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Community Stuff 10/10/15

Pathways- Cape Ann Families is seeking teen volunteers to serve as mentors to children ages 5 to 12 years. This one-on-one relationship can help strengthen self-esteem, improve academic performance and reduce isolation for children. Mentors participate in a 6 week training session on Thursday afternoons beginning November 5th. If interested, please contact Tanya Cornetta at or at 978-281-2400 ext. 692.

Tanya Cornetta LCSW

Cape Ann Families Social Worker


Eastern Point Day School is Now Accepting LATE ENROLLMENT for Pre-K

New to the area? Feeling like your children might finally be ready for Preschool? Come check out what we have to offer at Eastern Point Day School! Our Pre-K program is currently accepting LATE ENROLLMENT. 

Call us at 978-283-1700 or email at to schedule a tour or get more information about our Pre-K program!

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Eastern Point Day School, Pre-K through Grade 8, is a non-profit, community-based school that provides an exceptional educational and developmental experience in a kind, caring, and inspiring environment.  

The Eastern Point Day School experience includes:

  • Kind, caring environment where all people treat each other with dignity and respect
  • Small class size, individualized instruction
  • Academic excellence
  • Thematic teaching and learning with emphasis on curriculum integration
  • Multi-age classrooms and flexible grouping 
  • Creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork
  • Off-site experiential learning and partners
  • Enrichment – Art, Creative Movement, Theatre Arts, Music, Physical Education, Spanish 
  • Extended Day programs until 5:00 p.m. 
  • Academic and enrichment programs and activities for home school families
  • Affordable tuition and sibling discounts

October Events on Cape Ann!

Originally posted on Cape Ann Community:

The Chamber has some exciting events in October that are open to the community!

Online Auction
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is auctioning off a number of fun and unique items for you to bid on to and help support valuable Chamber services and programs. Visit the link below to bid on over 100 items. Check back often as items are being added frequently.

Chamber Online Auction

Mayoral Debate
The Debate will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 7:30 – 9:00 AM at The Elks at Bass Rocks. Admission is $25 per person and include coffee and a light breakfast. You can REGISTER HERE for the Mayoral Debate!

Mayoral Debate
The 33rd Annual Essex ClamFest
The Essex ClamFest is an event hosted and co-ordinated by the Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. This is our 33rd year and has become the largest event held in Essex. We have grown…

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Podcast Survey: Drives me nuts that we don’t have metrics on how many people listen to the podcasts

Please Take Our GloucesterCast Podcast Survey By Clicking This Link


Do you guys enjoy them?

Here’s the last 5 if you’re interested-

GloucesterCast 153 Taped 10/4/15 With Heidi Dallin, Israel Horovitz, Kim Smith, Toby Pett, Mark Ring and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Alicia Unleashed Episode 6 Taped 9/30/15 With Special Guests Kyle Danikas, Bridget Ernest and Host Alicia DeWolfe

GloucesterCast 152 With Guests @KimSmithDesigns, Toby Pett, David Emch and Host @Joey_C

Alicia Unleashed Episode 5 Taped 9/21/15 With Special Guests Talia and Tyler DeWolfe and Host Alicia DeWolfe

GloucesterCast 151 Taped 9/20/15 With Guests Toby Pett and Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA

Can you all leave a comment explaining how you listen to the podcast if you do?  For example, do you subscribe through iTunes, or listen to it on the Official GMG App, or just play it by clicking on the arrow on the post itself?

I want to try to cater to the people that are listening every week and just any feedback at all would be appreciated.

Thanks, Joey

Panko Encrusted Armadillo Eggs- Hells Yeah!



This is what they looked like before they hit the grill-


The recipe from Grillocracy

I substituted Jalapeno peppers for the hatch chiles and instead of trying to measure out the long list of spices I just scooped out a tub of jalapeno flavored cream cheese, dumped in a couple of handfuls of shredded cheddar and mixed in the rub that I had on my desk for the stuffing.  Way easier IMO.

  The cooking instructions from the recipe were spot on, so follow those and you’ve got a simple killer game day appetizer. If this stiff can prepare them on his desk at the dock, you should be able to pull this off with ease.

Smoked Hatch Chile Armadillo Eggs

Backyard Growers Fall Harvest Day 2015

Hey Joey! 

Backyard Growers just had Fall Harvest Days at all 5 elementary schools in town. Could you post this?

In the course of just two weeks of Fall Harvest Days this September, 1,300 Gloucester students harvested a combined 500 pounds of veggies with Backyard Growers. All 5 elementary schools in the district harvested the crops students planted in their school gardens last spring. Parents, school food service staff, and Backyard Growers’ FoodCorps and MassLIFT service members prepared the veggies and students sampled them at lunch to complete the full seed-to-fork experience. The kids voted on what they thought of the potatoes, squash, pumpkins, beets, and carrots, and results showed that they LOVED them! Speaking of the kids response to the veggies, East Gloucester mother Dawn Sarrouf said, “I think they like them because they grew them.” 

Special guests Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Councilman Bill Fonvielle, Superintendant Richard Safier, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Arthur Unobskey, Executive Director of The Open Door Julie LaFontaine, and Director of Distribution and Nutrition at The Open Door Jen Perry all stopped by to spend some time out in the gardens with the kids.

Cape Ann TV made a video of the event at Veterans. Check it out here:

Thanks Joey! 


Looking Up Hancock St. Gordon Parks 1937 / Joey C 2015

Hancock St looking up toward City Hall Gloucester from Rogers Street. Bottom right in the photo would be Topside Grill and bottom left in the photo would be Turtle Ally.  Gordon Parks was a black man who died in 2006 at age 93.  He directed the movie Shaft and was a photographer for Life magazine.  I find it interesting that a black man in 1943 was roaming the country taking photos that would be acclaimed. 

Gloucester, Massachusetts. Street scene Photographer

Gordon Parks  CreatedJune 1943


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Community Stuff 10/8/15

Item for your blog: nursery reopened at St. John’s Episcopal Church

St. John’s Episcopal Church reopened its nursery last Sunday, under the leadership of Gloucester native Carson afKlinteberg. The nursery is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children 3 and under, to complement Sunday School for children 4 and up. Sunday School and the Adult Forum begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by a choral celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 10:30. All are welcome.

Thanks, Joey!

The Rev. Bret B. Hays

SeniorCare to Host Free Medicare Counseling

Gloucester, MA — SeniorCare will host free SHINE counseling sessions for Medicare beneficiaries during the Medicare Open Enrollment period of October 15 through December 7, 2015. Counselors will be available for 45-minute sessions on Wednesday, October 28, Wednesday, November 4, and Thursday, November 12 at SeniorCare: 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, MA. Call to reserve your space:
978-281-1750 (TTY 978-282-1836).

SHINE, Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone, provides free health insurance information, counseling, and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers. SHINE is administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in coordination with local agencies.

SeniorCare, a Massachusetts Aging Services Access Point, with offices in Beverly and Gloucester, is a regional consumer-centered organization that provides and coordinates services to elders and others, enabling them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice while remaining part of the community. SeniorCare can be reached at 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050 (TTY 978-282-1836). SeniorCare is also a federally designated Area Agency on Aging, providing services such as Meals on Wheels and Community Dining Sites. SeniorCare’s service area includes: Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham.


Praying With Color

The First Baptist Church in Gloucester, located at 38 Gloucester Avenue, will begin a 5-week experience combining Lectio Divina and an art component based on the book Praying In Color by Sybil MacBeth. Lectio Divina is a Benedictine model for reading, praying and contemplating Scripture as the living Word of God. Beginning on Thursday, October 8 from 6:30pm-7:30pm we will gather in the church Sanctuary to pray and meditate using paper and colored pencils or pens. All instruction and materials are provided and this experience is free and open to the public. No artistic bent necessary. If you can draw a line and a dot and you are open to the leading of the Spirit, you can participate. Young people who can be meditative for the hour are also welcome. Come and experience the Word in a new way. Please call the church office at 978-283-4808 to sign up.

Thank you

Mark Spreer

Businesswomen’s Luncheon

The Lt Governor of Massachusetts is coming to Gloucester tomorrow to speak at our Businesswomen’s Luncheon.  REGISTER NOW to join us for this great event!!

This year our Businesswomen’s Group is pleased to announce Lt Governor Karyn Polito as our keynote speaker for our Annual Fall Luncheon, On Thursday, October 8, 2015, at the Gloucester House,  11:30AM-1:30PM. Tickets are $35. Call the Chammber for more information.

For more information and to REGISTER visit the link below.




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October 10-12, 2015
Cape Ann, Massachusetts (north of Boston)

This self-guided tour along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport presents a unique opportunity to meet 26 professional artists in 23 studios and see their work in the setting in which it was created. The work represented includes: pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mosaics, fiber art and jewelry. Several of the artists will be demonstrating their working process during the tours. Brochures with route maps will be available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Rte. 127, on the Cape Ann Artisans web site and at each of the artisans — or download from   A bright magenta Studio Tour banner will mark each location. Many studios are open year round.

Pretty sure this is Beannie Nicastro’s Wharf (Felicia Oil) Back in 1937 and The Same Scene That I Captured in 2012

Gloucester Coal building is in the background, now the lumber shed for The Building center which you can see in the 2012 picture just to the left behind the F/V Mary and Josephine. It also looks like the building at the end of the right pier has the same pitched roof as the one in the 2012 photo.


Waterfront, Gloucester, Massachusetts


Arthur Rothstein


September 1937


Beannie Nicastro’s Wharf (Felicia Oil) May 27, 2012

Yale releasing 170,000 photos about Depression era America from 1935-1945 Many featuring #GloucesterMA

Tim Gay submits-

Hey Joey,

I hope all is well.

I am not sure if you have seen this but I came across this post on gizmodo about Yale releasing 170,000 photos about Depression era America from 1935-1945.

There are a ridiculous amount of photos from Gloucester, figured maybe some of your readers would find this interesting.

Talk to you soon,



No need to over-complicate steak prep for the grill. EVOO, @ATLANTICSALT, crushed black pepper. Everything tastes better with Atlantic Salt!

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