GloucesterCast 319 With Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Mark Ring, Tony Gross, Ralph DiGiorgio and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/25/19


GloucesterCast 319 With Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Mark Ring, Tony Gross, Ralph DiGiorgio and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/25/19


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Topics Include:

Monster jinx- AFC championship poster gift

Seafood Show Talk with Mark Ring

Thanks Donny King for the smelt

Another jinx- Kate buying winter boots for Connor “What is it going to snow 4 more times?

How long do you keep a mattress?  My Pillow, Weighted blankets.

Rotary phone challenges teenagers….what do you think?

Serenitee card now has app! Posted to GMG and Link to get app and have free stuff at your fingertips

Wheelhouse Coffee tasting Sat Jan 26 2 PM


We’re going to Feather and Wedge tonight with Kim and Ralph



Abbie Lundberg, Tony’s wife, writes: “Tony brought home a bunch of sand fleas yesterday and the seahorse was excited – hunting and catching some, but he then spit them back out. The aquarium never called back, so Tony decided to release him today, back in the same area he found him. (Of course the aquarium called after that happened 😞) Hopefully he’ll find his way back to warmer waters.”

Thank you to Abbie and Tony for sharing their seahorse capture and release story. Readers may have noticed in the comment section of the previous update that lobsterman Gary also came home with a seahorse, which he found off Plum Cove Beach. I never would have imagined that we have seahorses, even occasional ones, living in the cold waters of Cape Ann, but it is truly exciting to know they are here.

Here’s a short video of a Lined Seahorse that I shot at the aquarium in Cincinnati while visiting relatives about five years ago. Although the same species as Gloucester’s little seahorse, note the two wildly different colors. Lined Seahorses change color to blend with their environment, which aids in capturing prey.

This funny video came up  on my video feed, of male seahorses giving birth. FASCINATING!!!


Thank you to Tony and Abbie for allowing me to come by and get some footage of the spunky little seahorse. This is the fourth seahorse Tony has found, the second this week. He finds them feeding on tiny crustaceans in his lobster bait traps. I think this is a female. If you look closely in the above Instagram and compare with the diagram below, she does not have the male’s brood pouch.

Lined Seahorses are not strong swimmers; they ambush their prey by camouflaging themselves, changing color to blend with their environment. They are found in shades ranging from deep brownish black to gray to green, red, and oranges. Lined Seahorses feed on small crustaceans, fish larvae, and plankton. Their mouths are without teeth and instead of biting, use a sucking action to draw in food. Because a seahorse has no stomach, it must eat constantly.

Seahorses live in habitats where there is an abundance of vegetation to hold onto, for example, eel grass and seaweed in southern New England. On temperate shorelines they may curl their tail around mangrove roots and corals. It seems logical that Tony’s bait traps make a convenient feeding station, providing both food and a place on which to latch. Although rare, sightings as far north as Nova Scotia have been reported. Cape Cod is the tippy end of the Lined Seahorse’s northern breeding range.

Fun fact about Lined Seahorses: Scientists report that the males dance for their mate every morning as a way to bond.

The Lined Seahorse population is in decline; their species status is listed as “vulnerable.” The reason for the decline is not only habitat destruction, but sadly and preventably, because they are a popular commodity in the trinket trade.

A reporter from NECN and NBC contacted Tony and the story may be airing on NECN.  Let us know if you see the episode. Here’s a video Tony’s wife Abbie made, posted on GMG in 2010.  The seahorse in this video was caught in December, in Ipswich Bay, in 40 degree waters.

Anatomy of a seahorse from Google image search


Brought to you by Good Morning Gloucester ~ Happy Thanksgiving All!

In order of appearance:

Bowdie Russell

Joe Ciaramitaro

Katelyn Foley

Richie Cassola

Frankie Ciaramitaro

Cody Burns

Jerry McKay

Daniel J. Dunbar

Pete Mondello

Richie Baressi

Mike Tufts

Peter Libro

Matt St. Pierre

Steve Amaral

Tony Gross

Our Tony Gross Putting On A Photobombing Clinic At Schoonerfest


Here’s our Tony putting on a photo bombing clinic right here.

