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Wellspring House 16th Annual Women Honoring Women Luncheon

Jan Bell, Ann Margaret Ferrante ©Kim Smith 2014Wellspring Supporters, left to right: Maggie Rosa, Dale Brown, Jan Bell (honoree), Frances Ferrante, and State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante

Sara Hall Kay O'Rourke Wellspring House ©Kim Smith 2014Kay O’Rourke Introducing Sara Hall

This year Jan Bell, Libby Hayes, and Sara Hall were recognized with the Wellspring Award for their legacies of service. Sara Hall was also the keynote speaker.

Patty Philbrick Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Patty Philbrick

There were 700 women attending the luncheon. After listening to the deeply inspiring stories of courage shared by four Wellspring participant speakers, I don’t think there was a dry eye there.

Wellspring’s President and Executive Director Kay O’Rourke writes in the program,”Together we find expression for our passions and talents in this great work we call Wellspring House. Together we bind up the wounded, mend the broken-hearted, house the homeless, and liberate minds through education.”

Melissa Thunberg Briar Forsythe ©Kim Smith 2014

Corporate Sponsor Briar Forsythe, proprietor of Willowdale Estate (right) and Willowdale’s COO Melissa Thunberg

Wellspring House ©Kim Smith 2014Jane Fonzo, Frances Ferrante, and Ann-Margaret Ferrante

Libby Hayes ©Kim Smith 2014Honoree Libby Hayes

New Video: Sefatia and Friends Cooking for a Cause!

City Councilor At-large Sefatia Romeo Thekn and friends help raise funds to support Megan Cole’s participation in the Boston Marathon to benefit the Hoyt Foundation. She and her commares cook breakfast and lunch for Jack Ventola and his employees at National Fish & Seafood.

Congressman John Tierney, Mayor Carolyn Kirk, and State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante join Sefatia and friends. Wicked Tuna Captain Dave Carraro and First Mate Paul Hebert stop by to share lunch.

~ Starring ~ Sefatia Rome Thekan

~ Featuring ~ Megan Cole, Congressman John Tierney, Jack Ventola, Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Dave Carraro, Paul Hebert

~ Commares ~ Giovanna Margiotta, Gus Margiotta, Liz Margiotta, Rosalia Favazza, Pietra Locontro, Maria Cannavo, Rosaria Floyd, Lia Romeo Oliver, Tonianne Enes, Domenic Enes, Megan Cole, Mark Cole, Jane Fonzo, Frances Ferrante, Jennifer Arson, National Fish Employees

~ Music During the Event by Torianne Enes

~ Pastries and Bread Donated by Jim’s Bagel and Bake Shoppe, Sclafani Italian Bakery, Cafe Sicilia

Opening Credit Music: “Fritto Misto;” Closing Credit “Music: Don Pietro.”

A note about the song “Fritto Misto” ~ Searching for fun lively music for the video, I came across the song “Fritto Misto.” Google search led to many recipes for Fritto Misto, which loosely translated means ‘fried seafood and vegetable medley’–how perfect for this little film about cooking seafood with Sefatia and friends!

Filmed at National Fish and Seafood, March 25, 2013.

Above La Trattoria- 62 Main Street Video

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Mike and Jane Fonzo have been pouring a lot of energy into renovating the West End of Gloucester.  They have been successfully renovating these properties while retaining the character of the neighborhood.  Their vision has been Gloucester’s gain.

Mike and Jane Fonzo’s 62 Main Street

Because 62 Main Street sits on a bend and this unit which is being refurbished sits above La Trattoria, it has unique sweeping views up and down Main Street.  Not only that, to the left it neighbors the gardens in front of the Sargent Murray House.  Plenty of light and huge windows make this a very cool spot for the Downtown Gloucester lover to call home.  Video tour at 8AM

Mike and Jane Fonzo Property at 62 Main Street

Mike and Jane Fonzo Property at 62 Main Street

Mike and Jane Fonzos Property at 62 Main St

Mike and Jane Fonzo's Property at 62 Main St

Mike and Jane Fonzos 62 Main St

Mike and Jane Fonzo's 62 Main St

GMG Q&A With Mover and Shaker Jane Fonzo

Jane and Mike Fonzo have purchased and been in the process of renovating a good portion of the properties in the West End of Main Street- specifically (48 – 64, and 55 – 71 Main Street).  I’ll be touring the properties this morning.   Included in this morning’s tour will be the future headquarters for our club in the space above above Lat Trattoria.  I’ll be sure to bring back some interesting video in yet another space we’ve all walked past a million times but have never been inside.

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

9 Years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

The ocean is beautiful during every season.  Every day is a new picture to view.

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

Gloucester has “secret outdoor spots?”  Who knew, and where are they?

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

LaTrattoria Pizzeria for thin crust cheese pizza, overcooked for a crispy bottom – it’s better than Regina’s of the North End.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?


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

The people of Gloucester demand good food, so any restaurant in Gloucester, open for any long period of time, has great food.  However, I can’t think of any restaurants in Gloucester that you could say were romantic (with candlelit tables, linen tablecloths, china, crystal, silver, extended wine and champagne list, etc.)

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Bars aren’t my favorite pass time. We could all do without them.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Atlantis Motor Inn during open season, Charlies Place, and Morning Glory.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

The Christmas Season on Main Street.  Thank you Ringo Tarr for the lights and thank you Kathy Cuddyer for the Christmas decorations!

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


Who is your favorite local artist?

Ohrvel Carlson

Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?

Wow, hard to say, but I always order it at Lobsta Land, Gloucester House and The Causeway.

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Who could compare to GMG?

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?


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

I never attended (I’m in jammies by 7:30 PM), but my tenants on Main Street have been thrilled.  It reminds them of Italy where they close the streets every night at 6:00 PM and people walk from shop to shop until midnight, when they finally stop at a cafe for espresso or cappucino before going home.
Now that’s an idea!  Let’s make Main Street into a true “Little Italy“. Open the stores at 9:00 AM and close them at 12:30 PM.  Everyone goes home for an afternoon meal and siesta then re-opens there stores at 4:00 PM closing at 9:00 PM.

Getting back to the original question – Others I know that attended the parties have had accolades for the people responsible – THANK YOU, JOEY!!!

Thanks, Joey