Want Some Landscaping Logs?


Perfect for defining driveways or standing up and wrapping rope around.  Ive got a bunch you can have for free here at the dock, 95 East Main St. Captain Joe’s

You can stand them up and wrap thick fishing line around the top and plant them in the ground as boundary markers. Or stick them in the ground about 8 feet apart and drill a hole through the top and string the fishing rope through to create a cordoned off area. working on the scrolling issue. may have it fixed. check now.

Swallows, Swans, Cygnets and a Muskrat

swans swallows cygnets

It is wonderful to see the swans with their cygnets on Niles Pond again.  I really hope these little ones make it, as last year none survived.  I love to see swallows swooping, but these two made a pretty pair on the wire.  The muskrat was just cruising as normal along the shoreline.  You gotta love Niles Pond, there is always something to see.

E.J. Lefavour


The Latest On Burnhams Field From John McElhenny

@JMcElhenny: #GloucesterMA: Want the latest on the Burnham’s Field renovation? Here’s your #Video update:

Published on May 28, 2014
Steve Winslow of Gloucester’s Community Development Department gives an update on the renovation of Burnham’s Field. May 27, 2014. Interview by John McElhenny of the Friends of Burnham’s Field.

Drugged driving PSA filmed at Good Harbor Beach and the Back Shore

Lisa Smith from Cape Ann TV send us this nice note along with her new PSA discouraging drugged driving.

Here is a Public Service Announcement we made with the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative and the Gloucester Youth Council about the consequences of drugged driving. We filmed it at Good Harbor and the Back Shore.

Gloucester’s New Cruise Ship Gets a New Website

In case you haven’t noticed, Gloucester now has its very own resident cruise ship, The Beauport Princess.  And what a beauty it is!  If you haven’t yet been aboard, this would be a good week to check it out because they’re offering “special introductory pricing.”  And on Friday, June 13, we’re producing a concert cruise featuring The Toasters (on their 2014 world tour) with a special reunion of Mile 21.  Tickets include the concert, Gloucester Harbor cruise and a party buffet featuring Seaport Grille’s world famous lobster rolls!  Get tickets here.

This week we launched a new website for Beauport Princess (see here).  And we built it using a “responsive design” (just like we did for The Cave — see our post about that here), which means it optimizes the viewing experience for what ever device you’re using: computer, tablet or phone.  For example, here’s what it looks like on a computer:




Here’s what it looks like on a smart-phone.  Notice the menu is optional.  It will automatically drop down when you tap on the menu icon (at the right of the bar with the word HOME in it).

Many other things have changed as well.  And if you turn your phone sideways it will change again — automatically.

If you tap the phone number at the top-right, your phone will automatically initiate a call to book a cruise.

This new website also works beautifully on an iPad and any tablet.

And best of all, the new website uses the same exact HTML code and content (photos, writing, graphics, cruise list, etc.) to display on the phone, tablet and computer.  (You can read a more detailed explanation of why you should build your next website using this type of responsive design here.)

Check out the new Beauport Princess website on all of your devices and see how it looks.

But don’t let that be a substitute for getting aboard.  How many people can say they live in a town with a cruise ship they can go on for an evening any time they like!

Dave Sag’s Blues Party to host Steve Sadler and Jimmy Scoppa tonight @ The Rhumb Line 5.29.2014

dave sag rl 4.3.2014


Dave says,

I am just wiped out from all the necessary machinations incurred oner the last weekend. Played music a lot and had to soak my aching body and head in a strong solution of Epsom Salts and Tito’s Vodka for two daze, just to get the banshees to wave a white flag. It helps to rub a little on the inside, too. Presently, I’m lucid enuf to egest this at you before the little people carry me away. At least, when I get Alzheimers,  I won’t remember that I forgot.
So, this Thursday  at the “newly renovated”* Rhumb Line, let’s welcome back Steve Sadler and Jimmy Scoppa. The commodious Steve S. has just returned from a successful campaign in Gaul, where jokes and sandwiches are divided in three parts.** No one knew enuf to clap. And Jimmy, late mechanic of T.H. and the Wreckage fame,  has got his scutum and pilum in fine shape for executing  masterful maneuvers against the enemy. These two guys will show you what it’s like to be an underrated glitar hero. Unbelievable! Can you say ooh-whee? Tintinnabulations supplied by the current hotshot  drummmbler of Broomful o’ Blooz, Mr. Chris Rivelli with myself on base. So launder your Spanx®, splash  on some Stetson© and join in on the fun!


*A countertop has been painted, and the lights have been turned off, making everybody look real good. See for yourself.
** just got done re-reading all of Woody Allen’s three old books. Maybe this is where I  stole everything. I was amazed at the similarities.