See?  This is how you run for School Committee!

Publicity city baby.  Flat out owning the focus of this picture.  Can’t take your eyes off Tony’s commanding presence.

He’s a photobombing monster, an absolute monster.

I’d say Tony’s photo is about a hundred times more effective campaign-wise than our super good buddy Hannah Kimberley who couldn’t possibly have read my  January 21, 2012 post on portrait taking-

Who makes someone pose like this?

Posted on January 21, 2012 by

Otherwise this never would have happened-

Hannah you straight up have my personal permission to kick Craig straight away in the nuts.  When he asks you why you did that, show him this post

This is how I picture Hannah- with that warm smile-

Launch Ceremonial Poem and Press Release From Tony Gross


The City of Gloucester is proud to announce the start-up of a launch service in its beautiful harbor.  The launch is a first-class, 26-foot, 24-passenger, solid fiberglass “Duffy” built by Atlantic Boat Company.  “This launch service will provide boaters a convenient gateway to Gloucester’s shops, museums, the Rocky Neck and the Gloucester Harbortown Cultural Districts, restaurants and shore-side amenities,” said Mayor Carolyn A Kirk.    

Gloucester Welcomes Cruising Boaters

The launch will provide cruising boaters with a safe option for bringing bulky loads to and from shore – e.g., laundry to the laundromat, groceries, or a mechanical part that was repaired in one of Gloucester’s marine repair shops.  As a cruiser’s port-of-call, Gloucester also has showers available for $2 at the YMCA for those who really want more than a sailor’s shower.  We offer pump-out service to your vessel.  Ice and water can be purchased at the local icehouse.  Gloucester has always been the best port on the North Shore for servicing all types of vessels, and now with the launch service, cruising boaters have a safe, dry and convenient option for getting ashore.

Day Boaters Can Enjoy Gloucester

Day boaters will now be able to come to Gloucester and have access to downtown using the launch.  Boaters will be able to pick up available City guest moorings or drop anchor in the large Federal anchorage conveniently located in the center of the inner harbor, under the watchful eye of the Harbormaster’s staff.  From these locations, boaters will be able to hail the launch on VHF channel 72 or call 978-942-0660 for a lift to one of Gloucester Harbor’s three public floats or the Historic Art Colony at Rocky Neck.

From these landing points boaters can enjoy:

  • A meal in one of our many excellent restaurants

  • A relaxing cup of coffee or tea in the coffee and tea houses

  • Shopping in the many fine shops

  • A visit to the museums

  • A visit to one of our salons and spas

  • A stroll along the historic and picturesque Harbor Walk

City Mooring Holders

The launch service will also be provided for Gloucester’s mooring holders that are within its service area. The ability to get to and from your vessel conveniently will enhance the enjoyment of the day.

Contact: Jim Caulkett, Harbormaster


Ceremonial Poem read By Tony Gross At Launch


For thousands of years, we have gone to sea. We have crafted vessels to carry us and we have called them by name. This boat will nurture and care for us through perilous seas, and so we affectionately call her “she.” To them we ask to celebrate the Gloucesterman.


The moods of the sea are many, from tranquil to violent. We ask that this boat be given the strength to carry on. The keel is strong and she keeps out the pressures of the sea.


Today we come to name this lady and send her to sea to be cared for, and to care for the Suffern Crew. We ask the sailors of old and the mood of God that is the sea to accept this name, to help her through her passages, and allow her to return with her crew safely.


We now pour champagne over the bow to appease King Neptune, and lay a branch of green leaves on the deck to ensure safe returns.


The Tony Gross Letter Clarifying the Role of the Waterways Board

Tony Gross Shares Recent Accomplishments and Long Range Goals of the Waterways Board.

Gloucester Daily Times, February 26, 2013

To the editor:

Last week, an inflammatory Times editorial called for the disbanding of the Waterways Board.

It’s unfortunate that the editor, Mr. Lamont, prefers to lob bombs than to actually understand something so important to our community. And in my two years as chairman of this board, he has never once called me to discuss any of the issues.

