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Ticket sales go to the Carlo “Sleepy” Palazolla Memorial fund, which benefits not only Gloucester youth sporting teams but the Saint Peter’s Fiesta sporting events.

Janelle Pallazola, Sleepy’s daughter, writes that this is the second year that Sleepy’s trophy has been shared with the winners including all men, women, and junior seine boat winning teams along with Greasy Pole champions; this year’s pole walking champs being Lenny Taormina (Friday), Joey DaSilva (Saturday), and Jake Wagner (Sunday). Currently Joe is holding the the trophy for all the winners.

Come join the fun while supporting Fiesta competitions and our local youth teams!



Saturday’s Clean Up

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Hi All:


Hope everyone is well.


When:                  Saturday, August 29, 2015

Where:                 Wallace Reservoir, off Magnolia near the railroad bridge

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00


After come on down to the Magnolia Road Race at the Magnolia Library


Thanks all




Only 3 days left to join Patrick Stewart (whose new show premieres tonight) in supporting Ocean Alliance’s Snotbot!

You’ve heard about SNOTBOT, right?  OK, maybe you’re just visiting, so you haven’t heard about this yet.  Let me explain: few other Kickstarter pledges could be better for the future of Gloucester (and anyone who lives or visits here) than this one — really, no kidding.  You’ll be helping Ocean Alliance develop revolutionary drone technology for whale research — and there’s no telling what they might discover.  But what ever it is, you’ll be a part of it along with iconic actor Patrick Stewart (Jean Luc Picard on “Star Trek”, with a new show called “Blunt Talk” premiering TONIGHT on Starz)!

This is good for Ocean Alliance (which translates good for Gloucester because we want them to thrive here), good for whales, good for our planet, and good for all of us who will benefit from whatever they discover using this new gizmo!  So pledge now right here.


For Nancy Lutts. Thank you dear lady!

After collecting Monarch eggs last weekend, Nancy graciously allowed me to return to her gorgeous Cabot Farm to film and to photograph. I was there at sunrise, which is relatively early in the day for butterfly sightings however, I did see four Monarchs and two were females depositing eggs all over the field!

Bench Cabot Farm Salem ©Kim Smith 2015Nancy’s Pollinator Garden

Sunrise Cabot Farm Salem ©Kim Smith 2015View from Nancy’s Milkweed Field
Cabot Farm Salem ©Kim Smith 2015Sunflowers Cabot Farm Salem ©Kim Smith 2015Scarlet runner Beans Cabot Farm Salem ©Kim Smith 2015Scarlet Runner Bean; the blossoms are beloved by hummingbirds.

Barn Cabot Farm Salem ©Kim Smith 2015


Clean Up Saturday

The One Hour at a Time Gang and Clean city will be cleaning Green Street Playground.

Good Morning kids:


Hope all is well.

When:                  Saturday, August 22, 2015

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 Green Street Playground


I have bags, please bring gloves.


Thank you and take care

Donnaclean up


Introducing East Gloucester girls Pilar and Lotus garden watering service! Price varies based on size of garden:

Small gardens $3.00

Medium gardens $5.00

Large gardens $7.00

Lotus watered our garden this morning and what a treat not to have to water on this hot day. The girls are fantastic dog walkers (our Rosie’s highpoint of the week), polite, professional, have an excellent work ethic, and always come right on schedule.

Leave a comment in the comment section if you’d like to hire Pilar and Lotus and we will forward your contact information to their parents.

Gloucester Garden ©Kim Smith 2015Happy Garden!

Saturday Clean Up

Good Morning all:


Hope everyone is doing well.

 July 22, 2014 Summer at Good Harbor BeachClean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang will be cleaning:

 Where:                 Good Harbor Beach:        Foot bridge side

When:                  Saturday, August 15

Time:                    8:00 AM

 See all there,

 Thank you all


Saturday’s Clean up

clean up

Hi all:

Hope everyone enjoyed the rainbows after the storm.


Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang cleanup will be Main and Rogers.


When:                  Saturday, August 8, 2015

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 We can meet at St. Peters’ Square


It is also Side Walk Bazaar weekend, so we can clean up before visitors come.


Thank you all and see you there.



It’s Our Awesome Buddies Alicia Cox DeWolfe, Hanna Kimberley and Rick Doucette’s Birthday Today!!!!!!


We’re Celebrating Tonight At The Seaport Grille!

Celebrating Our Tell It Like It Is Alicia Unleashed DeWolfe, Homiecast Regular and all Around Awesome Dude Rick Doucette and The Sweetest Feminist You’re Ever Gonna Meet- Hanna Kimberley’s Birthday Tonight!





Seagull fledgling ©Kim Smith 2015Heather Dagle from 7 Seas Whale Watch reports that this sweet fledgling appeared several days ago after its nest, which was located at Fisherman’s Wharf, was destroyed in a recent storm. He/she has yet to learn how to fly however, its Mom stops by daily to feed it regurgitated food. After seeing how much the fledgling enjoyed splashing around in a bowl of water placed there by Heather and Kate, I dropped off a big galvanized tub. Heather promises to send a picture if he jumps in!


Did you know that 7 Seas Whale Watch was voted best Boston’s Best Whale Watching company by WGBH-Boston Reader’s Poll? Check out their website Here.


gray-seal-3Gray Seal Eating a Striper

All images except fledgling gull courtesy Google image search.


IMG_0288Andrew Butler and Crew

I only wish we had before photos but trust me when I say the weeds were waste high!

Thank you to Harbor Walk Friend and Volunteer Amy Kerr, who contacted Sean Nolan of Extreme Truck and Auto Repair, who got in touch with Andrew Butler of Leatherneck Landscaping. Sean, Andrew, and a crew member mowed, weed whacked and raked, despite the extreme heat and humidity. They did this on a volunteer basis, absolutely free of charge. Andrew and Sean plan to stop by several times a month to lend a hand and I just can’t tell you how grateful we are for the help.IMG_0289

Amy also reports that Sean and Andrew help greatly with many community clean ups around town.


Thank you, thank you, thank you, and ninety nine thank yous more, to Lynn Bird, Amy Kerr, Andrew Butler, and Sean Nolan for your tremendous help with the HarborWalk.

IMG_0285Sean Nolan Photos

Saturday Clean up

Good afternoon:


Hope everyone is enjoying their summer.


Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang will be cleaning Horton Street on Saturday.


Time:                    8:00  am

Date:                    Saturday, August 1, 2015

Where:                 Horton Street, near Ocean Alliance.


Hope to see everyone there.. 


Thank you to all




KIDS SAIL FREE Aboard the Schooner Lannon on Saturdays!

Don’t let the summer slide by without taking advantage of this fantastic deal. On Saturday mornings in July and August, the Schooner Lannon offers a special sail geared for families. On the 10 AM-12 PM sail, kids (16 and under) sail for free.  Each kid must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult must pay full fare for his or her ticket. No other discounts apply. The Lannon sets sail from Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 rear Rogers St., Rt. 127, Gloucester.
Tickets are $40/adults, $35/seniors and normally $27.50 for kids. Reservations are taken not more than two weeks in advance. Go to or call(978) 281-6634 for information and reservations. All aboard!

It’s much harder to write a good review than a bad one

Inge Berge

It’s not that hard to write review panning a concert or an album.  You’ve probably read many such reviews.  It’s much more difficult to write a glowing piece that doesn’t sound corny or like a puff piece.  Below is one of the best examples of a rave review that I’ve ever read. It is at once intelligent, witty, entertaining, straight to the point and completely devoid of obscure references and highfalutin language reviewers all to often use in an attempt to show off their intellect.  It’s written by local singer/songwriter/composer/lighting designer Inge Berge, who is actually smart, so he doesn’t need to try and convince anybody.  Check it out:

Fans of exquisite music: Pay attention to Ruby Rose Fox. Her headlining at The Cabot tonight, courtesy of Peter Van Ness and GimmeLive is easily among the top 3 shows I’ve seen all year (and I see way too many shows.) This show was pure magic. Sublime. Genius.

Her songwriting is smart, heartfelt, genre-bending, profound and just plain gorgeous. Her musicianship is impeccable. Her stage presence is mysterious, deep, eclectic and sexy as all get-out. The backup singers blend like butter yet cut like a razor. The band is road-tight and stadium-confident. The material is presented with rock balls, sensual vulnerability and analytic intelligence. A show chemically cleansed of clichés and standard showbiz cheese.

