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The power of community! What a memorable gala for ACTION, INC’s 50th milestone!

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This anniversary inspired a very special evening for the 2015 Annual Meeting: a tribute to all of Action’s staff for so many years of dedication, engagement and –well 50 years says it all- sustainable programming!

Last night, the curtains were drawn at Shalin Liu Performance center, the massive screen dropped and we were treated to this short, great tribute video. Look closely at the old photos and history of Action, Inc. Write into the comments below if you can name the four people involved with Action in 1965. We’ll see if you’re right.

Kudos to the movie crew:

Jessica Benedetto, Action’s Director of Marketing & Planning

Megan Merlin, Action’s Project Coordinator

Grieg Cranna, Photographer

Adam Kooken, Videographer, Montserrat

 

Jessica and Megan organized the event. Willow Rest rocked the food. Speaking of rock, we were treated to the happiest musicians ever. Perfect sound and coolest set from Dan King and friends, with Erika Van Pelt adding powerful vocals.

Executive Director, Tim Riley, is retiring this year. He received the Lyndon Baines Johnson War on Poverty Award and promptly shared the award right back with everyone else.

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GloucesterCast 113 #GloucesterMA Podcast Taped 1/18/15 The Super Cheery Podcast

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GloucesterCast 113 #GloucesterMA Podcast Taped 1/18/15

Topics Include: Guests Melissa Cox, Donna Ardizzoni, Nichole Schrafft, Bill Cox, Mr Effervescent Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro, Cape Ann Museum Favorite Parts, Mark Ring, Lobstermen Are Fishermen Too Dammit!, GMG Electricity Series, Poop In Burnham Field, Who Picks Up Poop?, RIP BINGO, Upcoming Political Season Means You Need To Subscribe To The Gloucester Daily Times, Good Luck To Sefathia, Getting Behind Whoever Is In The Mayor’s Seat, Chamber Cape Ann Chamber License Plate, Congratulations To Catherine Schlichte New Chamber Board of Directors President, Nichole’s Experience At The Car Show, No Shame In Driving A Minivan, David Black Sculpture, Controversey Over Public Art Installations, Phyllis A Annual Meeting, 525 Now Delivering, Walt Kolenda, Donna’s TBT Post Hat, Passports, Gloucester Breakfasts, Sugar Mag’s, Willow Rest, Fort Square Cafe, George’s, Two Sisters, Charlie’s Place, Foriegn Affairs, Doug Pappows to Come In, Tacos Lupita, Jalepenos, Melissa Cox Loses the Vegan Vote, Regina Razabonni Ardizzoni, Donna Is Going To Take Elocution Lessons, The Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tourney, Art Haven Buoy Auction , Winner of Last Week’s Podcast Subscriber Contest Who Won A Fish City Gloucester T Shirt From Fred Bodin and A Copy Of Carol Perry’s Book “Caught Dead Handed” Is Chuck Cook -Prize Must be Picked Up At The Dock

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GloucesterCast 103 Featuring Couples In Love Who Have Moved To Gloucester Taped 11/9/14

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GloucesterCast 103 Featuring Couples In Love Who Have Moved To Gloucester Taped 11/9/14

Topics Include:The Rullis, The Scheetz, Jess and Dennis Brand, Lucinda Seigel, Kim Smith and Rich Bean with random appearance by Niece Amanda, What brought you to Gloucester?, Few Young Professionals On Commuter Rail, The progression Of The Scheetz on GMG from getting engaged to married to buying a house in Gloucester, Erin Rulli misses the saltiness of the old GMG, the storied history of Gloucester, The Beans moved to Gloucester after living in Medford forever, Gloucester Pride Today vs Gloucester Pride 20 years ago, Trying to remind people about the cool Gloucester landscape and seascapes, White Ninja, the inevitable backlash, Getting the Rullis back to Playa Del Carmen, Kimberley Scheetz looking forward to volunteering to clean the HarborWalk, Dinner Dealer 2015, North Shore Food and Gift Emporium, Amanda Pops In Wearing a Duck Outfit, Why Dinner Dealer Decks Are No-Brainers, Peter Todd Fundraiser, Shock Over Bottle Bill Election Results, Joey’s Mini Rant – The Rational Behind To-Go Containers Made Out Of Non-Microwavable Tins, Is there anything that is done at Willow Rest not exactly spot-on?, Willow Rest please open up a location in East Gloucester too!, Music Listings On GMG, Eliminating Penny Conversation, Emerson Brand Named After Emerson College, Kimberley Scheetz Responsible For Hundreds If No Thousands Of Train Derailments, Rechargeable Battery Discussion, Goddamn Bacon Donuts Are Driving Me Nuts,What is the rationale behind not retweeting or Facebook liking a complimentary post on someone’s business social media account?