So let’s set a few things straight. The current members of the Waterways Board are committed to providing greater capacity to accommodate visiting boaters, both cruisers and day-trippers. Moreover, there has been a cultural shift towards pro-action in the past 11 months, when the board got four new members. In that time the board has:

Put in motion the purchase of a launch, so visiting boaters have a gateway to access downtown within the DPA.

Begun work on a marketing strategy to welcome visiting boaters.

Funded design plans for expansion at Solomon Jacobs Landing to include bathrooms and showers, more transient dinghy tie-up and ADA access.

Funded a feasibility and marketing study for a transient marina.

Helped fund the Lanes Cove Fish Shack restoration.

With Seaport Council, funded a new facility for Sail GHS and the YMCA youth sailing programs.

Funded a mooring re-gridding study to determine if a floating marina would fit in the proposed area — a first step that was missed by proponents, which slowed down the process.

Created stabilization funds for maintenance and repair of the commercial marinas and to enhance public access.

Acquired CPA eligibility approval for improvements to Hodgkins Cove and Head of Lobster Cove Public Landings to create better public access.

Directed the harbormaster’s office to aggressively enforce mooring regulations so all moorings are fully utilized.

Voted to increase patrols on the Annisquam River, directing the harbormaster to crack down on speeders.

The floating marina is a unique idea that may address the prohibition of recreational marinas in a DPA, and the board is indeed exploring that option. In the meantime, here is some information that may help the public understand what it could take.

Rough cost estimate for construction by the time all the utilities are connected, taking into account that municipal finance laws control the bid process, could be $2 million-plus of taxpayer dollars.

A competitive grant known as BIG could potentially provide some money. However, the BIG grant is solely for recreational transient boater access for boats 26 feet or larger. Meanwhile the State DEP requires that the utilities (electric and water) have a Chapter 91 permit, which in a DPA is only available for commercial locations. While it may be possible to meet both those conflicting requirements, it definitely complicates things.

The slips in this marina will be for limited-duration transient boater tie-up; there will be no seasonal slips available.

To fit the floating marina in the currently proposed spot, 60-plus moorings will have to be rearranged and moved closer together, requiring the use of short-scope mooring systems. These run between $2,000 & $5,000 each for gear and installation, for a total cost between $120,000 and $300,000. By ordinance, City Council will decide who will pay these costs.

There will be no launch service to help facilitate use in the nine-month off-season.

Quick estimates do indicate a positive operating balance between revenue and expenses, but these estimates are based on traditional shore-side marinas; there is no comparable data for a free-floating marina, as this would be the first of its kind in the Northeast.

The people who volunteer their time and effort to this board are working hard to do what’s right for the city. We’ve improved meeting efficiency with purposeful agendas, and last year, members agreed to increase meeting frequency by more than 40 percent in recognition that the pace was too slow.

I could not include all that the board is trying to accomplish in this space, but I hope it helps to clarify for interested citizens what we’ve been working on.



Chairman, Waterways Board

See GMG post In Defense of the Waterways Board

I met Tony when my family first moved to Gloucester. Our kids and his kids were active  in the Annisquam Village Players. I was the stage manger and producer at that time. I called Tony Super Dad. Anything needed, anything at all, and Tony was there to lend a helping hand, with both his willing spirit and tools, including rebuilding the outside back stairwell after several kids slipped on the wet, metal grate steps rushing from scene to scene during a rainy night performance.

If Tony says it’s so, it is, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Tony Gross © Joey Ciaramitaro

Tony Gross, Chairman Gloucester Waterways Board 

In Defense of The Waterways Board

I respect our City Council, respect our Mayor and respect our Harbormaster.

The editorial in the Gloucester Daily Times asking to scrap the Waterways Board is not a good idea.

Let me explain why.  City Councils have elections every 2 years.  City Councilors come and go and while they mostly have our best interests in mind they just don’t have the history and knowledge of the rules and regulations and past grudges and what works on the waterfront like people that derive their income from it.

