Electricity Update: Boston Globe Says Electric Companies Now Fear Solar

Utilities fight rise in home solar power

By Joby Warrick

Three years ago, the nation’s top utility executives gathered at a Colorado resort to hear warnings about a grave new threat to operators of America’s electric grid: not superstorms or cyberattacks, but rooftop solar panels.

If demand for residential solar continued to soar, traditional utilities could soon face serious problems, from declining retail sales and a loss of customers to ‘‘potential obsolescence,’’ according to a presentation prepared for the group. ‘‘Industry must prepare an action plan to address the challenges,’’ it said.

The warning, delivered to a private meeting of the utility industry’s main trade association, became a call to arms for electricity providers in nearly every corner of the nation.

Three years later, the industry and its fossil-fuel supporters are waging a determined campaign to stop a home-solar insurgency that is rattling the boardrooms of the country’s government-regulated electric monopolies.

Wow, solar has come that far that the Electric companies are fearing them as making them potentially obsolete.  I had no idea when Brian O’Connor signed up and qualified for Solar at his house that he told me that it’s actually going to pay him to have solar panels installed.

In my mind solar went from not to long ago something that rich environmentalists did to feel good about themselves to now a viable financial alternative that makes sense not only for the environment but also for the pocketbook and for the common man.

Sign up for a Free Solar Evaluation Here-

Check out what East Gloucester’s Brian O’connor’s Solar Energy advisor had to say in our interview a couple months ago-

Hi Joey,

Just a quick follow on Brian and Diane O’Connor’s Solar evaluation.

Brian and Diane’s home has qualified and they have decided to put rooftop solar on their home in Gloucester.  (Only 15% of homes in MA are eligible.)

Because of their home’s orientation to the sun and other factors, their entire cost will be covered by various federal, state and utility incentives.  In fact they will actually be making money over and above their cost.  And getting 90% of their electricity for free.

If anyone else would like to find out if their home qualifies, I just need their contact information and our techs will initially rate the home via satellite.  If it qualifies, we can up with a time for us to talk about how it all works. (About 90 mins.)

I am in the process of working with several other Gloucester residents and will keep you posted on their progress.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Kevin Prickett
Solar Advisor

Sign up for a Free Solar Evaluation Here-

GloucesterCast 121 St Paddy’s Day 2015 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA


GloucesterCast 121 St Paddy’s Day 2015 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Snow Melt, Vacation At The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, All Inclusive Today vs All Inclusive 15 Years Ago, Riviera Maya vs Cancun, Thanks Super K and @HRHRivieraMaya, Yoga Is Where It’s At, St Joseph’s Day Props To All The Families Who Have Kept Up The Traditions, St Paddy’s Day At The Rhumb Line, Tom O’Brien’s Baru, Mike Lindberg, Earl Foote Video, Favorite Greasy Pole Walk Video, Cacciatore’s Blowing Up Toby’s Phone While We Tape The Podcast, Cacciatore’s Opening Date Pushed Forward For Final City Permitting Sign Offs Not Opening This Saturday the 21st!!!, Boston Seafood Show, Gloucester MA Community Development, Fishermen’s Wives, Gloucester MA Fisheries Commission and Mark Ring Does Us Proud, New St Paddy’s Day GMG Sticker A Huge Hit Shout Out To The People Who Sent In SASE For Their Free Stickers, Loss Of FOB Bruce Bonham, Pulling Back On The Selfie Stick Post, Mexico Day One…, Missing Regulars Kim Smith Due To Illness and Donna Ardizzoni, Happy Kim Smith’s Daughter Liv Didn’t Plan Her Wedding During Fiesta, Electric Companies Now Fear The Efficiency of Solar Energy, Brian O’Connor Says His Solar Install Is Going To Pay Him, Vince Wilfork and Revis Leaving, Question: Will Tom Brady End His Career a Patriot?, Derek Sandersen’s Book, Foreign Affairs My New Favorite Local Restaurant, Duckworth’s, Blue Ox, Ithaki, Franklin, Passports, The Studio, Seaport Grille, The Lobster Pool, What Is The Staus Of Madfish Grille?

