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Community Stuff 10/20/14

John Nasser submits-

GHS Field Hockey Qualifies for Tournament Play

Congratulations to the 2014 GHS Field Hockey Team for qualifying for Tournament play again this year. There are 2 regular season games remaining at home next week…this coming Monday, Oct. 20th @ 5:30pm and Wednesday, Oct. 22nd @ 6pm.





Friday Night Lights: Fun & Creative Vinyasa Flow With Live Music by Candlelight

Only 15 spots left!  Register ASAP to reserve your spot at this magical event on Friday, October 24.

Warning: yoga by candlelight has been known to cause epiphanies!

See you there!

Gretchen Hill

Owner, Saltwater Massage Studio


State Rep Debate Hosted by the LWV Airing on Cape Ann TV

State Representative Debate Hosted by the League of Woman Voters of Cape Ann

DebateLWVStateRep10-16-14Both candidates were in the Cape Ann TV studio on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 for a debate hosted by the League of Woman Voters of Cape Ann. Some of the topics covered by this debate include:

  • The New Governor
  • The Four Referendum Questions
  • Climate Change and Ocean Rise
  • and the Common Core in Education

LWV Debate for State Rep on Cape Ann TV Channel 12:

Saturday, October 18 at 11 am and 9pm
Sunday, October 19 at 3 am and 8 am and 10 pm
Sunday, October 19 at 6 pm
Tuesday, October 21 at 3 am and 11:30 pm
Wednesday, October 22 at 10:30 pm
Thursday, October 23 at 9:00 am


Want to go watch meteor showers Aboard The Most Beautiful Boat in Gloucester Harbor?


Hi Joe,

Monday night is the night. We are leaving on the Lannon at midnight to head out to where the sky is big and dark to watch the Orionid Meteor Showers. We have invited a local astronomer from the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club to join us. Virginia Renehan is very knowledgeable and happy to share her knowledge of the nighttime sky with our passengers. Take a nap if you have to, but join us for one of the final sails of the season.

Trick or Treat at Fenway Park!

Well, it ain’t no Rolling Rally Parade, but I’ll take it.

On exactly October 30th, 2004 and October 30th, 2007 I was inside Fenway Park boarding a Duck Boat with the Red Sox ownership to ride in the Rolling Rally World Series Parades. Two of my craziest days ever.

So, while that  won’t be happening this October 30th….at least something fun will be!

The Red Sox have been finding more and more ways to keep Fenway Park fan friendly and to open its gates in lots of new and exciting ways.  Picnics in the Park, chances to run the bases, Frozen Fenway, ice skating open to the public, the Monster Sled sledding course, concerts…and much, much more!

This year they are also hosting Trick or Treating on the warming track and a viewing of Ghost Busters on the big screen.  All for free!  While you don’t have to buy tickets….you do need to reserve them.

To Read More Click Here

Claim Your Free Tickets Here


Community Stuff 10/18/14

Harvest Party in Magnolia, Sunday, October 26

On Sunday, October 26, Union Congregational Church in Magnolia is hosting a Harvest Party at the church from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. The event is free for all ages, and will be especially family-friendly, with music, games, lunch, face painting, and other activities. The church is at 3 Norman Ave. in Magnolia; you can also learn more at or by calling the church at 978.525.3346.


Four Artists Featured in New Exhibition at the Cultural Center Gallery

Gloucester, MA—Four artists with strong bodies of work that display personal themes and expression that show through their different media, come together for an exhibition that lives up to the name, “Dimensions” from Oct. 30 to Nov 23, 2014, Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM. at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St, Gloucester, MA. The four artists, Christy Park, Delphine Zohn, Rosella Sagall, and Rochell Zohn are all exhibiting Massachusetts artists.

Christy Park’s work for this show is of large abstracted animals. These are images that she has returned to throughout her career. She says of the pieces, “They seem to be totemic, almost dreamlike and seem to follow me. They have surfaced throughout my career, even when I lived and worked in New York City.”

Delphine Zohn is an expressionist painter. Her basic subject is the human form and face. She is well known for portraiture and is often working on commissions for portraits. However, various other themes weave through her work and like most painters she find inspiration for paintings in many varied places.

Several pieces by Rosella Sagall in this show are a departure from her usual work. These are large drawings of colonial women that began with an idea about depicting the 13 women who were later hanged in Salem. She wanted to draw large images and was at the same time thinking about the “trials” from Salem Village. These are side by side with much smaller tighter drawings.

Rochelle Zohn is a fiber artist. Some of her pieces were created in response to her son’s struggle with cancer. The beauty and color of these works, made from vintage kimono pieces, belie the somberness of the theme. More playful in nature are structures made from coffee filters and newspaper.


Four Artists Four Media: One Exhibition

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

October 30 – November 23, 2014, Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM

Public Reception Saturday, November 1, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Mark It Down Kids. Rotary Club Of Gloucester Trivia Night Or as We Like To Call it…

The Rotary Club of Gloucester will host a Trivia Night on Friday, October 24, at the Gloucester House, located at 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m. Teams of four will compete for the title of Cape Ann Trivia Champions.

All trivia fans are invited to this fun night of knowledge and laughter. The registration fee is $100 for a team of four players. Proceeds from this event will support programs of the Gloucester Rotary Club. The night will also feature a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar, and light snacks for purchase. A registration form is attached to this email. Additional forms may be obtained any Gloucester Rotary Club member or may be downloaded from


Konecky Striking Fear Into the Hearts Of All Gloucester Rotarian Trivia Contestants

The Old Wrap The Pink Tickets around Your Head Move.  Totally Psyches Out The Competition Every Time.  Konecky Playing Chess Here While Everyone Else In The Room Is Playing Checkers.  Sniff Sniff, Yep, I Smell Fear!!!!

Cox displaying zero confidence in her trivia game right here while Fine displays her Star Trek IV good luck pin.

You’re gonna need a whole lot more than a lucky Star Trek Pin Fine.  We’re Gunnin For You!

North Shore Health Project presents Friday, October 17, 8 PM VIP Reception: 6 PM ~ ANTJE DUVEKOT & MEG HUTCHINSON with Allen Estes, Brian Alex, Marina Evans & special guests


The Health Project is pleased to announce that we are celebrating our 25th year as a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C on the North Shore with an impressive lineup of musicians! Join local singer/songwriters Allen Estes, Brian Alex, Marina Evans and a very special guest as they take the stage at the magical Shalin Liu-Center in Rockport for the first part of this incredible night of music! Then sit back, relax and enjoy the enchanting vocals of Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson performing together for an unforgettable evening, all to support the Health Project and all it offers

More info here >

37 Main St
Rockport, Massachusetts 01966
Phone (978) 546-7391

link to purchase tickets for shows at Rockport Music

Community Stuff 10/17/14

What’s Happening at GHS 10/15/14

Any parent interested in their own log on and account for our Naviance Family Connection on line website may call their child’s Guidance Counselor for log on access to assist your students in the College search and application process.

Common Application Workshops will be taking place in the Library technology room on October 23rd and November 6th for any students who would like to complete the application with the assistance of their Guidance Counselor. These workshops will begin promptly at 2:15 and last until the process is completed. Please remind your seniors that these are available and is a great way to check the application process off your list!

The Adams Scholarship recipients have been identified by the Department of Secondary Education and notices to these superb students have been mailed. Congratulations to all who have received this Scholarship! If you have any questions regarding the application process after you review the information please do not hesitate to contact your student’s guidance counselor.

