thoughts For halloween From Steven Winslow- Children’s graves At The Calvary Cemetery

Children's area..

Steven writes-

Thought of you when I saw this.. held it until Halloween..

October flowers: On a recent October Day, I rode into the Calvary Cemetery to find a spot to have lunch.. Tried to find a place somewhat away from people visiting grave markers. As soon as I sat down, a man pulled up in a pick-up truck to water the grave of his brother (?) who had died in January. I commented that it was nice to see the flowers growing. To give him a quiet moment, I focused on the graves immediately in front of me and noticed that the grave stones were shaped like hearts or were topped with angel statues. When the man drove away, I went down and observed that those hearts and angels marked the graves of 30+ children who had died ~ prior to WW II (1940’s). Some had just lived weeks, other a few years.. Despite the short duration of their lives and the long passage of time, there were many that still had fresh flowers.. One was even decorated for Halloween.. I thought how part of grieving reflects back on the living, the need to remember is also to remember parts of ourselves that has been lost.. and that Halloween helps our children face the darkness of death so they can better learn to live..

Have a great Halloween all.. and remember it takes 1 minutes to burn of each M&M.. so go easy on the candy!!

Stephen Winslow

Mass in Motion – Cape Ann

Gloucester MA 01930


Lisa Smith from Cape Ann TV submits:

Links to Access Gloucester Election Debates Online and Other Election Information
Cape Ann TV has Gloucester Election Debates Online. They are on Cape Ann TV’s website, on the video page, go to: then go to: Playlist: ‘Gloucester Election 2015’. The most recents debates are at the top of the list and we are continually updating and adding debates, and more will be added later this week.
Here are links to the most recent debates:
Mayoral Debate hosted by Glosterity,Oct. 21, 2015:
Mayoral Debate hosted by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Oct., 20, 2015:
Gloucester City Council Debate (At-Large & Ward Councilors) on Arts & Culture Oct. 14, 2015:
School Committee & Mayoral Debate in Lanesville;
Mayoral Debate on Arts & Culture II, Oct. 2, 2015:
We also have online the presentation from the Gloucester Board of Health about the Ballot Question on Water Fluoridation. This presentation wants to keep adding fluoride to the Gloucester City Water Supply. The opposing side, which wants to stop the addition of fluoride to Gloucester City Water, is presenting their side tonight at the Sawyer Free Library, and Cape Ann TV will have that presentation online on Saturday.
Here is the link to the Gloucester Board of Health’s presentation “The Science Behind Water Fluoridation” on Oct., 19, 2015:
Cape Ann TV has covered three other debates held this week: two Debates by the Gloucester Daily Times(Mayoral, At-Large and Ward 3, 4  and 5 Councilor) and last night’s Lanesville Debates (At-Large and Ward 4 Councilor), these debates will go online later this week.
Cape Ann TV’s Gloucester Candidate Forum with statements from the Mayoral, city council and school candidates will go online tomorrow.
Cape Ann TV will also cover the election live from Gloucester City Hall on Nov. 3. The Election Coverage begins at 8pm on all three of our Channels: 12, 20 & 67.

VIDEO: Morocco Part 1

This is the first of 3 videos of our recent 2 week visit to Morocco through Overseas Adventure Travel.

We wanted to immerse ourselves deeply in a Muslim culture, in a place that was safe and where foreigners are welcome. We found Morocco to be just that.  The people are warm and friendly (except, perhaps, the guy in a Marrakech square who insisted on draping live snakes around our necks) and the culture is deep, interesting and open.

Although a monarchy, the everyday Moroccans we spoke with had enormous pride in their country, which under the current King, Mohammed VI, has seen dramatic advances in education, health care, gender equality and public improvements.The second-ever parliamentary elections were recently held and although Parliament’s role is more advisory than final, Moroccans are proud of this event.

Depending on location, French, Arabic and Berber are the usual languages and often all three can be heard simultaneously. The population is nearly entirely Muslim and practice an Islam which emphasizes peace, non-violence and respect.  The population rejects fundamentalist “islamic ” extremists and declares that those movements have nothing to do with Islam, but are driven by political factors and greed.

Muslims in Morocco recognize and embrace Christians and Jews as brothers and sisters, having common roots in the Abrahamic belief of one God. We heard more than one Moroccan declare that he “believes” in all three religions.  Even practitioners of polytheistic religions such as Hinduism are respected.

