JUN26 7pm SRP Live Stream! Dedicated to our brother Jay Harris!


SRP Live Stream! Dedicated to our brother Jay Harris!


 · Hosted by Soul Rebel Project


We will be performing our 2nd and Final live stream concert of the year Friday June 26th presented by Fusion Blue Productions. This is our first time performing since the passing of our brother Jay. We will be donating a portion of the money raised to the Sarcoidosis Foundation that helped Jay during the last year of his life. We will be debuting new material and playing some of Jays favorite tunes and fan favorites!

Right near da Beach!

go here > https://facebook.com/events/s/srp-live-stream-dedicated-to-o/1410145965852149/?ti=icl

Donations/Tips accepted Here:

West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church ~ Join us June 14th Facebook & Website Worship Music: Nadia Robertson 9:30am


Please join us this Sunday for our 15th Remote Worship Service with Rev Rona Tyndall and our musician of the week Nadia Robertson.
—   West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church.


Finding a Glosta Rocks with the kind message “All You Need is Love” sure put a smile on my face last week on the way to PiPl monitoring. I left the rock there for the next person crossing the footbridge to see, but after reading the article in the Gloucester Times, I know now to send the photo to the Glosta Rocks facebook page.

Glosta Rocks! Facebook group promotes kindness, community with hidden, painted popples

Like messages in a bottle, they travel. You can find one on Stacy Boulevard, and if you happen to be going to L.A., leave it for someone else to find on Sunset Boulevard.

And like Easter egg hunts, they tend to elicit puns. So here goes the first one. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you probably know that “kindness rocks” — the finding of, painting of, hiding of, hunting of, and, importantly, posting of — have gone viral, online and offline, and not just in grass-roots America, but all around the world.

If, while strolling on Stacy Boulevard this spring you’ve spotted kids tip-toeing tenuously through the tulips staring intently down at the ground and wondered what they were up to, it wasn’t “Pokemon Go.”

It was rock hunting. Kindness rock hunting.

What are kindness rocks? They are rocks —small, smooth, flat surfaced stones or popples, the kind you’d find on the beach or in a garden — brightly painted, often with positive messages of good cheer, encouragement, inspiration — “Be kind,” “Let a smile be your umbrella,” “Share!” “Shine!” “Joy!” Just as often, they’re just painted: sometimes quite cleverly, even brilliantly.

In Gloucester, there’s nothing new about using rocks to send messages of hope and encouragement. Art Haven director Traci Corbett says that rock painting in one form or another has long been a popular activity at the Main Street studio, and it’ll be offering it at its new summer extension space on the lower level of 76 Roger St. as well as at its Cape Ann Farmers Market table.

Then there are Dogtown’s great inscribed boulders. They’ve been around since the Great Depression when local entrepreneur Roger Babson saw in their smooth stone faces an opportunity to provide work for local unemployed stone masons, having them inscribe in the stones the kind of words and messages of encouragement the American Dream is built on. “Industry! Ideas! Integrity! Courage! Spiritual Power! Never try, never win!” the stones tell passing strangers.


Google Putting the link to Google+ In A Submenu Tells Me They’ve Conceded To Facebook


Above you see a screenshot of my Google Home page.  Before the first link in the top right hand corner was a link to your Google+ page.  Now it’s buried in the submenu.  I like Google+, it’s a billion times cleaner than Facebook, but the first to the party Facebookisn’t going anywhere while Google has relugated Google+ to a submenu.

Just thought it’s worth noting for the geeks like me out there.

Check Out The Beautiful You Project From Denise Remington On Facebook

Denise writes-

Hi Joe,
My name is Denise and my husband is Tony Remington. He recently spoke to you about the community/charity event that I am putting together.   I wanted to recognize someone in our community that was already ‘paying it forward’ and have a special celebration in their honor. I am getting such positive feedback and support from the community and I am excited for  “Beautiful You Project” and to make a difference in someone’s life!


for more info click the flyer and check out the Facebook Page


What Do You Love?


There isn’t a soul on earth who doesn’t love a good story, and last year I came up with an excuse to hear some of yours. Over at The Roving Home we hosted a “I Love My Vintage _____” contest for February where participants were asked to submit a photo of a favorite vintage item along with a few words explaining the reason for their affection. We had entries ranging from a vintage VW car passed down from father to daughter to a cache of letters written between family members over decades to favorite dishware acquired piece by piece. It was a lot of fun to see and read about the different pieces people value and the contest reminded anyone who followed along just why it is that we love old things. (Not that most of us need a reminder…)

So at the risk of bothering you again, I’m going to ask (again): what is your favorite vintage item? It can be something you came across last week or something you have held dear for a lifetime. If you don’t mind sharing a picture and your story, submit it to our Facebook page HERE. If you’re not a fan of all things Facebook (and if this is the case I am deeply supportive of your position), submit it via email to therovinghome@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is this Friday, the day after Valentine’s Day. Voting will begin on Saturday and continue for a week, and this year’s prize is a vintage trophy and some coffee and chocolate in honor of the season of love. If you win the contest but have no interest in shiny trophies, vintage or otherwise, hate coffee and despise chocolate, we’ll work out another prize that will make your dead heart (just kidding) pound with happiness.

Vintage trophy, vintage diner coffee cup, fresh coffee and chocolate: deeeelightful!
Vintage trophy, vintage diner coffee cup, fresh coffee and chocolate: deeeelightful!

Outrage! Monopoly Cuts Iron Token and Adds Cat Token (undoubtedly at the hands of crazy emotionally unstable cat hoarding women)

From CBS Boston this morning-

Monopoly Fans Vote To Add Cat Token, Get Rid Of Iron

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Scottie dog has a new nemesis in Monopoly after fans voted in an online contest to add a new cat token to the property trading game, replacing the iron, toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday.

The results were announced after the shoe, wheelbarrow and iron were neck and neck in the final hours of voting that sparked passionate efforts by fans to save their favorite tokens and businesses eager to capitalize on publicity surrounding pieces that represent their products.

The vote on Facebook closed just before midnight on Tuesday, marking the first time that fans have had a say on which of the eight tokens to add and which one to toss. The pieces identify the players and have changed quite a lot since Parker Brothers bought the game from its original designer in 1935.

Rhode Island-based Hasbro announced the new piece Wednesday morning.

Let me state for the record that this is a horrible idea on many levels.  First off just think about how poor Scottie the Dog token feels about this development.  Alone at the top of the heap and now this johnny come lately kitty cat just saunters on up and weasels their way on the board.

Then there’s the whole classic angle of the game.  Monopoly is a classic, no doubt about it.  I feel strongly you should never tinker with the classics.

Only a crazy single woman harboring tons of cats in her apartment would think this is a good idea.  Oh and along that vein and pardon my little tangent that I’m about to take here but I think that you’ll agree it’s a tangent worth taking-

Warning to all single men out there-

If you’re out in the evening and get invited back to a woman’s apartment for a “nightcap” and once you get inside the apartment, anticipating to get all up in her business- no matter how hot she may be, no matter how intelligent she may seem or how much you two seem to have in common-

If she’s harboring 3 or more cats- RUN!   Don’t look back.  Just run!!!!  In my experience from back in my bachelor days every one of these multiple cat hoarding single broads are batshit crazy (and I don’t mean batshit crazy in the I wanna tie you up and play sex games kinda kinky way)  I mean batshit crazy in the emotionally unstable kinda way.

So bringing this post back on topic I’m assuming that the majority of people who voted for the cat token to replace the classic iron token are batshit crazy emotionally unstable single cat hoarders.

And is that who you really want making decisions about who decides the fate of your classic board game tokens?

I think not.

Business and Twitter (and Facebook)


There are a couple of business owners that God Bless them are embracing Facebook and Twitter to promote their companies.

