Pet of the Week- Labrador

Hello! My name is Labrador and I bet you were expecting a dog! I don’t bark, swim or go jogging – but I love to lounge and play. I am a mellow two-year-old black-and-white male cat. I am residing at the Cape Ann Animal located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester. Check our website at:
There are lots of sunny spots for me to nap and the staff and volunteers are wonderful to me. Remember, when you stop by the shelter to adopt me, ask for Labrador the cat. I am not certain why, but someone asked if I am tuxedo cat? Do humans really think that we cats would wear a tuxedo? I don’t even like wearing a collar!


GloucesterCast April 22, 2013 With Host Joey C and Guest Ed Collard

GloucesterCast April 22, 2013 With Host Joey C and Guest Ed Collard

With Host Joey C and Guest Ed Collard

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Topics Include:
Father Green Leaving

Chamber Restaurant Week

Chamber Golf Tournament

Fear of Wild Animals

Local Restaurant Tips

Craig Kimberley

Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Movie At The Farm Bar and Grille

Don’t Bet Against Sista Felicia

And the Winner is…

soup competition

Eric Kaplan of Rocky Neck and Chelmsford was the winner of the Sailor Stan’s For the Love of Soup Competition and $25 Sailor Stan’s gift certificate, with his scrumptous mushroom soup made with cashew paste, soy milk, curry and tons of mushrooms.  Additional entries included Lisa van Sand’s gazpacho (my personal favorite which came in 2nd), Rick’s Gumbo Ya Ya which came in 3rd, Ian Crown’s famous mushroom soup, Karen’s Kovis (kale and linguisa), Wayne’s French onion, Sailor Stan’s fish chowder and my spicy shrimp and corn chowder.  Participants got to enjoy a diverse selection of delicious soups, salad, fresh bread and assorted choice of beverages, and had a great time while being challenged to pick a favorite – all for the benefit of the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

On a separate culinary note, keep an eye out for Lisa van Sand’s amazingly decadent treats which will soon be carried at the Last Stop, including her Oh My God Cake.  A number of us tried a piece of it yesterday, not knowing in advance what it was called, and all had the exact same response: “Oh My God!”  It is to die for, as is her white chocolate and chai cake.

E.J. Lefavour

Happy Earth Day and Habitat Gardening 101

To celebrate Earth Day (Earth Week-Earth Month-Everyday is Earth Day!), I am beginning a new series on GMG titled Habitat Gardening 101. The series is based on the lectures that I give to area conservation groups, garden clubs, libraries, and schools and is designed to provide information on the relationships between our native flora and fauna, and how to translate that information to your own garden. You will find in this series information on how to support and encourage to your garden a wide variety of wildlife, including songbirds, butterflies, bees, moths, skippers, hummingbirds, and small mammals, and the trees, wildflowers, shrubs, vines, and groundcovers that sustain these beautiful creatures.

This series could just as well be titled Beauty in Our Midst because there are so many gems to be found along our shoreline, meadows, fields, wetlands, dunes, woodlands, and roadsides. Although the series will cover a wide array of flora and wildlife, the first posts will be about several butterfly attracting trees and shrubs because they are currently in bloom. Coming Wednesday, the North American native Pussy Willow will be featured. For today, the following is one of my Top Ten Tips for Attracting Lepidoptera to Your Garden.


Habitat Gardening 101 Tip #1: Plant Caterpillar Food Plants

So you want to attract tons of butterflies to your garden and you plant lots of gorgeous, colorful nectar-rich plants—and that is wonderful. To your garden will come many beautiful, albeit transient, butterflies, along with an array of many different species of beneficial pollinators. However, if you want butterflies to colonize your garden, in other words, to experience the grand beauty of the creature through all its stages of life, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult, you must also plant caterpillar food plants.

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar egg fennel ©Kim Smith 2013

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Egg on Fennel (the pinhead-sized golden yellow dot)

Each species of butterfly caterpillar will only eat from a family of plants it has coevolved a relationship with over millennia. We call this a caterpillar food plant, host plant, or larval food plant.

