Monthly Archives: March 2010

Now Accepting Nominations For Wellspring Cape Ann Families Community Appreciation Awards

Now Accepting Nominations for

Wellspring Cape Ann Families Community Appreciation Awards

Child-of-the-Year, Parent-of-the-Year or Family-Supporter of the Year!

Do you know a child, parent or community member who has made a difference or added to the community in a special way?

Consider nominating them as a “Child-of-the-Year”, “Parent-of-the-Year” or “Family-Supporter-of-the-Year!”

Wellspring Cape Ann Families is now accepting nominations for the 14th Annual Community Appreciation Awards and will recognize those children, parents and family supporters who have made a difference and contributed to their families or the community in a special way. The awards ceremony will be held Sunday, April 25th at 3:00pm at Cruiseport, Gloucester.

Nominations are being accepted in three distinct award categories: Child of the Year (with three age categories), Parent of the Year, and Family Supporter of the Year.

These awards are named in memory of Howard Blackburn, (1859-1932), a local fisherman who invested in the community of Gloucester and recognized the need for interdependence to sustain a thriving community- A hero who strengthened family life on Cape Ann.

Anyone is eligible to nominate. Past winners have included teachers, school nurses, day-care providers, along with children and adults from Cape Ann and the North Shore.

Nomination forms are due by April 5, 2010. For more information, or to request a nomination form please call Courtney Karcher at (978) 281-7856 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (978) 281-7856 end_of_the_skype_highlighting ext. 3, or e-mail or go to to download.

Thank you to Sarah Grow for sending this along.

This Week On Cape Ann From The Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce

ROCKPORT MUSIC presents a free community concert– SO Percussion on Wednesday March 31, 7pm at the Rockport High School Performing Arts Center. Experience the joyful noise of flower pots, tea cups, and brake drums! “If you think about it, drums are the new violins.” – New York Times. Free and open to the public. General admission seating. No reservations required. 978-546-7391

ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY presents award-winning author Kate Braestrup on Wednesday, March 31, at 7pm. Love and commitment from the first kiss to the last straw is the focus of her latest work “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity.” Advance reservations are required. Please call 978-546-6934

ADVENTURES AT YANKEE FLEET celebrates their Opening Day, tomorrow, April 1. Trips will run daily, 7am-4pm. Despite the extended closure on cod till April 15, we will be going out to fish for haddock and pollock. Yankee Tackle is also open and is filling up on all the necessary deep sea, salt-water tackle you may need. 800-942-5464

AUDREY’S FLOWER SHOP will host a Bunny class on April 1 at 5pm, all ages are welcome. So much fun and these Bunnies make a great Easter gift for anyone. Class is $30 per person and that includes all the materials and instruction. Please RSVP at 978-283-2171at Audrey’s Flower Shop, 38 Railroad Avenue, Gloucester.

THE ESSEX HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM presents The Evelina Goulart Symposium – Managing a Ninety-Ton Historical Articfact, a 4-part symposium. The Evelina M. Goulart, a fishing schooner built in at the A.D. Story Shipyard in Essex in 1927, is one of seven remaining Essex-built schooners in existence. Part Two: The Evelina M. Goulart Comes Home will be held on Thursday, April 1, 7pm. Suggested donation: 1-session $10, $25 4-sessions. 978-768-7541

Sharon Gonick PT, COS-C, Rehabilitation Manager, Northeast HomeCare will provide a demonstration on MYOMO NeuroRobotics for stroke rehabilitation, developed by MIT engineers. The free lecture will be held on Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m., at ADDISON GILBERT HOSPITAL. Pre-registration is not necessary and open to the public. For further information about Stroke Club, call: 978-283-2633 or 978-283-3968

THE ONE HOUR AT A TIME GANG’S next downtown Gloucester Clean-up session will be on Saturday, April 3, 8am, meeting in the St. Peter parking lot. Please bring gloves! For information, contact Donna Ardizzoni or Ed Collard.

In celebration of 300 years of the construction of the White-Ellery House, THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM is pleased to offer a tercentennial lecture series, which will begin on Saturday, April 3, at 11am with Private Lives – Public House: The Story of the Families Who Lived in the White-Ellery House. 978-283-0455 x11 to reserve a space.

CAPE ANN HEALING CENTER is hosting a free Spring Community Workshop Series at Treetop Yoga Studio, Para Research Center, 85 Eastern Ave, Gloucester. The Easy Art of Meditation for Relaxation and Eliminating Stress, with Annette Dion, Spiritual Counselor will be held on Saturday, April 3, 4-5pm. Pre-registration is required, call today to reserve your space. 978-282-1191

THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, located at 4 Cleaves Street in Rockport, will host the Music of the Soul Concert on Saturday, April 3, at 7pm. $10 admission benefits the No Surrender Program, a program of the INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER NORTH SHORE & CAPE ANN.

THE GRAND CAFE AT THE EMERSON INN BY THE SEA will host an Easter Grand Buffet on Sunday, April 4, 11:30am-3:30pm. $45/person ($22.50 children 3-10) includes Starters and Salads, Carving Station, Entrees and Accompaniments, and Dessert. 978-546-6321

CELTIC MUSIC SESSIONS. Join Michael O’Leary and Friends ’round the fire for their Celtic music sessions on Sundays from 5-8pm, April 4 & 18 at The Landing at 7 Central in Manchester and April 11 & 25 at Elliott’s at the Blackburn in Gloucester. An acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries and Cape Breton.

THE ROCKPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE invites you to attend “Building Rockport’s Economic Future: Developing Strategies For Success,” a special informational showcase, on Wednesday, April 7, 6-9pm, at the Rockport Inn & Suites. Designed to stimulate renewed enthusiasm for Rockport as a place to live, work and do business, this free event will focus on how to create a welcoming atmosphere for both the local community and global visitors through a positive exchange of information, ideas and contacts. All are welcome.

EASTERN POINT DAY SCHOOL will host an Open House on Thursday, April 6, 9-11am. Meet some of our great teachers, students and families that make Eastern Point Day School a unique and enriching community. Children are welcome to come and participate in classroom activities while parents learn more about our exciting programs. 978-283-1700

THE NORTH SHORE CAREER CENTER and the Cape Ann Chamber will host a job fair at the Gloucester Masonic Hall, 27 Eastern Avenue, April 7, 10am-1pm. For employers to register please contact Paul Ventresca at 781-691-7429 or There is no charge and space is limited.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS two-day event! Gloucester’s top young bands will battle to benefit Gloucester sports on Friday, April 9, 8pm at Gloucester High School. $10/donation. Gloucester’s best musicians will rock out to benefit Gloucester sports on Saturday, April 10, 8pm at Gloucester High School. $20/donation. Tickets are available at the Chamber, Destino’s Sub Shop, and the Liquor Locker.

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM is pleased to present a special exhibition of works by quilt maker and public celebration artist Clara Wainwright. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Saturday, April 10, 3-5pm. This program is free and open to the public. The exhibition is on view through June 20. 978-283-0455
THE ROTARY CLUBS OF ROCKPORT AND MANCHESTER/ESSEX present a Texas Hold’em Tournament on Saturday, April 10, at Cameron’s Restaurant in downtown Gloucester. Registration starts at 5pm and the tournament begins at 6:30pm. $100/day of event. $90/pre-registration. Alan: 978-546-7103 Dave: 508-843-8420, Randy: 617-953-5710 , Dave: 978-479-5614 . Tickets also available at The Landing @ 7 Central in Manchester. Proceeds benefit the services and programs of Rotary.

THE SANDRA L. OLSON LUNG CANCER FUND will host a Springtime Gala on Saturday, April 10, 6-11pm at the Top of the Hub in Boston. Live and silent auctions, music by Boston Common Band, Tastes of Boston. $75 in advance, $85 at the door. 978-578-5688

SORELLANZA, a Cape Ann women’s chorus directed by Patti Pike, will hold it spring concert, “Walking on Sunshine,” with songs of beauty and joy from across the ages on Saturday, April 10, 7:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4 Cleaves Street, Rockport and Sunday, April 11, 4pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester. $10/person. 978-281-6417

THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS IN CAPE ANN is hosting a “Wilderness to Special Place” Walk at Ravenswood Park, Gloucester, on Sunday, April 11, 1-3pm. Once a main thoroughfare, then a backwoods, and now our favorite local refuge–join us for the story of Ravenswood through the centuries. Please preregister at 978-281-8400

Sister Felicia’s Traditional Easter Bunny Cookie Video On The Gloucester Times “Taste of The Times”

Click the picture to view Felicia’s Video At the Gloucester Times “Taste of The Times” and learn how to make these traditional Easter Bunny Cookies. The same way that Grandma used to make em!

click the picture to view the video

Click here to view a printable Easter Egg Bunny Cookie recipe

A year ago

I have passed the one year mark of being a Gloucester resident! I can say that I am very happy that I decided to move here and everyday brings more love for this city and Cape Ann.

