GloucesterCast With Sista Felicia, BJ and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/23/14


GloucesterCast With Sista Felicia, BJ and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/23/14

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Topics Include: GMG Weather Guy Peter Lovasco Ahead Of The Pack, How Happy Is BJ That St Joseph’s Novena Is Over?, Rating The Food From St Joseph’s, Favorite Pasta Dishes, Promoting The Cookbook, Recognizing and Honoring The Gloucester Families Who Have Kept Up The St Joseph’s Novena Throughout The Years, The Orlandos, The Ferrantes, the Fontanas, The Groppos, The Russos, The Scolas, The Saputos, The Brancaleones, The Cannavos, The Milletellos,  ect, ect, ect, The Novena Trolley, BJ’s Favorite Smartphone Apps, Spotify vs Pandora, gReaderPro, Dictating To The iPhone,  Old Guys Wearing Inappropriate Caps,  Affliction T Shirts, Ed Hardy, Juicy Couture, Victoria’s Secret,  Schools Banning Yoga Pants, Dress Has Become Too Casual, Belly Shirts and Muffin Tops, Having To Notify Parents Of Appropriate Clothing For Confirmation, Mom Jeans vs Skinny Jeans, The Best Era For Clothing?, H&M, Where Did Felicia and I Take The Divergent Path On Being A Dog Lover vs A Dog Fearer, A Healthy Fear of Dogs,K9 Kuts Julie Borge

GMG FOB Ben’s Newly Emerged Giant Polyphemus Moth!

20140323_193347Joey forwarded an email from reader Benjamin, who asks the following,

“I found a silky green worm last August. I put it on my house plant and the next day it had turned into a caccoon. It has been in my house for almost 8 months. It came out on my birthday March 22. So how do I attract a male for my moth? It is the biggest one I have seen.”

Hi Benjamin,

Thanks so much for writing. You have a gorgeous Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus), and it does look like a female in the photo provided as they have thinner antennae than the male.

On the evening of the day the female emerges, she releases a pheromone, which attracts the male. Mating occurs that evening to early morning. After mating, she immediately begins to deposit eggs on the leaves of her caterpillar’s host plant.

Polyphemus Moths are members of the Saturn Family of moths and they emerge only to mate and deposit eggs of the next generation. They do not drink nectar because they do not have mouthparts.

You don’t say in what state you are located so I will provide you with two responses.

If you live in our region, it is far too early for the moth to have emerged and therefore, far too cold to place outdoors to attract a male. She will die if placed outdoors at this time of year.

If you live in a warm climate where there may be male Polyphemus moths on the wing, I have had success with placing a female in an enclosed screened porch entryway. When I wake up in the morning, I often find a male waiting outside the porch door. He’s usually easy to capture. Then I place him in the enclosed area with the female. Hopefully–no guarantees–mating will occur.

If in the future you are so lucky as to find a Saturn moth cocoon, or a caterpillar that pupates and turns into a cocoon or chrysalis, I highly recommend leaving it outdoors in a sheltered spot where you can locate it the following spring. Indoor temperatures are usually much too warm and will trick the moth into emerging too soon. I keep all chrysalisides and cocoons in a terrarium on my front porch (not the enclosed area), where they can experience normal winter and spring temperatures and humidity, and will therefore emerge at the appropriate time of year.

Polyphemus moth caterpillars eat a wide variety trees including willow (Salix), maple (Acer), birch (Betula), and oak (Quercus). Saturn Moths are in sharp decline, largely because of all the terrible herbicides and pesticides people spray on trees, which kill not only bad bugs, but all species of adult Lepidoptera, and their cocoons and chrysalides as well.

Polyphemus Moth Antheraea polyphemus cocoon
Polyphemus Moth Cocoon ©Kim Smith 2012

Pet of the Week-Louie


Hi, my name is Louie, I am a loving, patient, kind and smart Foxhound mix pup who is about 18-months old. I have a handsome red-and-white coat and I am a large, but gentle dog.   I am residing at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.

The shelter here is fantastic and the staff and volunteers are taking really good care of me.    I hope you might like to stop by and visit meto learn more about me and the shelter, please visit:

I am the only Louie here, so it will be easy to find me!

Rockport Chamber Music Festival – Tickets On Sale March 27th

David Deveau, Artistic Director
June 6-July 13, 2014

Ticket Sales Dates
Subscriptions: March 27, 2014
Single Tickets: April 16, 2014

Summer Flex Subscriptions – available March 27
June-August events only
Mini-Flex: Purchase 6-9 concerts and save 10% (concerts only, guest presentations excluded)
Super-Flex: Purchase 10 or more concerts and save 15% (concerts only, guest presentations excluded)

Festival Rising Star Series – available March 27
Purchase all 3 Rising Star Concerts in the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and save 10%                                              

The Rockport Chamber Music Festival, June 6–July 13, opens with a performance by the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet.  The 2014 Festival brings the finest in chamber music from the award-winning male a cappella ensemble Chanticleer to pianist Jeremy Denk plus many Festival favorites.

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Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Special Guests: Chick & Ellen @ The Rhumb Line 8-11





Wednesdays Only:
Tenderloin Tips over Salad, $10.95!

Wednesday, March 26th
Special Guests:

chick ellen
chick ellen

He’s a study in fingerpick blues and American folk.  She’s a
songbird with the voice of an angel.  He’s simplistic and
unassuming.  She’s bravado and confidence.  He’s a little bit
Ralph.  She’s a little bit Alice.  Together, they come to us as
Chick Marston & Ellen Ford… two of the many valued
treasures we quietly keep stashed away here on the salty
shores of Cape Ann.  Such a special place we live in! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Tenderloin Tips over Salad, $10.95(while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ new wine menu!
Next week..
Ron Schrank

Looking forward……to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly


No Need to Curb His Enthusiasm


I was reading some of the very nice comments written in response to my last post to my boys….since many of the comments kindly mentioned that I have a couple of pretty cool kids.  A parent can never really hear enough of that…even if we already know it to be true ourselves.  They are good kids!  And we are very lucky!  After I read my post and the comments to them, Thatcher was concerned that some people might not know exactly what Thacher’s Island is.  I explained that more likely than not, all of the GMG readers are super familiar with the island and its twin lighthouses, but he was adamant that I should post photos anyway.  Because he was so excited,  I refrained from showing him the many gorgeous photos of Thacher’s Island that have been posted by other contributors in the past. No need to curb his enthusiasm.  So, this quick follow-up post is actually his.

On a side note, I’ve learned two things since Thatcher was born (more like 2 million…but for this post’s purpose…I’ll stick to two).  First of all, if you name your kid “Thatcher,” you better be ready to explain why…and secondly, if you name your kid “Thatcher,” you better be ready to take countless photos of “his” island.   These are a few of his favorite.  Another side note….if you ever hear our younger son, Finn, refer to Straitsmouth Island as “Finn’s Island” kindly just go with it.

Click here for the Thacher Island Association to learn all about the island


Taking Down The St. Joseph Altar


PrintTaking down the altar is just as much a tradition as assembling it.  My mother Pat, daughter Amanda, neighbor Deanna, and my “Tea Friends” Dee Noble Andrea Butler, Christie Guarrasi DaSilva, deconstructed this years altar in record time. I can not be more grateful for all they do each year after the crowds are gone, the celebration is over, and the dust has officially settled. The festivities may be over but the to do list of putting the house back together is far from over!  Without ever having to ask, they take it upon themselves to coordinate a time to meet at my house to break down the altar, table settings, and serving stations. Deconstructing the altar is a not an easy task.  Rearranging my year round mini altar, restocking dozens of statues back into the vitrine cabinet, and carefully covering borrowed statues in  bubble wrap for safe transport back to  Mr. Philip Perry’s home is a daunting task.   Every item in, on and around the altar is packed away safely for next year.  Prayer book, candle holders, rosary beads, prayer cards, and music Each must be stored properly  and systemically so that next years assembly runs smoothly.  I’m so incredibly lucky to have an amazing group of women put my house back together by leading their helping hands.

Thank you all<3

Now that the hard work is over, this morning I took a much needed break and enjoyed a slice of Ricotta Pie I made yesterday and  cup of  espresso while writing some  personal thank you notes to friends and family.


For my Ricotta Pie Recipe see page #222 in  “Gifts of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest” Cookbook!


Meet the Therapist

A visitor came into the room to see my room mate, accompanied by his adorable dog. I asked if I could pet Zoie. With a short command she jumped onto my bed, licked my hand, and snuggled down for a nap. She's a "therapy" dog, trained and certified. Dogs like Zoie can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, and improve mood. In recent years, therapy dogs have been enlisted to help children overcome speech and emotional disorders. Therapy dogs are now common at many disaster sites. As a patient fighting cancer in hospitals and in rehab, I can honestly say: "God Bless the owners and their dogs."
A visitor came into the room to see my room mate, accompanied by his adorable dog. I asked if I could pet Zoie. With a short command she jumped onto my bed, licked my hand, and snuggled down for a nap. She’s a “therapy” dog, trained and certified. Dogs like Zoie can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, and improve mood. In recent years, therapy dogs have been enlisted to help children overcome speech and emotional disorders, are now common at many disaster sites.
As a patient fighting cancer in hospitals and in rehab, I can honestly say: “God Bless the owners and their dogs.”

Tuesday March 25th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast …
Tue SW winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming S 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less.
Tue Night SE winds 10 to 15 kt…becoming NE 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 35 kt after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Snow. Vsby 1 nm or less.

Video Cast…

Hourly Forecast…




Reimagining Railroad

From Tom Daniel, Community Development Director-

Hi Joey,

Could you post a reminder about this planning project getting underway this Wednesday at 6:00 PM at City Hall? Everyone is welcome! Thank you.


Last summer and fall’s Downtown Work Plan process identified a shared community value of having an active and authentic downtown with a mosaic of uses. The community said they wanted to ensure downtown continues to be an active place filled will people doing positive things. In addition to this value, the Work Plan process identified specific topics for action. These topics included parking, accessibility and connections, streetscape, signage, visitor experience, market analyses, and building design. Lastly, the Work Plan prioritized work on primary routes including Railroad Avenue, Washington Street, Main Street, and connections to residential areas.

The Community Development Department is working on several of the topics in the Work Plan and is pleased to announce a partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a more in-depth look at the area around the commuter rail station. The project, called Reimagining Railroad, looks to build upon the community’s work in the Downtown Work Plan. The City and MAPC are looking for ways to better connect the commuter rail station to the residential areas and the activity and vibrancy of Downtown and the Harbor. The project aims to make the city more walkable, functional, and prosperous while preserving the authentic character the community values.

Meeting Flyer


International Dory Racing Sign Ups! Get Involved!!!

IDRC Members:

A new year is upon us and I hope you will make dory rowing a part of it.  Attached you will find the schedule of events and sign-up forms necessary to continue your membership with the IDRC for 2014.  I hope you will continue another year with your recreational or race rowing in beautiful Gloucester Harbor .  It has been a long winter and although we have four dories in the water, it’s been tough to get out, but Spring will soon prevail and our rowing season will resume.  A special note for this year’s International Races is the Over 40 Men’s division has been moved by both the CDRA and IDRC to Over 50.  I hope this will entice some veteran rowers to come back to racing!  We are also planning a 2nd year of our “Learn to Row” program, but in July when we can count on a little better weather.  Please make us part of your 2014 and send in your membership today!  We will be mailing out the membership info as well, but you can save us a stamp if you send yours over the next couple weeks.


Erik Dombrowski

Gloucester IDRC