Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dawn from La Provence Adopts A New Family Member Because Of GMG

Our newest family member Koji with his big sister Abbie!  We went to "look" at the puppies because we’re always seeing the cutest animals posted on GMG but we fell in love with Koji and had to take him home.


When in Rockport you must visit La Provence!

Click the picture below to check out La Provence website. you can also follow La Provence on twitter-!/LaProv

Pierre – Pet of the Week


My name is Pierre.  I am a four-month-old female pointer mix.

I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (, a non- profit shelter at 260 Main Street in Gloucester.   I am  black-and-white and will be medium in size.   I have lots of energy and need a little training; but I am very smart and willing to learn.   Please stop down to the shelter and visit me and the other dogs and cats who are in need of a loving home.

The staff here appreciate donations to our Building Fund,  but they also appreciate donations of clean towels, blankets, paper towels, large trash bags and gas cards for our van.

Please stop down and visit me soon and remember, although my name is Pierre, I do not speak French!

BASE Gloucester Open House

On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, the seafood display auctions in New Bedford and Boston, and their existing seafood off loading facility in Gloucester will re-launch as BASE New England, a group of seafood display locations that will allow buyers worldwide to purchase New England fish electronically via the daily BASE online auction. This will help ensure that buyers, most typically seafood distributors, have access to a steady supply of seafood. The organization integrates operations of the existing display auction facilities in New Bedford and Boston and adds a display facility in Gloucester merging the seafood marketplaces in New England’s three largest ports, New Bedford, Boston, and Gloucester, into one auction.
The first auction at BASE Gloucester will take place on Thursday, December 8 at 6 a.m.
Please join us for an open house where customers, journalists, government officials, and friends can view the operations of the new display auction will be held on Wednesday, December 7 from noon to 5 p.m in Gloucester.
Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk will cut the ceremonial ribbon at 1 p.m.
The facility is located at 37 Rogers Street along the planned Harbor Walk. Refreshments will be served.

Dominic Nesta steams by Ten Pound Island Photo Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

I sent you a photo of Dominic Nesta working on his boat in October, and happened to see him steaming around the harbor in it the other day.  I think he did a great job!  The lines of the new boat look really familiar – can you tell he was trying to achieve a visual metaphor in his design?

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Christmas Tree Giveway Question 2 @ gimmesound

 Do you have your tree Yet?
If Not pay attention!  Christmas Tree Giveaway
sponsored by Dan Leaman Landscaping.

Here is how it works:

  • There will be a Christmas Music Trivia question in every lineup video (Monday – Friday)
  • After you see Friday’s Video and you have all the answers
  • click the ANSWER LINK under the video to give us your answers
  • The FIRST person with the correct answers wins a Christmas Tree of your chioce.  GOOD LUCK!

Get today’s live music lineup and check out Dan King and the gang at Jalapenos tonight!

Gloucester Fish War from Bloomberg Businessweek

Hey Joey, I thought GMG readers may want to see this article from the November 22, 2011 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek. The Gloucester Daily Times and Richard Gaines are quoted several times.

P.S. Although well written, they should have contacted you for a decent photo!

The Gloucester Fish War

How a small town in Massachusetts destroyed a decade of law enforcement

The bidding starts early at the seafood auction in Gloucester, Mass. Each day about 30 tons of fish—mostly cod, haddock, and flounder—come in by boat on Cape Ann, a fist jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. Fishermen motor up to the concrete docks behind the beige-and-white warehouse, then wait while workers in rubber boots hoist their catches and weigh them out on a stainless-steel digital scale. At 4 a.m. grocery store buyers, restaurant owners, and distributors file in to inspect and bid on the haul.

The traders and graders were wrapping up their business just after 9 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2006, when 16 federal agents in Crown Victorias and Ford Expeditions pulled into the parking lot. They entered the building in pairs. Although most of them worked for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, they wore bulletproof vests and carried Glock pistols, according to interviews with participants and the NOAA investigative report.

They were looking for the auction’s founder and chief executive officer, a mustached man named Larry Ciulla. When they found him in an office off the auction floor, they officially informed him of their search warrant. They suspected he had illegally bought and sold cod, one of the world’s most valuable, most threatened, and closely watched stocks of fish. The agents were there to seize the auction’s last three years of records and had rented a U-Haul for the mountain of evidence they intended to truck away. In raiding the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction, the largest fish dealer on the Gulf of Maine, which extends from Cape Cod up to the southern tip of Nova Scotia, they hoped to send a message to the fishermen of Gloucester: Overfishing doesn’t pay.

Within minutes the feds herded everyone—longtime auction employees, Central American dockworkers, and three generations of Ciullas—to the auction floor, a high-ceilinged room with rows of folding desks outfitted with laptops. Drivers loading trucks with frosty cod, haddock, and flounder were told to turn off their engines. Restrooms were off-limits for fear papers would get flushed down toilets. While some agents went looking for records, others stood guard at the docks.

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Discover Gloucester: Party On- plus!





