No Big Deal, Just The New GMG Android App Is Done and Kicks Serious Ass!

Fill Out This Form and I’ll Send It To You For Free

Click on this video to see the demo-

It’s extremely lightweight, only taking up just over 3mb and works super fast without any hiccups!

This is only for android, not Apple.

Check Out The Screenshots-

Here’s the podcast player page which gives you the option to stream or download for offline listening.  You click on a title and it gives you all the show notes-



Here’s The Landing Page With Easy to Read Links To the GloucesterCast Podcast Episodes, The Blog Direct, The Facebook Page, Cape Ann Eats, Captain Joe and Sons Lobster Company.




Scroll Down and You Have The Cape Ann Arts Calendar at your Fingertips, Video Page and My Contact Info.



When You Click On the Cape Ann Arts Calendar It Takes You Directly To the Cape Ann Arts Calendar That James Eves At Built and Administers-



When You Click On The Videos Tab It Brings You To The YouTube Player-



Fill Out This Form and I’ll Send It To You For Free


If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to attend the Good Morning Gloucester Contributor’s Photography Show, please do stop in.
ALL PRINTS ARE ONLY $60.00! David Cox’s beautiful egret photos that he posted last week are included in the exhibit.
The show runs through April 30th. Go and Enjoy Gloucester Beauty!


A Few Days Left To Take Advantage of The 2015 Rocky Neck 5K Early bird Discount


With only days remaining for early bird discount, register yourself or your team now for Rocky Neck 5 K Run/Walk & Team Challenge on Sunday, May 17 at 9 AM. 

Enjoy one of Cape Ann’s flattest and most picturesque 5K courses and best post-race party–the free celebratory awards brunch buffet for all participants out on the deck at favorite local watering hole, The Studio Restaurant and Bar, overlooking beautiful Smith Cove on Rocky Neck in Gloucester. 

Individual awards based on chip timing to fastest male, female finishers overall and by age category. Team award to team of three or more with fastest combined time. Free race t-shirts for first 300 registrants. Register online at

Participation will be limited to first 400 who register. Friends & family entry to post-race party at The Studio will be available at the door for $10 pp.


I created the following five-step easy fact sheet for a friend after receiving her timely request about organic lawn care information. Not surprisingly, as it is that time of year when the so-called “green” lawn care specialists are busy plying their trade. Kate’s note also came on the heels of a recent unfortunate incident that I experienced while walking along Niles Beach. I noticed a peculiar smell for quite someways along the walk, emanating from a man spraying chemicals to an expansive lawn. After walking all the way around Niles Pond, to the Retreat House and back, upon my return, he was still spraying! And the odd odor was stronger than ever. Where does the homeowner think all the toxins applied to the lawn will wind up–mostly across the road into the ocean!

Our Reader’s question:

Dear Kim

I have a neighbor who is on the water front and is new to the area. He just built a house. He asked me about lawn fertilizer and weed keeper applications and someone who could do them. Naturally I gave him my opinion but I wonder is there a brief, homeowner friendly document that addresses why we should not be using any of these products on our lawns. And the impact on habitat and wildlife and us!

You know that Chris and I have never used them.

Thanks so much I really appreciate it.


The following fact sheet is based on my many years of working with homeowners and businesses. Although the gardens I design are pollinator friendly, they are primarily designed for people. Poisonous pesticides have no place in people, pet, pollinator, and planet friendly gardens!

I also highly recommend another option and that is turning your lawn into a wildflower meadow and the reasons for that are manifold however, this fact sheet only addresses organic lawn care.

If you would like a pdf of the fact sheet, please comment in the comment section and I will be happy to send it along.


Organic Lawn Care Guide for Massachusetts and Rhode Island

 Lawn Care Fact Sheet for a Toxic Free New England


You don’t need a lawn service or an arsenal of poisonous pesticides to grow a beautiful lush green lawn. Follow this basic five-step formula to build a healthy organic lawn. Spring and fall provide the best opportunity to convert a poisoned lawn to a lawn that is safe for children, pets, and the environment.


Mow High, Often, and with Sharp Blades.

Long grass has more leaf surface, which enables it to grow thicker and develop a deeper root system. Longer grass makes it more difficult for weeds to germinate and also shades the soil surface, keeping it cooler. Sharp blades prevent tearing and injury to the grass. Leave short grass clippings on the grass where they recycle nitrogen.



Aerating soil reduces compaction, which is a prime cause of weeds. Leave the corings behind after aerating, and then apply compost so that it can reach the root zone.


Feed and Fertilize Gently.

Just after aeration is the best time to apply compost. For a small lawn, use a wheelbarrow and drop piles in intervals around the lawn; rake to approximately a quarter inch thick. For larger lawns, a spreader is recommended. Always apply compost and any organic fertilizer sparingly. Excess nitrogen and phosphorous run into waterways and into the ocean when it rains. Overuse of fertilizer creates thatch build-up.


Water Deeply But Not Too Often.

Water only when the lawn really needs watering, and then water deeply. Water early in the morning to prevent fungal disease and reduce evaporation.


Choose the Right Seed and Overseed. 

Spreading grass seed over an existing lawn is the tried and true way to get a lush green lawn that is free of weeds. Thick, healthy grass provides no opportunity for weeds to germinate. Choose a seed combining Kentucky blue grass, fine fescue, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, and white clover mixed specifically for sun or partial shade.


Kim Smith Contact Information:

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Please join me on Wednesday evening, April 29th, at 7pm at the Hamilton Wenham Public Library where I will be giving my Pollinator Garden program and screening several short films. This event is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!

Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

Friend me on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Vine. You can also subscribe to my design website at Kim Smith Designs, and film’s websites at Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, and Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.


Captain Joe and Sons Wholesale Lobster Company

April 27, 2015



AGES 35-50





IF YOU HAVE A SON Between 13-15 years old, who would you like us to consider for this project,

please note that in your email.





Extras casting by

Boston Casting, Inc.

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Gloucester Dog park news

Please join us for a very special event


“Gloucester and Beyond”
The Works of Bob Blue
May 7 – May 30
North Shore Arts Association
Gordon Grant Room
Reception on Sunday, May 17 (2-4)
A generous portion of the proceeds
will benefit two important
North Shore charities:
Friends of the Gloucester Dog Park &
Family Promise, North Shore

Many thanks to Nancy Blue for her generosity in making Friends of Gloucester Dog Park a beneficiary of this Retrospective. 

City of Gloucester Dog License renewals are due by April 30th each year. The cost is $15.00 per license for spayed or neutered dogs & $16.00 per license for dogs that are not spayed or neutered. If you do not renew by April 30th, there will be a $10.00 late fee.
Before any dog license is issued, the rabies information must be current. If you are not sure, please contact your vet. Once you have the current information, you can obtain your license in two ways:

                       – Come to the City Clerks office
                       – Mail in a Dog License Application

If mailing in a renewal form, include an additional $2.50 for postage & handling to send you your dog tag and license.
Town of Rockport License renewals are due by May 31st. The cost is $10 per license for spayed or neutered dogs & $16 for dogs that are not spayed/neutered [a $5 late fee will be assessed after this date].
Dogs using the dog park must be licensed and tags must be displayed.
Upcoming Events
Sunday, April 26th: Gloucester Pride Stride
If you are interested in joining the Gloucester Dog Park Team, there’s still time. Please email 
For a pledge sheet and other information about the walk, visit

If you would like to donate in support of our team checks may be mailed to:
Friends of the Gloucester Dog Park

P.O. Box 6

Gloucester, MA 01931

Make checks payable to:  The Pride Stride

Please note in the memo line:  Gloucester Dog Park

You may also drop checks, made out in the same manner, in the donation bin at the Gloucester Dog Park

Saturday, May 2nd:  Park Clean Up – 9am!
This winter has been hard on the Park so please join us for a general clean-up day. Some of the tasks we’re planning on: raking, spreading mulch, and trimming bushes. We can use all the help we can get! Volunteers, please bring rakes and gloves.
Saturday, May 16th:  GDP’s 2nd Anniversary Summer Kick-Off Party 10am-noon
Doggy Nail Clipping, Doggy Photos, Doggy Massage, and much more with a donation to the Park [additional details to follow]

Save the date – Tuesday, September 1st, 4pm-9pm
Community Dinner Night at Passports to benefit Friends of Gloucester Dog Park

  • 3 course dinner – $15
  • 10% of proceeds to benefit the Dog Park
  • reservations requested – 978.281.3680
  • doggie-centric raffle & much more

Joins us!  Contribute!  Volunteer!  
Get involved at

paparartzzi: Notes from the Studio  | Spring 2015


Register now for Spring Classes!

