2015 Good Morning Gloucester Gloucester MA Preliminary Election Poll

Comments on this post are disabled. This is strictly a poll and any comments endorsing one candidate or another on this post will not be posted.

Your votes in our poll are however, greatly appreciated

Absentee voting is now open at the clerk’s office during normal business hours. Voting will close on Monday September 28th at 12 NOON.

Election Dates for 2015

Preliminary Election: September 29, 2015
Municipal Election:    November 3, 2015

Candidates Listed In Random Order

Sefatia Romeo Theken 2015 Gloucester MA Mayoral Election Video

Video produced by Rick Moore- http://www.msonewsports.com/

To View Other Candidate submissions- https://2015gloucestermaelection.wordpress.com/

An Offer To All #GloucesterMA Election Candidates:

As you all know we don’t take political stances here or endorse candidates but what I’d like to offer is an invitation for any candidate that is running for office in Gloucester to submit a video explaining why they think they are best suited for the position they are running for. The easiest way to do this would be to upload the video to YouTube.

The videos will be released once and placed on GMG at 7PM on the following night that they are received. If more than one video is submitted to me at goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com then the first one that is submitted will be aired the following evening at 7PM and the next one submitted will be posted the following evening at 7PM. There will be a link in each candidates post containing their video to goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com which will have all previously submitted candidate’s videos.

Once they are submitted they will be added to https://2015gloucestermaelection.wordpress.com/ where all the videos will be available for viewing at any time on the same page.

In the title of the video it should list the candidate’s name- position they are running for and the words “GMG submission”.

As always the GMG politics disclaimer- any post on these pages containing a candidate does not imply an endorsement for any candidate. Comments on www.goodmorninggloucester.com for these video submissions on the blog will be turned off for these posts as well.

Hopefully this will serve to help candidates get their message across.

Good luck and thank you to all that participate in the process for the love of Gloucester and making it better.


Three Visions of Gloucester

Peter Vincent, Jeff Weaver and Don Gorvett in a new show at the Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to announce the opening of their latest exhibition, Vincent, Weaver, Gorvett: Gloucester, Three Visions on Saturday, October 24 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The opening reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through February 28, 2016.
unnamed-3Peter Vincent (1947–2012), Howard Blackburn [detail] (undated), egg tempera on board, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harold White, 1993 [Acc. #2887]; Jeff Weaver, Pavilion Beach [detail] (2006), oil on canvas, gift of the artist, 2008 [Acc. #2008-25]; Don Gorvett, Gloucester Reveries [detail] (1996), woodblock reduction print, 9 of 12, gift of the artist, 1996 [Acc. #1996.32].

During the early 1970s, the lives of Weaver, Gorvett and Vincent converged in Gloucester. They had each studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and for a time, Don Gorvett and Jeff Weaver shared studio space in an apartment building on the Fort; Peter, who lived in Rockport, was a frequent visitor. For each artist, Gloucester’s hardscrabble working waterfront was the attraction. Struggling to recover from the ravages of urban renewal, while at the same time weathering the slow steady demise of the city’s fishing industry, Gloucester Harbor in the early 1970s was a gold mine for the three artists.

Today, Jeff Weaver maintains a studio in Gloucester. After painting signs and murals in the 1990s, he turned his focus to watercolor and oil. Jeff can frequently be seen around town, brush and palette in hand, looking to capture the particular flavor of the city he calls home. Don Gorvett currently lives and works in Portsmouth, NH, having maintained a studio in Gloucester for many years. Don excels at the exacting art of reduction wood block printing and is a dedicated teacher. Peter Vincent, who passed away in 2012, secured a solid reputation as one of New England’s most well regarded marine artists. In 1986 he was honored with the coveted Mystic Invitational Award for excellence in painting.

