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GloucesterCast With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/24/14


Topics Include:
Guest Kim Smith, Sea Shanty Clarification,How Great A Guy Pete Souza, The Monarch Migration Prediction and JourneyNorth Monarch App, Chargers Football Having Trouble Fielding A Team, Criticizm of The HarborWalk, Our Weather Guy Pete Lovasco Is ready For The Big Leagues, Seagull Poop, Saint Patrick’s Day Songs, The Ukeladies, Schooner Festival, Kim’s Daughter Has a New Beau,The Dip Test

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Live From Inside Market Basket with The Managers

The excitement in the store is infectious between employees and MB loyal customers happy to be back in their store!Currently streaming live coverage of Artie T speech on TV on loud speaker in the store! Patrons are cheering and clapping listing to Artie T Speech ! Simply Amazing ! TheBakery manager reported fresh persian bread will be available tomorrow!

Adventures with Donna

"Adventures with Donna." I cannot walk and I cannot drive (yet). I rely on my friends for 99% of my transportation to anywhere, including medical appointments and buying essential items. Today, Donna Ardizzoni, a fellow GMG author, drove me to the East Gloucester Rite Aid. We got everything I needed, including special special undergarments (which I'll cover in another post). One thing we found was Monkey Butt Powder, which may have worked for me after wearing my sneakers for several months without socks. One can only do that with a true friend.

“Adventures with Donna.” I cannot walk and I cannot drive (yet). I rely on my friends for 99% of my transportation to anywhere, including medical appointments and buying essential items. Today, Donna Ardizzoni, a fellow GMG author, drove me to the East Gloucester Rite Aid. We got everything I needed, including special special undergarments (which I’ll cover in another post). One thing we found was Monkey Butt Powder, which may have worked for me after wearing my sneakers for several months without socks. One can only do that with a true friend.


Live From Gloucester Crossing Market Basket!

Market Basket Employee parking lot is already full while a steady stream of trailer trucks with inventory and shoppers pull into the lot…Im heading into shop now!!!

Don’t You Have Better Things To Do Than Get Eaten By a Shark In Cape Cod? It’s Schooner Festival weekend In Gloucester!!!!

You know you can avoid getting eaten by a shark in Cape Cod by attending Schooner Festival this weekend don’t you.  The way I see it, it’s your only option really (unless of course you’re one of those thrill seekers who like to jump in shark tanks and cages with lions in which case by all means head on down to the trafficky Cape Cod).


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Marty Luster Photo

Thursday August 28th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Today N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Tonight NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Beach Forecast …
Water Temp 68°
Air Temps 70°s
Winds NNW 10 MPH
UV Index 7
Sun And Clouds …

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :




Community Stuff 8/28/14

Rocky Neck infrastructure work
Project follow-up

Dear residents of the Rocky Neck area,

First, of all, thanks to all of you who took the time to come out to our neighborhood meeting on Wednesday night, and to the Rocky Neck Cultural Center for hosting it.
As we saw on Wednesday, the project will be done in two phases, with the water work being the first part of the project and the sewer work following on. It is hoped that the water work will be finished by mid-November and the entire project by January.
There will be some street openings to allow access to the water pipes so they can be upgraded, but there will not be any lengthy trenches along the streets of the Neck. The new technology allows the rehabilitation of the pipes to be done from fixed points along the water lines, so the entire course doesn’t have to be dug up and replaced. The pits to access the water lines will be chiefly at intersections and should not occasion complete road closures. Traffic should be able to get by during the construction, though roads may be briefly closed as equipment is moved around. Police will be on site to manage traffic during the digging and work within the access pits. Overnight and on weekends, the pits will be covered with steel construction plates and the roads should be fully passable.
Temporary water service will need to be installed while the pipes in your area are being upgraded. Crews will need access to your water meter to hook up the connection. The connections are rubber hoses so the crews should not have to dig up your yard to make the connection.
There will be water service interruptions of up to four hours on the day the lines are cut to allow access, but beyond that no prolonged interruptions of service are expected. You will receive 48 hours advance notice of the time when service in your area will be interrupted.
In response to a question posed at the meeting, the main roads will be repaved, not just patched, when the project is completed, but since it will be winter time, the paving will wait until next spring.
If you have particular needs or anticipate a problem with connecting to your meter (some folks had meters in cellars that didn’t have windows, for example), you should fill out the form at the link below and return it to the address on the form. There will also be a construction manager on site at all times who will help with any unanticipated problems that arise.
You can also see the memo and map describing the project that was handed out at Wednesday’s meeting at this link:
Please contact me if you have any problems during the project.

