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video: THE FUTURE IS BACK – and it’s a McFly dream come true!

Now, some folks may have seen the Tony Hawk spoof video about hover boards, but this one right here is the real deal. They have a kickstarter as you would imagine, and yes it’s over funding in like a day. May introduce to you the HENDO HOVER BOARD!

Check Out Science All Around Us with Collin Keegan

Our Buddy Tom Ellis Of the Schooner Thomas E Lannon Is Involved In A very Special Project-

Science All Around Us with Collin Keegan

As captain and owner of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon for the last 17 years, I’ve met thousands of people. Many stand out, 

but one eight year old boy named Collin Keegan is exceptional.  I first met Collin on a Saturday morning Kids-go-Free sail. 

It was obvious from our first conversation that he was special.  Collin has a huge curiosity about the world and likes to share 

what he learns with other kids. What better way to do that than through video? After seeing the first edits of this film, 

Collin came up with the idea of “Science all around us.” And  that became the title of the 5 episode video series we would 

like to produce. 

I’m asking you to watch this short video about Collin. If you like the idea of getting our youth excited about learning, 

you can help by making a kickstarter pledge. Even if you cannot donate, you can help by sharing this video with your 

friends, colleagues, or members of the organizations you belong to. And I know you’ll enjoy watching Collin!

Our goal is to produce a pilot video that will attract a distributor for the series. 

Check Out The Kickstarter Campaign Video-


Meet Collin Keegan. At first glance, he looks like a normal rambunctious eight-year old. He likes wearing a faded red baseball cap. He carries a pen and a notebook in his pocket just in case he needs to draw a diagram to explain a scientific concept to a friend or peer. He has a charming British accent and an endearing lisp. He’s cute—that you’ll be able to recognize easily—but something special sparks inside this small forty-pound boy when he’s sharing knowledge and learning with others. He has a truly infectious joy of learning and an amazing ability to recognize the creative way science affects and shapes our world. Through Collin’s eyes the rudder and steering wheel of a sailboat become a “mechanical connection system.” He knows intuitively the science that propels every day objects, and he applies scientific concepts and principles in a way that’s truly inspiring.

Collin docking the 65 ft Schooner Lannon

Collin docking the 65 ft Schooner Lannon

     Like the project on Facebook and follow them on Twitter

and once again check out the mission page here

Calling all residents: the City needs YOU to help improve the Oval Playground

Calling all residents: the City needs YOU to help improve the Oval Playground

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Ward 3 City Councilor Steve LeBlanc and the Community Development Department need your help on November 6th, 7th and 8th when the “Community Build for the Oval Playground” will take place. This is a great opportunity for civic-minded folks to roll up their sleeves, have some fun, and help install a new playground at Palazola Field!

Volunteers are asked to be available from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on one of the three community build days. Work will include installing concrete foundations, sorting, erecting and assembling playground equipment. To ensure safety and quality, volunteers will be trained and supervised by an experienced playground site specialist.

Dress in comfortable work clothes and closed toe shoes. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

The “Re-shaping the Oval Playground” project, which is funded by the Massachusetts “Our Common Backyard” program and federal community block grants (with project management funded through the Mass in Motion program), will not only improve the play area off Centennial Ave. near Harvard Street, it will provide more opportunities for kids to play and get fit.

The City is seeking 20 volunteers a day to help in the three-day effort (with an alternative extreme weather day on November 9.) Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk notes that with the “Renewal of Newell” last year and September’s completion of the update to Burnham’s Field, the City continues to build on its successes and create more opportunities for recreation, play, and support of active lifestyles.

Councilor LeBlanc, who reports that the existing equipment will be reused at Riverdale Park, hopes that community members, neighborhood associations and other community groups/organizations will sign up as community build volunteers.

Online volunteer registration is available at

Community members can also contact Councilor LeBlanc at

Community Development Department Senior Project Manager Stephen Winslow also can be reached at or at 978-282-8007.

You Know What Tiny Little Space Is Just killing It With programming?

The Gloucester Writers Center.

Jesus I’m not sure there’s another joint around that packs as many events per square foot into their space.

The folks running the place are just relentless.

Kudos to them.

Check out and follow their website for updates-


And furthering the conversation about local arts, I’m not sure local writers get enough due.  It’s non stop with our awesome artists and great for them but let’s all take notice of all the awesome Working Writers in town.

Congrats on being big time relevant.

