Author Archives: Joey C

FEMA flood INFO for Cape Ann From Kenny MacCarthy

Hi Joey,

Over the last few months, I’ve compiled a lot of information on the new FEMA regulations and flood zones here on Cape Ann. The links are all in one place on my blog. Just click here.

If you don’t need this, share it with someone that does. It’s a big deal and will really affect property values.

As always, let me know if I can help.



Community Photos 7/22/14

Michael Miller Submits-

Hi Joey,

The splendid fundraiser “Diner En Blanc. “

More photos:

Lahey Health hosted a cocktail cruise in Gloucester Harbor to celebrate the contributions of the Dusky Foundation

Lahey Health hosted a cocktail cruise in Gloucester Harbor on July 10 to celebrate the contributions of the Dusky Foundation and its support of Addison Gilbert Hospital, Cape Ann’s resource for state-of-the-art care close to home. Gifts donated during the cruise will be used to improve care and services delivered at Addison Gilbert Hospital. Featured left to right: Lahey Health President and CEO Dr. Howard Grant, Vice President of Addison Gilbert Hospital Cynthia Cafasso Donaldson, Linzee and Beth Coolidge of the Dusky Foundation, and President and CEO of Addison Gilbert and Beverly Hospitals Denis Conroy.

Group shot at boat cruise

That Nutty Redhead Lisa Griffiths, aka Victoriana Lady Lisa, portraying her Victorian grandmother Ella Mae, circa 1900 at the annual Gloucester Block Party. “It was my Victorian grandmother’s recipe from her turn of the century cookbook that inspired my praline gourmet nut business That Nutty Redhead. Thanks grandma!!” :)

Whale Watch on the 7 Seas

Part 1 Director of the Cape Ann Museum, Ronda Faloon, digs deep and shares what we need to know about its dazzling transformation, maps it out and starts us at the enticing ground floor

Click video to listen-


Cat Ryan writes-

With a world class collection and legacy, its ongoing support of contemporary arts, and robust exhibition schedule the Cape Ann Museum has no problem keeping the experience of art alive and present, and compelling.

It’s where you can come experience something that is not part of everyday life.

Ronda Faloon, Director of the Cape Ann Museum, discusses the museum’s transformation over the past 10 months and gives GMG exclusive access leading up to the grand re-opening. Getting there required long hours and difficult conditions, a 5 million dollar capital campaign and a ten month closure.  This stellar collection is shown in even better conditions.

There will be a week of celebratory and special events beginning with the kick-off gala of August 16, 2014, and open to the public Tuesday August 19th. Visit for all the details, and sign up for progress updates.

Click Floor Plan to Expand Full Screen




Community Stuff 7/22/14

18th Annual Rockport Rotary Club Lobsterfest


Hi – I think Henry Ferrini will have a good graphic for this listing in the next day or two – but hoping we can begin to get the word out earlier with this listing:  

EVENT: Gloucester Writers Center 6th 10-Minute Playwriting Workshop Staged Readings. This fun event has been drawing crowds for the past few years, as audiences get to watch and provide feedback for these new 10-minute plays in progress (and for the first time, a few 1-minute plays!), all performed by the best of our local actors with food and wine to celebrate!

WHEN: Sunday, July 27, 2014, from 7 – 9pm

WHERE: The Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St. Rocky Neck, Gloucester, MA

WHO: M. Lynda Robinson’s 6th 10-Minute Play Workshop is presenting the new work of Susan Frey, Carole Frohlich, Jeana Grady, Stacy Randall, M. Lynda Robinson and Charles Steiner.

Actors will include Emily Sinagra, Pauline Miceli, David McCaleb, and June Lewin.

HOW MUCH: Donation suggested at door. No one turned away for lack of funds.

M. Lynda Robinson

Gloucester Police Department Sends Five New Officers to the Police Academy


After a process that included the Civil Service exam, a rigorous background investigation, physical exam, psychological exam, the Physical Abilities Test, 80 hours of training in Emergency Dispatch, and months of on the job training as Reserve Officers, Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello is proud to announce that..

David D’Angelo, Robert Morrissey, Jared Foote, Michael Cimoszko, and Keith Gaudenzi

…have been selected to attend the West Bolyston Police Academy starting on July 20, 2014 and continuing for the next six months.

During this phase of their careers, they will be considered Student Officers. If they successfully complete the Academy, they will be assigned to  a Field Training Program for 8 weeks, followed by a one year probationary period. At the end of that period, they will be permanent, full-time Gloucester Police Officers.

“I am very excited to have five new student officers entering the Academy. The process for them to get to this point was difficult. and they have shown that they are up to the challenge thus far,” Chief Campanello said. “I have very high expectations for these five. We only want the best candidates in the Gloucester Police Department, and the quality of these five candidates shows that we simply do not settle for second best. I anticipate that they will all excel at the Academy.”

Updated: Dr Leif Bakland Gives His Opinion On Flouride In Our Water

The question was posed-
Dr Bakland can you give us some professional input on the taking Floride out of the drinking water debate?

I don’t know the first thing about it but lately I’ve been getting a ton of press releases on it.

Much like the “don’t get your kid vaccinated” push I don’t want to put out a bunch of statistics put together by pseudo scientists.

Can you shed some fact based light on the issue before it comes in front of the City Council?

Update: Dr Bakland’s Office Assistant Angela just called to tell me the Good Doctor is out of the office currently but she will relay the message

Update #2 The good Doctor has spoken.

I said I’d wait to hear from someone I knew and trusted that had a ton of experience in first hand dentistry to hear what they had to say on the Flouride in water issue. Dr Leif Bakland is my guy. If you know Dr Bakland then you know he doesn’t have any hidden agenda other than to put his patient care first. I value his opinion and he gave it-

Leif Bakland

Submitted on 2014/07/21 at 10:43 pm
Hi Joey, evidently, fluoride is a hot topic. I will say that I am definitely for fluoridated water supply. It’s safe and effective. I’ve been in practice for over 30 years and have treated families from fluoridated and non fluoridated communities, there Is a difference!

There you have it. I have a feeling it doesn’t matter to those who already had their minds made up but I’m going with the local guy without an agenda and with over 30 years first hand experience.

Harbor Cove Dental, where all the cool kids get their teeth taken care of.

2014 Rhumb Line Striper Tourney Where Your Entry Fee Gets You More Than You Put in

Preach Fred, Preach!

For all the details-

Click for the video-


2014 Annual Rhumb Line Striper Tournament July 27th

The annual Rhumb Line Striped Bass Tournament is a family-friendly event and will be held this year on July 27th.

Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for under 16.

Registration includes a free T-shirt and a free cookout in our parking lot at the weigh in.

Sign up early and no later than Saturday night July 26th.

Gloucester PD was able to raise $3,770.00 IN Toss Your Boss Challenge

Here’s Chief Campanello-


Hi Joey,
I just wanted to thank your readers and everyone who supported the Special Olympics “Over the Edge” and “Toss Your Boss” Fundraiser this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Boston. Gloucester PD was able to raise $3,770.00 and counting. I would like to especially thank our 3 biggest supporters: GORTONS, ST. PETERS CLUB, and PETER AND KATHY COAKLEY. and of course thanks to all who contributed to make this a success.
Scaling down a 23 story building is not my first choice of a Saturday activity. But I can tell you that the money raised was well worth it and the special athletes who were there to cheer you on was a big boost to anyone who was apprehensive. My “toss” went at 1pm and there were several Chiefs from neighboring communities to make sure I knew how high up I was. They also did me the great favor of filling out my “fun facts” sheet (which the event organizers read over a speaker system as you are descending). Because of this, I was able to learn all sorts of new things about myself, such as how I had always wanted to be a firefighter, but was afraid of heights or how I had special place in my heart for puppies and “My little pony”, or best of all, how I had a tattoo on my left calf of Barry Manilow. With friends like this supporting you…how could a Chief go wrong? It was all in good fun and when your dangling 200 ft. above concrete, it was nice to have a chuckle.
Was hoping to have some pics for you…haven’t got them yet. Much thanks to all who contributed.
Leonard Campanello
Chief of Police
City of Gloucester, MA

Are women attracted to dudes that wear t shirts that are way too small?


Usually seen worn by middle aged dudes that got back into shape after years of letting themselves go and/or gay men.

Is this an attractive look ladies?

Who’s All In On The Market Basket Boycott?

There’s a Facebook Page with 35,626 Likes-


One Paddler’s take on this year’s Blackburn Challenge

A Blackburn Weekend

To say I look forward to participating in the Cape Ann Rowing Club’s annual Blackburn Challenge each and every year would be an understatement.  Sandwiching the event into 3 nights of camping at Cape Ann Camp Site allows this paddler to get closer to a Cape Ann state of mind.
So before earning the right to wear this year’s T-shirt (at left), a few days were spent paddling about the Jones and Annisquam rivers, swimming at Wingaersheek Beach, and enjoying the taste of Cape Ann’s seafood (my favorite was the fish chowder at the Causeway Restaurant).
And then, at last, yesterday morning the day of the event arrived and I paddled off from the campground…

For the entire entry and more pictures click here

Rick Blue and Lindsay Crouse 2014 The Year Of Coming Home and Giving Back

Exciting news from Rick and Lindsay in this year of coming home and creating an incredible community spiritual center in the heart of Gloucester’s Downtown.  We speak about the new center and what’s new for this year’s Summer Retreat.

Click to watch the video below and follow the links for more info-


Community Stuff 7/21/14

Thursday July 24 Gloucester Little League Fundraiser

Hi Joey: Here is second event!  If you can push this as much as space permits, that would be wonderful!



Hi my name bobby trott from troop 112 working on my eagle project like to thank all people who help me so far on my project and all the help from the city and the people who made the donation will all the help i wont got this fars thank you

Block party stolen table

Hi Joe – I don’t suppose this is something GMG does, but someone stole a folding table while we were setting up. It was for young artists from the NationalAlliance on Mental Illness, so they had no table to use. I know it’s unlikely the thief that stole it will return it, but I’d like them to at least know they stink! If they want to return it and leave it in the entrance way to Fred Bodin’s shop – no questions asked. It’s blue and says "Return to Val" on the underside. Here’s a similar one in white, ours is light blue. I understand if you don’t wish to post.



The Downtown Gloucester Block Party Series is a project of

the non-profit Cape Ann Business Incubator.


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