Related Programs
Saturday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m.
The Art & Life of Peter Vincent: A Gallery Talk with Eoin Vincent

Saturday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Jeff Weaver Gallery Talk

Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 a.m.
Don Gorvett Gallery Talk

Saturday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m.
A Conversation with Eoin Vincent, Jeff Weaver and Don Gorvett

These programs are free for Museum members / $10 nonmembers (includes admission). Space is limited, reservations required: (978) 283-0455 x10 or info@capeannmuseum.org. Updates and details at capeannmuseum.org.

Backyard Growers Harvesting at Veterans Memorial School

Lisa Smith submits, “Fall is here and it is time to harvest the crops. The Backyard Growers have gardens at all of the Gloucester schools where they mentor the students on how to grow vegetables from seed. Here they are harvesting at Veteran’s Memorial School with the students.”

This Weekend in the Arts

Guided Walking Tours Offered by Cape Ann Museum

Explore downtown Gloucester through the historic lens of maritime painter Fitz Henry Lane

Image credit: Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865). Gloucester Harbor at Sunrise, c. 1850, oil on canvas. Gift of Lawrence Brooks, 1970. [Acc. #2020]

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester, a guided walking tour, on Saturday,  September 26 at 10:00 a.m. Explore downtown Gloucester and discover what it was like in the 19th century when Fitz Henry Lane roamed the streets and painted the views. Tours last about one and a half hours and are held rain or shine. Participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. Cost is $10 for Cape Ann Museum members; $20 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited and reservations are required. Email info@capeannmuseum.org or call (978) 283-0455, x10 for more information or to reserve a space.

Fitz Henry Lane was a Cape Ann artist, printmaker and world-renowned American marine painter. With his subtle use of gleaming light, Lane is generally regarded as one of the finest 19th century practitioners of the style known as luminism. The Cape Ann Museum’s unparalleled collection of works by Fitz Henry Lane – which includes paintings, drawings and lithographs – is on permanent display in the gorgeously renovated Lane Gallery, a space fully devoted to Lane’s life and work.

cam-logo-new-1The recently renovated Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann – a region with a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. The Museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to the present, artifacts from the fishing & maritime and granite quarrying industries, textiles, furniture, a library/archives, and two historic houses. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

‘Portraits from the Motherland’

Photographs by Ron Wyman and Anne Rearick Sept.24-Oct 11th

With their new show, ‘ Portraits from the Motherland’, Flatrocks Gallery invites you to experience two distincly different worlds in Africa as witnessed by the gifted Cape Ann photographers: Ron Wyman and Anne Rearick . The show opens September 24 and runs through October 11th.

An artist’s reception will be held Sat., Sept 26th, 6-8pm.

To compliment this show,  Flatrocks will show Ron Wyman’s  recent feature documentary titled “Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion” that profiles the extraordinary Tuareg guitarist, Bombino, on Thurs. Oct 1st at 7pm. . On Sat. Oct. 3rd at 7:30pm the African band M’Bolo will perform, (a suggested donation of $10) and on Sat. Oct. 10th at 5pm there will be a talk with artists RonWyman and Anne Rearick.

77 Langsford St. Gloucester, MA (978)879-4683
Open Thurs-Sun noon to 5 and by appointment
www.flatrocksgallery.com or visit us on facebook.

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Bruins Foundation Presents Check to Gloucester Education Foundation

Remember that little event called the Bluefin Blowout?  If you need a reminder, refer to this post right here.


The tournament is for sure a win, win, win (maybe even another win).  In addition to being nothing short of an absolute BLAST, it is also a big draw for out-of-towners to head to Cape Ann….hence, a great addition to our amazing year-long schedule that promotes tourism.  It also happens to be a really premier fishing tournament!

Another giant win is the fact that, thanks to Bob Sweeney and the Bruins Foundation, a large donation was just made to the Gloucester Education Foundation.  It was an honor to be in attendance at the check presentation yesterday.

