Author Archives: Joey C

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!

Chickity Check It! David Emch Who Sat In On Our Podcast On His Tour Around Coastal United States For His Capture America project Did A Piece On GMG and Gloucester


David sat In On Gloucestercast 152 which can be heard here-

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

Read David’s take on Gloucester and GMG here-

Monday, October 5, 2015

Massachusetts: Good Morning Gloucester

Welcome back to Gloucester.  You can read the first article on this area by Clicking Here.  For those of you that watch television, I am told this is the setting of a show called “Wicked Tuna.”  

Although Gloucester was the first settled area in Massachusetts, residents soon moved to Salem because the soil was more fertile there.   But the great natural harbor pulled them back and this became the country’s first viable seaport.

    Colonial Massachusetts had a requirement that any town with over 100 families have its own school system, and records show that Gloucester complied with this in 1698.  So this has been a thriving community since well before the American Revolution.

For the entire post click here to read it in entirety

Poll: Today McDonalds Starts Serving Breakfast All Day Long. But Wouldn’t Lunch All Day Long Have Been A More Welcomed Call?

If you could only pick one, would you rather have the option for lunch all day long or breakfast all day long?


Community Stuff 10/6/15

Please join us for our next Gloucester U “Tuesday Talk” on 10/6

The talk begins at 2:15 in the Gloucester High School library, with refreshments. All students, parents, staff, teachers and community members are invited!

On Tuesday October 6th, Geanine Monzione, Director of Human Resources at Cruiseport Gloucester, will join us to discuss career opportunities in the hospitality business. She will also focus on upcoming job and internship positions for teens at Cruiseport Gloucester’s Seaport Grille, and the new Beauport Hotel opening June 2016. Come hear about this exciting company and how it may fit into students’ future plans! For more information please contact or



Hi, Joey—
My friend Art Beane of Magnolia has published a humor book. I hope you’ll consider running the photo and press release, which I’ve combined into a PDF for your convenience.
Thank you and best wishes.
Janet Ruth Young

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The “New” Old Cart At The Dock @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA

Here’s the “new” old cart Brian O’Connor found on Craig’s list in Haverhill and I picked up Friday morning.
The “old” old cart I claimed at an old industrial site in Chelsea and it was being thrown away about 20 years ago. I had no idea what the brand was, all I know is that it was extremely rugged. The type of rugged that could withstand the brutal saltwater conditions of a lobster dock year in and year out. In the Craigslist ad the man listed the similar “newer” old cart as a Fairbanks cart so I googled the company and found out they are still in business.
from the website:

For more than 125 years, the Fairbanks Company has been shipping quality material handling equipment from our manufacturing facilities in Rome, GA. Our facilities encompass more than 200,000 square feet of production and warehousing space. To maintain our leadership role in the industry, we have modernized our facilities with the latest in robotic welding, electrostatic powder coating and CNC machining of wood parts.

These techniques have resulted in the expansion of our product offerings, making us a premier supplier of casters, wheel, handtrucks, platform trucks and dollies.



You can see the difference between the “new” old cart and the “old” new cart in that the cart below has it’s main load carrying wheels based in the middle of the cart so if you place the load in the middle there is a even disbursement of the weight and makes it easy to move on the larger wheels. They call it a tilt style cart.  The “new” old cart has the two big wheels pushed further to the front corner of the cart and two big casters at the back.  In the “old” old cart you could turn it 360 degrees in place, with the placement of the wheels on the “new’ old cart it will be slightly less easy to maneuver but will make it easier to pull the crates off of the platform of the cart without the cart wanting to rotate needing for another person to hold the handles while the other worker pulls the crates onto the platform scale.  Also the weight bearing wheels on the “new” old cart are much larger.

Here’s the “old” old cart that has been used to offload millions and millions of pounds of lobsters over the past decade.



Summer Ain’t Over…at Captain Carlo’s

Submitted by Terry Weber
Sunday at Captain Carlo’s was hoppin’ at sunset. They don’t close their doors for the winter until approximately November 1, so make sure to drop in before they close!

Bill Cooke, on right, has a special message for Roger Goodell on his tee shirt.
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Enjoying the sun (and the beers) while it lasts!
me and c2

Oarmaster’s Cup & dory removal From the International Dory Racing Committee

It’s time to compete for the Oarmaster’s Cup.

This Sunday, October 11th at 10 AM the International Dory Racing Committee will hold the annual Oarmaster’s Cup Race (solo dory race) to crown the best single dory rower  in the land.  All members are welcome to compete, and the public is welcome to attend the races for some exciting waterfront entertainment!

The course will start off the end of the dock at Maritime Gloucester and travel out around Ten Pound Island, then back to the start (approximately 1.75 miles).  The race dories are provided by the IDRC, but unlike the other races, this race allows individual rowers to compete head to head in a time trial with the best time winning rights to the Cup.  Refreshments will follow the races offering a chance for the winner to soak up the admiration of his peers.  Don’t miss this battle of skill and endurance on the water in Gloucester Harbor.
The following weekend, Saturday, October 17th at 9:00 AM, we need members to help out pulling the race dories for the season.  We will meet at Eastern Ave. Self Storage (bring a trailer if available) and we will proceed to the GHS boat ramp to load up the 4 race dories and return to the tent for the winter.  Many hands make light work (especially nesting a couple 800# dories), so please mark your calendars for the 17th.

Len Robertson ’11 & ’13 with Erik Dombrowski ’14 and the coveted Ormaster’s Cup.

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