Category Archives: Gloucester Sports

Chargers Football Looking For Players!

Joey,
I have a request. I have four children that are in football and cheerleading in west gloucester. Unfortunately the team is having trouble getting players to join. My sons team only has 9 players and we need at least 10 to play a game.I was hoping you could help spread the word as I do not believe parents even know about sign ups. There is a $170 cap for a family. This includes uniforms! I would appreciate any help. Parents can sign up at the Gloucester youth program website. Thank you! Courtney Edwards

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2014 Magnolia Road Race – This Saturday Morning @ 8:30AM

Hi Joe,

The weather looks great for Saturday’s races.  On-line registration is now closed, but runners can register at the Library on Saturday starting at 7:30AM.  I will be in the gym area Thursday night from 7-8:30PM to hand out shirts and numbers to the pre-registrants and to sign new runners up at the discounted price.  For those who don’t plan to run, we will have a pancake breakfast starting at around 8:30 and everyone can walk down the hill to watch/participate in the group pier jump.  The tide is just right!

Best,

Randy

For All The Info-

http://www.magnolialibrary.org/

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Gloucester Sports Legend Randy Oneil

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Joe "The Animal" Barboza Baron, Thachers and Straitsmouth Islands and long distance ocean swimmers

Adam Bolonsky submits-

Mitchell Hsing and Isabel Brachmann, grad students at MIT (who said only nerds go to MIT?) recently swam the perimeter of Straitsmouth Island from Gap Head in less than 25 minutes. Their coach Bill Steele and I escorted them in kayaks.

Fish tacos afterwards at Cape Ann Brewing Company!

Here’s a video clip. You can clearly see Twin Lights at Thachers and Straitsmouth Island light in the background:

Straitsmouth swim

Joe “The Animal” Barboza was flown to Thachers Island each night by helicopter in the late 60’s while testifying against the New England mob. When Barboza’s cover at Thachers was blown, federal marshals moved him to a house on Eastern Point.

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Barboza was gunned down a few years later in Southern California.

This was back in the day when the Coast Guard radio station at Gap Head was still in operation.

Friends of Seacoast Annual Seacoast Seven Road Race Thank Yous

THANK YOU

The Friends of Seacoast Annual Seacoast Seven Road Race was a huge success.  Runners from all of the state ran the 7K race throughout the beautiful scenic trail in Gloucester.

We are grateful to Patrick Thorpe, President of Bank Gloucester our generous race sponsor for their continued support of this annual race which has become one of our major fund raisers.

Lahey Health/Addison Gilbert Hospital, Rockport Mortgage, Lyons Ambulance, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Institution for Savings, and Good Morning Gloucester for sponsoring the tee shirts given to the runners and volunteers.
 
Care Dimension for sponsoring the registration table, and Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, for sponsoring the beverage table.

TLS @ Home, LLC, Mr. & Mrs. William Trayes, Howard Frisch, Pam & Victor Carabba, David Harrison DMD, Carroll K Steele Insurance, Merritt Capital Mgmt. and Liquor Locker for sponsoring Mile Markers.

Stop and Shop, and Market Basket for providing water, bananas, and power bars for the runners after the race. Gloucester Rental Center for providing the tent and David Cox our photographer. Rick Noonan of Cape Ann Coffee for generously providing coffee and pastry for all our volunteers.

Thank you Gloucester Daily Times. Ray Lamont, Nick Curcuru and Christine Parisi. Mike Page of North Shore Timing who timed the runners. Kevin Lyons of Lyons Ambulance Service for sending an EMT team to insure the safety of the runners. Larry Ryan for his design of the race tee shirts and Sue Dahl for her graphic art work designing our web site and poster for our race. Steve Figurido of Tony’s Variety for donating the ice.

The success of every organization is dependent on the people who give selflessly of their time and money. The Friends of Seacoast are fortunate to have so many of these people insuring that the residents stay connected to the community. Their efforts provide the entertainment on a daily basis.  Harbor rides, dining at area restaurant, dinner shows at Seacoast, gifts at Mother’s and Father’s Day along with Christmas. This next week they will go to the races at Suffolk’s Down, and many more events that would not be possible without the Friends of Seacoast.

It all starts with our capable Activities Director Alison Cox, our Administrator Stephen Doyle and our Friends of Seacoast members, Chairperson, Lisa Leahy, our Race Director JD Mac Eachern, Maryanne Amero, Angela Ciaramitaro, Joey Ciaramitaro, Pat Ciaramitaro, Rosalee Nicastro, Buzz Mc Eachern, Sam Santuccio, Donna Saunders, Grace Simpson, Vincie Scola, Mary Spinola, Paul Spinola, and Rita Stapulonis and our Junior Members Nick Carey and Mylee Grace Nicastro.

A special thanks to all the volunteers who helped on the day of the race, Joan and Fred Bishop, David Amero, Brian Carey, Mark Leahy, James C. Greely III, John Lattof, Dennis Doolan, Lee Scola, Donna Lupo, Vinny Woodhams, Lee O’Leary, Fire Chief Eric Smith, Laurie Smith, Alan Hagstrom, Mark Hubbard, and J. Ron Ross. Linda Morrison who gave complimentary therapeutic massages to those runners in need of it.

Each year we receive the support of the Gloucester Police Department who provide the lead car and manage the course and it’s traffic to insure the runner and public are safe during this road race, We are grateful to Police Chief Lennie Campanello and the Gloucester Police Department Lt. John Mc Carthy, Lt. Dave Quinn, Sgt. Anthony Parisi and Officer Peter Cherry, Peter Sutera, and Joseph Parady.

Tom Lattof
Friends of Seacoast

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

The Blackburn Challenge measured with Google Maps

So easy to measure distances with the new Google Maps-

The Blackburn Challenge measured with Google Maps-

Here’s how to do it-

Measure and calculate distance

You can measure the distance between two or more points on the map using Google Maps. For example, measure the distance between two cities. The instructions below are different depending on whether you have the new or classic Google Maps.

New Google Maps

To see the distance between points in the new Google Maps, use the right-click menu.

  1. Open the new Google Maps.
  2. Right-click on your starting point.
  3. Click Measure distance.
  4. Click anywhere on the map to create a path you want to measure. Click to add additional measuring points.
  5. [Optional] Drag a point to move it, or click a point to remove it.
  6. Look on the map and under the search box for the total distance.

When done, click the “X” in the card under the search box or right-click on the map and select Clear measurement.

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More info from Paul Morrison-

BLACKBURN CHALLENGE THIS SATURDAY: JULY 19, 2014

Posted on July 14, 2014 by Paul Morrison Leave a comment Edit Post

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You can still race. Registration closes at midnight tomorrow (Tuesday July 15). Do you want to challenge yourself to something not quite ordinary? Jump in a craft powered only by the paddle or oar in your hands and head north from Gloucester High School down the Annisquam then start turning right until you went all the way around and pulled into Gloucester Harbor and aim for the Birdseye plant and the Greasy Pole Finish?

You get a T-Shirt proclaiming your completion as well as pulled pork, beer and a band at Pavilion Beach.

Rubber Duck will be on the halfway-point boat anchored in Straitsmouth Gap to record your number as you go by. Yell the number out since she has very small eyes and no ears.

Sign up now. No walk-ons. Or come out to a viewing area anywhere on the Cape. The times are similar to a marathon. Fast boats make it in two to three hours whereas working dories take five to six hours. Cheer them on.

Here is a handy map. You can check out the list of boats already registers. 245 boats of all kinds, over 370 paddlers or rowers. Click link on this page to see current list of registrants.

Three Sisters, Three Boards, and Fred

I know it's summer when I see interesting people all day song in the gallery. Today I met (L-R) Susan Olson, Kathryn Bracken (both from Salem), Jade Olson of NYC, and retired pharmaceutical test dog Fred. The ladies and Fred paddled the waters off Good Harbor Beach. They described the surf as exhausting and causing rip currents. Although no police were spotted, the US Coast Guard was present on the water.

I know it’s summer when I see interesting people all day song in the gallery. Today I met sistersb(L-R) Susan Olson, Kathryn Bracken (both from Salem), Jade Olson of NYC, and retired pharmaceutical test dog Fred.
The ladies and Fred paddled the waters off Good Harbor Beach. They described the surf as exhausting and causing rip currents. Although no police were spotted, the US Coast Guard was present on the water.

The Aquanuts finish Eight the Hard Way

Joey,
Cindy Hendrickson asked me to pass on the attached photo with the GMG card.
Taken just before “nautical twilight” last night (Wed. June 25) at Short
Sands Beach in York ME.
Left to right
Brian Carlson of Georgetown
Cindy Hendrickson of Gloucester
Monica Day of Natick
Ned Daly of Needham
Betsy Daly of Cambridge
Chuck McAfee of Cambridge

You’re not a real New Englander unless you have gone to the beach in your
overcoat.
Ned

The Adventure here- http://walkingaroundpayingattention.blogspot.com/?m=1

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International Dory Races Saturday

International Dory Races Saturday

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Don’t miss the International Dory Races in Gloucester ’s Inner Harbor this Saturday, June 21st from 10 AM – Noon.  See the American teams battle the Canadian’s for the International titles in Juniors (men 18 & under), Mixed Doubles, Women, and Senior (men open).  The races are best viewed from the Jodrey State Fish Pier or the park at the head of the north channel.  What a great opportunity to bring the whole family to see Gloucester ’s historic seafaring past in present day competition on our beautiful waterfront.  You may know some of our competitors:

Juniors: Tyler Edmonds /Thomas Beaton

Mixed:  Jimmy & Laurel Tarantino

Women:  Amanda Palazzola/Lindsey Rogers

Seniors:  Mike Mitchell/Vito Giacalone

Wanna Race Our FOB- 53 Year Old Lindle Willnow?

Remember the movie The Color Of Money where Tom Cruise hustles his way through the pool circuit?

Well I think we just may have landed the perfect horse to bet on- our boy Lindle.

Unassuming, old, not particularly in any type of ectomorph runners body shape and the absolute perfect man to back with odds against these young hot shot runners.

So we’ll just trot out our Horse Lindle, take odds against the youngsters and clean up when he kicks their butt all over the place!  Winking smile

Our boy Lindle laid an absolute beat down, finishing 12th out of 218 runners at age 53!!!

To me that was a seriously impressive feet.  Almost as impressive as TJ finishing and winning a whole 2 and a half minutes before the second place finisher.

But the story in this post isn’t about TJ’s extraordinary race as a 34 year old in the prime of his life.  It’s about 53 year old Lindle Willnow and how he showed that you don’t have to be a 20 or 30 year old elite physical specimen to compete, you just gotta get out there and do it!

Congratulations Lindle, from all your GMG buddies we are seriously proud of you!

 

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