There were lots of GMG people at the block party, so there will certainly be loads of photos on the blog! I will post more over the few days, but I wanted to get this one up first of all. We love ya, Joey!
Submitted by Fred Bodin
I stopped by Capt. Joes, to see how Joey was doing, spent approximately 20 minutes watching Frankie working at top speed. Get Better Joey.
I think I figured it out. This has happened dozens of times. I lose track of Rubber Duck for a minute and the next thing I know she is perched onto another round shiny object.
Jamie at Stones Pub was describing how he was not really that sleep deprived even with one week old baby boy Cameron taking up some of his time lately and the next thing you know Rubber Duck has jumped off the bar.
So. Do you think Rubber Duck wants to be a mommy? I never got around to explaining the birds and the bees to RD and now I don’t know how to break it to her. Should I put out a call to Homie and get a nice seagull egg for Rubber Duck to sit on?
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The first day of the new year started with pre-plunge preparations and a spectacular brunch at Sista Felicia and Barry’s Always Warm and Welcoming Beautiful Home.
Wonder Woman, also know as Donna Ardizonni
More Three Amigos
Van Ness Family
GMG Chief and The Zip Line Kid
Happy New Year!
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Yesterday I was experiencing much frustration with wordpress, which has changed the manner in which photos are uploaded. My images were no longer “clickable,” meaning you click on the image to view a larger version of the file. I tried to figure out how to solve the problem through various blogging and wordpress forums, to no avail. After Much Time Wasted, I emailed our brilliant Editor-in-Chief this morning. Within five minutes Joey had responded with directions on how to upload with a new and improved method. I am self-admittedly not very techno savvy but Joey is ridiculous adept at all things techno and blogging.
We are so fortunate he is our Chief. In addition to posting his half dozen plus daily posts about community events, his humorous writings and rants, and gorgeous photos, behind the scenes he keeps the blog running smoothly and efficiently at all times, making it super easy for we contributors. Thanks for everything you do Chief!
Hi Joey, I thought readers might want to see what was in my inbox this morning:
Thank you for turning me on to Good Morning Gloucester. Every city (and town) should have an equivalent. What a great way to communicate enjoyments, appreciations, concerns, and complaints.”
We are truly blessed as a community to have a resource like Good Morning Gloucester. Thank you Joey and GMG team for all the good you have created, and continue to do, for our beloved community.
Our Fearless Leader
Thank you Passports for hosting the super delicious New Year’s Rocky Neck Pre-plunge breakfast! A wonderful time was had by all!! Beautiful Ciaramitaro family–video footage will have to wait until tomorrow– in the midst of making New Year’s dinner for my family. Happy New Year to All!
Laura Bly swung by the dock on July 8th as part of her tour of Gloucester for a story she would be producing. Well that story hit USA Today and the internet today.
Travel writer Laura said she decided to write this story after seeing a story that PR firm Matter Communications worked with one of her colleagues on about cruise ships coming to Gloucester. It ran in USA Today in April. Matter Communications is the PR firm in which my pal John McElhenny works and has been hired to promote Gloucester under the stewardship of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.
Congratulations to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and kudos to those local businesses who had the vision to hire Matter Communications and lead this positive PR campaign for Gloucester.
You can read it here-
GLOUCESTER, Mass. – Twenty years ago this October, a howling Nor’easter blindsided the New England coast and sank a Gloucester-based swordfish boat at sea with all six hands aboard. Author and then-resident Sebastian Junger weathered the tempest from town, and his best-selling account of the tragedy, The Perfect Storm, prompted a Hollywood film and a wave of visitors curious to learn more about America’s oldest seaport.
Even before the loss of the Andrea Gail and her crew, rampant overfishing by foreign vessels, dwindling fish stocks and stringent government regulations were deep-sixing a once-vibrant marine economy in Gloucester, less than an hour’s drive northeast of Boston.
PHOTOS: Gloucester’s charm and character
Now tourists — including a record 20,000 cruise-ship passengers expected this year — are challenging fishing as the town’s leading economic driver. While parts of the waterfront remain crumbling eyesores, a microbrewery and upscale restaurants have moved in. And that evolution continues to fuel a passionate debate about the close-knit community’s authenticity and seafaring future.
“A lot of the old-timers here are resistant to change,” says Heidi Wakeman, 41, who sells high-end tote bags made from recycled sailcloth at a local shop called Again and Again.
“There’s still a public hunger,” says Wakeman, for the iconic fisherman represented by Gloucester’s “Man at the Wheel,” a statue of an old salt in a slicker and sou’wester gazing resolutely toward the open sea.
I find it incredibly ironic that she writes in the top part of the story with a picture that-
The most iconic structure in Gloucester is the Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory, a marine paint factory built in 1863. Vacant since the 1980s, it has been purchased by the Ocean Alliance and will be used as a research and public outreach center.
In light of the proposed demolition.
