GloucesterCast 114 With Toby Pett, Jay Albert and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/21/15 #GloucesterMA

GloucesterCast 114 With Toby Pett, Jay Albert and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/21/15

Topics Include: Guests Toby Pett and Jay Albert From Cape Ann Images, The History Of Mooters Liquors, The BallGate Non-Issue Explained By a Twenty Year Football Coach, Thanks To Rick Ardizzoni Who Should Be Your Guy For Computer Repair His Contact Info-, Mass Lobstermen’s Association Weekend, More Random Facts I Didn’t Know That I Didn’t Know, Art Haven Lobster Buoy Auction, Cruiseport Bridal Show, Lost Dog Opie, Building Local Chatter About A Seasonal Ice Rink At I4C2, Jay Would Like A Schooner Park, Why The City Was Smart To Buy I4C2, The Top Money Maker On YouTube Made Close To 5 Million Dollars in 2014, UnBoxing Videos, Which Had Greater Economic  Impact On Gloucester: Wicked Tuna or The Perfect Storm.


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Doug Veenhof Meditation Program For North Shore VETS and Their Families

At Wisdom’s Heart 2 Duncan Street

12 HOUR MEDITATION TRAINING for military veterans and their loved ones.

Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 7-9:30pm and Saturday, February 21, 1-5:30pm.

Mind training based Buddhist meditation practices illuminated by the latest research in neuroscience and affective psychology focus on relaxation and developing stable and vivid attention to tame impulses and quiet the chatter of the untrained mind. Check back for details.

Israel Horovitz’s Park Your Car in Harvard Yard at the Théâtre Du Petit Hébertot, Paris

We walked through the door very late last night, at 2:30am, after several delays leaving LAX. I am hoping to have time to look through and post some photos tomorrow after catching up with work.

During the visit with Liv and Matt, my husband Tom was contacted by the Théâtre du Petit Hébertot regarding the use of one of my photos of Rocky Neck in the fog. The theatre company is performing the Israel Horovitz play Park Your Car in Harvard Yard and included the mockup poster in their request. I love the poster and hope they use it! OPus Coeur - Affiche avec vue du port de Gloucester

FREE Third Annual New York Portfolio Review Competition Sponsored by the New York Times

Len Bugess provides GMG readers the link to the Third Annual New York Portfolio Review here.

Lineup of reviewers this year includes:

