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A Sister

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A Sister is a Gift to the Heart,

A Friend to the Spirit,

A Golden Thread

To the Meaning of Life…

My sister, Judy Wilburn, is all those things and more.  She is a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, awesome sister and dear friend to many, she is beautiful in every way, incredibly smart, generous, talented and a gifted artist.  She was the driving force in my move to Gloucester, she introduced me to Good Morning Gloucester, Rocky Neck Art Colony, is a great friend of the blog and lover of Cape Ann.  Happy Birthday Judy – you are a gift, friend and golden thread to many.  It might be your birthday, but we get the gift of having you in our lives.  Love, Ellen

E.J. Lefavour

FOB Linda Colman… Finally

Hi Joey!! 

Linda Colman here, your loyal FOB from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Hi Joey!!!

I am about to make a HUGE change in my life!  After having called Michigan “home” for all the 64 years of my life, I’m pulling up roots and moving to Massachusetts at the end of April.
I have been invited to stay with fellow FOB Jane Gibbs and her significant other, my brother Bill, in their home in Newburyport. 

I’m significantly downsizing by giving things away, selling furniture at a couple of consignment shops, donating useful items, and I’ve shipped 16 boxes of stuff I can’t live without to my new home in Newburyport!

I look forward to seeing you, Paulie Walnuts, EJ, Ed, Paul Morrison and the rest of the GMG crowd at mug ups, Nights on the Neck, block parties, and all the other great activities in Gloucester.

I would like to relocate to Gloucester if I can find work there, so….. IF THERE ARE ANY PICTURE FRAMING SHOPS LOOKING FOR A FANTASTIC, EXPERIENCED, CAPABLE, FRIENDLY EMPLOYEE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!

Wow!!  This is a big step for me and I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!!! Linda Colman

FOB Ann Kennedy Shares About Meatloaf and Turkeys

Good morning, Kim.  I so enjoy your GMG posts and have been meaning to send a quick email.  Your great meatloaf post really gave me a chuckle–in the fondest way!  Recently I read one of my mother’s letters in which she had made a 6 lb. meatloaf for a PTA supper long ago, of course.  My brother and I didn’t like meatloaf and never really learned to either.   One night, she was constructing a very, very large stuffed meatloaf that was to be formed into a long log of sorts.  It didn’t fit in the pan and so she curved it until it fit.  My brother and I wandered into the kitchen to discover this awful looking thing and decided to help it out.  We sliced a pimento stuffed green olive to make 2 eyes, and added toothpicks for antennae, making it look like a giant, mythical caterpillar.  Quite an ugly thing!  Anyway, when Mom discovered it we all had a good chuckle and we were ordered out of the kitchen–the first time in our lives that ever happened:-)

I loved your recent turkey photo.  When I travel across the state via Amtrak (the slow route), the autumn fields are full of flocks of wild turkeys, seeking corn leftover from the harvest.  The train eventually travels along the Missouri River, and sometimes I’ll see a turkey at the river’s edge.

I hope you enjoy this marvelous season, and I look forward to your new and interesting posts.  By the way, I might enjoy your meatloaf since it includes bacon:-)

Kindest regards,

Ann

Anne Kennedy Haddock and DillAnn and Her Brother in a Japanese Tub

Visit Ann’s stellar blog, Haddock and Dill, which was inspired by a 40 year written correspondence between her mother and grandmother. It is a blog of letters that chronicle the life of one American family. The collection of nearly 2000 letters, notes and cards contain photos, clippings, and comments on everyday life, beginning in 1941.

FOB Jeanie MacLachlan Represents

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FOB Jeanie MacLachlan is originally from Beverly but has lived near Mont Pelier, VT for the past 20 years.  She is an avid and regular reader of GMG and visits here frequently.  Here she is representing at Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery.  Later in the day, Donna Ardizonni was walking on Shore Road when Jeanie came up to her and told her she knew her from GMG.  What a small and wonderful world GMG creates for so many.

E.J. Lefavour

Joey, how much would you want to rent our vacation property this summer?

GMG FOB  Bex writes-

Joey, how much would you want to rent our vacation property this summer?

Prime Gloucester Summer VRBO Rental (2BR/2BA) is Running 20% Discount

If I wanted to vacation in Gloucester over the summer I would *kill* to stay at this place. Seriously. But I like to take my vacations elsewhere, as I am sure you know. I really can’t believe they still have several weeks available in June and one in late July – this far into May!?! Really? Their views are killer and Gloucester Quilter is a total FOB. Don’t believe me? Check out their GMG webcam. Yup, that streams live from their window overlooking the harbor. Did I mention they have a private pool and are located less than a mile from GHB? This vacation rental comes with beach towels, chairs, umbrella, boogie boards, and coolers. Who else does dat? Dot and Bex are great people and hosts. Guaranteed. Just read all of their 17, 5-star reviews from past guests. Their VRBO 20% discount ends May 23. SAT-SAT only. Pets OK (dogs and cats only). Direct inquiries through VRBO portal. 

We Lost a Friend Of The Blog Last Night- Tim Blakeley

Tim Blakeley has passed.

Tim and his wife Eileen had been a friend of the blog from the very beginning.  He always offered his technical assistance and was way more responsible for making the Gloucester Webcam project happen than I was, being the man on the street doing the installs for next to nothing.  He went around to the businesses and community organizations and charged a tenth of what it should have cost to get the things going for them.  He did this because he loved the idea and wanted to give back.

We had this geeky techie connection in which we could talk about these ideas for hours.  Tim owned Gloucester Bytes a computer repair company and was a member of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

It was the cancer that got him.  Triple header of brain, liver and lung cancer.  Too young.  Way too young.  I’m not sure exactly how old Tim was but it has to be in his 50s.

and here’s the thing-

You know how bad it sucks that we lose someone in their 60s, 50s or 40s?  It sucks terribly.

But Tim was loved.  Every time I saw Tim and Eileen together she was beaming wildly and smiling in adoration of Tim.  They were in love.  and no matter how bad it sucks to lose someone in their 50s like Tim it’s better to pass in your 50s loved than die in your 70s unloved.

Tim had that love from his Eileen.  So he died a rich man.  Rich in love.

My condolences to Tim’s family.  I’ll miss your dry humor that would crack me up every time buddy.

Tim Blakeley on GMG-

Tim Blakeley Gloucester Bytes To The Rescue Once Again

Posted on April 16, 2012 by Joey C

Tim Blakeley Represents! In The Bahamas

Posted on November 21, 2010 by Joey C

Hi Joey,

Representing GMG  @ Atlantis Resort Paradise Island Bahamas.

Tim- Gloucester Bytes Computer

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Tim Blakeley Posts on GMG

Update II : 2012 Good Morning Gloucester FOB Christmas Tree Post

Send in pics of your Christmas Tree and I’ll Post em

send in your Christmas tree pics to goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com

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De Primio Christmas Tree

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Hi Joey,

This is our Christmas Tree.  Post it if you can!

Merry Christmas!

Doug and Gloria Parsons

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Marty Morgan and Mark Lindsay Christmas Tree

Tree decorated by a sailor, Mark Lindsay, who loves trains. My wife, Marty
Morgan bought a hand blown glass ball each year and we now have an entire
tree full.

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Loved your tree. Here is mine ! Lots of Swedish things from Jul Fair in ROCKPORT. Merry Christmas ! Alice Gardner

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Oh Christmas Tree From Solange Baumann
 

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From GMG’s Florida fans, Merry Christmas!  The St Clair-Kings
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Craig Kimberley and  Hanna Christmas Tree-

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Dear Joey and GMG:About 30 years ago we lived in a tiny house that had no room for a Christmas tree. We were given an old wrought iron gate which fit perfectly in a picture window. Since then that’s always been our Christmas tree. Holds beaucoup ornaments, fits against a wall, and never drops needles on the floor!Merry Christmas to all!

Joy and Tom Halsted

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Hey Joey,

Hope you are having a great Chirstmas day! Here is our tree decorated with the "Lobstar"!

Best, Bex

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A very happy and memorable Christmas in the home of Cammygrammy.  Camdyn has a 3 1/2 month old brother, the most blessed gift of all. Wishing peace and health in the New Year and thanks to GMG for keeping us all connected.

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Newly Engaged FOBs Kimberly Funk & Bradley Scheetz!

Hi Joey-

My boyfriend (now fiance!) Bradley and I really enjoy your blog and we LOVE Gloucester (we definitely have the wheels turning for a relocation from Boston one day). Thought I would share a Gloucester story from this past Sunday..
We often come up on the weekends to hang out and one of the things we (mostly me) like to do is look for sea glass at Pavilion beach. That’s where we were this past Sunday when Bradley called me over to look at something in the sand. Just sitting on a rock was a beautiful shiny sparkly ring. I was a little slow..even thinking aloud that someone must have lost their ring..doh! Anyway it was for ME and we got engaged right then and there! We were super lucky that local, Amy Clayton happened to be on the beach and she snapped some pictures for us! Here our a couple of our favorites ..
Kimberly Funk & Bradley Scheetz
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In my haste to get this story up my software automatically watermarks photos with Joey Ciaramitaro Photo, but noticed this morning that I didn’t change the photo credits when I originally posted this story.  I corrected it to the proper credit this morning-Amy Clayton Photo.

FOB Linda Colman Sends In A Picture Of Her Joey C Gallery Wall

Linda writes-

Joey!  I just framed my latest acquisition and added it to the Joey Ciaramitaro Masterpiece Collection.  Looks spectacular, don’t you think?  Linda

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Well Linda you certainly picked out some very “Gloucester” themed photos!  I thank you for your support!

