Birthtday Mass for Paul Frontiero the 3rd

birthday Mass for Paul Frontiero the 3rd

There will be a Birthday Mass for our son Tomorrow at 8am at St. Ann’s Church. His Birthday is not until the 23rd. Look for some balloons on his bench on that day. I’m sure it will be an emotional day for us.

Paul’s Grandma and Papa Ciolino Will host a Breakfast after the mass at 4 Beauport ave. All  Are invited after the Mass.

Having a Mug Up

Hi everyone;

Hope everyone is well and Happy Spring.  Well it is time for a Mug Up.  Come and see each and enjoy some good food and coffee.

Date:     Sunday, February 19, 2012

Time:     10:00 am

Where:  Donna and Rick

5 Strawberry Cove, Gloucester, MA

Looking forward to seeing all..  That is the Sunday before Presidents’ Day

Donna Ardizzoni


Elise Marie Hansen

Dearest Joey,

Please post the following about my beautiful sister and let the Gloucester community know how much our family appreciates the  loving kindness you have shown us during our deep sorrow.  The picture is of Elise at the Bananarama Event at City Hall.




Elise Marie Hansen (age 45) died suddenly in a tragic car accident with her beloved brother Marc Hansen on February 14, 2012 in Oregon. Elise was born on January 20th 1967 to the late Woodrow James Hansen and Sandra Nunes of Gloucester. Her life was marked by her generous spirit, creative genius and abiding commitment to justice, freedom and the potential of each person to blossom, thrive and contribute to their community. One principal that framed much of her adult life is found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 29(1) “Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.”

Elise is perhaps most known through her work in establishing KONPAY. She was integral to creating the Reforest Haiti program and had deep love for the youth of JADPE, and great determination to help them become strong and empowered. Prior to KONPAY, she worked at the Department of Public Health and at Partners for Health where she was inspired by the work of Paul Farmer, founder of Partners In Health and subject of the Tracy Kidder book Mountains Beyond Mountains. Locally, she was known to many for her work on Main Street at the Bookstore and at Bananas. While Elise received a B.A. from the Art Institute of Boston, she never commercialized her artistic talents; rather they naturally infused every aspect of her being, manifesting themselves everywhere from her dress to gardening to photography to writing, all done with an artistic flair.

She was a tremendously gifted photographer with an extraordinary eye and her camera was never far from her side, capturing people and landscapes. Her father kept a photo she had taken of her brother Ben and his wife Susan by his bedside, saying it was like having them in the room. While she disciplined herself to become a skilled expository writer in order to promote her work’s mission, her natural writing style had a stream of consciousness quality that would give Poe a run for his money. And a voice mail message from Elise was sure to go on for minutes before she eventually got to the point of her call. It was all part of her charm.

As a child Elise, an adorable dimpled red-head was the adored toddler of the family. Always ready for an adventure she helped her sister win 1st prize in the Deer Isle Maine 4th of July Doll Carriage Parade by serving as a cosseted living doll. To us she was known as Tou Tou and when the family assigned roles based on Winnie the Pooh, Elise was named “Tigger” hands down. Always vibrant, lively, animated, active and moving, she was a natural dancer. When she hugged you it became a dance, a moment like no other. Such was her deep and abiding love, it spilled over into everything.

She made deep friendships with people wherever she went. People were attracted to her beauty and light, her joyous animated personality. Her love of travel and adventure carried through to her whole adult life, including driving a semi-trailer truck to Central America with provisions for the village. Elise spoke several languages including Spanish and Portuguese as well as the international language of music — her preferred method of communication. Music was always a huge part of her life. As her friends from the high school GHS class of 1985 remember, she was listening to Prince before anyone knew who he was. And so it was fitting that when she met the love of her life, Scott Southard, founder and owner of International Music Network International, he shared her passion and love for music. During their 5 years together, Elise enjoyed traveling with Scott and their home became Family Central as they hosted many memorable family and holiday dinners. She took pride and pleasure in her step-children and was an active participant in their development.

We will honor the great gift of her life by carrying forward each day her great curiosity, her active and loving heart that always sought to understand and to help others become all that they can be. We will take each moment and bring to it the tremendous joy Elise found in all that she encountered. As her friend Katherine Cordova said, “She saw and spoke and lived with her heart, with all her dear precious heart.”