  • Felicia Anastasia, founder, Anastasia Photo
  • Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, curator, El Museo del Barrio
  • Elizabeth Avedon, correspondent, L’Oeil de la Photographie
  • Sam Barzilay, creative director, United Photo Industries and Photoville
  • Nina Berman, photojournalist, Noor
  • Clinton Cargill, director of photography, Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Pamela Chen, editorial director, Instagram
  • Stacey Clarkson, art director, Harper’s
  • Sean Corcoran, curator of photographs, Museum of the City of New York
  • Tanner Curtis, national photo editor, The New York Times
  • Barbara Davidson, staff photographer, Los Angeles Times
  • Jessica Dimson, national photo editor, The New York Times
  • Marion Durand, photo editor, Medium
  • James Estrin, co-editor, Lens blog
  • Liza Faktor, co-founder, Screen
  • Michael Famighetti, editor, Aperture
  • Elizabeth Ferrer, director of contemporary art, BRIC
  • Beth Flynn, deputy editor of photography, The New York Times
  • Michael Foley, owner, Foley Gallery
  • Angel Franco, photojournalist, The New York Times
  • Ruth Fremson, photojournalist, The New York Times
  • David Furst, international picture editor, The New York Times
  • Genevieve Fussell, photo editor, The New Yorker
  • Alice Gabriner, senior photo editor, Time magazine
  • Lucy Gallun, assistant curator in the department of photography, Museum of Modern Art
  • Greg Garry, photo director, Out magazine
  • Alessia Glaviano, senior photo editor, Vogue Italia
  • Lea Golis, contributing photo editor, Vanity Fair
  • MaryAnne Golon, assistant managing editor and director of photography, The Washington Post
  • David Gonzalez, co-editor, Lens blog
  • Angela Hala, photo editor, Stern
  • Josh Haner, senior editor for photo technology, The New York Times
  • Eric Himmel, vice president and editor in chief, Abrams Books
  • Lisa Hostetler, curator in charge, department of photography, Eastman House Museum
  • Pam Huling, chief operating officer, Blue Chalk
  • W.M. Hunt, independent curator/collector, Dancing Bear
  • Michael Kamber, founder, BDC
  • Steve Kasher, owner, Steven Kasher
  • Amy Kellner, photo editor, The New York Times Magazine
  • Brenda Kenneally, freelance photographer
  • Niko Koppel, metro photo editor, The New York Times
  • Dana Kravis, senior photo editor, Marie Claire
  • Elizabeth Krist, senior photo editor, National Geographic Magazine
  • Pat Lanza, director, talent and content, Annenberg Space for Photography
  • Adrees Latif, editor in charge, Thomson Reuters
  • Olivier Laurent, editor, Time LightBox
  • Becky Lebowitz, sports photo editor, The New York Times
  • Sacha Lecca, deputy photo editor, Rolling Stone
  • Sarah Leen, director of photography, National Geographic Magazine
  • Jean-Francois Leroy, founder and general manager, Visa Pour l’Image
  • Adriana Letorney, co-founder, Foto Visura
  • Graham Letorney, co-founder, Foto Visura
  • Meaghan Looram, deputy editor of photography, The New York Times
  • Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography, The Associated Press
  • Michele McNally, assistant managing editor for photography, The New York Times
  • Andrea Meislin, owner, Andrea Meislin Gallery
  • Paul Moakley, deputy photo editor, Time magazine
  • Azu Nwagbogu , director, Lagos Photo Festival
  • Amy Pereira, director of photography, MSNBC
  • Emma Raynes, director of programs, Magnum Foundation
  • Molly Roberts, chief photography editor, Smithsonian Magazine
  • Kathy Ryan, director of photography, The New York Times Magazine
  • Jeffrey Scales, picture editor of the Sunday Review, The New York Times
  • Ariel Shanberg, executive director, Center for Photography
  • Brad Smith, director of photography, Sports Illustrated
  • Sandra Stevenson, NYT Now photo editor, The New York Times
  • Aidan Sullivan, vice president, Getty Images
  • Mary Virginia Swanson, freelance editor
  • Mikko Takkunen, associate photo editor,
  • David Walker, executive editor, Photo District News
  • Vaughn Wallace, deputy photo editor, Al Jazeera
  • Patrick Witty, director of photography, Wired magazine
  • Denise Wolff, senior editor, books, Aperture
  • Jonathan Woods, senior multimedia editor, Time Magazine
  • Yukiko Yamagata, associate director for the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project
  • Amy Yenkin, director, Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project
  • Cynthia Young, curator, International Center of Photography
  • Alison Zavos, founder, Feature Shoot


Gloucester is Winner of 2015 Commonwealth Award for Creative Community




(BOSTON, MA)— Today the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) announced the winners of the 2015 Commonwealth Awards. Honoring exceptional achievement in the arts, humanities, and sciences, the Commonwealth Awards will be presented Tuesday, February 24 at a State House ceremony.

“Once again the MCC is honored to shine a spotlight on the extraordinary institutions and individuals who make the Commonwealth’s cultural life the envy of our nation,” said MCC Executive Director Anita Walker. “Their achievements remind us that expanding the quality and availability of arts and cultural experiences to our citizens doesn’t happen by accident. It takes leadership, generosity, and a commitment to excellence.”

Awardees are listed in the categories below with links to relevant background:

Access – Recognizes exceptional initiatives or programs that make arts and culture accessible and inclusive for older adults, persons with disabilities, and other underserved populations.

  • Boston Conservatory helping students on the autism spectrum develop their creativity and fulfill their potential as artists and learners.
  • Worcester Art Museum for integrating universal design principles into its mission in ways that expand access to its collections and programs.


Achievement – For an individual or cultural organization whose creative achievements have uniquely enriched life in Massachusetts.

