Good Morning Gloucester Podcast April 20, 2013 With Guest City Councillor Melissa Cox

Podcast Host Joey Ciaramitaro with guest City Councillor Melissa Cox taped April 20th, 2013

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Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Bill O'Connor

Topics Of Discussion:


Boston Media Coverage

Good Harbor Beach Footbridge Repair Information

Burnham’s Field Clean Up April 21st, and Burnham’s Field Revitalization Meeting May 13th at 7:00PM

Working With Senator Bruce Tarr to revamp the downtown Gloucester Train Depot

Rubber Duck Race

Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner

Melissa Breaks her re-election Campaign announcement on GMG

Frank McKinney Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

April 19, 2013

“It ain’t a bad plan to keep still occasionally, even when you know what you’re talking about.”

Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard (1868-1930)


Midwestern humorist, cartoonist, and writer known best for his political commentary, Hubbard was a high school dropout who said his goal in life was to own a circus. He worked briefly as a silhouette artist and attended art school for a short time before beginning cartoon work for the Indianapolis News.  For 25 years he drew the acclaimed cartoon “Abe Martin of Brown County” which went into syndication and made him nationally known. Will Rogers cited Hubbard as an influence and called him the greatest humorist of his time.

Greg Bover

Big Mike’s Bikes Grand Opening Sunday April 28th 10-4


We are having a grand opening at our new space on Sunday, April 28 from 10 AM-4 PM at our new location at 50 Maplewood Ave. We’ll have some free food, some giveaways, sales on great bike stuff, and some cool stuff for kids!

Also maybe if I’m lucky, I can get Jim Dowd to come over and yell about terrorists and/or bike thieves for awhile.



Big Mike’s Bikes

Bailee’s Cookie and Lemonade Stand To Benefit The Children Of The Boston Marathon Bombings

Joey! How are ya? Was wondering if you could help my 7 year old daughter Bailee out and post about her Cookie & Lemonade Stand which has been running for two days now, we will run again tomorrow from 12-3pm, her goal is to raise $1000.00 for the children injured in the Boston Marathon Bombings, so far she has raised $471.00, we are hoping to raise the last $529.00 tomorrow, hopefully she can do it! It will be happening outside our house @ 29 East Main Street Gloucester MA


Brieana Militello

Breakfast and Soup at Sailor Stan’s

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My mom, Jean Lefavour, came to visit for a couple of days and got to kick up her heels at the dance at the Rocky Neck Center last night, and have breakfast at Sailor Stan’s this morning.  We had the McStan’s breakfast sandwiches, which were delicious.

Don’t forget, tomorrow from 3:00-5:00 be at Sailor Stan’s for the Love of Soup Best of Cape Ann Soup Competition, with proceeds to benefit the Center at Rocky Neck.  There is still room for a few more soup entries, if you have a great soup you’d like to enter into the competition.  If so, email EJ at with your name and type of soup you’re entering.  For soup lovers, this is going to be a special treat, and it is still chilly enough to really enjoy a great variety of soups made by the best local soup makers.   Winner gets a $25 gift certificate to Sailor Stan’s. 

E.J. Lefavour

Chelsea Berry gives us what we need today

This morning local rising star, Chelsea Berry, posted a video.

Here’s what she says about it:

I woke up this morning and felt the need to share with you how grateful I am for all of the love in this world- because for every one individual who is bent on causing pain and destruction, for every human who goes out into the world with hate in his or her heart, there are literally millions who want the very opposite, who are brave and self-sacrificing, who are kind and caring and want peace for the world– teachers, writers, painters, police officers, musicians, soldiers, friends, family. I love you!! -chelsea

Nothing more to say, but THANK YOU CHELSEA BERRY!

Brad Byrd this past Thursday @ The Dog Bar Cape Ann 4.18.2013


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Brad Byrd with Donnie (Sheldon) Knowles and Ricky Rocket…


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I heard some of the most beautiful music from this band. The kind that makes you heart swell…When I walked into the room and saw the soft lighting and Brad singing solo it gave me the best feeling…Brad Byrd is one that I could listen to for forever. They are going to be at the Dog Bar for four more weeks. That’s if I heard correctly. Must see must hear.

Meg Hutchinson: Live at the Crowell ~ Saturday May 18, 2013

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Single Tree Music.

Get your tickets today!

Meg Hutchinson~I’d Like To Know
Meg Hutchinson performing her song “I’d Like To Know” at the OAOMA benefit at Club Passim on October…


Loyalty editedThis classic photo comes courtesy of Jean Dugan, one of the parishioners at Holy Family Parish.  I’d love to do a series of photos of each boulder with a person or object that typifies the word, like she has done here with “loyalty”! What could be better than a loyal dog in Dogtown on the “Loyalty” boulder?

Fr. Matthew Green


I’m Not Feeling My Good Harbor Footbridge Repair Prediction

On the March 30th podcast with Paul Morrison and Paulie Walnuts I set the over/under on when I thought the Good harbor Beach Footbridge would be repaired at the third Saturday of May.  Haven’t seen any work on it yet. 