Elise Hansen leaves her fiancé, Scott Southard of Gloucester, and his children, Nicole and Conor Southard, her mother, Sandra Nunes of Gloucester, her brother, Erik Hansen of California, sister Enid Hansen of California, brother Benjamin Hansen and his wife Susan of Texas, brother Christian Hart of Washington, sister Erika Hansen and husband David McCarley of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, formerly of Gloucester, and brother Ricardo Nunes and wife Darlene of Lowell, niece Karen Hart, niece Karissa Elise Hansen (daughter of Marc Hansen) niece Miranda Hansen, nephew Safaa Hansen, niece Gemma McCarley, niece Niku Hansen, niece Georgeanna McCarley, nephew Kent Hansen, niece Lily Nunes, great-nephews Corbin Carpenter, Ariyah Hansen and great-nieces Miela and Elise Carpenter (Marc’s grandchildren, the youngest of whom is carrying on Elise’s name), Aunt Bonnie Oakley, cousins Kevin, Adair, Diane and Shawn and friends from all around the globe, including Richard Leonard of Gloucester, Cathy and Jacques Reynaud of France and childhood friends, Jill and Carrie Stevens. Jill & Carrie were part of Elise’s childhood in Framingham as well as her 5 years growing up in Portugal and they will always be like sisters to Elise and Erika.

All are invited to a memorial service that will be held at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport, MA on Sunday Feb. 19th at 11:00 am. A Memorial Fund has been established.

Cyril Connolly Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

“Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.”
Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

An Eton educated literary critic, Connolly was for many years the editor of Horizon, the influential English magazine on prose. He was well traveled, thrice married, and hobnobbed with many of the great literary lights of his generation, but never attained the success as a fiction writer that he desired.

Greg Bover

Rick Doucette & Zack White ~ Mardi Gras Family Party

Rick Doucette and Zack White preview the family Mardi Gras party starting at noon on Tuesday at Latitude 43 to help raise money for the Y TEENS REBUILD NEW ORLEANS III trip in April.

Grammy-winner Charles Neville joins Henri Smith following the party for a Mardi Gras benefit concert at 7pm.  Tickets are still available.  Call 978-281-0223.

More information here

Lots of high energy music tonight from Ska to Southern Rock.  See the full lineup here.

The Holy Family Parish Cevicos Mission

The Holy Family Parish Cevicos Mission

Our Mission works with small businesses in Cevicos in the Dominican Republic, providing loans to cooperative groups of owners. Alberta owns a cafeteria. Our loans allowed her to buy a freezer and make kitchen improvements.

Our loans are usually for $500 or less. They are enough to provide needed support to these small businesses. Alberta provides food for a school cafeteria. She offers a wide variety of fresh foods.

You can follow their work on Facebook

You can follow their great work on Facebook

Two Cape Ann Artists Win in Artwork Competition

Bill Hubbard writes-

I recently ran an art contest on America’s largest artists website, Fine Art America for paintings of commercial fishing and guess what?  Two Cape Ann artists won First and Third Place.  Eileen Patten Oliver from Rockport came in first with a beautiful acrylic of Gloucester Harbor and Capt. Phil Cusumano took Third Place with his vibrant
oil painting, Morning on Georges Bank.  I thought you might like to give them credit on GMG and prepared the writeup below.  I’m sure Phil and Eileen and their Cape Ann Friends would like to see it.  I was certainly proud to see those fine paintings from my home port.
Bill Hubbard

Cape Ann Artists Take First and Third Place in Commercial Fishing Boat Contest  I recently had the privilege of conducting a contest for paintings of commercial fishing boats on  Fine Art America, the world’s largest artists website.  As a
painter and a direct descendant of a Gloucester fishing captain, I am proud to see these fine paintings in the winners circle.
First Place was won by Eileen Patten Oliver of Rockport with a beautifully detailed acrylic painting of Gloucester Harbor.  Eileen has been painting in oils and acrylics in Maine and Massachusetts for over 40 years.  While she likes to paint en plein or on
te scene, she also uses photographs as painting studies.  She managed the art gallery at the West Quoddy Head Light Visitors Center in Lubec, Me for several seasons, has taught Adult Education classes, studied with Paul Shea, Peter Nyren and Constantine Sqouras and took a class at Mass College of Art but, is predominantly self-taught.  She lives in Rockport, Ma with her husband, James Oliver, ho is also an accomplished painter, illustrator and print maker.  Eileen is a member of the Newburyport Art Association
Third Place was one by Capt. Phil Cusumano with his vibrant oil painting Early Morning on Georges Bank,  Phil, a marine artist and sea captain, has lived the life of his subject matter, commercial fishing. His work documents the fishing industry from the era of the tall ships to the present day. His images range from life aboard a modern day fishing dragger, to the Gloucester skyline in 1905. 
Born and raised in Gloucester, MA Phil has had a long love affair with the ocean. His father owned and operated commercial fishing vessels in Gloucester for fifty years. At the early age of thirteen, Phil started fishing during summer vacations on his father’s commercial draggers. He graduated from Gloucester High School in 1969 and fished full time on his father’s boats. “But I was always drawing, even out at sea”.  He honed his artistic skills when he studied for three years at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston and graduated in 1974. As part of commercial and design programs he learned  about how to incorporate design composition and illustration in his work. From 1972-1988 he worked primarily in watercolors influenced by his study with internationally know Rockport artist, John Terelak. 

