Dinner Dealer Local Card of The Week

DinnerDealer_CalasWhen dining at Cala’s you’re guaranteed to run into someone you know. With such a fun and inviting atmosphere, locals enjoy coming to Cala’s for the good food, drink, and company. Night after night, these guys are always bustling with diners — even in the middle of January! If you’re reading this and have never been to Cala’s, we suggest you fix that right away. Don’t miss out! Get your $10 off Dinner Dealer coupon, call your buddies, and get over to Manchester tonight. At least for right now (during the off-season) you’ll have better luck getting a decent parking spot, right?!

Cala’s • 7 Beach Street • www.CalasRestaurant.com

Don’t have a $10 off coupon to Cala’s?
Hurry up and grab a Dinner Dealer deck online! www.DinnerDealer.com

Dine Out. Dine Local. Dine Often.

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 Kathy visited the Causeway Restaurant for a bowl of their seafood chowder, her favorite. For $7, it’s a meal and a half. Highly recommended, but to avoid waiting for a table, try the off hours.

CausewayChowderChapman2013 Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013

Unnatural Selection

Guest writer JoeAnn Hart’s recent post at Float Blog


During my son’s newborn assessment years ago, the pediatrician turned my rosy baby around in his hands like an experienced fruit vendor with a melon. “Look,” he said, as he placed the baby down on his side. “My favorite anomaly.”

Favorite anomaly? Anomaly, anomaly, anomaly. I couldn’t remember what it meant, and certainly not in relation to my baby boy. Atypical? Abnormal? That couldn’t be right. A mother wants a pediatrician to say it is the most normal baby he has even seen in the history of babies.

He tugged on my son’s ear. “There,” he said, “a gill.”

Dear god. A gill. It was only a small pinprick, as if he’d been born with a pierced ear, but this evolutionary tic was too high up on the ear rim for me to pass him off as a very hip baby. To make matters worse, in my family, the distinctive marker of infant beauty is related to how small and flat the ears are, so everyone looks at them first. I kept a tight little cap on him for months.


Scoot on up to the winter of 2013. Super Storm Sandy. Flooding. Powerful ocean surges. One extreme weather event after another, and the Atlantic succeeds in changing the coastline yet again. Adapting to drastic change may mean more than just picking up one’s shell and moving inland, for when a landscape changes, so do we. For most of the past 150 years, since Darwin first laid out the ground rules for natural selection, scientists assumed that humans had stopped evolving. They believed that with technology, medical advances, and culture, humans had become immune to evolutionary pressures. But no. Like all other living things on Earth, humans undergo genetic changes in response to conditions around them, passing beneficial adaptations down to their offspring. We are not exempt from the laws of nature. And the more extreme the pressures, the faster we will latch on to any mutation that might give an extra edge to our survival.

To continue reading, visit Float Blog

charlesdarwin-400x513Charles Darwin

Defy Terror This Weekend

As I pointed out in this post, non-violent defiance is the best weapon against tyranny.  This weekend we all have a chance to defy the terrorists by going out as planned.  If you haven’t yet made plans, there’s even more going on than we knew about when we posted yesterday.  Tonight alone, you’ve got a choice of 10 shows starting at 6pm.  See the full live music schedule here.  Plus it’s Earth Day Weekend with over 20 Cape Ann events planned and nicely mapped out for you by our boy Joey here.

Whether it’s music, movies, eco-scavenger-hunting, shredding, clean-up, planting … whatever … don’t be shy — defy!  Let Music & Mother Nature cleanse your soul.

Even Yankee fans are showing us love by singing our tune …

SpamBots- A PSA- Don’t Ever Open Email When It’s Just a Link

I get roughly 2-5 emails a day from people I may or may not have heard from in forever whose email accounts get hacked and the hackers generally send out mass emails from their email accounts that say something like-

Hey check this out-


Really at this point we should all have had enough experience and know not to click on links to sites we’re not familiar with but if you’re not here’s your warning.

Apparently my email account just sent oput a round of these.  Don’t click on link’s in anyone’s email to you that is just a line and a link to a weird site you’ve never heard of.

There’s your lesson for the day

Origami class at the Hive, April 25

Next Thursday, April 25, I will be teaching an origami class at The Hive at 7PM.  The cost is $15 students, $20 adults. Supplies are included.

The theme is “Spring!”  So I am going to offer a “menu” of models we can chose from, including flowers, butterflies, birds, and insects.  The ones in the photo are examples; which models we can do depends on the experience and skill of the workshop participants. I’ll have a range of difficulty from simple to high intermediate.

Fr. Matthew Green


Poll- WiFi On Planes or TV On Planes You Vote.

I’ve flown AirTran this year who boasts of having WiFi equipped planes. On this Jet Blue flight where I am composing this post and will save it as a draft on my laptop until I can get home to a WiFi signal and upload it there are seats which are all equipped with Direct TV and a pretty good selections of stations.

If you could pick just one, which would it be- $10 per flight WiFi or free direct TV?

Next scenario- Free WiFi or Free Direct TV.

Personally I’d take the WiFi in both situations but I’m curious what our readership would pick.

So vote in our poll and leave a comment in the comment section below this post.

For those of you who still haven’t figured out the comment section if you look directly below the body of this post there should be a word that says “comment”.  Click the word “comment” and put in your two cents on any post.  TY.


Community Photos 4/19/13

Rocky Neck Images from Merritt Hewitt


I’d like to offer these Rocky Neck images. You have a wonderful blog; it celebrates all that is Gloucester so strongly!

Take care,

Merritt Hewitt

John Nesta Gallery, Rocky Neck

, Rocky Neck

Adventure, Railways Refit

Adventure, Railways Refit-2

Capt. Novello, Railways Refit

Capt. Novello. Rocky Neck

The attached PDF is a copy of the front sports page of the Chicago Tribune from yesterday, April 16, 2013.
(Hope you are able to post a PDF on GMG).
I am a life long Chicagoan, but my wife and her family have been Cape Ann residents for many generations,
and we happily spend the better part of our summers there.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of Boston.

Bill Kirby,
Wilmette, IL & Rockport, MA


Interfaith Healing Service Boston Photo by State Senator Bruce Tarr


Costa Rica Adventure–People of Barra del Colorado

Below is a slide show of some of the people in the village of Barra del Colorado Village. Most of the photos are of the children and their wonderful smiles.

Here Is Your Point Of Reference For All Things Gloucester Earth Day/Week 2013


Earth Day is being celebrated between April 20th and April 27th 2013 here in Gloucester.  Because in the past I’ve never seen a comprehensive list ahead of time and neighborhoods who would like to have a plan to meet, I think Good Morning Gloucester is the perfect place to be the clearinghouse for Local Earth Day Information.

If your organization or neighborhood is planning something, submit it to goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com I will add it to the GMG Earth Day Google Map and add your listing here on the blog.

Click map for interactive information and send in your Earth Day Clean Up Pictures And I’ll attach them to the map and the blog!


Would be great to have neighborhoods write in and say where and what time they would like to meet.  FOB Patty Amaral will also update us with where to get yellow bags which will be collected and anything else from the Clean City Initiative coordination efforts. We are continually updating this list so continue to send in your neighborhood plan and I’ll post it. (seems most neighborhoods are meeting at 9AM)  I don’t see a Magnolia, or East Gloucester initiative yet. Send your listing to goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com

This is what we have so far-

Gloucester DPW Yellow Plastic Bag Pick Up For Community Clean Ups- Ongoing

Pick Up Yellow Plastic Bags For Community Clean Ups
Gloucester Public Works
28 Poplar Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-9785

Gloucester Housing Authority Riverdale Park/Veterans Way Community Clean UP

April 18th 9-12

April 19th 9-12

Toad Hall Bookstore Earth Day Cleanup Event at Loop Pond between 8 – 9:30 am on Saturday, April 20

In support of Rockport’s Earth Day activities, the Toad Hall Bookstore is sponsoring a volunteer cleanupof the Loop Pond Conservation Area and Upper Mill Brook between 8 – 9:30 am on Saturday, April

20thth. The Loop Pond Conservation area has been collaboratively restored by the Town and dozens of volunteers over the past decade. Anyone who wants to learn more about this project and pitch in a little volunteer time to further the ecological recovery cleanup of this important area of native grasslands, trails and wetlands please meet at the gate located at the end of Applecart Road at 8:00 am. For more information please contact Eric Hutchins at 978-546-6425 or Toad Hall Bookstore at 978-546-7323.

Toad Hall Bookstore Earth Day Beach Clean Up For Rockport April 20th

Pick a beach ,Front , Back or Old Garden Beach to clean up and recycle trash that pollutes our beaches. Saturday April 20th at 10:00- rain or shine join a volunteer at a location to clean up each beach. Trash bags will be provided, gloves are recommended. For more information please contact Nina Samoiloff at 978-546-7785or Toad Hall Bookstore at 978-546-7323.

