For Everyone That’s Bitching About The Heat- A Little February 15th, 2015 Throwback Video For Ya-

What would you rather be out there shoveling all frickin day? Removing the snow from the bottom of your driveway that you just shoveled out because the overworked plow guy just made another swipe and pushed it all right back in front of the spot you just shoveled?

Don’t make Homie come and kick ya in the nuts. Nobody wants to see that now do they?


Our son-in-law Matt was doing some research for a project and came across the following super interesting article about the history of lobstering. Some of the information I knew and there is lots I didn’t. I hope you find it informative, too.

I was reminded of this video of a blue lobster, caught by Captain Dave Jewell of the Lady B., where Joey describes the difference between a male and female lobster.

From the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Long ago, lobsters were so plentiful that Native Americans used them to fertilize their fields and to bait their hooks for fishing. In colonial times, lobsters were considered “poverty food.” They were harvested from tidal pools and served to children, to prisoners, and to indentured servants, who exchanged their passage to America for seven years of service to their sponsors. In Massachusetts, some of the servants finally rebelled. They had it put into their contracts that they would not be forced to eat lobster more than three times a week.

Until the early 1800s, lobstering was done by gathering them by hand along the shoreline. Lobstering as a trap fishery came into existence in Maine around 1850. Today Maine is the largest lobster-producing state in the nation. Though the number of lobstermen has increased dramatically, the amount of lobsters caught has remained relatively steady. In 1892, 2600 people in the Maine lobster fishery caught 7,983 metric tons; in 1989, 6300 Maine lobstermen landed 10,600 metric tons of lobster.

Smackmen first appeared in Maine in the 1820s because of increased demand for lobsters from the New York and Boston markets. Smackmen were named after their boats, a well smack. Smacks were small sailing vessels with a tank inside the boat that had holes drilled into it to allow sea water to circulate. The smacks were used to transport live lobsters over long distances.

The first lobster pound appeared on Vinalhaven in 1875 and others quickly followed. Lobster pounds work in the same manner as the smack boats. The lobsters are kept in tanks with water passing freely through them. The first lobster pound was in a deep tidal creek, but today they are more common on docks floating in the harbor. Using the pound, dealers can wait for the price of lobster to increase or allow a newly-molted lobster time to harden its shell.

By the 1930s, the traveling smackmen were being replaced by local, land-based buyers who served as the link between the harvesters and the public. –


Sparkling Summer Evening Jewelry Event – ROCKY NECK ART COLONY

Sparkling Summer Evening: Jewelry at Historic New England and Rocky Neck Art Colony

Thursday, August 20, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, Mass.

$10 Historic New England and RNAC members, $15 non-members

Gloucester MA Historic New England and Rocky Neck Art Colony are pleased to announce a joint program in cooperation with Hughes-Bosca/Side Street Gallery. Join Associate Curator Laura Johnson for a lecture illustrating some of Historic New England’s extensive jewelry collection. This talk will focus on jeweled gifts such as watches, rings, bracelets, and cuff links that marked major life transitions and helped men and women tell stories about themselves and their families. Through these heirlooms this talk explores how New Englanders mark their important moments and memories of love and life. The lecture is followed by a walking tour of Rocky Neck Art Colony, with a visit to Hughes-Bosca/Side Street Gallery and Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, where contemporary jewelers will answer questions about materials, methods, and techniques. Light refreshments provided.

Registration is required. Please visit the Historic New England website for information and to reserve a space. Seating is limited.


Brooch and Heart Pin: Historic New England Collection

Pendant and Bracelet: Hughes-Bosca Gallery



About Historic New England

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House is one of thirty-six historic sites owned and operated by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic New England shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. For more information visit

5 Spots Open For Tonight’s Night’s Sista Felicia Heavy Appetizer & Wine Sail Aboard the Thomas E Lannon

Gonna be a Gorgeous Night Tuesday for the Thomas E. Lannon 8/18/15 Wine and Appetizer Sail With Sista Felicia’s Grub-
She just got back from The Cave Where She Picked Up A Ton Of Gourmet Cheese.

Sailing from Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant (978) 281-6634 or book online at



If anyone wants one of the new Gloucester Beach Sticker Hoodies or T’s I’ll bring them tonight.

