Two Great local Fundraisers –Sent In By Dean Salah At Georges Coffee Shop



Dean writes-

Hey Joey can you help me spread the word about two great fundraisers we have going.
First off the Kevin Riley fundraiser has secured four seats to the Sox vs. Tampa game Sept. 7th.
Tickets donated by Gortons on sale at Georges $10 each, this is a no brainer to throw $10 at a great
cause, but to have the chance to win four seats to this crucial game is a huge bonus, they are picking the winner
at the ball game Thursday night so get your tickets now.

Secondly the GFAA is selling tickets to the Cruiseport Gala to
kick off the Renewal of Newell fundraiser. Only 600 tickets are being sold at $25 each, including a DJ, munchies
cash bar,beer and wine. Our kids really deserve a new field and Dick Wilson and the entire GFAA staff are really gonna
get it done so lets support the cause. Tickets for both events are on sale at George’s so get your tickets now.

Chocolate…and more chocolate

Today seems like a good day for a nice cookie recipe.  These are a prize winning recipe of mine entered at the Topsfield Fair and they are easy to make and delicious!  Use the best chocolate you can find but don’t go out of your way–what they sell at the grocery store will make a wonderful cookie.  You might even have the ingredients in your cabinet already so if you make them, let me know what you think.

Speaking of the Fair, the exhibitor’s handbook is available on line and the cooking contests are all lined up and here’s the link to the pdf of the contest–come on down and join the fun–you might walk away with a ribbon and bragging rights!

Triple Darks

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon espresso powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
8 oz 60% cacao chocolate, broken into pieces (you can use chips, Ghirardelli and other make these)
1 cup salted butter
3 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
8 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 4 large baking sheets with parchment and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder and salt and set aside.

In a microwave safe dish, melt butter and 60% cacao chocolate.  Stir until smooth and allow to cool slightly.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended and lighter in color.  Gradually mix in flour mixture and then chocolate mixture and finally chopped semisweet chocolate.

Using a  scoop onto prepared baking sheets, 9 to a sheet.  Bake 15-17 minutes in preheated oven until cookies are flat and surfaces are cracked.  Enjoy!



On Monday, August 23 Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski from the Trey Anastasio Band (the guitarist from Phish) will join host Dan King at The Rhumbline in Gloucester for a special Monday Night Open Jam. Paczkowski is originally from Chatham Mass. and Lawton lived in Salem for many years before moving to Vermont to concentrate on his local collaborations. He hosted a multitude of popular open mics and jams in the North Shore and has played in the Boston area for many years (Hard Rock Cafe, the Orpheum…) through his years there and has collaborated with King often, live and in the studio.

The infamous Open Jam is celebrating 15 years this August and will feature a full set by Russ and Ray’s new duo, Soule Monde (Lawton, the drummer and Paczkowski, the keyboardist of the Trey Anastasio Band and Classic TAB).

Other special guests will include the Bandit King’s Dennis Monagle, Joe Cardoza, Renee Dupuis, and Ann Marie Shimanoski, as well as Brian O’Connor of Groove, Sebastian Moceri of UFO and many more!

Lawton and Paczkowski are members of Trey Anastasio’s solo band and Lawton also tours with Vermont band, Strangefolk. Between them, Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski have backed up the likes of Santana, Dave Matthews, Steve Earle, Los Lobos, and countless others over their celebrated careers. They have played Bonaroo. Austin City Limits, All Points West, and Red Rocks, to name just a few. Lawton and Paczkowski are pleased to bring this wealth of music experience back to the North Shore, to the Rhumbline in particular, and to the longest running jam in Cape Ann history!

The Monday, August 23 show will be a special live event, not an Open Jam. However, usually The Open Jam is a weekly session where local musicians may sign up and sing or play with a full or partial band. This is any local (and not so local) musician’s  best opportunity to showcase their talent in front of an encouraging, excited audience. PA, mics, drum kit and some instruments provided. Featuring a stellar house-band comprised of Dan King, Dennis Monagle, and Joe Cardoza. Mondays in August.

Monday, August 23 at The Rhumbline.  41 Railroad Ave., Gloucester, MA; 9:30pm, no cover.

Calling Jimmy T!!

These Kids Deserve credit for spending the night together in the mooring field in this small boat off the State Fish Pier last week.

BUT… They really need Jimmy T to give them rowing Lessons.

Ok! All together now. We'll get there faster
Making the way to the mooring

Chickity Check It! Doug Maxfield Speaks The Truth About Fishing

Unfortunately for the industry guys like Doug Maxfield don’t get book deals.  His truths and clear cutting of the bullshit that gets reported about commercial fishing for one reason or another gets ignored by major media and instead bananheads with very little real commercial fishing experience get anointed experts in the field.

In the current day and age when it is so fashionable to hop on the green train the general public and even worse- food writers buy into whatever crap the environmentalists label green or not green or safe or not safe and more often than not once one of these people say it’s so the rest of the  minions of loyal environmentalists fall right in behind them without ever doing real investigative work for themselves.

They ought to talk to guys like Doug or better yet read his blog- North Shore Waterman for the real deal.

Like the header for his blog? 


It’s from a picture I took.

Here is your warning-Doug is RAW.  If you are offended by sexual innuendo or harsh truths with extremely salty language about all things commercial fishing don’t bother going there.

But if you want to read about what is really going on in the fishing industry from a back man’s perspective check out Doug’s blog and make it part of your daily reading.

Here’s the first post that I’d suggest you read to further illustrate why I think Doug Maxfield should be the guy that gets the book deal-

get your soap box

So I’m on the crapper the other day, and with no other options within a step the width of my under-pants, I found myself flipping through the New Yorker.  Wouldn’t you know it I found an article about the tragic state of the worlds fisheries         (  Always interested in people’s take, I read it.  HOLY-SHIT.  Do people outside of the industry and the towns of New Bedford and Gloucester actually believe any of the tripe?

click the link to read the rest of his post