So I went to this new joint in Beverly…

I don’t mind paying up for great food but the one thing that I will not endorse is paying up for good food but leaving hungry.

When you offer up a pasta dish for $22 and then serve barely 6 ounces of pasta I have a problem.  That’s $22 without salad, just the pasta dish.  Pasta- as in wheat flour and eggs.

I won’t be back.

I coulda ate a feast at Sista Felicia’s or gone to La Trattoria for better food at a lot less or my favorite Italian restaurant of all time- Vinny’s Superette in Somerville for half the dough and a hundred times better food.

Screw that place.  Never going back.

(our dining companions were great though)

Right On Spitbrook, Left On Daniel Webster, Right On Milf

Oh those crazy Hamilton folk and their street signs.


Milf Street Hamilton Ma, Yep, It Exists.

This sign on the corner of Milf and Union. Google Map

Submit your Own photo of the Milf Street sign to GMG For a chance to win a copy of Ron Gilson’s An Island No More

In Flanders Field

In Flander's Field Illustration 1921

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

~ Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918), Canadian Army

Icelandic Poppies ©Kim Smith 2013Icelandic Poppies

In Flanders Field is one of the most beautiful war poems ever written. To read about the making of the poem see the following from the Arlington National Cemetery website.

In Flander's Field

Memorial Day Ceremony

On Monday morning the Memorial Day Ceremony was held with the sun streaming down. This ceremony was very respectful and emotional. The Keynote Speaker, Mr. Melvin Olsen a Korean War Veteran spoke of the trial and difficult times serving in Korea in the early 1950’s. The Guest Speaker, Kangho Park, Consul General, Republic of Korea, also spoke eloquently being very grateful to the veterans from his home land. Today we must thank our veterans from the past and present.

Vietnam Memorial
Vietnam Memorial
Special Guest speaker Kangho Park Consul General Republic of Korea
Special Guest speaker Kangho Park Consul General Republic of Korea

May 27, 2013 Sefatia and a veteran

 Melvin Olsen, Korean Veteran
Melvin Olsen, Korean Veteran
Mayor Kirk and Ann Margaret Ferrante
Mayor Kirk and Ann Margaret Ferrante

Cape Ann Adaptive Lacrosse – A HUGE SUCCESS!

Team Adaptive

What a successful season!

The CAYL Adaptive Lacrosse Program is the first of its kind in Massachusetts and is open to all communities.  It is designed to provide girls and boys with physical, learning and/or cognitive disabilities the chance to learn the game of lacrosse in an appropriate environment.  The program is open to participants ages 8-14.  This program offers a way for kids with physical and developmental disabilities to enjoy the sport in a non-competitive and adaptive environment.  Coaches and organizational participants will emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship, and skills development on an age and ability appropriate basis.   

   The program is structured to have middle and high school lacrosse players from local communities  teamed as a “buddy” or “mentor” for each adaptive participant. These buddy coaches assist in adapting the skills and teaching methods to the needs of each participant’s ability and specific requirements.   Equipment and rules are modified as necessary to meet participant’s needs while maintaining the overall fundamental lacrosse team experience. 


Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

We can enjoy this weekend with family and friends and delicious food, thanks to generations of men and women who fought, and many of whom died, to protect our freedom.  Thanks and prayers for all those who made the sacrifice of laying down their lives for us! May God grant peace and rest to them, and consolation and support to their families!

And for a delicious coffee roll from Mamie’s Kitchen…

Fr. Matthew Green

May 28 Kick Off Party for Gloucester’s 2nd Cultural District: HARBORTOWN

May 28 Kick Off Party for Gloucester’s 2nd Cultural District: HARBORTOWN


Come Celebrate!

The first official event for the Gloucester Harbortown Cultural District will be held on May 28th from 4:00 to 6:30pm at the location of one of our founding partners and cultural assets in the district, Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop.

Mayor Carolyn Kirk, City of Gloucester dignitaries, and Massachusetts Cultural Council officials will be in attendance along with the partners and stakeholders.

Visit to see the list of partners. We had a great time when the MCC came to town in March for the site visit, and the party at Fred Bodin’s.

Please join us. You can count on light refreshments, beverages including wine and beer, and a surprise or two.

Bring along your recipe ideas for a Harbortown inspired cocktail, non-alcoholic variation, or family beverage. We will collect them for a future tasting contest to determine some winning "Harbortown" contenders.

Thanks to founding partners Gloucester House Restaurant and Topside Grill for providing some of the light refreshments and Cape Ann Brewing Co for providing their special artisan beer.

To help us with the head count, please RSVP

What: Festive kickoff for Harbortown Cultural District

Date: Tuesday May 28th, 2013

Where: founding partner Maritime Gloucester (thank you so much!), Harbor Loop


When: 4:00-6:30 pm, drop in

RSVP:, Judith Hoglander, Co-Chair Steering committee of the GHCD

Bring a friend along , absolutely

Reminder: Harbortown beverage recipe entries (with and without alcohol)


D.E.S .– Feast of the Holy Spirit Celebration

State Senator Bruce Tarr is an honored guest of the new Emperor  Mr. and Mrs. Jose Dias Ferreira.  A High Mass celebrated  at Our Lady of Good Voyage, with Father Alves, followed by a Portuguese traditional meal “Sopas do Espirito Santo” at the DES Portuguese Club.  This is a seven hundred year old Portuguese tradition, carried on primarily by the Azorean Communities all over the world.





This post is dedicated to my parents Anibal and Adelina Simoes and my proud Azorean heritage.

Community Stuff 5/27/13

School Open Enrollment

Eastern Point Day School, grades PreK through 8, is holding open enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. Eastern Point Day School is pleased to offer both full and partial tuition scholarships for new students in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. The scholarship awards range between 25% up to 100% reduction of the student’s tuition. We encourage families to schedule an appointment and visit Eastern Point Day School to see if the school is the right fit for your child and family.  Please call 978/283-1700 or email for more information.

Eastern Point Day School
8 Farrington Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

Hi Joey

Decided to start this rainy weekend at Lobsta land with our 2 boys last night. Awesome dinner- We were so psyched to see a great addition to the kids menu- ( which is often the usual pasta, burgers, and chix fingers) Our younger guy Colby ordered the children’s salad with chicken on top. He loved it!  Nice to have that great choice! FYI to other families!

Barbara Kelly