Tina Raimo and Kathy Clancy were pleased to accept the $5,000 check on behalf of the Gloucester Education Foundation from the one and only, Bob Sweeney.  In attendance also were Gloucester Mayor, Sefatia Romeo Theken, Drew Hale, co-founder of the Bluefin Blowout along with Rob Bouley, Tobin Dominick of Cape Ann’s Marina Resort, Ken Riehl representing the Cape Ann Chamber, Cidalia Schwartz and Kruti Kansara representing the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group (who are the proud and exceptional Platinum Sponsor of the Bluefin Blowout Tournament), Nicole Tongue of the Gloucester Fishing Company and key organizer or the event, and D.J. Scottie Mac, “The Voice of the Bluefin Blowout.”

To get ready for the 5th Annual Bluefin Blowout, shaping up to be the best one yet, check back here often…http://bluefinblowout.com/


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Nichole’s Picks 9/26 + 9/27

Pick #1:  Free Admission to TONS of Museums

One day each year, visitors can enjoy free admission to participating museums across the country as they join the Smithsonian Institution in it’s tradition of offering free admission.  This Saturday is that day.

Head to the link below to search for participating museum’s in our area and don’t forget to print your ticket prior to heading out for the day!


For the record, our very own Cape Ann Museum and Cogswell’s Grant in Essex are on the list!


Pick #2 Super Blood Moon Eclipse

because I won’t do this justice, head to this link and get excited…and then pick a spot to view it!



Pick #3  The 11th Annual Fairy House Festival

Head up to Portsmouth for two fun events and make a great day of it!

Portsmouth’s beloved annual Fairy House Festival takes place this weekend in Portsmouth’s historic South End on the grounds of the Governor John Langdon House, Strawbery Banke Museum, Prescott Park and Peirce Island.

More than 200 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists, garden clubs club members, businesses, families and local school children will be on display, including 10 select fairy houses build by creative professionals and judged by a panel of three judges, including Fairy Houses Series® Author/ Illustrator Tracy Kane.



and then, while in Portsmouth….

Pick #4  Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival


Join the dozens of folk and sea music performers who bring maritime folk music and song to downtown Portsmouth every September. The 16th annual festival showcases music from the US, British Isles and Canada at venues in the Market Square area, including RiRa Irish Pub (22-26 Market Sq), and the Portsmouth Athenaeum (9 Market Sq).

This year’s performers include The Johnson Girls, Cliff Haslam, Dan Milner, Chris Koldewey and others.  A Saturday evening concert will be held at the First Methodist Church on Miller Ave. This event is open to all ages, with audience participation strongly encouraged!

Hours: Sat. 10 AM – 10PM; Sun. 1PM – 5:30PM.  All events FREE!  Donations appreciated.

For a more comprehensive list of family friendly activities, visit our friends at North Shore Kid!

Community Stuff 9/24/15

Cause when something stinks it’s time for a change!

‘Stuff-A-Van” Diaper Drive and National Diaper Need Awareness Week Sept 28-October 2

Local Cape Ann organizations are working together to promote a Diaper Drive to highlight National Diaper Need Awareness Week during September 28 through Oct 2. Changing a diaper is as an essential parenting skill as feeding a baby but for 1 in 3 families not having enough diapers can impact the health and nutrition of their children, and their families.

Currently, it is estimated that 1 out of 3 American families raising babies will experience diaper need and the accompanying risks including heightened stress, food insecurity, and health risks. Daily compromises for nutrition and hygiene basics can wear on the whole family.  In a recent study published in Pediatrics, the authors found that mothers who did not have enough diapers for their babies were more likely to report depressive and anxious symptoms than other low-income mothers. This, in turn effects the child’s healthy development.