There are people like Tony Gross who have worked on the waterfront most of his life.  He also sits on the School Committee and knows processes.  Tony knows from dealing with people on the waterfront all his life who the players are and what regulations are in place that have restricted progress and also the ones that have insured stability.

Not having a Waterways board and handing over all the decisions to people who don’t have long terms relationships with the harbor is just crazy.

If some people have their feelings hurt because a cockamamie idea to have the public finance a floating marina which will have to be maintained with public dollars then good riddance.   If people can’t see that a floating marina in the middle of the harbor would  compete with existing waterfront properties who would love to be able to finance the transient dockage needs and finance it with private dollars (read not public dollars) and maintain the private docks with private dollars then good riddance as well.

If there is a problem with perceived lack of progress maybe, just MAYBE the PROCESS OF GETTING THINGS APPROVED MIGHT BE LOOKED AT AND STREAMLINED.

How about writing an editorial calling for the elimination of layers upon layers of bureaucracy and allowing the waterfront some relief from antiquated Designated Port Area (DPA) zoning regulations in a time when our fleet has hyper-consolidated and we read daily in the Paper Richard Gaines’ articles about cutbacks, the latest calling for yet another 70 plus percent reduction in landings.

Yes there needs to be more transient dockage but those needs can be filled with the many empty piling fields around the harbor which if the zoning was changed would allow for the private waterfront sector to pay for these needs being built and maintained instead of always looking for government handouts to get things done.

So calling for the Waterways Board to be disbanded is no solution.  We need people who have intimate knowledge of the port and its history to help guide and inform the Council as to what is going on.

No City Councilor could ever be expected to understand what is really going on in the waterfront and all the rules and zoning that is hindering responsible development because their livelihoods don’t depend on it like many of the members of a good Waterways Board filled with Fishermen, Recreational Marina Owners, Lawyers who understand waterfront zoning, Marine Construction Company Owners,  and Waterfront Tourism People.

What you don’t need on the Waterways Board are commies who think that the government should pay for everything and look at private waterfront development as if it was the devil because god forbid someone might make money.

The fishermen should have places to tie their boats and they do.  With the drastic consolidation of the fleet the upland portions of these properties should have relief from the archaic zoning of the DPA so these properties can be reinvigorated with private (read not public) dollars so they could pay more money to the City in taxes.   Everyone wins.

I may not agree with the Waterways Board 100% of the time but realistically you never could expect to.  However with a Waterways Board filled with people that derive their income from the waterfront and have intimate knowledge of it you will be FAR better served than letting a bunch of commie bureaucrats that only are looking for the public sector and public dollar projects to get things done instead of the people who control the purse strings and have to risk their own capital.

Abbie Lundberg Photo Of Tony Gross’ Seahorse Find

You may remember Tony Gross from his pictures in the Boatyard-


or when he chopped off the tip of his finger and became a “cull”



Well the other day Tony was hauling lobster traps and off his gear fell a seahorse which are pretty rare to catch up in our waters. His lovely wife Abbie sent us the picture-

Hi Joey, here’s a photo of the seahorse that came up with Tony’s trawl
— Abbie


Tony Gross’ Swedish Coffee Bread

Every Christmastime Tony Gross, the skipper of the lobsterboat F/V Sandollar makes a ridiculous number of Swedish Coffee Bread loaves and gives them out to friends.  I made the mistake and called it Nisu but because the recipe comes from an elder in Tony’s family he insists it be called Swedish Coffee Bread.

It’s delicious and best eaten within a day of cooking.  I sure am glad I’m on the list of those who get one every year!

Backman Josh Lordan Produced Lobstering Aboard The Sandollar With Captain Tony Gross

Click the picture to view the video

Be sure to watch it all the way through.  It gets pretty interesting tehn they start to band the lobsters.  Thanks to Josh Lordan who made the movie.

Tony Gross Is A Cull

I knew something was wrong when Tony’s wife Abby pulled up to the dock with his lobsters.  Abby never comes down the dock but this day was different.

Tony Got his finger stuck in the hauler and it ripped the tip off.  Not good.

Tony Gross Is A Cull, originally uploaded by captjoe06.