Gloucester Artist, Anna Coniaris Comolli – Revisiting Monet’s Garden Exhibition, French Cultural Center Boston


Hi Joey…

Would love to share this press release from the French Cultural Center Boston with Good Morning Gloucester readership.

Of interest to the Greek, French or Cape Ann Arts communities, this is a celebration of Gloucester artist Anna Coniaris Comolli’s Monet’s Garden solo exhibition of paintings. Anna has also been an advocate of artists for decades organizing and curating many exhibitions.  Anna was actively involved  in the arts as a member and officer in the Boston Visual Artists Union, a trustee at the Institute of Contemporary Art, as art teacher, art consultant. and curator.  I’ve always appreciated her wisdom and support of the arts and artists so hope you may share her exhibition news.

Thanks for keeping the Glow of Gloucester shining in cyberland.

Jo-  Castano  

Anna Coniaris Comolli – Revisiting Monet’s Garden

Exhibition at the French Cultural Center, Alliance Française of Boston


Monet Admires the Gardens: the Sunflower. Oil on canvas, 18’’ x  26‘’. 1986


Anna Coniaris Comolli – Revisiting Monet’s Garden

Oil paintings of Monet’s Giverny gardens and portraits of his contemporaries.


French Cultural Center

53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA 617.912.0400

September 3 – 29, 2014

Gallery Hours:

Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM;

Free Event

OPENING RECEPTION* Wednesday, September 10 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Boston, MA – The French Cultural Center is delighted to bring oil paintings of Monet’s Giverny gardens and portraits of his contemporaries by Gloucester, MA artist, Anna Coniaris Comolli in Revisiting Monet’s Garden to its gallery for the September exhibition.

Anna Coniaris Comolli visited the famed restored gardens created by Impressionist painter Claude Monet during his last forty years. Although the day was raining, her experience of these lavish restored gardens inspired a new focus in her art. She was overtaken by the beauty of Monet’s garden and took many photos. Working in a style that she calls “natural realism,” she has created a series of oil paintings, each of which has taken from four to six months to complete. Her paintings reflect Monet’s themes of water lilies, weeping willows, blossoming flowers, and vibrant color.

While Monet painted his gardens impressionistically, Anna has painted them as naturally as possible on canvas to reflect her admiration and respect for his labor and genius. She has conquered the challenges of painting in a dark room from slides that arrested a moment in time. Each of her many thousands of abstract shapes of color has produced its own absolute reality. She has painstakingly solved the problems and complexities of translating all of the magnified visual information onto canvas. This process has resulted in the vibrant paintings in this exhibit, which reflect beauty, harmony, perfection in nature, and reverence for life.

Anna has studied the life and times of Claude Monet. Portraits of himself at different times in his life and of his contemporaries are also part of this exhibition.

About Anna Coniaris Comolli

Anna Coniaris Comolli lives and works in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She has studied art at Vesper George School of Art and costuming and costume design at Boston University. She has worked in theater and opera for a number of years before receiving a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Ms. Comolli’s paintings have been exhibited at the Baker Library, Harvard University, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the Brockton Art Museum and several Boston area art galleries. Her paintings were exhibited at The French Library in 1987, and the French Cultural Center is thrilled to see their return to its gallery. Artist’s web site:

About The French Cultural Center

The French Cultural Center of Boston is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the vibrant growth of French Language and Francophone Cultures in New England.

Library houses the second largest private collection of French books, periodicals, DVDs, and CDs available in the United States, in addition to offering online accessible resources through Culturethèque. Our school, a member of the Alliance Française network offers language classes and programs for adults and children. Our cultural programming showcases the many aspects of the francophone culture through numerous lectures, concerts, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, art exhibitions, holiday celebrations and more. Political and artistic personalities often hold talks at the French Cultural Center, making it the center of French culture in Boston. Web site:

*Complimentary French wine will be served at the opening reception

Images and artist information available at web site:


Dear Joey C

As I was researching places to send publicity for my upcoming exhibit at the Cox Reservation Barn in Essex, I came across Good Morning Gloucester. What an amazing resource for the city. I’m from Newburyport which likes to think it has culture covered, but we have nothing that compares. I’ve attached a press release and some images as well as a link to an online media kit. Thanks in advance for your time.

in god spirit


Newburyport Artist Launches New Book of Art and Nature at Essex County Greenbelt Association

Newburyport, MA artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord finds the beauty and meaning of nature in the small things she gathers rather than in landscapes and vistas. Embracing the idea that there is an invisible world supporting the one that we see, she finds branches, sticks, and vines to be messengers from that other world. She combines them to create contemplative art objects—part book and part sculpture—that she calls Spirit Books. 

