Hello to all local Food Establishments and all Food Handlers! HRFoodsafe is now in Gloucester!


We offer ServSafe® training from The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. All training programs meet the requirements for Food Protection Manager Certification that are required for the operation of most food service establishments.

ServSafe® Food Protection classes run approximately 4 hours with the 2 hour timed exam immediately following the class. All training materials incorporate the latest information from the most recent FDA Food Code.

ServSafe® Certification has been deemed valid, reliable and legally defensible, as well as transferable between jurisdictions. ServSafe® training is the right thing to do for your employees, but most importantly, for our guests!

Call or email us with any questions or to sign up!

info@hrfoodsafe.com 1-855-HR.Train  (1-855-478-7246)

You can also sign up for a class on our website at www.HRFoodSafe.com

Here is our schedule in your area:

Gloucester, MA

Feb 18, 2016, Thu

Mar 16, 2016, Wed

Apr 13, 2016, Wed

May 25, 2016, Wed

Jun 22, 2016, Wed

& More to Come!

The Harbor Room
8 Norwood Court
Gloucester, MA 01930

We look forward to the opportunity to serve you!

Stay Safe,




Karen Pischke Represents! in Chicago

Good morning Joey.

Heard your discussion about Chicago in your last podcast. Gloucester is my adopted city, but Chicago is my home town. 

I visited Chicago in December and while there, represented GMG at Second City and in Little Italy, where I lived.

Leona’s was one of my favorite pizza places in the area. Stopped there for dinner after Second City; one of the few places to eat still open at 10 pm on a Sunday night. I was happy to see it’s still there more than 30 years later. Some of the same people were even still working there. The only thing that seemed different was the color of the table clothes. Maybe next time I visit I’ll bring back some pizza for a ‘Gloucester-Chicago’ pizza contest. :)

Have a great day.   Karen

The Outsidah invites one and all to a very fun Book Launch Party!

The Outsidah invites one and all to a very fun Book Launch Party!

The Outsidah is Doug Brendel, who writes humorous commentary on life in small-town New England from the standpoint of a newcomer.

His columns appear at Outsidah.com, at NorthShoreLocalNews.com, and in the Ipswich Chronicle.

Every year, Doug publishes all his columns, plus cartoons, in book form.

Color Me Ipswich features the past year’s worth of “Outsidah” columns,

but this year it’s also a coloring book! 

And yes, there will be crayons!

Doug will perform Ipswich humor from the book … 

Copies will be available for sale and autographs … 

Refreshments will be served … 

This event is free and open to the public! 

See you there!

Sat., Feb. 20 … 7-9 p.m.

Personal Best Studio (above the Ipswich Ale brewery)

2 Soffron Lane, Ipswich

Questions? Email Outsidah@DougBrendel.com


Sea Foam

Yesterday around 5:30 pm on Shore Road came across flying Sea Foam. So what is Sea Foam?    Definition from Wikipedia:  Sea foam, ocean foam, beach foam, or spume is a type of foam created by the agitation of seawater, particularly when it contains higher concentrations of dissolved organic matter (including proteins, lignins, and lipids)[1] derived from sources such as the offshore breakdown of algal blooms. These compounds can act as surfactants or foaming agents. As the seawater is churned by breaking waves in the surf zone adjacent to the shore, the presence of these surfactants under these turbulent conditions traps air, forming persistent bubbles that stick to each other through surface tension. Due to its low density and persistence, foam can be blown by strong on-shore winds from the beachface inland.

February 3, 2016 Light and fluffy


February 3, 2016 sea foam on Shore Road



Are You Seeing Red?

More Cape Ann Wellness News

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With yesterday’s snow storm you may not have gotten out much, but if you had you may have noticed a lot of women wearing red for National Red Dress Day. 


Heart disease remains the #1 Killer of men and women world-wide. Heart (cardiovascular) disease includes high blood pressure, heart attack (myocardial infarction,) abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia,) congestive heart failure (CHF,) stroke (cerebrovascular disease) and more.

February is ‘National Heart Month.’ Wear red this month to help bring awareness to heart disease, risk factors, and prevention. ‘Get your red on’ all month-long.

Recognize Warning Signs of a Heart Attack. Symptoms of a heart attack can be different in men and women (more subtle at times) and may include –

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain in the upper body such as the neck, jaw, upper back, or arms
  • A squeezing feeling or tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or…

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What a beauty of a morning after the snow

What a beautiful morning after the snow on Friday.  Could not wait to get out of bed to take a look around.


Week of February 7, 2016 – Sawyer Free Library

More Cape Ann Community News-


Matz Gallery Artist for February: David Bover

DavidBoverArtist’s Statement :Fishing and the sea have defined Gloucester for centuries.  The sights and smells of the water and boats are everywhere.  I love roaming the docks in Gloucester to see what’s happening and perhaps capture a compelling image. These photographs attempt to convey some of the unique marine flavor of Gloucester – especially the rugged beauty of the city’s pride, its fishing boats.  And a few shots of the wide horizon’s grander view as well.  My focus is on light, color and pleasing patterns, on large or small scale. I hope you enjoy viewing these pictures as much as I’ve enjoyed making them.  Walk around Gloucester and check out the waterfront in person!    Biography: This show combines my lifelong passion for boats and the sea with the art of photography.  I first visited Gloucester during college, while in Boston for a work term at…

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