GloucesterCast With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Sista Felicia and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/30/14


GloucesterCast With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Sista Felicia and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/30/14

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Topics Include: Topics Include: Coconut Licking The Mic, Foreign Affairs, Als Cafe, Top 4 Restaurants On The North Shore, Duckworths, The Franklin, Passports, Latitude 43, Seaport Grill,  The Blue Ox, The Cheesecake Factory, Ithaki, Artu in the North End, Modern Pastry vs Mike’s Pastry,  Lexington Ave Resurgence, Innovation House in Magnolia, 525, Donna Ardizzoni, Larry and Misty From Glosta Joes Kickstarter, Village Market, The Surf, Edgewater Cafe, Bruni’s, Willow Rest, Mariposa Sale, Art McCann and The Petition About The Petition, Spring Sports, The Information Needed To Sign Up Kids For Sports Nowadays, Indoor Sport Facilities Making Sports Year Round, Participation Awards



Cape Ann Milkweed Project Update and HarborWalk Gardens Cleanup Update

Thank you so much everyone for your enthusiasm to plant more milkweed! What a terrifically caring bunch of FOBs we have here on GMG, and a what a terrific response to come home to! I apologize for my delayed response. I was in NYC with family celebrating our son’s 21st birthday. In the next few days, we’ll post the official order form. The projected pick up date will be the third Saturday or Sunday morning in May, the 17th or 18th, at Captain Joe and Sons. More details to follow!

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HarborWalk Update: The HarborWalk Butterfly Gardens Cleanup is postponed until Sunday, April 6th at 10:00. We’ll meet in the parking lot in front of the Gloucester House. Sharpen your pruners and come on down and learn about some of the native beauties planted at the gardens! Thank you to everyone who is planning to come. You don’t need to be a gardener to lend a hand and I will have extra pruners and rakes available.

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Dr. Emmel at Sierra Chincua interview update: The interview short film is almost ready to post!! I am waiting on a few images from the University of Florida.

Monarch Butterflies at Sierra ChincuaMonarchs Awakening at Sierra Chincua Biosphere Reserve ~ click image to view larger.

Seasonal Opening Part III: Rubber Duck filling out her dance card

As you’re pumping out the basement of your restaurant today, washing the lobster bibs, and shining up the nutcrackers make sure you refresh your website and Facebook page. Better yet, send an invite for opening day to all the people who really “liked” you.

Top Dog with a bit a snow
They shoveled out the entrance. Come on down!

Top Dog of Rockport opened yesterday. Hot Chihuahua in the rain?
Red Sox Opening Day in Baltimore Monday March 31.
Topside Grill Tuesday April 1.
Lobster Pool in Folly Cove: Friday, April 4 then weekends rest of April
Red Sox Home Opener next Friday April 5.
Captain Carlos Thursday April 10. Their COUNTDOWN on the right is just weird.
The Rudder Thursday April 10 5 PM
Lobstaland Friday April 11.
Goose Cove Gardens two weeks April 12.
Cape Ann Wale Watch first trip: Saturday, 1:30 PM April 19
Marshall’s Farmstand the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend May 23. Get a farmer Bob card and save.
The Cupboard, around the same time as Marshall’s.
First GMG MugUp at the Madfish Pier. EJ?

Sunday March 30th , 2014 Coastal Flood Threat Cape Ann ..

Not much flooding occurred at midday high tide , took a quick video cast to share with u . More concerned with tonight’s tide and Monday’s with cutoff LP south of us spinning in and generating a NE fetch off the ocean .. Rain should let up now with a return tonight and Monday , with colder air being drawn down from the north can’t rule out some snow shower activity getting involved as LP slowly moves off to the east ….
Also NE winds will begin to pick up late today and strengthen through Monday !

Pics from today’s High tide..






HAMILTON-WENHAM, MA, March 18, 2014 – On Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, the Hamilton-Wenham Mother’s Club (HWMC) will host the 3rd Annual Fast Chicks 5K. The Fast Chicks 5k is a women’s-only race/walk designed to celebrate active women everywhere.  

New this year:  Girls 13 and under can register for only $15.  Plus the race will be chip-timed for the first time using the MyLaps Bib Tag System.

For this 3rd annual race all monies raised will support Wellspring House, a local non-profit dedicated to empowering individuals and families to live more secure lives through basic needs assistance, education and job training.

“The Fast Chicks 5K is more than just a road race,” says Jessica Minnaar, chair of the race. “It’s a call to action to celebrate the active roles women take as community leaders. To contribute to women’s interest charities and to empower each other, our mothers, our friends, and our daughters to lead, not follow. And it’s also one heck of a way to have fun!”

Although the Fast Chicks 5k is a women’s only run, race organizers auction off a bib number to one wicked lucky “rooster” (male) who will get to join the field and race along side the field of women. To join the fun and submit your bid, visit our facebook page.

The Fast Chicks 5K is only possible with the support of sponsors and volunteers.  Please contact us at to sign up to volunteer. 

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014, rain or shine

Location: Patton Park Start, park at the Winthrop School

Fee: $27

Start Time: 8 a.m. day-of registration, 9:15 a.m. start

To Register: Visit to download a registration form for Fast Chicks 5K run/walk or sign-up online. Race Packets can be picked up at North Beverly’s New England Running Company on Friday, May 2nd, 2014. While there, race participants can join a raffle to win a free pair of running shoes.

In order to be guaranteed a t-shirt, participants must register by Thursday, April 18th. All runners are asked to arrive prepared for a 9:15 a.m. start. If registering day-of, registration begins at 8 a.m. For questions please email Jessica Minnaar at

Wellspring House

For more information, please visit

Mood Music

So, it isn’t so much that I’ve never been a fan of John Legend until now, it’s just that I hadn’t really given him much thought.  I’m not sure I could have named one of his songs and whenever I heard his name mentioned as a tremendous artist, I felt kind of indifferent.   I kind of kept on meaning to remember to look into what all the buzz was about, but then never did.

That having been said, DEAR LORD, if his song “All of Me” doesn’t do it for you then you’re one tough cookie. Seriously, a six-pack of grapefruit beer and this song and I’m a happy girl.  While I realize he is singing to his super model wife, the warm fuzzies are all mine.  In my humble opinion, there is nothing quite like some excellent lyrics.  I’m a huge fan of words.  So, put some great words into a good song and I’m hooked.

All kidding aside, if this song doesn’t set the mood for a fantastic evening, you’re going to have to tell me what does!  Well, maybe don’t go far as telling me what it takes to set your mood.  That’s just weird.  BUT, any other great songs out there with amazing lyrics….feel free to share.

Disclaimer:    I should note, that as I write this, my husband is asleep on the couch and my younger son is in bed next to me because, “he’s sad that E.T. went home and Elliot will never see him again.”

So, clearly I am no expert on mood music….



Ohana Starts Third Season in Gloucester

Ohana Starts Third Season in Gloucester

Chef Enx Continues Vision Featuring New American Cuisine

Ohana’s husband and wife team of Enx and Alyssa Dadulas is excited to start their third season featuring “New American cuisine, coupling local ingredients with French and Italian techniques, with an Asian influence.” It’s Chef Enx’s interpretation of all types of food. Chef Enx honed his skills as an executive chef in the kitchens of the legendary Roy Yamaguchi in Hawaii, and locally with renowned Boston chefs Barbara Lynch and Jean Joho of Brasserie Jo. In addition to a la carte offerings, creative sushi and a bar menu, Ohana features a prix fixe menu (available with or without wine pairings)

Ohana’s menu features local and regionally-sourced food from the land and sea with a tasty twist that brings in Asian spices from his background. A truly unique offering is butterfish which is marinated black cod accompanied by tempura green beans and vegetable sushi; two sauces of wasabi butter and uni butter complete this popular offering. The lunch menu includes a mixed Hawaiian plate of Teriyaki Grilled Salmon, Mongolian Pork Ribs & Blackened Shrimp. Of course, there are also tuna burgers, great sandwiches (such as a very unique duck pastrami) and creative takes on sushi. For meat lovers, there is the Big Kahuna burger and a kalbi marinated ribeye steak.

Having a prix fixe menu allows Chef Enx to show his talents with many different cuisines from Bolognese sauce with house made pasta to Peruvian chicken. Instead of running specials, Ohana changes its prix fixe menu weekly to take advantage of fresh local ingredients.

Everything from the warm rosemary focaccia served when people sit down to the out of sight desserts such as the delectable melting chocolate soufflé is made on premises. Ohana also features cocktails using locally made Ryan & Wood products including a Coastal Dog Cooler which is marketed in conjunction with Coastal Dog Apparel, a locally owned swimsuit company. Ohana loves to host and cater parties and has done so for a variety of businesses and families.

