GloucesterCast Podcast With Guest Ron Gilson and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/1/13

GloucesterCast Podcast With Guest Ron Gilson and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/1/13

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Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Summer In Gloucester,The First Upscale Breakfast joint In Gloucester, the Makings of The Union Hill Coffee Shop, Au Beaujolais, Relationship Between Restaurant Patrons and Servers, Flags On The Boulevard, Differences Between Generations Honoring  Veterans, Paul Frontiero Sr, Death Row Sub, Death Row Meal.

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Dale Carnegie Quote of The Week from Greg Bover

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.”

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)


Born into poverty in rural Missouri, Carnegie managed to get through the state teachers college, but got his first jobs selling correspondence courses, then soap and bacon. After an unsuccessful stint as an actor he began teaching public speaking through the YMCA and published a book on the subject for businessmen in 1926.  His second book ten years later, How to Win Friends and Influence People, made him an international celebrity, sold millions of copies and was translated into dozens of languages. It is still in print and still relevant today. Millions of people have taken the Dale Carnegie Training to improve their self-confidence, reduce their stress, and learn better communication skills. Carnegie’s ideas on leadership are widely taught in business schools and form the basis of many self-improvement courses.  He also observed: “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”

Greg Bover

Do You Read This Blog? Do You Like The GMG Community? If You Answered Yes Then Get Your Ass Down To Mug Up Sunday Morning

Last week was crazy fun.  Tons of FOBs showed up for our Gallery opening and first mug up of the season.

Well EJ is doing it again.  We want to see you.  Whether you are and old school FOB or if you are a lurker that occasionally reads the blog.  We want youto come on down to our Gallery on Madfish Wharf and tip back some coffee and swap stories.  GMG is nothing without the GMG communty and if you are reading this then you ARE part of that community!

9AM Sunday Madfish Wharf, Rocky Neck- Be There!

Don’t make us come find you!  Come see us!

Special Time with FOB Ann Kennedy

a morning with ann kennedy

I got to spend a very special morning with Ann Kennedy on Tuesday, toward the end of her and Bob’s month-long annual visit to their beloved Gloucester.  We met early for a delicious and hearty breakfast at Sailor Stan’s, then went for a nice long walk out Eastern Point, to the spot I now call Evelyn’s Point, beyond the Retreat House and Brace Cove.  We encountered many beautiful and fun things along our journey, including a mother duck with her ducklings (she had to be babysitting, as they couldn’t all have been her’s) and two turtles sunning on a rock in Niles Pond, plus a dreadful and vicious bullfrog that Ann attempted unsuccessfully to capture and bring to Joey.  This has become one of my favorite spots to walk to and it was nice to be able to share it with Ann, who had never been there.  The trails through the woods are soft and peaceful.  At one point we were forced to stop and turn back because of a large uprooted tree that made the path we were on unpassable.  It was a special time with a special FOB and friend, and I look forward to a repeat when they return next year.

Congratulations to Ann and Bob who just celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary.

E.J. Lefavour

Rubber Duck PSA: Snapping Turtles on the March because it is June 1

It’s June First so if you take walks and are observant it is likely you will come upon a large leathery object laying at the side of the road or in your garden or making your dog excited. Congratulations, you have come upon a female snapping turtle who is slowly making her way uphill. Her brain is telling her she has to go up, then down just a little bit before she stops to scrape a hole and drop a bunch of ping pong ball eggs in the hole. She then crawls back to the pond and you won’t see her again for another year.

Rule 1: leave her be.

Rule 2: stay away. If you insist on taking a photo, stay well clear of the end that does not have a tail. That end has a set of jaws that can snap out and take a finger off with one crunch. Your dog should be smart enough to know that also includes dog noses but if she is a dumb dog, keep your dog away. A smart dog knows that a snapper has quite a long neck and can reach out just a little bit further than where a dumb dog puts her nose.

The turtle does not need saving. Just leave it. Snapping turtles are not endangered, every single pond in Massachusetts has one. They are only endangered by a well meaning person who wants to throw a blanket over it and put her back in the pond. That just upsets the turtle and she will have to return because she has these ping pong balls that need to go somewhere. If for some insane reason you think you have to move the turtle do not pick her up by her tail. You likely just dislocated her vertebrae and you may as well take her home and throw her in the soup pot.

If you have a neighbor who catches them and eats turtle soup and eats the eggs raw with a little soy sauce and chili, don’t freak out. Try one, you might like it. I’ll try anything once but that is one delicacy that is not on my bucket list.

Five Little Foxes

Five Foxlets © Sally Williams
One of my gardening friends in Hiram, Maine, sent along this adorable photo. Sally writes that she and her husband, “thought he saw a kitten, then saw three – neither cats nor dogs – then they realized they were fox kits and not just 3 but 5. The kits sun themselves and roam around our barn and they are so cute.  Now they are skittish as their eyesight develops but a couple of days ago we could approach and stand close without moving and watch them play. Fun.” Best of all, Sally says, is that because of the resident fox family, they have had no woodchucks in the barn!

