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GMG Q&A With Dean Salah

Dean is the man behind the fantastic George’s Coffee Shop.   Gloucester’s most iconic  breakfast joint.  In a town with the best breakfast offerings anywhere, that’s saying alot.

Good Morning Gloucester Questionnaire

Local Website everyone should know about (excluding GMG)

U Dine 4 Less

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

forever (46 years)

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

spring

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

the rock at Stage Fort

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

frequent many but the polo primavera at Mikes is tremendous

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

again many to choose from but i think Destino’s salad bar puts it near the top

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

Duckworth’s

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Most social drinking I do is at the Elks

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Obviously partial to Georges, but on the rare occassion I do breakfast it would be Lobsta Land

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Labor Day Sat. night boat parade and fireworks is an annual family event for us

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

Boat

Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?

Causeway

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

u dine 4 less

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

haddock

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

I think as a businessman in town that the hard work done by the committee is such a boon to downtown, kudos to all that make it such a huge success

What is your favorite local band?

Docksiders

Thanks, Joey

GMG Q&A- Melissa Smith Abbott Part I (Buckle Up)

One of my favorite features of GMG is the Q&As   I just got back from vacation, opened my work email and had a questionnaire filled out by Melissa Smith Abbott that is a novel.  I’ll be breaking it up into parts because the blog formatting goes to shit when I try to format the entire thing.

Thank you so much Melissa for taking the time to write and share all you did, it’s awesome!

Hi Joey,

My name is Melissa Smith Abbott and I read your local blog fairly often. I work for the Gloucester Times as the Downtown Advertising Consultant. I have read your GMG Question and Answer column with interest but to tell you the truth the one word or even one sentence answers you mostly get from your interviews leave me wanting more. I startd thinking about what I would say if I was given a chance and today I wrote down some of my musings and really it is only a fraction of what I have thought up. I think your questions are provocative in a way that it makes me think about the history of things in Gloucester. I like delving into things a little more than the average person. I thought I would pass it on to you and if you feel guided maybe publish it but if it is too long, I understand. I have attached a recent photo of me with my husband Charlie Abbott’s 1st grandchild “Madison”.

How Long Have You Lived in Gloucester?

In June it will be 56 years. I was born at the Addison Gilbert Hospital and delivered by my mother’s father or grandfather, Dr. George Melvin Doyle,  who was a Doctor in Gloucester. The story goes that I tried to grab the scissors out of his hand when he went to cut the cord. The Doyles had come down from Prince Edward Island in Canada around 1895 and settled in Gloucester. Thier family had a big potato farm up in PEI and they also had timber so they built seine boats.  The family had gotten a land grant in PEI in 1805 and had come there from Wexford, Ireland. There are a couple of family legends about the Doyles from Wexford. One is that they were decedents of Charlmagne and the other was that it was either the prison ship or PEI and that’s how the family got there. My mother actually visited the family in PEI a few years ago and was shown the original china they brought with them in 1805. The family still owns the Potato farm there! The younger kids
who weren’t going to inherit the farm came down to Gloucester and worked in Giffords boat yard on Parker Street where The Rockport National Bank is presently.  They built working seine boats and pleasure sailing boats for the well to do customers too. My Great grandfather, Austin Doyle, ended up buying and running the boat yard from the Giffords sometime before WW1. He ran the place with his two sisters, Annie and Elizabeth. He died sometime in the early 1930’s and he had wanted my grandfather George Melvin Doyle to become an engineer but since his mother, Catherine Rice, had died at the hands of a quack doctor on Short Street in Gloucester somewhere around 1911, he had vowed to become a Doctor. He attended John Hopkins and was one of the only Doctors in Gloucester during the depression and WW2. He didn’t work for money, he just opened the back door of his house at 33 Middle Street and there would be things on the steps like fish, potatoes, molasses,
liquor…anything really. His 1st wife was Margaret “Peggy” Greenleaf from the West Gloucester Greenleafs. The Greenleafs were early settlers. My 10 greats grandfather on Peggy’s fathers side was Edmund Greenleaf who was a Hugonaut escaping religious persecution from Europe. Originally he was from England but had lived in Holland and worked as a silk dyer before buying a boat and captaining his flock to the new world. He was both the captain of the little ship that arrived in Newbury, MA on the Parker River around 1636 as well as the minister. His decedents were famous during the American Revolution and fought with General George Washington at Valley Forge. later they were given land grants in Westford, Maine for their service during the American Revolution. One of those decedents was named William Greenleaf and he and his brother Nathanial built themselves a schooner and came down to Gloucester around 1880’s or perhaps a little earlier. They were two
of the Highliner Halibut Schooner captains of thier day. This was at a time when the schooner fishing captains were like the Rock Stars and were extremely well respected. William was married to a pretty girl with long red hair he met in Nova Scotia named Mary Connors. There is some family story about a kidnapping or elopement but I am unclear of the details. This is the same family as the Connors Drugstore family. Anyway, they lived in Gloucester and misfortune did strike them when they lost a schooner on her maiden voyage. Her name was the “Henrietta Greenleaf” and on their shakedown cruise a huge storm and wind came up and capsized the boat killing several on board including Mary Connors Brother. William lived and was rescued but from that day forward he supported 5 of the family’s of the men he lost,  until he died in the 1930’s. No small feat in the earlier part of the last century.He was a real larger than life take charge kind of guy who was
fearless. He was the captain of the Grace L. Fears when Blackburn got lost on it and rowed to shore in the snowstorm. There are many legends and stories about him but he was known as “the best cusser in Gloucester” but he made of point of never swearing. So it seems he must have had some colorful language without taking the lords name in vain.
My father’s family the “Smith’s” didn’t come to Cape Ann until 1929 during the depression when they drove up here in a Model T from Connecticut (Originally they were from Scotland and Northern Ireland with a side trip to Wales for a while) to look at a Blacksmith Shop which was for sale in Rockport very cheap. The driver of the Model T was my great grandmother and she was named Melissa Collins (whose husband Allan Smith was a ships carpenter who traveled the world) and she came with her daughter (my grandmother) Melissa Collins Smith. They were shown a Forge Building on High Street in Rockport where the very popular Blacksmith had unfortunately committed suicide because everyone stopped using horses and started using automobiles. The building was practically unsalable to any locals because of the guilt the neighbors felt over his death. To make a very long story short, they bought the building and started The Blacksmith Shop Restaurant in 1929. The
Smith’s had several businesses on Cape Ann including The Andama Bread Company, The Easterly Inn, The Faraday Inn, and The Cable House Inn. I grew up working in the Smith family businesses and I was named after my Great grandmother and grandmother, Melissa. My grandmother Melissa Smith was a great mentor to me and at a time before women’s liberation, ran her businesses with a combination of cut throat fairness, kindness, and compassion. She absolutely loved and lived to cook. I have all of her recipes on the website www.anadamabread.com . Many of them seem old fashioned in this day and age but I can assure you in their day, they were state of the art delicious.  I have many recipes for old time Gloucester Specialties on this website so check it out.

GMG Q&A – Stephanie Palazola(with one z)

Good Morning Gloucester Questionnaire

Stephanie is the lovely bride to be of Randy Oneil she also happens to be a real sweetheart and the daughter of Jack Palazola(with one z) from downtown’s Palazola’s sporting goods.

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

26 years off and on
What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
 
fall — fewer crowds and just-as-nice weather

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Alchemy — I like the brick oven, thin crust pizza best.  Sebastian’s gets spot #2 for the opposite kind of pizza.
What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?
 
Amelia’s

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

The Rudder in the summer
The Franklin in the winter
What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?
 Rhumbline!!!

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?
Sugar Magnolias
What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?
Horribles Parade and fireworks
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?
 beach

Who is your favorite local artist?
Jeff Weaver
Which is your favorite local beach?
Good Harbor
Who has the best chowder in town?
Halibut Point
Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?
none
Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?
clam
What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?
Can’t wait for the next one!!
What is your favorite local band?
Groove Therapy
Thanks Stephanie

GMG Q&A with Olimpia Palazzola

Olimpia owns “Stuff” on Main Street, an eclectic shop of items.
Good Morning Gloucester Questionnaire

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

62 years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester? 
Summer

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

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?  

Sebastian

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?  
Destino’s

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester? 
Not sure,  Passports

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester? 
Don’t go to Bars

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester? 
Sugar Magnolia’s

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? 
 Fiesta

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

Who is your favorite local artist?  Jeff Weaver

Which is your favorite local beach?   Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?   Gloucester House

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?   Don’t like most blogs

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?  Haddock

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

Great, 
1.  We need to close down Main Street one day a week during the summer.  Doesn’t have to be at night!  Change days ,  Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Sundays
2.  Each week have events at different points in the street, not always at the corner of Hancock and Main, or at the West End. 
3.  Move the events on a rotating scale. 
4.  Maybe have an auction,  Block dance moving from one spot to another each week.   
5.  Different contests each week:  Charge a small fee $2-$5 to try the item and vote
           Chowder contest
           Pizza
           Fish
           Spaghetti
           Subs
           Pastry
 
6.  Have the dance schools only do a couple of dances, and once a month include the senior dancers.  (Dancing was too long, but you need the dancing to bring the people down town……they bring the children!
 
7.  If the 5th grade students are still doing the ballroom dancing for the school, as they to reunite to perform during the early part of the summer, or close the street down in late may for this show. ( I think Miss Tina puts that together)
 
8.  Have the high school science class demonstrate their robotics,  in May.
 
9.  Artists painting with easels on the street.
 
10.  Chalk drawings on the street…..Fiesta Committee might be able to let you know how they got the people that did the sidewalk chalk on the Boulevard.
 
11.  Scavenger hunt
 
12.  Find the secret item in a store window or store! 
 
13.  Bring the Farmers market to Main Street
 
I have many more ideas if you want them. 
Thanks, Joey

GMG Q&A- Michelle Ryan

How long have you lived in Gloucester ?

37 Years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Summer

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

my backyard pool is my getaway

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester ?

Valentino’s Pizza

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester ?

Last Stop – not really a sub shop though..

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

Duckworth Bistro

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester ?

Dogbar, Elliotts

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester ?

Sugar Magnolia’s breakfast

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester ?

Favorite Event…FIESTA, FIESTA, FIESTA

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

to be on a boat at Wingaersheek beach

Who is your favorite local artist?

Bowdin Gallery is my favorite photography art

Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?

Halibut Point chowder – but very expensive lately.

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

facebook

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

I did not make the block parties….

Oh, did I mention FIESTA!!!!

Thanks, Joey

GMG Q&A- Natanya Smith

Good Morning Gloucester Questionnaire


How long have you lived in Gloucester ?

28 yrs

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Summer

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

If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret any more.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester ?

Sebastians

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester ?

Destino’s

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

Duckworth’s

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester ?

Lat 43

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester ?

Sugar Mag’s

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester ?

Fiesta of course

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

Both

Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?

Charlies Place

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Clam

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

Great

What is your favorite local band?

Mile 21

Thanks, Joey

GMG Questionnaire- Kristin Michel

Kristin was key in getting the Plum Cove School playground project together.  She’s a good egg that Kristin Michel!

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

Essentially, all of my life, except time away for college and a few years in Florida after that.

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Summer, of course!

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

None are secret.
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

LaTrattoria

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Yellow Sub

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

Passports

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Pratty’s back in the day.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Sugar Mags

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

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

Beach

Who is your favorite local artist?

Jeff Weaver

Which is your favorite local beach?

GHB

Who has the best chowder in town?

Not a fan of chowder.

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Don’t read any other blogs.

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Neither.
What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

Keep ‘em coming

You didn’t ask my my favorite local restaurant?

JALAPENO’S

GMG Questionnaire- Randy Oneil

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

Depending on who you talk to, either 6 months, 43 years, or I don’t live in Gloucester.

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

SUMMER

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

There is a great path through the woods that runs between West Pond and the soccer fields on Western Ave in Magnolia.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Maria’s

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

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

The Rudder

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Captain Carlo’s

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

My favorite at the moment is Two Sister’s…. that could change within the hour.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

The Townie Trot!

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

Beach

Who is your favorite local artist?

Emile Gruppe

Which is your favorite local beach?

GHB

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Haddock and especially Halibut Point’s Italian fish chowder

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

The one that I attended was a lot of fun.

What is your favorite local band?

The Modern Kitchen (they are playing at my wedding)

New Feature- GMG Questionnaire

Our first Good Morning Gloucester Questionnaire comes in from former Mayoral contestant and Good Egg Maggie Rosa-

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

Full time for almost 8 years, before that we were weekenders for 7 years.

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

Fall

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

They wouldn’t be secret if I told you!

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

LaRosa’s

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

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

Home

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Home

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Home

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Schooner Festival Sunday

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

Boat

Who is your favorite local artist?

Tough to say – Brenda Malloy for personality; FHL for lonegevity; Jeff Weaver for Jeff Weaver; Juni Van Dyke for what she encourages the seniors to do

Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Clam

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

Excellent

What is your favorite local band?

Docksiders