Community Photos 12/15/13

Hi Joey,

A number of swans gathered on Beck Pond in Hamilton over the past week.  When I first saw them, there were ten and then over the next few days, there were thirteen – six adults and seven youngsters, it appeared.  On Tuesday morning, I noticed several of them getting out of the water and up onto the ice.  When I checked back a short while later, they were all gone.  A friend who is an avid birder, told me that over the week, they had been flocking together into a community that would then migrate together.  Had I continued to watch as they got up onto the ice, I would have seen them get into the classic “V” formation and then take off!  I missed that sight, but very much enjoyed the beauty and grace of the birds during the week.  I thought that I would share one of the photos that I took of them!

Gail Byrnes

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“Displaced By Fishing War” by Sean Horgan

Excellent article in the Gloucester Daily Times, written by Sean Horgan, published December 12, 2013.

“Joe Orlando still wakes up in the night, when the wind is whistling, and wonders if he should go down to the Gloucester House and make sure the Padre Pio’s lines are secure.

There still are days when the longtime Gloucester fisherman, as if lured by something invisible and irresistible, finds himself heading toward the dock to check on his boat.

“I say to myself, ‘What am I doing’?” Orlando said.

He is doing what he’s done for the past 30 years, what he’s done since he bought the 65-foot steel fishing boat in 1983 in partnership with his sister Angela Sanfilippo and her husband John.

There’s only problem: Orlando no longer owns the Padre Pio.”

Read the full article here:

Displaced by Fishing War: Gloucesterman haunted by urge to go to sea and loss of vessel

Padre Pio ©Kim Smith 2012Beautiful Padre Pio, Gloucester

More posts on GMG about the Padre Pio:

GLOUCESTER AT WORK

Game Over. It’s A Sad Day For Gloucester

10 Days Before Christmas Songs ~ What is Your Favorite Chritmas Song?

A New Favorite ~ Mary J Blige and Jessie J “Do You Hear What I Hear” from Blige’s new Christmas album A Mary Christmas, released October 15, 2013. You have to get through all the adds first, but worth it!

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Are you the type of person who actually LOVES Christmas songs? I am, and find it really keeps my spirits lifted during the holiday season. I enjoy playing it throughout our home and when in the car (to the dismay of my husband) and adore Christmas music of all genres; traditional carols and standards, spirituals, and most especially, pop and rock and roll Christmas songs.  My list is quickly growing too long as I write this–The Pretender’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” U2’s “Baby Please Come Home,” Brenda Lee’s “I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus,” Eartha Kit’s “Santa Baby,” and a new favorite, Michael Buble’s version of “All I Want for Christmas is You,” to name only a very few. If you have a favorite Christmas song, or two, or three, or more, I would love to know yours.

Here’ is of one of my favorites to keep your spirits up and to get you through the holiday madness, “Christmas All Over Again,” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I think you’ll enjoy the funny and sweet lyrics.

Reblogged from 2012

Artist Spotlight Series – Nina Goodick

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Spotlight on Nina Goodick.

Nina was born and raised in Gloucester and comes from a hardworking family of Sicilian Italian and Portugese Gloucester Fisherman. Her great grandfathers, grandfathers, father, uncles, and brother were all fisherman and she spent summers on the family fishing boat the “Linda B”. From them and the women of the family, she learned hard work, love of family, faith, and of course food. Nina says: “In an Italian family, food is love, and we feed everything.” Family has always, and will always be the most important thing in her life.

Relatively new to the pottery world, Nina has been taking classes for the past few years with Cynthia Curtis and has enjoyed the company of her new fellow potter friends. In 2012 Nina was nominated as a seArts emerging artist, and from there decided to emerge herself into learning more about pottery. Her husband Stephen, who constantly encourages her, built her a studio to work from in their home. Then came the kiln, and lots of clay and learning. Her dear friend Marty Morgan, encouraged her to explore glazes, throwing technique, and to embrace the opening of the kiln – something any potter will tell you is both exciting and terrifying.

Nina enjoys throwing functional pottery, bowls, mugs, platters, things you can use. In addition to these, she recently has been creating wall pieces – Codfish, Haddock and Redfish – which connect her to her family heritage. She has also been making wall crosses which she was inspired to create through her work with a medical mission group from the Holy Family Parish, helping the poor in the Dominican Republic. Most of her inspiration comes from her family, friends, faith, and her sister Theresa who is an artist. Nina has always looked up to her creativity and abilities to capture feelings in her artwork. Nina does not consider herself an artist, but just a person who like to make pots.

This past year Nina was a participant in the Cape Ann Ceramics Festival at Rocky neck, and the Pottery Trail. Having people visit her studio and home gallery was a great experience for her, which she truly enjoyed. She is a member of seArts, and the Rocky Neck Art Colony. Her work can be seen at the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Craft Festival weekends through December 29th, seArts Wearable Art & Home Décor Show, December 14th & 15th, and Flatrocks Gallery Feast Exhibit through December 28th.

If you’ve finished shoveling out and want to have some fun, come by the Center for Happy Hour from 3-5:00 today and see some of Nina’s work, which is being exhibited alongside some of her sister, Theresa’s work.

E.J. Lefavour

Fear Not, Be Brave, Creative and Bold

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We need a few more entrants for the Season’s Best Cookie Competition during the Winter Solstice Party at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on December 21st.  We think that some great cookie bakers out there may be afraid to enter because of the judges.

You should know that this is a blind competition, so the judges will not know whose cookies they are judging until the competition is finished.

About the judges.

Ed Collard is one of the most fair and impartial judges I have ever had the honor of working food competitions with.  He likes to eat, knows what he likes, but is open to trying anything and everything, and is a master at determining excellent criteria for judging and having fun.

