Now did I get this right or did I get this right? People who buy Apple products aren’t looking for the cheap version, they’re looking for the best version available.

Posted by Joe Rossignol at 9:37 am

Apple Cites ‘Incredible’ Launch Day Demand for iPhone 5s

iPhone 5S FrontIt appears that Apple is having yet another successful iPhone launch day, with the all-new gold iPhone 5s facing the biggest constraints thus far.

“Demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and we are currently sold out or have limited supply of certain iPhone 5s models in some stores,” an Apple representative told AllThingsD.

Estimated shipping dates for most iPhone 5s models have been pushed back to at least 7 – 10 days worldwide, with certain models not shipping until October. On the contrary, there remains more widespread availability of the iPhone 5c in all colors through most retail channels.

The cheaper plastic 5c is readily available while the upscale top of the line iPhone 5s is getting backed up and limited supply.

Now if they would just listen to me instead of offering the cheaper version, they should have offered the super no-compromises version which includes a larger screen, more memory and a larger battery and charge $400 for it and watch apple freaks from all over line up half way to China to buy one and in the process probably win over a bunch of android fans who would have liked a larger phone which previously had only been available on the android platform.


My previous posts on the subject-

iPhone 5s and 5c and What I Would Have Done If I Were Apple

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Joey C

In light of the recent iPhone releases of the 5c and 5s a poll for iPhone users or potential iPhone users

Posted on September 16, 2013 by Joey C

Trident Gallery, 189 Main Street Gloucester, MA

Announcing weekly talks at Trident Gallery on Saturdays at 5pm
Saturday afternoon gallery talks at Trident Gallery will focus on artists featured in the current exhibition. Prepared remarks for 30-45 minutes will be followed by discussion and light refreshments. Additional works of art by the subjects will be on display during each event.

Saturday, September 21st, 5pm
“Home, Safety, and Art”
Presenters Matthew Swift and Susan Erony will speak on the work of artists Albert Alcalay and Susan Erony. Both Alcalay and Erony’s father emigrated to the United States to escape persecution. Additional works of art by Alcalay and Erony will be on display.

Saturday, September 28th, 5pm
“Perspectives on Cape Ann”
Remarks and discussion on the diverse representations of Cape Ann by painter Joe Poirier and photographers Winston Swift Boyer, Charlie Carroll, and Lynn Swigart. Additional works by these artists will be on display. Presenters to be determined.

‘FLIGHT’ Exhibit at Cox Reservation in Essex From Bill O’Connor


Hi Joey,

We visited the ‘FLIGHT’ Exhibit  at Cox Reservation in Essex Tuesday and had a lot of fun! The exhibit was designed by Haverhill artist Dale Rogers and will be on display until the end of September. The installation is playful & interactive, and stirs the mind with its contrasting media and its placement in the setting.  The giant steel birds should seem out of place in the setting, but the scope and layout of the installation make it as if it always belonged there.  Make the effort to stop on your way through Essex because it is definitely worth a visit!

Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid
Where North Shore Parents and Resources Connect

Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Last night and this morning Kathy and Marty photographed the clam flats in Essex where most of the local clams are caught and then sold at Gloucester’s Intershell

The 4 feet below and above normal tides during this full moon was a great situation for the clammers. Because razor clams like the shoreline they were easier to catch in this “minus” tide.

Both whelks and conchs are carnivorous gastropods. They eat horseshoe crabs and are a by-catch of the lobster traps and dredging cages used for surf clams.





 Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013

Video © Marty Luster 2013

Harry Cusick Wharf Dedication at Marine Railways

harry cusick wharf dedication

Some photos from this afternoon’s dedication of the new Harry Cusick Wharf at Gloucester Marine Railways – the completion of a 9 year project involving cutting through a myriad of government agency red tape and paperwork by Alice (I’m so sorry Alice, I forgot your last name).  Even a harbor seal and the Ardelle came by to check it out and holler congratulations (Harold, not the seal).  Viking gave a great speech thanking all involved in the process.  It is a really beautiful wharf, and if you haven’t been to the Railways lately, you should go by and check it out.

E.J. Lefavour

Moonbeams Over Niles Pond

Yesterday afternoon I was photographing a friend’s garden, looking west towards the very last shimmer of sunlight as it melted into the horizon. I packed up my gear and while heading home, passed the rising Harvest Moon brightly illuminating Niles Pond. Knowing my family was home hungrily waiting for dinner, I hopped out of the car and snapped away for only a brief moment, wishing I could stay but happy to to get a few photos. At this time of year, every which way you turn brings the reward of unfolding beauty.

Niles Pond Moon Beams ©Kim Smith 2013Full Harvest Moon Over Niles Pond

Joan Osborne and Eileen Ivers Perform in Early October at Rockport Music


Rockport Music proudly presents Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers on October 3 and Joan Osborne on October 11.  Other early October events include the Dublin Guitar Quartet on October 18, the Metropolitan Live in HD production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and National Theatre of Londons broadcast of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Save the Date –  Jazz on the Rocks-Take 4 Gala Benefit with pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli on Saturday October 12.