Gloucester Goes Green in Earth Day Eco-Trip Celebration April 20th

Celebrate Earth Day and discover what Gloucester businesses are doing to go green on the Eco-Trip Scavenger Hunt on April 20 at 12:30 p.m. Eco-Trip registrants will get a free copy of “Share the Ocean” by Michael Crocker, donated by Niaz Dorry, coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.

More Info: http://www.capeanntimebanks.org/Ecofaq.html

The Cape Ann Chamber in partnership with Shred-It Boston will be offering free on-site shredding services on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester.

More Info: Cape Ann Chamber Shredding Event to Celebrate Earth Day

Sidewalk Sweeping Day Saturday, April 20, 2013

Please join the Clean City Initiative and the Building Center of Gloucester on our Annual Sidewalk Sweeping Day April 20, 2013. Sweep all the winter sand off of your sidewalk and into the street for the D.P.W. to come and take it away on your scheduled sweeping day, look for the posted schedule in your local newspaper or online on our cites website. Try to keep it in small piles so the street sweeping machine can sweep it up. Offer to help a neighbor that might need it. Look for coupons in local paper from our sponsors the Building Center of Cape Ann. Thank you for “Helping to Keep Our Home Port Clean”.

More Info: Sidewalk Sweeping Day Saturday, April 20, 2013

Earth Day Film Offerings @ Cape Ann Community Cinema April 20,21,22

More Info: http://capeanncinema.wordpress.com/

Cape Ann SUP and Island Upkeep Pavilion Beach Clean Up April 20, 2013 9-12

More Info: http://www.capeannsup.com/#!beach-clean-up-/c76c

April 20th Farmers Market At The UU Church

More Info: April 20th Farmers Market At The UU Church

The Annisquam Village Church presents:

"A Concert for Mother Earth" in celebration of Earth Day. Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m

Featuring Greta Bro Group with Ricardo Frota, Maurice Cahen and Steve Travis.

Tickets at the door only: $20/$10 students.

For more information:

Call: 978.283.6416

Visit gretabro.com or annisquamvillagechurch.org

Burnham’s Field Clean Up April 21st 9AM

Joey,     Hi my name is Ambrose Orlando and I am getting a group of hopefully quite a few people to go down to Burnham’s Field and clean up on April 21 at 9am if u could give us a shout out on ur page that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Ambrose

Cape Ann Trail Stewards Gloucester’s Goose Cove Reservoir on Sunday, April 21st 1PM

Cape Ann Trail Stewards invites the public to join the inaugural clean up workday at the city of Gloucester’s Goose Cove Reservoir on Sunday, April 21st (the day before Earth Day) beginning at 1PM.

We will meet in the lot along Gee Avenue. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather (the event is rain or shine). Bring rakes, shovels and buckets if you have them. CATs will supply gloves and other materials.

Register for this event, join our roster of regular volunteers and learn more about us at www.capeanntrailstewards.org


4/22 Salad planting at all the elementary schools

Backyard Growers Program and Gloucester Elementary Schools announce

The First Annual Salad Planting Day

Earth Day, April 22nd


Teachers and students at all five elementary schools will visit their school gardens to plant a variety of salad greens.

In the end of May we will have a district-wide School Salad Day where children get to harvest and eat the salad greens they grew.

The Emerald Forest Cleanup will be on Earth Day April 22 from 12p.m. to 200p.m.

Patty Amaral writes- Meet at Al’s Glass on Maplewood Ave., bags and gloves will be provided.   Oh and my webpage is cleancity.us for that link thing. That’s about it, thanks for EVERYTHING….    Patti     Peace

Earth Day Cleanup Saturday April 27, 2013 from 9-12.

Come join the Clean City Initiative for an Earth Day cleanup at Stage Fort Park on Saturday April 27, 2013 from 9-12. We will be collecting fresh fruits and vegetables for the Food Pantry so if you can, please bring something that comes from the earth. You can come and clean Stage Fort Park or take your bag and bring it to an area that you like to visit that needs some cleaning. Take an extra bag and separate the recycling from the trash. Organize a neighborhood cleanup, we can show you how. Contact Rose Lopiccolo at the DPW at 978-281-9785 or Patti Amaral at 978-412-4201 or visit our webpage at www.cleancity.us,. Thank you for helping us to “Keep Our Home Port Clean”.

