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Community Stuff Thursday

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In Concert!!

Craig Bickhardt & Don Henry (Grammy Award Winner!!)

Special Guest Larry Ahearn

Saturday, April 21 – 8pm Old Sloop Coffee House

First Congregational Church of Rockport

12 Church Street, Rockport, MA

Suggested Donation $10.00 in advance, $12 day of show

65 or over: $7, under 18: $5, family: $24

Get Your Tickets NOW: http://www.rockportucc.org/April21-2012.htm
www.craigbickhardt.com www.donhenry.com


JapeScape Acting Workshops! Tuesday, April 17: 9am-10:30am and 10:30-12:00pm

Jape teaches a series of age appropriate theater games, stage techniques, improvisation scenes and songs while fostering confidence, acting skills, imagination and team spirit.  The workshops aregeared for children between the ages of 5-12.

Workshops will begin at 9:00am and 10:30am at the Cape Ann Families/Open Door meeting space @ 28 Emerson Avenue.  We’d love for you to join us for free!

Thursday, April 19: (Reserve your child’s slot today!)

9:30-10:15

10:20-11:05

11:15-12:00 (Most space available)

Come join us for a morning full of group games, physical activities, team building, fitness and games that are just plain ole fun J

 

Activities are geared for children aged 3-8. Sessions will be held at the Cape Ann Families/Open Door meeting space @ 28 Emerson Avenue.  We’d love for you to join us for free!

Knucklebones provides athletic programming throughout New England and we’re excited to have them come and play with the children from Cape Ann!

 

Space is limited!  You must RSVP to attend these events!! (The events are open to ANY FAMILY in the community)

Contact Hailey Granger, Family Services Coordinator

978-281-2400 x110 or at hgranger@pw4c.org

ROCKPORT COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE FRIDAY APRIL 13

Rockport & Cape Ann, MA – The American Red Cross and the Rockport Rotary Club are holding a blood drive Friday, April 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, Rockport to support the community blood supply for patients in need. In the month of April, all presenting donors will receive a free pair of socks from New Balance, encouraging fitness and exercise. So get moving and make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Persons must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health to be eligible to donate blood. High school students under age 18 may need to meet certain height/weight requirements. Please bring your Red Cross donor blood card or other form of positive ID.

The American Red Cross Blood Services Northeast Division must distribute approx. 3,000 pints of blood a day just to meet the basic needs of area patients. Each pint of blood can save up to three lives.

 

 


Community Stuff Wednesday

Lane’s Cove Fish Shack Restoration Auction

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS….There will be a silent auction to raise funds for the Lanes Cove Fish Shack. It will be held at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center on Harbor Loop on Sat., April 21st from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. All proceeds will go to the restoration of the fish shack. Come one come all. We have donations of many wonderful paintings done by local artists ranging in value from $75.00 to $4400.00. We also have gift certificates and other items to auction with values ranging from $25- $150.00. There’s something for everyone. We will also be selling t-shirts, note cards, & bumper stickers.
Also we now have comfort color Lanes Cove Fish Shack T-Shirts on sale for $15.00. They can be purchased at Wulla (next to the Package store) on Washington Street in Lanesville or by contacting Barbara Jobe at 978-283-9311. All proceeds will go to the restoration fund to save the Lanes Cove Fish Shack. Wulla is open Wed-Sunday.

 


5 GREAT JEWISH FILMS IN GLOUCESTER THIS WEEKEND

Cape Ann Jewish Film Festival In Its 4th Year

The 4th Annual Cape Ann Jewish Film Festival kicks off on Sunday, April 15 at 5:00pm at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main Street in Gloucester with the acclaimed documentary “Jewish Soldiers In Blue & Gray.”

The other four films in the CAJFF line-up are: the Israeli drama “Restoration” (Mon. April 16 @ 7:30pm), the restored historical documentary “Nuremberg” (Tues. April 17 @ 7:30pm), the romantic comedy “The Matchmaker” (Wed. April 18 @ 7:30pm) and the eye-opening documentary “Imaginary Witness: Hollywood And The Holocaust” (Thurs. April 19 @ 7:30pm). The last film in this year’s Festival commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Also running this weekend is this year’s Oscar-winning Best Foreign Language Film, “A Separation,” playing Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15 at 7:30pm. The film tells the mystery-laced story of a struggling couple in modern-day Iran. The film will encore in May, along with the other four Oscar-nominees “Monsieur Lazhar,” “In Darkness,” “Bullhead” and “Footnote.”

To mark Earth Day and the April school vacation week, the Cinema encores the animated treat “Mia And The Migoo,” Monday, April 16 through Saturday, April 21 at 12:00pm. The movie is about a little girl who goes off to the jungle to find her missing father and makes friends with a giant silly monster. Tickets are just $5.00 for kids.

Tickets for all films are $9.50 adults, $8.00 students & seniors (60+) and $6.50 for Cinema Members. A full printed line-up of films is available at the Cinema, at www.CapeAnnCinema.comor by calling (978) 282-1988.


Local Video Company Adds to the Cape Ann Music Scene

This week the first ever Cape Ann Sessions video performance has been released —- featuring local rock band Dreamtigers! You can watch the video for “Keep Time” here:

Cape Ann Sessions is a video series inviting musicians from all over to play acoustic sets at some of the most fun and beautiful locations on Cape Ann. The series aims to combine the arts of video and live music in a creative way while exploring the beauty and culture of northeastern Massachusetts. Each video is produced by IN THE CAR, a local media company.

*Behind the scenes photos (by local photographer Danny Ebersole) can be seen here: http://ebersolephotography.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/an-acoustic-brew/


This Sunday at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport Music presents a new film “Guardians of the Gates: TheSurfboats” – filmed at the nation’s second busiest Coast Guard station–located right next to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The film was created by David Wittkower, a native of Rockport and a graduate of Rockport Elementary School. His parents still live in town! David’s coming in for the film and will participate in a post-screening Q&A with James Caulkett, Gloucester’s Harbormaster and a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Best, Gregg Sorensen

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Rockport Music

“Guardians of the Gates: The Surfboats”

Sunday, April 15, 4 PM

Film by David Wittkower

Guardians of the Gates takes a hard look at the elite Coast Guard Search & Rescue crews that conduct over 600 rescues a year. Filmed at the nation’s second busiest Coast Guard station–located right next to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco–Guardians gets an inside look at what makes these search and rescuers put their lives on the line every day, going out in extreme weather and waves that are over twenty five feet. With the camera crew riding along, you get a front seat ride as the Coast Guard crews are tested in life and death situations. Produced and Directed by David Wittkower, graduate of Rockport High School,1979 and winner of over 27 film festival awards, Guardians is his most intense film yet. The audience is invited to stay on after the film for a Q & A with the film maker David Wittkower and Gloucester Harbor Master and former Officer in Charge Boatswain Mate Senior Chief (ret) James Caulkett.

Tickets in advance or at the door: $9. www.rockportmusic.org or 978-546-7391

Shalin Liu Performance Center: 37 Main Street, Rockport, Massachusetts

United States Coast Guard Video Of The Plan B Sinking

Click Here For The Many Pictures and Videos of The Plan B We’ve Taken Here at Good Morning Gloucester

BOSTON — The 81-foot fishing vessel Plan B sank approximately eight miles east of Kennebunkport, Maine, after taking on water, Tuesday.

The two fishermen aboard were unable to control flooding and were rescued by a good Samaritan before the vessel sank about three and a half hours after it began taking on water in approximately 286 feet of water. A ruptured pipe may have caused the flooding.

Because the Plan B was listing on its port side, Coast Guard crews determined the boat wasn’t safe to board the vessel to pump the water out of the boat.

U.S. Coast Guard Station South Portland recovered the boat’s emergency beacon, life raft and several pieces of large debris.

The boat produced a diesel fuel sheen approximately 200-feet by 200-feet when it sank. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the area for pollution, including a scheduled trip to the site by a Station South Portland boatcrew in the morning.

The Coast Guard protects the maritime ecosystems and natural resources important to our national economy and
essential to the livelihood and way of life for coastal communities.

Catching Up With the Progress On The Bow to Stern Overhaul of Gloucester’s Coast Guard Cutter The Grand Isle

Huge thanks To Lieutenant Christjan Gaudio who is the Commanding Officer of the GRAND ISLE along with CWO Manny Munoz at Coast Guard Station Gloucester want to make our Coast Guard Station and Boats ingrained with the community, for you to feel welcome to ask questions and want you to know that they are here for you.

Lieutenant Gaudio forwards these photos and descriptions of the Grand Isle in the Coast Guard shipyard in Baltimore MD.

The first is a picture of GRAND ISLE coming up off the pier for our fleeting (this is a water test where they placed us in the water to ensure that the hull settled out following the replacement of 550 square feet of hull). cgc grand isle 1

The second picture is of the crew checking the seals and through hull fittings for leaks before being placed completely in the water

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The third picture is of us being lifted off the pier.

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The Grand Isle being pushed to the pier for the fleeting.

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Some of Lieutenant Gaudio’s crew standing in front of our new props prior to going into the water for fleeting.

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This is the barge used to lift 110 footer cutters out of the water.

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BM1 Monaghan being awarded his permanent cutterman’s pin.  This is a big moment in the professional life of a cutterman as it is symbolic of his attaining seniority in the service having accrued the sea time and professional competence necessary to be awarded the status of cutterman and to wear the cutterman’s pin permanently on his uniform.

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Grand Isle going into the water for fleeting.

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Grand Isle newly painted, going into the water.

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Click here for a slide show of the Grand Isle from Photos I’ve taken over the past 4 years-

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Where’s The Grand Isle Been? We Got The Pics From Gloucester’s Cutter Rebuild At The Coast Guard’s Baltimore Yard

Gloucester’s Coast Guard Cutter The Grand Isle was supposed to go for a simple overhaul lasting 8 weeks down in the Coast Guard’s Baltimore Shipyard.  26 weeks later and a ginormous laundry list of unexpected repairs has the Grand Isle crew eager to get back in the water and home to Gloucester.

Chief, Response Department  Thomas Morkan forwarded these pictures which will show you the repairs to the Grand Isle and the very next picture will be of the same exact position aboard sister ship The Jefferson Island for comparison’s sake.

click the pictures for the larger versions

First Pic Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island

Aft Berthing Grand Isle- Racks Removed,Lockers Removed, 25% of Decking Removed

Picture Right- Same Space aboard the Grand Isle During It’s Overhaul

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First Pic Engine Room Jefferson Island 28th September,2011

Second Pic Grand Isle Same View

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Left Pic Jefferson Island Engine Room Aft View

Right Grand Isle Both MDE’s Removed, Both Generators Removed, Exhaust Removed

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Left: Forward Passageway Jefferson Island

Right: Forward Passageway Grand Isle berthing stripped of racks and decking

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Left:Jefferson Island Galley

Right: Grand Isle Galley- All Equipment and Storage Removed

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Large Pieces Of Hull Plating On Gloucester’s USCG Cutter the Grand Isle Were Replaced One By One To Reduce Chances Of Hull Twist

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Both Shafts and Props Were removed.  Aft Steering Stripped (Steering Gear,Battery Chargers, AC System)

In Total More Than 500 Square Feet Of Hull Plating Replaced

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All photos courtesy Chief, Response Department  Thomas Morkan.

What many people may not know is that the entire crew of the Grand Isle has been removed from Gloucester and is with the Grand Isle in Baltimore.  When they left they thought they were going for a simple overhaul lasting 8 weeks.  Now going on 26 weeks they are most eager to return to their home port as our Gloucester USCG Cutter, The Grand Isle.

