Cape Ann Youth Hockey Mite 2 Team wins the 2011 Boston Bruins Holiday Tournament

Kristin Michel forwards-

Congratulations to the team, Head Coach Kevin Vieira, Assistant Coach Stu Mellen, and assistant Bill Donald for a great WIN!

The final score of the championship game (Thomas Division) against the Top Gun team from Salem, NH was 3-2!


Amy West Has Some Nice Things To Say

Hi Joey,

My family and I  spend a couple of weeks on the Mill River every August, but during the time I’m on the other side of the cut, I look forward to reading your no bull, honest and upfront blog. I grew up in Pigeon Cove and now live in the Boston area, not too far from Gtown,  but far enough that I can’t take a walk along the back shore everyday.

Happy New Year and looking forward to more Gloucester news in 2012.



Arlington MA

Chelsea Berry gimmesound Artist of the Week

Chelsea Berry begins 2012 as gimmesound’s artist of the week.  She talks about 2011 highlights and what is in store for 2012.  Chelsea reveals local artist that will be preforming with  her at Shalin Liu on January 27, 2012.

Check out Chelsea’s gimmesound profile.

Good Chinese Take-out

No city or town is complete without a few Chinese restaurants. When I first moved to Gloucester several months ago, I was happy to see a Chinese restaurant right around the corner from my residence at St. Ann’s rectory: Ocean Garden (1 Maplewood Ave. in Gloucester).  According to the employee I spoke to there, Lily Chen, they have been in business for eleven years.  That means that their food and prices are good enough to attract a faithful clientele.

Ocean Garden, 1 Maplewood Ave. Not much to look at, but the take-out is very tasty!

I have ordered meals there several times (most recently this Sunday) and the food has been consistently hot and good, and I have always had friendly service.

Chicken with mixed vegetables and rice

Their wonton soup is just the way I like it, with a very flavorful broth and not-too-thick wontons.  I wolfed it down before I remembered to take a photo…

They are primarily a take-out restaurant, although there is one table where you could sit and eat. They deliver, and if you ask for delivery you might meet this friendly man:

Mike Marshall, one of the delivery men

He and his father Robert Marshall handle the deliveries. As I arrived, Robert was driving away with a delivery in a black SUV with a festive Christmas wreath still on the hood ornament.  Remember, Christmas isn’t over yet! Not until January 9th (at least, in the Catholic Church).

So if you’re looking for a nice hot Chinese meal, this could be a good option.   Lily said their specialty is the combination plate “General Gau’s Chicken”, but she added that some of their most popular dishes are on the appetizer menu – stock favorites like crab rangoon and chicken wings.

Full information about their menu, phone number, etc., is available on their website.

Auction – This Wednesday!!

Looking for something to do on Hump Day? Check out Gloucester’s new auction house.

This week Walt will have an auction that covers all shades of the spectrum. For example, there’s a showcase full of vintage jewelry, an Ibanez black acoustic guitar, art, lots of power tools & much more.

The auction starts at 6pm, but anyone interested should take advantage of the 3hr inspection that starts at 3pm in the afternoon. There’s usually a couple of hundred lots at least which are sold at each auction so there’s not a lot of time to give details on the auction block.

The auction is located in the Cape Ann Industrial Park, 17 Kondelin Rd. #7

More details at and at: http://auctionzip.comauctioneer/gloucester

If you’re interested in selling your items call Walt at 978-395-7077

MA lic#2621

Beverly Hospital’s Welcomes Their First Baby of the Year

Welcome Brady Matthew!

Katie and Dan Desmond of Gloucester, MA welcome their new son, Brady Matthew born at Beverly Hospital on January 1, 2012, at 3:03 a.m., 9 pounds, 1 oz., 21-3/4-inches long.

Proud Grandparents:

Jim and Betty Gomes of Boxford, MA

Richard and Roberta Desmond of Salem,MA

Great-Grandmother (100 years old) Catherine Desmond of Revere, MA, will be visiting Brady today!

In addition to his Grandparent and Great-Grandmother, Brady has a large number of cousins, aunts, uncles and extended family to welcome him into the New Year.