1960 Frank P. Mineo and Giulia Mineo from Proctor Street St Joseph’s Novena Altar From WAYYYY BACK!

My name is Susan Mineo and my grandparents were (Capt.) (Francesco Paolo Mineo), Frank P. Mineo and Giulia Mineo from Proctor Street.  My grandfather’s boat was the Alden.  I came across this picture of my and myself in front of her alter.  Unfortunately, the picture is damaged but much remains of the alter and my grandmother and me as well as the tradition. I hope this picture makes your blog for I know many family members might take great pleasure in seeing it.

Thank you kindly,

Susan Mineo

Nonna and Me

“Happy” Video for For All the GMG Puppy-Dog-Animal Lovers !

In honor of National Puppy Day which, depending on what publication you read, was either the 21st of March or is upcoming tomorrow, on the 23rd of March ~

National Puppy Day is an unofficial holiday created to encourage the adoption of 10,000 puppies.

And yes, the lyrics have been rewritten just for puppy love!

Pharrell’s original “Happy,” posted on GMG in February:

Happy Friday!

Woods Hole Pulls Ahead in Social Media

Just received my invite to the Opening of the Landfall in Woods Hole on April 4th. CLICK. now before you call me a traitor to Cape Ann, let me explain. I grew up in Woods Hole so when I am bored I “Like” the places there in Facebook. Same with Gloucester and Rockport.

So my question to the places opening on Cape Ann in the next few weeks, WHERE IS MY INVITE?? Donnie Estes and the Estes family have done an amazing job over the years making the Landfall the place to be on opening night in Woods Hole. It’s the start of the season.  The starting gun for the Knockabouts is just around the corner.

Come on Cape Ann restaurants, I have liked your pages, now send the invites out. If you still have “Thanks for a Great Season, See you in the Spring” on your website and social media I guess you are going for the semi-soft opening, and you don’t really want the place packed.


If you don’t like semi-soft, email Joey and he will show you how to stiffen things up. It’s easy.

Ricotta Cookies


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Ricotta Cookies and a glass of ice cold milk is by far one of my twins most favorite after school snacks. Every time I make a trip to Joe Pace to purchase fresh ricotta they make sure I buy enough to make a batch of their favorite cookies!  Today I noticed a small container of ricotta in the refrigerator left over from our St. Joseph feast last week. I decided to surprise the kids this morning and whipped up a batch for them to enjoy for breakfast. This moist cake like textured cookie is perfect to serve with a glass of milk or cup of Cappuccino, any time of day or night…They are simply heavenly, and I can guarantee they won’t last long!

If you never tasted a Ricotta Cookie…Your Missing Out on something Big!!!!

Click see more for recipe details

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Saturday March 22nd , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast…
Gale Watch…
Sat S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt…increasing to 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Sat Night W winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt… Diminishing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Video Cast ….

Weather Maps / Graphs from my bud Anthony Siciliano .. We are in constant contact with one another regarding model data and winter storms / tropical season .. Thanks again Anthony… Great graphs and maps.. Folks he’s the best around as far as graphs / maps and forecasting goes for the south shore area.. Glad to have him on my side 🙂 ..







Community Stuff 3/22/14



he Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, will host a Spring Animal Treasure Hunt and Tea Party on Sunday, April 13 from noon to 4 pm in partnership with The Ipswich Humane Group. Participants will search the Great House for animal-themed treasures hidden within the paintings, wallpaper, and other decorative features of each room.  Everyone will receive a small gift.  The day’s celebrations will continue with face painting, a drawing table, and Stuffed Animal Tea seatings at 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Tickets for the Treasure Hunt only are $8 for member adults, $5 for member children, $12 for nonmember adults, and $8 for nonmember children. Treasure Hunt and Tea Party tickets are $18 for member adults, $15 for member children, $22 for nonmember adults, and $18 for nonmember children. Space at tea seatings is limited and must be reserved in advance at www.thetrustees.org.  Proceeds will equally benefit The Ipswich Humane Group and The Trustees of Reservations. For more information contact The Trustees at www.thetrustees.org or 978.356.4351 x4015. 

Directions:  From Rt. 128 (Exit 20A) follow Rt. 1A north for 8 mi. to Ipswich. Turn right onto Rt. 133 east and follow for 1.5 mi. Turn left onto Northgate Rd. and follow for 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Argilla Rd. and follow for 2 miles to entrance to The Crane Estate. 

Parkinson’s Disease – Special Presentation

Offered free, by Keith and Linda Hall

When:     Thursday, April 17th

Time:       12:30 p.m.

Where:    Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street, Gloucester

Are you or do you know of someone living with Parkinson’s Disease?  North Shore communities have needed Parkinson’s-specific exercise programs to help individuals establish empowering, realistic goals for improving balance and stability, agility, cognitive awareness, and strength maintained mobility.  A special presentation, which is a preview of an expanding ability-customized exercise program, is being offered at the Rose Baker Senior Center by Keith and Linda Hall, a couple who live with the challenges of Parkinson’s disease.  Care-givers happily welcomed!

