Pictures: Boat Explodes In Rockport Harbor

I shot these from my porch on Atlantic Avenue in Rockport, the Halyard Guest House
Ryan Drohans lobster boat caught fire, George Pollison backman…both escaped without injury. About 430pm Saturday

Jon Cunningham Do you get it?

GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

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

GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

Topics Include: North Shore Kid, Schooner Ardelle,Maritime Gloucester, Cape Ann Museum, Flynn Beach or Oakes Cove Beach, Local Gas Prices, Market Basket vs Shaws and Stop and Shop, Seaport Grille, Appleton Farm CSA, Composting,

The Noble Kids Represent! In Costa Rica

Hey Joey! Having the adventure of a lifetime in Costa Rica! Tried to represent from the zip lines, the horses, the quads, the waterfalls, the mountains, the islands, the jungle, and with the monkeys to no avail!
Finally got to the chocolate sand beach near Jaco, Costa Rica and are mellowed enough to send the pic.
Great country. Great People. See you soon, Steve, Dee, Lainie, Skye, and Zak. And our new friend Sole’…..


Mike Murray Not Happy With Vandalism In Gloucester Cemeteries

Gloucester is great but it could be better.  It needs to openly address its faults but that isn’t the culture there from what I can see.

So much history has been lost in Gloucester cemeteries due to vandalism and neglect of cemeteries, in Public but more so Private.

Decades of vandalism in Oak Grove Cemetery is well documented in the Sawyer Free Library in case you weren’t aware.  Your Mayor knows how I feel as does your Police chief but it keeps getting worse.  As a successful Blog owner you have more power and influence then you realize over a communities behavior.  Possibly more than your Mayor or Police Chief because you reach more people daily then they do. 

So much more economy could be had for Gloucester if cemetery monuments had been preserved or cared for better. 

It really saddens me to see all the new vandalism done to headstones in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Those people won’t be back to spend the day in Gloucester an eat in a restaurant of stay at an Inn.  Why come back after ones loved one’s headstone has been damaged and/or removed because of said needless damage?  It leaves a bad taste and a false snap shot of your town. 

Personally, I’ve already repaired one of the only ancestors headstones I could find as I found it in three pieces. 

It is from 1862 and it can still be easily read except for the cement holding it together.  I have three there that can be found and 14 others completely MIA !  It hurts!

Joey, If you choose you could be the voice of reason Gloucester so desperately needs to change this accepted behavior.   I’m asking that you photograph or videotape some of what I am describing to you. Take a ride through Oak Hill Cemetery and see the headstone conditions near and on the back hill section .   Look at the side and back edges. Especially on the back road where headstones are literally swallowed up and engulfed by eight ft or more of Brambles.  You have to look close but they are there hiding underneath.

Write about it !  Get local volunteers that I know would come out in support showing Gloucester’s great spirit. A group effort could easily cut and tame those brambles.  Let People know the dead are respected in Gloucester.  Get people to show some pride and say this isn’t right and It can’t go on any longer in my town.  The Catholic Cemetery assocation is the official caretaker but all I get is shrugged shoulders from the superintendent.

Joey , Please go visit Oak Hill on Poplar St and if you aren’t disgusted about the conditions there you can deny my request to write about it with a free conscience.

With Respect and blunt truthfulness


"Show me the manner in which a nation or a community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals."


Shout Out to Seaside Graphics–Super Speedy Service, with a Smile!

Yesterday I was working on a client drawing and the time got away from me. Before long, it was 5:45. I had intended to drop off a flash drive with my movie poster at Seaside Graphics, in hopes that I would have posters to deliver by early next week. I jumped in the car and raced over and made it just before 6:00 closing time. Not only did the staff  graciously not mention my walking in the door at 5:58, they printed all 25 in about five minutes, and the posters came out beautifully.

Seaside Graphics was highly recommended by both Cape Ann Giclee and Cape Ann Cinema’s Rob Newton for this type of printing. Fast, efficient, and excellent quality– Thank you Seaside Graphics!!!

Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Movie poster

Chronicle producer’s new book cover is Motif #1

You may know Ted Reinstein from the award-winning TV show Chronicle on Channel 5.