Perhaps you may recall that the Monarch Butterfly only deposits her eggs on milkweed plants. The Black Swallowtail Butterfly deposits her eggs on, and the caterpillars feast on, members of Umbelliferae (Apiaceae), or carrot family of plants, including carrots, parsley, fennel, dill, and Queen Anne’s Lace. Some caterpillars, like the stunning Eastern Tiger Swallowtail feed from several plant families, like those of Magnoliaceae and Rosaceae, which species include the Wild Black Cherry, the Tulip Tree, and the Sweet Bay Magnolia.

  Black Swallowtail Caterpillar Eating Parsley

If you see a green, black and yellow striped and spotted caterpillar munching on your parsley plant, it is not a Monarch caterpillar; it is a Black Swallowtail caterpillar (I am often asked this question). Monarch caterpillars are striped yellow, black, and white, always. You will never find a Black Swallowtail caterpillar munching on milkweed; likewise you will never find a Monarch caterpillar eating your parsley and fennel.

Another question frequently asked is, if I invite caterpillars to my garden, will they devour all the foliage. The answer is, for the most part, no. The damage done is relatively minimal, the plant generally recovers quickly, and bear in mind too, that plants have evolved with many mechanisms to discourage their complete destruction. Remember, the plant was responsible for inviting the butterfly to its flower in the first place!

 Black Swallowtail Caterpillar fennel ©Kim Smith 2013

Note too, that if you invite butterflies to your garden to deposit their eggs, please don’t turn around and spray pesticides, which will kill all, indiscriminately. A habitat garden, by its very definition, is an organic garden, which means no herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers.


Feel free to send any and all questions, suggestions for a topic, or curiosity, to the comment section under each post.


Cape Ann Milkweed Project Update: Because of the chilly spring weather, milkweed shoots are slow to emerge.

Link to a list of lectures and workshops at Kim Smith Designs

BREAKING NEWS: Lydia Warren to Open Gloucester Blues Fest

Bob Hastings, co-producer of the Gloucester Blues Festival, sent me an email this morning saying they just signed Lydia Warren.  We saw her open for Savoy Brown at the Bull Run on December 1 (see post about that concert here).  Alone on stage with her strat,  she captured the crowd with her soulful vitality.  At the Blues Fest, she’ll have her full band!

From Lydia’s website:

“Changing the face of the blues”   – NBC’s Today Show

Lydia Warren tours internationally from Brooklyn to Beirut, whipping audiences into a frenzy at each stop. A versatile singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, the Boston-based performer tours and records as a solo act and with her band. The Lydia Warren Band has been nominated for a Boston Music Award, appeared on NBC’s Today Show and has released five albums.

Complete Blues Fest Lineup (see videos of the rest of the Blues Fest linuep in this post):
Lydia Warren
Johnny Rawls
Biscuit Miller
Anthony Gomes
Anna Popovic
Tommy Castro

Fr. Green Leaving Holy Family Parish in June, staying in Gloucester

This post is more personal than usual, but it’s big news for me and I wanted to share it with the GMG family.

Almost two years have passed since I came to Cape Ann and began my ministry at Holy Family Parish. It’s been a really great time! This is a wonderful community, and I am very grateful for the warm welcome I have received. Becoming a part of the GoodMorningGloucester team has been a hugely positive part of my experience! Special thanks to Joey for that!

As some of you know, a lot has happened in my life in the past four years. Not all of it has been as good as coming to Cape Ann. A terrible scandal came to light in my religious congregation (the Legionaries of Christ) in 2009, and since 2010 I have been working in parishes, seeking to discover the new path that God has planned for me. I have not really had time to step back and process all that has happened, and it has raised personal issues that I am still trying to work through. I have come to realize that it is not possible for me to deal with these things adequately at the same time as trying to serve the community in active ministry at a parish. I need some time without pastoral duties in order to heal and discern. As a consequence, Cardinal O’Malley has agreed to allow me to take a year off, starting in early June.

