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Who’s All In On The Market Basket Boycott?

There’s a Facebook Page with 35,626 Likes-

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Market-Basket/136649323208808

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Poll- Since the Gloucester Daily Times Went Paywall- How Has It Influenced Your Viewership?

The poll is multiple choice, select as many as you feel are appropriate in your instance.


Feel free to leave comments below in the comment section if I left out an option which best describes you.

It’s A Peep Showdown! Melissa Cox’ Peep Show vs Bill Cox’ Buoy Peeps–Who Ya Got?

You know I love my polls here on GMG- Today’s comes from Bill and Melissa Cox who are fiercely competing for the crown of inner household peep centerpiece dominance.

Here are your entries-

Melissa Cox’ Peep Show

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Bill Cox’ Buoy Peeps

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How In The World Did Yodeling Ever Become A Thing?

Will you look at this guy?  Seems like a nice enough bloke right?  Meet him on the street in plainclothes, love to tip one back with him.

But then you put him in the lederhosen, tights, bib, funny hat, I mean what the frick is going on over there?

It’s gotta be the Octoberfest beer, right?  Just get flat out shithoused, that’s the only explanation for making a conscious decision to dress up and sing like this.

Let’s strap on the tights, get crushed and yodel.  That’s what I always say.

12 hours of yodeling or 12 hours of elevator muzak- gotta pick one, which one ya got?

Paper vs Plastic: Some Facts

Bob Velo from Crosbys Market stated in the Gloucester Daily Times article that the cost for plastic bags are 3 cents vs 10 cents for paper bags.

Tax data cast doubt on claims about declining use of plastic bags in D.C.

By Mike DeBonis

The District’s four-year-old tax on disposable bags has been a rousing success, leading to a 60 percent drop in household bag use and many fewer plastic bags littering city streets. Such are the claims of city environmental officials, citing surveys done by an independent research firm last year.

City revenue figures, meanwhile, show no continuing decrease in the use of disposable bags. In fact, bag tax collections have proven remarkably stable since the nickel-per-bag fee debuted in January 2010.

Information from International Plastics website (for what it’s worth):

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Paper Bags VS: Plastic Bags – Real Numbers

Are plastic bags getting a bad reputation?

Look in almost any newspaper and more than likely you will find an article about local government that is considering to somehow regulate plastic bags. It is becoming easy to hate the “pitiful” plastic bag!

Paper vs. Plastic:

Articles usually leave out the facts as well as the side by side comparison. A truthful look at what is required to produce 1000 plastic bags versus 1000 similar paper bags. If the biased media would present the facts, as discerning people we could make educated and wise decisions.

If all the shoppers using plastic bags last year had used paper bags instead, they would have increased the amount of solid waste by over 100 million tons and taken up 7 times more space in landfills.

Paper VS Plastic Diagram

Lindle Willnow submits a great link with more facts from the National Cooperative Grocers Association-

Here is a reference that shows that neither option is that good but plastic seems to have a smaller, though longer lasting impact (https://www.ncga.coop/newsroom/paper-or-plastic). That said, I haven’t got on board with bringing my own.

Joey notes-

The 979 cubic inches for 1000 plastic bags vs  7188 cubic inches for paper bags does not take into account that after a year or two in a landfill that paper bag will be significantly less from decomposing and the plastic bag will be around forever.

Where do you stand on the Town Of Manchester’s Plastic Bag Ban?

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January 29, 2014

Impact of bag ban? Thin in Manchester

By James NiedzinskiStaff Writer

MANCHESTER — The use of the plastic shopping bag was formally wrapped up when the town’s ban went into effect at the start of the month, and now, weeks later, some say the difference is as thin as the film the bags are made of.

Meanwhile, the Marblehead Board of Health voted last week to bring a similar ban to Marblehead Town Meeting in May. The board cited waste reduction efforts and impacts on the environment as a reason for proposing the ban.

The management of Crosby’s Marketplace is opposing the bid for a bag ban in Marblehead, as it did when Manchester’s ban went before voters, saying the company has made efforts to reduce the use of both paper and plastic bags.

