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Greg and Gold Star Mom Anita Coullard Dziedzic present a $2000 check to Cape Ann Veterans Services- honoring her son Sgt David J Coullard by helping returning veterans


Anita sharing a photo of her son with Adam Curcuru, Director Cape Ann Veterans Services

Anita’s son David served in the Marine Corps and was killed in action on August 1, 2005. She and her husband, Greg,  help returning veterans. They spoke about her son and some of the projects they’ve supported. Good Morning Gloucester readers may remember Anita’s joy in finding a Paul Frontiero “Art, Rocks!”, and donating a flag to the Boulevard. Anita’s mom was born in Gloucester in 1917; her Uncle was dear friends with Pauline Bresnahan’s father.

Adam Curcuru and the veterans office volunteers discussed projects that the Cape Ann Veterans Services is involved with. Stories were shared and a few tears. It was all very inspiring. We passed around a copy of the children’s book that is going to all the elementary school classes for Veterans Day.  We spent time admiring the Welcome Home to Cape Ann Veterans Gift Packages, a program “designed to show Cape Ann’s appreciation for our returning veterans and let them know that Cape Ann supports them in this process of transitioning out of the military and back into our community.”


With or without the Gloucester family connections, I believe that Anita and Greg are so impressed by the Cape Ann Veterans Services that they would be delighted to work together anyhow. Learn more about David, and Anita and Greg’s projects  http://www.sgtdavidcoullard.com. Mutts Mending Military  is another organization they’ve supported. How nice that Cape Ann Veterans Services is included.

I learned that the 2016 Welcome Home to Cape Ann Veterans we left the light on for you Gift Packages were made possible by the Cape Ann Veterans Services, Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892, and the Manchester Athletic Club, and that they are made extra homey special because they are stuffed with support information and gift certificates from so many local donors, businesses and organizations:

A Shade Down

Ace Hardware at Gloucester Crossing

Azorean Restaurant

Blue Marlin Grille

Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop

Cape Ann Lanes

Cape Ann Veterans Services

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Randy Korpi Carpenter

Celia’s Flower Studio

Destino’s Subs & Catering

Dunkin Donuts

Elks Lodge #892, Gloucester 

Extreme Truck and Auto Repair


Gloucester High School

Gloucester High School art department

Gloucester House

Gold Coast Realty  (North Shore’s)

Goodwin Party Shop

Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant

Jeff’s Variety & Deli

La Casa DeLuis

Linsky’s Service Station

Magnolia 525 Tavern

Manchester Athletic Club

David and Jeana JMB Narkowitz


Orlando & Associates

Our Lady of Good Voyage, Gloucester

Pauline’s Gifts

Gary Porter

Dr. Dana Powers Manchester

Dr. Michael Powers Gloucester

Tim and Lori Sandborn


Stone’s Pub & Eatery

Styles on Main Salon & Spa

Sunbanque Tanning

Virgilio’s Bakery

Nancy and Joe Virgilio

Dr. Robert Viventi

Yankee Fleet


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Cape Ann Whale Watch- Is A Must

Kate reviews Cape Ann Whale Watch-

Cape Ann Whale Watch: Two thumbs up, 5 star experience, a must do for visitors and locals!  Whether you go alone, with a friend or with your family, Cape Ann Whale Watch will provide an exciting and educational experience. The 3-4 hour adventure on the Hurricane II began with an introduction and safety message, a beautiful ride through the harbor pointing out areas of interest such as Gorton’s and the Paint Factory, and an educational experience throughout. On this particular trip the Naturalist, Christopher Ferrante, educated us on not only the sea life we were searching for but kept the passengers laughing with shots to the Yankees fans, Giants Fans and all other non-Boston/New England sports fans that saturated the boat! Top to bottom, the boat was super clean, including the four restrooms. Hungry? The galley offers tons of food options from clam chowder to sandwiches, beverages and a variety of different snacks.  All in all, the morning trip out to search for whales was not only exciting but educational and, thanks to Christopher, comical. The entire staff from Captain Scott, to Christopher and all the others on board were friendly and full of knowledge. Whether you’re a resident of Gloucester like us or visiting, a trip on Cape Ann Whale watch is something everyone needs to do. Take our word for it!

