Tag Archives: Downtown Gloucester

Fred’s Takeaway from Saturday’s Block Party

Shelley4390wmYes, there were massive crowds on the street, but the the 150+ people I appreciated most were the folks who came in to encourage me with my battle with cancer and the attack by a gangrenous appendix. Tugboat Captain Doug walked right up to me behind the desk to give me a big bear hug. I thought I was going to get mugged, as he was clean shaven and unrecognized at first. City Councilor Sepatia thrust my rollator/walker aside to give another hug and kind words. Reiki Master Karen Pischke made a promise to bring the resources of her Dreamtime Wellness treatment to me at home. Shelley (with PT/OT calzones) from Den-Mar Rehab, one of my prime physical therapists, came by with half a dozen of her best friends,. Then three nurses from Mass General charged in and offered their support too.

I’d like to thank Valerie Marcley, long time organizer in charge of the Block Parties, for her hard work on the event, her sensitivity, and for being a good friend. She was there cleaning up long after I had gone home. Lastly, I want to mention my “Gyotaku” fish print artist Patrick Horgan, who just happened in from Seabrook, N.H. I convinced him to set up his display outside the gallery. It’s always a pleasure to work with Pat, and he escorted and drove me safely thru the darkness to the refuge of my home in Rockport. Cape Ann is a very special community that cares. They’ll always have your back.

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 DOWNTOWN GLOUCESTER BLOCK PARTY SERIES – CELEBRATE OUR HAPPY 7th YEAR!

The Downtown Gloucester Block Parties will be held July 19, August 16 and September 20 beginning at 6 pm. Main Street will be transformed into an entertainment mall with live performances on five stages, al fresco dining offered by Main Street restaurants, stores open for shopping until 11 pm plus a vendor area and Kids’ Town to keep the youngsters amused. This is the seventh year Gloucester businesses have been promoted by the successful parties. The Block Parties are free events with a variety of entertainment.

A Happy 7th Year Grand Opening is planned at center stage for the July 19th party. Merchants will offer Happy Seven promotions to celebrate.

Performers who wish to join may contact whuntrock@gmail.com; merchants and those who would like a display area: lseigel1@gmail.com; sponsor contacts: kirstin@sparx3 orjbrackley2@comcast.net; food vendors, volunteers, publicity and all other concerns: glostablockpahty@gmail.com.

Keep updated at Gloucester Block Party on Facebook or www.glostablockparty.com

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W. G. Brown and Company, circa 1920

W. G. Brown department store was located at 186 and 188 Main Street in downtown Gloucester. It was touted as the largest dry goods store this side of Lynn. The W. G. Brown building today is called Brown's Mall and stands across the street from the Gloucester District Court and Police Station. Dry goods stores carry textiles and household items other that those in hardware and grocery stores.

W. G. Brown department store was located at 186 and 188 Main Street in downtown Gloucester. It was touted as the largest dry goods store this side of Lynn. The W. G. Brown building today is called Brown’s Mall and stands across the street from the Gloucester District Court and Police Station. Dry goods stores carry textiles and household items other that those in hardware and grocery stores.

Re-Opening: Plenty of Help From My Friends

It was the Stealth Reopening of Bodin Historic Photo. Late this Saturday morning I was driven to my gallery on Main Street, Gloucester after 4 months in hospitals and rehab. I was safely wheeled in, and proceeded to organize the desk area. My friends and assistants for the day cleaned, swept, and arranged items in the showroom. They also took out a good amount of trash and recycling. Thanks Donna, Valerie, Kathy, and Janet. Also rewarding was a Virgilios Eggplant Supreme sub.

It was the Stealth Reopening of Bodin Historic Photo. Late this Saturday morning I was driven to my gallery on Main Street, Gloucester after 4 months in hospitals and rehab. I was safely wheeled in, and proceeded to organize the desk area. My friends and assistants for the day cleaned, swept, and arranged items in the showroom. They also took out a good amount of trash and recycling. Thanks Donna, Valerie, Kathy, and Janet. Also rewarding was a Virgilios Eggplant Supreme sub.

The visit was rewarding, stressful, and tiring. This was a big step and a test of my rehabilitation. It's difficult to operate a gallery from a wheelchair or walker. Tomorrow it's back to physical therapy, continuing down the road toward walking. The gallery will be open Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm, and more days as my stamina and mobility improve. My next visit will earn me a spicy Italian meal from Virgilio's,  a third generation Gloucester bakery. Pictured above on cover: L-R: Donna, Janet, and Valerie.

The visit was rewarding, stressful, and tiring. This was a big step and a test of my rehabilitation. It’s difficult to operate a gallery from a wheelchair or walker. Tomorrow it’s back to physical therapy, continuing down the road toward walking. The gallery will be open Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm, and more days as my stamina and mobility improve. My next visit will earn me a spicy Italian meal from Virgilio’s, a third generation Gloucester bakery. Pictured above on cover: L-R: Donna, Janet, and Valerie.

It’s easy being green: architectural character downtown Gloucester

Cat Ryan submits-

19th, 20th and 21st Century green in the mix

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From the distinguished Cape Ann Museum’s fresh coat of paint and ongoing preservation

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To many weathered, copper-clad architectural details like these rare repeat oriel windows

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Elegant oriels along Parsons’ pedestrian street, too, though no pressed metal. But look up for the green tiled roof!

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Creating a nice umbra mix alongside the newish-ish green exterior for the Jeff Weaver/Restoration Works, 16 Rogers Street –  the newcomer (former Old Timers/Catch 22/Fiesta Pub) joins the green in Gloucester. Check out its distinct porthole window on the door.

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Then and then: 16 Rogers before photos (green middle elements against textured and well acclimated exterior).

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2013 Downtown Gloucester Christmas Raffle Winner Is…

Toni Brennan!

Joe, see photo of the 2013 Downtown Christmas Raffle winner Toni Brennan.  Toni won $1700 worth of gift certificates for downtown  shops  and restaurants.

From left to right, Joe Ciolino from the Weathervane hands the gift certificates box to Toni Brennan.  Looking on are Susan Parent of Toodeloos, and Linda Palazola from Palazola  Sporting Goods and Clothing. 

Thanks…

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Oh What a Night!

You all know Jenn Cullen, who's on the left. Jenn lives on the Fort, and does some work at Sugar Magnolias. The other FOB is Lidiane Sands, who's originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She's also employed at Sugar's, and is raising her family in Lanesville, married to a Gloucester native.

You all know Jenn Cullen, who’s on the left. Jenn lives on the Fort, and does some work at Sugar Magnolias. The other FOB is Lidiane Sands, who’s originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She’s also employed at Sugar’s, and is raising her family in Lanesville, married to a Gloucester native.

During the opening, we were entertained by the Old Folks Novice Acoustic Jam. Two or three of the players are GMG names you may recognize: Marty Luster, Len Burgess, and James Eves. Anyone is welcome to play with them. This was their first public appearance.

During the opening, we were entertained by the Old Folks Novice Acoustic Jam. Two or three of the players are GMG names you may recognize: Marty Luster, Len Burgess, and James Eves. Anyone is welcome to play with them. This was their first public appearance.

GloucesterCast 12/8/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Toby Pett

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Topics Include:  Topics Include: Holiday Fair Weekend, Cape ann Farmer’s Market Harvest Market, Downtown Gloucester Ladies Night, Magnolia Historical Society opening of Art in the Schoolhouse, The Hive Bex Borden, David Brooks,  Giftwrapping Service and Great Community Partners, Peter and Vickie Van Ness, GMG Holiday Party at Bodin Historic Photo, Thank You To Fred Bodin and His Ladyfriend Janet, Middle Street Walk, Bill OConnor, North Shore Kid, Gingerbead House Competition, Buoy Painting, Lobster Trap Tree Lighting, Rusty and Ingrid Handmade Prints, Half Marathon (Fu#$ing Up Traffic),Curmudgeons That Can’t Stand Being Slightly Inconvenienced,  Olivias For Sale or Lease, Restaurant Dead Pool, Ideas For Olivias Space, Question: Do Liquor License Boards Govern Entertainment As Well?, Former Old Timers Space, Aaron Tuftley, Sprockets, Your Dream Vintage Vehicle, Meg Frontiero, Tony Ciulla, Styles On Main, Sticky Fingers, Spin The Dradle With Toby At The GMG Holiday Party Friday Night, Downtown Gloucester Men’s Night, Passports, and Other Restaurants Doing 20% off Gift Certificates, Dinner Dealer Decks Are Out, Cape Ann Brewing Dinner Dealer Coupon

To Purchase- 2013/14 Dinner Dealer Decks, GMG Caps, Technical Jerseys, Hoodies, Dry Fit Shirts Here- http://gmg.storenvy.com/

Santa’s Here!

Santa and dozens of other floats paraded down Main Street today, braving the gray and threatening weather. The heavy rain fortunately held off. The long parade ended up at the City of Gloucester's Christmas tree at Kent Circle, near the Fisherman at the Wheel statue. This year's tree is lit with LED lights, which I think is the way to go. Economical to run, and resistant to vibration and breakage.

Santa and dozens of other floats paraded down Main Street today, braving the gray and threatening weather. The heavy rain fortunately held off. The long parade ended up at the City of Gloucester’s Christmas tree at Kent Circle, near the Fisherman at the Wheel statue. This year’s tree is lit with LED lights, which I think is the way to go. Economical to run, and resistant to vibration and breakage.

GloucesterCast 12/1/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Amandacakes

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GloucesterCast Taped 12/1/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Amandacakes

Topics Include: Family Cookie Day, Turducken, ChromeCast, Downtown Gloucester Ladies Night, The Hive Gift Wrapping Service, Buoy Painting, Lobster Trap Tree, Rockland Maine’s Lobster Trap Spike, Favorite Gloucester Breakfasts, Sugar Mag’s, Lobster Land, Sailor Stans, Mamie’s Kitchen, Charlie’s Place, George’s Coffee Shop, Willow Rest, Best House Made Hash, West Indian Hash, Reader Subjects, Cruise Ships, Beauport Princess, Thanksgiving Dinner, Turkey Pot Pie, Sista Felicia On Cover Of Cape Ann Magazine, Mariposa, Lowell Peabody Call-Out, New GMG Technical Jackets, Manchester Athletic Club Holiday Fair

Purchase- GMG Caps, Technical Jerseys, Hoodies, Dry Fit Shirts Here- http://gmg.storenvy.com/

GloucesterCast Podcast With Guests Lowell Peabody, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped October 6, 2013

GloucesterCast Podcast With Guests Lowell Peabody, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped October 6, 2013

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GloucesterCast Podcast with Lowell Peabody, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro. 

Topics include introducing Lowell Peabody as a new official GMG contributor, Gloucester’s image now vs 10 years ago, Downtown Gloucester Real Estate Investments, GMG 2013 Gloucester Election Poll

To listen to past GMG Podcasts click here for the episode listings

If you enjoy the podcast could you help get it recognized in the iTunes directory by rating it here in the iTunes store

Congrats Lowell and welcome to the team-

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Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar Photos

Christian Derobert submits-

A couple of pics from the Bazaar

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Lowell Peabody submits-
North Shore Folklore Theatre Company a Maritime Mystery

Joey,
At the Sidewalk Bazaar today I spoke with Henry Allen and David Wesson who said they are working on a new children’s stage production for their Summer Stock Theatre Club taking place at the Cape Ann YMCA. They say they are in need of young actors between the ages of 6-12 and will be taking place from August 5 through the 16th. They hope Good Morning Gloucester can help get the word out to aspiring actors! The story is a maritime mystery using all things Gloucester – places, names, old sea stories, etc More information is available at (978) 283-0470 Sounds like fun and from the energy of these actors it will be!
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Ran across GMG contributors Charlie Carroll and David Cox today at the Sidewalk Bazaar. Lord I am hoping they were really only comparing the difference of their lens sizes…

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You know what they say about these guys with the big lenses right?  Overcompensating for a lack of size somewhere else? Winking smile