I’ve been a fan for years and  was lucky enough to meet Ted when he produced Chronicle’s feature of Gloucester in 2007 right after Celebrate Gloucester and the opening of Cruiseport.

After covering every corner of New England for 16 years, Ted has made good on his claim, “I have enough stories to fill a book!” Now he’s about to release what National Geographic Traveler has named one of “The Best Travel Books of Spring.”  And look at what’s on the cover!

Ted sent me a pre-release copy of his chapter on Cape Ann, which he aptly titled The Other Cape.  Here’s how it begins:

ReinsteinObviously written from the heart, Ted describes Gloucester as “America’s most authentic, enduring working waterfront.”  The chapter is filled with quotes by–and stories about–local fishermen, artists, photographers and others along with some excellent photos.

This captivating, well-written book isn’t just a travelogue.  It’s a gem that everyone who lives here and cares about this place would want to own.  New England Notebook hasn’t been released yet, but you can pre-order a copy now — right here.

Ted tells me he’s planning to come to The Other Cape to do a reading at some point.  We’ll be sure to let you know when and where as soon as it’s scheduled.  Perhaps you can get your book signed!

Today ~ Manchester By The Sea ~ Boston Strong 4.27.2013 1:00pm to 12:00 midnight

boston strong

Join Single Tree Music, The Landing at 7 Central, some amazingly generous musicians, and the always-supportive local business community as we raise money to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

While the drama of last week may be behind us, for many victims, there is a very long road to recovery ahead of them.

The Landing at 7 Central has agreed to provide the front Pub all day and also donate 20% of all sales from the pub that day. Additionally, we will have tons of great raffle items and 100% of the proceeds from the raffle will be donated to One Fund Boston.

The day wouldn’t be complete without the support of our local music community and the day will feature 40 minute sets from some very special musicians, including:

Join Single Tree Music, The Landing at 7 Central, some amazingly generous musicians, and the always-supportive local business community as we raise money to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

While the drama of last week may be behind us, for many victims, there is a very long road to recovery ahead of them.

The Landing at 7 Central has agreed to provide the front Pub all day and also donate 20% of all sales from the pub that day. Additionally, we will have tons of great raffle items and 100% of the proceeds from the raffle will be donated to One Fund Boston.

The day wouldn’t be complete without the support of our local music community and the day will feature 40 minute sets from some very special musicians, including:

2 to 2:45 – Fia James
3 to 3:45 – Alexandra Valenti
4 to 4:45 – Michael O’Leary with Jen & Bob Strom
5 to 5:45 – The Erstwhiles
6 to 6:45 – Peter Hoare
7 to 7:45 – Bradley Royds
8 to 8:45 – Chelsea Berry
9 to midnight – Pete Lindberg

For more information or to donate an item to our raffle, please email Chris Langathianos at

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their raffle donations:
The Landing at 7 Central
$75 Gift Certificate – Duckworth’s Bistrot
$50 Gift Certificate – Andiamo Restaurant + Bar
$50 Gift Certificate – Shea’s Riverside Restaurant & Bar
3 to 4 night stay in Killington, VT -Mary and Jeremey McElwain
Red Sox Tickets & Parking – Sarah Homan
$25Gift Certificate – The Franklin Cape Ann
Gift Item – Sweetwater & Co.
4 Yards of Mulch – Jeffrey’s Creek Landscaping
Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls – Patrick Boyd
Premium Meats – Singleton Plumbing & Heating
A pair of Kiel James Patrick earrings and a women’s rope bracelet – Mimi
“In Vino Veritas” wine carafe with a bottle of wine – Mimi
Gift Certificate – Club XCel
Hand Painted Coastal Arts Pottery – Virginia Townsend
Gift Basket – Heather Snider-DePriest
Bottle of Grey Goose Vodka – Linda Doherty
Coach Signature Purse – Laura Jacobi
Facial or Swedish Massage – Tranquility Day Spa
Gift Basket – Susan Gould Coviello
Sailing is Good for You Gift Basket – Memory Layne
Handmade Earrings – Emily Whalen
$25 Duckworth’s Bistrot gift certificate – Brian Sollosy
Starter Bonsai Tree with Maintenance Tools – Steve Bang
Beijo Handbag (value $120) – Amber Ryan
Magnolia Beach Original Photo on Canvas – Kristie Sadler