At Ohana, the name says it all. Ohana means family and you will be treated like family when you are there. Alyssa says “We see the restaurant as a family place—and it’s our family, too.”

Ohana is at 151 Main Street in Gloucester, 978-283-3200,


Due to rain predicted, clean up is postponed until Sunday, April 6th at 10:00am.  Thank you everyone who was and is planning to come. You don’t need to be a gardener to lend a hand and I will have extra pruners and rakes available.

Join us Sunday, April 6th at 10:00am (weather permitting). We are going to be cleaning up the HarborWalk butterfly gardens. Sharpen your pruners and come on down and learn about some of the native beauties planted at the gardens!

GHW I4-C2 view of general store

A Murmuration-

A flock of starlings is called a murmuration.

I’ve witnessed this phenomenon happen over the Americold Freezer in East Gloucester looking at it from the front of our dock.  It’s pretty wild to witness.  It seems they flock together and prepare for migration because if I remember correctly it happen in late fall.

Reimagining Railroad Meeting at City Hall

Reimagining Railroad and Maplewood and …

Gloucester Community Development / Metropolitan Planning Area Council

Catt Ryan submits-

Hey Joey,

Last night, Community Development partnered with the Metropolitan Planning Area Council (MAPC) to host the first in a series of discussions about Gloucester’s railroad station and the surrounding area.  Along with all the other robust planning that is ever constant, this interactive meeting was an extra special focus on what transit oriented attention and development might mean for Gloucester. Gloucester Planning Director, Gregg Cademartori, gave a great introduction.

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Eric Halvorsen introduced the team from MAPC, which helps town generally within the wide swath of I-95. I met Eric last fall  at a MA Smart Growth event he was part of. It featured Fred Kent of Project for Public Space and one of our site walks that day considered spaces and transit areas at Harvard. Halvorsen explained that there are 280 or so transit stops in Massachusetts. He enthusiastically gushed, “They are precious and finite”– and therefore merit our attention. These transit hubs account for 5% of the geography of the state, and cover 37% of the jobs. The state considers Gloucester’s railroad station as an ‘urban gateway’, one of 10 types of transit stop categories they’ve identified in MA.  Salem, Beverly and Haverhill are other examples of this urban gateway category.

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The evening ended with three tables of break out discussions. Topics swirled, and questions prompted responses and exchanges. Connections to other areas downtown were mentioned, Gloucester’s past, and the railroad station area as a gateway. We wondered together what people thought it might be like soon and many, many years from now.  Creative ideas and similar words and phrases oscillated throughout Kyrouz like air-popped kernels: emphasis on sidewalks, signage, streets (Washington Street, Maplewood, Prospect, Railroad Avenue, Dale and Pleasant), seniors, bike rentals, safety, young families, terms such as “soft and hardscaping”, public space, shade, paving one side (like the HarborWalk), green energy, beach buggies, maker spaces, lighting, artists and other professionals, trees,  wayfinding, future businesses, pedicabs, mixed use, residences, single stories, design, the stores folks value now, the Jeff Weaver mural, the supermarket, Dunkin Donuts, the restaurants.

Community Development and MAPC will share results from these conversations and offer their take, research and observation. Our input will inform the process,  and there’s funding queued up.

There will be two more public meetings and they’re sure to be interesting … make sure you come if you can for the next ones, and for any that Community Development organizes.

For the Railroad discussions, send in ideas and comments and/or sign up for updates on any future meetings with:

Eric Halvorsen

Gregg Cademartori


Community Stuff 3/30/14


Thanks to the Friends of Seacoast the residents enjoyed their St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Irish Step Dancers, A Baby Farm Animal Visit by Barn Babies, the weekly concerts and the monthly dinner theater by professional entertainers included The Honky Tonk Women, Freddie Arabian and Dave Burns.

The Friends of Seacoast enhance the resident’s lives at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with hours of enjoyment by providing the finances needed for the special entertainment, supplies and community outings. Any and all donations to “The Friends of Seacoast” are gratefully accepted.

We are looking forward to many upcoming events with the support of the Friends of Seacoast including a Red Sox “Home Opener” Celebration with Fenway favorite snacks, weekly Musical Entertainment, Dinner Theater with catered foods from local restaurants, Community Outings and more…

The next Friends of Seacoast meeting is scheduled for

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

The Cape Ann Museum received a grant from “Mass Humanities” and has been offering Seacoast an on going program scheduled from September 2013 through June 2014 called “The Power of Place”

This artistic expression project has included poetry, painting, a museum tour and art demonstrations within the Seacoast facility.

