Chickity Check It!- Extract(s) Daily dose of lit.


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Extract(s) features bite-sized literature in surprising forms. We don’t want to be your everything, but we do want to be one thing that makes your day more interesting. Drop by for a few minutes every day. We’ll give you something to think about.

Who We Are

Christopher J. Anderson, Founder & Executive Creative Director

Jenn Monroe, Founder & Executive Producer

Meg Cameron, Media & Communications Manager & Producer, “In Place”

Kyle Petty, Director, “In Place”

We fully support the right to free speech and artistic license. This does not mean we agree with all of the viewpoints expressed in the work we publish here. And, as a literary project, unless told otherwise by the contributor, we assume all characters depicted in these works are fictional (yes, even in the poetry), and any similarities between those mentioned and anyone living or dead is purely coincidental.

Cape Ann MarketWATCH 1/17/13

Interested in Gloucester/Rockport real estate? Watch Kenny MacCarthy’s video commentary, complete with photos, stats and analysis. This week, tour 9 properties and get some "condo sense".

Call Kenny at (978) 758-0983 For Your Real Estate Needs. Tell Him Joey Sent Ya.

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.

Kathy is away for a week while Marty visits Fisherman’s Wharf Gloucester as FV Athena off-loads its catch of cod, scrod and haddock.

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Music tips for this weekend that you might not know about

Chelsea Berry will be Aurelia Nelson’s featured guest on her North Shore 104.9 show Curtain Up this Sunday, Jan 20, at 9am.  You don’t even have to get out of bed.  Just tune your clock radio to 104.9 and set it to go off at 8:59am.  Lie in bed and listen comfortably.

If you saw Jon Butcher on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes, you’ll know he’s playing at Shalin Liu tonight with James Montgomery, Charlie Farren & David Hull.  As of this post there were about 15 tickets left and you can get them here.  Jon may ask Allen to join him on a song they performed together on the Local Music Seen.

Another good bet for tonight is Renee & Joe @ Minglewood Tavern.  Here they are at Latitude 43 for the November Berklee in Gloucester show:

As for the rest of the weekend, we honestly don’t have any idea how you’re going to choose from over 2 dozen excellent shows — and plenty of them early enough to take the kids.  Here’s the complete live music lineup.


New Concerts: Larry Coryell, Chelsea Berry & Tamir Hendelman @ Shalin Liu

This just in from Karen Herlitz @ Rockport Music:

New Concerts Announced at Rockport Music

Rockport Music announces some new additions to our 2012-13 Season.  Enjoy the highest quality of concerts and presentations year-round at the stunning, seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center.  Additions to the 2012-13 Season include:

chelseaberry2Since local favorite singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry sold-out her concert on Saturday, February 9, at 8 pm, Rockport Music has added a second night on Friday, February 8, at 8 pm.  Back by popular demand, singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry performs with a tremendous edge, power and finesse.  Chelsea’s presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” Combined with her acoustical guitar skills, Berry will charm audiences with popular hits as well as original songs, including pieces from her CD “I Wonder.”  Chelsea has opened for such artists as Livingston Taylor, Roger McGuinn, and Chris Isaak.  The Dejas open the concert.  Tickets:   $19-$34 [Editor’s note: We posted about this on Wednesday here]

Known as the pioneer guitarist merging jazz, rock, free-form improvisations, and Eastern influences, Larry Coryell brings his eclectic style back to the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Friday, March 22, at 8 pm.  Described by critic Whitney Balliett as “the most innovative and original guitarist since Charlie Christian,” Coryell’s career spans four decades, over 60 albums (dozens more as a sideman), and performances with some of music’s heavy-weights like Eric Clapton, John Scofield, Elvin Jones, and Chick Corea, to name a few. Also a consummate composer, he tells Rockport Music, “I write music because I can’t help it. I think perhaps I want to complement all the great compositions already out there…Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins come to mind, and of course, Monk!”  Tickets:  $19-$34

Performing on Saturday, May 11, at 8 pm, award-winning jazz pianist and composer Tamir Hendelman has performed and recorded with such notable artists as Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, and John Pizzarelli. With awards from ASCAP and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, his latest album Destinations hit number one on the JazzWeek Jazz Charts. Hendelman’s trio explores standards, Brazilian music, blues, and Hendelman’s own Israeli roots.  The LA Jazz Scene proclaims that, “Hendelman played with a fullness of content and intensity, bringing new presentations of tunes. Not a fixed position player, Hendelman wears off the ivory over the entire keyboard.”  Tickets:$18- $32

For ticket information and details on the 2012-13 Season offerings, please visit our website at  Tickets are also available through the Box Office at 978-546-7391 or visiting 35 Main Street, Rockport, MA.  The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4 pm.



These are a few things I’ve folded over the past year or so.  I made this collage trying out a neat (currently free) app on my iPhone: Photo Collage. Credits, from top right going clockwise: dragon, designed by me, folded from an uncut square; crucifix, designed by me, folded from one uncut rectangle; dragon, designed by Won Park, folded from two uncut dollar bills (no glue either – you can unfold it and spend the money); Jack-in-the-box, designed by Max Hulme, folded from one uncut rectangle.