Join your fellow tourism supporters and trench workers at Discover Gloucester’s First Holiday & Awards Party! We’ll network with new and old friends while enjoying a scrumptious Buffet Lunch from Giuseppe’s kitchen.

For the very first time, special Awards will be bestowed upon a variety of local tourism individuals who have helped propel our wonderful destination forward.

                                            Maybe an Award will go to you!

Don’t miss this merry gathering of local tourism supporters!

Must RSVP by 12/11/11 to

$24 per person. Pay at the door.

Click here for menu & more details:

DISCOVER GLOUCESTER BOOTH at AAA MARKETPLACE: ROOM FOR TWO MORE!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There’s room for two more businesses to join the 13 already partnering in the Discover Gloucester booth at the AAA Marketplace consumer show March 2-4, 2012 at Gillette Stadium. 
The co-op booth cost, $2200, will be split by all partners- 13 so far at $169 each.

The price will go down with more partners ie. 15 partners would be perfect @ $147 each. We have committed to buying the booth- why not help yourself by joining in?
17,000 drive market consumers attend the show- very good exposure for our destination AND your business PLUS you’ll get the Booth’s lead list at the end of the show. Our booth will be next to Destination Salem; the North of Boston CVB is not participating at AAA this year.

  Call or email Linn for "how-to" details. 978-290-9723,



10.  It is the local Visitor Guide you see in Visitor’s hands, pockets & purses as they walk around the area.

9.  100,000+ copies get printed & distributed to visitors as near as here to as far as there!

8.  Brides tuck them into Welcome bags for their guests; locals give them to visiting family & friends; tour operators in the US & abroad give them to their clients;  US & Canadian Visitor Centers hand them out to travelers.

7.  The Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide is available in 200+ Greater Boston hotels; all the north of Boston accommodations; nearly every attraction in the greater and north of Boston area; on Boston Common; Fenway Park; Gillette Stadium; Logan Airport; Faneuil Hall; route 95s Visitor Center in Salisbury & a lot of other visitor-centric places.

6.  Your ad generates traffic to your business & to your website.

5.  Short money for big exposure.

4.  Every advertising dollar invested in the Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide goes to marketing & promoting the destination.

3.  You help yourself & your business by being a partner in the volunteer effort to promote the destination. Let visitors know you are here! It’s true that many hands (and dollars) make light work- and a rising tide really does float all boats.

2.   Visitation numbers are up due in part to exposure at trade shows, during FAMs, by co-operative advertising- all made possible by Visitor Guide ads.

1. Your competition is in the Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide.

Click here for the 2012 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide insertion order:

Direct questions re: the Visitor Guide to our talented graphic designer Linda Stockman,

Wednesday’s At The Rhumb Line

Prime Rib Specials! Wednesdays Only!
Hello everyone!
Wednesday, December 7th
A message from Fly: Sadly, doctors are saying I have acute tendonitis in my left forearm and must rest (please, no medical advice… I’ve got a crack team of experts on the case and shall return with a vengeance on the 21st).  It is good fortune for all of us that the great ALLEN ESTES has graciously agreed to step in as host for this week.  As many of you know, he is far and away Cape Ann’s true musical poet laureate.  Thank you, Allen! His musical guests on this wonderful winter night will be…
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
 Dave Trooper’s Kitchen… Prime Rib Dinner –  $9.95 (while they last) Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Upcoming: Dec. 14: CLOSED (private party
Dec. 21: CHRISTMAS SONGS (w/Fly & Friends)

Sincerely… I hope to you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Anita Coullard Dziedzic and her Husband Greg Dedicate a Bouy for their Son David.

Lobster Trap Christmas Tree

From Anita:

On December 10th, in Gloucester, Ma.

 Is the lighting of their Lobster Trap Christmas Tree.
Greg and I will be placing a buoy in David’s honor. I feel that this is a true honor. David is a True GLOUCESTERMAN! He gave his life for other’s! what more could he do!

My Mother was born in this town. David has been coming to Gloucester for all his life.

Origami rubber ducky represents in paperfolded Bethlehem

The nativity scene is folded from tissue foil using models of my own design.  Each model is folded from one rectangle.  The duck was folded my me, but designed by Gay Merrill Gross (diagrams in issue #5 of Creased magazine).

Are there any other Cape Ann origami artists out there who’d like to get together to fold? I’ve been thinking about starting a local origami group.   I don’t know how much interest there would be, nor how often we could meet. My parish schedule is pretty full, but a monthly meeting might be feasible.

Henry Ferrini Puts Some Stuff Under Our Nose

Henry Writes-


Here is some flotsam tuned into a photograph from this afternoon. Cripple Cove  is my son isaac’s stomping ground.  Lot of treasures to find down there.


I’ve included some URL’s  of a few  things you  may be interested in posting. If people had David Wise as a teacher at GHS they will be interested in this posting of his play the the Gloucester Writers Center presented last week. I posted the first 12 minutes and the readers are mainly from Gloucester.


If viewers  interested in jazz, the North Shore Jazz Project  presented this show   at Shalin Lui. I started the NSJP a couple years ago. Like the GWC we have a educational mission.

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