GloucesterCast 139 With Carol Thistle, Senior Project Manager Visitation #GloucesterMA, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro


GloucesterCast 139 With Carol Thistle Senior Project Manager Visitation #GloucesterMA, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Guests Kim Smith and Carol Thistle Senior Project Manager Visitation #GloucesterMA, Huge Fans of Gloucester’s Community Development Department, Community Development Involvement In the International Boston Seafood Show,  More Great Hires By Carolyn Kirk- Tom Daniel, Community Development Calendar Now Integrated with GMG Community Art Calendar, Explaining One Third Of Hotel and Restaurant Tax Will Go Toward Promoting Tourism, What The Difference Between How Hotel and Restaurant Tax Will Be Handled vs How It Was Handled In The Past, Mayor Sefathia All In As Far As Supporting The Arts and Tourism, Explaining The Five Year Tourism Plan, How Do You Keep Different Tourism Groups Working Together, The Importance of Social Media, The Phenomenal Job John McElhenny Did Placing Positive Gloucester Stories In Big Time National Media Publications PR, Pitching Gloucester Outside Of Gloucester vs Pitching Gloucester to People Who Already Know How Great Gloucester Is, With The Addition Of The Beauport Hotel, the Opportunity To Market Gloucester For More Than Just The Summer Months, Opportunities To Team Up To Market Gloucester, The City Has Offered Office Space, Gloucester and Salem Taking Similar Tourism Marketing Initiatives vs Beverly, Comparing Pride In Gloucester To Pride In New Orleans, Paris or Gloucester?, Talking About The Block Parties, Please Thank Block Party Organizers, Pleading With Powers That Be To Remove Obstacles For Restaurants to Serve Food/Alcohol Outside.

Carol Thistle

Fun Facts About Gloucester’s Breakwater From Terry Weber

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Fun Facts About Gloucester’s Breakwater

Because I am a research geek, I present to you some fun facts about Gloucester’s breakwater.

This 2,250 foot breakwater was built by the Army Corps of Engineers aided by the Rockport Granite Company between 1894 – 1905.

Its official name is the Dog Bar Breakwater.

It was built partly because after Eastern Point Lighthouse was lit in 1832, ships continued to run aground on Dog Bar Reef. Residents also wanted to keep rough water out of the harbor during storms.

The substructure is a rubble hill made from grout, broken granite and the refuse from quarries, averaging 100 feet wide at the base and gradually narrowing to about 30 feet. 

The rubble was dumped overboard in a line and allowed to “settle” for several years until it was ready for the top structure, or “superstructure.”

The superstructure is composed of seven tiers of cut granite, placed on top of each other in pyramid-like fashion.

Each of the top capstones weights at least ten tons.

Further extension of the breakwater was considered, but officials at the time could not agree whether it was necessary, or would have adverse affects on the harbor.

Cost at the time was $300,000 to $500,000; now it would cost an estimated 14 million.

The breakwater was described in a 1905 Boston Globe article as a “delightful promenade for the people.”

Dog Bar Breakwater is now part of a 53-acre nature preserve owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Monarch butterflies and seabirds can be spotted there.  

Nearby the breakwater, towards the Eastern Point lighthouse, you can find “Mother Ann’s Rock”—a rock formation similar to New Hampshire’s Old Man of the Mountain. You can find a great post about Mother Ann’s Rock from E.J. LeFavour on GMG, just put the words “Mother Ann” into the Search Box, and you will see it about three posts down.

Did you know? A short loop trail through a nearby “forest“ is located across from a cul-de-sac named Aileen Terrace. It’s public and you can walk it if you can find it!


Are You Looking for a Quick and Easy to Prepare Recipe for Your Holiday Weekend Barbecue?



IMG_6466Watermelon and Baby Arugula Salad

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Rotary donation for Seacoast improvements

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On Thursday, Patrick Thorpe, President of the Gloucester Rotary was on hand with fellow Rotarians to present Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation with a check for $1,000.  The Gloucester Rotary donated the funds to aid in the renovation of the living room for the short term residents. 
Seacoast Executive Director, Stephen Doyle accepted the donation, and expressed his and the staff’s gratitude in allowing Seacoast to improve the stay of their patients.

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Fish Tales: Rock and Roll stories ~ Tonight!!!


Friday, May 22, 2015, 7:30 PM $5 at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Upstairs at Short and Main, 36 Main Street, Gloucester

An hour of true stories told live. This month’s theme: Rock and Roll. Come hear local, and not so local, folks relate a huge variety of tales. Contact if you have a story to tell. More information at

Last day for Gloucester Bingo

Wishing all good luck with Gloucester Bingo.  I have two rows, maybe I will win. 

