Author Archives: Joey C

Community Photos 10/2/14

Heidi Hafey submits-

Hey Joey,
My ten year old son Daniel and his friend Caleb Grace caught a Triggerfish today inside Lanes Cove.  They were watching him yesterday and calling it the “mystery fish”. Today they went back and managed to find and catch him!  Caleb’s Dad took one look at the photos and immediately identified it as a triggerfish.  When I googled triggerfish and Gloucester the search took me to GMG so I thought I’d share…              (They set it free after the pics)

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Corliss Landing Sunset – photo from Anthony Marks

Corliss Landing Sunset

Hi Joey – I saw the most beautiful sunrise yesterday.  Just wanted to share this with the GMG community!   Leslie Heffron


Lanes Cove Heron on 9 26 14 at 8 AM From Bobby Brooks

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Fish Tale Friday October 3,   7:30pm

Benefit for  Cape Ann Animal Shelter & the GWC

Theme: Dogs & Cats

Click Here:

Come at 7:00 Have a drink, appetizer or dine and reserve your spot. 

Cape Ann Museum, the Gloucester Writers Center and the Charles Olson Society  Present:

The Fifth Annual Charles Olson Lecture 

Photo: Sam Charters

Ralph Maud Charles Olson as  I knew him.

Sunday,  October 19th   2:00 pm

Cape Ann Museum 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

Click Here:

diggers series Grace Schrafft oGloucester Witches

Wed., October 22th   7:30 pm 126 East Main Street

In September of 1692 nine Gloucester women were accused of witchcraft…come to find out more.

 More info:
Over 2000 people attended events 

last year. For more information 

see our Annual Report.

Click to read our Annual Report

Community Stuff 10/2/14

What’s Happening at GHS 9/30/14

All seniors were invited to attend a presentation through their senior English classes last Friday for a refresher on the College Application Process. Great questions and renewed energy! A presentation for the parents with their students is scheduled for Thursday, October 9, at 6:30 in the Lecture Hall for all interested seniors and their parents.

The Guidance Counselors have begun meeting with all seniors to ensure all of the planning and preparation of last year is progressing on target and make any changes or modifications to their college and career plans.

The PSAT’s will be offered at GHS on October 15, 2014 for all juniors and any sophomores who may be interested. This practice opportunity for the SAT’s is a wonderful time to begin thinking about the entire college application and acceptance process. To register for the PSAT, a payment of $22 (cash only) may be deposited with Mrs. Mondello before school, during lunch or after school.

The Health Fair will be in the Field House on Thursday October 2, for all of our students to attend.

Progress Reports will be distributed Friday, October 3, 2014. Check with your students to review their progress and please call the attendance office if your student did not receive their copy at 978-281-9867. Parents may register on the Gloucester High School Website Homepage for

access to their I parent accounts and obtain daily updates regarding attendance and student progress.

The Guidance Department is currently meeting with all of the freshman to check in and find out how everything is going, (can you open your locker, when do you do your homework, any questions or problems?). We just wanted to thank you for sending us some very well rested, enthusiastic students.

Common Application Workshops: Please join us after school on Thursday, October 23 and/or Thursday, November 6 for assistance in completing your common application in our Guidance Conference Room. We will be available to assist you with all questions and concerns and will have computer access available to complete

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Family Ties 3rd Annual Golf Tournament


Here is the information about this year’s event.  We appreciate your continued support of Family Ties and our events without you we could not be as successful as we have been. We are also looking for a photographer to assist as Thom’s camera is in the shop so if you know of anyone please feel free to give them my contact information 617-388-9571.  Thanks – Bethany

Here’s the 411 for the event: 

Tee Up……To  End Cancer! Schedule of Events:

Indian Ridge Country Club                    9:00am       Registration & Breakfast (Sponsored by Markouk Bread and Peet’s Coffee)

Andover, MA                                       11:00pm     Shot Gun Start (Goodie Bags Sponsors by Gloucester’s RBS Citizens Bank)

Monday October 6, 2012                      4:00pm       Dinner, Awards & Auction (Sponsored by TrucBrush)

Please join us for a day of sunshine, fresh air, friends, family, food and a celebration dedicated to all we love to fight and to raise money to help The American Cancer Society through the Relay For Life and Family Ties, Inc.; to help individuals and families financially; and to find cures to end cancer.  We are hosting an all-day event of golf, food, awards, silent and live auctions for all to enjoy with the proceeds going to our foundation and to Relay For Life fundraising efforts.

Family Ties, Inc. is a Massachusetts Non-Profit Corporation that was established to help families affected by cancer.  Family Ties, Inc. works with Relay for Life which is a 501(c)(3) company to help as many as we can in the fight against cancer.  In 1985, Charles “Chucky” Pratt was diagnosed with cancer as a 17 year old high school student.  Chucky lost his battle with cancer after four years and missed out on so many of life’s wonderful moments. Family Ties was a Relay for Life team created by Erin “Pratt” Avila to honor her brother and to bring her family together, celebrate him and fight for those who need our help. 

Over the past 9 years our family has raised over $110,000.00 as a part of the Relay for Life in Cape Ann, we have won several awards as a team due to our fundraising efforts and have led the fund raising event as top fundraisers.  We have now turned this team into a foundation as our passion is to raise money to help families who are battling cancer and to help invest in cures supporting The American Cancer Society through the Cape Ann Relay For life.  Join us with your family and friends to help us in the fight against cancer. 


Harpoon Beer – Beer Cart Sponsor
RBS Citizens Bank, N.A. Main Street Gloucester, MA – Goodie Bag Sponsor
UTZ Snacks – Snack Sponsor
Markouk Bread – Breakfast Sponsor
Pete’s Coffee – Coffee Sponsor
TrucBrush – Dinner Sponsor
Pratty’s Cav – Event Sponsor

Cape Ann Savings Bank – – Event Sponsor

Live Solutions Group – Event Sponsor

BMP Realty – Event Sponsor

The Law Offices of Bethany M. Pratt- Event Sponsor

RPF Woodworking – Event Sponsor

George’s Coffee Shop – Event Sponsor

Auction List confirmed so far more confirming every hour:

1. Wicked Tuna autographed items

2. Ricardo Marnoto original Canvas

3. Sweet Reb’s Dessert Company Gift Certificate 12 Dessert valued at $100.00

4. Barking Lot Gift Certificate for $40.00

5. Jamie’s Restaurant Gift Certificate

6. Harpoon Beer 2 cases

7. Cristin Connors – 2 bottles of wine

8. Couture Day Spa Gift Certificate

9. Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan – Cookbook

10. Rudder Gift Certificate

11. Two Tickets to Deep Sea Fishing

12. Katrina’s Gift Certificate $25.00

13. Elite Nails Gift Certificate for mani/pedi

14. Cindy Goodhue Gift Certificate for mani/pedi

15. West End Salon and Spa with Emily free haircut and blow dry

16. Nicastro Driving School gift certificate for free driving lesson

17. KAM Cleaning Gift Certificate

18. Anthony Saputo – 24” beveled door mirror $125 value

19. LostaLand – Gift Certificate

20. Discovery Adventures – Gift Certificate for $100.00

21. Lauren Riley – Gift Certificate

22. Amy Ruvolo – Commemorative one of a kind Golf Plate

23. Sunbanque – Gift Certificate

24. Lina Krom Bianchi – hand knitted scarf

As always we thank our team photographer Thom Falzarano for all his hard work and dedication. 

If you are interested in making a straight donation to the Family Ties, Inc. foundation please feel free to contact Jon Pratt at 978-239-6881 or Bethany M. Pratt at 617-388-9571.

                                                                                    Thank you from the bottom on our hearts

                                                                                    Family Ties, Inc.


Andrew’s Crew Kidney Walk Fundraiser, Oct. 8th Jalapeños

Hi Joey!

