GloucesterCast With Guest Erich Archer From Cape Ann TV and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/18/14


GloucesterCast With Guest Erich Archer From Cape Ann TV and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/18/14

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Topics Include: Taking Over The Reigns At Cape Ann TV, Making Changes, My Experience At Cape Ann TV, The Online Presence, The Nutty Redhead, Organizations Using Cape Ann TV, Gloucester U, Are Kids More Interested In Editing or Camerawork?,  The Younger Generation Hindered In The Creative Process With The Proliferation Of Content Consumption Tablet Computing Devices As Opposed To Powerful Desktop Computers, All Things Victorian, John Ronan’s The Writer’s Block, The Cost Of Technology, Throwing Out The Old Paradigms, Favorite Restaurants In Beverly, Soma, Barrel House, Atomic Cafe, Haddock Sandwich At The Causeway, Spicy Buritto at Tacos Lupita, Wally’s Blackburn Bistro, What I Think Is Most Import For Cape Ann TV To Cover, Cross Promotions

Cape Ann TV is looking for camera operators to shoot high school sports games and government meetings. We will train you and provide all necessary equipment. Operators earn $25 per game/meeting.

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The Writer’s Book Club Event at Duckworth’s Bistrot

Chris Anderson ©Kim Smith 2014Chris Anderson

This past Sunday’s Writer’s Book Club Event, held at Duckworth’s Bistrot, was well-attended. Chris Anderson, the editor and co-founder of Eastern Point Lit House, led a very interesting discussion about the book The Things They Carried, written by Tim O’Brien. The Things They Carried is a collection of short stories about a platoon of soldiers in the Vietnam War and is semi-autobigraphical. O’Brien was Chris’s professor in grad school!

From wiki ~ The book is critically acclaimed and O’Brien has expressed surprise at how the book has become a staple in middle schools and high schools, stating that he “certainly hadn’t imagined fourteen year-old kids, eighteen year-olds, those even in their early twenties reading the book.”

Ken Duckworth Chris Anderson ©Kim Smith 2014Chef Ken Duckworth and Chris Anderson

Chef Ken Duckworth prepared a beautiful spread. I only stopped in for a brief period of time as I was on my way to film the Groppo’s Sunday evening Saint Joseph mass and was unable to stay to enjoy the very tasty-looking appetizers and entrees. Thank you Chris, Michelle, Jenn, and Ken for inviting me. Next time I look forward to staying longer!

Barbara and Al Boudreau ©Kim Smith 2014 copyBarbara and Al Boudreau

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Plant Grant for Grant Circle

Hello Kim and Joey,

I hope you can post this on Good Morning Gloucester.  We all need to think Spring and flowers.  I have attached the brochure and hopefully you can post that with the announcement.

The Gardeners of Cape Ann are halfway to reaching the “Plant Grant” goal of raising $90,000 to refurbish, replant, and beautify Grant Circle this Spring. Whether you live, visit, work, garden, or simply want to assist with this grassroots volunteer initiative to improve the “gateway” to Cape Ann, we welcome your support.

Please “DIG DEEP” NOW to insure the success of this project.  Meeting our fundraising goal will allow planting to begin by late May.  Let us band together to create a meaningful legacy to ensure Grant Circle becomes an enduring source of beauty and pride for our entire community.  Tax-deductible donations can be sent to: Plant Grant, PO Box 712, Rockport, MA 01966. Visit our website: and “LIKE” us on our Facebook page: Plant Grant Circle. Thank you!

Susan Kelly



An Evening of Roots Americana with Annalivia and Ari and Mia at the Shalin Liu – Sunday April 6

Come hear an amazing double bill featuring two of New England’s most buzzed about acoustic folk/Americana acts: Annalivia and Ari & Mia. It will be an evening of inventive and dynamic music for all ages: fiddles, mandolins, banjos, warm harmonies and spirited songs, drawing from traditional and original repertoire.  The members of Annalivia includes Gloucester locals Liz Simmons & Flynn Cohen with the newest member Emarald Rae.  Get your tickets now to see them at Shalin Liu.  Buy Tickets


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Ocean Alliance “RV Odyssey in rough seas “

Here is a never-before-seen video of the RV Odyssey in rough seas by crew member Rik Walker during Operation Toxic Gulf 2013. Not for the queasy:

Also Visit for info on adopting a Whale and take a virtual tour of the Paint Factory.

Who’s Ready for Some Cornhole?

Ahhem, Ahem.   Moving on.

I am absolutely in love with how our local sports teams are promoting new ways to experience the ballparks, stadiums, ice, courts, and fields that are home to the teams we love.  There has been some fantastic PR happening as of late and some of it is just pure genius.

My own two children have had opportunity to skate with Bruins on the ice at the TD Bank Garden and skate + sled on the field at Fenway Park…this winter alone.  They’ve been in locker rooms, sat in penalty boxes, posed with trophies, hugged mascots, been given autographs, etc.  While my boys will treasure their memories for a lifetime, the proceeds from these events all go to fantastic charitiesWin, win!!

Sometimes it takes a little investigating, but if you keep your ears and eyes open, there are always new and exciting ways to experience being a fan….   while helping raise money for organizations that our favorite teams support.

Next stop, cornhole.

Don’t laugh until you try it.   GMG Cornhole Classic, you may ask?  Why not, I might answer….but, I don’t make those decisions.

Until that happens, I think both of these events look like a whole lot of fun!

Fenway Cornhole Classic

Matt Light Foundation Cornhole Commotion

GMG FOB Catherine N. Gunn Shares St. Joseph Feast Photos!



One of the most beautiful traditions of  hosting a St. Joseph Altar, is the act of welcoming in others,  “who we refer to as Orphans” to join our families to celebrate the feast and all it’s festivities.  Several years ago Catherine N. Gunn was invited to join Crocetta Gropp’s  family and friends during their annual 9 day Feast Of San Giuseppe. They welcomed her into their families celebration and all it’s preparation’s with open arms, and she quickly became part of Crocetta’s core team. Catherine is one of many who help cook, clean, and entertain the hundreds of guests that visit the Groppo Families’ Altar each year.  I happen to know Catherine personally and she has shared her wonderful experiences of being at the Groppo family home over the past several years.  She has expressed how much she looks forward to this celebratory time with  her “adoptive Sicilian Family” each year!  As the  hostess of our families altar and this wonderful deep rooted tradition of welcoming people, I know exactly how  both Crocetta and Catherine’s heart feels sharing their devotion to St. Joseph together … Family, Friendship,  Food and Faith is a beautiful thing… Viva !

Crab Meat Scampi



Tuesday evening Eric Lorden owner of Passports Restaurant and Alicia Cox owner of Mamie’s Kitchen took over my kitchen for a few hours, during the St. Joseph Trolley celebration at my home! Eric and Alicia teamed up and whipped up a few crab meat dishes for our guest using  5 lb. of fresh crab meat Cousin Joey Marcantonio dropped off  earlier that afternoon while I was on the St. Joseph Trolley ride with the Godmother of Gloucester “Sefatia.  Alicia prepared dozens of delicious crab cakes, while Eric prepared a yummy crab meat scampi. Thank you Eric, Alicia and cousin Joey that was an awesome treat! 


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GMG PR Person Of The Year- Tina Ketchopolos

I’d like to hereby recognize Addison Gilbert’s PR Maven Tina Ketchopolos as this year’s GMG favorite Press Release writer.

First off posting all the press releases for the hundreds of community organizations is a ton of work.  I do it because I know people appreciate it and I hear from enough of the readership that tell me that if they didn’t read every day’s “Community Stuff” post they wouldn’t know about 3/4 of the things happening around town.

The reason I’m recognizing Tina is for several reasons.

1) When Tina writes a press release she doesn’t make it too wordy, gets right to the who, what, when, where and ends it.  I don’t have to go back in and re-edit it.  I don’t have to chop out all the extra stuff many PR people add in because somehow they think that people want to read their mission statement on every press release they send out.  What many other PR people don’t get but Tina does, is that when you add in all that extra boilerplate at the end of the Press Release and if I included it, readers would recognize it as the same boilerplate that you served them up last week and scroll right past it, not reading what you wrote.

2) When Tina sends me a press release I rarely ever get a follow up email 6 hours later asking for an edit.  She gets it done right the first time, every time.  I have a list of about 7 different PR people who send things in that I know inevitably as soon as I take the time to edit and schedule their press release for the following day and press the upload button, I will get a follow up email asking me to change things around because they got stuff wrong in the original Press release that they sent.   One time doing this OK, no problem but there are certainly the habitual offenders that drive me and I’m sure the Community Event publishers at other newspapers and media outlets- nuts.  Posting press releases is not creative work, it is providing a free service.  The creative part about making blog content like photography, podcasting and writing is what drives the fun.  The editing and re-posting of community press releases is more work like without the pay.  So keeping that in mind it’s nice to know you only have to do the work once and not have to go back in and fix someone’s mistakes.  With Tina, it’s rare that she asks for a redo.

3)  The formatting.  Tina always submits her releases in a straightforward format that doesn’t need me to jump through hoops to copy and paste the info she’s trying to get across.   If you saw the messes that some PR folk send in that require me to resize and reformat and fond different programs on the web to open up the attachments, you would pull your hair out.  Not Tina.  Just types it it into an email for an easy-peasy copy and paste making my job of editing it simple.

4)The Thanks.  Tina always recognizes and thanks me for posting her stuff.  It may seem trivial but when you get press releases from an organization weekly and they just stuff it down your throat, you take the time to edit and post it for them and then they never once acknowledge it with a simple thank you, that gets irritating.   I often wonder if I just stopped posting their stuff, would they even notice?  Do they really care if it gets posted?  It’s just a pet peeve of mine.  So thanks Tina, for the thanks Smile

Listen the stuff Tina sends in is no where near the most exciting information posted on these pages.  But because the way she submits consistent, easy to post, relevant, correctly edited the first time press releases and then follows up with a nice thank you to let me know that the work I do on my end is appreciated, THAT is why she gets 99% of the stuff she sends me posted in the Community Stuff pages and THAT is why she is being recognized as a truly professional and effective PR person.

I’d hire her in a heart beat.

Congrats Tina

Community Stuff 3/21/14


Don’t forget! The Hive is hosting a FREE Bowl-a-Thon for the Empty Door.


12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 23

11 Pleasant Street

No experience required!

Photo credit: Cape Ann Art Haven



Get Fit to Run

Don’t Run to Get Fit

Beverly Hospital Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is hosting a special evening that’s all

about running and more!   The free lecture will be held on

Thursday, March 27 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

in the Lecture Hall at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick Street, Beverly, MA.

The Lecture Hall is located inside the main entrance of Beverly Hospital. 

Space is limited and registration is required by

calling 888-253-0800.

Presentations from orthopedic surgeons and physical therapist on timely topics,

including common knee injuries for runners will take place.

Presenters will include:  Dr. John Boyle, Dr. Anthony Schepsis and Beth Ann Hayes, PT.

Refreshment will be served.

Caity in the Running for Hood Scholarship

Hi All,

I am asking if you would please consider going to and voting for Caity O’Leary, Gloucester, Mass., Gloucester High School.  If she wins the vote, she will receive a $5000.00 scholarship.  You can vote daily until April 18, 2014. 
Thank you for voting!!!


O’Maley students attend Essex District Attorney’s Youth Summit
8th grade students Matthew Smith, Alias Mortillaro, Ryker Bos, Meghan Craaybeek and Jenna Lake took part in Essex Couny District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s 2nd annual Youth Summit on March 4th. Hundreds of 8th, 9th and 10th grade students from all over Essex County participated in this leadership enriching event that featured Al Duncan, a noted motivational  speaker. Mr. Duncan shared ideas and strategies with the young leaders that they can take back to their schools to help others. At O’Maley, many of the strategies will be used to promote the SAILS program.



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