Nicole Duckworth’s Best Granola (And Duckworth’s Re-opening This Thursday Night!)

Nicole Duckworth Granola ©Kim Smith 2015As you may already be aware, Nicole Duckworth makes the fabulous desserts at Duckworth’s Bistrot–her amazing ‘Death-By-Chocolate’ and ‘Banana Cake’ are two favorites that come to mind immediately. She stopped by with a wonderfully tasty maple-walnut-dried cherry granola, possibly the best ever, along with a sweet thank you note. When she has a spare moment, I’ll ask her if she can share the recipe. Our family thanks you Nicole!Jude Nicole Duckworth ©Kim Smith 2013

Nicole and Jude

Duckworth's ©Kim Smith 2013Duckworth’s will be reopening on January 29th, 2015.

Did you make your Valentine’s Day Reservation?

Snow Day is Sports’ Day on Cape Ann TV

Lisa Smith writes, “While the snow flies, hunker down and watch your favorite Cape Ann High School sport teams play on Cape Ann TV Channels 20 and 67. We just added a bunch of games to the programming line up. The games air on both channels 20 & 67 from 9 am to 11 pm on Tuesday, January 27.”

Here is tomorrow’s line up:

 Cape Ann TV Channel 20:

9:00 am GHS Hockey v. Lynn Classical

11:00 am GHS v MERHS Boys Basketball

1:00 pm GHS Girls Basketball v. Lynnfield

3:00 pm GHS Boys Basketball v. Winthrop

5:00 pm MERHS Girls Basketball v. North Reading

7:00 pm RHS Girls Basketball v. Mystic Valley

9:00 pm RHS Hockey v. Mystic Valley


Cape Ann TV Channel 67:

9:00 am RHS Hockey v. Salem

11:00 am MERHS Girls Basketball v. Georgetown

1:00 pm GHS Boys Basketball v. Beverly

3:00 pm RHS Girls Basketball v. Mt. Alvernia

5:00 pm GHS Girls Basketball v. Salem

7:00 pm RHS v. MERHS Boys Basketball

9:00 pm GHS Hockey v. Pentucket

Code Red Issued By Mayor Sefathia

 CODE RED – Issued at 10:00 am on Monday, January 26, 2015

 Good morning.  This is Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken with an important message from the City of Gloucester’s code red emergency messaging system. 

 Effective at 5:00 pm today, Monday, January 26th, the city has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to the arriving snow storm. 

 From 5:00 pm on Monday, January 26th, until 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 28th,  all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets.  

 Violators of this emergency declaration are subject to ticketing and towing at the owners expense.  Residents may park in all municipal and school parking lots. 

 All residents are reminded that they are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property.  Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts.  Please make every effort to shovel out hydrants at or near your homes.

 During times of high tide, expect coastal flooding on various streets along the coast.

Gloucester Public Schools are closed on Tuesday, January 27th.  The Superintendent of Schools will update parents accordingly on the status of school by Wednesday morning.

 There will be no trash collection on Tuesday, January 27th.  Trash collection will be one day late.

 To repeat, the city of Gloucester has issued a parking ban on all city streets as of 5:00 pm on Monday, January 26th.  The ban shall be in effect until 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 28th.

Updates will be forthcoming as the storm progresses. Please check the City of Gloucester website for further updates at

Live Blogging: Shopping CHAOS..aka StoreGate

Yep, it’s pure chaos out here at the “Ghetto Shaw’s ” today because of Blizzard 2015. It’s 10:30 am, and simply too late to prepare for the worst. I would suggest going to the “Gucci” Shaw’s, or the “Beverly Hills Basket” where I hear is the only place to for for essentials.

No chance at the deli.

The end of the eggs.

Dairy is all but gone.

Wow, it’s a rat race.

Need a brush or shovel? Nope.

And the check out lines? INSANE! Backed all the way up to the crappy tabloid zines!

Who’s ghetto now? You can stand in line like the gubment is handing out cheese, or come to the hood and grab a few things. Thank you “South Side Shaw’s” for making my day!


