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Gloucester Pride Stride Sunday


​Annual Fundraising Walk to Benefit Cape Ann Non-Profits and Community Groups

Dogtown Clean up

Saturday, April 29, 2017 clean up. Thank you Allen for sending me this poster.

Hi Donna,

Here is the information on the event Saturday as well as a poster if you want to share. Thanks so much!

“Join us for a couple hours picking up trash and debris from the trails near the Cherry Street entrance of Dogtown. We will be meeting by the Dogtown sign next to the parking spaces (the white one with the crude map on it) to divide up into a couple teams and distribute gloves and trash bags. At 8am we’ll head out to tackle the trails – as we fill up bags, we’ll be leaving them in a designated location for the DPW to later pick up, so part of our job will be hauling trash out of the woods to that point. When 10am rolls around, some people will want to leave for the sustainability fair at O’Maley just down the street, and for those who stay we’ll be doing a short (no longer than an hour) hike around the Babson Boulders. Dogtown guru Mark Carlotto may even show up to share some of his knowledge with us!”


Lara Lepionka, Backyard Growers executive director shares,

WE ARE THE $35K WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!! And we won because of YOUR VOTING POWER!!!!!! A huge thank you to the b.good Family Foundation for giving us this opportunity (stay tuned for pics of us receiving our check next week), and thank you to Backyard Growers Program staff, service members, board members, partners, and supporters who worked on our voting campaign. WE DID IT. THANK YOU.


Earth Day 2017

We had a great turn out for Earth Day 2017. Even with the rain and cold the clean up teams were terrific. Wish to thank everyone who came out and the a big thank you to One Ocean One Love on Parker Street for the cookout. We are also so lucky to live in a community that has great Coast Guard personnel and all our volunteers/



Lara Lepionka, Backyard Growers executive, director writes,

Thank you everyone for all your support this week! We’re doing a final push on this last day of voting for Backyard Growers to win $35K. Voting closes at 11:59 tonight! Please share this opportunity with your networks—so appreciated! Vote here:

Many thanks,



Photos courtesy Backyard Growers Facebook page


Wow and double wow!! So many thanks to Ralph Martin at Preferred Auto Body for making my old(ish) car look brand new!!

This past winter I pulled over to the side of the road on Harbor Heights and got caught in a huge pot hole next to a storm drain. It tore my bumper and ripped out the front undercarriage. Shortly after that, I was bumped from the rear at the traffic lights on the 128 extension (by a super nice guy). Thanks to Ralph at Preferred Auto, they fit me into their busy schedule to take care of both, the front and the rear messes. My Prius was back at home in less than a week and it looks fabulous! Preferred Auto did an amazing, amazing job matching the paint, and on top of that, touched up a few scratches that were on the side of the car.

While my car was in the shop, they lent me a cute loaner car–a Toyota Corolla–very easy to drive, and at zero cost! I can’t recommend Preferred Auto Body enough.

Preferred Auto Body is located at 7 Pond Road in Gloucester. Phone: 978-283-2008 and ask for Ralph.


Soooo exciting and very best of luck to Backyard Growers!!! Please share this post with your friends and ask them to vote, too.

Lara Lepionka, Executive Director of Backyard Growers, writes,

Hello Friends of Backyard Growers,

Backyard Growers is one of three finalists in the b.good Family Foundation’s competition to win a $35,000 grant! In all of Greater Boston, we were chosen as one of the finalists because of the work we are doing right here in Gloucester—so proud!

We are now at the public voting stage. Please do the following to help us win!

Thank you! Lara


Earth Day April 22nd

Earth day should be everyday. This year we are having a major clean on Saturday April 22, 2017. The One Hour at a Time Gang will be doing Main Street. We can meet at St. Peters Square and work our way up Main Street and Rogers Street. Remember we will be starting at 9:00 am til 11:00 for this clean up. If you would like to volunteer please let me know at or contact me through Good Morning Gloucester. Please check out the flier below. Hope to see you all there. Please pass on that cigarettes butts are trash and littering. Please dispose properly. Thank you.

Paprika Grill wants to feature local Gloucester artists


Emrah Arslan the owner of Paprika Grill wants to help area artists by featuring solo exhibits. He and his customers will have the chance to see what’s happening in the community, sip some tea and appreciate art in this  casual new hopping Mediterranean spot. Arslan’s art is…the food.

Paprika Grill will select the art. Exhibits will change every few months. Three months is a nice long time to have your work on display. To be considered for a sign up sheet rotation, interested artists should email Arslan with 3 or 4 examples.  He’ll let you know if you’re in the queue. “I keep hearing Gloucester has a lot of artists.”

photo caption: Interior views of Paprika Grill and approximate 14′ length of available wall space. (The mirror and items can be rearranged.) 



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Paprika Grill,  185 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA


Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Secretary Kerry

Together with the Essex National Heritage’s 20th anniversary celebration, 131 Trailblazing organizations where honored at last night’s grand gala, held at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Over 300 Essex Heritage supporters were in attendance.

Very special guest Secretary John Kerry, who helped craft the legislation in 1996 that designated the area (and worked with Senator Kennedy over many years to secure funding), gave an inspiring speech highlighting the fact that the past twenty years of this unique public-private partnership has created the tremendous success that is the Essex National Heritage area.

Congratulations to the Essex National Heritage and all the Trailblazers!

The best fun seeing these four at the gala!! Captain Stefan Edick of the Schooner Adventure, Captain Tom Ellis of the Schooner Lannon, Mayor Sefatia, and Tom Balf, Director of Maritime Gloucester.