  • Malcolm Rogers, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for his extraordinary stewardship of one of the world’s great cultural institutions.
  • Beverly Morgan-Welch, Museum of African American History, Boston, for expanding awareness and appreciation of the remarkable contributions that African-Americans have made to the history of the Commonwealth.

Creative Community – For a city, town, or local organization that has demonstrated the central role of arts and culture in building healthier, more vital, more livable communities.

  • Town of Plymouth for integrating historic preservation, arts, and tourism to create a unique experience for visitors and residents alike.
  • City of Gloucester for providing leadership, funding and infrastructure to the places where art and culture are presented, and where artists live and work.

Creative Youth Development – For an individual, school, or cultural organization that has demonstrated the importance of creative expression to the lives of young people.

  • John Macero, Superintendent, Winthrop Public Schools; & Trudy Macero, Director, Winthrop School of Performing Arts, for working to provide all of their community’s children with opportunities to experience the arts in school and afterschool.
  • Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield for its range of quality programs that introduce children and adolescents to the power and joy of live theater.

Cultural Philanthropy – For an individual, corporation, or foundation that has made lasting contributions to the cultural life of Massachusetts through charitable giving.

Leadership – For the leader of a non-profit cultural organization, school, or community that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to serving the public.

  • Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston for making arts and culture a priority for the city of Boston.
  • Arts Boston for its leadership in helping arts organizations grow their audiences and make deeper connections to their communities through its Audience Initiative and Arts Factor.

Media – For a journalist or a media organization that has demonstrated outstanding support of the cultural community in Massachusetts by telling its stories.

  • WBUR, Boston for expanding quality coverage of arts and culture through the ARTery.
  • WGBY, Springfield for placing arts and culture at the core of its television coverage for audiences in Western Massachusetts and beyond.

STEM to STEAM – For an individual, school, or cultural organization that has successfully fused learning in the arts with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

State government leaders will be on hand to present the Commonwealth Awards Tuesday, February 24 at the Massachusetts State House from 1 to 4 p.m. The ceremony will feature performances by musicians from the Handel and Haydn Society, now celebrating its bicentennial season. It will also feature a recitation by Springfield Central High School student Courtney Stewart, two-time Mass. State Champion of Poetry Out Loud, a national high school poetry recitation competition celebrating its tenth anniversary. Each Commonwealth Award winner receives a medal designed and created by Taunton-based Reed & Barton. The event is free and open to the public, and registration opens today. Register to attend the Commonwealth Awards.

Presented biennially since 1993, the Commonwealth Awards honor the extraordinary contributions made by the arts, humanities, and sciences to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth Awards ceremony also bring leaders from the nonprofit cultural sector together to assert the sector’s value and make the case for public investment in its work. Past winners include leading artists and scholars such as Yo-Yo Ma, Olympia Dukakis, and David McCullough; world-renowned institutions like Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Peabody Essex Museum; and communities like Pittsfield, Barnstable, and Lowell that have made arts and culture central to their revitalization efforts.

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC’s total budget for this fiscal year is $13.5 million, which includes a $12 million state appropriation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. MCC also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.

Gretchen Hill’s Saltwater Massage To Move In At Former Space of Mamie’s Kitchen!

Toby Pett submits-

Moving to the space of your “former” favorite coffee shop…Gretchen says she should be open March 15th…moving from her current 2nd floor Main Street location. ..



Wednesday with Fly Amero ~ John Rockwell and his band “Loose Tongues” will be hosting the evening. 8-11pm 1.21.2015

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John Rockwell
“I will be filling in for Fly Amero this Wednesday night, 8-11 at The Rhumb Line. My guests will be Robert Brown and Kevin Levesque and together we are called Loose Tongues. Graphic, I know, but wait til you hear us harmonize!
There may be some special guests, so please come down and spend the evening with us!”


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Start Your Engines

I’ve literally never seen my boys as wound for sound as they were at the New England Car Show on Saturday.  Boys and their cars, I guess.

In, out, open, close, push, press, twist, turn….repeat….repeat…repeat, etc.

They were crazy…and they had a blast.

That having been said, I would like to publicly apologize to all employees, dealers, manufacturers, and fellow car show patrons for my boys’ unyielding exuberance. While I knew they’d enjoy it, even I didn’t expect it would be this much.