SELL OUT WARNING: Not many seats left for Chelsea Berry & Charlee Bianchini at Old Sloop on Saturday

Do you really want to be the schmuck who says, “What? We can’t get in? Really?”  Of course not.  So stop what ever you’re doing and get your tickets right here, right now!  (Forget what the poster says about tickets at the door.  There won’t be any.)



BMA Nominee Gracie Curran on Aurelia Nelson’s Curtain UP tomorrow (SUN) at 9AM

Gracie Curran at Larcom Theatre April 2014

Here’s some irony: Earlier this month, the Boston Globe announced this year’s Boston Music Wards nominees (see here) which include Gracie Curran for Blues Artist of the Year.  A few days later the Boston Herald cited Gracie Curran’s move from the Boston area to Memphis as an example of local blues artists’ response to the a loss of venues that offer them a place to preform (see here).

Vickie and I are bringing Gracie back to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre next Saturday NOV 1, for one night only with young, award-winning piano player Victor Wainwright, who got the first standing ovation at this year’s Gloucester Blues Fest.  GET TIX HERE.

Tomorrow, you can hear Gracie talk about the her career, the Blues, Memphis, Boston and much more on Aurelia Nelson’s Curtain Up radio show on North Shore 104.9FM at 9am.  Yeah, this will be worth getting up for.

Steve Almond Writer’s Book Club Event at Duckworths

Stever Almond Duckworths ©kim Smith 2014Sunday evening’s Writer’s Book Club event featured best selling author Steve Almond and the sublime cuisine of Chef Ken Duckworth. Steve Almond is a gifted storyteller and wonderfully entertaining, as well as a superb moderator. He could teach any book and make it interesting!

SAteve Almond, Ken Duckworth, Chris Anderson ©Kim Smith 2014

Next month’s Writer’s Book Club event features Ken Duckworth moderating The Catcher in the Rye. This event will sell out quickly so purchase your tickets today.


Shout Out To J & L Welding- Thanks For Getting Us Back In Biz with The Quick Turnaround

I can’t say enough good things about Jeff and his crew at J & L Welding.  The cart that we use to transport our lobsters (and save our backs) busted mid-day.  Call Jeff, drop it off at J&L, back in business within a half a day.

Thanks Jeff  and Co-

Lowest Gas Prices In Gloucester Website

I’ve had the link to this site in the sidebar of GMG for a while now, just another reminder now that the price of oil has been in a free fall so you can check to see who is in line and out of line with the rest.

Here’s the link-



I’m thinking about getting Amazon Prime For The free Movies, Music, Free Shipping and More


Sounds like a pretty compelling argument to get it, especially with the holidays coming up.   Do any of you guys have it?   Amazon Prime instant video alone is cheaper than Hulu or Netflix and then you get all the free shipping and e books and music too.

Check it out and let me know what you think here

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That Nutty Redhead is Going Places!

52e023c288499e38ed518ad47d011b14_largeThat dynamo Nutty Redhead is every where! See Lisa’s latest video here: That Nutty Redhead Kickstarter Update, today’s issue of The Gloucester Daily TimesGetting Nutty,” this coming Saturday at the Rockport Harvest Festival, and this winter, she will be featured in the holiday issue of Edible Boston. Am I leaving anything off this multi-talented woman’s long list of recent accomplishments? Oh, yes, she also has an award winning show on Cape Ann TV, “All Things Victorian” (I am looking forward to watching the upcoming Victorian baking episode!)

Lisa is another friend who we are going to be saying, “We knew her when!”

Please help a truly dynamic up and coming local business woman grow her business. Read more and click here to donate to Lisa’s Kickstarter campaign!

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The first to be published in my husband Tom Hauck’s Kevin Lone thriller series. Avita Doesn’t Love You is available as an eBook from Whiskey Creek Press (only 3.99!) and you can read a sample chapter Here.

Avita Doesn't Love You_Thomas HauckAvita Doesn’t Love You from Whiskey Creek Press

Lone and his allies – including the brave Jessica Kenney, who seeks to avenge her father’s murder – tell how they must infiltrate and defeat the cancerous North Korean spy ring masquerading as a peace-loving religious cult. But Avita, the secretive leader of the cult, will go to any length to ensure that her deadly mission is accomplished. The fast-moving plot is complicated by a mysterious activist who has threatened to set off a bomb in Washington, D.C. The suspense builds to a shattering climax when Lone must confront Avita and her deadly accomplices. 

To read an excerpt and purchase a copy click HERE

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