Bernie Down In Haiti

Joey, thanks for the shiny new GoodmorningGloucester stickas. I promise to proudly represent Gloucester wherever I go. Here’s another Haiti photo taken at the Children’s Nutrition Center at Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot. The nonprofit Crudem Foundation out of Ludlow, MA runs the hospital (crudem. org).


Did You Know (Mechanically Challenged Women)

Photo by E.J. Lefavour

That there are some women out there who know little about the mechanics of their vehicles?  I am one of them.  I can change an air filter, check my fluids and add as needed, put air in my tires; but beyond that I am useless.  My van (Annie) and I have a good relationship, and she is very dependable and good to me; but on occasion, she needs professional care.  I have always felt a little threatened by car mechanics.  I think it stems from the way their eyes glaze over and then roll back in their heads a bit when I try to mimic the strange sound or behavior my baby is exhibiting.  It makes me feel like they can tell me anything in the world is wrong (at whatever price they feel they can get away with charging), and I won’t know the difference.  After losing my tailpipe in the Callahan Tunnel in Boston one day (a dreadful, scary sounding thing to happen inside a tunnel where you can’t pull over or do anything but keep on going, watching and hearing your tailpipe clanging down the road behind you and then disappear from view in the rearview mirror, all the while hoping no one will hit it and get a flat tire), I discovered Baron’s.  Since I knew what the problem was and could explain it in terms he understood, Baron didn’t glaze over, fixed Annie’s problem quickly and at a very fair price.  I felt secure, knowing I had found a mechanic I could trust. 

Last week after my excursion with Debbie Clarke to visit Masconomet’s Burial site, I stopped at Market Basket.  As I started heading home, I hit my brake and it went down to the floor, with only a bare amount of stopping power if I pushed really hard on the brake pedal.  I crept home over the hilly and winding roads to Annisquam, rolled to a stop and parked.  I immediately called Baron, who was getting ready to go on vacation, was overbooked and couldn’t see her, but did say it was my brake lines that had gone.  He suggested I call Billy next door, who it turned out was also getting ready to go on vacation and couldn’t help.  I didn’t know where to turn, so I asked Debbie for a suggestion.  She recommended Linsky’s Service Station at 159 Maplewood Ave.  I called them and reached Doris who told me to have Annie towed over and they would take a look and give me an estimate.  I called AAA and they sent a couple of sweet guys from Tally’s over to tow her.  Baron had already given me best and worst-case scenario estimates, so I had an idea of what I could be looking at, the worst case not being something I could manage.  Later in the day Doris called to tell me that the two rear brake lines were gone, and very sweetly and almost apologetically told me it would cost $148.00, $2.00 less than the best case estimate Baron had given me.  I was thrilled and told her to go ahead with the repairs. 

My girl now stops, she was fixed quickly and at a price I could afford (and I believe a very fair price), and I felt so comfortable dealing with Doris and Linsky’s Service Station that I had to send out this kudos.  Big up Linsky’s!  And thanks.  By the way, Linsky’s has been around since 1953, longer than me (not much, but still longer), so I’d say they have long proven themselves to many people to be a good, fair service station.

E.J. Lefavour

Carol Pallazolla Chairperson, North Shore Arthritis Walk

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Gloucester resident, Carol Pallazolla, A.D.C., is this year’s Chairperson for the North Shore Arthritis Walk.   Carol is the Community Relations Coordinator for Northeast Senior Health for Northeast Health System.  She is also a certified Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program leader for ten years focusing on encouraging everyone, particularly seniors, to move daily to both prevent and treat arthritis.  Carol has been involved with the Walk since its inception in 2004 and under her leadership the event has grown to more than 600 walkers.     

The 2011 North Shore Arthritis Walk to take place on Sunday, May 22 from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Lynch Park in Beverly.  This special event features a one-and three-mile course followed by a post-walk party. This fun event enjoyed by children and adults with music, games, "Wally the Green Monster", entertainment, raffles and most importantly, with proceeds directed to the Arthritis Foundation. There are several ways to support the North ShoreArthritis Walk. 

Please consider  starting a team, making a donation, providing a raffle ticket, purchasing a road sign, becoming a sponsor,volunteer the day of the walk, and joining in the fun on May 22. 
For further information
about Arthritis Walk, please visit or
call 617-219-8234.

Things To Do- Cape Ann Community Cinema Oscar Party Sunday Night!

Oscars Poster

The Super Bowl. The World Series. The Stanley Cup. Nope – never heard of ’em. We do know that as winter starts to come to a close, it’s time to celebrate, not only because it’s no longer necessary to chip the caked salt from your shoes every night, but because Academy Awards Night is imminent.

The Cinema’s annual WICKED AWESOME OSCARS PARTY is this Sunday the 27th, with doors opening at 7:30pm. Guests will get to vote on the 7 major categories, and one winner of a private movie party will be chosen at random from the field of most-right predictions. The Party is free to attend, with a suggested donation of $10.00 to benefit the Cinema.

The Oscar-nominated short films will be playing all weekend: the Animated shorts on Friday the 25th at 7:30pm, Saturday the 26th at 5:00pm and Sunday the 27th at 4:00pm; the Live Action shorts Friday the 25th at 5:00pm, Saturday the 26th at 7:30pm and Sunday the 27th at 5:30pm.
The new documentary, THE HARMONY GAME, about the making of Simon and Garfunkel’s legendary 1971 album, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," will screen on Thursday the 24th at 7:30pm for a special one-night-only engagement. Door prizes will include copies of the film and the album on CD.
Want the full schedule? Either visit our website, or download the whole shebang through March 31.


We do our very best to keep prices low (we have the lowest concession prices anywhere), but from time-to-time, we must adjust for inflation. I won’t say that it pains me to announce an increase in ticket prices – it’s only 50 cents across the board – but effective March 1, 2011, tickets will be priced as such:

$9.50 ::: Adults
$8.00 ::: Students & Seniors
$6.50 ::: Members
Premium tickets (fundraisers, operas, ballets) will remain as-is.
Until then, discount tickets are available at the present 10/$60 price (they will be 10/$65 after 2/28/11). As a special incentive, we are offering a seat to our WICKED AWESOME OSCAR PARTY to anyone who purchases this 10-pack before February 27th (the date of the party). This applies to first-time buyers (who will receive a free Cinema membership with discount and DVD borrowing privileges), as well as existing members who have just run out of the discount tickets. It’s still a wicked good deal all around, considering the quality of the programming, the uniqueness of the atmosphere and the fact that you don’t have to schlep Up-The-Line for any of it.
Thank you for helping us end our year for the first time in the black. Granted, it’s only 48 cents in the black, but hey – we’ll take it!
See you soon,

Rob Newton

The Cape Ann Community Cinema
(978) 309-8448

And now you can kiss my A$$ Goodbye!

YES!!! I’m a Winner!

I just received this email today.

Quiting my job Monday and will be living the good life!

Here’s the email. Read it and weep!

 Confirmation Ticket Number: GBN-08-23-28-39-48-49

Reply to Email:


Dear: Winner,

Following official publication of results of the E-mail electronic On-line Sweepstakes organized by the FREE LOTTO ON-LINE PROMOTIONS held on the 19th of February 2011, your electronic email address emerged as one of the On-line winning emails in the 1st category; hence your email address was attached to a cash award of 1,000,000.00 Euro (One Million Euro). We write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact the claim office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification, processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you.


Please contact the claim Office

Name: Mr. Galeno Rawl


Tel: 0034 672 535 759 (OR) 01134 672 535 759

It is important to note that your award information was released with the following particulars attached to it.

Winning Information’s:

Email Ticket Number: GBN-08-23-28-39-48-49

Reference Number: ZCV/0959640

Draw Lucky Number: 07-10-17-18-33-38

Batch/Number: DSL 10/083647/GVMEML

Serial Number: 75465587540432

Please indicate your Full Name & Telephone Number when contacting your agent:

NOTE: All winning must be claimed not later than 30 working days



Yours Sincerely

Kimmel Joseph Juan.

Promotions Coordinator.

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