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Want to Shape Burnham’s Field’s Future?

Joey,
You and GoodMorningGloucester have been super supportive of the clean-up of Burnham’s Field in central Gloucester (Thanks!) Now that the City has won a big grant-

#BOOM! Gloucester wins big grant to fix up Burnham’s Field to renovate the field, the fun part begins – deciding the new walkways and play equipment and other improvements that will go there. The first meeting is Monday, Jan. 14. Details are below. All are welcome. If you care about Burnham’s Field, you need to be at this meeting!
Thanks,
John McElhenny

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All are invited to a Community Meeting on Monday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.

The City of Gloucester has secured grants to improve and beautify Burnham’s Field, the largest green space in central Gloucester. Work is about to begin. Do you want to have a say in how the new Burnham’s Field will look? Join us!

Mayor Kirk and Ward 2 City Councillor Melissa Cox invite you to the first community meeting to plan the future of Burnham’s Field. Landscape architects from Weston & Sampson will present their assessment of the current conditions of Burnham’s Field and ask for your input on its future. Ideas under consideration include new walking paths, swings and playground equipment, better lighting and even a water play area for children.
Burnham’s Field is a wonderful park in downtown Gloucester that is becoming more beautiful and welcoming. Help us keep the momentum going and make Burnham’s Field a place we can all be proud of. Hope to see you on Monday, Jan. 14!

When: Monday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.
Where: The Hive, 11 Pleasant Street (next to Pleasant Street Tea)
Who: Parents, children, neighbors, athletes, nature-lovers, dog-walkers – anyone interested in Burnham’s Field!

Questions?  Call Stephen Winslow, Gloucester Community Development Department, (978) 282-8007

or e-mail swinslow@gloucester-ma.govmailto:swinslow@gloucester-ma.gov

Thank you Craig Kimberley!

Last week Craig Kimberley spent a morning editing and assisting me with my Black Swallowtail film project.  It’s been great getting to know Craig and I am feeling very blessed that he is interested in working on my project. Because of his knowledge and expertise, I know my film is going to be more beautiful than ever I imagined. Thank you Craig.

Hannah, Craig Kimberly, Johnny MacHannah and Craig Kimberley and John McElhenny

Good Morning Gloucester contributor Craig moved to Gloucester nearly a year ago. His beautiful wife Hannah followed six months later as she was finishing her doctoral degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia. Hannah was just recently hired for her first professional writing job.

Craig is a freelance Director, DP, and Editor. He is currently working on Trev Gowdy’s Monster Fish on the Outdoor Channel as the Director, Editor, and Director of Photography. He is also currently creating a cooking show starring Tony Carbone. This is Craig and Hannah’s first Christmas in Gloucester together. Welcome!

More about Craig and several of the great videos he has shot for Good Morning Gloucester ~

Please Welcome New GMG Contributor Craig Kimberly- St Peter’s Fiesta Parade Video and More

Behind the Scenes Look at What it Takes to Create the “Most Creative” Horribles Float

Video Saturday 2012 Greasy Pole Champion – Nick Avelis Video from Craig Kimberley

Video Sunday 2012 Greasy Pole Champion Stew McGillivray In HD and Slow Motion Video By Our Boy Craig Kimberley

Chickity Check it- Is the News Dying? From John McElhenny On The Matter Communications Blog

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John McElhenny writes-
Is the News Dying?

A blogger buddy and I had a back-and-forth recently about the future of news. He had just read a post called, “The incredible shrinking newspaper audience,” and was pessimistic about the future of how people would get their news.

“Scary stuff if you value real news,” the blogger, Joey Ciaramitaro of Good Morning Gloucester, wrote in our Twitter chat.

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned.

For the rest of John’s post click here

John McElhenny Submits This Poll: Is our Joey at risk of becoming overexposed?

John McElhenny submits –
On Wednesday a German photographer stopped by to take
hunky pin-up calendar photos of Joey down the dock. Today, there’s our Joey again in a photo spread in the Gloucester Times. He’s been profiled and quoted in magazines and newspapers way more times than anyone could count.
We know Joey’s rugged good looks are like nectar to photographers. But is there a danger he’ll become overexposed and people will tire of his George Clooney-like mug?


 
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Joey C. and Justin Bieber: Which one gets more media? It’s a close call.

This is a big concern for Joey’s future modeling career. So it’s important that we ask readers:

Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners Hold Fall Clean-Up

Joey,
The Burnham’s Field Community Garden was a hive of activity over the weekend. The gardeners held our fall clean-up, pulling weeds, trimming back overgrown plants and making the place look shipshape. Hard to believe the Garden’s been around two summers now. Thanks to all the gardeners – and our friend Donna Ardizzoni of the One Hour at a Time Gang – for rolling up their sleeves and pitching in. The Garden looks great.
-          John McElhenny

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A troop of gardeners spruce up the Burnham’s Field Community Garden.

Garden photo - Barbara Collins 9.22.2012

Barbara Collins clears an aisle of overgrowth next to her garden plot.

Garden photo - Diane Wolff-Thomas 9.22.2012

Diane Wolff-Thomas pulls some wayward strawberry plants that developed happy feet and migrated outside her garden plot.

Breaking News: John McElhenny Ditches The Skinny Jeans In Favor of Carhartt’s Today

That’s Right Johnnycakes- You’re A Superstar.

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If you didn’t know already, fashion forward John McElhenny is The VP of Matter Communications- a High Powered PR Agency Which Perennially Wins Numerous Awards In Their Field.

Check Out Matter Communications Here

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When did fishermen switch from baited lines to trawling nets?

When did fishermen switch from baited lines to trawling nets?

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John McElhenny writes-

Joey,
Good reminder today about what a great source of information we have in the Sawyer Free Library. The History Channel had a question for a fishing-related TV show they’re working on so they contacted Gloucester. They wanted to know, When did fishermen switch from baited lines to trawling nets?
So we turned to the Sawyer Free Library and their excellent staff came through as usual. Reference Librarian Judith Oski put on her detective hat and here’s what she found:
According to the "Fishermen’s Own Book" by the Procter Brothers (1882), "The first trawl [in Gloucester] was made and set across Brace’s Cove in 1820, by Mr. John Rowe, still living at East Gloucester at the age of 75 years."
According to "The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States," by G. Brown Goode (1884-87), "About 1851 or 1852 an old Irishman down at Swampscott bought an old dory and went to work rigging a trawl as he had been accustomed to do in the old country."
According to "The Port of Gloucester" by James B. Connolly (1940), "For more than two centuries Gloucestermen did all their fishing from the deck of the vessel and by means of single lines.  It wasn’t until the third quarter of the last century [i.e. between 1875 and 1899] that Gloucestermen began to take notice of the trawling methods of the Frenchmen on the Grand Banks."
GMG readers can follow the Sawyer Free Library on Twitter at @SawyerLibrary or find the library on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sawyer-Free-Library/202051117106>.
If readers have other thoughts on when the adoption of trawling nets took place, love to hear ‘em!
John McElhenny

#BOOM! Coastal Living magazine calls Gloucester a "Coastal Dream Town"

Joey,
More positive national media coverage for Gloucester: Coastal Living has a great article on Gloucester in next month’s issue. The article calls Gloucester a "Coastal Dream Town" and says Gloucester has a "rare combination of urban spirit and historic charm."
"An enthusiastic nightlife scene featuring live theater and local bands is bolstered by a restaurant renaissance," the article says about our city.

Great job by you and local Remax Realtor (and GoodMorningGloucester contributor) Kenny MacCarthy for talking with the reporter and providing colorful quotes in the story.
Matter Communications started talking with Coastal Living, one of the top lifestyle and travel magazines, about Gloucester two years ago so  it’s nice to see such a positive story finally come out! Matter works with the Cape Ann Chamber and local businesses to put the good word out about what a great place Gloucester is to live, work and visit.
Readers can see the Coastal Living story here: http://capeannchamber.com/Tourism/Coastal%20Living.pdf
Congrats, Gloucester!

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Bike Riders and the Horribles Parade From John McElhenny

The Legendary Head of Hair, Skinny Jeans Wearing, King of The YMCA Basketball Courts, HUGELY INFLUENTIAL  John McElhenny writes-

I heard some bike riders are going to have a posse riding in the Horribles Parade (see below). I’m going to pull some strings to get them riding in the middle of the road right in front of your GMG float, just to mess with you.

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To ride a bike.
July 3rd Horribles parade
GHS Parking lot * 5:00 pm
Wear a cape or a mask!
be a hero!
FAMILY FRIENDLY !

The Burnham’s Field Community Garden has a New Mural!

John McElhenny submits-

 

Joey,
The Burnham’s Field Community Garden has a beautiful new mural designed and painted by the talented kids at Art Haven in Gloucester.  The mural was framed and put up at the garden over the weekend by volunteers Joe and Paula Axelrod, Aria McElhenny and Rocky Delforge.

The garden’s fence also features new vegetable sculptures that were designed and painted by the Art Haven kids with Rocky Delforge’s guidance. Public art by young local artists has officially arrived in central Gloucester’s largest green space!

The Burnham’s Field Community Garden just opened for its second season, part of a successful effort that is making Burnham’s Field cleaner, safer and more family-friendly. Come visit soon!
John McElhenny

Building the Frame
Building the Frame

Joe Axelrod (left) and Rocky Delforge build the frame for the new mural at the Burnham’s Field Community Garden.

Burnham’s Field garden sign team
Burnhams Field garden sign team

Volunteers Aria and Ruby McElhenny, Rocky Delforge, and Joe and Paula Axelrod stand next to the new mural.

Veggie sculptures on the fence
Veggie sculptures on the fence

Dozens of small sculptures of vegetables and flowers painted by Cape Ann Art Haven kids now decorate the garden’s fence.

Veggie sculpture sign

Veggie sculpture sign
A sign honors the young artists who created the sculptures.

Photos by John McElhenny

Greg Bover & Frances Fitch on NPR today & Shalin Liu Tonight

Well you saw it first right here on GMG.  Then the Artist of the week Video Series on gimmesound all last week.  Now Greg Bover and Francie Fitch are on NPR — SEE HERE.  BUT WAIT!  THAT’S NOT ALL.  You can see Francie play Greg’s magnificent harpsichord at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport Tonight at 7:30 FOR FREE.  Don’t let the rain keep you home.  This is BIG!

Here’s what Greg says about the interview:

Dear Friends,

Thanks to an introduction made by John McElhenny of Matter Communications, Francie and I were interviewed yesterday by Andrea Shea of NPR affiliate WBUR. The interview will be broadcast this afternoon about 3:50 on the show Radio Boston and may be on All Things Considered later. We will be discussing tonight’s 7:30 concert at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport celebrating the completion of the harpsichord I’ve been working on for 25 years.  

As John McElheny says, “Nice to see such a positive Gloucester story in the news.  Congratulations, Greg and Francie!”

Gloucester named one of 5 Eco-Friendly Towns in America

John McElhenny of Matter Communications writes:

Joey,

Good news: Rand McNally and USA Today have just named Gloucester one of 5 Eco-Friendly Small Towns in America! It’s a nice honor for our city. The article is here.

Rand McNally asked on Twitter this week for nominations of eco-friendly cities. When we tweeted back Gloucester’s designation as a “Green Community” in 2010 – and this GoodMorningGloucester post about it — the editors liked it and included Gloucester in their Top 5 list. As usual, when something positive is happening in Gloucester, GoodMorningGloucester is involved!

Gloucester is still in the running for Rand McNally’s Most Beautiful Small Town in America 2012. If you haven’t voted already, click here and hit the green “Review and Vote” button. Let’s make Gloucester #1!

Well Well Well, My Boy John McElhenny’s Company just named to Boston Business Journal’s List of Fastest Growing Boston Private Companies!!!

BBJ names 2012 ‘Pacesetters': Boston’s fastest-growing private cos.

The Boston Business Journal Tuesday announced the 2012 Pacesetters — a list of the region’s fastest-growing privately held companies. To make the list, a company had to report a three-year growth rate of 10 percent.

“Fast-growing private companies are at the core of Boston’s economic strength,” said Chris McIntosh, publisher of the Boston Business Journal. “Our Pacesetters list is a celebration of local innovation and business leadership.”

