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Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction -3

Andrew Luman, Schuylar Corbett, and Ruby Lyman

Cruiseport was filled to overflowing with the joyful sounds of children laughing and parents socializing, all there to join in the fun of Art Haven’s 8th Annual Buoy Auction. The hundreds of buoys hand painted by local children were displayed in a fresh new layout with a “Haven Walk” surrounding the perimeter.

Emily Bean Andrew Lumen Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction @www.kimsmithdesigns.comAndrew Luman did a fantastic job as the auctioneer and emcee (with Emily Bean above)

For the silent auction, beautiful buoy creations were donated by some of the most talented local artists.

Colleen Apostolos-Marsh Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction @www.kimsmithdesigns.comColleen Apostolos-Marsh “Sugar Skull”

Traci Corbett Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction @www.kimsmithdesigns.comTraci Thayne-Corbett “The Big Catch”

Jeff Weaver Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction Jeff Weaver

Art Haven’s Buoy Auction is truly a community event in every sense of the word ~

Special thanks were noted in the program to the lobstermen who loaned the traps, Peter Mondello, Bob Morris, Chris Orcsillo, and Scott Horne. Sheree Zizik once again generously donated Cruiseport, delicious food was provided by local restaurants and shops, and many area businesses donated buoy supplies, transportation, and event promotion. Thanks too was given to all who helped construct the Lobster Trap Tree, with thanks to the buoy auction committee, and a very special thanks to Traci-Thayne Corbett and Karen Conant.Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction -2 @www.kimsmithdesigns.comSEE MORE PHOTOS HERE Read more


OMG live auction Lotus Marsh cupcake buoy at 150.00!!

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SOLD Lotus's Giant Cupcake!

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Live from Family Fun Night Art Haven Buoy Auction!

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David Brooks Art Haven Buoy 2016 ©Kim Smith

Art Haven Founder David Brooks

Lots More Pics Tomorrow!


Juni Van Dyke Cape ann Museum The Neighborhood quilt Project ©Kim Smith 2016Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods

Saturday afternoon Juni Van Dyke spoke to an auditorium overflowing with friends, fans, and fellow artist quilt makers for the opening celebration of “The Neighborhood Quilt Project.” Juni’s all inclusive message is about the positivity of a community coming together to create beautiful works of art, “bearing testimony to the truth that the gift of creativity resides within all of us.” She shared heart warming tales about the contributing quilters and their work. For all involved in this wonderfully powerful community project it was a very special and joyous day.

Ida, Lois, Colleen, Juni Van Dyke x Cape ann Museum The Neighborhood Quilt Project ©Kim Smith 2016

Juni with Quilters Ida, Lois, and ColleenJuni Van Dyke Cape ann Museum The Neighborhood Quilt Project Pete Kovner ©Kim Smith 2016

Friend Pete KovnerKay carpenter, Bobbi Kovner, Chicki Hollet Cape Ann Museum The Neighborhood Quilt Project ©Kim Smith 2016

Kay Carpenter, Bobbi Kovner, and Chicki Hollet

Paige and Juni Van Dyke Cape ann Museum The Neighborhood Quilt Project Detail ©Kim Smith 2016Juni and Daughter Paige

Kathleen Adams Juni Van Dyke Cape ann Museum The Neighborhood Quilt Project ©Kim Smith 2016.JPGKathleen Adams speaking about the Annisquam quilt

On display in the light-filled spacious gallery of the museum’s third floor are the thirteen quilts representing thirteen Gloucester neighborhoods. The Cape Ann Museum is free to Cape Ann residents during the month of January. Do Not Miss This Enchanting Exhibit!Juni Van Dyke Cape ann Museum The Neighborhood Quilt Project Detail ©Kim Smith 2016

With thanks and gratitude to Cape Ann Museum Director Rhonda Falloon and Curator Martha Oakes for taking “The Neighborhood Quilt Project” under their wings, where the quilts will be well cared for generations to come.


Dedication of a bench on Magnolia Beach for Philip Bouchie

A. Philip Bouchie, Jr. passed away last January.  He was the Acting Lieutenant of the Gloucester Fire Department.  On Wednesday, January 13, 2016 there was a dedication to Lt. Bouchie with a bench in his name on Magnolia Beach.  The winds were blowing and the temperatures were in the 20’s but the warmth of the crowd exhibited how much the Gloucester Fire Fighter was respected

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One Hour at a Time Gang

Since the weather is starting to get cold and nasty the One Hour at a Time Gang will be taking a break for the winter.  This does not mean we will not be picking up.  We always carry a yellow bag to try and keep our city clean.  Also the city has passed a motion on litter. Please read below the information on this motion.  The motion states that cigarette butts are litter.  Please remember to dispose your smoking materials properly and not on the streets, rivers or oceans.

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Tribute to FOB Peter Albert Todd


Photo by: Mary Barker


Our FOB and Ward 2 Councilwoman, Melissa Cox, has informed us of the passing of Peter Albert Todd. Earlier today Peter lost his very long battle with cancer. Peter Albert Todd was named Poet Laureate of the City of Gloucester, Massachusetts, in August, 2014.

Often referred to as the City Poet Laureate of Gloucester, Peter had been a life-long resident of the city that he loved.  He celebrated his love of everything Gloucester in his deeply personal and moving poems. His poems centered around such diverse topics as the Gloucester City Council, the city’s rich history, the fishing boats and working waterfront, Gloucester landmarks, individuals who have made Gloucester great, his adored family, and his deep personal Christian faith.

He was active in the Masonic Order for most of his life, Peter is twice Past Master of Tyrian Lodge, twice Past Master of Acacia Lodge, Past Master of Ashler Lodge, Past Master of Charles C. Dame Lodge, Past Worthy Patron of Martha Washington Chapter #21, OES, and was a faithful and loving Rainbow Dad for many years.  In 2004 Pete was honored with the Joseph Warren Medal for long and faithful service by order of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.  He celebrates his love of the Order in many of his poems.

Peter lived with the angel of his soul and the love of his life, his wife of over thirty years, Barbara. He has one daughter, Jenice; a granddaughter, Ashley; and two great-grandsons, Nathaniel and Daniel.

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken will lower the flag in front of City Hall on behalf of Peter.

Peter and his wife Barbara would visit us daily at Mamie’s Kitchen and when Peter was not sipping his hot chocolate with us he headed over to see his long time friend, Dean Salah of Georges Coffee Shop. We often heard the untold stories of Gloucester’s past and he brought copies of his poems to coffee shop to share with everyone. Peter had the most positive attitude towards life and the picture below says it all.




Time is a gift that one can spare
To help those who are in need
Just the knowing someone cares
Is a God given gift to all indeed
Time is also sharing flowers in view
Taking in their pleasant scents
Beneath the skies of heavenly blue
Rich of knowledge time well spent
As the years go by time does fly
Memories seem to all disappear
But as sure as the stars in night sky
Through God we have no fears
So treasure this gift in life each day
Share it with those you love
For does not the good book say
Trust in God beyond the sky above

by Peter Albert Todd



maritime gloucester -5 ©Kim Smith 2015Fran Miondello maritime gloucester -4 ©Kim Smith 2015So many thanks to the super helpful and wonderfully welcoming Fran Mondello for the gift shop grand tour. Maritime Gloucester’s shop is simply bursting with terrific and interesting gifts for your seafarer, budding young marine-biologist-oceanography, and just about anyone who loves anything and everything about the sea!

maritime gloucester -1 ©Kim Smith 2015Schooner Ardelle gift passes start at the unbelievably low price of $24.00 and would be an incredibly fun gift. Book a chartered sail aboard the Ardelle by January 1st and receive up to 200.00 off. For more information about Schooner Ardelle trummel tickets and charters visit or call 978-290-7168.

maritime gloucester -3 ©Kim Smith 2015Don’t you want this Lighthouse Bingo? What a fantastic way to learn about lighthouses!!