Such a ban only increases the use of paper bags, which also impact the environment, considering the loss of trees and the amount of water used to produce them, said Bob Vello, general manager of the chain which has stores in both towns. Paper bags are more expensive at 10 cents each, he said. Plastic ones are 3 cents.

To read the entire article at The Gloucester Daily Times Website click here

Kudos to James Niedzinski for including the cost difference in the article.  Too often people make environmental decisions without taking into economic factors at all.  I’m not saying that i favor or not favor the decision by the Selectmen and voters in Manchester, I’m just happy that at least some concrete numbers were thrown into the discussion.

I’d love to know the difference in cost between Styrofoam cups and paper cups because I see way more Styrofoam cups blowing around and trapped under brush for years and years compared to plastic bags.  I’ll give my opinion tomorrow.

The Daily Traveler Chimes in On Gloucester’s Most Beautiful Lobster Trap Tree (and those other horribly misfigured Lobster trap trees from other places)

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This Is a Thing? Lobster Trap Christmas Trees Are Serious Business in New England

By Jennifer M. Wood

December 7, 2013, 11:00 AM

We’re always excited to discover a Christmas tree that isn’t a “tree” at all. Like the one made of wine bottles at Seattle’s Hotel Vintage Park, the 2,130-foot tall “tree” of lights on the side of Italy’s Mount Ingino, and Lithuania’s recycled plastic bottle spruce. But for more than a decade, a new holiday tradition has been brewing in some of New England’s most charming coastal towns: lobster trap Christmas trees. And the competition to build the best of the bunch has gotten heated. We’re not about to get in the middle of a friendly fishing village rivalry, but take a look at the different ways in which five towns are putting their personal stamps on the lobster trap tree trend.

Click here for the entire story

I believe we’ve already chimed in year after year on the matter-  the evidence is clear and the people have spoken.   Sane people prefer our Lobster Trap Tree decorated by sweet adoring children from the Gloucester Community with heart felt appreciation for our lobster industry and hard working fishermen to the abominations seen below.

Don’t forget to bring your children down to Art Haven to paint a buoy to adorn the tree.  That’s what separates our lobster trap tree from all those horribly disfigured monstrosity lobster trap trees up in Maine that are all simply  built out of generic traps and cheap pre-made ribbons imported from China and manufactured in sweat shops with unfair labor practices.

Here we go folks, the fourth year of our fair and balanced GMG Lobster Trap Tree poll-

Gloucester’s Lobster Trap Tree Decorated With Hand Painted Buoys By The Loving Appreciative Children Of Gloucester MA-

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Provincetown lobster trap tree adorned with cheap imported Chinese pre-made slave labor ribbons-

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Isn’t Provincetown where all the gays are?  I know the gays are better than this, much more creative and artistic.  Be better Provincetown, you’re not representing well here- at all.

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Then you got the terribly disfigured one from Maine where it looks more like a Christmas Spike than a Christmas Tree-

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Poll- What’s Worse? Bad Pistachio or Bad Oyster

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Ever be sitting down in front of the TV eating pistachios just enjoying the shit out of them and then run into that one bad one that ruins you for pistachios for years. 

I can’t even begin to describe that bad pistachio rotten taste, that taste that lingers and disgusts you to no end.  You try to spit it out immediately but the damage has been done.  Once it hits your taste buds there’s no turning back.  It’s like seeing things that can’t be unseen.  Like walking in on your parents having sex- horrifying.

Now pit that up against a bad oyster, that horrible horrible bad oyster.

Which one is worse?  Like if you had to endure one which would it be?

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PS- Take that shell away and rotate that oyster picture 90 degrees and what does the meat look like to you?

I see a beautiful tulip.

Poll- Should Dogs Be Alowed Off Leash On Gloucester Beaches From Sepember 16th To April 30th?

In light of the petition to allow dogs off leash on Gloucester public beaches how do you feel about the subject?

Below the poll is the petition and where you can go to sign it.

Toby and I discuss it in this week’s podcast. You can listen to it by clicking on the icon here-

Please note: we have just been informed that the City of Gloucester will not accept the online petition. We therefore are asking that people take the time to sign paper petitions which are available in Gloucester at the following locations:

Animal Krackers

Petco

Last Stop Variety

Paws at Play

North Shore Veterinary Hospital

Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital

The undersigned hereby petition the City Council as follows and request changes to the beach ordinance 4-16a.
Currently it reads:

Sec. 4-16a. Dogs prohibited on beaches at certain times.

Dogs shall be prohibited from public beaches from May 1 to September 15, annually. Dogs shall be allowed on public beaches from September 16 to April 30, annually, and shall be under the control of the owner or keeper.
(Ord. No. 95-1998, § I, 7-7-1998; Ord. of 7-23-2002, § I)
We hearby petition to amend ordinance 4-16a to include:
Dogs may be permitted, during the above mentioned dates, on City of Gloucester beaches, off-leash and for the purpose of exercise.
A. The dog must be under visual and voice control by owner/guardian at all times.
B. All dogs must wear a collar with current tags.
C. All dogs must have current vaccinations and licenses.
D. As a condition of admission to beach areas, the owner/guardian of such dog shall use a suitable container or instrument to remove dog feces and shall dispose of it in waste containers provided for that purpose.
E. Aggressive dogs are not permitted. Owners are legally responsible for any injury caused by their dogs.
F. Dogs shall not be left unattended.
G. Female dogs in heat are not permitted.

H. Use of the beach by the dog shall constitute implied consent of the dog’s owner/guardian to all regulations and shall constitute a waiver of liability to the City of Gloucester and an agreement to protect, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the City of Gloucester, its officials and employees for any injury or damage caused by a dog.


Read The Gloucester Daily Times Editorial Here-

November 5, 2013

Editorial: City’s dog restraint laws need fresh and thorough review

Gloucester Daily Times

Critical Question of The Day- If you had to be stuck talking to stinky guy or curmudgeon guy which would you rather?

Here’s the scenario:

You absolutely have to spend time in close quarters to one of two people.

One. a person that absolutely reeks of body odor and overall stench and every time yo take a breath you inhale the rottenness.

or the second a total negative Nancy curmudgeon who has nothing nice to say about anything and takes delight in other people’s misfortune.

Poll- Do You Know What Froyo Means?

When speaking to my boy Craig Kimberley night before last I told him that I was on my way to Cafe Bishco with Beasley and Amandacakes for some Froyo.

His response?

“What are you speaking, Hobbit?”

Then again in the comment section someone asked what “Froyo” meant.

In this day and age are here people that still don’t know the meaning of Froyo?

Standers vs Sitters On Pavilion Beach. Is There really any debate on this one?

Rick Terselic submits-

Hi Joey:  There was a significant amount of friction between the folks
on Pavilion Beach during the Greasy Pole competitions this weekend.
I’m of the old school that says standing room only!  The sitters were
not only taking up more than their share of beach, they were yelling
(cursing at times) at anyone who was blocking their view. From what I
witnessed each afternoon it could have easily resulted in a rumble
many times over.  How about setting up a poll and let’s see what the
GMG Community thinks about this issue? Viva!! Rick Terselic

I’m not sure there should even be a debate about this.  If it’s standing room only it’s standing room only during the Greasy Pole and Seine boat races.  Obviously if you have some old folks that can’t stand up you move to the side for them but people really can’t expect the whole beach to part for them o have direct sight lines to the pole if everyone else is standing up.  that’s just plain ridiculous.

But we’ll poll it anyway and leave your comments below in the comment section.

McElhenny Steals The Show With This Potential Nose Pick

Kim Smith sells out Cape Ann Community Cinema with her riveting Butterfly movie and all anyone wants to talk about is this picture from the after-party.

Not less than 37 emails all asking if in fact that move in the background of Donna Ardizzoni’s picture by our boy John McElhenny was a flat out nose pick or not.

Honestly I don’t have a definitive answer so I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

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So sneaky with the hand curled and digging with the thumb.  Interesting technique.  Only a pro nose picker pulls this move off.

Leave it to McElhenny to steal Kim’s thunder.

See how stoic Kim and Fred are in this picture?  I bet it’s because they know McElhenny is going to town picking his nose behind them and they’re saying to themselves “I hope Donna doesn’t post this picture of us with John McElhenny in the background picking his nose.  It’s all anyone will talk about and the magnificence of my butterfly movie will be lost on the distraction created by John’s nose picking”

That McElhenny- always stealing the show.  Diabolical move.

They don’t call him the best in the PR world for nothing.

Would I be surprised if he announces McElhenny PR Agency start up within the next week?

Hell no.

Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, John McElhenny.  Always front and center in people’s consciousness.  It’s what he does.

Don’t hate the PR Playa, Hate The PR Game.  That’s what I always say.

endangered and threatened species from mary barker- and a Poll

Hi Joey,

I had the unexpected pleasure of finding some Snowy Egrets, which are a threatened species, while I was killing some time in Ipswich last week.  One male was vying for the attention of 2 females.  He was putting on quite a show.  I also had the good fortune to encounter 8 Lady Slippers, an endangered species, while hiking in So. Hamilton.  I did not have my tripod with me to get super clean shots, but thought they were worth sharing.

Mary Barker

Editor’s Note from Joey-

When the person who named the Lady Slipper The Lady Slipper thought to themselves- “Hmmm what shall I call this magnificent flower?” and then came up with “Lady Slipper” I’m trying to figure out how they didn’t name it a Lady Vagina.

Lady Slipper…  Really?

When you look at it can you honestly tell me that looks more like a slipper than a a vajajay?

That thing’s got Lady Vagina written all over it.  Like you know how the term white rice perfectly describes white rice?  That’s the way I feel about the Lady Vagina. It’s misleading to name it a Lady Slipper- Borderline criminal actually.  False advertising 101.

In fact I think we ought to start a campaign to have the flower renamed so people don’t get confused.  It’s only right.

Lady Vagina FTW

Poll Time!

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Help Me Decide Which Color For The New GMG Caps

I’m ordering some crazy high quality hi stitch count GMG Caps but need help deciding the color.  I’m only ordering 24 with the mesh back because those are the caps I prefer but I know our readership will probably prefer a stonewashed canvas type cap so there will be two different styles.

The mesh ones will be black or navy with a white mesh back.

I went with three color hi stitch count ridiculous quality.  They aren’t cheap but I want to put out a killer product.

Keep in mind that blue has been the GMG background color from the beginning.

Ron Gilson says the black is too harsh (I think the old timer’s getting soft on us).

Help me decide in a vote

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Black or Navy

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If Someone Handed You a Sandwich That Clearly Had Been Opened And A Bite Taken Out Of It

and never mentioned it had been previously eaten…

Would you eat it?

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This is how the wrapper looked like after it came out of the bag-

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The Elephant In The Room- This Chick’s Camel Toe

Is it possible she doesn’t know she’s rocking the most obvious camel toe in the history of camel toes?

Serious question.  Can a woman have a camel toe like this and not realize it?

I’m thinking this chick totally knows whats going on here and knows the only way to get people to listen to her inane internet ramblings is to do something so diabolical that people around the world would be talking about how insane her camel toe was.

Diabolical.

Get me signed up with Camel Toe Lady’s PR Team STAT!

Marketing Genius Right Here.

AP Poll Shows 4 in 5 Americans Don’t Think The Redskins Should Change Their Name

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WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been a rough offseason for the Washington Redskins, and not just because of the knee injury to star quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The team’s nickname has faced a new barrage of criticism for being offensive to Native Americans. Local leaders and pundits have called for a name change. Opponents have launched a legal challenge intended to deny the team federal trademark protection. A bill introduced in Congress in March would do the same, though it appears unlikely to pass.

But a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that nationally, “Redskins” still enjoys wide support. Nearly four in five Americans don’t think the team should change its name, the survey found. Only 11 percent think it should be changed, while 8 percent weren’t sure and 2 percent didn’t answer.

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20130502/washington-redskins-nickname.ap/#ixzz2SePBnGJ2

How do you feel about the term Redskins for a team name?  Do you think it’s offensive?  Does any time someone say something is offensive we have to change terms just because they say it’s so?  At what point do we draw the line?

Just like the Father who complained to Lego because a sticker in a Lego construction set featured a Lego figurine with the words “Hey Babe”

The horror.

