Forgive me if it is common knowledge that somehow I am not privy to, but humor me nonetheless.

Can someone tell me what is happening in this newly cleared space at the end of Whittemore Street in Gloucester?

My grandmother lived on Riverside Avenue for years and I can remember scurrying around that neck of the woods when I was little….nice memories.

Anyway, I noticed this while heading under the train bridge a couple of weekends ago and meant to ask.


Community Stuff 10/5/15

Mayoral Candidates Debate on Arts, Culture & Creativity at Gloucester Stage

mayoral debate at gloucester stage



Mark your calendar and please tell your friends. This is an important yearly fundraiser for the Essex Shipbuilding Museum so come join us Friday, Oct. 16th and have a great time. For reservations / info: or 978-768-7541. See auction items on our facebook page as they arrive!  -Len



GloucesterCast 153 Taped 10/4/15 With Heidi Dallin, Israel Horovitz, Kim Smith, Toby Pett, Mark Ring and Host Joey Ciaramitaro


GloucesterCast 153 Taped 10/4/15 With Heidi Dallin, Israel Horovitz, Kim Smith, Toby Pett, Mark Ring and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics include: Heidi Dallin’s Role At Gloucester Stage, North Shore Fish, Gloucester Blue Extended Buy Tickets Here, How Israel Looks So Good At 76, How Does A Jewish Guy From Wakefield Understand The Inner Workings Of A Fish Plant Enough To Nail A Pulitzer Nominated Play About It, The Irony Of How Much Three Houses Depicted In An Edward Hopper Painting Cost vs How Much The Painting Of The Three Houses Sold For, The Critics In Boston, How Israel Ended Up In Gloucester, The Blow Up Penis Concert vs The Men and Causes That The Beastie Boys Became, Adam Horovitz “Dad you only need 1000 more barges”,  Rachel Horovitz and Rushmore, Stage vs Film, “And You Will Own The Rock”, David Mamet, American Buffalo and Israel’s Collapsed Lung, Love Letters With Lindsay Crouse Fundraiser At Gloucester Stage, Not Pimping Brother’s Brew Donuts That Could Be Sweeter, Toby Enjoyed Lobsta Land, Passports Continues To Execute, Happy They Had Soccer In Miserable Conditions, Tough To get Help, Uprising At Internet Media Company Because They Didn’t Pay For The Millennials Dry Cleaning Bill, Lobster Fisheries Management and How It Differs From Groundfishing Management.


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Baltasar Gracian Quote of the Week from Greg Bover (Five Year Anniversary Of Greg’s Quote Of The Week Posts)

“A wise man learns more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”

Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)


Born in the Spanish province of Aragon, Gracian studied theology in Zaragoza and took holy orders as a Jesuit in 1633. He was admired as an orator in his lifetime and much sought after for his sermons, which featured such novelties as reading letters purportedly sent from hell. Such flourishes were frowned upon by his superiors, whom he so frequently disobeyed that he was eventually banished to a small village in the Pyrenees. He is best known today for his satirical pilgrimage novel Criticon and his compendium of maxims The Art of Worldly Wisdom. These were so admired by Schopenhauer that he translated them into German. Later thinkers including Nietzsche, Defoe and Gide cite him as an influence.

With this post the Quote of the Week celebrates five years with Good Morning Gloucester, about two hundred and fifty entries. Just so you know, I write the bios based on my research to give the quote context, and one can click on the name or the picture that Joey adds to be connected to a Wikipedia entry for that particular author. Sometimes the adages are only attributed when I can’t find evidence of the direct quote; famous quipsters like Abraham Lincoln and Yogi Berra are often credited with things others actually said first.

I am always encouraged by your comments, and your suggestions are welcome too.

Many thanks to Joey and the GMG team for creating a forum where these lines can be shared. I find it astonishing how much wisdom there is in the world, and how the thoughts of famous men and women can apply to my own life. I hope you do too.

Greg Bover


Kendall Hotel Dalmation -2 ©Kim Smith 2015.jpgKendall Hotel -4 ©Kim Smith 2015.jpgLocated adjacent to MIT and with Google offices across the street, the Kendall Hotel is one of the few remaining historical buildings in technology-driven Kendall Square. Built in 1874, The Engine 7 Firehouse has been renovated with modern conveniences while beautifully preserving its authenticity and is replete with 19th-century inspired furnishings, American folk art, and complimentary breakfast “fit for a fireman.”

Thursday at the Kendall Hotel we installed custom-made planters with treillage to create a partially enclosed courtyard. We planted gorgeous mums in an array of fall colors; next to come is holiday decor (with lights!); and in the spring we’ll really make it sing. Stop by the whimsical and welcoming Kendall Hotel and have a look!

Kendall Hotel ©Kim Smith 2015

Or better even, plan to have lunch at the Hotel’s restaurant, the Black Sheep, where you’ll find delicious home-style classic American cuisine (with choices for meat-eaters and vegetarians) and all made from fresh, locally sourced organic ingredients.Kendall Hotel -3 ©Kim Smith 2015

Kendall Hotel -2 ©Kim Smith 2015Kendall Hotel -6 ©Kim Smith 2015The Art at the Kendall

“The artwork found throughout the hotel was carefully curated by owner Charlotte Forsythe, and includes some pieces by local artists commissioned specifically for The Kendall. Many items on display are an example of form and function, including a clock by Concord, MA artist Richard Dunbrack, which is comprised of “significant period artifacts and found objects.” A textile appliqué by Chris Roberts-Antieau, called “Circus,” is draped over the couch in the upper lobby where ceramic work by artist and owner, Charlotte, is also on display.

Pieces by American artists Richard Merkin and John Whipple hang in the upper lobby; Whipple’s technique of layering collage elements with charcoal and paint, yet letting the wood beneath show through, is reflective of the care and creativity that has helped revive the firehouse. Prints by Leonard Baskin and John Imber, both celebrated New England artists, can be found in the guest rooms. JJ Fandetti, the son of owners Charlotte and Gerald, also contributed several collage pieces, including his aptly named “Firehouse Machine.”

Kendall Hotel dalmation Kim Smith 2015Black Sheep Restaurant ©Kim Smith 2015

Hero of the day. F/V Tir Na Nog Heads Out To Haul Lobster Traps In His Tiny Boat With Small Craft Advisory Posted @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA

WWII Vets Portrait Project From Jason Grow

We’re getting very very close to both our goal and the exhibition date of November 7th! Moving forward with the printing and framing in anticipation of raising the final funds to get everything ready by the opening. 

Please consider a donation – any amount helps!
The show is planned to open Saturday November 7th with a reception from 1-4p at the Kyrouz Auditorium in Gloucester’s City Hall – 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester MA. There is an elevator.
Please share the announcement around… We’re inviting all the vets who’ve participated hoping that they’ll all come so it would be terrific to have a goodly crowd to receive them.

Community Stuff 10/4/15

O’Maley Innovation Middle School parents and friends, On Sunday, Oct. 4th from 10-12 Generous Gardeners is organizing volunteers to plants bulbs and hostas at the entrance to the school. Come help make the outside of the school be as vibrant as the inside! Everyone is welcome and any amount of time is appreciated!

October Meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club


The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club registered the domain name on October 13 2003, which makes the Friday October 9 meeting our twelfth anniversary! Come on in and help us celebrate, along with some of our accomplished stable of astrophotographers as they each show off examples of their most recent work, including some shots they’ve been saving for just this occasion. 

We’ll see a bunch of terrific pictures, and hear the how’s and why’s as well, as each photographer explains each image, its significance, and some details of the hunt that produced it.

This will be a colorful, entertaining and elucidating night of astrophotography, science, friends, coffee and cake, and of course lots of great conversation to boot. Don’t miss it!

GAAC meets at 8:00 on the second Friday of every month at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street Gloucester. There is no cost, and parking is free. For more info on the club, see our website at, or our Facebook page,, or follow us on Twitter @gaacster. All are welcome, and no prior knowledge of astronomy is needed to have a great time.




Hi Everyone,
The Cape Ann Painter and Photographer Group will meet on Thursday, October 8, from 6-7:30 at Cape Ann Gilcee, 20 Maplewood Avenue in Gloucester.
Please bring something you have been working on to share.
New members are always welcome!
See you then.
Alice Gardner

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