Reason 1,567,351 Why People Should Vacation In Cape Ann Over Cape Cod- You Won’t Get Eaten By A White Shark

I’ll never understand people that fight that insane South Of Boston traffic to go to Cape Cod only to put their lives in danger of getting eaten by a huge ass white shark. I guess it’s Darwinism 101. If you’re dumb enough to go to Cape Cod over Cape Ann you kinda deserve to get eaten by a big ass shark.
Published on Aug 17, 2015

Failed predation attempt off Monomoy, Cape Cod (8/17/15)- filmed by Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries working with Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Need for dredging Annisquam

Need for dredging Annisquam

Good morning Joey,
If u b a boater then u know how badly dredging is needed on the Annisquam River.  This is one of many boaters that have run aground in the river between R 34 and R36..  Perhaps I could send ongoing pics of boats aground to dramatize the need as part of a campaign to get the river dredged.  Love your blog.
Michael O’Laughlin


This pic is from the early summer. River has needed dredging for at least 10 years.  Tis getting worse n worse.


Yesterday I did a post about much we all love the Mystic Aquarium.  There is much, much more to Mystic, Connecticut however than just the aquarium.

For the boys’ birthdays my awesome brother gave them Mystic Passes that included admission into the Aquarium, the Mystic Seaport, and the Planetarium. With so many things to do we decided to make our yearly one-night getaway a 2 night mini vacation.

The first night we swam in the hotel pool and then strolled through Old Mystic Village…which the boys equated to a quieter Bearskin Neck…stopping for a great dinner at Mango’s Wood Fired Pizza.  The boys fed the Koi fish and watched the ducks in the pond.  They made a wish in the wishing well and spent some of their spending money in the Army/Navy store.  We stopped for ice cream at Sea Swirl before heading back to the hotel.

The next day we made a dent in the complimentary breakfast at the Hyatt Place Mystic, to fuel up for a long day at the aquarium.  When we finally felt ready to say “good-bye” to the belugas, we hit the hotel pool before heading into downtown Mystic for an early dinner at Mystic Pizza and some sightseeing.  We made it an early night and watched the Patriots take on Green Bay back at the hotel.

The next morning we got to the Mystic Seaport right when they opened at 9:00 so we could see enough before hitting the road home to beat Friday afternoon traffic.   We only spent about 3.5 hours there and could have EASILY spent much more time.  Being a little bit of a control freak, I had planned ahead and made note of all the different activities I wanted the boys to have a chance to do and we definitely had to skip a few.

The quick trip ended up being the perfect blend of laughing and learning and we’ll definitely be going back next year.

Read all about the Mystic Seaport HERE


  PLaytime_Stories_Activties_TableActivity Time at Playtime Stories: Playtime Stories Actors and Audience work on fun crafts after the show


 Live Theatre Performances for Young Audience Members Age 3 and Older

Gloucester Stage continues Playtime Stories, a fun combination of children’s stories, live performances and children’s activities for ages 3 and older, on Saturday, August 22 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. The stories set for August 22 are the classic tales of Peter Pan and  areRapunzel. Following the performance, young audience members are invited to join Youth Program Director Heidi Dallin, Gloucester Stage Education Apprentices: Avery Daniels and Amelia Dornbush and cast members from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop program for activities and theatre games. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theatre as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage as well as the opportunity to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores a different story ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime Stories Company are Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and his new story, What Pet Should I Get? on August 29. AllPlaytime Stories’ performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit 

Making_Puppets_at_PlaytimeStoriesMaking puppets during Activity Time
Playtime_Stories_Company_PerformsThe Playtime Stories Company Performs

Community Stuff 8/18/15

Lanesville Prescholl

Lanesville Preschool has limited openings for the fall. We are a small, play-based program blending academic school readiness, social skills, and developmentally appropriate learning for children ages 2.9-6.  We  Visit or call Meghan MacLaughlin, Director, 978-270-1896 for more information.
Meghan MacLaughlin
Lanesville Preschool Center

SeniorCare Inc. Annual Awards Dinner

Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Alice F. Bonner will be the Keynote speaker at SeniorCare’s 43rd Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Cruiseport Gloucester. The doors open at 5:45, the dinner and awards will begin at 6:30.

SeniorCare Inc. will present three awards to highly deserving community members: The Rosemary F. Kerry Community Service Award will be presented to Susan Thorne, Volunteer and Community Advocate; the Myra L. Herrick Outstanding Older American Award will be presented to Robert (Bob) Blanchard, Wenham Fire Chief; and the Board of Directors Community Partners Special Recognition will be presented to Tim Riley, Executive Director, Action Inc.