After 22 years of making these wordless volumes, Gaylord is publishing The Spirit Books, a paperback book with evocative images of 34 of the books and explanations of the inspiration behind each one. To celebrate the publication, an exhibition at Essex County Greenbelt Association Headquarters in Essex, MA on September 27 and 28 will feature 20 Spirit Books and include a talk by the artist on September 27 at 11 AM and a book sale and signing. Gaylord is donating 30% of all sales to Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust. Susan chose to partner with ECGA because she believes in their mission of land conservation and is impressed by their success in accomplishing it. It has conserved more than 15,000 acres in Essex County since its founding in 1961. She finds it fitting that income from the sale of work created from the land will go back to supporting it.

Gaylord describes her inspiration and process:

“I feel a deep connection to older powers as I gather twigs, branches, vines, and roots. Using them to cradle books, I link them to the longstanding tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. Each page is a meditation that echoes nature with both repetition and variety. “Reading” the book is meant to be a contemplative experience that takes the reader out of the everyday world and into a state of gratitude and reverence.”

Since she created her first Spirit Book in 1992 and coined the name, they have been exhibited throughout the US and Canada and in Korea. They have gained fans worldwide through articles and features in books such as 1,000 Artist’ Books, 500 Handmade Books, and 500 More Handmade Books and magazines including Fiberarts, Somerset Studio, and Bound & Lettered as well as online through her website and blog, facebook, Pinterest, and tumblr. 

Gaylord grew up in New Jersey where she spent many hours walking along and wading in the Rahway River. She came to Massachusetts to study English Literature at Boston University. Her love of words led her to calligraphy which in turn led her to the world of handmade books and book art. She has been working as an artist for 35 years. 

See the online media kit for a book preview, gallery of images, bio, resume, and author photo.

Could you please post the following for the chargers youth program.

West Gloucester Chargers
Sat August 30 9-1230
Sears Eastern Ave Gloucester

Thanks CYP

Gloucester’s Small Green Schooners (Did You Know It’s Schooner Festival weekend?)

There’s a little event you may have heard about that’s going down this weekend-


Check Out The Gloucester Schooner Festival Web Page For All The Info About The Schooner Race, The LobsterFest and The Parade Of Sails!!!!

Al Bezanson submits-

There are three size classes in the Gloucester Schooner Race and here are some entries  this year in the Small (under 45 ft class).  Sub-category “TOOGAG” meaning Traditional Out Of Gloucester And Green.


Bald Eagle, launched 1955, designed by Sam Crocker, built by Bud McIntosh in Dover, NH, owned by Judy Nast & Paul Cole


Green Dragon, started 1939, launched 1951, designed by Scotty Gannett, built by Chester Spear in Scituate, MA, owned by Al Bezanson


Sugarbabe, launched 1975, designed by Tom Colvin, built by Alan Vaites in Mattapoisett, MA, owned by Ed Boynton

(All photos by Al Bezanson)

Beth Van Duzer sends a doozy of a thank you and JAWS THIS WEDNESDAY HARBORWALK CINEMA

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

Over 1000 people attended the Lego Movie Wednesday night. Gloucester Stage sponsored a fun one. Markouk sold out. Jaws is presented by Cape Ann TV. Great job Matt Coogan, Community Development, Carol Thistle, Mack and Zak; North Shore 104.9 team; Wenham Museum; and Rob Newton Cape Ann Community Cinema for the community through art.

Joey, but wait; there’s more. You and several GMG contributors, and other Gloucester residents, generously contributed content for the HarborWalk. Enjoy the feedback by a grateful mom who took time to write a memorable note to Mayor Kirk and the City.

Plus, photos from David Cox and a super cool lego prize from Cat Barbagallo.

From Carol Thistle, Senior Project Manager for the City, sharing a note from the City Website:

“I thought GMG readers would be interested to see this great thank you note that Mayor Kirk received from Beth van Duzer; her children won a HarborWalk Certificate at Wednesday night’s Lego Movie as part of the HarborWalk Summer Cinema Series. Many children participated in the HarborWalk challenge, and fourteen youth completed all story posts making them official “HarborWalk Explorers”.  In addition to the certificate all the kids received a HarborWalk goodie bag filled with prizes, including a special “Ten Pound Island” Lighthouse Lego designed by Cat Barbagallo. Bring in your completed sheets next week! Here’s the note

