Monthly Archives: March 2013

Mystic CT Aquarium Is the Real Deal

I thought it would be just OK.  I had no idea the Mystic Aquarium was a world class aquarium.  Downtown Mystic is a pretty cool town to walk around as well.  Ate dinner at Mystic Pizza of the Movie Mystic Pizza Fame, natch.

A worthy day trip to take.

Eleanor Roosevelt Quote Of The Week From Greg Bover

The Quote of the Week comes from Bloomington, Indiana. There’ll be pictures of the re-installation of opus 91 once we get a little further along.

March 7, 2013

A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Eleanor Roosevelt  (1884-1962)

A New Yorker by birth and niece of Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor lost both parents and a brother before she was eleven. She attended Allenwood Academy in London and was influenced by headmistress Marie Souvestre, an early feminist. She married Franklin Delano Roosevelt, her fifth cousin, in 1904, and supported his forays into politics despite his polio and her discovery of his extra-marital affairs. Wishing to carve out an identity for herself, she became active, first in the New York State Democratic Party when FDR was Governor, and then as the most outspoken of all First Ladies when he was elected President for the first of his four terms in 1932. She was an ardent supporter of the rights of women and minorities, and created much controversy when she opposed some of her husband’s policies, including Japanese-American internment during the Second World War. Following FDR’s death in 1945 she was named one of the first delegates to the United Nations, the founding of which she had strongly supported, and continued her social justice advocacy for the rest of her life, becoming one of the most admired and respected Americans of her era.

Greg Bover

Lilliputian Landscapes Opening at Firehouse Center in Newburyport

 

judy robinson cox at firehouse

If you have a chance to get to Newburyport this month, go by the Firehouse Center for the Arts and check out Judy Robinson-Cox’ Liliputian Landscapes exhibit.  It is great to see so much of her work all together in one space, and many in large format.  Great exhibit, great opening.

 

St. Joseph Day Feast Preparations with Sista Felicia

Gloucester St. Joseph Feast ©Kim Smith 2013

Making bread and pasta is a family tradition and children of all ages are both welcome and encouraged to participate in the preparations.

Gloucester St. Joseph Feast -2 ©Kim Smith 2013

Dads Are Welcome Too!

Gloucester St. Joseph Feast -1 ©Kim Smith 2013Father Green Blessing the Altar and Feast Food

Gloucester St. Joseph Feast Altar ©Kim Smith 2013The Ciaramitaro-Mohan First-Ever St. Joseph Day Altar

Winter’s last gasp?

Maybe, maybe not. Anyway, here are some images from our latest storm.

St. Joachim’s in Rockport

Walking in a winter wonderland!

A wooden fish swimming among coral-like snow-covered trees in Rockport

Delicate coral, or sea foam on the beach in b&w? Or just wet snow on a window?

City Hall seen through drops of water in the window screen

Snow clings to the walls of St. Ann School

Snow at St. Ann’s Church

Fr. Matthew Green

 

 

 

 

Don’t Miss a Reading by Jamie Quatro at Toad Hall Bookstore!

From the Annisquam artist Rachel Perry Welty:
My friend Jamie Quatro will be stopping on the North Shore on her book tour for “I Want To Show You More” on Monday, March 11, at 7 pm, and will do a reading and signing at Toad Hall. She has won all kinds of advance praise for her first collection of short stories, and she has been called a “brilliant new voice in American fiction” and compared to other writers such as Alice Munro. She is reviewed in the March 11 issue (this week’s issue) of the New Yorker. It’s exciting for me personally to be a small part of her debut, as I made the art for the cover. You can read more about Jamie and her book here:
Monday March 11
7 pm
Toad Hall Bookstore
47 Main Street
Rockport Mass 01966

9780802120755

Statues and Plaques in Gloucester From Peter Dorsey- The World War II Monument

Hey Joey,

Here is a World War II monument that many people might be passing by every day without knowing it. Located at the intersection of Gee Avenue and Washington Street in Riverdale are set of handsome granite steps and a monument dedicated to the residents of Riverdale who fought and died in the Second World War.

Peter Dorsey

March 8th,2013 Storm Photos

Lowell Peabody Submits- “Got Hope?”

Got Hope


Len Burgess submits-

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Meanwhile back in Arizona former Rockporter Charlie Fields submits his own storm photos-

Charlie submits-

Hi, Joey,

Thought I’d share. Please post if you think up to your high standards.
Don’t want you all to feel alone back in Glosta. Break out the shovel. Our patio was hit by a fast moving storm today .
Charlie Fields

PS: Hope Dave Cox doesn’t get jealous

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Pat Morss submits from Eastern Point-

Joey:  A few “another weekend storm” photos from Eastern Point.  Pat

Community Stuff 3/10/13

Sidewalk Bazaar News

Christine Orlando submits-

Hi Joey,

Gloucester Downtown Assoc.’s Sidewalk Bazaar Committee is working hard to make this years the best ever. I was hoping you would help us promote the event as often as possible, as you have done in the past.  Thanks Chris Orlando

Come one come all, the Gloucester’s 55th Annual Sidewalk Bazaar is approaching and the Committee is looking to make this year the best ever.

Main Street Merchants, Non-Profit Organizations, Artist, Crafters, Food Vendors can download applications and rules of participation on capeannbusiness.com. John Orlando is this years Coordinator. Any questions should be addressed to him at sidewalkbazaar2013@gmail.com

We are also looking for volunteers and to help the days of the event, August 1-3 2013.  It’s never to early to join, the venue fills up quickly, make sure you don’t get left out.


Ever wonder what O’Maley looks like during the day? Are you curious about what an Innovation school is? What’s is the STEM lab?

All those answers and more can be discovered during the O’Maley Innovation Middle School tours. Tours are planned for March 13th, April 10th and May 1st from 8 – 9 a.m.

The tour begins and ends in the O’Maley library with coffee and pastries with Principal Debra Lucey. Guidance counselors and students, will conduct the tours of selected classrooms, the O’Maley STEM suite, cafeteria and auditorium.

If you are interested in attending, please call 978-281-9850 to reserve your space.


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From the Gloucester Downtown Association-

Hello, World-

Please Like Gloucester Downtown Association- your link to all of the great promotions that Gloucester Downtown businesses are putting on for you! Next event is the Easter Stroll with prizes and everything! Stay tuned…….http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gloucester-Downtown-Association/549777385044544?fref=ts

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Gloucester Downtown Association

This page is to inform those interested in community events promoted and supported by Gloucester businesses.



Thank you from your downtown businesses. Please shop locally!


O’MALEY INNOVATION MIDDLE SCHOOL CELEBRATES WORLD READ ALOUD DAY
Local author Laura Harrington joined a group of Dirigo Hoiuse 7th grade students at O’Maley to read aloud from her recent novel ALICE BLISS (winner: Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction 2012). The reading was part of O’Maley Middle School’s celebration of World Read Aloud Day, a global initiative promoting action to recocnize every child’s right to read and write.  Throughout the day, classrooms found time and ways during their work to recognize the gift and power of accessing a safe education, books and technology.
World Read Aloud Day at O’Maley concluded with an energized full grade tribute to the power of reading and writing. Grade 6 students gathered to share parts of their own recently published books. The National Novel Reading Month project takes grade 6 students through the writing process, from generating ideas through publication of original work. This year, over 200 books were published by grade 6 students at O’Maley as part of their extended project work.