Wednesdays with Fly Amero @The Rhumb Line – Special Guest: Chick Marston 5.20.2015












Dinner Specials Every Week!

Wednesday, May 20th – 8pm
Special Guest: CHICK MARSTON!

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Traditional and contemporary folk music. Delta and ragtime
blues. Classic and old-time country. And, of course… sea
songs. Chick Marston is a master of all, with a pulsing
thumb-bass precise as a metronome. Such an incredible
study! We start at 8. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
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Looking forward……to seeing you there :-)


You Have Diving Needs? Matt The Diver is Your Guy


Phone: 978-381-9118 Email:



Mooring service including: Repairs, Inspections, Relocation Mooring ball change, Winter stick change
Hull cleaning, Recovery services, Clearing of fouled propellers

Underwater video and still photography documentation & anything else you might need done underwater!

Pet of the Week-Heather

Heather is my name and being sweet and bashful is my game! I’m a mellow and affectionate gal who is looking for that special someone to fill the void in my heart.


I must admit I also enjoy my play time, pouncing on toy mice and batting around string toys are some of my favorite things! Think I could be the perfect match for you and your family? Then stop by and visit me today!
Visit the shelter in person or check our website for more information about me and all the other animals waiting for homes.

Welcome, Chief Horvath

Rockport is happy to welcome Police Chief John Horvath.  Chief Horvath takes the reigns from Interim Chief of Police, Jim Mulligan.  Chief Mulligan was welcomed aboard after Rockport’s long-standing Police Chief John “Tom” McCarthy retired this past fall.  Most recently, Chief Horvath has served as the Chief of Police at UMASS Amherst.


About Our Award For Being Named Small Businesspersons Organization of The Year…


I don’t have to go into the reason that this is obviously a shared award, right?

Well I’m gonna, just in case anyone doesn’t think otherwise.

Such a great honor for our team.  If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it ten thousand times, Good Morning Gloucester with only one person contributing is infinitely less impactful than it is when you have such a dedicated group of people all pulling in the same direction, all with incredibly positive attitudes, all working for good and trying to have fun along the way.

Just like our family business, Captain Joe and Sons is not nearly what it is without my incredibly rock solid partner and cousin Frankie. Good Morning Gloucester is just another blog without all of the readers, commenters and contributors who all have a shared passion for this place.

Probably the single greatest influence creatively in my life has been my mom.  She pushed my sister and I to try as many different things as we could growing up, took us out of our comfort zone and sent us to Bishop Fenwick which forced us to leave our close friends at home and learn how to socially adapt outside of the small network of family and friends and prepared us for college. So thanks mom for all your love and support.

No one wins awards alone.  It’s the people that are around you that you draw strength from and by working together and pulling for good and fun, that’s when awards are given.

I’d also like to recognize Barbara Keon who in the first year of the blog told me the Buddhist expression “The most selfish thing to do is to give.”

I didn’t understand it at first but it all made sense in practice.

Thanks to the Chamber for recognizing our work and congratulations to the other recipients of this award from our surrounding communities- Mike Storella of Central Street Gallery in Manchester, Karin and Ken Porter of Roy Moore Lobster Company and Roy Moore’s Fish Shack in Rockport, and Tim and Vickie Kennefick of the Windward Grille in Essex.

Just wish my dad had his wits about him to celebrate our good fortune.

Love our team. Can’t tell you how fortunate I am to have you all in my life.  Thanks to everyone that has touched the GMG community to make it the positive force that it has become. Thanks each and every one of you.

Here’s the press release


Joey Ciaramitaro Community Builder AwardJoey Honored at the Community Builder Awards in 2012

Our most heartfelt congratulations to Joey for being named Gloucester’s Business Person of the Year by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce for Good Morning Gloucester. This is a tremendous honor and we are so proud of him. Good Morning Gloucester, created by Joey in the summer of 2007, has from its inception been an incredibly powerful force for Gloucester. The blog promotes every type of Cape Ann industry, not only brick and mortar businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and shops, but every kind of creative industry and nonprofit organization as well. In his inimitable style, Joey uses all aspects of media to communicate about and to promote the city and community for which he so deeply cares. With a daily viewership in the tens of thousands, GMG is read worldwide, shining a positive spotlight on Gloucester and her citizens.

We at Good Morning Gloucester wish to congratulate all the honorees: Mike Storella of Central Street Gallery in Manchester, Karin and Ken Porter of Roy Moore Lobster Company and Roy Moore’s Fish Shack in Rockport, and Tim and Vickie Kennefick of the Windward Grille in Essex.

GMG 100th Podcast ©Kim Smith 2014

 The GMG Team Assembled for the 100th Podcast

Message form the Chamber ~

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2015 Cape Ann Small Business Persons of the Year, all of whom will be recognized during Cape Ann Small Business Week, June 1- 5. This year’s honorees are Mike Storella of Central Street Gallery in Manchester, Joey Ciaramitaro of Good Morning Gloucester in Gloucester, Karin and Ken Porter of Roy Moore Lobster Company and Roy Moore’s Fish Shack in Rockport and Tim and Vickie Kennefick of the Windward Grille in Essex. All will be saluted at the Chamber’s 35th Annual Small Business Week Luncheon on Friday, June 5, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the Sea Glass Restaurant at the Castle Manor Inn, 141 Essex Avenue, Gloucester.

The program is designed to highlight the extraordinary contributions of Cape Ann’s small business community for exemplary entrepreneurial achievement as well as notable civic and community involvement. This year’s Small Business Award winners will also be honored individually at complimentary receptions in their respective communities during Cape Ann Small Business Week, thanks to the generous support of presenting sponsor Institution for Savings. Please visit for a complete schedule of these receptions.

Friends, family members, and colleagues of all small business honorees are invited and encouraged to attend the receptions and the luncheon. Tickets for the luncheon are available to all for $30. To register online, please visit

For more information, please contact Kerry McKenna at or call the Chamber at 978-283-1601.Joey and Pat Ciaramitaro Community Biluder Award ©kim SmithJoey and Mom Pat at the Community Builder Awards

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Joey Ciaramitaro ©kim Smith 2013Captain Joe and Sons

GloucesterCast 137 With Donna Ardizzoni, Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 5/19/15 #GloucesterMA


Topics Include:Guests Donna Ardizzoni, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Donna Limping After Trying To keep Up With A Bunch of Thirty Year Olds At A Wedding, Magnolia News From Donna, Upcoming Art Show At The Magnolia Schoolhouse, GMG Housekeeping, Putting Len Burgess On The Spot, Toby Pleas Once Again For Filter On The Arts Calender That Will Only Highlight art Openings That Offer Free Wine and Appetizers, Essex Shipbuilding Museum Photography Class, The Third Annual Schooner Challenge, The Best Oysters In Gloucester Are At Halibut Point and My Disappointment At An Oyster Bar In Portland Maine, Favorite Cities In The Northeast, The Causeway, Market Street in Lynn, Cape Ann Lanes Is A Wayyy Better Value Thank Kings Bowling, The Sleep Under Birthday Party Is A Thing, All Boaters Should Download The USCG Boating Safety App, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Guinness Should Be The First Tap Option In Every Bar.

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790px-Basking_SharkWhat makes Martin Del Vecchio’s drone footage particularly poignant is that Basking Sharks are reportedly on the edge of extinction. I wonder how often we’ll have witness to the world’s second largest fish feeding along the shores of Cape Ann. Truly an incredibly awesome capture.

The following is an interesting article written by David Suzuki about why these gentle giants have been driven to near extinction:

“The basking shark is huge—often bigger than a bus. As fish go, it’s second in size only to the whale shark. It has been roaming the world’s oceans for at least 30 million years. Mariners throughout history have mistaken it for a mythical sea serpent or the legendary cadborosaurus. Despite its massive size, it feeds mostly on tiny zooplankton.

These are some of the things we know about this gentle giant. But our understanding is limited; we don’t really know much more about them than we did in the early 1800s. One thing we do know is that they used to be plentiful in the waters off the coast of B.C., in Queen Charlotte Sound, Clayoquot Sound, Barkley Sound, and even the Strait of Georgia. Only half a century ago, people taking a ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Island may have spotted half a dozen lazily swimming by. But now, reported sightings are down to less than one a year off the B.C. coast. All indications are that this magnificent animal is on the edge of extinction. It makes my blood boil!

Over the past two centuries, people have been killing them for sport, for food, for the oil from their half-tonne livers, and to get them out of the way of commercial fishing operations. Many were also killed accidentally by fishing gear.

In their 2006 book Basking Sharks: The Slaughter of B.C.’s Gentle Giants, marine biologist (and David Suzuki Foundation sustainable fisheries analyst) Scott Wallace and maritime historian Brian Gisborne note that the “pest control” methods used in the 1950s and ’60s were particularly gruesome. Basking sharks are so named because they appear to bask as they feed on plankton on the water’s surface. And even though they don’t eat salmon and other fish, they sometimes get tangled in gillnets, hindering commercial fishing operations. So fisheries patrol boats with large knives attached to their bows would slice the animals in half as they “basked” on the surface.”

Read the full article here: Exit Stage Right

See the NBC piece on Martin and watch his basking shark drone video here.