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An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Winslow_Homer_-_The_Four_Leaf_CloverThe Four Leaf Clover by Winslow Homer

Thanks to my friend Cathy who shared this beautiful Celtic blessing yesterday in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day.

Image courtesy wikicommons media.

Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation

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Thanks to the Friends of Seacoast the residents enjoyed many activities including their Valentine’s Day with beautiful décor, a concert with love songs and a dessert buffet . The Superbowl Celebration, weekly concerts and the monthly dinner theater with entertainment by Sheila Schrank were all a great time thanks to the Friends.

 Special thanks to the Students from Eastern Point School, West Parish Students and the Freshman Class of Essex Tech who made handmade Valentine Cards for the Seacoast Residents. Every resident received a lovely Valentine Card.

 The Friends of Seacoast enhance the resident’s lives at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with hours of enjoyment by providing the finances needed for the special entertainment, supplies and community outings. Any and all donations to “The Friends of Seacoast” are gratefully accepted.

The Friends of Seacoast are grateful for the gifts received in honor of loved ones.

We are looking forward…

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Viva Market Basket!

Gloucester’s own Market Basket is working hard with sister Felicia to ensure our Sicilian traditions are handed down! You can pick up all of the ingredients necessary to make your St. Joseph’s pasta in one easy location at the front of the store. 

Viva! And thanks to Market Basket management for making this happen! 

Spring is here and so is the Annual River Herring Count!


Each spring for over 10 years, the City of Gloucester, the Eight Towns and the Great Marsh Committee and NOAA-NMFS have coordinated the annual river herring (alewife) count at the top of the fish ladder by the West Gloucester Water Filtration Plant on Essex Avenue.

Volunteer monitors help scientists by observing and documenting the spring run of herring as they migrate from their home in the Atlantic Ocean to their freshwater spawning grounds. This is a wonderful activity for interested individuals, families, youth organizations and students who want to play an active part in local conservation efforts. Learning to become a volunteer monitor is easy and the time spent observing can require as little as ten minutes of your day.

This year’s count will take place from April 1st to May 30th.

A training session will be held on Saturday March 28th at 9:00 A.M. in the

Friend Room of the Sawyer Free Library.

If you would like to become a volunteer monitor and help efforts to protect this important species, please contact:

Dave Sargent/ Alewife Warden @ 978-282-8018 – dsargent@gloucester-ma.gov

or Max Schenk @ 978-282-8025 – mschenk@gloucester-ma..gov

Time coverage is the key to a successful count and any time you can give will make a difference!

Orange & “Finochio” Fennel Salad


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Orange & “Finochio” Fennel Salad

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Preparations for “The Feast Of St. Joseph” is under way! All ingredients including fresh produce are officially in the house and ready for tonight’s ceremonial blessing by “Holy Famliy Parish” Pastor Father Jim, taken place this evening at tonight’s Novena.

Click Read More for Step-by-Step Recipe Details and Photos Continue reading “Orange & “Finochio” Fennel Salad”

Correction: Cacciatore’s Opening Date Pending Final Inspections!



We just got a phone call from the guys at Cacciatore’s and while they put out the sign that they would be opening, this Saturday March 21 they have to wait for a few final sign offs from the City to get started.   They want to make sure everything is just right and are looking to next week but assure us that they will give us a heads up as soon as they get final sign offs from the city.





Spring Thaw, Rockport, circa 1900


The Cleaves House, where photographer Charles H. Cleaves lived, is in the center of the photo. The view can be seen from the top of what is now called Pasture Road. Our Spring Thaw is just around the corner. I’m going to turn over my vegetable garden this spring if I have to do it on my hands and knees.

We Lost A Great FOB From Ontario Canada- Bruce Bonham

Bruce had been a regular on GMG from the early days even though he lived in Canada, and visited every summer.  Always friendly and upbeat he loved GMG and Our City.  In the picture below you can see Bruce with the original GMG Bumper Sticker back in May 2009, a year and a couple months after GMG started and Bruce was already hooked.

Bruce Bonham From Ontario Represents!