I took this picture of city hall almost a year ago on my iphone, walking home from a dinner downtown. I was so happy to be where I was that the weather didn’t bother me at all (ok maybe a few drinks helped). Very similar to a day like today.

Cape Ann Farmer’s Market News From Sandy Farrell

Hi Joey,
Newsflash: Last night the City Council approved the new permit for the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market. This summer the market will be moving up Harbor Loop, even closer to the water, sharing space with the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Museum. Details to follow!
Are you in the Loop? Harbor Loop!
Hope you are well and dry. Bayview took a licking, now I have waterfront property AND a waterfall.
Regards, Sandy
ps learned a term that was new to me- “MOJO” and Joey, you are a MOJO, a mobile journalist: films, blogs, e-mails, interviews and keeps moving. Thanks for all you do for us.

Unitarian Universalist Church Steeple, Gloucester, MA submitted to the GMG Flickr Group Pool By Cathy Tarr

Cathy Writes-

I love this steeple, especially at night. I’m a night photog novice, hoping to get better. Daytime is filled with amazing sights – beaches and rocks and waves. I think night time in Gloucester is pretty special, too.

GMG= Great Media Gurus!

               From Deb Clarke;

GMG=Great Media Gurus!

Thank you GoodMorningGloucester!
One of Paul Frontiero’s posts and the gloucester media gurus found on this site, kept me awake-in-Gloucester last night.
Capeannpainter Paul Frontiero recently posted a pic of his work, with an inquiry about how to make the photo less ‘blue’.  I’ve had the same problem and was pleased to read the media ‘gurus’ comments..  I used the white balance suggestion.  click the link to see my efforts, the result of being sleepless in Gloucester.
questions, responses, critiques always welcomed either here or at my ‘nest’..           Another Magpie Nest

"Faces I Remember" a Work in Progress by Deb Clarke


Storm Damage and FEMA Assistance

(The following information was received from the City of Gloucester.)

Here is the information regarding the declaration of emergency for the March 12th storm and possibly for the last storm as well. We still have not reached the threshold for the February storm, but have 90 days from the event to request federal aid.

The President has declared the Commonwealth of Massachusetts a disaster area due to severe storms and flooding beginning on March 12, 2010 and continuing, and has authorized providing financial assistance, FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) to help homeowners and renters affected by the disaster with housing needs and necessary expenses.

NOTE: FEMA’s repair assistance will not pay to return a home to its condition before the disaster.

To be considered for IHP housing assistance, the affected home must be the individual’s primary residence and it must be located in the disaster area designated for Individual Assistance. To be considered for IHP assistance for necessary expenses or serious needs, the loss must have occurred in the disaster area designated for Individual Assistance. An individual or a pre-disaster member of the household must be a United States citizen, a non-citizen national or a qualified alien.

When a disaster is declared and Individual Assistance is authorized, affected individuals are directed to register with FEMA and to make sure that the information they provide is complete and correct.

Registration can be done in the following ways:

  • Telephone. Call the toll-free number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
  • Speech- or hearing-impaired callers can use the TTY number 1-800-462-7585
  • Internet. Go to

When registering, applicants will need to provide the following information:

  • Name and Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged property
  • Current address and telephone number
  • Insurance information
  • Total household annual income
  • A bank routing and account number for direct deposit
  • A description of your losses caused by the disaster

Once the registration is complete, a copy of the registration/application will be sent to the applicant and if a need is identified, an inspector will be assigned to view the damaged property.

For Additional Information please go to:

Please forward this information onto other interested parties. Thank you.

FV Comet Gloucester, Ma. Video by Shelley Nugent

Shelley writes-

A video slide show of a Gloucester fisherman, his crew, and his boat, FV Comet. The photos were taken by myself, Shelley Nugent, Skipper Darren Hart, and a crew member. I heard this song while on this trip fish’n with Darren, it inspired this video. The crew is gillnet fishing off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. I never tire of watching this, it’s beautiful. I spent a week working on this, trying to figure out programs and software. I enjoyed every minute of it. Please watch and enjoy.