Rockport Greasy Pole Video

I think two different people sent this in, JP from Rockport and Vicki Gamage.  Not sure if they saw it on the same site or not or if they both just happened to run across it on youtube.  If they saw it someplace on another site let me know and I’ll credit them.

2013 Bluefin Blowout Giant Tuna Tournament is set for August 22nd-24th!!!

The 2013 Bluefin Blowout Giant Tuna Tournament is set for August 22nd-24th…more boats and an even bigger party. Details will be released prior to the February 10th tournament episode of Nat Geo’s Wicked Tuna!!!

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Public Winter Lecture Series At Maritime Gloucester Looking For Speaker Recommendations


Happy New Year. As we finalize our public winter lecture series at Maritime Gloucester, I was hoping that I could use your community blog to ask viewers about potential speakers. Specifically, I am interested in hosting a series called “Welcome Back” where men and women who grew up on Cape Ann but no longer live here — and have pursued successful maritime, oceanography, fishing or marine sciences careers – would be asked to come back and speak at Maritime Gloucester. GMG Viewers and readers, please send your recommendations to Tom Balf at Thanks to all in advance.

Tom Balf

Executive Director

Maritime Gloucester

New Torah for Temple Ahavat Achim

On December 17, 2007, when Temple Ahavat Achim burned to the ground, all religious objects, including the Temple’s torah scrolls, were lost. The Temple, having now been rebuilt, has begun the process of having a new torah hand printed in the ancient tradition.

Rabbi Yochanan Salazar is a master sofer, or scribe, who today oversaw the  Hebrew inscription of a  portion of the new torah by members of the congregation. Participation in the  process is a moral deed performed as a religious duty.

Summer residents of Gloucester (and year round visitors) Jane Paznik-Bondarin and Andrew Karlin added a letter under the watchful eye and guidance of Rabbi Salazar, starting with a ritual hand washing and ending with the award of a certificate commemorating the event.

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Taking down the Lobsta Trap Tree

So many volunteers today, Maryanne, Rich Bean, B.J. Mohan, Steve Douglas, Bree and her daughter, Patrick Kelly, Rick Moore, Oliver Cleary, Ed Collard, Melissa Cox, Andrew NiCastro, Peter Asaro, Little Jeremiah,  Justin, and dad Tim, Nick Zagami and Heather Smidt (they are from Waltham and FOB’s), David Brooks and Donna Ardizzoni, a big THANK YOU.  It was another fun ways to spend 5 hours.  If I missed anyone to thank please forgive me.

January 12, 2013taking down the lobster trap tree

January 12, 2013 Ed, Nick Heather, Melissa

January 12, 2013 loading up the truck

January 12, 2013 Rick on top of the truck

January 12, 2013 littlest helper Jerimah

SouthEnd by NorthEast

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Stevie Black
Marketing Director

SouthEnd by NorthEast: Artists from Boston and Cape Ann Meet On Rocky Neck
Rocky Neck Art Colony’s new Artistic Director curates an invitational exhibit that brings together artists from Boston’s South End and the Cape Ann region.

January 5, 2013 – Gloucester MA – The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is pleased to present SouthEnd by NorthEast, a invitational group show of six artists from Boston’s South End studios and three artists from Cape Ann. The exhibition runs from January 31, 2013 through February 24, 2013. The Cultural Center will be open Thursdays – Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Curated by Adriana “Gigi” Mederos, Rocky Neck Art Colony’s new Artistic Director, the exhibition brings together artists through their reinvention of the landscape and nature in a wide range of mediums; including encaustic, oils, and ink and acrylic. Included in the show is work by artists: Adam Batliner, Cathy Bennigson, Susan Blatt, Linda Cordner, Kay Ives, Elynn Kroger, Ben MacAdam, Mary Bucci McCoy, and Beverly Sky.

Please join the artists and the Rocky Neck Art Colony at the Cultural Center during the opening:

SouthEnd X NorthEast
Opening Reception
Saturday, February 2, 2013
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Snow Date for the Reception is:
Saturday, February 9, 2013
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck’s Gallery is located at 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA.
Check here for Rocky Neck Art Colony exhibitions and special events.