Upcoming Dates of Interest

ACT at GHS  – October 25, Saturday
First Term Ends Thursday, November 6,
Report Cards Mailed Home, Wednesday, November 12
Sawyer Medal Night   Wednesday November 12,
MEFA Financial Aid Night Thursday November 20

Tutoring: Please remember as the year continues and the novelty wears off for your students, all teachers are available at least one afternoon a week after school for any extra help. Our first line of intervention would be to see the teacher after school for a more detailed explanation and understanding of the subject matter. The National Honor Society offers help in tutoring any day after school and we also have lists available of outside resources for any parent who is interested in tutoring for their child. We are all settling in for the next 8 months and assistance may look bleak for your student so I just wanted to remind you of our resources. 

Guidance Department 978-281-9874
– Option #8

Year End Membership Meeting

Thursday, October 23rd, 6 PM

The International Dory Racing Committee will be holding our annual year end organizational meeting at the Sawyer Free Library Friends Meeting Room to welcome interested new board members as well as discuss our 2015 schedule.  All members are encouraged to attend, express their ideas for the organization and take a more active role in the future direction of the IDRC.

Be a part of something uniquely Gloucester!!

Erik Dombrowski pulls out a narrow victory over 2 time Oarmaster Len Robertson and first year contestant Dylan Morrissey in last weeks’ Oarmaster’s Cup solo race.

Last Saturday 6 hardy Gloucestermen braved the rain and the 1-3/4 mile course from Maritime Gloucester  out around Ten Pound Island and back to complete the Oarmaster Cup race.  In the first heat Peter Parsons (2 year contestant) and Billy Edmonds pushed Dylan Morrissey (1/2 of the August Int Men’s Team) to an extremely fast and powerful finish.  The second heat provided even more drama with our youngest contestant Tyler Edmonds (1/2 of the August Int Junior’s Team) staying with Erik Dombrowski and 2 time Oarmaster Len Robertson to the 1/2 way point with Len leading the whole way.  But, in the home stretch after taking advantage of a few course corrections and benefitting from the tight competition in the heat, Erik was able to glide to a victory and edge out Dylan’s time for the win!  All of us at the IDRC are especially thankful for our start/chase crew who make these races possible including Damon Cummings, Joe Novello, Alex Thomas, Geno Mondello, Janelle Dombrowski, and the folks at Maritime Gloucester.


Hi Joey!,

Can you post this info to Good Morning Gloucester: Attached is the flyer for the event.

Please join us for The Gloucester Dog Park’s 1st Annual Dog Photo Shoot and Halloween Costume Contest! On Sunday afternoon, Oct 26th from 12-4:00 PM we will be taking a photo of your favorites dog (or dogs) for a $10.00 donation each. Dogs do not have to been in costume to get their picture taken. The high quality digital image will be emailed to your address later on in the evening. For the same $10.00 donation, you will be entered into the Gloucester Dog Park’s Halloween Costume Contest! City Council Vice President Sefatia Romeo Theken has graciously agreed to be the celebrity judge this year. Prize categories will include Best Large Dog Costume, Best Small Dog Costume, Best Gloucester “Themed” Costume and Honorable Mention. Prizes have been graciously donated by Animal Krackers, Petco, Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply and K-9 Kuts. All pictures will be posted to the Gloucester Dog Park’s web site later on that evening and the winners will be announced on the web site that evening as well. Please be sure to bring your own dog Halloween costume, as there will be only a limited number of costumes on hand. There will be booths from Quinn’s Canine Cafe and the Cape Ann Animal Aid present with their awesome prize wheel. Cape Ann Animal Aid will also be bringing some cute shelter pups up for adoption that day to pet and play around with. We will be located in Tino’s Corner of The Gloucester Dog Park (special needs section) which will be closed for use that afternoon. All the proceeds from the Gloucester Dog Park Photo Shoot and Halloween Costume Contest will go to support the Gloucester Dog Park. A generous donor has graciously donated solar lights to the Gloucester Dog Park, we just need to raise some extra funds to get the lights installed. These solar lights will greatly increase the parks useable hours in the upcoming winter months and help us to be a truly “green” park. As always you can donate to the Gloucester Dog Park, c/o The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St, Gloucester, MA 01930. Write Gloucester Dog Park in the memo line. Thank you for your support, and please join us!



