Ten Years Ago Today Good Morning Gloucester Was Launched And we’re Still Going Strong


Ten years of laughter.

ten years of teamwork.

Ten years of friendships.

Ten years of reporting.

Ten years of love.

Ten years of community service.

57,761 posts published.

117,962,797 views (I started the feed stats a couple seeks after the blog was launched.  The blog was launched December 17, 2007.  The feed stats service was enabled January 19th, 2008).

Brick by brick. From the first month when we reached 100 views per day ad was excited, then 1000 a day after a year or so of putting the link to the blog in front of as many people I could, then adding great people as contributors, 5000, 10,0000, 20,000 four years in, 30,000 and now where we are now averaging around 45,000 views per day based in a city of 30,000.  What a gift it’s been to all of us.  Mainly the friendships.  You could take it all away and those friendships are the most valuable to me.  We’ve been through a lot.  We’ve lost loved ones, we’ve garnered national attention, won a ton of awards, fought the good fight, but at the end of the day it’s the people- the friendships, the love shared and  the passion for highlighting the best our city has to offer.  It’s the people.  It’s you guys.  It’s the community.

Here’s to another 10 years of passionate community love and collaboration.


10 Years In-



Marty Luster’s Movie-

Here, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Good Morning Gloucester, is a short video featuring interviews and reminiscences with Joey and few of the regular contributors. First posted on May 11, 2016.

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GloucesterCast 256 With Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/10/17

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Timestamped Topics (click on the timestamp in front of each topic to go directly to that topic) Include:


06:57 Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website


07:50 Review of Middle Street Walk Activities

15:44 Kudos To The Gloucester Police and Fire Departments
19:30 Lobster Trap Tree Lighting
24:26 Picked Out A Christmas Tree At Cape Ann Marina- Leeman Landscaping Reasonably Priced Nice Full Tree- Are There Less Places Selling Trees This Year?
28:20 Blow Up Ornamentals Decorating Outdoors- Can’t Go Half Way  Madeline Says You’re Either All In Or Just A few Outdoor Decorations Can’t Get Stuck Half Way.
32:00 Harbor Voices
35:00 O’Maley Middle School fundraiser last week for O’Maley Academy “Holiday Showcase” sneak preview at Shrek Jr. performance first two weekends in March.  Our middle school spy tells me our friend Nate from To Kill a Mockingbird will star in one of the casts for Shrek Jr.
39:50 Feather and Wedge Book Signing Rockport Through The Ages Photographs From The Sandy Bay Historical Society- Charles Cleaves December 14th
41:44 Snowstorms rural vs urban

Call To Action Paprika Grill-

Giancarlo Stanton Signed With The Yankees And Unless The Red Sox Make Some Type Of Crazy Move They May As Well Pack It In Next Year.

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This calendar is permanently hosted and can be viewed when ever you want at capeanngiclee.com on the ‘events’ page.


Jus saying, please be careful friends ~

Especially during the holiday gift giving season, you may find in your inbox some pretty slick looking scams. This last one came from “AS – Amazon Support” after a recent order was placed, claiming my payment method had been declined. AS is also the initials of the scammer, Andre Shamido, who wanted an updated payment method provided.  

It didn’t come through when I converted the following scam email to a jpg, but the scammers “Update your payment method” was displayed within a gold-colored box, similar to the gold Amazon uses to highlight ordering information when Amazon wants you to click on a link.

Amazon will never send an unsolicited e-mail that asks you to provide sensitive information. 


Restorative Workshop TONIGHT

Cape Ann Wellness

Perfect night to take a break, REST, reset and rejuvenate for the final weeks of 2017.

Join Kathryn Schroeder at NSRY for pure Holiday Winter Bliss. Light up from the inside out with the gift of self-care during this season of giving. Simple, easy poses supported by props to ease the body into deep therapeutic relaxation. Bolsters, blocks, blankets and eye pillows by candlelight along with essential oils and massage assists will bring you back to your breath and harmonize your body, mind and heart. All levels and no experience necessary.

$25 6:30pm-8pm at North Shore Restorative Yoga

Secure your spot at www.nsryoga.com

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Last chance

You still have time! Pauline’s Gifts is open through December 22, the last day of one of her busiest years of operation these last 18 years. They’re open seasonally and will reopen in late April 2018.

Spoiler alert for a few of the GMG contributors who couldn’t make it last night…Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz ordered custom painted Pauline ornaments for the GMG crew Christmas party and 10th year celebration. Thank you so much Pat and Jimmy!

Pat Dalpiaz gifts to GMG- local ornaments hand painted by pauline's gifts

last chance seasonal reopen spring 2018


Our Friends Mike and wendy In Noank CT Have The Cutest Shop Ever @MWCoastalGoods


Check Out Their Joint Here-



Follow Them On Instagram Here-


Driftwood Charcuterie Board- Blown Away From @drift_wood_charcuterie!