Wellesley Art Society, 90 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA
The Art Spirit  |  May 4, 11, 18 & June 1  |  Mondays 10-1pm

6_w300_h241_s1This class is an atelier experience for the serious student of painting. It offers rigorous instruction in seeing, drawing and painting. We’ll address the correct sequence to working with light and shadow, refining form and shape, and interpreting and understanding color. By mastering the skills of alla prima painting, students progress to create art with depth of purpose and richness in meaning. This class is for students with a working knowledge of the medium and advanced students seeking to improve their skills.
$199. / 4 classes

South Shore Art Center, 110 Ripley Road, Cohasset, MA
Painting from Photos  |  May 8 – 29 Fridays 10-1pm

In this class, we’ll use photos as an inspiration and raw material to compose stronger, better paintings. A photo reference is a convenient aid to artists, but they can also be a hindrance to developing drawing and painting skills. Source photos provide tremendous visual information; we will look at how to weed out what’s necessary from what’s not, and discuss the benefits of photography as a compositional tool. $145M $190NM 4 classes

North River Arts Society “Focus on Figures”

Olivia in Kimono, 18×28

I’m happy to have two of my paintings chosen by juror, Johanna Harmon for this Juried Figure & Portrait Exhibit. Guests are welcome to join me at the Opening Reception Friday April 24, 2015 7-10pm. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres & cash bar. NRAS, 157 Old Main Street, Marshfield Hills, MA

Open Studio  |  May 2, 2015,  4 – 6pm

6_w220_h165_s1Please join me in the studio for an afternoon of art, instruction and fun!
I’ll be doing a demonstrating at 5 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Paintings of all sizes and subject matter will be available at studio pricing. Please rsvp to or call 781-443-4014.

Mother’s Day the Beauport Way!

cape ann dining news


 Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 11:00am-2:00pm Come join us for a lovely Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise! Listen to Live jazz music while you enjoy a delicious brunch buffet of Carved Ham, Baked Haddock, Eggs Benedict and much more!! Take in the beautiful view of Gloucester Harbor, catch up with Mom, and let us take care of the rest! Tickets: $58 Adult/ $28 Children

Space is limited! Call us at (978)865-3210 to Make Your Reservation Today!

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Sunday Funday at The Studio

It you follow Good Morning Gloucester even just a little bit, you know by now that The Studio is officially open.  You probably also know that their menu (with the exception of all sushi) is 1/2 off for the rest of April! So, back from Virginia and with no food in the fridge, how could we not head over to Rocky Neck for an early dinner last night!?

The best laid plans… (don’t get the wrong idea…it was phenomenal so please read on).

What you may not know about me is that my children clearly think they are Rockefellers.  They typically snub their noses at the kids’ menus found at the restaurants where we like to dine and, of course, they were only interested in eating sushi last night.  Don’t get me wrong, normally I am thrilled with their willingness to try new foods and their fondness for a wide variety of cuisine. Last night, however, it would have been just ducky if they would have been happier with chicken fingers or something equivalent.

So, with a tuna maki roll in front of Finn and some yellow tail nagiri in front of Thatcher, my husband and I happily ordered off the half-priced menu.  We got the Asian Style Calamari, St. Louis Ribs, Fried Pickles, and the Rudder Style Mussels…because also, when dining with Finn, you’d better order mussels.

Everything was absolutely delicious.  A fantastic first meal of the season….and, even with the kids’ menu fish and chips that we ordered for good measure (secretly hoping for left overs for today’s lunch boxes) and two beers…the entire bill came to just over $50.

Unbelievable.  I strongly recommend getting yourself over there soon.

A small update!  I am so happy that a reader mentioned that you should always tip the servers on the actual bill.  That goes without saying.  Just because the management has decided to reduce prices…it does not mean that the staff is working any less.  You should absolutely tip on what the bill should have been.  I know you all know that, but I feel better having added it to the post.

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Cape Ann TV Survey

Hi Joey,
I’m wondering if you wouldn’t mind posting a link to an online survey we’re conducting. In an effort to improve our services we’re trying to get a better sense of our viewership. We’re created a quick, 10-question survey that will help us gain insight into if/what/how people are watching CATV and what we’re doing well/need to improve. This valuable feedback will help us better-serve Cape Ann.
Here is the link.
Thank you very much.
Erich Archer
Executive Director
Cape Ann TV

The Lobster Pool is delivering lobster rolls!

For Cape Ann Restaurant News-


The Lobster Pool is testing the waters of pool to table delivery between 5-8pm on Monday, April 27th. We are accepting orders all day long and will be delivering our lobster rolls in both Rockport and Gloucester. We are offering our no nonsense lobster rolls at $19.95 with no delivery charge. Try this deal out and let us know if you love our service as much as you love our sunsets.

Orders can be placed here.

Cash or Credit (must be confirmed before delivery). Deliveries in Rockport between 5-6:30pm and Gloucester 6:30-8pm.

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