For the entire Gloucester article from Laura Bly at USAToday click here
Here are some pictures of Laura and I that Craig Kimberly took while he was down the dock-(click pic for slideshow)
and here are some of my photos she used in the story on USAToday-
Here is good egg Heidi Wakeman who was quoted in the USAToday article talking about her feelings for Gloucester in a GMG interview 3 years ago-
and part II
Doug Silva who has been making some fantastic changes as manager at his father’s Topside Grill invited our posse to fill the newly renovated space with our photos. If you haven’t heard by now from Paul Morrison’s Seasonal Restaurant Openings list, The Topside will be opening April 1st.
We stopped by Saturday morning to drop off our work and I’ll be posting some images of each of our contributors with their pieces all week long. You can check it all out for yourself (and get some great grub) on the 1st at Topside grill.
Most of you may already know this but I think it bears repeating because I am sometimes guilty of making the same mistakes repeatedly.
When searching for airfares for my winter vacations I start early, about three months ahead of time and I check the regular websites for the best deals on flights. The main website I use is Kayak which gives you some pretty decent customization options as far as whittling down the exact flight times and non-stop flights so you can only be viewing flights that meet your criteria instead of 1000 or so flights that have 2 or more connections or are red-eyes.
I prefer early morning direct flight departures and mid day direct flight returns. Kayak allows me to do searches for the exact flights that meet my criteria.
The searches can be then filtered by cheapest price or best times or shortest route. The way I usually perform my search for the best flights is this-
I check off
- My flights are flexible (Plus/Minus 3 days)
- Depart Early
- Return Mid-day
Now I’ll check every other day or so until the flights I want come up within the prices that are reasonable to me. For Florida this means direct flights at the right times for anything under $235 and for the Caribbean anything under $400.
Once I see those flights coming up I go directly to the airline’s site for which that fare is listed to se if it is listed for cheaper on the Airline’s website. I figure that most times the airfare aggregator probably adds $10 or so to the costs to pay for their service. some times it will be listed a little cheaper on the Airline’s website, sometimes not but it’s always good to check IMO.
Now here is the thing though that even I who I consider to be a pretty informed and savvy web travel person still to this day forget at times in the excitement to book a great deal.
Firstly there are the baggage fees that should be taken into consideration.
Here is an airline baggage fee chart from Kayak for reference-
American Airlines charges $25 for your first checked bag on domestic travel.
Jet Blue offers the first checked bag as free.
So when comparing the two 9 times out of ten I will book the cheapest fare the way it is listed on the Kayak site but forget about the baggage fees. A $225 flight to Miami on American actually will cost you more than a $240 flight to Miami on Jet Blue if you check one bag, but it won’t be listed that way on either kayak or on the individual Airline’s respective websites. now $15 isn’t a whole lot but then if you consider that you might be flying with a partner or children and it turns out to be three checked bags that would be $45 each way equals $90. Ideally you can travel light and avoid checked bags all together but in many instances that is just not a reality.
The next point that I would like to make is that not all airlines are created equal and some don’t have TV or Internet on them. I don’t know about you but I would gladly pay an extra $30 for round trip airfare anywhere in the country that offered tv and/or internet in the seatbacks in front of you.
So now lets take the above instance of the flight to Miami on American for $225 which doesn’t have internet and only has a couple of TV’s in the middle of the aisles for which you may or may not have a decent view of and charges you an extra $25 for your checked bag.
$240 for a flight without a checked bag fee on a newer Jet Blue plane which offers wifi internet and individual TV’s in each seat is an absolute bargain.
Take your time when you are booking your flights and figure out what the baggage fees will be along with if the airline has wifi on your flight. A flight to Vegas with internet access will literally FLY BY a whole lot quicker with the internet to distract you, I guarantee it.
Many people have asked to buy my pictures and I’ve long refused but I’ve decided with the holidays coming up I’d give people an opportunity to get some holiday shopping done early and at the same time give the people who ask if there is any way they could support the blog a way to cut down on some of my hosting expenses and the like.
Most people charge upwards of $25 for an 8×10 photo but I decided that I’d start the pricing at $15 and give folks a break incrementally the more they buy. So if you would like to support the effort I put into the blog and want to bang out some holiday shopping early check out the pictures and email me at email@example.com with the picture number(s) you would like and your address and I will mail them to you. Each photo will come in a protective sleeve ready for gifting. All photos will come sans the Good Morning Gloucester Watermark.
You may not dig my photography but want a way to say thanks for the work put in. If so, here’s your chance.
click the picture below to see the set and to select any pictures you might like
|Number of Pictures||Cost|
|10 +1 Free Picture||$100|
Shipping cost will be $2.99 total for any amount ordered.
email firstname.lastname@example.org (that’s me) to place an order and I’ll email you the details
Also If my photography is not something you are interested in and are looking for something else- consider Sharon’s 2011 Calendar, they make great gifts as well
This video tells in song the real reason Joey’s getting Waxed
He’s so Vain!
Joey was at the Framer’s Market having fun cutting a symbolic ribbon with the Mayor etc…nut I caught him doing an interview, he never stops…