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Photos from grand opening celebration

After years of planning and partnering, a new Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Information Desk has been added inside the already wonderful Salem National Park Service Visitor Center.

From the press release:

“The new partnership between Essex Heritage and the National Park Service will provide the Visitor Center’s 375,000 annual visitors with information about attractions, destinations, restaurants, resources and more in Salem and throughout Essex County.”

Katherine and Ryan will be managing this important hub. Prior to this post they worked for 6 years at the Visitor Center. Bonus: they live on the North Shore, and they both grew up on the North Shore. They are excited to join Essex National Heritage.

The screen behind the desk featured several images from each Cape Ann town and many others.  Opening remarks from: Superintendent Michael Quijano-West of the National Parks; Annie Harris, CEO for Essex National Heritage; Josh Basseches from the Peabody Essex Museum; and Mayor of Salem, Kim Driscoll. Event photos here:

Tuesday September 23rd , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine forecast :
Tue NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt…becoming SW 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Tue Night S winds around 5 kt…becoming N after midnight. Seas around 2 ft.

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Community Stuff 9/23/14

What’s Happening at GHS 9/22/14

We just finished Spirit week, from the 15th to the 19th and all would be surprised at how our students perceived their grandparents dress. We saw lots of canes, a few walkers and lots of polyester, buts lots of fun had by all. The week culminated with the Pep Rally on Friday

The PSAT’s will be offered at GHS on October 15, 2014 for all juniors and any sophomores who may be interested. This practice opportunity for the SAT’s is a wonderful time to begin thinking about the entire college application and acceptance process. To register for the PSAT, a payment of $22 (cash only) may be deposited with Mrs. Mondello before school, during lunch or after school.

Gloucester U will be offering Credit Recovery options for any students that may need to recover any credits to ensure their graduation within a four year timeline. Any interested students or parents may contact the Guidance Department for further registration information, or register at the GHS homepage under the Gloucester U heading or directly to the website at

Hard to believe but Progress Reports will be coming home October 3, 2014. Time is flying by already! Parents may register on the Gloucester High School Website Homepage for access to their Iparent accounts.

The Health Fair will be in the Field House on Thursday October 2, for all of our students to attend

and learn about the latest medical information and services available within the community.

A complete listing of all the GHS clubs and  Sports is available on the GHS website but a few of our most popular include Human Rights Initiative, the Comic Book Club, Anime, Drama Club, Chess Club, Interact, Environmental Club, Film Club, Model UN, Photo Club and Robotics. Club meetings are slowly getting started and will be announced daily, check the announcements and join your friends after school.

The Guidance Counselors will begin meeting with all seniors within the next few weeks to ensure all of the planning and preparation of last year is progressing on target and make any changes or modifications to their college and career plans.

Guidance Department 978-281-9874
– Option #8
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Carl Sacco              x 14008
Laura Carlson            x 14011
Matt Duncan               x 14010
Ellen Clarke                   x 14009

Temple Ahavat Achim has just recently installed custom-made Eternal Lights aka “Nir Tamids”. The artist who created them is Claude Riedel.

The installation has happened just in time for the High Holy Days.
We invite the community to join us for the Rosh Hashanah services this week on the following days to enjoy the services and to marvel at our new Eternal Lights:

- Wednesday, September 24th at 7 pm (Erev Rosh Hashanah)

- Thursday, September 25th at 9 am (First Day of Rosh Hashanah)

- Friday, September 26th at 9 am (Second Day of Rosh Hashanah)

Our services are open to all. TAA has never issued tickets and we proudly continue our open door policy. Unaffiliated individuals and families are encouraged to attend any of our services. Our congregation is truly a “Jewel of the North Shore”. Please invite your friends and neighbors to pray and study with us, to share our work of Tikkun Olam (“Healing the World”) and to help TAA continue to be a strong vibrant center of Jewish Life.

And here is the story that Claude Riedel wrote about the Lights:
I am inspired by the Kabbalistic description of the source of light (G-d) as radiating from a “primary mystic center”  in ever expanding layers of radiant translucence.  I feel comforted by the permanence of the “source” and inspired by the ever expanding facets of that light as it shines on and fills us all.  In the telling of the 16th century Kabbalist, Isaac Luria, god created the world : “By forming vessels of light to hold the Divine Light.  But as G-d poured the Light into the vessels, they catastrophically shattered, tumbling down toward the realm of matter.  Thus, our world consists of countless shards of the original vessels entrapping sparks of the Divine Light.” Tikkun Olam releases that energy into our world.
My own history resonates with these images as my Grandfather was taken away to Buchenwald on the Night of Broken Glass – Kristalnacht – and my work is an effort to take some of those shards and make them into something whole and holy.
This community  has been sustained and devastated  by  the water of the sea.   Your shul has been  shattered  by fire and and now rejuvenated.  The Nir Tamids I have  have been blessed to offer you are of that spirit. 
In your prayers and meditation let the comfort of the eternal light remind and inspire you to light  and tend to the Nir Tamid in your own heart from generation to generation:
bringing light to darkness, openness instead of concealment, to study rather than blind faith, to clarity versus mystery.  May each of us be in touch with our own internal Devine light and share it with the world in peace. 
Claude Riedel

Celebrating 25 Years of success in the fight against HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C on the North Shore

North Shore Health Project’s 25th Anniversary Gala and Concert

The North Shore Health Project is celebrating its 25th year as a leading agency on the North Shore dedicated to helping people infected with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C with a fundraiser featuring an unforgettable evening of music and more at the Shalin Liu Music Performance Center in Rockport, MA on Friday, October 17th  at 8PM. Featuring nationally renowned contemporary folk singers Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson as well as local singer/songwriters including Allen Estes, Brian Alex (Entrain), Marina Evans and a special surprise guest, it is sure to be a stellar night of entertainment and celebration.

Founded in 1988 by a group of Cape Ann citizens concerned by the devastating effects of the growing AIDS crisis, the Health Project’s services expanded in 2005 to include Hepatitis C, a direct response to that growing epidemic. Located in Gloucester, it offers medical case management, holistic support services, nutritional programming, peer support and more to over 130 residents from all over Essex County.  It remains an independent grassroots agency dedicated to helping people with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C get the medical attention they need, as well as offering other supportive services to ensure that they are well equipped to manage their overall health while living with a chronic disease.

“The North Shore Health Project has offered a broad range of services to residents of Cape Ann and beyond for 25 years. Its services are tailored to meet the needs of each individual client with an emphasis on holistic supports which, combined with strong physician collaboration, ensure that clients are empowered to maintain optimal health,” says Board President Donald Maier, MD. “This important milestone is a perfect time to celebrate the great success of the Health Project.”

Tickets are $75(VIP) and $50(GA) and are available at www.shalinliu/north-shore-health-project. The VIP tickets include preferred seating, a champagne reception beginning at 6PM with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar as well as a special raffle. There are also sponsorship opportunities available.  Please call or email Susan Gould Coviello at 978-283-0101, for more information about the celebration, as well as information about the Health Project.

Seacoast News October 2014

Thanks to the Friends of Seacoast the residents at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center enjoy marvelous entertainment and events.
The Friends of Seacoast enhance the resident’s lives at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with hours of enjoyment by providing the finances needed for the special entertainment, holiday gifts, supplies and community outings.

We are looking forward to many events with the support of the Friends of Seacoast including The Magnificent Mummy Musical by the Big Smile Entertainment Company, weekly Musical Entertainment by outstanding performers including the Honky Tonk Women, Dinner Theater with catered foods from local restaurants, Community Outings and more…

The Friends of Seacoast are grateful for the donations and the gifts received in honor of loved ones.

The Friends of Seacoast Holiday Fair is scheduled for Saturday November 22nd,
9:00AM-1:00 PM. This special event will include professional vendors, a cookie walk, white elephant sales and a raffle. Vendor space is available $25 per table. Anyone interested in participating in this event please contact Alison Cox @ 978-283-0300.

The next Friends of Seacoast meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Our next scheduled events with the Cape Ann Museam CAM connection program will be a Art tour and painting session at the North Shore Art Association and a tour of the newly renovated Cape Ann Museam.


VOTE 2014 MA State Election
Information Registration and Voting Dates
October 17th Last Day to Register General Election
November 6th General Election
Voter registration forms and absentee ballot application are located in the main lobby
Residents in need of assistance please see Alison Cox, Activity Director

The Taste of Cape Ann Returns to Cruiseport Gloucester on October 9th

The Taste of Cape Ann Returns to Cruiseport Gloucester on October 9th

The most delicious fundraiser of the year is nearly here – it’s time to get your ticket. Last year’s event included nearly three dozen food and beverage purveyors and nearly 300 guests!

The Cape Ann YMCA’s 6th Annual “Taste of Cape Ann” returns to Cruiseport Gloucester  on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 6-9PM. The event features the best of Cape Ann eateries offering food, wine and spirits for one $25 ticket price with the proceeds of ticket sales going to support Cape Ann YMCA Teen Service Trips to New Orleans, Navajo Nation and Nicaragua. 

The service trips empower local youth to spend a week working in communities hit by environmental and economic devastation.  Teens participate in learning modules before and after traveling on school break to offer hands-on aid in areas of great need.  The New Orleans Mission, now in its 4th year, originated as a Cape Ann trip but has generated enough interest to cause its expansion to include youth throughout the North Shore YMCA system two years ago and prompted the addition of the Nicaragua trip in 2013, and the Navajo Nation trip in 2014.

October 9, 2014 at 6:00pm
Taste of Cape Ann
Cruiseport Gloucester, MA

Link for Tickets:


For information on Teen Programming at the Cape Ann YMCA contact Rick Doucette at or 978-283-0470

Fisherman Finds Exhausted Bald Eagle At Sea, Gives Him A Lift To Shore

Sarah Anne (@GreenEyedJedi)
9/22/14, 7:34 PM

Fisherman Finds Exhausted Bald Eagle At Sea, Gives Him A Lift To Shore via @dodo

Report Monarch Sightings Here!

In Sunday’s podcast, Joey made the super suggestion to create a place where GMG readers can report their Monarch butterfly sightings. I’ll repost this post every night for the next week or so. Please report any sightings to the comment section of this post, that way we can keep all sightings in one collective spot. You can send in a photo capture if you’d like, too.

Today as I was leaving our home, around noon time, I spotted a Monarch in our garden in East Gloucester. Let us know what you see. Thank you!

Monarch Butterfly Eastern Point Gloucester ©kim Smith 2012


Rubber Duck Public Service Announcement: Don’t Be a Duck Butt, Get The Flu Shot

The moment after I call everyone who avoids the flu shot lazy and stupid I get an email from the President of Dana-Farber saying exactly the same thing. OK, he says it nicely because he is the head doctor here but I can be more pointed. Or I will let Rubber Duck and DFCI tell you why you need to get the vaccine.

DFCI: Influenza hospitalizes and kills more people in this country than any other vaccine-preventable disease, and DFCI has made the decision to require universal vaccination for the good of our patients, staff, and visitors.

Rubber Duck: If you do not get a shot you can be a resevoir of virus infecting everyone you cough on. Don’t be an idiot, get a shot.

DFCI: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires that all hospital staff document their vaccination status. To meet this requirement, staff who are unable to receive the flu vaccine for medical reasons and those who receive the vaccine anywhere other than Dana-Farber, Brigham and Women’s, or Boston Children’s Hospitals will be required to provide written documentation to Occupational Health Services.

Rubber Duck: And the medical reasons better be good. Allergy to eggs does not cut it anymore.

DFCI: Last year at Dana-Farber, we had 100% compliance for flu vaccination!

Rubber Duck: Imagine if everyone on Cape Ann (older than six months) got the shot. There might not be a big spike in flu cases, less people would die of the flu or complications from the flu this winter.

Rubber Duck Facts of Life: Influenza is a virus. It does not appear as if by magic from a passing seagull. Each and every person in Massachusetts who gets the flu received that virus from another person. That person likely was not vaccinated. Do not be that idiot.

The Flu and Ebola: Ebola is also a virus just like the flu. Anecdotal story: Just a few weeks ago Francis lived in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. He helped his sick neighbor into a taxi. A few days later as he lay dying in the hospital he told the doctors how he was infected. He leaves his father, son, brother, wife, to grieve. Francis and his neighbor were ignorant of how the virus was transmitted.

Ebola is not the flu. It has killed far fewer but it strikes so quickly one can connect the dots. Each person in the United States (estimated at around 50,000 each winter) who dies of the flu is infected the same way, by another person. Flu virus does not grow on trees. Do not be that infectious person. If you do not believe in vaccines, do me a favor and write IDIOT on your forehead so Rubber Duck and I can stay away from you. We have had our shots but the vaccine does not work 100% of the time. You can still kill us.

As author I am in charge of comments. If you post bullshit from a pseudo-scientific web site I will delete it. Sue me. Science works. Bullshit kills.

- Paul Morrison & Rubber Duck

You're going to feel a little pinch Rubber Duck

You’re going to feel a little pinch Rubber Duck

Youth Acting Workshops Begin September 26th!

Learn the skills necessary for professional theater!

Now accepting students age 6-19 years old.

The Fall session of YAW will place an emphasis on acting and non-verbal communication. Students will learn to communicate through yoga, movement and sign language as well as learn the basics of acting, scene study and stage technique. The workshops are designed to give the young students an outlet to nurture their creative potential through activities that will develop their self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills.

Guest instructors for the 2014 Fall Session will include:
-American Sign Language Instructor Kara Kelly Martin
-Movement Instructor Carol Burnham

Children’s Class (ages 6-10): Fridays, 4-6pm and Saturdays, 2-4pm.
Teen Class (ages 11-19): Saturdays, 12-4pm

Class size is limited and registration is on a first-come basis.
For class times, schedules, and to register, call Heidi Dallin at 978-283-6688.

Get Your Bounce On!

So here’s some good news for parents of children with some energy to spare.  In case you read that wrong….the children should have the energy to spare.  Not the parents.  On that note, are there parents out there with energy to spare, because I’m wiped.


Sky Zone is coming to Danvers SOON….at the Liberty Tree Mall.


What’s all the fuss about?  Find out here.

And…if I were to manage this place, I’d play this song over and over all day long.

Muddica Steak Panini



Yesterday daughter Amanda was home from school for the day, to do laundry, watch football with the family and stuff her face with some of her Momma’s home cooking ! Muddica Steak Panini was first on her wish list of foods to feast on during her short visit home.




This morning I made another batch of Muddica Cunsata to have on hand for fall time cooking! Click link below for my Sicilian Style Breadcrumb recipe video or see page 201 in my cookbookGifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest”


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Another Great Block Party!

StClairFoodwm BlockParty4804wmOur final Block Party of 2014 was a great success. As usual, the gallery was too busy for me to walk the street to take pictures. This time, I had the energy to enjoy the event, especially the people. A large cheese platter was generously provided by The Cave, our neighbor at 44 Main Street ( Key Block Party folks visited me, including Susan Parent (L) of Toodeloos ( and Block Party organizer Valerie Marcley (R). That’s me in the middle!

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