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Is Donna Ardizzoni actually a famous TV star who escaped to Gloucester?

John McElhenny (Supersleuth) submits-

Joey,

On TV the other night I ran across the actress Rue McClanahan, who used to star on TV shows like “Maude” and “Golden Girls.”

Is it true that the lovely Donna Ardizzoni used to be a famous TV star and moved to Gloucester to write for GMG to escape the paparazzi hordes?

At Mug Up on Sunday, somebody call out the name “Rue!” and watch how Donna’s head spins like that lady in the Exorcist. Sure, your real name’s “Donna.” Riiiiight.

Anyone who’s met our Donna knows she has that star quality. Now it’s confirmed. Boom! Another Mystery Solved.image002

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Vining Around the Garden

For readers not yet aware, Vine is a free downloadable app for your cell phone. Vine allows you to make six-second continuously looping videos, which you can share instantly to Twitter, FB, and Vine. I like Vine because it is so immediate, uncomplicated, and fun to use. Some people I follow on Vine are John McElhenny; his Vines are always interesting scenes taken in and around Gloucester, and also Amanda Mohan and Macklemore because their Vines are often super funny.

To read the caption, wave your cursor over the lower left-hand corner of each video.

McElhenny Steals The Show With This Potential Nose Pick

Kim Smith sells out Cape Ann Community Cinema with her riveting Butterfly movie and all anyone wants to talk about is this picture from the after-party.

Not less than 37 emails all asking if in fact that move in the background of Donna Ardizzoni’s picture by our boy John McElhenny was a flat out nose pick or not.

Honestly I don’t have a definitive answer so I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

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So sneaky with the hand curled and digging with the thumb.  Interesting technique.  Only a pro nose picker pulls this move off.

Leave it to McElhenny to steal Kim’s thunder.

See how stoic Kim and Fred are in this picture?  I bet it’s because they know McElhenny is going to town picking his nose behind them and they’re saying to themselves “I hope Donna doesn’t post this picture of us with John McElhenny in the background picking his nose.  It’s all anyone will talk about and the magnificence of my butterfly movie will be lost on the distraction created by John’s nose picking”

That McElhenny- always stealing the show.  Diabolical move.

They don’t call him the best in the PR world for nothing.

Would I be surprised if he announces McElhenny PR Agency start up within the next week?

Hell no.

Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, John McElhenny.  Always front and center in people’s consciousness.  It’s what he does.

Don’t hate the PR Playa, Hate The PR Game.  That’s what I always say.

Junior Women’s Seine Boat Vine From John McElhenny

Uhm, Yeah, Case You Didn’t Recognize, Fiesta Week Is Here!!!!!!!!

Joanne Frontiero and Crew Head Out For Seine Boat Practice

Mayor Kirk: Working Together for Gloucester’s Future

Luke McElhenny ©Kim Smith 2013

The well-attended Mayor’s “I Love Gloucester Breakfast” at the Gloucester House this morning was followed by remarks and an informative Q and A. The overarching theme of the morning’s event was of working together to build Gloucester’ s future. It is always a pleasure to be around the Mayor because of the integrous manner in which she is managing the city’s business and because of her infectious love for Gloucester. Thank you Mayor Kirk for all you have done, and are continuing to do, to create a better Gloucester for all of us!

Carolyn Kirk ©Kim Smith 2013

©Kim Smith 2013Bailey Kirk ©Kim Smith 2013Carolyn Kirk-1 ©Kim Smith 2013

Mayor Carolyn Kirk Donna Ardizonni©Kim Smith 2013JPGGloucester Chief of Police Leonar Campanello

Luke, Mayor Kirk, John McEllhenny ©Kim Smith 2013JPGLuke and John McElhenny ©Kim Smith 2013Luke and John McElhenny

A Very Important GMG Poll (ok, not really) From John McElhenny

wardrobe dilemma

John McElhenny writes-
Joey,

Everyone knows GoodMorningGloucester readers are the most fashionable blog readers anywhere. I wore this outfit today but a certain woman I may or may not be married to gave me the look that says, “Are you really going out of the house in that outfit?” Who’s right?

5 Questions With @Joey_C’s Favorite Twitter Peeps- @JMcElhenny

5 Questions With John McElhenny- https://twitter.com/JMcElhenny

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What are your duties at your job and do you use twitter as a tool for your job?