40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

phone: 978-283-9732



When Spring Knocks at Your Door…

“When spring knocks at your door, regardless of the time of year or season of our lives, run, do not walk to that door, throw it open with wild abandon, and say, "Yes! Yes, come in! Do me, and do me big!”  ― Jeffrey R. Anderson, The Nature of Things - Navigating Everyday Life with Grace When I see Spring blossoms, I don't wait to photograph them, because they'll shortly be replaced by green leaves. We won't see colors like that until Fall, and after that we must wait until the next Spring.
“When spring knocks at your door, regardless of the time of year or season of our lives, run, do not walk to that door, throw it open with wild abandon, and say, “Yes! Yes, come in! Do me, and do me big!”
― Jeffrey R. Anderson, The Nature of Things – Navigating Everyday Life with Grace
When I see Spring blossoms, I don’t wait to photograph them, because they’ll shortly be replaced by green leaves. We won’t see colors like that until Fall, and after that we must wait until the next Spring.




The Rose Baker Singing Seniors, under "Jayzee’s" direction. Seacoast Nursing Home

The Rose Baker Singing Seniors, under “Jayzee’s” direction. Seacoast Nursing Home, Gloucester. May 18, 2014

From Jorgelina Zeoli

All photos and video clips, courtesy of Judy Keith and Ray Spiecker.

The Rose Baker Singing Seniors, under “Jayzee’s” direction. Seacoast Nursing Home, Gloucester. May 18, 2014.

To book the Singing Seniors, please contact Jorgelina Zeoli at jayzee.miracles@gmail.com

Engaging the residents at Seacoast-

Thursday May 29th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather ..

Marine Forecast…
Thu NE winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming E in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Thu Night S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Thursday Forecast …Sun & Clouds mild but not warm mid to upper 50’s .. East to North East Winds around 10-15 mph … Thursday Night mostly clear temps dropping into the 40’s with a light south southeast wind 5-10mph..

Hourly Forecast …


Weekend Forecast….



Community Stuff 5/29/14

  Juni Van Dyke in front of her work at the opening of The Flatrocks Galery’s latest exhibition: ECLIPTIC 15 May through 15 June


Joey, We are asking if you could put this announcement on your program.

On june 7,2014 at 1:00 PM at the First Congregational Church of Essex located at 29 Main Street, Essex, the Daughters of the American Revolution is presenting the letters of John and Abigail Adams written during the War. Patricia Bridgman, a talented and well known portrayer,  will read the letters and answer questions, but you must remember that the year is 1778!

Light refreshments will  be served.

Pamela Schwartz


Cape Ann dAR

Good morning,

The O’Maley Innovation Middle School’s Drama Club is hosting two Performing Arts camps this summer. We would love to place a notice about these two camps in your calendar as soon as possible. The camps run for two weeks each, one camp in July and one camp in August.  Below is the information we would like in the calendar. If you would need or like more information on the camps please contact me at jluzitano@gloucester.k12.ma.us . Thank you for all your help.


Jennifer Luzitano and Leslie Sellers

Camp Directors

O’Maley Performing Arts Summer Camps

REGISTRATION OPEN: for ages 8 through entering high school seniors 

Drama Camp: July 7-11 and 14-18 (9am-2pm)

Musical Theatre Camp: August 11-15 and 18-22 (9am-2pm)

Public performances will be held at the end of each camp!

To download a camp brochure with registration form, please go to www.tinyurl.com/omaleypacamps or contactlsellers@gloucester.k12.ma.us