Mayor Carolyn Kirk is also a fair and impartial judge who really likes cookies and wants to have fun on her birthday.  She has worked really hard for us and deserves some fun and good cookies to eat on her birthday.

Sister Felicia, now this could be the judge that is striking fear into the hearts of some would-be entrants.  But fear not, be brave, creative and bold and enter your best cookie, confident in the knowledge that you can impress even the renowned queen of Sicilian cooking – just don’t bake Italian cookies unless you are really sure you know what you’re doing!

Go for it!  Email Gigi at gigimederos@gmail.com or me at khanstudio@comcast.net with your name and the type of cookie you will enter (remember, no chocolate chip).  Entrants will be asked to bring their dozen cookies in before the judges arrive on 12/21 at 2:00 to begin judging.  They do not have to be holiday cookies.   NEWS FLASH:  All entrants in the Season’s Best Cookie Competition will be eligible to attend a free group cookie baking class with Sister Felicia!

https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/got-milk-rnacs-seasons-best-cookie-competition/

E.J. Lefavour

Gloucester Housewives Christmas Party Photos

PrintLast night the Gloucester Housewives, Lillian LoGrasso, Sabrina Alves Giordano , Nina Randazzo, Christine Guarrasi DaSilva, Cinsia Ciolino, and Josie Ferrara Martell hosted their annual Christmas Party at Cruisport Gloucester.

Early yesterday, Lillian LoGrasso made a public announcement that the weather forecast for the evening was predicted to be “100% chance of fun with a few scattered crazies!!!” She could not have been more correct!  The snow did not stop this party from happening. Party goers arrived at Cruisport dressed in their very best holiday attire sporting snow boats and clutching their dancing shoes!  The festive vibe in the ballroom was contagious with a packed dance floor all evening. This morning I woke thinking of all the times my parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents would pack the Amery on Prospect street each New Years Eve, for this type of fun. I am so thankful that the Gloucester housewives brought this tradition back to our beautiful community.  Photos courtesy of the Housewives-

2013 Downtown Gloucester Christmas Raffle Winner Is…

Toni Brennan!

Joe, see photo of the 2013 Downtown Christmas Raffle winner Toni Brennan.  Toni won $1700 worth of gift certificates for downtown  shops  and restaurants.

From left to right, Joe Ciolino from the Weathervane hands the gift certificates box to Toni Brennan.  Looking on are Susan Parent of Toodeloos, and Linda Palazola from Palazola  Sporting Goods and Clothing. 

Thanks…

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Oh What a Night!

You all know Jenn Cullen, who's on the left. Jenn lives on the Fort, and does some work at Sugar Magnolias. The other FOB is Lidiane Sands, who's originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She's also employed at Sugar's, and is raising her family in Lanesville, married to a Gloucester native.
You all know Jenn Cullen, who’s on the left. Jenn lives on the Fort, and does some work at Sugar Magnolias. The other FOB is Lidiane Sands, who’s originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She’s also employed at Sugar’s, and is raising her family in Lanesville, married to a Gloucester native.
During the opening, we were entertained by the Old Folks Novice Acoustic Jam. Two or three of the players are GMG names you may recognize: Marty Luster, Len Burgess, and James Eves. Anyone is welcome to play with them. This was their first public appearance.
During the opening, we were entertained by the Old Folks Novice Acoustic Jam. Two or three of the players are GMG names you may recognize: Marty Luster, Len Burgess, and James Eves. Anyone is welcome to play with them. This was their first public appearance.

Passports Fish Taco- 5 Stars

The Fish was still crispy and had the perfect medley of sauce and fresh toppings.  Brough the girls for lunch and the children’s meals were cheap and they gut up the grilled chicken so when it hit the table we could all eat instead of the parent having to cut up the kids food first.  Nice!

Frickin killer!

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GPD/Courthouse Construction Update- Blacktop

 

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Joey ~

I spoke with Police Chief Leonard Campanello today about the Rogers St. construction site where the stairs once were. The official plan is for 5 to 10 new parking spaces and some pleasant landscaping to be completed by Spring 2014. The work is being done by Gloucester Dept. of Public Works under the the direction of Mike Hale.

The entrance to the GPD/Courthouse will be via the stairs that now exist from the current parking lot on Rogers St.

~ Bing McGilvray

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Community Stuff 12/15/13

Yet another great
Gloucester Business
Sears…? Yes.
Ed at Sears on Eastern Ave
sold me a terrific vacuum.image
Guided me to the sale item –
great price, great vacuum.
But had a little problem with the
wheel. Ed not only offered to fix
it but ran out to the hardware
store to get the right kind of
screws.
Long time later, I had another
little glitch. Vacuum just
stopped cleaning. So, I asked
Ed. He took it apart, found a
“catnip mouse” in the tube, and
put it back together. You’ll
never get service like that in a
big store.
Wow! Thanks Ed.
So, shop Sears in Gloucester,
and talk to Ed.


Christmas Eve Invitation- Public Invited


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Um, Nothing More I can Say…

This arrived before the opening, and it was the second time Sharon and Chuck sent a beautiful floral display. I am totally blown away. They love us, Gloucester, and GMG. We love them too. The card reads: "To the Good Morning Gloucester Gang! From Florida FOB. Chuck King and Sharon Sinclair-King. More on these kiddos later,
This arrived before the opening, and it was the second time Sharon and Chuck sent a beautiful floral display. I am totally blown away. They love us, Gloucester, and GMG. We love them too. The card reads: “To the Good Morning Gloucester Gang! From Florida FOB. Chuck King and Sharon Sinclair-King. More on these kiddos later,