This is a good thing.

What many don’t realize though is that if your Twitter feed or Facebook page is nothing but a bunch of ads and you retweet and repost them every hour that you are doing damage to your brand. 

Once people realize that all you do is feed them ads for your product or service all day they will either unfollow you or breeze right over your tweets without ever clicking through because they know ultimately they’re really not going to get a payback in the form of something interesting but what they will be getting is yet another one of your advertisements about you.  Yes I understand that YOU are the most important person in YOUR life but to the reader on twitter or Facebook try to engage the reader with something that will be a payoff for THEM.

Retweet other interesting things that are happening in your area, things that speak to you or you agree with and let your personality shine through your Twitter or Facebook presence.  People don’t want to get hammered over the head with ads all day long.  Be judicious with your self promoting.  I’m not saying it’s not important.  What I’m saying is to be more effective, maybe make every 5th tweet about your goods or services instead of 100%.

I guarantee you will be more successful in your marketing efforts.  Be natural, be you and let it shine on through.  Don’t be afraid to promote others you find interesting and they will be more likely to help you in your efforts to show the world how truly awesome YOU are.

Thank you.


A couple examples of people who are really interesting tweeters and marketers are my friends @JMcElhenny an @DscvrGlstr  If you look at their twitter feed it’s not just straight up advertisements marketing themselves.  They tweet and retweet intersting things around them and their personality shines through.

If you’re wondering if it’s you I’m talking about, step back, pull up your twitter feed and ask yourself if you are just hammering the shit out of people with advertisement about yourself after advertisement about yourself.

Chickity Check It! Gloucester Fireworks Facebook Page


Would you be willing and able to assist us in getting the word out to MORE people? Our next fireworks show is Tuesday, July 3rd at 9:30pm. I have a link, I think will work, that you can share on your goodmorninggloucester facebook page (and/or your blog page?)
Please let me know if there is anything else you would need from me.
Thank you,

Instagram App

Readers Please Note: I deleted my Instagram App on December 18th, 2012 after reading Instagrams new terms and policies in regard to selling images to third party advertisers.

Before Liv retuned to school last month, she installed Instagram on my iPhone so that we could easily share photos. Instagram is very simple to understand–spoken by a techno- challenged person (although Joey recently pointed out that for someone my age, I am not too horribly technologically challenged). There has been much in the news about Instagram recently as the app was purchased by Mark Zuckerberg for one billion dollars, twice its estimated worth.

Instagram with Kelvin Filter  ~ Good Harbor Beach Sunrise

Original Photo 


What’s Your Favorite Vintage Item?

The Roving Home’s next show is scheduled to open on April 21st. The idea behind the show (well, the idea behind everything at The Roving Home, really) is an exploration of the place that old things have in our lives, whether our items are valued in the marketplace or just for sentimental reasons.

One of the ways I plan to demonstrate the meaning of our old stuff is by featuring snapshots that readers send in of their favorite vintage item. So I would love it if you could take a few moments to submit a snapshot of something old in your house. Feel free to include yourself in the photo — and if you qualify as vintage, that works too — just make sure to include the vintage item as well as your decrepit self. The item in the snapshot could be something you inherited or a piece you just picked up at the thrift store yesterday. Something as small as a teacup or as large as your house itself. And please send in a couple of sentences stating why the item is significant to you. It would be fascinating to see which of your older possessions you find meaningful and why. And don’t worry about the quality of the photo – it’s not a most-beautiful-photograph contest, just a chance to see what matters to those of you who care about old stuff (like GMG contributor Alicia Pensarosa, for instance, who has a very cool blog featuring vintage stuff).

Just to make it interesting I’ve put together a contest for photo submissions over on The Roving Home’s Facebook page. You can submit your photo there and if your snapshot featuring a vintage item receives the most votes you’ll win a prize from our online shop. You can view more details about the contest HERE.

If you want to participate and aren’t interested in the contest, I would still love to have (and need) your photo for our upcoming show. Please e-mail it to me at therovinghome@gmail.com, or send me a message if you want to send a hard copy of your photo via the post office (I’ll send you my address). Of course you must be willing to have your snapshot used in the show and sending it in gives The Roving Home permission to display the item along with a few lines of explanation from you about why the item is meaningful. Thanks so much for your help, and I hope to see you joining in on Facebook or sending in a photo via e-mail!

Chickity Check It! Ken Knowles Painting + Wells Maritime on Facebook

Wells Maritime Art recently acquired a large Ken Knowles painting, "East Gloucester from Rocky Neck," 24" x 30". It’s pretty sweet. Very few have seen it. I’ve attached an image.
Also, the e-commerce provider we use for Wells Maritime Art (Volusion) allows us to set up a "Social Store" on Facebook. If you’re logged in to FB, go to
You can actually buy on FB! Pretty cool. We’re offering a 20% discount to those who "like" us.
Jon Cahill


The Gloucester Health Department is now on Facebook!


The City of Gloucester Health Department is now on Facebook!  The Health Department will be using this social media outlet as one more way to reach Cape Ann residents directly during public health events or emergencies such as disease outbreaks, food recalls, seasonal health alerts, boil water orders, etc..  Stay connected for instant updates on Health related topics.  "LIKE" us for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle Touch. See the attached flyer for details or find us by going to the City of Gloucester’s website.  On the Health Department page locate Keep Up on the News in the lower left hand corner of the page and click on Facebook.
A Drawing for the Kindle will be held on December 15, 2011.
Chassea Golden Robinson, RN, MPH
Public Health Nurse
Gloucester Health Department
3 Pond Rd
Gloucester, MA 01930
tel 978-281-9771
fax 978-281-9729

GMG Tech Talk- Google Plus, Google Circles

How many of you are actually using these services?


When they first appeared around what seems like a couple of weeks ago lots of people were signing up and tech media were predicting that it was going to turn Facebook on it’s ear. ahem (Paul Morrison).

The numbers of people were signing up for the services were enormous as there are already a ton of people who use and trust Google products to begin with.   So the growth was probably from people saying sure, what the hell, I’ll give it a try and with the sheer number of Google users to begin with those numbers of new accounts when reported in the media are staggering.

Well Google products have a long history of success and I use many of them daily. Gmail, Google Calendar, Documents, Google Music and Google Listen among a few I use most every day.  There have been a few misses with products that may have been a little ahead of it’s time or too smart to catch on universally.  Among one that comes to mind was the collaborative tool Google Wave which promised real time online collaborations.  I used it once or twice and it was interesting but not enough folks caught on.  Kenny and I edit our podcast shownotes in Google docs sometimes simultaneously and Google Docs seems like it took a lot of things from Google wave and integrated them.

As tech savvy as I consider myself I still can’t get the hang of circles.  It may be just a little too slick and I just don’t have the energy to figure it all out right now.  So my intuition tells me that if I can’t figure it out in a snap that most grandmothers will say fuck it and not bother.  This is a huge difference between Facebook and Google Circles.  Facebook seems just super easy peasy lemon squeazy whereas Google Circles seems like people really need to sort a whole bunch of stuff out to make it manageable.

Google +?  I’ve clicked on that +1 button on a bunch of different sites including this one when there are things that I find interesting and I figure it will share that somewhere but I’ve yet to figure out where that +1 button is visible or who gets to see the post or page that I find interesting enough to click the +1 button for.  Again, I consider myself pretty much a 9.5 on the scale from 1-10 on the tech geek scale so for me not to understand it gives me a strong sense that a good majority of people don’t understand it either.

Maybe once my season slows down and once the winter doldrums set in I’ll have time to get more into it but I’m just not sure the masses will and isn’t that what Google wants to capture with it’s products-  the masses?


The GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 1

The GloucesterCast Episode 1

Click here To Listen or Download The First Episode of The GloucesterCast


  • Joey Ciaramitaro – creator of Good Morning Gloucester and co-owner of Gloucester MA Captain Joe and Sons lobster company
  • Kenny MacCarthy – creator of The Cut Bridge and Gloucester MA real estate agent guru

Joey and Kenny discuss Gloucester / Cape Ann:

  • recent happenings
  • upcoming events
  • local real estate trends
  • dog and pet talk
  • sports, technology, social media
  • anything else that comes up along the way

Want to reach us?

Episode 1 link mentions:

Theme Music

Give it a listen if you will by clicking on the link above. Knowing that we have a way to go we will appreciate your feedback on what you liked and what we can improve upon. Also feel free to leave suggestions on show topics for next week’s podcast.

The GloucesterCast Episode 1

The GloucesterCast Episode 1

Click here To Listen or Download The First Episode of The GloucesterCast


  • Joey Ciaramitaro – creator of Good Morning Gloucester and co-owner of  Gloucester MA Captain Joe and Sons lobster company
  • Kenny MacCarthy – creator of The Cut Bridge and Gloucester MA real estate agent guru

Joey and Kenny discuss Gloucester / Cape Ann:

  • recent happenings
  • upcoming events
  • local real estate trends
  • dog and pet talk
  • sports, technology, social media
  • anything else that comes up along the way

Want to reach us?

Episode 1 link mentions:

Theme Music

Give it a listen if you will by clicking on the link above.  Knowing that we have a way to go we will appreciate your feedback on what you liked and what we can improve upon.  Also feel free to leave suggestions on show topics for next week’s podcast.

Chickity Check It!- Gloucester Daily Times Taste Of The Times Now On Facebook


My buddy Joe Langhan writes-

Why follow the Taste of the Times Facebook page?

1. New Videos: Get updated when new videos are added each week so you can follow your favorite chefs, restaurants, cooks, and cookbook authors. Either go to site or receive update each week automatically by Subscribe via SMS in the upper left hand corner of the page under the logo.

2. Sneak Previews: Keep up to date on the latest taping sessions with behind the scenes photos and videos.

3. Share the site easily with your friends on Facebook by Suggest To Friends in the upper left hand corner of the page under the logo.

4. Review video descriptions and get links to past video premiers.

It is simple and easy to do.

1. Go to the Taste of the Times Facebook Page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Taste-of-the-Times/150864264952046

2. Click the Like button at the top of the page.

3. Suggest the page to interested friends.

You Asked We Delivered (Well Beth Swan Delivered)-GMG Facebook Fan Page

Continuing my Facebook Hold-Out people had been asking us to put our updates in a GMG Facebook Fan Page so that they could get their GMG updates through FB.  There was no way for me to start a GMG Facebook Fan page without signing up for a Facebook account so new contributor (more about this soon) Beth Swan put one up for us.  I guess you need to have 25 or more people who “like” you before they will give you the shortened http://www.facebook.com/GoodMorningGloucester URL without a whole slew of numbers and letters after it.  Within a day the page had the required number for us to have the URL.  So if you are a Facebooker, you can go to the URL and do whatever it is you do to get the updates to show up on your wall.

I think that’s what it’s called-a wall.  I’m pretty much clueless as to the ins and outs of FB.  But if it were Twitter it would be your timeline. Sample below-


Good Morning Gloucester Facebook Fan Page

In addition to Beth Swan I should also thank Jill and Kristen from North Shore Dish for the inspiration and how-to.

Chickity Check It! Glazed! Paint Your Own Pottery Studio

After speaking with Roselle who bid for breakfast with me at The East Gloucester Elementary School Auction I found out about some very fun things going on at her 184 Washington St paint your own pottery studio.

She has ladies night where there is cheese and crackers as well as free massages, and many other events.  Check out the Glazed Facebook page for more info