Susan Sontag Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

“Do stuff, be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention, attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”
Susan Sontag (1933-2004)


Educated at Berkeley, the University of Chicago, Harvard, and Oxford, Sontag was known as the “Dark Lady of American Literature.” Although she described herself as a novelist, she was a prolific essayist and critic as well, not only of literature but also photography, the Vietnam War, patriarchy and Western Civilization. Her articles and short stories in the New Yorker magazine brought her widespread fame and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1990. Sontag was married to writer David Rieff from 1950 to 1958, but was openly bisexual in a time when it was not generally accepted, and had a long-standing romantic relationship with photographer Annie Leibowitz. Sontag’s last novel, In America, was given the National Book Award.

Greg Bover

BREAKING NEWS: Advanced seats for Henri Smith ft. Charles Neville Sold Out – Standing Room Tickets Available @ Theatre

Thanks to everyone who is coming to support the YMCA TEENS REBUILD NEW ORLEANS TRIP!

All advanced tickets are sold out.  We will have some Standing Room Only or partially obstructed view seats for sale at the Lacrom Theatre @ 14 Wallis St. Beverly.  Those tickets will be available at about 3:30pm.


Renate’s Red Fox Kit Photos from Several Years Ago

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GMG Reader Renate writes: “I am writing to you today to tell you that I also noticed the absence of foxes in the past two years. We live out near Wingaersheek Beach and we used to see the foxes crossing the big meadow, that is used for parking in the summer and we even had a fox walk up our driveway, with a dead bunny in his mouth, to go behind our neighbors property, where she had young ones waiting for food, I am sure. I woke up a couple of nights ago to the screaming of coyotes (it is probably mating season), not a pleasant sound. A couple of years ago, we had a coyote leave her young ones behind our house to go hunting for food and I was able to take a couple of pictures. I am attaching one for you to see if these were in fact young coyotes. Some people think they are foxes, but I think they are too big in the legs. What do you think?”

Renate, I believe these are Red Fox kits. Thank you for sharing and sending the photos!

Cape Ann Youth Hockey Girls U12 and U14 Teams Update From JD Perry

Hello Joe,

I’d like to send you some updates for the upcoming Cape Ann Youth Hockey Girls U12 and U14 teams through their end of the 2012-13 season playdowns, which take place at the Ed Burns Arena in Arlington.

Regardless of our overall success during this post-season, this has already been a highly successful season in many ways.  The vast majority of these girls — who come from Cape Ann and all over the north shore — skated together for the first time this year.  Beyond the development in skill over the course of the season, many strong friendships have been forged between the girls.

Thank you for supporting the local sports scene in general and, specifically, the new Girls Hockey program.  Over the coming days, I will send additional information on the post-season results as well as registration information to sign up and play in the 2013-14 season.

The first post-season game was played to victory by the U12 team two weeks ago, beating Arlington in a 1-0 battle.  Jesse Alexander scored with an assist from Grace Bertagna and Callie MacLaughlin earned a shutout for the game (synopsis at bottom of this post).   They will be playing Lexington/Bedford in the championship game this Sunday morning, April 7, at 10:00).

The U14s skated to victory last night, April 4, beating Medfield 3-1 with two goals from McKinley Karpa and the insurance goal coming from Crystal Mahan in the third period.  Goaltender Hannah Corcoran stood on her head with acrobatic saves to shut the opposition out until the third period.

As reported by Kathy Cincotta, Director of the Middlesex Yankee Conference Girl’s Hockey League:

MYC Playdowns went off as scheduled tonight (Wednesday, March 20 @ 7:00 )at the Ed Burns Arena in Arlington featuring Arlington U12 B vs Cape Ann U12 from the U12 Mid South II Division and Wellesley U14 A vs Dover Stars U14 from the U14 Mid North Division.

Arlington U12 B and Cape Ann U12 descended on the rink early for their game, body-slamming each other, munching on candy and trying to convert their birth month to numbers. Both teams hit the ice gunning for a spot at Champ weekend and what a game it was. Back and forth play, snipers out in full force, but defense and goalies were the key to this game. Game was tied 0-0 until half way through the 3rd period when Cape Ann finally wizzed one past Arlington. That would be all they would need to secure a win. Hats off to both goalies, Arlington’s Casey Smith, and Cape Ann’s Callie McLaughlin (Ms. 0) who both had stand on their head’s games. We say a sad goodbye to Arlington and wish the best to Cape Ann at Champ weekend. Scoring: Cape Ann – GraceBertagna, Jesse Alexander, Callie McLaughlin.

