In Honor Of St Patrick’s Day- Corned Beef Brisket Point Guest Post From Bill O’Connor of @kidns

Northeast BBQ

Bill writes-

Hey Joe,

With Saint Patrick’s Day just around the corner, there are some great deals out there on brisket.  $1.66/lb at Stop and Shop – point cut. It was packed in a completely saturated brine, and I should have soaked it in plain water to cut the saltiness. I didn’t figure this out until the first taste of the finished product.


Unpack. Rinse. Salt. Pepper. Let sit [covered] until it reaches room temp.


Low and slow is the way to go.  Grill dome top temp was 300 – 350°, offset fire, bricks and hardwood charcoal mix, soaked mesquite chips, pan with water. I figure the dome top temp is 75-100° higher than offset area of grill.


Beef is pulled at ~165-170° internal temp.






Wrapped plastic over foil – try it. Rest for at least an hour.


Luckily I cooked something to eat because we were too…

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I’ve been keeping my eye on this pair of Mourning Doves and early this morning I found their nest! They saw me filming and photographing them and flew away. I hope they don’t abandon the nest as it would be wonderful to film the babies (squabs).

Mourning Dove Pair Cape Ann Kim Smith Designs.comThe male approaches the female with bobbing head and puffed chest, inviting her to a nesting site.

Mourning Dove Female Cape Ann Kim Smith Designs.comFemale Mourning Doves build the nest.

Mourning Dove Building nest -2 Cape Ann kim smith designs.comThe male dove carries the nest building material to the female. 

Mourning Dove Female Building nest Cape Ann Kim Smith Designs.comA loose collection of twigs, pine cone needles, and grass, the nest is usually sited in a tree.

DSCF2662I hope I can find the nest again! Keeping my fingers crossed the pair will still be there when the rain lets up.

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I love that you can see a nearby tree reflected in the dove’s eye. This is the above photo of the female Mourning Dove, super cropped.

St. Josephs with Sista Felicia

Working with Sista Felicia on her St Joseph plans is always fun because she is so enthusiastic about what she is doing and has such a great eye for attention to detail. She wants it to be perfect and for anyone who has had the privilege of attending a Novena night or St Joseph’s Feast at her house knows she actually achieves perfection. So when Felicia had an idea for an image to be placed over the altar she, of course, knew exactly what she wanted, unfortunately the exact image she wanted was not large enough to be printed really big so we had to find an image that started off close enough and tweak it to be exactly what she wanted. Crowns and angels were added, flower garlands were created and colors were changed to fit in with her vision.

~ James Eves
Creative Director
Cape Ann Giclée

ShamRock & Roll – Saturday March 12th

ShamRock & Roll ~ Orville Giddings Band

this Saturday, March 12th

6:30 PM 10:00 PM

Tickets: $15 advance; $20 at the door

Call to reserve: 978-356-2560

Event includes a Can Food Drive for The Open Door

– Bring Can Goods with you-

Ascension Memorial Church, Dorman Gym

31 County Street, Ipswich

Free Snacks/Cash Bar (beer, wine)

PLUS: Irish-theme Raffle Items!

Alicia Unleashed Episode 19 taped 3/9/2016 withB- Side and Hostess Alicia Cox

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Big Poppa, 19 year Anniversary of Biggie Smalls death, Sug Knight, Island of Tupac and Elvis, Missed David Bowie tribute, Roller Palace closed last week, Reminiscing Roller Palace, Alicia Unleashed Unleashes, Intro Mortal Combat, Douche-bag Post Review and Rant,
Edit: Alicia kept saying inbetween 2 lines instead of saying between 2 spaces please excuse the mistake because Alicia was heated, Bridget weighs in, Joey weighs in on topics, Joey went to Kay Ellis tribute, Joey Rants on Douchebag post, Joey is damned either way, Correct pronounciation of Ricotta, Walgreens has coffee, Homiecast Recap, Alicia needs a girl, Bust out in Song with B-Side, Dodgeball, Bust out in another song with B-side, International Womens Day, Woman Empowerment, Kim Kardashian, James Bay, Alicias PSA on empowerment, All women are sexy in their own way, Confidence is sexy, Jim Carey, #sorrynotsorry, do you say sorry for no reason?, Superbad McLovin

Co-Authors of Fitz Henry Lane – Family and Friends


Sarah Dunlap and Stephanie Buck co-authors of a book about Fitz Henry Lane.   The book can be purchased at the Gloucester Archive department, where Sarah volunteers, and also at the Cape Ann Museum where Stephanie works.

Also available at Amazon (Fitz Lane) 


Many thanks to both Sarah and Stephanie for all their help in my own research project.


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Sad reality of being a teacher these days.