SUBSCRIPTIONSPurchase 4 or more concerts & receive 10% discount & other benefits!

For more information call the Box Office at 978.546.7391, M-F, 10-4.

Check out Rockport Music Education Video

Meditation and Music combined in a 1-hour secular program Sunday September 29 at 7:30

This just in from Karen Rembert

SUNDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013 at 7:30pm

in the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Corner of Middle  & Church Streets
Open to the Public  with Free-Will Offering
Social Gathering Afterwards with Refreshments

MMM Flyer 29 SeptemberINFORMATION:

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce the fourth in a monthly series called Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM) that offers Cape Ann residents and visitors a unique spiritual, but non-religious, experience of beautiful music and relaxing meditation.  It is held in the candle-lit, early-evening setting of the 1806 Meetinghouse with golden light beaming through the stained glass windows.

The September event features meditation leader Dr. Neil Williams and harpist Carol McIntyre.  There will be a collation with sweets and Italian sodas afterwards in the church’s Entrance House, giving participants the opportunity to meet the leaders and each other in a convivial atmosphere.  The Sanctuary is accessible for persons with disabilities via the Church Street Entrance.   A free-will offering is requested and everyone is welcome.


Dr. Neil Williams believes that meditation is a tool like prayer, music, beauty, silence and loving-kindness and that these tools are freely available.  It is in the love of music and beauty that we are connected to one another.  Silence and loving-kindness ground us in difficult times and promote healing.  As a recent immigrant to Gloucester, Dr. Williams is finding everything new and fascinating, especially the rhythms of the sea and the sky.  He observes that meditation allows us to slow down to the speed of life, like the movements in Nature; a gateway to connect with our internal rhythms, our music, and our inner voice.  He believes that this voice within is a reflection of the divine spark we share with all beings.


Carol McIntyre, a harpist from Ipswich, plays classical, folk, celtic and meditation music.   She studied the harp since childhood, receiving a BA in Classical Music from Stanford University, and ventured into Celtic music and playing a folk harp.  Carol is a past New England Scottish Games harp champion.  She plays for many schools in the area and is a past instructor of Comhaltas (Irish Music) School in Cambridge.  Carol currently teaches privately out of her studio in Ipswich.

Church Administrator
Hours Available:  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (9 am – noon)
Call (978) 283-3410

There are still some great seats left! Saturday, September 21, 8 PM for SAVOY BROWN – UNPLUGGED featuring KIM SIMMONDS @ The Shalin Liu Performance Center

savoybrown poster

Legendary…a blues/rock institution…true innovators. These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past 40 years by music critics and fans. One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970’s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today. From London’s Soho night clubs in 1966 to headlining the world’s most famous venues (Carnegie Hall, Fillmore’s East, and West, Cobo Hall, etc.), Savoy Brown has done it all and as the band continues to tour worldwide they give a glimpse into the past and also inspire new listeners with their personal brand of rocking boogie, blues, and rock.

The band will play a special ‘bare essentials’ unplugged show, tailored for the intimate setting of the Shalin Liu Performance Center. For any Savoy Brown fan, this is a unique opportunity to see a one of a kind show with special material!

TICKETS: $25-$39

Poll- @TheSteveDuJour Has Set The Over/Under On Days Til The First Story About A Person Getting Lost In A Corn Maze Makes Headlines At 7 Days

Just as sure as there’s a New Year’s Eve, A Memorial Day and Labor Day, every year we get treated to the annual story about a person or group of persons who get lost in a corn maze and police or fire departments have to be called in to save these people.

I asked my boy Steve Saleeba at WBZ where he would peg the over/under for days until this annual story gets filed and he replied-


If you don’t follow Steve on Twitter you really ought to, he’s one of my most worthy follows. @TheSteveDuJour

So how bout you? You taking the over or under 7 days til we get the first Northeast report about someone getting lost in a corn maze and some type of professional help being brought in to rescue them?

Deadline 8:24AM Friday September 27th

Irving Johnson and the Yankee


Irving Johnson (1905-1991) was one of the most famous sailors of his century. He circumnavigated the world seven times, in two sailing vessels, both named Yankee. He later commanded a US Navy warship, the USS Sumner during WWII. There's so much to learn about this great man. See Wikipedia and get a copy of his film, Around Cape Horn.
Irving Johnson (1905-1991) was one of the most famous sailors of his century. He circumnavigated the world seven times, in two sailing vessels, both named Yankee. He later commanded a US Navy warship, the USS Sumner during WWII. There’s so much to learn about this great man. See Wikipedia and get a copy of his film, Around Cape Horn.

