Poet John Ronan at the Cape Ann Museum

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John Ronan: Poetry Reading & Book Talk

Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Gloucester’s former poet laureate John Ronan will read from his most recent book, Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown (Backwaters Press, 2017) and discuss its connections to Gloucester, including “Good Harbor, Home,” which was written for and read at John Bell’s first inauguration as Mayor of Gloucester. Through Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown Ronan hopes to convey that love and language create community.

This program is free and open to the public. Reservations required. Free registration can be made by calling 978-283-0455 x10, emailing info@capeannmuseum.org, or online at Eventbrite.

John Ronan is a poet, playwright, movie producer and journalist. He has received national honors for his poetry and is a former National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Ucross Fellow, Bread Loaf Scholar and Poet Laureate of Gloucester, MA. In 2010, his volume of poetry,

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Gloucester Daily Times

By Ray Lamont

A masked man with a knife made off with an estimated $300 or more in cash from the Paprika Grill on Washington Street on Monday night.

Police were continuing to seek the alleged robber as of Tuesday afternoon.

Emrah Arslan, owner and chef at Paprika, which opened in December at 185 Washington St., said he and his girlfriend Helena Lu were working at the Turkish cuisine eatery around 8 p.m. Monday when a man wearing a ski mask came in the front door and confronted Lu.

“She was the only one up front (in the counter area) and I was in the back (in the food preparation area),” Arslan recounted Tuesday morning. “I don’t know if he might have thought she was the only one in here, but I came up right away.

“At first, he said ‘Give me the money,’ but then he showed me the knife and I said ‘OK, take the money,'” Arslan continued.

“He kept (jabbing forward) with the knife,” Arslan continued, “then he went through the cash drawer, took the money and escaped. It all happened fast.”

Gloucester police responded to Arslan’s call at 8:04, the police log shows, and recovered the robber’s mask and knife within the nearby Oak Grove Cemetery, Arslan said. The police log, which lists the robbery as “under investigation,” notes that detectives followed up with a return to Washington Street at 9:45 p.m.








hearing-1Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) has been nominated by Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) and affirmed by a vote of her colleagues to be the First Division Chair of the House of Representatives for the 190th Massachusetts General Court. She had previously served as the House Chair for the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses.

Ferrante’s new position as a Division Chair carries the responsibility of serving as a mentor and leader for representatives in her division, about a quarter of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. Ferrante will also be one of nine Democrats who meet with the Speaker on a weekly basis to discuss House policy and legislation.

“I’m honored to be a part of Speaker DeLeo’s leadership team,” said Ferrante. “Under the Republican leadership of Trump, McConnell, and Ryan, I expect the Federal government to send more decisions about policy and budgeting items back to the states, making our roles as state representatives all the more important. I’m humbled to have been given this responsibility and opportunity to help chart the legislative course of the Commonwealth and I remain dedicated to making sure Cape Ann has a strong voice at the table so that our communities get their fair share.”

“Representative Ferrante is an exceptional coalition builder who approaches her work with great respect for her colleagues and recognizes the importance of bringing diverse voices to the table,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “She is a woman of outstanding intellect which she couples with a commitment to public service. I look forward to seeing the good work she will do this session on behalf of her constituents and the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

In addition to her role as First Division Chair, Ferrante has been appointed to serve on the House Rules Committee and the House Steering, Policy and Scheduling Committee, as well as continuing to serve as the House Chair of the Tech Hub Caucus, a gathering of technology business leaders and legislative leaders. Ferrante’s co-chair is Senate Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka.

“Ann-Margaret is passionate about her communities beyond her elected office,” said John Bell, former Mayor of Gloucester and community activist. “From the establishment of cultural districts in Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport to the opening of Gloucester Biotechnology Academy and Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, Representative Ferrante is there to make sure that state dollars and legislative support come to Cape Ann to bring new projects forward. I can only imagine in her new position as a leader in the House, Representative Ferrante will remain a steadfast defender of our fishing industry while bringing innovation to Cape Ann.”

Prior to serving as the House Chair for the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, Ferrante had also previously served as the House Vice Chair of the Joint Committee Economic Development and Emerging Technology, the House Vice Chair of the Committee on Environmental Resources and Agriculture, and as a member of the Ways and Means Committee.


Jane Keddy, of Keddy Graphics, is teaching a series on silkscreening during the month of March on Fridays.


You may be familiar with Jane’s lovely silkscreens of some of Gloucester’s most iconic images. For more information about Jane’s prints visit her website here.keddy_jane_2

“He made me gain weight.”

I So Want This Microsoft Surface Pro 3 At This Price! take My Money Please!