More Info: Earth Day Cleanup Saturday April 27, 2013 from 9-12.

Community Stuff 4/19/13



Hi Joey,
If possible, can you help us get the word out about the 26th Annual Gloucester Pride Stride Walk happening on Sunday April 28, 2013 at Stage Fort Park.  More information can be found on our website:


Find us on Facebook

The 26th Annual Gloucester Pride Stride Walk will begin at noon on Sunday April 28, 2013.  The 5 mile walk will start and finish at Stagefort Park, while enjoying scenic views of the Boulevard, Rogers Street, State Fish Pier, Main Street & Boulevard. We look forward to your participation on behalf of your favorite Cape Ann Non-Profit.  We will collect pledges between 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. at the  Visitor Center.  If you are unable to join us on the 28th, you can still collect pledges for your Cape Ann Non-Profit and bring them to Becky Sumner at First Ipswich Bank located in the Walgreens Plaza, or mail them to us.  A donation may be mailed to the Gloucester Pride Stride Committee to help defray the costs of the annual walk.

Questions can be sent directly to me at Dennis.Acker@GloucesterPrideStride.com
Thank you for all you do for our community with your website
Dennis Acker
Gloucester Pride Stride Committee

Hello Joey!

We are gearing up for a new(our 91st)season at the North Shore Arts Association!  Would you please run the following press release the week of April 21st?  Thanks so much, and I look forward to working with you to help spread the word about not only our events, but those going on "around the Cape"!


Holly O’Connor Asst. Gallery Director

North Shore Arts Association



The North Shore Arts Association will celebrate its season opening on Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 6-8 pm. This combined Artist and Associate Member reception will feature a wine and chocolate party. More than 100 oil, watercolor and pastel paintings as well as graphic works and sculpture will be on display.

The public is invited to meet the Association’s new board members who have been hard at work giving the gallery a “new look”!

North Shore Arts Association is pleased to provide a diverse calendar of events this season including four Member and two combined Member and Associate Member exhibitions as well as its Annual Art Auction to be held August 17. In addition, the Adult Workshop Program will feature 18 workshops in a variety of media. NSAA also features concerts and several “free” demonstrations and lectures.

NSAA’s historic red building located at 11 Pirate’s Lane in East Gloucester provides the opportunity to view one of the largest collections of paintings and sculpture on Cape Ann.

Hours are: Monday through Saturday from 10 am-5 pm and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. Please call 978-283-1857 or visit www.nsarts.org for more information.

Maritime Gloucester activities

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Volunteers Needed

Mill Building Gears

Gears in our historic Mill Building

Friday April 19th, we’re looking for volunteers to scrape our new (used) floats prior to lowering them into place alongside the Harriet Webster Wharf. This will be on-going during the day; check with us for specifics.

Additionally, we’ll welcome volunteers at mutually agreeable times to prime/paint new windows to replace the green painted plywood currently covering the window frames on the Mill Building.

Get a good feeling doing some good work!

If you’re able to help, please give Tom Balf a call at 978-281-0470 or email him at tbalf@maritimegloucester.org.


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From Alan Davis whose Dogtown Project got destroyed by vandals and forwarded by Jason Grow

Hello Jason,
Thank you for your offer of assistance with repairing the vandalized Digital Dogtown posts.  I have been carefully planning, in consultation with experts, the best approach to repairing my project and to funding these repairs. I have received some offers of donated materials and labor, but I know that there will be significant costs to replacing the damaged posts. I met this evening with the Gloucester Open Space and Recreation Commission to finalize a plan of action with their approval.  We will be ready to put these plans into action as soon as we have sufficient funds.
I have made arrangements to use the Gloucester Fund as the agency for collecting and using financial donations. The Gloucester Fund is a volunteer organization for collecting and disbursing funds for local charities and projects of benefit to the community, such as the summer fireworks and parades.  They are a 501c organization, so donations made out to them are tax deductible; your cancelled check will serve as your receipt for tax purposes.  If you are interested in helping in this way, please send a check made out to "The Gloucester Fund", with a note on the memo line that this check is for "Digital Dogtown".  These can be mailed or delivered to me, Alan Davis, at 2 Goodwin Road, Gloucester, MA 01930.  Feel free to pass this email message to anyone you know who might also be interested in assisting.
Again, thank you.  I’m looking forward to working together with the community to get the Digital Dogtown posts back up to help visitors safely enjoy and learn about this historic wilderness area.
Alan Davis,
Eagle Scout, Troop 112, Gloucester