Gloucester till the End!

Update from Frankie Gentile-

Just an Update –

Earl will be in town during Fiesta and will be playing a show Thursday Night of Fiesta down at Captian Carlos along with EXIT 11 with a portion of the proceeds going to the JJ Nicastro Fund. It will be a great night of Music, and a chance to hear this great song LIVE!

Earl and Arch

Here is a song by two friends of mine Earl and Arch. They both are Gloucester natives but now live in The St. Pete Beach area of Florida. Earl wrote this song a while back. I put some of my own video and stills together and grabbed some of the net. This should be the official GMG song.

View From The Cupola At The Blue Sky Farm In Essex, Ma

Here is the view of the Essex River from the tippity top of the cupola at The Blue Sky Farm in Essex which I’ve been chronicling since the construction began last July.  The pads for the windmill look tiny in the first picture to give you an idea of how high up it is.   Look for the first part of my interview with John Donovan, the man behind Blue Sky Farm at 2:00PM    To see the slide show of the construction from frame to it’s present state click this text.

Ernestina to be launched today!

From the  Schooner Ernestina Blog-

Dear Friends of Ernestina,

Ernestina is scheduled to be launched Thursday about 10 a.m. and Annie, Manny and I are planning to be there. We visited her last week and she is coming along very well and looks beautiful – at least the front half! Save the dates and pass this along to all.

Ernestina Operational Schedule May 5-9, 2009*

  • Tuesday, May 5 TBD Depart Boothbay Harbor, ME

  • Wednesday, May 6 – Noon Arrive in Gloucester, Maritime Heritage Center

  • Thursday, May 7 – 9:00AM Depart Gloucester

12:00PM  Arrive in Boston, Rowes Wharf

(Charlestown Navy Yard is the back-up)

  • Friday, May 8 –  0600 Depart Boston

12:30PM Arrive Cape Cod Canal

2:30PM  Depart Cape Cod Canal

Sunset Arrive off New Bedford

  • Saturday, May 9 Noon Dock at State Pier, New Bedford

* Schedule subject to change. For safety reasons, the vessel will only travel in a gentle to moderate breeze and not in inclement weather.

The Commission’s Marketing and Special Events subcommittee is working on celebratory/fundraiser events for each stop and as soon as the details are firmed up, I will certainly pass them along.

I am pleased to announce that Leah Jeffries has returned as our Visitors Services Supervisor through September.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Fair Winds and Following Seas!

Paul Brawley

Executive Director

Home Price Article From the Wall Street Journal and GMG House Price Poll

Good Egg and Big Time Gloucester Businesswoman Ruth Pino forwarded  this article to me-

click the highlighted text below for the full article

Home Prices Sink Again, but Pace Is a Bit Slower Drop of 18.6% for February Is Widespread, With Half of Markets Posting Steeper Declines Than in the Previous Month

By SUDEEP REDDY Home prices fell sharply in February, but for the first time in 16 months the annual pace of deterioration slowed. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index measuring home prices across 20 major cities declined 18.6% in February from a year earlier. That marked a slight improvement from January’s 19% annual decline, but half of the cities posted deeper declines than in prior months. On a monthly basis, home prices fell 2.2% from January.

I wonder if interest rates crept up if things would get seriously ugly around here.

I’m shocked that there hasn’t been a big woosh down but it seems like the big time problem areas in the country are the places where there was a ton of open land to build on and the low interest rates fueled an explosion in supply of new homes.

It will be interesting to see what comes next.

I keep hearing of more and more layoffs but hardly see anyone losing their homes.

Either the banks are keeping the foreclosures a great big secret or they just arent happening as rapidly as I would have thought with all the job losses.

I have no idea how a young family affords a house and health insurance these days.

What do you think will happen with local home prices?

Beautiful Industry- Controls Aboard The Stanley Thomas

You don’t suppose these controls have seen their fair share of use do you?