Category Archives: Gloucester History

$463,141: City Council okays 14 CPA grants for 2016. Info meeting for 2017 application February 8th

Congratulations to the 2016 (round 7) awardees!  Their final presentations were at City Council on Tuesday.

 

Since Gloucester voted to approve the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in 2008, the city has administered 7 rounds of funded projects throughout our community. Have a look at who you helped fund in 2016

  1. North Shore CDC and Action, Harbor Village *missing this photo but great presentation!
  2. Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association, Wheeler School House & GFD Riverdale Hose, No 2
  3. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Civil War Monument
  4. Generous Gardeners, Stacy Boulevard Gardens
  5. Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee, Welcome Center Renovations
  6. Community Development Dept., Stage Fort Park Beautification Project
  7. City Clerk’s Office, Archives Initial Storage Project, Phase I
  8. Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Grove Cemetery continued restoration
  9. Gloucester Committee for the Arts, “Out of the Shadows: Gloucester’s historic Depression Era Mural” preserve & restore murals with refined project scope,discovery and schedule of work
  10. Historic New England, Beauport Museum, outer building roof replacement
  11. Sargent Museum, Preservation of porch, granite steps & retaining wall
  12. Gloucester Writers Center, Preservation of Maud/Olsen Library & GWC Archives
  13. Maritime Gloucester, Rehab & Restoration of the railway
  14. Friends of Burnham’s Field, Continued rehab of Phase I of Burnham’s Field Restoration

Safe bet you might know someone assisting one of these projects. Who else helps?  The volunteers on the Community Preservation Committee are fantastic: Catherine Bill Dugan, Catherine Schlichte, Henry McCarl, David Rhinelander, John Feener, Barbara Silberman, Heide Wakeman, Ellen Preston, and Scott Smith. There’s no break for this committee. From start to finish the process from an applicant’s perspective takes nearly a year. Depending upon the project, it will involve assistance from the Community Preservation Committee, City staff and various departments, City Council, City Council sub committees, and the administration.  Just as one round winds down, the next year’s process and round of applicants gears up. Visit the Community Preservation Committee page on the City website to learn more about the CPA and to see prior projects.

Save the date:The Community Preservation Committee will be hosting an information meeting for prospective 2017 applicants at Sawyer Free on  February 8, 2017 at 6pm. Applications are due April 17, 2017.

Debbie Laurie, a Senior Project Manager in the Community Development Department who manages Grants and CPA for the City writes about the info meeting: “We want to help guide applicants through the process and answer any questions you may have before filling out an application.  We can also determine if your project is actually eligible or not.  Please pass the word around if you know of anyone that may be interested. “

Sawyer Free at a crossroads: building plan meetings tomorrow January 11 at 4:00pm and 6:30pm

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Sawyer Free Building Committee is meeting at 4pm January 11, 2017 to discuss schematic design, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC grant opportunities), and ready another presentation. At 6:30pm they’ll give a second public presentation with the building team. (Today’s Gloucester Daily Times article by Ray Lamont has more information: Commish Questions: Library board presenting proposal at community forum Wednesday night) Below are photographs from the January 4th meeting for coporators and other invited guests. The library’s building committee and the new building team gave a presentation and fielded comments and questions. Attendees expressed both support and dismay. Like the schools, it’s a big topic.  There are similarities: seeking a matching state grant, steep building compliance requirements, same project manager as West Parish and architects as West Parish. Questions and concerns can be directed to a communications consultant engaged by the library who will help to connect you with answers. There was a scrumptious catering spread from Willow Rest. I liked the artisan flatbread school of fish display. Melissa and the Willow Rest team are so creative.

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The current North Shore Magazine gives a shout out to Beverly Library for being rather library-ish, “unlike a lot of libraries, it’s quiet.” Plus more interior photographs of the Boston Public Library.

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Boston Public Library passing through Daniel Chester French doors

 

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Longfellow among the 30 Boston notable mosaics

 

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Louis Saint-Gaudens twin lions, honoring Civil War veterans; grand stairs, ceiling, windows, partial peek at Puves de Chavennes murals

Balancing and balance

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Prior post: Proposed building plans. Plus universal access, consolidated archives and digitization

The Captain Nelson Amero Wheel project

Information provided by Jeff Amero:

The wheel is being shipped from Florida (cousin Chuck Amero) and will be rebuild by Captain Thomas Ellis over the winter and its new home will be at 20 Fort Square on the Captain Nelson Deck

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Captain Nelson Amero and the F/V Doris F. Amero

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Captain Nelson Amero  Roof Top Deck at 20 Fort Square

 

Found Old Rocky Neck Photos From Wm Kensington’s GREAT GREAT GREAT Grandfather Augustus Story Wonson

Hey Joey, I found these today, my Great Great Great Grandfather is Augusts Story Wonson, you know 24 Wonson Street Rocky neck first home built and the famous “Paint Factory”  Enjoy and feel free to share… Best Regards. Wm Keniston

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Now housing Sailor Stans!

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Boiled coffee From Al Bezanson

Boiled coffee has been the preferred morning beverage on GREEN DRAGON for most of the 53 years I’ve owned her.  On fishing vessels it was/is the way to go as well.  About fifty years ago I was aboard the dragger DELAWARE when provisions, including a boxed, new giant percolator, arrived from Gloucester Grocery.  Bert Cluett was the cook.  The first thing he did was unbox the percolator and fling the innards over the side at the state fish pier.  The general feeling was that sooner or later some of the parts would go missing, not to mention the extra work of cleaning them, so you might as well get rid of them forthwith.

It just came to my attention that my neighbor of long ago, Joseph Burnett,  patented a product for discerning coffee drinkers.  Only ½ cent per day per family. 

The patent  likely expired long ago, so here is an opportunity for someone to challenge the K-cup market and add value to cod landings.

Al Bezanson

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Eugene Simas and Dorothy Schobert – A love Story from the Hill

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Portuguese Hill of course. A Story that has it ALL – War, Love, Italy, Portuguese and a Wedding Dress made from a parachute.

The link to this story (Written By Gary R. Mormino, Special to the Tampa Bay Times) is about two people connected by a war, from two different places, one from the mid-west the other, from right here in Gloucester.

Click here to Link to the Story or copy the following url:

 http://www.tampabay.com/news/perspective/the-birth-of-a-boom/2230741

(This story is also a tribute to Eugene’s mother Gertrude, who was a very special lady helping my family when we first arrived here in the US in March of 1954)

Co-Authors of Fitz Henry Lane – Family and Friends

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Sarah Dunlap and Stephanie Buck co-authors of a book about Fitz Henry Lane.   The book can be purchased at the Gloucester Archive department, where Sarah volunteers, and also at the Cape Ann Museum where Stephanie works.

Also available at Amazon (Fitz Lane) 

 

Many thanks to both Sarah and Stephanie for all their help in my own research project.

 

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Lennie Merullo finds David Cox

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Lennie recently passed away at the age of 98 (May 5, 1917 – May 30, 2015), during his 50 years of scouting for the MLB, he found David Cox, see Newspaper clipping from Gloucester Times, stating that while scouting in the New England area. He had come to watch Gloucester’s Frankie Destino and Lynn English’s Johnny Hyde, but found in the midst David Cox.

“This Cox boy is a smooth operator, and looks like he can hit” said Lennie. “He’s a senior, you say? Looks like a good collge prospect to me. Has the arm, the speed and the power. One of the best boys I’ve seen this season”.

 

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David continues to show his passion for sports through his photography of local Gloucester High School Sports, and published here on GoodMorningGloucester. David’s GMG Posts

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FISHERMAN’S STATUE WAS NEVER CONTROVERSIAL!

For the latest on the proposed David Black sculpture controversy, read Bing McGilvray’s letter in today’s Gloucester Daily Times. The letter is not yet posted online as of 10am this morning, but you can read it on the opinion page in the paper or here:

“Today’s Editorial, City’s arts policy must define room for public input, leads off with the insinuation that every new work of public art is always met with some degree of negativity, followed by this statement: “Indeed, reports indicate that some local folks didn’t immediately warm even to sculptor Leonard Craske’s 1923 Man at the Wheel…” What reports are you citing here? Whatever the source, this is absolutely untrue.” READ COMPLETE TEXT HERE: Fisherman’s Statue Was Never Controversial!

Please attend the forum to begin the process of developing a city wide arts policy, which will be held on May 14th. The exact time to be announced shortly. This is an important discussion and I look forward to seeing you there!

They that go down to the sea in ships.

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BIKINI-SPEEDO DODGEBALL 2013 – THE MOVIE #gloucesterma

For all of you folks that have never witnessed THE MOVIE for 2013, please take the time to do so. You will be entertained.

(for ease of playback on a video of this length, click the play button, then pause it for a few seconds, it speeds up the loading process)

And please come out and support this years event, it’a for the NEXT STEP, they change lives…you could, too!

Book Recommendation “IRON MEN WOODEN SHIPS”

Book Recommendation 

This is an Awesome Book with great photos. Highly Recommended!

Tell him GMG sent you!

To purchase on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAPE-ANN-BOOKS-GLOUCESTER-MASS-FISHING-CAPTAINS-/141594890919

“IRON MEN

WOODEN SHIPS”

From the Author;

“IRON MEN WOODEN SHIPS SKIPPERS OF GLOUCESTER MASS. THE BOOK HAS 89 PAGES, EACH PAGE FEATURES A SKIPPER AND HIS BOAT WITH INFORMATION OF THE SKIPPER AND THE BOAT.THE PICTURE OF THE SKIPPER MEASURES 6″W BY 3″3/4″H.THE BOAT IS FEATURED UNDER THE SKIPPERS AND IS ALSO 6″W AND 3″3/4″H. THE COVER PHOTO IS THE FISHERMEN STATUE TAKEN DURING THE STORM OF 1978.THESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN IN THE EARLY TO MID 70’s.ALMOST EVERY BOAT HAS SUNK AND ONE LOST AT SEA WITH ALL HANDS.IT IS TRULY A ONE OF A KIND AND UNIQUE BOOK.MOST OF THE SKIPPERS HAVE PASSED AWAY SOME RETIRED TO THERE HOME COUNTRY AND SOME ARE STILL IN GLOUCESTER.THIS BOOK WILL BE A HANDSOME ADDITION TO ANY BOOK SHELF. THIS BOOK IS ALSO SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.”

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Don’t Plow Me In!

a9645_007wmMain Street, Rockport, circa 1898. Poole’s Drug Store is on the left, and Rockport’s first school house, circa 1790, is on the right. The team of horses in the background is most likely a wooden wedge-plow or a weighted wooden platform to compress the snow.

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