Good Morning Gloucester Podcast With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness Taped April 21, 2013

Good Morning Gloucester Podcast With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness

Taped April 21, 2013

Click to listen-Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Bill O'Connor

Peter and Vickie run

Topics Include :

Chelsea Berry

Love Of Lesbians

Big Papi and The FCC

Potential Celebrate Gloucester Concert

Frozen YogurtOrange Leaf and Cafe Bishco

Eco-Trip Recap

Styrofoam Cups

Blues Festival

Blues Festival Tickets

Good Harbor Footbridge

You Gotta Love the Causeway

guatemalan students at causeway

My sister Judy came to visit last weekend with two Guatemalan exchange students they have staying with them. 

Marcela Pineda is in an OBGYN program at Mass General; Federico Murga is studying sleep therapy and neurology at Beth Israel.  They are both from Guatemala City.

When it was time for lunch, it was straight to the Causeway, Judy’s favorite place to eat in Gloucester.   Marcela and Federico both enjoyed it immensely.  We all got chowder (my favorite is the fish chowder) and shared seafood platters (yummmm!).

E.J. Lefavour

Thank You Policemen Everywhere

We have all been saddened, angered, horrified–emotions run deep and are varied–by the death of  MIT Officer Sean Collier, and the deaths of marathon spectators eight-year-old Martin Richard, BU student Lingzi Lu, and 29-year-old Krystle Cambell, as well as the many victims of the bombing whose lives have been permanently altered. I think too, everyone is filled with a great sense of pride for the extraordinary heroism and courage shown by our police officers and rescue workers. Their heroism and compassion was captured live through the extensive and still on-going media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Although an extreme example, we saw a real-time window into their world; a view we won’t quickly forget.

In thinking about how to express support, I first read about the Boston Police Foundation, but my thoughts then turned closer to home in regard to our own Gloucester police officers. I thought you would be interested to learn what I learned about the Gloucester Police Relief Fund.

Officer Scott Duffany, who is president of the Gloucester Police Relief Fund, explained that monies raised from the relief fund goes toward helping families of fallen officers, provides flags for fallen police officer’s graves, and is also directed towards funding projects and events specifically for the Gloucester community, including a continuing effort to help in the rebuilding of Newell Stadium, purchasing lights for the Little League field on the Boulevard, and help in funding the special needs dances held by the Gloucester Fraternity Club.

Chief Campanello asks us to ” focus on the MIT officer who gave his life and the victims of the explosions. We are very appreciative of all the support the public gives us and their sincere desire to help is very moving. This is what you and the citizens of Gloucester pay us to do and we are honored by that trust.”

Upcoming on July 19th is the Gloucester Police Relief Association annual fundraiser USWF Big Time Wresting Show, held at Talbot Rink. In no way were either Chief Campanello or Officer Duffany soliciting donations. I am suggesting, if you are able, to either stop by the police station to give, or send donations to:

The Gloucester Police Relief Association c/o Officer Scott Duffany

197 Main Street


Thank you!


Harold Burnham Refreshes ARDELLE for 2013 Season From Kathy Chapman

Harold Burnham, Master Shipwright and 2012 National Heritage Fellow performs yearly maintenance on his “pinky” schooner ARDELLE.

"During the season (May- October) the ARDELLE operates out of Maritime Gloucester daily for public and private sails and also serves as the research and educational vessel for the center."

– From their website:

Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013


TODAY!- Cape Ann Trail Stewards Gloucester’s Goose Cove Reservoir on Sunday, April 21st



Inaugural Event

Cape Ann Trail Stewards (CATs), a new non-profit organization, announces its upcoming inaugural event.

Cape Ann Trail Stewards was founded by citizens of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex to help landowners and conservation organizations protect, maintain and expand Cape Ann’s trail networks.

By matching volunteers with trails in need of stewardship, CATs will connect Cape Ann residents with the vast network of trails in the area and help preserve these recreational resources for our community. Cape Ann Trail Stewards will arrange workdays where volunteers can learn about trail construction and maintenance.

The board of directors includes residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester, and representatives from the Essex County Greenbelt, Essex County Trails Association, Cape Ann Climbing Coalition, the New England Mountain Bike Association and other user groups.

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


Mornin’ Joe.

Here is the press release and thank you so much for doing this for us. You are a champion for local business and we truly appreciate it!

Have a good one, Beth and Gina

Sage Floral  Studio


Owners Beth Genovese and Gina Russo are pleased to announce that Sage Floral Studio is growing! As of April 30, 2013, Sage will be located at its new home at 274 Main Street, nestled between Thai Choice and The Cat Doctor. 

“After 12 successful years at our current location, we were at a crossroads. This opportunity came up and we decided it was a good time for us to expand,” said Russo. “We are so excited about our new, sunny spot, and can’t wait for our customers to see it!”

Sage Floral Studio, is a European-inspired flower shop, offering a wide variety of fresh-cut flowers, house plants, one of the largest selections of orchid plants on the North Shore, and a unique array of giftware and seasonal decorations for the home.

Sage is a full-service flower shop offering daily deliveries to local hospitals and funeral homes and specializing in weddings and events. For more than 20 years owners Genovese and Russo have worked closely with all the premiere North Shore venues. Wedding consultations are provided free of charge by appointment.

“Gloucester is a vibrant community that actively supports small businesses like ours. That’s why it was so important for us to stay on Main Street,” said Genovese.
Sage will remain open for business at its current location through the end of the month. Hours are Tuesday to Friday 9 to 5 and Saturday 9 to 3.

To contact Sage: call 978-282-9582, email:, or like Sage Floral Studio on Facebook.

State Police Helicopter Infrared Video Of Second Bombing Suspect

State police released this video shot from the state police airwing helicopter hovering over the boat where the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect was arrested Friday night.