Gloucester Daily Times Online Going To Subscription Model


I’ve said it countless times in the podcast and in these pages- local newspapers are vital.  Citizens need good journalists who will keep them informed of decisions by politicians.  I’m not saying that local politicians are bad, what I’m saying is that the newspaper is a source where you can get the facts about an issue that otherwise you’d have no clue about and where their representatives stand on these issues.

Those journalists and photographers believe me don’t necessarily love to write about tax classification issues and go to long boring meetings to report on things, that’s why they need to be paid and why folks need to support them by subscribing.

We here at GMG do not cover real unbiased news the way that journalists do.  We cover the fluff and the fun and bring you a ton of great stuff but we are not journalists.  We do it for the love of it.

Local newspapers are essential.  As fashionable as it is for some people to bash The GDT, I for one completely appreciate the work they do to bring us real news even in the face of financial hard times and cutbacks and layoffs within their industry.

I suspect all those who love to bash it would be the same ones really missing it if it is gone because it isn’t financially viable to give their content away for free.

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Wednesday April 23rd , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast…
Gale Warning!
Wed W winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming NW 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Patchy fog. A chance of showers. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Wed Night NW winds 15 to 20 kt…increasing to 20 to 25 kt after midnight. Gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers.
Hourly Forecast…

Extended Forecast….

Video Forecast….


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Community Stuff 4/23/14


“For the Love of Art”
                              Four variations on a theme by Jim McAllister

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Gloucester
April 17, April 24, May 1 and May 8th – 7:30PM

Thursday, April 24      “From Paris to Provence: A Cultural Odyssey”
A  delightful “armchair tour” of France  includes stops in Paris, Giverny, Aix-en-Provence, Nice, St. Remy & other important late 19th and early 20th century French art meccas. The heavily- illustrated talk tracks the comings & goings of  Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, Van Gogh, Chagall and notable North Shore artists.

Thursday, May 1         “Forgers, Frauds and Filchers: Art Crimes and Criminals”
Elmyr de Hory, David “Three Picassos Before Breakfast” Stein, and other infamous forgers come to life in Jim’s look at the darker side of the art world. Also to be covered are a number of spectacular art heists, including the theft of the Mona Lisa  and an institutional scandal that rocked the museum world.

Thursday, May 8          “Collecting Art on a Shoestring: The Thrill of the Chase”
For two decades, Jim has haunted flea markets, yard sales, thrift and antique shops, auction houses, and even the internet looking for works of art to add to his eclectic collection. Jim will share his favorite art-collecting stories and tips on how to acquire art without the benefit of a large budget.

Jim McAllister is well known on the North Shore as teacher, lecturer, author, tour guide, photographer, and, for his Essex County Chronicles column in the Salem News. A dedicated art collector for 20 years, Jim has curated gallery shows & lectured on art-related topics at the Rockport Art Association, the North Shore Arts Association, Vose Galleries in Boston, the New England Watercolor Society, Kensington-Stobart Gallery as well as appearances on “Chonicle”. The first recipient of the prestigious  Essex National Heritage Commission’s “Heritage Hero” Award & the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau’s “Storyteller Award”.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. Free parking at municipal parking lot. Admission is $12 per lecture, reservations are suggested. Series ticket with reserved seating are available at a reduced $40 rate until April 10. For more information or to make reservations contact, or if necessary, at 978.979.5907.

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GloucesterCast With Lowell Peabody, Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/22/14

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GloucesterCast With Lowell Peabody, Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/22/14


Topics Include: Gloucester MA, 01930, Happy Earth Day, Lowell Peabody, Kim Smith, 2014 UU Church Citizenship Award Winners- Donna Ardizzoni, Jim Flint, Martin Krugman, John McElhenny, Barry McKay, Joe Novello, Linn Parisi, Maggie Rosa, Terry Sands, Ann Straccia and her rescue beagle Ellie, Gloucester Strong Day At The Hive, Patti Amaral, Rose LoPiccolo, Dog Off Leash Article In GDT, James Niedzinski, Pot Farm In Essex, Arianna MacNeill, Over/Under Time Before Pot Farm Gets Approved, Over/Under Time Before Pot Dispensary Gets Opened, Phantom Illness, iPad vs iPad mini, Monoprice IPS Monitor A Tremendous Value, Petit Robert, The Franklin Lamb Chops, Grilled Brussel Sprouts, La casa de Luis, Montreal Spicy Steak Seasoning, Kim Smith PSwallowtail Movie In Lowell Eco Movie Festival, Palazolas Sporting Goods Baseball Cap Collection, Kim’s Daughter Liv Fair Weather Bostonian, Kim Does Not Know What Year Her Daughter Graduated, Liv’s New Blog,

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My Film at the Lowell Film Festival! April 29th, at 6:30pm

BST Banner FINALI hope you can come join me for an evening of screenings and Q and A at the 2014 Lowell Film Series. My film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is playing, along with Whales of Gold, a film by Lucia Duncan, about the gray whale migration and how to conserve habitat and species in a way that also sustains the livelihoods of local people.

About the film: Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is a 45-minute narrated documentary that takes place in a garden and at the sea’s edge. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from conception to pupation to metamorphosis. The film is for adults and for children so that all can gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and pollinators and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. Filmed in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The location of the screening is at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Lowell. Click this link to read  more about the series.

The 2014 Film Series: Land, Air, and Water is offered in partnership by the Lowell Film Collaborative and the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust.

Click here to visit the film’s website: Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly

black-swallowtail-habitat-good-harbor-beach-gloucester-ma-© kim-smith-2011-copyBlack Swallowtail Habitat ~ The Wildflower Meadow at Good Harbor Beach

BomBom Butterflies, Voted People’s Choice Award Rockport Short Film Festival 2013



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In Honor of Earth Day ~ Xerces Society Letter to President Obama

April 14, 2014

President Barack Obama The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

Dear Mr. President, Mr. Secretary of Agriculture, and Madam Secretary of the Interior,

In light of the severe decline of both the eastern and western monarch butterfly populations that has occurred since the late‐1990s, we are writing to ask you to establish a multi‐agency monarch butterfly recovery initiative to restore the habitats that support the extraordinary migrations of this iconic species. We encourage you to direct the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Forest Service (USFS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the U.S. Department of the Interior to develop a cooperative, landscape‐ level initiative with the many stakeholders willing to help foster significant monarch recovery.

These migrations can be saved for future generations by restoring to the landscape milkweeds, the host plants for monarch caterpillars, and nectar plants that sustain the adult butterflies. These habitats would support pollinators and a large number of other species as well. The federal agencies that incentivize conservation of wildlife habitat on private lands and that directly manage wildlife habitat on public lands can play key roles in this effort by targeting funding and technical support for such an initiative.

As you know, the eastern monarch population has been declining for more than a decade, and this year scientists observed the lowest numbers ever documented, representing a 90% drop from population numbers recorded in the mid‐1990s. Since then, there has been a significant loss of milkweeds in agricultural areas of the Midwest, which is directly correlated with the declining monarch population. Monarch habitat has also declined sharply in the West.

Monarch Migration Map

Paul Mirocha Illustration for Monarch Watch

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Gloucester’s Earth Day, Saturday the 26th, at 9:00: Finishing HarborWalk Gardens Cleanup

There’s much going on around town for Gloucester’s Earth Day on Saturday. At the HarborWalk Gardens we’ll be finishing our spring cleanup. Come on down and I hope to see you there! You don’t need to be an experienced gardener; everyone is welcome!

American Copper Butterfly ©Kim Smith 2013 copyAmerican Copper Butterfly

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They’re B-A-A-C-K (YEA!)


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Family means so much to me and being a grandmother is the best. If this is not the best do not know what more I could have.
Avery, Maddie, Riley, Owen, Cole and Nonnie.
April 20, 2014 Nonnie is so happy with her kids

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Submit Your Short Film or Poem for Rockport’s Upcoming Festival!


The Red Shed Film FestSUBMIT YOUR FILM FOR THE RED SHED FILM FEST ON ROCKPORT’S MOTIF No.1 DAY Are you a filmmaker? Apply to screen your film at the Red Shed Film Festival on Motif No.1 Day in Rockport! The Red Shed is a micro film festival featuring selected shorts produced on Cape Ann or with Cape Ann as the subject. The history, geography, art, people, city and towns of Cape Ann are all suitable for treatment — anything that conveys the region’s sense of place. The Red Shed Film Festival takes place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 as part of Rockport’s annual Motif No.1 Day festival of the arts. The Guidelines for Entries: Films must come in under 15 minutes and should be produced on, or be about, Cape Ann. Film structure and genre can be fiction or non-fiction, abstract or literal, linear or non-linear – play with your aesthetic tastes.Application does not guarantee screening. As such, a winner in this festival is anyone whose film is chosen to be screened. If your piece is chosen to be screened, you will be contacted based on the information you provide in the application (email or phone probably). Please submit your film at: For more information please contact 978.290.9200 or go to

SUBMIT YOUR WORK FOR THE “WORDS BEFORE DINNER LITERARY EVENT” ON ROCKPORT’S MOTIF No.1 DAY! Have you written a poem or essay with Cape Ann as its theme? If so, we’d love to have your submission for the annual Words Before Dinner Literary event, taking place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th in downtown Rockport as part of the town’s Motif No. 1 Day festival. Readers will share selections of their own work from poems to brief essays (under 750 words) featuring the beauty, history, industry art and landscape of Cape Ann as inspiration. Please submit your work for consideration to and plan to join other members of Cape Ann’s literary community for a few Words Before Dinner on May 17th. For more information go to or call 978-546-2861

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“Too much of a good thing … can be wonderful”

You probably know this as one of Mae West’s most famous quotes and on Friday, she’ll be proven right once again.  Just like our Solstice benefit at Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse, this Friday, when 3rian King, Chelsea Berry, Renee Dupuis and others come together for a fresh take on The Beatles, we’ll have so much talent on stage that you could honestly complain it’s too much of a good thing.  But you won’t complain, will you?  Nope.  You’ll thank your lucky stars that you live in a town so full of talent that you can enjoy top quality entertainment all year long!  Or, you’ll kick yourself for not getting tickets and missing the show.  Which one will it be?  Get tickets here.

