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GloucesterCast 99 With Legendary Comedian Gallagher and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/21/14

Famous Comedian Gallagher Stops By To Talk About His Show At The Larcom Theater October 25, 2014. Lots of fun in our interview.

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Anyone that buys a ticket from this point on gets a free Gallagher Shirt at the Larcom and Gallagher said he would be signing them.

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GloucesterCast 98 With Craig, Kim, Sista Felicia and Toby Taped 10/19/14


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CNN, Memories, and a Shirt

SUshirtWM5025I confess, in my several months of confinement in medical facilities and at home, I’ve become a hopeless news junkie. The current scandal is about sketchy courses for athletes at the University of North Carolina. The so-called “paper classes” did not require attendance and had no professors – students just got a good grade. When at Syracuse University, I was required to take one science class, so I signed up for Physics 101. Upon entering the huge lecture hall, I saw a lot of really big guys. The course material was below high school level. The students called it “football physics.” I did my work and got an A.

What made me think about my connection to this breaking news was an old SU t-shirt. I bought it from the college catalog in the early 1980’s, crammed into the back of a drawer, as I became too fat to wear it. It fits great now because I’ve lost 80 pounds. I’m thinking that UNC is not the only college padding their teams.

Thank You To The Person Who Called Out My Insensitive Post

Last week I posted something that was a definite use of poor judgement. I can admit when I’m wrong and in that case I was definitely wrong.

Not going to bring up what it was about but wanted to thank the person who wrote in the comment and opened my eyes to the insensitivity I displayed on the subject.
Since I don’t have that person’s email address I hope they see this post of thanks and apology.

Your comments weren’t simply brushed aside, I’ve thought long and hard about them and am extremely remorseful for having written it in the first place.

So thanks again.


Friday October 24th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Today NW winds 15 to 20 kt. Gusts up to 30 kt this morning. Seas 5 to 8 ft. Patchy fog this morning. A slight chance of showers this morning with vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tonight NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.

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Community Stuff 10/24/14

At the Gallery….

Is it Halloween already?

This summer was great — very busy, visitors from around the world, and lots of commissions. Poppies are still a favorite, and pebble beach paintings are a wonderful reminder of the beauty of summer in Rockport.
The gallery is open year-round:
Autumn Hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 am –  5 pm EST
Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: Open by chance or appointment
So please do visit, just be sure call the gallery first to confirm hours during the unpredictable New England weather.

My Pebble Beach paintings are especially popular with visitors to Rockport. “Pebble Beach No. 29″
was featured in the inaugural issue of Cape Ann Magazine (read more about my interview below.)

Interview with
Cape Ann Lifestyle

Tusinski Gallery was also chosen to be featured in the first issue of
Cape Ann Lifestyle, published this summer. I enjoyed sharing my perspective on my early artistic influences, the joy of working in Rockport and other interesting topics. Two of my paintings: “Dreamy Still Life” and “Pebble Beach No. 29″  appear in this beautiful magazine.

From Jodi,

Our rented house is being sold, closing in on nov 10th, hoping you can print our press release.

I’ve included some photos if you want to use them.  Photos credit is Law Hamilton for all except the photo of me and the little screech owl, photo credit for that one is Erin Parsons Hutchinson.

Thank you so much, I’m praying one of your readers will help us continue to help our wildlife, if we cannot find a place, Cape Ann Wildlife may need to shut our doors permanently or until enough funds are raised for a facility.

