GloucesterCast 322 With Ken Riehl, Kerry Mckenna, Ralph DiGiorgio, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 2/17/19


GloucesterCast 322 With Ken Riehl, Kerry McKenna, Ralph DiGiorgio, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 2/17/19


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Topics Include:

Joey and Ralph starting a diet after eating like a savage in Playa Del Carmen

Chamber Event Updates

Birding weekend, Irish Sweepstakes, recap, Afterhours event at Ryan and wood, College and Career Fair, CAIC, Essex Centennials , Gloucester 400

Local Prime Rib specials chart will be updated once a day as new information becomes available, so stay tuned!
Which side of the bed do you sleep on and is there a difference?
What would you do at 4:30AM?
Ordered New Glasses from Zenni Optical for short money Check out Zenni Optical Website Here
Father Alves Passing
Judith Goetteman Passing
Nip Ordinance
Cape Ann Wildlife Update- Muskrats, Three Young Swans, Bald Eagle
Pat got a new phone and got nickel-and-dimed like the phone company took notes from the airlines! But the staff at the Verizon store at the Crossing was very helpful.

come to hear the story and build a steam shovel or create your own machine! Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel Lanesville #GloucesterMA

February 23, 2019 Lanesville Community Center Virginia Lee Burton Writing Center

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Some Old Timers Still Lobstering- Their Boats In 1985 and Now #commercialfishing @nationalfishermen

1985 Photos courtesy Billy Rowe/Present Photos Joey Ciaramitaro

Captain Pete Mondello’s F/V Allison Carol 1985



Present Day



Tommy Burns’ F/V Arethusa- 1985 At Producers With The Scottish Seine Gear Aboard


Present Day



Saturday afternoon a captivating young Bald Eagle swooped onto the scene with a fresh catch held tightly in its talons. He was fairly far off in the distance and I couldn’t quite capture what exactly he was eating.

It didn’t take long for the eagle to devour the little creature and after dining, he circled around the pond several times before landing in a nearby tree. I’ve never been so close to an eagle and it was a gift to see, really just gorgeous. It’s feathers were richly mottled in shades of chocolate brown, with contrasting white tips. Despite its youth, you could see the majesty and strength in its wings when soaring overhead.

The eagle perched in the branches for a few moments, completely ignoring the squwacky crows that were gathering, before heading out towards sea.

There have been numerous reports of Bald Eagles in the area. Earlier in the day, a passerby told me she had seen a juvenile Bald Eagle with a crow in its clutches. Although I don’t have a side-by-side comparison, the young Bald Eagle’s talons appeared enormous, even larger than a Snowy or Great Horned Owl’s talons.

Bald Eagles have repopulated the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, Canada, and northern Mexico. Their recovery over the past several decades is largely due to the ban on DDT (yet another deadly dangerous poisonous insecticide manufactured by Monsanto). Bald Eagles mate for life and they are breeding in the area. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see a nest on Cape Ann!

I believe this to be a second or third hatch year juvenile Bald Eagle. You can tell by the broad brown band on its face, the iris is transitioning from amber to yellow, and because the beak is beginning to turn yellow.

Click on any of the photos in the gallery above to see a full-sized slideshow.

Fourth hatch year Bald Eagle -note the remaining brown feathers around the face.

Mature Bald Eagle (images courtesy wiki commons media). 

Jacqui Parker Debuts New Work about Phillis Wheatley

New Work Celebrating Famed Boston Poet Phillis Wheatley at Gloucester Stage For 3 Performances  


Written and Directed by  Roxbury’s Jacqui Parker

At Gloucester Stage Company for Three Performances Only

February 22: 7:30pm |  February 23: 4:00pm and 7:30pm


Freed-slave and famed Boston poet, Phillis Wheatley was one of the best-known poets in pre-19th century America. Phillis Wheatley’s life and friendship with Obour Tanner comes alive on stage in Jacqui Parker’s (Director of 2018’s The Agitators at GSC) new play, Wrestling with Freedom. Educated and enslaved in the household of prominent Boston commercialist John Wheatley, paraded in front of the still-young American political leadership and the English empire’s aristocracy, Phillis Wheatleywas the abolitionists’ illustrative testimony that freed slaves were both artistic and intellectual. She was a household name across the world after publishing her poetry in both England and the United States – her achievements a catalyst for the fledgling antislavery movement.

Wrestling with Freedom highlights the friendship between Phillis Wheatley and Obour Tanner, another freed slave woman. Inspired by actual letters written to Obour and poems written by Phillis, this play speaks to the American Revolutionary and struggles of slavery, through two brilliant women’s minds. The cast is Candis Hilton as Phillis Wheatley and Ines de la Cruz asObour Tanner. Wrestling with Freedom is at Gloucester Stage Company on Friday, February 22 at 7:30pm and Saturday, February 23 at 4:00pm and 7:30pm. The show is approximately 80 minutes. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for Students (Under 18 years old). Tickets are available online at or via phone 978-281-4433.

Roxbury resident, playwright, actor and director Jacqui Parker made her Gloucester Stage directing debut with the New England premiere of The Agitators in 2018. As an actress she last appeared at Gloucester Stage in 2014’s award winning production ofFences. Ms. Parker has won numerous awards for her work as an artist including; the Elliot Norton Award, Boston Theatre Hero Award, eight Independent Reviewers of New England Awards (IRNE) and the DRYLONGSO Award, for her struggle against racism. She is named one of Boston’s most influential people, in Don West’s book Portraits of Purpose. Ms. Parker was the visiting playwright at Hibernian Hall, where she wrote and directed five productions including A Crack in the Blue Wall, which was nominated as Best New Play, by the Independent Reviewers of New England. Her directing credits include: Glitch at the Contemporary Theatre at Boston Conservatory; Top Eye Open at Hibernian Hall; Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories at Harvard University; Intimate Apparel at Brandeis University; and Deborah Lake Fortson’s Body & Sold produced by Amy Merrill at Hibernian Hall. Ms. Parker is presently a part of the I Dream Team at Emerson College, devising New Works in High Schools across the city of Boston

Wrestling with Freedom is at Gloucester Stage Company on Friday, February 22 at 7:30pm and Saturday, February 23 at 4:00pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for Students (Under 18 years old). Tickets are available online or via phone 978-281-4433.


L to R: Candis Hilton as Phillis Wheatley and Ines de la Cruz as Obour Tanner.

Courtesy Photo Writer/Director: Jacqui Parker Courtesy Photo

Ron Gilson’s patriotic tribute to his friend, Joe Mondello at the dory shop

A spectator packed room and observation deck at Geno’s Dory Shop, greeted Ron and Joan Gilson on this sunny, mild mid-winter afternoon for Ron’s patriotic tribute to his friend, Joe Mondello. It was to the sound of bag pipes, guitars, concertina, and mandolin, playing light, spirited music, Ron delivered his tribute to his longtime boyhood friend, Joe Mondello, on the occasion of Joe’s 93rd year.

Joe Mondello, a lifelong Gloucester cobbler, still working daily, is a proud U.S. Navy WW II veteran. Surrounded by his family and friends, he stood at attention and returned Gilson’s respectful salute while the audience sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”.

Following this tribute, Mondello, “the Dog Hill legend”, and his guests shared a delicious cake, frosted with the patriotic colors of red, white and blue, as the crowd congratulated Mondello and “the band played on”!


Cape Ann Animal Aid is just one of the many nonprofits on Cape Ann that is eligible to receive grants given yearly by the Cape Ann Community Foundation. In the last two years the Foundation has awarded $24,000 in grant to Cape Ann Nonprofits. This year they will award another $15,000. This all happens because you show your love for Cape Ann and order a Cape Ann License Plate at The License Plate funds the Cape Ann Community Foundation.

My own cat, Bogey is a 2007 rescue from Cape Ann Animal Aid. The work they do mean so much to the animals and the people who rescue them.

NEA allocates 27 million and the winning arts applicants are…

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 2019 grant recipients were announced this month. Poetry was competitive.

  • For the NEA 2019 Artworks 972 of 1605 eligible grants were funded (ranging from $10,000-$100,00 totaling more than $25 million)
  • For the NEA 2019 Challenge America 138 of 221 eligible applications to receive $10,000 each for a total of $1.38 million
  • For the NEA 2019 Creative Writing Fellowships in poetry–  35 of 1700 eligible applicants (none having won an NEA fellowship before) to receive $25,000 each. “Visit the Arts Endowment’s Literature Fellowships webpage to read excerpts by and features on past Creative Writing Fellows and recipients of Literature Fellowships for translation projects.”

Comparison by state from N. Dakota 1 grant $30,000 to NYC 252 grants 6.8 million

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Here are the details for Massachusetts 40 grants totaling $1,085,000. In 2019 there were three projects awarded on the North Shore: RAW Beverly; Decordova Museum; and PYD in Somerville. Continue reading “NEA allocates 27 million and the winning arts applicants are…”

Beauport Hotel Fireside Chat Series

I recently attended one of the Beauport Hotel’s Fireside Chats featuring Lise Breen discussing Gloucester’s ties and history with slave trade. It was informative and interesting, especially since I learned there are additional Fireside Chats scheduled. Jeanne Hennessey, Director of Communications for the Beauport was hostess and let us know the upcoming dates and topics:

February 25 (Monday) Prudence Fish will be discussing Gloucester’s oldest homes.

March 4 (Monday) Tales and Ales (now that sounds intriguing!)

March 18 (Monday) Andrea Bodner from Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI)

6:30 – 8:30 pm Space is limited so email to reserve your seats. Make sure to mention your name and how many will be in attendance. Light refreshments (yummy) are offered. This series is sponsored by the Beauport Hotel, so kudos to them! (photo used with Beauport Hotel permission and taken by Jeanne Hennessey)

Fireside Chat


Visual Arts as Healing

Cape Ann Wellness

Gloucester MA, “a Great Resort for Artists” — Karl Baedeker. The natural light, sea, rocky granite shores and scenic beauty of Cape Ann has drawn artists, writers and poets for centuries.

‘Annisquam Delight.’ Gloucester MA. ©2015 Dreamtime Wellness LLC.

I am Inspired by the natural beauty of Cape Ann and grateful for scenes such as this sunset on the Annisquam River. Seeing a standing heron at low tide and this sky filled with angelic clouds reflected in the water, it felt as though ‘Gifted by Grace.’

‘Annisquam Delight,’ SOLD at my very first show, entered in 2017 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. ‘Meditation Rock in a Storm,’ chosen for the ‘Opposites Attract’ open juried show at Cape Cod Arts Center represents finding peace in the midst of any storm we might face in life. Along the Annisquam River there are many beautiful spots to enjoy meditation, yoga, and other…

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