GloucesterCast 11/10/13 With Guests Kim Smith and Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro


GloucesterCast Podcast Taped 11/10/13 With Guests Kim Smith Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Donuts from Brother’s Brew, Gloucester High Only Plays 7 Regular Season Football Games, Passports and Olive Kitteridge Filming, Frances McDormand and Bill Murray in Town, Toby’s Psychotic Dining Expectations, Sista Felicia bringing The Thunder, Mass Office of Travel and Tourism, Betsy Wall and Catherine Ryan

World’s Easiest Method on How to Grow Milkweed From Seed

Milkweed Eastern PointCommon Milkweed Patch Eastern Point

Now is the perfect time of year to collect and to plant milkweed seeds, either from pods that are just splitting open or from pods that have already split and are showing their silky fluff.

There are several different methods of propagating milkweed and the following is by far the simplest. Gather milkweed seeds and store in a paper bag.¬†At the location in your garden where you are planning a milkweed patch, lightly scratch the soil with a rake. Scatter the seeds over the soil. Sprinkle a thin layer of soil over the seeds, just enough to keep them from blowing away. That’s it! Next spring, by mid-May, you will have a patch of milkweed seedlings. This super simple method works for¬†Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and Marsh Milkweed (Asclpeias incarnata).

Note ~ when collecting seeds from wildflowers, never remove the plant from its location, and never take all the seeds.

If you’d like to learn more about this beautiful plant species, and how growing milkweed in your own garden directly benefits the Monarch Butterfly, there are over 25 posts covering milkweed on Good Morning Gloucester; too numerous to list here. Type milkweed in the search box in the upper right hand corner of the GMG home page to see all.

Monarch Butterfly Marsh Milkweed ©Kim Smith 2011

Cape Ann Milkweed Project


How Exactly is Monsanto’s Roundup Ravaging the Monarch Butterfly Population?

Where Are All the Monarchs?

Monarch Caterpillars Feeding on Common Milkweed ©Kim Smith 2011

Monarch Butterfly Twins ©Kim smith 2011Two newly emerged Monarchs, with chyrsalides attached to the rib of Common Milkweed leaves


timothy longman

Dr. Timothy Longman will speak about the role of the Christian church in the genocide that wracked the tiny African state of Rwanda 20 years ago and the importance of memory in the ongoing process of national reconciliation there on Sunday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. The event is free and open to the public.

Over four months in 1994, the small East African state of Rwanda experienced one of the most intense waves of violence in modern history. In the two decades since, a regime dominated by the main targets of the genocide‚ÄĒthe minority Tutsis‚ÄĒhas undertaken an impressive program of national reconciliation. But it‚Äôs also been criticized for its own human rights abuses and for war-making in neighboring Congo.

Professor Longman will talk about the complex relationship between the church in Rwanda and the violence and how the government has tried to preserve the memory of the genocide among Rwandans both as a means of reconciliation and a defense against a repeat of it, even as it has acted to suppress memories of other types of political violence, especially its own.

Timothy Longman is the director of the African Studies Center at Boston University and assistant professor of political science. He has been conducting research in Rwanda since 1992. His book, ‚ÄĚCommanded by the Devil: Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda‚ÄĚ, will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Longman argues that Rwanda’s churches became implicated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide because of their historic links with the state, their active engagement in ethnic politics, and the ongoing cooperative ties between leaders of the churches and the state.

His current research focuses on state-society relations in Africa, looking particularly at human rights, transitional justice, democratization, civil society, the politics of race and ethnicity, religion and politics, and women and politics.

Longman earned a doctorate in political science at the University of Wisconsin in 1995. He was the director of the Human Rights Watch field office in Rwanda in 1995-96 and director of Rwanda research for the Human Rights Center of the University of California Berkeley in 2001-2006. He has also conducted fieldwork in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. He has previously taught at Vassar College, Columbia University, the National University of Rwanda, and the University of the Witswatersrand (South Africa).

This will be the second event of the Cape Ann Forum’s 2013/2014 season and the 79th since the organization was established in 2001. The last event of the fall will feature Middle East expert Omar Dahi on what is behind the conflict in Syria on Sunday, December 8 at the Gloucester City Hall. 2014 speakers will include Gloucester filmmakers Nubar and Abby Alexanian in February, human trafficking expert Paulette Lloyd in March and popular radio commentator Christopher Lydon in May.

For more information on the event go to the Forum’s Web site at

Manchester Essex Falls to Northeast in Semi-Final Football Action

A tough day on Saturday for the Hornets as they fell in semi-final action to Northeast Metropolitan 38-12. Behind 14-6 at the half, the defense played long and hard in the second half and held for several exciting stops but the offensive team could only find the end zone one more time. A good season for the Hornets comes to an end, but memories of how far they got in the tournament should be an inspiration at the start of next season!

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“FEAST” from; Deb Clarke

“FEAST” from; Deb Clarke

attached is the email invite with artists and information about “FEAST!” ¬†the holiday show at The Flatrocks Gallery. ¬†The show will be up through December 29 and lots of great art from our art community. ¬†The gallery is located near Folly Cove on Langsford Street. ¬†opening reception is Saturday November 9, 4-6pm.

Gallery is open Thursday- Sunday 12-5 or by appointment.


next 4 attachments are selections from my Family Heirloom series.  verre eglomise and mixed media on glass.  all work is for sale.

here’s the link to my blog where i finally updated my blog with more info.

