Our Local Boy Emile Doucette To Premiere His First Feature Length Film At Kendal Square Cinema April 7th


Birth of a Party: Booze, Pot, & Tea Party Politics in the Big Easy

April 7th 7:30pm at the Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge, MA

View The Trailer


We are extending a special invitation to you for the World Premiere Screening of the groundbreaking documentary, “Birth of a Party”. Our hope is that the film will entertain, inform, and make you laugh. Following the film there will be a social mixer at Tommy Doyles Pub across the street from the theater.  Then let us know what you think! Good or bad, the possibility of a review / quote regarding the film would be immeasurably helpful. This is an independently produced and financed endeavor and we need grassroots support.

Come support our local community and enjoy a unique film.

Tickets are $10 and will be on sale starting March 29th at www.landmarktheatres.com

Thank you and we hope very much to see you there!

Emile Doucette, Director


Learn more about the film and it’s director below, or go to www.BIRTHOFAPARTYmovie.com for more info.

The Film:

Due to the rise of the Tea Party Movement in the United States, there has been a resurgence among conservatives to establish a Third Party to compete against Democrats and Republicans.

Birth of a Party is a “fly on the wall” documentary film that offers an inside look at grassroots politics. Jesse, John & Brad are Tea Party activists who attend Conservative Party USA’s three day inaugural convention in New Orleans. Through a haze of drugs and alcohol they present a unique and comedic perspective on how a third Party struggles for relevance in America’s two party system.

The Director:

Birth of a Party is the first full-length feature film of local up-and-coming director, Emile Doucette.

Emile has made a name for himself both domestically and internationally with his award-winning short documentaries and music videos.

Take a look at “Homemade Parade” or “The Greasy Pole” to see what all the buzz is about.

Emile Doucette – director – shooter – editor

Did You Know? (Hodgkins Cove, Bay View)

UMass Research Station and old fishing shack at Hodgkins Cove, Bay View, Gloucester
Photos by E.J. Lefavour

That in the early 1850’s, Mr. Beniah Colburn at one time operated the quarry at Hodgkin’s Cove, originally opened by Richard W. Ricker and Kilby P. Sargent, and later known as the quarry of the Cape Ann Granite Company?  Mr. Colburn made the first blocks now known as New York blocks, and sent them to Boston, where they were laid in Exchange Street, near the Merchants’ Bank Building.  These blocks were the first to be laid on the edge instead of on the flat. (History of Essex County, Massachusetts, volume 2, part 1 by Duane Hamilton Hurd, J.W. Lewis & Co. 1888)

Now, thanks to a partnership between the state Division of Marine Fisheries and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the old research station at Hodgkins Cove in Bay View — once the site of the loading dock for shipping Gloucester granite, and more recently a UMass seafood research laboratory — is about to become the new, permanent home of a small but globally influential research laboratory dedicated to the study of bluefin tuna and other long-distance marine travelers.

These photos are of the old research station, and an old fishing shack at the end to the right of Hodgkins Cove.

E.J. Lefavour


Essex County Busting Breast Cancer Initiative


Hi Joey,

Know Breast Cancer, based in Manchester by the Sea is launching our Essex County Busting Breast Cancer Initiative.. to teach area women how to help stop breast cancer before it starts using Vitamin D3,  non hormone birth control methods, filtered water, low hormone foods, etc.

Younger women in Massachusetts faced a 49.8% increase in invasive breast cancer from 1985-2007. This trend must come to an end now!

All of the research behind this Essex County project is contained in our forthcoming book, Busting Breast Cancer.

Movalli Painting being raffled off… in our March Madness Raffle, reception April 9th Sat from 4 to 7 in Manchester with Cape Ann yummy caterers providing free food and libations (think Ryan and Wood; organic wines, Flavorz, etc!!!), along with a fine arts sale of pieces by Don Stone, Charles Movalli, Carlene Muniz, Susie Field, Steve LaPierre

.. reception tickets are $50 … or just buy two raffle tickets and you can attend!!!

