Good Morning Gloucester Podcast April 18,2013 With Guest Bill O’Connor From North Shore Kid

Podcast Host Joey Ciaramitaro and guest Bill O’Connor Taped April 18th, 2013

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Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Bill O'Connor

Topics Include:

North Shore Kid Top Three School Vacation Family To-Do Ideas

Good Harbor Beach Footbridge Over/Under Prediction

Earth Day Plans

Paul Morrison

Getting Flocked

Beach Reclamation

Plum Island Homes

Check Out Bill’s Site- North Shore Kid

Jim Dowd’s Post On Good Morning Gloucester Makes The Washington Post


Attention, terrorists: In Boston, history and grudges are forever

Posted by Melinda Henneberger on April 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

The Post Melinda is referring to is here-

Community Photos 4/18/13

My garden is finally coming alive.

Len Burgess


Janet Rice Submits-

Hi Joey-

Wondering if this Kitty and this Owl were the inspiration for this book?!

Best-Janet Rice

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Joey, Some great looking Lobsta Art in the men’s room at Clayton’s Siesta Grille, Sarasota, Fla. Really good Lobsta Art. Worth checking out for a true Lobsta Guy.
Billy Trefry.


Keeping our Earth Clean and Healthy

April 20, 2013 Saturday–

One Hour at A Time Gang:  Saturday, Please go over to the Harbor Walk near the Gloucester House, there is a lot of trash over there.  Since I have my grandchildren will not be able to make you can always get the bags from the DPW.  Thanks

More info:

On April 21 2013 starting at 9 am, Ambie Orlando will be having the first annual clean up Burnhams Field event. What we will be doing is cleaning up the field of trash and debris so that everyone can see the true beauty in the field. If your child or anyone for that matter uses the field we would love for you to come down and help out. We are recommending you bring down maybe a rake and shovel and if you could some power equipment like blowers and weed whackers that would be an even bigger help. Thank you in advance for your help it is greatly appreciated.

Also do not forget:

Sidewalk Sweeping is on April 20th, the Clean City Initiative and the Building Center of Gloucester asks every resident and business to sweep the sand from their sidewalks for the city to come and take it away.

What is the Eco-Trip?

It’s a scavenger hunt from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 around downtown Gloucester. You’ll walk to eight businesses and solve a puzzle that will reveal one way they are taking care of the environment.

What businesses are sponsoring the Eco-Trip?

Nor’east Cleaners, Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shoppe, Harbor Health Group, Dogtown Books, Mill River Consulting, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Cape Ann Farmers’ Market, and Latitude

Why should I participate?

You’ll have fun while exercising your brain and body! You’ll learn what Gloucester businesses are doing to lessen their carbon footprints. You’ll have a chance to win a gift from a local business and enjoy light refreshments at the after party at Latitude 43.

How will I know where to go?

You’ll sign in at the Friend Room of the Sawyer Free Library and get a map showing the businesses’ locations. You’ll plan your own route from there. We’ll meet for the after party at Latitude 43 between 2:30 and 3 p.m.

Do I have to travel alone?

You can choose to play solo or in a team of 2 to 4 people. If you register by yourself and want to play as part of a team, we will assign you to a team when you sign in on April 20.

Will kids enjoy the Eco-Trip?

The Eco-Trip (1 ½ mile walk) and puzzles have been designed for adults and for middle and high school students. It’s up to you to gauge your child’s interest and stamina. Children age 13+ should pay the $10 registration fee.

How does my team win?

The Eco-Trip is not a race. The goal is to solve the puzzles. Teams that solve all eight puzzles will be entered in a drawing during the party at Latitude 43 for first pick of the prizes.  Teams that solve three or more puzzles will be entered into a drawing to select from among the remaining prizes.

I want to play! How do I register?  How much does it cost?  Click on the Eco-Trip link at the Eco-Trip Registration page, fill out the short form and pay by credit card via PayPal. Each Eco-Trip player will pay a $10 fee before April 13. After that, players will pay $15. The Eco-Trip is a fundraiser for the Cape Ann TimeBank.

What is the Cape Ann TimeBank?

The Cape Ann TimeBank is a group of individuals and businesses that strengthen the community by offering their services to each other and to community groups. For every hour of service a member offers, s/he is eligible to ask for an hour of help in return.

Where can I park?

Gloucester has 10-hour parking meters (.50/hour) and a parking lot on Rogers Street below the Fitz Henry Lane house and across from the police station.

Is there a rain date?

No, we’re going to hold the Eco-Trip rain or shine.  After all, rain is an integral part of our ecology!

For more information about the Eco-Trip, contact Nancy Goodman at

For press inquiries, contact Judy Bloomfield at

Copyright Cape Ann Timebanks, 2013

Need some help?


Thinking about entering the Sailor Stan’s First Annual Invitational Soup’s On Best of Cape Ann Soup Competition this Sunday but don’t know what kind of soup to make?  Check out this site:  Of course, you don’t have to enter a soup in the competition to be part of this delicious fundraiser for the Center at Rocky Neck – you can just come enjoy and vote for the soups others have made.  I picked up the ingredients for my souper special soup yesterday.

Details:  Sunday, April 21 from 3:00-5:00pm, Sailor Stan’s First Annual Invitational Soup’s On – Best of Cape Ann Soup Competition with proceeds to benefit the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.   $12 includes samples of all the entries plus fresh bread and a beverage, $5 for children under 12.  Entrants eat for free and get to check out their competition.

