Oval Playground Community Build Pics a From Steve Winslow


A few photos from the Oval Playground build today..

1. New Jack Climber being assembled


2. DPW tree crew lending a hand by clearing some low-hanging branches


3. There will be a new Big Fish in town..


1. Councillor LeBlanc in the thick of pouring concrete.


2. Gloucester Transit Mix readying a pour..


Phyllis A. Metal Drive

August 2, 2014 Phyllis A

Scrap Steel Drive

Please bring down any scrap metal you’re looking to get rid of and raise money to restore the Phyllis A.

November 8, 2014

8am to 4pm

Foster’s Parking Lot
(the Irving station)
107 Eastern Avenue
Gloucester, MA

*Vehicles can be donated by appointment. Call 978-381-3901

Santa At Sea Aboard The Beauport Princess Saturday December 6th




Enjoy a 90-minute cruise that includes singing holiday carols with elves, a reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” hot chocolate and cookies, plus a visit from the big guy himself!

Beauport Princess Cruiselines!!


Tickets only $20.00pp

(Includes picture with Santa)

1 yr and under free


Toy drive to benefit Action Inc.

to participate please bring a new unwrapped toy

Call 978-865-3210 For Tickets

Savor the spirit of the season on the Beauport Princess!

Set sail for an exceptional end of year celebration!  Whether you are looking to celebrate your employees or your clients The Beauport Princess will impress!! Let us help you plan your holiday party with classic New England Cuisine, custom décor, and music or entertainment! Whatever your goals or missions our event staff will help ensure your holiday party is a success! 

If you are interested in hosting your event with us, please call us at

(978) 865-3210

Toni Anne Enes and Thad Bernard to Play Katrina’s Tonight 7pm 11.6.2014

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This is one FYI that I am very excited about, tonight Thursday 11/6 from 7:00 to 10:00PM I will be playing with the talents of Thad Bernard, at Katrina’s on Rogers St. I will be there every Thursday night …sweet!
This is a new room for me and I’m looking forward to being in the downtown area…especially coming up will be shopping on Main Street for Christmas and the stores will be open Thursday nights!
Please join us tonight and as always…your support means more to me than you know.
Hope to see you there!

P.S. – check out the menu – Katrina’s Bar and Grill Gloucester




Dave Sag’s Blues Party to host The Earley Birds @ The Rhumb Line Tonight 8:30-11:30pm 11.6.2014

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Get that file out and start sharpening your chainsaw in preparation for the arrival of “The Earley Birdz”. No, not the dentist drill of a saxist, but the other one: the Mississippi saxophonist and graveyard vocalist, the OTHER Mark Earley. A great singer, I have worked occasionally with him and love his vibe and choice of material.


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Of course, it doesn’t hurt to drag in that fabulous guitarist : Mr. Larry Sortwell, late of the great band “Grapevine Road”, to whoop it up. And wait’ll you hear his creamy voice, smooth as baby’s feet. Mr. John Cameron, keyboard wizard and my personal food taster, is also making a rare appearance, what with being so busy making toys for xmas in his workshop. Round it out with Mr. John Loud, local boy made good, on eggbeaters, and you have a great night of cool toons. I’m really excited about this. Now, if I could just stop the voices in my head….

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40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, Ma.



Saturday, November 8, 2014

Please join Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang on Saturday from 8-9 am at the Paint Factory. We will be cleaning up the Shoreline and road of plastic and debris from the storms. Please bring you gloves. Bags are provided. Afterward have a tour of the Ocean Alliance’s office and Robotics Lab.
January 12, 2013 paint factory through the trees

Gallery as Venue for Community Events

Boucher5037wmI’ve hosted a few community gallery events over the past 15 years. Political “Meet and Greets” are interesting and fun. The reelection of Bruce Tarr for State Senate was my first such event, then Bob Whitmarsh for City Council, and recently Mike Boucher for State Representative (accompanying photo). There is no charge to the candidate or visitor for the 2 to 4 hour event. The candidates or incumbents bring signs, literature, food and refreshments. And they take it all away when it’s over. My criteria for selection is this: You have only to ask me.

I have also hosted a wedding reception, and the final meeting with the Mass Cultural Council to grant Gloucester’s Harbortown Cultural District. I’ve been told that this community meeting was instrumental in receiving our designation. I’ve invited food and wine vendors share free samples, as well as restaurants. My next public event is seArts holding a mural “unveiling” on Saturday, November 8. The reception runs from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The mural honors Gloucester artist Tricia O’Neill’s, artwork and  honors the subject, famed Gloucester writer Vincent Ferrini. It is on the side of Palazola’s sporting goods facing Porter Street. The public is invited.