I hope that this period of leave will help me to find greater peace and clarity so that I can better carry out God’s will in my life. Another priest will take my place at Holy Family Parish, and I hope he will love and enjoy this community as much as I do. At the end of this year I will either take a new parish assignment or explore other avenues.

At first I was planning to move closer to Boston, because leaving my position at the parish means a change in my role in the community of Cape Ann, and the adjustment could be awkward. However, in the past couple of days I realized that I have such great friends and community here, and there are so many great things going on in this city, that I don’t want to leave. So, I am looking into affordable, possibly shared housing (i.e. sharing a house or apartment – hopefully with room for lots of books and origami) in Gloucester or Rockport from June 2013 to June 2014, and I will be looking for light employment to help me cover my expenses. If I could support myself financially for the year with just photography and/or teaching origami classes, I would, but I don’t think that’s likely…

Anyway, I hope to continue posting to GoodMorningGloucester throughout the year! Just don’t be surprised if you don’t see me showing up as a lead player in Church functions this coming year, even though I will be around town.

Fr. Matthew Green

Video- Sage Floral Studios Moving!

Beth Genovese and Gina Russo’s Business Is Growing!

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.

Cape Ann Cleanup in Dogtown: Roger Davis Reporting

As part of Earth Day Clean Up Cape Ann Trail Stewards organized a clean up along the trails around Goose Cove Resevoir. 

For Today and the upcoming week’s Earth day Schedule around Cape Ann Click Here-

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

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!


Roger Davis reports:

On Sunday, the Cape Ann Trails Stewards organized a cleanup along the trails around and above the Goose Cove Reservoir.  A number of people worked at cleaning up the service road around the reservoir (including at least a couple of dads with young sons).  Patti Amaral reported collecting several bags of trash around the parking area at the entrance to Dogtown.  These photos show the cleanup at an apparent party spot near the city’s compost area in Dogtown.  A group of  a dozen volunteers collected a dozen bags full of empty cans, bottles and litter.  This area borders a sensitive vernal wetland, so it was good to see it cleaned up.  It was good to see so many people stepping up to return our woodlands to its beautiful natural state.
Kudos to volunteers. Kudos for Cape Ann Trails Stewards.  Keep your eyes open for future activities of this newly organized volunteer group.

The scene upon arrival.
The fire ring was still smoldering.
Clean up begins.
Trash in the wetlands.IMG_2363
Cape Ann Trail Stewards and friends.  Count the bags and buckets!


The scene after clean up.

Community Stuff 4/22/13

Rally poster

Hi Joey,

The Northeast Seafood Coalition (NSC) will host a Groundfish Industry Rally on April 29 at 11 a.m. at the Boston Fish Pier in Boston’s Waterfront District to unite the industry and call upon the federal government for disaster assistance and mitigation needs to keep small businesses viable and preserve the vital and historic groundfish fishing industry.

“This is the time for industry, friends of the industry, and seafood consumers to come together and ask for help! We’re excited to unite in Boston, the hub of the Northeast groundfish fishery, to discuss important issues affecting the industry today and how we can preserve the fleet for tomorrow,” said Jackie Odell, executive director of NSC.

The upcoming fishing years for the Northeast groundfish fishery were supposed to be a time of prosperity—key stocks were on target to rebuild by 2014.  Now, however, despite adhering to strict science and management measures and remaining within allowable catch limits, the Northeast commercial groundfish fishery has been declared a disaster.

This industry has faced numerous hardships over the years, but nothing like what is to come May 1. The industry will face crippling reductions in catch limits of up to 77 percent on key groundfish stocks. Fishermen and their families face a “perfect storm” of circumstances, which will cause severe hardship for not only small fishing businesses, but fishing communities, on-shore businesses, and American seafood consumers.

Due to extremely limited parking on the Boston Fish Pier, free parking will be available at 22 Fid Kennedy Avenue, which is a short distance from the Pier. NSC will provide a shuttle service from the parking lot to the rally. We kindly ask those planning to attend to park no later than 10:15 a.m. For more information, please visit

CAST Shakespeare Birthday

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 449th birthday and CAST’s 5th!

This Tuesday, April 23 – ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY