Tag Archives: Downtown Gloucester

It’s easy being green: architectural character downtown Gloucester

Cat Ryan submits-

19th, 20th and 21st Century green in the mix

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From the distinguished Cape Ann Museum’s fresh coat of paint and ongoing preservation

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To many weathered, copper-clad architectural details like these rare repeat oriel windows

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Elegant oriels along Parsons’ pedestrian street, too, though no pressed metal. But look up for the green tiled roof!

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Creating a nice umbra mix alongside the newish-ish green exterior for the Jeff Weaver/Restoration Works, 16 Rogers Street –  the newcomer (former Old Timers/Catch 22/Fiesta Pub) joins the green in Gloucester. Check out its distinct porthole window on the door.

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Then and then: 16 Rogers before photos (green middle elements against textured and well acclimated exterior).

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2013 Downtown Gloucester Christmas Raffle Winner Is…

Toni Brennan!

Joe, see photo of the 2013 Downtown Christmas Raffle winner Toni Brennan.  Toni won $1700 worth of gift certificates for downtown  shops  and restaurants.

From left to right, Joe Ciolino from the Weathervane hands the gift certificates box to Toni Brennan.  Looking on are Susan Parent of Toodeloos, and Linda Palazola from Palazola  Sporting Goods and Clothing. 

Thanks…

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Oh What a Night!

You all know Jenn Cullen, who's on the left. Jenn lives on the Fort, and does some work at Sugar Magnolias. The other FOB is Lidiane Sands, who's originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She's also employed at Sugar's, and is raising her family in Lanesville, married to a Gloucester native.

You all know Jenn Cullen, who’s on the left. Jenn lives on the Fort, and does some work at Sugar Magnolias. The other FOB is Lidiane Sands, who’s originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She’s also employed at Sugar’s, and is raising her family in Lanesville, married to a Gloucester native.

During the opening, we were entertained by the Old Folks Novice Acoustic Jam. Two or three of the players are GMG names you may recognize: Marty Luster, Len Burgess, and James Eves. Anyone is welcome to play with them. This was their first public appearance.

During the opening, we were entertained by the Old Folks Novice Acoustic Jam. Two or three of the players are GMG names you may recognize: Marty Luster, Len Burgess, and James Eves. Anyone is welcome to play with them. This was their first public appearance.

GloucesterCast 12/8/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Toby Pett

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Topics Include:  Topics Include: Holiday Fair Weekend, Cape ann Farmer’s Market Harvest Market, Downtown Gloucester Ladies Night, Magnolia Historical Society opening of Art in the Schoolhouse, The Hive Bex Borden, David Brooks,  Giftwrapping Service and Great Community Partners, Peter and Vickie Van Ness, GMG Holiday Party at Bodin Historic Photo, Thank You To Fred Bodin and His Ladyfriend Janet, Middle Street Walk, Bill OConnor, North Shore Kid, Gingerbead House Competition, Buoy Painting, Lobster Trap Tree Lighting, Rusty and Ingrid Handmade Prints, Half Marathon (Fu#$ing Up Traffic),Curmudgeons That Can’t Stand Being Slightly Inconvenienced,  Olivias For Sale or Lease, Restaurant Dead Pool, Ideas For Olivias Space, Question: Do Liquor License Boards Govern Entertainment As Well?, Former Old Timers Space, Aaron Tuftley, Sprockets, Your Dream Vintage Vehicle, Meg Frontiero, Tony Ciulla, Styles On Main, Sticky Fingers, Spin The Dradle With Toby At The GMG Holiday Party Friday Night, Downtown Gloucester Men’s Night, Passports, and Other Restaurants Doing 20% off Gift Certificates, Dinner Dealer Decks Are Out, Cape Ann Brewing Dinner Dealer Coupon

To Purchase- 2013/14 Dinner Dealer Decks, GMG Caps, Technical Jerseys, Hoodies, Dry Fit Shirts Here- http://gmg.storenvy.com/

Santa’s Here!

Santa and dozens of other floats paraded down Main Street today, braving the gray and threatening weather. The heavy rain fortunately held off. The long parade ended up at the City of Gloucester's Christmas tree at Kent Circle, near the Fisherman at the Wheel statue. This year's tree is lit with LED lights, which I think is the way to go. Economical to run, and resistant to vibration and breakage.

