My 2013 Gloucester Community Person Of The Year- Melissa Cox

I’ve never done a Gloucester Community Person of The Year Award  but I got to thinking and this year it just was so obvious who I would pick for the title because after being around her (and her awesome husband Bill) and seeing how much she gives of herself to our community, to me it wasn’t even up for debate.

Melissa it seems is at every single community event and is always volunteering her time and work to make Gloucester a better place.  There are people that show up for ribbon cutting ceremonies, get their picture taken and then take off.  Melissa is the one who generally was there on the ground floor of whatever people were there to celebrate by getting her hands dirty and making things happen.  Always with a smile always with a laugh.

Not talking just about her work as a City Councilor which during her young tenure has shown a great desire to do what’s right for the City not based on political vendettas, but truly based on what she thinks are the right things to do.  She is responsive and effective in making things happen for her constituents and the city as a whole.

But politics is my least favorite thing so what I’d rather point out is how she’s always there at events lending a hand or at The Burnham’s Field Community Garden clearing plots and organizing meetings, and honestly it seems like every single event we cover here on GMG Melissa is there, supporting or participating to make our City better.

Melissa, thank you so much for all you do to make Gloucester even better than the place it already is.

We love you (and Bill too) Smile

Allen Estes Vickie and Melissa Cox at Cape Ann savings bank toy drive

Vickie Van Ness photo

Getting Dirty For Breast Cancer


Good Egg Melissa Cox Rocking Her New City of Gloucester Pin

Posted on March 2, 2012 by Joey C


Melissa and Bill Cox at the Red Sox game.. lucky them

Melissa at World Series

Food Porn- Sticky Fingers Inside Brown’s Mall Serves Up Incredible Northern Italian/ French Delights

Holy crap you gotta check this place out. Lightest quiche I’ve ever tasted. Like eating clouds of heaven. Breakfast sandwiches to “Grab-N-Go” and Soups Of The Day.


Look for the video tomorrow 🙂

Get Outta Town!

hawk mobbed by crows

Whenever I hear a ruckus of crows, I always look for a hawk.  This hawk looked uneasy while being harassed by three crows as he perched in this tree.  He finally had enough and flew off, with them in close pursuit.  Afterwards, two of the crows were heard boasting about how bad they were to run that no good hawk outta town.

E.J. Lefavour

“I play better when the crowd likes it” ~ Johnny Winter. Listen to the interview now!


Earlier this afternoon I interviewed Johnny Winter and Paul Nelson, who is Jonny’s manager, producer of his latest album, “Roots” (which I highly recommend) along with his upcoming album “Step Back”, due out in April — and he plays guitar in Johnny’s band.

Johnny and Paul talk about their influences, the Blues, sound, performing, recording …  Johnny even tells us how he practiced screaming when he was young.  Plus they give us a feel for just how hot this upcoming show on Jan 31 will be.

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions in yesterday’s post.  Johnny answered questions by Ricardo Fernandez and Tom Hauck in this interview.  Listen below:

There are still a few tickets left to see the great Johnny Winter at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre on Friday, Jan 31.  This show will sell out, so if you want to go, get tickets here.

Community Stuff 1/19/14

Backyard Growers Recruiting Mentors for 2014!

Recruiting Volunteer Garden Mentors

Backyard Growers is recruiting volunteer garden mentors for the 2014 growing season. Mentors help train participants how to grow their own food! Intermediate gardening experience required; low time commitment; big community impact! We provide you with mentor training at a mandatory orientation on Saturday, February 22nd. To download the mentor outreach flyer visit and click on “Become a Mentor” or call Anna at 610.220.9823. Deadline to apply is February 1st.

Mentor Training CroppedAmy and VeggiesMentor at Training

Friends of Halibut Point State Park Scholarshp Recipient

Alexander Shepard was the recent recipient of the Friends of Halibut Point State Park Scholarship. Alex is from Manchester and is studying At Lyndon State College in VT. Pictured are Fred Peterson, Treasurer, Alexander Shepard, Gail  Halloran, President, and Edwin Jylkka, Vice President.
Submitted by: Judith Harris
Friends of Halibut Point State Park

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Diane Bertolino, guest speaker at the Pigeon Cove Circle on January 23

Diane Bertolinio, Director, Rockport Senior Center, will be the guest speaker at the Pigeon Cove Circle on    January 23. An overview of upcoming events, day trips, volunteer opportunities, will be discussed at this meeting. There is no fee or pre-registration required. All are welcome.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a pot luck buffet dinner, followed by speaker at 6:45 p.m. Those attending are welcome to bring an item for the buffet. 

The Pigeon Cove Circle is located at Six Breakwater Avenue in Rockport, made-up of  men and women throughout     Cape Ann, a civic group who provide fund-raisers for community needs such as a yearly scholarship to a Cape Ann high school student, and other needs on Cape Ann.  Those who would like further information about the availability of the Pigeon Cove function hall are welcome to call Michelle at 978-546-1195.

Cape Ann Cultural Exchange Roundtable

seARTS hosted it’s semi-annual Cultural Exchange Roundtable at The Sawyer Free Library yesterday . There were 36 attendees representing the four Cape Ann Cultural Districtsdiscussing ideas to stimulate the Creative Economy on Cape Ann. Guest speakers were Tim Montgomery, publisher of Art New England, and associate publisher Rita A.Fucillo.  seARTS President James Caviston facilitated the meeting.


Grilled Cumin Pork Chops



Are you looking for a new healthy recipe to serve for Sunday Dinner?…This is it! … Easy delicious, and always a crowd pleaser!

Grilled Cumin Pork Chops


1 gallon size Ziploc bag

6 pork chops with bone; 3/4 to 1 inch thick

1 1/2 tablespoons ground Cumin

10 garlic cloves

3/4 cup red wine vinegar

3/4 cup Olive oil

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt


1 place pork chops in Ziploc bag


2 combine garlic cloves and ground cumin in bowl of mini Cuisinart processor fitted with metal blade; add vinegar, olive oil and water; process one minute or until marinade comes together



3 pour marinade over pork chops; add salt and pepper; sealed bag; Shake bag to evenly distributed marinade throughout plastic bag; marinate in refrigerator 1 hour at room temperature or and up to 24  hours refrigerated


IMG_1480Note~ bring pork chops to room temperature before grilling


4 place pork chops on lightly oiled preheated grill; grill 3-5 minutes per side; pork should be slightly firm to the touch when cooked properly and internal temperature away from bone reads 145 degrees; remove pork chops from grill; arrange chops on serving platter; tightly wrap with aluminum foil;  rest 5-8 minutes before serving 



Another healthy recipe packed with flavor !


Farewell Good Friend

Last Monday, January 13th, we lost a good friend, Chip Norton. I rowed with Chip for 3 or 4 years, and he was a good friend of the gallery, as well as Good Morning Gloucester. My heart goes out to his family. Services are to be held on Monday, January 20, at the First Congregational Church of Rockport at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. Flowers may be sent to the church prior to the service. The photo is of Chip at one of the last July 4th Lanesville Parades. He was a great guy.
Last Monday, January 13th, we lost a good friend, Chip Norton. I rowed with Chip for 3 or 4 years, and he was a good friend of the gallery, as well as Good Morning Gloucester. My heart goes out to his family. Services are to be held on Monday, January 20, at the First Congregational Church of Rockport at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. Flowers may be sent to the church prior to the service. The photo is of Chip at one of the last July 4th Lanesville Parades. He was a great guy.

Here’s Chip back in 2009 in the oar shed at Maritime Gloucester-


Have You Installed The New National Grid Power Outage App for your Android or iPhone?

From the Google Play Store-

National Grid


This FREE National Grid storm app allows electric customers to report and check the status of their power outages. Customers will also be able to access important safety tips, view storm related press releases, view outage maps and access social media. Through this tool, we will also provide regional alerts and updates during storms.


and at iTunes-

National Grid


Gloucester Rotary – Polar Plunge Feb 1, 2014

On February 1, 2014 I’ll be joined by hundreds of other Rotarians from District #7930 at the Cape Ann Motor Inn (Beautiful rooms available at reasonable rates! – ask Brad!) to jump in the frigid Atlantic off Long Beach to help eradicate Polio worldwide.  India was just officially declared “Polio free” a couple days ago, we just have 3 countries remaining!


Polio cases have declined rapidly since 1985, but the fight isn’t over. Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, and for as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against the virus for life. If we don’t finish the fight right now, more than 10 million children under the age of five could be paralyzed by polio in the next 40 years.

No amount is too small – hoping the “GMG Universe” will help me reach my personal goal of $5000! 

Link here: