Huge Thanks To The Captains Of Wicked Tuna- Dave Carraro and Dave Marciano

I’m not sure people around here outside of the restaurateurs and shop owners realize the impact that these guys have had on local business.

These hard working fishermen and real life men of character have captured the hearts of America from their legions of fans who watch Wicked Tuna.

I can’t begin to tell you how many people I run into from all over the country that come in and ask where they can see The Hard Merchandise or  They love the show and they come to Gloucester to stay for vacation, eat at our restaurants and shop in our shops.  But it doesn’t end there.  They stay at our hotels, they book charters and when their charters are filled up they pass off those charters on to other local charter boat Captains. 

I hear it over and over and over again and these people are coming from all over the country.

So when you see these guys around town, give ‘em a pat on the back and say thanks for representing our City and making us proud.


Captain Dave Carraro Check out The Site Book a charter and Buy Some Gear


Dave Marciano Check Out The Hard Merchandise Site- Book a Charter and Grab Some Gear


The 2013 Annual Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism took place in the Hall of Flags of the State House

Catherine Ryan submits-


I sat with Peter Webber of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and a great group from Newburyport.  The Massachusetts Director of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) is Betsy Wall and she’s impressive! She has pushed for investment in this sector, measurable returns, and building success through strong partner engagement. I thought about the Essex National Heritage Trail and MA Smart Growth Alliance. I thought about the great work from Anita Walker and the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the new state Cultural Districts. This led me to wondering how many women were in charge of Departments with Gov. Patrick and how much were their budgets and all sectors? I confess that I would have started to look that up right then and there (wifi was good!), but everything was so interesting I had to listen.


Several dignitaries were introduced.


Massachusetts State Representative Kathleen O’Connor Ives is the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development (seems very approachable) along with Representative Cory Atkins (Concord). Ives lives in Newburyport so our table was excited when she spoke! There was big applause from Plymouth and Cape Cod attendees for Therese Murray (Plymouth/Barnstable), the Massachusetts Senate President. Well, she likely supported Plymouth’s 400th Centennial exhibition that will travel across the US and overseas!


The room– and the international table– just beamed for Governor Deval Patrick who was our keynote speaker. Travel and tourism is right up there with other market pillars that have helped the MA economy recover (such as higher education and healthcare). He gave a shout out to…The Berkshires! He presented MOTT awards to several successes in the TT arena including City of Salem, the Freedom Trail, SturbridgeVillage, The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, and Boston Gay Pride. The international representatives at the table next to us covered Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland and Japan. The three big emerging countries? China, Brazil and India.






Betsy Wall lined up the speakers to cover the big picture on down, and how they’re working and partnering together. The first Guest Speaker was great, President of Brand USA (Discover America), Christopher L. Thompson.




He shared this Roseanne Cash “Land of Dreams” song/video commercial that was done “before he came on board”. I’m not sure if that meant he was cool for it or not! I admit that I was trying to spot Gloucester’s flag and other towns within the great room, and did not concentrate just then on specific shots of MA in this video, but I did see iconic art and bridges. You can see it here


Incidentally tracking film and tv production within MA falls in MOTT’s domain and Gloucester is one of 70 towns or cities that have been used as location over the past two years. In 2013 alone there have been 16 major productions in MA and estimated spending for the year is north of $215,000,000.


Thompson (and others) described this industry as the nation’s #1 service export and that1 in every 8 jobs reflects this sector of the economy. Massachusetts is big time involved. Massachusetts is a destination for its “must see” sights, and so many of our Nation’s “firsts” are here.  Massachusetts is also leading or in the top 5 for work in healthcare, energy efficiency and alternate energy, life sciences and biology. People are visiting their kids at our universities, moving through for military travel, etc. Boston Conventions is the leading INTERNATIONAL headquarters for business, scientific and medical segments of the economy. Although travel is up, it has not reached the levels pre 2001. Brand USA was implemented to raise these numbers. This industry is so ready with measurements and metrics they could easily offer exact data about how much business was lost and the economic impact from the government shut down.