Santa and dozens of other floats paraded down Main Street today, braving the gray and threatening weather. The heavy rain fortunately held off. The long parade ended up at the City of Gloucester’s Christmas tree at Kent Circle, near the Fisherman at the Wheel statue. This year’s tree is lit with LED lights, which I think is the way to go. Economical to run, and resistant to vibration and breakage.

GloucesterCast 12/1/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Amandacakes

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GloucesterCast Taped 12/1/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Amandacakes

Topics Include: Family Cookie Day, Turducken, ChromeCast, Downtown Gloucester Ladies Night, The Hive Gift Wrapping Service, Buoy Painting, Lobster Trap Tree, Rockland Maine’s Lobster Trap Spike, Favorite Gloucester Breakfasts, Sugar Mag’s, Lobster Land, Sailor Stans, Mamie’s Kitchen, Charlie’s Place, George’s Coffee Shop, Willow Rest, Best House Made Hash, West Indian Hash, Reader Subjects, Cruise Ships, Beauport Princess, Thanksgiving Dinner, Turkey Pot Pie, Sista Felicia On Cover Of Cape Ann Magazine, Mariposa, Lowell Peabody Call-Out, New GMG Technical Jackets, Manchester Athletic Club Holiday Fair

Purchase- GMG Caps, Technical Jerseys, Hoodies, Dry Fit Shirts Here- http://gmg.storenvy.com/

GloucesterCast Podcast With Guests Lowell Peabody, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped October 6, 2013

GloucesterCast Podcast With Guests Lowell Peabody, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped October 6, 2013

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GloucesterCast Podcast with Lowell Peabody, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro. 

Topics include introducing Lowell Peabody as a new official GMG contributor, Gloucester’s image now vs 10 years ago, Downtown Gloucester Real Estate Investments, GMG 2013 Gloucester Election Poll

To listen to past GMG Podcasts click here for the episode listings

If you enjoy the podcast could you help get it recognized in the iTunes directory by rating it here in the iTunes store

Congrats Lowell and welcome to the team-

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Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar Photos

Christian Derobert submits-

A couple of pics from the Bazaar

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Lowell Peabody submits-
North Shore Folklore Theatre Company a Maritime Mystery

Joey,
At the Sidewalk Bazaar today I spoke with Henry Allen and David Wesson who said they are working on a new children’s stage production for their Summer Stock Theatre Club taking place at the Cape Ann YMCA. They say they are in need of young actors between the ages of 6-12 and will be taking place from August 5 through the 16th. They hope Good Morning Gloucester can help get the word out to aspiring actors! The story is a maritime mystery using all things Gloucester – places, names, old sea stories, etc More information is available at (978) 283-0470 Sounds like fun and from the energy of these actors it will be!
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Ran across GMG contributors Charlie Carroll and David Cox today at the Sidewalk Bazaar. Lord I am hoping they were really only comparing the difference of their lens sizes…

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You know what they say about these guys with the big lenses right?  Overcompensating for a lack of size somewhere else? Winking smile

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News from Downtown Workplan

Catherine Ryan Submits

News from Downtown Workplan

Hi Joey,

There has been a lot of interest in the Downtown Work Plan. There were 90+ people on site at City Hall for the City’s presentation with Utile, and good discussion. Cape Ann TV was filming. Ahead of time, individuals and organizations sent in a range of comments and concerns via email or testimonials. For example here was one (and a repeat one at that) muni wifi rant plea from Joey:

https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/can-someone-explain-to-me-in-this-day-and-age-why-my-cell-phone-doesnt-have-service-in-the-heart-of-main-street-gloucester/

And have a read through the excellent detailed memo from the Downtown Development Commission.

No doubt the robust feedback was helped immeasurably by local media announcements. Thank you, GMG!

So, please come to the next meetings, and/or send along questions or comments to Tom  TDaniel@gloucester-ma.gov

Tom Daniel, Community Development Director, writes:

“As promised, we have posted the presentation to the City’s website. You may find it link to the presentation here: http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=760&ART=2142&ADMIN=1. It is a large file and may take a couple of minutes to load. We will post future presentations to the website as well.”

