Thompson Island Outward Bound Offering Full Tuition Scholarships

Good morning GMG,

Thompson Island Outward Bound, in Boston Harbor, offers full tuition scholarships for our Outward Bound summer expeditions to Cape Ann teens and would love it if you could help us spread the word.  The scholarship fund is restricted to teens that live in Cape Ann towns and residency is the only requirement, besides being up for the challenge of an Outward Bound course.  We offer 6 scholarships every year and every year we struggle to award all six.  Any assistance would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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Photos- The Schooner Adventures is having water tight bulkheads installed to meet Coast Guard specifications

Hi Joey,

The Schooner Adventures is having water tight bulkheads installed to meet Coast Guard specifications.

They started by using a fiberoptic system to look between the ceiling and the hull to find the best locations for the bulkheads…

They had to insert dowels into strategic spots where water could flow between the ceiling and bulkhead. Then the construction

began. It is a very time consuming process as there are ne straight lines for the boards to attach. The guys are custom fitting

each board to snuggly fit the curves of the vessel. They are not being nailed into place but rather are precisely measuring,

cutting, and chiseling.

Mary Barker


Gloucester Fire and School Departments Launch Community Education Project


Gloucester Fire Chief Eric L. Smith and School Superintendent Richard Safier announced they are teaming up to provide fire safety education to elementary, middle and high school students. Chief Smith said, “In light of the recent tragic fires in Gloucester, we want to educate the students on how to prevent fires and how to survive those that do occur.” He added, “By bringing information home to grown-ups on smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and making and practicing home escape plans, we hope to increase the safety of Gloucester’s residents.”

Superintendent Safier said, “This is an excellent partnership as we want students to come to school healthy and ready to learn. Fire safety is part of the objectives of the Health Curriculum. We especially want our high school students to be ready to enter the world of adults able to practice good fire prevention.”

Gloucester firefighters will be delivering age-appropriate presentations in the elementary, middle and high school on key fire prevention and survival topics. It will conclude with every student being asked to develop a home escape plan. The elementary school with the most completed home escape plans will get visit to their school from the Gloucester Fire Department and they may join them for lunch in their cafeteria.  At the high school and middle school a raffle will be held for students to win prizes that have been graciously donated by local businesses and dinner with firefighters at the fire house.

In Massachusetts, the Student Awareness of Fire Education Program has been in place for 18 years and in that time the average number of child fire deaths has dropped by 70%. Gloucester has participated in the S.A.F.E. Program in the past, and expects to apply for a grant next fiscal year to support and expand its fire education program.


These programs will be provided on the following schedule:

May 30th

O’Maley               Two sessions: 8:20 and 9:00 am

GHS                       9:45 am

June 7th

Plum Cove          8:50 – 9:20 am                    (15 min travel to Beeman)

Beeman               9:45 – 10:15 am                  (20 Min travel to EGS)

EGS                        10:40 – 11:10       am                         (Lunch break)

Vets                       1:00 – 1:30 am                    (20 min travel to WP)

WP                         1:50 – 2:20 am

Best regards,

Eric L. Smith, Fire Chief

City of Gloucester Fire Department

Sista Felicia’s Kitchen

Felicia, Craig, Hannah, Pat.

Felicia, Craig, Hannah, and Pat

Yesterday afternoon I popped over to Felicia’s to find her and her fantastic team getting ready to launch Felicia’s Kickstarter program for her first cookbook. Craig Kimberley was shooting Felicia’s Kickstarter video and there was a mountain of food styled by Craig and Felicia, with Pat and Hannah providing assistance. Craig has created many cooking shows and he knew exactly how he wanted to film Felicia’s wonderful cooking demonstrations. It was lots of fun watching the two of them working at what they both love to do–Felicia cooking and Craig directing and shooting–and I was so glad to have had my camera with!

Felicia Craig video kickstarter ©Kim Smith 2013 -1

Felicia Craig video kickstarter ©Kim Smith 2013Felicia Craig video kickstarted bl-wh -1 ©Kim Smith 2013Felicia and Craig

Cape Ann TV’s Annual Meeting ~ May 28, 2013

For Immediate Publication
Contact: Lisa Smith, (978) 281-2446

Local Producers Speak at Cape Ann TV’s Annual Meeting

Cape Ann TV is announcing it’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cape Ann TV studio, 38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester. Highlights of the meeting will include an overview of the station’s performance over the year, and presentations by local producers Allen Estes, Shaun Goulart, John Ronan, Kim Smith and Peter Van Ness. They will talk about their experiences as video producers and show clips from their shows. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend.

The Tourists are coming. Are you ready?

For all the reasons Jim Dowd so entertainingly cites in yesterday’s rant, plus the fact that your personal livelihood might actually depend on them, it’s that time of year to welcome tourists to Gloucester — and be grateful they’re coming.

VisitorCenterThe Gloucester Visitor’s Welcoming Center opens tomorrow at Stage Fort Park and Kathie Gilson, who runs it, has invited everyone who’s business supports Gloucester’s visitor economy to attend the opening reception at 5pm.  Bring your brochures to display at the Visitor’s Welcoming Center for the season.

