Move Over Sinatra

This guy is straight fire!  Sinatra, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Michael Buble, step aside.  There’s a new king of love songs.

This kid must be swarming with women of all ages just trying to get all up in his business.  Panty dropper material for sure.  I looked on iTunes but couldn’t find his rendition available for purchase so I might just put the audio from this YouTube clip on a loop and pipe it through the house.

Well Played, Sir Well Played….


video first aired on Barstool Sports

David Simmons Gives Props To the Gloucester 911 Response Team


Hello, Joey,

Last Friday night, I had the opportunity as a physician to observe the Gloucester 911 response team manage a health care emergency from start to finish in the Annisquam Village Library. The police, firefighters, and EMTs approached that difficult case efficiently, thoughtfully, and knowledgeably. Their conclusion was effective, professional, and respectful. I hope you will share these observations because Gloucester residents should be aware of the great system and individuals out there ready to support them in need.


David P. Simmons, MD

If you missed Jon Butcher last night, watch this video

As we reported last night (in this post), Allen Estes joined Jon Butcher and Charlie Farren on Jon’s song Coleman Mine that he wrote for the HBO series Deadwood.  Jon and Charlie performed with James Montgomery and David Hull to a sold out house at Shalin Liu.  If you missed it, here’s the song from Allen’s show Local Music Seen.

You can catch the full show tomorrow (Sunday) at 6pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.

Great music tonight and tomorrow starting at 11am.  See the full live music schedule here.

Just some of the “Music Around Town” tonight.

Tonight in Essex, Ma at the ONE WORLD Coffeehouse. Doors open at 7:30 – show begins at 8pm (2 sets) . Yummy desserts – good friends.


joe mackjw

The Runaround ~Rhumb Line 9:30 pm


Click here for more … the links on the right to check out the bands and venues.

People Skills @ The Cape Ann Brewing Co.9:00

people skills

On The Radio~Chelsea Berry~North Shore 104.9


Photo by Louise

Sunday morning the 20th at 9am, Chelsea Berry will be Aurelia Nelson’s in-studio guest on North Shore 104.9‘s “Curtain Up.” She’ll be talking about the new record, previewing tracks, the CD Release Party at Shea’s Riverside on Feb. 5th, and the CD Release Concerts at The Shalin Liu Performance Center on February 8 & 9.


The House of Mitch- Enough Already!

OK OK OK, I Submit!

For a couple years now I’ve been hearing from my buddy Mark Ring that the best deal in town was The House of Mitch for lunch.  Not just him a few other people who I consider inside insiders of what’s what around G-Town.

When you grow up in Gloucester and someone mentions the House of Mitch you don’t automatically think great lunch, but see that’s where you’d be wrong. 

Scallop plate $8.95 and you can barely finish it.  Haddock, fried shrimp, you name it, a ton of freshly seafood fried up and under $10.

You’re just gonna have to put any pre-concieved notions that you might have about the joint aside and see for yourself.  The place is clean, and Sheila is one of the most efficient friendly bartenders that you’ll ever meet.  We got hammered together one Saint Pattys Day in Southie years back with Mark and Kara Ring  a good egg that Sheila. 

You don’t have to drink booze just because you’re going in there either, they’d be happy to pour you a soda or a glass of milk (they must have milk for the mudslides, right?)

Oh and their chowder is freshly made and I’ve yet to see anyone serve a cup of chowder in a bowl the way they do at the House of Mitch.

Locals that know, know to go there.  You should check it out for yourself.


Karen Spencer wants you to get your DNA Tested for $99

This is not my gig.  I’m not endorsing it or not endorsing it, just passing it along.

Karen Spencer writes-

To my Sicilian cousins:

For the past few years, I’ve been digging into my family genealogy in a big way. Through a combination of luck, elbow grease and the generosity of other family genealogists, I’ve come up with a pretty good picture of my Sicilian family. I know we lived in Terrasini or Cinisi since at least 1500. However, the more I find out, the more I want to know:

  1. Do we really have Phoenician ancestors? 
  2. Is the blood of ancient Trojans refugees coursing through our veins? 
  3. Those blue eyes and blonde hair, did they come from the Vikings or the Caucasus mountains by the Black Sea? 
  4. What is the origin of my green eyes and RH negative blood?

We’ll never know it all, but there is an intriguing way to reach back 10,000 years to at least one or two direct ancestors.

A few of my Sicilian cousins and I are having our DNA tested for genealogy purposes. To really get a good picture of a tribe, it takes a bunch of people who know their heritages interlock. Here is why:

Female Testing: Can only trace the direct maternal line. Essentially, the mitochondrial DNA  we received from our mothers remains unchanged through the millennium. So our cousins with the same maternal line have exactly the same DNA print as we do.  
Male Testing: Traces both the direct mitochondrial/maternal line and the direct paternal line.  Obviously, the paternal line is tested by using the Y chromosome.

There are several organizations doing this, but two stand out. They both have very large databases, are well funded and have clearly articulated missions, albeit different ones. They are also both backed by international experts in the field, and endorsed by reputable scientists. Both allow willing participants to connect with other willing participants who share the same DNA, distant cousins. All that is required is a little vial of spit.

  • The testing I am using is the Deep Roots package from 23 and Me. This company claims to have the largest database with 750 maternal and 500 paternal Halogroups. The reviews are that the Deep Roots results are not only good, but also the most user friendly. They are used by PBS. Their primary mission is medical – genetic research. Additionally, they have reduced their price to $99.

The question you need to ask yourself is, would you like to find out more about your:

  • Mother’s mother’s mother’s mother’s….. 
  • Father’s father’s father’s father’s…..

If yes – now is the time! Together we’ll be able to paint a picture of our Sicilian roots for all our families, from the Aiello to the Zerilli. Whether you are a  Favaloro, Favazza or Frontiero; a Lovasco, LoChirco, Loiacano; a Randazza, Ragusa or Russo; or any of the other dozens of wonderful Italian families in town, join us!

For more on what I’ve found out using traditional genealogical research, I invite you to explore my website:

Karen Favazza Spencer

A Poll from Fr. Matthew

Regular readers might have noticed that some of the posts on GMG have been getting a little… well… earthy, or edgy, bordering on NSFW according to some.  Joey is the founder and moderator of the blog, so he can post whatever he wants.  But it creates an interesting situation for me.

I love the GMG community – both the contributors and the readers – and I love the way the blog helps us to know each other and creates community spirit.  However, personally and as a Catholic priest, I can’t approve or agree with all the content.  Does my being a regular contributor imply that I think all the content is appropriate? Should I speak out when there is a post I disagree with, find morally reprehensible, or just plain gross?  Or is that not necessary, given that this is a very diverse blog, and it is not presumed that everyone agrees with everything that everyone else says?

I have gotten feedback of different kinds from different people. Some suggest I should withdraw from the blog so as not to be associated with the cruder content. Others disagree. I’ve been back and forth about it in my own head.  So, I have decided to pose it also to you, as Joey himself often does, in the form of a poll! I am not holding myself bound to act according to the results, but I’d really like to hear your opinion through the poll and/or comments.  (Please keep the comments civil and respectful even if you disagree with other people’s comments.  Sometimes people get hot under the collar when it comes to this type of discussion.)

Note: this poll is multiple choice, so you can pick more than one answer (hopefully you won’t pick ones whose contents are mutually exclusive).

Fr. Matthew Green

Tweet of The Day From Andreas Thanos

So I sent Andreas a message asking him to put together a Flickr Gallery of The Photos he hung and he did.  You can view them here-


North Shore Kid Comes Through Again- Beginning Winter Birding At Halibut Point State Park

You know there is one singular site that when I’m trying to figure out something to do with the kids other than sitting around the house playing board games- North Shore Kid

The way Bill and Kelly have the site laid out, easy to navigate, highly searchable and always with direct links to the Children activity host’s website.  It’s just such a treasure trove of information for busy parents looking for fun educational stuff to do with their family.

So the kids are on a three day weekend and The Mrs is great about making sure they get outside but had been scratching her head as to what to do.  I go to the handy NorthShoreKid link in the sidebar on GMG, and lo and behold North Shore Kid is featuring a story about Beginning Birding at Halibut State Park.

Perfect, dress warm, get outside, see some cool migratory birds that happen to be stopping off at Halibut Point State Park and then hit one of the local coffee shops for some hot chocolate.

#Boom!  Thank you North Shore Kid.

Click here to go to North Shore Kid and get all the details for yourself and while you’re there bookmark it.  It’s definitely bookmark worthy!

Beginning winter birding is held on the 3rd Sunday of each Winter month

Photo Bill O’Connor, North Shore Kid