Joe "The Animal" Barboza Baron, Thachers and Straitsmouth Islands and long distance ocean swimmers

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Mitchell Hsing and Isabel Brachmann, grad students at MIT (who said only nerds go to MIT?) recently swam the perimeter of Straitsmouth Island from Gap Head in less than 25 minutes. Their coach Bill Steele and I escorted them in kayaks.

Fish tacos afterwards at Cape Ann Brewing Company!

Here’s a video clip. You can clearly see Twin Lights at Thachers and Straitsmouth Island light in the background:

Straitsmouth swim

Joe “The Animal” Barboza was flown to Thachers Island each night by helicopter in the late 60’s while testifying against the New England mob. When Barboza’s cover at Thachers was blown, federal marshals moved him to a house on Eastern Point.

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Barboza was gunned down a few years later in Southern California.

This was back in the day when the Coast Guard radio station at Gap Head was still in operation.

Win Henri Smith Concert Tickets at the Sidewalk Bazaar

HenriPoster_600Aurelia Nelson of North Shore 104.9 is doing it again … yup she’s bringing her prize wheel down to the Sidewalk Bazaar tomorrow (Thursday) and you can win 2 tickets to see Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours feat. Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell at the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert to help raise money for the Cape Ann YMCA Camping & Teen Services.

This concert kicks off Schooner Festival weekend on Friday August 29 at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent).

Henri Smith has been helping the YMCA raise money for teen programs ever since the Y started sending local teens to help rebuild his hometown of New Orleans.

These YMCA programs help nurture the potential of every child and teen as they improve our community’s health and well-being.  It’s an important cause worth supporting.

Stop by the North Shore 104.9 booth (in front of Cape Ann Savings Bank) and spin the wheel.

There’s no cost, no catch.

Just spin & you could win to tickets to see Henri Smith, who almost always sells out when he performs on the North Shore!

Win James Montgomery concert tickets at the Sidewalk Bazaar

CG_Montgomery_LegalYou’ve probably heard about our Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series that starts Aug 22 at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent).

And unless you’re just visiting, you probably also know that Gloucester’s Sidewalk Bazaar starts tomorrow and features all sorts of artists, artisans and bargains on Main Street through Saturday.

Starting tomorrow, you can enter to win 2 tickets to the James Montgomery Band with special guests, who are coming to Gloucester to help raise money for The Open Door.

Just find The Open Door’s booth at the Sidewalk Bazaar and get a raffle ticket for their 3 minute shopping spree (see Craig Kimberley’s video of last year’s winner here.)

Every raffle ticket purchased at the Sidewalk Bazaar is automatically entered to win 2 free tickets to the concert.

One winner will be announced on the Open Door’s Facebook Page after being drawn at the end of each day.

Your raffle ticket helps support the Open Door AND you just might win tickets to one of this summer’s hottest shows!

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ Special Guest: Toni Ann Enes 8.6.2014

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This Week:
Grilled Salmon, $12.95!

Wednesday, August 6th
Special Guest:

Toni Ann Enes joins us once again.  Gentle voice.  Soulful
music.  Pure joy. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Grilled Salmon, $12.95!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Fozzie Hill

Bradley Royds

Allen Estes

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




One thousand…seven hundred..forty four.

That is how many days it has been since I have enjoyed a dry toilet seat in my home.


One thousand…seven hundred…forty four.

That is how many days ago Thatcher ditched the diaper….and how many days have gone by since I have had to either wipe the toilet seat…or suffer the consequences.

802 days into it, the little guy followed suit and the battle was officially lost.

Two young boys + hubby 7,491

vs.   Mom’s Ass 0

No contest. Game Over.

Yup.   Don’t hate the players…just hate the game. 🙂

5″X7″ Paintings by the Late Paul Frontiero on Ebay

Original 5″X7″ Oil Paintings by the Late Paul Frontiero of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Auction on Ebay

We currently have seven small 5″X7″ Oil Paintings listed on Ebay with a low starting price of $50.00 Unframed

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“Man at the Wheel”

“Lost Dory”

“Motif Moonlight”

“Motif #1”

“Straightsmouth Light”

“Ten Poud Island”

“Twinlight Lobstering”

About the Artist;

‘From Ships to Shores’: Doryman left fishing to pursue painting


By Gail McCarthy Staff Writer

The son of a Gloucester fisherman, the late Paul Francis Frontiero Sr., began fishing with his father at the age of 12.

He did not know then that this would become his way of life for many years. He never finished Gloucester High School because his father was injured while fishing and he had to leave his studies. As a result, he spent many years laboring in jobs at sea.

Frontiero, born in 1925, even worked as a doryman, an avocation that became extinct; with the innovation of the motorized trawler, the dory fishing industry began to wither in the late 1930s. However, he remained in demand on the port’s fishing vessels because of his skills as an engineer and cook.

For the entire story click here

Walking Dead’s New Set?

Nope, it’s just a typical Friday at the Market Basket. Yep, this snap was taken on FRIDAY! What normally looks like a mad dash for the latest Cabbage Patch Kids release (my age revieled) with folks jamming up supplies for the beach and the weekend cookouts, looks more like an abandoned prison about to run over by zombies.

This thing has a spooky feel at this point. (you know your trying to see who’s vehicles those are)

I guess that’s why it’s singular in the name…Basket.

Let’s hope these hard working and committed folks get their life and jobs back before it’s too late. And let’s hope it’s before it’s starts to look like Fuller, and we start calling it Ghetto Basket.

Wednesday August 6 , 2014 Cape Ann Weather .

Marine Forecast :
Today N winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming E this afternoon. Seas around 2 ft. A slight chance of showers this morning…then a chance of showers and tstms this afternoon. Patchy fog this morning with vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tonight SW winds around 5 kt…becoming NW after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :



GIGGLES GLOSTA ~ The Nasty Show featuring Lenny Clarke, Tony V, Bobby Slayton and Christine Hurley

Hello Joey and Kim,

Would you please post the following to GMG for the upcoming Giggles Glosta this Sunday, 8/10? We are getting a great crowd and would love to fill the house 🙂

Join us on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 7pm at the Cape Ann Community Cinema for the next Giggles Glosta LIVE Comedy Night. Our third show welcomes veteran Boston stand-up Lenny Clarke to headline the “Nasty Show”, featuring legendary comedian Tony V, the “Armed and Dangerous” comic Bobby Slayton (The Pitbull of Comedy), and the “versatile humorist” Christine Hurley. Bobby Slayton (“Mind of a Married Man”), Tony V (“The Heat”) and Lenny Clarke (“Rescue Me”) are nationally known actors as well as long-time comedians. This show is not for the mild and the meek.

Tickets for these shows are $25 general admission, $22.50 for Cinema Members. Advance ticket purchases are recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at

Many thanks!

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Community Stuff 8/6/14

Hey guys I was wondering if you could help me out? My name is Jared Rodriguez, and I am the Junior sailing director at Eastern Point Yacht Club. Next week we are hosting the US Sailing Mass Bay Junior Olympic Sailing Festival and are in need of spectator and safety boats. I remember 2 years ago Annisquam Yacht Club had a post on here and was a huge success. Please let me know if you can help!



Good morning Joey,

I am Antrella Grice Johnson, ex-wife of Howard “Raf” Johnson, the bait wagon fellow who sold bait. He passed away on Friday July 11, 2014, losing his battle with cancer.

I am holding a Memorial for him on Friday August 8th at 1:00 P.M. at the State Fish Pier.

From The Gloucester Daily Times-


The Pigeon Cove Circle will be having a Bake Sale on Saturday, August 9th at the Transfer Station from 9 AM to 12 PM. There will be many different homemade  goodies to choose from: Cakes, Pies, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Cookies, just to name a few. Please come support the Circle. Donations welcome!

Submitted By:

Judith Harris

21 Summit Avenue

Rockport, MA 01966