GloucesterCast 377 w/ Chris McCarthy, Jim Capillo, Lisa Olson, Carl Ellis, Scottie Mac, Pat & Jimmy Dalpiaz, Kim Smith, Charlotte and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/22/20

GloucesterCast 377 w/ Chris McCarthy, Jim Capillo, Lisa Olson, Carl Ellis, Scottie Mac, Pat & Jimmy Dalpiaz, Kim Smith, Charlotte and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/22/20

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Topics Include:

Cape Ann Live

Young Legends Street Hockey Check them out on Facebook

Young Legends Go Fund Me Page

Salem Brewery Tour

Mass Wildlife was banding and releasing ducks at Lane’s Cove this week. See today’s blog for a post (Joe insert address here for Wed 8 AM post) To report a banded bird you might find (or any wildlife): For further information:

My crystal ball for photography generates lots of interest and questions. Amazon link for purchase (less than $20!):

Cut the cord real life numbers

Binge drinking

Portside Dinner in Danvers History- “The Portside Diner located in the Danversport section of Danvers, Mass. is celebrating 50 years in the town. The Portside is Worcester Lunch Car # 813 and was originally known as the Cape Ann Grill and was delivered to it’s first operating location at 214 Main Street in Gloucester on June 8, 1948.”

Gwenyth Paltrow Vagina Candles sold out

Old MBTA Subway Car Auction


While filming the tiny Dovekie as he was blithely bopping along in the inner Harbor, dip diving for breakfast and seeming to find plenty to eat, suddenly from directly beneath the Dovekie, two ginromous chocolate brown heads popped up. Almost sea serpent-like and so completely unexpected! I leapt up and totally ruined the shot, and the little Dovekie was even more startled. He didn’t fly away but ran pell mell across the water about fifteen feet before giving a furtive look back, and then submerging himself.

So there we were face to face, only about twenty feet apart. We spent a good deal of time eyeing each other, several minutes at least, both trying to figure out the other’s next move. Their eyes are so large and expressively beautiful. Down they dove and search as I might, could not spot them again.

There have been plenty of Harbor Seals seen in Gloucester Harbor, but I have never been so close to a Grey Seal, and so delighted to see not one, but two!

The following are a number of ways to tell the difference between a Harbor Seal and a Grey Seal.

Harbor Seals are smaller (5 to 6 feet) than average Grey Seals (6 feet 9 inches long to 8 feet 10 inches long). Bull Grey Seals have been recorded measuring 10 feet 10 inches long!

Harbor Seals have a concave shaped forehead, with a dog-like snout. The head of a Grey Seal is elongated, with a flatter forehead and nose.

Harbor Seal head shape left, Grey Seal head right

Harbor Seals have a heart or V-shaped nostrils. The nostrils of Grey Seals do not meet at the bottom and create more of a W-shape.

Harbor Seal heart, or V-shaped, nostrils

Grey Seal W-shaped nostrils

Grey Seals are not necessarily gray. They are also black and brown. Their spots are more irregular than the spots of a Harbor Seal.

Grey Seals and Harbor Seals are true “earless seals,” which does not mean that they cannot hear but are without external ear flaps.

Dovekie Gloucester Harbor

Magnolia Community Farmer’s Market Summer 2020

Our planning team has been hard at work…

Convening weekly to plot out new Market guidelines, an updated application process, creating a new website and researching a broader variety of vendors to provide a more diverse collection of products for Lexington Ave this summer.

That’s where you come in. If you are reading this email you’ve either joined us before, were recommended to us by a fan, or our research lead us to believe that you and your business would be a great fit for our Sunday morning market in Magnolia.

Consider this email notice that WE WANT YOU!