On behalf of CAHY Girls program,

JD Perry, CAHY Girls U14 coach

Reminder – Yard Sale Today!!!


Sorry, Joanne. I stole your post! 🙂

It’s time for one of our HUGE indoor garage sales at 17 Kondelin Rd. #7 in Gloucester MA. Saturday April 6th, It will start at 9am and end at 3pm. Sorry, no early birds.


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Getting things organized by Saturday so you can shop with ease and a breeze.

This sale will include

  • antiques
  • jewelry
  • art
  • old books
  • postcards
  • stamps
  • furniture
  • glassware
  • CDs & DVDs
  • tools
  • ephemera
  • and tons more!



An Old Haunt Revisited: Doyle’s Cafe in JP From Fred Bodin

Fred Bodin Submits-

Hi Joey, Here’s something a little different. Quite a few Gloucester folks remember Doyle’s, including Donna.

An Old Haunt Revisited: Doyle’s Cafe in JP


Janet and I visited Doyle’s Cafe on our way home from Easter Sunday dinner in Roslyndale. Before I moved to Cape Ann, I lived in Jamaica Plain for 12 years. During that time, I frequented Doyle’s on Washington Street, which was in the shadow of the Orange Line. It was a pretty wild place at times.

Doyle’s was founded in 1882 as the Braddock Cafe. It was bought in 1972 by brothers Eddie and Billy Burke, and then sold to Billy’s son Gerry in 2005. We found Gerry while exploring one of the new function rooms, and he’s one the friendliest guys you’ll meet. Later, he was helping out behind the bar and sweeping the floor. Very cool place.

Politicians schmoozed here, including the Kennedys and Mayor Menino. In fact, Ted Kennedy dedicated one of the function rooms, and there’s also a  “Menino Room.”

Here’s a vintage menu from Doyle’s. A comment from Kate via Facebook: “I ate at Doyle’s last fall. THE BEST Rueben and THE BEST sweet potato fries on Earth.”

Community Stuff 4/6/13

Don’t miss CAT’s hilarious new production of “Becky Shaw”! April 26-28 and May 2-5 at the Gorton Theatre, home of Gloucester Stage. Buy tickets now at‬ ‪

Becky Shaw


Trouble in the old USSR

Doug Brendel writes-

Joey, our “New Thing” charity in the former Soviet Union is in trouble. We’re losing our warehouse in Minsk. Without a warehouse, we can’t keep providing 225 tons of food and goods to children and families, the hungry and homeless, orphans and old people and hospital patients, in the 4th-poorest country in the world.
For years, our team in Belarus has worked out of a dilapidated old warehouse in Minsk, graciously donated to us, free of charge, by a generous family. But now, the family is selling the property. It will be scraped for a new commercial building.
We urgently need a place to receive, organize, store, and distribute the tons of humanitarian aid we take in every year. Without warehouse space, our work comes to a halt. And more than 16,000 families will not get the help they need.
We can put two enormous 40-foot shipping containers — actually they’re more like metal buildings — on a friend’s property, rent-free.
We’ll have 5,899 cubic feet of storage space — more than we have now — and it will be far, far easier to use.
And all for just $1.30 per cubic foot. This includes site preparation, delivery, installation, the works.
Actually what it means is helping button up a warm coat around a shivering little girl whose parents are simply too poor to get her a coat on their own …
Or putting food on the table for a family shattered by the breakdown of the Belarusian economy … or keeping hot water flowing in the newborns ward of a hospital …
Or tying up the laces of good, heavy shoes on the feet of a homeless person, in a place where the temperatures are still very cold….
We’ve launched a campaign on to raise the money before the deadline.
The link is … All the details are there.
If you could point GMG readers there, I would really be grateful.
Thank you so much!

Hello Joey,

Was wondering if you would like to post that this is the last week that Carol Kriekis’s artwork is available for showing/purchasing. I have attached a promo poster from her gala opening.

Best Regards, Danny Giddings

Alchemy Tapas & Bistro

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