Monthly Archives: December 2010

Santa Trapped in attic Part II

I’t’s been brought to my attention that I might be scaring the neighborhood children with Santa being trapped in my attic. At night he looks like:

Sista Felicia’s Salami Crisps With Crème Fraiche Video On The Taste Of The Times

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This three-ingredient appetizer from Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan travels very well and is so simple to make. Once again all of the ingredients can be obtained in the supermarket.

Simply bake thin-cut salami slices in an oven for about 10 minutes at 325 degrees F. and dry off excess grease between two pieces of paper towel. You want to get them crispy, like a potato chip. Once they are cooled and you are ready to complete them, add a dab of crème fraiche and top off with a leaf of fresh basil. (Felicia uses a disposable piping bag to add the crème fraiche but you could use a spoon.)

Click Picture Below To View The Video at The Gloucester Daily Times Taste of the Times website

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Wanna Buy A Boat? The Lettie G Howard Is For Sale

Brian Luster (Marty’s Son) writes-

Hey, Joey! It looks like the Seaport Museum in New York is trying to sell the Lettie G. Howard. This might be the chance to repatriate her to Gloucester. I’m sure someone up there would like to buy her.

Seaport Museum May Look to Sell Off Historic Schooner
Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20101224/downtown/seaport-museum-may-look-sell-off-historic-schooner#ixzz19UnVm8Hx

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Many people around here say that if there is a Schooner that most represents Gloucester’s schooner history that is still floating it would be The Lettie G.  Forgive my terrible memory because I can’t remember why or who told me that but I know I’ve heard it several times.  Perhaps some of the GMG readers who know could chime in with a comment on this post.

Here are many posts in the past with video and pictures of the Lettie G while she was here in Gloucester

Second Mate Jarod Of The Lettie G Howard With His 15 Lbs of Vaseline

Posted on September 5, 2008 by Joey C

If you would like to know why any second mate would need 15 lbs of Vaseline you can click this link for the video explanation taken on the docks at The Maritime Heritage Center

 

Gloucester Perspectives- Kathy Dwyer From The Lettie G

Posted on September 3, 2008 by Joey C

Kathy Dwyer from The Lettie G Schooner talks about Gloucester.

Chickity Check It! Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

Posted on May 14, 2009 by Joey C

Click this picture to visit Bowsprite Blog
Click this picture to visit Bowsprite Blog

http://bowsprite.wordpress.com/

I know it’s from *blech* New York, but this blog has some fantastic photos, watercolors and stories from *blech* New York harbor.  Well worth a look.  If you are a schooner lover it’s a must visit.

Hedre’s a funny post about “Fishing Boats”- http://bowsprite.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/fishing-boats/

There’s also some beautiful watercolors of the Lettie G- http://bowsprite.wordpress.com/2009/04/19/the-schooners-of-new-york-harbor/

The author lists the Lettie G as the “Schooner Howard G. Lettie”.

I always thought it was the Lettie G Howard, goes to show how much I know about these boats.

For my posts on schooners including the Lettie G when she was in Gloucester click this text

Everett Harlow In Training For The Rocky Neck Plunge

Everett Harlow Writes-

Good Morning Good Morning Gloucester,
My wife Lisa van Sand snapped this yesterday. The caption  reads "Second Runner Up – Mr. Blizzard 2010". We are both doing the New Year’s Day Plunge on Rocky Neck. See you then.
Ev Harlow
P.S. We love G.M.G. Congrats on the 3 year mark

Training for the Plunge

Here’s the list-

Friends of The Blog Who Said they Will Take The New Years Day Rocky Neck Plunge-

Joey

Nephew BJ (Beasley)

Paul Morrison (and his rubber ducky)

Patrick Ryan

Amanda Nash

Ed (I’m game for anything) Collard

Donna (I may be small but I can do anything) Ardizzoni

Eric Lorden

Everett Harlow

Lisa van Sand

Who Else?

Rocky Neck Plunge Info from Brenda Malloy-

Thought it may be a good idea to give people some directions on exactly where the beach is that The Rocky Neck Plunge takes place. It is called Oak Cove Beach at the end of Stevens Way, neither of which names are commonly known to most, even on Rocky Neck!
When one is driving down Rocky Neck and bears right at Sailor Stan’s restaurant, you take the first street on the  left ‘Stevens Way’. This is a short street, 2 houses long, then you must go either right or left on Wonson St.  If you were to continue straight you go down the gravel path ahead of you, this leads to Oak Cove Beach where the plunge takes place.
Hope to see a big crowd, one and all are welcome!
PEACE!
www.ImagineRockyNeck.com

Santa Captured in my attic

A few shots from the storm. Santa did not make it out of Rockport and is now stuck in my attic.

The Rockport breakwater at high tide. Held up just fine:

And our power was still off Monday night so we went to Passports for dinner:

The baked haddock was delish as well as the beef gumbo to start things off. Santa was lit up in our attic when we got back. Yippee!

After the Storm

This is a painting I just finished of waves off the rocks at Annisquam Light, after the first little storm last week.  As an old surfer, painter, photographer and lifelong lover of the sea, I have long sought to catch/capture that perfect wave.  This one is close, but my quest still continues.

Painting by E.J. Lefavour

E.J. Lefavour – Khan Studio

http://www.khanstudiointernational.com/gallery_capeannpaintings.htm

New Year’s Eve @ The Franklin Cafe ~ “Sinatra to Bocelli” Linda Amero & Ferdinando Argenti

The Franklin Cafe ~  http://www.franklincafe.com/


New Year’s Eve @ The Franklin Cafe

“Sinatra to Bocelli”
Linda Amero & Ferdinando Argenti: Linda Amero (vocalist) appearing with Ferdinando Argenti (Piano) for a New Year’s celebration of jazz and Italian-American favorites. Downstairs at The Franklin Cafe, 118 Main Street, Gloucester, MA on New Year’s Eve. 6:30-10:00 pm. Reservations 978-283-7888. www.franklincafe.com

Did you know?

Did you know about Wovels?  I’d never seen one before I took this photo of a woman woveling her snow on River Road in Annisquam.

Here’s a little info about them.  People with bad backs or heart conditions might want to look into getting one of these before the next blizzard.  “Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovels are designed to greatly reduce the physical strain of shoveling and the related risks of back and heart injuries. The Sno Wovel wheeled snow shovel was the subject of an independent study by the University of Massachusetts (Bryan Buchholz, PhD, Professor and Director, Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology) which focused on lower back stress and overall exertion as compared to traditional snow shovels. The results are quite compelling, finding the Sno Wovel virtually eliminated lower back stress … ‘comparable to simply walking – representing an impressive 85% and more reduction in lower back disk compression.’ Overall exertion (which is one of the major factors in heart risk) was found to be reduced by a factor of 3x or more. ..and with 72,000 annual emergency room visits annually in the US attributable to shoveling with snow shovels and snow blowers, the Sno Wovel has earned its reputation as the World’s Safest Snow Shovel.”

Schooner LETTIE G. HOWARD May be Looking for a New Home

 

Former Gloucester Fishing Schooner Lettie G. Howard

Rumor has it that the Lettie G. Howard, the Essex built 1893
 schooner berthed at the Seaport Museum New York (formerly South Street Seaport Museum)) in New York City is for sale. The 125 foot Lettie G.
operated from Gloucester during her first eight years
and spent many years plying the coastal waters of the Yucatan Penninsula. She was sold to the South Street Seaport Museum in 1968, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1988, restored in 1993 and is certified as a training and working museum ship. She stopped running her east coast educational voyages in
2008.

Wouldn’t it be nice to bring the Lettie G. home to Gloucester as an addition to our growing fleet of historic educational vessels? 

 

DOG BAR–NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION


A little soul food pairs well with rockin’ blues, to bring in 2011No matter whether you are seeking to dine, dance or a little of both, Dog Bar at 65 Main St. in Gloucester will usher in the New Year with an exciting combination of great southern inspired food, drinks, and music. The dinner special will be any 2 items off the regular menu or specials list, plus a bottle of wine for $48. Reservations are required for dinner in the dining room and will be accepted for seatings between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Music follows and will be provided by Mike O’Connell and The Backstabbers. O’Connell uses his warm, soulful voice and tight band to travel through an assortment of songs that range from traditional blues to southern rock, to the psychedelic. Expect to hear originals off his upcoming album. The cover charge of $8 also includes complimentary pass-around appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight.

65 Main St
Gloucester, MA
Tel 978-281-6565
Fax 978-282-6565

For reservations call 978-281-6565.                                                          Visit http://www.dogbarcapeann.com for more information.

http://www.myspace.com/mikeoconnellmusic

Important Snow Removal Info-Main St, Rogers St, Dale Av, Warren St

Important Snow Removal Information-Main Street, Rogers Street, Dale Avenue, Warren Street
The City of Gloucester will be doing snow removal on Main Street, Rogers Street, Dale Avenue and Warren Street beginning at midnight Wednesday, December 29, 2010 and continuing through 6:00 AM on Thursday, December 30, 2010.  All vehicles must be removed from these areas to allow proper removal of snow. 

Rosa Rugosa Life Cycle 12/27/10

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Here is a resurrection of one of my favorite posts from the early days of the blog for the new folks-

I grew up one street from the Back Shore.

Although my mother might disagree, I’d say I was a bratty teen who didn’t appreciate the natural beauty that was steps from my doorfront. Part of that beauty was driving every single day along the Back Shore to get wherever we were going. If we left the house it was inevitable that we would be driving along the beautiful coastline that is the Back Shore.

It wasn’t until I went to college that I began to understand how blessed I was and how beautiful a place Gloucester is. Sure it is flawed in many ways but there is no place I’d rather be in the late spring, summer and early fall. Looking back it seems so crazy that I could have taken it all for granted but once you move away for a little stint and come home then you understand how lucky you were to call Gloucester your home.

Getting back to the Tribute To Rosa Rugosa-

First read this plant profile from Hort.net

"There is nothing more beautiful than the perfection of a rose in mid-summer. The glorious fragrance wafting up from perfectly formed petals make it clear why this is the flower of choice for many people. Unfortunately, to obtain the perfect rose one must often have the perfect soil, a perfect watering regimen, and a lot of time. To those of you who don’t fall into this category, I offer you Rosa rugosa.

It may sprawl a little more than the hybrid teas that we see nowadays, and the flower petals tend to flop this way and that. All in all, it often has a kind of shaggy, unkempt air about it but that’s what gives this plant its character. Named for the wrinkled (rugose) surface of its glossy green leaves, this rose is a charmer that can soften and naturalize any area.

It’s a carefree rose, picky only about drainage. It will grow in salty conditions, shade, full sun, and poor soil, so long as it’s well-drained. Along the East Coast it even grows right in the sandy beaches!

There’s other reasons to grow this beauty besides the low maintenance. Large blooms cover this plant in early summer, giving way to sporadic blossoms up to the first frost. And Oh! The fragrance is sweet and pleasant, carrying for yards at a time. The blooms later give way to lucious brick-red rose hips so large that they look like cherry tomatoes. And if that weren’t enough, sometimes the yellow to orange to red fall color can be excellent!

If you have the space, this is the rose for you. There are many select cultivars available that will heighten the plant’s natural beauty. Choose one and you will never regret it."

Can there be any debate about how poetic it is that we have Rosa Rugosa all along our shorelines and around town? This beautiful plant gives us so much beauty and fragrance amid the worst possible conditions. It thrives despite the cold winters, hot summers and even grows in the sand.

This line from the Hort.net’s profile really drives it home-

"All in all, it often has a kind of shaggy, unkempt air about it but that’s what gives this plant its character. "

Isn’t that just perfectly fitting for Gloucester?

Click the Image Below For A project I did back in ‘08 chronicling the Rosa Rugosa Life Cycle throughout the year

in a slideshow

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We Did It Together- On December 29th GMG Turns 3 Years Old

Unbelievable.

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The first post was December 29th 2007.  The Feed (For those of you who subscribe and get GMG through email at the end of the night) was created January 19th 2008.

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Sharon was the second contributor and is second in command.  She is the only other person who has access to approving comments and has full control of the blog in the event that I got in a horrible accident and died.  Her first post came on January 2nd, 2009 a year after the blog began Since then she has done 1067 posts.

That first year I didn’t blog with the frequency I do now.  There was several posts a day but not the hourly schedule of a post an hour every hour from 6AM-7PM with the occasional midnight post thrown in.  In the entire 3 year run there have only been 13 days that went without a post the last being April 15th 2008.  Days since December 29th 2007 without a post- Jan 24, 28th 2008 February 7, 8 ,9 , 10 and 11th 2008, March 3, 7, and 12th 2008 and April 6, 13 and 15th, 2008.

Every day since there has been at least one post and most days in the last two years there have been an around 14 posts per day.

We added Mike Lindberg February 21, 2009 and Mike contributed 168 posts.  Then came Laurie Lufkin in June of ‘09 who has 110 posts- mostly of her recipes or asking folks to vote for one of her cooking contests that she’s entered.  Laurie also ran both GMG Holiday Cookie Contests.

Paul Morrison from Rockport started posting in November of ‘09 and brings his unique sense of humor to his posts as well as in the comment section. Paul Morrison created the GMG Wikipedia Page.  Always adding valuable insight to relevant posts. Post count- 131

Next came Thom Falzarano in December of ‘09 and David Cox.  Thom mainly posts  Gloucester Sporting events with an occasional stunning landscape or community event thrown in.  Thom has 150 posts under his belt.

Paulie (Walnuts) Frontiero joined the team in January of 2010.  Paulie likes to bust my chops but I know he’s someone I can count on and consider a good friend. In fact I consider all of our contributors friends.  Otherwise they wouldn’t have posting privileges.  Paulie’s post count is 429.  Sharon, Paulie, Joanne Silva and newcomer E.J. are the most consistent contributors. filling their respective  9:00AM, 10:AM, 12:00PM and 3:00PM timeslots 99% of the time. Debbie Clarke often puts in posts under Paulie’s account.  She has done many art demonstrations and along with Paulie got the Sketchbook project off the ground.

Alicia Pensarosa first posted in January 2010 and often graces us with her killer cell phone pics.  I first met Alicia and her mate Mike at Janice Lufkin Shea’s Cormorant Shop during the first year of the blog when Alicia and Mike were on a day trip to Gloucester and she recognized me from the pages of GMG.  A year or so later her and Mike bought a place in Gloucester and joined the team. Post count- 53

Manny Simoes- February 2010 who is a community event whore (a good thing) who has no fear and is not afraid to knock on doors and stick his camera in anyone’s grill to bring the best of the community to our viewership.  Manny despite being blind does great work with his interviews and video work and is a huge asset to the team. Post count- 182

Joanne Silva first post May 2010 covers the Gloucester music scene like no other.  She consistently fills her noon time slot with the latest local music acts. I can’t emphasize enough how much I appreciate the contributors who stick to their time slots because I feel a personal responsibility to our viewership that every time they check in every hour on the hour they will see something new.  When I can count on the posts being placed in their proper time slots ahead of time it allows me to fill in the rest of the schedule with posts to make sure every hour is covered.  Post count 217

Beth Swan June 2010 has the 2:00PM slot and is responsible for designing  the official GMG logo. Beth also created the GMG Facebook Page She has currently been on hiatus with a pregnancy but we look forward to the birth of her baby and return to the blog.  Post count 142

Mart Luster also June 2010 another GMG fan who I met through his son a GMG FOB from NY.  Marty had come up for a weekend visit October before last and we met up at The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center for the International Dory Race Committee dory raffle.  That one night(the first night ever) in Gloucester was enough for Marty as he returned to New York and told his long time love that they were packing up and moving to Gloucester.  Post count 69

