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Saint Peter’s Fiesta Friday Opening Ceremony

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Friday’s picture perfect summer skies made for an especially festive and at times poignant Saint Peter’s Fiesta grand opening ceremony. Festival-goers gathered at the Saint Peter’s Club and, after everyone who had participated in the day’s earlier sporting events had raced home to change, the procession carrying Saint Peter through the square and around the old city hall (American Legion building) began. Eight fishermen are given the honor of transporting Saint Peter on a specially crafted cart.Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester -3 ©Kim Smith 2014 Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester -6 ©Kim Smith 2014The Wagner and Sleepy Pallazola Families were given special commendations by the Fiesta committee Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester -4 Kim Smith 2014   Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2014Rev. James M. Achadinha, the new pastor for Our Lady of Good Voyage and Holy Family, was introduced to the crowd. Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014 -7

Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester Domenic Nicastro Joe Novello Joe Orlando ©Kim Smith 2014Dominic Nicastro hands the care of Saint Peter to Joe Orlando

Ann Margaret Ferrante Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014 State Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante and Senator Bruce Tarr gave moving speeches and rallying cries for the fishing industry.

Bruce Tarr Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Gloucester city Council Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Gloucester City Council

Sefatia Romeo Thekan  Rosaria Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2014Sisters Sefatia and Rosario

Our Most Heartfelt Congratulations to the 2014 Gloucester Citizenship Award Winners!!!

UU Citizenship Awards 2014 ©Kim Smith 2014Back row left to right: Martin Klugman, Joe Novello, Jim Flint, Terry Sands, Barry McKay, and John McElhenny

Front row left to right: Maggie Rosa, Linn Parisi, Donna Ardizonni, and Ann Straccia

To receive a Gloucester Citizenship Awards is a very special honor and it is truly only bestowed upon the most deserving. At the award ceremony last night the love and positive energy had by family and friends for these outstanding Gloucester citizens was palpable. Donna Ardizonni and Melissa Cox ©Kim Smith 2014Donna Ardizonni and Melissa Cox ©Kim Smith 2014 -2Melissa Cox presenting Donna’s award, and sharing a funy story about removing dead seagulls from the beach.

Here at GMG we are very proud of all the recipients, but especially, especially proud that our own Donna Ardizonni was nominated for her good work with the One Hour at a Time Gang. John McElhenny ©Kim Smith 2014We are very proud too of our GMG super FOB and friend John McElhenny for his stellar job in spearheading the Burnham’s Field improvements and in turning it into a gorgeous new community playground, garden, and park.

Mike English Terry sands ©Kim Smith 2014Mike English Terry sands ©Kim Smith 2014 -3Mike English Honoring Terry Sands

On a personal note, I am also very proud that a very dear friend, Terry Sands, is one of this year’s honorees, for his extraordinary work directing (along with his co-director Mary Curtis) the fabulous Annisquam Village Players, for the past TWENTY- SEVEN YEARS!

Kay Ellis Linn Parisi ©Kim Smith 2014Kay Ellis Honoring Linn Parisi for her work with Discover Gloucester

Each winner was honored by a friend or colleague and it was wonderful to learn about the roles they have played in making our beautiful community all the more beautiful. Gloucester is  a very special place to call home and it is people like this year’s 2014 Citizenship Award recipients that make our city profoundly unique and, simply awesome! Our most heartfelt congratulations to the 2014 Citizenship Award winners!!!

Jim Flint ©Kim Smith 2014Jim Flint for his work with the Lanesville Community Center

Martin Krugman ©Kim Smith 2014Marty Krugman for the Schooner Adventure

Joe Novello ©Kim Smith 2014Joe Novello for the Saint Peter’s Fiesta

Barry Mckay ©Kim Smith 2014Barry McKay for the Rose Baker Senior Center

Maggie Rosa ©Kim Smith 2014Maggie Rosa for City Hall Restoration and the Gloucester Educational Foundation

Ellie's beagle ©Kim Smith 2014Anne Straccia’s Rescue Beagle Ellie

McElhenny Famiky ©Kim Smith 2014McElhenny Family

AVP Family ©Kim smith 2014AVP Family

Ann Margaret and Sefatia ©Kim Smith 2014Sefatia Romeo Thekan and Ann Margaret Ferrante

Sefatia ©Kim Smith 2014Sefatia for Terry!

Donna and Rick ©Kim Smith 2014Donna and Rick and Family

Sefatia and terry sands ©Kim Smith 2014JPGSefatia and Terry

McElhenny Family AVP Family ©Kim Smith 2014McElhenny Family and AVP Family

Tonight! The 2014 Citizenship Award Winners Including Some Of Our Own!!! WOOT WOOT! CONGRATS!!!!

CHURCH TO HONOR TEN RESIDENTS FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE

On Sunday, May 4, the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church will present Citizenship Awards to ten dedicated citizens (and one dog) for their selfless volunteer efforts on behalf of our city.

This year’s awardees will be Donna Ardizzoni, for her One Hour at a Time weekly cleanup efforts; Jim Flint, for spearheading the renovation and renewal of the Lanesville Community Center; Martin Krugman, for leading the restoration of the schooner Adventure; John McElhenny, for improvements to Burnham’s Field; Barry McKay, for his volunteer work at the Rose Baker Senior Center; Joe Novello, for helming the annual St. Peter’s Fiesta and keeping other traditions alive; Linn Parisi, for attracting tourism through Discover Gloucester; Maggie Rosa, for her work with the Gloucester Education Foundation and the preservation of City Hall; Terry Sands, for 23 years of musical theater productions at the Annisquam Village Players; and Ann Straccia and her rescue beagle, Ellie, for providing support and companionship to homeless people at the Grace Center.

The winners were nominated not just by members of the church but by individuals and organizations throughout the city. The final decision was made by the church’s Social Justice Committee. Many winners have no idea who nominated them and will not find out until they arrive at the ceremony.

The ceremony, which is informal, begins at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary at the corner of Church and Middle Streets, with a reception downstairs in the church vestry to follow. Both floors are handicapped accessible. The event is open to all free of charge; freewill donations will be gratefully accepted. Sponsors of the program include Rockport National Bank, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Santander Bank, Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shop, The Dress Code, MAC Fitness, BankGloucester, and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Donna Ardizzoni

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John McElhenny

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Joe Novello

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Ann Straccia

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Martin Krugman

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Jim Flint

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Terry Sands

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Maggie Rosa

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Linn Parisi

GloucesterCast With Lowell Peabody, Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/22/14

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GloucesterCast With Lowell Peabody, Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/22/14

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Topics Include: Gloucester MA, 01930, Happy Earth Day, Lowell Peabody, Kim Smith, 2014 UU Church Citizenship Award Winners- Donna Ardizzoni, Jim Flint, Martin Krugman, John McElhenny, Barry McKay, Joe Novello, Linn Parisi, Maggie Rosa, Terry Sands, Ann Straccia and her rescue beagle Ellie, Gloucester Strong Day At The Hive, Patti Amaral, Rose LoPiccolo, Dog Off Leash Article In GDT, James Niedzinski, Pot Farm In Essex, Arianna MacNeill, Over/Under Time Before Pot Farm Gets Approved, Over/Under Time Before Pot Dispensary Gets Opened, Phantom Illness, iPad vs iPad mini, Monoprice IPS Monitor A Tremendous Value, Petit Robert, The Franklin Lamb Chops, Grilled Brussel Sprouts, La casa de Luis, Montreal Spicy Steak Seasoning, Kim Smith PSwallowtail Movie In Lowell Eco Movie Festival, Palazolas Sporting Goods Baseball Cap Collection, Kim’s Daughter Liv Fair Weather Bostonian, Kim Does Not Know What Year Her Daughter Graduated, Liv’s New Blog,

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Kent Circle Christmas Tree photos from Anthony Marks

Hi Joey
It’s that time of year. Ringo Tarr and crew set up the Kent Circle Christmas tree Friday November 15th.  Ringo Tarr and Joe Novello traveled to Nova Scotia to pick up the tree.
The Santa parade a part of the tree lighting will step off about 3:00 pm Sunday December 1st from the state fish pier in Gloucester.
The parade route is Parker street to Main street to Western ave. and ends at Kent Circle for the annual Christmas tree lighting with Santa and Mrs. Clause.
Hope to see you and the girls there.
Best Anthony

Dory Prep Day- Under 32 Degrees But These Great Community Folks Got ‘Er Done!

Thanks To Laurel and Jimmy T For Getting Us The Photos-

The Dorys don’t just maintain themselves.  It takes a group effort to keep these boats in racing shape.  The email was sent out last week to all the members of the International Dory Race organization and I’m sure when they sent out the invitation to join in and sand, powerwash and paint the dorys that no one imagined that it was going to be under 32 degrees at the end of March. But that’s what mother nature dealt.

I remember that morning wondering if they were going to cancel and reschedule but as you can see from the following photos- the work took place.  Those who showed up should be applauded for their efforts! Photos and captions from Laurel Tarantino-

Nice Stern Gina!-  Gina Lampassi

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Marge Robertson & Patti Page

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Joe Novello & Keith Palazzola, Volunteering isn’t all work!  It’s smiles and friendly bantering.

