Happy Birthday to One of My Favorites

So this Gloucester icon turned 70 the other day and I was so happy to be able to celebrate with him for a bit at his surprise party  yesterday afternoon.

Happy, Happy Birthday Fred Shrigley!  You have given so many of us tons of laughs and lots of love for years on end!  You’re one of the best for sure!   xoxoxoxo

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Now you can sing Happy Birthday without fear

Before today, if you sang Happy Birthday on stage or to a restaurant patron or in a movie or video, you risked being sued by one of the largest record labels on Earth.  Check out this article for an interesting story about the most popular song in the English language.

A Sister

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A Sister is a Gift to the Heart,

A Friend to the Spirit,

A Golden Thread

To the Meaning of Life…

My sister, Judy Wilburn, is all those things and more.  She is a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, awesome sister and dear friend to many, she is beautiful in every way, incredibly smart, generous, talented and a gifted artist.  She was the driving force in my move to Gloucester, she introduced me to Good Morning Gloucester, Rocky Neck Art Colony, is a great friend of the blog and lover of Cape Ann.  Happy Birthday Judy – you are a gift, friend and golden thread to many.  It might be your birthday, but we get the gift of having you in our lives.  Love, Ellen

E.J. Lefavour

Happy Birthday Richard

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Richard Rosenfeld is a great and generous friend and neighbor to all on Rocky Neck – an author, historian, benefactor of the Cultural Center and patron of the arts, fun loving Mug Up competition judge and winner, and all around good guy.

Happy Birthday Richard from all of us here on Rocky Neck and beyond who know and love you.  We hope your day is filled with wonderful surprises and well wishes.

E.J. Lefavour


Happy Birthday EJ! You Light Up All Our Lives With Your Positive Spirit!

We have a bunch of positive minded, kind, creative folks that are part of our little GMG community.  Perhaps no one among us embodies what it is to be a GMG’er more than our friend EJ.

GMG Contributor’s EJ Pictures-

Kim Smith submits-

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Paul Morrison Submits-


Donna Ardizzoni Submits-

February 19, 2012 e.j.


Fr Matthew Green submits-

From The Bong Tree Island Party


Kathy Chapman photo-

(this was EJ before she kicked ass this summer on her diet and cleanse)


Ed Collard submits-

EJ Back In The Day (Would You Hit That?)


Marty Luster Submits-


Fred Bodin submits-

At the Bong Tree book launching party-


Beth Swan writes-

"Happy Birthday EJ! ENJOY and live it up!" —Beth 🙂

March 19, 2011-

Video interview introducing EJ to the GMG Community-


We tape a video for EJ’s Kickstarter Project To Launch Tales of Bong Tree Island-


Happy Birthday 40th Father Green!


Fred Bodin writes-

Father Matthew confessed at my gallery opening tonight that tomorrow he will reach the "Big 40." He looks so much younger, but I guess I’ll believe him. Matthew Green was born in Winchester (MA) Hospital on October 7th, 1972. He told me that his time in Gloucester, which has been less than two years, has been hugely enhanced by his connection with Good Morning Gloucester. GMG quickly put him in touch with the local community and the larger community beyond. We know him through his photographs and his words, and they’re all good. If you’ve met Fr. Matthew at Mug Ups, art openings, or other local events, you know how personable and approachable he is. When I took this photo, I asked him to hold up four fingers to signify age his of four decades. Now I think it should be for the next forty years he stays in Gloucester. This priest has blessed us all with his presence.