The Gloucester Downtown Association

    Gloucester Bingo    Come downtown, support our local small businesses and have a bit of fun.   You may have heard that Boston created “Boston Bingo” as a means to jump start their local economy…well, we are having some fun with “Go Fish/Gloucester”!  We thought this could be a great promotion for Gloucester too and we would love for you to participate with us.   We are creating a “bingo” sheet with 20 or so general categories where one or more blocks could be satisfied by shopping/dining in your business.    An example of a few categories are:



  • Snag a sparkly piece of jewelry
  •   Upcycle something (buy something used)
  • Enjoy a drink with a friend
  •   Grab a sweet treat, pastry or cookie
  •   Visit a downtown bookstore
  • Buy a Glosta themed Tshirt or item
  •    Purchase a Mother’s Day gift
  • Ahoy! Buy something nautical

The plan is for this promotion to run from April 22 through May 22 .   On April 22 there will be 6,500 inserts in the Gloucester Daily Times and we are planning a media/social media blitz to get the word out.   Once complete there will be a few  locations to drop off their bingo sheet and be entered in two different raffles.  A winning card will enter players in a raffle with prizes such as having lunch with Mayor Sefatia, a trip for two on the Ardelle, a Maritime Gloucester membership and we are working on other prizes from local businesses.  If you would like to donate a prize, please let us know.       Submitting a card with one line completed in any direction counts as one entry into a raffle, while a card that is completely filled out will see the player entered into the grand prize raffle.  Winners drawn from the raffle will have their choice of all the prizes available at that point with grand prize winners having first pick.
We truly think this is a fun and creative way for engaging our customers and thanking them for supporting their local businesses.





Flab is the new fab.

“No need to lose the beer belly, fellas: Women are lusting after dudes with “dad bods” — a little extra gut around the middle.

“(It shows) you love life but also have the good sense to not let yourself completely go,” says Marie Dugo, a 26-year-old marketing manager from the Upper East Side. “You can take them to family parties and eat cake together.”

Ladies love guys who put the focus on fun, not physique, saying they’re friendlier, more mature and less narcissistic.

“He would come across as a fun, goofy guy not stuck on himself,” said Diane Hunt, 50, of Jersey City.

The love is spreading across the country, and even the world, with women as far away as Scandinavia cherishing the chub.

“Looking too fit can come across as self-centered,” said Dothe Lodberg, 22, from Denmark.

And guys certainly aren’t complaining.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE

20′ x 30′ Amer.Flag on Stacy Blvd. From Pauline Bresnahan

   Our city’s Veterans agent Adam Curcuru had a dream of having a Garrison Flag, 20′ x 30′
flying in Gloucester MA
Because of the generous contributions from the following a Garrison Flag is now flying for Memorial Day on Stacy Boulevard. I have attached a photo of the flag.
Thanks go to :
7 Seas Whale Watch
Vista Motel
Family of Frank D’amico killed in action Vietnam
  Glen and Pauline Bresnahan of Paulines Gifts

I am also honored to tell you that :

More the 100 flags have been donated by individuals and businesses and delivered to Ringo Tarr for our beautiful display on the boulevard.
And also after our request this past month we have received 12 6’x10′ American Flags in donations from many businesses and individuals to be flown throughout the City of Gloucester.

My sincere thank you for all of the support from this wonderful community..
Happy Memorial Day, always remember…
Pauline Bresnahan

20 x 30 ft. American Flag on Stacy Blvd.

Pentecost Sunday Our Lady of Good Voyage Crowning May 24th 2015

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Our Lady of Good Voyage Holy Name Society celebrates Pentecost Sunday with The Crowning.  Mr. and Mrs. Mario Fernandes is the 2015m Imperator.

This week they celebrated with Prayer and Rosary, with Father Jim Achadinha.  Many volunteers also prepared loaves of Portuguese Sweet Bread (Folar).

Sunday May 24th, 9:30 AM Members and family will meet at the Holy Name Society Hall and escort the Imperator to the Church for a mass at 10:00 AM.

The Crowning Ceremony will follow the mass, at Our Lady of Good Voyage.

Share with the Portuguese Community a Celebration of Faith, Family and Friends this Sunday and also Trinity Sunday.


Demetri’s Taekwondo Academy Members celebrate Birthday at Charlie’s Place



A very energetic group celebrates a member’s birthday at Charlie’s Place.

Demetri’s Taekwondo Academy is a Martial Arts School offering Tae Kwon Do classes in Gloucester, MA for kids, men and women. Demetri’s Taekwondo Academy is Located at 186 Main St.






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Narragansett Del’s Shandy Is My New Official Beer Of The Summer

Not too sweet, refreshing and tasty.  I’m all in on the Del’s Shandy.

Throw Yourself to the Wolves

When I did my “Picks” post yesterday I wanted to include a fun event at the one and only Wolf Hollow, but I wasn’t able to confirm until this morning that it is indeed happening.  Didn’t want to steer anyone in the wrong direction!

This Sunday, May 24th, Wolf Hollow will be hosting “Family Fun Fest”.

The event takes place from 11:00-3:00 and includes activities such as:

Educational presentations every hour

Children’s games and activities

Pizza from Ipswich House of Pizza

Snow cones from the Kona Shaved-Ice Truck

AND, last but certainly not least, free samples of local brew served up from the Ipswich Ale Brewery. Not for the kiddos though.

Read all about Wolf Hollow HERE

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