Contest Judging by:
City Council Member
Sefatia Romeo Thekenimage

Halloween Photo Shoot & Costume Contest!
At the Gloucester Dog Park!
October 26th, Sunday  12:00 – 4:00 PM
Tino’s Corner @ The Gloucester Dog Park

$10.00 Donation for Picture!
- A digital image will be emailed to you and you will be entered into the Gloucester Dog Park’s Halloween contest.
- Dogs do not need to wear a costume to receive a picture.

Halloween Costume Contest Prizes for:
Best Large Dog Costume – Gift Basket from Petco
Best Small Dog Costume – Gift Basket from Animal Krackers
Best Gloucester Themed Costume – Gift Basket from Essex Pet Supply      
Honorable Mention – Gift Certificate from K9 Kuts

Please bring your own dog costumes!
Pictures will be posted on our web site –
Winners will be notified at the end of the day!

Plus…Cape Ann Animal Aid will be on site
with shelter pups and The Spinning Prize Wheel!

Save the Date!

Sunday, December 7, 2014 1-5 PM 

Sea Shells and Jingle Bells Holiday Inn and Home Kitchen Tour 

Now in its 4th Year!

Sponsored by RHS DECA

Sea Shells and Jingle Bells

OCT. 18-19 in Peabody at the Torigian Community Life Center.

Model show flyerSMALL(flat)

Dear Joey,
Attached for your consideration for GMG is a brief article and a picture concerning our Open House coming up this Saturday at the Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge in Gloucester.
Any help you can be in publicizing this event for us would be greatly appreciated.  The picture is of the interior of our Lodge room showing some of the historical items which will be on display.
Thanks in advance,
Eric Bergengren, Past Master, Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge

Lodge Room

Cape Ann Masons’ Open House
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Once again, the Gloucester Masonic Lodge is hosting an Open House, known also as “Square and Compasses Day,” this coming Saturday, from 9 AM until 3 PM.  If you’ve ever wondered who the Freemasons are, whether they are the descendants of the Knights Templars, or what the inside of their building looks like, here’s your chance to find out.  The event is held semiannually to help the public gain a better understanding of what Freemasonry is, and the positive impact that it has on its members, their families, and community.  Members will provide tours of the building, talk about Freemasonry’s history, discuss its rituals, signs, and symbols, and explain what they do.
The Lodge, known to its members as the Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge reflecting the former names of three Lodges which are now one, is located at 27 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester.  Officers and members of the Lodge will be present to welcome visitors and prospective members alike.  Come and join us and see the many different items from around the world as well as local items not previously seen by the public, pulled from the dusty safe deposit box. Paul Revere and his silver work, items of antiquity from the 1770’s and 1800’s, gavels made from the wood of the USS Constitution, and from King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. Gordon Gravelese, Master of The Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge said, “Gloucester’s Lodge has the distinction of being one of the oldest Masonic lodges in North America and will be displaying many of these items for our open house.  For men looking for ways to give back to their community and world, while enjoying the benefits of a first-rate fraternal organization, Masonry is a great place to look.”

Freemasons trace their roots to the stonemason guilds that built Europe’s cathedrals and castles during the early part of the last millennium.  As construction of these buildings declined, they began accepting members from outside their trade.  These new members, influenced by the “Age of Enlightenment,” transformed the organization from a group for builders to one focused on developing the character of its members.  Freemasonry was formally organized in London, England in 1717. In 1733 it was formally organized in Massachusetts, making it the oldest Masonic group in the Western Hemisphere,
and the third oldest in the world.

