World’s Best Dog Walking Team!

Pilar and Emma ©Kim Smith 2014You know your pooch is in superb hands with the East Gloucester Dog Walkers!

East Gloucester Dog Walkerrs ©kim Smith 2014

Emma, Pilar, Lily, and occasionally Emma’s brother Ben, manage the menagerie beautifully, to the extent of even bringing along a water bowl on hot summer days. They are kind, gentle, patient, and loving towards their charges. Our Rosie is having the time of her life with the East Gloucester Dog Walkers (along with socializing with the other dogs, too). This great team certainly practices the three P’s of a successful business: Positive, Polite, and Professional.

Thank you East Gloucester Dog Walkers for taking such great care of our neighborhood pets!

IMG_0018 (1)Emma Duckworth Photo of Pilar and Rosie




This Just In: Ward 4 Candidates Forum on Cape Ann TV Tonight through Tuesday

This just in from Lisa Smith at Cape Ann TV.

Cape Ann TV Covers the Ward 4 Candidates Forum

The Gloucester City Council will vote on who will fill the vacant Ward 4 City Council seat at their next meeting Tuesday night on October 14. Five of the seven candidates attended the Ward 4 Candidates Forum hosted by the Lanesville Community Center on Thursday, October 9.

Cape Ann TV covered the Forum. It is a last minute addition to the Cape Ann TV program schedule and will air on Cape Ann TV Channels 20 and 67.

Cape Ann TV Channel 20 on

Friday, October 10 at 9:30 pm

Saturday October 11 at 11:00 pm

Sunday, October 12 at 9:00 pm

Monday, October 13 at 8:00 pm

And on Cape Ann TV Channel 67 at

Saturday, October 11 at 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 12 at 11:00 am and 7:00 pm

Monday, October 13 at 12:00 pm

Tuesday, October 14 at 12 pm

Fun Therapy for Me

With my No. 1 Angel, Donna, there are many variations to a sick/recovering friend’s visit. It’s always positive, and could be to sit and talk, give me ride to a medical appointment such as chemotherapy, medication pickup, or score some Monkey Butt Powder at Rite Aid. Today, Donna took me to work, via Goose Cove, where we had discovered a photo op weeks ago. We enjoyed shooting the beautiful displays of the dory and a scary looking axe-wielding clown. You see, this gets me out of constantly thinking about cancer, diet and physical therapy. Call it “Fun Therapy,” and I share the results with you here. FredFall Dory4973wm


Have you heard the Buzz about the 525 From Franklin Owner and new 525 Partner Maria Seniti

Have you heard the Buzz about the 525?

The new Menu is perfect!

Maria Seniti-Figurido
(Franklin Owner and New 525 Partner)
has made all the right changes to this fantastic location!

The Food is delicious!

Chef Tom Johnson
is hitting it out of the park!

The Service is amazing!

Come find out for yourself…

The Breakfast on the weekends is Great!
I love the Early Bird Specials!

Open Tuesday – Sunday with NEW hours:

Tuesday – Friday 4pm – close
Saturday & Sunday 8am – close

NEW: EARLY BIRD SPECIALS – Save Everyday! (4pm – 5pm)
NEW: BREAKFAST – Saturday & Sunday (starts at 8am)
TUESDAY NIGHT DEAL – 10% off for locals
LIVE MUSIC WEDNESDAYS – Every Wednesday (7pm – 10pm)

TRIVIA THURSDAYS – Every Thursday (7pm – 9pm)

LIVE JAZZ MUSIC – Sundays (10am – 1pm)

KIDS EAT FOR FREE – Sundays (starts at 4pm) Free kids meal with every adult entrée.


SAVE 10%
on your meal!

Offer expires 10/13/14, and cannot be combined with any other offers.


With Every Take Out Order


Buy One Pizza (regular price)
Get Second Pizza HALF OFF!

ON SALE ALERT: NYC’s Most Outrageous Comics coming to Beverly in December

Tickets just went on sale for the top comedy show of the season.  Click here to get the best seats.


