Category Archives: Good eggs

Breaking News from Carol Thistle

Carol Thistle, Senior Project Manager for the Tourism Commission, reports that fully one third of revenue collected from the hotel and motel tax will go toward promoting tourism. Carol broke the news at the joint spring meeting of Gloucester’s Harbortown and Rocky Neck Cultural Districts held Tuesday night at the North Shore Art Association.Carol Thistle Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2015

Saturday’s Clean Up

Hi All:


Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang has their schedule for Saturday, May 16, 2015.  I will be at a wedding in Charleston, S.C.


When:                  Saturday, May 16, 2015


Time:                    8:00 – 9:00


Where:                 We can all meet at Doyon’s parking lot


Thanks all



Ps  will miss seeing all your smiling faces


Congratulations Hannah Kimberley, Cape Ann League of Women Voter’s Newly Elected President!

Hannah Kimberley, Joan Kimberley, Christy Park ©Kim Smith 2015

Christy Park, Joan Kimberley, and Hannah Kimberley

This morning election of officers for the Cape Ann League of Women Voters took place at their annual meeting, held at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. The 2015-2016 officers are as follows: Hannah Kimberly, president; Joan Kimberley, vice-president; Kathryn Lorden, secretary; and June Michaels is the treasurer.

I had the pleasure, along with Essex County beekeeper Kati Vandi, to present programs to the League on how to help the pollinators in our own backyards. Kati is a certified beekeeper and teaches classes to both children and adults at Mass Audubon. She gave a great talk about the significance of bees to our ecosystem and the importance of not using pesticides and herbicides. Kati highly recommends both books she is holding up in the photos. The program was organized by Kathy Lorden and Hannah Kimberley.Kati Vandi ©Kim Smith 2015

Kati Vandi

At today’s meeting, the League voted to conduct an ambitious study on ocean rise, including researching such topics as FEMA insurance rules, FEMA storm maps, locating vulnerable Cape Ann public and private infrastructure, and learning more about what is being done in other communities and states.

To learn more about the Cape Ann chapter of the League of Women Voters, visit their website here.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Community Service

Letter Carriers’ ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive

The 23rd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive
is on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

“Like” the Food Drive on Facebook | Follow the Food Drive on Twitter

Food Drive Tool Kit | Food Drive Coordinator’s Database

When do I put out the food? On the morning of Saturday, May 9, just set out your non-perishable food items well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.


Annual Day in April is Simple Yet Profound – Kids Clutching Poems…

Catherine Ryan submits ~

unnamedQueuing and sharing. Poem in Your Pocket Day fell on April 30. The power of poetry and listening was unforgettable. Try it yourself next year—bring extra Kleenex.

Mayor Romeo-Theken encourages Gloucester students to send their original poem to the Office of the Mayor, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA. She promises to read them! Students should include their name, which Gloucester school, their grade and teacher’s name.

Look for Poem in Your Pocket Day each April. It’s free and simple to participate. Carry a Poem. Share a Poem. For more information, search for Poem in Your Pocket Day (PIYP Day) Academy of American Poets ( or New York City’s excellent web site, PIYP Day started in NYC in 2002 inspired by theFavorite Poem Project established in 1997 by Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States. East Gloucester Elementary initiated PIYP Day in 2012 because it always celebrates literacy and arts. Students are encouraged to submit poems to the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library’s Poetry without Paper contest.

The honorary post for the Gloucester Poet Laureate was created in 1998. There have been four poet laureates: Vincent Ferrini was the City’s first, then John Ronan, Ruthanne Collinson, and the current Poet Laureate, Peter Todd. The Committee for the Arts helps select a new Poet Laureate every four years.

Special thanks to the students; Mayor Romeo-Theken; East Gloucester Elementary school teachers and staff– especially Literacy Coach Melissa Francis; EGS PTO; poet laureate, Peter Todd, and former laureates John Ronan and Rufus Collinson. Student Cal White read Peter Todd’s poem, Friendship, for morning message. Visit Gloucester’s website for more information and to read the poems shared by the poet laureates.

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Saturday’s Clean up

clean up

Clean Gloucester and the One Hour at a Time Gang’s Saturday’s schedule


When:                  Saturday, May 9, 2015


Where:                 We can meet at the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial


Time:                    8:00 – 9:00


I have bags, hope to see all there on Saturday.


Paul Harris Fellow

Thanking Tracy Arabian for sending this information to GMG.

Rick and Doug


Contacts: Steve Kaity, 978-879-1051, Michael Costello, 978-546-7140



The Gloucester Rotary Club has named Rick Doucette and Doug Shatford as Paul Harris Fellows, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded the Rotary movement in 1905. Doucette was selected by a Club committee of previous recipients of the award, while Shatford was chosen by members of the Interact Club, the very active group of Gloucester High School junior Rotarians.  Doucette and Shatford will be honored at a special dinner on Tuesday, May 12, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester. The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Rick Doucette was born and raised in Gloucester, and is a proud product of the Gloucester public school system.

Rick has served as Executive Director of the Cape Ann YMCA since May 2002, turning his focus specifically to Teen & Camp Services in 2008.  Rick began his career at the YMCA as a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) at Camp Spindrift in 1984.  Through his career, Rick developed many new innovative programs and initiatives that remain as “mainstays” of the YMCA youth and family programming. These include unprecedented levels of growth and participation at Spindrift, the Friday Night Fun program, the afterschool child care program, Y Teen Leaders Rockathon, teen service trips, sports leagues, many of other youth and teen initiatives.

