Hi Joey:
Great talking to you on Saturday night.  As per our conversation about Gilligan Lovasco, here is some relevant information.
Gilligan’s obituary can be found at .  Click on obituaries and on the next page click on Gilligan’s picture to read the obituary.
His celebration of life, as noted in the obit, will occur at the Gloucester Elks, 30 Atlantic Road, Gloucester, Ma, on Saturday March 7, 2015, from 2-6 PM.  I will serve as master of ceremonies and the entire affair will be, as noted in the obit, very casual.  Chelsea Berry will be singing, and their will be food and also a brief prayer by Reverend Jim, (whoever he may be)!  Anyone who knew Gilligan is invited, and welcome, to attend.  Thank you for your interest Joey.
Best regards,
“Don Juan”

VIDEO: Making Saint Joseph Altar Bread with Caffe Sicilia’s Maria Cracchiolo

Artists-in-the-Kitchen Maria Cracchiolo, and her parents Domenic and Nina Damico, demonstrate how to create beautiful bread in shapes symbolic of Saint Joseph and inspired by nature. Watch as Maria, Nina, and Domenic artfully shape angels, a carpenter’s saw, San Giuseppe scroll, Saint Joseph sun, snails, flowers, butterflies, grapes, and more.

Saint Joseph altar bread is available by special order at Caffe Sicilia. Call to place your order at (978) 283-2345.



As you will hear Maria’s story unfold (while deftly shaping the dough), her family’s tradition of making the Saint Joseph altar bread began several years ago, for a very heartfelt reason. In 2010, her young daughter was facing a very serious operation. Maria had never made the special Saint Joseph altar bread, but decided that year to make it her devotion to Saint Joseph. Maria taught herself how to shape the bread, finding inspiration in old photos of altars, and also from images, which she found online, of bread made in Sicily. Maria lived in Italy for five years, attending art school and studying fashion design. When I write “Artists-in-the Kitchen” you’ll see why after viewing the video.

Both of Maria’s parents, Nina and Domenic, were born in Sicily and grew up celebrating the Feast of San Giuseppe in the Sicilian tradition of feeding the poor and orphaned, and welcoming all who came to their table. Thank you Maria, Domenic, and Nina for graciously welcoming me into your Caffe Sicilia’s kitchen!

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Beautiful Saint Joseph Altar Bread Created by Caffe Sicilia


Packing Up The St. Joseph Pasta!



Last night the family carefully packed thousands of handmade dried Fettuccini  cuts of St. Joseph Pasta made Saturday, during our Annual Pasta Making Day. Packing up the pasta requires team work and patience!  Each and every strand is placed into large plastic storage bins that will latter be placed under the constructed Altar until the traditional Feast Of St. Joseph Blessing is preformed by a roman Catholic priest. 


The Pasta Is Ready For the Goranza!



The Pasta Making Is Officially Done!

Now onto preparing the Altar!

Dental Assistants Recognition Week is March 1st -7th!

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Dentists in the United States and Canada will celebrate by honoring their dental assistants for the variety of duties they perform and helping them provide patients with quality dental care. This year’s theme, “Dental Assisting: Embracing the Changes of the Profession,” acknowledges the growing importance of dentistry’s role in health care and the responsibilities of dental assistants.

We want to thank Stephanie Bakland of Harbor Cove Dental for being one of the best dental assistants ever!  Our office couldn’t run without you.

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The World is Not a Scary Place Says the Rubber Duck Part III

In part I and II the Rubber Duck has pointed out that the world today in 2015 in the United States and for most parts of the world is a safer place than it has ever been in the totality of the history of the world. Crime, disease, food to eat, clean water to drink, clean air to breath, are all increasingly getting better. Some of these bad things had a peak in the 60s and the 80s but the Clean Water Act, and a hundred other small changes have made this world the most habitable place ever.

Now if you happen to hang out in social media you might think the Rubber Duck is insane. That nasty chemicals, autism, cancer, disease, viruses, are all increasing. Or that Big Pharma, Big Medicine, Big Agriculture are all run by the dude in the Monopoly game with the monocle and all they want is your money and he does not care if you die a miserable death.

But it’s all bullshit. So part III is a slight change in direction:


If you don't leave food that I love near your house especially poodles staked out in the backyard I will never bother you.
If you don’t leave food that I love near your house especially poodles staked out in the backyard I will never bother you.

Bullshit again. Take for instance the wolf coyote hybrids that are moving into New England filling the niche the wolf used to fill before our forefathers drove them west. Are we all waiting for the first instance of a child being attacked and eaten like Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandma?

Read the following article by a sane person who seems to have spent a lot of time outdoors running into all sorts of deadly animals that lurk in that scary place called the outdoors. With a little common sense we may never hear of a grandmother being eaten. And with just a little due diligence you might keep your pets out of trouble too.

Which Animals Are A Threat Outdoors And What You Can Do About Them

14 works by Eileen Patten Oliver at Island Art and Hobby

“We are pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit of 14 works by our own Eileen Patten Oliver here at Island Art and Hobby, now through the month of March. Please come in and see her paintings, and while you’re here, see what else the store has to offer and ask about our Artist discount card program.”

Community Photos 3/3/15

The birds are: r. – Red Bellied Woodpecker, Towhee and a Cardinal.

Picture was taken through a window during a snow flurry.  Poor quality photo but a unique sighting.

Thanks,  Jim Groves


Hi Joe,

Betty Lou Schlemm took these in the Good Harbor Beach parking lot and asked me to send them to you. Lots of snow over there,

Hope all is well with you,


Kathleen Valentine

Hi Joey,

I’ve been enjoying all the photos on your blog and thought you might have a use for these photos of the Unitarian Cemetery after the first storm and the last storm. It is the oldest Unitarian Cemetery in the United States.



Why Did I Wait So Long?

Sadly, Christmas morning came and went and Santa had not left me a Suzy Kuzy. So, I became resolute to order one for myself.

But, I forgot.

An exceptionally cold day at the hockey rink was all it took for me to come home one day last week and order one up!

It is even better than I imagined it would be.

So, now, the only question is…  Why in the world did I wait so long?

Hockey moms, I suggest you order yours NOW for next season!

Pick your color here…..  pick your refreshment later.  #SuzyKuzy