All in all, it was a busy and eye-opening two weeks. I hope that these videos give you a taste of our experience.


The Pearl Mist

The Pearl Mist was docked at Cruise Port for a couple days last week.  Here is some information from Wikipedia.

October 24, 2015 The Pearl Mist


From Wikipedia:

The Pearl Mist is a small Cruise ship, built in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[1] After her completion, years of legal dispute delayed her being put into operation, and she didn’t finally leave on her inaugural voyage until June, 2014. She is currently operated by Pearl Seas Cruises.[2]

The Baltimore Sun, reported the vessel was ordered from Irving Shipyards in 2006, and that Pearl Seas and Irving began their dispute in 2007, just five months after construction of the vessel began.[3]

The vessel is 335 feet (102 m) long, and the small size is described as a virtue, allowing the vessel to visit small ports that have to be skipped by larger vessels.[1] The vessel is described as being outfitted as a “luxury”, with 105 double rooms, all equipped with an outside balcony. The vessel is equipped with wifi.

In the summer of 2014 and 2015 her passengers visited Great Lakes ports.[4]

Master Ice Sculptor Don Chapelle and The Gronk Ice Sculpture At Gillette

Joey -A whole lot of planning, design, execution & assembly involved in getting from here to Gillette. Kudo’s to Master Sculptor Donald Chapelle – a real treat to work with & support him on this project!

Scott Memhard, President & General Manager

Cape Pond Ice Company, Inc.


Artist Reception for Sarah Wonson at Passports on Monday

Join us Monday November 2nd 6pm-9pm at Passports for a viewing of some of these special works.

Small bites will be available on us as well as a cash bar.


Sarah Wonson was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  She graduated in 2007 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Printmaking. Her main forms of expression are drawing and printmaking with a focus on landscape, still life, and repetitious patterns.  She has a love of nature and the world around her.  Trees, ocean, rocks, dirt, birds, animals in motion, plants, growth, driftwood, leaves, season transitions, repetition, craft, fabric design, woodgrain, New England architecture, windows, found objects, masonry, granite, shadows, night walks, graveyards, and maps drive her artistic practice.

Her art focuses on the act of observation, the importance of noticing and contemplating even the smallest moments in life.  “Observation is different from looking, to observe is to digest not just gaze.  Connection is lost when we do not observe, and when we lose connection we become detached from the world around us.”  Her most recent project, “Life Observed”, an installation that took place at the White-Ellery House, a historic home located at Grant Circle in Gloucester, presented a view of the human presence felt in the places we live and the objects we make.

View more at

Meet the Artist at Half Moon Harry Studio TONIGHT

Friday October 30, 2015 Half Moon Harry Studios at 5 Main Street Rockport Ma. 978-335-2593  is having another “Meet the Artist” Event. World traveling photographer Joseph Sheedy will be on hand to sign and discuss his work from 5-7 PM. This is the last big weekend as Half Moon Harry Studios will be closing from this location with their Half Moon / Half Off Sale on most of our items. Thank You Cape Ann for a great season.


PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on 10/31/15

On Halloween Night — Saturday, October 31st at 7:30pm International Sonic Artist Peter Krasinski will be accompanying the 1920’s silent film “Phantom of the Opera” starring Lon Chaney, on organ.   “Creative costumes” are encouraged; everyone in costume can join a parade at intermission and be eligible for prizes.


Experience a unique evening of entertainment for the whole family with one of the most famous silent film actors of all time, Lon Chaney, in his legendary role as the Phantom of the Paris Opera House.  When Krasinski accompanies a film it becomes literally a “once in a lifetime” event. Well known in the Gloucester area for his improvisational skills he began perfecting his craft at Hammond Castle and has become internationally known as a master of his art.  This is a “do not miss” evening!

This event is the first of 2015-16 Concert & Lecture Series to benefit the Meetinghouse Preservation Fund.   For more information see:

This event takes place at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, Gloucester MA 01930.    Doors open at 7:00pm, the show starts at 7:30pm.


$15 general admission, $12 seniors (over 65) & students; children under 12 free.

Video: Hot Pink Sunrise by Leslie Heffron

Hope the FOBs enjoy this 2 minute glimpse of life on the water in Pigeon Cove. It’s a very peaceful dawn. All I hear is the wind, the waves, seagulls, and the puttering of the boat’s engine. I feel like l’m living in a Fitz Henry Lane painting!