Join SeniorCare as we recognize our awardees’ dedication to the community and celebrate 43 years of serving our nine communities: Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham.

SeniorCare Inc., a consumer centered organization, provides and coordinates services to elder and others, enabling them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice while remaining part of their community. SeniorCare is federally designated as an Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Aging Service Access Point (ASAP).

To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities please call Kelly Knox, Development Officer, at 978-865-3540.

Police Chief Leonard Campanello and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken are very excited to announce that the Gloucester Police Department’s ANGEL Initiative has now helped more than 100 people suffering from the disease of addiction by placing them into treatment centers nationwide.

As of Thursday morning, 109 people have voluntarily presented to the Gloucester Police and all have been successfully placed into treatment programs through the Gloucester Initiative since June 1, when the program began. 

Every person who has come into the station asking for help has been placed into treatment. No one has been sent away, thanks to the hard work of the Gloucester Police Department and its effort to forge partnerships with treatment centers who are willing to take people in, regardless of their insurance or financial situations. 

Demographics are still being calculated, and several participants have been homeless, but work done so far indicates that approximately:

• 40 percent are from Gloucester and Cape Ann

• 16 percent have came from outside of Massachusetts to Gloucester seeking help

• 79 percent of participants are under age 30 (9 percent under 19, 20 percent between 20-24, and 50 percent age 25-29)

• 70 percent of participants are male and 30 percent are female

• Participants have been brought to 20 different treatment centers in six states

“At first we were uncertain that we would get anyone voluntarily coming into the police department to seek treatment,” Chief Campanello said. “But from the moment we launched The Gloucester Initiative, we continue to see people of all ages and backgrounds come through our doors looking for assistance and we have placed every, single one of them into treatment.”

The Gloucester ANGEL Initiative allows people who suffer from addiction to turn over their remaining drug supply and paraphernalia to the Gloucester Police Department without the threat of arrest. Those in need of help are put into treatment programs as opposed to jail cells. The policy went into effect last month in an effort to address a growing opioid addiction epidemic and to reduce the number of overdoses in Massachusetts. Click here to view the official police policy document.

Over 40 treatment centers from Massachusetts, all the way across the country to California, have partnered with The Gloucester Initiative to offer their detox and recovery services to patients, regardless of a participant’s financial means or insurance. Additional treatment partners are being added weekly.

“It is a truly momentous occasion to surpass 100 participants,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “I commend the work of all those involved. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication by Chief Campanello and the Gloucester Police Department, our treatment center partners and volunteers.”

Due to the success of The Gloucester Initiative, and the immediate positive feedback from local, state and national organizations, Chief Campanello and businessman John Rosenthal launched The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), which supports The Gloucester Police Angel Initiative as well as other local police departments as they replicate aspects of The Gloucester Initiative and work with people suffering from the dreadful disease of opioid addiction.

“The Gloucester Police Initiative has already saved lives and helped change the national conversation about recognizing opioid addiction as a chronic disease vs. a crime that we can’t arrest our way out of,” said stated PAARI co-founder John Rosenthal. “Law enforcement’s loud voice and compassionate involvement combined with business community partners, have begun to raise awareness about how to treat opioid addiction like diabetes, cancer or any other dreadful chronic illness. PAARI looks forward to continuing to work with law enforcement agencies, treatment providers, pharmacies and elected officials across the Country.”

Less than a month after The Gloucester Initiative began, the Arlington Police Department, with financial assistance from P.A.A.R.I., launched its own program to respond to drug addiction in town, called The Arlington Outreach Initiative. The Methuen Police Department followed suit, and this month, the Andover Police Department implemented similar new opioid addiction protocols. 

Lee County and the Dixon, Ill Police Department followed on Wednesday, partnering with P.A.A.R.I. to start a program designed to encourage people suffering from opioid addiction to seek the help of police officers and sheriff’s deputies, who would then place them into treatment. Lee County and Dixon became the first agencies to directly implement the Gloucester intake model.

“We are incredibly encouraged by the response The Gloucester Initiative is receiving as evidenced by programs launching in Arlington, Methuen, Andover and now Dixon, Ill,” Chief Campanello said. “We are thrilled by this momentum and are committed to assisting more people struggling with the disease of addiction.”