GloucesterCast 182 With @Shutterbythesea @DonnaArd @KimSmithDesigns and @Joey_C Taped 5/18/16

GloucesterCast 182 With Bridgette Mathews,Donna Ardizzoni, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 5/18/16

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Topics Include:
Donna tried to sabotage my diet with the girl scout cookies
One hour at a time gang- Seaside Graphics gave a better price than VistaPrint for T Shirts
Donna Showing at Matz Gallery In The Library
Red Shed film festival shout out to Sarah Kelly, Amy Rich and Henry Cooper
No Wake Zone all the way to breakwater?  Who are these people?
Ten Pound Island report from Mass Audubon came in– Kim transposed it from PDF form so you can read it here
Pollen everyone coughing
Donna’s hearing aids- Beauport Hearing
Rick Doucette referring to Ward 2 as Living in the Deuce is about the coolest thing ever.
Kudos to GHS Sailing program undefeated.
Gloucester High School Class of 1947 will be celebrating their 69th Reunion at the Gloucester House on Monday,
May 23rd at 1 pm. Any one who started with the class is encouraged to attend. Guest are welcome. St. Ann’s Class
of 1947 is welcome. Please call Virginia McKinnon 978-283-3968 or email mckinnon for reservations

Meet The Three GHS Prinicpal Finalists

Gloucester Supt. Richard Safier has announced the three finalists for GHS principal chosen by the search committee. They are Elizabeth Taylor, James Cook and Deborah Holman.

He has invited parents and community members to meet the three finalists at three session at 3:30 p.m. in the GHS library: Wednesday, May 18 Elizabeth Taylor, Thursday, May 19, James Cook, Monday, May 23, Deborah Holman


Our Bridgette Mathews with husband Neil


Ten Pound Island Gloucester -3kimsmithdesigns.comMASS AUDUBON

28 April 2016

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken

City of Gloucester

9 Dale Avenue Gloucester, MA 01930

Re: Ten Pound Island

Mayor Romeo Theken,

At your invitation, Mass Audubon staff members Jeff Collins, Chris Leahy, and I visited Ten Pound Island on April 8th with assistance from your harbormaster staff. Jeff is our Director of Ecological Management, Chris holds the Gerard Bertrand Chair of Ornithology and Natural History and is a Gloucester resident. I direct our Ecological Extension Service through which we offer technical assistance to conservation partners such as municipalities and land trusts.

We spent approximately one hour exploring the island, conducting a very brief plant and wildlife inventory, and discussing ways that we could assist the City in evaluating potential uses of the island including wildlife habitat enhancements and improvements to permit greater public access. Our immediate takeaways were as follows:

 The island appears to serve as nesting habitat for several bird species including Black-crowned Night Heron, Herring Gull, and Common Eider. Other heron species have also been observed investigating the island during the pre-breeding period. Ten Pound is part of a constellation of North Shore rocky islands that provide critical nesting habitat for a number of bird species that have evolved to use the historically predator-free setting.

 Norway Rats, a non-native invasive species, appear to be present on the island, based on presence of burrows. Rats are egg predators and can severely reduce reproductive success of a bird nesting colony.

 While non-native species are the dominant plants, the vegetation structure is representative of other rocky islands with a few trees of medium height, dense shrubby areas, and some open areas of low ground cover and grasses, all ringed by bare rock.

 There is currently no improved access to the island, in either the form of a protected landing or a distinct trail.

 Unmanaged human access and any dog presence during bird nesting season would have a very negative impact on breeding success of the nesting birds.

 Wildlife habitat could be dramatically improved with an effort to reduce invasive plant species and eradicate the rat population.

 We observed no endangered or threatened plant, animal or bird species during our visit.

 Any improved public a access to the island should be strictly managed to protect wildlife habitat.

 Under appropriate management and professional interpretation, the educational and passive recreational value of the island could conceivably be enhanced, while protecting the natural resources it contains.

Additional Detail: No active Common Eider nests were seen, but old nest bowls and one predated egg from a previous nesting year was observed. Three Black-crowned Night Herons were seen including one nest that appeared to be active. Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls were present, but no evidence of their nesting on the island was observed. Our visit was early in the breeding season, and birds may be setting up nests now or in coming weeks.



