Gloucester Harbor Exquisite Sunrise

Yesterday morning’s exquisite sunrise from Pirate’s Lane.

Freemantle Doctor Fishing Boat Rockport ©Kim Smith 2015

 F/V Freemantle Doctor Heading Out

Cape Pond Ice winter Gloucester Harbor ©Kim Smith 2015

The sun’s light at daybreak coming up over the harbor after the snowstorm lent a golden glow to all. I find our neighborhood–the people, the architecture, the boats, the sweet little robins–to be a never ending source of inspiration. See panoramic view of Smith’s Cove sunrise, posted yesterday.

Smith's Cove Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015Gloucester City Hall winter snow @Kim Smith 2015

Americold ©Kim Smith 2015Our Lady of Good Voyage winter snow Gloucester harbor ©kim Smith 2015Maritime Heritage Gloucester winter snow ©Kim Smith 2015

Pirate's Lane Arbor ©Kim Smith 2015East Gloucester Americna Robin ©Kim Smith 2015Pirate’s Lane Robin

Today is National Get Your Ass off the Couch Day

02/26/2015

Today is National Get Your Ass off the Couch Day!

Time to get off the Laptop and do something creative.

NOT!

We Lost A Long Time Friend of The Blog- Joe Testaverde Condolences To Your Family Joe

Here are just a few of the Posts Joe Shared with the GMG Community-

Joe Testaverde Live From Daytona

Whiting Fishing Aboard The Midnight Sun Summer 2011 Filmed and Edited By Joe Testaverde

Haddock a Good Year ! From Joe Testaverde

Auto Show in Gloucester, MA – 70’s From Joe Testaverde

Joe Testaverde Forwards Us Links to some Gloucester Maps In The 1800s

Joe Testaverde Sends In Dolphin Photos From When The Boys Brought the Midnight Sun Up From Texas

Joe Testaverde Sends In Grandparents St Joseph’s Altar Photo

Community Photos 9/12/12

Send In Your Pics in Pats Gear! We’ll Post Em!

 

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Live From J. Pace & Sons

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My friend Mauro always takes good care of me while shopping at J.Pace & Sons! Today I stopped by to pick up supplies for Saturdays ” Pasta Making Festivities.” I was happy to see their supply of my favorite imported dried oregano was replenished after shopping there last week and disappointed to learn they were sold out! Thank You Mauro for holding some aside for me this week. It will be put to good use this weekend!

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Sista’s Favorite Kitchen Gadget Of The Week

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It’s all About The St. Joseph Pasta this weekend!

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Yesterday I picked up an extra hand crank pasta machine at Marshalls for only $24.99! There was no way I was leaving the store with that fabulous bargain in hand! One can never have enough pasta machine when annually making this amount of Sista Felicia’s St Joseph Semolina Pasta!

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The cutting mechanisms on this Norpro Pasta Machine appears to be sharp enough to cut clean edges…I’ll keep you all posted during the live Stream broadcast how it preforms  throughout the day!

 

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 St. Barry’s Drying Rack In Use

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For Sista Felicia’s Homemade St. Joseph Semolina Pasta Recipe… click recipe video link below, filmed and produced by Giani Gallo from Gallo Productions.

Every Sicilian family makes their homemade St. Joseph Pasta slightly different. Some use eggs, some use white flour, some use semolina, and others use a combination of both.  The combination of ingredients and the pasta’s thickness really determines both the taste, and texture of the final traditional pasta dish. The St. Joseph “Goranza” is traditionally made with Cauliflower, fava beans, chick peas, and fennel frauns.  Some Sicilian families add several kinds of beans and some add the stalks and bulb of the anise.  Like all Italian and Sicilian recipes ….each family has their own twist.  Many make this pasta extremely thick and heavy, similar to the texture of wall paper paste, I do not. Over the years I have developed this pasta recipe and mastered the technique of making it.  If you’re looking for a pasta recipe that’s tender, light, and delicious, my Sista Felicia’s Semolina Pasta is for you!  Even The Mayor of Gloucester “Sefatia Giambanco Romeo Theken” gives it a two thumbs up, and looks forward to taking a 5 lb. bag home each year.  

 This Saturday we will be live streaming, Patsa Making Day! Preparations for the feast are in full swing at this time. My rosary ladies, close friends and family are geared up to gather in my kitchen for this weekend’s pasta event! On Saturday, all 130 lbs. of semolina pasta will be hand crafted, and set to dry on a large drying rack, creatively constructed by my husband St. Barry!  The hand crafted pasta will be served with our families “Goranza” Recipe passed down by my Uncle Michele and Aunt Vincie Millitiello. Our traditional “Goranza,” in english,“ sauce,” made with fava beans, cauliflower, chick peas, and fresh fennel furan, will be served on March nineteenth the official Feast Day Of  St. Joseph. The large pots of “Goranza will rest side by side with a large pot of “Sunday Sugu” minus the meat ingredients, for those who have not yet acquired a taste or appreciations for the  unique flovor of this pasta dish, but would still like to enjoy the hand crafted and blessed pasta. . Growing up I can vividly remember a long line of people waiting with containers in hand during my Uncle Mike and Aunt Vincie’s St. Joseph Feast Day.  A line from her stove in the kitchen went through the house, out the front door and down the street 2 city blocks.  People waited hours to get a potion of blessed pasta.  For the past few years I decided to take that tradition one step further, and send my family and guest home with a bag of dried pasta, and  small container of St. Joseph Goranza, so they can prepare and enjoy it one more time at home.  It has become the grand finally of our feast day.  Everyone waits in line for their opportunity to digs into the giant containers of stored pasta.  Each fills a plastic bag up with homemade dried pasta, and heads to the kitchen to pick up their container of Goranza by the stove top.  This new tradition is another “Gift Of Gold” that I hope to pass on to the next generation!  

 

Our Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Governor Charlie Baker

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My friend Sefatia (Romeo Theken), Mayor of Gloucester, and Charlie (Baker), Governor of Massachusetts. The Governor is quite tall (6’6″), and is more handsome in person than on TV.  They’re posed in front of the Grand Staircase at the State House. I prefer not to shoot with a flash, but probably should have here for better sharpness. Sefatia wants a copy of this photo, which I’ve sent.

@uscg Cutter Grand Isle Decommissioned Yesterday After Many Years Of Service In #GloucesterMA 2/26/15 5:45AM

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Check it out here on their Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/USCoastGuardNortheast?fref=nf

From USCG Northeast;

“Our beloved Coast Guard Cutter ‪#‎GrandIsle‬ will be decommissioned tomorrow.
July – September 1996: GI received a CG Unit Commendation for participating in the response to the Trans World Airlines Flight 800 Crash. The plane was on its way to Paris from New York and experienced an explosion 16NM off the coast of Moriches Harbor.”

For our many many posts about Gloucester’s Cutter- https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/?s=GRAND+ISLE

Nichole’s Picks of the Weekend 2/28 and 3/1

March….finally.  Maybe, just maybe, the worst of it is over.

Pick #1 

Mentioned just yesterday on GMG….and sounding like a lot of fun….is the Harlem Superstars Basketball Game!

Proceeds go to benefit the Cape Ann YMCA’s Annual Campaign!

The game starts at 7pm at Gloucester High School.  Tickets are $7 per person ($8 at the door) and all proceeds support the YMCA’s Annual Campaign to provide scholarships for local kids and families.

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Pick #2

The Lunar New Year at the Peabody Essex Museum

WEEKEND FESTIVAL

Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10am – 4pm

Check out the day’s schedule HERE!

A full day of fantastic family activities waiting to be had!

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Pick #3

Also in celebration of the Chinese New Year…the Annual Lion Dance Parade

Chinese New Year Events – Lion Dance Parade

Click Here for Information about this year’s parade!

Be sure to scan all the way down when checking out the link above.  If you do you’ll find some great suggestions for where to eat some dim sum and more!

 

                                  Photo of Lion Dances at Boston's Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

 

When: Sunday, March 1, 2015

See Boston Discovery Guide’s March Events Calendar for more information

 

Note:  In case you remember that this this parade takes place in February, you’re right.  However, Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, and it takes place later than usual this year.

 

Where:  Beach Street and other nearby streets in Chinatown, Boston
Closest T station: Orange Line/Chinatown (or walk over from any Downtown Boston T station
Cost: Free

 

 

 

Electricity Update 21: Captain Pete Mondello’s Energy Efficiency Breakdown and Annual Savings

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So Captain Pete just had his energy efficiency evaluation at his house.  You know the one’s I’ve been talking about since November?  When you get yours done they print out a report stating exactly what you get for free and how much you will save annually just by taking the free stuff they give you like the LED lightbulbs and energy power strips and electronically controlled thermostats.

SIGN UP FOR THE FREE STUFF HERE-


So you can see from his report that he got 14 bulbs free, 2 electronic Honeywell thermostats installed free, 2 advanced 6 outlet smart powerstrips, all together valued at $363 and he paid $0.  He was very happy this morning.

After all the free stuff they gave him they worked up a recommendation sheet of things that he could get 75% paid for through mass save and only have to pay 25% of teh cost of the work and materials. So the recommendations of insulation and other work was valued at $2024 worth of work of which there are Government subsidies that Next Step completely handles all the paperwork for you and his portion of all that work would end up costing him $379 out of pocket.  If he takes advantage of the incentives and gets the work done and pays the $379 he can expect a further savings of $260 per year which is a return on investment which gets paid back in 1.4 years.  after that every year going forward all of that money stays in his pocket.  Absolute, without question, NO BRAINER CITY!  When banks are offering less than 3% interest rates and you can get that kind of return on your money you’d have to be an absolute fool not to take advantage.

Image below is Captain Pete’s chart of free Energy Efficient Measures that he got just for signing up and having them come out to install the items.

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SIGN UP FOR THE FREE STUFF HERE-

Parts 1,2,3 Here
Electricity Update #4: Free Home Energy Assesment With Kevin From Next Step Living
Electricity Update #5: Video Walkthrough- Energy Efficiency Assesment and Free Stuff At Mom’s House
Electricity Update #6 Energy Saving Ideas
Electricity Savings Alternative Home Energy and Comfort Update #7- Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth
ELECTRICTY AND HOME ENERGY UPDATE #8 NO BRAINER- DONNA AND RICK GET THEIR ENERGY EFFICIENCY ASSESSMENT!
ELECTRICITY, HOME HEATING AND ENERGY UPDATE #9 CAPE ANN CHIMNEY AND HEARTH TESTIMONIAL FROM CAROL CATALDO
Electricity Update #10
Electricity and Home Heating and Comfort Update 11: Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth Part III
The No Brainer Electricity Update #12
Electricity Update #13 Next Step Experience At Lise Breen’s Laneseville Joint

Electricity Conversation Update #14 Paulie Walnuts Gets His Energy Assessment #GloucesterMA

Have You Opened Your Recent Electricity Bill and Seen The Energy Efficiency Charge? Update 15

Electricity Savings Update 16: Solar Opportunities and A Solar Home Evaluation At Brian O’Connor’s

ELECTRICITY UPDATE 18 BRIAN AND DIANE O’CONNOR ARE GOING SOLAR

Electricity Saving Update 19- Energy Saving Tips and How To Get Energy Saving Stuff For Free

Electricity Update 20:The Numbers Behind The Instant Dollar Savings You Get When You Do A Free Home Energy Assessment and How To Properly Set Your Free Programmable Thermostat

More Coyotes On Eastern Point Photos From Tom Janis #GloucesterMA

Joey,
Hi.  I appreciate Good Morning Gloucester! 
Here are 4 coyotes walking through my backyard (Brace Cove in the distance) just now.  I wonder how they’re surviving.
Best,
Tom Janisimage

I took this with my iPhone so not great quality, but here are 4 coyotes walking through my backyard just now (Brace Cove behind).
Enjoy Good Morning Gloucester!  Thanks.
Tom Janis

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Joey,
Hi!    Here they are again this morning.  All four were on the rock, in the sun, but it took too long for my phone to power on, but I was able to catch the last one crossing the rock.  I’m pretty sure I know where their den is now (and they really worry me because I have a dog).  I see them every day!
Best,
Tom Janis

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