Monthly Archives: January 2014

There’s A Reason the Causeway Restaurant Is Ranked 5th our of 127 Restaurants In Gloucester On trip Advisor

I have no idea how they put out the quality food and huge portions that they do at The Causeway but I’m not about to question it- the formula just works.  People drive from Upstate New York just to eat here. 

Insider tip:

This is the time of year to eat here.  I don’t even bother in the summer because I’m not the kinda guy that waits a half hour for a seat at a restaurant.  But this time of year you can get in, especially if you go just before noon or just after noon. 

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Round Up of Top 2013 Local and National Art Stories: Advocacy

Hats off to Catherine Ryan for this amazing series!

THANK YOU CATHERINE!!!

Part One: ADVOCACY

The word “Creative” Replacing the noun ‘artist’ with ‘creative’ nearly mainstream, at least for the DIY and the art world!

National news, December 5, 2013: No, not Art Basel. Not the sale at Christies. It’s the Arts impact on the GDP. The National Endowment for the Arts and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis released results of their joint report announcing that the creative sector (2011) added 500 billion to the United States Gross Domestic Product. With this base number at last in place, the arts impact on GDP can be measured annually from hereon. The GDP measures the nation’s production of goods and services. Putting the pressure on and leading the stats, contributors included Hollywood film industry, cable TV production, advertising, broadcasting, the performing arts, publishing, independent artists, and design and architectural services. Other measurable indicators include production output and workforce. Analysts estimated the production output for the creative sector to be greater than 900 billion (where arts education including college departments joins the list), and 2 million plus folks working in the creative sector.

Read more of Catherine’s Round Up here: Read more

Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Gloucester’s Intershell International Corporation is in the process of moving their processing plant from The Fort to Blackburn Circle. Monte Rome talks to Marty and Kathy about the state of the fishing industry and his company’s goals. http://www.intershell.biz

 

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Treetop Yoga Benefit for Pathways for Children

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Hello,

I am excited to announce that Treetop Yoga has chosen Pathways as the beneficiary of this month’s Karma Class.  The class will be held on Sunday, January 26th, 6:30-8pm at Treetop (7 Parker St. in Gloucester).  This class is a great opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted to try yoga or the long-time yogi, every level is welcome.  Come out on Sunday evening to show your support for Pathways and Treetop and enjoy a relaxing, restorative evening – I guarantee you will leave with a smile. Treetop Yoga also hosted a toy drive for our Holiday Store this year.

Join Katie to honor Pathways for Children with a sweet, playful flow to warm the body preparing you for a soothing restorative sequence to open the heart and calm the mind. All levels will benefit from this heartfelt class dedicated to the children of our community.

All Karma Classes are donation based. Minimum donation of $10 recommended.

Katie O’Malley has been a devoted student of yoga for over a decade and became a certified yoga instructor with Kim Valeri at YogaSpirit Studios. She is also a certified mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution trainer. She holds a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder.

http://treetopyoga.com/workshops.html

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Please don’t be shy – I just started yoga last year and Katie was my first teacher, she is friendly, patient and very welcoming.

I hope to see you there!

Best, Jill Cahill

Communications & Special Events Coordinator

Pathways for Children

29 Emerson Avenue

Gloucester, MA 01930

978.281.2400, ext. 154

GMG Hard Core Dog Farting

Joey’s sick post about a deer farting got me to thinking and so I loaded up Stella with some beans.

smalldogCould I get this cute dog to rip off a full beaner? Well if you are over 13, click the more button button below. Don’t be eating your lunch. Go ahead. I am learning how to use the “more” button. I promise there are no rubber ducks involved.

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Kendrick Oliver & New Life Jazz Orchestra @ Shalin Liu SAT 8 FEB benefit for NMYO

Wow, these guys can swing!  Here’s a great way to help support student musicians and have fun doing it.  From their concert page:

Award-winning conductor Kendrick Oliver and his youthful, vibrant and energetic 15+ piece orchestra (including a vocalist) will light up the stage for a night of infectious sound. New Life Jazz Orchestra has been selling out concert halls and turning heads throughout the jazz scene since its inception in 1995 while Oliver was a student at Berklee College of Music. Respected throughout the jazz community, New Life Jazz Orchestra has appeared at a host of high profile events including the Boston Beantown Jazz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and opened JVC’s prestigious Newport Jazz Festival.

This evening will be nothing less than a swing, sing, stomp, and shout experience!

Don’t take their word for it.  Check out the videos, below.  (Tickets & info here)

CrossFit Cape Ann – Not Your Average Joe’s Competition

CrossFit Cape Ann put a team together from Gloucester to compete in the “Not Your Average Joe’s Competition” in Danvers. (I thought at first daughter Whitney had invited me for lunch..) CrossFit Teams from many of the area gyms came together to compete in weightlifting and rowing events. Competing for the first time in this event and not knowing what to expect, the team placed well landing in the middle of the pack of over about 40 teams.

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT!!! 2014 ART HAVEN BUOY AUCTION AT CRUISEPORT 5-8PM!!!

6th Annual Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction & Family Fun Night January 24th

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Looking for a fun event the whole family can enjoy tonight? Come to the 6th Annual Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction and Family FUN Night.  There will be art activities, live music, open buffet, silent auction of our amazing artist buoys and much more!

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$20 Family | $10 Adult | $5 student. [@ DOOR: $25 Family | $20 Adult | $10 student]

I Don’t Wanna Say I Nailed It, But I Nailed It In Reference to the iPhone 5c and Larger iPhones

Should I be on the development teams for some monster tech company or should I be on the development team for some monster tech company????

Back in September when Apple had just launched the iPhone 5c and 5s I wrote that releasing the cheaper 5c was a mistake because Apple users want and had been accustomed to getting the best hardware on the market.  I also argued that what would drive much higher margins and sales would be a larger iPhone like the Galaxy Note.

Here is the post from September 12, 2013 the day they released the iPhone 5c and 5s-

iPhone 5s and 5c and What I Would Have Done If I Were Apple

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Joey C

I’m am an apple product fan.  Huge fan of the iPhone and the iPad.  I own a first gen iPad and still use it. Even though I am an android phone user I can still appreciate Apple hardware.

Every product refresh they make they include great enhancements but I think there is one move they have yet to make but I think would be an absolute monster boost to their sales.

A larger iPhone to me would be a monster hit.  As a Samsung Galaxy s3 user I really appreciate the extra screen real estate and I appreciate even more the ability to strap on a cheap aftermarket battery to the back of my s3 which triples the battery life.

I believe there are many people out there that want the smallest and lightest phones they can get but with the sheer computing power available on today’s smartphones they are being used more as portable computing machines and I think there is a distinct trend with people who want larger phones to be able to hit the keys easier and navigate easier, see videos more clearly, ect, ect ect.

The success of the Samsung Galaxy Note which is basically a Samsung Galaxy with an even larger screen shows there is big demand.

I don’t agree with Apple’s tactic of offering a low cost iPhone either with the 5c and it’s plastic parts.   Apple has always been synonymous with unapologetic top grade hardware and premium pricing.  people were and are willing to pay for it knowing they are getting the best hardware without ever questioning it.

I equate coming out with a lower grade iPhone to a brand like Tommy Hilfiger who for a brief moment was competing with the likes of Polo/ Ralph Lauren and then went and sold out and buried there products into discounters like Marshalls and TJ Max.  Forever to be equated with a poor man’s Polo and never will they ever be able to command the premium pricing they once did.

I say instead of offering a cheaper iPhone option that they should have offered a larger iPhone option with a mongo battery and charge even MORE for it.  That would have pleased Wall Street I bet.

Here’s the poll I created a few days later (it seems the GMG readership had the same opinions when asked)-

In light of the recent iPhone releases of the 5c and 5s a poll for iPhone users or potential iPhone users

Posted on September 16, 2013 by Joey C

and Now from the Wall Street Journal it seems that EXACTLY TO A T WHAT I HAD PROGNOSTICATED HAS COME TO FRUITION-

WSJ: Apple planning to launch two iPhone models with bigger screens, ditch the iPhone 5c

Posted by Stephen Hall at 10:31 am

iPhone 5S FrontAccording to a report published today by The Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning to launch two new iPhone devices with larger screens by the end of this year. The report also says that the Cupertino corporation plans to discontinue the recently launched iPhone 5c in favor of having two flavors of metal-body devices similar to the iPhone 5 and 5s.

It has been long rumored that larger screens were on Apple’s roadmap, but this is the first we’ve heard that the company may be releasing more than one new screen size for its future flagship smartphone. One of the rumored devices will supposedly sport a screen size of “more than 4.5-inches” diagonally, with the other shipping with a display of “more than 5-inches” diagonally.

Facing competition from rivals offering smartphones with bigger screens, Apple Inc. plans larger displays on a pair of iPhones due for release this year, people familiar with the situation said.

The people said Apple plans an iPhone model with a screen larger than 4½ inches measured diagonally, and a second version with a display bigger than 5 inches. Until now, Apple’s largest phone has been the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5.

Both new models are expected to feature metal casings similar to what is used on the current iPhone 5S, with Apple expected to scrap the plastic exterior used in the iPhone 5C, these people said.

Interestingly, the report also notes that Apple has no plans to release a phone with a curved display.

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APPLE OR MICROSOFT JUST HIRE ME ALREADY.  I’LL SAVE YOU A BUTTLOAD OF MARKETING ANALYSIS MONEY.

Oh and while we’re at it Microsoft I have a couple of quick suggestions for you-

I absolutely love the idea of the Surface tablet and being able to run all your desktop windows programs applications on a hybrid tablet, I especially love the idea of being able to plug into a usb port and use a mouse, condensor mic, external hardrive containing a shit ton of media files, ect, ect, ect on such a portable device.  Every part of that Surface tablet I loved to death except one important factor- compared to the iPad the thing feels like you’re holding a brick and it is in no way near even the last generation iPad’s comfort for holding.  With the weight of the Surface, you may as well buy yourself a more powerful ultrabook laptop.  It needs to be lighter.  Bottom line end of story.  Otherwise I’d buy a way cheaper android tablet or iPad if I wanted portability or a ultrabook or a Macbook air if I wanted to run desktop programs applications.

