GMG Caps / Hoodies / Dry Fit Shirts / Technical Jackets–Get Your Father’s Day Shopping Done Here And Be Done With It!

Hit it!- http://gmg.storenvy.com/

What are you gonna be the dope that puts it off and puts it off til it’s the day before and you don’t have anything and you’re gonna have to go scramble around to get something on the Saturday before Father’s day when you should be at the beach?

Don’t be the dope that A) Blows off Father’s Day or B) Waits til last minute and comes up with some crappy gift.

I’m giving you the perfect opportunity to get it all done and off your mind so you can enjoy yourself without having to do more than click a few buttons.

Is your dad a fan of GMG or a fan of G-Town?  Then hit this link up and buy him the gift you know he’s gonna love- http://gmg.storenvy.com/

 

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DES Crowning 2015 Of Individuals

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Father “Jim” Achadinha performed the Holy Spirit Mass, and presided of the crowning Ceremonies of Mr. and Mrs. Jose Diaz Ferreira 2015  ‘Mordomo”. 

The Crowning of Individuals symbolizes that All are Equal, rich or poor, man or woman; and through the Holy Spirit are connected directly to God. Everyone has a personal reason to be individually crowned.

My mother each year was crowned on Pentecost and Trinity Sunday, each time a personal one. During my brother’s Vietnam Tour she asked for his safe return, I think for me, it was to stay out of trouble. These posts are made in her and my father’s memories.

Meet the Cape Ann Small Business Persons of the Year and Week-long Schedule of Events June 1st through the 5th, Culminating with Mayor Carolyn Kirk Giving Keynote Speech!

CHAMBER CELEBRATES CAPE ANN SMALL BUSINESS WEEK JUNE 1 – 5

 

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce salutes Cape Ann’s 2015 Small Business Persons of the Year at a series of events this week. Monday night, Manchester will honor Mike Storella of Central Street Gallery at 7 Central from 5 to 7 p.m., while on Tuesday friends and fans will celebrate Joey Ciaramitaro of Good Morning Gloucester from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Studio as Gloucester’s choice for Small Business Person of the Year. On Wednesday, June 3 Karin and Ken Porter of Roy Moore Lobster Company and Roy Moore’s Fish Shack, Rockport Small Business Persons of the Year, will in turn be recognized at the Emerson Inn by the Sea from 5 to 7 p.m. Tim and Vicky Kennefick of the Windward Grille, Essex Small Business Persons of the Year, will be feted at their own restaurant on Thursday, June 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. All will be honored together at the Chamber’s 35th Annual Small Business Week awards luncheon on Friday, June 5, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the Sea Glass Restaurant at the Castle Manor Inn, 141 Essex Avenue, Gloucester. The keynote address at the luncheon will be delivered by former Gloucester Mayor and current Deputy Secretary for Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk.

 

Cape Ann Small Business Week is designed to highlight the extraordinary contributions of Cape Ann’s small business community for exemplary entrepreneurial achievement as well as notable civic and community involvement. This year’s Small Business Week award winners are being honored individually at receptions in their respective communities during Cape Ann Small Business Week, thanks to the generous support of presenting sponsor Institution for Savings. Please visit capeannchamber.com for a complete schedule of these receptions.

 

Friends, family members, and colleagues of all small business honorees are invited and encouraged to attend the receptions and the luncheon. Each reception is complimentary, while tickets for the luncheon are available to all for $30. To register online, please visit capeannchamber.com.

For more information, please contact Kerry McKenna at kerry@capeannchamber.com or call the Chamber at 978-283-1601.

Meet the honorees (of course our Joey needs no introduction) ~

Mike Storell Head shot Cropped VersionManchester Small Business Person of the Year Mike Storella

Business career: High tech Operations, Sales and Business Development background for many years in Communications, internet and computer systems of various types. Past positions at IBM, Cisco, and a number of tech startups, presently COO at dog hunter LLC a maker of Iot devices( internet of things). Board member of Rockport Art Association and Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. Artistic career, plein air painter: One of the Founders of the Central Street Gallery in Manchester by the Sea, MA, it is a co-operative gallery consisting of 14 working artists with 6 shows per year of new works and approaching our 7th year.

Joey Head shotGloucester Small Business Person of the Year Joey Ciaramitaro

Joey Ciaramitaro is co-owner of Captain Joe and Sons Lobster Company and creator of GoodMorningGloucester. He graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School in 1985 and Bentley College in 1989, with a BA in Economics. Joey is the father of two beautiful daughters- Madeline and Eloise Ciaramitaro, ages 8 and 9. He is one of the original founders of The Downtown Gloucester Block Parties.  Joey credits his success to the support that his mom Pat, and father Libby gave him growing up, the fantastic people he gets to work with every day, the men and women who lobster for Captain Joe and Sons, his business partner Frankie, and the incredibly passionate Blog contributors who are part of the Good Morning Gloucester family.

Ken & Karin Porter smallRockport Small Business Persons of the Year Karin and Ken Porter

Ken Porter began working at Roy Moore Lobster Company at 39 Bearskin Neck in 1979 while still in high school. He continued to work there on weekends for the next ten years, while also working as a lobsterman out of Rockport Harbor. The business was started in 1918 by Roy Moore and was later purchased by Dana Woods and operated by Dana and his son Charlie until the 1980s. In 1989, the year that Ken and Karin were married, Ken purchased Roy Moore Lobster Company. In 1998, Karin and Ken opened the Fish Shack restaurant upstairs from the Lobster Company, and operated there until moving the restaurant to its present location at 21 Dock Square in 2003.

While operating these two successful Rockport businesses together for more than 25 years, Karin and Ken Porter have also generously given back to the Rockport community for decades. For many years they have supported every high school class and the DECA program by hosting fund raising spaghetti suppers and pancake breakfasts at the Fish Shack. Every year they also provide the lobsters for and support the Rotary Club’s Lobster Fest and the Navy Committee’s lobster bake. They also support the Council on Aging with an annual dinner for seniors and the Rotary Club’s annual Valentine’s Day luncheon for seniors. Every Sunday in February, Ken runs a pool tournament at the Legion Hall to raise funds for Rockport’s Veterans Weekend, and every December since moving to Dock Square Karin has provided free hot chocolate following the Christmas in Rockport Tree Lighting ceremony.

Karin and Ken Porter live in Rockport and have two children, John and Charlene.

 

Tim & Vicky HeadshotEssex Small Business Persons of the Year Tim and Vicky Kennefick

Vicky and Tim Kennefick opened the Windward Grille Restaurant in August 2005 after 6 months of renovations. The restaurant was formerly known as the Hearthside Restaurant, a well-known dining destination on the north shore. Our goal was to bring the restaurant back to the reputation it had once enjoyed in the 1970s and 1980s. We have 6 children ranging in age from 30 to 14, most of whom have worked at the restaurant throughout the years. Tim is a native of Gloucester and was familiar with the area and the restaurant location. As we close in on our 10th anniversary we hope that the people of Cape Ann have enjoyed our establishment as much as we have enjoyed meeting many new friends.

 

The keynote address at the luncheon will be delivered by former Gloucester Mayor and current Deputy Secretary for Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk.

 

Carolyn A. Kirk, Deputy Secretary, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development for the

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Carolyn A. Kirk joined the Administration of Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito in January of 2015 and serves as the Deputy Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

In this position, Kirk leads operational management and shares policy responsibility for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Mass. Office of Business Development and its ancillary agencies of Mass. Travel and Tourism, the Mass. Marketing Partnership, and the Mass. Office of International Trade and Investment.

In addition, Kirk is responsible for economic planning and growth in the Maritime economic sector, oversees the MassWorks grant program, and provides direct support to the Lieutenant Governor’s office on a number of initiatives.

Prior to her appointment with the Baker/Polito administration, in 2007 Kirk was the first woman popularly elected as Mayor of the City of Gloucester. Kirk went on to win three subsequent general municipal elections and never lost a ward or a precinct in any of her contests and served as Mayor for seven years.   Kirk’s administration invested over $100million in infrastructure thus laying the groundwork for future economic growth.   The first-ever business class hotel is under construction in the city in a long sought after waterfront location adjacent to downtown. A new $40 million elementary school, the first one to be built since World War II and which Kirk led the effort on for seven years, is also under construction in the city.

 

Deputy Secretary Kirk’s professional career spans over 25 years.  She is a long-time management consultant and her clients have included many of the Top 20 banks in the US, along with Fortune 500 companies.  She and her husband Bill Kirk have two children, Sam, 17 and Baylee, 14.  Both are enrolled in Gloucester Public Schools.