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Rick and went to our nephew’s wedding in Charleston, South Carolina, first let me say what a great city Charleston is. Very happy to be back in Gloucester though. Here is a photo of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Does it look familiar?  I took this photo from the boat going out to Fort Sumter.  The small fort in the photo is called Castle Pinckney.
The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River in South Carolina, connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. The eight lane bridge satisfied the capacity of U.S. Route 17 when it opened in 2005 to replace two obsolete cantilever truss bridges. The bridge has a main span of 1,546 feet (471 m), the third longest among cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere. It was built using the design-build method and was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff.
May 16, 2015 Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

MISSING BOATS from Wonson Street (Oaks Cove), ROCKY NECK

MISSING BOATS from Wonson Street (Oaks Cove), ROCKY NECK

After the snow melted this spring, they were missing!

1. Green Plastic Old Town Canoe, Two-seater, 15 feet

2. Red “Native” watercraft Ultimate 12 (Serial # LP500111F112) – single seat, 2012 model. It looks like a kayak.

Please email Jen Helzberg — or call 617-548-8668 if you have any info or have seen them.

Thanks so much!!

Floating Lotus is Breathing Life into the Old Empire Building


Justin Christopher and Karin Antanaitis, Owners of Floating Lotus on Bearskin Neck in Rockport have successfully negotiated to take over the right side of the old Empire building.

Its a four level space they plan to share with Yoga Joy Studio, owned by Paula Passanisi, E-RYT, LCSW, which will occupy the bottom level in the back. (Nice  parking back there!) The street level will be the retail store for Floating Lotus featuring handmade, fair trade clothing, jewelry & textiles. And for those that have been peaking through the windows, the upper level in the back is to be used for an event space featuring live music, sound meditation, classes, local art and more! I’m not sure what the plan is for the upper level, but knowing Justin and Karin I am sure it will be put to good use.

Justin and Karin opened Floating Lotus in Rockport about 11 years ago and have grown it to a very respectable business. I am sure that they will do wonders in Downtown Gloucester

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Floating Lotus Rockport

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Justin Christopher and Karin Antanaitis, Owners of Floating Lotus

Lynn Loscutoff tells the story of the Celtics “wives” and their journey

Lynn Leon Loscutoff
at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

TODAY, Tuesday May 19th 7:30pm

co-sponsored by the Cape Ann YMCA
Introduced by Ken Riaf


From 1957 to 1969, the Boston Celtics won eleven championships in thirteen years and eight in a row (1959–1966), the longest consecutive streak of any North American professional sports team. Among the players during this period was “Jungle” Jim Loscutoff, along with Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, and more all coached by Red Auerbach. In this highly personal memoir, Lynn Loscutoff tells the story of the Celtics “wives” and their journey supporting their men and one another. Lynn, an artist who later served as the Executive Director of Boston’s prestigious Copley Society, writes with both humor and honesty and being a Celtic wife and about her life with Jim after he left the team. Packed with vintage photographs, some never before printed, Loscy & Me is both a scrapbook of an adventurous life, and a tribute to the women behind the men. Foreword by Arnold “Red” Auerbach.

Printmaker Needed!

Hi Joey,

This is Mary Rhinelander here, of Cape Ann Blue Willow fame. I am not sure if you list things like this, but I am losing one of my print coop. members and must find someone to take their place and help offset the monthly rent.  Located in the Beacon Marine Building, the Shop is a pretty magical place to work, with with tide rising and falling literally underneath you! If there is room in your line-up one of these days, I would most appreciate a post. Image of the press and my contact info. are attached.

Many thanks,



The first one sold out in four or five hours…


The second one sold out on the first day. Marketing and trying to stay current, here’s to a local employee’s initiative.

Kayleigh Bishop, bar manager for Jalapenos had a hunch Paint Nite would be a good fit for Sundays.  She and a couple of friends enjoyed one in Boston. Why not here? She was right. “They have been a huge positive, selling out weeks ahead of time. They’re so much fun to work. And just to be there for it—just to witness!” For Jalapenos, at first it was mainly regulars. Gradually it began to bring different crowds of people, sometimes older, sometimes younger, some from other towns. It energizes the regular business.  Jalapenos jumped in with the new programming January 2015. “People come in early, grab a seat. We’ve tried the back room and the bar area. The instructors are funny and personable, hands on.”  The teacher, Quinn Ramini, Paint Nite artist, is a local; he grew up in Maine and now resides and works in Gloucester. He’s also a trained artist teaching this class a few times a week or month. “Gloucester has an incredibly vibrant history and colorful culture which makes Paint Nite a perfect match,” he says. “The vibe that the town exudes compliments the event…I love hosting events here!”

Jalapeno’s Bishop suggests arriving early to grab a seat and order some food before starting- “the paint area not enough room to eat where you paint.” Then sit down with drinks and music. “Everyone leaves with some fun.” Bishop likes Paint Nite’s community–someone from here– purpose.

Anything else? “Look for groupons!” Maybe they can arrange with UBER, too.

Paint Nite raised 13 million in another round of financing in February and celebrated its 3 year anniversary.



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