Hey Joey,

Attached you will find a hard copy of the Code Red message that will be going out from the Mayors Office shortly. I have some additional comments I’d like to pass onto your readers:

The coming storm is very likely to significantly impact our City. Heavy and prolonged snow and very strong winds will bring about power outages and flooding, and will make our streets dangerous and impassable for a significant period of time. Gloucester Police/Fire and Emergency Management will be opening an Emergency Operations Center this evening through Wednesday morning to coordinate emergency planning and response.

As noted in the Code Red, there is NO SCHOOL tomorrow and a decision will be forthcoming on whether school will be open on Wednesday as the storm progresses. There is a Parking Ban in effect from 5PM MONDAY to 1PM WEDNESDAY. This may be adjusted if possible, but as of now, any vehicle parked on a public street during those times will be subject to tagging and towing. School parking lots and municipal lots will be open to accommodate vehicles but you are responsible for digging out around your car. IF school opens on Wednesday, the vehicles will need to removed by 6am Wednesday. If not, they will need to be removed by 1pm.

There will be no trash collection Tuesday.

All City events, including school sports and meetings are cancelled from 8pm tonight through 3pm Wednesday.

The DPW will be working continuously to keep streets cleared. Keep in mind this storm will very likely overcome even the best efforts by DPW and that major roads will be a priority first followed by secondary roadways.

If long term sheltering is needed, contact the Red Cross. If short term warming stations are needed in an emergency, Addison Gilbert Hospital will have its café open, the Police Station will be available, as well as several other locations.

We crucially need the residents cooperation during this storm in terms of parking and staying OFF the roadways. DO NOT travel during this storm until it is safe to do so. If you have an emergency, contact 911. We want safety to be our first priority. Please check on your neighbors, especially if they are seniors or housebound and please try to keep your sidewalks clear. DO NOT shovel snow into the roadway as this impedes clearing operations and is a fineable action.

If you experience a power outage, contact National Grid at 1-800-465-1212. If you experience a natural gas issue please contact them at 1-800-640-1595.

If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please stay safe and indoors for this storm.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.


Leonard Campanello
Chief of Police
City of Gloucester, MA

What Do You Get When You Cross a Kayak and a Paddle Board?

Brilliant!   This is what you get when you cross a kayak and a paddle board….

a KYPAD….and it is awesome!

If you have kids who love being on the water, you should really check these out.

I have to brag and say that they are the brainchild of a friend of mine….and some of her close friends.  They dreamt of the idea while watching their kids struggling with some larger kayaks and boards.  They researched, designed, built….dreamed some more….and then executed the millions of steps and details that go into creating something as excellent as a Dream Come True. And, of it all, came the KYPAD.  You can bet that as soon as they’re in the budget the Schrafft boys will be on one of these.  They are incredibly light so that the kiddos can lug them themselves.  A huge bonus.  They can be used as a stand-up paddle board or the kids can take advantage of the cut-out seat and foot grooves for really steady sit-down paddling.  Win-win.

Hear the whole story and read more HERE!

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Why a KYPAD?
As parents, we want our kids to have fun! We invest in expensive recreational equipment that is appealing for a short time or ends up broken. Trends change. Sometimes it’s not very rewarding. We set out to create a different kind of product. Something for kids of all ages and abilities to enjoy. A well constructed board that would last. The combination of a kayak and a paddle board. The best of the most popular and exciting water based activities rolled into one. The KYPAD. KYPAD (kayak/paddleboard) was developed to meet the demands of two water sports in one incredibly lightweight, durable board. Every feature was designed with kids in mind including the most progressive lightweight material of 2.0 eps to the solid finishing touches of vacuum bagging.  Our goal is for every child to have a successful experience on the water that fosters independence, strength, fun, adventure, and exploration.







Meeting on Proposed Sculpture at Solomon Jacobs Park is CANCELLED

City Councilor Paul McGeary writes:

Dear friends:

Due to the likelihood of severe weather this evening, the ward meeting that was to have been held at Maritime Gloucester concerning the proposal to erect a sculpture by the renowned artist David Black at Solomon Jacobs Park has been CANCELLED.

Councilor Melissa Cox and I will work with the Committee for the Arts to reschedule the meeting soon. We will let you know when a date has been set.