For those of you unfamiliar, the Magnolia Community Farmers Market takes place Sunday mornings from 10-1 on Lexington Ave in the beautiful seaside village of Magnolia, nestled between Gloucester and Manchester-by-the-Sea. From May 31st through October 4th, we are committed to providing local farmers, purveyors and artisans with a community centered market, driven by its passion to provide local products to local consumers. Neighbor helping neighbor. Buy Local. Buy Fresh. Be a Better Market.
As the Magnolia Community Farmers Market Committee, we are building a better market for our beautiful community and beyond, and we ask for you to join us at the market each week to help us in our mission: “Locals Providing for Locals.” This theme personifies our approach to revitalizing the Magnolia Community Farmers Market and strengthens our objective to invite the best vendors with the freshest baked goods, meats, seafoods, produce and organically sourced crafts to our village each week.
Check Us Out
If you think that your business fits our guidelines, we would love for you to apply for our 2020 market and be a part of our continued! Be on the lookout for our pamphlet in the mail or check out our guidelines and vendor application on our website to sign up today!


Thomas P. Burns Obituary and Celebration of Life Information


Thomas P. Burns, 78, of Gloucester, passed away unexpectedly at his home on January 9, 2020. He was born in Gloucester on January 16, 1941 and was the son of the late William Burns and Tina Santapaula.
From a very early age Tommy had a passion for working on cars and became a talented mechanic. He worked for North Shore Plymouth during the muscle car era of the 60’s. Tommy loved those cars and loved racing them as well. He quickly gained the respect of his fellow street racers. It was a great time in his life and he had many stories from those days. After his years as a mechanic, Tommy headed South to help build the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and worked on a tugboat alongside his Uncle “Shorty”. He brought his Plymouth Road Runner with him and continued to drag race with the kids in Virginia while he was there. Tommy always loved the ocean and loved lobstering. He was especially proud of his 42’ Bruno lobster boat the “Arethusa”. He was the first one in town with a boat like that, earning him the nickname “Father Bruno”. He was very knowledgeable about old ships and schooners and Captained the 150’ schooner “Pilot” in the early 90’s and loved to take people for rides during storms. Tommy kept lobstering for the rest of his life with his son Cody by his side for many years. He would often help out his fisherman friends in need of a good mechanic. When Tommy wasn’t lobstering he liked to hang around at Capt. Joes and with his best friends, Harrison Golden, Dave Williams, Lebaron Hazen and Dave Goeteman. He also loved going to Todd’s farm on Sundays. At home in his older years, Tommy liked to work on his collection of outboard motors. He also enjoyed watching classic movies and listening to oldies music. Some of his favorites were Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
Tommy will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. He is survived by his sons Sean and Cody Burns and their mother Lindsay and her sister Leslie Parkhurst; his daughters Deborah and Denise Burns and their mother Gerry; his daughter Julia Heffernan of Portsmouth, England; his daughter-in-law Candice Pierce and his grandchildren Krystalyn Burns, Kamron Diaz; his sister Cheryl Graham of Florida and his cousin Jim Santapaula and his 2 sons Jimmy and Andy.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Emerson Inn in Rockport on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St. Gloucester.

To send flowers to the family of Thomas P. Burns, please visit Tribute Store.


Statement from State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken on the Career Technical Institute Initiative

“Tonight, Governor Baker announced the Career Technical Institute Initiative. We are glad the Baker-Polito Administration has learned from the example and success of the Gloucester High School Craft Laborers Program.

In 2018, an MOU was signed between the Craft Laborers Local 22, Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School, and Gloucester High School. The agreement allows Gloucester High School students that were not accepted into the regional vocational school in their freshman year to enroll in a pre-apprenticeship program with Local 22 during their junior year.

Gloucester High School students remain Gloucester Public Schools students, attending required courses for graduation at GHS in the morning and boarding a bus to Essex North Shore to study in a building trades pre-apprenticeship program with Craft Laborer instructors in the afternoon.

This collaboration between Gloucester Public Schools, Essex North Shore, and Local 22 has allowed more students interested in the trades to enroll in a program based on a technical education and career path. Students that enroll in the program are guaranteed a job in Local 22 post-graduation.

We are glad that our collaborative effort to create new educational and employment opportunities for our students is serving as a model for use around the Commonwealth.”

Week 2 of The $1,000 Singer Songwriter Challenge at Machaca Gloucester 7:30pm Tonight 1.22.2020

Tonight’s lineup! We have one late slot open. Message us if you want to see what it takes to make it to our Week 8 finals and a chance at the $1,200 prize!

Contact info below.

The winner of the first week’s challenge was Chris Fritz-Grice

Here’s an original  of “She Don’t Cry”

14 Rogers  Street  Gloucester, MA. 978.865.3669

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ This week’s guest :Toni Ann Enes 7-10pm 1.22.2020



Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 22… 7pm start
My Musical Guest: TONI ANN!
It is always a joy for each of us to be in this lady’s presence.
Wednesday promises to bring great music and positive spirits
with the wonderful Toni Ann Enes, who never fails to make
the Rhumb Line feel like our home.  Our living room… in that
genuine “feel-good” kinda way.  Makes me smile just thinking
about it.  See you there. 🙂 ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe!  Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
1/29 Liz Frame
2/5 Dan King
2/12 John Rockwell
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Academy of American Poets Announces Winner of the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students

April is National poetry month.  Poem in Pocket Day 2020 falls on April 30th. Stay tuned for Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library annual poetry without paper contest for students.

Here’s the winning image for the 2020 poster – this year was an open call to student artists!

SAMANTHA AIKMAN winner 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students_photograph
Order the 2020 poster with winning art by SAMANTHA AIKMAN, 10th grader from VT,  for the Academy of American Poets’ 2020 National Poetry Month poster contest for students (photography “tree cookies”) 


New York, NY (January 9, 2020)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that tenth grader Samantha Aikman from Mount Mansfield Union High School in Richmond, Vermont, has been named the winner of the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. Aikman’s artwork was selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and award-winning cartoonist Alison Bechdel from among ten outstanding finalists and 180 student submissions. The Academy of American Poets will distribute 100,000 free copies of the 2020 National Poetry Month poster featuring Aikman’s artwork to libraries, schools, bookstores, and community centers nationwide. The poster will also be available for download

As the winner of the contest, Aikman will receive $500, a $500 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and art supplies from Sakura Color of America. She will also be featured in the April 2020 issue of American Poets magazine. 

The judges have additionally selected artwork by twelfth grader Kai Huie from The Bronx High School of Science in New York, New York, to receive Honorable Mention for the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. As the runner-up Huie will receive $250.

KAI HUIE honorable mention 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students
KAI HUIE 2020 National Poetry Month poster contest for students – honorable mention


For the contest, the Academy of American Poets invited students in grades nine through twelve to submit artwork that incorporated line(s) from the poem “Remember” by current U. S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and that reflected a celebration of the art of poetry.

Read the full release and more about the lines both Aikman and Huie selected here

Request a free copy of the National Poetry Month poster featuring Aikman’s winning artwork in time for the April 2020 celebration.

View all ten incredible finalists.

Tell students you know who might like to submit for the poster contest 2021.

Lane’s Cove Duck Tagging

We drove to Lane’s Cove this week to see what was new and ran into Erik and H of Mass Wildlife who were in the middle of tagging some ducks for release. We watched as about a dozen or so mallards were tagged and released and I was struck with how calm the ducks remained during this process. If you find a tagged duck (or other wildlife) please report it! Here’s a link: for reporting and another link for further information from US Fish and Wildlife  It was very interesting and we thank Erik and H for allowing us to watch and answering our questions.


Thursday Jazz Dinner at Feather & Wedge Featuring Jose Allende


Feather & Wedge is delighted to feature Jose Allende at this week’s Thursday Jazz Dinner. Mr. Allende delivers incredible arrangements of jazz standards and Latin American music with wonderful improvisation, South American rhythms and classical music influences.

Thursday, January 23, 2020
6:30 PM  –  9:00 PM

Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917

Jose Allende

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