GloucesterCast 332 With Patriots Safety Obi Melifonwu, Sean Stellato,Ralph DiGiorgio, Chris McCarthy, Pat Dalpiaz, Craig Kimberley, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/7/19

GloucesterCast 332 With Patriots Safety Obi Melifonwu, Sean Stellato, Ralph DiGiorgio, Chris McCarthy, Pat Dalpiaz, Craig Kimberley, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/7/19


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Topics Include:

Interview With Patriots Safety Obi Melifonwu

Draft Party Information Here

I Pazzi

12th Annual Pizza Taste Off sponsored by the Rotary to be held Thurs April 11 at Cruiseport. Limited number of tickets available for $10 to benefit American Cancer Society: Link here
Registering Boats on the State Fish Pier
Craig Kimberley’s Latest Adventure

“Thank You, Gloucester,” With Love From Adventureman

Shortly before hopping on his flight back to his home, Gloucester, England, Jamie…..well, Adventureman…sent me this “Thank you to my home-from-home letter” and asked me to share it here on Good Morning Gloucester.  He has also posted it on his own social media for his fans around the world to see, but wanted to be sure that everyone here, in our Gloucester, also knows how thankful he is.

So, to Gloucester…his new “home away from home”…. with love from Adventureman.  (but, before you read on….I am taking the liberty of reminding you that it is never too late to donate.  You can do so here…

Ok…back to his thank you letter…

My ‘home from home’ thank yous. 

Sorry I’ve been pretty quiet. After leaving Gloucester, Massachusetts, I had to race against time, to drive down to Miami for a talk – where a company wanted to give a big donation in return for me sharing my story.’

On the road trip, my energy levels crashed. While Anna drove, I drifted in and out of sleep four days in the passenger seat, like a nodding dog, dribbling over myself.

Anyhow, enough of the dribbling. More importantly, the finish of my run was just so damn special – there’s a lot of thank yous to make.

Let’s be honest, having hundreds and hundreds (and then some!) of adults and kids running alongside me, wearing capes, doesn’t just appear – it needed energy to make that happen!

And, it all stemmed from the team at Good Morning Gloucester, including Joey Ciaramitaro, Nichole Wadsworth Schrafft, and Pat Dalpiaz, who shouted out on their awesome podcast and blog to rally the local people.

It also helped having the backing of the Gloucester Mayor, Sefatia Romeo Theken, who really got the community behind the run too. (I know Sandy Jimson from the UK was hot on the telephone as well, calling everyone she could, including the Mayor.)  I know that the Gloucester Police Department also helped out with arrangements and made sure that we had escorts to the big finish line which was pretty cool.

During the last few hundred metres of the run, Kerry McKenna and Ringo Tarr at Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce made a big effort by bringing out speakers to play ‘Eye of the Tiger’ – which as you can imagine, totally helped to build the energy on the final stretch.

As I crossed the finish, there was an enormous banner with hundreds of signatures on it which melted my heart. That was made by James and Anna Eves at Cape Ann Giclee. So a big thank you to them!

On the night that I finished the run, Ray Johnston and the staff at the Beauport Hotel put me and Anna up for the night. It was seriously posh and just amazing.

After the run, Loran Caputo and Brad Pierce at the Cape Ann Motor Inn put me, my friends and family up for a whole week.  It’s a hotel situated on a quiet beach which was just what we needed after all the madness.

On our last night in Gloucester, Maggie and Joe Rosa cooked us up an awesome dinner and they were totally fine with my Dad eating like a savage caveman, with half the food going into his beard.

(If I’ve missed anyone out, I’m so sorry, you know who you are and you’ll forever be in my heart!)

My final thank you, is to everyone who came to the finish. I know people flew across the country, drove for hours, and some even came from the UK. You all made the last few days so special. And of course, everyone that donated.

As most of you know, my hometown in the UK is Gloucester, and without a doubt finishing in Gloucester (Massachusetts) was the best decision ever! I was genuinely made to feel like Gloucester, MA was my hometown for real.

So thank you, thank you, thank you to Gloucester, Massachusetts – which will always be ‘home from home’.


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Awesome Banner Photo taken by David B. Cox.  See his photos here: 





Amazing sign made by Victory Designs by Vee


Friends often ask, and I cover this topic extensively in my Monarch programs, “What is the best milkweed to plant in our region?” Without a doubt, the two most important and productive are Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata).

Marsh Milkweed also goes by the name Swamp Milkweed, but Marsh sounds so much more appealing, don’t you think? Milkweeds already have the suffix weed attached to their names. To some folks, any wildflower that includes the word weed seems invasive, and we don’t want to frighten people from planting our sweet native wildflowers by inferring they are a swamp dweller, too.

Gallery of Marsh Milkweed

When a weed is not a weed  – It’s unfortunate that so many of our native beauties end in “weed.” Ironweed, Joe-pye Weed, Sneezeweed, Thimbleweed, Butterfly Weed, and Milkweed are just some examples. Why were these native wildflowers at one time long ago named “weed.” Because the earliest colonists brought from their home countries flowering plants that were beloved and familiar to them, delphiniums and larkspurs, for example. In their new American home gardens, these treasured European plants would have been easily overtaken by our more vigorous American wildflowers.

To return to the topic of milkweed, Common Milkweed spreads both underground and by seed. It’s ideal for dunes, meadows, and fields. Marsh Milkweed is more clump forming and stays relatively close to where you plant it. You can control how much it spreads by deadheading, or not, before the seed heads turn to fluff and sail away. I grow both Marsh Milkweed and Common Milkweed side-by-side. In our garden, the female Monarch does not discern the difference between the two species of milkweeds, she will flit from one to the other, and back again, depositing her eggs all along the way.

Gallery of Common Milkweed

By the way, both A. syriaca and A. incarnata are also the easiest milkweeds to grow in Massachusetts.

A ten-year nation-wide study was recently published. Across the country, Marsh and Common proved to be the most productive, in other words, more eggs were laid on these two species than on any other species of milkweed.

The map provided below is somewhat helpful; I write somewhat with a word of advice. If you click on Massachusetts, for example, not only are Common and Marsh Milkweeds listed but also Purple Milkweed (A. pupurascens), Fourleaf Milkweed (A. quadrifolia), Butterfly Weed (A. tuberosa), Poke Milkweed (A. exaltata), Whorled Milkweed (A. verticillata), and Clasping Milkweed (A. amplexicaulis). We grow a nice patch of Whorled Milkweed and I have never, ever seen a Monarch once visit the foliage or flowers. Purple Milkweed can be very challenging to get started, and Butterfly Weed is not as hardy in our region as are Common and Marsh.

Milkweeds are the only food plant for Monarch caterpillars and also provide nectar to a host of pollinators including many, many species of butterflies, bees, beetles, and even hummingbirds. Plant for the pollinators and they will come.

This is an image from my recent adventure to Cerro Pelon. I am dying to write about the trip, but have had a very full schedule finishing up my film, organizing landscape jobs for the season, and hoping to get the PiPls settled in. The Monarchs in the photo are mud-puddling. Tens of thousands leave the butterfly trees during the heat of the day, sucking up water and much needed nutrients from the mud at nearby mountain streams


The application process for the 2019 Grants is currently under way, with applications due May 1st. All made possible by the proceeds from the Cape Ann License Plate. This year we will award $15,000.

In the last two years we have awarded $24,000 to local nonprofits and education initiatives. In 2017 Backyard Growers gratefully received $5,000 to broaden and deepen the impact of their school gardening program. The primary goal with this project was to use school gardens to increase consumption of fresh vegetables among Gloucester’s students. The program implemented hands on garden and nutrition education programs for preK-5th grade throughout the school district in collaboration with School Food Services and teachers.

By ordering a Cape Ann License Plate today at you make these grants possible and show how much you love our great Cape Ann Community .

Week 5 POLICE | Try #greatteacher Mr. Goulart’s local history trivia for 9th graders at #GloucesterMA High School – good luck!


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Over six weeks I’m posting local history trivia questions from Shaun Goulart’s creative weekly scavenger project for his 9th grade history class at Gloucester High School– except we’ll be one week behind the students’ pace. He explains that the “questions are multi-layered and usually have an image required in the submission. All questions will deal with Gloucester’s local history. I recommended to the students to utilize friends and family so your student may be reaching out to you for help. It is a competition and the prizes will be calculated into the Term 4 grade” for the students.

Mr. Goulart’s Local History Trivia Scavenger Hunt Week 5 – Police week

Local History Scavenger Hunt Week 5 (3/31)

  1. What year was there an ordinance to establish a Police department in Gloucester?
  2. The original building used as a jail prior to 1889 was located on Rogers Block, take a picture of this area present day with a member in it.
  3. Where was the first Gloucester police station built in 1889, take a picture with a member in it at the location.
  4. Veterans of what war had a hall for them located on the third floor of the building?
  5. What year was the present day police station erected? Take a picture of it with a member in it.
  6. Go to the exterior of the police station and take a picture with an object that would be personal to Mr. Goulart (keyword: Goulart)
  7. Take a picture with a Gloucester Police officer in uniform.
  8. Ask the cop: What is the code word for “lunch break” over the radio. Submit the answer.
  9. For a brief time the “Old Stone Jug” served as a jail, take a picture in front of it with a member in it. What is this building known as?
  10. Where does the term cop come from?


Prior Posts

4/7/19 Week Five Questions – Gloucester Police

4/4/19 Week Four Results

3/31/19 Week Four Questions- Gloucester Inventors

3/26 /19 Week Three Results

3/24/19 Week Three Questions- Gloucester Firsts

3/21/19 Week Two results

3/17/19 Week Two questions- Defending Gloucester

3/14/19 Week One results

3/10/19 Week One trivia questions


CB Fisk Open House Photos From Pat Morss


Saturday afternoon I visited CB Fisk for my third open house celebrating the completion of a new pipe organ – this time Opus 153 built for a United Methodist Church in Muscatine, Iowa. We had a tour of the design studio and the various workshops. The long sheet of tin-lead mix on a table was extruded from the adjacent furnace, and is waiting to be rolled into a pipe and inserted in the “missing tooth” location as the largest and center pipe in the front of the organ. The model was created first at 1/16th scale and used as guidance in design and construction. The small room with the blue tarps and electronics is inside the lower level of the organ.

All visitors were invited to try the keyboard, varying from a few notes to a professional short recital. And there is always good food and drink. My continuing congratulations to a Gloucester treasure that is proudly building organs and a reputation delivered around the globe.


Bridge Up!

I was checking on the bridge construction project for our interested readers and came upon a big surprise: traffic lights changing to RED. Then came the familiar clangs and up went the bridge for the first time in a while in my presence. It was up quite a while and I presume they were testing something; I am guessing the construction is on schedule as planned.

I Pazzi In Danvers Was Outrageous Last Night

Incredible food, incredible hospitality.  6 Stars Out Of 5, 11 Stars Out Of 10. Thank you Tani!

After dinner a little put put with Kate putting on a clinic.

I Pazzi Restaurant
Italian restaurant
Address: 50 Maple St, Danvers, MA 01923
Phone: (978) 777-1955