The Landing @ 7 Central

7 Central Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts 01944

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Rockport Scavenger Hunt During Motif No. 1 Day May 18 and 19th, 2013

EVENT: Motif No. 1 Day Retailers’ Scavenger Hunt
Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2013


CONTACT: Dawn Noble (La Provence) 978-546-5868

Who doesn’t love a good Scavenger
Hunt?  You’ll love searching for, and especially finding the hidden treasures during the 2-day, town-wide event,
Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, as part of Motif No. 1 Day festivities.Shopping is one of Rockport’s most alluring attractions, with all its unique galleries, shops and boutiques!

On these 2 days look for the special red MOTIF SCAVENGER HUNT sign in more then 60 participating shop
windows. Proceed inside to search for and find your treasure…the MOTIF SCAVENGER HUNT tag hanging on select items offering exceptional savings and values!

Downtown Rockport’s Motif  No. 1 Day, on Saturday, May 18th,  emphasizes the local arts, food, music and of course, shopping. Come celebrate the upcoming summer season with us along with thousands of Rockport residents and visitors to enjoy downtown Rockport, the quintessential New England coastal village.

TCC Pioneers Earth Day clean-up

Kimberley Howlett submits-

Hi Joey.
Trinity Congregational Church’s Pioneers took an hour last night to clean up litter along Middle St to the Fort playground and back. These kids are 6-13 years old and understand the role of stewardship in caring for the planet! We filled one "barney bag"  as other stewards have been busy and litter was light. Nice to see Gloucester is in good hands.


Community Stuff 4/27/13 Sunday April 28, 2013

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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

Scottish Specialties: Bagpipes, Fiddle, Piano and Shortbread in Annisquam

Three wonderful Scottish musicians bring their jigs, reels, and strathspeys to the historic Annisquam Village Church on May 5, Sunday at 4 PM, followed by shortbreads and tea. A wee dance or two is rumored to be in the mix.

The Parcel of Rogues is a trio of old friends who met doing Scottish Country dancing and who now come together to share their love of Scottish music. Dan Houghton is a virtuoso piper and singer/guitarist who makes his home near Brattleboro, VT. He regales dancers with flying fingers on bagpipes great and small – highland and lowland. Calum Pasqua hails from Brooklyn and is the first American to win the Glenfiddich Invitational Fiddle Championship at Blair Castle in Scotland (creating an international stir on that October day in 2008). Susie Petrov makes her home outside of Boston. At the piano and on accordion, she’s been performing Scottish music across the USA, Canada and in Europe since the other members of the band were in grade school! Petrov and Pasqua performed at the Village Church in 2009 to the cheers of a full house.

By day, the band members work as teachers. Listeners can guess who teaches math, high school music, elementary school music, and Celtic and English literature! They conduct workshops and perform at music camps at St. Andrews, Scotland, the Pipers Gathering, Pinewoods Dance Camp, the Boston Harbor Fiddle School, and the New Harmony, Indiana Music Festival and School.

The Parcel of Rogues inspire listeners with Scottish repertoire that ranges from the joyfully exuberant to the deeply soulful. Don’t miss this performance in the ideal acoustics of the Village Church Sunday, May 5 at 4 PM. Donation: $15. / $5. Students.

The Annisquam Village Church is located at the head of Lobster Cove in Gloucester, 820 Washington Street (Route 127, corner of Leonard St.). For information contact 978.283.6416 or visit


Sky Symphonies, a solo exhibition of abstract landscapes by Cara Gonier

May 1-30

Time & Tide at Post Road Framers

Opening reception on Saturday, May 4, 5-7 pm

Time & Tide’s first-ever solo exhibition, "Sky Symphonies," will feature the abstract landscapes of Cara Gonier, an exciting young artist from Newburyport.

Gonier deconstructs the classic landscapes of coastal New England into the essential elements of color, form and texture. Even her smallest pieces seem to hold a world of air and space. Working in often muted tones, her images breathe calm.

