The Big, BIG STRUM Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ The Gloucester House 63 Rogers Street Gloucester, MA Doors @7pm


Purchase tickets ($20-advance, $25-at the door)
The Gloucester House – 978-283-1812
Gloucester Music – 978-281-4874

Improv or Stand Up…You Choose

You know what I don’t do nearly enough?  Go to comedy shows.

Every few years a few of us get together and make plans to take in a show….and then, inevitably I find myself wondering, “Why don’t I do this more often?”

Who doesn’t need a good, honest, unbridled laugh every so often?

Last week I did just that.  I laughed, and laughed, and laughed.

Somehow, a year has gone by since my friends opened Laugh Boston and, on the club’s 1st anniversary, it was finally time to cross it off this year’s bucket list. I am so glad that I did! The comedians were, well, hysterical and the club itself is, dare I say, the perfect combination of industrial yet cozy.  Its fantastic location within the Westin Waterfront in Boston’s Seaport district doesn’t hurt either.  Nor does its full bar and “light fare” menu.

Laugh Boston is, as they say, “the stand-up brother to the Improv Asylum, Boston’s improv & sketch comedy theater located in the North End.”

If you haven’t been there either….you are totally missing out. In contrast to Stand Up comedy, the Improv Asylum features incredibly quick-witted improvisation and sketch comedy.  Which, in my humble opinion, takes a true artist to pull off.  They can boast to over 10,000 shows since its opening in 1998.

So, dinner and drinks in the North End and then a riot of an evening at the club. Or, a trip to the Seaport District, tons of laughs at the stand up club, and maybe even a quick overnight stay at the Westin? With summer coming to an end, that’s two good excuses to get over not only the A. Piatt Andrew, but also, the Tobin Bridges!

Laugh Boston

Improv Asylum 

Hard Merchandise

Hard Merchandise at rest.

Lately it’s hard to avoid The Hard Merchandise around the harbor working and with multiple cameras pointed at the crew unloading Bluefin Tuna.

I caught the Hard Merchandise at rest where it’s been docked for years. Behind the Madfish Galleries on Rocky Neck.

My camera was the only one there.



You have just crossed over…into the Twilight Zone


A parallel world, very similar to ours here in Gloucester, exists in Bayfield, WI, on the shores of Lake Superior. It has Bodin Fisheries, a commercial fishing boatyard, and even a bar called the Rum Line. Check out Bodin’s “Wild Caught Lake Superior U.S.A.” product list: If you’re tired of cod and halibut, try Bodin’s Burbot or whole whitefish.

Tuesday September 16th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather ..

Marine Forecast :
Tue S winds around 5 kt. Seas around 2 ft. A chance of showers. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tue Night SW winds around 5 kt…becoming NW after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :



Community Stuff 9/16/14

What’s Happening at GHS

We have just completed our second week of school and things appear to be settling in. Thanks to all of our parents who attended the “Meet the Teacher Night” last Thursday evening.

School Picture Day will be Wednesday September 17, and we look forward to some new and updated pictures.

For all Seniors, the regular registration deadline for the October 11 SAT was September 12, 2014, but the late registration is available until September 30. The Guidance Counselors will begin meeting with all of their seniors to follow up on their progress with applications and college visits next week. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child’s guidance counselor for more specific information.

Guidance Department: 978-281-9874
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Laura Heinzinger      x 14012
Carl Sacco              x 14008
Laura Carlson            x 14011
Matt Duncan               x 14010
Ellen Clarke                   x 14009

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 $20 (cash only) may be deposited with Mrs. Mondello before school, during lunch or after school.

Gloucester U will be beginning this week and offers all of our students the opportunity to take advantage of some exciting educational courses.

Session One
September 15 – November 20th
·    Read and Write Anywhere (Wednesdays, 2:15 – 5:00)
·    Art – Mixed Media (Wednesdays, 2:15 -5:00)
·    Calligraphy (Wednesdays, 2:15 -5:00)
·    Video Game Design/Programing (Mondays, 2:15 – 5:00)
·    Career and College Readiness (Thursdays, 2:15 – 5:00)
·    Anime Club/Website Creation (Wednesdays, 2:15 – 5:00)
·    Gloucester Farm (Tuesdays, 2:15 – 5:00) Credit Recovery ( Mondays and/or Wednesday 2:15 – 5:00)
Please register at

NEXT WEEK: High Holy Day at the Temple Ahavat Achim!