Pumpkins Aren’t My Thing

Do you know what day of my boys’ childhoods I dislike the most?  Pumpkin Carving Day.

Sure, I have disliked the days when the boys cried during doctor visit shots, I have disliked the days that they have come home with hurt feelings over a temporarily struggling friendship, I’d even go so far as to say that I hated the day that Finn had to be taken to the ER for stitches after a bad gash in head.  Seeing the boys sad or hurt…or disappointed or frustrated…is hard.  It breaks my heart a little every time.  My dislike for those moments in their childhood is based on my feeling so bad for them.

My crazy dislike for pumpkin carving day.  Well, that’s a whole other beast.  My dislike for pumpkin carving day is purely based on me feeling so bad for, well, me.

I am ALL for forced family fun.  If you read any of my posts, you surely already know that.  I am all about quality time and making the most of vacations, weekends, holidays, warm sunny days, and what have you.  4th of July traditions…fantastic!  Christmas traditions…Absolutely…favorite days of the year.  Boys’ birthdays….Pinterest hear me roar.  All things pumpkin….sigh.  NOT my thing.

That’s not completely true, actually.  I love the day that involves picking out the pumpkins.  I like arranging the pumpkins on the front porch.  I like the way the pumpkins look.  And, I love pumpkin seeds.  I just hate carving the freakin’ pumpkins.

Without fail, it starts as a 4-person gig.  Without fail, it ends up as a solo show.  The boys go off to play and check in occasionally to offer advice, support, or constructive criticism.  When they’re happy with the job I’m doing it almost makes up for the slimy, pulpy mess that I’ve become.  Almost.  But, not really.

This year, it wasn’t going to happen again.  So last night, I made a deal.  Sure…I’ll carve the pumpkins…but, you guys are separating the seeds from the pulp.  Well, that lasted about a minute.  During that minute our neighbor came home and told us, “You all look like a scene straight from a Norman Rockwell painting while carving pumpkins together on the front porch.”   Right.  A mere 30 seconds later the boys were grossed out…and off playing street hockey.  My husband disappeared to see if the rabbit would eat a chunk of pumpkin.  And, I was alone again, naturally.

That’s it. Sharp knives be damned….next year, I’m drinking a pumpkin beer while the boys carve their own jack-o-lanters.  Doubtful.

Last year, in preparation for pumpkin carving day, I got my revenge ahead of time. Does that even make any sense?  Knowing full-well that I’d be carving the pumpkins solo, I made the boys lug the pumpkins they wanted all the way home from downtown Rockport.  I’m still laughing.  If that mean parenting moment interests you, you can read it here.

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GOod Morning Gloucester Tourism Survey For Candidates Running For City Council Responses:

These responses will also be posted at

All Candidates For City Council Were Sent a Tourism Survey. 

​As more candidates respond their responses will be added and the post will be updated.

Here are the questions and responses from the candidates that have responded:

Individual Participant

Joe Giacalone

Question 01
How do you feel about the city investing 30% of the money collected as hotel tax in tourism marketing?

I think it’s a great idea. Money invested in tourism can yield a return many times over so it makes perfect sense.

Question 02
What ideas do you have about dealing with increased traffic, the need for additional parking and public rest rooms?

Public restrooms(not just porta-potties) is a positive step. Increased traffic around our beaches can be improved with shuttle service from some of our school sites and Stage Fort Park. Also, increased use of electronic signage, updates on social media, and maybe a local radio station could make a difference.

Question 03
How can you make Gloucester more family-friendly?

Maybe hands-on exhibits of aspects of the fishing industry and the arts community. The more there is to see and do on the waterfront the better.

Question 04
How can you support businesses that are in the hospitality and cultural tourism industries?

Tax breaks and other incentives can help. Encouraging affordable housing will help support a workforce.

Question 05
What are three things you would like to see happen in Gloucester to improve the visitor experience?

I’d like to see a welcome center downtown/ waterfront. More cultural/local celebrations and events. Support of the arts community.

Individual Participant

Joe Ciolino

Question 01
How do you feel about the city investing 30% of the money collected as hotel tax in tourism marketing?

I have worked with the Tourist Commission and Discover Gloucester for many years, and know well the revenue stream potential we have here. Without consistent financing or a solid marketing plan in place, we struggled. I was the city councilor who went to the Mayor last January with a plan to fund tourism in the city and get us on the path to promote Gloucester.