Paula Capizzi and Anne Lubbers Represent! From The Holland Lighthouse

Anne is the Mother of FOB Kurt Lubbers and MIL of FOB Danni Lubbers

The Holland lighthouse is called “Big Red,” and the photos are of me (Anne Lubbers) and my sister, Paula Capizzi. The windmill is in VanBragt Park.

GMG Spring Fling At Bodin Historic Photo This Saturday Night March 31st Starting at 6:30PM- FOB ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY!!!

Spring Fling!

Good Morning Gloucester and Bodin Historic Photo invite all of our friends of the blog, the gallery, and the public to celebrate the season.

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Saturday, March 31st at 6 p.m.

Bodin Historic Photo & Fine Art

82 Main Street, Gloucester, MA

We’ll have appetizers, dishes, and desserts to eat.

There’ll be artists, photographers, and writers to meet.

Bring your own beverages and if desired – an edible treat!

EVERYTHING in the gallery will be discounted by 10% all day and all night Saturday. Gallery neighbor Premier Imprints will be open late (at least 8 pm) and will discount EVERYTHING by 20% until they close. Across the street, Cape Ann Olive Oil Company will be open until 7 pm, and will supply us with choice oils and balsamic vinegar for our Spring Fling. Also, “Painter Barb” (my sista) will be in attendance:

Join Us to Welcome Spring!

Fred B. and Joey C.

Paul (I’m Horny For Ducks) Morrison will be bringing some of Ryan and Wood’s Knockabout Gin, Sista Felicia promises she’s making something special, Alicia Cox from Mamie’s Kitchen is Bringing her world’s greatest coffee rolls and to-die-for linguica.

It’s a BYOB or appetizer party.  Come on down and have a blast withyour favorite GMG personalities.  There will be autograph signings, you can get your picture taken with a rubber duck and a whole lot more (and who could resist that?)

If you consider yourself one of our FOB’s this is a must attend event.  The Christmas party was off the Chain and I know all you crazy MoFo’s are just itching to get out and have some fun!

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oh and don’t forget to swing by the Horribles Parade fundraiser first and place some bids to help support the great Gloucester tradition!

GMG Spring Fling At Bodin Historic Photo Downtown This Saturday Night!!! FOB ATTENDANCE MANDATORY!!!!!

Paul (I’m Horny For Ducks) Morrison will be bringing some of Ryan and Wood’s Knockabout Gin, Sista Felicia promises she’s making something special, Kim Smith is bringing scallops wrapped in bacon, Alicia Cox from Mamie’s Kitchen is Bringing her world’s greatest coffee rolls and to-die-for linguica.

It’s a BYOB or appetizer party.  Come on down and have a blast withyour favorite GMG personalities.  There will be autograph signings, you can get your picture taken with a rubber duck and a whole lot more (and who could resist that?)

If anyone wants to buy a “This is Gloucester” DVD let me know and I’ll bring some, or if anyone wants one of EJ’s calendars or Sharon’s Calendars or if one of our contributors has a certain print you would like to have them make up for you let us know.

The party hosted by the awesome Fred Bodin starts at 6:30PM at his joint at 82 Main Street in the heart of Beautiful Gloucester MA.

If you consider yourself one of our FOB’s this is a must attend event.  The Christmas party was off the Chain and I know all you crazy MoFo’s are just itching to get out and have some fun!

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oh and don’t forget to swing by the Horribles Parade fundraiser first and place some bids to help support the great Gloucester tradition!

FOB Frankie Ciolino Finishes the Fiesta 5K In 4 Hours and 36 Minutes And Lands In the Clink

Frank Ciolino, half of the team that makes “Da Sticka” with FOB Shewsberry banged out a personal best 4 hours and 36 minutes in the Fiesta 5K

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Unfortunately shortly after this photo was taken by Ed Collard the Boys in Blue spotted Frank on the new homeland security cameras and he spent the night in jail for crimes committed back when he was running with Whitey.

Shew Brought Down An Egg Ham and Cheese Sandwich From Morning Glory

FOBs (friends of the blog) Shew and his son Brian brought down a tasty egg, ham and cheese breakfast sandwich from Morning Glory last weekend which was much appreciated!

A big shout out to Shew’s son Brian, a hard working kid who just got his license!  Way to go Brian!

2009 Festival T-shirt Design Contest

I caught this on FOB (friend of the blog) Craig’s Commercial-Fishing.org forum

I know lots of people that check out the site are designers and have love for working ports so I thought I’d pass this along-

http://www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org/ In New Bedford they are having a tshirt design contest-

The Working Waterfront Festival invites artists 16 years and older to submit a creative design for the 2009 Festival T-Shirt.  Designs should convey festival’s emphasis on the commercial fishing industry and the working port.  The winning entry will receive a $100 cash prize.  Entries must be emailed by or postmarked no later than May 29th.  The winning entry and designer will be announced at the June 11th AHA Night in Downtown New Bedford!  Applications can be downloaded from the festival’s web site: www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org.

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