Monthly Archives: August 2011

Did You Know? (Bista Zugu)

In spite of the news media’s warnings of Irene’s impending doom and destruction, a bunch of hearty, hardy souls ventured out this morning for Hurricane Mug Up at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at Madfish Wharf on Rocky Neck.  It was a surprisingly large turnout considering that it was a rather nasty morning.  As always, Ed Collard was the first to arrive and help get things set up.  The Chamberlains, Coxs, Jacksons, Osborns and Ardizzonis were in the house.  Paul Morrison journeyed all the way over from Rockport with a batch of incredible lemon zucchini bread.  Peter and Joanne Souza ventured over from Schooner Adventure with some equally delicious zucchini bread.  Isabelle and Breanna Jackson brought a lovely tray of deviled eggs that they made with the help of their mom, Talitha.  Those girls will be contenders at next year’s Deviled Egg Competition.  Guest artist, Sinikka Nogela brought some fresh fruit, and Paul Frontiero brought some Vienna Fingers (yes, Joey there are still some left and I will keep them no longer than seven days for you).  Wendie Demuth stopped in with visiting friend, Chris White, a salmon and halibut fisherman from the West Coast.  Joey’s sister Felicia and niece Amanda showed up with homemade donuts and a huge batch of bista zugu (spaghetti and sauce with meatballs, potatoes and hardboiled eggs), so that all present could be well fed while continuing to track Hurricane Irene strike predictions and scud to safety before things got hairy.   Again, note to all proper Italian cooks out there, Felicia did not cook her delicious bista zugu in that crock pot; that was only used to keep it warm.  I’d never had bista zugu before in my life, and now I’ve had it twice in the past two weeks (Felicia’s and Paul Frontiero’s) - I must be doing something right!

E.J. Lefavour

www.khanstudiointernational.com

Tropical Storm Irene from Stage Fort Park 08/28/2011

Tropical Storm Irene from Stage Fort Park 08/28/2011

Probably one of the dumbest thing i’ve done. Walked out to the cannons. The trees were being bent over by the wind and the sea spray was washing up to the benches. Approx. wind speed 60mph. After I took a few photos and short video, I was walking back to my car and had to dodge a few flying tree branches. Not to bright but I never pretended to be.

Please remember, I went to the Ed Collard school of Videography.

I think I made him PROUD!

August 28, 2011 6:00 PM – Hurricane Irene Final Update From the Office of Mayor Carolyn Kirk:

As of 6:00 pm the Gloucester EOC was closed however all city departments are on call. The Department of Public Works Hot line for downed tree limbs, flooding, waste water emergencies and other storm related damages will remain open until 8:00 pm.( Please note the time change.) The storm hotline number is 978-281-9785. If you have any storm related issues after 8:00 pm, please call the police department on their businessline at 978-281-9751 or the Fire department at 978-281-9760. Again, for all emergencies, please call 911.

Please do not call 911 to report power outages, please call the National Grid power outage report line at 1-800-465-1212.

The Red Cross Shelter at the Salem High School on Highland Avenue will be open all night.

Please do not place your trash out tonight. There have been reports of trash bags being swept by the strong winds in several places in town. DPW advises us that normal trash pickup will resume tomorrow morning.

The beaches will be evaluated for Rip Tides tomorrow morning and signs will be posted if swimming is not allowed.

At this time there are approximately 20 sites being worked on by DPW and National Grid crewsinvolving fallen tree and downed wires. As of 6:00 Nationalgrid reports that there are under 400 Gloucester households without power, and they are evaluating the situation. There is currently no estimate as to when the power will be restored.

Thank you to all the city departments and CERT volunteers for all their work during this storm. This will be the final update for Hurricane Irene.

Ben Niedermeyer and Wife 2009 Captain Joe & Sons Best Dressed Customer of The Year Award Winner Joanne Pimp Artist Rob Dieboll

Ben writes-

Hey Joey:  Great to see you and Frank yesterday and thanks for some great lobsters which we at last night.  Joanne wanted me to forward you the website address of our good friend and excellent artist Rob Dieboll.  Rob and his wife Kim actually turned us onto Captain Joe’s in 2007 when we bought our place in Rockport.  We have several of Rob’s prints and a couple of his originals on our walls here.  He is noted for his paintings of Good Harbor beach people and they all evoke a story in the beholder’s imagination.  Check the site out at www.diebboll.com.

Joanne’s gonna make me winner winner chicken dinner next week (hopefully).  Sometime I want you and the Mrs. to come over for my favorite soup in the world that Joanne makes in the winter time:  Portugese bean soup with oxtails.  It’s an old family recipe that emanated in Honolulu and will knock your socks off.

Thanks again Joey for being your personable self!

Best regards, Ben

Check Out Rob on the interwebs by clicking the picture below-

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Am I the only one thinking Ben’s making out pretty good in this deal?  He gets lobsters from me and then wants to go and feed me oxtails?

Is that even legal?  I mean I already pissed off Buddha last week I don’t need the PETA crazies comin’ for me.

August 28, 2011 12:00 PM -Hurricane Irene Update From the Office of Mayor Carolyn Kirk:

A hot line has been established to answer calls for downed tree limbs, flooding, waste water emergencies and other storm related damages. The storm hotline number is 978-281-9785. The Hotline will be staffed from 9 am to 9 pm on Sunday. In the after hours, the call will be transferred to the business line of the Gloucester Police Department.

Please do not call 911 to report power outages, please call the National Grid power outage report line at 1-800-465-1212.

For all emergencies, please call 911.

Please do not place your trash out today. There have been reports of trash bags being swept by the strong winds in several places in town. DPW advises us that normal trash pickup will resume tomorrow.

Emergency Operations Center is open and has been fully staffed since 9:00 am this morning with representatives from all of the city’s major departments as well as the Gloucester CERT team. All city functions are being monitored and resources are being deployed as necessary. We are experiencing some power outages and downed trees. Atlantic Road from Moorland to Grapevine has been closed due to the high tide. We ask that you limit movement around the city unless necessary, to allow the emergency crews to clear roadways and address downed trees and power lines.

If you see catch basins clogged with leaves or debris, if possible, please clear and please rake the debris downstream.

The Red Cross will be handling all sheltering at the Salem High School on Highland Avenue.

Working Waterfront Joseph Flack Weiler Exhibit Through October 1st

Joseph Flack Weiler will exhibit photographs of Gloucester’s Working Waterfront through October 1st at the Weiler Photo Gallery located at 77 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester. The Gallery is open on Saturdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Phone 978-281-6443 or visit http://www.WeilerPhotoGallery.com
for more information.

The black and white photographs, taken over the past 25 years, depict the maintenance of the fishing fleet at Rose’s Marine Service and the Gloucester Marine Railways.

Wheel Work at the Gloucester Marine Railways, 1991.

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