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Community Stuff 8/25/15

The Gloucester  Nor Easters  are wrapping our first  summer program this Friday  Aug 29. We  have had a very  successful campaign  with  about 45 participants this summer which  was done a every  Friday thru July and August. I was hoping you could assist  us in promoting the Fall  season ,  I have attached a flyer that can be used if possible on your web site. Please feel  free to call me at home if you would like to further discuss or receive more information , my home number is 978 515 7116
Glen  O. McEachern



Poet Charles Giuliano at Annisquam Village Library August 27

The poet, Charles Giuliano, spent the summers of his youth in Annisquam.

On Thursday, August 27, at 7:30 PM he will return to his roots with a reception and reading from Shards of a Life at the Annisquam Village Library at 354 Leonard Street, rear.

The book of verse, which is available through Amazon, contains a number of poems related to growing up in Annisquam.

A second book Total Gonzo Poems which will be published this fall contains a chapter The Nugents of Rockport. On his mother’s side, Dr. Josephine Flynn, his Irish ancestors are an important part of Cape Ann History.

In 1875 Patrick and Mary Nugent, Irish immigrants, leased the 32 acre Beaver Dam Farm in Rockport from the Babson family. They raised 13 children of which three died tragically in 1913.

When Mary died in 1927 the farm was abandoned and later torched by local kids. All that survives is the stone kitchen from 1658. George Nugent bought land up the road on which is now located Nugent Farms a condominium complex. For a time George Nugent was the Boss Tweed of Gloucester politics.

There will also be a reading of selections of Nugent poems from the soon to be published book.

Now retired from teaching art history and running the gallery program for Suffolk University/ New England School of Art and Design Giuliano has an extensive career as a curator and critic. He also taught at Boston University, U. Mass Lowell and other colleges.

In 1970 he coined the word Gonzo which he was the first to publish in a July 3, review of Ten Years After at Harvard Stadium. At the time he was the rock critic for the daily Boston Herald Traveler. Giuliano is the only surviving original gonzo journalist. That legacy is the focus of his second book.

In addition to the Herald Traveler he was a columnist and editor of Art New England, contributor to Art News, the daily Patriot Ledger, Boston After Dark/ Phoenix and numerous publications.

Currently he lives in the Berkshires where he and his wife Astrid Hiemer publish and edit the on line digital magazine Berkshire Fine Arts.

An Offer To All #GloucesterMA Election Candidates:


As you all know we don’t take political stances here or endorse candidates but what I’d like to offer is an invitation for any candidate that is running for office in Gloucester to submit a video explaining why they think they are best suited for the position they are running for.  The easiest way to do this would be to upload the video to YouTube.

The videos will be released once and placed on GMG at 7PM on the following night that they are received.  If more than one video is submitted to me at then the first one that is submitted will be aired the following evening at 7PM and the next one submitted will be posted the following evening at 7PM.  There will be a link in each candidates post containing their video to which will have all previously submitted candidate’s videos.

Once they are submitted they will be added to where all the videos will be available for viewing at any time on the same page.

In the title of the video it should list the candidate’s name- position they are running for and the words “GMG submission”.

If a candidate is not able to create a video to submit, then that speaks in my opinion to their qualifications to hold a position at this level of City Government.  If a candidate doesn’t read GMG or doesn’t get the word about this opportunity then that also speaks to their qualifications to hold a position at this level of City Government knowing the reach GMG has.

As always the GMG politics disclaimer- any post on these pages containing a candidate does not imply an endorsement for any candidate.  Comments on for these video submissions on the blog will be turned off for these posts as well.

Hopefully this will serve to help candidates get their message across.

Good luck and thank you to all that participate in the process for the love of Gloucester and making it better.

The 39th running of the Magnolia Road Race Is Next week!


Hi Joey,

We are pleased to announce the 39th running of the Magnolia Road Race to benefit the Magnolia Library Center next Saturday morning. This year, the great Joe Nadeau Band featuring Sandy Peek will perform right on Lexington Ave at the finish line.

The traditional kid’s 1K Fun Run will begin at 8:30AM followed by the USATF approved 5K Road Race at 9:15 AM.  The 1K Fun Run route will follow Norman Ave. to Shore Road to Hesperus Ave. to Lexington Ave. and finishing at the Library. The 5K road race map below outlines the route and streets that could be affected between 8:30AM and 10:15AM.  Senator Bruce Tarr will officially start the 5K while Cape Ann Savings Bank EVP and Team Gloucester running legend Bob Gillis will kick off the 1K.

Still Time to Register To Run: It is easy to register any of the following ways:

· On-line at  ($25 or $20 for Magnolia Residents; $5 for the kids fun run)

· If you choose to register on race day, please be certain to show up well before race time. ($30 race day)

We hope you can run our classic 5K (3.1 miles) race or come out to cheer on the runners! Race day registration is in the Library. The starting line is at 1 Lexington and Norman in front of the Library Center.

All are welcome to join in the Library’s pancake breakfast and Gloucester Police touch a truck!  Kids get free pancakes and entry to the Library’s Bouncy House as part of their 1K entry fee.

Sponsors:  The race committee could not be more pleased by the generosity  of our sponsors this year.  Led as always by the Cape Ann Savings Bank, we are so grateful to the following companies:

Cape Ann Savings Bank, Machine Tech., Inc., Extreme Truck & Auto, O’Hara Industrial Service

Manchester Athletic Club, Bass Rocks Golf Club, Shannah Montessori School, Jennifer’s Hair Studio and Spa, LUX Realty Group

Magnolia’s, Building Center, Rooter Man, Freedom Fitness, Hiltz Disposal, Lee Pasture Farms, The Joe Nadeau Band

Daymark Solutions, Cape Ann Auction, Magnolia 525 Tavern, Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shoppe, JPL Landscaping

Good Morning Gloucester, Jungle Stuff, Palazola’s Sporting Goods

For Safety the Following Roads will be Closed During the Event:

Norman Avenue, from Ocean Ave to Dalton Ave ( 8:25AM-8:35AM; 9:10AM-9:20AM)

Lexington Avenue, from Hesperus Ave. to Norman Ave. (8AM to 10:45AM)

Magnolia Avenue from Magnolia Square to Western Ave. (approx. 9:25AM to 10:10AM)


PS: We are still looking for race volunteers.  If interested, please reach out to


BeautyBar New Logo Beautifies Neighborhood

Hi Joey! …Mr. Small Business Person of the Year! Congrats to you!
Here’s my small business story about my long awaited logo.
When I first launched BeautyBar—a hair cutting/styling business—4 years ago, needless to say, I was unsure of its’ future. Investing immediately in its identity with a logo and advertising seemed risky.
Over the past four years, Beauty Bar on Parker Street has made itself known and gained a foothold here in ‘Glosta’. But the shops lack of any real signage has been criticized by my clients as having ‘no presence’. I realized the time had come for this busy one-woman beauty shop operator, as well as fine artist (I paint and display my canvases at the shop as well) to finally get that logo done!
My graphic designer friend, Deb Queally called me to chat about the long, hard winter we had, and the topics of hair, art and logos came up. Old ideas for the Beauty Bar logo we had had four years earlier were dusted off and joined up with the new, and she’s come up with an outstanding representation of my business. FINALLY A LOGO!
So I thought I would contact you for the BIG REVEAL, as my sign/banner will be more of a piece of public art than just an ad cluttering the landscape. It will adorn the sloping roof I share with that chic late night bar, Pratty’s, aka the ‘Parker Street Palace’. Filming by K Films of a bar fight with Casey Affleck, recently took place there and I’m in the scene holding a fake beer (never thought I’d be in that act)! I also got to do the hair of a few of the locations crew!
The hood is shaping up here on the old State Fish Pier! I’m in good company with Tree Top Yoga, Three Lanterns Bait and Tackle Shop, Wholefoods Distributors, Essex County Landscape Associates and recently the new home of Yankee Fleet Tickets.
Okay…here it is…maybe I can I get a drum roll from David Doc Vincent?!
Fond Regards, Laureen Maher
BeautyBar, Owner/Stylist/Artist • 12 Parker Street • Glosta, MA •


Pat and Jim Dalpiaz Big Time GMG FOBs Stop By For A Chat

Pat and Jim give props to James Eves, Donna, Kim, Sista Felicia, Kenny MacCarthy, misses the inappropriateness from the early days of GMG.

To get some quality GMG Logo gear Like Jim’s wearing check out the storefront-
Featuring our latest super quality fleece lined Gloucester Beach Sticker Hoodie and T shirts

Community Stuff 8/24/15

Attention Professional and Recreational Photographers

The Rotary Club of Gloucester is holding a Photo Contest for its Annual Calendar.  All profits from this calendar sales go to support the Club’s many community and international projects and activities.  Winners will have their photos featured in the 2016 Calendar and will receive a $50 cash prize and photo credit in the calendar. 

Photos that show the beauty of Cape Ann in all four seasons, Gloucester photos preferred, images from other Cape Ann towns considered.  We are looking for very high quality fall, winter, spring and summer images. A selection committee from the Gloucester Rotary Club will make the choices.

Technical specifications:
Horizontal, color, minimum size 12 x 8” .jpg files at 300 dpi. In your entry email, title and identify where the photos were shot and the approximate month (if possible) they were made.  Photo title must be in your file name. (e.g. good harbor_dawn.jpg). Make sure to give your name and contact info with your entries as a Word document. Photographers who submit photos understand that we may need to slightly crop or downsize the winning entries for printing purposes and accept this. We reserve the right to use low res files of winning entries to help advertising the sale of the calendar. No copyright watermarks are to be embedded in the photos or they will automatically be rejected.