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GloucesterCast With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Sista Felicia and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/30/14

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GloucesterCast With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Sista Felicia and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/30/14

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Topics Include: Topics Include: Coconut Licking The Mic, Foreign Affairs, Als Cafe, Top 4 Restaurants On The North Shore, Duckworths, The Franklin, Passports, Latitude 43, Seaport Grill,  The Blue Ox, The Cheesecake Factory, Ithaki, Artu in the North End, Modern Pastry vs Mike’s Pastry,  Lexington Ave Resurgence, Innovation House in Magnolia, 525, Donna Ardizzoni, Larry and Misty From Glosta Joes Kickstarter, Village Market, The Surf, Edgewater Cafe, Bruni’s, Willow Rest, Mariposa Sale, Art McCann and The Change.org Petition About The Petition, Spring Sports, The Information Needed To Sign Up Kids For Sports Nowadays, Indoor Sport Facilities Making Sports Year Round, Participation Awards

 

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GloucesterCast 12/1/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Amandacakes

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GloucesterCast Taped 12/1/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Amandacakes

Topics Include: Family Cookie Day, Turducken, ChromeCast, Downtown Gloucester Ladies Night, The Hive Gift Wrapping Service, Buoy Painting, Lobster Trap Tree, Rockland Maine’s Lobster Trap Spike, Favorite Gloucester Breakfasts, Sugar Mag’s, Lobster Land, Sailor Stans, Mamie’s Kitchen, Charlie’s Place, George’s Coffee Shop, Willow Rest, Best House Made Hash, West Indian Hash, Reader Subjects, Cruise Ships, Beauport Princess, Thanksgiving Dinner, Turkey Pot Pie, Sista Felicia On Cover Of Cape Ann Magazine, Mariposa, Lowell Peabody Call-Out, New GMG Technical Jackets, Manchester Athletic Club Holiday Fair

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Seafood Throwdown, Farmers Market, Live Music on Schooners and in the Streets. It’s still Summer folks!

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NAMA’s Niaz Dorry with the Mystery Fish (gray sole) at a July 2010 Seafood Throwdown won by Sugar Mags

Can you feel it?  People trying to pack a whole summer into the last week before school starts, which seems to get earlier every year.  It feels like there’s so much going on that every choice we make effectively says “No” to a dozen other things we’d like to do.  Take today for instance.  Live music starts at 11:30am at Stage Fort Park and continues into the night at restaurants, clubs, @ Shalin Liu, on schooners and in the streets.  See the full live music schedule here.

Just in case that’s not enough for you, there’s also the Farmer’s Market at Stage Fort Park from 3-6:30 and today you can catch NAMA’s only Gloucester-based Seafood Throwdown of the year at 4:30 featuring a showdown between 2012 HarvestFest champs Gloucester’s Willow Rest and 2008 Genoa World Pesto champs Beverly’s Prides Osteria.  Spectators get to taste the food so you really don’t want to miss this one!

See how much fun these Seafood Throwdowns are in this video by Joey from the 2010 epic rematch between Passports & Dog Bar.

Lunch at Willow Rest

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Everything they serve at Willow Rest is fresh and delicious.  I went for their cheeseburger, my favorite.  Friend Chris got the Cuban, and my mom got the best BLT she’s ever had in her 80+ years.  Even our beloved Mayor loves to scoot over there from City Hall for lunch. 

If you haven’t been to Willow Rest lately for breakfast or lunch, or to pick up some of their fresh baked goods, veggies or other goodies, stop in and enjoy.

E.J. Lefavour

It’s a False Rumor

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Willow Rest is not closed!  I was talking with a neighbor in Annisquam a couple of days ago and mentioned that Melissa at Willow Rest is now carrying a large selection of my photo montage cards.  They were surprised because they believed Willow Rest was closed until May because of a sign they had seen on the building.  There is a sign, but it refers to the gas station at Willow Rest, which is closed until May due to lack of business during the winter.  Willow Rest was closed for the week of February 3-10 for vacation, but are open for regular business with their great breakfast and lunch selections, coffee, baked goods and fine grocery and produce items.  So go back to Willow Rest, and while you’re there, check out my photo montage cards, many of which have never yet been seen.

E.J. Lefavour

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BLT at Willow Rest

Some sandwiches I don’t think I have ever ordered, tuna fish sandwich, PB&J, or a BLT. Why? because I know I can make them better myself and they are so easy to make. I think I shied away from ordering a BLT because I figured they would just use the bacon left over from breakfast. Until Sue and Evvy split a BLT at Willow Rest. They let me have one bite. Wow.  It wasn’t until this week that I got back to order one for myself.

This bacon lettuce and tomato is better than I have ever made.

The bun: soft and chewy, buttered and toasted on the grill for a nice layer of crunch.

Bacon: thick, salty, smoked, I think you can get this in the Willow Rest refridgerator case.

Lettuce: fluffy pile for good texture to oppose the crunch of bacon and the grilled bun.

Tomato: still getting that homegrown taste in December.

The mayo: some kind of secret mixture with a nice tang to it.

The last five times I’ve stopped at the Willow Rest I can’t help ordering the Cuban. I might have found the lunch that will win the next five visits.

Paul Morrison’s Warm Up Omelet At Passports

Paul sensing he was in for a long day of work helping erect the Lobster Trap Tree went all in on this omelet at Passports.

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I maintain that Passports has the best homefries in Gloucester. 

Some of my other favorite Gloucester breakfast’s

Crab Cakes Bene at Sugar Mag’s- my #1 Gloucester Breakfast

Best Homefries- Passports

Breakfast Boats- Georges Coffee Shop or Anadama French Toast

Sclafani’s Pizza at 9:00AM

Apple Cider Donuts –Willow Rest

Pleasant St Tea and Coffee Co Egg/Goat Cheese/Pest Croissant

Lone Gull Café Americano with a toasted sesame bagel

Cape Ann Coffee Egg/sausage croissant

Last Stop Variety Blueberry Muffins

Charlie’s Place Fried Dough

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