Patrick Ryan is my G-Town Poser buddy who loves everything about Gloucester and shares a childish sense of humor with me and a passion for gadgets. He started his GMG tenure in September and was responsible for putting the Sunny D and Rum night at Dog Bar together. He tells me he’s going to bring the thunder and put up some really quality posts in anticipation of his next round of contract negotiations.  Post count 33

Sarah Kelly- November 2101 I met doing an interview to pimp the Rockport Harvest festival.  Being duly impressed with her organizational skills, her blogging and design prowess on her blog The Roving Home, and in the know about happenings in Rockport I brought her in as a fantastic representative of Rockport to complement and perhaps balance out the whacky Paul Morrison. Post count- 15

E.J. Khan/Lefavour- EJ first contacted me about wanting to advertise her Dogtown calendar.  I told her that I wanted to give Sharon’s Calendars the much deserved space on the blog as respect for all she does on the blog and didn’t want to hurt her calendar sales.  E.J. wrote back that she understood and would like to be a contributor to GMG.  I didn’t know anything about E.J. but told her to compose a few test posts and I’d see if it was something we could use.  Within a couple of hours she had emailed me 5 or so quality posts of her “Did you know” series and then the next time I checked my email there was another 5 sitting there.  She had good stuff and was willing to learn the system.  In about three days I knew she’d fit right in and now has 9 posts under her name and about another 9 that I posted for her.

We also have contributions from the up for anything Donna Ardizzoni who emails me her posts and Ed Collard who I can always count on to go cover a story if I can’t get away from the dock(even if his camera is pointed at the ground or he is taking pictures when he thinks he is taking videos and vice-verse).

David Cox is responsible for some fantastic sports and community photography which I post for him and I can’t say enough about how much I enjoy his mentoring and companionship.

Greg Bover sends in his quotes of the week and Tina Ketchopolos sends in the Cape Ann Animal Aid Adopt a Pet of The Week for which we are very grateful.

We have to acknowledge Frank Ciolino and Chuck Shewbridge for always helping out with the printing the GMG stickers and being all around great guys.

It’s been an incredibly fulfilling ride.  The different series such as the Gloucester at Dawn, Beautiful Industry, The Fiesta, The Block Parties, The Dory Races, Sharon’s Where’s Zat?,the Contests, the Flowerbox Competitions, The Cookie Contests, The Food Pictures, The Promotion of All The Great Businesses and Events at The Chamber of Commerce, The Sidewalk Bazaar, The Home and Garden Show,the High School Athletics, the Breaking News stories, The Funny Stories From The Dock, the Producing of over 1700 videos, The GMG Flickr Group, Joanne’s GMG Music Calendar, the Food Map, The Free WiFi Map, Paul Morrison’s compilation of the GMG Wikipedia Page, Beth Swan’s creation of The GMG Facebook Fan Page,Paulie Frontiero’s Art Rocks Series, The GMG Sticker Represent! series,The Survivor Scoops, The Amazing Race Scoops, The Around The World In a Day Scoop, The Glamour UK shoot, The Insider Photos of The Grown Ups Set, and The Sandra Bullock Movie, The Russo Family Fundraiser, The GMG Man vs Food Series, The Gloucester Guerilla Art Projects,and so much more.

I’ve been honored by the  Senate and Congress for the work on GMG and received and Action Inc Outreach award.

But let me tell you all something from the bottom of my heart.

The number one thing that I cherish about this thing called Good Morning Gloucester is the relationships and opportunities to create friendships with so many quality people and that is worth more than awards, more than money.

Friendships, love, passion for creating and an outlet to express it all.  What more could a man ask for?

Thank you all, for without you there is no GMG. It would have just been a guy banging away on his computer with no one responding, no one reading and no one else contributing.

Would you just look at what we’ve created- TOGETHER.

love you guys

the boss-post count 9993

Feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below about how you discovered GMG or what it means to you.

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