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Best Horribles parade ever. Congrats to all! Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and Backyard Growers Program take first place in their bee- and butterfly-mobile, with Ukeladies on board! 

Cape Ann farmer's Market Horribles Parade -2 ©Kim Smith 2015 Cape Ann farmer's Market Horribles Parade ©Kim Smith 2015

Liv Wedding Photos Are In! ~ Thank You Esther Mathieu

We are just loving looking through the wedding photos and reliving Liv’s and Matt’s dreamy day. I’ll post pictures next week but in the mean time, we wanted to give Esther a huge shout out. I think she is our area’s best wedding/portrait/lifestyle photographer. See hee website here: Esther Mathieu. Fabulous in every way Esther!!!

Bombarding the world with our love. #sorrynotsorry #lobstercovewedding

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Guess Who?

The photos were taken 34 years ago, this week, at the conclusion of the 1981 Marblehead to Halifax, Nova Scotia Ocean Race…the setting is the lawn of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, the co-sponsor of the race with the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead…one of our crew couldn’t make it for the photo…we placed third overall, and the reason that there are 2 trophies is that we received the Lt. Governor’s trophy, also…that trophy is awarded to the highest placing Canadian yacht…I chartered the boat here, but we entered the race through the Lunenburg Yacht Club in Nova Scotia…I was the only American in the crew, everyone else were friends from Nova Scotia…this year’s race, it is only held every two years…will start off Marblehead on Sunday, July 5th.


The Amazing Joe Novello! #stpeterfiesta

Joe Novello Saint Peter's Fiesta Gloucester 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015Joe Novello at work. I hope the pending storm doesn’t damage the fabulous job Joe and Chris Palazolla and Crew have accomplished in getting Saint Peter’s Square ready for Fiesta.

Joe Novello #stpeterfiesta

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Passports Community Dinner Night to Support North Shore Health Project!


Join us Tuesday night for our community dinner night in support of North Shore Health Project.

  • 4 – 9 pm
  • 3 Course Dinner
  • $15.00
  • 10% of Proceeds Go To Your Organization
  • Reservations Requested

Celebrating 20 years in business we are giving back to the community every Tuesday night. Full menu also available.

If you would like to inquire about support for your organization, please email us at We look forward to working with you!

Passports Restaurant

110 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

Please call for Reservations: 978.281.3680

For questions please call:

Eric Lorden

978 304-7723

We Raised $788 To Help Fight Cancer Yesterday At Relay For Life

The Dunk Tank Organized By Our Buddy Melissa Cox To Raise Money To Eradicate Cancer Was A Great Success-

Vickie Grassman | Community Manager, Relay For Life writes-


Thanks so much for getting in the dunk tank yesterday and for helping to promote Relay For Life of Cape Ann. We had a great day and raised over $41,000. And we’re not done yet!

The dunk tank alone raised $788 yesterday! We really appreciate you braving the cold water to help us fight cancer!

2015 Cape Pond Ice Colest Dad Contest winner- Russell Smith

We received many great submissions, but the winner of the contest is Russell Smith nominated by his daughter Ainsley!
Runner up Coolest Dads are Jay nominated by Loretta Craveiro, Rob nominated by Phil Eckenrode, and Barry nominated by Marlee & Sydney Meinerth.

Congratulations & Happy Father’s Day to all Cool Dads out there!




Plant and They Will Come!

The proof is in the caterpillars!


2nd Instar Black Swallowtail Caterpillar ~ Willa Brosnihan Photo

Monday I had the great joy of being given the grand tour of the O’Maley Innovation School Butterfly Garden recently installed by Mrs. McGrath’s sixth grade class. We first had a screening of my film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly and then went out to the garden to see the very same caterpillars!

The garden hits all the right notes with caterpillar food plants and colorful nectar-rich, butterfly attracting flowers. With the bed dug entirely by the students (you can see by the surrounding beds that the soil must have been incredibly compacted), prepped, and all planting done by the kids it is truly a fabulous accomplishment. You’ll see amazingly adorned handmade and beautifully painted informational signs and butterfly baths.

The garden was made possible though an award winning project created by students Emma Duckworth, Willa Brosnihan, and Kelsey Lowthers. For more information see the Awesome Gloucester Foundation O’Maley Butterfly Garden project page here .


Emma Duckworth Photo

Emma, Willa Kelsey Butterfly Garden ©Kim Smith 2015

Project creators Emma, Willa, and Kelsey


Hand painted water dish for butterflies and birds. 

Willa photographing caterpilarsWilla photographing caterpillars

O'Maley Sixth Grade Butterflyy Gardeners ©Kim Smith 2015

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Saturday Clean Up

Good Morning all:

Hope everyone is doing well.

Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang schedule for Saturday.

Where: Back Shore: We can park at the Atlantis near the Bass Rock side, please let the desk know that you have parked your car
Time: 8:00 – 9:00
When: Saturday, June 13, 2015

I have plenty of bags, please bring gloves.

Thank you all
June 5, 2012 back shore towards good harbor

Thank You Lynn Bird, Catherine Ryan, Charles, and George

For giving up another Sunday morning to help at the HarborWalk. I am so thankful for your continued help, especially this spring with our daughter’s upcoming wedding. You are doing a tremendous job. I just can’t express how greatly appreciated is your time, energy, hard work, and thoughtfulness. Thank you also to Lise Breen, Amy Kerr, Leslie Heffron, and Beth Chiancola for your help many Sunday mornings this spring.

Through working on the HarborWalk I have met some of the nicest and most kind hearted people one could ever hope to meet. If you would like to lend a hand and come work with the amazing Friends of the HarborWalk, email me at and George King ©Kim Smith 2015

Today we planted patches of butterfly, bee, and songbird attracting annuals. I am so proud of the job George and Charles accomplished–64 plants all on their own!


A Hero Among Us Sergeant Isaac Pike of Gloucester Earns the Bronze Medal

Check Out This Exceprt From Terry Weber’s piece here-

A Hero Among Us
Sergeant Isaac Pike of Gloucester Earns the Bronze Medal

At just 21 years of age, Isaac Pike of Gloucester demonstrated uncommon leadership and courage under duress that most of us only read about or see in movies.

Back in 2003, Pike served as an Army Airborne Rifle Team Leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now, 12 years later, at Gloucester City Hall, he received the Bronze Star Medal for his “exceptionally valorous action” during the Battle of As Samawah. Pike’s leadership under fire inspired his team to fight at great risk and resulted in the enemy’s eventual retreat and a pinned down platoon was able to emerge safely from the danger zone.

An estimated 200 people gathered at Gloucester’s City Hall last Friday to watch Pike receive the medal. Pike, 34, accepted the award from retired Army Col. John G. Castles. Hosting the event was Richard Barbato, an Outreach Specialist for the Lowell Veterans Center. Both Castles and Barbato served in Iraq with Pike and were present on the day Pike earned his Bronze Star.

The rest of the artic and picture here at Wicked Local

35 Annual Small Business Week Luncheon

A beautiful location for this event on Friday. The recipients were our Joey Ciaramitaro, from GMG and Capt. Joe’s, Ken and Karin Porter, Roy Moore’s Fish Shack, Tim & Vicky Kennefick, The Windward Grille and Mike Storella, from Central Street Gallery. Also honored today were the Scholarship Awards, Ryan Hilshey, Gloucester High School, Sabrina Marnoto, Gloucester High School, Jared Rostowski, Rockport High and Breanna Arnold, Manchester Essex Regional High School.

Congratulations to All the 2015 Poetry Without Paper Winners!

To celebrate April as National Poetry Month, the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library is proud to have participated in its twelfth annual Poetry Without Paper contest.

Poetry Without Paper 2015 Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2015

Elementary School:

First and Second Place (shared): Charles King, Grade 5, East Gloucester Elementary School: “Fireworks”
and George King, Grade 5, East Gloucester Elementary School: “Blank Slate”
Third Place: Calvin Del Vecchio, Grade 5, East Gloucester Elementary School: “The Sun”
Honorable Mention: Aurelia Harrison, Grade 3, West Parish School: “Immortal”

Middle School:
First Place: Mila Barry, Grade 6, O’Maley School: “Living in The Valley Green”
Second Place: Willa Brosnihan, Grade 6, O’Maley Innovation Middle School: “The Swarm”
Third Place: Ruby Mills, Grade 7, O’Maley Innovation Middle School: “Forest”
Honorable Mention: Katherine Bevins, Grade 7, O’Maley School: “Memory Window”

High School:

First Place: Emily Ryan, Grade 11, Gloucester High School: “Loving in Reverse”
Second Place: Josette Thompson, Grade 12, Gloucester High School: “True Love Haiku”
Third Place: Spencer Taft, Grade 12, Gloucester High School: “A Note for the Windshield”

To read all of the prize-winning poetry, click here

PRIZES: Each winner will receive a cash prize, a book of poetry, publication of the winning poem, an invitation to read the poem at the awards ceremony, and the chance to appear on the local TV program The Writer’s Block.

See Martin DelVecchio’s Beautiful Photo Gallery Here:


Cape Ann Chambers Small Business Person of the year

What a wonderful evening at the Studio for our Joey, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce small business person of the year.  So proud of Joey.  He does so much to make for our community.

So Very Proud of Our Joey for Winning the CACC Gloucester Small Businessman of the Year Award

@captjoe06 thanking mom Pat for her inspiration at the Cape Ann Chamber Small Business Persons awards

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Mayor Romeo Thekan @sefi62 presenting award to our @captjoe06

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John McElhenny super sincere and funny introduction to @captjoe06 businessman of the year awards

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@sefi62 So proud of our @captjoe06!

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Winners of 2015 Gloucester Citizenship Awards


Janet Young submits-

Recipients of the 2015 Gloucester Citizenship Awards pose with their certificates in the entrance hall of the 1806 Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse.
From left to right: Janis Bell, James Fialho, Arline Moore, Harold Burnham, Greg Bover, Mary Rhinelander McCarl, Rosemary Ginivan Attridge, Nicole Richon Schoel, Roger Armstrong, Bill Melvin, Brent “Ringo” Tarr.
Back row: Jerry Ackerman, Carol Ackerman.
Congratulations to all!

Note from Joey:  See the people in this photo?  Every one of them has either directly or indirectly made all of our lives better as a community and individually.  They are the fabric which makes Gloucester the special place it is.  Thank you for all you’ve done and thank you to the UU for holding these award nights, they are special nights which reaffirm what an incredible place we live in.

Gloucester’s Police Chief Leonard Campanello is a ROCK STAR!

Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello – photo: Allegra Boverman

Chief Campanello’s “Angel” project began yesterday.  If you don’t know what that is, read this article in the Gloucester Daily Times.

The Chief’s project has been the subject of national news for about a month now and he’s even been challenged by the district attorney (see this article in the Boston Globe).

But our Chief remains cool as a cucumber.

Just listen to him in this NPR interview from yesterday — especially the part where he says, “We appreciate the district attorney’s comments, but the fact is that the police have always had the discretion to charge or not charge and not just with drugs, with most crimes.”

If you see Chief Campanello, please congratulate him on his vision, compassion, brilliance and cool head.

This is definitely the guy you want protecting our city and helping to heal our drug problem. BRAVO CHIEF!

We knew we were lucky to have Chief Campanello come to Glocuester when he brought the crowd to their feet with his Springsteen version of “Santa Claus is Coming To Town” at the first Cape Ann Winter Solstice in December 2013.  Sheila Roberts Orlando captured the moment perfectly in the photo below:


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