Comparison Shopping Gloucester’s Big Three Supermarkets Stop and Shop, Market Basket and Shaws

I’ve wanted to do this for a long time.  Real world comparison of staple items that I always buy and have on hand.  The 5 items were selected ahead of time, not knowing what the prices would be at all three places and without prejudice as to what I thought might be cheaper at one store or another.

The 5 items are Granny Smith Apples, Chobani Yogurt, Store Brand Almonds, Store Brand Plain Soy Milk, Store Brand Peanut Butter.

Round 1: Chobani Yogurt-

Stop and Shop $4.99

Market Basket $4.99

Shaws $6.49

Round 2: Granny Smith Apples

Stop and Shop $1.69 Lb

Market Basket .99 Lb

Shaws $1.17 Lb

Round 3: 40 Oz Store Brand Peanut Butter

Stop and Shop $5.19

Market Basket $4.99

Shaws $5.69

Round 4: Almonds Store Brand

Stop and Shop $8.98 Lb (On Sale) Normally $9.98 Lb

Market Basket $5.05 Lb

Shaws $10.87 Lb

Round 5: Plain Soy Milk Store Brand

Stop and Shop $2.79

Market Basket $2.50

Shaws $3.49

Again remember I did not pre-scout these items to select things that would have outrageous price differences but picked them before I entered the first stop.

My guess that Market Basket was most often much cheaper was confirmed and confirmed by a mile.

If you bought one unit of each of these items at each of these stores your total would be

Stop and Shop $23.64

Market Basket $18.52

Shaws $27.71

The difference of $9.19 more money for the five items at Shaws over Market Basket is ASTOUNDING.  That is nearly 50% more money.  It would cost you 27% more to purchase the same items at Stop and Shop over Market Basket.

I don’t know about you but when the banks pay you what amounts to negative returns on your money after fees, 27% or 49% savings on your money is HUGE!

This took a while to compile and label each image, I hope it helps you make informed decisions on where to shop.

MyZone Fitness Challenge- Muffy Pulls Ahead With Another Psycho 2 Hour Session


I pulled within 4 MEPs of her yesterday but when I got to The Manchester Athletic Club she had just finished a 2 Hour session in which she amassed a 300 point lead over me before I cut that lead in half.

She’s a beast. But I’m more consistent.  We will see who out perseveres who by the end of the month.

I will say this- there is without question a fire that burns with this whole MZone thing and it’s because of the accountability in the reporting of my workouts.  I don’t  take breaks when I’m working out because I know that it will affect my score.  It pushes you to keep on pushing throughout the entire workout.

It’s Muffy vs your boy Joey C- who ya got?

Dr. Laurence J. Peter Quote of The Week from Greg Bover

"The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance."
Dr. Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990)

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and educated at Washington State University, Dr. Peter was a coordinator of programs for emotionally disturbed children at the University of Southern California. As a student of bureaucracies, he was famous for his theory The Peter Principle, and his 1968 book of the same name, which posits that in a hierarchical organization an employee rises until he or she reaches one level above that at which they are competent. In later life he was active in the Kinetic Sculpture Race which occurs in many locations around the world (and looks like a whole lot of fun. Couldn’t we have one on Rocky Neck?)

Greg Bover




Get ready for another year of exciting flat-track action! The Boston Derby Dames, Massachusetts’s premier WFTDA-sanctioned roller derby league, launches its 8th season of roller derby with a season opener on March 16, 2013 at Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Rd in Wilmington, MA. The doors for this double header open at 4PM with Boston’s B Party taking the track at 5PM to face off against the Montréal Sexpos. And at 7PM, watch Boston’s internationally-ranked travel team The Boston Massacre take on Montréal’s New Skids on the Block. $16/$12 ages 6-13. For tickets and more info visit

On The Hard

DSCF1344 The ninety foot, three deck ferry, Thomas Laighton runs between Portsmouth, NH and the Isle of Shoals and surrounding areas. She’s currently undergoing maintenance at the Gloucester Marine Railways. For more info visit

Mayor Kirk: Working Together for Gloucester’s Future

Luke McElhenny ©Kim Smith 2013

The well-attended Mayor’s “I Love Gloucester Breakfast” at the Gloucester House this morning was followed by remarks and an informative Q and A. The overarching theme of the morning’s event was of working together to build Gloucester’ s future. It is always a pleasure to be around the Mayor because of the integrous manner in which she is managing the city’s business and because of her infectious love for Gloucester. Thank you Mayor Kirk for all you have done, and are continuing to do, to create a better Gloucester for all of us!

Carolyn Kirk ©Kim Smith 2013

©Kim Smith 2013Bailey Kirk ©Kim Smith 2013Carolyn Kirk-1 ©Kim Smith 2013

Mayor Carolyn Kirk Donna Ardizonni©Kim Smith 2013JPGGloucester Chief of Police Leonar Campanello

Luke, Mayor Kirk, John McEllhenny ©Kim Smith 2013JPGLuke and John McElhenny ©Kim Smith 2013Luke and John McElhenny

New York Times puts Gloucester’s big debate on the front page

from the New York Times story: “The harbor in Gloucester, Mass., part of the Northeastern fishery declared a disaster by the Commerce Department last fall.”
photo: Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times

The home page of today’s New York Times website features a story on Gloucester’s big debate about what to do with our waterfront (see story here).

