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ERNESTINA TO BE FULLY RESTORED!

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                                                                               (Photo courtesy of Fred Sterner)
 
Joey – years of hard work from a dedicated group has succeeded in saving one of the most important surviving fishing schooners.  ERNESTINA, ex EFFIE M MORRISEY was built in  Essex at the James and Tarr Shipyard in 1894 for the J F Wonson fish company in Smith Cove. 
 
NEW BEDFORD (By Steve Urbon, South Coast Today) — Two philanthropists have stepped forward with $2.8 million to put the Schooner Ernestina past its fund-raising goal for a full restoration of the historic vessel, Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Jack Murray told The Standard-Times today.
Murray said a formal announcement at dockside will come in a few weeks, but he confirmed that two individuals have more than matched the state’s $2.5 million contribution to the project.
The Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association is currently raising its $1 million share, and has already raised more than $100,000, said Chairman Julius Britto.
The restoration will take two or three years and will make the Ernestina seaworthy once again. That will enable it to resume its port visits, sail training and education programs, said Britto.
He said the association and the state are in the process of deciding how to maintain the schooner in the coming years.
Bids on the restoration work, which will be extensive, should be sought within a few weeks, Murray said.
The donations are coming from Gerry Lenfest, the owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who has offered $1.8 million, and Robert J. Hildreth, a Boston philanthropist who is contributing $1 million.
Murray said he spoke with both men today to confirm their commitments.
Hildreth, who is vice chairman of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, told The Standard-Times that the state is in discussions with the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay to be the off-season home of the Ernestina, keep it maintained, and use it as a teaching tool, even a dormitory.
The Ernestina, launched in Essex in 1894, drew much attention during the recent visit to New Bedford of the restored whaleship Charles W. Morgan.
Some 1,600 people who came to see the Morgan also toured the Ernestina, which has languished at its waterfront pier for several years. “It was a big bounce for us,” Britto said.
He said he believes that Gov. Deval Patrick’s commitment to a $2.5 million capital outlay for the schooner “was the catalyst” for bringing in private donations, without which the project would not be possible.
The Ernestina is the official vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has served as a Grand Banks fishing boat, an Arctic explorer, and a packet carrying immigrants from Cape Verde to the United States.
 
(Posted by Al Bezanson)
 
 
 

SHARKNADO 2

“WHY ARE PEOPLE LAUGHING AT OUR VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTARY?” asks Thunder Levin, Sharknado’s creator.

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Coming Wednesday, July 30th at 9pm, on SyFy!

In case you missed it, here’s the trailer for the first Sharknado. The trailer is all the research needed to prepare for the coming of Sharknado 2: The Second One.

Don’t Let Sintaugs Take Your Power

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Moolongz Mutagle encountering the Sintaugs, alien energy fields with sharp tongues and piercing claws that carry jealousy, greed, guilt, deception, anger, impatience, intolerance, sadness, depression, separateness, fear, anxiety, stress, lack and other unloving and joyless false realities that they present in an attempt to gain power from human beings. Sintaugs have no power of their own – they are merely illusions. The only power they can ever possess is the power human beings give them. Moolongz have come to teach us that we can either choose to accept the illusions the Sintaugs present to us, thereby giving them our power, or we can choose not to. The choice is completely up to us. Can you see Moolongz?

E.J. Lefavour
http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

James Montgomery is bringing young rising stars to Gloucester on Aug 22 — and a surprise!

JamesNewsletterJust Announced: James Montgomery’s Celebrate Gloucester Guests

James has invited young rising stars Danielle Miraglia & Marissa Licata along with Gloucester’s own Willie Loco Alexander to join him on stage Friday night August 22 at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion to help raise money for the Open Door.

This is James’ first appearance in Gloucester on over 2 years and he won’t be back for a while — and you can’t see him with this lineup anywhere else.  So get tickets now (right here) before it’s too late.

Check out these videos of James and his guests and you’ll see why this is one summer concert you absolutely don’t want to miss!

Way to be, Jack Ass!

I guess for someone, stealing is easier than working for it.  And from kids nonetheless. Allow me to explain.

If you’ve browsed any of my previous posts here on GMG, you’ve probably come to know a few things about me.  You probably know that I’m long winded (does that actually apply to writing?) and you’ve probably gotten to “know” my two young boys….and maybe you’ve learned that they love the ocean.  More than loving it, they work hard at being budding little lobstermen, and they’re pretty passionate about it.

If you haven’t seen it yet, maybe this will help paint the picture

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My boys, along with their three great friends…on our friends’ boat, go lobstering typically twice per week all summer long.  With only ten traps, they certainly don’t do it to make money….they do it because they love it.  And, they do it for Lobsterfest!  Once each summer (maybe twice if we’re lucky)… we gather our families and some of our local friends, and we have a feast to end all feasts. More importantly, we have laugh after laugh, in one of the most picturesque towns I know.  It is, without a doubt, one of our favorite evenings of the entire summer.

We check the tide chart….we check our busy summer schedules…and we pick a day.  This summer…that day was Saturday.

