2013 GHS Field Hockey Tournament vs Tewksbury Coverage By John Nasser

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The 2013 GHS Field Hockey team played Tewksbury this past Wednesday in Tewksbury after qualifying for Tournament play during the regular season.
Even though the Gloucester girls lost 1-0 on a very hard fought game, they played their hearts out and gave everything they had.
Gloucester hasn’t seen tournament action since 2008 according to the GDT.
Congratulations to all the ladies and first year Head Coach Lauren Riley on an exciting and successful season.
They’ve made their school and fans proud!

The Prettiest Pumpkin Patch

Briar's Pumpkin patch cookies ©Briar Forsythe

My dear friend Briar sent this photo very late last night; well past midnight. I imagine she must have just finished making the cookies and was excited to share her beautiful creation with friends. I’m am so glad she did and believe this is the prettiest, and most yummiest-looking, pumpkin patch ever seen!

YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL Opening Reception & Panel Discussion

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You are invited to two special events at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck this weekend related to the You. Are. Beautiful. photography exhibition.  On Saturday, November 2 from 4-6 PM, please attend the opening reception. View the work with friends and enjoy complimentary wine and snacks. If you don’t have dinner plans, consider drinks and dinner at Short & Main restaurant at 36 Main Street in Gloucester. 10% of your food and drink tab will be donated to charities selected by the artist: America’s Fund for wounded vets and Pathways for Children in Gloucester.

On Sunday, November 3 from 3-4 PM, Thi Linh Wernau will moderate a panel discussion with Cape Ann fine art photographers, including Paul Cary Goldberg, Judith Monteferrante, Anne Rearick and Eoin Vincent.  The talk will explore topics on beauty in art and the democratization of photography. There will also be time for audience questions. 
The You. Are. Beautiful. show includes one final event next week, Friday, November 8 from 7-9 PM. The evening will include an artist talk, short film and veterans voices.  The “Veterans Voices” portion of this event will include a sharing of art and stories. Speakers include two Gloucester residents and Korean War veterans, A. Austin Dorr and Bradley Smith, founder of the Patron’s Museum. Johnathan Lamirande of New Hampshire, will speak about his good friend and Marine, LCpl Michael Geary, who sacrificed his life in Afghanistan. Finally, a wounded warrior and amputee, Retired E-5 Sergeant U.S. Army, Andy Kingsley of Gardner, MA, will speak about his experience and never giving up.
You. Are. Beautiful. features 30 photographs by Thi Linh Wernau.  Filled with grit, grace and gravity, the work celebrates the human spirit and beauty in all people.  You can view more of the artist’s work on her site at: http://ThiLinh.pixpasites.com.

Rumor has it the flag is turned red on opening day

Bobby Valentine is the only person who picked the Red Sox to go all the way and win the World Series. (He may have forgotten to write down that prediction.) Thanks Bobby, they couldn’t have done it without you. 🙂

First home game Friday, April 4, 2014 vs the Milwaukee Brewers. That would be a good time for a gigantic Rubber Duck to swim into Gloucester Harbor.

Red Sox-Cards World Series Game 6

Big Win! “The Nation” REJOICES!! Lackey hung in there and pitched another great game. It was another TEAM effort and Steven Drew hit well including a shot into the bullpen.

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Even George dressed for the occasion.



U, V, W, X, Y and Z Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween 2013

Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween 2013

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Shaped like a flying saucer, the UFO Pleco looks like something straight out of a fifties sci-fi movie! These Chinese fish, part of the loach group, are found in fast-flowing streams rather than outer space.


The scary yet harmless vampire squid’s scientific name literally means vampire squid of Hell! Survivors from the Jurassic period, these mollusks have characteristics of both squid and octopus and shoot glowing mucus when alarmed.


The witch flounder is one of many flatfish found in local waters. We love teaching our Ocean Explorers about these amazing animals!


You can easily see the skeleton of the X-ray tetra! These fish are found in the Amazon River and live in large schools.


Named after the legendary monster, the Yeti crab was first discovered in 2005. These blind crustaceans live at depths of over 7,000 feet!


Zombie worms bore into whale bones using acid! These strange sea creatures remove nutrients from the bones in order to feed.





It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time

PrintHave you had a day when a song is stuck in your head like Peanut Butter Jelly Time…

It recently happened to me. With peanut butter and jelly on my mind, the craving for it followed. I Googled  recipes containing peanut butter & jelly and found hundreds of the same-old-same-old cookies and dessert bars. After refining my search I came across this recipe for PB&J Cookies and went straight to the store for the supplies….the results were outstanding and I now keep the supplies on hand in my pantry at all times. This is a perfect recipe that can be whipped up and on the table in minutes. While enjoying every bite of my PB&J Cookie, I could feel my creative juices start to flow and the Sista Felicia PB&J Caramel Apple was created!