Here are the dates for the next two public meetings to be held in the Kyrouz Auditorium of City Hall, from 6-8pm:

- Tuesday, August 20

- Tuesday, September 17

For More info:

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/local/x218352785/Downtowns-destiny

https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/help-draft-the-next-chapter-of-downtowns-story/

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

c/o City Clerk’s Office, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA   01930

gloucesterinfo@gmail.com

July 9, 2013

Mr. Drew Kane, AICP
50 Summer Street
Boston, MA   02110

Dear Drew:

Last evening, the Downtown Development Commission discussed what it would like to see changed, added to or modified in the downtown in anticipation of the upcoming visioning meetings.  I encouraged all members to attend but we also felt that we wanted to send you something in writing listing our thoughts.

The following are the items brought up by the Commission:

Parking Garage  Many meetings were held about this idea a number of years ago.  The idea was to build a deck on top of the current parking lot by the police station.  DPW Director Mike Hale was involved in discussions and probably still has this information.

Development of I4C2  It is the hope of the DDC that this can be developed in some way that would benefit downtown and not just be kept as a parking lot.

Empire Building  The continued blight of this building is a concern.

Police Station/Central Fire/YMCA  Members hoped that there would soon be a plan for the fate of these buildings.

Police Station Steps  The terrible condition of these steps roped off with police tape is not an attractive picture.  The DDC wondered if there was a short-term solution since any garage or selling of the police station would be long term.

Ornamental Lights/Brick Sidewalks  The only sections of Main Street without this streetscape are the middle sections, which were last renovated in the 1970’s.  Members would like to see this area tied into the look of the East End and West End.

Trees  The trees on Main Street have probably never been pruned.  Many hold both decorative old lights that no longer work and some have an abbreviated version of new lights.  We feel that there should be some work done on these trees.

West End Ornamental Lights  These lights were installed many years ago and the DDC thinks they have never been cleaned.  This is one of the reasons they appear to be so dark.  The DDC would like to see them cleaned and repainted, if necessary.

Benches  There are now a variety of styles of benches downtown.  We would like to work towards the replacement of the benches, many of which are wood and splintered, to have one consistent look.

Trash Barrels  The DDC bought a number of black trash barrels for downtown and they are showing their age.  We would like to re-examine the type of barrels and work on eventually replacing them.  Apparently a couple of them were done in by snowplows this past winter.

Preserve America Signs  The Commission would like to continue this signage program.  We also think there needs to be some type of protocol in place when one is damaged or disappears as has happened.

Gilham & Gander Study  The DDC would like this study reintroduced as it had many worthwhile aspects.

Stacy Boulevard  The conditions of the railings are in terrible shape and are to the point of being dangerous.  Hundreds of people walk this area daily.  We understand that this would be a long term and expensive project but it needs to be stated.  Having new grass and a working sprinkler system on the Boulevard is a step in the right direction as it is a gateway into Gloucester for so many.   

Drew, hope these are helpful.  Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday night.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Silveira
Chair
DDC

cc:  Tom Daniel

Help Draft the Next Chapter of Downtown’s Story

What do you love about downtown Gloucester? What do you think could be improved?

The work to build a great downtown is never done. There have been several recent accomplishments including the City Hall restoration project, HarborWalk, and Harbortown Cultural District. And we continue to move forward.

Given these and other accomplishments, now is a good time to come together to talk about the next chapter of work downtown. Gloucester’s Community Development Department is holding three public meetings to frame future opportunities and develop a set of shared values for downtown. The resulting plan will inform the City’s work downtown.

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Your participation is important. Please plan to attend all three public meetings over the summer.

The public meetings will be held on:

- Wednesday, July 10

- Tuesday, August 20

- Tuesday, September 17

All meetings will begin at 6:00 PM and will be held in the Kyrouz Auditorium on the second floor of City Hall.

Please contact Tom Daniel, Community Development Director, with any questions at 978 281-9781.

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Massachusetts Cultural Council Takes Over Downtown Gloucester- Photos At Fred Bodin’s Gallery With More To Come

The Mass Cultural Council came to G-Town to listen to and observe what makes Gloucester so special.  There are no other towns that have more than one Cultural District.  Gloucester already has Rocky Neck.  If approved for Downtown Gloucester, Gloucester would stand as the only City with more than one Massachusetts Cultural District.

When sitting in the room and listening to the distinguished assembly of community people that showed up it was obvious about 10 minutes in that honestly Gloucester deserves this in spades.  There is no where anywhere that is as culturally diverse, enriched and vibrant as our community.