Thank you so much

Cape Ann Wildlife, Inc (CAW) is in immediate need of a new facility to rent, due to the rented home being sold.
Cape Ann Wildlife, Inc and Jodi Swenson has been rescuing and rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife in Gloucester since the 2005, saving hundreds of animals, primarily songbirds every single year.
Closing the doors on this valuable resource for our community will be a great loss.
Preferred is a affordable single family home, 3 bedroom, away from the center of town (Gloucester, Essex, Rockport, Manchester, Ipswich) for the small rehabilitation center and Jodi’s family.
As a 501(c)3 non profit, there may be a potential tax write off for a landlord.
We of course need an animal friendly kind of place, that’s affordable. 
Only permanent pets are 1 small dog and 4 birds.  During the songbird baby season, we can have up to 30 little babies at a time, fall, winter and early spring being a quiet time.
We need enough room outside to build simple pre-release cages for birds to get acclimated to life outside and flight conditioning. 
So please help us continue this important service to the community and our quickly declining songbirds.  If you know of a property that might be suitable please contact Jodi Swenson at 978-325-2501, visit

New Year’s Rockport Fundraiser, Paint Night, Wed. Nov 12th, 6:30 PM at the Pigeon Cove Circle, Rockport, MA.  Paint Night is a company that supplies an artist who will come to your location and teach you how to paint a finished painting in an evening of fun, food, drink & socialization.  We need 35 applicants by Oct. 29, but you can still register up to the day of.  Pre-registration is required at Contact Claire with questions:  Help New Year’s Rockport Eve dig out of debt from 2013 and prepare for 2014.



Metcalfe Show Opens At RAA

Rockport Artist Judy Metcalfe will open a two-week solo show of her award winning watercolors at the Rockport Art Association on Sunday, October 26th with an artist’s reception from 2:00-4:00 PM.
In Judy’s words, “I attempt to catch the moment when sunlight transforms a simple object into something wondrous.  When a flower glows with inner light, a water droplet sparkles, or an intricate network of shadows is cast by a spray of leaves or the facets of a glass vase. Each of us see these things in our everyday life, but they are fleeting. I try to capture them and hold them for others to enjoy.”  In viewing her works, the observer realizes just how well she succeeds.  Meticulously rendered, they seem to be real – not painted – with a simplicity that belies just how intricate they really are.
Metcalfe received her BFA in Fine Art from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.  She is a signature member of American Watercolor Society, Hudson Valley Art Association, New England Watercolor Society & National Association of Women Artists.  She holds elected memberships at Rockport Art, North Shore Arts & Connecticut Academy of Fine Art.
The Metcalfe exhibition will continue through November 6th.  For more information visit the RAA’s website at or call the gallery at 978-546-6604.  The RAA is open Tuesday – Sunday.



Johnny Orlando is remembered as teacher, mentor, and friend to countless students during his decades as carpentry teacher at Gloucester High School.  John passed away suddenly two years ago, but his memory as a master carpenter lives on in the form of a scholarship awarded to a graduating senior for college or advanced vocational training.

Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant, 86 Main St in Gloucester, has agreed to donate ten percent of proceeds of food sales on Monday, October 27th to the Scholarship Fund; and all who remember Johnny are invited to join with his family and friends that evening to celebrate his life.

Tax-deductible contributions in any amount may be also made to:

The John W Orlando Scholarship Fund c/o Gloucester Scholarship Foundation, Cape Ann Savings Bank,

109 Main Street

Gloucester, MA 01930 .

For further information, contact Rosalie Parisi at (978) 283-0286


Glimpses of The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in Portsmouth, VA – Part 2

Al Bezanson submits-

Glimpses of The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in Portsmouth, VA – Part 2


Mystic Seaport’s BRILLIANT, first in the medium class this year in Gloucester, was among the few that finished early.  Most of the fleet was well astern dealing with light air, then heavier headwinds.


WOODWIND runs public sails out of Annapolis and is a consistent winner in this race. She is of lightweight construction, built by John Scarano in Albany in 1993.  Every year, after the pig roast, there is a famous rum party aboard for all the crews and volunteers.


APELLA, 2nd in class in Gloucester this year, with PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II.  She is a Shearwater 45, designed by Dudley Dix and built in South Africa.


This was the 25th GCBSR and LADY MARYLAND has sailed in most all.  She is a pungy, built in 1985 by Living Classrooms in Baltimore and used for hands-on multidisciplinary education for students of all ages.