Lynn native, Sean Lynch, made it big on MTV, Comedy Central, Spike TV, Showtime & HBO. He’s written 4 Hollywood screenplays and won Best Director at The International Film Festival Manhattan for his film “Game Night.” For one night only, Sean comes home to perform a special show with NYC actor/comedian/writer Mark Riccadonna. Don’t miss their only Boston Area appearance this year right down the road at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

What’s Happening at GHS

What’s Happening at GHS 10/8/14

Senior College Planning Night will be offered in the lecture hall at Gloucester High School on Thursday October 9, at 6:30pm. The Guidance Staff will present valuable information on the college selection and admission process. All Senior’s and their parents are requested to attend.

The Guidance Counselors have begun meeting with all seniors to ensure all of the planning and preparation of last year is progressing on target and make any changes or modifications to their college and career plans.

The PSAT’s will be offered at GHS on October 15, 2014 for all juniors and any sophomores who may be interested. This practice opportunity for the SAT’s is a wonderful time to begin thinking about the entire college application and acceptance process. To register for the PSAT, a payment of $22 (cash only) may be deposited with Mrs. Mondello before school, during lunch or after school.

Any parent interested in their own log on and account for our Naviance Family Connection on line website may call their child’s Guidance Counselor for log on access to assist your students in the College search and application process.

SAT’s will be offered at Gloucester High School this Saturday. Please ensure that your students are
well rested, have their admission ticket, a valid picture ID, at least two pencils, a calculator, a small snack, and are on time for this College Admissions testing experience. 

“A new social media app has just come to our attention.  The app is called Street Chat.  Anyone can post photographs and messages, and anyone nearby can make comments, anonymously, and post on it. If people were to use this app with compassion, empathy and thoughtful reflection, this could be a pretty cool app that fosters positive creativity and cooperation, but just like other social media sites and apps, when used irresponsibly it becomes a social media problem. Unfortunately, it is being used to post hurtful and offensive messages. While I hope we will soon have it shut down from within, at present we have no way to shut it down from without.  However, we are actively partnering with the Gloucester police department and other authorities to expose, and hold accountable, users of this app who may have bullied or harassed another, or have otherwise broken the law.  Violators will be subject to both school and legal consequences.” Erik Anderson, Principal GHS

Guidance Department 978-281-9874

Holiday Cooking is in Jeopardy…Someone Notify DCS/Fisher Paykal STAT




What is going on with my DCS/Fisher Paykel appliance’s? 


The timing of this couldn’t have come at a worse time of year. This is the season to bake, and prepare for the holidays. The time of year my kitchen gets the most use.  I absolutely love my DCS/ Fisher Paykal appliances, they are by far my most favorite and most used appliance’s in my kitchen…they were my Best friends throughout the creation of  my cookbook “Gifts of Gold  In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest.”  After hours of reaserch and several phone calls, per the recommendation of DCS, St. Barry took the control panel out of the ovens yesterday and shipped it off to DCS for service,….and we can’t find anyone in our area to service the grill or dishwasher. DCS/FISHER PAYKAL Please HELP!!!!! 

Saturday Night- Giggles Glosta Featuring Steve Sweeney At Cape Ann Community Cinema


Hello Joey and Kim,

GIGGLES GLOSTA returns to the Cape Ann Community Cinema this Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8pm. Join us for a night of live comedy featuring the “King of Comedy” Steve Sweeney as he kicks off our fall season, along with local comedians Brad Mastrangelo, the “ultimate storyteller”, and Pat Costello who is one of Boston’s classic comedy performers. Tickets are $25.00 General Admission and $22.50 for CACC Members. Advance tickets are preferred. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit

Last Night’s Taste of Cape Ann

As host to the fantastic Taste of Cape Ann, the Cruiseport Gloucester was the place to be last night!

We went….and we tasted.

What a tremendous collection of Cape Ann’s finest purveyors, establishments, and eateries serving up some delicious food, decadent treats, and a choice selection of beverages…all in the name of a fantastic cause.  Can you say, “Win, Win”?  Many excellent raffle items also helped to raise more money and give other local businesses the opportunity to get involved in this tremendous event.

All ticket sales will go towards supporting Cape Ann YMCA Teen Service Trips to New Orleans, Navajo Nation, and Nicaragua.  I’m not sure I can think of a better learning opportunity for our community’s youth than providing them the chance to help communities that are in dire need.  It is worth mentioning that I couldn’t have been more impressed by the students that were in attendance to represent the YMCA last night.  They were enthusiastic, incredibly helpful, and wonderfully polite.  Several times throughout the evening I was asked, “Is there anything I can do for you?” and they were right there to remove plates from tables, tidy the function space, and offer friendly smiles.  Great job, kids!  Way to represent!

