Hawk ID Please

Hi,   Snapped this attached picture on Sadler Street.  What kind of hawk is this?  I think it’s a Cooper’s Hawk. It swooped down on my cat.  It is eating a blue jay in this picture from our feeder (see talons). It’s about 20” tall.  Thanks! Kim Frashure


The Latest From Charlie Carroll

Well, it’s almost the end of the month… and I thought about waiting till the 1st… but then I said… Nah ! what’s the difference… not much really.

So here’s some new stuff… http://seasquared.viewbook.com/

It’s the Wolf Moon, so be careful… it bites.



New Used Ladder Truck Coming To G Town

Seth Granville forwards-

Gloucester, MA has purchase agreement for a used ladder from Jon’s Mid America Fire Apparatus in Rogersville, MO. It is a 1999 Pierce 1250/500/75′ quint. Delivery date should be mid February.


Hey Joe:
Those numbers after the model year mean 1250 gallon per minute pump, 500 gallon water tank on the truck and the ladder is 75 feet long.
Glad we could help!


Great time at Cruise Port’s Bridal Show

Amazing Center Piece
Amazing Center Piece


Seaweedlegs by Dani Stotzer available at Audrey
Seaweedlegs by Dani Stotzer available at Audrey
Celia’s Flowers

Celia's Flowers

Wedding gown from Bella Sera Bridal
Wedding gown from Bella Sera Bridal
Great mother of the bride dress from Bella Sera Bridal
Great mother of the bride dress from Bella Sera Bridal

Pretty table setting

The Clear Chairs
The Clear Chairs

On Sunday, January 27, 2013, Cruise Port held a beautiful Bridal Show.  So many happy people arrived, great ideas, food and a wonderful caring staff at Cruise Port.  Great job by Sheree, and her staff.  Above are some photos and a list of the vendors below.

Bridal Show vendors

Love Shack

What do you give your lover for Valentine’s Day?

Why, a Shaque D’Amour, of course!

Love Shack ©Kim Smith 2013

Where can you purchase your Love Shack?

Gloucester’s Nichols Candy House, naturally!

Jon Butcher on The Noise Cover & TV This week – here’s a preview video

I’m guessing nearly every music lover in Gloucester is as thrilled about Jon Butcher’s decision to move here as they are about T-Max’s doing the same a couple of years ago.  This week Gloucester celebrates Jon’s choice in two big ways: Jon’s on the cover of the February Noise Magazine, which should hit the streets tomorrow.  And he’s also Allen Estes’ guest on Local Music Seen, which you can see tomorrow at 6:30 on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  Here’s one of Jon’s songs from the show.  Love his version of the blues!

BTW: You can see Allen tonight at Jalapenos 7pm with Brown, Mattacks & Ginandes (early enough the bring the kids).  And if Jon is in the audience, it’s a good bet that Allen will ask him to sit in.  Then check out Steve Caraway at Dog Bar and finish up with Henley Douglas Jr. at Rhumb Line.  Not bad for a Tuesday night in the middle of winter!  See full live music schedule here.

Chickity Check It! Joann Mackenzie from the Times Covers Ed’s Coronation As Chamber Board of Directors President


January 29, 2013

‘Building for the Future’
New president, a handyman, sets tone for chamber’s year

By Joann Mackenzie Staff Writer

“This is not your father’s chamber of commerce,” said Bob Heidt of the 230-plus revellers who rocked Cruiseport Gloucester’s ballroom Saturday night for the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s 91st annual dinner dance.

It was, literally, a stand-up crowd, leaping to its feet repeatedly to applaud, whoop, holler and hail what emcee Joey Ciaramitaro called an “outstanding year of turnaround” under Heidt, who took over the reins as chamber CEO last January with, by Heidt’s account, a negative deficit of more than $60,000. This December, Heidt finished his first year in office “with a net recorded profit in excess of $90,000.”

Of the “$150,000 positive swing,” Chamber Chairman of the Board Mark Grenier told the cheering crowds, “respect is earned, not given, and we chose the right person in Robert Heidt … he listens, he learns, and he implements for the chamber.”