Stay tuned for updates to the overhaul and interviews with the crew, only here on www.goodmorninggloucester.com

Coast Guard Station Gloucester – Safe Boating Day – National Safe Boating Week

Coast Guard Station Gloucester to hold Safe Boating Day event
GLOUCESTER, Mass. – U.S. Coast Guard Station Gloucester will hold a Safe Boating Day event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 21, 2011 at their location on the waterfront.
The event is help to promote safe boating awareness though demonstrations and informational booths.
"The goal is to put all aspects of boating safety back in the public eye as we approach our spring and summer boating season," said Chief Warrant Officer Luis Munoz, the commanding officer of Station Gloucester.
The station will showcase an assortment of search and rescue demonstrations, boating under the influence information, flare demonstrations, commercial fishing vessel safety, tours of Station Gloucester and its vessels, structured boating and paddling safety and various informational booths.
Representatives include Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, State of Massachusetts Marine Environmental Protection, commercial fishing safety representatives and many others.
The event will be held at the station located at 17 Harbor Loop in Gloucester, Mass.
For more information about the event please contact Adam Smart at (978) 283-0705
For more information about this release contact 1st Coast Guard District Public Affairs at (617) 223-8515.

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47 Motor Life Boat Tour At USCG Station Gloucester With MK1 Kurt Lubbers

This is The First Part of A Ten Part Video Series-

CWO2 Luis Munoz extended an invitation to GMG to come down to the USCG Station Gloucester and see what it’s all about in anticipation of the upcoming Boating Safety Event. GMG Contributor Manny Simoes and I spent a fantastic morning at the station.

The entire crew at the Station was incredibly friendly and courteous and I can’t thank Chief Warrant Officer Munoz enough for the access he granted us..

In our first video we have FOB (Friend Of the Blog) Kurt Lubbers give us a tour or the inside compartments including the Survivors Compartment, Engine Room, Auxiliary Machinery Space, and All The Way Inside The Hold of The Boat.

You are cordially invited to attend US Coast Guard Station Gloucester’s Boating Safety Day.  This multi-partnered community event kicks off National Safe Boating Week on Saturday, May 21st, from 9am to 3pm and will take place at USCG Station Gloucester.  Our boating safety partners involved in this event include Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Power Squadron, State of Massachusetts Marine Environmental Protection, commercial fishing safety representatives and many others. The goal of this community event is to put all aspects of boating safety back in the public eye as we approach our spring and summer boating season.  We will showcase an assortment of search and rescue demonstrations, structured boating /paddling safety and Boating Under the Influence (BUI) forums, flare demonstrations, commercial fishing vessel safety, tours of Station Gloucester and vessels, as well as various informational booths.

Preview Pics- USCG 47’ Motor Life Boat

Here are a few preview pictures from tonight’s Behind the Black Gate video- look At USCG Station Gloucester. Look for the video at 5PM tonight.  GMG contributor Manny Simoes and I had almost complete full access.  the only room we couldn’t bring you was the control room with the computers.

In tonight’s video we bring you aboard, and down below the belly of the beast- the 47’ Motor life Boat with FOB (friend of the blog) and Coastguardsman MK1 Kurt Lubbers.

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BEHIND THE SCENES- USCG PRE-INTERVIEW WITH CWO2 LUIS MUNOZ

Here is a video from our Manny Simoes showing the pre-interview with CWO2 Luis Munoz over at the USCG Station Gloucester.  We have a multi-part video series coming your way which brings you inside the base, onto the boats, into the engine rooms of the vessels, and onto the roof.  I’m pretty sure you’re gonna like this series.

U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Crews Medically Evacuate Crewman from Gloucester Dragger Grace Marie

CAPE COD BAY, Mass. – U.S. Coast Guard crews medically evacuated a crewman from the Gloucester, Mass., based fishing vessel Grace Marie 10-miles north of Provincetown, Mass., Dec. 30, 2010.

Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders received a report from the Grace Marie captain that a 52-year old male had sustained an arm injury at approximately 11 p.m.

A HH-60 rescue helicopter crew, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Provincetown and the 87-foot Patrol Boat Tiger Shark launched immediately to aid the injured man.

A boarding team from the Tiger Shark stabilized the man and transferred him to the 47-foot Motor Life Boat to be hoisted by the helicopter crew at 12 a.m.

The man was transported by the helicopter crew to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Paul Frontiero Photo-

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This past June The Grace Marie Was Towed  178 By The Coast Guard as reported in this story

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