Our 6-year-old son, Andrew, had a kidney transplant at Mass General when he was just 2 years old. Not long ago, they were they not dialyzing infants nor were they transplanting adult kidneys into 2-year-old boys. We have so much to be thankful for. That is why we are taking part in the National Kidney Foundation Walk on Oct. 26th in Boston. To raise money for medical research that will help Andrew and the millions of other Andrew’s who fight kidney disease. We are having an “Andrew’s Crew” kidney walk fundraiser at Jalapeno’s restaurant next Wednesday, October 8th. 10% of all food and drink revenue that evening will go to the “Andrew’s Crew” walk team. Also, we will have a craft table for the kids and a 50/50 raffle. 

I have included a link to the “Andrew’s Crew” team page and a new photo. Let me know if you have any questions. 

Thank You!!

Tara Johnson

2014 Boston Walk: Andrew’s Crew – National Kidney Foundation

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Hi Joey,

Wendy Morgan took these pics of my T’ai Chi class at Cape Ann Center for Dance on Emerson Ave on Tues mornings.

We have room for more students, if any folks are interested. They can contact me at 978-283-5039.


Amy Shapiro



A Question For Litter Lady and Donna ardizzoni (and whoever else wants to chime in)

In regards to the expanded bottle bill which would include water bottles, juice bottles, when you are doing your Community Clean Ups what do you find to be the worst litter items?

I have a theory that after cigarette butts, that it be styrofoam cups and plastic bags that get blown around in the wind, followed by plastic water and juice bottles that lay fallow since there’s no deposit on them.

So Donna, focus on the question, if you have time respond in the comment section to this post in list form what you see as the number






Worst litter items around town?

Not only am I all in on the expansion of the bottle bill but I’d be all in for banning styrofoam coffee cups for take out and a 2 cent plastic bag at the grocery store.

Here’s yesterday’s Bottle Bill Post-

QUESTION 2: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law

Community Stuff 9/30/14

Len Burgess submits-

Don’t miss the Wine Tasting and Auction to benefit the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.

At the Museum Waterline Center, FRIDAY OCT. 3rd. 7 TO 9:30pm.
Some of the items received to date for the auction at the Annual Wine Tasting and Auction at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum include:
• Gift baskets from First Ipswich Bank, Bank Gloucester, and Woodmans
• Six 1 1/4 pound lobsters from Capt. Vince Seafoods
• A watercolor by Marian Hall
• Rental of the Museum’s Water Line Center for a party
• Four bruins tickets from Pediatric Associates of Greater Salem
• $50 Gift certificate from Periwinkles
• 1 1/2 hour cruise for two on Essex River Cruises
• Four bouquets next summer from Aster B. Flowers


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CORRECTION! Poll:QUESTION 2: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law


I love everything about the expansion of the bottle bill to include sports beverages, juice drinks and water bottles EXCEPT this little nugget that the people aren’t talking about-

The proposed law would require the state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to adjust the container deposit amount every five years to reflect (to the nearest whole cent) changes in the consumer price index, but the value could not be set below five cents.

Read through the summary and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post.

Here it is from the State Of Mass Website-


QUESTION 2: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition

Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law

Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives on or before May 6, 2014?


This proposed law would expand the state’s beverage container deposit law, also known as the Bottle Bill, to require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic non-carbonated drinks in liquid form intended for human consumption, except beverages primarily derived from dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medicines. The proposed law would not cover containers made of paper-based biodegradable material and aseptic multi-material packages such as juice boxes or pouches.

The proposed law would require the state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to adjust the container deposit amount every five years to reflect (to the nearest whole cent) changes in the consumer price index, but the value could not be set below five cents.

The proposed law would increase the minimum handling fee that beverage distributors must pay dealers for each properly returned empty beverage container, which was 2¼ cents as of September 2013, to 3½ cents. It would also increase the minimum handling fee that bottlers must pay distributors and dealers for each properly returned empty reusable beverage container, which was 1 cent as of September 2013, to 3½ cents. The Secretary of EEA would review the fee amounts every five years and make appropriate adjustments to reflect changes in the consumer price index as well as changes in the costs incurred by redemption centers. The proposed law defines a redemption center as any business whose primary purpose is the redemption of beverage containers and that is not ancillary to any other business.