Freemasonry, the world’s oldest and largest fraternity, seeks to bring together men of every country, religion, race, background, and opinion in order to develop the bonds of friendship between them.  Through a large variety of North American Masonic philanthropies, approximately $3,000,000 is given to charity every day, 70% of which benefits the general public.  During its symbolic initiation ceremony, members are encouraged to value high principles, ethics, and morals and to live their lives accordingly.  By “making good men better,” Freemasonry positively benefits its members, their families and local communities.  Freemasonry in Massachusetts is comprised of 32,000 members in more than 230 different lodges throughout the Commonwealth.

Please join us on Saturday for more information, refreshments and a tour, or visit

News from Magnolia

Welcome New Board Members! The MLCC is proud to announce four new board members, please join us in welcoming Donna Ardizzoni, Curt Henderson, Alana Horne, and Keith Shatford. Their fresh perspectives, great ideas, and desire to make the MLCC all that it can be was obvious in the first board meeting of the year held in September. Stay tuned – it’s going to be a great year at the MLCC!

Upcoming Events:
 Story Hour & Crafts – is there any better way for you and your little ones to spend the last Sunday of every month? This month we’ll be reading, “Click, Clack, Boo!” and doing some sort of scary craft (October 26: 11:30am @ the MLCC). If you or your organization are interested in reading a story and/or want to sponsor a craft hour, contact Erin Pequeno:

 The next Indoor Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday October 25, 8am – 2pm… no early bird shoppers (we mean it). Set up at 6am or the night before. If interested in a table contact Walt TODAY: Tables are $25, 8’ (will be provided) with some peripheral floor space.

 The annual Halloween Party, sponsored by the Magnolia Lions Club is scheduled for Halloween night! Stop by for some pre- or post- trick-or-treating fun and enjoy some (more) treats. 5pm – see you there!

 Don’t forget to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4. The West Parish Elementary will be having a bake sale, so celebrate your right to vote with a big fat cookie! …mmmmm…freedom…

 The Taste of Magnolia is scheduled for November 21 and planning is well underway. If you are interested in helping out in any way, please contact Donna Kecyk: If you aren’t familiar with the event, it involves a magnificent spread of food, wine, games and prizes, silent and live auctions, and the drawing of the winning ticket from the 50/50 raffle that has been going on for the past year – if you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, contact an MLCC board member:! ALL proceeds benefit the Magnolia Library and Community Center, ALL participants have a wonderful time!

 The annual Christmas Party is scheduled for December 7th – come by to help light the tree, sing some carols, and get a final word in with Santa before he finalizes his nice/naughty list.

Awesome Gloucester is looking for ideas… do you have an idea to make Gloucester even more awesome? Every month this group awards $1000 to the person with the best idea. Seriously. Check it out on facebook: or on the web:

That’s all for now – watch out for falling acorns and Happy Fall!

Doug Shatford –President
Tim Nolan – Treasurer
Bobbi Lemay – Secretary
Donna Ardizzoni
Curt Henderson
Alana Horne
Donna Kecyk
Walt Kolenda
Rosalie Lentini
Jamie O’Hara
Janet Powers

Rockport’s Harvest Festival

One of my favorite days in Rockport is coming up this Saturday!  Lots of great music, food, vendors, artisans, and a Seafood Throw Down….plus, adding a beer truck doesn’t hurt either.  T-Wharf will be the place to be from 10-6!  I hope to see you there!


Read More about Harvest Fest here!

Schedule of Events…check this out for sure!

Community Stuff 10/16/14




The Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative

presents an irreverent parody of Maxwell Anderson’s 1954 Broadway play and Oscar winning film,

The Bad Seed


A perfect way to celebrate Halloween!

Anderson explores the theme of Nature vs. Nurture. Enter one Rhoda Penmark; a young girl so precious and sweet, every parent’s dream…

or IS SHE?!

Anderson’s 1954 script borrows from the tragedy Medea, while CAT’s production upends tragedy into comedy with the Italian theatre’s Comedia dell’arte tradition, “lazzi” which roughly translates to “funny bits!” This production is loaded.

Come find out just how “sweet” this Bad Seed is!