The 30% collection is a reasonable and vital investment. Revenues will grow as more hotel rooms come on line, making more marketing campaigns possible and increasing city revenues in ways that do not involve raising property taxes. It is important to note this 30% funding is at the discretion of the mayor. We need to make sure we have one that will continue this funding so we can better promote the arts, culture, restaurants, activities, businesses, and organizations in this community.

Question 02
What ideas do you have about dealing with increased traffic, the need for additional parking and public rest rooms?

Discover Gloucester and the Chamber of Commerce have done a great job getting visitors into our city. It is the job of city government to deal with the extra cars and traffic.
1. We need to improve public transportation by developing a bus/trolley schedule that connects the beaches with the hotels and off-site parking facilities.

2. We need an event co-coordinator to synchronize citywide events so we do not overwhelm our streets with traffic by overscheduling events any one given weekend.

3. Better signage to communicate which beaches are full and which ones are still open for visitors. There’s got to be “an app for that” the City can produce, along with other helpful information.

4. I4C2 may need to be considered at a place to build a central welcome center, with restrooms and parking. The boulevard is another place we need public restrooms. According to the state, the current bridge tender’s house is structurally unsound and there are plans to tear it down. Since a new bridge tender’s house is being planed, this is the right time to include restrooms in that new structure. We need to work with our state and federally elected representatives to make this happen.

Question 03
How can you make Gloucester more family-friendly?

I think we already are family friendly, but we can do more. Gloucester is blessed with great parks, athletic fields, beaches, and trails, but they need to be kept clean and maintained, with additional lighting for safety. Ideally the city should partner with local organizations who do outdoor activities and indoor programs, at least to promote them and support them with funding when possible.

We need to provide first-rate, well-built schools and maintain them responsibly.

One of Gloucester’s best family resources is the YMCA. The next council must help make a new YMCA a top priority and facilitate the process wherever they can. Needless red tape and procedural delays are not an acceptable way to run a city.

Question 04
How can you support businesses that are in the hospitality and cultural tourism industries?

Every person who lives here has that power in his or her pocket. Where you spend your money determines how you support any local business. Dinner out? Stay in town and eat at any number of great restaurants. Put a review up on Yelp or Trip Advisor. People read them before they come here. Take a moment and put in a good word for the local businesses.
Have visitors? Take them on a whale watch, to the local museums, hike in Dogtown. Put them up in a hotel, tell your boss that visiting staff can be put up reasonably and comfortably right here in town. Encourage friends or relatives to get married up here, it’s all good!

Question 05
What are three things you would like to see happen in Gloucester to improve the visitor experience?

1.I would like to see a welcoming center at I4C2, centrally located with parking and public restrooms. Public restrooms to service the many people enjoying the boulevard.
2.Improved signage from the train station directing visitors to attractions in the city. Shuttle bus schedules there, too.
3.Gloucester has a litter problem -we have visitors comment on it all the time and we have got to change that culture. The city also needs to do more frequent trash pick-ups in heavily visited areas.

Individual Participant

Kathryn Goodick

Question 01
How do you feel about the city investing 30% of the money collected as hotel tax in tourism marketing?

I think that this is a good start. The amount should be reviewed each year to see if this garners enough cash to reinvest into tourism and if it needs to be adjusted.

I would also “fight” to ensure that this money is not used for other city expenses.

Question 02
What ideas do you have about dealing with increased traffic, the need for additional parking and public rest rooms?

I would like to see talks again with fellow city members of Rockport to open up the Blackburn road as an option.

The use of the Fuller School could be used for additional parking, perhaps setting up (as one citizen suggested) as the tourist welcome center. This would allow the city to build a parking garage there, use the city bus and trolley service to take people to/from the beaches, reduce traffic along the RT128 extension, and shuttle them to other parts of the city as well….Lanesville, Magnolia, downtown

Question 03
How can you make Gloucester more family-friendly?

I think that the city does a great job with all of the events over the summer, and we need to continue this throughout the year.

The problem that I see that makes it “non-family friendly” is that the taxes are too high, which makes it impossible for many families to move here or stay here.

In addition, despite what the School Committee members want you to believe, our MCAS scores have not improved over the past 7 years. We need to improve our schools holistically, from the maintenance to the education. If you drive up to O’Malley School, the outside is not very warm and inviting. Why not ask some of the garden clubs to take on plantings in this area as well? Remove some of the concrete that makes it look like a prison?