Feast!  Nov. 7- Dec. 29
Nov. 9   6-8p  An Opening reception
Nov. 21¬† 7:30 pm¬† ‚ÄúA Look at Some Grand Meals‚ÄĚ- talk by Don Lindgren
Dec. 14 &15  A Fundraising weekend
Dec. 22  4-6  Songs of Joy & Peace

Flatrocks Gallery 77 Langsford St/Rt 127  Gloucester, MA
Open Thu-Sun 12-5pm (& by appt) 978-879-4683

Sista’s Helpful Tips


It’s time to start prepare our homes for the holiday season. Before you pull out the holiday silver and start decking the halls and setting tables,¬†take a quick peek at your chandelier. When was the last time you washed it? There is nothing more embarrassing for a hostess¬†then gathering around a beautiful table with family and friends, ready to dig into the holiday feast, and¬†noticing cobwebs and dusty crystals hanging directly over the holiday table. Every November I make a special¬†trip to Home Depot, to purchase the best Chandelier cleaner on the market.¬†Extend AFinish Chandelier Cleaner formulated with “Sheeting Action” makes a daunting task a quick an easy one! No more removing, cleaning, drying, and rehanging¬†each and every crystal. Simply place a drop cloth or plastic sheet under chandelier; spray each crystal on all sides; stand back and watch it work its magic.¬†In minutes your chandelier crystals will be sparkling like new!

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Henry David Thoreau Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

‚ÄúIf we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.‚ÄĚ
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


Sometimes called the first environmentalist, Thoreau, born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, was mentored by the Transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson and Bronson Alcott, his neighbors. His book Walden, about the two years he spent living in a hut he had built himself on Emerson’s woodlot at Walden Pond, has become a classic of American literature for its introspection blended with natural history. His Civil Disobedience, written as an explanation of his non-payment of taxes as a protest against the Mexican-American war, is still influential, and his books on his journeys to Maine, Canada and Cape Cod go much deeper than mere travelogues. Thoreau is also credited with the invention of raisin bread.

Jay DiPrima will read from Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience at seven o’clock next Thursday evening at the Sawyer Free Library as part of the Gloucester Lyceum Series.

Community Photos 11/10/13

Cape Ann Y swim Team with Dara Torres

Kathy Slifer submits-


Hi Joey ,

Members  of our Cape Ann Y Masters swimming group Catherine Mciff, Andi Freedman and Lisa Zraket take a ” racing start and turn” clinic from 5 time Olympian Dara Torres at Harvard last weekend.

Go team !

Kathy Slifer

photo by Lisa Zraket

Community Stuff 11/10/13


Our SPAlidays Offer!

This month, if you spend $75 at POP, you will receive a coupon for 10% off a 60, 75 or 90 minute massage at Saltwater Massage at 161 Main Street!

Likewise, if you purchase a 60,75 or 90 minute massage at Saltwater Massage, you will receive a coupon for 20% off at POP!
We all get stressed around the start of ‚Äúholiday shopping season‚ÄĚ. Why not kill two birds with one stone as they say? Shop POP’s extensive array of soothing soaps, lotions and aromatic candles! Then, unwind with a nice massage… all on the same street! Shop local, stress less.




This November, Turner’s Seafood family, brothers Jim, Joe, John Jr. & Chris, are bringing four generations of experience, expertise and their passion for all things seafood to Salem, opening an authentic New England seafood restaurant and market in storied Lyceum Hall on Monday, November 18th. Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall expands their culinary footprint adding to their Melrose restaurant grill and market, and up to Cape Ann for their seafood plant and market. Diners will experience the restaurant’s signature seafood cuisine, a lively oyster bar and Salem’s first fresh, locally- sourced seafood market.

‚ÄúOver the past five years we were casually looking for a very special space to offer our seafood dining and fresh-catch market in the heart of the North Shore. The first time I walked through the Hall I imagined a time past, a true seafood eatery with classic fish and chips prepared the way they should be,‚ÄĚ recalled, Jim Turner, owner, Turner‚Äôs Seafood, ‚ÄúThe genuine seafood model and quality standards that define our Melrose restaurant are the experiences our dining guests and market customers will have with us in our new Salem home, and more.‚ÄĚ

As stewards of Lyceum Hall, the Turner family’s seafood heritage and appreciation for the region’s history culminates in a seamless fit between restaurant and the Hall’s architectural bones, influencing their thoughtful approach to the design in developing a welcoming environment, partnering with the esteemed Boston architectural firm, Niemitz Design Group. Dining guests will find familiar amenities long-valued along with new spaces to experience.

Executive Chef Yale Woodson, with a rich background in the culinary arts, especially the sea’s bounty, leads a kitchen team whose menu centerpiece will be a creative mix of appetizers and entrees from Turner’s authentic New England seafood classics paired with Chef’s interpretive culinary spirit for blending available foods of the moment.

‚ÄúOur team selectively sources and prepares food to please the full range of the senses, stimulating, and striving to create a memorable seafood dining experience for our guests ‚Ķ every visit,‚ÄĚ explained Yale Woodson, executive chef, Turner‚Äôs Seafood.

And, it all begins very early each morning. Jim Turner and his team inspect and pick from dayboats’ fresh-catch in historic Gloucester and Boston Harbors, immediately coming to their Gloucester seafood plant where it’s expertly handled and processed to demanding quality standards. Within hours, Turner’s delivers fresh seafood to market, arriving in Salem & Melrose ready for market customers and dining guests…minutes to Gloucester.

‚ÄúWe are privileged to continue the Hall‚Äôs heritage as a public gathering place for engaging conversation and the finest in hospitality,‚ÄĚ noted, Jim Turner.