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Bottoms Up!  Leo LaRosa on Roller, Jeff Muise on Cutting

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Ray D’Amico caught Working!

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Erik Dombrowski sands the bottom

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Laurel added in a new email-

We only got the bottoms painted on Saturday, as the temperatures were too low for anything other than that.  Boats are all sanded and ready for “Dory Buff” which we hope to slap on tomorrow.  Hopefully we’ll get it done, because we want to launch them asap.

and another Report From Jimmy-

Once again we were pleasantly surprised by the strong showing on Boat Prep Day. Unfortunately, it was too damn cold to paint the boats! So…. we’re going to do that *tomorrow at 4 p.m.* Anyone who can spare an hour or two, we’ll be at the Eastern Avenue Storge facility from 4 to 6 p.m.. *Come on down and lend a hand.*
All the hard work got done, thanks to Erik Dombrowski and Damon Cummings bringing all the tools and supplies we got all the boats scraped, sanded and bottom painted.  Now all we have to do is slap a little paint/linseed oil on the decks and roll the buff on the outsides. Should have it done tomorrow and ready to launch this weekend!

Thank you all! Joe Novello, Kieth Pallazola, Marge Robertson, Laurel Tarantino, Patti Page, Leo LaRosa, Jeff Muise, Gina Lampassi, Nancy Dudley, Mike Harmon and Ray D’Amico. Forgive me if I left anyone out. All the elbow grease and good MoJo is appreciated.

Fiesta Sports Fundraiser next Saturday

Sharon Lowe photo

From Joe Novello-

St. Peter’s Club
7:00pm

The event will feature the work of several  photographers (David, Jay, me, and others —Sharon) displaying their collections of many Fiesta events, including Greasy Pole Walkers, Seine Boat Races,
Kid’s Games, Parade, Mass etc.
Individual photos and  CD’s will be available to purchase from the photographers.
A percentage of the sales or photos(as raffle prizes) will be donated by the photographers to the event.
There will also be a multitude of other prizes included in the raffle.

All proceeds will be used to support Fiesta Sports.
This year we plan to  purchase new oars for the Seine Boat events and
make the necessary repairs to the Greasy Pole Platform.

If you are interested in helping in any way, please let us know.

Tickets will be available soon.
$10ea. / 3 for $20

It is our goal to gather as many prizes as possible and make this a worthwhile and memorable event.
If you know of any individual or business that may be willing to donate a prize for the raffle, let us know.
PLEASE  send this e-mail to all Rowers and Pole Walkers.
Thanks,Joe
joe.novello@vsea.com

List of prizes received to date.

Latitude 43-Gift Certificate
Charlies Place- Gift Certificate
Family Car Care–Oil and Lube
Family Car care- Tire Rotation and Balance
Railroad Ave. Liquors- 2 bottles of Wine
P&L Associates- Binoculars
P&L Associates-Car Vacuum
Sunbanque–32 Points for Tanning Sessions
Manchester Athletic Club- 6 week membership
Red Sox Game tickets
Salon One -Gift Certificate
Cape Ann Marina- 6 month pool membership

Fiesta Sports Fundraiser Saturday, April 24, 2010 St. Peter’s Club

Click The Picture For a Good Morning Gloucester Fiesta Slide Show Featuring Pics From David Cox and Joey Ciaramitaro-

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From Joe Novello-

St. Peter’s Club
7:00pm

The event will feature the work of several  photographers displaying their collections of many Fiesta events, including Greasy Pole Walkers, Seine Boat Races,
Kid’s Games, Parade, Mass etc.
Individual photos and  CD’s will be available to purchase from the photographers.
A percentage of the sales or photos(as raffle prizes) will be donated by the photographers to the event.
There will also be a multitude of other Prizes included in the raffle.
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All proceeds will be used to support Fiesta Sports.
This year we plan to  purchase new oars for the Seine Boat events and
make the necessary repairs to the Greasy Pole Platform.

If you are interested in helping in any way, please let us know.

Tickets will be available soon.
$10ea. / 3 for $20

It is our goal to gather as many prizes as possible and make this a worthwhile and memorable event.
If you know of any individual or business that may be willing to donate a prize for the raffle, let us know.
PLEASE  send this e-mail to all Rowers and Pole Walkers.
Thanks,Joe
joe.novello@vsea.com

List of prizes received to date.

Latitude 43-Gift Certificate
Charlies Place- Gift Certificate
Family Car Care–Oil and Lube
Family Car care- Tire Rotation and Balance
Railroad Ave. Liquors- 2 bottles of Wine
P&L Associates- Binoculars
P&L Associates-Car Vacuum
Sunbanque–32 Points for Tanning Sessions
Manchester Athletic Club- 6 week membership
Red Sox Game tickets
Salon One -Gift Certificate
Cape Ann Marina- 6 month pool membership

KAOS is BACK!!

Kaos knocks off two-time champs

By Nick Curcuru
Times Staff Writer

GLOUCESTER — Following yesterday’s championship seine boat race at Pavilion Beach, Kaos coxswain Joe Novello jumped up on the bow of the boat and yelled, “We’re back.”

Novello and Kaos were the cream of the crop in the seine boat world in the early part of the decade winning titles in 2000 and 2002. Recently, however, Kaos has been close, but hasn’t been able to find a third title, falling on Sunday in five of the last six years. But yesterday the two time champions were truly back, as Kaos outmuscled two-time defending champion Seize the Moment, who was attempting to become the fourth crew in history to win three straight titles. Kaos captured a 1.5-boat win to earn the 2009 men’s seine boat championship. Breakaway (Paul Giacalone’s crew) finished in third….

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“Buona Fiesta from the Other Side”

First published in the Gloucester Daily Times in 2007

Buona Fiesta!  Ten years ago my involvement with St. Peter’s Fiesta was maybe walking through the carnival on Friday night, avoiding the traffic on Rogers St., and spending time far away from the downtown area. As a non- Italian, non-Catholic, the Fiesta was not a big part of my own childhood or adult life. I didn’t attend Mass unless it was for a wedding or funeral. I didn’t understand the Novena. There was no craving for a huge sausage sandwich. I didn’t get it!

But then around 1998, I’m not sure how it happened, but I got it. I wanted to capture some of the festivities as a photographer. Little did I know this would transform me into an honorary Italian. At first I felt like an outsider looking in on foreign traditions and cultures.  I think that year I just took photos of the parade on Sunday and the greasy pole.

I remember exactly when I got it, though. I was waiting for the parade standing under the arch of balloons outside the St. Peter’s Club when it was on Main St. The street was packed with hundreds of people. The statue of St. Peter was hoisted high into the air as the red and green balloons were released. Confetti was tossed from the roofs of the nearby buildings. Band music filled the air as someone called “Come siamo tutti muti?” and the crowd responded with “Viva San Pietro!”  The emotion and passion were overwhelming. I fought back the tears. And from that time on, I knew that even though I had no Italian relatives, I was Italian at heart.

In the years that have followed, I’ve had the honor and privilege of photographing all the Fiesta events. From seine boat practices, the Novena, the St. Peter’s Committee Reception, opening night, all the boat races, the greasy pole contests, the kids’ games,  the parade, Sunday Mass, the Blessing of the Fleet, the walk through the Fort, and everything in between, I have met the most amazing people.

Of course, there’s Joe Novello, but there’s also his new baby granddaughter, Sofia Rose, Tim Oakes, seine boat scuttler, and his four girls, Joey Palmisano who organizes the kids’ games on Saturday, Santo and Lea Militello celebrating over 50 years of marriage, little Marissa Numerosi, Sara Favazza, who loves to have her photo taken, Joe Frontiero, Joe Marino, Lenny Biondo, Lenny Billante, the names go on and on and they’re all part of the history of Fiesta.

I’ve felt the elation of the Morrisseys, Phil Francis, and Tim Oakes, the love between Joe Balbo and his son, the disappointment in the eyes of Gina Lampassi, the pride in Tony Testaverde as he carried the statue for barely a minute on Sunday, the sadness of those who have lost loved ones this year, my own sadness in losing my best friend, Tony Barbara, and the kindness of the crowd down the fort as they stuffed dollar bills into the jar to help J.J.

If I hadn’t gotten it, I would have missed out on this incredible opportunity to meet these wonderful people and experience the passion, joy, and love that is St. Peter’s Fiesta.

Viva San Pietro! And where’s Ambie with my sausage?

-Sharon

Novena starts today-

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Monday Novena opening signals St. Peter’s Fiesta

By All Hands (Gloucester Daily Times)

It’s another week and a half to go before Gloucester’s 2009 St. Peter’s Fiesta hits full stride.

But the first elements of Fiesta begin on Monday — and that goes beyond the very visible construction of the altar in St. Peter’s Square, and the well-wishing signs for a “Buono Fiesta” greeting customers at some Rogers Street watering holes and other local businesses.

The nine-day Novena to St. Peter — held each year as a prelude to the Fiesta and the patron saint of the fishermen — opens Monday at 7 p.m. and continues at the same time each night through June 23 in the former Doyon’s building on Rogers Street, next to St. Peter’s Square.

The public is invited to attend any or all of the Novenas. Anyone seeking further information is welcome to call St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee member Joe Novello at (978) 283-4367.