Fr. Matthew Green

The Patriots vs Everybody Else

How lucky are we to have Bill Belichick as our coach/GM and Bob Kraft as Our owner and?  Isn’t it just the greatest to know year in and year out your team is going to the playoffs and have a chance to contend for a Superbowl year in and year out?

I’d like to take this time to pat my back as Master of The Obvious Prognosticator of prognosticators and repost this from well before this current season started when the Jets signed Tim Tebow.  Did your boy Joey C call this or did your boy Joey C call this?

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Tim Tebow Just Got Traded To The Jets! Bwahahahahaha!!!!!

Posted on March 21, 2012 by Joey C

Greatest News Of The Offseason for Pats Fans Yet!!!!

Can you only imagine how brutal the New York Sports media is going to incessantly hammer the entire team about Quarterback controversy?  It will be relentless.

Oh My Lord, how stupid could that GM be?????

Possibly the only worse whinebag sports media that could drive good players out of a city more than Boston is  New York sports media!!!!!

It’s a great day to be a Pats Fan!!!!!


Oh the infighting, oh the laughter, hilarious really.

The New York Jets GMG Mike Tannenbaum- March 21,2012 Day New England Patriots MVP-

What a stiff Bwahahahahaahaha!!!!!!!!


The Evolution of The Baby Car Seat From a Dad’s Perspective

Remember having your first child and going to Babies R Us to shop for the first baby car seat?  Remember the rows and rows and huge variety from super masculine Jeep ones to dainty pink flowered ones and then the wide range in quality, the five point harness systems and all?

You buy the car seat and then take it down to the police station for the safety check and instructions on how to install it properly, not wanting to take any chances with the safety of your about to be born baby.

And then your wife gives birth and you have to take this baby home for the first time.  They actually trust you to sustain life for this little peanut that is tiny and weak and soft and you have to strap the baby into the car seat for the first time.

You’re sweating bullets hoping to god you don’t smoosh the baby.  Your body contorted in unnatural ways reaching over the seat and trying to be as gentle as you can while in a position that when you do it for the first time seems like some mean ass yoga instructor is trying to punishing you for being a bad student.

And every day for years you put yourself in that weird position to buckle your children into their car seats cursing the placement of the belts and the hooks that secure the straps and contorting your body, saying to yourself “I can’t wait til they can buckle themselves in.”

The baby car seats become receptacles for every spilled juice box, dried up and crusted on yogurt stick, cracker, cookie and pretzel crumb.  Stained, abused and no matter how much you think when you paid ALLL THE MONEY for the best one you could afford, the thing is inevitably going to look like its been through war torn Iraq and back as seating for a pack of wild monkeys.

And then your babies start to grow and the baby car seat gets nastier and nastier.

And then one day you look back after cursing at the car seat for all those times you were uncomfortable buckling in your kids in the rain and the snow it hits you…

Pretty soon they’re not gonna need car seats.

And that’s gonna be a really sad day.

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Ward 3 Councilor Represents! On Top Of The Green Monsta!

Joey, I was on top of the green monsta yesterday afternoon with the band Fun. I tried to get them to hold the sticker but had no luck. This is the best I could do to represent GMG.

I should of stuck it to one of their backs and snaped a photo.


Steve LeBlanc

Ward 3 Councilor

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Here’s the band singing their hit “We Are Young”

Community Stuff 1/18/13

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Artist Reception for John Caggiano at BankGloucester

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BankGloucester  is hosting a public reception for Rockport painter John Caggiano on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 11 am to 1 pm in the Bank’s lobby.  A collection of his work is on display at the bank through March 8, 2013. The artist travels extensively, both here and abroad, painting on location. This plein aire approach enables him to capture the essence of the time and place that he interprets into his bright and colorful “Impressionistic-realism” style. The work is further enhanced by his daring use of a palette knife, enhancing the effects of his brushwork.
Meet John and speak with him regarding his work at this reception.  Light refreshments will be served. BankGloucester is located at 160 Main Street in Gloucester.

Gloucester to Host Summit on Innovation and Opportunity in The New Maritime Economy


WHAT:                Gloucester’s 2nd Annual Maritime Summit will explore the future of ocean resources and the emerging role of working ports. The summit will address how equity partners, innovative marine-based entrepreneurs, and maritime researchers can access new market opportunities, partnerships and port resources. The daylong summit will feature a presentation on offshore policies and priorities, current innovation and collaboration on the waterfront, and green chemistry which is informing next generation products and marketplaces. The summit will conclude with a reception at the Exhibit Hall.

WHEN:                Thursday, February 7, 2013

                                8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:             Cruiseport, Gloucester

6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA 01930

WHO:                   Carolyn Kirk, Mayor of Gloucester

Dr. John Warner, Founder of Warner Babcock Institute for Green                                                                      Chemistry

Dr. J. Ru Morrison, Executive Director of Northeastern Regional                                                                        Association of Coastal Observing Systems

WHY:   The City of Gloucester, Mayor Kirk, and the Maritime Working Group Partnership are committed to connecting the New England North network of maritime resources with the new ocean economy, including diversified fisheries, dynamic ocean research and ocean technologies.

Contact:             Sarah Garcia, Harbor Planning Director, 978-281-9781