Five Little Foxes photo by Sally Williams

Strawberry shortcake, plants, home-made preserves and pastries, antiques, and more!

Being sold this morning at St. Ann’s Church (70 Pleasant Street) as a fundraiser for Holy Family parish! Come get goodies for your garden and for your tastebuds!

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A few Fred Bodin’s Photos of Harbortown Cultural District celebration

Catherine Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

Here’s a few photos from Fred Bodin’s coverage of Tuesday’s May 28 kick off Celebration for the Harbortown Cultural District. The party was held in the Gorton’s gallery of Maritime Gloucester and it was packed! Check out the special cake –it very nearly covered a 4 x 6 table.

Gloucester from its water’s edge and beyond: the center for all! Like the “Harbortown” name, the cake was a mash up of two flavors, too. Lise Breen and Judith Hoglander worked with Jim’s Bagel and Bake Shoppe for this classic riff of Saul Steinberg’s famous 1976 New Yorker cover, a favorite motif for him.

Music filled the rooms and welcomed everyone. One of the Harbortown event’s surprises was the talent of musicians Zach Bridges & Steve Lacy from Henry Allen & The New Swingset. Here’s Henry Allen (on the steering committee for Harbortown) visiting with Mayor Carolyn Kirk and Karen Ristuben (Rocky Neck Cultural District) Gloucester ’s Rocky Neck Cultural District is a partner. Mayor Kirk spoke twice.

Leadership here and at the state level are advocating for the arts in a big way. The Harbortown Cultural District would not have happened without the support and commitment from Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Harbor Planning Director Sarah Garcia, Chief Administrative Officer James Duggan, all the Gloucester City Councilors, Senator Bruce Tarr, Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council representatives. The party filled up quickly. There was bountiful conversation and energy buoyed by appetizers and drinks thanks to so many wonderful partners and stakeholders. Here’s one of Fred’s crowd photos peeking through Maritime Gloucester’s display–what an apt framing for the themes of connection.

One of the first surprises on the evening’s program was a presentation from Harbortown partner, the Gloucester Public Schools. Teachers Kurt Lichtenwald’s  and John Barry’s S.T.E.A.M. (science technology engineering, Arts and mathematics) classes feature students’ and made, engineered musical instruments. David Puglisi came to the event and showcased his handmade plywood electric guitar see his youtube video!

Co-chair for Harbortown Cultural District, Judith Hoglander looks on.

Anita Walker, executive director for the Massachusetts Cultural Council gave a wonderful speech about Gloucester , this district, the arts and maritime connections. She spoke to the legacy of the continuous involvement of youth and fostering stewardship through generations. She took a moment to recognize a contribution completed for the application.

Fred captures the authentic spirit of Anita Walker in this one and sheer fun. The MCC is passionate about Gloucester and the arts across Massachusetts . Sarah Garcia surprised Walker with an iconic Gloucester southwester. They visited Nelsons on Main Street on the day of the site visit, and the classic yellow slicker hats and ancillary businesses of the fishing industry were obvious topics. To the left of Walker, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library Director, Carol Gray enjoys the moment.


More photos to come; David Cox, local media, and co-Chair Bob Whitmarsh were all snapping away at different points. By the way, one of the best Facebook pages in town, Fred Bodin may have some posted

We’ll add some photos to our website

Thank you Joey and GMG for helping!

You. Are. Beautiful. – A Tribute to Warriors

"You. Are. Beautiful. – A Tribute to Warriors"

This is a special event to celebrate art and support our wounded warriors!  On July 8, 2013, from 6:30-9:30pm, Thi Linh Wernau, an artist and photographer based in Rockport, will host an art exhibition and party at Minglewood Tavern.  View art, enjoy appetizers and live music, and meet some of the veterans she photographed for her "You. Are. Beautiful." project – a celebration of the human spirit and beauty in all people.

Tickets are $20 per person and 100% of ticket sales benefit the Semper Fi Fund, which helps post 9/11 combat veterans and their families.  Those interested in attending should purchase tickets in advance of the event.  If you cannot attend, you can still donate via the invitation link!

Get more information and buy tickets here:

Also, watch this Tribute to Warriors music video promoting the event!


Rescue Fred the Cockatoo From Lin Chandler


I am writing to everyone that I know I can trust.  We rescued a cockatoo from an abusive tortuous situation and now we need to find a very experienced handler who can take him home.  We can’t keep him for very long because we both work long hours and cannot rehab poor Fred the way he needs.  Please see the attached and contact me @ 978-281-6222 or 978-852-6228 with any assistance or information.