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Sista Felicia’s PB&J Caramel Apples


2 cups packed brown sugar

2 sticks unsalted butter cut into pieces

1  14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

2/3 cup dark corn syrup

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon molasses

1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

12 Gala Apple

12  wooden popsicle sticks

1 fine or medium grit sandpaper

1 lb. peanut butter flavored chocolate wafers

1 lb. purple colored chocolate wafers

1/4 teaspoon LorAnn grape flavored Candy Flavoring (can be found at any craft/candy supple store)

12  PB&J Cookies (see recipe below)


1  Make Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies; reserve (see recipe below)

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2  In 2 1/2 quart sauce pan combine first eight ingredients; stir over medium low heat until sugar dissolves and butter is completely melted

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3  Secure one  popsicle stick into the stem side of each Apple; gently rub sandpaper along the sides of each Apple removing wax this step will help adhere caramel all to apples

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4  Attached candy thermometer to side of pan increase heat to medium-high; use pastry brush and water to remove sugar crystals from the sides of pan to avoid burning

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 5  Bring mixture to rolling boil until candy thermometer reads 230° soft ball stage stirring constantly

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6  Carefully transfer hot, two mixing bowl; Attach candy thermometer to side of bowl; cool caramel to 200°

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7  In two separate double boiler pans melt chocolate completely; turn heat off; add grape flavoring to purple chocolate; mix well

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8  Line 2 cookie sheets with aluminum foil; lightly coat foil with cooking spray

9  Place 12 PB&J cookies flat side down on one cookie sheet 2 inches apart

10  Dip each Apple in Caramel;  in a rolling motion twists Apple until excess caramel drips off and Caramel is evenly distributed around each apple; immediately place on greased aluminum foil lined cookie sheet; rest 5 to 10 minutes until caramel is set

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11  Carefully peel each apple from aluminum foil; and smooth caramel on bottom side of each Apple

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12  Dip apple into grape flavored purple chocolate turn Turn pink coat bottom Half of apple in warm chocolate; place on greased aluminum foil cookie sheet; cool 5 minutes

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13  Dip apple in peanut butter flavored chocolate one quarter of the way up the sides of each Apple; Immediately place Apple onto a PB&J cookie

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14  Transfer remaining purple grape flavored chocolate into disposable plastic pastry bag

15  Transfer remaining peanut butter flavored chocolate into disposable plastic pastry bag

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16  Make small cut at ends of H disposable pastry bag; drizzle chocolates over sides and tops of each Apple; pipe small dollop of chocolate at top of each Apple; fix one miniature Reesie’s peanut butter cup and one half PB&J cookie on top; cool completely at room temperature

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PB & Jelly Cookies


1 white cake mix

½ cup salted butter melted

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 heaping cup mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cup candies

1 3.25 oz. premium Dark Chocolate Raspberry filled candy bar, broken into pieces (I used Market Basket brand)

Step by Step

  1. Combine cake mix, butter, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl, using a large spoon, mix well until creamy batter forms

  2. Add peanut butter cups and raspberry filled candy bar pieces, mix well (candy bar pieces will break up in the mixing process…that’s a good thin

  3. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper

  4. Using a 1 inch cookie scoop, place scant balls of chilled cookie batter ½ inch apart on prepared cookie sheet

  5. In preheated 350 degree oven bake 12 minutes; cool 10 minutes before serving

*Yields approximately 2 dozen cookies

Happy Halloween!

When Halloween was Invented

This probably isn't Gloucester, but the first period house looks a lot like our Old Ellery House. Halloween has been around for just over a century, and in 2011 Americans spent over 7 billion dollars on it, including costumes. Until the 1930's, all Halloween costumes were home made. So have fun, stay safe, and I'll have candy here for the spooks and goblins.
This probably isn’t Gloucester, but the first period house looks a lot like our Old Ellery House. Halloween has been around for just over a century, and in 2011 Americans spent over 7 billion dollars on it, including costumes. Until the 1930’s, all Halloween costumes were home made. So have fun, stay safe, and I’ll have candy here for the spooks and goblins.

Community Stuff 10/31/13

Schedule for airing League debate

CATV will be showing the mayoral debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann at the following times.   Please post to our website, Kathryn, and add to our announcement on Good morning, Gloucester.

Tuesday, October 29, 3 pm

Wednesday, October 20, 8 pm

Friday, November 1, 12:30 am

Saturday, November 2, 7:30 am

Saturday, November 2, 7 pm

Sunday November 3, 7:30 am

Keep Celebrating!

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