In addition to his work with the YMCA, Rick also spent four-and-a-half years as a faculty member at O’Maley Middle School.  Rick has been very active in the community throughout his adult life, coaching Senior Little League, Pee Wee Football and Fisherman Youth Soccer and serving on various civic and municipal committees.  Rick currently serves as co-President of the Gloucester Pride Stride Committee, a Trustee of Awesome Gloucester, a member of the O’Maley S.A.I.L.S. Team, and a charter member with Theatre in the Pines.  Rick is very proud to be a member of the Gloucester Rotary Club and served as its President in 2013-14.

An accomplished actor, Rick has performed locally in numerous productions as well as on stages in Boston, New York and London.  Rick has earned praise and positive recognition for his work in several short film projects – in particular earning awards at the Woods Hole Film Festival and the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Doug Shatford has been a pillar of the Magnolia community for many years. Another Gloucester boy, Doug is a graduate of Gloucester High School and currently is a co-owner of Machine Technology in Beverly.

Doug’s record of service to the community is extensive.  As a long-time coach of youth sports teams, the co-founder of Citizens for Public Safety (a group dedicated to the re-opening of the Magnolia Fire Station), a member and President of the Magnolia Library Board, and a member of the Magnolia Historical Society and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He also belongs to the Magnolia Lions Club and the Tyrian-Ashler-Acacis Lodge of Masons.

Shatford is a known leader in his community.  Whether working to repair the Magnolia pier or coordinating efforts to assist victims of recent fires, or chairing on the local sports team, Doug serves with enthusiasm, kindness, and humility.

Tickets to the Paul Harris Distinguished Service Award Dinner are $47 per person and may be reserved by contacting event Chairman Steve Kaity at 978-879-1051. The Dinner is open to the general public, and friends and colleagues of Doucette and Shatford are encouraged to attend.


Magnolia soulangeana ©Kim Smith 2015Yesterday while in Boston to meet with clients at their home on Comm. Ave, I couldn’t help but take a snapshot of the glorious saucer magnolias blooming along the avenue. I wished I’d had more time because just as I was leaving, the sun began to poke out. The stunning display that you see lining the south-facing side is the genius of one woman and when I have time, will write more about her brilliant accomplishment to which we are all the beneficiaries, more than fifty years after planting!

Commonwealth Avenue Boston Magnolia soulangeana ©˚im Smith 2015

Magnolia soulangeana Commonwealth Avenue Boston

At the Gloucester HarborWalk Gardens, we planted two species of magnolia adjacent to each other. Many arboretums, such as Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, plant several species within the same plant family in close proximity to provide an opportunity to learn by comparing the differences and similarities. I wanted our community to enjoy a mini-arboretum experience by planting two of the most beautiful magnolias that grow well in our region, the saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) and sweetbay magnolia (M. virginiana). Stop by in the coming weeks to visit our gorgeous magnolias in bloom. M. soulangeana will bloom first, followed by M. virginiana.

The Friends of the HarborWalk will be back at the HarborWalk this Sunday (tomorrow morning), beginning at 9am. We’ll meet in front of the Gloucester House. Come lend a hand–its work, but fun with this growing great group of community-spirited friends. Everyone is welcome!

Please leave a comment in the comment section or feel free to contact me if you have any questions at



Ukelele Fervor #GloucesterMA!

Dawn Sarrouf writes on Instagram and shares these wonderful photos from East Gloucester Elementary ~

“Really? 7:30am Ukelele Jam band at #eastgloucesterelementary with kids, teachers, parents, and even the princile?! Yes, m’am! Every Thursday morning!”imagejpeg_0IMG_6478.JPG


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Photos courtesy Dawn Sarrouf and Michelle DelVecchio


My hearfelt thanks to Lise Breen, Amy Kerr, and Leslie Heffron for all their fabulous hard work trimming, raking, sweeping, and removing tons of trash from the Gloucester HarborWalk Gardens. We finished more than half on Sunday!

The Friends of the HarborWalk will be back this coming Sunday, beginning at 9am. We’ll meet in front of the Gloucester House. Come lend a hand–its work, but fun with this growing great group of community-spirited friends. Everyone is welcome!

Please leave a comment in the comment section or feel free to contact me if you have any questions at

Amy, Lise, and Leslie

HarborWalk CleanUpTwenty one bags and counting!

Our Greg Bover Will Get a Citizenship Award for Work with Fishbox Derby, Sawyer Library.

Add another GMG contributor to the list!
Couldn’t have picked a more deserving guy than Greg!

Sharon and Leo Have Some Nice Things To Say

Hey Joey!
    Just wanted to drop a quick note to thank you for keeping our spirits up all winter!  …wicked winter that it was!  (Yep..we had snow today, April 23..) Even seeing our favorite vacation spots under the snow made us happy.  Everyday after shoveling we would come in and read your daily blog. We would “catch-up” on news, see what Sista Felicia was cooking, and plan new places to go on our next visit. 
    Sharon and Leo

staff from Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Took To The Coastline

Last weekend, a dedicated group of volunteers and staff from Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary took to the coastline to clean up the coastal and marsh areas of Eastern Point, where Mass Audubon has 53 acres that support large numbers of seabirds and waterfowl. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary also oversees Mass Audubon properties on Cape Ann including 35 acres at Norman’s Woe Wildlife Sanctuary and 32 acres on Straitsmouth Island. Photo shows the debris that accumulated over the harsh winter this year.

Sue Ann Pearson
Development Assistant
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Eastern Point Clean Up

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