A J MEERWALD of Bivalve, NJ is the state’s official tall ship.  Built in 1928 for oyster dredging, she is fully engaged in educational programs with the Bayshore Discovery Project.


FAREWELL, built in a backyard in Annapolis and launched in 1972, is a scaled down Grand Banks schooner design by Peter Van Dyne.  FAREWELL and GREEN DRAGON were rivals in Class C in six of these races between 1997 and 2009.


Brett Ramsey took time out for a high speed drive to VA over the weekend to talk to boat owners and sample the legendary hospitality that is the feature of the GCBSR.


On  the inside, TOM BOMBADIL, Pasadena, MD with ISTAR, the 37 ft schooner launched this summer in Provincetown by Stormy Mayo.  ISTAR has been a project for nearly forty years, and would have been at the Gloucester race this year had she not been held back by headwinds as she returned from Maine.


Dr. Al Roper, President of the GCBSR Executive Committee, was up all night managing docking and seeing to it that every schooner got a full measure of southern hospitality.

More to come, including the race results in Part 3 of this series.

Al Bezanson

October Nor’easter Storm Snapshots

Eastern Point Seagulls ©Kim Smith 2014Out on Eastern Point this morning great flocks of seagulls were riding the waves while the Niles Pond swans and ducks were tucked into their shoreline retreats. The cormorants were many and could be seen clustering on rocky perches all around the inner harbor.

Niles Pond Swans ©kim Smith 2014Gloucester’s DPW crews were out and about clearing the streets from downed limbs.Gloucester DPW ©Kim Smith 2014

I only stayed for a moment at the Brace Cove berm because the waves were so tremendous that it really didn’t feel safe. I am glad to report though that at 10:30 this morning the narrowest slip of land that prevents Niles Pond from becoming Brace Cove’s salt marsh appears to have weathered this October nor’easter.

Brace Cove seagulls ©Kim Smith 2014

storm damage Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Downed Tree Mangles Portable Potty

Live Blogging: Market Basket Shuts Down

It felt very creepy yet calming at the Basket a few minutes ago. Some might it was bordering on pre apocalyptic.

As we walked through in silence, the only noise being the shuffle of people’s feet and the squeaky wheels of the carts, I realized just how loud all the compressors really are when all the power is running.

The shut down was happening as we shopped. Slowly all of the isles were blocked in the frozen sections, then the curtains cam down on almost everything.

We managed to escape with the goods we grabbed, and swooped up some Halloween candy on our way out before we had to start chopping off Zombie heads!  Spoooooooky!

DAVE SAG’S BLUES PARTY WITH SPECIAL GUEST: Brian David Templeton, William Loosigian & Dave Mattacks @ The Rhumb Line 8:30 to 11:30

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It’s He-Man Week™ as I drag in the limb-crunching behemoth of the blues: Mr. Brian Templeton. Last time he was here, severe shock and awe erupted on the dance floor and mere mortals (not you) quivered with trepidation at what might happen to their booty whilst under his spell. He’s a really big guy, physically and tonally. Makes me look like Barney Fife. He’s really a great frontman, singer and harpist,and a joy to work with. He’s bringing along Mr. Billy Loosigian, rocket-propelled guitarist and veteran of many an ear-exploding night on this same stage.He’ll be the one in the red cape. Range-finding co-ordinates supplied by the atomic clock, Mr. Dave Mattacks. I’ll be on base. hours: 8:30 till11:30, and, no, we’re not changing them anymore for the winter.



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Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang

Please come and join in fun:

When:           Saturday, October 25, 2014

Where:          Jodrey State pier

Time:            8:00 am -9:00 am

We will supply the bags, please bring gloves and a broom and pan if you would like.  Please meet us at the end of the pier.

Maybe we will the seal swimming by.

Thank youSeptember 24, 2014 Our Seal



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