We’re sharing this lovely letter about GMG’s own Catherine Ryan, which was sent to the the Gloucester Daily Times, and written by Pauline Bresnahan.

To the editor:

The year 2013 was the first year I was asked to be on the city of Gloucester’s Tourism Commission. I have met many people who love the city and want to use their area of knowledge to help our community.

It was then that I met and started working alongside my now dear friend Catherine Ryan. I am constantly in awe of her dedication to her family and her love of Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Some of the wonderful projects that she has in some way positively impacted and in many cases quietly but with great passion championed are: Gloucester’s Harborwalk, the Downtown Cultural District, Committee for the Arts, the Tourism Commission, the Pop Up Art event at The Hive for Young Artists, Cape Ann Reads and murals at City Hall. She has also helped to guide her sons in their desire to preserve and display the Bachelor Civil War coat at Gloucester High School.

It is a great privilege and honor to be able to call Catherine a friend but even more to let her know that I cannot thank her enough for what she does for us here in Gloucester. I have amazing respect for this amazing woman and I wanted to just let her know that.

If you know Catherine, you also know she is a humble woman who never asks for recognition but will be the first to recognize others for their work. You will often see her posts on Good Morning Gloucester. She is always sharing the work of others in the city and helping to promote events. Catherine does not hesitate to help a young person who might need some help or advice. Her ability to research stories and share factual information for the readers of the blog are extremely useful.

If you know Catherine let her know how much you appreciate what she does for all of us. I know I will.

Pauline Bresnahan

Chairwoman, Gloucester Tourism Commission

VIVA Gesu, Maria, Giuseppe!!

I love that social media can bring you inside everyone’s homes for St. Joseph’s!   It invites you to be a part of all the celebrations going on around the city and feel the spirit of the day and I thoroughly enjoy seeing them all.   It does not matter how elaborate or how humble the celebrations are, it is a day when families can make more memories together and share traditions with our kids.   Here are some photos of Sista Felicia’s Feast day preparations, blessing and celebration.   It was a glorious day filled with a great family,  good friends, and some amazing food!!  Viva, Gesu, Maria, Giuseppe!


Feast Prep begins!

Blessing by Father Garibaldi


Feast night!

Pet of the Week- Ruby

3.20.2017 Pet of the Week-- Ruby

Some dogs are just classics, from the moment you look at them you think “that’s one cool dog”.  That’s Ruby. She’s a work in progress if you will. A little rusty in spots but nothing a little TLC won’t fix. This girl is super smart! She knows sit, stay, leave it, and down. She is also crate trained. She’s got a super nose and would do GREAT with “nosework” if that’s your cup of coffee. We did some here with her and she loved it. A true friend Ruby’s favorite place is beside a person, someone who gives her scratches behind the ears or a good rub to her head.

You may be asking yourself what is this rust you mentioned? Ruby LOVES to chase cars and needs serious training on the leash to learn not to chase them (as this can be a very dangerous behavior). Ruby used to try and chase them while she was IN the car as well. She would very intently bark at them, jump to the front and back, side to side of the car. We have worked very hard with Ruby on this and she can now go for car rides and will settle with being tethered and a KONG, or with a barrier raising her head when the car slows with perhaps the occasional bark. Ruby needs a home with adults and teens that are experienced with dogs and are committed to helping her over this one last hurdle.

So if you’re looking for that perfect pal, that oversized lap-dog, one you will enjoy training and working with. A smart pooch who enjoys spending time exercising outdoors, well then stop by and visit Ruby!  To find out more about Ruby and the other available animals at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website: capeannanimalaid.org.



Just in Case…

We’ve been to many hockey rinks since the boys started playing, but the one Thatch’s team played at this weekend has thought of everything.  Nice pro shop, full snack bar, beer, LOTS of advertising for Convenient MD Urgent Care (with its motto “Just Walk In”….which maybe should say, “Just Skate In”) and an Amazing Smiles Dental Clinic. Genius!



Gloucester at the Boston Seafood Show

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The City of Gloucester is represented at the Boston Seafood Show, a trade only event that runs through Tuesday at the World Trade Center.  Here Rosalee Nicastro is handing out bite size fresh cakes where the main ingredient is hake right off the boat.  The recipe is from the Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association.  This exhibition features more than a thousand booths with seafood from all over the world and this product is a standout.

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Canned Food Drive 4/8 to help St Vincent de Paul

Cape Ann Community

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Come help us fill the shelves of the St Vincent DePaul food pantry that supports our neighbors on Cape Ann.  On Saturday April 8th you can help us by bringing your canned foods to Market Basket, Shaw’s on Eastern Ave and Rite Aid in Rockport.  The Gloucester Knights of Columbus will be there with local Boy and Girl Scouts from 9 am to 3 pm.

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The Altar for St. Joseph Feast

Felicia is an amazing woman. What an extraordinary group of women and men taking care of every detail for this beautiful fest. The altar says all.
The blessing of the Altar and food.

Felicia and Barry making the Zeppola

The one of the bowls for the wonderful bread.

Felicia and Madam Mayor

Green Screen 101 at Cape Ann TV March 21st

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Tuesday, March 21 at 7PM with “Green Screen 101”. Presentation and demonstration by Ted Reed, professional video producer.

Think of all the times you’ve wanted to battle with Vikings, dive deep beneath the ocean waves and fly to the moon and beyond. Well, now you can!
Join us for our first Lunch and Learn After-Hours, starting at 7pm on Tuesday March 21st when we explore the basics of shooting on green screen. We’ll cover the basics of what you need for cameras, lighting, and software right here at Cape Ann TV’s studios. Find out how to make your own special effects—special!  To sign up, go to 

Chroma Key or Green Screen is a fantastic tool for filmmaking that opens up so many storytelling opportunities. It isn’t too difficult provided you know the basics and is easy to use for your films whether you are making an independent low budget film or Hollywood Blockbuster.

Green screens are a key tool in a technique called chroma keying. In a basic scenario this may involve a person/subject being filmed standing in front of a green (or blue) screen. Then using an editing program the green color is digitally removed from the video file leaving the person/subject. A new image/video is then layered behind them. If done well it should look as though the person is actually standing in the scenario that is happening in the background.

The ability to chroma key opens up an array of options for filmmakers. For example if you are filming a news story and you need your presenter to look as though they are standing out the front of the Taj Mahal, then you could use this technique instead of ACTUALLY taking a news reporter to the Taj Mahal. It saves a lot of time and money.

Join award-winning local video producer Ted Reed on Tuesday, March 21 at 7PM at Cape Ann TV for Lunch & Learn After Hours “Green Screen 101”.

EES PTO Down River Raffle

Cape Ann Community

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The Essex Elementary School PTO is at it again!

The Down River Raffle is a big part of the “Making Waves for EES!” spring fundraising event, which is our biggest fundraiser of the year by far. This year, we have partnered up with ERBA to raffle off a pair of kayaks and accessories, a prize package worth over $3000! Tickets are $50 and we only sell 250, so get yours now! Links to individual items in the package can be found at our website, www.essexpto.com, and the winner will be drawn at our auction Pick-Up Party on April 7, 2017. You do not need to be present to win.

With the exclusive sponsorship of our friends at J. Barrett and Company, every dollar we bring in goes to enriching the EES experience. Join in the fun and reserve your ticket today by emailing essexelementarypto@gmail.com!

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Cape Ann Giclee Local Word Collages Are Gorgeous additions To Any Home Or Business

Who in their right mind wouldn’t want one of these awesome Cape Ann Centric Word Collages From James Eves III and Aniko Houlihan Baglaneas Eves Cape Ann Giclee 978-546-7070 www.capeanngiclee.com

Word collages are available at www.capeanngiclee.com, in our studio or at Shore Thing Rockport or Sand to City Style

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Women’s Equality Cape Ann (WECANN) official t-shirt. Staying active and alert! #wecann #gloucesterma

Buy one or buy ten and help support desperately needed scholarships!




Jessica Marie says “YES YOU CAN, YES WECANN!”

St. Joseph’s Feast Prep at Sista Felicia’s

Sista Felicia, Ma Pat and the Novena girls have been busy prepping for their St. Joseph’s feast tonight.  Typically it is celebrated on the 19th of March but to make sure the college kids who have to head back tomorrow can be here, we are having it tonight.   I wish you could get a whiff of how yummy the freshly made St. Joseph’s bread smells!!! IMG_2163

Gail McCarthy at Sawyer Free to cover Cape Ann Reads picture book contest results !

Scenes from the Cape Ann Reads live reveal in the Byers Davidson Room of the Saunders House at Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library. This March Madness snapshot just about sums up the feeling!

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That’s Kate Bibeau, Programs Coordinator at the Cape Ann Museum, and Liza Browning, Museum Educator at the Cape Ann Museum, jumping up as another contestant identity is revealed to be…a colleague! Also smiling and enjoying the moment, Sawyer Free librarians Justine Vitale and Linda Bosselman, and author and artist Pat Lowery Collins. Kate and the Library Directors had not seen any entries so everything was a surprise. Jurors knew the books but did not know the names of the authors or illustrators as part of the process.



(L-R) Kate Bibeau, Pat Lowery Collins, Bob Ritchie Dogtown Book Shop, and Gail McCarthy, Gloucester Daily Times.

Kate Bibeau has been fantastic on the Cape Ann Reads steering committee. (She was Kate LaChance when the planning began…two years ago!) I took photographs as people were assembling.  Even better: we’ll soon see Linda Bosselman photographs of the unfolding countdown. They’ll be the real deal!IMG_20170318_081217 (1)


Anna Vojtech arriving


Before the reveal: 4 Cape Ann Library Directors, jurors, and steering committee members assembling at Sawyer Free Library. Public reception and ceremony, readings, and stunning group exhibit to be announced.


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