See GMG for prior school consolidation meetings (with links)
Cape Ann TV link to the video (coming soon)
Samantha Verga’s Facebook Group (250+ and growing): Advocates for the Future of Gloucester Public Schools
FREE admission for all active military on Tuesday October 4th, 2016.
Senior Citizens discounted entry on Monday October 3rd, 2016.
You can purchase advance discounted tickets from Topsfield Fair on line or at the fairgrounds. Ace Hardware in Gloucester has discounted admission and ride tickets for sale. Discounted admission tickets are also for sale at the Gloucester Daily Times. And Groupon. Thank you Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library for participating in the Topsfield Fair Read&Win summer reading prize packet incentive which contains free entry, 2 rides and 1 yummy meal!
The 2016 Topsfield fair opens September 30th and closes October 10. Discounted ticket sales are limited and stop September 26.
LEARNING FROM AN OSCAR NOMINEE- Lindsay Crouse’s visit was on the front page of the Gloucester Times! Wendy Waring’s visit was also on the front page of the Gloucester Times and in the Boston Sunday Globe!
Did you read Ray Lamont’s article Crackdown at the Quarries from Gloucester Daily Times? That is now and that was then. A few choice excerpts from an August 5, 1978 article by Henry F Billings published in the North Shore Magazine insert of the Gloucester Daily Times.
The water is oil-slicked in places and the litter is out of control everywhere. There is obviously no one responsible for cleaning up the area. Apparently the people who use the area are making no effort to tidy up.
The litter ranges from beer bottles of now defunct breweries to yesterday’s Big Mac container to last Saturday night’s underwear. Careful collection of all the broken glass in the area would provide all the churches of the United States with enough material to make their own stained glass windows for the next millennium.
The persistent will not be deterred by this eyesore. they will follow the path that leads around to the left.
A few steps beyond the first quarry is a second, much cleaner, one. Although there still is enough litter to keep a DPW crew busy for a week, this quarry does offer the bather a salubrious haven from the burdens of the world.
Nude bathing adds a dash of spice to an already adventurous day of swimming…
And, if your sense of smell is weak then the acid rock punctuating the air is a dead giveaway. The message is clear: “come on , he’s got cocaine and morphine too…rocketships to get you high…
The first quarry is particularly renown as an automobile burial ground. No doubt a ‘stolen car’ or two has found its way to the murky depths. That would help account for the thick, localized oil slicks which are the legacy of a quick insurance claim. This explanation is given additional credence by a bit of graffiti on a cliff at the second quarry, “Park Cars Here” with an arrow pointing down. One of the stranger stories is the one about a man who dove from a high cliff only to be skewered by a car antenna. This improbable tale has produced an additional piece of graffiti, “Dean Man’s Cliff.” All of this lends an air of fascination to the place.
So if you can shield your eyes from the thoughtless refuse of others and are a strong adventurous swimmer with a disdain for crowds, then maybe a day at the Annisquam quarry is for you…
When a region as popular and crowded as the North Shore is during the summer, it may seem strange to talk of obscure swimming areas. In truth, there aren’t many left.
And those that we have are manifestly flawed. If you want guaranteed safety, clean water and privies with toilet paper, then you better stay with established areas…
photo caption: Quarries were not designed with swimming safety in mind
Nice annual event. Gorgeous day at the Inn.
Congratulations Gloucester’s Mark Nestor. Last year it was GMG Joey Ciaramitaro, “longtime co proprietor of Captain Joe and Sons Lobster Company in Gloucester and the creator and driving force behind the blog GoodMorningGloucester.”
read more about the four 2016 winners from the Gloucester Daily Times article:
Did you see? Wonderful John McElhenny’s My View article to the Gloucester Daily Times thanking great work by the CPA committee and residents? And more this week in the Boston Globe? Nice to be the successful model. “In Gloucester, residents have leveraged funding for 80 units of affordable elderly housing in an old grammar school, replaced historic lead glass windows at the Cape Ann Museum, and restored Depression-era WPA murals at City Hall.” Read more of the Boston Globe article here
Since April is National Poetry month it seems extra fitting to pause on the Charles Allan Winter mural–which by the way is notoriously difficult to photograph in that site. Nice job by photographer Pat Greenhouse / Boston Globe.
In 1931, he and his wife Alice Beach Winter, also a successful artist, came to live in Gloucester year round having spent summers since 1914 and building their Mt. Pleasant studio in 1922. Poetry was the third mural Winter completed in Gloucester.
Many thanks to Mary Tucker McLoud for sending a copy of the book from which these photos originally appeared. The book is titled Storming Ashore and was published by the Gloucester Daily Times after the October 30th, 1991 no-name storm. The focus of this batch of photos is to show the extensive property damage to homes along the Atlantic side of Cape Ann. See More Photos Here Read more
These stunning photos of Atlantic Road utterly demolished by storm damage, taken in 1991, were sent to us by GMG FOB Mary McLoud Tucker. Although she resides in Annapolis, she has deep roots in Gloucester. The photos are from a booklet published by the Gloucester Daily Times. Many, many thanks to Mary for taking the time to send these very graphic images.
