Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nicastro Family

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Dominic and Catherine Nicastro

Gloucester Daily Times

Ray Lamont

The man who for years was St. Peter’s guardian and played a central role in St. Peter’s Fiesta has passed away.

Dominic Nicastro Sr., 66, who went to work as a commercial fisherman right after graduating from Gloucester High School, died early Thursday morning at the Golden Living Center after a lengthy illness.

For decades, Nicastro played a central role in Fiesta’s salute to the patron saint of fishermen, first as one of the carriers of the St. Peter’s statue and then, from 2000 through 2015, as its primary guardian, said Joe Novello, head of St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee. Nicastro was the statue’s fifth guardian in the festival’s 89-year history, handing over the duties to Joe Orlando in 2015.

“He was a genuine man, just a very good guy,” said Novello of Nicastro on Thursday. “He was a very proud man, but he was very respected as a leader.”

Novello recalled that Nicastro eventually bought his own lobster boat, then later worked as a diesel mechanic with the Cape Ann Transportation Authority. But his heart, he said, was always with Fiesta.

“He so loved St. Peter,” said Sara Favazza, 86, whose father, Capt. Salvatore Favazza, commissioned the statue in 1927 and is among the founders of Fiesta.

Nicastro served for years as president of the St. Peter’s Club, and played a role in organizing Fiesta’s sporting events. He regularly joined his wife Catherine in attending each night of the nine-day Novena to St. Peter, Novello recalled.


The Reason You Call J&L Welding… 

Jeff and his crew have deep roots in the fishing community if #GloucesterMA.  He knows when a critical piece of equipment goes down in the offloading process that it will be a major hit to the port. 

The boom goes down  and within an hour Jeff came down to measure stock and had his crew on the job to get us back up running.  A crisis situation is a whole lot less stressful when you have a company like J&L on your side.   Thank you Jeff and company. 

Cape Ann Community Band Seeks Players

For immediate release:  Cape Ann Community Band Seeks Players

Contact:  David Benjamin       978-281-0543   


The Cape Ann Community Band is seeking players for their concert on August 21, 2016. The band is playing a nautically themed concert, “The Sea Around Us”. Rehearsals are held every Monday evening, at 7pm, at the American Legion Hall, 8 Washington Street, Gloucester. All are welcome. The band is especially in need of flutes, clarinet and saxophone players. Percussionists are also encouraged to attend. The rain date for the Stage Fort Park concert is Wednesday, August 24. For more information please contact David Benjamin, 978-281-0543 or David@DavidLBenjamin.comCommunityBand

Hold on to your hats! Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight! w/ Bob Davis, David Brown, Dave Mattacks and dear Ol’ Dave Sag himself. 8:30 @ The Rhumb Line 7.21.2016

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This week’s clash of the gods features the return match of Euphonium, the Roman God of fake IDs, versus Hernia, the Greek Goddess of surgical appliances. No! Wait! That’s my tri-polar self talking. Indeed, I hear voices in other people’s heads! This is what they really tell me:
This Thursday sees the fabulous return of guitar slingers Mr.Bob Davis, aka Johnny Carbuncle and Mr. Dave Brown, the world’s biggest… practitioners of bigness,that is, as their incredible styles clash and remagnetize in the sphere of possibilities. The Atomic Clock, Mr. Dave Mattacks, provides the impetus: I provide the Basest. this is the Rhumb line, where all is possible. This is Thursday: hours:8:30 to 11:30.

Yours truly, Dave 

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Cape Ann Farmers Market at Stage Fort tonight


Another gorgeous day for the stellar Cape Ann Farmers Market, 3-6:30 pm.

Cape Ann Reads will be there with a pop up library from Sawyer Free Children’s Services and an art activity from Cape Ann Art Haven. Hope to see you!

Free Thursdays: Shop Cape Ann Farmer’s Market to pick out a great picnic supper to bring to tonight’s free Harbor Loop concert at 6pm. The weekly concerts run through August 25, 2016.