A graduate of the Boston College class of 1984, Carolyn Kirk was born and raised in Clinton, NY and moved to Massachusetts to attend college.  She moved to Gloucester in 1988 where she still resides, and was drawn to the diversity and beauty of the city.

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken Announces Partnership with Web and Mobile Citizen Reporting Platform

Gloucester will use SeeClickFix to improve quality of life and encourage civic participation

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken today announced that the City of Gloucester has launched a new program that will allow residents to report quality-of-life issues and request municipal services through an online and mobile interface. Powered by SeeClickFix, the place-based reporting platform allows Gloucester residents to document neighborhood concerns and improvements, ranging from litter or flooding to damaged sidewalks and malfunctioning traffic signals.

“Gloucester is proud to provide the community with an easy-to-use web tool that helps them access services and make positive changes in the community,” said Mayor Romeo Theken.

With the online and mobile reporting platform, residents can report quality-of-life concerns through service request categories via the City of Gloucester website, mobile applications (e.g., iPhone and Android), a Facebook App, and the website SeeClickFix.com. The platform allows Gloucester residents to provide locations, descriptions, and photos of any issue, in real time. Once a resident submits a concern, the platform issues an alert that becomes public information available to any resident. This will allow the City of Gloucester to acknowledge a service request, route it to the proper department and update the request as needed, including after the matter has been resolved.

The platform also allows Gloucester residents to view, comment on, and vote to fix problems that are submitted by their neighbors. Citizens can even create their own “watch areas” to receive notifications about any category of issues in their community and subsequently follow the progress of all related service requests—not just the one they reported.   Reports can be submitted and tracked from the City of Gloucester website directly (gloucester-ma.gov.) Residents will also find links to download SeeClickFix mobile applications on the City’s website.

Update! Joey C- Obsessed With Purchasing A Kettle Charcoal Grill- Pulled The Trigger!!!

Update: I got a STOK 22.5 inch Charcoal Drum Grill for $129. The reasons I got this particular grill was that it had many more features than the Weber version including the thing I really wanted which was the Cast Iron cooking surface. To get a Weber with similar features it would have cost $198- $149 for the grill and $49 for the cast iron grate. Video review will be upcoming.

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For Two Weeks Now I’ve Watched Countless Hours Of YouTube Grille Reviews and Read Hundreds of Amazon Grill Reviews.

Are you a charcoal grill person or gas or both?

Pretty sure I’ve got this thing locked down.

Here’s my curated list, whittled down after hours of research-

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Here’s the list-

Stok SCC0070N Drum Charcoal Grill

Stok SCC0070N Drum Charcoal Grill (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Weber 14401001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black

Weber 14401001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black

Weber 14401001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black

Stok SIS9000 Grill Replacement 22-1/2-Inch Grate

Stok SIS9000 Grill Replacement 22-1/2-Inch Grate

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful.
5Great upgrade for the Weber Kettle
By The Buddy
I am a die hard Weber fan. I own 9 of their grills in various configurations, 2 of which are 22.5 inch charcoal grills. Imagine my surprise to find that another company makes an upgrade for the classic Kettle that is better than any offering from Weber themselves. This piece is exactly what the Kettle needs in every way. The cast iron is very solid and looks as if it will last as long as the grill. It is quite apparent to me that Stok did their research when designing this piece. The center opening is a perfect size for the large Weber Chimney starter to sit inside directly on the charcoal grate while brewing up coals. It is also the perfect size for dumping said charcoal. I feel the grate is the proper thickness, as anything thicker would add weight which most likely would bend the supports in the kettle. I also have not had any problems with the center shifting once it is put in place. Perfect fit, cast iron durability, and all for the price of 2 Weber steel grates, so what’s not to like? I did spend the extra for the Stok SGA1000 Insert Removal Tool and it was well worth the money IMO. Makes removing the center piece to add hot coals a breeze. If you love your Kettle like I do, treat yourself to this nice upgrade.

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Party with Blues Icon James Montgomery aboard The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship on July 4th

James Montgomery – photo: Boston Herald

Here’s your chance to party on Saturday, July 4th aboard Gloucester’s Beauport Princess Cruise Ship with blues icon James Montgomery and his HOT band, featuring David Hull (of Aerosmith & The Joe Perry Project) on bass, George McCann (played w/ Steven Tyler, Billy Squier, James Cotton, etc.) on guitar and Jeff Thompson (played w/ J Giles, James Cotton, Duke Robillard, etc.) on drums.

Your ticket includes the first appearance by the legendary James Montgomery Band aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship PLUS a very special July 4th Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring Seafood Grille’s world famous Lobster Rolls! (Chicken salad and veggie wraps available too.)

This is an all-ages concert cruise with a full bar aboard for people over 21.

Our July 13 concert cruise is sold out, but you can still get tickets to July 4th (get them here RIGHT NOW)

You can dance right in front of the stage aboard cruise ship, and you can bet James will ask you to dance just like he does in this video:

 

Paintings for sale! Starting my own “JackStarter” campaign.

Paintings for sale!

CLICK HERE FOR THE EBAY AUCTIONS!

If you don’t do Ebay and like one of the Paintings and there are no bids on it you can contact me at frontiero@hotmail.com and we’ll work something out.

I also have larger paintings 16″x20″ up to 36″x40″, so if you’d like to come take a look at them contact me to set up an appointment.

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Hi,

My name is Paul F Frontiero Jr and I’m starting my own “Jackstarter” Campaign.

What’s a “JackStarter” Campaign? There was no such thing until now. (I just made it up)

I am selling some of my Dad’s Paintings on Ebay. The money will go to adopting a needy Jack Russell Terrier.

I’m am stating out the bidding very low so you can enjoy a beautiful painting by my dad for a crazy low cost. You will see paintings this size by other Cape Ann artists for hundreds of dollars more. So Bid and own a beautiful piece of Cape Ann Art by a Great Cape Ann Painter “Paul F Frontiero Sr.”

I’ll ship anywhere in the USA or will hand deliver it to you if you live on Cape Ann.

There’s no obligation to buy, but if your looking for a painting I just wanted you to know what the money will go to.

I will share my experience of adopting a Jack with the GMG readers. I’ll be working with JacksGalore of western Massachusetts

And I’m sure you’ll see us walking around Stage Fort Park this Summer.

There are a lot of needy “Jack’s” out there that need a forever home.

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Our “Blaze” was a sweetheart. We had her for 7 years before she was diagnosed with a collapsed Tracea.

She got me through a lot of hard times. She Passed over the bridge on Feb. 2, 2015. Now I know she’s taking care of my Son and Father.

She almost took down GMG Headquarters at one time. And we miss her so much.

We will be giving a needy Jack Russell a great home to enjoy.

Maybe this one will become the “OFFICIAL DOG OF GMG

You can check out all the cute Jack Russells and make a donation of any size at;

http://www.jacksgalore.org/

CLICK HERE FOR EBAY PAINTINGS AVAILABLE LISTINGS

 

Live WTF???? Trading away a puppy for a vehicle? What say you?

http://hartford.craigslist.org/bar/5036124002.html

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I’m not sure if I’m very happy for this puppy, or just very sad. I wish I could just go and buy this lil’ fella! How do you feel about such transactions? Is it a bit strange, or is it chalked up to tough times & any means necessary type living? Please feedback and fill out the poll! (Or better yet, go get this sweet pup!)

POSTPONEMENT OF THE Today’s (June 1st) Schooner Challenge EVENT due to weather

Will reschedule ASAP. We are hoping to do it next Monday, June 8. Mike and Tom are available and Harold is attempting to juggle his schedule to make it happen. Hopefully we will have an answer tomorrow as to the new date.

We’ll get you better weather for helping us keep schooner history alive! Thanks for your understanding.

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Honoring a 700 Year Old Portuguese Tradition

State Senator Bruce Tarr, State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken Honor a 700 Year Old Portuguese Tradition at the DES Portuguese Club.

See The History of the Holy Ghost Feast in a previous Post.

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Strudelicious

One word.  Helmut’s.

While I called this post Strudelicious, I’ve actually never had the strudel here, but that by no means means that I can’t sing their praises!  First of all, I can do so because I have heard by MANY people that their strudel is delicious. Secondly, I can do so because my boys can’t get enough of their raspberry and strawberry cream croissants.  And….thirdly (and most importantly if I do say so myself) I have literally never had a better muffin in all of my life than their cranberry walnut muffins!  So there.  Get yourself down to the end of Bearskin Neck and grab a bite to eat SOON.

Not only is everything scrumptious, but the view off the back deck is pretty sweet too!

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