5 star reviews:

Eloise: “It was amazingly fun and awesome!”

Madeline: “I would totally do it again!”

Connor: “I loved when the whale jumped up out of the ocean!”


Check out their Facebook page at this link for all kinds of whale videos from their latest trips-

The waze and wikipedia of bird sightings- Ebird, crowdsourcing since 2002- shows Gloucester whale watching great for birding and

The online database collaboration of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society compiles aggregate data from engaged birders. What a staggering quantity of volunteers taking the time to share and record data!

Although Cape Ann towns are not ‘hot spots’

it’s fun to sift through the information and peek at some public competition. The top 100 birders in MA are predominantly male.  (We know Cape Ann is a birding hot spot though it may not be a recording hot spot.) There are plenty of reports from scenic North Shore sites: Cranes Beach, Plum Island, Chewbacco Woods, Coolidge Reservation, Eastern Point, and Halibut Point. Less traveled spots such as ‘Lanesville Community garden’ and local cemeteries have a diary entry feel to them and fun to peruse. Checklists indicate the distance and effort taken for any given outing, and the duration, often significant.

There are scores of reports from Gloucester whale watch trips –customers and staff. Look for ‘Stellwagen Bank’ as a listed location. I think I’d like the location column added to one default screen, and a category for whale watching.



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eBird: An online database of bird distribution and abundance. eBird, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Available: http://www.ebird.org. (Accessed: Date [July 30, 2016]).

Gloucester HarborWalk marker for birds/birding is located along the walkway by Gloucester House, I4C2, and Topside Grill.

Gloucester HarborWalk marker for whales is located just outside Tonno.

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Nichole’s Picks 7/30 + 7/31

Pick #1:  Gloucester Country Fest


Gloucester Country Fest
Stage Fort Park
Gloucester, MA

Cassadee Pope, The Houston Bernard Band, and Southern City Band!

July 30, 2016
Gates open at 11:00
Show starts at 12:00
Tickets go on sale
May 13 at 10:00am
Tickets purchased in advance
$30.00  at Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
33 Commercial Street, Gloucester
Tickets purchased at gate

Pick #2:  B. Good Festival at the Farm


Festival at the Farm is about connecting a community around great live music and delicious, local food and drink. And then giving back all the proceeds to our community together.

There’s no better time to do it than on a Summer afternoon. No better place than on a beautiful farm with a picturesque hill as the backdrop.

The farm provides natural good vibes with plenty of elbow room, a huge dance floor, and sprawling lawn for picnics, games, and booths where you can meet our farmers and charity partners. It’s about creating a community event that’s good for all — music lovers who want to jam, foodies who want to eat delicious food and drink craft beer, and kids who want to run free.

We’re out to do some good by delivering good times for everyone on the farm. 


Pick #3:  See The Whales

One of my very best friend’s husbands, whom I adore, told me the other day that he has never seen a whale!  Wait, what!?   Hailing from Connecticut and having lived on Cape Ann for well over a decade….how is that possible!!  Sorry, T!

So, if you’re like him…. it is time.  Even if you’ve seen 1,000 whales, it could never be enough!


Cape Ann Whale Watch

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch

Seven Seas Whale Watch

Yankee Fleet


As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Cape Ann Whale Watch – voted one of the top whale watches in the US


Hey Joey,

Not sure if you saw this article last fall in Boston’s CBS local (linked below), but pretty cool that we can make such big headlines for such a small town! Would love if you could share this as we enter our 37th season this Saturday! Our trip leaves at 1:30 – Reports from fishing boats that whales are around. Thanks a lot!

Emily Douglass

Cape Ann Whale Watch


Click the link to read about it!


A Wealth of Resources for Sure!

For the last few summers I have come out of summer retirement to run a two-week summer session at the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School.  The camp is focused on both Marine Science and Maritime History and the goal is to get the kids out on the water/waterfront as much as possible.  I am fortunate that my boys have that opportunity often and that they are naturally drawn to the ocean and all it has to offer.  That having been said, I know that isn’t true for all children who are growing up in this area.  Most importantly, I wanted to help educate these children on the history of the fishing industry and how important the ocean is to the community’s livelihood and to the creatures that call it home!