Nichole’s Family To-Do Pick(s) of the Weekend 11/7/14

If you listened to the most recent podcast, you would have heard Joey challenge me (ask me?) to begin a weekly Thursday post highlighting my “Pick of the Week” for families with youngish children to possibly do over the weekends. Silly Joey should know by now that I can’t pick just one thing….SOO, sometimes I’ll highlight a few events…and sometimes I truly pick just one.

I’m thinking that I’ll also try to highlight something more local and then also highlight something that may possibly involve a little day trip and may take some people out of their comfort zones.

Pick #1

So, also, if you listened to the most recent podcast, you’d know that this first “pick” was kindly handed to me and comes along with some pretty exciting news. And, that is that GLAZED will now be operating out of Cape Ann’s Art Haven on Main Street in Gloucester. Beginning this Friday at 5:30 you can “Glaze Something Awesome” at Art Haven.


Pick #2

My 2nd pick is for a small theater that I have raved about in the past.  The Wheelock Family Theatre is a fantastic little venue for a show and they always do a tremendous job making first class productions!  “Alice”, an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass is playing from now until November 16th. Prices are totally reasonable and the shows that I have seen there have never disappointed.

more information about the show here 

Pick #3

My 3rd pick challenges you to dig deep for even more stamina and to actually head out of state!  WaterFire Providence is spectacularly gorgeous and isn’t really that much of a drive.  WaterFire is considered an art installation that consists of more than 80 bonfires aglow on the three rivers that wind and flow through the city of Providence.  While gorgeous alone would be reason enough to make the drive, it also has the feel of a large block party as bridges and vessels along the path are also lit up, music plays, street performers do their thing, and crowds gather to take it all in.  WaterFire Providence takes place periodically from May to November and is happening this Saturday, November 8th, beginning at sunset.  A bonus is that this weekend’s WaterFire experience is a salute to Veterans.

Learn more about WaterFire Providence here

Listen to the most recent GloucesterCast 102 (the Estrogen Episode) here!

Thursday November 6th, 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Today SW winds around 5 kt…becoming SE this afternoon. Seas around 2 ft. A chance of rain this morning… Then rain with a slight chance of tstms this afternoon with vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tonight SE winds 5 to 10 kt with gusts up to 20 kt…becoming SW after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Rain likely. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.

Pod Cast :
Hourly Forecast :



Community Stuff 11/6/14

What’s Happening at GHS 10/29/14

Always present the Good News first so, don’t forget next Tuesday is Veteran’s Day and school will not be open!

The registration deadline for the December 6 SAT is November 6, 2014, so if your student would like to take the SAT then please register for this test at http://www.sat.org

The Interact Club meets every Wednesday afternoon in the lecture hall. The Interact Club at Gloucester is a version of the young Rotarians. They are responsible for reaching out within the community and looking for community service assignments. Their past service commitments have included the Pizza Taste Off at the cruise port, the Empty Bowl, assisting with filling the bowls, the Lobster Roll Sale next week, and assisting with meal preparation and service at the Open Door Food Pantry. As Gloucester High School does not currently maintain a community service commitment for graduation, the Interact Club is a wonderful way to get started and begin serving the community to which we all owe so much!

The DECA Store Grand Opening was Friday October 31, and will be available during your lunch blocks to visit and take advantage of some really great deals!

This GHS group MCAS English and Math retests will be given at GHS on November 5 and November 12, respectively. If your child will be taking these required tests for their graduation requirements please ensure they are present in school at this time. We have met with all of your students to explain the process and the importance of the retests to meet their graduation requirements.

Upcoming Dates of Interest

First Term Ends Thursday, November 6,
Semi Formal at Danversport Yacht Club, November 10
Veteran’s Day No School Tuesday November 11
Report Cards Mailed Home, Friday, November 14
Sawyer Medal Night   Wednesday November 12,
GHS Open House  Thursday, November 20 for all new incoming 8th grade students and their parents
MEFA Financial Aid Night    Thursday,
November 20



Hi Joey, could you include this announcement on your Good Morning Gloucester page?  It’s a wonderful opportunity for people in the community!

Community Announcement

The Adult Learning Center of North Shore Community College is looking for students for its free Adult Career Pathways program on the Beverly campus.  Classes meet in the afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 on Tuesday through Thursday.  Students with or without a High School diploma can apply.  Math, English, and Science topics are taught, with particular focus on Health Care and Construction Trade careers.  For more information, contact Tiana McGhee at tmcghee01@northshore.edu or 978-236-1229.

Hello Joey!

First of all I want to thank you for helping us so much last year for the Relay For Life of Cape Ann, despite the weather it was a great success and we attained and surpassed our fund raising goals.