Please join us April 17, for this program of interest for care-givers and people living with this disease. Light refreshment will be served.  Please call the reception desk at 978 281-9765 to register.

Community Celebration April 12 Recognizing Retired Library Director Carol Gray

Carol Gray, who recently announced her retirement after 16 years serving the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library as Assistant Director, Acting Director, and Director, will be feted and recognized at a community celebration in her honor on Saturday, April 12 at 3pm at the library.

This event is being sponsored by the Library’s Board of Directors, with assistance from the Friends of the Library. “The public is cordially invited to join us,” said Scott Memhard, President of the Library Board, “to share and express our profound thanks to Carol Gray, for her years of dedicated service and commitment to our Library, and the central role it plays as the cultural and intellectual heart of Gloucester.”

The reception will begin at 3pm on the main floor of the library, 2 Dale Avenue, with a formal presentation recognizing Carol commencing at 4pm.  Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

For further information, please contact Acting Library Director Freyja Sanger at sanger@sawyerfreelibrary.org / (978) 281-9763 ext.12 or Library Board President Scott Memhard at Scott_m@capepondice.com / 978-879-9394.


Can you help North Shore United Way share this special promotion we’ve got.  Just a week or so left.  We could use your help!  We support dozens of local causes in Gloucester such as Wellspring House, The Open Door, and a Student Assistance Program at Gloucester High School.  85% of that funding comes from individuals.  To help us finish the year strong, we have a raffle for some pretty sweet Red Sox tickets.  People can help at nsuw.org.

Make a gift at nsuw.org during the month of March and you win because you enable NSUW to invest that support in local causes that transform lives and improve our communities.  But you might also WIN BIG because anyone who gives at nsuw.org during the month of March will also be entered into a raffle for two tickets to the FENWAY PARK HOME OPENER.



On March 19, 2014 fifteen youth from Gloucester Youth Council of Healthy Gloucester Collaborative and YMCA Rockport Teen Center joined more than 200 young people from across the Commonwealth gathered at the Massachusetts State House for  Kick Butts Day 2014 to celebrate their role in reducing the influence of the tobacco industry in their communities. Gloucester Youth Council and YMCA Rockport Teen Center are members of The 84 Movement, which helps mobilize youth to take action to make their communities more tobacco-free.

The Gloucester Youth Council was awarded 2014 Chapter of the Year Award and Carren Jepchumba, senior at GHS was award, the 84’s Northeast Regional Youth Leadership Award. Awardees were recognized for their efforts in leading the fight against tobacco in Massachusetts. They also received Official Citations from State Senator Bruce Tarr to acknowledge them for their outstanding work. 

While at Kick Butts Day 2014 at the State House, our Cape Ann youth were trained on advocacy and health promotion techniques and then visited with lawmakers. The young people used their time with lawmakers to discuss how tobacco companies use flashy packaging, cheap prices, and product placement to market tobacco and e-cigarettes in order to specifically target young people.

“Kick Butts Day unites youth from all over the state for one important cause – to fight the tobacco industry.” said Yolanda Zheng Statewide Leader for The84 Movement. “We believe in a healthier lifestyle, and we can only make it happen by getting together and telling the world what we see and experience every day.”


Ever wonder what O’Maley looks like during the day?

Ever wonder what O’Maley looks like during the day? Are you curious about what an Innovation school is? What is the STEM lab?

All those answers and more can be discovered during the O’Maley Innovation Middle School tours. Tours are planned for March 26th, April 15th from 8 – 9 a.m.

The tour begins and ends in the O’Maley library with coffee and pastries with Principal Debra Lucey. Guidance counselors and students will conduct the tours of selected classrooms, the O’Maley STEM suite, cafeteria and auditorium.

If you are interested in attending, please call 978-281-9850 to reserve your space.


Hi Joey

Hoping you can post these for CAFM. On April 6th we will hold our 6th annual dinner a movie fundraiser featuring The Big Night ( an amazing movie), there will be great food and great company and the money raised helps off set the cost of putting on our 23 week market.

We are also  joining forces with Latitude 43 -hosting a talk with the Editor of Edible Boston, there will be free wood fired pizza and lots of conversation about the North of Boston local food movement.

Please come join us for all!!

Many thanks as usual.



~ Rockport Garden Club ~

Save the date for Rockport Garden Club’s Plant Sale to take place on Saturday, May 31st at Duffy’s Greenhouse,                Rear 158 Granite Street (just opposite the former Cape Ann Tool Company in Pigeon Cove).  The Plant Sale will take place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Don’t miss the opportunity to select from a large variety of outside and outdoor plants, shrubs,

bulbs and more!


Hidden Garden Tour – Summer 2014

The Rockport Garden Club’s Hidden Gardens tour will take place on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 – 10:00 a.m –

4:00 p.m. Ticket price is $20. per ticket before June 1 and $25. after June 1.   To purchase tickets, please contact

Lynn Bird at  508-981-6698, or purchase tickets online by going to: