GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER QUESTIONNAIRE WITH MANNY SIMOES

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How long have you lived in Gloucester?

Immigrated to Gloucester in 1954 from the Azores, I left in 1968, and returned 40 years later in 2008. (Total of 20 Years)

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

SUMMER and FALL

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

Sit at the end of the Breakwater.  

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Maria’s Restaurant 35 Pearl Street Gloucester MA.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Destinos Sub Shop 129 Prospect Street Gloucester MA

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

Any Restaurant downtown, then we can walk home 

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

We enjoyed Giuseppe’s Ristorante and Piano Bar, however it closed so we are looking for another favorite, it’s always fun to look.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Sugar Magnolias 112 Main Street Gloucester MA

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Schooner Festival

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

By Boat – We have Season Tickets to the Water Shuttle from Cape Ann Harbor Tours. Hop On Hop Off or just Ride around, Best Deal in Town.

Who is your favorite local artist?

Jeff Weaver

Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor Beach.

Who has the best chowder in town?

Fish Chowder at Causeway Restaurant 78 Essex Ave Gloucester MA

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

The Gloucester Clam and Cape Ann Images

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Haddock

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

Okay – I take a walk up and down Main Street, than I find a quite place to eat not on Main St.. 

What is your favorite local band?

I prefer to listen to solo singers Allen Estes, Chelsea Berry, Fly Amero and  Henry Allen.

What about Gloucester sets it apart from anywhere else?

The People. It is very easy to meet those that live and visit Gloucester. I enjoy the history and the multi-cultures that make up Gloucester, and I was born on an Island so I like living on an Island.

DON’T MISS THE FINAL PERFORMANCE OF THE TEMPEST!!! #eastgloucesterelementary

The East Gloucester fifth grade class play is one in which the younger grade students look forward to participating, beginning in their earliest elementary years. This year’s play, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Dawn Sarrouf, does not disappoint, and is simply beyond outstanding. Every minute is filled with action packed stellar performances by the fifth grade students, exquisite costumes, imaginative lighting and special effects, and all playing to a rhythmical back stage drum beat.

Don’t miss the final performance on Monday, April 4th at 6pm at the East Gloucester School auditorium.

Friends, family, and fans

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Alicia Unleashed Episode 21 taped 4/3/2016 with B- Side, Darcy and Hostess Alicia Cox

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Topics Include:

Alicia lost her voice, Recap Talia’s Sweet 16 event, #teamtalia16, Talia calls out Alicia, Whose video is better Errika or Talia?, Tyler stole the show, #teamtalia16, Willow Rest Caterer, Local DJ Jack LoPocolo, Talia’s poofiest dress ever, Decorator Lenni, Everyone was intimidated by Tylers amazing dancing, Talia’s # is trending, Local Photographer Alessia LoGrasso, Review from Sista Felicia, cute cake snatcher, Darcy has not seen snow in 8 years, Back in day we never got snow days, New sidewalks, Joey SURPRISE, Ringtone app, Williow Rest Pizza, Black list, Syracuse Basketball and Bridget’s Bracket, Thnak god for disclaimers, Never pray for strength, Alicia can’t breathe for 5 minutes, Darcy makes fun of Alicia for 5 minutes, Wonder Woman give me strength or Patience, Darcy and Bridget reminise, Darcy not dressed for snow, Invitation and RSVP etiquette, Dodgeball week

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Quote of the Week – Lao Tzu

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“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”

Lao Tzu (5th century BCE)

Often credited as the author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of the Taoist school of philosophy, Lao Tzu, which means “old master,” may have been a legendary figure, and the book a compilation from many sources, but its effect on Chinese history and culture is profound. Traditionally, he is held to have been a contemporary of Confucius, and a government official who, tiring of the corruption around him, became a hermit late in life.  Asked to record his wisdom on his return to civilization he produced the Tao Te Ching, which through allegory, paradox, and analogy teaches that freedom from desire leads to spiritual advancement and an awareness of the Tao, or the true nature of things. Another saying attributed to Lao Tzu, “The usefulness of a pot comes from its emptiness.”

WINTER IN REVERSE

New England springs are well known for their predictably unpredictable nature and, on that note, what a difference a day makes!

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I guess the college basketball game has changed a whole bunch in the past 20 years

Watching last night’s Final Four matchup between Syracuse and North Carolina and a couple games before this in the tournament (a small sample size I admit) it seems the game has changed a ton in the last twenty years.

I’m not going to pretend I know more than lifelong basketball minds but this is what I do know-

Back when I used to watch a ton of college basketball, if players launched off balanced three pointer after off balanced three pointers instead of trying to work the ball inside for a better percentage shot, those players that launched threes would be riding the pine.

A coach back in the day would sit those players down in a hurry.

Maybe they just didn’t feel like they could work the ball inside so the theory is to just launch threes and hope your team gets on a hot streak?  But how many games in a row can you count on lower percentage shots to bail you out?

Anyway it was a nice run for Syracuse and fun to watch.

#GoOrange!