EJ Rocky Neck Photo update From Fred Bodin

Fred writes-

Hi Joey, 

EJ asked: Who Remembers This? | GoodMorningGloucester, and I commented about a photo I have of the same building in 1929. So here it is.


The building on the left became the first Rudder restaurant in 1957, and later became the Joan Kerry studio. It has been replaced by a new house. The building on the right has been owned by the Sibleys since 1919. It is now the residence of George and Ellen Sibley. The photo was taken from the vicinity of Sailor Stan’s restaurant.

Fredrik D. Bodin

Bodin Historic Photo

Here was EJ’s original post-

Who Remembers This?

Posted on January 29, 2013by E.J.

rocky neck

and have you been to Rocky Neck recently to see what has gone up in its place?

E.J. Lefavour

Chickity Check It!- Big Mike’s Bikes Breaks Down That Burning Question In Everybody’s Mind- Should I Buy a Craigslist Bike?


Should I Buy a Craigslist Bike?

Craigslist is ubiquitous. Tons and tons of people use it in every major, or even tiny, metro area. Their bicycle section is huge, with well-priced bikes of all sizes and types. But is it worth it to get a bike from a random stranger?

If you don’t know much about us, we got our start on Craigslist. Mike finally felt comfortable enough with servicing bicycles to sell off a few extra bikes, and pretty soon it grew into a full-time job. People were happy with our service, and even recommended their friends to us – pretty good for a random Craigslist transaction, right? When we realized Gloucester really needed a bike shop again, we transitioned into mobile local service out of the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market, and then finally into a storefront.

We have also purchased dozens of bikes on Craigslist over the years. Bikes that needed work and were being sold cheaply were right up our alley. So we’ve been there, especially in Boston.

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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.

This week we photographed our native shrimp on the line at Steve Connolly Seafood. The shrimp catch is limited to Mondays and Wednesdays with nets out of the water by 2pm. Unfortunately, the season will only last a few weeks. Romeo, who purchases fish for Connolly, has some comments about his suppliers.





Videos and color photos © Kathy Chapman 2013


DSCF1051 B+W photos © Marty Luster 2013

Dance Party Postponed

Feb 2 Dance Party at The Center on Rocky Neck has been postponed due to construction going on at the site. There are some wonderful improvements being done to the building and the place is just not ready for prime time at this moment. Will keep you posted. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. Will plan another DANCE PARTY for mid – late March. Stay tuned!

Can you guess who is the model in the photo?

Gail Huff Leopard skin pill box hat suit Dylan ©Kim Smith DesignsFellow GMG contributors who already know the answer to this, please do not guess. Thank you.

Photography: Clark Quinn; Leopard Velvet Suit and Pill Box Hat: Kim Smith; Model: ??

 Clue: For many years, we all enjoyed her stellar reporting.

Robots set to invade Gloucester Harbor in June

I was at an events planning meeting with City of Gloucester officials yesterday (more on why I was there in another post coming soon) and so were some very interesting people from Olin College of Engineering, including their marketing person, Michelle Davis, who sent this news release along about Sailbot June 9-13, 2013.  Now this I want to see!

Robotic Sailboats Coming to Gloucester, Courtesy of Olin College

New One-Meter Class Added to 2013 Sailbot Regatta

Olin College of Engineering has partnered with the City of Gloucester to co-host the 7th International Robotic Sailing Regatta, known as Sailbot, on June 9-13, 2013, in Gloucester, Mass.

The global robotic sailing competition began in 2006 as a senior project at the University of British Columbia. The contest challenges student teams to design and build robotic sailboats capable of five on-water challenges which test the speed, maneuverability and navigational capabilities within the environmental variables. In addition, each team will present the innovative and dynamic methods used in the design and manufacturing process in detail.

In addition to a two-meter Class and an Open Class (for boats up to four meters), a one-meter category has also been added. High school teams are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the additional category. The deadline for teams to indicate an intention to compete in the regatta is February 15th, 2013. Interested parties can email sailbot2013@gmail.com, and they will then receive proper registration materials once they indicate their participation. Please visit the 2013 Sailbot website for additional details.

“We are very excited to be partnering with the City of Gloucester to bring this event to the Northeast,” said Drew Bennett, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Olin. “There is a rich history of maritime innovation in Gloucester and a desire to learn more about how the local community can leverage that experience to find solutions for our oceanographic landscape in the 21st century. Sailbot is the perfect opportunity to provide a fun, educational challenge for students interested in the future of our Oceans.”

Autonomous watercraft technologies hold the potential to further advancements in national security and marine biology. Currently, the military and private sectors utilize a hybrid mix of manually operated and autonomous watercraft, but the production of fully unmanned oceanic vehicles, such as Sailbots, is now on the brink of reality. The ability to use self-guided robotic watercraft for coastal surveillance missions as well as water pollution sourcing, oil spill recovery and tsunami warning eliminates the human risk typically associated with these tasks. Furthermore, the monitoring of marine animals will be greatly enhanced by this technology, allowing for passive observation of behaviors such as migration routes and pairing sites.

Despite being rookies to the regatta, Olin College took second place overall last June with their boat “Blackbody Radiation” and also received special commendation for their success in the navigational portion of the contest. The team’s success was also recognized by one of its sponsors, National Instruments; team representatives Jaime McCandless ‘11 and Jason Curtis ‘11, along with faculty members Drew Bennett and Dave Barrett, were selected to give a keynote presentation about Sailbot at National Instruments Week 2012 (NI Week).

Live Rainforest Animal Presentation at Gloucester High Today!


Hi Joey,

I had this on our calendar and noticed that there’s not much coverage of it anywhere else.  This is a public presentation at the Gloucester High Auditorium and for $5, how could you go wrong? More info here: http://northshorekid.com/event/live-rainforest-animal-presentation-ghs

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

First Ever!!! Gloucester Downtown Chocolate Tour February 9th from 5-9PM

You gotta recognize!  Downtown Gloucester is not your father’s downtown Gloucester.  These merchants are pulling together to come up with some pretty cool happenings for our community.  Now is up to us to support them and have some fun while we’re at it.  see you on the 9th, where else but Downtown Gloucester!