To read the entire story click here to go to The Times Website

So The Challenge Has Been Accepted- It’s Muffy White vs Your Boy Joey In A MyZone Fitness Challenge Death Match

I’m up at the Manchester Athletic Club and they have these fitness bands that you strap around your chest and it measures your level of physical activity and then sends a report while you are working out to a computer system which generates a report.

The idea intrigued me because I know I try to push myself at the gym but you don’t really know how much your activity is stacking up.

So I signed up to get the MyZone Band and tried it out.  First you enter your height, weight and age and it calculates your average energy expended based on that criteria.  As soon as your workout is done you unhook the strap and you get an email with your physical activity report.


Now when all that gets explained to you you’re think wow, that sounds pretty cool.  But this is what happens in actuality-

There is a monitor inside the Manchester Athletic club and once your MyZone Band is on your name pops up and your level of activity is recorded.  The only thing that is displayed on the public monitor is your current level of activity, how many calories you’ve burned since your workout started and how many MyZone Points you’ve racked up.  So once you go throug a workout and you get your results you see where you might have backed off and it makes you want to push through harder all the way through your workout, knowing that you’re totally accountable when you see your results.

You can say it’s a gimmick, you can say that you shouldn’t need a fitness monitor band to motivate you but you know what?  Knowing I had that damn band on and that it was gonna spit out my results in my email box made me push harder than ever.  Gimmick- shmmimick it’s effective and at the end of the day that’s all that matters.

So now to top it all off on the cool factor you can issue challenges to anyone else that has the band.  You just send them an email challenge and select a date range and whoever puts in more effort wins the challenge.  You can make bets around that, you can use it to motivate you even more.  Believe me when you have friends like Muffy White who you know is just gonna rub your nose in it if you lose- you will be motivated!

So It’s ON!


Muffy issued a challenge to me through the MyZone website that went like this-

Muffy  has invited you to a MYZONE Points challenge
from 16 January 2013 to 1 February 2013.
"Bring your A game wharf boy. "
Please log in and accept or reject challenge

Here are screenshots after my activity on January 23rd and Muffy yesterday-




and here’s Muffy’s-


So after one day Muffy is kicking my ass.  Her workout was 1:02 minutes, mine 45.  It should be said that Muffy is a gym rat and you all know me as the slug who works down the dock so if she doesn’t kick my ass there should be an investigation.  But that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna give it hell tryin.

Day 1 Muffy 177- Joey C 147.

Oh I forgot to tell you, you can also work out away from the gym I think as long as you activate your fitness band and then once you get to the gym it will upload the data. Somebody correct me if I’m wrong.

Alright Muffy, let’s do this!

Perkins Street Fire Victims Drive

Sefatia writes-

Good afternoon Friends,

You may receive this more than once so I am apologizing now for the duplicate email and for those who may not live in Gloucester pass it on, please spread the word.

We are doing a Clothing Drive, household items drive even furniture, this is a community project if you want to donate gifts cards please send them to Fire Victims c/o Jackie Hardy 29 Cherry Street Gloucester MA 01930

Gifts of money checks can be made out to the Gloucester Fund on memo line of check please put fire victims Perkins St. 45 Middle Street Gloucester MA 01930

We will be holding the drive Tuesday & Wednesday 10-2 both days on Wednesday 4:30 -6:30 at Cruiseport Is the drop off place on the side entrance down the driveway.

Thursday we will have the families come and go thru and take what ever they want anything left over we will give to the Second Glance on Pond Rd.

Second Glance has given to so many, Action Shelter, fire victims and so many in need, they give free of charge to these occasions of need, Thank you Second Glance and why can they do this because of your donations. Thank you friends

Did you know that Second Glance will pick up furniture free Monday thru Thursday just call them 978-283-4298 so if you have anything you want to donate please drop it off

Clothing sizes women’s medium and small

Toddlers size boys 3&5 boys size 7

Infant girl size 12-18 months

Mens medium & XL

All items accepted, but large household items please call Second Glance,

we will need diapers, wipes, bottles, silverware, lamps, blankets, dishes pots & pans etc.

And the good thing nothing will go to waste..Any one can go to Second Glance Thank you once again

warmest regards

Jackie Hardy, Sefatia Romeo Theken, Melissa Cox/ residents of Gloucester not a city council project

special thank you to  Dawn Alves, Sue & Richard Canning, and Sheree DiLorenzo, Gloucester Fund and Second Glance