The next visit titled “Art Celebration” scheduled for April 24th, will exhibit residents artwork.

In collaboration with Cape Ann Giclee and the donations from local Artists, Seacoast is looking to bring the residents of the memory impaired unit back home through a program entitled “Scenes of Cape Ann”

Canvases of Images of familiar places and events on Cape Ann will be on permanent display and will bring memories and comfort to the seniors on the Alzheimer’s care unit.

An Open House Art Show “Scenes of Cape Ann” will be held on Saturday, May 17th 2-3:30 PM at Seacoast exhibiting the canvases. A DVD of all the donated images will be shown.

All contributors will be welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Alison Cox

Activities Director

Ghostlight Chorus, an a cappella choir based in New York City, was in residence on Cape Ann this past week, sponsored by Rockport Music’s Education and Outreach programs. Presentations and workshops were given to chorus, orchestra, and chamber music students at Rockport Middle and High Schools, and to students at West Parish Elementary School in Gloucester.  Rockport High School Madrigals, who had been working with choral director Patti Pike in preparation for the residency, workshopped, rehearsed, and performed with an a cappella quintet from the Ghostlight Chorus at the free Community Concert on Thursday March 27 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. The concert was sponsored by the Summer Star Foundation for Nature Art and Humanity. Rockport High School students taking part were Emma Brousseau, Miles Bryan, Nick Endicott, Annabelle Harling, Alexandra Legendre, Jane Quirk, Kiva Trumbour, Katrina Tuck, Cady Whitley,  Myles Wrinn. Evelyn Troester is the Artistic Director and Conductor of Ghostlight Chorus.


The Pub is hosting a Beer Dinner on April 1st at 6 p.m.

We’ve put together a great five course menu paired with our beer. The night is limited to 50 spots, and they are going quick.


Nick Chapman

Cape Ann Brewing Co.



Spring Greening at Rockport’s April 5th Town Meeting

Rockport Middle School in conjunction with Project 351 is proud to announce “Spring Greening.”  Our Project 351 representative Grace Collins is coordinating this program.

Grace Collins is Rockport Middle School’s eighth grade Ambassador to Governor Deval Patrick’s Project 351.  Project 351 is designed to bring together 8th graders from each Massachusetts school district to “serve, develop leadership skills, and discuss issues critical to young people and their communities.”  With the help of Principal Conrad and School Counselor Ms. Chace at the Middle School, Grace is organizing this clothing collection from March 31st through April 11th.  Through a partnership with Project 351, the clothes will be donated to Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization that provides care packages of clothing and other items to homeless and low-income children in Boston and beyond.  “This project is a great way to make the world a little better,” says Grace, “helping the community with their spring cleaning, encouraging recycling of gently used clothes for a good cause, and helping kids that aren’t as lucky as we are here in Rockport.”  We are proud to support Grace in this leadership endeavor and know that she will make it a great success.

Rockport residents planning to attend the next Town Meeting on April 5th are invited to bring along any gently used children’s (infant through small adult) clothing they would like to donate to support a middle school student’s Spring Greening project. 

Grace was originally going to promote Spring Greening just within the school community, until she learned that the Town Meeting was right in the middle of the collection period. She’s hoping that Rockport residents, perhaps with children that have headed off to college, or with preschoolers or grandchildren, will find gently used clothes to add to the Spring Greening effort.  Students will be on hand to help direct the clothing collection.  For more information aboutSpring Greening, Project 351, or anything else related to the project please contact Ms. Anne-Marie Chace at Rockport Middle School at 978 546 1250.



SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2:00-4:00 PM
Moderator:  Ward 5 City Councilor  Bill Fonvielle
In January, Bill Fonvielle came to Magnolia to listen to his constituents.
Many ideas were exchanged and the group present decided to organize a
town meeting in April to discuss the commercial revitalization of Magnolia.
It turned out that some major players already had plans underway that
could revitalize the face of Magnolia’s main street. Some of them have
agreed to be panelists at the April 6 meeting (see above) and discuss
their plans.  This meeting  will give the community a chance to focus on
efforts they might support  that would benefit Magnolia.
All residents are encouraged to attend!