Visit my artists website and Blog at:


Community Stuff Saturday

La Vida Rock Gym update


The results are in, and we’re happy to announce that we will be hosting a special two-hour open gym time for families during the week of February vacation!

When: Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 21-24, 11:30am-1:30pm

Where: The La Vida Rock Gym at Gordon College (255 Grapevine Road, Wenham)

What: Open climbing time, we’ll have a few staff to help belay and lead games & activities

Who: Everyone! We don’t have any age limits, but we recommend ages 6 to adult

Cost: Regular open gym rates – $10/day pass (valid for regular evening hours too). Or purchase a 20-visit family membership for just $95! Discounts for affiliates of Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell.

Mention Good Morning Gloucester and get $2 off your day pass!

Parents and students 14 and older can also sign up to take a belay class this week: Monday, Feb. 13, 8-10pm or Saturday Feb. 18, 4-6pm. Cost is $10, sign up at

Check out our website for more info about our programs:

How U.S. pullback will affect Pakistan & South Asia

Hi Joey,
I hope you’re well and that 2012 is off to an excellent start.
The next Cape Ann Forum is upon us, and we appreciate your coverage of forum events in goodmorninggloucester very much.  On Sunday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. Professor Zia Mian of Princeton will continue our focus on Pakistan.  Professor Mian was originally scheduled to speak in December but had to travel to Pakistan on short notice; we are so pleased he was able to reschedule his talk so promptly.

Please note the new location for the forum, at the Unitarian-Universalist Church at the corner of Church and Middle Streets, Gloucester.  As always, the forum is free and open to the public.


The Cape Ann Forum will host Princeton-based peace and security expert Zia Mian on the topic "After Afghanistan: The United States, Pakistan & the imperiled future of South Asia” on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist Church at the corner of Church and Middle Streets, Gloucester. The event is free and open to the public.

Since 9/11 the United States has focused heavily on Pakistan’s critical role in the war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas, investing billions of dollars in the effort with decidedly mixed results. The U.S. pullback from Afghanistan has already begun, with as many as 30,000 troops to be out by September and with Afghan forces slated to take over much of the fighting in 2013—a timetable that has sparked criticism from Republican presidential candidates and promises to be an issue throughout the coming presidential campaign.

Among the questions Mian will address are: What will the end of the American presence in Afghanistan mean for Pakistan? Can it overcome the many crises it faces, from an Islamist insurgency to a runaway nuclear rivalry with India? And how will its future be shaped by the emerging great-power contest between the United States and China?

The director of the Project on Peace and Security in South Asia at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, Mian teaches at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research interests include security policy in South Asia with a focus on nuclear weapons and nuclear energy issues.

Mian, a physicist, is the editor and co-editor of several books, most recently Bridging Partition: Peoples Initiatives for Peace Between India and Pakistan (2010). Previous books include Between Past and Future: Selected Essays on South Asia by Eqbal Ahmad (2004) and Out of The Nuclear Shadow (2001). He has also worked on the documentary films “Crossing the Lines: Kashmir, Pakistan, India” and “Pakistan and India under the Nuclear Shadow,” and he serves on the board of the Eqbal Ahmad Foundation.
Professor Mian was scheduled to speak in December but had to postpone his talk to travel to Pakistan. His presentation will draw on his impressions from that trip, as well as his extensive scholarship. Meanwhile, the venue for the program was changed from City Hall to the church due to problems with the sound system, according to Forum organizers.

The Cape Ann Forum was organized shortly after the 9/11 attacks to increase public understanding of international issues. The all-volunteer organization has sponsored 66 forums since then.

Future forums will feature Woman’s World founder Meredith Tax on “Challenging global fundamentalism: Building a secular, feminist alternative” (March 18) and Harvard international relations expert Steven Walt on “The Twilight of the American Era” (May 13).

For more information, go to the Forum’s Web site at


The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe is presenting the premier of the new four hundred year old comedy, "Closets", by Nat Segaloff and inspired by Ben Jonson’s 1606 satirical comedy, "Volpone". "Closets" is set in the present day gay community of West Hollywood , with the protagonist, Julian, feigning impending death, but unlike Volpone (the fox), not to get expensive gifts from his friends with the promise to be named sole heir, but to test their loyalty. Vying for Julian’s favor are his ex-wife, Sharon, his ex-lover, Brendan, and the straight friend who got away, his college roomate, Charles. Add to the mix, Calvin, a gay escort hired to be Julian’s valet, Paolo, Brendan’s butch new toy boy, and Adam, Charles’ son  who’s not sure which side of the closet he’s on, shake well and serve up a laugh cocktail.

"Closets" directed by Joseph Stiliano will be performed March 8, 9, 10, 16, & 17 at 8 PM, March 11 & 18 at 3 PM at the Gorton Theatre (home of the Gloucester Stage Company) 267 East Main Street. Tickets are $15, general admission; $10, student; $5, 18 and under are available at the door or reserved at . Parental discretion is advised. More information available at or Facebook.