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Saturday Clean Up

Hi kids:


Hope all is well.

The Time will be 9:00 – 11:00

I have my grandchildren so will not be able to be there.

This weekend is the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean up day – a cleaning is scheduled in our area at:

Good Harbor Beach Cape Ann, Massachusetts

We will be meeting at the side entrance of Good Harbor Beach (Nautilus Road) We will be providing refreshments, trash bags, and gloves. However, we do encourage you to bring your own gloves if you can to reduce waste!

More information about the world wide event is here:





Come From Away tells the story of 6,579 travelers whose planes were grounded in the tiny town of Gander, Newfoundland after the attacks of 9/11. Locals from Gander and surrounding towns opened their hearts and homes for over a week, sharing what little they had. Read more about the musical here.

One of those helped by these kindhearted people was the passenger Shirley Brooks-Jones. Shirley and the other passengers tried to pay the townsfolk back, but they would not accept their money. While there she learned that many of the local children were too impoverished to attend school. Brooks-Jones had the idea to start a scholarship. This lasting legacy of the 9/11 attacks, the Lewisporte Area Flight 15 Scholarship Fund, has raised over a million dollars and sent 228 kids to college. Brooks-Jones recently gave an interview on NPR and you can read the transcript here.

Special Clean Up on Saturday

Morning kids:

Hope all enjoyed the glorious weekend. Loved the parade of sails and the waves and the ocean certainly gave us a show.

Saturday’s cleanup will be a coordinated clean with Gloucester Beach and Park Clean Team, The One Hour At a Time Gang and Gloucester Clean City Commission.

The One Hour at a Time Gang will be going to Green Street Playground.

Time is different this week.

When:                  Saturday, September 10, 2016

Where:                 Green Street Playground

Time:                    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Please bring gloves and if you have them your pickers.  Would like to give a shout out to our DPW, they are doing a great job.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Thank you kiddos

DonnaSeptember 10 clean up




Cruise Ship coming in on Friday

Volunteers needed to welcome cruise ship’s 2,000 guests

Almost 2,000 visitors will be coming to Cape Ann on Friday, disembarking from a large cruise ship, and the local Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to greet them and offer information on local attractions.

The visitors are passengers on the MS Zuiderdam, a Holland America cruise ship, which will arrive in Gloucester on Friday, Sept. 9. The ship will return to Gloucester for two additional fall visits, on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 29, according to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

Approximately 1,800 passengers will be on board and an estimated 40 percent have pre-booked excursions, the chamber said. The remaining 1,000 vacationers will be shopping, dining, and visiting Gloucester’s and Rockport’s museums, attractions, shops and cultural districts.

On Friday, the first passengers coming in from the ship on tenders are expected to arrive on shore at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, at 9 a.m. and reach downtown Gloucester by 9:30 a, ■ , and Rocky Neck and Rockport by 10:30 a.m., the chamber said.

Volunteers are needed to help chamber representatives welcome this group to Gloucester and Cape Ann.

At Cruiseport’s upper entrance, there will be eight tables staffed by volunteers with a wide array of local maps and brochures. CATAtrolleys will be on hand to transport visitors around downtown Gloucester and CATA buses will be available to take passengers on their regular routes to Rocky Neck and Rockport. CATA will be selling all-day passes for their trolleys and buses for $3.

All other Cape Ann area transportation companies (e.g. taxis, rental car agencies, tour services, etc.) are being alerted to the ship’s arrival and will be invited to transport cruise ship passengers to all Cape Ann locations.

Many local businesses will be offering special discounts and other promotions for cruise ship passengers. The chamber has created a “Welcome Zuiderdam Passengers” sign that business owners may download from and hang at their business entrance.

The Cape Ann Chamber is working collaboratively with the city of Gloucester, CATA, Discover Gloucester, Cruiseport and downtown merchants in Gloucester and Rockport to help make these visits memorable and fun experiences for all and build the demand for more cruise ships to visit Cape Ann.

For more information or if interested in volunteering, people are encouraged to contact Lorre Anderson at welcomecruisers@gmail. com or Peter Webber or 978-283-1601.


This is going to be a huge clean-up.   Please email me at or to let us know which area you would like to help out.  We look forward to hearing from lots of great citizens of Gloucester.  Please bring your gloves and we will supply the yellow bags.  If you have a picker it is always helpful.

Thank you

September 10 clean up

Saturday Clean Up

The One Hour at a Time Gang’s schedule for Saturday.

Hi kids:

 Hope all is well.  When I was watching the Oliver Hazard Perry coming in on Monday was at the open lot facing Ten Pound Island.  It is a mess.  Thought a good idea to go over and clean this up on Saturday.  To find the lot go down Commercial Street to the end.  We need to keep this spots clean before the trash goes into the ocean.

 When:                  Saturday:  August 13, 2016

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 Empty lot at the end of Commercial Street

 Please bring gloves and I will supply the bags. 

Thanks all

March 29, 2016 Ten Pound Island from Cape Pond Ice


The One Hour at a Time Gang

Good morning peeps:


Hope all is well. 


When:                  Saturday:  August 6, 2016

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 Stacey Blvd. 

 We can meet at the Tavern

 Thank you kiddos

August 20, 2015 Strolling the Boulevard

One Hour at a Time Gang Clean Up

Good beautiful afternoon all:


Hope everyone is enjoying this gift of a summer.


When:                  Saturday, July 30, 2016

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 Magnolia Avenue, we can park at the end of Klondelin Road


I have bags..