The kids feel tremendous pride that their hard work supplies the Stars of the Show:  The Rockport Harbor Lobsters!  They feel tremendous pride that our guests….friends who have watched them grow, learn, laugh, and cry…gather to enjoy a quintessential summer evening and “oooh and ahhhh” over their bounty! They feel tremendous pride in being such a huge part of such a special tradition.

So, maybe you can imagine our shock and dismay to discover that THE lobsters had been stolen from the water on Friday night.  Holding tank and all.  Gone.  As a friend put it, “It’s like losing your uniform the night before the Big Game.”  The night before Lobsterfest.

I get that maybe the thief wasn’t aware that those lobsters had been slowly gathered by a group of dedicated children…and their two amazing dads.  Two dads who take the time to show those kids how to haul and set their gear.  Two dads who, while they love lobstering with the kids, may actually prefer to cast a few rods, set an anchor at the beach, or play a round of golf on a few more occasions, rather than continuously tend to the traps.  Or maybe they wouldn’t rather do those things, either way, that isn’t the point.

The point is, Stealing is wrong…and I’m pissed.

“The children must be crushed!” you may be thinking.  Well, actually, the children don’t know.  Luckily, those two amazing dads also had the wherewithal to not let the children know that someone had stolen their lobsters.  They would have been beyond devastated.  They would have been hurt.  They probably would have been confused.

Those two amazing dads also didn’t want our guests to know that they had to scramble and buy lobsters in the eleventh hour.  They certainly didn’t want any guests to run out and purchase lobsters themselves….not that any of those guests would have minded!  Lucky also is that Cape Ann is the type of community where friends rally for each other.  Lucky also is that, having lived here forever, those two amazing dads have people who were happy to help them and that getting enough lobsters to feed our friends was possible.

So, Lobsterfest was a giant success.  Those little “lobsterkids” are none the wiser and, while we’re still mad, it would take more than a small time thief (Jack Ass) to ruin a wonderful summer evening with such amazing friends.  Still, shame on them.

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Wave Reflections

Wave Reflections

 

I didn’t notice the reflections on the side of this Beautiful boat until I viewed it on the computer.

I took these from the Thomas Lannon.

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San Pellegrino Wine Spritzer

 

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My New Favorite Summer Cocktail!

 

San Pellegrino Wine Spritzer

Ingredients

Ice

Favorite white wine (I prefer Pinot Grigio)

A splash of your Favorite San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverage (I use Pomegranate & Orange)

Step-by-Step

1 place ice in serving glass; add wine and splash of San Pellegrino; mix and serve

July 2014–Shuttle Faces

As a season ticket holder for the Harbor Shuttle, I use the shuttle to go to Rocky Neck and or just ride on a hot day.  It also gives me an opportunity to meet people visiting Gloucester, and even local folks.  I  met my neighbors for the first time, even met the daughter of the landlady that we rented from when we came to the USA,   on the shuttle.  Below are only some of the many people I have met.

Discussion of The Day- One Week In Market Basket Boycott, How’s It Affecting You?

 

Have you continued to shop at Market Basket?  Have you switched over to Shaws or Stop and Shop or Common Crow? How do you find the pricing and product selection at the places you have been shopping?

How strong is your resolve to support the Market Basket Employees in the face of higher prices at other supermarkets?

Leave a comment on this post describing how the Market Basket Boycott has been for you.

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Monday July 28th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather ..

Marine Forecast :
Today S winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt this afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog. Showers and tstms…mainly this morning. Some tstms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Vsby 1 nm or less… Increasing to 1 to 3 nm this afternoon.
Tonight SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog.

Weather Pod Cast :

http://www.spreaker.com:80/episode/4785515

Hourly Forecast :
Subject to change … Depending on Frontal positions …

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Community Stuff 7/28/14

Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum Presents: Maritime Capsules, a Movie and Discussion

Date: August 6, 2014

Location: Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929

Time: 7:30 pm

Cost: $8.00 Members, $10.00 Non-members

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Hi Joey,
Please share in GMG: my T’ai Chi classes & talks will change location, TBD.  We’ll have 2 more T’ai Chi classes at Lanesville Community Center (Tues 7/29 & 8/5 at 9 AM).  Onemore T’ai Chi class & talk in Magnolia this Wed 7/30, is from 7-9 PM. Contact me for details.
Thanks!
Amy Shapiro 

2014 Rhumbline Striper Tourney pics and results From Matt Ayer

Hey Joey,

The 2014 Rhumbline Striper Tournament was completed yesterday and attached are some photos of the winners and Fred handing out prizes. It was a slow day of fishing with many of the “heavy hitters” being shutout and not even weighing in a fish, but everyone always has a blast at the Rhumbline and the food and festivities weren’t suppressed at all by a little rain. Of course Fred (as always) had a great bunch of raffle prizes and kept the crowd entertained.

Here are your winners:

1st Place – Herb White – 30.66 pounds

2nd Place – Roger Brisson – 22.90 pounds

3rd Place – Domenic SanFilippo – 14.72 pounds

Hope everyone comes out again next year!

Thanks,
Matt

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