Another speaker, Tom Glynn, CEO for the Massachusetts Port Authority, gave a terrific update. Massport is helping people move through quickly and safely and they have a global outlook. They’ve streamlined the clog (vehicular and exhaust!) at pick up and drop off for Logan by switching to one integrated bus system for all rental car companies (28 vs. 100+). They’ve rearranged curbs and added better wayfinding. They’ve introduced the new TSA program “global entry”. There are big gains in travel infrastructure and many more non stop flights available.


The last speaker up was Patricia Rojas-Ungar, Vice President of Relations for the United States Travel Association (USTA). She spoke about our country being the number one place foreigners say they want to travel to– but then don’t, because of how long it takes to acquire a visa and the travel hassles. She’d say that increased international travel means more American jobs. They’re working on making that travel easier. This means in places such as Brazil and China, two willing markets, people may be able to access digital media for interviews for visas rather than having to take a trip to another location possibly hours away just to apply… to take a trip to the US. It also means spreading the news about the Jolt Act (HR 1354) which supports expanding the Visa Waiver Program to Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Israel, Poland, Romania and Uruguay because it could add billions to our economy and create more jobs. Text from your phone today 877-877, “travel”, and send to sign up for the Power of Travel coalition if you want to help there.


What does MOTT mean for folks, organizations and businesses in Gloucester? You can sign up to meet Director Betsy Wall in person. Peter Webber has arranged for Ms. Wall to visit Cape Ann next week. The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is hosting this very special reception on Wednesday, October 30th, from 9AM-10:30AM at the Rockport Inn & Suites. You can RSVP here



Visit and re-visit MOTT’s website It’s full on engagement, ever updating and rich content. Take some time to submit your business/org listing to the website (no guaranty but worth a try); use great (seasonal) photos, and write ups. See what is already listed. Look at the tabs for LBGT and MA Green and other categories. Add into their social media platforms (send in your photos, posts, comments) and partake in the robust real time marketing they’re making available. It’s going to be a great resource when you want to visit other towns, too.


Trick Or Treat on Main St!!!  Everyone is invited to come downtown this Thursday, Halloween Night from 4-6 PM and get candy at participating stores! Look for the Jack-O-Lantern in the store windows. BOO!!! See you Thursday!

Who wants to come trick or treating with me on Thursday?  Maybe I will go as Cinderella

Photo: Trick Or Treat on Main St!!!  Everyone is invited to come downtown this Thursday, Halloween Night from 4-6 PM and get candy at participating stores! Look for the Jack-O-Lantern in the store windows. BOO!!! See you Thursday!

October 25, 2013 It is Trick or treat time

Sun Sets on a Short Drive Home…

You can question my haphazard route, but it’s hard to question the picturesque nature of where we live. Amazing. Home to Manchester from Gloucester, via Magnolia.

Pumpkin Carving & Chef Challenge to Benefit Open Door TOMORROW (TUES)

What a week!  OK, no World Series game tomorrow, so get on down to Alchemy and help judge the 2nd installment of their chef throwdown series as champion Chef Scott Jensen takes on Chef Stacy Cogswell of award-winning Brookline restaurant, Regal Beagle, in a head-to-head challenge with the season’s #1 staple: the pumpkin.  Plus you’ll be helping to support The Open Door at the same time.  — Call 978-281-3997 for reservations

pumpkinchallengebannerAlchemy Cafe & Bistro

Professional and amateur ARTISTS compete to see who can make a pumpkin LOOK BEST.  Alchemy will donate $5 to the Open Door for every pumpkin entered.

Contestants do not need to be present at the event itself to win, they simply need to bring their carved pumpkin to Alchemy anytime between now and 7:00 pm on October 29th. The best looking pumpkin will earn its maker a $100 gift certificate with second place receiving $50.

Here are some ideas – but maybe someone should do a GMG pumpkin?

If you want to attend the Chef Pumpkin Challenge at Alchemy on Tuesday, October 29th  call 978-281-3997.  Alchemy’s Chef Scott Jensen will challenge Chef Stacy Cogswell of Regal Beagle to a throw down with the season’s #1 staple: the pumpkin.