Camp brochures are also available at O’Maley’s Main Office


Sarah Fraser Robbins Environmental Award-Call for Nominations


Anthony Weller, local author and long time musician with a gig at the Franklin Cafe, is completely handicapped by MS. He has another novel in him, but needs help getting it written down (he can’t even use Dragon because his voice is too gaspy). We’re trying to raise money to hire a professional for an hour a day, 5 days a week, and would appreciate all the publicity we can get. Here’s the blast we sent to the GWC email list:
Many of you know, or have heard of, Gloucester resident Anthony Weller – professional musician, teacher, and writer of acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction. Over the past few years Anthony has been seriously affected by a particularly vicious form of MS, and the prognosis is not good. At this time his physical limitations are extreme. He needs help with everything.
Everything, that is, except thinking.
Anthony’s always sharp mind has not diminished a whit. And despite the obviously depressing reality of having regressed from published author and world class guitarist to quadriplegic in a few short years, his outlook is stoic. His courage is enormous and his sense of humor is as sharp as ever – maybe sharper.
Here’s the kicker. Anthony has another book in him – probably his last – but as matters now stand, he has no way of getting it out. He can’t type, he can’t operate a computer, and his speech is too faint and raspy to allow the use of Dragon or a transcription device. He needs to hire a typist. Someone who will sit and listen carefully to what he says, and type it into a computer.
To do this, of course, he needs money. We’ve scratched up enough to get started, but we will need more. And, as Anthony says, “Time is of the essence.”
If you would like to contribute to as worthy a cause as you’re likely to encounter anytime soon, please make your check out to THE GALEN GIBSON SCHOLARSHIP TRUST. The Galen fund will be administering this project. It  is a 501C3 charity, so your donation will be tax deductible.
Mail it to:
Greg Gibson
Galen Gibson Scholarship Trust
76 Langsford St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
As the Rev. Wendy Fitting said, “Imagine being part of getting a novel written!”
Thanks and best wishes,
Greg Gibson

Hi Joey—If I could, I’d like to post a big shout-out to the Gloucester Police Department for it’s Citizen Police Academy and also highly recommend it to all FOBs.  The Academy was started by Chief Campanello and has been organized and directed by his second in command, Lt. McCarthy.   I am a graduate of the most recent class and I was very impressed with the topics covered in class and the presentations given by the officers and detectives.  The presentations were informative, not sugar-coated, and definitely not boring.  We also had the opportunity to tour the police station including the jail cells and the dispatch (where all those 911 calls come in), we were able to ride along in a patrol car (fascinating to experience real-time, street level police work), we took a tour of the Middleton House of Correction, we were given the opportunity to shot a weapon in their firing range, and we had a stunning demonstration by K-9s Mako and Trident and their officers.  The biggest benefit I found was getting to know our police officers as the professionals they are and also as people—just like us.  They are planning another class in the fall and it’s not too early to pick up your application at the police station—I highly recommend it!  And, once again, thanks to everyone in the Police Department who welcomed us in and gave us such a great experience.

Rita Stapulonis

Highland St.

Hi Joey, 

This is Anna Swanson from Backyard Growers. Starting next week, all 1,300 elementary school students are coming out to the garden to harvest the lettuce they planted and plant new fall crops. Many community members were involved on some level in making this possible so we would love it if you could do a little post about Salad Days on your blog to get the excitement started. I have put an informational bit and pictures below. 

Thank you for all your help! 




Backyard Growers’ Annual Salad Days is just around the corner!

Across the Gloucester Public Elementary Schools, students are taking to the garden through the Backyard Growers Schoolyard Garden Program. Each year over 1,300 elementary students come out to the garden to plant, harvest, and eat fresh vegetables from their school garden. Next week begins our annual Salad Days when students will harvest the lettuce they grew and taste it in the cafeteria!
The Schoolyard Garden Program is a collaboration between Backyard Growers and the District Schools. It is thanks to our community partners, parent-led School Garden Teams, teachers, principals, food service staff, and of course the children, that make our schoolyard gardens a success!
The Schoolyard Garden Program is broken down into three main events:
Spring Planting Day – Held in early April, our spring planting day is when students come out to the garden to plant different varieties of leafy greens including spinach, leaf lettuce, Asian greens and kale!
Annual Spring Salad Days & Fall Planting – In the first two weeks of June the leafy greens are ready to harvest! On Salad Days students come out to pick the lettuce they planted and then wash, dry, and prepare it for a cafeteria taste testing! Once all the lettuce is harvested students plant hardy fall vegetables like pumpkin, squash, beans, potatoes, carrots, and beets. Each grade plants a specific vegetable to be harvested upon their return to school.
Annual Fall Harvest Days– After a summer of sun and parent-coordinated watering, the fall veggies are ripe for harvest. In one of their first weeks back to school, students join us in the garden to harvest the vegetables they planted the year before. After a day of uprooting carrots, shelling beans, and more, students enjoy their harvest in the cafeteria through a special taste test of the schoolyard veggies.
By involving the students in the full circle of events—planting, harvesting, and eating—we are presenting them with a unique experience with their food and encouraging them through hands-on learning to enjoy healthy eating. To learn more about Backyard Growers please visit www.backyardgrowers.org and www.facebook.com/backyardgrowersprogram.

A big thank you to our local foundations that support our Schoolyard Garden Program:

North Shore United Way-Women in Action

Gloucester is Awesome Foundation

Annisquam Sewing Circle

Get Fit Gloucester

North Shore Community Health Network

New England Biolabs Foundation

2 Depot Square Ipswich Charitable Foundation

Forest Foundation

Bruce J. Anderson Foundation