose.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

“We are taking the necessary steps to have adequate supply of vaccine available for Gloucester residents, especially our senior citizens and children.”, said Mayor Carolyn Kirk. “There is a lot of flu-like illness in Massachusetts right now, it’s important to remember that in most years, flu season doesn’t peak until February. This means it is an excellent time to get a flu vaccine. We urge everyone to get vaccinated to help stay healthy this season,” said Noreen Burke, Health Director.

For information on where to get a flu shot go to http://www.flu.gov and enter your zip code into the “Flu Vaccine Finder”

For more information, please contact the Gloucester Public Health Department at (978) 281-9771 or visit the city website http://www.gloucester-ma.gov

There’s Still Time!

Gina Fetting Baking At The Open Door

Hello Folks,

As of January 22 I will begin a volunteer program at the OPEN DOOR every Tuesday from 3-6.  We will gather to bake desserts for our Community Meals program.

So,if you have a desire to create wonderful desserts for our guests let me know.  If you don’t have the time to give but would love to contribute ingredients(butter,chocolate,coconut,etc) that would be awesome.

We feed at least 40 people a night and although the food is wonderful we need to make it just a little bit more special. To me there is nothing better then a great dessert.

We will also be making birthday cakes for any clients who come for dinner.

At this point we have two core people that will be there every Tuesday but if you want to join us let me know!

As many of you know Pastry has been my life and I want to share my passion with the Open Door,

I look forward to this new venture.

Be well, Gina

Community Stuff 1/11/13


Hi Joey,

I’ve seen the flyer for the Northeast Seafood Coalition/Cape Ann Brewing Co. beer and local seafood dinner on GMG, but wanted to provide more information for readers. 

The Northeast Seafood Coalition is a non-profit organization based in Gloucester that represents groundfish fishermen in New England on policy and regulatory matters.  We’re celebrating less popular (but very delicious) fish that’s caught locally and is sustainable. 

The Cape Ann Brewing Co. and the Northeast Seafood Coalition are teaming up on January 15 at 6:30pm to host an evening filled with local flavors.  We’re excited to offer a five course meal and each course paired with one of Cape Ann Brewing Co.’s fishermen’s brews.  Plus fisherman and musician Paul “Sasquatch” Cohan will perform! 

Now is a very important time to support local fishermen and NSC! The fish will be caught by local fishermen, and generously donated by Cape Ann Seafood Exchange. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Northeast Seafood Coalition, which will help NSC continue in our effort to find creative solutions that work to rebuild fish stocks while preserving family-owned fishing businesses, a diverse groundfish fleet and fishing communities across the Northeast.

Tickets for the 5-course meal are $50.00 and can be purchased by visiting the Cape Ann Brewing Co. or calling the NSC office at (978) 283-9992. We can’t wait to see everyone there! 

Have a great vacation!

Thank you,

Nick Brancaleone

Northeast Seafood Coalition