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News from Downtown Workplan

Catherine Ryan Submits

News from Downtown Workplan

Hi Joey,

There has been a lot of interest in the Downtown Work Plan. There were 90+ people on site at City Hall for the City’s presentation with Utile, and good discussion. Cape Ann TV was filming. Ahead of time, individuals and organizations sent in a range of comments and concerns via email or testimonials. For example here was one (and a repeat one at that) muni wifi rant plea from Joey:

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/can-someone-explain-to-me-in-this-day-and-age-why-my-cell-phone-doesnt-have-service-in-the-heart-of-main-street-gloucester/

And have a read through the excellent detailed memo from the Downtown Development Commission.

No doubt the robust feedback was helped immeasurably by local media announcements. Thank you, GMG!

So, please come to the next meetings, and/or send along questions or comments to Tom  TDaniel@gloucester-ma.gov

Tom Daniel, Community Development Director, writes:

“As promised, we have posted the presentation to the City’s website. You may find it link to the presentation here: http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=760&ART=2142&ADMIN=1. It is a large file and may take a couple of minutes to load. We will post future presentations to the website as well.”

Here are the dates for the next two public meetings to be held in the Kyrouz Auditorium of City Hall, from 6-8pm:

- Tuesday, August 20

- Tuesday, September 17

For More info:

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/local/x218352785/Downtowns-destiny

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/help-draft-the-next-chapter-of-downtowns-story/

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

c/o City Clerk’s Office, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA   01930

gloucesterinfo@gmail.com

July 9, 2013

Mr. Drew Kane, AICP
50 Summer Street
Boston, MA   02110

Dear Drew:

Last evening, the Downtown Development Commission discussed what it would like to see changed, added to or modified in the downtown in anticipation of the upcoming visioning meetings.  I encouraged all members to attend but we also felt that we wanted to send you something in writing listing our thoughts.

The following are the items brought up by the Commission:

Parking Garage  Many meetings were held about this idea a number of years ago.  The idea was to build a deck on top of the current parking lot by the police station.  DPW Director Mike Hale was involved in discussions and probably still has this information.

Development of I4C2  It is the hope of the DDC that this can be developed in some way that would benefit downtown and not just be kept as a parking lot.

Empire Building  The continued blight of this building is a concern.

Police Station/Central Fire/YMCA  Members hoped that there would soon be a plan for the fate of these buildings.

Police Station Steps  The terrible condition of these steps roped off with police tape is not an attractive picture.  The DDC wondered if there was a short-term solution since any garage or selling of the police station would be long term.

Ornamental Lights/Brick Sidewalks  The only sections of Main Street without this streetscape are the middle sections, which were last renovated in the 1970’s.  Members would like to see this area tied into the look of the East End and West End.

Trees  The trees on Main Street have probably never been pruned.  Many hold both decorative old lights that no longer work and some have an abbreviated version of new lights.  We feel that there should be some work done on these trees.

West End Ornamental Lights  These lights were installed many years ago and the DDC thinks they have never been cleaned.  This is one of the reasons they appear to be so dark.  The DDC would like to see them cleaned and repainted, if necessary.

Benches  There are now a variety of styles of benches downtown.  We would like to work towards the replacement of the benches, many of which are wood and splintered, to have one consistent look.

Trash Barrels  The DDC bought a number of black trash barrels for downtown and they are showing their age.  We would like to re-examine the type of barrels and work on eventually replacing them.  Apparently a couple of them were done in by snowplows this past winter.

Preserve America Signs  The Commission would like to continue this signage program.  We also think there needs to be some type of protocol in place when one is damaged or disappears as has happened.

Gilham & Gander Study  The DDC would like this study reintroduced as it had many worthwhile aspects.

Stacy Boulevard  The conditions of the railings are in terrible shape and are to the point of being dangerous.  Hundreds of people walk this area daily.  We understand that this would be a long term and expensive project but it needs to be stated.  Having new grass and a working sprinkler system on the Boulevard is a step in the right direction as it is a gateway into Gloucester for so many.   

Drew, hope these are helpful.  Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday night.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Silveira
Chair
DDC

cc:  Tom Daniel

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