Mayor Kirk is quoted a number of times promoting her vision of our port supporting both fishing and marine science, saying some of the $150 million Congress might appropriate should be used for “Programs that might attract those other uses that allow you to maintain a smaller fleet, and maintain an infrastructure for that fleet, and sit side by side.”

Everybody who’s seriously working on attracting marine science to Gloucester knows we need more than a port.  We also need a thriving cultural economy in order to attract the workers that power marine science.  Most of these workers are young, single PhDs who work very long hours and want to go out after work — and on weekends — for food, drink and music.  They want to feel surrounded by culture.  These people think they want to live in Cambridge.  What they may not know is that Gloucester has a burgeoning cultural economy.  Just look at all the live music available this weekend — and it’s supposed to be the dead of winter!

We’ve got momentum.  But in order to grow a sustainable economy for Gloucester’s long-term, we have to grow our cultural economy a lot more.  That’s where you come in.  Think of Gloucester FIRST when planning what to do at night and on weekends.  Not sure where to eat?  Check out this HUGE list of restaurants.  Check the live music schedule.  You’ll likely find music for every taste.  Want to enrich your life and the lives of your kids?  Check out this impressive list of galleries, studios, museums, theatres, etc.  Think you need to drive to the mall?  STOP!  Check this out and think again.

The secret to growing our cultural economy without losing our soul is to honor our past and embrace our future.  That’s precisely what Fred Bodin does.  His store honors our past by helping to keep the core of our history and culture alive.  And now, he’s taken to filming the future.  Here he is filming Jon Butcher with Dave Brown, Dave Mattacks and Wolf Ginandes at Jalapenos on Tuesday singing Sam Cooke’s classic Change is Gonna Come — how perfect it that!  Boston rock star Jon Butcher moved to Gloucester.  Let’s get out and support his decision, prove him right, boost our cultural economy and — most importantly — have a blast doing it!

Stubbys Valentines Day Birthday Party at Maritime Gloucester

Janet Rice Submits-

A great time was had by all ,including Stubby!

(Don’t forget to get/renew your membership at the Maritime Gloucester this year. Stubby looks forward to greeting you!)


Janet Rice

Origami train


Each segment is a folded from a single square of paper with no cuts or glue.  The design is from a book I bought more than twenty years ago. It is all in Japanese, by Yoshihide Momotani.  There are instructions for other types of train cars as well.  The theme of the book is transportation, so there are also boats, cars, etc., but in my opinion the train is the best of what the book has to offer.

Fr. Matthew Green

Big Mike’s Bikes Water Bottles- Finally!

Big Mike’s Bike’s writes-

Hey, Joey!
I wanted to let your readers know we finally got a shipment of Big Mike’s Bikes water bottles in! A lot of people asked for them last season, but we were so busy with tune-ups and service we didn’t get to ordering them until after the holidays. They are BPA free, are made and printed in the USA, and have a nifty little rubber gasket and spout so you don’t have to gnaw on plastic to get them open. They’re $3.99 here at the shop at 50 Maplewood Ave. Right now we’re on winter hours, so Tue-Thu 10-6 and Fri-Sat 10-3, but we’ll be back to 7 full days a week when the weather gets nice.

Big Mike’s Bikes

Aerial Video of Portions of Stage Fort Park From Charlie Carroll

Charlie writes-

Shot this this afternoon… It’s an Aerial Video of portions of Stage Fort Park.

There is a New Set of Propellers on the machine that haven’t been balanced yet and they are causing some distortion…

Will have the problem corrected this weekend.

Community Stuff 2/16/13

Mark the Dates:



William Shakespeare’s

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

Directed by Joseph Stiliano

February 27 – March 2 @ 8 PM; March 3 @ 3 PM

Gorton Theatre , 267 East Main Street, Gloucester

(Home of the Gloucester Stage Company)

Tickets: $15/general <> $10/student <> $5/ youth under 19

(Opening performance, Wednesday, February 27, all seats $5)

At the door or reserve at .

Supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Free Family Storytelling Event at Pathways for Children in Gloucester

Local Teaching Artist Nicolette Nordin Heavey to Perform

Gloucester, Mass.—On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, the Cape Anne Families program at Pathways for Children will present Nicolette Nordin Heavey, storyteller and teaching artist, in three performances.
The event is free and open to any family in the community, but signing up is required due to limited space. 

To reserve your child’s slot, call Hailey Granger, CAF Family Services Coordinator at Pathways, 978-281-2400 x110 or email her at  There will be three shows, each geared to a specific age group.   Attendees may sign up for any show.  The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, February 20th:
9:30- Preschool Show #1
    10:00- Preschool Show #2
    10:45- School-Age Show

All shows will be held at the Cape Ann Families/Open Door meeting space at 28 Emerson Avenue in Gloucester.

February vacation programs this week at Maritime Gloucester

It’s not too late to sign up for our February vacation week programs! Register online at or register on-site before each session. 
$20 per session for Non-Members, $15 for Members, or register for all five sessions for the price of four ($80 Non-Members, $60 Members). All programs are run on-site in our classroom, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA.