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A Sad Arrival Home by Unknown Photographer

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This photograph shows the arrival of one of Gloucester’s own, Michael Grella, 21, at Logan Airport in March. Michael, who grew up in Gloucester, enlisted in the Army after graduating High School and held the rank of Specialist.

The photographer is unknown, but was a passenger on the American Airlines flight. Michael’s sister, Jessica Grella, recently posted the photo on her Facebook page, in hopes of finding out who the photographer is. She gave me permission to send it to Good Morning Gloucester.

In the photo you can see the gathering of escorts, Logan Airport Fire Department, State Police, TSA, and family to the right, paying their respects. Many people on the plane had their hands over their hearts, and more paid their respects in the terminal.

Jessica wrote, “I would love to know who the person was who took this photo and thank them. It’s almost like you can see heaven opening up for Michael. Mike, we miss you so much.”
Thanks Joey


The Thomas E Lannon Is Sailing To Philly For The Tall Ships!

Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight with Sax Gordon, Ricky King Russell, Ed Scheer and Dear OL’ Dave Sag 8:30pm 4.12.2018 The Joint will be Jumpin

The one and only “Sax” Gordon Beadle wafts in to flit on your hippocampus with his remarkably well-endowed grasp of the blues. Just back from a tour of outer space, Gordie and his boys will destroy your wildest dreams! Featuring Risky “King” Russell on catarrh and “Mr.Ed” Scheer , on the skins. And me, too.

Dave Sag

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This weeks special guest: Liz Frame 7pm 4.11.2018

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, April 11th – 7pm
My Musical Guest: LIZ FRAME!

One of the great ones, people. Bold, sassy lyrics. Exciting,
soulful music. Liz Frame is an honest and true artist… and
I can only hope the locals get what it is that happens all
around them, all the time in this amazing, one-of-a-kind
kinda place! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
4/18 – Strungout Playboys

4/25 – Lynn Taylor

5/2 – Tony Frontiero

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

John Sarrouf was featured in a Time magazine video on efforts to develop common ground between gun rights advocates and proponents of stricter gun laws.

Dear Joey,

I’m a long-time GMG reader — even though I no longer live in Gloucester.
I thought you might want to know about this very cool matter involving my good buddy John Sarrouf, who still lives in East Gloucester (and has for years, though not by true Gloucester standards).
John was featured in a Time magazine video on efforts to develop common ground between gun rights advocates and proponents of stricter gun laws.
Here’s the link in case you want to check it out:
Thanks for publishing a great site!
Eric Convey

This could have been any of our Sicilian Grandmothers

Support the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market – Dinner and a Movie Fundraiser!

There are still tickets available for Monday night’s Dinner and a Movie Fundraiser at the Cape Ann Cinema.

The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market was a recipient of the 2017 Cape Ann Community Foundation first ever round of grants. They were award $3500 for their project entitled “Fresh Food Access and Supporting Local Business”.

The Cape Ann License Plate funds this program through the Cape Ann Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit set up by the Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce to manage the proceeds of the Cape Ann License Plate.

Cape Ann Farmer’s Market loves Cape Ann and is proud to step up and support the Cape Ann License Plate at this event!

Common Crow Event

Health Fair at the Common Crow, Saturday April 21, 10-4. There will be
fun children activities, free samples, hot and cold food and drinks,
educational talks throughout the day and 20%off sale of vitamins and
beauty products. Check out our FaceBook page for more details or call
Thank you, we really appreciate you!!
Karen Andrew and Susan Davis
Educators at the Common Crow

The Smith Family to Bring Grocery Store to Rockport

Dear Rockport Community:

Here is the official announcement made by our company and family today. We are so excited to bring a grocery store to Rockport, and we look forward to your support and input. Crackerjacks is not going away. We are remerchandising it to include groceries, and bring a much needed store to our community. Stay tuned as our plans unfold.


CONTACT: Jay Smith, President, Smith Ace Hardware & Lumber

978-546-2229 x 11 email:

The Smith Family to Bring Grocery Store to Rockport

Rockport, MA – On Wednesday April 4, Jay Smith, President of the Smith family businesses, which include Smith Ace Hardware & Lumber and Crackerjacks in Rockport, and Hometown Ace Hardware in Gloucester, announced his plans to bring a grocery store to Rockport. “We have been listening to what the community wants, and we have done the preliminary research and planning to make it happen,” said Smith in an official statement. “We will start by remerchandising Crackerjacks at 27 Whistlestop Mall in the coming months, and then grow it from there, based on community input and support.”

The plans for remerchandising the Crackerjacks retail location include offering a range of essential grocery items, butchery and bakery products, as well as produce, milk and dairy, condiments, snacks, and other essentials. A customer-friendly designated selling area for beer and wine is also proposed. “Our focus will be on farm fresh whenever possible, regionally and locally made products, and excellence in customer service,” stated Smith, who has been studying national community grocery store designs and trends. Whistlestop Market is the planned business name.