All the people had to do was speak the truth.  It wasn’t about selling Downtown Gloucester.  Downtown Gloucester, it’s merchants, it’s artists, its community and artistic organizations sell itself.

You’d have to be deaf, dumb and blind to not see it and I can assure you the representatives of the Mass Cultural Council that visited, Anita Walker, Meri Jenkins, Kylie Sullivan and Maren Brown are anything but deaf dumb and blind.

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Huge thanks to the Downtown GloucesterCultural District Steering Committee Catherine Ryan, Lise Breen, Judith Hoglander, Robert Whitmarsh, Anne Robinson, Ronda Faloon, Maggie Rosa and David Rhinelander for laying so much of the groundwork to make this meeting possible and also to Fred Bodin for hosting this momentous event at his Bodin Historic Photo Gallery.

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Melissa I love my new scarf.  You rock!

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STEP AWAY FROM THE CANNOLI – PUT YOUR ARMS UP AND STEP AWAY FROM THE CANOLLI!

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One More Week Until the Massachusetts Cultural Council Visits Downtown Gloucester

Catherine Ryan writes-

Hi Joey,

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There’s just one more week until the Massachusetts Cultural Council visits downtown Gloucester for their big 4 hour site visit on Thursday, FEBRUARY 21, 2013

We’re hoping your readers will help us reach out to all DOWNTOWN GLOUCESTER residents, businesses, organizations.

Help us Decorate by printing and displaying  Art Haven’s custom welcome poster!

Please print out and share this wonderful poster, a unique and custom welcome for MCC, designed by Art Haven, a founding cultural partner. We’re hoping residents, businesses, and organizations throughout the district at street level or above will put it in their window or door for that day. Founding partner, the  Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will disperse it to its members. Thank you GMG for posting.  Fred Bodin is also reaching out to his network to encourage printing/posting!

The proposed DGCD footprint very roughly spans from St.Peter’s/the Chamber side over  to Gortons, and from City Hall to Maritime Gloucester . This means it includes the Civic jewels, all of Middle, all of Main, all of Harbor Loop, our waterfront, and Rogers until Rose Baker.  It’s the same footprint used for decades and that we all know. We’ll be included in a select group that receive designation and will be marketed with 5 others on the North Shore . We will be the first town in the state with two cultural districts! It mirrors the HarborWalk’s,  the Chamber of Commerce’s, Discover Gloucester ,  and Maritime Trail mapsl, etc–everyone’s efforts to maintain the integrity of downtown and historic harbor area. It will likely increase what is already great and working. Our downtown works hard to offer residents, visitors and employees fantastic experiences!

Please contact us with any questions you may have. http://www.cultural district.zapd.net  &  https://sites.google.com/site/gloucestermadcd/home

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Mark Your Calendar! Inaugural Downtown Gloucester Chocolate Tour February 9th 5 pm-9 pm

 

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Chocolate Tour for Downtown Gloucester

February 9, 2013

5 pm -9 pm

Something SWEET is in the works for Downtown Gloucester on the evening of February 9 – it’s the inaugural CHOCOLATE TOUR.  Look for the BIG RED HEARTS on the doors of participating retailers on Main Street and mark your calendars.   You may pick up your tour map at Toodeloos!, Harbor Goods/Life is good® or Premier Imprints anytime after February 1. 
On the 9th you’ll visit each store on the map to pick up your chocolate treat and have your map checked off.  You may even discover a new place to shop in your travels.    Bring your completed map to Island Art & Hobby to be entered in a raffle for a Cape Ann Gift Certificate.  
Make an evening of it – dine at any of Gloucester’s great restaurants and plan on hitting the Chocolate Tour before or after.     It’s going to be SWEET!

Found on Ebay… One of my Dad’s Paintings

I found this listing on Ebay. It’s one of my fathers Paintings Of the Dunes of Wingaersheek Beach with Annisquam Lighthouse in the distance. Every once in awhile I’ll check ebay and see if one of his paintings would pop up.  $295.00 is a great deal for one of my Dad’s 16″X20″ paintings. Looks like it needs a new frame though.  Check it out.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Paul-Frontiero-1925-2012-Wingaersheek-Beach-West-Gloucester-MA-Signed-/251213700285?pt=Art_Paintings&hash=item3a7d80dcbd

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