The Bad Seed is a wildly inappropriate, side-splitting comic romp, yet very PG-13.

Howl this Halloween silly!

Come by and bust a gut laughing!

The Bad Seed is presented at the Gloucester Stage Company, 267 E. Main St. Seven shows only, Preview Performance 10/16, opening Friday, 10/17 running through Saturday 10/25.

Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative

Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930




Hey there Joey! We were hoping you could give Backyard Growers one more blast on your awesome blog! Our application deadline is tomorrow for the 2015 growing season (folks can apply online). If you could include our cute family pics and our logo that would be awesome—thanks!

Lara & Anne (Anne is our new Program Manager—Backyard Growers is growing!)

Backyard Growers Application Deadline Today! Get a raised-bed garden for your backyard for the 2015 growing season!
Would you like to pick fresh vegetables from your own backyard garden next summer? If so, you should apply for the 2015 Backyard Garden program from Backyard Growers, the grassroots nonprofit that brought schoolyard gardens to every public school in Gloucester and has put raised-bed gardens in the backyards of 120 Gloucester households.
Don’t delay! Now is the time to apply — Backyard Growers will be reducing the number of backyard gardens they offer next year to focus more on school and community gardens.
Low- to moderate-income Gloucester families are invited to apply. The deadline is Thursday, October 16. Get your application at

Topsfield Fair 2014

The Topsfield Fair has been going on for 196 years. Even though most of the exhibits are the same year after year, Rick and I really like going. The Fair is very clean and well patrolled. Here a couple of photos of a fun day on Sunday.

Tonight, Ron Schrank joins Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line 8-11pm 10.15.2014




This Wednesday Only:
Fresh Grilled Salmon $12.95!

Wednesday, October 15th
Special Guest:




ron schrank


Easy listening and very cool.  Ron has a way of sneaking up
on us with brilliant simplicity.  Don’t miss it! ~ Fly

Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Fresh Grilled Salmon $12.95!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Rocky Kramm
image (6)
Fozzie Hill
image (7)
Andy Pratt
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Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly


Community Stuff 10/15/14

                                Sunset over the Moraine Farm greenhouse

Beverly, MA –October 13, 2014 – Moraine Farm, a property of The Trustees of Reservations, is offering Fall Farm Shares. Located in North Beverly, just minutes off 128 at exit 20, the farm provides local residents, area school children, and local food pantries with seasonal farm-fresh produce and provides community members of all ages meaningful volunteer opportunities.

With a successful summer growing season behind them, the Moraine farmers are turning their attention to feeding local communities into the chilly months of November and December. Farm Manager Gretta Anderson notes, “Most folks who appreciate locally-grown produce in the summer, dread returning to the grocery store in the fall. The quality, flavor and nutrition of local veggies just can’t be matched. Our long-term goal is to supply our members with local vegetable year-round.” Moraine Farm’s customers include the Beverly and Salem public schools, as well as members of their Community Supported Agriculture program.

Farm Shares, also known as Community Supported Agriculture or CSA shares, are available for November and December on-farm pick ups. Members purchase a “share” of the fall harvest now.  Then they come to the farm to pick up their share of the harvest and enjoy the historic Olmsted designed landscape. Fall Farm Shares are distributed every-other-Saturday afternoon beginning November 8. Friday afternoon pick ups are also available.

Sign on today to be a part of the Moraine Farm community! To purchase your Fall Farm Share and to learn more about the farm visit or email Farm Manager Gretta Anderson,


Encore Vibrations with Glostafarians @ Mile Marker 1 8:00pm 10.17.2014


glostafarians mm1


We’ve been asked to do one more before they take down the tent. Come Dance with us one more time before Mile Marker One closes the tent for the season. Positive Vibrations all around.
Jeff Arcari, Brian King, Lori Perkins, Saeed Kobiakov, Heather Vallis Harhay, and Dan King


MM1_box75 Essex Ave.

Gloucester, Ma.

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