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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

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On The Rails at Maritime Gloucester

On The Rails at Maritime Gloucester

Bill O’Connor Submits-

Hi Joey,

On our last visit to Maritime Gloucester, there was lots of activity going on. The Building Center had a crew installing a new specimen on cabinet in the lab building (made of recycled pieces fromtheir old kitchen display), and Jay McLauchlin was rounding the edges of the new handrails on the wharf with a router.  The whole place is going to look awesome for the Schooner Festival this year!

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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Storm Clouds Over Gloucester Harbor

Hi Joey,

I caught this formation over Gloucester Harbor Wednesday afternoon. This was part of the storm that the tornado warnings were issued about  today. I was looking at the radar map on Weather.com and saw this red spot heading toward Gloucester. When I looked outside this is what I saw!

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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Mary Grazen-Browne forwards-

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Hello,
Thought I’d share my shot of the storm storm clouds rolling past the Fort. Enjoy.
Nick Parco

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GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

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GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

Topics Include: North Shore Kid, Schooner Ardelle,Maritime Gloucester, Cape Ann Museum, Flynn Beach or Oakes Cove Beach, Local Gas Prices, Market Basket vs Shaws and Stop and Shop, Seaport Grille, Appleton Farm CSA, Composting,

Good Morning Gloucester Podcast April 18,2013 With Guest Bill O’Connor From North Shore Kid

Podcast Host Joey Ciaramitaro and guest Bill O’Connor Taped April 18th, 2013

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Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Bill O'Connor

Topics Include:

North Shore Kid Top Three School Vacation Family To-Do Ideas

Good Harbor Beach Footbridge Over/Under Prediction

Earth Day Plans

Paul Morrison

Getting Flocked

Beach Reclamation

Plum Island Homes

Check Out Bill’s Site- North Shore Kid

North Shore Kid Comes Through Again- Beginning Winter Birding At Halibut Point State Park

You know there is one singular site that when I’m trying to figure out something to do with the kids other than sitting around the house playing board games- North Shore Kid

The way Bill and Kelly have the site laid out, easy to navigate, highly searchable and always with direct links to the Children activity host’s website.  It’s just such a treasure trove of information for busy parents looking for fun educational stuff to do with their family.

So the kids are on a three day weekend and The Mrs is great about making sure they get outside but had been scratching her head as to what to do.  I go to the handy NorthShoreKid link in the sidebar on GMG, and lo and behold North Shore Kid is featuring a story about Beginning Birding at Halibut State Park.

Perfect, dress warm, get outside, see some cool migratory birds that happen to be stopping off at Halibut Point State Park and then hit one of the local coffee shops for some hot chocolate.

#Boom!  Thank you North Shore Kid.

Click here to go to North Shore Kid and get all the details for yourself and while you’re there bookmark it.  It’s definitely bookmark worthy!

Beginning winter birding is held on the 3rd Sunday of each Winter month

Photo Bill O’Connor, North Shore Kid

Gloucester Webcam of The Day- North Shore Kid Wonson Cove Webcam

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This Webcam and more can be found at www.gloucesterwebcam.com

This www.gloucesterwebcam.com local webcam portal project was an idea I had last year to have as many webcams streaming from local businesses or organizations as possible which highlight the incredible vistas that we as people that live and work here get to enjoy each and every day.

The idea was to have the organization install the webcam, have them embed the webcam feed on their own websites as well and have a link to each business website on the Gloucester webcam portal website to showcase their business as well.

Tim Blakeley from Gloucester Bytes provided the initial installation at ridiculously cheap cost because he believed in the project.

Gloucester Webcam of The Day- North Shore Kid Wonson Cove Webcam

Check Out The North Shore Kid Website Here

click the picture below to view their webcam

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This Webcam and more can be found at www.gloucesterwebcam.com

This www.gloucesterwebcam.com local webcam portal project was an idea I had last year to have as many webcams streaming from local businesses or organizations as possible which highlight the incredible vistas that we as people that live and work here get to enjoy each and every day.

The idea was to have the organization install the webcam, have them embed the webcam feed on their own websites as well and have a link to each business website on the Gloucester webcam portal website to showcase their business as well.

Tim Blakeley from Gloucester Bytes provided the initial installation at ridiculously cheap cost because he believed in the project.

Washington Street’s Savour Fire Photos From Bill O’Connor

Bill writes-

Hi Joey,

Last night when I went out side, I could smell fire.  The wind was blowing from the North so I knew something was up downtown.  I drove over to the Paint Factory and from my point of view it looked like there was a building burning in the fort.  I took some shots and headed over to town, and was surprised to learn that the fire was burning at the Savour Wine and Cheese shop on Washington Street.

There was a lot of activity, with a huge response from neighboring communities.  I saw engines and personnel from Rockport, Beverly and Manchester in addition to Gloucester.

The fire was still burning when I got there and the wind was blowing pretty hard, fanning the fire and making it difficult for the crews fighting it. Apparently the fire started at Savour, then jumped to the building next door because of the wind.  The Street would be clear of smoke, then a slight change in the direction of the wind would create a thick blanket of smoke – making it hard to see (and take photos).

Thankfully nobody was hurt, but Savour was totaled from what I could see.  Anyhow, I thought I would share the photos I took.

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Natural Selection at Work

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Bill O’Connor Writes-

Hi Joe,

Here’s a photo of two near winners of the Darwin Award from yesterday’s storm.  This was a few minutes before high tide at Good Harbor Beach.  Obviously, their need for attention far outweighed the value of the life of the person who was going to pull them out of the water if the undertow had taken them. Just a reminder to all the parents out there – make sure you teach your kids that it’s never a good idea to enter the surf in a storm surging tide during a Hurricane! The ocean is a powerful force and you should never taunt it like this.

Thanks,
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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and here’s my Photo from 5:05 PM the Day of Hurricane Irene-

I was shocked that there were people bodysurfing and could not believe the stupidity.

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Good Harbor Marsh Under Storm Surge Panorama From Bill O’Connor

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Hi Joe,

While we were down at Good Harbor Beach just before high tide during the storm today, I took a series of photos of the incoming surge on the marsh side of the beach and stitched them together.  While storms like these bring destruction and hassle for us humans, the surge is a form of renewal for the marsh habitat.  This is rather large photo so click through to see the high resolution version!

Enjoy~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

By the way Bill and his wife Kelly are the creators of North Shore Kid, our pals who are nominated for a CBS Boston Most Valuable Blogger Award In The Lifestyle and Family Category you can vote for them here

and don’t forget the filthy hos  Restaurant Critiques extraordinaire from North Shore Dish who were nominated in the Dining/Entertainment Category

You can vote for them here

and of course you can always toss a vote our way if you think we are worthy in the everything else category.  You can Vote for GMG here

The rules for the voting state that you can vote once a day every day ‘til the 9th of September.

We’re Not The Only North Shore Folks Nominated For A CBS Boston Most Valuable Blogger Award

Very cool! CBS Boston’s Most Valuable Blogger In The Everything Else Category

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Here are the rules-

Voting for Finalists will be limited to one vote per day.

You can Vote for GMG here

Our Buddies North Shore Dish was nominated in the Dining/Entertainment Category

You can vote for them here

and North Shore Kid was nominated in the Lifestyle and Family Category you can vote for them here

Chickity Check It! North Shore Kid Camp & Summer Program Guide

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Hey Joey,

School let out on Friday for a lot of kids, and Summer started for a lot of families that afternoon.  I just wanted to share our camp guide with parents that still may be looking for a summer program or camp for their child this summer, or are looking to fill any gaps that may have come up in their scheduled activities.  A lot of programs and camps are full already, but there are plenty out there that still have openings…

North Shore Kid has developed THE tool for parents searching for the right camp or summer program for their child.  The North Shore Kid 2011 Summer Program & Camp Guide is an easy-to-use, searchable, extensive resource online that includes:

  • Featured camps
  • Stories about camps and summer programs
  • A proximity search that will list camps within a radius that you determine based on a zip code you enter.
  • A category cloud that will list camps in that category when you click it.