This year’s Pacesetters, in alphabetical order, are:

Matter Communications

Check out their website here

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What Community Is All About- Burnham’s Field Clean Up

John McElhenny writes-

Joey,

Seventeen people came to Burnham’s Field on Saturday morning to make the largest green space in central Gloucester a more beautiful place. Mission accomplished! They fixed a fence, erased graffiti, picked up litter and trimmed brush. Local businesses got into the act, too. Paulo, Catherine and Mauro from CleanPro, the Gloucester cleaning company, volunteered two hours of their time. Mamie’s Kitchen, a great little restaurant on Pleasant Street, gave free coffee and cookies to the volunteers. Ben’s Wallpaper & Paint donated paint.

Many of the volunteers came because they had seen the announcement on the blog – yet another example of GoodMorningGloucester bringing people together to do good things for Gloucester. A short time after the volunteers finished the clean-up, more than a dozen kids were playing on the newly cleaned up courts and field.

Thanks to all who came out!

John McElhenny

Holly picks up litter

Holly Makowsky, a School Street resident, picks up litter alongside the basketball court at Burnham’s Field.

Melissa hauls brush

City Councilor Melissa Cox, whose ward includes Burnham’s Field, clears dead brush from next to the fence.

CleanPro guys sweep court

Mauro Silva (left) and Paulo Ferrari, Gloucester residents who work for CleanPro, sweep up broken glass on the basketball court.

Ed fixes the fence

Ed Collard fixes a fallen fence with help from Rich Bean (left) and Ron Gilson (in back). Ron was born in Gloucester during the Great Depression. Rich moved to Gloucester seven months ago. They met on Saturday and worked together to clean up Burnham’s Field.

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Some of the volunteers who cleaned up Burnham’s Field on Saturday. Front row: Patti Amaral, Melissa Cox, Ron Gilson, Donna Ardizzoni. Back row:  Rich Bean, Ed Collard, Bill Cox, Lindsay Welch.

Must Read: John McElhenny’s Piece In The Gloucester Daily Times

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To the editor:

Thank you for the Rev. Rona Tyndall’s beautifully written Midweek Musing (Opinion page, the Times, Wednesday, Feb. 8) about changes under way in the Fort neighborhood.

I don’t think what makes Gloucester special is any collection of buildings or single neighborhood.

When the houses along the harbor side of Stacy Boulevard were cleared a century ago, some people didn’t like the change. Today the Boulevard is one of the most beautiful places in Gloucester, bringing people together every day for exercise, walks with family and to see old friends.

In the 1940s and ’50s, a neighborhood of small houses grew up in Burnham’s Field. Eventually the houses fell and were removed.

For the entire piece click here

The Burnham’s Field Gardener Series- Kathy Hegarty of St. Ann School

The Burnham’s Field Gardener Series

Burnham’s Field is the largest green space in central Gloucester. There’s been a resurgence of pride in Burnham’s Field, including a new 20-plot garden. GoodMorningGloucester is running a series of video profiles of the Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners. Here are their stories.

By John McElhenny
Burnham’s Field Gardeners – Kathy Hegarty of St. Ann School

Kathy Hegarty is a 5th grade teacher at St. Ann School, across Pleasant Street from the Burnham’s Field Community Garden. St. Ann students have a plot in the garden, which they visit almost every day to see how their plants are doing and learn where the food they eat comes from. “A hundred children have had their hands in this dirt,” Hegarty says. “It’s really making quite an impression and developing some lifelong gardeners.”

St. Ann School students around their garden plot at the Burnham’s Field Community Garden.

Video The Burnham’s Field Gardener Series Girl Scout Troop 523 From John McElhenny

Burnham’s Field is the largest green space in central Gloucester. Recently there’s been a resurgence of pride in Burnham’s Field, including a new 20-plot garden. GoodMorningGloucester is now running a series of video profiles of the Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners. Here are their stories.

 By John McElhenny

Burnham’s Field Gardeners – Girl Scout Troop 523 in Gloucester

Members of Girl Scout Troop 523 in Gloucester (left to right) Courtney Ashwell (16), Kelly Biondo (14), Emma Thomas (15) and Sage Frankenstein (15) show how to add personality to a garden plot. (Hint: it involves several cans of brightly colored paint.) The girls, along with Troop Leader Diane Wolff-Thomas and fellow Scouts Emily Moore and Jessi Silva, are learning about gardening firsthand with their own garden plot.

 

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