Jeanne Michela from Schenectady, NY getting All Misty Eyed About G-Town

Hi Joey,

     I’ve been reading the Good Morning Gloucester blog near since it began.   It was a pleasure meeting you.  I have been visiting Gloucester once a year for most years and sitting on the rocks on the Backshore in the morning is my favorite place to be in the world.  The other spots I love are Rafe’s Chasm, Cressy’s half moon beach, sitting on the dogbar and to go to the Sea Rocks.  Every Glosta person I met was friendly, hospitable and interesting.  Can’t wait to come again next year:)  Here’s a few of the pics I took.

            Jeanne Michela from Schenectady, NY


Save the Date! Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt Unveiling

rocky neck quilt

Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt Unveiling

Sunday, October 26, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is pleased to host the unveiling of The Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4pm.

The Rocky Neck Quilt is one of twelve finished quilts created for the project:

“Gloucester… A Community of Neighborhoods.” The quilts were created with community participation led by Gloucester Senior Citizens in The Art Program at The Rose Baker Senior Center. The collaboration bears testimony to the truth that the gift of creativity resides within us all. The unveiling reception is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.


The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, contact the coordinator at

Mark It Down Kids. Rotary Club Of Gloucester Trivia Night Or as We Like To Call it…

The Rotary Club of Gloucester will host a Trivia Night on Friday, October 24, at the Gloucester House, located at 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m. Teams of four will compete for the title of Cape Ann Trivia Champions.

All trivia fans are invited to this fun night of knowledge and laughter. The registration fee is $100 for a team of four players. Proceeds from this event will support programs of the Gloucester Rotary Club. The night will also feature a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar, and light snacks for purchase. A registration form is attached to this email. Additional forms may be obtained any Gloucester Rotary Club member or may be downloaded from


Konecky Striking Fear Into the Hearts Of All Gloucester Rotarian Trivia Contestants

The Old Wrap The Pink Tickets around Your Head Move.  Totally Psyches Out The Competition Every Time.  Konecky Playing Chess Here While Everyone Else In The Room Is Playing Checkers.  Sniff Sniff, Yep, I Smell Fear!!!!

Cox displaying zero confidence in her trivia game right here while Fine displays her Star Trek IV good luck pin.

You’re gonna need a whole lot more than a lucky Star Trek Pin Fine.  We’re Gunnin For You!

Well lookie here — local rock star is playing the Regent Theatre in a couple of weeks

You may have seen Gloucester’s Gary Backstrom Band in a local club or at Harbor Loop.  Excellent musicians all, they put on a great show!  Well Gary’s moving up in the world and playing the Regent Theatre on November 7.  Check out the poster below.  Get tickets here.


North Shore Health Project presents Friday, October 17, 8 PM VIP Reception: 6 PM ~ ANTJE DUVEKOT & MEG HUTCHINSON with Allen Estes, Brian Alex, Marina Evans & special guests


The Health Project is pleased to announce that we are celebrating our 25th year as a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C on the North Shore with an impressive lineup of musicians! Join local singer/songwriters Allen Estes, Brian Alex, Marina Evans and a very special guest as they take the stage at the magical Shalin Liu-Center in Rockport for the first part of this incredible night of music! Then sit back, relax and enjoy the enchanting vocals of Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson performing together for an unforgettable evening, all to support the Health Project and all it offers

More info here >

37 Main St
Rockport, Massachusetts 01966
Phone (978) 546-7391

link to purchase tickets for shows at Rockport Music

Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang Schedule

It looks like Good Harbor Beach will be getting a clean-up this Saturday morning! Join us at 8 am at the footbridge to pick up your trash bag and in one hour we’ll have it clean. Thanks for your help!  Le us keep the beach beautiful.

We have bags but please remember to bring gloves.


Thank youJuly 22, 2014 Summer at Good Harbor Beach

I’m thinking about getting Amazon Prime For The free Movies, Music, Free Shipping and More


Sounds like a pretty compelling argument to get it, especially with the holidays coming up.   Do any of you guys have it?   Amazon Prime instant video alone is cheaper than Hulu or Netflix and then you get all the free shipping and e books and music too.

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King Chemo and I


I’ve met people who fear Chemotherapy, and I hope they never have to get it. Cancer patients undergoing this therapy react to it in different ways, some badly. Chemo or a different therapy can help rid you of your cancer.

My experience as a (non-medically) trained patient has been a good one at the Oncology Clinic on the 4th floor of Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. When I arrived yesterday morning, I was seated in a Lazy Boy type chair with a view of the Annisquam River and the outer harbor, provided with the morning paper, up to date magazine, a cable TV remote, and earbuds. The intravenous connection was made, freshly brewed coffee delivered, and I studied the breakfast menu. If the timing is right, I get lunch too. I’d bring my laptop or tablet, but time goes by quickly with so many things do, and no pain whatsoever.

Why am I happy to be treated here for cancer? Most importantly, it will prolong my life. The above amenities are welcome, but the staff is key: “We want to make your experience here as pleasant as possible,” they say. And they do.