Greetings Mayor Kirk.
I just wanted to tell you what a joy it was to complete the Gloucester Harbor Walk. My friend, Mary-Clare Dalzell, was born and raised in Gloucester. It was her idea to go to the outdoor movie where we heard about the Harbor Walk. My daughter, Lucy, has autism and Mary-Clare’s son, Lee, was born with some medical issues so we did drive the children around to the markers that were further off the beaten path. I just wanted to share with you some of our experiences.
We started off our search up at Stage Fort Park. We parked in the 20 minute parking area asked in the visitor center if they knew where the marker was. They either really didn’t know or did an amazing job at making us believe they didn’t know – either way they didn’t tell us where the marker was. We left the visitor center and roamed around a bit, looking near Tablet Rock and down by the water, but we were unsuccessful. As we returned to the visitor center Lee noticed the pillar, right at the end of the visitor center’s drive. Two of the children were instantly exuberant as they each made their rubbings and we happily returned to the car, followed by a police officer. Apparently, we were close to the 20 minute time limit and were really, really close to getting a ticket. The officer was very nice and probably got a chuckle out of our antics and, most importantly, we didn’t get a ticket.
We moved on to the markers down the road where, I must say, we found lots of parking. Some of it was only 15 minute parking but that was enough for our clown car adventure of having the children and parents jump out of a minivan, run down to a marker, make the rubbing – try to make the children read a bit about the marker – and jump back into the car for the next marker. Whilst on the walk Mary-Clare found a photo of her Grandfather and Lee took a selfie with the photo. Lucy found a boat named Lucy and took a photo with it. Lola took time to stop and smell the flowers at the memorial garden.
The best part for the children was when they found the markers all together along Rogers St. Each child (yes, even the two 12-year-olds) delighted in running to be the first to claim a rubbing. From this Harbor Walk my children and I saw parts of Gloucester we had never seen before and I found out where to park – which is almost everywhere. Lucy, Lola (my other daughter), and Lee had a grand time. Mary-Clare and I probably had more fun than the kids, by the end of the day they were a little cranky since our mission was to complete the Harbor Walk in one day, which we did. I homeschool my girls. We are studying Medieval History this year, and I already told them we will revisit Hammond Castle and the Joan of Arc statue when we reach that point in our curriculum.
As Mayor you probably receive a lot of complaints. I just wanted to make sure you knew how much fun we had. It was fabulous that our children were able to meet you last night and all the children were ecstatic with their prize bags. Lucy has already announced that she will be displaying the Ten Pound Island Lego lighthouse in her room. Lola can’t wait to show up for the Jaws movie in her Gloucester Harbor Walk t-shirt and hat. Thanks again to the City of Gloucester for creating an adventure that anybody can take part in. Thank your for posing with photos with the children and rewarding them for completing the walk. It was definitely one of the highlights of this summer.
Best regards,
Beth van Duzer”

White, Floppy, and Big?

Niles Pond Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014
Niles Pond ~ Rose Mallow Natural Habitat

GMG FOB Allen Sloane writes with the subject line White, Floppy, and Big:

It was a pleasure to meet and talk with you on Saturday.

Thanks for all the info on poke weeds. My dog doesn’t seem to have any interest in the berries so some day I’ll get around to removing it.

Last night I went to look at it and right next to it is this plant which has decided to blossom. I have seen a couple of other plants in the neighborhood so I don’t know if they are from seed or it is a cultural decision to grow them. Be my guest if you want to answer via your daily post.

Above photo courtesy Allen Sloane

Hi Allen,

The gorgeous flower in the photo that you sent is the North American native Hibiscus moscheutos, also known by many common names, including rose mallow, swamp mallow, eastern rosemallow, and crimson-eyed rose mallow. Crimson-eyed rose mallow blooms in shades of pure white to cheery pink and deepest rose red.

To answer your question, the seeds are dispersed by birds, and they are also readily available in nurseries. Locally, Wolf Hill always has a lovely selection. I plant rose mallows widely in my client’s native plants gardens as well as in Arts and Crafts period gardens because they are beautiful, easily tended, and are a terrific source of nectar for ruby-throated hummingbirds. H. moscheutos grow beautifully along marsh edges as well as in gardens. There’s a sweet patch growing at Niles Pond, and I am sure we would see many more if phragmites weren’t supplanting all our marsh wildflowers.

We planted a patch at the HarborWalk, but sadly they were stolen. Next year I am hoping we can replace the lost plants!

