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Gonna Do A Limited Run Of These Gloucester Beach Sticker T Shirts / Hoodies


High Quality Heather Gray T Shirts/Hoodies With Navy Logo

If you want to preorder some I’ll place the order and you will get the size that you want.  If you want a different color or a hoodie, just leave a comment and I can put in a special order for white or something else.


GMG Stats- Still Growing By Leaps and Bounds…

Every year I figure our growth has got to start hitting up against some type of slowdown and every year we just keep cranking, adding multiple subscribers every single day to the feed, to the Facebook page, to the podcasts.  This train is still chugging thanks to the hard/fun work of our contributors.  Lets keep chugging crew!

Is GMG your first look online in the morning?

Facebook Insights vs similar pages-


Yesterday 77,940 views


Close To A Half A Million Views for The past 7 Days


Last 30 Days- Close to 2 Million Views


All Time- 77 and A Half Million Views


Any media outlet That Criticizes Marty Walsh On Not Giving In And Guaranteeing Cost Overruns For The Olympics Are What’s Wrong with Media

All the headlines are about how Boston bungled the Olympic Bid process.  the headline should be that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh refused to give in and guarantee Cost Over-runs that would have burdened the city.  Anyone that doesn’t see that the Olympics completely screw the cities with huge bills for building monstrous facilities that never end up getting used are deaf dumb and blind.

So instead of criticizing Marty Walsh for how he handled it, I say he should be lauded for being financially responsible with the taxpayers money.  More elected officials should follow his lead.

Say what you will but these same media outlets would have skewered him way worse when the bills came due for the cost over-rides for inevitable mess that the Olympics would have made the City of Boston.


here’s the poll Nichole put up when we heard about the bid-

Olympic Rings Good or Bad for the Purse Strings?

Posted on January 9, 2015 by Nichole S.

and the poll results back then-


Community Photos 7/28/15

Art in Dogtown?

Robert Maselek submits-

If anybody is wondering where their stuffed animals have run off to, I spotted the aftermath of a stuffed animal party in Dogtown…art installation? Runaways?  Just wondering if any GMG readers have any idea

Peter Digre submits-

The salt sea was frozen on her breast,
The salt tears in her eyes
And he saw her hair, like the brown seaweed,
On billows fall and rise.
Such was the wreak of the Hesperus,
In the midnight and the snow,
Christ save us all from a death like this,
On the reef of Norman’s Woe.


Good morning, Joey. 

We drove through a turn-around-if-you-have-any-sense downpour near Essex to find perfect dinner weather at the Harriet Webster Pier.  This was our second time at The Evening in White,  and we recognized many of the same people from last year, which only added to this year’s experience.  Enclosed are a few of our photos and here is the link to rest:

For comparison here are last year’s:

Lastly, I meant to send you this year’s Rockport Raging Inferno photos:

Michael Miller

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Stephanie Palazola Oneil Gives The Correct Answer To Yesterday’s Gloucester Trivia Question: What Downtown Gloucester Storefront Currently Occupies The Space Where Palazola’s Sporting Goods Originated back In the Day…

Stephanie Palazola O’Neil gives us the correct answer- Pisces!
Tracey Mortillaro, Jenn Cullen, Grace Numerosi had it right! Congratulations. (It was my guess too.)
Stephanie adds-
Matty’s hair salon was where the original Jalapeños was, and then they expanded into what was the Rigger.




Joey C:
Your source for Cape Ann health, fitness and wellness information

Originally posted on Cape Ann Wellness:

Harbor Cruise

Mollie and John Byrnes were honored last week on a Gloucester Harbor cruise fundraising event featuring live entertainment and a silent auction.

The Gloucester residents invited others in the community to join them in supporting a new Cardiology Suite at Addison Gilbert Hospital with a $150,000 challenge grant to the Addison Gilbert Society.

“We are so pleased to support the new Cardiology Suite, and delighted that Dr. Michael Arsenian is heading this important service at Addison Gilbert Hospital,” said John Byrnes.

In April, the brand new Cardiology Suite at Addison Gilbert Hospital opened. Featuring two physician offices, two patient exam rooms, a registration area, and a spacious and comfortable waiting area for patients and family members, the suite is conveniently located adjacent to the hospital’s main entrance and close to frequently needed diagnostic and treatment areas. The new practice is led by Michael Arsenian, MD, a well-known and well-respected cardiologist.

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Chamber Events!

MANCHESTER’S Festival by the sea returns on Saturday, august 1


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On Saturday, August 1, Manchester’s summertime celebration of local art, music and food, Festival by the Sea, returns to downtown. The popular annual event will feature close to 100 artists ranging from painters to jewelers and artisans, and it will stretch from Town Hall Common throughout town and into Masconomo Park.

In the park, visitors will find not only art, but a variety of foods provided by local restaurants and food trucks as well as a beer garden featuring Cape Ann Brewing’s signature ale, Fisherman’s Brew.

On the Masconomo Park bandstand, live music will extend throughout the day featuring many Cape Ann favorites, with the all-day event culminating with a 4 pm headlining performance by Brian Alex, of ENTRAIN. This year’s music is sponsored by the Kelly Automotive Group.

Festival by the Sea begins at 10 am and continues until 6:00 pm. There will be food, music, beer and wine in Masconomo Park all day long. There will also be activities for children throughout the day. In the event of inclement weather, the rain date will be the following day, Sunday, August 2. For more information, go to or follow Festival by the Sea on Facebook.

The event is free and there will be ample parking and a complimentary shuttle to and from satellite parking areas, compliments of Beauport Ambulance. Mark your calendar and pack your blanket for a day of great music, inspired artistry and delicious, locally grown foods.

Festival by the Sea is brought to you by the Manchester Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Applied Materials, Cell Signaling, 7 Central, Foreign Affairs and 104.9FM.

GLOUCESTER BLUES FESTIVAL returns on Saturday, august 8


clip_image002Now in its fourth year, this annual event has brought blues lovers from far and wide to Gloucester each August since 2012. Nearly 1,500 people attended last summer’s festival and this year’s show should exceed that number with the interest that has been generated!

Make sure to get your tickets early as blues lovers from throughout the Northeast will look to get the best seats in this beautiful harborside park.

World-class blues will reverberate through the park from 11 am to 8 pm with some of the nation’s finest performers playing from the Gloucester Blues stage. This year’s list of performers includes Sugar Blue, Lil’Ed and the Blues Imperials, Albert Castiglia, Joanna Connor, Alexis O. Suter, Mitch Woods and Juke Joint Five.

Located right on the harbor at beautiful Cressey’s Beach, the event will have a beer and wine garden and outstanding food vendors. Bring your own chairs or blankets (sorry, no pets, no umbrellas and no coolers). Tickets are $28.00 in advance or $40.00 at the gate.

To purchase advance tickets online up until August 3, and for further information, visit, or stop in at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester, MA. On-site city parking is $15.00 (free on-street parking is limited to 1 to 2 hours). The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is the principal sponsor of the Gloucester Blues Festival, which is produced by Paul Benjamin and Bob Hastings.


2015 magnolia Road Race Info!

The 5K and 1K Fun Run will be held on Saturday, August 29th beginning at 8:30AM. More details and sign up are available at

The 5K is USA Track & Field sanctioned event and will be chip timed. 100% of the proceeds go to The Magnolia Library and Community Center.

The Kid’s 1K is only $5 and includes the pancake breakfast. The Joe Nadeau Band will be playing at the start and finish lines of both races. Come help us make this the biggest and most fun race morning ever!



Magnolia Road Race Committee


2015 Blackburn Challenge Results


Good People,
Attached please find the preliminary results for this year’s Blackburn Challenge.  The race happened yesterday, Saturday July 25.  It’s a 20-mile open ocean race around Cape Ann.
Chris Chappell, you can post this on the web site to get the usual feedback from race participants regarding the accuracy.
There are many, many stories from this race.  Tamsin, Donna tells me you were there when some of the #$@% was hitting the fan on the beach, so you know a little bit about what was going on.
Although the wind speed was fairly normal for this area, the wind direction made for tough conditions (north, north-east blowing down the back shore).  Here are some facts that make this race stand out:

  • There were 59 participants who started the race and did not finish.  Last year there were 6.  I wouldn’t be surprised to learn we had the largest number of DNF in Blackburn history, but I don’t know that.  The last big weather year was 2000, and I count 33 DNFs that year.
  • This was the year of the High Performance Kayak.  There were only four boats that finished in under 3 hours, all of them single HPK men.  Last year 48 boats finished in under 3 hours, and they were all different kinds of boats.  The winning HPK boat finished sixth overall.  Normally the big multi person boats and the sliding seat racing boats own the fastest times.
  • The race committee accounted for every single boat, every single human.  The participants were excellent to help us out by calling the race number when they stopped.  We took to putting the official race number on the wrist bands we use for meal tickets.  That has proven very helpful. 
  • The timing boat followed in the last two participants relieving the coast guard who had a very busy day. 
  • The chase boats won the day with their immediate response to challenging conditions.  
  • The Gloucester police were also very helpful on the water lending a tow rope to a boat in distress. 
  • Many, many race participants put aside their competitive nature to help a fellow racer in trouble.  We deduct time from participants who lose time helping others. 
  • The ham radio guys keep track of all the boats on the course.  They know how many have dropped out, how many have passed half way, how many rounded the breakwater.  This proved invaluable for tracking the boats.
  • It was a very well run race.

2015 Blackburn Preliminary Results are up on the website for download. If any questions, discrepancies please let us know.

Looking For Some Local GMG Volunteers To Test Free Dog Tag Prototypes For Church St Press

churchstpresspageChurch Street Press is making tags from old typewriter keys and is currently looking for a few good volunteers…


Play the video to check out the program-


Church Street Press is making dog tags from old typewriter keys and is currently looking for 15 to 20 people that would be interested in taking part in some end-product testing for these tags.  The testing is centered around the particulars of the type of protective finish that is applied to the tag after it is made.

What you get:  A free tag!  Two actually.  Read on for more info…

What you need to do:  Once you get your tag, provide me with regular updates on its appearance–wear and oxidation–for the next three months. Sending a photo once every couple of weeks is fine.  At the end of the test period, I will select the best finish per the testing results, and you will receive a coupon code for another free tag.

If you are interested in taking part, please send an email to and I will get back to you.

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