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GloucesterCast 124 With Jason Grow, Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni,Nichole Schrafft, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA

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Topics Include: Jason Grow’s WWII Veteran’s Project, If You Know A Veteran who Served In WWII From Cape Ann Please Contact Jason at 978-884-7964 or email jason@jasongrow.com , Winner Of Last Weeks’ Podcast Subscriber Contest Is Paul Foster, One Hour At A Time Gang Starts Up This Coming Saturday, Kim Recount’s The Groppo Family St Joseph’s Day Feast and More Kudos To All The Families and Bakers Who Continue The St Joseph’s Traditions, Props To Coaches and Hockey Tryouts for Next Year, Starting A Ski/Bike Swap In Gloucester Like Hamilton School’s Do, Volunteering Other People To Do Work For You, Passports, Jason Is Anti-Quinoa, Jason Shout’s Out To Tacos Lupita and George’s Coffee Shop, Another Plea For An Indian Restaurant, Nichole Apologizes To Mile Marker, Is Lice a Thing Again and FairyTail Lice Spray, Locks For Love, East Gloucester Commies, Alicia’s Teen driving Like A Jerk Post, FOB Jim Clyde Provides Two Prints For The Next Subscriber To The GloucesterCast Contest (prize must be picked up at the dock, two weeks to pick up prize or it goes back into the prize pile)
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GloucesterCast 121 St Paddy’s Day 2015 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA

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GloucesterCast 121 St Paddy’s Day 2015 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Snow Melt, Vacation At The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, All Inclusive Today vs All Inclusive 15 Years Ago, Riviera Maya vs Cancun, Thanks Super K and @HRHRivieraMaya, Yoga Is Where It’s At, St Joseph’s Day Props To All The Families Who Have Kept Up The Traditions, St Paddy’s Day At The Rhumb Line, Tom O’Brien’s Baru, Mike Lindberg, Earl Foote Video, Favorite Greasy Pole Walk Video, Cacciatore’s Blowing Up Toby’s Phone While We Tape The Podcast, Cacciatore’s Opening Date Pushed Forward For Final City Permitting Sign Offs Not Opening This Saturday the 21st!!!, Boston Seafood Show, Gloucester MA Community Development, Fishermen’s Wives, Gloucester MA Fisheries Commission and Mark Ring Does Us Proud, New St Paddy’s Day GMG Sticker A Huge Hit Shout Out To The People Who Sent In SASE For Their Free Stickers, Loss Of FOB Bruce Bonham, Pulling Back On The Selfie Stick Post, Mexico Day One…, Missing Regulars Kim Smith Due To Illness and Donna Ardizzoni, Happy Kim Smith’s Daughter Liv Didn’t Plan Her Wedding During Fiesta, Electric Companies Now Fear The Efficiency of Solar Energy, Brian O’Connor Says His Solar Install Is Going To Pay Him, Vince Wilfork and Revis Leaving, Question: Will Tom Brady End His Career a Patriot?, Derek Sandersen’s Book, Foreign Affairs My New Favorite Local Restaurant, Duckworth’s, Blue Ox, Ithaki, Franklin, Passports, The Studio, Seaport Grille, The Lobster Pool, What Is The Staus Of Madfish Grille?