February Vacation At Maritime Gloucester

February Vacation At Maritime Gloucester

Register today!

  • Feb17

    Shipwreck Detectives (PreK - 1st Grade)

    Shipwreck Detectives (PreK – 1st Grade)

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 10:00 am

    Registration : $10 for non-members, $5 for Maritime Gloucester members

    Audience: PreK – 1st Grade, Parents/guardians required.

    Our marine science classroom has become the site of a mysterious shipwreck: what can you learn from its artifacts?  Children will become marine detectives as they search for clues and explore our giant shipwreck mat.  What can they discover about the ship and its passengers?  A variety of fun activities will be offered as we learn about marine exploration and shipwrecks in New England.  We’ll fish for facts and learn about boats in Gloucester Harbor through a fun story.              

    10:00-11:30 in our Marine Science Classroom 


  • Feb17

    Shipwrecks and Maritime Archeology (2nd - 5th Grade)

    Shipwrecks and Maritime Archeology (2nd – 5th Grade)

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Registration : $10 for non-members, $5 for Maritime Gloucester members

    Audience: 2nd – 5th Grade drop-off program

    Become a maritime archeologist and search for clues as we explore our giant shipwreck mat!  As you examine each paper artifact, what can you learn about the ship and its passengers?  Where did the ship come from?  When did it sink?  Through a variety of fun activities, we’ll learn about the famous shipwrecks of New England and the tools and techniques for exploring these undersea sites. Children are encouraged to stay afterwards (2:30-3:30) to watch Ghosts of the Abyss, a documentary about the wreck of the Titanic. 

    Program in our Marine Science Classroom, 1:00-2:30

    Free Maritime Movie for Participants, 2:30-3:30


  • Feb18

    Frozen Crystals: Exploring Ice and Snow (PreK - 1st Grade)

    Frozen Crystals: Exploring Ice and Snow (PreK – 1st Grade)

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:00 am


    Audience: Pre-K – 1st Grade, parent/guardian required

    Does this time of year have you thinking of ice and snow?  Explore the science of all things frozen!  Make your own saltwater paintings and watch shimmering crystal patterns appear.  Turn an ordinary sock into a toy seal, walrus, or beluga whale. We’ll learn about coldwater creatures, Arctic and Antarctic exploration, and snowy habitats!  

    10:00-11:30 in our Marine Science Classroom                                         


  • Feb18

    Polar Explorers and Icy Experiments (2nd - 5th Grade)

    Polar Explorers and Icy Experiments (2nd – 5th Grade)

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 1:00 pm


    Audience: 2nd – 5th Grade drop-off program

    What did explorers find on Arctic and Antarctic expeditions?  What kinds of creatures have adapted to freezing temperatures? Students will learn all about ice through a variety of icy experiments, challenges, and projects.  Using a variety of ice shapes, build an ice tower as high as you can.  Paint a snowy scene with saltwater and watch crystals appear.  Children are encouraged to stay afterwards (2:30-3:30) to watch The Blue Planet: Frozen Seas, a nature documentary about polar sea creatures.   

    Program in our Marine Science Classroom, 1:00-2:30

    Free Maritime Movie for Participants, 2:30-3:30


  • Feb19

    Submarines and Sea Creatures (PreK - 1st Grade)

    Submarines and Sea Creatures (PreK – 1st Grade)

    Thursday, February 19, 2015, 10:00 am


    Audience: Pre-K – 1st Grade, parent/guardian required

    Imagine you’re exploring the deep sea in a submarine.  What strange sights and sea creatures do you see?  Children will create their own paper portholes, submarine windows to underwater scenes.  We’ll touch and hold live sea creatures from Gloucester Harbor and then create our own deep sea animals for the portholes.   Through a story about Jacques Cousteau, we’ll learn how scuba divers explore the ocean.

