Video- Fish Teaser- Tough To Watch


Documentary Filmmaker Farhod Family Sheds Light on New England’s Struggling Groundfish Industry

WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) August 5, 2013 — Brooklyn-based filmmaker Farhod Family has released a teaser for his yet-to-be-titled documentary film, in which he chronicles the hardships faced by fishermen in New England’s groundfish industry.

Mr. Family began working on his self-funded documentary in September of 2012 after the federal government declared the New England groundfish industry to be in a state of economic disaster. Since then, Family has reached out to the National Science Center (NSC), attended New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) meetings, and met with the fishermen whose livelihoods are being threatened by cuts to their allowable catch.

Mr. Family’s film will provide an in-depth look at the groundfish industry, from the efforts of New England’s fishermen, young and old, to fish processors, and ice companies, all of whom play an important role in coastal communities and waterfront business throughout Massachusetts.The film will explore ports in Gloucester and New Bedford, as well as the town of Scituate, Massachusetts, a small fishing community that is on the brink of losing its entire fleet.
Mr. Family began his journalism career covering the 2009 presidential elections in Iran. Since returning, his work has appeared in PBS Frontline, The New York Times, Washington Post, Global Post, NHL, NFL among others.  He holds a BA in history and French from the University of Hawaii, and an MS in digital media from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

INQUIRïNG MlNDS WANNA KNOW…….. "Whatever Happened to Smokin’ Jim’s Bar-B-Q?"

Well, here’s the scoop……………….. The property which housed Smokin’ Jim’s BBQ on E. Main St. for the
past 12 years has been sold, AND, in looking for a new location to reestablish the business -I have
been Offered a Fantastic YEAR ‘ROUND SPOT IN GLOUCESTER.

We have expansion plans ready to include Authentic Southern Fried Chicken, Lamb, Brisket, Smoked and
Grilled Seafood,  AND – Special Holiday Orders including Hams and Turkeys. We’re introducing
Hormone-Free Meats and adding New Southern Sides (Le. Homemade Sweet Potato Pie) to our already popular menu.


IMAGiNE! 362 Days Per Year! It can happen this Fait in time for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s,
Basketball, Football, Super Sunday, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Your Birthday and EVERYDAY!

We need SS to make this happen – so – if you love BBQ, want to go into the Business and have money to
invest, or know somebody, this just may be what you’re looking for. We’ve outgrown summertime –
this business has a great year ’round future. Vd love to talk with you.

CALL ME, JIM YANCEY  978-283-3379 (C) 978-380-2553 EMAIL-

Our Seasonal Catered Events business is flourishing and we are taking orders for full-service backyard
parties, business functions, weddings, etc. as well as drop-off orders. Call us.

Celebrating Attitude and Humor on the Neck

sue handman opening

Sue Handman, who calls her photo and quote combinations “fabric novellas” is the maker of those fabulously sassy collage textile pieces that mix vintage -inspired fabrics, photographs transferred onto cloth and favorite quotes of hers that would have so delighted Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain. Each statement garment is flattering, easy to wear and certain to be a conversation piece – refreshingly direct and funny.

Until this season, the vintage bohemian clothing and accessory pieces in Sue’s collection could only be found in the festival circuit. Sue Handman is quite a favorite in Massachusetts shows like the Oyster Fest in Wellfleet, Marshfield Art Festival and Marblehead Festival of Arts, as well as many other fairs and festivals along the Eastern US and as far down as Key West. Sue also exhibits in Trade-shows; but she has found a perfect fit in Vintage shows like the Country Living Fair that took place this past June in Rhinebeck, NY and will take place in Atlanta, GA in October. In Florida Sue Handman Fabric Collage pops-up at the Big Bang Bazaar in Maitland and the Fancy Flea in Lakeland and at the famous Antique Market right here in Brimfield, MA.

Come meet the talented fabric collage artist Sue Handman in her gorgeous little gallery in the historic Rocky Neck Art Colony. At Sue Handman Fabric Collage you will also find Beach Rock Jewelry by Kem Designs and selected paintings by Tracey Martin Logan. Sue Handman will be in her Rocky Neck Gallery until Columbus Day weekend.