I’ve been told that some women can’t stand to be called “Honey”  I’ totally get that I’m a Neanderthal but as long as I’ve used the term Honey I’ve never intended it to be offensive and can’t recall ever getting a dirty look in return.  Maybe it’s in the delivery.  Maybe the women I say it to when they hand me my coffee are cursing my Neanderthal ass under their breath at me.  I usually get a nice smile back though.  Maybe if it’s Chester the Molester tossing out the term “Honey”  they are more likely to get the creepy dude look back.

Where do you stand on Redskins Team Name and Where do you stand on the term Honey?

GloucesterCast Podcast 4/25/13 With Guest Kim Smith

GloucesterCast Podcast Taped 4/25/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Kim Smith

Click to listen- With Host Joey C and Guest Father Matthew Green

Topics Include:

Spring, Planting, Mayor’s Poll On Good Harbor Beach Footbridge, Kim’s Black Swallowtail Butterfly Movie, Community Milkweed Planting Project, Kim’s Prius, Paul Morrison and Coyotes, Duckworth’s Bistrot, Craig Kimberley’s Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Premiere at The farm Bar and Grille, Feeling Like Your Live On Vacation In Gloucester

Mayor Kirk Shares Feedback On the Good Harbor Beach Footbridge Poll and Plans On How They Plan To Proceed From Here

Hi Joey,

The verdict from the poll is in but it really isn’t as simple as saying, well 64% voted for the aluminum fix and 36% voted for the wooden fix so we’ll put up the aluminum span.  As with just about everything, it’s way more complicated than that.  If you would allow me to,

I’d like to share some of the feedback we’ve received and how we plan on proceeding from here.

In addition to the polling results, there have been many thoughtful email and Facebook messages and phone calls that have come through my office or DPW.  An artist sent a picture of the beautiful Milton Avery painting of a couple walking across the footbridge.  Another person sent a picture of what was thought to be the actual wooden bridge that washed away and into the marsh by Stop & Shop.  Turns out, that was the section of the bridge that washed away in 2006!!  This past winter it has moved into a position where it can be retrieved and DPW will remove it.

People sent links to other “synthetic” solutions, and links to other wooden bridge examples.  And of course, your display today was beautiful.  A lot of questions have come up as well, and I will do my best to answer them.

Cost is clearly a factor that is on people’s minds.  $65,000 seemed to be outrageous for the wooden fix.  That estimate is for an outsourced solution, i.e., not using our DPW.

The timetable seemed troubling to some people.  We were required to go through a Conservation Commission review, and that takes a number of weeks in addition we had to wait to get the estimate and plan for the fix before proceeding to ConCom.

The way we put the poll out there, it wasn’t clear if we were talking about temporary fixes or permanent fixes.  Basically, ConCom has said, “this is the last temporary fix (however we do it).”  The city is encouraged to come back with a permanent plan that addresses the resource area, takes into consideration the structural integrity of the rest of the bridge, and perhaps is redesigned to withstand the types of storms and tidal surges we are experiencing.  Neither choice in the poll addressed these issues.

Then the question of the Magnolia Pier came up.  This is one of those quirky things about how our waterways are governed.  The city has responsibility for the Good Harbor Footbridge, but the Harbormaster and the Waterways Board have responsibility for the Magnolia Pier!

And then of course, some people wanted the best of both worlds – New England charm and Yankee ingenuity which I take to mean a more cost effective solution that preserves the iconic character of the footbridge.

A couple of people suggested a “buy a plank” program where if you got married on the bridge or the beach, you could buy an engraved plank to help offset the cost of the repairs.  Sort of like a memorial bench or brick program.

So – here’s what it’s come down to.  DPW Director Mike Hale and I met today, and we’ve decided to use our DPW guys to do a wooden repair.   I have directed him to retask some of his staff, order the materials and start immediately.  While this will save the city about $60,000 it reduces the manpower that DPW can devote to all those other things citizens find important (which is why outsourcing was an attractive option).

We will formulate a Building Committee as required by the City Charter and pursue a permanent redesign.  The Committee can take the time to go through all ideas, and do this right.

Joey, thank you for allowing me to pose the poll to the GoodMorningGloucester readers.  Most importantly, I appreciate the spark of discussion and ideas that ensued.
Mayor Kirk

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