While we’re on the topic, here are some things to think about as we prepare for the storm:

  • Pay attention to the city website for updates on things like parking bans and school closures. While you’re at it, you may register for the city’s “Code Red” telephone call alert system at this web location:
  • In particular check before you put out your trash and recycling tonight. Pickup may be problematic or cancelled entirely tomorrow.
  • Stay off the Back Shore and the beaches. Everyone is awed by the power of the sea, but this is a dangerous storm. We don’t need our emergency responders taxed by having to rescue those who stray too close to danger.
  • Check on neighbors who are elderly or infirm. If you can help them prepare for the storm or during the storm, I’m sure they will appreciate it.

The city will make every effort to keep you updated as events warrant. Stay off the roads and in your homes and most of all, BE SAFE.

Monday January 26th , 2015 Cape Ann Weather …

Marine Forecast :
Hurricane Force Wind Warning !!
Waves 20-25FEET!!!
Significant Coastal Flooding Likely with Spots of Major Coastal Flooding !
NE Winds to 70Knots!
Storm Surge 3-4 Feet !


Blizzard Pod Cast :

Hourly Forecast :




David Calvo submits-


On Thursday, January 15th a bill was filed call: “An Act Relative to Child-Centered Family Law” Docket number 1061. It was a two year project that started in 2010 with a meeting with Mo Cowan then chief legal counsel for the Patrick administration. Patrick then formed a working group of 18 people from a diverse group of representation in Massachusetts. It was titled Child-Centered Family Law Working Group so as to put the revision efforts focused towards the benefits to the child involved.

The Working Group consists of Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Paula Carey and now Chief Justice Angela Ordonez plus representatives of women’s groups and men’s groups, The State Office for the Child Advocate: Gail Garinger, Professor Marsha Kline Pruett and Psychologist Robin Deutsch, representatives of bars associations including Boston, LGBTQ, Massachusetts and Women’s, Community Legal Aid and staff members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee and was facilitated by Attorney and Mediator Michael Leshin of Wellesley.

The bill drastically improves section 31 of Chapter 208 by defining the best interest of the child as the act of encouraging and supporting shared parenting in the absence of misconduct of parents of children of divorce. It redefines titles and language and replaces inflammatory words such as “physical custody” and “visitation” with parenting plans. It gives specific factors for judges to consider in defining parenting plans, and encourages parents to work out their own arrangements as best they can. It tries to support the attitude that the child is served best by having both parents involved to the best of their ability. As you can imagine there were numerous discussions amongst this diverse group over a two year period and in the end we came up with a product that we were all willing accept as a compromise between us, put our pens down and support without any minority report being filed. That was a big achievement.

This revision if voted into law will recast the family probate court with a new protocol and updated understandings in inclusive not exclusive definition of gender roles without any bias toward any parent. Facts be told: This revision will affect about 20,000 children each year. That is a lot of kids whose fate is being decided by the court system unbeknown to them and setting a trajectory for each of their lives.

The bill was filed after the swearing in of the new administration, Representatives and Senators and under the deadline of the 16th of January. We now only have two weeks to get co-sponsors on this bill. The more co-sponsors garnered the more support for the Bill whose eventuality and fate is decided when brought to a vote in the Senate and House.

We need to let the citizens of Massachusetts know that they have less than two weeks, until the end of the month according to the legislative calendar, to let their respective Representatives know that they are in support of this bill and petition them to co-sponsor it. To make this easy i have uploaded the Child Centered Family Law Bill Docket #1061 on my internet server along with the Report of the Working Group sent to the Governor’s office. Citizens can download both, read through them and bring them to their representative with the hopes of them acting on their behalf and co-sponsoring the Bill.

I was an appointed member of this Working Group. If you have any questions please let me know. This is a real turning point for how the court defines how children are raised in the Commonwealth when parents have divorced. It is an important positive change that will affect you, your children and your grandchildren if they choose to raise their family in Massachusetts and find themselves in unforeseen circumstances.

I have included the website for the download of the Bill and Report below. If you need anymore information please call me. Tel. 978-281-3227
Again, we only have until the end of the month to get co-sponsors.