On to Windows 8 which is about to get an overhaul.  I understand the idea of everything being able to sync between a windows phone, tablet and desktop but it seems for you to be able to do this you needed to cripple the metro Windows default programs applications and dumb them down so they would be compatible on the less powerful Windows Phone and Tablets.  But by doing this you’ve only succeeded in frustrating Desktop users who want horsepower and powerful creation tools and not simply media consumption devices.  I get that 80% or more of computer/tablet users are using their devices as consumption devices, but for those of us who prefer a powerful desktop you should have let us have that powerful desktop experience and not steer us to the crippled windows 8 “Metro” programs applications just because they will sync better.

This is evidenced by HP announcing just this week that they are offering Windows 7 desktops (stepping back a generation)-

HP brings back Windows 7 ‘by popular demand’

By Tom Warren on January 20, 2014 08:26 am

The GMG Readers Spoke And We’re Listening- Changes Based On Your Feedback…

Many readers (and some of our own contributors) had made comments that the long scrolling posts sometimes are annoying, especially if that particular type of post is not one that interests that particular reader.  I get that it could be an annoyance to some who want a perfect blog reading experience.   The amount of time and energy our contributors put into their daily posts is really remarkable, especially considering that all of their time is donated.  Most of the music and food posts are very very long arduous tasks to complete and of course they are so detailed that they take up a lot of space and scrolling time.

In reference to Sista Felicia’s posts, having step by step visual photos of each process in the creation of a dish on a pretty much daily basis is a gift.  If you look back she hasn’t pimped her book in almost a month while providing a ton of detailed recipes, cooking tips, home decoration projects, bird feeder projects, ect, ect, ect.  Now that being said, I understand that if you could care frickin less about recipes or home decoration projects, then scrolling through her long posts about those subjects could be a minor annoyance. 

So my friend Bill O’Connor had sent in some code that we were trying to figure out how we could use to truncate the longer posts like the recipes and the music posts so that it would lead with a teaser and then include a link below the teaser photo which, when clicked, would open the entire post for those who DO want to see the recipe in it’s entirety or view the entire Gloucester music daily lineup.

The code that Bill had sent wasn’t working but it got me to thinking that there must be a way to truncate these long posts.  So I went back to my early days of creating the blog and when I wanted to change the way the blog was presented I’d research the blog help forums for days on end til I’d found a solution.  Lo and behold it was there, in the help section-

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Writing & Editing

Splitting Content » More Tag

You can truncate your blog entries so that only the first part of certain posts is displayed on the home and archive pages. When you do this, a link will be placed directly after your excerpt, pointing the reader to the full post.

You can find the More Tag button in the first row of the visual editor toolbar or by pressing Alt+Shift+T:

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So now Felicia’s recipe that might have consisted of ten photos and text in between each photo, or Joann Souza or Peter and Vickie Van Ness’ music schedules, can be presented in a much cleaner fashion of one or two photos and give the ability for those people who crave those longer detailed posts a way to view them in entirety while the readers who would just assume skip over them,a much easier time scrolling past.

So when you see the “Continue reading” link at the bottom of a post, you know there’s much more to that post which you can access when you click the link.

I hope you know we aren’t complacent and are always striving to make GMG the best it can be.  And part of that is listening to constructive criticism and acting when I feel it’s in the best interest of the GMG community.

Thanks for reading.  I am honored that you have taken the time to look at our blog out of the bajillion of options that are out there on the internet for you to click on.  We won’t stop trying to bring you the very best content we can and earn your viewership loyalty.

Have a great day

Joey Smile

Thanks to Bill O’Connor as well for leading me down the right path as well

Friday January 24, 2014 Cape Ann Forecast

Mostly sunny Skies with a few wispy high clouds from time to time , temps around 20 Degrees for you’re high..
Thursday Night partly cloudy temps falling into the single digits above Zero along the coast and below zero in inland locations …

Extended forecast Saturday – Sunday warmer temps Saturday with clouds and a few snow showers 30′s / Sunday Sunny with increasing clouds light snows possible by evening highs around 30-35 Degrees….

Marine Forecast :
Fri: NW winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Freezing spray.

Fri Night: SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of snow showers.

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Keeping Dinner Simple Side Dish Of Broccolini

PrintBroccolini Sauté With Garlic Infused Olive Oil has been a family favorite side dish for as long as I can remember.  Grandma Felicia prepared it countless times, her no fuss no measuring recipe is still making it’s way onto our dinner table several times a month. Can also be done with Broccoli Rabe!

Broccoli Rabe Step-by-Step

1  Slice a few cloves of garlic thinly; toss in a fry pan with a 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, and one bunch broccoli rabe; sprinkle with a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper; sauté over high heat  3-4 minutes untill rabe turns bright green; squeeze a little lemon juice over top; serve warm or cold