Gonier is also trained as a classical vocalist. Music is a catalyst — of visualization, of movement — as she works heavy layers of acrylic paint onto the canvas using only a palette knife.

"Sky Symphonies" will be the largest collection of Gonier’s paintings yet exhibited. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 4, 5-7pm. For more information, contact Kristina Brendel at 978 238 8848 or at


Leading Educator and Author Alan November will be featured speaker


April 24, 2013…Gloucester, Mass.— Alan November, whose books and lectures on technology and education have a worldwide audience, will keynote “Access and Empowerment: Technology as a Game-Changer in the 21st Century Classroom,” scheduled for May 1, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester. The education forum is sponsored in part by Comcast and is being presented by the Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) and the Gloucester Public School District (GPSD).
The program will focus on how technology is shaping the modern classroom and is changing the way students are learning and participating in their own education.  It will feature a presentation by Mr. November, who speaks internationally on how technology is redefining teaching and student learning, and will also include a demonstration by students in the GPSD on ways in which they are utilizing current technology to enhance their learning. After Mr. November’s presentation the attendees are invited to participate in discussions on this issue and the impact on the future of education in the Gloucester public schools.
A resident of Marblehead, Alan November began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. Later, as a computer science teacher in Lexington, Mass. in 1984, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer.
Mr. November was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse and in 2007 was an invited speaker at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden.

           Mr. November’s writings include numerous articles and two best-selling books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators. In June of 2012, he released his latest book Who Owns the Learning?.  He was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.  Each year he leads the Building Learning Communities summer conference in Boston, featuring world-class presenters and international participants.

The May 1 education forum is open to the public, free of charge.  For more information about the program, contact GEF at (978) 282-5550 or

Lieutenant Governor Visits Gloucester High

submitted by Councillor Paul McGeary



Gloucester Stroke Club
Gloucester Stroke Club will meet on Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm.
Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St. Logan Room.
Use Washington Street entrance. Virginia McKinnon, LSW will
lead a discussion on "Being Good to  Yourself"
Coping skills and information for stroke survivors and caregivers.
Everyone is welcome to attend, especially new stroke survivors and their families..
Refreshments. For more information call 978-283-3968

NEFS II will be getting a bus to transport community members and fisherman to the rally in Bostonon Monday April 29th. The agenda is below for anyone that would like to ride on the bus to Boston.

Park your car at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester by no later than 8:30 am

The bus will be leaving promptly from Stage Fort Park at 8:45 am

Arrive at Boston Fish pier at 10:15 am for rally

Rally starts at 11:00 am

Leave Boston Fish Pier at 12:45 back to Gloucester.

Forward this email on to anyone that may be interested

2013 Goetemann Residency Distinguished Artist/Teacher Barbara Moody

May 13 to May 16th

will hold a class

Painting, Mark Making and Materials

at the Residency Studio 51A Rocky Neck Avenue

Barbara Moody

Session I (6 hours): Monday and Wednesday, May 13 & 15, 9-12 am $50 for RNAC members- $100 for non-members
Session II (3 hours): Monday, May 13th 7-10 pm $30 for RNAC members- $60 for non-members
Session III (3 hours): Thursday, May 14th, 2-5 pm $30 for RNAC members- $60 for non-members

6 studio visits available
free to members on a first come basis
studio visit cost to non-members $25.

Contact Kathy Archer at for more information or to register

A free to the public artist talk will be held at The Cape Ann Museum on May 12, at 2 pm
3:30 reception to follow at The Cultural Center of Rocky Neck 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester

Hi Joey,

Can you please help us promote the Cape Ann Partnership for Children & Families annual  Family Fun Fair happening on Saturday, May 4th from 9:30 am-12:00 pm at Pathways for Children, 29 Emerson Ave. Gloucester ?  this is a GREAT community event free and open to all families.  I have attached the flyer for further details.

Thank you in advance for your assistance,



Gloucester Earth Day Cleanup Saturday April 27, 2013 from 9-12 Get Down To Stage Fort Park and Get Your Yellow Bags!

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,. Thank you for helping us to “Keep Our Home Port Clean”.

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