You are invited to the Reception
Saturday, August 10
From 5-8 pm
Sue Handman Fabric Collage
77 Rocky Neck Avenue
Gallery #2
Madfish Wharf
Gloucester, MA 01930

SIX Black Swallowtail Pupae on One Fennel Plant!

One pupated last night and now their are a total of six chrysalides–five in the green form and one brown form.

To air on public television I need to lengthen slightly my Black Swallowtail film. My deepest thanks and appreciation to Kate Young and Wolf Hill Garden Center, who have been keeping me supplied in Black Swallowtails in every form, from eggs to chrysalides, for several months now! My film is going to be all the better for it and I am just so deeply appreciative of Kate’s and Wolf Hill’s interest and generosity.

VIDEO: Sen. Tarr & Bailee Militello are helping get school supplies to needy Gloucester kids at the next Block Party

Through a program called Bailee’s Backpacks, seven-year-old Bailee Militello is working with Senator Bruce Tarr, Action, Inc., North Shore 104.9 and the Gloucester Block Parties to help needy Gloucester children get the supplies they need to start school off on the right track.  Check out the video, filmed by Lisa Smith at Cape Ann TV, yesterday.

You can also see this video streaming on Cape Ann TV’s wicked cool new on-line streaming feature here.

Gift from the Sea

Fred Bodin submits-

Noah Willett landed a 28.5 inch “football fat” striper. As Marty Luster said on GMG, this is The Gift. Your children will treasure these experiences as long as they live, and then pass them on to your grandchildren. You think this young man will ever forget this? Well, read Marty’s post: Noah is 8. He looks so proud it could break your heart. The charter boat is owned by Vito Demetri, AKA “The Striper King,” Captain of the F/V Pavilion, out of Gloucester. Noah’s father Peter says that Vito’s rates are very reasonable. Where did Capt. Vito drop the hook? Outside (the breakwater) is all I can say. Most pro fishermen won’t reveal the exact location of where they hit the “money fish.” But I will tell you where the fish are: “In the water!”


Caleb Willett landed this 31″ striper. Don’t he look proud? Older brother Caleb is 11 years old. His parents, Peter and Leah Willett, have raised two outstanding children. Parents Peter and Leah Willett are long time customers, and his birthday is July 28th, same as Jackie and me.


Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s "Lewis H. Story" at Salem Maritime Festival

Len Burgess submits-

Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s flagship “Lewis H. Story” was a big attraction at the Salem Maritime Festival on Saturday. Intentionally rolling the ship over at low tide, as shown, is how the original Chebbaco 2-man fishing schooners of the 1700’s would unloaded their catch of the day and also the way they would repair and paint the bottom when the tide was out. The Shipbuilding Museum’s booth at the festival was also very busy all afternoon.
-Photos by Len Burgess


Kelly’s Roast Beef Rap Is Outstanding But We Up Here On The North Shore Know It’s Nicks All Day Long and Everybody Else Is a Distant Second

I’ve had roast beef sandwiches late night since back in my days at Bishop Fenwick in 83.  Had em all over the place.

Listen to me right now- Kelly’s Roast Beef isn’t even in the same stratosphere as Nick’s Roast Beef.  I could rattle off two or three other roast beef joints that decimate Kelly’s Roast Beef in the roast beef game.  9 times out of 10 Kelly’s comes with gray dried out meat.  Nothing like the succulent rare beef you’re gonna get at Nicks.

Supreme’s, Rockport House easily better than Kelly’s.  Not to mention you go to Kelly’s and their prices are freakin outrageous.

I’ll give Kelly’s props all day long for the video though.  Outstanding.

A rap video don’t make the beef taste better though bro.

When you want the best its Nick’s FTW.

Pet of the Week-Mister Major

Mister Major

Hello:  My name is Mister Major, I am a male, three-month-old active kitten who is orange-and-white.  I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester.

I have been asked to remind you about “Dog Day “on Sept. 15,  the Golf Tournament on September 23 and the Sunset Cruise on Sat., August 17 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. aboard Capt. Bill’s from Harbor Loop with complimentary refreshments.  Tickets are available at the CAAA, Animal Krackers, Cape Ann Vet Hospital, Nothshore Vet Hospital and  Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply. Please check our website at: for more information.