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GloucesterCast 119 Taped 2/22/15 With Guests Alicia DeWolfe, Kim Smith Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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GloucesterCast 119 Taped 2/22/15 With Guests Alicia DeWolfe, Kim Smith Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include:Guests Alicia DeWolfe, Kim Smith Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Kudos To The DPW, No Novena Trolley, Sista Felica On Hyper St Joseph’s Day Mode A Month Out, Lemoncello, Arancello, Walgreens Open 24/7,Kudos To Gloucester Police for Quick Response To Local Shooting and Props For Local Police Chief Len Campanello and John Macarthy For Being Such A Great Communicator, Props to Former Mayor Kirk and Current Mayor Romeo Theken,How To Win friends And Influence People- Food, How To Politely Decline Food That You are Not Interested In, Cast Iron Skillet Cooking, Debbie Clement Picks Up Clarke Snow’s Book and We Talk About Debbie’s Married Last Name, Cape Ann Brewing Double Dead Eye IPA, Alicia Loves The Keurig Cinnamon Dolce K Cups, Harbor Cove Dental, Pee Wee Football vs Pop Warner Football Controversy, When A Free Boat Isn’t A Free Boat, Passports Wine Dinner Coming Up This Thursday Night, Cape Ann Chamber Business Women Wine Down Tuesday Night At Savour Wine and Cheese, Chamber License Plate Initiative and Giveback From The Serenity Restaurant Group, Chris DeWolfe Rates The Steak Tips At Mile Marker Number 1 In The City, Nichole Schrafft’s Mile Marker Kids In the Pool Recommendation

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St Joseph’s Pasta Making Photo Dump

Hour 6 and Still Going Strong:

“Viva San Giuseppe” From Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon

“Viva San Giuseppe”      

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I remember as a child in the 1930’s my neighbor in Gould Ct., Maria Parisi, we affection called “Zia Marrica”  would come to my home with her laundry basket. My Mom would take her little religious statutes from our China cabinet and wrap then carefully and fill her basket, also visiting other homes in the neighborhood, Zia Marrica would set up a very beautiful ornate alter in her home with candles, fresh flowers, a large statue of St. Joseph with many statutes of saints in honor of  St. Joseph. The feast day is celebrated on March 19th every year. Zia Marrica would hold open house for nine days, also inviting the children to recite the rosary and sing the traditional Italian hymns for the novena.  I loved listening to the stories she would tell us of the saints.

Our Pastor Father Kiley went to the superintendent of school and requested the children of Sicilian heritage, be allowed to be dismissed early from school on St. Joseph’s Day to participate in the festivities. I remember going to Zia Marrica’s home. I would sit very quietly as the reenactment  began. The players were orphans. A man representing St. Joseph, a women for Our Blessed Mother and a child for Jesus. The man would knock door three times, requesting food and shelter for his family, during his flight to Egypt. On the third request she would open the door and we would all shout “Viva San Giuseppe, Viva Maria, Gesu‘, Giuseppe” and greet the honored guest very affectionately. When they were seated Zia Marrica would first wash their feet, using a basin of water and towel. The table was filled with all  kinds of delicious food. Three dishes of each food. She spent most of the week cooking and neighbors also brought in food. I remember the honored guest were seated at the table.  All us children sat on the floor and we brought our own spoons. As the honored guest  tasted each dish, the food was passed down for us to enjoy. The first course was the traditional St. Joseph’s pasta.  Homemade pasta with a sauce made of chick peas, fava beans, cauliflower, and fennel. We all took a taste of the food passing the dishing around. In Sicily fava beans were believed to save the people in poor villages from famine, during a drought. They prayed for the intersession of St. Joseph to save them. Fava beans are always kept as a symbol of never being hungry again.

This year I have been  participating in the St. Joseph Novena at my friend, MaryAnn Orlando, home. We  recite the rosary first in English then St. Joseph’s rosary in Italian. We sing the traditional Italian hymns. Shouting “Viva San Giuseppe, and Viva Maria, Gesu‘, Giuseppe” after every hymn. We enjoy a social time and Italian desserts. I asked Mary Ann why she observed this saint’s day. She replied she has continued this custom down from her mother and grandmother.  She stated many people give thanks to St. Joseph for his intercession in answer to prayers and they relate many miracles through the intercession of St. Joseph. She stated her granddaughter was born with spinal bifida and look at that beautiful 13 year old serving people and bouncing with energy and happiness.

Also she stated her nephew was not expected to survive and awoke from a coma, as prayers were being said for him. Her altar is so beautiful. Our prayers are so sincere, I enjoy all the Italian hymns. I remember sitting with my mother and grandmother singing these hymns.  Many homes of Sicilian heritage in Gloucester host this feast every year.

