Category Archives: Gloucester Perspectives Interviews

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!

Cape Ann Bus Tale #1

I took the CATA bus to work this morning, and my driver was Gloucester’s Eddie Salah. Knowing that he owned George’s Coffee Shop on Washington Street at one time, I asked him if he was a good cook. “Hell no, I can’t even scramble an egg! Gloucester attorney Mike Faherty ordered a scrambled egg breakfast, and I had  folded it over like an omlette. Mike showed me how to cook it right, and I’m sure he remembers that hilarious event. That was about 40 years ago, when I was a 17 year old trainee.” Eddie is one of the most colorful and entertaining people I’ve met, and a good driver too! Today, Georges is one of the best breakfast joints around, and is still owned and operated by a Salah. https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=george’s+coffee+shop+gloucester+ma&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gws_rd=ssl

King Chemo and I

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I’ve met people who fear Chemotherapy, and I hope they never have to get it. Cancer patients undergoing this therapy react to it in different ways, some badly. Chemo or a different therapy can help rid you of your cancer.

My experience as a (non-medically) trained patient has been a good one at the Oncology Clinic on the 4th floor of Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. When I arrived yesterday morning, I was seated in a Lazy Boy type chair with a view of the Annisquam River and the outer harbor, provided with the morning paper, up to date magazine, a cable TV remote, and earbuds. The intravenous connection was made, freshly brewed coffee delivered, and I studied the breakfast menu. If the timing is right, I get lunch too. I’d bring my laptop or tablet, but time goes by quickly with so many things do, and no pain whatsoever.

Why am I happy to be treated here for cancer? Most importantly, it will prolong my life. The above amenities are welcome, but the staff is key: “We want to make your experience here as pleasant as possible,” they say. And they do.

A few hours later, I’m home expecting fatigue and the dreaded side effects. After 5 treatments, I’m not tired enough to nap, and go ahead with my everyday life, just a little slower. As I said above, this is MY experience with King Chemo, and so far, we’re getting along just fine.

Garden of Optimism

My rehabilitation garden, herbs of hope and happiness, as I joyously see it every morning. Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, with a Flowering Beauty. "Gardening is medicine that does not need  a prescription ... And with no limit on dosage." - Author unknown Garden of Optimism grown from seed in in Gloucester, and generously given as a healing gift by Lise Breen.

My rehabilitation garden, herbs of hope and happiness, as I joyously see it every morning. Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, with a Flowering Beauty.
“Gardening is medicine that does not need
a prescription … And with no limit on dosage.”
– Author unknown
Garden of Optimism grown from seed in in Gloucester,
and generously given as a healing gift by Lise Breen.

 

TOD Development Potential

I ran across this link to a MAPC study, browsing news for work. TOD or Transportation Oriented Developments are getting a lot of talk today and places like Melrose are already trying to capitalize on the idea. I thought to post the following link to the study  on GMG as the concept could be looked into for Gloucester and perhaps Beverly. The effort usually takes a zoning overlay district that allows mixed use developments and areas with strong connections to rail and bus systems. Not sure if anyone’s thinking along these lines already.

Follow this link to the MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council) study of stations within the Metro area showing potential for development and capacity. Melrose has now proposed zoning changes in it’s Tremont/Essex Street Commuter Rail Corridor. Some of these include relaxed height restrictions allowing 4 stories, up from 2 stories, greater density, and broadened scope of allowed uses.  Great ideas for growth going forward with incorporation of public transportation as a foundation. http://bit.ly/1pWsmKY . IMHO!

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Rick Doucette previews April New Orleans Trip & Tuesday’s benefit to raise money for it

Rick Doucette previews the third Y TEENS REBUILD NEW ORLEANS April Vacation trip and the benefit to raise money for that trip featuring Grammy-winner Charles Neville with Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours on Tuesday 2/21 (Mardi Gras) at Latitude 43 and Minglewood Tavern.

Call 978.281.0223 to reserve tickets and help the Y teens pay for the trip.

GMG Question and Answers- Ed Collard

How long have you lived in Gloucester?25yrs   

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
I enjoy them all but I’d have to pick summer  

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”? My vague answer is the woods in West  Glou.
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester? Sebastian’s

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?Mikes


What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?Franklin

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester? ‘Stones’ hands down. Really a pub more than a bar.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester? There’s no way that I could pick. We’re blessed with so many great  breakfast joints.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? Fiesta.
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat? Taking a boat to the beach.
Who is your favorite local artist? Very much like our Breakfast Joints to many to choose from. I will however tip my hat to Paul.  Paul’s Art Rocks series have touched many people in so many ways and brought attension to the varied artist we’re blessed with here.

Which is your favorite local beach? Wingarsheek
Who has the best chowder in town? Causeway   

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog? Is there another?  I do go to Jay’s from time to time but I only have so much time.

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder? Haddock

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood? Mine

What is your favorite local band? Garfish

GMG Question and Answers- Bobby Ryan

How long have you lived in Gloucester? The first half of my 57 years on the planet. I married “over the bridge” and moved 7 miles away to Manchester… Still Cape Ann… well, I thought that comment was worth a try. But I considered nowhere else to open our business.  
What is your favorite season In Gloucester? Summer. You don’t need to shovel sunshine.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”? No secret now since the security cameras are there.. Head of the State Fish Pier, looking out off o’ Five Pound Island. You’ll see me there with a small Tuna & Egg Sub and a Dr. Pepper.  I will be thinking, not mid-day napping.  
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester? Virgilio’s, but not for the pizza. I don’t really do Pizza. I hear they have a nice homemade Beauport Vodka pasta sauce in various sized jars and affordable prices, available daily. Should not every local restaurant feature local Virgilio’s Beauport Vodka Sauce. Call today. It is a “local “ call.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester? The closest one at the time of need. Destino’s, Yellow Sub,……

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester? It does not matter what I think is “Romantic”. It matters what Kathy Ryan thinks is Romantic. I got engaged in the building where Duckworth’s Bistrot is. So Duckworth’s Bistrot  is my answer !!!

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester? So, you want me to pick one? That would be poison to my business, Ryan & Wood Distillery, Gloucester’s maker of Beauport Vodka, Folly Cove Rum and Knockabout Gin. Very soon to launch: Ryan & Wood Straight Rye Whiskey! As the Craft distillers say “Think Globally, Drink Locally”

Bar style drinkin’ is pretty well behind me these days, but in an effort to answer each question here, having worked for 25 years on the State Fish Pier, I have been seen at a location known by many names. Pier Café, Earls CAV, Sherms CAV, Parker St. Palace, … Pratty’s CAV….3 part Trivia question, the first, most correct answer is worth a T shirt from us: What & Why is “C.A.V.” & Why the Key Slot at the entrance? I will confer with Jimmy Pratt as judge. I hope a true “Vet”  wins.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester? I’m a simple breakfast guy. Joe Georges or Two Sisters…Two Sisters Bread, Fish Cakes & Beans and Patty let’s me bring my own Piccalilli.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? Dory races, St Peter’s Fiesta, 4th of July..    Thank you City of Gloucester, JimmyT and the International Dory Committee, Joe Novello with the Fiesta committee, Pete Williamson, Mr. Tucker, and all the committee for the Horribles Parade.. We have problems, but seriously, across the globe people are giving their lives daily to have just a thought of what we are able to be and do. For well over 200 years the cost has been high, but for me it’s the 4th of July.
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat? Boat! I have not enjoyed the beach since a teen in high school. It was one particular day at Good Harbor when I and a friend went to the concession to get “tonics” for our group. When we returned “Fly” Amero had sat down, started with that guitar, in his odd way, and all the girls, I mean all the girls on the beach went to sit by him. It was like a darn Frankie Avalon movie. We were left holding the Fanta’s. Not Fly’s fault, of course, just nature. I decided that would not happen to me at a beach again, so no more beach. 40 years ago. Maybe I should let go of that.
Who is your favorite local artist? For paintings, it may seem odd, but I really do get lost in the murals around town by Jeff Weaver.  Given my failing eyesight and his artistic license  I enjoy the colors and feelings of his pre “Urban Renewal” working waterfront. I’m appreciating the photographic work of that era more and more.
Which is your favorite local beach? Good Harbor. If it were nearer to the equator it would be one of those top ten celebrity millionaire “must be seen at” beaches.
Who has the best chowder in town? Tough one. I’m rarely disappointed. I have not tried them all, but, Charlie’s Place and Lobsta Land are up there. Not so common but traditional, have you had the Finnin Haddie Chowder at the Patio? Tell Mixologist Rezza I sent you and you may get an extra bag of crackers.

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog? Are you telling me there are other Blogs?

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder? Haddock, Cusk, Cat are all over clam. Unless it is Billy Novak’s clam chowder. I like my clams in Fritters. Laurie Lufkin, can you make clam fritters with Folly Cove Rum in the fixings?

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood? Downtown. We all default to childhood. Are you asking me to trade that? My Gloucester may not be today’s Gloucester in that regard. Cedar & Sargent & Shepard was where I grew up. Cedar was not even paved at the time. Lots of kids, always a ballgame to join at Burnham’s Field, a thriving neighborhood back then. Zion’s, Nelson’s Bakery, Salah’s, Corey’s Barbershop, Sarofeen Subs, etc, all just on that street. As with all the neighborhoods everything needed was a quick walk away. The Fort, East Glou. West Glou, Magnolia (yes, there is a diff.), Green St, Lanesville, ‘Squam, on and on. They are all defined and it’s all good.

What is your favorite local band? One Man Band Jimmy Moses. Also, “Fly” Amero  and family. Because of the above “Beach or Boat” answer.. Truthfully, I hear and read the bands names but, cuz, other than “Sunny D and Folly Cove Rum” I’m not really hip to the righteous G-town groovy music scene these days, diggit?  I am so embarrassed I wrote that. But I do know it is the music and the restaurants that will carry Gloucester’s  new economic future along with the already established daytime ventures. I hope not just umbrella rentals on the Beaches. To Fly, David Brown, Allen Estes, Gordon Baird, Peter Van Ness and all the facilitators, thanks for opening the doors and creating jobs through the newer Cape Ann music scene. (Soooooo..can I get some cloth or product placement on stages?)

As A Reward For Filling Out The Form For Use On GMG Feel free To Provide a Link Here to Any Business, Band or Website You Would Like Promoted www.ryanandwood.com

GMG Question and Answers- Greg Bover

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Greg is the Main Man at the Library as well as C.B. Fisk

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

32 years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

 Summer

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

 Rafe’s Chasm Park, Thompson Mountain

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

 Delaney’s

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

 Destino’s

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

My house

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

 Don’t drink

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

 Lobsta Land / George’s

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

 The Fish Box Derby

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

 On my boat

Who is your favorite local artist?

Peter Tysver

Which is your favorite local beach?

Magnolia

Who has the best chowder in town?

Latitude 43

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

 There are others?

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Clam Chowder

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood?

Magnolia

As A Reward For Filling Out The Form For Use On GMG Feel free To Provide a Link Here to Any Business, Band or Website You Would Like Promoted

www.fishboxderby.org

GMG Question and Answers- EJ Khan

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Yep, our own EJ Khan gets into the act-

How long have you lived in Gloucester?  Since September 15 (about 5-1/2 months)

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
 living here I’ve only fully experienced fall and winter, and have enjoyed both; but summer is definitely my favorite season.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?
   Cambridge Beach at low tide when I can climb up onto the rocks overlooking Wingaersheek Beach, Ipswich Bay and Annisquam Light.
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?  I haven’t had pizza in Gloucester yet, so can’t say

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?
  I seldom eat subs

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?
  The Market Restaurant on Lobster Cove

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?  I don’t generally go to bars.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?
 Willow Rest

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? So far, the Rocky Neck Plunge, but I haven’t been here long enough or experienced enough to have a favorite.
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat? Beach
Who is your favorite local artist? I love Sharon Lowe’s photography, Paul Frontiero’s rocks, Manny Simoes videos, and Brian O’Connor’s photography to name a few.  To me, artist denotes musician, painter, sculptor, photographer, videographer, actor, poet and more, so it is difficult, if not impossible, to come up with a single favorite.  As an old Master Gloucester artist, I love Fitz Hugh Lane’s work.

