Monthly Archives: December 2011

Julie – Pet of the Week!


Hi!  My name is Julie, I am a ten-week-old Shepherd mix.    I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, a non-profit shelter caring for homeless cats and dogs located at 260 Main Street in Gloucester.

I am a happy, curious and playful puppy who has lots of energy.  I am eager to learn and I am very intelligent.  I hope you will stop down and consider adopting me.  It doesn’t seem possible, but the New Year will be here soon!!!

Remember to save the date for the 9th Annual Winter Bash on February 11 at Cruiseport
Gloucester, Six Rowe Square, (snow date February 12). More details later.   I want to go, I just love to Dance…Dance…Dance!

Rocky Neck Plunge Info From Cathy Mccarthy


I know we have a lot of who plungers who have not participated before and want to make sure we all honor our traditions.

My husband ,myself and Amanda Nash started this years ago as Jeff and I were L street Brownies and his friend who brought us to southie passed away, we decided we would do it on the neck.

We have George Sibley do an poem . Its quick ….. We do a count down from 10 and we all plunge in mass. That’s it.

I have got a few calls about what we are about and we are just a great group people who like to celebrate every occasion.

I thought it was important this year to do something to give back and organized the food drive.

Thanks for the plug. Fyi. My husbands name is Jeff Surette (not Mccarthy)


Cathy Mccarthy

Take Your Family to New Year’s Rockport Eve for Free!

Have you decide what you’re doing for New Year’s Eve ~ Go to Rockport — fun for the whole family?   Watch today’s video to get question 4 in our New Year’s Rockport Eve Family Giveway sponsored by the New Year’s Rockport Eve organizers.

Here’s how the contest works:

  • Every day we’ll have a trivia question (Monday – Friday) If you missed any of the videos go here to see them.
  • After you see Friday’s Video and you have all the answers
  • click the ANSWER LINK under the video to give us your answers  (this will not be there until Friday at 1pm)
  • Be the first person to submit all five correct answers on Friday and win 2 adult and 2 child buttons to New Year’s Rockport Eve.

Swing by Lat43 to see Mark Early ‘s final Thursday night Jazz Session in the dinning room.  There is so much great music happening around – see the full list here.

Pete Lindberg releases 2nd Album available for download!!

Local Singer Songwriter Pete Lindberg has released his 2nd album which is available for download. “Overlay” was 6 months in the making and feature a host of local Cape Ann Musicians. You can stream the album for free or for a small fee you can download the album so you can burn CD’s or put it on your iPod or any music player.

Remember when?

Remember when we used to get snow?

Hopefully we won’t see any this year.

Origami sea life

Guess who got a book on origami sea creatures for Christmas? Appropriate for someone living in a fishing port. I got folding right away.

Blue shark, designed by John Montroll, folded by me from 10" kami.

"Venus's comb" murex shell, designed by Robert Lang, folded by me from 10" kami.

These are both “first tries” for me with these models; I hope to do them better justice later using more specialized paper and wet-folding techniques.

The book, “Sea Creatures in Origami” by Robert Land and John Montroll, is one of two books on this topic by these authors. Lang and Montroll are master origami designers and have published many books, so the models are great and the diagrams are very clear – and they include some informative notes on species represented.

Updated List: Rocky Neck Plunge- The Pledge List, The Chance To Win $100 Azorean Gift Card, The Food Drive and the $8.99 All You Can Eat Passports Pre-Plunge Breakfast


Erik at Passports Is Offering Up an $8.99 Breakfast Buffet Pre Plunge!  We plan to meet there at 10AM, come eat with us!

If you enter your name here on GMG beforehand, get listed as a pledge to plunge and do it, we will enter your name into a hat and pick one of the GMG listed plungers post plunge for a $100 Azorean Gift card. Card was donated by our Terry Weber.  No entries will be accepted on the scene of the crime, you have to put in a comment here or contact me ahead of time to confirm you are on “The List”.

If you pledge to plunge and then bail out for ANY REASON, that gives us free license to ridicule you for the entire year!

I can tell you it is incredibly invigorating and the very best way to start your year. It sets you up to overcome a fear and once you do it the rest of the year you feel like you can and will do anything!

The plunge goes off at noon on Oaks Cove Beach on Rocky Neck.

The List

Joey C, Donna Ardizzoni, Rick Moore, Ed Collard, Paul Morrison, Rick Paolillo, Melissa Cox, Dr. Ray Cahill, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh, Lotus Marsh, Lukas and Lasse Struppe, Owen, Henry, and Jon Hardy, Alexandra Rhinelander, Charles Du Deaubien Gaspien (or something like that), Ericka Hyam, Steve LeBlanc, Jamie Verga, Kevin Ryan, Patrick Ryan, Denny Cunningham, Carolyn Kirk, Bill Kirk, Amanda Nash, Tom Robinson Cox, Mike and Eva DiLascio, Amandacakes and Beasley, Keara the chick with the heavy green eye shadow (I forgot her last name), Vickie Van Ness, Greg Bover, Brian O’Connor, Skip Montello,Kane Oshiro,Barry “Cuda” Pollack, Charles Rodgers, Lindell Willnow, Terry Weber, Jason Grow, Maisey, Jeamima and Matilda, Karen Ristuben, Wendie Demuth,Scott LeVasseur ,Tony Goddess,Mike Nicastro, Alicia Pensarosa, Nicole, Ben and Emma Duckworth,Lily Steiner, Chelsea Audin, Malena Lund, Jennelle Rhodes,Jim Dowd and Rebecca and Treely Dowd, Kellie Rich, The Del Vecchio Family,Bob and Andrea Ritchie, Sonja, Evelyn, Daniel and Edward Merz .

Food Drive

Carol McCarthy is organizing a food drive for the Open Door Food Pantry.  Here’s the deets-

Just a heads up that I am organizing a food drive the day of the Plunge… PLunge will be at Noon and the food drive is to benefit The Open Door..  They are in real need this year and Its time we give back on the Neck..   I asking everyone to bring what is needed by the Pantry.. I emailed Judy Cox and she is posting in the newsletter this week.. We need to make a HUGE push for the food pantry… What is desperately needed!!!!   Barrels will be set up at the entrance of Oak Cove Beach for the non-perishables.. Thanks Joey..

Cathy McCarthy  8978 317 2352

TUNA, Peanut Butter, Pasta Sauce, 100% Juice, Baking Items, Breakfast Cereal…

2011 Rocky Neck Plunge Video From InterMurph

Paul Frontiero’s Video From 2011’s Plunge-

EJ’s video

Community Stuff Thursday

American Lung Association Smoking Cessation Program

Beverly Hospital at Danvers & Addison Gilbert Hospital

The American Lung Association’s "Freedom From Smoking Program" is an eight-session group smoking cessation program. Participants will learn a positive approach to becoming a non-smoker. Classes incorporate several different smoking cessation techniques including relapse prevention, weight control, stress management, behavior modification, nicotine replacement therapy and group support.
The program will begin on Tuesday, January 3, with classes on January 10, 17, 24, 26, 31, February 7, 14 at Lifestyle Management Institute, Beverly Hospital at Danvers, 480 Maple St, Danvers.

This program will be held at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester, beginning on January 9, with classes on January 16, 23, 30, February 1, 6 and 13.This program will be held in the Longan Room, inside the Washington Street entrance.

Classes are held from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The cost: $125.00 ($100 for employees of Northeast Health System).  Several insurance companies cover the cost of the program; check with your insurance company).

For further details or to register, please call: 978-304-8020.