Posted on May 30, 2009 by Joey C


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Daughter Jacquelyn writes-

Just wanted to send a big thank you to Good Morning Gloucester, My father Bruce Bonham who passed suddenly on March 3/15 was truly a fan. My parents spent many years vacationing in Gloucester ” Rocky Neck ” and  my dad always wanted me to see his favorite spot.  I was fortunate enough to join my parents on trips to this special place.  My father loved this so much he said he felt he was home.

Good Morning Gloucester was a regular routine for my dad with his morning coffee.

I want to thank all the people of Gloucester, Mona and her husband at Rocky Neck Accommodations, thanks for making our stays special and of course the boat rides.  Thanks to Brenda who conversed a lot with my dad. Thanks to the Rudder who always found us a table.  Thanks to you Joey for of course Good Morning Gloucester, and the Lobsta!!. To Nights On the Neck for making us feel welcome, and to Town of Gloucester for the same.

Thanks again for making this my fathers very special place

Bruce Bonham obits St Catharines Standard Newspaper   St. Catharines, Ontario Canada

Yours Truly

Jacquelyn and Louise Bonham

Always sending in his famous Gloucester Christmas Cards-


Hi Joey,
Thought I’d send you this holiday greeting from St. Catharines, Ontario, CANADA!!
Thank God for GMG! Keeps us informed about the greatest place on earth.
All the best to you and your family,
Bruce and Louise Bonham
ps – see you at the dock in May — if all goes as planned!


Hi Joey,
You may recall I was at the ‘dock’ last Tuesday (Sep. 21).
Since 2004, we’ve stayed at Mona Faherty’s Rocky Neck Accommodations.
Since I’m now retired, we’re trying to make the trip from St.
Catharines, Ontario (near Niagara Falls).
Obviously, we love the area. And we love GMG!
Thought I’d send you three pictures I took during our last visit, if
they’re any use to your web site.
See you next May, if all goes as planned!
Bruce and Louise Bonham





Hi Joey,
A warm greeting from Canada!
We wish you and all your thousands of blog viewers a healthy holiday season.
Hope to see you in the spring. Especially eager for a Gloucester and Rocky Neck appearance since having to miss 2012’s visit.
Take care,
Bruce & Louise Bonham
St. Catharines, Ontario



Hi Joey,
All the best of the season to you, yours and your many blog viewers!
See you in the spring.
Bruce Louise Bonham
St. Catharines, Ontario


Thank you Bruce and Jackie.  It was always my pleasure when you guys came to visit.  Your dad is a special man and we will miss his warm smile every time he was around!

Kind of Breaking Restaurant News

So, if you’re on Facebook, you may already have learned this yesterday, but for those of you who aren’t…here’s the good news!

Top Dog of Rockport has expanded their awesome hot dogs and clam menu to include burgers!

Burgers! But sliders! Plain, cheese (Hoffman cheddar), cheese and thin sliced caramelized onions and cheese, pickles,lettuce and tomato. All burgers served on a buttered grilled potato roll. Also we have have the option of a special proprietary Top Dog sauce for the Sliders.

Check out Top Dog’s Famous hot dog menu below to get in the mood for Opening Day (around Mid April) and to wet your appetite until the new menu is released!

OLD (but awesome) MENU

There’s something pretty phenomenal about walking down Bearskin Neck and grabbing a hot dog and some chili cheese fries on a summer afternoon and sitting by the water’s edge.

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Community Stuff 3/17/15

March Gloucester History Sharing Program 

Come see images of old Gloucester and share your own memories during these monthly presentations presented by Beth Welin at the Rose Baker Senior Center.

On Monday, March 23, 1-2pm, the program will be   “Downtown Gloucester”. How has our downtown changed? See images of former businesses and street views as we stroll down Main Street and the downtown. Sponsored by the Phyllis A Marine Association. Supported by the Awesome Gloucester Foundation.  For more information go to the Phyllis A Marine Association website at www.phyllis-a.org.

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Gloucester Rotary Club’s Night at the Races. Night at the Races is a fund raiser on April 10th, at The Cruiseport, in Gloucester. All proceeds will go to the support the activities of the Gloucester Rotary Club.