We have listened to those who have supported us in the past and have made great changes in the 2015 Relay For Life of Cape Ann .
This year we will be hosting a Carnival type of atmosphere at the newly renovated Burnham’s Field the event will be from 12:00 noon to 10:00 PM On June 20th and the luminaria Celebration will be held at 10:00 pm.making this a very family friendly event! As we did last year we will to unite ALL the communities of Cape Ann by reaching out to Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich. We are committed to Fighting Cancer every Step of the Way. Remembering our cancer survivors, the caregivers, remembering those we have lost and fighting back to end this dreaded disease.

We will be hosting a Relay for Life of Cape Ann Kickoff Rally Open House Saturday November 15th,from 10:00 to 12:30 at the First Baptist Church on 33 Gloucester Ave. We will offer the chance to learn more about Relay, attendees can create and register a relay team, volunteer to help plan our 2015 event, register as a cancer survivor or caretaker for the survivor and caretaker celebration, and make a luminaria bag to honor the memory of a loved one. There will crafts and items to purchase, games to play, raffles to win, all to support Relay for Life of Cape Ann.

Would you help us publicize the event in the coming weeks edition of Good Morning Gloucester? The event is open to the public and is completely free. We invite everyone who is interested in getting involved with Relay For Life to join us.

As more plans and events plans come together for this awesome event, we will keep you posted!

Thanks so much for your support and for your great service to our community! I can be reached at this email or 201 696 0522 if you would like to discuss further.


My name is Jessica Ruggles, and I am the new Theatre Arts teacher at Gloucester High School. I was hoping we could get a blurb to your readership regarding sponsors and raffle items for our Fall Production.
The Fall production, Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play is coming up and the GHS Theatre Program is looking for program sponsors and donated raffle items. The play runs November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd at the GHS Auditorium. Interested parties may contact Jessica Ruggles (jruggles@gloucester.k12.ma.us) or visit the Theatre Program website (gloucesterhighdrama.blogspot.com/p/advertising-and-donations.html) for more information, to download a sponsor form, or to pay online via PayPal!
Thank you!

Jessica Ruggles
Theater Arts Teacher


Part of the 2014-15 Series to Benefit the Meetinghouse Preservation Fund, the presentation focuses upon the early history of slave-holding in Gloucester, freed African-American residents, and our City’s role in the later Abolitionist Movement.


Sunday, November 9th 2014


Doors open at 6:30pm, event starts at 7:00pm


Gloucester’s Historic Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse (1806)

Corner of Church & Middle Streets, parking allowed on the green

Accessible Entrance: 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.


Free and open to the public; free-will offering ($10 suggested) but all are welcome


Black O Heavens: Links to some Cape Ann slave owners, slave ship owners and captains, and Universalists.

Throughout this year, Lise has been presenting various aspects of her research on Cape Ann’s complicity with slavery.  You may have heard her speak at the Church last February on the Daltons of Gloucester.  She has given talks on related topics for NOAA, The Gloucester Writers Center Diggers Series, the Rockport Universalist Church, and at the Sandy Bay Historical Society.  She has received a Phillips Library Fellowship from the Peabody Essex Museum and a Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship from the Munson Institute, Mystic Seaport Museum, to help support her research.

Lise has a graduate degree in anthropology from New York University and held several positions at the Brooklyn Museum.  She co-authored Objects of Myth and Memory: American Indian Art at The Brooklyn Museum.

Please contact Lise through the Church if you have accounts of slaves or abolitionists in your family. This is a history that needs to be told.


“Lise Breen is a spellbinding storyteller about little-known aspects of Gloucester’s early history in connection with leading families who held slaves, participated in shipping aspects of the slave trade system, about prominent free African-Americans who resided in Gloucester, and concerning the Gloucester links to the later Abolitionist Movement.  Her research opens new windows to understand our past.”




FRIEND:                           $10-499

SUPPORTER:                  $500-999

GUARDIAN ANGEL:      $1000+

EVENT SPONSOR:         Name an upcoming event, cost varies

SEND CHECKS TO:        Gloucester UU Church, Meetinghouse Preservation Fund

                                           10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

INFORMATION:            info@gloucesteruu.org   or 978-283-3410

Hey Joey, any way we could get a little publicity for our dog wash? We will be doing shampoo and blow dry,  Sunday 10-2 for donations to the Fuller Street Fire Fund!

Thanks sooooo much!

Julie Pantages



Hi Joey,

The Cape Ann Contra Dance series continues this Friday, November 7 at 7:30 PM in the American Legion Hall, 8 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA.

We’ve been learning that many local folks are still just learning that contra dancing is available on Cape Ann, so we’re really happy that you help us get the word out.

The dancing is mildly aerobic, sociable and fun.  No experience is necessary as all dances are taught.

We really encourage newcomers to come join us.

Details are on the attached flyer.