Chickity Check It! Backyard Growers has launched a new website!

Backyard Growers has launched a new website! Check it out when you get a chance:
Thanks for all your support.
Lara Lepionka, Executive Director
Backyard Growers


Chickity Check It! Eoin Vincent’s 18 Haven


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Posted 01/24/15 by Eoin Vincent and filed under:



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From The Site-

18 Haven was the address of the home and studios of Ken and Elizabeth Vincent. Originally bought as a summer home in 1950’s from realtor Ray Kierman they took permanent residency there years later.

“Why do you want to go anyplace else when you’re already HERE!” – Kenneth Vincent

Elizabeth and Ken met in Ogunquit, ME sometime in the early 1920’s. Elizabeth’s parents regularly spent their summers in Ogunquit and Ken’s parents sent him there to paint and live in a fishing shack.

Elizabeth aspired to be a writer but also enjoyed painting, gardening, and cooking. She loved the wild blueberry and bayberry bushes around the yard of 18 Haven Avenue. She often did paintings from slides or photos that she had taken during their travels to Europe, or around New England. She loved reading cookbooks, art books, and both Sunday edition New York Times and Boston Globe.

Kenneth Vincent

Kenneth Vincent

Ken started his career in New York, doing work with his brother in-law on the Perry Como show. He later went to Newell-Emmett/Cunningham & Walsh as a “bull pen” artist and to Campbell-Ewald, where he became Creative Director. Campbell-Ewald offered Ken a position as Vice President, which would have meant moving the family to Detroit. He refused, moved the family to Rockport, and opened Kenneth Vincent Advertising.

Kenneth Vincent Advertising worked on many projects with local businesses on Cape Ann including: Gloucester Paint, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Bomco, and The Building Center.

Ken and Elizabeth had five children together.
In August of 2012 their son Peter Vincent passed away. Boxes and boxes of negatives, slides, and films were found and the estate asked me to look after them. The first goal for me was to make sure everything was safe. Then, over time, I want to put something together for the family; hopefully, the long-term goal would be to create a book. Though as I looked at many of the images, there seemed to be a need to share some of these images and stories immediately with family and the larger community of Cape Ann, historic designer, and local families.

This is how came to be.

You Know What Tiny Little Space Is Just killing It With programming?

The Gloucester Writers Center.

Jesus I’m not sure there’s another joint around that packs as many events per square foot into their space.

The folks running the place are just relentless.

Kudos to them.

Check out and follow their website for updates-


And furthering the conversation about local arts, I’m not sure local writers get enough due.  It’s non stop with our awesome artists and great for them but let’s all take notice of all the awesome Working Writers in town.

Congrats on being big time relevant.

Chickity Check it! Fall Foliage Map With Date Slider-

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Click here to see the full sized map with the date slider for predictions.  It’s pretty cool!

According to the map, right now we have partial foliage, next week we will have “near peak” conditions and the following week our area will have peak foliage conditions.

Chickity Check It- Northeast Ocean Data Interactive Maps


There are a ton of different layers you can add to the map and adjust.  Lots of interesting data.

Check It!-

This is just one-


This map broadly characterizes commercial fishing vessel activity in the Northeast based on Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data from 2006 through 2010 (full calendar years). In general, vessels holding permits in certain fisheries are required to use VMS.1 See for additional information, including a link to federal regulations describing requirements for the use of VMS.

This particular map is for vessels using VMS and declared into the NE multispecies fishery plan. The relative amount of vessel activity is indicated qualitatively from high (red) to low (blue). Importantly, this data was intended for fisheries management purposes supporting law enforcement initiatives: NMFS describes VMS as “a satellite surveillance system primarily used to monitor the location and movement of commercial fishing vessels in the U.S.” The map does not distinguish between fishing activity, vessel transit, or other vessel activities. The most accurate interpretation of this map is that it indicates relative levels of vessel presence.

The relatively short timeframe of this map precludes consideration of historic fishing areas. It also does not illustrate more recent or future changes in fishing activity resulting from changing environmental and economic conditions, fisheries management, and other important factors.

Data Considerations

The data provided by NMFS contained the day/month/year, the geographic coordinates of the vessel at the time of transmission, and the vessel’s declaration code, which may signify fishery plan, program within that plan, and associated area identifier or gear-type information. These data then were aggregated by combining all program codes within each fishery plan.

The limitations of the data used to produce these maps should be understood prior to interpretation of this map.

These data are from vessels operating in certain fishery management plans and certain programs within those plans. This map displays data for vessels using VMS with a limited access multispecies permit fishing under a Category A or B Days-at-Sea or catch regulated species or ocean pout while on a sector trip, or those with a limited access NE multispecies small vessel category or Handgear A permit that fish in multiple NE Multispecies Broad Stock Areas (50 CFR 648.10).

It is important to note that these data include all trips using a NE Multispecies VMS code by vessels with these permits, and as such, may include trips that target other fisheries but use a NE Multispecies VMS declaration for another fishery as a management and reporting mechanism. There are many New England fisheries not described through any VMS-derived maps.

VMS data is subject to strict confidentiality restrictions. Therefore, the map shows vessels’ locations following the removal of data that would have indicated individually identifiable vessel positions.

Chickity Check It! Sista Felicia In CBS Boston’s Ask A Chef series For Her Mudiga Steak Recipe!!!

Click here to check it out-



Chickity Check It!- The Clam

James Dowd’s writing should really be all you need to know to make this an instant bookmark and follow.

(Plus he’ll get into all that icky politics stuff that I can’t stand)

Look what you made us do

Posted by jamesdowd

We have resisted blogging about Gloucester for a couple of reasons. First, Gloucester was previously covered by an actual newspaper, the Gloucester Daily Times [paywall. Seriously!] Sadly, the GDT has suffered in quality of late. Oh, let’s not sugar coat it, they are awful. Like ‘painful groin rash’ wretched. In our opinion Gloucester essentially has no functioning newspaper now, and certainly not one with a useful online presence. This means a lot of Gloucester viewpoints are not being heard.

It stinks from the head

It stinks from the head

Cape Ann Online has great discussions along with a bunch of trolling. It’s a great forum for short-form stuff. But it’s forum-style.

Of course Joey Ciaramitaro runs a pretty boss blog Good Morning Gloucester. He covers events, food, art, the highly clickworthy winter bikini volleyball beat and now even weather and waterfront. The man has heat, but he’s crystal clear about one thing: He does not want to cover anything that could remotely be considered “political”. This is his right and his is blog is just that. It’s great the way it is and he wants to keep it that way.

Bookmark and follow it here-

Here is some of the greatness James dropped on GMG in years past-


James Dowd Breaks Down Our “unoffical” just-for-fun completely non-scientific poll (Surprise Our Margin Of Error Was Better Than Gallup)

Bike Lane Parking From Jim Dowd

Jim Dowd on the new bike lanes:

Jim Dowd and The Why Gloucester Is Hipster (and that’s not a bad thing) Rant

Jim Dowd’s Post On Good Morning Gloucester Makes The Washington Post

Jim Dowd responds to the attack on the Boston Marathon

“Make it look shitty.” James Dowd latest screed on cycling in Gloucester

An Open Letter to My Bike Wheel Thief from Jim Dowd

Chickity Check It: Seven Tips for Good PR Writing by John McElhenny

Seven Tips for Good PR Writing

Posted on: February 21st, 2014 by John McElhenny

There’s an unfinished conference room in the back of our office where no one ever goes. Table tops lie on their sides with no legs. Deconstructed cubicles stand against the walls, shelves and desktops assorted like giant puzzle pieces. A dry erase marker lies on the ground, never used.

It’s there in the dark that I write.

As public relations professionals, content generation is becoming an ever more important part of our job. Clients need a continuous stream of blog posts, opinion articles, news releases, feature articles and social media posts to connect with their audiences.

For the entire article click here to view it at Ink House

GloucesterCast 12/15/13 With That Nutty Redhead and John Thomas Grant


The GloucesterCast Podcast Taped 12/15/13 With That Nutty Redhead and John Thomas Grant and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

To listen to the podcast-

To order your nuts –



for John’s Photography-

Chickity Check It! – GMG Nominated For New England’s Best Something or Other

Here’s the link-

The Boston Artists’ Life on a Dime -An Online Newspaper

“New England’s Best” Nominee – Captain Joey and GoodMorningGloucester

Fun City Baby- Gloucester That Is.

Chickity Check It!- Ben Railton’s Take On G-Town


Hi Joey,

Hope your September has been a good one so far! I’ve been checking out GMG for a while now, ever since it beat out my blog for the Best of Boston blogging award (not bitter, you deserved it!); but I had a chance to link to and talk about your blog on my own for the first time for today’s post, part of a series on stories and histories inspired by a visit to Gloucester. Here’s the link:

September 19, 2013: Gloucester Stories: What’s Next

and I’d certainly love to hear any of your takes or thoughts on the week’s topics or any other aspects of Gloucester, past and present. Take care, and keep up the good work,


Gloucester writers and photographers, check out the American Guide

Cat Ryan submits-

Gloucester writers, photographers, GMG contributors…check it out and submit!

THEN Federal Writers Project American Guide


“WHEN the Federal Writers’ Project was set up in Massachusetts, and the staff received its first instructions from the central office in Washington, the editors blithely embarked on a task of whose magnitude they had little conception: the job of adequately describing the 316 towns and 39 cities of the Commonwealth, and of presenting, as concisely, accurately, and simply as possible, the facts about the State, from its Architecture to its Zoology, from the year ?00,000.000 B.C., when its geological history began, to A.D. 1937 when its social history has by no means ended…Although comprehensive, this book is not an encyclopedia. Its purpose is not to catalogue all the facts, but to present and preserve significant facts.”


AND NOW American Guide

THE AMERICAN GUIDE is a revival of the Depression-era guidebook series by the same name. It’s part archive curation from back in the day, part documentary travel in the here and now. It’s here to keep a state by state record of an America coming out of the Great Recession and beyond: to document people and places both pretty and hard because, all things being equal, that’s what makes America, America.