Where’s Homie?

Hi Joey,

Recently I’ve been spending time researching the history Gloucester, and have come across many photos of the fish drying yards that once covered the Gloucester Waterfront before the days of the modern refrigeration like this one circa 1906.  There was always something about these photos that I found disturbing, and never figured out why until recently. Looking at the photos, it occurred to me that there is one ubiquitous element of Gloucester Harbor that is hauntingly absent… The gulls.  Where are they?  What is keeping them from the feast waiting right there on the wharf? If anybody knows the answer, please share.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Good Harbor Beach from Bass Rocks

Hi Joey,

I shot this from an altitude of 400’ from Bass Rocks on Saturday. Souther Road is the road visible in the foreground heading towards the beach and it’s marshes.  It started snowing just as the drone reached altitude.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


GloucesterCast 12/8/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Toby Pett

GloucesterCastSquare1GloucesterCast 12/8/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Toby Pett


Topics Include:  Topics Include: Holiday Fair Weekend, Cape ann Farmer’s Market Harvest Market, Downtown Gloucester Ladies Night, Magnolia Historical Society opening of Art in the Schoolhouse, The Hive Bex Borden, David Brooks,  Giftwrapping Service and Great Community Partners, Peter and Vickie Van Ness, GMG Holiday Party at Bodin Historic Photo, Thank You To Fred Bodin and His Ladyfriend Janet, Middle Street Walk, Bill OConnor, North Shore Kid, Gingerbead House Competition, Buoy Painting, Lobster Trap Tree Lighting, Rusty and Ingrid Handmade Prints, Half Marathon (Fu#$ing Up Traffic),Curmudgeons That Can’t Stand Being Slightly Inconvenienced,  Olivias For Sale or Lease, Restaurant Dead Pool, Ideas For Olivias Space, Question: Do Liquor License Boards Govern Entertainment As Well?, Former Old Timers Space, Aaron Tuftley, Sprockets, Your Dream Vintage Vehicle, Meg Frontiero, Tony Ciulla, Styles On Main, Sticky Fingers, Spin The Dradle With Toby At The GMG Holiday Party Friday Night, Downtown Gloucester Men’s Night, Passports, and Other Restaurants Doing 20% off Gift Certificates, Dinner Dealer Decks Are Out, Cape Ann Brewing Dinner Dealer Coupon

To Purchase- 2013/14 Dinner Dealer Decks, GMG Caps, Technical Jerseys, Hoodies, Dry Fit Shirts Here- http://gmg.storenvy.com/

‘FLIGHT’ Exhibit at Cox Reservation in Essex From Bill O’Connor


Hi Joey,

We visited the ‘FLIGHT’ Exhibit  at Cox Reservation in Essex Tuesday and had a lot of fun! The exhibit was designed by Haverhill artist Dale Rogers and will be on display until the end of September. The installation is playful & interactive, and stirs the mind with its contrasting media and its placement in the setting.  The giant steel birds should seem out of place in the setting, but the scope and layout of the installation make it as if it always belonged there.  Make the effort to stop on your way through Essex because it is definitely worth a visit!

Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid
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On The Rails at Maritime Gloucester

On The Rails at Maritime Gloucester

Bill O’Connor Submits-

Hi Joey,

On our last visit to Maritime Gloucester, there was lots of activity going on. The Building Center had a crew installing a new specimen on cabinet in the lab building (made of recycled pieces fromtheir old kitchen display), and Jay McLauchlin was rounding the edges of the new handrails on the wharf with a router.  The whole place is going to look awesome for the Schooner Festival this year!

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Storm Clouds Over Gloucester Harbor

Hi Joey,

I caught this formation over Gloucester Harbor Wednesday afternoon. This was part of the storm that the tornado warnings were issued about  today. I was looking at the radar map on Weather.com and saw this red spot heading toward Gloucester. When I looked outside this is what I saw!

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Mary Grazen-Browne forwards-

Storm coming across outer harbor –


Thought I’d share my shot of the storm storm clouds rolling past the Fort. Enjoy.
Nick Parco

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GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

Click to listen- With Host Joey C and Guest Bill O'Connor

GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

Topics Include: North Shore Kid, Schooner Ardelle,Maritime Gloucester, Cape Ann Museum, Flynn Beach or Oakes Cove Beach, Local Gas Prices, Market Basket vs Shaws and Stop and Shop, Seaport Grille, Appleton Farm CSA, Composting,

Good Morning Gloucester Podcast April 18,2013 With Guest Bill O’Connor From North Shore Kid

Podcast Host Joey Ciaramitaro and guest Bill O’Connor Taped April 18th, 2013

Click to listen-

Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Bill O'Connor

Topics Include:

North Shore Kid Top Three School Vacation Family To-Do Ideas

Good Harbor Beach Footbridge Over/Under Prediction

Earth Day Plans

Paul Morrison

Getting Flocked

Beach Reclamation

Plum Island Homes

Check Out Bill’s Site- North Shore Kid

5 Questions With @Joey_C’s Favorite Twitter Peeps- @KidNS

5 Questions With Bill O’Connor @KidNS


What are your duties at your job and do you use twitter as a tool for your job?

Owner, publisher, graphic designer, technologist, photographer, and more!  Twitter is an integral part of how we deliver information. We do not really use it socially, i.e. messaging back and forth. It’s more about spreading the word for us. We keep a steady flow of tweets going throughout the week.

Why do you think you are follow worthy on Twitter?

· Our tweets are mostly readable and understandable.

· Our tweets deliver a valid piece of information that our readers can actually use.

· 95% of our tweets are not cluttered with chatter, and don’t add to it.

What types of tweets or twitter user drive you up a wall?

Tweeting is a hard skill for some people to learn, and a lot of people are trying to learn it, so the Twitterverse is full of chatter and tweets that really don’t mean or say anything at all. The reason you only have 140 characters is because it forces you to think it through before you make your point. Imagine that, you have to think before you type! Why would somebody tweet, ‘LOL’ or ‘ROFLMAO’? Does that even qualify as a tweet? It’s been done ad nauseum, contributes nothing to the conversation, and literally says nothing…  I suppose it’s a necessary evil for people who need to learn the platform, though.

Who are some of your favorite twitter users?

There are many, but here’s a few I can name off the top of my head:

· @Joey_C (of course!)

· @thetrustees

· @massaudubon

· @essexheritage

· @PBSkids

· @museumofscience

· @coastalbyway

· @DscvrGlstr


· @NatGeoKids


Do you have a website you would like to promote?

Sure! North Shore Kid focuses on events, activities and places in and around the North Shore that nurture kids’ desire to learn by doing and create memorable family experiences.


Bill O’Connor Writes-

Hi Joey,

I had the pleasure of interacting with Ed while he hung buoys on the lobster pot tree on Saturday.  He was all smiles in spite of the rain, and it was great to see how proud he was of the tree. It is quite a tribute to the community spirit of Gloucester!

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Joey C edit:

You see that haggard old bastard right there in that picture?  Yeah, he’s the guy you want in your foxhole when the shit’s going down.  #BelieveThat!

Smiling when things are going right, smiling through the times when there’s no one around and we’re planning our next community event, smiling during the construction and long after the event’s when the crowds are gone and the cameras are put away and the stuff has to be deconstructed. You couldn’t ask for a better man as a friend I’m telling you.

Ed’s gonna be sworn is as the president of the Chamber of Commerce next month.  Should be a good year for the Chamber.

Flutter From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

On a recent trip to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, I was followed by a couple of chickadees that would fly very close to me as I walked along the trail.  On a whim, I stopped and stretched out my arm with the finger extended and they would actually land on my finger and quickly fly away!  I tried to get numerous shots but found it hard to manage the camera while the bird was standing on my finger. I snapped this at the moment that one fluttered away.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Glass Gear Follow Up From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

Here’s a follow up photo for the glass buoy shot I sent you. This one shows the glass ball in the net bag used to hold the ball. This bag/ball assembly  would then be attached to one edge of a net to make it buoyant while the other end sunk in the water column to form an open seine. It’s pretty amazing to think about what these things went through when they were in use and that some actually survived the beating!  It’s also a pretty neat glimpse into the world before there was plastic.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Wicked Tuna Promo Spot Production Setup Live!

Hey Joey,
Evolve Productions is setting up to shoot a Wicked Tuna commercial tonight at the Railways!

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Photo From Bill O’Connor


Follow up-

Check out this camera they’re using. for the Wicked Tuna shoot. It’s based on a platform similar to an SLR. They use this one for shooting regular speed and another that shoots high speed at 1000 frames per second!

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