I work at InkHouse, a public relations and social content agency. My job is to help companies tell their stories and connect with consumers and other businesses. Twitter’s a big part of my job. We help companies use Twitter to tell their stories and build their audiences. But I’ve also used Twitter to identify and bring in new clients, start up conversations with reporters and interest them in writing about my clients, recruit promising candidates to work at my company, and keep on top of what’s happening in PR and journalism. I also have Twitter to thank for my job since it’s where I started up a conversation with the co-founder of InkHouse, who eventually hired me. So Twitter’s been an extremely valuable tool for me, kind of like Paul Morrison and his Korkers.

Why do you think you are follow worthy on Twitter?

I try and tweet about things that other people will find useful, interesting or funny. I tweet a lot about public relations, journalism and Gloucester, since I’m a PR guy and former news reporter who lives in Gloucester. So I guess people interested in those areas might find more of interest in what I post. But in reality, I’m pretty sure most people who follow me are just hoping I’ll retweet some of the funny tweets from @Joey_C and @SteveDuJour. Those are the real Twitter rainmakers.

What types of tweets or twitter user drive you up a wall?

– “Good morning, Twitterverse!”

– Twitter users who don’t use their photo. I think the value of Twitter is in making connections with people. For me, it’s difficult to connect with somebody whose Twitter icon is a cartoon pirate or their cat.

– Too many hashtags and @ signs. It makes a tweet difficult to read.

– Constant one-way tweets about you or your company that don’t engage others. People will tune those out really fast.

Who are some of your favorite twitter users?

@PeteAbe is the Red Sox beat reporter for the Globe. He’s smart and funny and I’m a big Sox fan.

@ScottMonty is the Ford Motor Company’s social media guru. He’s the model for how a big company can use Twitter really well – down-to-earth, authentic and informative.

@NotBillWalton is a funny parody account that’s mostly about basketball, my favorite sport. Most of my Twitter feed is serious stuff about PR, journalism and current events so it’s nice to sprinkle some humor in.

@Joey_C is one of the best that I’ve seen anywhere at engaging with others on Twitter. Also if I give him a shout-out he’s more likely to run this on his blog.

Do you have a website you would like to promote?

That’d be www.InkHouse.com, the PR and social content agency where I work.

Also www.nextstepnet.org, the website for Next Step, the nonprofit where my wife works. They do great work helping teens with cancer, HIV and other serious illnesses. 

Thanks for asking me to chime in, Joey. This was fun.


John Just took a new job as Vice President at Inkhouse where they are really lucky to have him.

Look at what Tina cassidy had to say about him-

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Today, InkHouse is thrilled to welcome John McElhenny as a vice president. I came to know and respect John many years ago when we covered politics together. He was at the Associated Press at the time. Not only did he always ask sharp questions but he always made his fellow reporters – and sometimes elected officials — crack up from the dry application of his wit.

While InkHouse does not have a “sense of humor test” akin to Google’s famous hiring process, we do screen for likability, brains, innate curiosity and the ability to write well while applying AP style. (A recent piece that he ghost-wrote for a client in a major outlet included references to Magnum, P.I.; Ron Burgundy and Smokey & The Bandit in the same breath.)

John checks all of those boxes, and a few more. In addition to his years of writing for the AP and the Boston Globe, he has worked for Schwartz Communications and Matter Communications, so he brings to InkHouse a deep understanding of both journalism and PR as they relate to technology, the start-up world, and client and media relations. John also has won awards as a journalist and as a PR professional.

And, well, we think he’s a winner, too! In short, he’s a great fit for a place where personalities and intelligence run deep.

Read more from Tina Cassidy

Want to Shape Burnham’s Field’s Future?

Joey,
You and GoodMorningGloucester have been super supportive of the clean-up of Burnham’s Field in central Gloucester (Thanks!) Now that the City has won a big grant-

#BOOM! Gloucester wins big grant to fix up Burnham’s Field to renovate the field, the fun part begins – deciding the new walkways and play equipment and other improvements that will go there. The first meeting is Monday, Jan. 14. Details are below. All are welcome. If you care about Burnham’s Field, you need to be at this meeting!
Thanks,
John McElhenny

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All are invited to a Community Meeting on Monday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.

The City of Gloucester has secured grants to improve and beautify Burnham’s Field, the largest green space in central Gloucester. Work is about to begin. Do you want to have a say in how the new Burnham’s Field will look? Join us!

Mayor Kirk and Ward 2 City Councillor Melissa Cox invite you to the first community meeting to plan the future of Burnham’s Field. Landscape architects from Weston & Sampson will present their assessment of the current conditions of Burnham’s Field and ask for your input on its future. Ideas under consideration include new walking paths, swings and playground equipment, better lighting and even a water play area for children.
Burnham’s Field is a wonderful park in downtown Gloucester that is becoming more beautiful and welcoming. Help us keep the momentum going and make Burnham’s Field a place we can all be proud of. Hope to see you on Monday, Jan. 14!

When: Monday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.
Where: The Hive, 11 Pleasant Street (next to Pleasant Street Tea)
Who: Parents, children, neighbors, athletes, nature-lovers, dog-walkers – anyone interested in Burnham’s Field!

Questions?  Call Stephen Winslow, Gloucester Community Development Department, (978) 282-8007

or e-mail swinslow@gloucester-ma.govmailto:swinslow@gloucester-ma.gov

Thank you Craig Kimberley!

Last week Craig Kimberley spent a morning editing and assisting me with my Black Swallowtail film project.  It’s been great getting to know Craig and I am feeling very blessed that he is interested in working on my project. Because of his knowledge and expertise, I know my film is going to be more beautiful than ever I imagined. Thank you Craig.

Hannah, Craig Kimberly, Johnny MacHannah and Craig Kimberley and John McElhenny

Good Morning Gloucester contributor Craig moved to Gloucester nearly a year ago. His beautiful wife Hannah followed six months later as she was finishing her doctoral degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia. Hannah was just recently hired for her first professional writing job.

Craig is a freelance Director, DP, and Editor. He is currently working on Trev Gowdy’s Monster Fish on the Outdoor Channel as the Director, Editor, and Director of Photography. He is also currently creating a cooking show starring Tony Carbone. This is Craig and Hannah’s first Christmas in Gloucester together. Welcome!

More about Craig and several of the great videos he has shot for Good Morning Gloucester ~

Please Welcome New GMG Contributor Craig Kimberly- St Peter’s Fiesta Parade Video and More

Behind the Scenes Look at What it Takes to Create the “Most Creative” Horribles Float

Video Saturday 2012 Greasy Pole Champion – Nick Avelis Video from Craig Kimberley

Video Sunday 2012 Greasy Pole Champion Stew McGillivray In HD and Slow Motion Video By Our Boy Craig Kimberley

Chickity Check it- Is the News Dying? From John McElhenny On The Matter Communications Blog

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John McElhenny writes-
Is the News Dying?

A blogger buddy and I had a back-and-forth recently about the future of news. He had just read a post called, “The incredible shrinking newspaper audience,” and was pessimistic about the future of how people would get their news.

“Scary stuff if you value real news,” the blogger, Joey Ciaramitaro of Good Morning Gloucester, wrote in our Twitter chat.

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned.

For the rest of John’s post click here

John McElhenny Submits This Poll: Is our Joey at risk of becoming overexposed?

John McElhenny submits –
On Wednesday a German photographer stopped by to take
hunky pin-up calendar photos of Joey down the dock. Today, there’s our Joey again in a photo spread in the Gloucester Times. He’s been profiled and quoted in magazines and newspapers way more times than anyone could count.
We know Joey’s rugged good looks are like nectar to photographers. But is there a danger he’ll become overexposed and people will tire of his George Clooney-like mug?


 
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Joey C. and Justin Bieber: Which one gets more media? It’s a close call.

This is a big concern for Joey’s future modeling career. So it’s important that we ask readers:

Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners Hold Fall Clean-Up

Joey,
The Burnham’s Field Community Garden was a hive of activity over the weekend. The gardeners held our fall clean-up, pulling weeds, trimming back overgrown plants and making the place look shipshape. Hard to believe the Garden’s been around two summers now. Thanks to all the gardeners – and our friend Donna Ardizzoni of the One Hour at a Time Gang – for rolling up their sleeves and pitching in. The Garden looks great.
-          John McElhenny

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A troop of gardeners spruce up the Burnham’s Field Community Garden.

Garden photo - Barbara Collins 9.22.2012

Barbara Collins clears an aisle of overgrowth next to her garden plot.

Garden photo - Diane Wolff-Thomas 9.22.2012

Diane Wolff-Thomas pulls some wayward strawberry plants that developed happy feet and migrated outside her garden plot.

Breaking News: John McElhenny Ditches The Skinny Jeans In Favor of Carhartt’s Today

That’s Right Johnnycakes- You’re A Superstar.

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If you didn’t know already, fashion forward John McElhenny is The VP of Matter Communications- a High Powered PR Agency Which Perennially Wins Numerous Awards In Their Field.