I’ve coveted a Surface Pro ever since they came out with the second generation and made the awesome updates.  It was universally heralded as an awesome machine but the price was prohibitive at over $800.  These refurbished ones are a STEAL. 

Here’s the difference between this and an iPad.  This runs EVERYTHING that a desktop computer does.  it’s not a mobile platform meant to dumb down everything so it can run.  Look at those specs!  256GB SSD and a core i5 for $429????  Take my money please!  there’s also a 64GB i3 processor one for $339 but that extra $100 for the 256/i5 is a no-brainer!

Buy one here at this link– it’s the Microsoft store selling them through Amazon.

Side note, never be afraid to buy refurbished through Amazon.  You’d never know it wasn’t a brand new unit.

First Cook On The DT Code @WeberGrills Smokey Joe Gold -#ChickenWings and #AtomicBuffaloTurds

More from Joey’s Pit-

Northeast BBQ

So when I picked up the Green DT Code OTP a couple of weeks ago the seller had a SJG that was dusty and sitting off in the corner of his garage. I made an offer and picked that up too. Finally got around to cleaning it up and decided to try a cook I’d normally do on a 22. Wanted to see how many chicken wings and ABTs I could get on a 13 inch SJ Grate. As it turns out, using a brick to separate the coals from the cooking area I got 5 wings and 4 ABTs.

Chicken wings throw a lot of fat which can make a mess of your kettle bowl.  I’ve started to line the bowl with aluminum foil, being sure not to cover the vents to make for an easy clean up.  I also wanted to get as many lit coals as I…

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Live Lunch From Paprika Grill

Please stop by and continue to show support for one of our newest and tastiest spots. Even after he and his girlfriend were robbed at masked-knifepoint, Emrah is still in great spirits! He exudes all the qualities and spirit of a true local trying to serve his community and offer fresh healthy food for the masses. Today is a 50% tip day in my book of life!
And just as James Dowd promised, it truly is THE BEST fresh made falafel on this side of the planet!

Chef Emrah Arslan is open and serving!


Ohhh my, the GRILL at PAPRIKA!


Winner winner

Outdoor Menu Wall

Petty lil criminals can’t stop the good folks of Glostah!!!! HELL to da NO!

It’s a dog’s life at the beach

The rising temps this weekend had everyone out with their pups enjoying some fresh air.  We took our Gracey for a walk at GHB to get some fresh air and make some new friends!



Our Gracey…are you coming?
This makes me a little sad….glad that you picked up after your dog, but you DO know that this is not appropriate, right??   Carry in, carry out people!!!



Morgan writes, “All I had was the iPhone but, here it is! There were 2. Over the Mill River behind the O’Maley school. I was primed to notice them, having seen the recent shots in GMG.”eagle-gloucester

The two eagles were spotted at 4pm yesterday, Monday. Thanks so much to Morgan for sharing!

In case any of our readers do not already know this, Morgan is the sculptor who created the “Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial.” For more information about the monument, visit the Filed Guide to U.S. Public Monuments and Memorials here.gloucester-fishermens-wives-memorial-sculptor-morgan-fileds-pike



Super Delicious Lunches from Vidalias

Our staff luncheon last week consisted of really beautiful and delicious sandwiches from Vidalias of Beverly Farms.  (thanks Paul) .  We’ll definitely be going back one day over school vacation!

Visit their website HERE   Or visit the market at 9 West Street, Beverly Farms


Dear Readers,

I am not sure the exact details and don’t want to post inaccurately until we learn more, but what we do know is that Paprika Grill, the new restaurant on Washington Street, was robbed yesterday. No one was injured and the Gloucester Daily Times will surely be bringing the facts. As a community let’s show them our support. I’ll be picking up lunch there today, even if the food wasn’t fantastic, but it is, and the owner Emrah Arslan is friendly and very hardworking. Everything on the menu is super delicious and I especially LOVE their felafel with salad–simply outstanding! Dinner for the family too some night this week 🙂

Paprika Grill is located at 185 Washington Street, kitty corner to George’s Coffee Shop. They are open from 11am to 9pm daily. For take out call (978) 551-8186.


See Joey’ excellent post about paprika Grill here.




I quick clean up on a @webergrills DE Code Smokey Joe Gold

Northeast BBQ

The Smokey Joe Gold’s are nice because the bar you see clipped on the handle serves dual purpose.  One to keep the whole unit together when transporting which makes it the ultimate small beach grill.  Secondly when folded down it acts as a lid holder so you simply slide the lid down in between the rod and it holds the hot lid in place when you want to access the grill grates.

I used extra fine steel wool which can be purchased at the dollar store, a dish rag and some dishwashing soap.  Just like new.

Before and After


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