Friends of Burnham’s Field Launched


Thanks to you and GoodMorningGloucester for being so supportive of Burnham’s Field (see here, here and here for a few examples of awesome GMG stories you’ve published about the field.) I wanted to share some good news: the launch of the first-ever Friends of Burnham’s Field.

The Friends are welcoming new members: Anyone who ever played on the field as a kid or goes to their kids’ games at the field or walks their dog there. If anyone is interested, more information is at the Friends’ new website here and below.

And yes, I’m very much looking forward to your ribbing for quoting myself in the news release below.

Thanks, Joey!

– John McElhenny     

New community group forms as the largest playground in central Gloucester undergoes its first renovation in 30 years; Donated trees and park benches welcomed


Gloucester, Mass., March 14, 2014 – A group of families, neighbors and other residents have launched the first-ever Friends of Burnham’s Field to make the largest open space and playground in central Gloucester a more beautiful, welcoming open space to walk, exercise, play and enjoy the outdoors.

Burnham’s Field is a 7-acre park, playground and recreation area in downtown Gloucester. Generations of Gloucester children and their families have played on its swings, basketball courts, ball fields, play structure and grassy open spaces.

Burnham’s Field has recently enjoyed a surge of new activity with the launch of the Burnham’s Field Community Garden, more frequent clean-ups and the first major renovation to the field in 30 years scheduled to begin this spring. The renovation will include new playground equipment, swings, a walking loop, lighted paths, fences, park benches, a spray fountain for kids, bathroom, trees and other improvements. 

The Friends of Burnham’s Field is being launched to create a community of people who will continue to care for the field once the renovations are complete. Dozens of Gloucester residents have already joined and a new website has been created,

“The Friends of Burnham’s Field is made up of regular people — neighbors, parents, children, friends — who want to make sure Burnham’s Field stays a park Gloucester can be proud of for generations to come,” said John McElhenny, a neighbor and founder of the Friends. “The rebirth of Burnham’s Field in the heart of the City sends a message that in Gloucester, green spaces and playgrounds matter.” 

Organized under the Gloucester Fund, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, the Friends are welcoming donations for park benches, picnic tables and trees and are offering naming and sponsorship opportunities to local businesses. For information on how to become a Friend of Burnham’s Field or make a donation, click here.

“Burnham’s Field holds special meaning for many people who’ve grown up in Gloucester,” said City Councilor Melissa Cox, who represents the neighborhoods around the field. “The Friends of Burnham’s Field gives anyone the chance to become involved with the field as a Friend or to donate a tree, park bench or picnic table to remember a relative or their own fun memories ‘down at Burnham’s.’”

Groppo Family Saint Joseph Day Pasta

Filming continues for Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph community film project, today at the beautifully warm and welcoming home of Nina and Frank Groppo.

Many Hands Helping Feast of Saint Joseph Groppo Family ©Kim Smith 2014Many Helping Hands

Thank you from the bottom of my heart Groppo Family and Friends. I could not have felt more welcomed. Your kindness and good-heartedness reflects the true spirit of the Feast of Saint Joseph tradition.

Groppo Family Feast of Saint Joseph © Kim Smith 2014I arrived at Nina and Frank’s home early this morning, just as Groppo friends and family were beginning to stream through the door, with everyone carrying armfuls of breakfast treats. The first order of business was starting several batches of homemade ricotta cooking on the stove. After filming the ricotta-making, I headed to the garage where the men were getting set up for making pasta. They had prepared the dough the night before and were spreading white cloths on the tables and setting out many hand pasta cranks.

Homemade Ricotta

Groppo Family Feast of Saint Joseph  11 © Kim Smith 2014All morning more and more friends arrived to lend a helping hand. There were perhaps 50-75 people there in the kitchen and in the garage, and all working at super high speed shaping, rolling, flouring, cranking, stacking, and cooking. Mid-morning and it was time to take a break. Nina and her crew fed the entire pasta-making team steaming bowls of the most amazingly delicious fresh ricotta. I had never had freshly made ricotta and after observing how it is made, I would love to give it a try.

Frank Groppo Feast of Saint Joseph © Kim Smith 2014

PASTA Feast of Saint Joseph ©Kim Smith 2014Towering Tiers of Fresh Pasta

One of the tables that Frank and his crew had set up in the garage was for drying the pasta. As batches of pasta were rolled, cut, and floured, they spread the pasta on the tables to dry. The first batches quickly filled the tabletop. The men then placed wooden blocks on the table and retuned from the shed with a new tabletop to stack on top of the first, covered that with a fresh white cloth, and spread the next batch of pasta. This happened eight times, to total a tower of pasta nine tiers high. Extraordinary!!!

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After all pasta-making was done, amidst much dancing and merry-making, it was time to eat again! Frank and his crew cooked pasta in the garage, while Nina and her team prepared a large stockpot filled with sauce, which she had made from her homegrown harvest of tomatoes. Everyone crowded around the stove for beautiful aromatic bowls of pasta and red sauce, topped with freshly grated cheese.

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Enzo Groppo Feast of Saint Joseph © Kim Smith 2014

Groppo Family Feast of Saint Joseph © Kim Smith 2014How I wish editing wasn’t so time consuming and that I could share in a flash all the great footage captured today! Stay tuned for more to come.

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The Voyeur

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Ripple by ripple by ripple, the tide,

as if swollen with water from a

giant sponge squeezed by an unseen hand,

floods the bare rocks and rides up on the shore.


After a short while, it is absorbed once more,

draining out the harbor and rinsing its

piers of grunge, drying a miniature

archipelago beneath a mimic sky.


I can sit and observe the tide for hours;

in fact I have often done that under

the guise  of going  to take some photos.


Through the lens, a voyeur in the dark,

I clandestinely watch the Earth cleanse herself.

Marty Luster

Encore post.





BREAKING NEWS: You asked for it, you got it: Another extravaganza at Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse APRIL 25

Image by Louise Welch, 3rian King &Vickie Van Ness

Finally, we can answer all the people who ask, “When are you going to produce another concert at the UU Meetinghouse?” Gloucester singer, songwriter, performer, creative genius, 3rian King has put together a spectacular show with other top Gloucester talent, including Chelsea Berry, Renee Dupuis, Joe Cardoza & Dennis Monagle, plus Brendan Burns & Meff  from Boston (together known as The Number Nines) and we’re presenting this extravaganza at Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse on Friday April 25th at 8PM.  Just like the Cape Ann Solstice Concert, this show will support the Meetinghouse Restoration Project.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of the show and went on sale TODAY.  Get them at the UU Church Office at 10 Church St, at The Liquor Locker on Main & Rogers or on-line here.  Our Solstice show was full and seating is limited so don’t wait.  Get your tickets TODAY!


What to Understand Your Dreams?

Nancy Grace to lead Introduction to Dreams at Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on March 16th (rescheduled from February)

March 16th, 2014 at 11:30am in the Sanctuary
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Corner of Middle and Church Street, on the green
Accessible Entrance at #10 Church Street
All are Welcome
Additional Information at

Using the language of symbol and metaphor, dreams paint pictures of our lives, and offer us guidance and creative inspiration. In this introductory gathering, we’ll learn a variety of techniques for making connections between dreams and waking-life circumstances, as well as how to talk about dreams with others, how to increase dream recall, keep a dream journal, and understand recurring dreams and nightmares.  Bring your questions and, if you’d like, a dream to share.

nancy graceNancy Grace began teaching about dreams in 1989, and has given presentations on dreams at retreat centers, churches, therapy centers, and colleges including Harvard, Northeastern, and Berklee College of Music. She has trained in group dream work processes with UU minister Jeremy Taylor, and with Montague Ullman, M.D.  She served for many years on the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and is a co-founder of the Cummington Community Dream Center in western Massachusetts, which has been meeting monthly for the past 10 years.

Van Gogh Tilt-shifted

Found on the Web

Van Gogh Tilt-shifted


From Wikipedia;

Tilt–shift photography is the use of camera movements on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene. Sometimes the term is used when the shallow depth of field is simulated with digital post-processing; the name may derive from the tilt–shift lens normally required when the effect is produced optically.”

Broadcasting Live Now As Of 10:53AM St Joseph’s Pasta Feast Prep In Sista Felicia’s Kitchen


We’re Live Now As Of 10:53AM  St Joseph’s Pasta Feast Prep In Full Effect!

Click Here To See Sista Felicia’s Kitchen Live


Community Photos 3/15/14


When the behemoth iceboat Rocket was built in 1888 she was said to be among the fastest vessels on the planet – capable of over 100 mph.  With a gaff rigged sail.  Rocket is the treasure of the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club in Red Bank, NJ, and just one other boat in this class remains – Jack Frost, of the Hudson Valley Ice Club.  There had been one other, Icicle, built for John A Roosevelt, an uncle of FDR.  For sport in their day they would race trains, and Icicle once beat the “Chicago Express” on a run between Poughkeepsie and Ossining.

Rocket was rebuilt by Bob Pulsch who won the Betty Ramsey Trophy in the 2004 Gloucester Schooner Race with Heron, the 1911 Crowninshield schooner he had rebuilt.  Last week Rocket sailed again, for the first time in almost 100 years.  Bob Pulsch (80) and others aboard are regulars in the Gloucester Schooner Race in Adventurer.

Rocket Launch

February 1994, Cape Ann Marina From Peter Seminara

Bob Quinn Submits-

This scene is off Cherry St, over the DPW sand pile.. Turkeys Roosting In The Trees


Community Stuff 3/15/14

Al Bezanson Submits-

Maine Boatbuiders Show March 14-16th


If they don’t have it you don’t need it


Beloved Demons: Confessions of an Unquiet Mind

In his follow-up to Lunatic Heroes, Martignetti sheds all defenses to reveal the viscera of a mind shaped by the dark and confusing forces of his childhood. This collection of memoirs and essays focuses mainly on Martignetti’s adult years, and features the pivotal characters of his ever-entertaining personal narrative. From the cascade of memories and emotions triggered by an accidental butterfly killing in “Cocoon Talk,” to the homicidal impulses prompted by a visit to his boyhood home in “Sign,” from the heartbreaking to the hilarious musings inspired by beloved pets in “Mochajava” and “Dog,” and throughout the uncensored sexcapades of “Mad,” “The Wild,” and “Feast of the Hungry Ghost,” Martignetti’s colloquial, humorous, and intimate style will keep you riveted, crack you open, enthrall and embrace you with an honesty normally reserved for not even the closest of friends.

Masconomet Regional High School junior Isabelle Yabe has been named Grand Prize Award Winner for her piece “Japanese Heritage” in this year’s 6th Congressional District High School Art Show. The awards were presented Saturday, March 8, by U.S. Representative John F. Tierney at Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly. This marks the 20th year Montserrat has hosted this competition. The exhibit included 124 pieces from 25 different high schools and one homeschooled submission.

The exhibition was juried by Chris Van Allsburg, a Caldecott Medal winning author and illustrator whose books The Polar Express and Jumanji, are among his 15 publications, and Greg Bokor, a designer who is the founder and CEO of Cloud Factory, who has done work with such major global brands as Buick, Pepsi, Target, American Eagle and many others. The competition was open to high school students from public and private schools within the 6th District of Massachusetts, as well as high school students home-schooled within the district.


Saturday, March 19th, from 9am to 2pm –  Electronic Recycle Day at the GHS Parking Lot. Recycle any kind of electronic item (computers, scanners, flat panel monitors, copiers, etc.) for $5 each, appliance (dishwashers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, AC, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, small engine items, snow blowers, lawn mowers, etc.)  for $10 each, computer monitors  for $10 each, TVs  for $10-25 each. NO FEE: cables, keyboards, cell phones, car batteries, sewing machines, and some other items.

We will also be recycling bicycles (NO FEE)! Bring your unwanted old or new bicycle and drop it off; it will be reused. Any bicycle is a good bicycle: mountain, road, BMX, cruiser, kids’, etc. – old or new. Our aim is to keep bikes from being thrown out when they can be reused. 


Gloucester Police Department, Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, and Gloucester U at Gloucester High School have partnered to bring a brand new course to the Gloucester U after-school program!
Students will work hands on with GPD and other instructors from the field, travel to various exciting locations, and even have the opportunity to earn 1 academic credit!
Click the link below to Register for the Course!

For more information got to Go to or Contact:

Samantha Whitney 

Lead Program Coordinator
Gloucester High School Library 

Latitude 43 and Turner’s Seafood Team Up For Maritime Gloucester!
On Monday, March 31st, Jake DaSilva and his team will welcome the crew from Turner’s Seafood into the Latitude 43 kitchen for a sustainable seafood dinner. The chefs will prepare dishes highlighting underutilized, local seafood to showcase the best of what the waters off Gloucester have to offer.
The three-course meal will feature underutilized fish that can typically be found at Turners Seafood or on Lat 43’s specials menu (think beyond haddock to skate wings), and each guest will receive a recipe card detailing how they can prepare this local seafood in their own home.  The three-course meal is $33.00 with a percentage of the total going directly to Maritime Gloucester to support a new fisheries exhibit. 
For reservations call  Latitude 43: (978) 281-0223.  The restaurant is located at 25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA

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The award-winning documentary MAIDENTRIP is about the life and adventures of 14 year-old Laura Dekker, the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Laura sets out—camera in hand—on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream.
In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger’s debut feature amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura’s own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.
Doors open at 6:00 pm, film begins at 6:30. Tickets for the show can be purchased online at or at the door, as space permits. Prices are $10.00 adults * $8.50 students & seniors (60+), and $7.00 for CACC and MG Members. ADVANCE TICKETS :::
This event is a benefit for Maritime Gloucester. Let’s pack the theater!

Movie trailer: 

Hello Joe!

I am one of those ‘ladies’ who run at dawn with Pixie Harrington.  We’ve been at it for over ten years and I am sure by now folk along the back shore hate us since we wake them up with our loud conversations!

I am sure we have met through Bob Gillis.

Anyway here’s why I am bugging you.

I am running the Boston Marathon on April 21.  I am running for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  This organization is very near and dear to my heart as I myself have MS.  I have been on an incredible mission for the past 14 years running marathons, climbing the highest peaks in the world, the first person with MS to go to the North and South Poles and I began training to hopefully run the Iditarod in the not too distant future.

All of this may sound crazy especially for a person living with MS but I do all these extreme adventures for one reason only.  I want to change the perception of what MS looks like and challenge those living with MS to chase their dreams and goals.  As I tell them they all have a mountain, the mountain is MS now what are you going to do with it?  My journey has been incredible and hopefully if I can make life easier for one person suffering with MS my mission will have been oh so worth while.

Sorry to be so lengthy in my request.  Perhaps you can help me.  I am hosting a fundraiser at Jalepenos on March 24.  Jalepenos is wonderful to host these fundraisers for many of us and now they are doing it for me.  Would you be able to publicize this for me on Good Morning Gloucester?

When: March 24

Where:  Jalepenos

For:  The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Wendy Booker’s run of this year’s Boston Marathon

From: 4:30pm until closing

Thank you so very much in advance.  If you need more information please let me know.


Hello Joe,

I hope you might include this information about the library book sale in  Good Morning Gloucester.

Thank you


The Friends of the Rockport Public Library are having a Spring Forward Book Sale on Friday, March 21 from

10 AM to 5 PM, Saturday, March 22 from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, March 23rd from 1 PM to 5 PM.

This sale has an abundance of books in all categories including many children’s and young adult titles, along with history and politics, biography and memoir, art, cooking, crafts, gardening, both recent and well-aged fiction, mysteries, and lots more. Movies on DVD and VHS and music CDs will be on sale as well.

Spring also brings back the popular bake sale with home made offerings for $1 donated by library friends.

All monies raised at the book sales is used to enhance programs at the library including museum passes,  children’s programs and cabin fever movies.

The library is located at  17 School Street on the corner of Broadway in Rockport.    978 546-6934

submitted by Dianne Anderson

Friends of the Library board member