GMA Home Page with photo by our boy Joey

You might also want to check your listing on, the City’s official visitor website.  Everybody knows that the Web is the number 1 source of information for visitors and is Gloucester’s #1 tourism website.  It’s the top Google result for nearly every Gloucester tourism related phrase (hotels, inns, restaurants, etc.) and many local businesses report that is their number 1 source of referrals after Google.  It’s a free service offered by the City, so you might as well take advantage of it.  If you need any changes to your listing, or it’s not there or you notice anything that’s incorrect, click here and explain the situation.  It will be taken care of quickly.

Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line to host Lisa Marie ~ Thursday night 8-11

Thursday- 8:00-11:00 ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party with ~ Lisa Marie

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 Dave says,

Back by fopular demand! It’s Lisa Marie! Yeah, she’s been gone awhile but returns to our stage this Thursday with a really hot band and all your favorite musical chestnuts roasting on her open fire! She’ll be getting’ down with the likes of Mr. Bob Enik, on catarrh, Mr.Jim Gambino. on keys,  and Mr. Jeff Casper, the friendly drummer.  Truly on of my faves, and yours, too. I say bring it on! It’s still winter hours: 8 to 11.  And this Saturday, at Captain Carlo’s, I’ll be playing with that local powerhouse John Keegan® and Madhouse. A rare public performance! Let’s celebrate the beginning of summer! Hopefully, the weather will co-operate and we’ll be set up outside on the deck where the smells of the harbor will mingle with all the B.O. and testosterone we can muster. Come dance the hight away! 9 to midnight.

Lisa Marie ms

Photo from Lisa Marie website

Don’t Miss Momentum Gallery, only in Gloucester for a Short Time!

  • The talented Bailey Berry, a student at Gordon College, has put together a pop-up gallery for the next few weeks. The show is curated by Bailey and is comprised entirely of works from fellow students in area colleges Endicott, Montserrat & Gordon. Originally designed to be part of an initiative in Peabody to enliven empty storefronts downtown by placing pop-up galleries and other temporary installations, Bailey had to look for alternatives for the gallery after Peabody pulled the plug on the project. She searched for a home for the Momentum Gallery and found the ideal partner in The Hive here in Gloucester. Peabody’s loss is our gain, as the project features work in a variety of media by young artists offering a fresh perspective.
    The details:
    • The show runs opens this weekend, May 25th, at 6 o’clock at The Hive on Pleasant Street. Some great music is lined up and all this music and art and energy can be experienced for just $5. Or five bux, as they say at The Hive because they are so awesome they just spell stuff phonetically.
    • Momentum Gallery will be open 10 to 5, Monday through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment through June 15th. If you would like to partner with Momentum Gallery and donate your services for either the show’s run and or closing party, contact Bailey at And for more information on the show itself, the gallery’s partners and blog, please check out the website:

Gloucester Citizenship Awards 2013

The awards, given since 2006 by the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, recognize civic contributions that embody the best of the spirit that guides Unitarian Universalism: open-hearted giving to others, solely for what those gifts mean, for no pay, and often with no public notice. The men and women being recognized were chosen by the church Social Justice Committee from nearly 50 nominations submitted by the congregation and the
public.   The honorees this year are:

Dennis Acker and Rick Doucette
Roger Corbin
Newton Fink
Shannon Gallagher
Reverend Ronald Gariboldi
Paul Harling
Russell Hobbs
Sheldon (Don) Knowles
Karen Ristuben
Diana Smith

Click here for full information about the awards.

Here is a slideshow of the ceremony:

Fr. Matthew Green

Grand Opening of The Gloucester Dog Park


Patiently waiting for the gates to open.



The unleashing with Mayor Kirk.


The first belly rub.


The Gloucester Dog Park at Stage Fort Park opened officially on Saturday. Many 2 legged and 4 legged friends came out to play in the park for the first time. I was surprised by how many people came out.

Congrats to the Friends of the Gloucester Dog Park for making it a huge success!

The Dog park has three sections, one for Large dogs, one for smaller dogs, and another for dogs who may not be completely ready to romp with their friends. At the entrance to each play area are park rules. Make sure you and your dog(s) follow those rules for everyone’s safety. You can read them HERE.

It was nice to see the dogs chasing each other, playing with their humans and relaxing in the sun. I would say it’s dog approved!


Pet of the Week-Winter


Hello, my name is Winter, I am staying at the Cape Ann Animal Aid in Gloucester until I am adopted.

They believe I was once someone’s pet because I am such a sweet and affectionate boy.  I have a handsome white-and-black coat. I love attention and I am so excited about finding a family who will love me as much as the Cape Ann Animal Aid family does. The shelter is located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.  Please stop by and visit me. I think they named me winter because my coat is nice and white and I keep it spotless.  I deserve a loving home, so I am hoping that when I am spotted on Good Morning Gloucester someone will realize they need a nice cat and adopt me – I am ready if you are!