Eastern Point Lit House Duckworths -3 kim SmithEastern Point Lit House co-founder Chris Anderson led a heartfelt discussion on To Kill a Mockingbird, his favorite book, as it is for so many. I hadn’t read the book since junior high school and wholeheartedly recommend that if you haven’t in a long while, do. Although I’ve seen the movie several times since and know the outcome, I couldn’t put the book down and did something I haven’t been compelled to do in some time, which is to stay up and read a book in one night. The themes beautifully explored and woven throughout this literary classic, of racism, social inequality, ignorance, coming of age, good versus evil, raising children in a community (no matter how flawed), bravery, and injustice are as relevant today as when the book was first published in 1960. The masterful story telling by Harper Lee leaves you with a deep sense of hope and compassion for your fellow human.

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On June 26th, author Julia Glass is leading the discussion on the graphic novel Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. For more information and the complete 2016 Book Club Schedule visit the Eastern Point Lit House website here.

Eastern Point Lit House copyright kim SmithOur newest and youngest book club member Annie Kate

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Eastern Point Lit House Duckworths copyright kim SmithEastern Point Lit House Duckworths -1 kim SmithEastern Point Lit House Duckworths -2 kim SmithJust some of the wonderfully delicious entrees Chef Ken Duckworth prepared for the book club attendees. Thank you Ken!!!

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More clean ups

The Magnolia Historical Society is clean the Magnolia Cemetery on Magnolia Avenue, Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Please bring rakes, shoves, leaf blowers, chain saws, leaf bags and community pride. Since The One Hour at a Time Gang goes from 8:00 – 9:00, if anyone wants to join me going over to the Magnolia Cemetery, please feel free to help out.

Magnolia Cemetery

Need a summer job?


Andrew Kostka writes in:

Hi! My name is Andrew Kostka, over the summer I am running a house painting business through a company called ‘Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ This being said I am looking to hire hard working individuals to work for me. If you or anyone you know fits this description please call me at 508-284-2742 or email



Inbound Call Center/Helpline Counselor/Database Research Associate (Gloucester)

NeedyMeds, a leading online national resource dedicated to increasing public awareness about using healthcare assistance programs, is looking for people who are interested in making a difference in the lives of those who are seeking help managing healthcare expenses. If you are the kind of person who gets a sense of fulfillment in helping others, then you are the kind of person that this national nonprofit is seeking.

NeedyMeds offers information on many programs for people that need help paying for healthcare and prescription medication and runs a Call Center for specific programs and a Helpline for assisting callers looking for resources on NeedyMeds’ website,

The position is for a full-time Call Center/Helpline Counselor/Database Research Associate. The Helpline Counselor position requires assisting our helpline callers in finding and utilizing resources on our website. As Call Center Counselor, the position entails answering questions about specific programs and processing applications. The position also involves daily updating of database(s) and research. The person will also occasionally add support for special projects.

Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus

Required skills are:

Excellent, current computer skills (Mac-based office)

Strong phone skills

Flexibility in switching tasks

Comfort with working on databases

Comfort with repetitive tasks

Accuracy with data entry

Competency with researching on Internet

Accuracy with information

Pleasant demeanor

Mature outlook

Team player

Reliable and dependable transportation

Flexible hours

Excellent benefits


compensation: Starting pay: $13/hr with 60-day review and annual reviews thereafter.

employment type: full-time

non-profit organization

Send resume and cover letter to: with subject line “GMG Center Call Center”

Get Ready for Cape Ann Symphony’s Season Finale with this Mesmerizing Look at Brahms


Can you imagine a more spectacular climax to the Cape Ann Symphony‘s most spectacular season?  On Saturday (5/21) you can join Yoichi Udagawa and the top classical players on Boston’s North Shore for a stellar evening of music.  This kind of concert doesn’t come along very often.  Believe it or not, there are still tickets available for this Grand Finale. Get Tickets Here.

Watch this mesmerizing video to get you in the mood . . .


Rubber Duck signed up for Essex River Race this Saturday!