This year’s camp was a large success thanks to many local businesses.  I’m happy to be able to fire off a quick post to thank some of those places/individuals.

While one day took us into Boston to explore the New England Aquarium and watch a Journey to the South Pacific IMAX movie, all other days were spent outside experiencing the waterfront hands-on.

Our students spent a couple of days aboard the Sea Station vessel, Endeavour, in Salem Harbor.  This unreal floating classroom afforded us the opportunity to haul lobster traps, observe ocean life in its giant glass holding tank, sink the underwater camera to observe the ocean floor and eel grass beds + observe our discoveries on the giant flatscreen TV, and preform beach landings on Misery Island to go hiking, swimming, and tidal pooling. If you haven’t explored Misery Island, you’re missing out!

Sea Station

We had a fantastic day at the Nahant Marine Science Center where the children were given the opportunity to become scientists while recording their tide pool findings and the properties of the water in small groups.  They also had a wonderful tour of the facilities and the gorgeous property that the science center calls home. The Northeastern graduates/students that took care of our group were fabulous!

Nahant Marine Science Center

One day was spent onboard Cape Ann Whale Watch’s vessel, the Hurricane.  We saw several humpback whales and enjoyed a fantastic trip.  The naturalists, as always, added a wonderful educational component with small group lessons throughout the trip in addition to the narration while observing the whales.

Cape Ann Whale Watch

We greatly enjoyed a morning at Maritime Gloucester and were incredibly pleased with the workshops that Mary Kay had planned for our students…who ranged in age from 1st grade to 8th!  Maritime Gloucester was, as always, a must-do on our excursion list!

Maritime Gloucester

We enjoyed a visit from a wonderful artist named Kathy Abbott, who helped the children learn about caring for our beaches, waterfronts, and oceans while adding the element of art.  Learning about the Angry Ocean Project inspired many of our students to go home and create masterpieces of their own with debris the discovered on local beaches.

Angry Ocean Project

We headed North to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH where we did a self-guided tour of the exhibits, participated in a 60 minute Whale presentation (the highlight of which was definitely seeing the entire skeleton system of the Fin Whale that washed ashore on Cape Hedge Beach several years ago) and then explored the rocky shore of Ordione State Park with a naturalist who helped the children learn about all of the amazing things they found in the tide pools.  Stunning scenery!

Seacoast Science Center

Captain Steve Douglas, from Cape Ann Harbor Tours, agreed to a custom designed trip on his King Eider.  I really wanted the students to see the waterfront from the water.  I asked Steve to point out the many different types of vessels that call Gloucester Harbor home and to explain the different type of fishing gear that we saw along the way.  I wanted the children to get a feel for the history and the diversity of the fleet.  They also learned about the Cut Bridge and Annisquam River, Cape Pond Ice, the schooners, the state fish pier, the auction house, Capt. Joe and Sons (of course), Ten Pound Island, and so, so much more.

Cape Ann Harbor Tours

And a day that exceeded all expectations was the day that we visited the NOAA offices up at Blackburn Circle.  I was floored with the presentation and hands-on activities that had been prepared for our visit and the number of staff that was able to make themselves available to work with our students.  With several different learning stations, knowledgable staff, a large inflatable whale, an amazing interactive game that helped the children learn about sustainability, and much more, hey truly went above and beyond to help educate our students.  Their efforts were a perfect match for what I was hoping to achieve throughout the summer session.  I can’t thank them enough!

NOAA Gloucester

This summer session served as yet another reminder of the wealth of resources that we have in our area.  How lucky we are to be able to take advantage of such a wide array of fun and educational resources.  I am well aware, that a longer camp session could have visited so many other amazing destinations and that the places I have included are certainly not the only amazing choices that we have.  There’s always next year🙂


GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14


GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14

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Topics Include: Peter and Vickie Van Ness, www.gimmesound.com ,Seafood Throwdown at The Farmer’s Market, Mercedes Flavin vs Rosalie From Rosalie’s, Niaz Dorry, NAMA, Fisherman’s Wives, Robin Williams, Everybody’s Life Is Hard For Them, Celebrate Gloucester Series, Cape Ann Marina Waterfront Pavillion, Kudos To Tobin Dominick and Joe Liacono, Gloucester UU, Top 4-10 Must Do Things In Gloucester, John Sebastian, Block Party This Weekend, Kudos To The Current Block Party Committee, Henry Smith, Schooner Festival, Maritime Gloucester, Tracy Arabian, Props To Tom Ellis and Harold Blackburn, Sea Shanty Crazies, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann Whale Watch, Seven Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester Restaurants, The Atlantis for Breakfast, Duckworth Bistro, Passports, The Studio, GMG Mug Up Saturday This Week, EJ LeFavour, Lady Jillian Harbor Shuttle, The Other Cape, Peter Paul and Mary, Shout Out To Aurelia Nelson from 104.9, Curtain Up with Aurelia Nelson, Cape Ann TV, Being a Perfectionist With Online Media vs Creating Content Naturally, Realism vs Perfectionism, Putting The Content Before Advertising, GMG On Facebook, The Need To Respond To People’s Requests, An Idea For The Holistic People, Cape Ann SUP, Cape Ann Harbor Tours, All the Ways To Get Out On Gloucester Harbor.


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What the Fluke

I will swim with a humpback whale some day.

It’s at the top of my bucket list for sure.

I actually planned a vacation to Costa Rica several years ago for the opportunity to swim with the whales in Drake Bay, but sadly, no whales were in the area during my stay.

I have, however, had the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, black tip reef sharks, and manatees.  Each of those experiences are kind of sacred to me.  All are moments that I will never forget.

While swimming with wild marine life may not be everyone’s cup of tea, if you haven’t been on at least one amazing whale watch, you are missing out.  We are incredibly fortunate to have whales not far off our coast for a good part of the year.  I, all kidding aside, sometimes find myself laying awake at night thinking, “I wonder what the whales are doing right now?” Freak meter rating high, I realize, but true nonetheless.

So, today, knowing that the whales have been plentiful for the past several days, we went for a trip with Cape Ann Whale Watch.  How do I know they’ve been plentiful you may ask?  I follow their blog.

I had the opportunity to speak with both long time owners, Nick Danikas and Jim Douglass, in the parking lot prior to the trip.  Both are great guys who are pretty passionate about offering trips that leave guests with memories to last a lifetime.

Likewise, the crew and the naturalists are phenomenal and beyond highly educated on the matter of whales and sea life indigenous to our waters. Their enthusiasm was contagious.  Even the captain, John Karvelas, was excitedly pointing out bubble clouds as they formed on the surface of the water.  Bubble clouds are a method that whales use to trap krill and sand eels in a tight school so that they can emerge, mouths open, and swallow up a giant meal.

Today’s trip was nothing short of amazing.  To begin, we only had to head 11 miles off the Dog Bar Breakwater, which was a treat in itself.  After a short steam, we were literally surrounded by humpback whales.  I’ve been on many whale watches.  Both on local whale watching boats and on smaller private boats. Today’s trip was one for the record books.

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Hear are some of my favorite photos from today’s trip.


Deal of The Day Cape Ann Whale Watch $29- Normally $48

I’ll be honest I’ve never been on a whale watch.  It sounds crazy all these years in G Town and never going on a whale watch but the reason isn’t because I don’t want to, it’s just that whale watch season happens to coincide with the most insano crazy time of year at work for me, a time where we just don’t have any days off to partake in a whale watch.

I will say this however-


It’s like you are seeing something like real life dinosaur monsters right up in your grill.

So take your pick.  Go on one spur of the moment and pay what the noobs pay, full price, or buy this groupon and save a buttload of money and see the ginormous monsters of the sea.  Easy choice if you ask me.

here’s the deal at Groupon


Cape Ann Whale Watch 42% Off Groupon

Click Here or the Picture To Get The Deal!

If you’ve never been on a whale watch I have to tell you some of the comments that I hear from people when they get off the boat-

“OMG- It’s like seeing real life dinosaurs 10 feet away from you”

“That was about the coolest thing I’ve ever done”

“I can’t believe how beautiful they are!”

Hey if you’re gonna go on a whale watch you may as well go for close to half off.