New York City Bans Styrofoam Food Containers


Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research and Education | December 20, 2013 12:47

The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research and Education (COARE), applauds the New York City Council for its decision yesterday to ban food service expanded polystyrene (EPS) within city limits. EPS is commonly referred to as “styrofoam.”

for the entire article read here-

New York City Bans Styrofoam Food Containers


This has got to be looked at as a positive IMO.  I wouldn’t care if the coffee costs an extra nickel a cup in the name of getting more styrofoam off the streets and into our oceans.

Good on NYC.

I like this move.

How bout you?

Dog Bar Wings- Tremendous! and a tip…

My favorite wings in town go to Cape Ann Brewing.  Cape Ann Brewing and The Farm Bar and Grille are my favorites on the North Shore.  Coming in just behind those two with excellent wings of their own is Dog Bar.


The move at Dog Bar is to order them plain and then get the sauce on the side.  This insures totally crispy wings every time.  Nothing worse than soggy fries, second worse is soggy greasy wings.  Dog Bar has the crispy wing thing down to a science.

Check these MFers out-




Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Christmas Card

Thanks Len Burgess for sending this along.

Photo by Barry O’Brien
“The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”
To all our friends at Good Morning Gloucester who bring art, community and history alive,
Merry Christmas from the Essex Shipbuilding Museum!
Quote attributed to Harry S. TrumanESM Chrismas5typ

The Fog Was Where I Wanted to Be

“The fog was where I wanted to be. Halfway down the path you can’t see this house. You’d never know it was here. Or any of the other places down the avenue. I couldn’t see but a few feet ahead. I didn’t meet a soul. Everything looked and sounded unreal. Nothing was what it is. That’s what I wanted—to be alone with myself in another world where truth is untrue and life can hide from itself.”
― Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Local Music Seen Christmas Special on Cape Ann TV

Those of you who missed the Cape Ann Solstice Concert at the UU Church Meetinghouse on Saturday will be able to catch much of it on Cape Ann TV in the next week or two.

And to get you in the mood, Cape Ann TV is reprising the original Local Music Seen Christmas special, that originally aired in 2011, tomorrow at 8AM and 11PM and on Christmas day at 5AM, 6PM and 10PM.  You’ll see many top local performers, some of whom were at the Cape Ann Solstice Concert — others who were not.  Here’s a taste:

Shrimp Cocktail & Cocktail Sauce


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Shrimp & Cocktail Sauce


2 ½ lbs flash frozen 16/20 Cocktail Shrimp tail on (defrosted)

1 fresh bay leaf

½ lemon

Ice bath( in large mixing bowl, combine 8 cups ice cubes and 12 cups cold water)

Cocktail Sauce Ingredients

1 ½ -2 cups ketchup

2 heaping tablespoons horseradish ( sold in a jar in the refrigerated section of the grocery store)

juice of 1 lemon

Shrimp Step-Step

1 Bring 8-10 cups of water to rolling boil in large saucepan; add bay leaf,  and juice of ½ lemon; add the squeezed ½ to the pan of boiling water

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3 add defrosted shrimp; cook 3-5 minutes until shrimp turn bright white and pink

Note~ shrimp will turn pink almost immediately when they touch the boiling water, allow them to cook until they turn opaque white & pink

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4 remove shrimp lemon and bay leaf using a spider spatula; immediately place in ice bath 10 minutes

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5 strain shrimp in large colander; transfer to airtight container; keep refrigerated until ready to serve

Cocktail Sauce Step-by-Step

1 combine all ingredients in mixing bowl; mix well; keep refrigerated in airtight container until ready to serve

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2 transfer to serving bowl


(1) If using a mariposa serving bowl, spray a light coat of kitchen spray in bowl before adding prepared sauce. This will protect the bowl from the acidity in the sauce, preventing Mariposa bowl from pitting

(2) The shrimp used in my photos were purchased from Stavis Seafoods in Boston (1-617-897-1220.) They are 16/20 white shrimp farmed in Indonesia.

Community Stuff 12/23/13

Free Community Lung Cancer Screening

Initial Screening at Gloucester Police Department

January 6 and January 9th

Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women worldwide; however, it is currently the only one of the top four deadliest cancers (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal) that is not screened for routinely.
Based on the published findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), Addison Gilbert Hospital, a member of Lahey Health, now have confirmation that we can save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer through CT screening.
While private insurers and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) do not currently cover low-dose CT lung screening, and most hospitals charge a self-pay of at least $350 for this screen, Addison Gilbert Hospital is determined to help bring awareness and accessibility of this testing to all people at high-risk at no charge.
Addison Gilbert Hospital will offer a FREE low-dose chest CT screening to any individual who meets the established National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) high-risk criteria.  Persons between the ages of 50 and 74 who have
smoked at least an average of one pack per day for twenty years may meet these criteria and qualify for a free screening.

Those who would like to see if they meet the criteria for the screening may attend this event that will be held at the

Gloucester Police Department, 197 Main Street, Gloucester, Conference Room

Monday, January 6 and Thursday, January 9, 2014


7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are not necessary.

For more info