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Join us for the High Holy Days services at the Temple Ahavat Achim (86 Middle St, Gloucester)! We do not charge for tickets and do not require advance reservations. Everyone is welcome! More details on our website,
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 24th at 7 pm
Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Thursday, September 25th at 9 am
Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Friday, September 26th at 9 am
Kol Nidre
Friday, October 3rd at 7 pm
Yom Kippur
Saturday, October 4th at 9 am





Two Weekends of Free  Historic Ice House Tours
In conjunction with Essex National Heritage Area Trails & Sails
Hosted by Cape Pond Ice Company
Fort Wharf, 104 Commercial Street, Gloucester, MA, 01930

Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester’s fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger’s account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made (up to 350 tons per day), fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester’s working waterfront.

Free Trails & Sails Historic Icehouse Tour schedule at Cape Pond Ice:

Friday, September 19, 2014, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM  &  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Friday, September 26, 2014, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

No reservations needed.  Practical footware and a warm sweater/sweatshirt recommended for freezer & wharf.  Family Friendly, On Coastal Byway, Parking, Restroom.  More info @ , tel. 978-283-0174, or 


Phyllis A To Participate In Trails and Sails

Hi Joey,

Would you please post this information about our Maritime Saturdays during the Trails and Sails Weekends?

This is the first year we have participated in the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails weekends and would love to make sure everyone knows we will be there to welcome anyone interested in finding out about Gloucester’s oldest fishing vessel!

Thank you Again!!!


Gloria Parsons


Phyllis A. Marine Association

Mission: To promote the gill net fishing industry through the display and preservation of the fishing vessel Phyllis A.


Flowers opening timelapse 5000 shots In 9 months time from David de los Santos Gil

From David de los Santos Gil
After 9 months and 50,000 shots (only using 5.000 for the final video), my first flowers timelapse has finished. After a long work looking for flowers that would open fast, here is a list of the flowers that have been part of the timelapse: Lillium, hibiscus, carnations, orchids, dandelions, lilies, daisies, alstroemeria, peonies and nigella damask.
Here is my web:
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Another succesful Fish Box Derby

What a beautiful day on Sunday for the Fish Box Derby. Lots of family fun. What do you think of an adult fish box derby? We talked about it today.

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I See Moolongz Book Launch Party and Spontaneous Collaboration Art Exhibit

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Whether you see Moolongz or not, whether you believe in Moolongz or not, whether you wish Moolongz had never appeared or are happy they did, they are here and you are all invited to the I See Moolongz book launch party on Saturday, September 27th from 4-6:00pm at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street.

During the book launch party, there will be an exhibit of an amazing collaboration series of five paintings by five artists in five weeks. The artists involved in the collaboration are Sue Handman (fabric artist), Brenda Malloy (abstract painter), Diana Pasquariello (watercolor painter), Regina Piantedosi (non-representational art) and E.J. Lefavour (photographer, painter, digital artist). In the true spirit of creativity, sharing and inspiration that the Rocky Neck Art Colony embodies, these five distinctly unique and different artists have come together to collaborate and share in the process of jointly creating five pieces of art. The experience has been one of learning, teaching, sharing, trust and letting go of the ego’s involvement in the creative process, and has resulted in five completely unique, never in a lifetime to come anywhere near being recreated again, pieces of art. If you are an artist or understand the creative process, you will appreciate how rare and unique an undertaking like this is. Please come by and check out our “Spontaneous Collaboration”.

After this brief exhibit at the Cultural Center, one of the pieces will be on exhibit in each of the five artists’ galleries for the remainder of the season.

E.J. Lefavour

News from councilor McGeary

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Important forum: Sea Level Rise on Cape Ann

Dear Friends:

I would like to invite you to an important forum on Wednesday evening.

As you are doubtless aware, rapid climate change and rising sea levels are already an issue for those of us living on the coast. Whether it’s “superstorms” like Hurricane Sandy or rising flood insurance rates, we are already feeling its effects.

The forum, entitled “Sea Level Rise on Cape Ann,” is important to all of us.

The keynote speakers are Dr. David Burdick and Dr. Paul Kirshen of the University of New Hampshire, both of whom are researchers into the effects of climate change. The forum is sponsored by Friends of Good Harbor, Maritime Gloucester and Salem Sound Coastwatch.

The event will be held at the Elks at Bass Rocks on Atlantic Road on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Full details on the presentation and the participants are available by clicking here:

I will be attending and I encourage all of you to join me there.

Very truly yours,


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