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GET YOUR TICKETS NOW- This event will sell out!! 

Backyard Growers fantastic annual fundraiser is back – even bigger and better than last year! Join us for an evening of fun, friends, food and music to support our farm to school and community gardening programs.Enjoy appetizers, dinner and cocktails prepared by Short & Main followed by a rockin’ dance party with live music performed by Gloucester’s premiere 80’s band, SAFETY Bring your friends and join us for a great night out to support a wonderful cause!

WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
WHERE: Short & Main 36 Main Street, Gloucester
TICKET PRICE: $75 (includes appetizers, cocktails, and a delicious farm fresh dinner)

6:30 Cocktails and Appetizers
7:00 Speakers
8:00 Dinner is served
9:00 Dance Party

Many thanks to our lead Sponsor:
WORKS by Jesse DeBenedictis

Additional Generous Sponsors Include:
Alprilla Farm
Beauport Financial
Black Earth Compost
Boston Brewery
Brian Orr Pediatrics
Building Center
Cape Ann Brewery
Cleaves Insurance
Holly C & Co
Ann & Dan Lasman
Manchester Athletic Club
Ryan & Wood
Short & Main
TD Bank


A check for fifty thousand dollars was presented to the Alzheimer’s Association by Warren Waugh of Lyon-Waugh Auto Group and Mayor Sefatia Monday evening. Held at the Beauport Hotel, the check-presenting event celebrated the donations raised from the Bluefin Blowout Tournament’s live auction, silent auction, and from a percentage of the tournament’s daily jackpot.  Cidalia Schwartz, Mayor Sefatia, and Warren Waugh


See Nichole Schrafft’s Bluefin Blowout posts here:

Bluefin Blowout, Final Results

This is the Bluefin Blowout. Highlights 2017


In honor of International Coastal Clean Up Day, Gloucester’s Ainsley Smith led a team of volunteers to clean along the Annisquam River. Ainsley shares the following:

“We had about a dozen volunteers on foot, kayak and in small boats take place in our river clean up in honor of International Coastal Clean Up Day. We filled 9 bags of trash with the usual: foam cups, cigarette butts, snack wrappers, plastic and ziplock bags, as well as a buoy, a broom, a raft, a boot, work gloves, pieces of rope, gear, and fishing line. Many thanks to our volunteers who joined us despite the foggy start, we hope to make the river clean up an annual tradition!” 

First three photos are by Zach Orsulak.

Second round of photos by Jennifer Smith Iliades.

If you see these signs around

A Reason to Ride

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Liberty Tree Mall, Danvers

The 10th annual A Reason to Ride bike-a-thon will take place on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 75 Sylvan Street in Danvers. Register today at

A Reason to Ride started out as a labor of love for brain cancer survivor and grateful Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) patient, Tom DesFosses. Along with his wife, Judy, their close friend, Bob Barry and numerous grateful patients, friends, and family, they launched A Reason to Ride in 2008 to raise funds for Eric Wong, M.D., and the Brain Tumor Fund. Join us each year as we continue our efforts to support the critical research being done, leading to better treatments and someday a cure.

A Reason to Ride presented by Fuddruckers is an annual bike-a-thon with the option of 10- 25- or 50-mile bike rides through the north shore towns of Danvers, Beverly, Wenham, Essex, and Gloucester to benefit cancer care and research at BIDMC. The family-friendly event also features a trike-a-thon for kids, a Fuddruckers cookout, raffles, music, a car show, and much more.

Each year the ride draws an increasing number of riders, participants, and supporters and has surpassed its ambitious fundraising goals. In 2011, Tom and Dr. Wong expanded the ride to support other cancer areas within BIDMC. They recognize that cancer touches everyone’s lives in different ways and A Reason to Ride could continue to grow by joining forces with other grateful patients and supporting their personal connections to BIDMC’s cancer center.

Since its start in 2008, the ride has raised more than $610,000. These funds have supported research initiatives and lab researchers. Dr. Wong and his team of researchers recently completed and published research papers with findings that directly impacted brain cancer patients’ treatments at BIDMC and beyond. They also investigated the function of cerebrospinal fluid, the clear fluid that occupies the space around the brain and found that the fluid is an important channel for the body to send signals to promote growth and brain tumor development. The implications for how this knowledge could influence future research and care are yet to be uncovered, but the potential is exciting. Continued funding will allow research such as this to continue and could accelerate the discovery of improved cancer treatments and hopefully someday, a cure.

For more information on this year’s ride, to register, or to donate, visit


Good Morning Gloucester received a nice note of appreciation from Cape Ann Trail Stewards president Nick Holland. I went to their website to learn more about Cape Ann Trail Stewards. They are a non-profit, all volunteer coalition founded in 2012 and their primary focus is on helping municipal landowners and conservation organizations protect, maintain, and expand Cape Ann’s trail network. They match volunteer trail stewards to trails in need of stewardship, and organize trail work parties.

I am super excited to learn more and looking forward to exploring some trails with Nick. Thank you for writing and letting us know!!

Cape Ann Trail Stewards Mission Statement: Trails, from meandering paths to stony fire roads, connect Cape Ann communities across borders, public and private land, and diverse natural landscapes. CATs helps to maintain existing trails, improve access and promote the responsible and safe use of the Cape Ann trail system and recreational areas. CATs works with municipalities and like-minded conservation organizations to protect and preserve land for its recreational and ecological values. CATs promotes the understanding of the wildlife and natural resources of our woodlands and wetlands.

Banning Polystyrene Food Service Products

It took until 10:15 last night, but we are thrilled to announce that the ordinance phasing out polystyrene food service products was accepted by City Council, for a healthier and more sustainable tomorrow. Our plastic bag ordinance is going back to Ordinance and Administration for some last touch-ups, but it does so with significant support and momentum.
We are so thankful for everyone who took the time to attend the meeting and share your opinions, for those who emailed in comments of support, and for our youngest supporters in the ‘Plastic: Pick It Up’ club for being unafraid to speak out. Your voices have been heard, and change is coming!

The One Hour at a Time Gang wishes to thank you all for your hard work. When we are out picking up, plastic bags and polystyrene are everywhere. Next we need to take care of the butts people throw right out their windows. The Butt Butlers have helped.

Plastic Bag and Polystyrene Public Hearing

When we go out and clean, we see so much plastic and Styrofoam floating around in our waters and on the streets also the plastic bags in the trees is a problem. Hope we can do something. Thank you all.

Plastic Bag and Polystyrene Public Hearing

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 City Hall

Tuesday, September 12 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Gloucester City Hall
9 Dale Ave, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

Angela Sanfilippo Honored at “Sea to Supper” at Mile marker


Fishing Partnership Support Services presents “Sea to Supper and honor Angela Sanfilippo

Happy Birthday David Cox

If you see this Gloucester High School shortstop and official GMG good egg David Cox with a camera on the boulevard today make sure you wish him a happy birthday.

Forgot to credit photographer and now I can’t find where I got this shot. Any help? I’m guessing it has to be Manny Simoes.


Over the summer, our East Gloucester neighborhood kids Atticus, Meadow, Pilar, Frieda, Lucas, and Sabine formed the club Plastic: Pick it Up!, a kid’s campaign for getting plastic off roadways and beaches so it doesn’t end up in our oceans. Through their lemonade stand, the club raised a whopping 540.00!! On Wednesday evening they, along with Jackson, visiting cousin from North Carolina, met with members of Cape Ann Maritime Partnership (CAMP) to donate the money raised to help purchase a Seabin and Marine Skimmer, marine technologies designed to clean up oil and plastic garbage.

Learning about the effect of plastic pollution with marine biologist Julie Hurley and CAMP leaders. 

Plastic: Pick it Up! club members Frieda, Atticus, Jackson, Lucas, Pilar, Meadow, and Sabine

Love this logo for CAMP designed by Jamie Mathison!

CAMP is a relatively newly formed  partnership between NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, Gloucester’s Clean City Commission, One Ocean One Love, Seaside Sustainability, Maritime Gloucester, and Gloucester’s Coast Guard Station.

The event took place at the beautiful printing headquarters and shop of Jamie Mathison and sister Sarah Steward, One Ocean One Love. Jamie is the owner and artist, and sister Sarah is the general manager. From the shop’s website: “One Ocean One Love shop is a hand-printed, surf-inspired clothing brand, offering one of a kind ocean related products in stores and online. We’re a small eco-friendly business made up of forward-thinkers, with a passion to conserve and protect marine life. 5% of all One Ocean apparel net profits are donated toward keeping the oceans clean.” 

Ainsley Smith from Gloucester’s Clean City Commission wearing tank top designed by Jamie with the CAMP logo. 

Stop by One Ocean One Love and see their wonderful collection of tees, tanks, and totes, all hand-printed from linoleum block designs by Jamie. One Ocean One Love Gloucester shop is located at 47R Parker Street, in the lighthouse on the harbor. Their Rockport shop is located at 6 Bearskin Neck. 


Links to learn more about the Seabin, Marine Skimmer, CAMP,  One Ocean One Love, and plastic ocean pollution:

Gloucester’s Joe Langhan (Food Network founder) brings his world-class pastrami to Beverly tomorrow night

Many of you know Joe Langhan from his work producing the Souls of the Sea videos.  What you may not know is that he’s a founder of the Food Network and created its signature show Emeril Live.  A couple of years ago, Joe brought world-class NY pastrami to Boston (see Globe article).  Tomorrow (FRI 8/11) he’s bringing his famous Beantown Pastrami right down the road to Beverly for a pop-up at our Beverly Blues Series.

If you know us, you’ll know that we love pulling what may seem like disparate people together for an unusually fun night (e.g., book signings with music, music with stand-up comedy, comedy with dinner, etc.)

It’s hard to predict just how much fun tomorrow’s show will be as we bring together Blues Hall of Famer, Joe Moss from Chicago and the last prophet of the funky Texas blues The Willie J. Laws Band for an exceptional night of music hosted by WZLX Music Director Carter Alan (who will sign his new book The Decibel Diaries at the show).

Add Beantown Pastrami’s world-class, hand-carved, NYC style sandwiches and … well … you just never know what can happen at the most intimate, elegant listening room on Boston’s North Shore. Get tickets here (cheaper on-line!)

Maggie, Alice, Rick from North Carolina

When walking out to Rafe’s Chasm on Tuesday ran into visitors from North Carolina.  While talking Maggie, a lovely woman, realized I was with Good Morning Gloucester.  Maggie, Alice and Rick have been visiting Cape Ann for 8 years and follow Good Morning Gloucester.  Love meeting visitors.  This family was so nice and enjoyed meeting them very much. 

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