The proposed law would direct the Secretary of EEA to issue regulations allowing small dealers to seek exemptions from accepting empty deposit containers. The proposed law would define small dealer as any person or business, including the operator of a vending machine, who sells beverages in beverage containers to consumers, with a contiguous retail space of 3,000 square feet or less, excluding office and stock room space; and fewer than four locations under the same ownership in the Commonwealth. The proposed law would require that the regulations consider at least the health, safety, and convenience of the public, including the distribution of dealers and redemption centers by population or by distance or both.

The proposed law would set up a state Clean Environment Fund to receive certain unclaimed container deposits. The Fund would be used, subject to appropriation by the state Legislature, to support programs such as the proper management of solid waste, water resource protection, parkland, urban forestry, air quality and climate protection.

The proposed law would allow a dealer, distributor, redemption center or bottler to refuse to accept any beverage container that is not marked as being refundable in Massachusetts.

The proposed law would take effect on April 22, 2015.

A YES VOTE would expand the state’s beverage container deposit law to require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic, non-carbonated drinks with certain exceptions, increase the associated handling fees, and make other changes to the law.

A NO VOTE would make no change in the laws regarding beverage container deposits.

As provided by law, the 150-word arguments are written by proponents and opponents of each question, and reflect their opinions. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not endorse these arguments, and does not certify the truth or accuracy of any statement made in these arguments. The names of the individuals and organizations who wrote each argument, and any written comments by others about each argument, are on file in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

IN FAVOR: A YES vote will improve the “Bottle Bill,” where consumers put down a refundable nickel deposit on a beer or soda. People get the nickel back when they return the container. A YES vote will extend this program to cover other beverages such as bottled water.

The Bottle Bill works: 80% of beer and soda containers get recycled. Only 23% of non-deposit containers do. So every year a billion bottles get tossed away, often on playgrounds, roads and beaches. Communities have to pay to clean them up.

A YES vote equals more recycling, less trash and litter, and big savings for towns’ waste management costs. That’s why this idea has been endorsed by 209 of our cities and towns, as well as Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, 350 business leaders, and independent groups like the League of Women Voters, MASSPIRG, Sierra Club and hundreds more.

Authored by:
Coalition for an Updated Bottle Bill
294 Washington Street, Suite 5001
Boston, MA 02108

AGAINST: Massachusetts should be a recycling leader, but Question 2 will keep us in the past. Ninety percent of households now have access to curbside and community recycling programs. Let’s focus on what works instead of expanding an outdated, ineffective, and inconvenient system.

Everyone wants to increase recycling rates—but expanded forced deposits are the wrong approach.

Question 2 would:

• cost nearly $60 million a year, more than three times the price of curbside programs (while increasing recycling rates by less than 1 percent);

• waste taxpayer dollars on expanding an uneconomical, 30-year-old system;

• raise your nickel deposit and additional fees every five years—without your vote.

Today, more than $30 million of your unclaimed nickels go into the state’s general fund and into the hands of politicians – not to environmental programs. Let’s stop throwing money at an inefficient system and invest in modern recycling technology.

Vote NO on Question 2.

Authored by:
Robert L. Moylan
Comprehensive Recycling Works
31 Milk Street, Suite 518
Boston, MA 02109

This Week At The Cape Ann Museum

Directed by Sal Zerilli and Keith Palazzola

Maritime Capsules tells the story of the Grand Banks dory from the heyday of high-lining schooners to the current group of locals who sustain the ancient rowboat as a symbolically important part of Gloucester’s maritime culture.  

Directors Sal Zerilli and Keith Palazzola will be present at the screening, which kicks off the CACC’s 6th Annual Doctober Fest. Tickets are $10.50 for adults, $9.00 for students and seniors, or $7.50 for members of the Cape Ann Museum and Cape Ann Community Cinema. The Cape Ann Community Cinema is located at 21 Main Street in Gloucester; more at   

Discover for the first time or enjoy a chance to revisit this unique historic home. The White-Ellery House (1710) is open to the public at no charge on the first Saturday of the month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays.  

