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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

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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

GloucesterCast 274 With Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/16/18


GloucesterCast 274 With Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/16/18



When you subscribe you need to verify your email address so they know we’re not sending you spam and that you want to receive the podcast. So once you subscribe check your email for that verification. If you don’t see it, check your spam folder in your email acct so you can verify that you’d like to get the GloucesterCast Podcast sent to you for listening at your convenience..


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

Patriots Day- 5 Year Anniversary Of The Marathon Bombings- Boston Strong

Recap Of Kim’s Friend Of The Earth Award and Keynote Speech At Salem State’s Earth Day Week

Bruins/Celtics/Red Sox

Hiding Gloves
Happy Birthday Ma Sunday Brunch At Feather and Wedge

Kim Reviews Doug Pappows Brown Dog In Ipswich

Naples with the Rabbit

Rough and Rowdy PPV

All Kinds Of Schedules and Programs To Get You In Shape Locally –

Pigeon Cove Tavern is Hiring!

We’re Opening The Lobster Pool In A Couple Week’s! Come Join Our Team

Pier 23 Kitchen is looking to add cooks, dishwashers, servers and food runners to its team

Oyster Night Is Back At Topside Grill

Good Morning Gloucester Dollar Oyster Week!!!!!!

Cedar Rock Gardens Opens Thursday

Good Harbor Beach Restoration Update From Phil Curcuru

David Robinson, Owner Of Windemere Art and Antiques in Rockport Entered The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Saturday Night

The Plovers Are Back- Piping Plover Monitor Volunteer Opportunities Contact Ken Whittaker At

Earth Day Clean Up Saturday April 21st at 9AM For More Info Click Here

Shoutout To Bex


The Thomas E Lannon Is Sailing To Philly For The Tall Ships!

$5 Community Crossfit Class

Cape Ann Wellness

Haven’t check out CFCA yet? Why not?! Join us at 18 Sargent Street every Saturday at 9AM for our Community Team WOD. You can even bring a friend! The more the merrier! $5 for all non members which is donated locally. No Crossfit experience necessary. If you’ve been wondering what Crossfit is all about, no better time than now. See you there!


Check us out at of find us on Facebook @crossfitcapeanners

Looking for an insight on what actually happens on Saturday mornings? Check out this first hand look at why people love CFCA!

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Still Time to Revolutionize Your Life in Time for Summer! Dive in to Our Spring 40 Days to Personal Revolution! Change Your Life by Waking up Sunday Morning and Meditating for 5 Minutes (do it badly! that’s okay!) – Eating Clean – Taking a Yoga Class – and Joining us at our Kick-Off Meeting 6:30-7:30. Everyone of us at Cape Ann Power Yoga WANTS for You to Succeed and Become a Part of Our Community! Old? Out of Shape? Inflexible? Never Done Yoga? All the Better. Join us and Revolutionize Your Health, Mental Clarity, Personal Relationships, and Overall Happiness.

Cape Ann Wellness



Kick-Off Meeting is Sunday night from 6:30-7:30 at Cape Ann Power Yoga, second floor Brown’s Mall – 186 Main Street, Gloucester. Please call, text, or email us with any questions at or 6178216734.

Sign up for the program HERE.

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GloucesterCast 273 with Melissa Cox, Rick Doucette, Jess Biker and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/13/18


GloucesterCast 273 with Melissa Cox, Rick Doucette, Jess Biker and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/13/18 and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/31/18



When you subscribe you need to verify your email address so they know we’re not sending you spam and that you want to receive the podcast. So once you subscribe check your email for that verification. If you don’t see it, check your spam folder in your email acct so you can verify that you’d like to get the GloucesterCast Podcast sent to you for listening at your convenience..


Topics Include:

31st Annual Pride Stride For More Info-

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



Cape Ann Community News 4/13/18

Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board


A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.



ATTENTION Gloucester High School Students (and Parents):

Summer is only 2 months away!

Applications for 2018 summer jobs are now being accepted!