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Once in a Lifetime!

Forgive my self-indulgence, but how often can one post something like this?!  So proud of my little guy!!  And….those employees at Fenway Park who arrange and execute these pregame ceremonies are beyond phenomenal!!  They made him feel like the most important person in the world even though they do this 81 times each season.

Warm fuzzies.


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Are you looking For A Yummy Way To Use Up Your Left Over Ham From Easter Dinner?



One of the best parts of holiday feasts are the leftovers!  For those who love turkey, the hot and cold turkey sandwiches stuffed with various combinations of leftover Thanksgiving Dinner fixings are enjoyed just as much as the feast meal itself.  In Sicilian and Italian homes the back to back Christmas Eve Feast of “The Seven Fishes” and the Christmas Day Feast leftovers yield plenty of ingredients to whip up dozens of quick after holiday meals each year.  But I have to admit I especially Love the traditional Easter feast leftover foods, like, cheese, eggs, lamb, ham, and fresh vegetables. They can be turned into delicious quick and easy breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes that can be enjoyed throughout this school vacation week.  Over the next few days I will be post some of my favorite Easter leftover recipe creations developed over the years, that my friends and family look forward to each year!

Todays Recipe “Pasta with Peas, Ham & Cipollini Onions” is one of my daughter Amanda’s most favorite pasta dishes! For recipe details and photos click see more Continue reading

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What Up Homie?


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Check Out- “Leash-law options on table tonight” By James Niedzinski

At The Gloucester Daily Times site
Leash-law options on table tonight By James Niedzinski

The fur may very well fly tonight at City Hall.

A proposed new dog ordinance, which may allow dogs to frolic leash free on city beaches, while also raising fines for owners who fail to pick up their dogs’ calling cards, will be up for a public hearing before Gloucester’s full City Council, a week after a council subcommittee passed a set of proposed changes without a recommendation to either approve or turn aside.

If the new ordinance gets approval from the City Council, the first offense for failing to pick up after a pooch is $50, and any subsequent offense is $100.

While dogs are allowed on city beaches during the fall and winter months, the City Council is also being presented with two off-leash options from an ad-hoc committee that began studying the city’s roughly 40-year-old ordinance last November.

The first option is to allow…

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Announcing the 2014 Citizenship Award Winners Including Some Of Our Own!!! WOOT WOOT! CONGRATS!!!!


On Sunday, May 4, the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church will present Citizenship Awards to ten dedicated citizens (and one dog) for their selfless volunteer efforts on behalf of our city.

This year’s awardees will be Donna Ardizzoni, for her One Hour at a Time weekly cleanup efforts; Jim Flint, for spearheading the renovation and renewal of the Lanesville Community Center; Martin Krugman, for leading the restoration of the schooner Adventure; John McElhenny, for improvements to Burnham’s Field; Barry McKay, for his volunteer work at the Rose Baker Senior Center; Joe Novello, for helming the annual St. Peter’s Fiesta and keeping other traditions alive; Linn Parisi, for attracting tourism through Discover Gloucester; Maggie Rosa, for her work with the Gloucester Education Foundation and the preservation of City Hall; Terry Sands, for 23 years of musical theater productions at the Annisquam Village Players; and Ann Straccia and her rescue beagle, Ellie, for providing support and companionship to homeless people at the Grace Center.

The winners were nominated not just by members of the church but by individuals and organizations throughout the city. The final decision was made by the church’s Social Justice Committee. Many winners have no idea who nominated them and will not find out until they arrive at the ceremony.

The ceremony, which is informal, begins at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary at the corner of Church and Middle Streets, with a reception downstairs in the church vestry to follow. Both floors are handicapped accessible. The event is open to all free of charge; freewill donations will be gratefully accepted. Sponsors of the program include Rockport National Bank, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Santander Bank, Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shop, The Dress Code, MAC Fitness, BankGloucester, and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Donna Ardizzoni

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John McElhenny

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Joe Novello

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Ann Straccia

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Martin Krugman

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Jim Flint

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Terry Sands

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Maggie Rosa

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Linn Parisi

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Tuesday April 22nd , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast…
Tue S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Tue Night S winds 15 to 20 kt…becoming SW 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Areas of fog. A chance of showers. Vsby 1 nm or less.

Tuesday Forecast : Partly sunny with increasing clouds through out the day highs generally in the lower 60′s with slightly cooler sea breezes at the shore .. Winds light out of the south , south east at 10-15mph … Tuesday Night chance of showers and a few thunderstorms after 9 pm or so lows in the mid to upper 40°s…winds south at 10-12mph …
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Extended Forecast :


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GMG weatherman
Peter Lovasco

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