At the challenge, every guest will receive a signature challenge cocktail made with Gloucester’s own Ryan & Wood spirits, a pumpkin dish from each chef, and the opportunity to cast their vote for the winner of both contests.

Gloucester Police Updates From Chief Campanello

Hi Joe,

2 things today for your readers. In the spirit of having a safe and enjoyable Halloween for the little ones, the Gloucester Police Department would encourage the use of reflecting clothing or a flashlight to illuminate persons walking on sidewalks or streets during trick or treating, be aware of traffic, as traffic should be aware of the many kids who will be out and about on Thursday night. Kids, stay wih your parents or the adult who came out with you. The Gloucester Police Department will be fully staffed to address any concerns that may arise throughout the eventing.

Also, The Fiesta After Action Report is completed. I would encourage your readers to stop by and grab a copy of it from my office. Read for yourselves the exhaustive review of Fiesta and the plans for moving forward, and then please contact me directly with any questions, comments or concerns.

As we all well know….Editorials tend to miss important issues.


Leonard Campanello

Chief of Police

City of Gloucester, MA

K, L, M, Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween 2013

K, L, M,  Martime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween 2013

Maritime Gloucester Facebook Page

The legendary kraken was said to live off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. Many believe the myth was based on sightings of actual giant squid, which are known to reach about 40 feet in length!


Much like Jack O’ Lanterns, lanternfish are known for lighting up the dark! These deep sea fishes have numerous light-producing organs called photophores.


The masked pufferfish lives in coral reefs of the Red Sea, and it looks like it’s always in costume! What do you, or your children, have planned for your Halloween costumes this year?


Sunday Dinner

PrintPasta with Baby Clams

big clam


1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup sweet onion diced

5 large garlic cloves minced

9.5 ounce whole baby clams in their own juice

½  teaspoon red pepper flakes

1½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in tomato juices

28 oz can San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes

1 can diced tomatoes with their juices

1/4 cup white wine

1/4 cup basil roughly chopped

1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley roughly chopped

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated

Step by Step

1  Heat olive oil in large frying pan over high heat; add garlic, onions, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper; saute 2-3 minutes until onions are translucent

clam garlic onion pan

2  Puree San Marzano tomatoes; add to frying pan; mix well

clam puree tomatos

3  Add diced tomatoes, whole baby clams and their juices; mix well; add red pepper flakes ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper and white wine; cook 20 minutes; stir often


clam diced tomatoes

clam sauce

clams into sauce5  In a large pot, bring several cups of water to a rolling boil; add 1 teaspoon kosher salt return to boil; add 1 lb. linguine pasta; cook pasta al dente 9-11 minutes; strain in large colander

clam put pasta in water

6  Add basil and parsley to sauce; mix well

clams finished sauce

7  Plate pasta in serving bowl; ladle hot sauce over pasta; top with Parmesan cheese

Surprise on the Lobster Dock

Twenty of us, authors, contributors, and friends, converged on Captain Joe's lobster dock. This is a very industrial space, with herring parts on the floor.
Twenty five of us, authors, contributors, and friends, and family converged on Captain Joe’s lobster dock. We entered singing Happy Birthday. There was only one time I felt this level of camaraderie, and that was with my fellow rowers at the Maritime Gloucester rowing program. There they are right off the dock. This is a very industrial space, with herring parts on the floor. But the view isn’t bad. The mug up was held up in Joey’s office. Industrial.

Joey was totally surprised. Kim Smith made the tiramisu birthday cake and  delivered it with candles burning. Melissa Cox is on Joey's left.
Joey was totally surprised. Kim Smith made the tiramisu birthday cake and delivered it with candles burning. Melissa Cox is on Joey’s left.
Good luck! All the candles were blown out and Joey apologized to Kim for blowing a cocoa powder storm onto her blouse.
Good luck! All the candles were blown out and Joey apologized to Kim for blowing a cocoa powder storm onto her blouse. That cake was consumed in short order.

Here's a man truly enjoying his birthday. There's the expression of: "For me?" So happy.
Here’s a man truly enjoying his birthday. There’s the expression of: “For me?” So happy.