Improvements to the leash law would be helpful too. I know that this is under advisement and consideration for improvements but so many of our residents own dogs, it is a huge piece of their life. The restrictions do not make for a family friendly environment.

Question 04
How can you support businesses that are in the hospitality and cultural tourism industries?

The first question answered that. Taking the 30% of meals tax to promote tourism will allow a boost to advertisement and marketing.

We have such a beautiful area and many people want to visit. We need to showcase Gloucester in a strategic marketing campaign. But we have to be ready for it.

Having the welcome center at Stage Fort Park, although a beautiful use of that building, it isn’t practical where it is located. It is a challenge for many to find it and navigate the bridge down the boulevard to get there. Housing this in a more central location would be ideal to promote our tourism industry.

Question 05
What are three things you would like to see happen in Gloucester to improve the visitor experience?

Move the Tourist Information/Welcome Center to a more central location — maybe at Fuller School or if property becomes available at or near the Grant Circle.

Have more accessible parking available that drives tourist to the downtown area. But of course, we need to revitalize the downtown area.

Improve the driving experience here. Last summer the traffic causes me as a citizen to stay home (not complaining) but as a visitor, I would be very discourage to sit in traffic for an hour to get to the beach, only to be turned around as there is no place to park.

Individual Participant

Everett Brown

Question 01
How do you feel about the city investing 30% of the money collected as hotel tax in tourism marketing?

With Gloucester’s fishing industry facing hardship, the City needs to generate new income. Because of our scenic and cultural assets, tourism is a natural to fill part of the gap. I support the funding and effort to grow our economy by improving the marketing.

Question 02
What ideas do you have about dealing with increased traffic, the need for additional parking and public rest rooms?

To deal with traffic problems, I recommend:
1. Increased use of highway signs,social media,shuttle transportation,towing of illegally parked vehicles and a referendum to determine if our citizens are interested in studying the possibility of a new road to reduce the traffic problems in Ward 1.

2. Additional Parking: With the current level of debt, it is unlikely the City will borrow money to fund a garage. Other possible solutions would include issuing a new request for proposal for I4C2 that required a parking component. While parking in the core of the shopping area is difficult, there is usually parking further out. A downtown shuttle might alleviate some of the problem.

3. The City should investigate the funding and purchase of a mobile public restroom trailer. These are available in many shapes and sizes and can be moved to any area where a large gathering is planned. These are not porta-potties and can be temporarily hooked to the sewer system.

Question 03
How can you make Gloucester more family-friendly?

A good start would be to increase the use of City Hall and other City properties for children’s activities. We need to consider the return of City sponsored Halloween parties and a First Night Celebration.

Question 04
How can you support businesses that are in the hospitality and cultural tourism industries?

Thanks to the many art groups in our City, we all have learned a lot in the last few weeks.

I support the additional of a City Cultural Coordinator, the creation of an City Arts and Cultural policy and will work to increase affordable housing for those in need.

Question 05
What are three things you would like to see happen in Gloucester to improve the visitor experience?

1. Continued City financial support of improved marketing techniques.

2. A targeted media program to improve the visibility of our off season events and activities. People visiting off season will enjoy their experience more because they are not confronted by heavy traffic.

3. During the summer, visitors enjoy our downtown events. Why limit the experience to a few days? Why not consider turning part of Main Street into an outdoor kiosk. Every shopping center has small vendor kiosks to enhance the shopping experience and to generate sales. We could create our own version.

A Reason to Go Over the Bridge – ‘Art of Living: Life Beyond Cancer’ Conference

Cape Ann Health, Fitness and Wellness News-

Cape Ann Wellness

Friends of Mels 2015 Conference Friends of Mel 2015 Conference

Sponsored by Friends of Mel Foundation. www.


To REGISTER ON – LINE and for a List of Workshops and Seminars

This conference is designed to help survivors and their caregivers navigate the road to healing with a full day of professionally led workshops and skill building seminars that address such issues as –

Opening Keynote – 

Trauma to Treasure: Finding Strength Through Life Challenging Experiences

Cancer presents a profound challenge to living a “normal” life but also provides survivors an opportunity to create a path for living that is consciously chosen. This presentation will focus on the inherent strengths of individuals to build a future based on lessons learned from their cancer experience. Matthew J. Loscalzo, LCSW – City of Hope. Executive Director Supportive Care Medicine, Liliane Elkins Professor in Supportive Care Programs, Professor, Population Sciences

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