Links to articles about their service missions can be found here:

For information on Teen Programming at the Cape Ann YMCA contact Rick Doucette at or 978-283-0470

Community Stuff 10/10/14

Rep. Ferrante named 2014 “Champion of Small Business”

This Thursday Representative Ferrante (D-Gloucester) will be recognized by the National Coalition for Capital (NCFC) as a 2014 “Champion of Small Business” award winner. 

As state representative, Ferrante has been a champion for small business.  This past fiscal year, she worked with MassDevelopment to restructure Cape Pond Ice so that it would in business and able to grow services rather than go out of business. She led the way to securing $100,000 to fund the start-up cost of Gloucester Harbor CDC.  She promoted and funded a seafood marketing program to increase consumer demand and preference for local seafood products and support for the commonwealth’s fishing and seafood industry and the residents and communities that benefit from these activities.

In addition, Rep. Ferrante has been a leader for the following accomplishments:

  • Secured funds for regional tourist councils
  • Established a state-wide sales tax holiday
  • Passed lobster tail sales legislation
  • Increased funding for MA growth capital
  • $2M for innovation commercialization
  • Created a 3% tax credit for small farms and fisheries
  • Expanded small business banking partnerships to increase investment in small business

“I am humbled an honored to receive this award. I share this award with the business owners in our district who have taught me many lessons about the successes and challenges of small businesses as an attorney and as a state representative. I look forward to working with the Cape Ann business community to create a business climate and to give small business the support and tools needed to create much needed well-paying jobs.” 

The NCFC advocates innovative access to capital policies that enable the growth of small businesses.   As a non-profit, nationwide coalition of leaders the NCFC supports economic development and job creation through long-term access to capital for entrepreneurs and emerging companies.  In addition, the NCFC serves as a sounding board for elected officials across the country to share “best practices” within their state or community.


Kapetanopoulos Sculpture Show
A two-week solo show of Lanesville sculptor David Kapetanopoulos will open this Sunday, October 12th at a public receptin from 2:00-4:00 PM.  Kapetanopoulos, who has been a member of the RAA for 30 years, works in many mediums of sculpture:  bronze, wood and granite.  He received his training at Boston University, graduating in 1975.  Subsequently, he worked at C.B. Fisk Organ Company carving the beautiful and intricate casings for their world reknowned organs until he opened his Lanesville studio.  His work is both bold and beautiful, capturing elements of nature and the human form.
The Kapetanopoulos show will be on view until October 23rd at the RAA’s 12 Main Street Galleries.  The free public reception is open to all. 
Paul Strisik, N.A.: The Artist & His Collection 
Opening on October 4th, the works of internationally acclaimed artist Paul Strisik, N.A.  continues in the RAA’s Hibbard & Maddocks Galleries.  This world-class exhibition has two components: the exceptionally beautiful works of Strisik, as well as the works of other artists Strisik and his wife Nancy collected over the years.  Each part features over 100 works.
Paul Strisik studied at the Art Student’s League under Paul Dumond.  His landscapes, seascapes and still lifes reflect a pristine and sparkling look at the world: the Southwest, Europe, the Canadian Rockies and, of course, our native New England.  Drawing on his extensive travels, the still life work encompasses many of the artifacts from  his travels, and offers the viewer a sensory feast.  The collection also reflects the vast travels of Paul and Nancy.  Although many of the artists are from Cape Ann, most of the work highlights that of friends and fellow artists the Strisiks met thoughout this country and Europe.
Both the Kapetanopoulos Show and the Strisik retrospective are open and free to the public.  As the gallery’s hours will change after the Columbus Day holiday, please visit the RAA’s webstie at or call 978-546-6604 for more information.


Greg Verga writes-


My high school band has reunited and we are planning our first public performance for November 22 at the GFC (see attached flyer for details) as a food drive/fund raiser for The Open Door.

I think it’s an interesting story – three local guys playing live for the first time in nearly 30 years.