Thanks all



One Hour at a Time Gang

Good morning kids:

Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful beach weather.

Where:                 Niles Beach

When:                  Saturday, July 23, 2016

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Please bring gloves and pickers, I will pick up the bags.

Take care all and thank you


October 16, 2015 Boston from Niles Beach



Fiesta Hat ladies copyright Kim SmithThe Crazy Hat Ladies write, “The Crazy Hat Ladies of Fiesta have been invited to the largest folk festival in the US in Lowell, Massachusetts over the weekend of July 29th and 30th. This is our 2nd time being invited to come and share our love for the St. Peter’s Fiesta and our love for our community. We will be representing Gloucester and with our hats with people from all over. We will have our hats and a photo display of the history of St. Peter’s Fiesta.. We will also proudly distribute Gloucester Visitor guides to promote our beautiful city. We hope you can make it to this cultural event that has lots of music, cultural cuisine and entertainment and of course…

THE CRAZY HAT LADIES OF FIESTA”SAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 PROCESSION Bruce Tarr Amy Robyn Clayton fiesta hat ladies copyright Kim Smith

Charles and George Civil War Coat News Update

image002 (2)Hi Everybody!

We thought you’d like to read about Breaking news: the coat is a positive model!

Stories about the poll for the display

1) Last night the  Bay State Banner published a second article about the Bacheler Civil War coat helping spread the word about the poll on GMG (which will help decide how the coat is displayed). Jule wrote a great article. You can share it a bunch of ways from their website.

2) America’s Civil War Magazine ( had the coat in their FIELD NOTES section, “Coat Tales”. They sent us an advance copy of the September issue. It comes out bi-monthly and they said it’s for sale at Barnes and Noble. The article compares Bacheler’s coat to another Civil War era coat. It’s really interesting.

The White House mailed back photographs and a note from the President. We believe it’s something that is sent out to kids. It doesn’t mention the Bacheler coat or Gloucester. We’ll scan that later.

Thank you Dr. Powers for contributing to the display and adding another Gloucester business in to the support.


Charles + George



Water balloon baseball? 9:30 Saturday YMCA Fiesta at GHS Newell Stadium. It’s on!

And hula hoops?! Thank you Garrett Coler, Sports and Recreation Director at the Cape Ann YMCA, for giving Good Morning Gloucester the scoop on the details. Sounds like something will be going on for all ages! From Garrett:

This Saturday at Newell Stadium at Gloucester High the YMCA will be hosting a Family Activity Day where kids of all ages can come by and play pick up sports games with our staff as well as participate in parachute games, face painting, water balloon baseball and more. The event is free for all and will be followed up by a hula hoop show! 

Come on down to Newell Stadium from 9:30-12 and join us! Parents welcome!”



Cape Ann Big Band jaw dropping O’Maley fundraiser

On June 17th, the last day of school, the classic 17 piece Cape Ann Big Band hosted a Spring/Summer Concert at the O’Maley Middle School, A Swing Extravaganza. Listen to some of the songs in the clip below! The band was formed in 2010. The band leader for this super professional, top-notch, sought after band is Carlos Menezes Jr. He just happens to be  the director of the O’Maley music department! Our students have access to astonishing and creative visual arts, performance,and music teachers.  The members of the Cape Ann Big Band, Gloucester Education Foundation, O’Maley Band Parent Organization, Captain Hooks, Supinos, Paula Burns, and others are making this music happen to inspire the kids in our community.”80% of all ticket sales went to help fund new instruments and band room renovations at the Middle School.” Plus Cape Ann Big Band announced during the concert that they are donating those sweet stands to the music department.

Just sayin’-  You can book the Cape Ann Big Band.

Here’s two minutes of video snippets including classics Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and ‘S Wonderful with vocalist Katy Geraghty. You’ll hear a huge round of applause for Carlos Menezes Jr solo, and stunning vocals from Kate Barry, Scott Parisi and Nathan Seavey. I loved the rendition of “Me and Mrs. Jones”  the 1972 song by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Cary Gilbert. My phone battery died so I didn’t grab from that song. I also missed the O’Maley Jazz ensemble who played a big set of 10 songs with many solos. They were incredible. Next time you hear that the school band or Cape Ann Big Band are playing a gig make it a point to see them.


The true one and only ‘Cat’ in Gloucester, Cat Barbagallo with the Sayess family, other parents and GEF helping out with fundraising.





GHS summer training copyright Kim SmithCoach Mike Lattof shares that for over thirty years the Fishermen teams have been training at GHB during the off season. The program is open to everyone, boys and girls alike, and from every sport.

Early morning GHS all sports practice with Coach Mike Lattof

A video posted by Kim Smith (@kimsmithdesigns) on

That Melissa Cox, She’s One of the Good Ones

Not only is she a good sport, but she’s generous too.

Melissa agreed, thanks to a $500 request, to be tossed into the pool in the name of charity.

That $500 will go to a charity set up to help the Orlando shooting victims and their families.

You just never know what you’re going to run into when you meet up with a friend for a drink in Gloucester.  While I missed the actual splash…I landed on the roof top deck in time to see a wet, chilly, but still smiling Melissa Cox spreading cheer the way she always does.

Thanks so much to Christopher Sicuranza for capturing and sharing the moment…and to Melissa for allowing me to post it.  Thanks also to Steven LeBlanc for “the push” and Sean Nolan for stepping up big with the $500 donation.

(and, how about that roof top pool area!)  #Beauport Hotel



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