About the Rocky Neck Art Colony

The crown jewel of Gloucester’s harbor community, Rocky Neck is a peninsula surrounding Smith Cove.
It is home to mostly year-round residents and has a thriving summertime population of artists, art galleries
and restaurants, and the Rocky Neck Art Colony, one of the oldest working art colonies in the United States and a 501(c)3 arts organization since 1973. Rocky Neck recently became one of the first five “Designated Massachusetts Cultural Districts” in the state of Massachusetts; this designation denotes past traditions and contemporary vibrancy along with the area’s orientation towards a local creative economy. The mission of the Rocky Neck Art Colony is to nurture excellence in the visual arts and to celebrate the artistic culture of Rocky Neck and the entire Cultural District.

Local Cape Ann buses and seasonal trolleys serve the area and the Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle makes it easy to visit East Gloucester by water.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony has a noteworthy past; almost every American artist of note has painted on Rocky Neck at some point in his or her career – Milton Avery, Bernard Chaet, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Mark Rothko, Cecilia Beaux, Fern Coppedge, Adolph Gottleib, Childe Hassam, Emile Gruppe, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Fitz Henry Lane, Frederick Mulhaupt, John Sloan and others.

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Friends of Seacoast Chatter From Tommy Lattoff


Friends of Seacoast Chatter:

While passing out cashmere scarf’s for 132 residents at Seacoast Nursing Home for Christmas last week compliments of the Friends of Seacoast, A nurse asked me if we could buy a computer for the residents. It seems some of them wish to communicate with their grandchildren.

I spoke with our Administrator and offered to fund the project and was told, they would look into it. I am pleased to say that they found this to be a great idea and will be installing a wireless network to accommodate 3 Laptop computers.

This is all made possible by the generosity of the many people who continue to donate to the Friend of Seacoast.

Now how cool is that.

Tom Lattof


BNI Launches New Business Networking Chapter in Gloucester

BNI Launches New Business Networking Chapter in Gloucester

BNI, the world’s leading word-of-mouth business referral organization, welcomes local
business professionals to its Gloucester chapter kickoff, on Friday, January 18th, at 7
a.m. at the Bass Rocks Golf Club, located at 34 Beach Road.

Named “BNI Lighthouse,” this new chapter is seeking business owners and sales reps
looking to join the existing core of professionals in growing their business through
word-of-mouth referrals.

The event is free to attend and will feature guest speakers, Patti Salvucci, Executive
Director of BNI in Massachusetts, and Bob Gere, a BNI Mass. Area Director.

Light refreshments will be served during this 90-minute meeting.

BNI is a business and professional referral organization that allows only one person
from each profession to join a chapter. BNI Lighthouse will be the 90th chapter in
operation in the Massachusetts region. Please contact the BNI Regional Office at 978-
443-6800 with any questions regarding this event.

Brian Carlson Represents! in Turks and Caicos


Hey Joey,
Was that you on the flight from Boston to TCI behind those Foster Grants? Brian and I rented a scooter and drove to Long Beach where all the kite surfers hang out. Since we didn’t have our own gear, Brian (being the good ex Gloucester Coast Guard guy that he is)
Improvised with, you guessed it, his GMG t shirt.

We bought Red Snapper from some fisherman working off the back of a red pick up truck (note: he did come recommended by manager of Horse Eye Jack’s, great place next to Da Conch Shack). Cooked it on our grill and It was delish,

As Buffett would say, “The Weather is Here, I Wish You Were Beautiful” – wait, you are Beautiful (or at least the Mrs. Is).

Brian says, “Keep the dry side up, and the wet side down.” I think that means don’t flip your boat over.

Signing off from Paradise,
Cindy H.

Big Time Kudos To Those That Step Up Long After The Glory Is Gone

Rich Bean Submits This Photo-

After the thanks are handed out and the lobster trap tree is lit in the dead cold of the middle of winter the arduous task of taking the lobster trap trree has to take place.  Thank you  to all of those who pitch in to help take it down.

Hopefully Ed or David or Donna or Bex has a list of those that contributed their efforts, taking it down

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