Which is your favorite local beach? Lighthouse Beach
Who has the best chowder in town? Haven’t tried enough places to say, but for my taste, probably me.

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?  Don’t get to spend much time exploring other blogs, but do enjoy Kim Smith’s

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?   I like clam chowder with haddock or cod.  Or fish chowder with clams and shrimp.  Or corn chowder with shrimp and lobster.   I generally make my own, so can have it however I want it.  Plain old haddock chowder or clam chowder don’t excite me that much.

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood?  Annisquam so far, since it where I live and have gotten to know the best.  I like Rocky Neck alot too, but also really like the Main Street of Gloucester, and the working fishing port section, although that’s not really a neighborhood.

What is your favorite local band? since I don’t go to bars, and the performances I have gone to weren’t local artists, I haven’t gotten to hear any local bands yet.

GMG Questions and Answers–Debbie Clarke

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How long have you lived in Gloucester?  born here. lived in Los Angeles for 5 years as a child (dad was in the navy); returned to northshore (manchester, wenham, essex for 7 years), gloucester high school, san francisco for a year, art institute of boston 4 years (brookline, allston, somerville, west stockbridge, cambridge), gloucester for a few years, rockport for 2 years, nyc 22 months, magnolia 15 years, west gloucester 2 years, east gloucester 6 years.  i’m a glosta gal (mom born in rockport, extended finnish family in gloucester).
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What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
all of them.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?
  magnolia beach to the nature trail behind clark’s pond to the coolidge reservation.
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester? sebastians

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?
mike’s place

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?
my house

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester? don’t do bars

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?
two sisters

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? fiesta, gotta get my blessing and ambie’s sausage sandwich.
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?   beach
Who is your favorite local artist?

The first Cape Ann artist that I have always admired is landscape painter Ken Gore (1911-1990).  Ken was a member of the Northshore Art Association and The Rockport Art Association.  He had a studio and gallery on East Main Street across from the The Beacon Marine where he taught painting on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. My father, a student of Ken’s, arranged for me to have lessons with Ken.    My paintings were not very good, but Ken saw ability in my drawings and encouraged me to seriously pursue art.  I was 13.

Attached is a photo of Ken’s painting "The Willow" that was auctioned through Blackwood March Auctioneers a few years ago.  I chose this painting to accompany this post because of the sheep, as well as his trademark use of the palette knife. Ken told me that when he was first learning to paint he was given a 2" brush to paint and 3 colors: red, yellow, blue and white.   The subject?  sheep.  He  could paint them in his sleep.  Ken said that anything one could do with a small brush,  could be done with a big brush; but, a small brush cannot do the work of a big brush.  This advice has guided me through 40 odd years of painting,  My preferred brushes are 1-2" bristle chip brushes that can hold alot of paint.

btw:  my first lesson was to draw a portrait of another student’s husband, then to paint his portrait.  the drawing was true to the man’s age.  the painting made him look so much younger that his wife bought it.  i didn’t get the money, it was paid to Ken for my very first lesson. In exchange for future lessons, I posed for Ken’s classes.

Which is your favorite local beach? coffin’s beach
Who has the best chowder in town? connolly’s

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog? www.debbieclarke.blogspot.com  i know, a bit egocentric, but in a good way.  if i’m not for me, who is?

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder? haddock

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood? all of them.

What is your favorite local band?  A Train


As A Reward For Filling Out The Form For Use On GMG Feel free To Provide a Link Here to Any Business, Band or Website You Would Like Promoted

www.capeannmuseum.org

GMG Questions and Answers- David Brooks Art Haven Founder

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How long have you lived in Gloucester?

22 years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

summer

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

10 lb Island

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Poseidons

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Destinos

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

Azorean

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Cape Ann Brewery 

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Lees

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

BOAT!!! 

Who is your favorite local artist?

Chris Williams

Which is your favorite local beach?

Niles

Who has the best chowder in town?

Causways 

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Is there any others? jk Jay Alberts Cape Ann Images

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Clam Chowder

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood?

Walker Creek West Gloucester

What is your favorite local band?
Mile 21

As A Reward For Filling Out The Form For Use On GMG Feel free To Provide a Link Here to Any Business, Band or Website You Would Like Promoted

 www.arthaven.org

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