Once the grocery store is established with essentials, future plans may include a deli service area with a hot soup bar, prepared entrées and salad options, and other amenities that will make meals to go and to prepare at home healthy, fresh, and convenient.

“We are confident that our customers and the community will help us serve them, and we want their input,” says Smith, who is planning to survey customers and the community to determine what people most need. “With a 144-year business history on Cape Ann, our family and our employees stand ready to create a shopping experience that locals and visitors alike will enjoy. The grocery store will add yet another attractive, convenient amenity to a town we all love and care about,” Smith stated.

A Family Legacy on Cape Ann

Leverett Edward (L.E.) Smith began his hardware business on Cape Ann at Dock Square in 1874, and moved it to 49 Main Street in 1891. J. Raymond Smith, Jay Smith’s grandfather, who had started in the lumber business in 1924, bought the hardware business from L.E.’s’ sons, and ran it until the time of his death in 1947. Longtime employee and family friend Charles “Brud” Burbank took over the management of the lumber company at that time, and contributed greatly to the Smith’s business success. In the mid 1960’s, Jay’s father, Ray Smith, conceived what the locals at that time called “a crazy idea” of having a “shopping center” to serve the residents of Rockport, at a location outside of the congested downtown area. In 1967, he opened the Whistlestop Mall, with a brand new L.E. Smith Hardware as the original anchor tenant.

Jay has worked in the family business since his early childhood. After kindergarten, he would walk from the Tarr School on Broadway (now the current Rockport Public Library) over to the Main Street store. There he would “help out” until his dad took him home at lunchtime. Jay began working full time at the lumber business in 1978. “I have done just about everything over the years,” says Smith, who succeeded his father as president of the company, before Ray’s passing in 2013.

If the 5,000 square foot Crackerjacks location is successful, Smith may consider options to possibly expand into the 10,000 square foot former Rockport IGA site. “Since that store closed,” notes Smith, “we have been working to bring a grocery store back to Rockport.” While Smith has considered proposals from various grocers as tenants in the former grocery store space, an important consideration has been potential tenant’s confidence that Rockport can support such a large store. “We are part of this community,” says Smith, “We believe that a locally owned and operated grocery store is the right next step for our community, and that it will succeed if we plan it and grow it accordingly.”

Plentiful parking, handicapped access, proximity to other popular businesses, and a commitment to excellence in service are other positives of the Smith family’s proposal and the Whistlestop Mall location. “We are successful because we gave great people on our team,” says Smith. It is anticipated that Crackerjacks will remain open during the initial stages of the project, new jobs will be created, and all present employees will be engaged in the excitement of the new Whistlestop Market project. Some of Crackerjacks products will stay in the new store, and others will be moved to the hardware store.

“It is clear to us that people in the Rockport, Pigeon Cove and Lanesville communities want and need a grocery store,” says Smith. “My father Ray, our family, and our team of over 78 associates have done an excellent job of growing our businesses over the last several decades, and we must continue to change with the times. I am proud to carry on the family legacy as we all look to the future. Step by step, with community support and input, we will work together to make this happen.”

“We are currently looking for enthusiastic, qualified people who are passionate about good, fresh food to join our team,” adds Smith. “We welcome inquiries from nearby farmers, growers and food producers too, and they can contact us at” Smith plans to launch a customer and community survey soon, and will have a website and Face Book page for the new store. “We will begin the remerchandising and community input processes for the grocery store just as soon as possible,” he said.
Photo credit: Dan DeLouise, Gallery 53, Rockport.

Historic Gloucester City Hall

Built in 1870, designed by Bryant and Rogers, it is a second Empire Brick building topped by an amazing clock tower that can be seen for miles. On May 8, 1973 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The inside walls are covered in WPA murals that no one should miss seeing. Thanks go to the wise people that have lovingly preserved this beautiful building!

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This weeks special guest: Allen Estes 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 4.4.2018

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, April 4th – 7pm
My Musical Guest: ALLEN ESTES!

One of Cape Ann’s true treasures, songwriter genius Allen
Estes shares the Rhumb Line stage with me one again. We
have a special kind of chemistry when we perform together.
Come by for some good food and good times. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
4/11 – Liz Frame

4/18 – Strungout Playboys

4/25 – Lynn Taylor

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Backyard Growers supports the Cape Ann License Plate!

In 2017 Backyard Growers received $5,000 from the Cape Ann Community Foundation founded by the Cape Ann License Plate for their project entitled “Backyard Growers Farm to School”, to expand their schoolyard garden program.

The 2018 grant application are available now for non-profits on Cape Ann.

The CACF IS A 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation, established by the Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce to manage the proceeds of the Cape Ann License Plate, and make yearly grants in support of the Cape Ann Community.

If you don’t have a Cape Ann License Plate please go to and purchase one today! There is a direct link here on the blog for your convenience.

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