Driftwood Charcuterie Board- Blown Away From @drift_wood_charcuterie!

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More info on ordering one for your party here-



How to Start a Business SCORE Northeast Massachusetts

The volunteer mentors at SCORE want to help people who are dreaming of starting their own business, to understand the process and become a successful entrepreneur. We invite everyone to attend a free workshop at 10 am on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 in the Cape Ann Savings Bank Community Room, located at, 123 Main Street in Gloucester.

Attendees of this workshop can expect to learn all the basic steps in starting a business, how you can get (and keep) customers. Cape Ann Savings Bank’s Business Lending Team will be available to talk about some of the sources of financing available for a small business. It will be an interactive session with much of the content customized to the specific interests of attendees.


Please register at:



SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964. (www.score.org )

The Northeast Massachusetts chapter was established in 1977 and now boasts 40 members who mentor clients by appointment in any of our 11 Branches on the North Shore. (www.scorenemass.org )

Bart Schick, Manager of the Cape Ann Branch, meets clients at the Granite Branch of Cape Ann Savings (247 Main Street, Rockport) on most Tuesdays and anyone can make an appointment by calling 978-691-1321


The Niles Pond Young Swan, rescued by Lyn Fonzo and Dan Harris on Friday, was taken to SeaPort Veterinary Hospital Saturday morning for a wellness checkup and because it is thought she may have contracted round worm at the shelter from where she originated. Dr. Cahill gave her a complete physical, checking on wings, feet, degree of fat on her bones, took an xray, and drew blood for a blood work up. His assistant also plucked a few feathers to send off to a lab to determine the sex of the young Mute Swan. It will take several weeks for the results of the tests, but based on Dr. Cahill’s visual assessment, she appears to be in excellent health!!

Swans can become very defensive when they feel threatened however, the Young Swan has a relatively speaking mild temperament. Lyn and Dan handled her with lots of tender care and caution and no one was bit during during transport and during the exam.

While we were at the vets, Joel Murnroe, one of Mr. Swan’s loyal caregivers and a fine carpenter, was back at Lyn’s home modifying Lyn’s chicken coop, with a larger entryway door and swan-sized rebuilt ramp.

The Young Swan has had an eventful and productive first day in captivity. With much gratitude and thanks to Lyn for taking on the tremendous responsibility of caring for a wild swan for the winter. Our hope is that the Young Swan is a she, and that she will be re-released to Niles Pond this coming spring.

1) Lyn Fonzo and Dan Harris, 2) Joel Munroe, 3) Dan Harris and the Young Swan

Give the Gifts of Cape Ann!

Stop by the Chamber of Commerce this coming week and pick up a Cape Ann Gift Certificate, there are over 200 places they can be used on Cape Ann.  Gift Certificates are also available at both Shaw’s in Gloucester and Tuck’s in Rockport.

In addition this year you can give someone the gift of a Cape Ann License Plate.  The Chamber provides  the gift card with all the details you just add the $40.00.  The process is simply, you do it all on line and the plate is mailed right to your home.  Everytime they look at that plate they’ll think of you and be supporting non-profits on Cape Ann.  So why not step up to the plate and show your Cape Ann love!

A Dozen GMG Caps Came In–I’ll Deliver Today In Glou/Mag/Rock If You Order By 1PM First Come First Served!

Are you in need of a last minute present, Yankee Swap gift or Secret Santa Gift? I got a dozen GMG caps in and will deliver them anywhere in Gloucester/Magnolia/Rockport today if you order by 1PM. $25 each – they will not last the day so just message me here at goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com and I’ll bring them right to your house. Buy 5 get one free, buy 4 get a free GMG Tshirt. Get to it! I’ll be on the road delivering at 1PM today so get your order in ASAP!


Tin Star Award

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Not the Amazon Show, by the way……. this tin star is awarded to our captain Joey Ciaramitaro along with congratulations for a VERY successful decade of posting his views of life on the dock.

I am not sure when I first became aware of Good Morning Gloucester, but it was pretty early in its history.  Immediately it became a favorite in my Bookmarks.  It was humorous, irreverent and timely and it kept me up-to-date from afar.  It seemed to reflect the Gloucester I’d come to know.

As time went on, the blog grew and adjusted to the readers.  Not as irreverent but still humorous and timely.  Contributors were added; some have come and gone.  The technology has advanced and the posts right along with these developments.  Like the tin that marks 10 year anniversaries, it is durable and reliable.

I  would like to thank Joey for his hours and hours of investment into the blog and the city’s promotion.  I am very pleased to be a contributor to the blog, which emphasizes the good news that needs to be shared.  When I described this to a non-FOB sister, she said “So he’s Ellen for Gloucester.”  I nodded.

Thank you and congratulations.  Here’s to 10 more!

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