With a little help Rubber Duck fit her fat ass into her kayak this morning. Although she sounded like a champagne cork when attempting a water exit, she fit.

Rubber Duck fit easily into her kayak with just a little help.
Rubber Duck fit easily into her kayak with just a little help.

Registration is open until Thursday night at 7 PM but you better register right this minute because the cutoff of 180 boats in the race is rapidly approaching. Click here to go to the Cape Ann Rowing Club Registration page to sign up and get info.

Never entered a race before? It’s only three miles up and three miles back and then hotdogs, beer, and clam chowder await you back at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. If you don’t want to race just go to the causeway in front of Woodman’s and watch the work boats and dories start at 10 AM this Saturday and make sure you stay until noon to see Rubber Duck make it back.

As always a hat tip to all the volunteers of the Cape Ann Rowing Club who make this event a memorable start to the summer.

Tourists – From Manchester England – Again


This gentleman was also photographed last year in the same area.  He comes to the United States to visit his daughter in Brighton Ma. and loves taking a day trip to Gloucester.  Welcome back mate.

See last Years Post Tourist from Manchester England

Toot. Toot.

That was me blowing my horn.  Only it isn’t really my horn.  It is the horn that belongs to phenomenal school where I am incredibly privileged to teach.

While I could always wax poetically about many of the special things that happen there on a daily basis, I don’t.  So, when I do…you know it is going to be even extra special.  Like today.  This isn’t just any proud moment though.  This one also includes the one and only, Sista Felicia.  This week, for one super fun night, Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori and Sista Felicia joined forces.

See, our Middle School students put their wonderfully creative minds together and planned themselves a pretty exceptional week-long field study trip to Gloucester. Gloucester may have, at first, seemed like an odd choice since these students all hail from the North Shore area, but given the fact that they were excited to dig deeper, explore further, and learn more substantially about this special place we call home, it wasn’t really an odd choice at all.

They rented themselves a pretty sweet home on the beach, created a week-long vision of learning, drew a logo, and planned a week to end all weeks.  With the direction of their teachers, but the license to make their own decisions, they planned a week that includes working closely with Tony Wilbur at Maritime Gloucester, a sail on the Ardelle, some time on the Adventure, learning how to SUP, a trip to Cape Pond Ice, a meeting with Angela Sanfilippo, a visit with a couple of local artists, a lobstering trip, a visit to Hammond Castle, a walk on Dog Bar Breakwater, and much (much) more.  Oh, wait…much more…including breaking in their vacation pad by preparing an exceptionally delicious meal with Sista Felicia.

Don’t be surprised if you hear more about this trip in the week to come, but in the meantime I wanted to show you how fantastic it was to have my worlds collide. Felicia, no surprise, led these students like the expert she is.  She had them working all areas of the kitchen with enthusiasm and, in the end, a fantastic meal consisting of appetizers, “cocktails”, salad, main courses (obviously including locally caught fish), and a dessert….but, most importantly, teamwork…was served.

Thanks so much, Felicia!  A side note, that probably goes with out saying, is that the food was delicious and received accolades from all.



Gloucester Stage Company kicks off the 37th season of producing professional theater on Cape Ann with Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage opening on May 19 and running through June 11 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Written by Tony Award-winning playwright Peter Shaffer, Lettice and Lovage follows tour guide Lettice Douffet as she leads tours through an obscure English mansion utterly devoid of interest. Lettice decides to “Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten!” her tours by fabricating fanciful stories, which ignites the wrath of her employer, Lotte Schon, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. The battle that ensues rapidly turns to friendship as the ladies embark on a series of escapades in this delightful comedy. Directed by Gloucester Stage veteran Benny Sato Ambush, Lettice and Lovage features Academy Award nominated actress and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse as Lettice Douffet, Marya Lowry as Lotte Schon, Mark S. Cohen as Bardolph and Janelle Day Mills as Miss Framer. Lettice and Lovage reunites Lindsay Crouse with director Benny Sato Ambush. The pair collaborated on Gloucester Stage’s critically acclaimed 2013 production of Driving Miss Daisy.

Benny Sato Ambush, Director_Lettice and Lovage

Lettice and Lovage Director Benny Sato Ambush