Thank you, in advance, for you r help



Community Stuff 6/1/13

Three 7th grade students from O’Maley Innovation Middle School were semi-finalists for the state of Massachusetts.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.

This year, Letters About Literature received 49,000 entries from young readers across the country! Three 7th grade students from O’Maley Innovation Middle School were semi-finalists for the state of Massachusetts. They ranked in the top ten percent of the letters read in the program that year— a remarkable achievement on their part!

Congratulations to

Brendan Johnson
Matthew Smith
Sarah (Emily) Whitemore

Rockport Senior Center Update

Memoir Writing Class

Classes will be Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:30AM starting June 4th. Come prepared to write about your lives and times. Classes will be taught by Cathryn Clark. Call to sign up 978-546-2573

Call 978-546-2573

Singing Class is for beginners and intermediate singers. The repertory will be varied, including show tunes, standards Jorgelina Zeloi is a professional musician with a degree from The New England Conservatory of Music. No previous singing experience necessary. Class is $5.00. Mondays beginning June 10th from 1:00-2:00PM. Call to sign up 978-546-2573

A Matter of Balance

A four week program blends exercise and learning together. Participants learn to reduce the risk factors, increase activity, and to improve their strength and balance . This program is twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3:00PM. This is a free program sponsored by SeniorCare. Call to sign up 978-546-2573

Laughter is the Best Medicine

This free presentation is sponsored by BAYADA Home Health Care. You will learn the benefits of laughter, how it boosts immunity and decreases pain. Numerous jokes in the presentation to laugh at and share with family & friends. Please RSVP 978-546-2573

The Rockport Senior Center will be traveling to Newport, R.I. on July 17th to tour the Breakers Mansion, have a delicious lunch at the Atlantic Beach Club and then we will take a narrated cruise on the Newport Harbor where you will be able to view many beautiful estates from the water. $79.00 due at time of reservation.

On August 14th we will travel to Connecticut for a delicious lunch and then take a scenic steam train ride where you will meet the Riverboat crew to cruise the Connecticut River on a relaxing, one hour ride. Upon docking, you will meet the steam engine for the return trip to the motor coach. This trip is $82.00 and payable at time of reservation. Call Paula for more information, 978-546-2573.

Intro to iPad & iPhone Classes. 4 classes/$40.00 Thursdays from 1-2:30PM. June 6th -27th and July 11th-August 1st. Taught by Coleen McGrath. Call to reserve your spot. 978-546-2573 Limited space.

Required materials: tablets or phone, owner’s manual, cables, email address(user ID) and password

Intro to Facebook

Do you want to use Facebook but are intimated by it? You will learn to set up an account, learn about all the privacy settings, create postings and messages, navigate the Timeline, upload and tag photos, get comfortable friending people and confidently join the world of Facebook. Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30-12PM, June 10-19th and July 8th -17th.

4 sessions/$40.00. Payment is due at time of registration.

Intro to Kindle

Kindle classes are Thursdays from 10:30AM-12:30PM.  Classes are taught my Coleen McGrath4 Classes/$40.00. Call 978-546-2573 to reserve your spot. Limited space.

What to Look for When Choosing a Quality Healthcare Provider Wednesday, June 12th 1:00PM

You have a choice, choose wisely! Whether a healthcare organization is for profit, or not for profit, each one should adhere to certain standards of care, and you should know what to look for when choosing. This seminar will give you the tips needed to make the right decision.. This presentation is sponsored by Elder Insider. RSVP 978-546-2573.

Hey Gloucester dancers!
A small but dedicated group of people has been working to re-establish regular contra dancing on Cape Ann. Because of a generous donation of space from the First Baptist Church on GLoucester Ave, dances will be held on Sunday evenings, June 9 and 23rd. The evenings will begin with pot luck (table ready please, we don’t have stoves for our use) from 5-6:30.  Dancing will follow from 7-10:00. Wellknown caller Cammy Kaynor, who has been teaching and calling dances for 35 years, will call the dances, and musicians of all levels are invited to join the musician’s jam. Sheet music will be provided. A free will offering will be taken to pay the janitor.
Contra dancing is a form of traditional dance  usually done in lines or circles and occasional squares. All dances will be taught and all ages are welcome. Contra dancing is great excercise, and a great intergenerational activity.  Please join us for fun-filled social event!
Caroline Haines

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will be observed on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. – 12 Noon at Five Corners in Rockport.

Sponsored by the Rockport Police Department & Rockport Council on Aging, who are encouraging the community to join them anytime between 9 a.m. and 12 Noon.  All are welcome.  Please bring your business, organization, club sign – hand-made banners or signs are also welcome.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of elders are abused, neglected and exploited.  Unfortunately, no one is immune.  It occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone – a  friend, family member, neighbor, etc.   Together, let’s educate those about elder abuse, join in on June 25th.

For further information, please contact Officer Roger Lesch, 978-546-1212, ext. 13, or e-mail: