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Jazz Brunch at Feather & Wedge – Sunday, April 22 – Scollins-Warsi Duo

Feather & Wedge is excited to welcome The Scollins-Warsi Jazz Duo this Sunday as featured artist for their Jazz Brunch! Their music includes a wide repertoire spanning from the Great American Song Book, to modern jazz, contemporary blues and R&B. Expect to find swinging renditions of both famous, and not-so-famous standards. Both Kevin and Sahil are graduates from the Berklee College of music – and perform regularly with each other, as well as a number of notable classical and jazz ensembles in the Greater Boston Area.

Sunday, April 22

10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Reservations suggested. 978.999.5917

Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966


CFCA 14-Day Trial Membership

Cape Ann Wellness


Not sure if CFCA is right for you? We offer a 14 day trial membership for $65 so you can test the waters before fully committing to improving your health/fitness and life!  Trial memberships start with a private intro session with one of our coaches. The intro will give you an opportunity to check out our facility, learn more about our program, watch an actual class in progress and learn some of the basic movements that we use on a regular basis. More importantly, it’s a chance for us to get to know you… (your goals, athletic background, previous injuries) and address any questions or concerns that you may have. This session generally lasts 40-60 mins. Once you have completed your intro… come to class as much as you want for the next 14 days! Get a feel for our workouts, our coaches and our supportive community. When the 14 days are…

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GloucesterCast 275 With Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Ruth Pino, Bob Gillis, Kim Smith  and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/19/18


GloucesterCast 275 With Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Ruth Pino, Bob Gillis, Kim Smith  and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/19/18


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Topics Include:

Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

Gloucester’s 400th Anniversary Input Meeting April 28th! Check The Facebook Page For More Info

Good Morning Gloucester April 2018 Oyster Quest– Thanks Pat and GMG Jimmy

The cutoff became $1.50 and pat discusses the parameters.

Trader Joe’s Birdsnests in the Airfryer

Speaking to a dog owner yesterday- there may end up being a murder.

Dogwalking Tips For The Piping Plovers

The Studio Restaurant Is Now Hiring All Positions


The Undermining On The Boardwalk On Long Beach Is Scary

Briar Barn Inn Photos

Steel Cut oats to lower your cholesterol




“IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans”, Curated by Ken Hruby May 17 – June 24, 2018

“IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans”, Curated by Ken Hruby

May 17 – June 24, 2018

Location:Cultural Centerat Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

Gallery Hours:Thurs – Sun, 12:00 – 4:00 PM in May, 12:00 – 6:00 in June

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3:00 – 5:00 PM

ADiscussion with Andrew Bacevich: Veteran, Gold Star Parent, Military Historian, Commentator Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 6:30 – 8:00 PM, The Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

Co-sponsored with the Cape Ann Forum

All events at no charge to the public, donationsgratefully accepted.

Gloucester, Massachusetts, April 17, 2018– The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC)proudly presents “IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans”, a multi-media, juried exhibition of over sixty works by more than thirtycombat artists from the military services and by veterans making art from their experiences in zones of combat. The exhibition opens on Thursday, May 17, 2018 and continues through Sunday, June 24 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, MA 01930. The gallery is open each Thursday – Sunday in May from noon until 4:00 PM and in June from noon until 6:00 PM. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, May 20 at 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Immediately following the reception, everyone is invited to a special event at the nearby Gloucester Stage Company theater at 6:30 – 8:00 PM. A Discussion with Andrew Bacevich, a veteran, a military historian and commentator. This event is co-sponsored with the Cape Ann Forum.


Congressman Seth Moultonof the 6thcongressional district of Massachusetts, himself a Marine Corps veteran of four tours in Iraq, states of this exhibition, “The ‘incommunicable experience of war,’ as Oliver Wendel Holmes once described it, indeed often defies explanation by words alone. That veterans can share some of their experience through art can help us all better understand what they went through. And as a veteran myself, who returned to war with a camera after I left the Marines, I know how cathartic art can be for those of us who were there. The work of combat artists is important for civilians as well, to deepen their understanding of the lives of our service men and women, and their families. “In War and After” is an a very important exhibition for both communities.”

Few people are aware that when US military forces go to war, some of them carry, in addition to their weapons, their sketch pads, graphite pencils, watercolor brushes and cameras. These are combat artists, tasked to not only serve the combat mission but to record that mission in ways only an artist can. Men and woman have served in this capacity from WW II to Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.

One such person, Robert Louis Williams, a Cape Ann fine artist and RNACmember, was a Marine Corps infantryman and combat artist in the Vietnam War. It was upon learning of Bob Williams’ service that the RNACventured to prepare this exhibition. It presents not only the work of official combat artists, but of veterans of combat who chose later to express their experiences through the visual arts.

This exhibition celebrates the vibrant art communities have arisen among military veterans of war across the United States. One representative of this is the exhibition curator, Ken Hruby, a US Military Academy graduate, veteran of Vietnam, noted sculptor and faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston. Ken’s installations have been widely exhibited, the latest in a recently completed exhibition sponsored by Long Island University in Brooklyn.

IN WAR AND AFTER: The Art of Combat Veterans”presents the lives of combat servicemen andwomen, both active and veteran, in ways that break through the images and stereotypes presented in film and other media. The textures of these lives have too often become disconnected from, and misunderstood by, the civilian community. This exhibition seeks, through the powerful medium at art, to enhance understanding and connection. It presents the work of artists from all over the United States in multiple media; sketches from battlefields, encampments and military hospitals, oils on canvas, sculpture from bronze and wood, watercolors on paper, video, poetry and more. Peter Wernau, President and CEO of Wernau Asset Management, and a major supporter of the exhibition writes,“We are proud to support our veterans and humbly strive to live by the values they set for our country of loyalty, courage and integrity.”

No one comes home from a war unchanged. Combat veterans who are artists have the means to process those changes that are both cathartic and expressive. This exhibition explores the wide range of veteran’s responses to being “in war and after”, from the very literal through the abstract to the conceptual in a deliberate attempt to represent as wide a range of response by veterans as possible. After reviewing the submissions to the exhibition, curator Ken Hruby states,As a veteran of Vietnam and an artist, I’ve been waiting a very long time for this show. It offers the public a wide variety of the amazing work of combat artists and other veterans. It’s been a joy and an honor to be involved.”

Acoustic Night at Feather & Wedge – Thursday, April 19, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Acoustic Night at Feather & Wedge – Thursday, April 19, 7:00 – 9:00 PM


Andrew James, returns to Feather & Wedge Thursday, April 19. Andrew has an extensive set list of original music and covers by artists including Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Tracy Chapman, John Mayer and Jack Johnson. Come have dinner and enjoy this very talented artist.

Thursday, April 19

7:00 to 9:00 PM

Reservations suggested.




Cape Ann Community

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is still accepting students for its upcoming class of 2019.  Classes begin in September.  There are no math or science prerequisites needed –  all high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 26 are encouraged to apply!

Visit our website or contact Education Director John Doyle at 978.491.5968 or to learn more about our unique, hands-on training program.

Rolling Admission flier 4.2.18

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A Sad Arrival Home by Unknown Photographer

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This photograph shows the arrival of one of Gloucester’s own, Michael Grella, 21, at Logan Airport in March. Michael, who grew up in Gloucester, enlisted in the Army after graduating High School and held the rank of Specialist.

The photographer is unknown, but was a passenger on the American Airlines flight. Michael’s sister, Jessica Grella, recently posted the photo on her Facebook page, in hopes of finding out who the photographer is. She gave me permission to send it to Good Morning Gloucester.

In the photo you can see the gathering of escorts, Logan Airport Fire Department, State Police, TSA, and family to the right, paying their respects. Many people on the plane had their hands over their hearts, and more paid their respects in the terminal.

Jessica wrote, “I would love to know who the person was who took this photo and thank them. It’s almost like you can see heaven opening up for Michael. Mike, we miss you so much.”
Thanks Joey


Something That Comes Out Great In The Air Fryer- Trader Joe’s Birds Nests

Kate Made These Last Night In the Airfryer and They Were Delicious. 12 minutes at 400 degrees

Get them in the freezer section at Trader Joes.  Pop them in the Airfryer and 12 minutes – done!

Made them in our NuWave 6 Quart  Airfryer- Read the reviews here

B073HCC134 Air Fryer Brio 6qt Blk



Backyard Growers Spring Seedling Sale 4/22

Cape Ann Community

Spring seedling sale happening at the Backyard Growers Office (271 Main St.) on Sunday, April 22nd. Seedlings grown by Cedar Rock Gardens in West Gloucester and can be available through purchase of cash, card, check, or SNAP/EBT.

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Gloucester, MA, April 16, 2018 … Beauport Financial Services, LLC. (BFS), an independent, locally owned, client-centered advisory, wealth & risk management firm based in Gloucester, with a proprietary, partnering approach to client services, serving individuals, businesses & families throughout Eastern Massachusetts, is pleased to announce Serena M. Low, Jongdai (Jon) Park and Kevin M. Bilenchi, partners of the firm.  In doing so,  managing partners David S. McKechnie, CLU® & Derek J. Reed, CFP®, CLU® ensure the firm and its clients will continue to benefit from the caring, personal relationships, strategic thinking, passion for professional development, expertise & leadership the new partners’ provide, each a specialist & emblematic of BFS’s maxim, “where care meets craft (™)”.  

Serena M. Low, Partner, Director of Client Care & Operations, is highly respected & valued by clients & colleagues for her many acts in support of the needs of others within Cape Ann, spanning her 20 years at BFS.  Low manages a broad range of direct contact client services while overseeing overall operations ensuring clients receive timely, quality care by guiding staff in traversing specific, challenging financial and insurance matters, & shepherding their continuing education. A key role is Low’s managing the firm’s essential relationship with Valmark Securities, Inc., the firm’s broker dealer.  Low resides in Gloucester with husband Patrick & sons  Jacob & Jackson.

“Our bond of friendship is deeply cherished as is my admiration for Serena’s special ability to creatively balance & expand her professional development over 20 years at Beauport, never compromising her family affairs, relishing her role as mom and wife.  Given all Serena’s attributes, we especially marvel at her leadership in guiding our firm, supporting our clients, and remarkably, how she continues to volunteer time helping to improve lives on Cape Ann. Simply an indispensable person & partner”, extolled, David S. McKechnie, CLU®, Managing Partner, BFS.

Jongdai (Jon) Park, Partner, Director of Financial Planning, Investments & Insurance

During Park’s 14 years at Beauport his financial, management and technical acumen along with  his ability to identify meaningful business trends, have expanded his strategic leadership role.  Central to Park’s contributions in directing investment services is his skill in seamlessly incorporating state-of-the-art investment technology with sophisticated financial planning for retirement, income, and charitable planning.   Park is active in supporting the well-being of North Shore families serving on the North Shore YMCA Board of Directors.  With his wife Brooke, their young family, son Elias and daughter Renee, Beverly, MA is home.

“Jon’s innate capacity for financial planning combined with his knowing application of cutting-edge technology products essential to the financial services and insurance industries, ensures Beauport clients and our team are expertly guided by his craft in designing and directing our financial services information platform, serving investment and insurance planning and goals.  Jon enriches us all with his wit, his contributions to community and passion for his family, faith & beloved Red Sox”, explained Derek J. Reed, CFP®, CLU®, Managing Partner, BFS. 

Kevin M. Bilenchi, Partner, Director of Investment Operations          

In his 10 years with the Beauport Team, Bilenchi’s marketing and business administration experience, combined with his professional development in finance and insurance, have broadened  his role in coordinating client investments.  Teaming with the firm’s managing partners, Bilenchi implements marketing initiatives to realize BFS’s business plans and goals.  Together with wife Erin, sons Nicholas and Hunter, Rockport, MA is home.             

“Kevin’s drive to consistently focus on and expand his skills in investment services, enhancing investor safeguards, his crucial role of integrating these practices in support of our business model while promoting our services to the core publics we partner with, continues to strengthen the benefits of these initiatives and relationships.  Now as partner, we look forward to Kevin’s more direct role with our clients”, stated David S. McKechnie, CLU®, Managing Partner, BFS. 

Beauport Financials Founding Principle – “where care meets craft”

Each year at the firm’s holiday open house in December, the focus is the awarding of grants for the urgent work of acclaimed charities, and the occasion to celebrate the effort of  BFS clients who nominated charitable candidates through the firm’s Richard D. Wilson Community Response Gift Fund. To make this possible Beauport annually sets aside 10% of its profits to fund the grants. Since its 2005 inception, The Wilson Fund has awarded hundreds of thousands of charitable dollars to dozens of North Shore charities in support of their valued services. 

Founded in 1985 by managing partner David S. McKechnie, CLU®, subsequently joined by managing partner Derek J. Reed, CFP®, CLU®, Beauport Financial Services, LLC provides comprehensive personal and business services employing an advisory approach to solving the needs, and accomplishing the goals of individuals, businesses, and families.  The depth of experience and expertise of the Beauport team is further enhanced by its affiliation with Valmark Advisors, providing independent third party financial advisory solutions.  Based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Beauport Financial’s client base encompass Boston’s North Shore, Greater Boston and New York.     

The Wonderful Janice Lufkin Shea Has Passed

One of the most passionate people about Gloucester I knew.


Janice Lufkin Shea Braces For Weekend Storm With Raingear Available At The Cormorant Shop, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Cormorant Shop Carries Very Affordable SouWesters and Rain Gear

Cormorant Shop Carries Very Affordable Sou’Westers and Rain Gear


Here’s Janice, member of our Block Party Committee, owner of the Cormorant Shop and good egg.   She brought by a pile of GHS yearbooks.  I’m looking for some yearbooks from the seventies and eighties if anyone has them, swing by the dock so I can take some pictures.
Janice Lufkin Shea GHS Class of 63, originally uploaded by captjoe06.



Did you know that you can pay for a monthly parking permit and never have to worry about feeding the meters?

I didn’t til my buddy Janice Lufkin Shea told me about them.

In fact I couldn’t find anything about them on the City Of Gloucester website.

City Of Gloucester Parking Permit, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Part of The Block Party Clean Up Crew

Part of The Block Party Clean Up Crew- Nick Parisi, Janice Lufkin Shea, Dave (Erika’s Husband) Linn Parisi, and Frank Ciolino- Not pictured- Ed Collard, Vickie Van Ness, Erika Hansen, Donna Ardizzoni and Rick Moore.

Letter to the editor from Pauline Bresnahan


Published Gloucester Daily Times 2017
Opening a business is scary. Being a woman and opening a business can be frightening.  This is exactly how I felt 18 years ago when I opened my small retail shop in West Gloucester.  Luckily my  friend who owned a business, also a woman,  became my mentor, my support system and  my sounding board when I needed to seek advice or an opinion. She helped me figure it out, either by listening or sometimes by asking a question that helped lead me to figuring it out myself.

Janice Lufkin-Shea owned the Cormorant Shop, a small specialty clothing store first in Rockport and then moving it to Main St. in her much loved hometown of Gloucester. Janice ran her business for more than 20 years successfully.

Her passion for her community and her never ending source of inspiring ideas helped create many of the treasured events or programs that make our city unique.

Have you purchased a Cape Ann Gift Certificate?? As the Chair of the Cape Ann Chamber Retail division Janice’s Cape Ann Gift Certificate idea came to be.

Have you  enjoyed and or attended the Lobster Trap Tree lightning on Main St.??  Janice had a dream of a lobster trap tree and with a lot of help from her friends she saw her vision become a reality. Thanks to Janice our entire community now has this Main St. treasure to enjoy with their entire family bringing life again to Main St.Have you ever enjoyed an evening on Main St. at one of the Block Partys??

Janice talked and talked  to everyone about her desire to have a block party on Main St.  Because her friends loved her passion they got together and heard about her vision and organized the first Downtown Block Partys.

She inspired us with her creative ideas, she encouraged us with her praise and she only asked that we do it with love for our community in our heart.

Janice, you are a wonderful business woman, an amazing mentor but most of all a dear, dear friend. I hope that I can be that type of friend and mentor for a young woman starting out like you were to me. Our shared love for our beautiful city is what we have in common and my hope is someday I too can create a lasting tribute that shows my love for my community as you have.

Thank you for all you have done, Gloucester is so much better because you cared.

Pauline Bresnahan

Owner Pauline’s Gifts                                                                                                                                                                   Chairwoman City of Gloucester Tourism Commission

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