A few hours later, I’m home expecting fatigue and the dreaded side effects. After 5 treatments, I’m not tired enough to nap, and go ahead with my everyday life, just a little slower. As I said above, this is MY experience with King Chemo, and so far, we’re getting along just fine.

Track the 2014 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race



Local schooner fans might enjoy tracking the boats in the 127 mile Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race starting today at 1330 off Annapolis.   Entries in this year’s race include these schooners who have raced in Gloucester:  Adventurer 65, Apella, Brilliant, Hindu, Liberty Clipper, Light Reign, Lynx, and Pride of Baltimore II.  Istar, stormy Mayo’s new schooner from Provincerown is also racing.  The tracking link is

Here’s the forecast at the start.  Not a friendly one for schooners.

The actual wind near the start is displayed here

There is a half day oyster and pig roast at the finish in Portsmouth, VA.  When you’ve spent up to forty hours rockin’ and rollin’ your way down the bay dodging shipping traffic it’s the light at the end of the tunnel.

Al Bezanson

Three Captains Briggs

Friday October 17th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Today SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog this morning with vsby 1 nm or less.
Tonight SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the evening. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast:



Community Stuff 10/17/14

What’s Happening at GHS 10/15/14

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.

Common Application Workshops will be taking place in the Library technology room on October 23rd and November 6th for any students who would like to complete the application with the assistance of their Guidance Counselor. These workshops will begin promptly at 2:15 and last until the process is completed. Please remind your seniors that these are available and is a great way to check the application process off your list!

The Adams Scholarship recipients have been identified by the Department of Secondary Education and notices to these superb students have been mailed. Congratulations to all who have received this Scholarship! If you have any questions regarding the application process after you review the information please do not hesitate to contact your student’s guidance counselor.

Upcoming Dates of Interest

ACT at GHS  – October 25, Saturday
First Term Ends Thursday, November 6,
Report Cards Mailed Home, Wednesday, November 12
Sawyer Medal Night   Wednesday November 12,
MEFA Financial Aid Night Thursday November 20

Tutoring: Please remember as the year continues and the novelty wears off for your students, all teachers are available at least one afternoon a week after school for any extra help. Our first line of intervention would be to see the teacher after school for a more detailed explanation and understanding of the subject matter. The National Honor Society offers help in tutoring any day after school and we also have lists available of outside resources for any parent who is interested in tutoring for their child. We are all settling in for the next 8 months and assistance may look bleak for your student so I just wanted to remind you of our resources. 

Guidance Department 978-281-9874
– Option #8

Year End Membership Meeting

Thursday, October 23rd, 6 PM

The International Dory Racing Committee will be holding our annual year end organizational meeting at the Sawyer Free Library Friends Meeting Room to welcome interested new board members as well as discuss our 2015 schedule.  All members are encouraged to attend, express their ideas for the organization and take a more active role in the future direction of the IDRC.

Be a part of something uniquely Gloucester!!

Erik Dombrowski pulls out a narrow victory over 2 time Oarmaster Len Robertson and first year contestant Dylan Morrissey in last weeks’ Oarmaster’s Cup solo race.

Last Saturday 6 hardy Gloucestermen braved the rain and the 1-3/4 mile course from Maritime Gloucester  out around Ten Pound Island and back to complete the Oarmaster Cup race.  In the first heat Peter Parsons (2 year contestant) and Billy Edmonds pushed Dylan Morrissey (1/2 of the August Int Men’s Team) to an extremely fast and powerful finish.  The second heat provided even more drama with our youngest contestant Tyler Edmonds (1/2 of the August Int Junior’s Team) staying with Erik Dombrowski and 2 time Oarmaster Len Robertson to the 1/2 way point with Len leading the whole way.  But, in the home stretch after taking advantage of a few course corrections and benefitting from the tight competition in the heat, Erik was able to glide to a victory and edge out Dylan’s time for the win!  All of us at the IDRC are especially thankful for our start/chase crew who make these races possible including Damon Cummings, Joe Novello, Alex Thomas, Geno Mondello, Janelle Dombrowski, and the folks at Maritime Gloucester.


Hi Joey!,

Can you post this info to Good Morning Gloucester: Attached is the flyer for the event.

Please join us for The Gloucester Dog Park’s 1st Annual Dog Photo Shoot and Halloween Costume Contest! On Sunday afternoon, Oct 26th from 12-4:00 PM we will be taking a photo of your favorites dog (or dogs) for a $10.00 donation each. Dogs do not have to been in costume to get their picture taken. The high quality digital image will be emailed to your address later on in the evening. For the same $10.00 donation, you will be entered into the Gloucester Dog Park’s Halloween Costume Contest! City Council Vice President Sefatia Romeo Theken has graciously agreed to be the celebrity judge this year. Prize categories will include Best Large Dog Costume, Best Small Dog Costume, Best Gloucester “Themed” Costume and Honorable Mention. Prizes have been graciously donated by Animal Krackers, Petco, Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply and K-9 Kuts. All pictures will be posted to the Gloucester Dog Park’s web site later on that evening and the winners will be announced on the web site that evening as well. Please be sure to bring your own dog Halloween costume, as there will be only a limited number of costumes on hand. There will be booths from Quinn’s Canine Cafe and the Cape Ann Animal Aid present with their awesome prize wheel. Cape Ann Animal Aid will also be bringing some cute shelter pups up for adoption that day to pet and play around with. We will be located in Tino’s Corner of The Gloucester Dog Park (special needs section) which will be closed for use that afternoon. All the proceeds from the Gloucester Dog Park Photo Shoot and Halloween Costume Contest will go to support the Gloucester Dog Park. A generous donor has graciously donated solar lights to the Gloucester Dog Park, we just need to raise some extra funds to get the lights installed. These solar lights will greatly increase the parks useable hours in the upcoming winter months and help us to be a truly “green” park. As always you can donate to the Gloucester Dog Park, c/o The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St, Gloucester, MA 01930. Write Gloucester Dog Park in the memo line. Thank you for your support, and please join us!



