GloucesterCast With Peter and Vickie VanNess and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/16/14

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GloucesterCast With Peter and Vickie VanNess and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/16/14


Topics Include: Gloucester MA, April 16 Snow, Peter VanNess, Vickie VanNess, Peter Lovasco Doing a Great Job With Cape Ann Weather, Bitstrips, Kevin Edson, Rice Cooker Hoax, Boston Strong, ACLU, Dog Leash Controversy, Bad Dog Owners,Beach Trash Barrels vs Carry In/Carry Out,  Larcom Theater, UU Meetinghouse, Henri Smith, Jon Butcher Axis, Celebrate Gloucester, Red Tape For Community Events, Castleberry Fairs, Block Party, Jackie Hardy, Tourism, Fun Should Not Be Illegal, Gran Prix of Gloucester, Cyclocross, I4C2, Downtown Parking Is Not Bad if You are Willing To Walk One Block (Which Is Less Walking You’ll Do If You Park In A Mall Parking Lot and Walk Into The Mall), People That Will Drive In Circles 20 Times Unless They Get A Parking Spot On Main St vs Parking On Rogers or Middle St, Stitcher App, Cross Platform, BossJock App, Email Subscription Service Is Broken, Explaining Hyperlinks, Sister Felicia, Shalin Liu, Embedding A Video, Get Her A Muzzle.

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Super Fun Anthropologie Behind-the Scenes Making of the Monarch Store Windows Submitted By Our GMG FOB Mary McLoud Tucker!

Thank you Mary for sharing; this video from Anthropologie is so much fun!!!

Metamorphosis: The Making of Our
Earth Day Windows

It is awe-inspiring to think that the monarch butterfly, a species so small and humble, lays claim to one of nature’s greatest spectacles. And yet, their annual migration is considered just that—an age-old phenomenon of epic proportions and, as recent decades have shown, increasing peril due to their declining population. That’s why this Earth Day, we are paying tribute to the monarchs in our store windows, now home to swarms of handmade orange-and-black butterflies. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at their making.

Our GMG FOB Lidi Sands Submits Fabulous Spotted Salamander Sign of Spring!

imageHello Kim,

I have been enjoying all the spring pictures the FOBs have sent you. We went to Raven’s Wood Park last week to see the Spotted Salamanders & the many different varieties of frogs. They were singing so loudly it was a very cool experience! That is one of our favorite signs that spring is arriving….

Happy Spring

Lidia Sands

Thanks Lidi–we love it! Great work–its not so easy to get a good capture of a Spotted Salamander!!!

Summer Artist Series at the Rocky Neck Gallery

Apply for a one person or small group show
in Rocky Neck this summer


Summer Artist Series

One-person or small group shows on Rocky Neck
Six 3-week shows beginning June 10 to October 14
Submission fee only $20 for five images

Open to all Rocky Neck Art Colony artist members (if you’re not a member you can join online here).

All media including painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, collage, clay, jewelry, glass,
wood, fiber and sculpture. (No video or installations.)

Online entires only, submission dates : April 1 to April 22, 2014.


Juried by selected members of the Cultural Center
and Rocky Neck Gallery exhibitions committees.

See for more info and to apply

Vickie wants me to choose between Hendrix & The Beatles, but I won’t do it!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this year, you already know that 2014 is the 5oth anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on Ed Sullivan.  I begged my parents to let me stay up and watch the show — and they agreed.  (Kids went to bed earlier in those days.)

It was a thrill!  Most everybody on my block was already a Beatles fan and the next day, we were utterly devoted.  We all started saving up for the next record.  Being the 5oth anniversary of what CBS billed as “The Night That Changed America”, you’ve also probably seen lots of Beatles tribute bands playing around.  Next Friday (April 25), Top area musicians come together (yes, pun intended) to help raise money for Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse as The Number Nines — but this is no tribute band.  Rather, it’s three top Gloucester singer/songwriters: 3rian King, Chelsea Berry and Renée Dupuis, joined by Boston‐based multi‐instrumentalist Meff and guitarist Brendan Burns with Gloucester’s favorite rhythm section: Dennis Monagle and Joe Cardoza.  They’ll perform their own originals plus fresh takes on The Beatles, like this soulful interpretation of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” featuring Chelsea Berry on vocals:

So, we can all agree that The Beatles are the greatest rock band ever, right?  “Not so fast,” quips Vickie.  “What about Jimi Hendrix?”
“What about him?” I reply.
“You’re always saying he’s the greatest rock guitar player, who ever lived.”
“Well, of course he is.” [Here’s one of my Hendrix favorites]

“So how can The Beatles be the best rock band ever?”
“Oh come on.  I can’t choose between The Beatles and Hendrix!”

So the next night, April 26, our friend Jon Butcher is bringing his powerful new show, The Jon Butcher Axis: Celebrating the Music of Jimi Hendrix to the Larcom Theatre for their Boston area debut.  Check out Jon’s version of another one of my favorite Hendrix tunes:

I’ll be at both.  You can be too.  You don’t have to choose.

Get The Number Nines tickets here.  Get Axis tickets here.


Hi Joey,
Steps in Rincon and the docks of Puerto Real-Cabo Rojo
Now permanently displayed somewhere in Rincon!
Mark & Sheryl Smith

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Hello Joey, 

                        I met Nichole at the sox opener this afternoon, she wanted to represent GMG, so here is the photo I shot…REPRESENTING FROM FENWAY! GO SOX!

See you around,



Sista’s Helpful Tips


PrintToday’s Helpful Tip will be very useful to all cooks preparing Easter Sunday Brunch/Lunch/Dinner and or Desserts over the next several days!

egg seperating gmg post

It’s also a great way to store separated yolks in the refrigerator for latter uses! 


Good Stories about Great Americans: REAL PEOPLE – STIHL PEOPLE

Here’s some work I just completed for STIHL, INC. Yes, the company that makes the best chainsaws and lawn care equipment! I love this series because it’s really refreshing and organic. We set out to tell stories about regular folks doing what they do with STIHL products. No crew here, just me and the subject. I had a blast working with this guy! So I’d like to introduce you to Barry Booth…

If you have a STIHL story you want to share, and you use STIHL products on any level, hit me up! Maybe you will be the next story we do!


Wicked Tuna Behind The Scenes! INTENSE!

Not gonna lie, all that high tech camera gadgetry made my pants tight.

Camera geek’s wet dream. Literally.

From Andy Baker

7 days of filming, 2 days for still photography, 9 locations, 6 camera units, 7 captains, 5 production support boats, 45 crew members…shooting with Arri Alexa, Red Epic, Phantom Flex, Phantom Miro, Sony F3…Techno Dolly, Cineflex (boat and helicopter), Underwater Phantom, 360 degree dolly track setup…all in all, one of the most involved, most complex and most fun shoots I’ve been lucky to be a part of. Thank you to the team at Evolve IMG, and the NGC Creative Team for one incredible production!

April 16th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather ..

Marine Forecast …
Gale Warning through the early morning hours …Wed NW winds 20 to 25 kt…diminishing to 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers.
Wed Night N winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Forecast : well where the hell did Spring GO? If you’re up early you most likely will see some sleet / snow till 5:30 am or so .Could be some ICY spots so watch you’re step ! Clouds should break by early morning with highs only in the Lower to Middle 40’s .Not looking at much accumulation , maybe a dusting to a 1″. NW winds 15-25mph with higher gusts first part of the day slowly diminishing later in the day .. Wednesday Night mostly clear and Cold lows in the 20’s to lower 30’s….. Have a great Hump day ! Thanks again for viewing as always 🙂
GMG weatherman
Peter Lovasco …
Snow ! Sleet ! Thunder !

Hourly Forecast ….

Weekend Outlook …..

And of course some cartoons 😀…



Community Stuff 4/16/14




Good afternoon everyone,

Please see the attached flyer and join the Gloucester Police Dept. tomorrow evening at Giuseppe’s for a fun filled Tip-A-Cop event to raise money for the Special Olympics. Come and enjoy food, fun and live music for a great cause. GPD will be providing the entertainment along with a few special musical guest lined up. Come on by or make a reservation (978-879-4622) and help us reach our goal to break the state record. If you would like to donate but can not attend you can send your donations directly to the Police Department attention: Christina. Checks should be made out to Special Olympics Massachusetts. I hope to see you all there for a great night full of fun, food, fundraising and music!!!!

Christina Melillo

Gloucester Police Department

Hi Joe,

  Please consider running on Good Morning Gloucester. Thank you!

On Monday, April 21st from 11-4, State Rep Candidate will host an event to thank our police, fire, and military heroes on Cape Ann. The event will be held at Cape Ann GOP Headquarters, 184 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA. There will be refreshments, and a t.v. viewing of the Boston Marathon and the Boston Red Sox game. There will be craft items for children to make cards to send overseas to soldiers. We will also be collecting items to send overseas, such as snack foods, magazines, books, games, CDs, DVDs, and anything else to help our soldiers, through the Hugs for Heroes program.
  Bob Whynott encourages everyone to attend and take a minute on Patriot’s Day to thank our heroes.




Help me make bail – I’m an MDA Jailbird!

Harbor Cove Dental

Donate to Leif

Leif Bakland

Crime: Having a Big Heart

Company: Leif K. Bakland, DDS

Lock-Up Information

Date: May 21, 2014


Lobsta Land
84 Causeway St.(map)
Gloucester, MA 01930

Donate to Me

Believe it or not, I’m going to jail and I need your help. While it’s not a real jail, it’s even more important as I’m raising bail to help children and adults with muscle disease in my community who are supported by the vital work of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). I might not be able to rely on good behavior to get out so that’s why I need your help – I need you to donate to my bail! Just click on the donation button to make a secure donation – I know that together we’ll Make a Muscle and Make a Difference in the fight against muscle disease.

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Thank You to the people of Cape Ann for supporting the Knights of Columbus/Cub Scout Food Drive. Over 2000 lbs of food was collected on 4/12 at Market Basket, Shaws Eastern Ave and Rite Aid in Rockport.


Paul Bagley with Patrick and Nathan Morin at Shaws on Eastern Ave.

Cape Ann YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® on April 26 Aims to Help Kids Exercise Minds and Bodies

Gloucester, MAOn Saturday, April 26 from 10:00am to 12:00noon at Gloucester High School’s Newall Stadium, the Cape Ann YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, will include the following:

  • Soccer Skills with Gloucester High School Soccer Coach Armando Mornoto
  • Lacrosse demonstrations
  • Fun relays & races for kids of all ages
  • Healthy snacks and tips
  • Nutrition education
  • Track and field challenges
  • Flag football skills challenges
  • Outdoor Family Zumba
  • Staff will be on hand to answer questions about camp, fitness and memberships
  • and so much more!

The North Shore United Way and SeniorCare are making the farmers market more available to Gloucester Seniors

NSUW has awarded a Discretionary Grant to SeniorCare in order to allow 60 more low-income seniors in Gloucester to access the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market.  Each spring and summer, SeniorCare distributes $25 coupon cards to low-income seniors in Gloucester in order to encourage recipients to shop at farmers markets and consume more fruits and vegetables.  The coupons also support farmers markets that serve low-income residents. Major funding for the program is provided by the MA Department of Agricultural Resources and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and anyone interested in obtaining a coupon should contact SeniorCare at 866-927-1050.

The North Shore United Way awards one-time Discretionary Grants up to $5,000 to launch new or innovative programs on the North Shore or for agencies with emergency needs.  Margo Casey, Executive Director of the NSUW, said “We are very pleased to fill in where other funding sources are not able to fully meet this need for seniors in Gloucester.” 

In its decision to fund the Senior Farmer’s Market program at SeniorCare, NSUW recognized this unique program achieves two of the North Shore United Way’s community goals simultaneously: Senior Care meets basic needs and improves financial security by providing coupons to purchase food.  The program also improves health and wellbeing by making fruits and vegetables more available.