Monthly Archives: December 2017

GloucesterCast 256 With Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/10/17

GloucesterCast 256 With Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/10/17

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Timestamped Topics (click on the timestamp in front of each topic to go directly to that topic) Include:

WE WANT EVERY ONE OF YOU TO COME TO THE GMG 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY / HOLIDAY PARTY DECEMBER 16TH AT CAPE ANN GICLEE

06:25 Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT THE GMG CONTRIBUTORS. CHECK OUT THEIR HOLIDAY OFFERINGS

Review of Middle Street Walk Activities

Kudos To The Gloucester Police and Fire Departments
Lobster Trap Tree Lighting
Picked Out A Christmas Tree At Cape Ann Marina- Leeman Landscaping Reasonably Priced Nice Full Tree- Are There Less Places Selling Trees This Year?
Blow Up Ornamentals Decorating Outdoors- Can’t Go Half Way  Madeline Says You’re Either All In Or Just A few Outdoor Decorations Can’t Get Stuck Half Way.
Harbor Voices
O’Maley Middle School fundraiser last week for O’Maley Academy “Holiday Showcase” sneak preview at Shrek Jr. performance first two weekends in March.  Our middle school spy tells me our friend Nate from To Kill a Mockingbird will star in one of the casts for Shrek Jr.
Feather and Wedge Book Signing Rockport Through The Ages Photographs From The Sandy Bay Historical Society- Charles Cleaves December 14th
Snowstorms rural vs urban
A Note To Restaurant owners- OLD PEOPLE LIKE US CAN’T READ TINY TYPE ESPECIALLY IN DIMLY LIT SITUATIONS

Call To Action Paprika Grill-

Giancarlo Stanton Signed With The Yankees And Unless The Red Sox Make Some Type Of Crazy Move They May As Well Pack It In Next Year.

TRMENDOUS TURNOUT AT THE GLOUCESTER HOUSE FOR “THE INNVER VOICE AND THE OUTER WORLD”

“There is a great need for veterans and the families of veterans to tell their own stories to audiences who are receptive and willing to listen.” Dorothy Nelson, from the book’s introduction.

Today’s book launch of The Inner Voice and the Outer World was a resounding success. The book is a compilation of writings by veterans and their families from the Gloucester Writer’s Center “Cape Ann Veterans Writing Workshop” (2013 -2017), which was taught by the book’s editor, Dorothy Nelson. Many of the contributors were at the event to read excerpts of their poems and stories and to sign books. Shaped by the author’s experiences in 20th and 21st century wars, the stories shared were deeply moving. Readers and audience were in many instances moved to tears.

Virginia Frontiero McKinnon

The Gloucester House was packed, so much so, that Lenny opened up the adjoining second function room to accommodate the overflow of people.

Best wishes and congratulations to the Writer’s Center, Ms. Nelson, and the contributors for sharing the stories of our local veterans and their loved ones.

The contributors are:

ALMA HART

JAMES GRIGG

HEATHER DUPONT

EDWARD KAZNOCHA

STAN FEENER

SUSAN FREY

FRANCIS J. SULLIVAN

MARTIN RAY

MARC LEVY

MELVIN P. OLSON

MARIA LANE

MARY CONNELLY

VIRGINIA FRONTIERO MCKINNON

CONNIE CONDON

LINDA NILES NX

TOM SAROFEEN

CHARLES STEINER

To purchase The Inner Voice and the Outer World, mail a check to the Gloucester Writers Center at 126 East Main Street, Gloucester MA 01930. Please make the check to the Gloucester Writers Center and at the bottom of the envelope write: re: Veterans Book. The book costs $15.00. plus mailing. 

 

 

This could be the end of GMG – but YOU might be able to save it!

No, I’m not kidding.  On Thursday, the FCC will most likely vote to repeal Net Neutrality, the rule that prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from slowing down (a.k.a. throttling) or blocking websites and streaming services.  This means Comcast will be allowed to block your access to GMG for any reason they like.  And they could charge GMG a fee in order to have the block removed.  You and Joey and I will have no recourse.

But it gets worse.  If you have a small business, Comcast could also block your website and force you to pay a premium to get the block removed.  The technology exists for Comcast to block your Facebook page if they like and Facebook will have no recourse to prevent that.

As you might guess, there are those who favor repealing Net Neutrality, namely people at Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.  FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, who proposed the repeal, is the former Associate General Council for Verizon where he handled competition matters, regulatory issues, and counseling of business units on broadband initiatives.  Perhaps now you’re getting the picture.

Ajit Pai has called Net Neutrality “a solution in search of a problem” which conveniently ignores the many times ISPs did exactly what we’re afraid of until the FCC came to our rescue.  See examples here.  Once Net Neutrality is repealed, the FCC will no longer be able to come to our rescue.

Imagine if the phone company decided to block calls to your mother in Iowa because whatever phone company she uses out there doesn’t want to pay a premium to allow calls from Massachusetts.

“That sort of thing has never happend,” you might say.  And you’d be right.  Because phone companies aren’t allowed to block calls or redirect them or add static or interfere with the sound or video quality  — all things that ISPs will be allowed to do without the Net Neutrality rules.  But wait!  Do you have VOIP from Comcast?  Or Verizon?  Or AT&T?  Better call your mom now and explain why you might not be able to call her after Thursday.

And while you’re at it, you might want to call your congressman Seth Moulton (202) 225-8020 and Senators Ed Markey 617-565-8519 and Elizabeth Warren (617) 565-3170.  Ask them to pressure the FCC not to repeal Net Neutrality.  And if that doesn’t work, perhaps congress can make Net Neutrality the law of the land.

This is serious folks.  The time to act is now.

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Gloucester!

Last night in a light snow we lit the Lobster Trap Tree, thanks to Art Haven, a lot of volunteers and children who showed up and painted the buoys.  The light snow yesterday brought a special magic to the city.  Merry Christmas from Gloucester!!!

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