The Results Of The Good Morning Gloucester Italian Sub Challenge

I decided to end the nomination period early so we could perhaps catch the nominated sub shop/bakeries off guard.  There was 4 nominees clearly in the lead at the time of the tally.

Our judges Craig Kimberley, Ed Collard, Toby Pett and Erik Lorden each individually placed their orders for a large Italian sub with oil and seasoning at the respective sub shop/bakeries.  Again, wanting to perhaps throw off the nominated sub shops/bakeries that may have been on the lookout for a sub order for a “Large Italian Sub with everything on it”.

I assigned a point system that heavily favored taste (totally subjective) and value cost per pound (totally non-subjective) with 40 possible points awarded in each of those two categories.

Remaining was 20 possible points for equal distribution of meat and condiments.  5 points for the least equally distributed meat and condiments 20 points for the sub with the most equally distributed meat and condiments.





The scoring went as follows-

Cost per pound

Sclafanis $6.09 per lb- 40 points

Virgilios $7.14 per lb 34 points

Destinos $7.16 per lb 34 points

Jeff’s Variety $7.44 per lb 32 points

Taste 1-40 possible points

average of all 4 judges-

Sclafanis 33 points

Virgilios 21.25 points

Destinos 26.25 points

Jeff’s Variety 25.75 points

Equal Distribution of Meat

5-10-15-20 least Equally distributes to most equally distributed

Sclafanis- 10

Virgilios- 15

Destinos- 5

Jeff’s Variety-20

Total of Scores Combined for Your Winner





Again I’d like to thank the four judges- Ed Collard, Toby Pett, Craig Kimberley and Erik Lorden. Thanks to Kim Smith and Craig Kimberley for taking photos.

 I’d also like to reinforce that there’s no shame in coming in 4th.

It’s true what they say, just like the Oscars, just to tally the number of votes to be nominated makes you a formidable joint to get a sub in the first place.  No losers all winners in my book.  I wouldn’t hesitate to order a sub from any of these places as well as many other sub shops in GTown that didn’t get nominated.

We’re crazy lucky that way, spoiled with great eateries in Gloucester.


North Coast Angler Fishing Report 6/21/13

Capt Skip Montello Submits-

To Book a guide-


Capt. Skip Montello
(508)395-5871 Rockport

Fishing Report: 6-21-2013

The overall fishing over the past week has been one of "transition", from very good at the beginning of the week to just fair from mid week on. That’s not to say that "all" locations from Cape Ann to the Merrimack River were off, but Joppa Flat was affected negatively by the heavy rainfall and the stripers that were up on the flat moved to cleaner water outside at the river mouth and along the beaches north and south. We had a very good day Monday fishing flies , topwaters and soft plastics just outside the river mouth. The river mouth was again super clogged with all sort of boats drifting, trolling or anchored up and catching stripers with live macks, clams or chunks, a very scary place!Later in the week I had the good fortune to fish with Capt Paul Rogato and we got to fish a few of his new 2013 line up of surface plugs. These new plugs were a blast to fish with as the stripers would track and smack the plug until they owned it! Watch the video. These plugs are available at Fin & Feather, Surfland and First Light Anglers.

Ocean Lures (new for) 2013

Brad and Keith, Flies and OL Sandeel Plug

Guy W, out with Capt Al

Help Find Missing Buddha

brendas buddha before and now

Brenda Malloy is asking for help in finding the Buddha statue that disappeared from the front lawn of her shop, IMAGINE, on Rocky Neck, sometime yesterday.  Brenda’s mother gave her the statue 11 years ago when she first opened her shop, and it has adorned her front lawn ever since. 

I’m not sure how someone walks off with a 50lb  18″ high cement statue in the middle of the day, but they did.  If you saw anything, please let Brenda know. 

I don’t know what is going on that people think they can just walk up and take someone else’s property like that.

E.J. Lefavour

Rubber Duck Quick Tip: Rockport Goings On

I’m not listing stuff here because I can’t keep up but Rubber Duck has found someone else who updates several times a day. Follow BearskinNeck.Net on Facebook. <<<Click.

That’s it. OK, I’ll give you three examples why BearskinNeck.Net is awesome. Today Rubber Duck found out:

1) The Rockport Dump is open on Sunday from 8AM to 11:45 AM until Nov 10. Huge news. This is why I love Rockport and gladly pay my town taxes. Now those fish guts and lobster shells from the Saturday festivities do not fester in the garage until God knows when.

2) The Red Skiff has several Specials including Crab Cake Benedict and Corn Beef Benedict. Make mine a double!

3) Brothers’ Brew is open at 7AM every single day all summer With a fresh made Butternut Crunch Doughnut with my name on it.

4) Why stop at three? Forgot the Farmers Market 9am-1pm at Harvey Park on Saturday! Harvey Park? End of Broadway if you hit the lighthouse in the middle of the street because you saw a large rabbit named Harvey you should park.

BearskinNeck.Net one stop shopping so you don’t spend more than three minutes on a computer every day. Today is the first day of summer! Get off that goddamn computer and go bite someone in the butt!


I don’t want to be one of those people who’s on his death bed and says, “I didn’t spend enough time on the Internet.”  -Andy Borowitz

Judging Best Italian Sub in Gloucester is Serious Business!!! Results Revealed at 7:10PM

Eric Lorden ©Kim Smith 2013Judge Eric Lorden, Passports Restuarant

Craig, Ed, Eric, Joey, Toby ©Kim Smith 2013Craig and Joey ©Kim Smith 2013

Judge Craig Kimberley and Moderator Joey


Not Really!

Ed ©Kim smith 2013

Judge Ed Collard

Toby Petit ©Kim Smith 2013Judge Toby Pett

Flowers for Kim Smith

These flowers were delivered to FOB Fred Bodin Historic Photo on Main Street from Audrey’s this morning. Our FOB Ann and Bob Kennedy sent them for Kim Smith’s “Life Story of the Black Swallow Tail Butterfly. The show will be at the Cape Ann Cinema followed by a reception at Bodin Historic Photo at 82 Mains Street.

So lovely of Ann and Bob to send this beautiful arrangement.
FOB Ann and Bob Kennedy

FREE Boulevard Concert JULY 3 featuring Cape Ann Big Band, Runaround Sound

Runaround w/ Laser Light Show on the Boulevard

Once again, the Gloucester Fund and present a FREE CONCERT ON GLOUCESTER HARBOR featuring Cape Ann Big Band and Gloucester’s #1 Party band Runaround Sound, plus we have some surprise featured vocalists TBA.

Ringo Tarr, Gloucester’s hardest working behind-the-scenes organizer, has done it again. He’s bringing his stage to the Boulevard for a rousing celebration of our independence through music, parade, fireworks and one of the most powerful laser light shows in New England– Best of all, it’s all FREE thanks to Ringo’s hard work and the musicians’ generous spirit.

Here’s the schedule:
5:00 Music Begins (band TBA)
6:00 Music breaks for Horribles Parade
7:00 Cape Ann Big Band & Runaround after parade
9:30 Fireworks over Gloucester Harbor
10:00 Spectacular LASER LIGHT SHOW by RK Lighting Design
Then dance with Runaround under the stars & the lasers.

There’s nothing like dancing on the Boulevard to the Runaround Sound with RK’s lasers overhead. DON’T MISS IT!  Here’s a video of Runaround at Capt. Carlos.

You can get into the party spirit with Runaround tonight at 9 at Minglewood Tavern.  See Cape Ann’s complete weekend live music schedule here.

Supermoon Returns

 Supermoon Returns

Photo by: Paul F Frontiero Jr.

“Oh, is it that time again? The time for everyone to overhype the “Supermoon”?


You’ve probably heard about this: on June 23, the full Moon will be the biggest and brightest of the year, so it’s called the Supermoon. Let me be clear: While this is technically true, you’d never notice the difference in size or brightness by eye. The full Moon will look pretty much like every other full Moon you’ve ever seen. Which is to say, big, bright, beautiful, and completely worth your time to outside and see! But Supermoon? Not so much.

Flying Around the Earth

Here’s the deal. The Moon orbits the Earth once every month or so. As it does so, the geometry—the angles between the Moon, Earth, and Sun—change, so we see a different part of the Moon lit every night. Once per orbit the Moon is roughly opposite the Sun in the sky, so the half facing the Earth is completely lit, and we say the Moon is full. This blog post I wrote (complete with awesome video) should help.”


Update: It’s Been Decided. The GMG Gloucester’s Best Italian Sub Challenge Judging Has Just Commenced- Results Coming

Click the arrow to watch the set-up ordering video-



So I’ve got an idea for a challenge.

Top four nominations for best Gloucester Italian Sub as submitted in the comments on this post.

To submit a nomination you click the title of this post and then under the post where it says “Leave a comment”, click that and write the name of the sub joint who you consider makes the best Italian Sub in Gloucester.

Nomination period runs through Friday at 8PM.

Once we tally up the top four sub shops according to your nominations, 4 GMG contributors independently and at the same time order the exact same subs to go from the nominated sub shops.  We pick them up and bring them back to the dock.

Then we place them on the digital scale for the Weigh In.  We will divide the weight into the price and come up with the best value weight wise. Then we cut it in half and then in quarters to look at the cross section for the equal distribution of meat.  If a place loads up the sub in the middle and leaves the ends empty they will be exposed.

Then we each take a quarter of the sub and grade based on taste.

We will present the findings in a post to the readership.

I’m pumped for this challenge!

So start sending in your nominations now in the comment section of this post (again if you don’t see words that say leave a comment directly below this post then click on the title of the post and you should see where you can submit a nomination)

Also please share the link through Facebook or twitter using the buttons below the post to get the most nominations as possible.


Community Photos 6/21/13

Jen Cullen Submits-

This was taken from my BlackBerry through my car windshield while at the red light on Boylston Street facing the Memorial. Granted not the best quality pic, especially since I had to turn my wipers off and it was still lightly raining, but still a kinda cool effect.

I got the chills when I saw it appear so bright and wondrous above the Memorial, thought it was a great symbol of triumph after tragedy and things like The One Fund that people, foundations, corporations and the City donated to so generously to help support the survivors, $54MM raised as of today and still growing.

Double Rainbow over Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial.2012.06.17

Community Stuff 6/21/13

Peace Fest

The annual Peace Fest, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, will be held in Harvey Park, at the
intersection of Broadway and Mount Pleasant Street in downtown Rockport, on Sunday, June 23 from noon to 5:00
p.m. The event will include music by top local performers, food, and games. Peace-themed art by winners of an art
contest for Rockport students will be displayed and students will also read their poems about peace. All are invited to
enjoy a meaningful day of fun. In case of bad weather, the Peace Fest will be held at the UUSR, 4 Cleaves Street,

Hi Joey,
Please find attached an ad for a photo workshop for teens that Simone Salvo ( is running at the end of this month and the first week of July. It is a great opportunity for young artists and very reasonably priced. It would be great if you could pass it on through the newsletter!
Thanks so much,
Dawn Southworth


Chargers Youth Program

FREE – Metal Drive Fundraiser

Saturday June 22nd starting at 8am
Charger/Scout House
35 Concord Street Gloucester
Any and all items accepted including appliances!
Only exclusions: paint cans, TVs and computer monitors.
Some Pick-up/delivery available
call Fran @ 978-828-3354or Glen @ 978-407-3215
** $10 fee for Propane Tank disposal