The band is:

Greg Verga bass, guitar, keys

Paul Brancaleone lead guitar, keys

Peter Favazza guitar, bass, vocals

and new member Mark Bedrosian (former GHS assistant principal) drums

We really want to fill the place so we can help The Open Door stock up for the holiday season.

Cape Ann Families is seeking teen volunteers to serve as mentors to children ages 5 to 12 years. This one-on-one relationship can help strengthen self-esteem, improve academic performance and reduce isolation for children. Mentors participate in a 12-week training session on Thursday afternoons beginning October 30th. If interested, please contact Hailey Granger at or at 978-281-2400 ext. 110.

Hailey Granger, LICSW

Family Services Coordinator-Cape Ann Families

Pathways For Children

The Gloucester Area Astronomy club is hosting an evening of astronomical music Saturday evening October 11 with a performance of “Musical Explorations of the Messier Catalogue of Star Clusters and Nebulae” by NY composer and pianist Bruce Lazarus.  The series of short pieces will be accompanied by projected Hubble images of each Messier Object in turn.

Saturday’s concert runs from 7:00 to 8:00 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Parking is plentiful and free. Admission is just $5, to help cover our costs in bringing Bruce to Cape Ann. The church is here:

Join us! You’ll be completely floored by this work — it is serious, topical, accessible music, and enormous fun. Bruce is a music Ph.D., a Juilliard graduate, and the Messier Cycle is his Major Opus. Before the concert Bruce will speak for a few minutes on the pieces and how they were composed, what to listen for and what to expect. You can read about him here, and preview some of the pieces at You will be really surprised by this music!

Sargent House Lecture Event, 10/25, 3PM

Free Exercise: the First Amendment, the Founders, and the meaning of Religious Tolerance

    3 PM, October 25


    10 Church street

    Gloucester, MA 



Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum Present: Provisioning Ships in the 19th Century

What Is Lobscouse Anyway? Provisioning Sailing Ships in the 19th Century

Sandy Oliver

Wednesday October 22, 2014

How did they ever provision clipper ships when they  traveled for as long as 2 to 3 years at a time? Why didn’t the food go bad? How did supplies last for that long with no refrigeration? Come ready to ask Sandy Oliver your questions about this time period on the high seas. Sandy is pioneering food historian beginning her work in 1971 at Mystic Seaport Museum, where she developed a fireplace cooking program in an 1830s house. After moving to Maine in 1988, Sandy wrote, Saltwater Foodways: New Englanders and Their Foods at Sea and Ashore in the 19th Century published in 1995. 

Besides food history work, Sandy is a freelance food writer with the column Taste Buds appearing each weekend in the Bangor Daily News, and regular columns in Downeast Magazine, Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors magazine and The Working Waterfront. Her most recent book is Maine Home Cooking: 175 Recipes from Downeast Kitchens. She is the author of The Food of Colonial and Federal America published in fall of 2005, and Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving History and Recipes from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie which she co-authored with Kathleen Curtin. Most recently, the recipes from Saltwater Foodways has been compiled in a paper back book entitled The Saltwater Foodways Companion Cookbook.

She often speaks to historical organizations and food professional groups around the country, organizes historical dinners, and conducts classes and workshops in food history and in sustainable gardening and cooking. Sandy lives on Islesboro, an island in Penobscot where she gardens, preserves, cooks and teaches sustainable lifeways.  Her books will be available for sale.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:00 p. m. in the Waterline Center at the Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main Street, Essex Admission $10 members, $12 nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served.   Visit or call 978-768-7541


Saturday October 11th, from 10-noon


This Saturday, Generous Gardeners is having their annual Plant Sale, Swap and Give Away on the Boulevard near the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial.  Fall is a great time to plant for next year’s beauty.  All volunteers who care for Gloucester City gardens including traffic circles and memorials are welcome to take away plants for free.  Anyone who brings a plant can swap for any other plant. 

Please come and support our volunteers who have cared for the boulevard gardens, behind the police station and many other place around the City.

Saturday October 18th at 9:00 am Bulb Planting

Generous Gardeners has purchased 1,000 tulip bulbs for the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial and 1,000 daffodil bulbs for behind the police station.  We are looking for volunteers to help plant on Saturday, October 18th.  We will meet first at the Fishermen’s Wives.

Thank you for posting.  Contact Susan Kelly if there are questions.