Check Out Matter Communications Here

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When did fishermen switch from baited lines to trawling nets?

When did fishermen switch from baited lines to trawling nets?

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John McElhenny writes-

Joey,
Good reminder today about what a great source of information we have in the Sawyer Free Library. The History Channel had a question for a fishing-related TV show they’re working on so they contacted Gloucester. They wanted to know, When did fishermen switch from baited lines to trawling nets?
So we turned to the Sawyer Free Library and their excellent staff came through as usual. Reference Librarian Judith Oski put on her detective hat and here’s what she found:
According to the "Fishermen’s Own Book" by the Procter Brothers (1882), "The first trawl [in Gloucester] was made and set across Brace’s Cove in 1820, by Mr. John Rowe, still living at East Gloucester at the age of 75 years."
According to "The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States," by G. Brown Goode (1884-87), "About 1851 or 1852 an old Irishman down at Swampscott bought an old dory and went to work rigging a trawl as he had been accustomed to do in the old country."
According to "The Port of Gloucester" by James B. Connolly (1940), "For more than two centuries Gloucestermen did all their fishing from the deck of the vessel and by means of single lines.  It wasn’t until the third quarter of the last century [i.e. between 1875 and 1899] that Gloucestermen began to take notice of the trawling methods of the Frenchmen on the Grand Banks."
GMG readers can follow the Sawyer Free Library on Twitter at @SawyerLibrary or find the library on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sawyer-Free-Library/202051117106>.
If readers have other thoughts on when the adoption of trawling nets took place, love to hear ’em!
John McElhenny

#BOOM! Coastal Living magazine calls Gloucester a "Coastal Dream Town"

Joey,
More positive national media coverage for Gloucester: Coastal Living has a great article on Gloucester in next month’s issue. The article calls Gloucester a "Coastal Dream Town" and says Gloucester has a "rare combination of urban spirit and historic charm."
"An enthusiastic nightlife scene featuring live theater and local bands is bolstered by a restaurant renaissance," the article says about our city.

Great job by you and local Remax Realtor (and GoodMorningGloucester contributor) Kenny MacCarthy for talking with the reporter and providing colorful quotes in the story.
Matter Communications started talking with Coastal Living, one of the top lifestyle and travel magazines, about Gloucester two years ago so  it’s nice to see such a positive story finally come out! Matter works with the Cape Ann Chamber and local businesses to put the good word out about what a great place Gloucester is to live, work and visit.
Readers can see the Coastal Living story here: http://capeannchamber.com/Tourism/Coastal%20Living.pdf
Congrats, Gloucester!

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Bike Riders and the Horribles Parade From John McElhenny

The Legendary Head of Hair, Skinny Jeans Wearing, King of The YMCA Basketball Courts, HUGELY INFLUENTIAL  John McElhenny writes-

I heard some bike riders are going to have a posse riding in the Horribles Parade (see below). I’m going to pull some strings to get them riding in the middle of the road right in front of your GMG float, just to mess with you.

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To ride a bike.
July 3rd Horribles parade
GHS Parking lot * 5:00 pm
Wear a cape or a mask!
be a hero!
FAMILY FRIENDLY !

The Burnham’s Field Community Garden has a New Mural!

John McElhenny submits-

 

Joey,
The Burnham’s Field Community Garden has a beautiful new mural designed and painted by the talented kids at Art Haven in Gloucester.  The mural was framed and put up at the garden over the weekend by volunteers Joe and Paula Axelrod, Aria McElhenny and Rocky Delforge.

The garden’s fence also features new vegetable sculptures that were designed and painted by the Art Haven kids with Rocky Delforge’s guidance. Public art by young local artists has officially arrived in central Gloucester’s largest green space!

The Burnham’s Field Community Garden just opened for its second season, part of a successful effort that is making Burnham’s Field cleaner, safer and more family-friendly. Come visit soon!
John McElhenny

Building the Frame
Building the Frame

Joe Axelrod (left) and Rocky Delforge build the frame for the new mural at the Burnham’s Field Community Garden.

Burnham’s Field garden sign team
Burnhams Field garden sign team

Volunteers Aria and Ruby McElhenny, Rocky Delforge, and Joe and Paula Axelrod stand next to the new mural.

Veggie sculptures on the fence
Veggie sculptures on the fence

Dozens of small sculptures of vegetables and flowers painted by Cape Ann Art Haven kids now decorate the garden’s fence.

Veggie sculpture sign

Veggie sculpture sign
A sign honors the young artists who created the sculptures.

Photos by John McElhenny

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