Monthly Archives: July 2015

Looking For Some Local GMG Volunteers To Test Free Dog Tag Prototypes For Church St Press

churchstpresspageChurch Street Press is making tags from old typewriter keys and is currently looking for a few good volunteers…


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Church Street Press is making dog tags from old typewriter keys and is currently looking for 15 to 20 people that would be interested in taking part in some end-product testing for these tags.  The testing is centered around the particulars of the type of protective finish that is applied to the tag after it is made.

What you get:  A free tag!  Two actually.  Read on for more info…

What you need to do:  Once you get your tag, provide me with regular updates on its appearance–wear and oxidation–for the next three months. Sending a photo once every couple of weeks is fine.  At the end of the test period, I will select the best finish per the testing results, and you will receive a coupon code for another free tag.

If you are interested in taking part, please send an email to and I will get back to you.

My First Post As A Beach Body Coach

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My First post as a COACH! If you want to try it, let me know!****YUM. Vanilla Shakeology with spinach, blueberries, strawberries, almond milk, water and ice. Healthy and delicious. Not sure how I could live without this in my diet. ‪#‎shakeology‬‪#‎21dayfix‬

If you would like to try it out and see the results that made me a huge believer and Coach check it out here-



Finished Lower Body workout this morning. Best part of it, I was able to do a load of laundry, run the dishwasher and throw muffins (for Connor) in the oven. Never thought I would enjoy working out at home or become a COACH for Beachbody. #21dayfix

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From our friend Stephanie Palazola O’Neil

Palazola’s has been a staple on Main Street for 40 years.  Jack and Linda are retiring and we will miss them.  Stephanie send me the information regarding the sales that are currently happening, 50% off of everything except for bicycles (which are 20% off Schwinn and 30% off all other models). There are GREAT deals to be had–from sneakers and cleats to skates and tennis racquets to air mattresses, boogie boards and life vests! Nike, Bogs,UnderArmour, Columbia, New Balance,Woolrich, etc, etc… Everything must go! They are also still looking for a buyer for their two embroidery machines as well as their bike shop business. Anyone interested can call Jack at the store at 978-283-9180.   Also I wish to thank Good Morning Gloucester for always helping local businesses!   Steph

We Will Miss Palazola’s Sporting Goods In A Huge Way

Throwback post to 2008-


Posted on August 7, 2008

Palazola’s Sporting Goods, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Yesterday I stopped by Palazola’s to visit my buddy Stephanie who happened to be off for the day.

What I didn’t realize because I haven’t been in there for so long is what a local treasure the place is.  In one store you can get sneakers, skates sharpened, bike repair, tennis racket re-strung, custom monogramming, Gloucester Pro baseball caps, customized local sports imprints, and much much much more.  It is amazing how many sporting goods and sporting goods services that they cram under that one roof.

If you haven’t been by in a while, stop by and see just how much they offer.

I had a feeling when I went in to get Matt Johnson’s Gloucester best Bartender Award Engraved and they told me that the engraving equipment had been sold and then just days later bumping into Jack Palazola getting coffee, he gave us the press release about the Bike shop being for sale, that this was afoot.

We are all really going to miss this place.  How quickly they would turn around monogrammed items or iron-on lettering on shirts or if you needed a certain kind of socks, or my favorite boots for work- BOGs.  They seemed to be the one place where you could get it all without having to go to the mall.  Let me say it again- WE WILL ALL MISS PALAZOLA’S SPORTING GOODS TERRIBLY.

Thank you so much to the Palazola family for the incredible service to our community throughout the decades.  There will never be another that could ever fill this kind of family dedicated community service establishment in the sporting goods space like Palazola’s did.

To Jack and Linda you both deserve the very best in life and I hope your days of not having to get up to manage the store are filled with happiness.

Eastern Point Before and After Thunderstorm Photos AND WHIMSICAL WHIMBRELS!

Gloucester storm 2015On my way home from work several days ago. I stopped to take a photo of the fast and furious oncoming storm. To my utter delight I spotted a pair of whimbrels feeding alongside the mallards at the water’s edge however, to my dismay, I only had my still camera. They didn’t allow for close-up photography and flew off in the direction of Brace Rock as soon as this human was noticed. Returning with movie camera after the storm to see if they were still in the neighborhood, they were not, and have not been spotted since.

Whimbrels East Gloucester Massachusetts july 25 ©Kim Smith 2015The only other time I have seen a pair of whimbrels, or any whimbrels for that matter, was at Good Harbor Beach several years ago, in mid-September. Whimbrels breed in the Arctic, departing in July for parts further south. It seems early in the season for them to have begun their southward migration, or perhaps they have been here all along. I wonder if any of our readers have spotted whimbrels?

Gloucester storm ©Kim Smith 2015

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