The gift shop is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Maritime Gloucester is located at 23 Harbor Loop. Besides shopping locally at the heritage center, giving the gift of membership to Maritime Gloucester is another tremendous way to support this gem of a resource for our community. For more information about member benefits and the modest cost of membership visit here.maritime gloucester -6 ©Kim Smith 2015

maritime gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2015While visiting the gift shop, check out the Harbor dredging from the great vantage point of Gloucester Maritime’s pier.

Harbor dredging from Maritime Gloucester Harriet Webster Pier

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JM Walsh Oil Company is Spreading Holiday Cheer!

How is this for Holiday kindness!  JM Walsh Oil Company is helping to make the winter more bearable and easier for 5 struggling families.  Such a great act of generosity.

We are giving away 100 gallons of heating oil to 6 struggling families this winter. Nominate a family in writing by December 31st!

Please include your name and phone number. Serving families in Gloucester, Rockport, Mancester, and Essex. Selected families will be kept confidential and will be notified in writing with a letter and gift certificate after January 4, 2016.

Send nominations to 6 Cleveland Place, Gloucester or email to

If this act inspires you….and you are fortunate enough to be able to do so…feel free to donate funds to help sponsor even more families!

Great job, JM Walsh Oil!  Please check out their website below



Composting at O’Maley Innovation Middle School!!! Funded by the Awesome Gloucester Foundation

940x470#Our idea is to establish a composting system in the cafeteria at O’Maley in partnership with Black Earth Haulers. Trash removal at O’Maley has gotten very expensive. In addition, many students are uninterested in eating school lunch and are just throwing it out. Our plan will reduce trash costs and provide costly compost for free as well as establishing a sustainable garden at O’Maley that will educate and feed the school, students and staff alike. The system will be one bin for each grade’s lunch with a small bucket in the kitchen for cooking scraps. Black Earth will take away our bins weekly and in return bring us compost which will benefit the school’s gardens and get everyone at the school more involved. We will be educating everyone on what is and isn’t compostable at school wide assemblies and short videos to view in homeroom (Black Earth’s bin’s also have helpful signs that inform students about what can be composted). Amazingly, many students at O’Maley didn’t even know we had a school garden. With the help of Backyard Growers, we hope to create more planting and harvestings days schoolwide providing fresh produce for everyone to enjoy. Along with Black Earth Haulers and Backyard Growers, our school chefs and faculty member Caitlin Sumner (8th grade science teacher) are on board. With the support of many, a well devised plan, and $1000 we can make this idea into a reality.

One Hour at a Time Gang Saturday Clean Up

Good Morning all:

Hope everyone is well.  Since it is the Middle Street Walk and lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree we will be cleaning Middle Street.

 When:                  Saturday, December 12, 2015

Where:                 Middle Street…  near city hall parking lot

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

 Please bring gloves

December 16, 2014 pretty lobster tree


Awesome Gloucester Pitch Night at O’Maley

Dear Joey,

Awesome Gloucester held its Pitch Night at the O’Maley School Library Monday night. This month we took proposals for “making Gloucester more awesome” only from students there and received eleven. Our twenty trustees, who each chip in $50, voted to choose the top four ideas, and heard them pitched at the event. Even better, the Gloucester Education Foundation generously doubled our usual kitty, so when we voted again after hearing the presentations, the top two ideas were each funded with $1000, free and clear. The top vote getters were student initiatives to establish composting of food waste at the school, and another to support activities for kids with IEP’s during movement breaks.

This was one of those fun, exciting events that gave everyone who attended hope for the future. These kids and their ideas were extremely impressive and their presentations were articulate and well thought through.

Next month we’ll be back to taking proposals from all comers at




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