Mayor Romeo Theken Heidi Wakeman copyright Kim SmithMayor Romeo Theken and Heidi Wakeman

Community members gathered Monday night at a vigil organized by Mayor Romeo Theken for the victims of the Orlando shooting. The memorial was held outdoors at City Hall with the American and Rainbow flags flying at half mast in honor of the victims and their community. The Mayor led the program, with eloquent speeches given on love, hate, and tolerance by Reverend Wendy Fitting, Reverend Rona Tyndall, Reverend Thomas Bentley, Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, and Senator Bruce Tarr. Several songs were sung, with Alexandra Grace and Josh Cominelli performing Hozier’s “Take Me To Church.” Heidi Wakeman read the poem “Say I Love You,” written by Christy Sharshel.

The screenshot below, of the comment from Rick Fish, is from Mayor Sefatia’s Facebook page. Rick is working in the trauma room at the hospital to where shooting victims have been brought.

So proud of our community for this gesture of loving kindness.








Ciolino Saint Antonio altar copyright Kim SmithAs the Novena to Saint Peter began Monday evening, the Novena to Saint Antonio ended. Thank you to Josephine and Joe Ciolino for sharing their beautiful altar to Saint Anthony.

Joe, Josephine, Sal Ciolino copyright Kim SmithJoe, Josephine, and son Sal Ciolino

Ciolino Saint Antonio Feast-2 copyright Kim SmithAnd thank you to Josephine for the invitation to join their feast and to Mayor Sefatia to come take photos!

Shell art copyright Kim SmithJoe created the shell urns flanking the altar. He found the urn on the right washed ashore on the beach.

Ciolino Saint Antonio Feast copyright Kim SmithMany thanks to the Ciolino Family for their welcoming hospitality!

Old Pung Gets a New Keel

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I wish I had gotten a photo of the rough hewn board this beautiful finished piece of work started from. Larry Dahlmer  created the keel in two pieces–the one shown will go in the stern of Old Pung. In the first photo, you can see him underneath the boat preparing to install it. I found it amazing that Larry does all this work wearing open sandals.

E.J. Lefavour

Alicia Unleashed Episode 29- Where is the love?

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Alicia Unleashed Episode 29 tape with B-Side and Hostess Alicia Cox


Much needed extended intro: Where is the love? #orlandostrong, No words can describe, Bridget’s raw emotion, Mind blown, Crazy world we live in, Alicia’s last minute, Bridget promoted to producer, New trash, Chuck Lorre talks about Gloucester Police Chief nerdist.com, Closet listeners, Am I?, Homie Cast where you at?, Do you have the GMG app?, Every time we lose a listener we gain one, Inquiring minds want to know, Ask Joey podcast, Dr. Ruth, Alicia’s voice, Alicia rants back, There is a disclaimer, People who read the notes and don’t actually listen, Podcast etiquette, Tyler says his mom is the coolest, Biting our tongues, We are not editing again, Do you touch gross stuff?, Dogs were super quiet, Be kind to one another

Pleasure Island Walking Tour this Sunday June 19, 10AM to noon

I have always been fascinated by this sign out on Route 128 (really now 95) in Wakefield. I grew up poor on the wrong Cape so never made it to Pleasure Island but the exit sign beckons. Driving to work fantasizing about what I would do on my Pleasure Island. 🙂 Finally turned in last week and it was no Twilight Zone episode. I was not transported back in time. I couldn’t even find “Pleasure Island Road”.

Turn here for Pleasure Island where 6x9=42
Turn here for Pleasure Island where 6×9=42

But this Sunday morning I can find out. The Friends of Pleasure Island will have a walking tour of the Island no more. Take that exit 42 (bring your towel of course), and pull into the Edgewater Office Park and park in the first lot on the left. 10AM. Rubber Duck will be on a leash.

Searching for Pleasure Island I could only find this. Is it the anchor to The Sinking of the Hesperus? Or the Moby Dick Ride? Is this Monkey Island? Is this where the Three Stooges did their act? It was the wrong day. 6×9 equaled 54. But on Sunday, 6×9 will equal 42.

Sail with Adventure Tomorrow

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If you have ever seen the Schooner Adventure out in the harbor and wished you were aboard, now is your chance. I serve as volunteer crew and I can tell you there is nothing like the feeling when the wind fills the sails and she surges ahead. Sailing aboard Gloucester’s fully restored 122-foot National Landmark is an experience you won’t forget. Every Wednesday Adventure goes out from 4 to 7 with a deck load of her members. You can join for as little as $10 a month (seniors, veterans and students even less). With membership comes two tickets, and any others you’d care to buy are half price. All the details are on the website as well as a list of all the other opportunities to sail this season, or call the office at 978 281 8079.

Tomorrow looks like a good day to sail. Join us at Webster Pier, Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop.

Breaking News: Court Rules Comcast can’t slow down GMG Videos or block GMG posts!

Well, it’s actually A LOT bigger than GMG.  The New York Times just reported the following:

The two-to-one decision from a three-judge panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday came in a case about rules applying to a doctrine known as net neutrality, which prohibit broadband companies from blocking or slowing the delivery of internet content to consumers.

For us, here in Gloucester, it means that Comcast can’t intentionally slow down your streaming of a Netflix movie or a GMG video and it can’t block a GMG post — not even this one!

It’s a big win for GMG and everyone who uses the Internet … but, as you might expect, the fight isn’t over.

Check out the NYT article here.

Great Places to Stay – Travel Gloucester

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Here’s a map of the Gloucester hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfast and you name it lodging that I whipped up in 2014 when I was serving on the tourism commission. I was curious where all these places were in relation to downtown. Laura Dow of Vista Motel and Laura Baker of Castle Manor Inn booked very full dance cards for us: two days of back-to- back lodging tours (any that signed up), speed dating style. Conclusion: there are great places to stay to suit anybody’s needs and preferences. I included some that we did not see.

This year, I added Beauport Hotel — which can handle a 400 person conference capacity!

Other news this year: Vista Motel has a new pool; Cape Ann Marina Resort initiated Boatsetter (‘Uber on the water’) and… send in updates and I’ll add it to the post.

Cape Ann SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard ) is right in there by Beauport and Long Beach for visiting guests.

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2016 St. Peter’s Fiesta Novena Night 1 Photos

This Years Altar was once again beautifully constructed by Jeanne Linquata. Grace Cusumano, and Ann Sanfilippo.

Faces Of The Rosary

Voices from the Head Table Leading last Nights Rosary

Rosie Verga ‘s Opening Prayers

Children of the Rosary

Novena Coffee Time! 

Sista Felicia’s Traditional Novena Girls Photo ! 



Click read more for complete photo gallery of 2016 St. Peter’s Novena night 1 !  Continue reading “2016 St. Peter’s Fiesta Novena Night 1 Photos”

Who is in the Know?

We mentioned the other day on the most recent podcast (from the gorgeous new Beauport Hotel) that a new restaurant is coming to Rockport.

The Feather & Wedge Restaurant and Bar (happy dance) is scheduled to open sometime this summer.  I honestly don’t know a thing about it.  Who can fill us in?  I’d love to know more!