Our parish priest visits each home blessing the altar, flour for making bread and pasta, oranges and lemons.  On the eve of St. Joseph’s day many people will visit for the blessing. A little bag with an orange for sweetness, a lemon for bitterness and a little loaf of bread for sustenance of life. On St. Joseph’s Day a bountiful buffet banquet with  traditional delicious Sicilian food  and wonderful pastry is offered. Each home has open house. All are welcome to attend. My friends, Grace Brancaleone and Katie Fontana also invite me to her homes every year to share in St. Joseph’s Day. I feel our Sicilian community is so blessed and fortunate to continue this wonderful custom.  This custom is celebrated all over this country and also in many parts of the world by people of Sicilian heritage. 

Viva San Giuseppe! 

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Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon                March 2013                        

Sista Felicia Does St. Joseph’s Day Pasta For The Gloucester Times Taste of The Times

From The Gloucester Daily Times-

When Felicia was growing up this special recipe was prepared by her Aunt “FeFe“, Vincie and Uncle Mike (Militello). Now she makes it herself and passes along the family’s recipe secrets. The main ingredients are cauliflower, fava beans, and the ferns on top of the anise bulbs. In fact, since the grocers and supermarkets typically throw away this part of the plant before even putting it on the shelf, Felicia goes around each year to remind them to avoid that for this special week of St. Joseph’s Day so that she and others can properly make the dish.

Her aunt and uncle FeFe and Vincie used to create an alter every St. Joseph’s Day and that became very big, so big that many people came each year to pay their respects and eat some of the special pasta dish. The pasta sauce was served over home made St. Joseph fettuccini pasta. What made this St. Joseph Pasta is that all the flower used to prepare the feast was blessed by a priest the day before St. Joseph day. It was done, in fact, at a very special mass in Aunt FeFe and Uncle Vincie’s home in front of her alter. You cannot get much more authentic than that.

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You can read my buddy Heather Atwood’s article about Felicia and St Joseph’s Traditions here-

Feast of St. Joseph fare celebrates workers

St. Joseph Day Preparations

Preparations are full underway at the Ciaramitaro-Mohan’s–just a preview of the wonderful San Giuseppe feast dishes we will be highlighting in our upcoming videos!

Felicia’s Macaroons

Oranges for the sweetness in life, lemons for the bitterness, and bread is the staff of life

San Giuseppe bread

Sista Felicia Does St. Joseph’s Day Pasta For The Gloucester Times Taste of The Times

From The Gloucester Daily Times-

When Felicia was growing up this special recipe was prepared by her Aunt “FeFe“, Vincie and Uncle Mike (Militello). Now she makes it herself and passes along the family’s recipe secrets. The main ingredients are cauliflower, fava beans, and the ferns on top of the anise bulbs. In fact, since the grocers and supermarkets typically throw away this part of the plant before even putting it on the shelf, Felicia goes around each year to remind them to avoid that for this special week of St. Joseph’s Day so that she and others can properly make the dish.

Her aunt and uncle FeFe and Vincie used to create an alter every St. Joseph’s Day and that became very big, so big that many people came each year to pay their respects and eat some of the special pasta dish. The pasta sauce was served over home made St. Joseph fettuccini pasta. What made this St. Joseph Pasta is that all the flower used to prepare the feast was blessed by a priest the day before St. Joseph day. It was done, in fact, at a very special mass in Aunt FeFe and Uncle Vincie’s home in front of her alter. You cannot get much more authentic than that.

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You can read my buddy Heather Atwood’s article about Felicia and St Joseph’s Traditions here-

Feast of St. Joseph fare celebrates workers

St Joseph’s Novena 3/18/11

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The Scola’s

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The Russo’s

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The Orlando’s

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Much more to come.  Pictures and videos.  I only stayed through 5 houses as I needed to get the girls home but our boy Manny is with Sista felicia and hopefully all the houses will get captured.

All I can say is that it was beautiful and emotional with waves of old school tradition washing over the rooms as the women sang and embraced each other.

The videos should be spectacular and photos will be plenty.