The Cape Ann community shares those risks. That is why the North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force, working alongside of state legislators and local partners, is sponsoring an array of activities including a diaper drive to recognize National Diaper Need Awareness Week. Diapers may be dropped off during Sept 28-October 2 “Stuff-A-Van'” visits at Magnolia Farmers Market (9/28),  Ipswich Farmers Market (9/30), Cape Ann Farmers’ Market (10/1) and throughout the week at Ipswich’s Birth to Three Center and at Pathways for Children in Gloucester. The week will culminate at a public event hosted by The Open Door in Gloucester at 28 Emerson Avenue on October 2 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm.

Speakers will include Senator Bruce Tarr, presenting both a Legislative Resolution and a Gubernatorial Proclamation recognizing National Diaper Need Awareness Week. Lydia Ramirez, a Cape Ann mother will speak about her family’s personal experience with diaper need. Claire Hailson, Director of the Anchor of Hope Diaper Bank, will discuss what actions communities can take to address the challenges families experience when confronting an inadequate diaper supply.

Diaper need is an important issue, not just because it’s stressful hearing a crying baby. Families have to balance cash for diapers, utilities or other necessities and there just isn’t enough. To add to that stress, day care providers often require families to provide their child’s diapers for the day.  

That can easily cost a family between $80 and $120 a month. For a family living within the federal poverty guidelines, that can add up to about 6% of their salary.

Although a family may qualify for Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program (a.k.a WIC)  diapers are not included in this form of support.  

What can families do if they can’t afford diapers? Locally,  The Open Door, Pathways for Children, Action, Inc and Ipswich’s Birth to Three Family Center offer limited supplies. Diapers collected during the drive will be distributed by Ipswich Birth to Three and The Open Door. There is the National Diaper Bank Network, which includes more than 240 community based ‘diaper banks’. 

Providing diapers to families in need is one concern. Changing how diapers are taxed and how WIC packages exclude diapers is another. The bigger issues, really, are more affordable housing and wider support for families in our communities.  

“The most important thing from my perspective is that small things impact big things…We can’t address the bigger issues of poverty and child development if we don’t address the most basic issues … It shouldn’t be considered an extra for children to have clean, dry diapers,” said Joanne Goldblum, a co-author of the Pediatrics study and executive director of the New Haven-based National Diaper Bank Network. 

Answering a baby’s basic need for diapers should be fairly simple. The sad fact is this is a major stress for families. We need to change that.

Press Contact- 

Kitt Cox, Coordinator

North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force

kittcox@gmail.com ,

Acupuncture at SeaPortVet

Hi Joey,

The times they are a-changing! Dr. Sarah Hammond (who joined our team last September) is now officially offering acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine options to our patients! Client response has been very positive, and we’d like to formally get the word out so folks know that these services are available. So if you have any space on GMG to help us get a shout out, it would be much appreciated 🙂

Stay awesome,

Ray Cahill

SeaPort Veterinary Hospital
Now Providing Veterinary Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Gloucester, MA – Dr. Ray Cahill and the SeaPort Veterinary Hospital are pleased to
announce the certification of Dr. Sarah Hammond in the science of veterinary
acupuncture. “With the addition of these treatment offerings, SeaPort Veterinary
Hospital is able to provide our patients added options for enhancing overall wellness and
treating a wide variety of disorders including orthopedic disease, kidney failure and
gastrointestinal problems”, says Dr. Cahill. Acupuncture has been practiced in both
animals and humans for thousands of years. These treatments help stimulate specific
points in the body resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect. “I am excited to combine
my knowledge of Western medicine with these Eastern modalities to enhance the
comfort and quality of life we provide to our patients”, explains Dr. Hammond.
About the SeaPort Veterinary Hospital
SeaPort Veterinary Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that provides comprehensive
medical, surgical and dental health care for dogs, cats and exotic pets. Its mission is to
deliver high quality veterinary care with an emphasis on respect and compassion for
both patients and clients. The hospital, owned and operated by Dr. Ray Cahill, has
modern dental and surgical suites, an in-house laboratory, digital radiography,
ultrasound and an on-site pharmacy.