A special toast was given to the following Trailblazers:

Preserving this Special Region: Essex County Greenbelt Association; Connecting People to Place: The Trustees of Reservations; Building & Growing Our Future: Peabody Essex Museum; Advancing Our Educational Mission (tied for first place): Lowell’s Boat Shop and The House of Seven Gables. Of special note to Cape Ann residents, Maritime Gloucester came in second place and Essex Shipbuilding Museum came in third place in the category Advancing Our Educational Mission.

Trailblazers and Scenes from Essex National Heritage 20th Anniversary Gala at Peabody Essex Museum

Secretary John Kerry reconnected with Mayor Romeo-Theken before he took to the podium to address more than 300 guests attending the Essex National Heritage 20th Anniversary gala at the Peabody Essex Museum. They go way back. Essex National Heritage was designated in 1996 with key support from John Kerry and Ted Kennedy.



20th Anniversay Gala at Peabody Essex Museum L-R: Mayor Romeo-Theken, Gloucester; Secretary John Kerry; Annie Harris CEO Essex National Heritage

Here’s a star, Emily Levin from Essex National Heritage. Everyone who hosts programs over Essex National Heritage fabulous annual Trails & Sails enjoys working with Emily.

The temporary Essex National Heritage illumination is projected above the Halo sculpture by Anish Kapoor.

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Emily Levin, Essex National Heritage (20th Anniversary Gala Peabody Essex museum)





4000 votes helped select a few Trailblazer nominees for a special champagne toast representing their mission and all the wonderful cultural resources across 34 towns. Kim Smith was in good company! We toasted the following 2017 Essex National Heritage Area Trailblazers:

1st place | Essex County Greenbelt Association
2nd place | Ipswich River Watershed Association
3rd place | The Cabot


1st place | The Trustees of Reservations
2nd place | Mass Audubon
3rd place |Essex Agricultural Society


surprised Pilar !

1st place — Peabody Essex Museum
2nd place — YMCA of the North Shore
3rd place — Valley View Farm

1st place (tie) | Lowell’s Boat Shop and The House of Seven Gables
2nd place | Maritime Gloucester
3rd place | Essex Shipbuilding Museum


sailing at the same table: Mayor Romeo Theken, Mary Kay Taylor Schooner Ardelle, Graham Mckay Lowell’s Boatshop Amesbury; Stefan Edick Schooner Adventure. Bill Steelman presenting award to Graham.

Nice detail: the second festive beverage for the reception featured the trio of colors in the Essex National Heritage logo.

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Gloucester organizations and partners were featured in the slide loop including: City Hall for Community Preservation, Discover Gloucester, Lannon, Rocky Neck, Schooner Adventure, HarborWalk, Cape Ann Museum.




from Essex National Heritage printed matter:

On April 5 2017 we’re celebrating all of the incredible organizations and people that we’ve spent the last two decades working with to preserve and enhance the significant historic, cultural, and natural places that make Essex County like nowhere else. We are also THRILLED that Secretary John Kerry will joining as the celebrate. Secretary Kerry played a key role in the federal legislation designating the Essex National Heritage Area in 1996!

Who are the Trailblazers and which will receive a toast?
The public nominated 131 Trailblazers.  While all Trailblazers will be recognized at the Gala, only a few will be honored with a special toast!  The public was invited to vote for which Trailblazers will receive a toast, and the results will be revealed only at the event; toasts will be made at the Gala!

Boston flower show

Guess who are vendors at the show..

Donna Ardizzoni / Circle Consulting Group 978-526-9222

Earth Day

Earth Day Clean Up will be held on April 22, 2017. The time is 9:00 – 11:00. If you would like to participate please let me know. The One Hour at a Time Gang will be cleaning Main Street. Also please remember that everyday should be Earth Day. Please dispose of your litter properly and remember that cigarette butts are litter. Thanks all.


We’re sharing this lovely letter about GMG’s own Catherine Ryan, which was sent to the the Gloucester Daily Times, and written by Pauline Bresnahan.

To the editor:

The year 2013 was the first year I was asked to be on the city of Gloucester’s Tourism Commission. I have met many people who love the city and want to use their area of knowledge to help our community.

It was then that I met and started working alongside my now dear friend Catherine Ryan. I am constantly in awe of her dedication to her family and her love of Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Some of the wonderful projects that she has in some way positively impacted and in many cases quietly but with great passion championed are: Gloucester’s Harborwalk, the Downtown Cultural District, Committee for the Arts, the Tourism Commission, the Pop Up Art event at The Hive for Young Artists, Cape Ann Reads and murals at City Hall. She has also helped to guide her sons in their desire to preserve and display the Bachelor Civil War coat at Gloucester High School.

It is a great privilege and honor to be able to call Catherine a friend but even more to let her know that I cannot thank her enough for what she does for us here in Gloucester. I have amazing respect for this amazing woman and I wanted to just let her know that.

If you know Catherine, you also know she is a humble woman who never asks for recognition but will be the first to recognize others for their work. You will often see her posts on Good Morning Gloucester. She is always sharing the work of others in the city and helping to promote events. Catherine does not hesitate to help a young person who might need some help or advice. Her ability to research stories and share factual information for the readers of the blog are extremely useful.

If you know Catherine let her know how much you appreciate what she does for all of us. I know I will.

Pauline Bresnahan

Chairwoman, Gloucester Tourism Commission

Way to Represent, Traci Budrow!

I watched different meteorologists and news reporters knocking out storm coverage all day long from their windy, wet, and cold vantage points on T Wharf and Bearskin Neck in Rockport…from my warm home.  At one point I thought to myself, “It’d be nice to make sure they have some hot coffee since they’ve been down there for hours”….but I didn’t.

You know who did take the initiative to go take care of them though?  Rockport’s Traci Budrow…that’s who!  And, not just with coffee.  Good job, Traci.  Way to represent the charming town of Rockport.

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