Our guide includes many camps and summer programs from the North Shore of Massachusetts, Cape Ann, Boston and beyond. Our listings typically include information like a synopsis of the camp and its location (with a map on the click through). Additional information includes contact phone numbers & emails, website links, registration download links, facebook pages and twitter links. We have also put a lot of work into our tagging system in an eefrot to help parents focus or expand their searches based on  program activities and philosophies.  Listing range from focused sports camps to typical day camp settings to high tech computer summer programs to island camps!

Parents who are looking to save time and focus on the right program for their child should check it out here: http://www.northshorekid.com/camps

Enjoy,
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

One Man’s Junk….

Hey Joe,

I’ve noticed this floating around Cripple Cove since February or March and finally had a chance to check it out.  It’s actually tethered in the cove.  I thought it was a wonderful re-use of the flotsam floating around and wanted to pass it along to share.  Somebody made this, and I applaud their creativity and effort.  

Enjoy,
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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Getting wet is an essential sailing skill! From Bill O’Connor

Hey Joe,

Just as the sailing program 420s got to the outer harbor today, the wind started blowing really hard from the South/South West.  What would have been a nice evening sailing, suddenly turned into capsize practice!  I think they had four boats turned over at one time, with at least two that were completely turtled.  The kids righted those boats pretty quickly considering the conditions, and it looked like everybody got out of there in one piece.  Sometimes the fun of sailing is the time you spend in the drink…

Enjoy,
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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The GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 4 With Guest Bill O’Connor From NorthShoreKid

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Bonus Podcast- Host Joey Ciaramitaro Talks To Bill O’Connor About Things To Do With Children On the North Shore.  If you are one of the many parents looking for something to do with your child during February vacation Bill offers up dozens of suggestions in this podcast we did spur of the moment.  I’ll be taping our podcast Thursday with my regular co-host Kenny.

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Magnolia Swamp Board Walk Photo from Bill O’Connor

Hey Joe,

Here’s a picture of the Magnolia Swamp Boardwalk in Ravenswood Park that was mentioned on your 2nd podcast this week.  This property is now owned and maintained by the Trustees of Reservations.  I took this picture last year on April 7th , 2010.  I remember it was a really warm day for the season (a record at 88°F). 

This board walk is pretty sturdy (the boards are roughly 3” thick), sits about 8” above the surface of the swamp, and gives a great vantage point for spotting frogs eggs and watching swamp critters.  It runs somewhere between 500 to 600 feet across the swamp.  You have to cross another board walk further up the trail to get back across the swamp. 

This is a great walk through the woods any time of the year, but in the early Spring there are no bugs yet, and you have a better chance of seeing other animals through the woods due to the lack of foliage. The trail that leads to the boardwalk is a fun little adventure, with one or two neat surprises on the way.  At least it was for my two year old son, who was with me that day. The trail on the other side is pretty cool, too, with a lot of interesting things to see. In some spots the path narrows and  winds along the edge of the swamp. It kind of feels like you’re walking in a scene from the Lord of the Rings, and you’re half expecting to see a Hobbit poking along the trail ahead of you.

It’s definitely worth a visit when the weather breaks.

Enjoy,
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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The North Shore/Salem YMCA Could Use Your Vote

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Hey Joe,

The North Shore/Salem YMCA is in the running for $50k in funding from Pepsi’s Refresh Everything Campaign, and they need people to vote.  The funds will be used to renovate an existing space to create a Youth Creative Arts Center at the Salem Y.  Voting ends tomorrow and you can vote with your Facebook account.  Can you help spread the word – if they win this $50k will benefit a lot of kids on the North Shore.

http://northshorekid.com/story/50k-grabs-salem-ymca-needs-your-vote

Thanks,
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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