AnnMarie of The Bandit Kings~Big Shot in The Noise Magazine

Photo by Louise

AnnMarie at present is with the hot new band, The Bandit Kings. She also sings with another band, Safety.  I have had the opportunity to see AnnMarie on many occasions. Her stage presence is like no other and so full of energy, not to mention the vocals. Most of the time you can catch her with the Bandit Kings at the first part of the open jam and closing the night at the Rhumb Line in Gloucester on Mondays. Check out their website to see where the gigs are and to listen to their songs. They have a couple of CD’s out, and I am happy to say that I have them in my possession.


Recipes from Saturdays Home and Business Expo from Lily and Laurie

Good afternoon friends!

Thank you all so much for coming out to see our food demos at the Expo on Saturday.  It meant a lot to have you there and I am so glad that both Lily and I made lots of samples to hand out–you guys were hungry!

So here is the recipe I promised you all.   Remember, if you and your family are not fans of a particular ingredient, feel free to substitute or opt not to add whatever it is.  Just as long as you like pasta, cheese and some spices and some type of veggies you will be ok!

Please feel free to email me with any questions and I will happily help you!  And if you make either of these, please let us know what you think.

Kid Friendly Southwestern Mac & Cheese4 tablespoon canola or olive oil, divided
1 cup diced red, green, yellow bell peppers (use whatever you like)
1 cup diced sweet onion
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon sweet chili powder
1 tablespoon granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
1 cup corn kernels (canned or frozen defrosted is fine)
1 cup drained rinsed canned black beans
2-14.5 oz boxes Pasta Plus (yellow, purple or green box) Pasta
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups 1% milk
3 cups shredded reduced fat Mexican blend cheese
2 cups shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
1 cup crushed reduced fat tortilla chips
Salt & pepper to taste 

In a medium skillet over medium, heat one tablespoon of canola oil until shimmering.  Add peppers and onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add spices and toss or stir to coat, cooking for a few more minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in corn and black beans.  Set aside.

In a large pot, cook pasta in well salted water.  Drain, toss with a bit of oil to prevent sticking and set aside.

In a large sauce pan, combine remaining 3 tablespoons of oil with flour and whisk over medium heat until lightly browned.  Slowly whisk in milk and bring to a low boil, whisking constantly.  Reduce heat to low and slow incorporate all of the shredded cheese.  Stir until smooth and creamy.  Add white pepper and check seasoning of sauce–add salt and pepper to taste.

Add cooked pasta and vegetables to the cheese sauce and stir to combine.  Stir in chopped cilantro and top with crushed tortilla chip crumbs (if ready to serve).   Serve immediately or transfer to an oven safe dish, wrap tightly and freeze.  Enjoy!

And now for Lily’s fabulous:

Chocolate Strawberry Goodness Pie

One package chocolate graham crackers (about 10 crackers), crushed to yield about 1 1/2 cups
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
l-large box instant chocolate fudge pudding (uses 2 1/2 cups milk to make the whole box)
2 1/2 cups 1% milk
8 oz (one cup) semisweet chocolate
5 whole strawberries plus 2 cups chopped
Whipped creamCombine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in the food processor or in a large bowl and mix well until combined.   Press into 9” pie plate.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.  Cool completely.
Combine pudding mix and milk and whisk until combined.  Refrigerate until ready to use. 

Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave and stir until smooth and creamy.  Paint the cooled crust with the melted chocolate and dip the whole strawberries in the chocolate to coat.  Set berries aside on parchment paper to harden and cool.

When ready to assemble pie, spread sliced strawberries over chocolate coating on pie crust.  Spoon prepared pudding over strawberries and smooth.

Decorate pie as desired and garnish with chocolate covered strawberries and whipped cream.

On the Cape Ann Profiles With Host Rich Sagall

On the Cape Ann Profiles host Rich Sagall interviews Tarek El Heneidy, a Rockport resident who is from Egypt. He provides a unique and personal viewpoint on the changes in the Middle East, the movement toward democracy, and the ongoing turmoil.
Cape Ann Profiles can be seen on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 on Friday, April 1 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, April 3 at 2:00PM. It repeats on Friday, April 8 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00PM.
Upcoming guests include Peter Jackson, a local magician, Fred Cowan on volunteerism, Allison Varga on being a restaurateur and other Cape Ann personalities who have a story to tell.
Rich Sagall is a physician and the president of NeedyMeds, a national non-profit that provides information on programs that help people unable to afford their health care costs. He also publishes Pediatrics for Parents, a children’s health newsletter.