Rose Mallow Marsh Mallow ©Kim Smith 2013Rose Mallow Growing at Niles Pond

The following is an excerpt from an article that I wrote awhile back, titled “Growing Native:”

“…Throughout the American Arts and Crafts movement, and well into the 1930’s, home and garden magazines, among the most influential sources of ideas for the homeowner, espoused the use of native plants in the landscape. Perhaps the most notable was Gustav Stickley’s The Craftsman, which was published for fifteen years, beginning in 1901. Stickley revered the North American white oak (Quercus alba), admiring it for its majestic role in the eastern forest and for its unique strength and figuring of the wood for furniture making. A sense of connectedness to nature is at the heart of the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement and the popular writing of the era reflects how to create this relationship.

I am reminded of a lovely and memorable cover of Country Living for the September 1905 issue featuring a drift of rose mallows (Hibiscus moscheutos), which resemble and are closely related to hollyhocks (Alcea rosea). Both are members of the Malvaceae or Mallow Family. Hibiscus moscheutos are commonly referred to as crimson-eyed rose mallow and also marsh mallow, because the roots were used to make marshmallows. Rose mallows are a practical and economical native perennial as they reliably return year after year, unlike hollyhocks, although charming and beautiful, are short-lived (with the exception of Alcea rugosa). Rose mallows bloom in shades of pale pink to deeper rosey pink, from July through the first frost. Although found growing in marshy areas along stream and river banks, rose mallows will flourish in the garden when provided with rich moist soil and planted in a sunny location. New growth is slow to emerge in the spring. When cutting back the expired stalks after the first hard frost of autumn, leave a bit of the woody stalk to mark its spot for the following year. The leavesof Hibiscus moscheutos are a host plant for the Gray Hairstreak butterfly and the flowers provide nectar for Ruby-throated hummingbirds.”

Crimson-eyed Rose mallow ©Kim Smith 2010Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow

Final Weekend – Cape Ann Ceramics Festival

ceramics festival

“Final weekend of the Cape Ann Ceramics Festival. Contemplation: Fine Ceramics from Cape Ann and Beyond continues through Monday, September 1. This weekend join us for the Art of the Possible: All Clay Inclusive also at the Cultural Center. Opening Friday 8/29, 5-8PM with live music and great food, continuing Saturday 8/30 and Sunday 8/31 from 10-6PM. Hope to see you there.”

Fly Amero J.B. Amero and Dave Mattacks join the Blues Party with Dave Sag’s @ The Rhumb Line. Thursday night 8:30-11:30 8.28.2014

Dave Sag's

Dave Sag’s


Well, it’s the big one this week, what with Labor Day and all, so, let’s get going!
For a real treat, c’mon down to the Rhumb Line this Thursday for a rare appearance of the Fabulous Flying Amero Brothers . That’s right; both Fly and J.B. will be whooping it up with me onstage, playing all your favorite Country and R&B toons! Moreover, Mr. Dave Mattacks will  be joining us. It’s going to be awesome! Be there or be square! Hours 8:30 to 11:30.


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This Wednesday Guest Host: BRADLEY ROYDS!! @ The Rhumb Line. 8-11pm

Wednesday, August 27th

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10 people, 10,000 people… he performs the same. Bradley
Royds fills in for me as host this week at the Rhumb. Great
stuff! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Awesome food prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Bill Gleason


JB Amero


Looking forward…
…to seeing you there! :-) ~ Fly


Back To School: Then and Now

A great friend from High School shared this with me last night and it made me laugh.  As it is so timely (and funny) I thought it was totally worth sharing with you all.  As a child of the 70s and a harried mom of two young boys…plus a Montessori Elementary Teacher….I can SOOOO relate.

Many of my back to school memories from the 70s indeed include several of the things that are mentioned (god, I loved those thermoses)…and, between you and me, I see a bit of myself in the “today” routine also. :)

Back in the 70s and early 80s much of my back-to-school shopping was done at Hill’s in Ipswich and included a trip to Pennyworth’s across the street (was that the name?).

Some of my must-haves from waaaay back then you may ask?

Happy Back-to-School!


Breaking News! Hammerhead Spotted in Gloucester Harbor

Breaking News! Hammerhead Spotted in Gloucester Harbor



Mine Field

This in response to the last Lego post.

“Uncle Paul, Close your eyes and hold my hand”

I knew my nephew Tommy was up to something.

I cheated and looked. Tommy was all bummed out that I made it through the mine field.

I may be dumb but I’m not stupid.


Coconut Wishes Everyone A Belated ” Happy National 2014 Dog Day”




Late last night after noticing lots of doggie photos posted on FaceBook throughout the day, I learned that people were posting their beloved canines photos in celebration of 2014″National Dog Day.” Of course I immediately jumped on board and posted this photo of my beloved Coconut!

Today Coconut & I wish all our GMG Canine Friends a Happy Belated National Dog Day! Woof!

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