Hope I’m not too far off on the prediction because as of today it looks like the OVER is the better bet.

We will see.

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Andreas Thanos Has Some Nice Things To Say About Gloucester People

Hi Joey.  Long time not speak.  But I wanted to share this story with you and possibly your readers.

Gloucester folk…

It is funny. I do not live in Gloucester, never have lived in Gloucester, but I am hooked on this town. Visit it as often as I can, photograph it even more, I often eat and drink in Gloucester, to the point that my wife, children and many friends poke fun at me for it.

Truth be told, I never thought that I would be having such a "Gloucester" experience in Washington D.C. Here’s the story: we flew down to Washington DC this past Wednesday. On Thursday (4/19) we were at the Zoo. Great place. When I say "great" I don’t just mean quality of the exhibits … I also mean size. The kids loved it. We spent the whole morning there. And towards the end of the day we found ourselves on the opposite side of the exit. That is about half an hour worth of walking UPHILL!!!

We were at the Amazonia exhibit, when my wife asked this volunteer for the best way to get to the exit. She saw us all four exhausted and she said: "if you wait 10 minutes, I get off work and I can give you a ride to the entrance." Of course we accepted her gracious offer.

As we were exhausted we took advantage of the wait and sat down for 10 minutes. She comes picks us up and we walk to her car. Guess what folks. She is a Gloucester native. Born, raised and lived in Gloucester until the ’80s. Yes, I feel like an idiot for not asking her for her name, but it was a long day and by then my brain had already called it a day.

We chatted, and I found out that she now lives in Bethesda with her husband, and after she retired a couple of years ago, she started volunteering at the National Zoo. Her father was a Gloucester fire chief. She was in Gloucester last October, so I filled her in on the news I get from Joey’s blog and we started chatting about Gloucester. Of course, the fire chief was also a freemason and since I also am one, the conversation turned to freemasonry. Before we knew it we had reached the gate. We all thanked her and we parted ways. Now, what more can a tired visitor to a large city ask for? A kind-hearted Gloucester native to add, with her good deed, to Gloucester’s pride.

I feel very lucky because all the folks I have met in (or from) Gloucester are GREAT!!!

— A.

Community Stuff 4/20/13

Stage Readings from M. Lynda Robinsons 10 Minute Play Workshop Press Release:

For Immediate Release

When: Saturday, April 27th, at 7:30 PM

What: Hear Cape Ann actors read 6 original 10-minute plays penned by local playwrights.  The final step for a new play is to have directors put actors and the play on stage in front of an audience for their feedback.  Come be a part of this stage reading.  Reception to follow.

Who: M. Lynda Robinson and her 3rd “Writing a 10-Minute Play” workshop group at the GWC will present a series of staged readings for the 10-minute plays they have been writing.  Writers include: Carole Frohlich, Kent Bowker, Susan Frey, Jeana Grady, Ann McArdle, and Constance Shute.


The Rocky Neck Cultural Center at 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA.  Find out more about the Gloucester Writers Center at


Donation of $10, $5 for students.  No one turned away for lack of funds.

Contact Person:  For information about the event please contact Maxwell Snelling at or Annie Thomas at


Holy Family Parish Fundraiser

Hi Joey could this get in for Monday of next week.  Thank you Hilary

We had such a good time last year we decided to do it again.  Parish Fundraiser Wednesday April 24th, 4:30 p.m. to close , at Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant. Come enjoy dinner or a snack, or do take out.  Holy Family Parish receives 10 percent of the all food sold during the restaurant’s business hours.  So come and relax, no cooking or dishes to do, have Jalapenos do that for you.  Enjoy a meal and a great time.  Bring the kids, or have a night out with friends.

Mother’s Day Weekend- Spiritual Sessions

Ocean View Private Readings @ Good Harbor Beach
The Blue Shutters Beachside Inn , Gloucester, MA is hosting Spiritual Sessions with Julie Ann  on Friday May 10, 2013 from 2:00 – 8:00, Saturday May 11, 2013 from 12:00 – 8:00 and Sunday (Mother’s Day) May 12 from 8:00 – 2:00.  This tranquil and most beautiful location is beloved by many all over the country. Have a refreshment and snack, enjoy the gorgeous view and walk the beach before and after your session(s). Gloucester’s wonderful Restaurants are close by as well.
To schedule your appointment with Julie Ann call 978-387-5306 or email You may choose to stay over at The Blue Shutter’s Beachside Inn for the weekend as well. To check out rates and room availability visit Innkeepers Ann Marie & Eddie Comer , Patty & Anthony Sapienza encourage all to stop by, relax, and enjoy the view. 
Julie Ann

Epicureans for Education


Saturday April 27, 6:30pm

Ryan & Wood Distilleries

"The Spirit of Cape Ann "

    Blackburn Center , Gloucester

$65 per person  ($75 at the door)

Click here to purchase online

or call 978-283-1700 to request tickets payable by check

Proceeds from the evening benefit the scholarship and financial aid programs of Eastern Point Day School .

A 501(c)3 non-profit corporation:  tax id #04-3171451