How many?
Maximum 5 entries per person

Where to?
All entries must be emailed to:

Entry Deadline: September 18, 2015  12:00 PM 

Rotary Club of Gloucester MA

P.O. Box 1228

Gloucester, MA 01930
Tracy Arabian
Rotary Club of Gloucester MA

Thrift Shop Grand Re-Opening

St John’s Episcopal Church is pleased to announce the grand re-opening of its Thrift Shop on Saturday, August 29th from 9 am – 2 pm. The Thrift Shop closed last summer for renovations, following the installation of the church’s new heating system. We are again able to serve the community by offering gently used goods at reasonable prices. Following the August 29th re-opening, the Thrift Shop will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 2 pm until the end of November. St John’s is located at 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, and the entrance to the Thrift Shop is from the church parking lot on Washington Street.

I am trying to remember the name of a cool clothing discount store which was in Rockport in the 60’s. My friends and I used to drive up there from Cambridge for our back-to-school clothing, but we can’t remember the name of it. Can you help!

GloucesterCast 147 Taped 8/23/15 With Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro


GloucesterCast 147 Taped 8/23/15 With Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro. Kim’s visit to Menemsha, comparing Menemsha to Gloucester, Kudos To Maritime Gloucester Heritage Center, Schooner Festival News, Rotary Calendar, Can’t say enough about the Ellis Family and The Schooner Thomas E Lannon, Thanks to the Skipper of The Schooner Adventure, Lit House Event, Strandbeast, New Phone LG G4, Joey’s desire for a thicker cell phone with a larger battery vs a thinner lighter cell phone, LG G4 vs iPhone 6 plus same screen size but iPhone much larger phone, people that you see on a weekly basis and every time they see you ask you how old your kids are, cheap toilet paper and paper towels are worthless, six GMG contributors now own STOK grills, status of Kim’s Butterfly movie, League of Women’s Voters Mayoral debate coming up, we will miss Anne Malveaux and her family, Bass Rocks Beach Club sign.

Edit: Regarding the Bass Rocks Beach Club Signage A FOB Has Emailed More Detailed Information On Which It Sounds Like There May Be An Upcoming Issue and My Statement of What I Believed To Be The Case May Be Off.



Vernon’s Pit, Lanesville- Summer of 1972 Mystery

Dee Noble asks-

Through a series of very odd coincidences, Steve and I met Jim and Kathy from Roanake, VA today. They are here as a result of a near-death experience Jim had at Vernon’s Pit in Lanesville in either July or August of 1972. Jim was living temporarily on Day Ave in Lanesville that summer.

Jim and his friend were sitting on the rocks when he realized that a younger kid (high school age) was in trouble in the water. He jumped in and was able to rescue this kid and gave him mouth-to-mouth until the ambulance arrived.

He heard later from a neighbor who knew a nurse at AGH that the kid survived. Jim is determined to find out who this man is.

He is pretty sure the kids name was also Jim, had dark hair, and was with (3) other boys and (1) girl at the time. The man would be somewhere around his 60’s now. Any and all information greatly appreciated. This incident changed the course of Jim’s life and I would love to see him solve the mystery!

The 2015 Schooner Festival poster is avail for sale for $5 (+postage/handling). Contact @MaritimeGlou #GloucesterMA

Alan Watts Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”

Alan Watts  (1915-1973)

Born in Britain, philosopher and theologian Alan Watts moved to the US in the thirties, attending Episcopal seminary while at the same time receiving training in Zen Buddhism. He served briefly as a priest but left the church to pursue a career as a teacher, writer, and lecturer. His bestselling 1957 book The Way of Zen was one of more than two dozen he wrote on spirituality, religion and consciousness. Many of his brilliant lectures are available on the web and as an Iphone app, and focus on the idea that we are not separate from the universe which surrounds us.

A Note To All Our Awesome Cape Ann Summer Residents and Visitors- The Clock Is Ticking…

Thanks for coming to the island and making yourself part of the community.  Just a friendly reminder before you leave though.  We only have a couple of weekends before the summer rental folks head back “up the line” back to their main places of residence.

Before it all slips away I suggest that you take that evening sail on the Thomas Lannon, The Ardelle, the Beauport Princess or a Harbor Cruise Aboard The Harbor Shuttle, get to that awesome restaurant that you’ve been meaning to get to all summer long but haven’t been to yet, visit the museums you haven’t seen, buy that painting or awesome print that you’ve been admiring all summer long and support the community that you’ve been part of for the summer.

We appreciate your patronage and what you bring to our local merchants.  It’s a long winter for a lot of these folks and often times toward the end of the summer people tend to just lounge around but then winter comes and there are so many things you wish you would have done.

The best part of the year is right here- squeeze every last bit of fun out of it.

-Joey C


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