 I don’t know what it means, but the nice volunteer here keeps calling me a little devil! Do you know what that means?

Community Stuff 8/6/13

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum Proudly Presents!

A new model of the Evelina M. Goulart

Presentation and Model introduction by Paul Gran

Tuesday, August 13 at 7 p.m.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum Water Line Center

Paul, an American and Israeli citizen, has lived in Israel, for the past 35 years. He and his wife, Brenda, have spent many summers in Rockport. Paul, 72, has been a hobbyist since he was a teenager. He started building model ships, including the U.S.S. Constitution and the Titanic. He is perhaps best known to Cape Ann folk for his model of the Andrea Gail that debuted two years ago at the Cape Ann Museum.

Shipbuilding is not new to Paul. In the 1970s, he was the chief engineer of a yacht-building company in Korea. While there, he built a ketch, the Brenda Lynn. After a nearly five-year journey around the world with his wife and daughters, they ended up in Israel, where they settled. Paul who has an electrical engineering degree from Penn State and a master’s degree in computer science from UCLA, founded companies there, mostly start-ups producing electronic medical equipment. He loves building accurate model ships and feels it is not that much different from building real ones as he’s done both.

Paul will give us insights into what is involved in model making by discussing the many aspects of building the model, including design considerations and the fabrication of some of the components.

Please join us in the Water Line Center of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum at 7:30 p. m. on August 13.

Admission $8 members,

$10 nonmembers

For more information call (978) 768-7541

66 Main Street, Essex MA

Lanesville Art Show Special Event: Unveiling of the Lanesville Quilt

On Friday, August 9, at 4:30 PM, a special preview event will precede the official opening of the annual Art in Lanesville show at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester.

We will unveil the newest addition to the Gloucester Council on Aging Neighborhood of Quilts project—the Lanesville quilt. This vibrant piece of fiber art showcases many iconic images of the Lanesville village and represents the collaborative work of many Gloucester seniors.

Participants from the Rose Baker Senior Center, who created the quilt under the artistic direction of artist Juni Van Dyke, will attend the event and will be available to discuss the project.

Mayor Carolyn Kirk will also attend as a special guest to welcome the artists. Please join us to celebrate this community event.


Cape Ann resident L.M. Vincent, author of IN SEARCH OF MOTIF NO. 1, will be reading from and signing copies of his latest book, SAVING DR. BLOCK, at Manchester-by-the-Book, 27 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, on August 9, at 8 PM. A departure from his previous non-fiction history of Rockport’s famed fish shack–which was a finalist for the 2011 Non-fiction Book of the Year by the Massachusetts Center for the Book–SAVING DR. BLOCK is comic fiction, a coming-of-age caper that takes place in Kansas City in 1963.

     Twelve-year-old Howard Block has a lot on his mind. If being bullied in gym class every Tuesday and Thursday, an overprotective mother, and the stress of preparing for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah weren’t enough, Howard’s father has just been named in a fraudulent medical malpractice suit. Inspired by a new movie sensation, the British secret agent James Bond, Howard recruits best friends Mike Hunsacker and Irwin “Stinky” Devinki for a crack undercover team to thwart the psychiatrist villain Chadwick Huntley and his patient/accomplice Hannah Stringer. Like 007, Howard learns there’s always a female involved, which doesn’t make his mission to save Dr. Block any easier. This touching and often hilarious book follows Howard’s journey to self-discovery and manhood during an era of cultural divides between Jew and Gentile, black and white, and even father and son.

      A native of Kansas City and former editor of the Harvard Lampoon, L.M. Vincent has published both fiction and non-fiction, and his plays have been produced regionally and Off-Off-Broadway. A former member of the Kansas City Ballet Company, he was one of the earliest investigators of eating disorders and menstrual problems in classical ballet dancers, and is considered a pioneer in the field of Dance Medicine. He currently is on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School. He and his wife have two grown daughters and divide their time between Cape Ann and Seattle, WA.