I figured that if I could board the USCG Barque Eagle, I could visit the Massachusetts State House. I’m glad I did, because the City of Gloucester won the 2015 Commonwealth Award for “Creative Community” by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The ceremony was held in the capital’s Great Hall. About a dozen of us, elected officials and organizers from Gloucester’s two designated cultural districts, marched to the podium and onto the stage to accept the medal. Shown below, left to right, are: Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council; Ann Margaret Ferrante, our State Representative; Sefatia Romeo Theken, Mayor of the City of Gloucester; and Bruce Tarr, our State Senator. I was glad to be there and proud to have been part of our accomplishments.
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Please Help me wish “The Godmother of Gloucester” A Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday Parina…Cheers to you and all you do for others!
Bruce Tarr and Sefatia Romeo Theken collect Toys for needy children at Ristorante La Trattoria and Pizzeria in Gloucester. Restaurant owner and staff, and all contributors make many children smile this Christmas.
A tiny new baby girl was born to Sefatia’s daughter Melissa. She was six weeks early, but is breathing on her own and doing well–Sefatia writes, “What else from my granddaughter?” Melissa needs our prayers.
The Renewal of Newell Stadium hits the finish line, with a helicopter fly-by, rising of the flag, ribbon cutting and a very review of all the athletic teams, a day of celebration, and Gloucester has won every game played on the New Balance Field at Newel Stadium. ABSOUTLY PERFECT !!
Viva San Giuseppe!
St. Joseph Trolley Party
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A huge heartfelt thanks to All the Gloucester Families Helping with the San Giuseppe Film Project. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
A special thank you to Sefatia for organizing the trolley, and for being the best most spectacular hostess for the St. Joseph trolley. Traveling from home to home, she knows by heart, and explains in great detail, each of the family’s alar traditions and stories. She also manages to keep the trolley gang together (all 50 or so). Thanks to Sefatia, no one was left behind!
Thanks to Mayor Kirk for sharing in the St. Joseph trolley and festivities. Gloucester is so blessed to have the BEST Mayor ever!
Thanks to CATA and Ed Sallah for donating the trolley. Ed is an amazing driver and was so considerate towards each and every member of our exuberant party.
A special thanks to Felicia and her family and friends. Felicia is the first to say she could not have done it without her dear husband Barry, her mom Pat, son BJ, daughter Amanda, her beautiful aunts and gamatis, and all her friends and family, working alongside her, from sunrise until the well past the midnight hour.
Felicia and Her Best Gamatis ~ Le migliori amiche*
A very special thank you to Joey for inviting me to participate in his family’s St. Joseph festivities last year, which planted the seed for the St. Joseph film project.
Photos of each of the families interviewed coming this week.
* Thanks to Paul Frontiero for the correct spelling of best girlfriends.
Thank you Grace for opening your heart and home for the first of many interviews for the Feast of St. Joseph film project. Grace is Sefatia’s sister, the youngest of four. She resides with her husband and “three babies” (two human and one pooch) at the family’s beautifully restored 1850s childhood home on Middle Street. A joyful afternoon was spent filming Giambanco family and friends as they reminisced about their fondest St. Joseph Day memories and traditions.Left to right: Maria, Marianne, Rosaria, Lia, Grace, Felicia, and Sefatia
Just look at the welcoming array of pastries–who can resist?
Sefatia and our group travel to pay tribute to St Joseph and the women and men that carry on this beautiful tradition.
Sefatia had her birthday party at the Block Party. Wild hats!