Saturday’s Open House, the last of the season, will feature a screening of local filmmaker Shep Abbott’s film More Precious Than Gold at 1:00 p.m.

More Precious Than Gold is a lively and gripping epic of the first Massachusetts Bay settlement in the New World. The one-hour documentary tells the story of how the city of Gloucester developed through the Indian wars, smallpox epidemics and tragic losses at sea into the country’s premiere fishing port. The film combines live action re-enactments with little known stills, beautiful landscapes and seascapes of the area, interviews with experts and a gripping narration by well known NPR Radio Producer Sandy Tolan. An entertaining and detailed description of life and death in the early years of what became the first constitutional democracy the world had known. Written and Directed by Shep Abbott. Designed for adult viewers and Middle and High School history and humanities students. Shep Abbott is a local filmmaker best known for his cinematography on the academy award winning documentary Broken Rainbow.

A Chosen Place: Walker Hancock and Friends

On view through February 1, 2015 – A selection of works by Walker Hancock along with other Cape Ann sculptors including George Demetrios, Paul Manship, Katharine Lane Weems, Anna Hyatt Huntington, James McClellan and Daniel Altshuler. 

The Importance of Place:A Sketchbook of Drawings by Stuart Davis

On view through February 1, 2015 – A series of sketches exploring the shapes and rhythms of the harbor, the upland moors and the densely populated neighborhoods of central Gloucester – all of which served Davis as artistic inspiration for the rest of his life.

Portraits of a Working Waterfront

Opening October 11, 2014 – This exhibit, presented in partnership with the Northeast Seafood Coalition, is made up of 75 photographs of men and women who make their livings working today in one of this country’s oldest seaports, Gloucester, Massachusetts. The images were made by Jim Hooper over an 18-month period and include photos of a wide range of individuals involved in the in-shore and off-shore ground fish fishery and in the shore side businesses which support them. 






No Snark Sunday, Post Fishing Reality

Joey C:

Chickity Check The Latest From James Dowd At The Clam

Originally posted on The Clam:

The future can be a scary place. For instance: at some point in the future you, dear reader, are dead. That’s kind of a downer. Sorry. But it’s also true that everything awesome that’s ever going to happen occurs in the future. It’s where every sandwich you will ever eat from here on out resides. The next season of your favorite show is out there. Every upcoming breakthrough and triumph and most importantly, it’s where our kids live.

Downtown Gloucester, 2017

Downtown Gloucester, 2017

The future is something we ignore at our, and especially their, peril. There are aspects of it we can control and lots more we can’t.  But while it makes sense to remain optimistic, being delusional is another thing entirely. So with that in mind, I feel that it is the responsibility of The Clam to point out that, regardless of how we got here and who’s to blame for…

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GloucesterCast With Guests Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 09/28/14

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GloucesterCast With Guests Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 09/28/14

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Topics Include:

Guest Kim Smith,Guest Toby Pett, Thanks to Earl and Arch, Gloucester Til The End,, Brothers Brew Donuts, Nom Nom Nom,  Cyclocross, Ambie Sausages, Giuseppes, Markou Bread, L’Chaim, Economic Impact Impact Of Cyclocross, Donna Ardizzoni, Adderall and Medicating The Youth Of America,The Excitement Of CycloCross,Erik Fisher, A Passel Of Butterflies, Hard Cider, Russell Orchards, The Popularity and Growth Of Small Farms,Marshall’s Farmstand, Utopia Farms, Apple Dishes, Ribs Dry Rub vs Ribs With Sauce, NFL ON TV, Watching Football for the Game vs Watching Football For Fantasy Football Results, Is There A Stigma Attached To Men Wearing Clogs, Thanks To Cynthia Hill,
Slipper Types, Slippers vs Flip Flops, Are Clogs Less Masculine?, Kim Smith and Her Defending Of High Waisted Jorts, The Value In A Good Retailer For Shoes, Buzz Cutler, John Tarr Store, Mark Adrian, Larsen’s, Fungia Pronounced Voonja, Misconception About People Whose Face Rests In A Frown, Sfingi, Kim Can’t See The Small Type That Toby Keeps Putting In Front Of Her, iPhone 6 and the Hypocrisy Around The Pefect Size Phone, I Wish Microsoft Would Separate It’s Mobile and Desktop Platforms, Will Paul Morrison Get and iPhone 6 Even Though He Claims To Like A Samller Phone, Apple Acting as If They Invented The Larger Cell Phone, Don’t Hate Me Live, Guard Your Upgrade Kim, Kim’s Daughter Live Is Engaged, Pet Peeve When Bridesmaids Complain About The Brides That They Are Standing Up For But End Up Becoming The Worst Bridezillas, Jeter, Cape ann Giclee, the 100th Podcast,

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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 29th: Reimagining Railroad 3rd Public Meeting

Cat Ryan submits-

Gloucester Community Development Department and the state’s Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Monday September 29, 2014

City Hall, Kyrouz Auditorium, 7pm

Hey Joey,

Please come for a presentation including recommendations about possible zoning and planning THIS COMING MONDAY September 29, 2014, from 6PM-8PM at Kyrouz Auditorium in City Hall. As a reminder, this series is devoted to Gloucester’s railroad station and surrounding areas. The first meeting was held back in March, and the 2nd in June.

While we’re at it: sample walking-distance comparables from train station to beach.

· Manchester: train station to singing beach .6miles

· Gloucester: train station to Pavilion Beach .6miles (either Washington or down Dale to Fort past Chamber) Man at Wheel .45 miles

· Gloucester: train station to Stage Fort (2 beaches) .9 miles

o Gloucester: train station to Good Harbor 2.5 miles (45 minutes walking ); Gloucester parking lot spot to beach spot .3 miles!

· Rockport: train station to Rockport Beach .6 miles

· Ipswich: Cranes Beach 5.5 miles


Eric Halvorsen

Tom Daniel, Gloucester Community Development Director


Today’s Gran Prix Of Gloucester CycloCross Races From Stage Fort Park Will be Broadcast Live at 3 & 4PM

Click the picture below between 3-5PM to watch the action live at livestream


Spectator Info


What is the Gran Prix of Gloucester? Take a dramatic harborfront park at the height of fall foliage season. Set up a twisting grass, dirt and asphalt racecourse with challenging obstacles. Unleash a crowd of world class cyclists to charge through the sharp curves and jump the barriers. Add screaming, cowbell ringing fans incited by a dynamic announcers. What do you have? One of the premier bicycle races in the country, right here in Gloucester.
The Gran Prix of Gloucester is two days of international caliber races where competitors from all over the US, Canada & Europe converge to race on the most beautiful race course in North America.
The 2014 dates are 27 & 28 September.
Amateur Races: 8:00am-2:30pm (both days)
Kids 5-12 race 2:20pm (Sunday only)
Elite Women: 3:00pm (both days)
Elite Men: 4:00pm (both days)

Elbert Hubbard Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“I would rather be able to appreciate things I can’t have, than have things I am not able to appreciate.”

Elbert Green Hubbard (1856-1915)


An Illinois native, Hubbard enjoyed early wealth as a successful salesman for the Larkin Soap Company. Inspired by John Ruskin and William Morris, the self-described socialist founded the Roycroft Press and later the Roycroft Community in East Aurora, New York, whose shops produced furniture and printing that had a profound influence on the Arts and Crafts Movement. During the First World War he was fined and had his passport revoked for printing anti-war commentary. He successfully appealed directly to President Woodrow Wilson for it to be reinstated and traveled to Europe to report on the war. Hubbard and his wife were returning to the States on the RMS Lusitania when it was torpedoed by a U-boat and sank off Ireland, both died. Another Hubbard quote: “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.”

Greg Bover

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