I count myself among the lucky few who got to experience this evening of not-yet-world-famous MA-grown music before it turns into something more industry-processed. (Hopefully not.)

Unfortunately, what I find of Ruby Rose Fox’s music currently online does not quite do justice to the show I saw tonight. But I understand there’s a full length CD in the works. I’m first in line to purchase.

We Will Miss Palazola’s Sporting Goods In A Huge Way

Throwback post to 2008-


Posted on August 7, 2008

Palazola’s Sporting Goods, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Yesterday I stopped by Palazola’s to visit my buddy Stephanie who happened to be off for the day.

What I didn’t realize because I haven’t been in there for so long is what a local treasure the place is.  In one store you can get sneakers, skates sharpened, bike repair, tennis racket re-strung, custom monogramming, Gloucester Pro baseball caps, customized local sports imprints, and much much much more.  It is amazing how many sporting goods and sporting goods services that they cram under that one roof.

If you haven’t been by in a while, stop by and see just how much they offer.

I had a feeling when I went in to get Matt Johnson’s Gloucester best Bartender Award Engraved and they told me that the engraving equipment had been sold and then just days later bumping into Jack Palazola getting coffee, he gave us the press release about the Bike shop being for sale, that this was afoot.

We are all really going to miss this place.  How quickly they would turn around monogrammed items or iron-on lettering on shirts or if you needed a certain kind of socks, or my favorite boots for work- BOGs.  They seemed to be the one place where you could get it all without having to go to the mall.  Let me say it again- WE WILL ALL MISS PALAZOLA’S SPORTING GOODS TERRIBLY.

Thank you so much to the Palazola family for the incredible service to our community throughout the decades.  There will never be another that could ever fill this kind of family dedicated community service establishment in the sporting goods space like Palazola’s did.

To Jack and Linda you both deserve the very best in life and I hope your days of not having to get up to manage the store are filled with happiness.

Cape Ann Clergy Go All In On Gloucester Initiative

Dear friends,

Under the leadership of Police Chief Leonard Campanello, the Gloucester Police Department recently began the Gloucester Initiative. Through the Gloucester Initiative the Police Department has offered itself as a conduit for on-the-spot treatment for those who suffer from opiate addiction. Anyone who is ready to receive help can come to the Police Department and be immediately connected to a treatment facility without arrest.

As clergy we understand the deep, hidden pain of people struggling with addiction. We have seen the stigma that drug addiction, in particular, causes. We believe that the love of God and inherent dignity of every person compel us to come alongside those who struggle and suffer, whether they are in positions of power and prestige or have been relegated to society’s margins.

We are so pleased to voice our support for the initiative and its accompanying angel program. We gladly lend our voices and hands of support to the efforts of the Gloucester Police Department and the many groups and organizations who have already partnered with them. We encourage others to do the same.

With hope,

Cape Ann Clergy

Reverend Cynthia Antonuk, First Baptist Church, Gloucester, MA

Reverend Tom Bentley, Trinity Congregational Church, Gloucester, MA

Timothy Bushfield, Lead Pastor, Community Church of East Gloucester, Gloucester, MA

Rabbi Susan Bulba Carvutto, Emerita, Temple Beth El, Augusta, Maine (part-time Gloucester resident)

Reverend Anne Deneen, Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gloucester, MA

Reverend Michael Duda, First Church in Wenham, Wenham, MA (residence: Rockport, MA)

Reverend Alice W. Erickson, United Church of Christ, Gloucester, MA

Very Reverend Ronald J. Gariboldi, V.F. Retired Co-Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Gloucester, MA

Rabbi Myron S. Geller, Emeritus, Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester, MA

Abram Kielsmeier-Jones, Pastor, Union Congregational Church, Magnolia (Gloucester), MA

Rabbi Steven A. Lewis, Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester, MA

Reverend Susan Moran, Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, Rockport, MA

Reverend Janet Parsons, Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, Gloucester, MA

Reverend Rona Tyndall, Grace Center, Gloucester, MA

Reverend Derek van Gulden, First Congregational Church of Rockport (UCC), Rockport, MA

Reverend Deirdre Greenwood White, Annisquam Village Church, Gloucester, MA

Reverend Jim Williams, Pastor, Gloucester Assembly of God Church, Gloucester, MA

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