Contest Judging by:
City Council Member
Sefatia Romeo Thekenimage

Halloween Photo Shoot & Costume Contest!
At the Gloucester Dog Park!
October 26th, Sunday  12:00 – 4:00 PM
Tino’s Corner @ The Gloucester Dog Park

$10.00 Donation for Picture!
– A digital image will be emailed to you and you will be entered into the Gloucester Dog Park’s Halloween contest.
– Dogs do not need to wear a costume to receive a picture.

Halloween Costume Contest Prizes for:
Best Large Dog Costume – Gift Basket from Petco
Best Small Dog Costume – Gift Basket from Animal Krackers
Best Gloucester Themed Costume – Gift Basket from Essex Pet Supply      
Honorable Mention – Gift Certificate from K9 Kuts

Please bring your own dog costumes!
Pictures will be posted on our web site –
Winners will be notified at the end of the day!

Plus…Cape Ann Animal Aid will be on site
with shelter pups and The Spinning Prize Wheel!

Save the Date!

Sunday, December 7, 2014 1-5 PM 

Sea Shells and Jingle Bells Holiday Inn and Home Kitchen Tour 

Now in its 4th Year!

Sponsored by RHS DECA

Sea Shells and Jingle Bells

OCT. 18-19 in Peabody at the Torigian Community Life Center.

Model show flyerSMALL(flat)

Dear Joey,
Attached for your consideration for GMG is a brief article and a picture concerning our Open House coming up this Saturday at the Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge in Gloucester.
Any help you can be in publicizing this event for us would be greatly appreciated.  The picture is of the interior of our Lodge room showing some of the historical items which will be on display.
Thanks in advance,
Eric Bergengren, Past Master, Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge

Lodge Room

Cape Ann Masons’ Open House
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Once again, the Gloucester Masonic Lodge is hosting an Open House, known also as “Square and Compasses Day,” this coming Saturday, from 9 AM until 3 PM.  If you’ve ever wondered who the Freemasons are, whether they are the descendants of the Knights Templars, or what the inside of their building looks like, here’s your chance to find out.  The event is held semiannually to help the public gain a better understanding of what Freemasonry is, and the positive impact that it has on its members, their families, and community.  Members will provide tours of the building, talk about Freemasonry’s history, discuss its rituals, signs, and symbols, and explain what they do.
The Lodge, known to its members as the Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge reflecting the former names of three Lodges which are now one, is located at 27 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester.  Officers and members of the Lodge will be present to welcome visitors and prospective members alike.  Come and join us and see the many different items from around the world as well as local items not previously seen by the public, pulled from the dusty safe deposit box. Paul Revere and his silver work, items of antiquity from the 1770’s and 1800’s, gavels made from the wood of the USS Constitution, and from King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. Gordon Gravelese, Master of The Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge said, “Gloucester’s Lodge has the distinction of being one of the oldest Masonic lodges in North America and will be displaying many of these items for our open house.  For men looking for ways to give back to their community and world, while enjoying the benefits of a first-rate fraternal organization, Masonry is a great place to look.”

Freemasons trace their roots to the stonemason guilds that built Europe’s cathedrals and castles during the early part of the last millennium.  As construction of these buildings declined, they began accepting members from outside their trade.  These new members, influenced by the “Age of Enlightenment,” transformed the organization from a group for builders to one focused on developing the character of its members.  Freemasonry was formally organized in London, England in 1717. In 1733 it was formally organized in Massachusetts, making it the oldest Masonic group in the Western Hemisphere,
and the third oldest in the world.

Freemasonry, the world’s oldest and largest fraternity, seeks to bring together men of every country, religion, race, background, and opinion in order to develop the bonds of friendship between them.  Through a large variety of North American Masonic philanthropies, approximately $3,000,000 is given to charity every day, 70% of which benefits the general public.  During its symbolic initiation ceremony, members are encouraged to value high principles, ethics, and morals and to live their lives accordingly.  By “making good men better,” Freemasonry positively benefits its members, their families and local communities.  Freemasonry in Massachusetts is comprised of 32,000 members in more than 230 different lodges throughout the Commonwealth.

Please join us on Saturday for more information, refreshments and a tour, or visit