    10:00-11:30 in our Marine Science Classroom     


  • Feb19

    Mapping the Deep (2nd - 5th Grade)

    Mapping the Deep (2nd – 5th Grade)

    Thursday, February 19, 2015, 1:00 pm


    Audience: 2nd – 5th Grade drop-off program

    The deep sea is no easy place to explore.  What strange creatures lurk in the depths?  How can we learn about the shape of the seafloor?  Through fun activities, we’ll learn all about the various ways to explore the ocean floor.  We’ll build a deep sea model in a box, complete with creatures and shipwrecks.  Afterwards, we’ll measure ocean depth and surprising seafloor features without even looking in the box!  Children are encouraged to stay afterwards (2:30-3:30) to watch The Blue Planet: The Deep, a nature documentary about deep sea animals.   

    Program in our Marine Science Classroom, 1:00-2:30

    Free Maritime Movie for Participants, 2:30-3:30


Wednesday January 21st , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Wed N winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming NE in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Wed Night NE winds 5 to 10 kt…increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :



Community Stuff 1/21/15

MUSIC & MEDITATION IN THE MEETINGHOUSE (MMM SERIES) featuring meditation leader Alex Floyd with musician Steve Lacey playing singing bowls and guitar, January 25th, 2015 in the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse


Meditation and Music combined in a candle-lit setting on the last Sunday of each month January 25th, 2015 at 7:30pm in Gloucester’s 1806 Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church Corner of Middle and Church Street, parking allowed on the green

Free-will Offering ($10 suggested), disability accessible, all are welcome

Social gathering afterwards with light refreshments

Web site: Email: , Phone: (978-283-3410)


The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce the next event of its monthly series called Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM) that offers Cape Ann residents and visitors a unique combination of beautiful live music and relaxing meditation. Each MMM event offers the participants an opportunity to enjoy a different combination of peaceful self-awareness through various kinds of meditation enhanced by the musical offerings.

The MMM experience is intended to be comforting, entertaining and spiritual but it is emphatically not a church service. It is held in the candle-lit sanctuary of the grand Meetinghouse, a place of gathering and welcoming for the entire Gloucester community for over 200 years. The Meetinghouse, whose lantern tower with a Paul Revere bell has guided generations of mariners safely into our harbor, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest, largest and last surviving historic Meetinghouse in Gloucester.

The January event will feature meditation leader Alex Floyd with musician Steve Lacey playing guitar and singing bowls. There will be a collation with light refreshments afterwards in the Entrance House, giving participants the opportunity to meet the leaders and each other in a convivial atmosphere.

Parking is allowed on the church green at the corner of Middle and Church Street, entering between the granite pillars but please be aware of the newly-installed granite benches. A free-will offering of $10 is requested but everyone is welcome regardless of financial capability. The Sanctuary is accessible with facilities for persons with disabilities via the side entrance at 10 Church Street.


Alex Floyd Portrait

Alex Floyd has been a resident of Gloucester on and off for over fifty years, boyhood summers in Rocky Neck, Wheelers Point, and lately of East Gloucester.. Grew up in Cambridge, MA and Newton, and was exposed to BaHa’i religion and meditation at 14, at the Harvard Square Unitarian Church. “ I really didn’t understand meditation, back at that tender age, and although I have practiced meditation for 30 some odd years, I don’t think I understand it now.”

He led a yoga and meditation class at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington Kentucky for two years and led some group guided meditation workshops.

He was a Viet Nam era veteran who served in Iran, in 1977. Baha’i started in Persia only coincidentally. He has degrees in biotechnology and food science from UMASS, and worked in R+D biochemistry for 20 years. He is an avid sailor and spiritual seeker practicing but not yet an expert in mindfulness meditation. “ I’ve had some very good teachers and with luck I can impart some of their wisdom.”

MUSICIAN: Steve Lacey

Steve Lacey Portrait

Steve Lacey is a guitarist of 13 years, from Gloucester. He will be playing singing bowls and improvisations on the guitar. He got his B.A. in music, studying jazz and classical music at Salem State University. You can find him performing jazz with a group at the Cape Ann Brewery Tuesday nights. He also teaches private lessons for guitar.  With a strong background in both Jazz and Classical theories, Steve strives to incorporate those styles, as well as other influences in his improvisation. He believes in the communicative nature of music, and has experimented in improvisation with different disciples of study in the expressive arts such as poetry and dance.