In particular, we want to thank Gail for highlighting the stellar musicians who make Gloucester such a vibrant place to live, especially Jon Butcher, Fly Amero, Allen Estes , David Brown, Dan King, Dave Mattacks, Wolf Ginandes, Henri Smith, as well as some of our regional favorites Danielle Miraglia, Johnny A., John Cafferty , Michael “Tunes” Antunes, The Delta Generators, The Willie J. Laws Band.
Most importantly we want to thank all the fans — especially GMG fans — who get off the couch and come out to support live music in our little slice of heaven up here on Boston’s north shore. As Dave Brown says, “We’re nothing without you!”
Here’s a little video treat — the Yardbirds having a bit of Halloween fun in PA last Saturday with Johnny A (who recently joined the band) on lead guitar (past Yardbirds lead guitar players include Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck, so I’d say our local guy, Johnny A., is in pretty good company.)
Robert Anderson of Rockport, ma when I knew him was the Captain of the 75′ “WINNER III” Party boat out of Rockport, ma. Little did I know he was the Husband of my cousin at that time.
My friend Mark Gossom and I would ride back home from the fishing grounds in his Pilot house. Another victim of Whitey Bulger. His life was ruined from then on. He could of said no. but that would’ve been his death sentence. be the first to throw the first stone….
From the Gloucester Daily Times;
June 25, 2011
By Andrea Holbrook Staff Writer
The arrest of James “Whitey” Bulger earlier this week may resonate most deeply in South Boston, but the reverberations can be felt here in Gloucester.
In 1984, on a September night, the swordfish boat Valhalla left Gloucester Harbor.
Her captain, Robert Anderson of Gloucester, had filled her tank with 8,000 gallons of fuel at Gloucester Marine Railways, iced up with 30 tons, and purchased 7,000 pounds of bait mackerel and squid from Quality Seafoods.
Anyone who saw her leaving port probably thought she was headed out to fish.
About two weeks later, the Valhalla stopped in Boston before coming home to Gloucester. The ship was seized there by US Customs officials.
Authorities said Valhalla’s crew has offloaded 7 1/2 tons of automatic rifles, submachines guns and hand grenades worth $1 million destined for the Irish Republican Army to another ship off the Irish coast during its trip. While the second ship and weapons were seized and its crew arrested by Irish authorities, the Valhalla was in international waters and headed back out to sea, albeit under surveillence.
Irish officials said at the time that it was the largest seizure of IRA-bound weapons to date.
In Boston, the Valhalla was searched, but no arms except for an empty 9-mm shell casing were found. Anderson and John McIntyre, the Valhalla’s navigator, were questioned for hours, but let go.
In April 1986, the U.S. government would accuse Andersen, McIntyre, reputed Irish mob boss Joseph Murray Jr. of Charlestown and Patrick Nee of South Boston of gun-running. Neither Murray nor Nee had been on the vessel, but had flown to Ireland to await the shipment, and then flown back to Boston when they heard of the seizure.
Also indicted was New Yorker John Crawley, an ex-Marine who had been arrested by Irish authorities in September 1984 and convicted of smuggling.
Andersen, Murray and McIntyre were also accused of smuggling 30 tons of marijuana to the United States on the return trip in a British freighter.
Police had Murray, a known smuggler, in custody; Anderson would return from a fishing trip a few days later and turn himself in.
However, Nee, a associate of Bulger’s, and McIntyre had fallen off the map.
McIntyre’s mother last saw her boat-building son in Quincy on Nov. 29, 1984, when the 32-year-old came to visit his ailing dad for tea. That night his cat was killed and thrown at the family home’s front door; he told his mom he was being followed.
Closure of the Valhalla case would come in May 1987.
For the entire article click here to read it at The Gloucester Daily Times site
The property was once Cameron’s Restaurant which sold for $600,000 in 2010 and than sold for $975,000 to two non-profit organizations Action Inc. of Gloucester and North Shore Community Development Coalition of Salem, on Aug 6th 2015.
The plan as described in the Gloucester Daily Times on July 16th is to construct 30-40 affordable apartments with parking on about 9,000 square foot parcel of sloping land.
A public Meeting will be held at Rose Baker Senior Center Thursday August 27th at 6:00 PM, located at 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street.
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Please Note: Photos indicate the mass that will make up the building, not the design.
The question was posed-
Dr Bakland can you give us some professional input on the taking Floride out of the drinking water debate?
I don’t know the first thing about it but lately I’ve been getting a ton of press releases on it.
Much like the “don’t get your kid vaccinated” push I don’t want to put out a bunch of statistics put together by pseudo scientists.
Can you shed some fact based light on the issue before it comes in front of the City Council?
Update: Dr Bakland’s Office Assistant Angela just called to tell me the Good Doctor is out of the office currently but she will relay the message
Update #2 The good Doctor has spoken.
I said I’d wait to hear from someone I knew and trusted that had a ton of experience in first hand dentistry to hear what they had to say on the Flouride in water issue. Dr Leif Bakland is my guy. If you know Dr Bakland then you know he doesn’t have any hidden agenda other than to put his patient care first. I value his opinion and he gave it-
Submitted on 2014/07/21 at 10:43 pm
Hi Joey, evidently, fluoride is a hot topic. I will say that I am definitely for fluoridated water supply. It’s safe and effective. I’ve been in practice for over 30 years and have treated families from fluoridated and non fluoridated communities, there Is a difference!
There you have it. I have a feeling it doesn’t matter to those who already had their minds made up but I’m going with the local guy without an agenda and with over 30 years first hand experience.
Harbor Cove Dental, where all the cool kids get their teeth taken care of.
July 23, 2014
By James Niedzinski Staff Writer
Gloucester’s public health leaders support the continued addition of fluoride to the city’s drinking water, but a local anti-fluoridation group is trying to have the mineral removed.
The debate surfaced earlier in Rockport, where voters at an upcoming Town Meeting will decide whether to put a fluoride question on a ballot for the next local election.
The issue was raised by the Cape Ann Fluoride Action Network, a group that is trying to remove fluoride from the city’s water, as well.
“Our mission is to educate the public on the dangers of fluoride and petition the city to remove fluoride from the drinking water,” said Tracey Chiancola, member of the action network and a Gloucester resident.
She said sodium fluoride first surfaced as a byproduct of the aluminum industry in the 1940s and 1950s.
“I became concerned we’re drinking this substance that’s toxic,” she said. From there, she reached out to doctors, dentists and members of various institutes. She said some problems caused by sodium fluoride include learning disabilities and brain development. She also said a majority of Europe has unfluoridated water, with similar rates in tooth decay.
In response, however — and in an effort to better educate the public about their view — Dr. Richard Sagall, who chairs the city’s Board of Health and Noreen Burke, Gloucester’s public health director say the benefits of fluoride are clear.
For the entire article at the Gloucester Daily Times website click here
Above photo credit to Gloucester Daily Times
It was really nice to see our mother Pat enjoying this past weekend with friends from the south shore, that she and our father met in Naples Florida where they all wintered together for several years. Friends Pat and Marie had mom laughing into the wee hours of the morning as they enjoyed each other company during their 3 day “Girlfriends Weekend” playing tourists by day and BFF Slumber Party by night! Thank you Pat and Marie for being such a great friend to our mother.
Mom Requested Muddica Steak Dinner at Niles on Friday evening… they were thrilled to catch the beautiful sunset while dinning on the beach!
June 10, 2014
High school graduations have once again made spring an optimistic time across Cape Ann and around the North Shore.
In nearly every community, we are treated to a sea of cap-and-gown clad seniors, valedictory speeches that are at once soaring, hopeful and humorous, and smiles of unfiltered joy from young men and women who walk across the stage to accept their diplomas.
Leave it to the adults to stomp out the fun.
Check out the entire editorial here
I was gonna write a rant about the ridiculousness of it all but I was just too disgusted.
Politically Correct crap times a bajillion- the ruination of our great country.
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I’ve said it countless times in the podcast and in these pages- local newspapers are vital. Citizens need good journalists who will keep them informed of decisions by politicians. I’m not saying that local politicians are bad, what I’m saying is that the newspaper is a source where you can get the facts about an issue that otherwise you’d have no clue about and where their representatives stand on these issues.
Those journalists and photographers believe me don’t necessarily love to write about tax classification issues and go to long boring meetings to report on things, that’s why they need to be paid and why folks need to support them by subscribing.
We here at GMG do not cover real unbiased news the way that journalists do. We cover the fluff and the fun and bring you a ton of great stuff but we are not journalists. We do it for the love of it.
Local newspapers are essential. As fashionable as it is for some people to bash The GDT, I for one completely appreciate the work they do to bring us real news even in the face of financial hard times and cutbacks and layoffs within their industry.
I suspect all those who love to bash it would be the same ones really missing it if it is gone because it isn’t financially viable to give their content away for free.
I’m not sure whose idea it was to try to strip away the signature “Fighting Fishermen” on Newell Stadium but thank god there are still men like Art McCann who have enough sense to push back on the politically correct machine and make sure it was repainted.
Love this guy.
The petition reads:
“Let’s not rob our students of the fighting spirit to win both on the field and in the classroom. This petition is to bring back the Fighting Fishermen”
Next thing you know they’re gonna go and try and take the word “Midget” off of Midget Pickle Jars.
Read the article on the Gloucester Daily Times Website here