Apply for a GHS summer internship for July and August. Get a jump on your friends and nail down a summer job. THERE ARE VERY LIMITED OPEN SLOTS, SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO REVIEWING YOUR APPLICATION ASAP!

As part of this internship you will:

  • Be matched with a local company where you will gain important workplace skills – we have multiple comanies looking to hire
  • Be paid minimum wage or a stipend
  • Start to build a solid resume for college and future endeavors

Internship highlights:

  • Open to students in 9th through 12th grades
  • Interviews are being conducted now
  • A 2.5 hour workplace skills workshop each Wednesday at GHS during the weeks of July 9th- August 17th, and an internship placement at least 10 hours per week

Applications are available online through LEAP for Education’s website:

Or apply by contacting JoAnn Leavitt at 774-270-0119 or There is also a QR code on the internship flyer below.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact your guidance counselor, or JoAnn Leavitt:
JoAnn Leavitt
Gloucester Program Coordinator
LEAP for Education


Appetite for ACTION this Tuesday!


Enjoy dinner and support your community, too!

For over 50 years, ACTION INC. has been dedicated to helping residents of Cape Ann access better opportunities through affordable housing advocacy, job training & education programs, emergency shelter services, fuel assistance, energy efficiency updates, and so much more. Appetite for Action RED

Canned Food Drive to Support St Vincent de Paul Saturday May 5th

APRIL 11, 2018 ~ KOFC215 ~

Come donate canned and non-perishable foods at Market Basket and Shaw’s on Eastern Avenue from 9 am to 3 pm.  The Gloucester Knights of Columbus and Rockport Boy Scouts will be collecting for the St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry located at Holy Family Parish.  You can also donate after Mass at St Anns and Our Lady of Good Voyage on the 5th and 6th.  Help feed local families in need!

Red Cross Blood Drive May 25th

APRIL 11, 2018 ~ KOFC215 ~

On Friday May 25th come give the gift of life at Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish Hall from 2 pm to 7 pm.  Register at 800-733-2767 or go online at

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Terrific GAAC Meeting Friday Night 4/13: Gravitational Waves



Sam Palmer (Electronics Engineer, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Lecturer on Astronomy, Harvard University) will be GAAC’s April speaker, with a presentation on the LIGO gravitational wave observatory.

What are gravitational waves? Check out, which describes them as “…ripples in space-time (the fabled “fabric” of the Universe) caused by massive objects moving with violent accelerations (in outer space that means objects like neutron stars or black holes orbiting around each other at ever increasing rates, or stars that blow themselves up).” That’s a picture of a LIGO observatory, above.

We’re really looking forward to this one.

More on our speaker:

Sam Palmer is an Electrical Engineer and Radio Astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  A member of the CfA’s Radio & Geoastronomy Group, Sam built the 1.2 m “Mini” radio telescope which has been hugely instrumental in increasing our understanding of the structure and chemistry of the Milky Way Galaxy.

The radio telescope has been mainly dedicated to obtaining what is by far the most extensive, uniform, and widely-used survey of dense, star-forming molecular clouds in our Galaxy. A total of 24 PhD dissertations have so far been written based on observations or instrumental work with these telescopes, and many more undergraduate students have participated in the observations either in course laboratories or as observing assistants.

Join us Friday night, April 13 at 8:00 pm at the Lanesville Community Center for an evening of fun, accessible science, great conversation and lots of goodies.

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets on the second Friday of the month at 8:00 at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Lanesville. You can find out more about the club on our Website, Facebook page, or twitter, @GAACster.

April Break at Backyard Growers


Looking for a fun and education way to spend April break? Join Backyard Growers on April 17th and 18th for days filled with plants, seeds, games, crafts, and more!

Contact: or call 978-281-0480 for more details.

April Break 2018 Flyer

Call NOW! Only two spots left in class!

IMAGE ~ APRIL 10, 2018 ~ LWHEELS2636 ~

ALI 1 4x6 postcard SPRING 2018 Computers ONLY FINAL

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