If you make a great soup that you would like to have included in the competition, email EJ at with your name and the type of soup you will bring.   The creator of the winning soup will win a $25 gift certificate to Sailor Stan’s, in addition to the worldwide acclaim and notoriety of being the best soup maker on Cape Ann.  Fun, delicious, heart and tummy-warming, and all for a good cause. 


And while you’re here, make sure you stop by the Center and enjoy the Best of Rocky Neck show currently on exhibit.

E.J. Lefavour

The season is on!

36 performers on Cape Ann this weekend — remember, by my definition, the weekend starts on Thursdays.  Tonight we’ve got the Singer/Songwriter Shuffle starting at 7, featuring some of the area’s best, including Inge Berge, whose new children’s album (see this post for more info) was featured in today’s Gloucester Times (see article here).

After the shuffle, you can catch award winning Indie Rocker, Bray Byrd at Dog Bar starting at 9.  Music starts at 7pm tomorrow, 10:30 AM on Saturday and 11:30 AM on Sunday, so plenty of opportunities to get the kids out to listen.  See the full schedule here.

To get you in the weekend mood, here’s a video Brad shot at Minglewood about a year ago of one of my favorite songs from his award-winning album Mental Photograph.

More Brad Byrd videos here.

Final night of the first SingerSongwriterShuffle 7-10pm @ Giuseppe’s

Giuseppe’s Ristorante, Gloucester, Ma

Tonight is our final night of the first SingerSongwriterShuffle! 7-10pm, come out and hear Steve Caraway, Inge Berge, Satch Kerans, Jake Pardee, Randy Black, Brian O’Connor and Will Hunt! 7-10pm! We have a new “Shuffle” starting up again May 2nd! Stay tuned!

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Photo by Louise

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Murder on Rocky Neck: The Opera!

News from Henry Allen and friends:

This is David Wesson, I’m the new Outreach Coordinator for Henry Allen’s Northshore Folklore Theater Company. I’ve been a follower of GMG for some time, and look forward to connecting with you!

As you are likely aware, Henry has partnered with the YMCA as Heny Allen’s Northshore Theatre Company. Instead of our plays being confined to one theater, we are performing them in various hot spots all around town- as a way to truly reach out to the commnunity.

We would love your help in spreading the work about our upcoming show Murder on Rocky Neck: the Opera, as well as getting the word out for our children’s programming and summer camp.

Attached please see the flyer for our upcoming show Murder on Rocky Neck which opens on May 9 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck:

Murder on Rocky Neck

Attached also, please find a fun synopsis of the play Murder on Rocky Neck with more details. …[T]his is our first production at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, and we want to make sure the community knows about it! (Synopsis follows:)

On a frosty Thursday morning on old Rocky Neck,
The artist Richard Bluewall was found drowned, by heck!
Whilst the children of the town pondered how he had died,
Court was in session with those being tried:
Was it Old Scurvy Crabwater killed poor Richard Bluewall?
Or was it Miss Sylvia DeSylvia who’s love conquered all?
Or perhaps Jesse Pomeroy, a boy of sixteen,
With suspicious demeanor and caught at the scene!
Star witness and actress, Alicia Linguiça,
Insists to the end,
That the murder was committed
By her former best friend!
With Judge Thaddeus Pudge
Presiding the case,
And the audience as jury putting justice in place,
Attorneys Paperwell, Rockwell, Scissorwell and Schute
Do their level best to condemn the brute.

Travel back in time to 1870’s Gloucester, and lose yourself in this witty opera, a courtroom drama with a surprise ending – an original story entirely conceived and written by Henry Allen’s Young Playwrights, ages 9-13. The show features a beautiful original score by Derek Dupuis, age 16, who also composed the music for ‘Song of The Sea’. Murder On Rocky Neck, The Opera is appropriate for all ages!

Tickets: Suggested donation $20- General Audience, $15 – Seniors, Veterans & Students
Limited seating
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester

Director: Henry Allen
Music Director: John Eldridge
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Timothy Edwards
Set Design: Fionn McWilliam & Mike Ryan
Costume Design: Amy-Beth Healey & Brenda Leahy
Lights & Sound Design: InterMediaUnlimited
Ensemble (alpha): Alex Becket, Scott Brown, Emma Cavaliere, Caroline Connolly, Shannon Connolly, Sadie Cook, Timothy Edwards, Olivia Francis, Genna Healey, Jay Healey, Henry Jacques, Shannon Kelly, Belle Muller, Rodney Perry, Matt Service, Peter Souza, Elizabeth Wagner, Brandon Waterman, and David Wesson.

Joey C’s Proposal For Changing School Vacation Week Locally

Kids missing school isn’t a good thing.  It’s not good for the students.  Not good for the teachers who have their performance tied to standardized testing.  Not good for education in general.  I’m fairly certain we can all agree on that.

With all public schools taking the same exact school vacation week off what it has created in the travel industry is a huge demand all at once and if anyone wants to travel during school vacation week prices not only double, but they often times triple or quadruple.

So parents who would like to take their kids away often times take their kids out a week before or a week after a winter vacation and once those kids are in third grade or so they can lose a fundamental building block of their education.   Teachers whose job performance are increasingly tied to state standardized test scores are penalized for children’s absence if they aren’t there to learn and those students bring their average test scores down.

So I ask, why not just move school vacation week forward or back a week so we don’t have to compete with the entire state for flights to Orlando or some other vacation destination at the very same time? 

You would have better attendance because parents wouldn’t pick an off school vacation week to go away.

The people who wouldn’t take their kids out of school on an off school vacation week might be able to afford to take their children away if every public school district in the State didn’t take the same exact week off.

Teachers would benefit from higher attendance rates and presumably higher standardized test scores because the kids would be in class.

I see it as a win all the way around.