Pet of the Week- Tuqui


Hello!  My name is Tuqui, I am a happy and outgoing girl.  I love spending time with people and going for walks. I think I am part retriever and Boxer.  As an adult rescue, I am looking for a home with more of an adult slant, like one with children heading into their teens.  I am a large dog and I weight about 55 pounds.  I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester. Check our website at:

Do you know we have a “Wish List” and some of the items on it are:

Wet food for cats and dogs, Stainless steel cat litter pans, Stainless steel & ceramic pet dishes Cat cleaning wipes, ‘Like new’ towels and blankets, durable plastic dog toys, rope toys, paper towels bleach, garbage bags (all sizes) and dishwasher tabs and soap are just a few of the items we need.

My only item on my own “Wish List” is a family to love me just like my Cape Ann Animal Aid family does!


Chickity Check It!- Ben Railton’s Take On G-Town


Hi Joey,

Hope your September has been a good one so far! I’ve been checking out GMG for a while now, ever since it beat out my blog for the Best of Boston blogging award (not bitter, you deserved it!); but I had a chance to link to and talk about your blog on my own for the first time for today’s post, part of a series on stories and histories inspired by a visit to Gloucester. Here’s the link:

September 19, 2013: Gloucester Stories: What’s Next

and I’d certainly love to hear any of your takes or thoughts on the week’s topics or any other aspects of Gloucester, past and present. Take care, and keep up the good work,


Community Stuff 9/20/13

Hi Joey,

We are hoping you would be willing to help spread the word about the Cape Ann YMCA’s Taste of Cape Ann event coming up on October 3.  We would like to let the community know about this event so they can experience a wonderful evening of all the best food and wine from around the Cape Ann Community while helping the Y in its effort to help teens throughout Cape Ann – 100% of the proceeds directly impact the Y’s Teen Leadership Development programs through the Y’s Teen Centers in Gloucester and Rockport.


More than 25 local restaurants and vendors come together in one night of support for the YMCA

Beverly, September 18, 2013The Taste of Cape Ann brings together twenty-five local restaurants and vendors to celebrate an evening of food and fundraising for the Cape Ann YMCA.  Join the Cape Ann community on Thursday, October 3 at 6:00pm for this great event and support the Y.  Help the Y help our kids!  Enjoy sumptuous tastings of the best food and wine in Cape Ann.

Through the generous support of the Cape Ann community spearheaded by Beauport Financial, Tom Davis CPA and Robert Stewart, P.C. – 100% of the proceeds directly impact the Y’s Teen Leadership Development programs through the Y’s Teen Centers in Gloucester and Rockport.

Building upon a strong history of success with service-learning initiative and building the Leaders of Tomorrow, our Y will be once-again bringing local teens to Nicaragua in February and New Orleans in April.  Also, we’ve added another option for April vacation – a trip to Navajo Nation in Arizona.  On all of these excursions, as with our local efforts in the community, teens work side-by-side with adult Y Staff and Volunteers, upholding our motto of “Working Together for a Stronger Community”.

The Cape Ann Y has a long history of being at the forefront of youth work with teens in the Cape Ann community and strives to empower the next generation of leaders by giving them the tools to succeed.  Through service learning opportunities, leadership clubs and drop-in Teen Centers where everyone is welcome, the Y is creating an inviting and inspiring atmosphere for young adults to thrive.

Executive Director of the Cape Ann Y and Teen Camp Services, Rick Doucette, says, “Having the support of the Cape Ann restaurant, food and beverage and wine community at this event each year helps us raise the funds necessary to deliver top-notch teen programming for the kids in Cape Ann.  Providing leadership-development programming is the cornerstone of our mission-driven work and a way for teens to go be engaged and active in the community and beyond.”

Taste of Cape Ann

Thursday, October 3, 6:00 pm

Cruiseport Gloucester 6 Rowe Square Gloucester

Tickets: $25             




Fall Educational Program

The Gloucester Writers Center is proud to announce its fall line-up of educational programs. Join us for our Mug Up series as well as classes by Ann McArdle and M. Lynda Robinson. Participants can now register for classes online. For more information, visit

Mug Up!

The Mug Up Workshop Series is a mini-semester meeting on Saturday mornings from 9-11. Sharpen your pencil and join us as we focus on a variety of subjects.

Saturday, September 21 Reading Like a Writer- Ann McArdle

Saturday, October 5 Haibun- Martha Morgan

Saturday, October 26

The Art of Exercising: Stephen Jonas’s Exercises for Ear- Joseph Torra

Saturday, November 9

Public Relations 101 for Independent Artists, Writers and Small Businesses

Ariane Doud

Saturday, November 16- Investigation and Imagination- James Cook and Dave Rich

Also this fall:

Elements of Story – Thursdays, October 3- November 7 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ann McArdle

Proprioception Explored  Wednesdays, October 9 and November 13 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Kate Tarlow Morgan