City of Gloucester FREE summertime events–there are options most every night of the week!

(weekly) Mondays Cape Ann Farmer’s Market at Magnolia
(weekly) Wednesdays Gloucester HarborWalk summer cinema (three more to go- Minions next week!)
(weekly) Thursdays Cape Ann Farmers Market and Harbor Loop Concerts
(weekly) Fridays  Music on Meetinghouse green
(monthly) Saturday block parties
(weekly) Sunday Stage Fort Antonio Gentile Bandstand concerts

Come See Blue The Super Rare #BlueLobster At The Lobster Pool Restaurant

More Cape Ann Dining News –


Here’s Our Manager Myles Picking Up Today’s Fresh Caught Lobsters At Captain Joe and Sons.  And while there the boys gave him “Blue” the Super Rare blue lobster so our customers could view it!

Come buy the Lobster Pool this week to see “Blue!”


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Catch a moon…or not

I’ve alway said that the best part about photography is what I learn about what I’m shooting and the people I meet along the way.   Last night I was out, so I thought I would try to catch the moon since I missed the actual full moon the night before.   I headed over to GHB and grabbed my gear out of the car, but there is just something about a camera with a big lens that makes people want to sidle up to you and chat.   Little do they realize that I had about a 10 minute window to get what I was after, and alas I did not get the shot I was going for, but I did however chat with a family whose young son told me that this was a “Full Buck Moon” which represents the time of the year when the male deer start to grow antlers (hmmm….didn’t know that!).   Then I ran into my niece (or she ran into me while she was out running and she then proceeded to photobomb my moon pic (which she thought she ruined, but I thought it will be a fun memory of “that summer night when…”) and finally I met Ed Comer who runs the Blue Shutters Inn across the street and was out admiring the moon with his guests the rest of us!   So no…I didn’t get a NatGeo quality photo, but I still had a GOOD night of photography!!

My niece Jess photobombing my pic!

Nichole’s Picks 7/23 + 7/24

Pick #1: Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms has 4 great events coming up this weekend!  (Please click on the name of the event to learn more).

Saturday brings  Rise and Shine Little Farmers and Butter in the Barnyard

Sunday’s activities include Fun in the Farmyard and Meet the Machines and Summer Picnic.  




Pick #2: Newburyport Brewing Company ReggaeFest

Saturday, July 23rd 12:00-7:00.  Tickets 21+ $10, Kids are Free



Pick #3: Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival 



This year’s festival will run Friday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 24th, 2016 and has a theme of Science, Technology, and Innovation. The event will highlight Massachusetts as a leader in the development and implementation of new and emerging technologies and discoveries by showcasing the innovation that is happening right here.

Hours for the 2016 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival on Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 24th 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. It is recommended to use the MBTA and public transportation to and from this event. The MBTA Blue Line can be taken to the Wonderland or Revere Beach stops. Free parking and shuttle service to the T will be available at Suffolk Downs. Parking is also available at the Wonderland Garage.


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

Joel Favazza’s Seagull Family Saga Played Out On Twitter


I Found A Double Walled 30 Oz Stainless Hot/Cold Tumbler With An Extra Sliding Lock Lid For Less Money!

Someone was complaining that they love their Tumbler and can’t believe how long it kept the ice even in a blazing hot car all afternoon but they wished it had a locking lid.  I researched it and found this one that actually throws in a second sliding lock lid and is even cheaper!

Kate LOVES the fact that she can load hers up with iced water and put it on her nightstand and it doesn’t sweat at all.  No need for coasters and saves your coffee tables from those nasty condensation rings!

Here’s the link to order one-  order on Amazon here for $16.95 with free shipping if you’ve got Amazon prime

You can get in on the Cape Ann Coffees Mug Club where you bring in your 30 OZ Tumbler, Slap on a provided GMG sticker and get your XL coffee for the price of a Large!  Read the details here about the Cape Ann Coffees Mug Club



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You could order one but I guarantee that your spouse is going to want one.  Guarantee, LOL!