Remember the days of fire drills in the schools? I wonder what teachers back in the day would think about the ALICE TRAINING (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) schools have to go through in case of possible threat of an active shooter? My daughter Abbey who is a high school teacher (not on Cape Ann) posted this photo the other day. She said they put tape on the door locks so you don’t have to look for your keys in case of a lock down. The handle itself is locked but its taped, so when the kids come and go it doesn’t lock behind them. If there were a lockdown all the teacher has to do is remove the tape and shut the door, that way they don’t have to play around with the keys. It is truly the sad reality of being a teacher these days. Next time parents are frazzled about what to do with their kids on a half day (professional day)…I hope they realize and are grateful for the training these teachers are going through to save their child.   12792125_10206077375353497_8310450808479085403_o


Between my fear of heights and my fear of animans this never would have happened to me.

First of all I never would have been standing on something over two feet off the ground without some type of handle or something.  Second of all animals want to kill and eat you.  So, no, I’ll never have to worry about being in this type of situation.  I’ll be in the cafe on the second floor overlooking all the suckers getting maimed by bulls while I drink a beer.

That’s how I roll sucka.

Nichole’s Picks 3/12 + 3/13

Pick #1:  Tracks and Telltales for Kids

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

Date & Time: Saturday, March 12 1:00-3:00 pm
Member: $10 Adult, $5 Child; Nonmember: $15 Adult, $10 Child


Join us as we hike from the Barn to the Pine Grove, looking for tracks and telltales left behind by the creatures who roam the property surrounding the Crane Estate. We’ll use our skills of observation to find footprints and feeding sites, homes and hiding places. We’ll end our trek with hot chocolate in the Pine Grove. This walk is about 3/4 mile each way. We will go at an easy pace so little legs can keep up. Children must be accompanied by and adult. Dress for the weather to maximize comfort and minimize misery! Water is always good to have along, and if it is sunny you may want sunscreen and/or sunglasses. Pre-registration required.



Pick #2: Seussical the Musical 

The North Shore Players Youth Theatre presents Seussical the Musical

Purchase Tickets HERE


Performance Dates:

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM (March 10, 11, and 12), and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 PM (March 13).

Double cast production:
Teen cast (13-18) performs the Thursday and Saturday shows
Kids cast (7-12) performs the Friday and Sunday Shows

Location: Hogan Regional Center Auditorium

[600 feet west of]  450 Maple St., Danvers, MA

Call stage manager, Noah Greenstein for more information:  978-807-0197

On-line Advanced tickets prices (Until March 9th):  

$14 adults/ $12 Students/Seniors (over 60)Add $1 per ticket for service fee, and print out PayPal receipt to use as ticket

Pick #3: Free Second Saturdays with Cape Ann Reads

The Cape Ann Museum:  Saturday, March 12th 11:00-2:00

This month, in collaboration with Cape Ann Reads, families are invited to the CAM Activity Center for a celebration of the work of local author/illustrator, Frances Wosmek. A selection of her books will be read throughout the program and kids will have the opportunity to recreate one of Wosmek’s beloved characters, including Leonardo DiRabbit.

As always for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid




Community Stuff From 3/10/16

Cape Ann Museum Photo Contest

March 9, 2016 ~ Cape Ann Museum

Inspired by Home Online Photo Contest

In conjunction with this summer’s exhibition, Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects, the Museum is hosting an online photography contest. Photographers are invited to submit images based on the theme of “home” that capture the unique character of Cape Ann (photos must be taken in Rockport, Gloucester, Essex or Manchester-by-the-Sea). Whether a physical place, a distant memory or a local reminder, there is inspiration to be found throughout Cape Ann’s distinct architecture, neighborhoods and cultural districts.

Deadline for submission: April 29, 2016

Davis_House_28Interior of the Capt. Elias Davis House at the Cape Ann Museum

Each entrant must complete and sign one entry form (download here).

For more information visit: Cape Ann Museum Photo Contest

OPEN HOUSE this Thursday at Eastern Point Day School!

March 7, 2016 ~ epdsfrontdesk

Are you or someone you know looking for a new school? Interested in finding out more about our homeschool program? New to the area? Consider Eastern Point Day School!

Join us for OPEN HOUSE this THURSDAY, March 10! 1:00 to 3:00 pm @ 8 Farrington Ave, near Niles Beach!


Open houses at EPDS are a great way to learn about our school and programs for PreK through 8th Grade! Interested students and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend! Our kids will share with you why they love this school, as they tour you through our classrooms. From a parent’s perspective, you’ll learn about our focus on academic excellence, small class sizes, respect for your child’s individualism and our reasonable tuition.

Can’t make an Open House? CONTACT US anytime to schedule a tour!

Call us at 978.283.1700 or via email:

And don’t forget to check out our Facebook page to see what our kids are up to!

Paint Nite Fundraiser

March 8, 2016 ~ coliecatherine

Paint Nite Fundraiser to benefit the East Gloucester Vikings Youth Program image

Date: Wednesday May 4th

Time : 7pm

Where: Mile Marker One

Purchase tickets at:

Little Tykes Summer Program at EPDS!

March 8, 2016 ~ epdsfrontdesk

Hey PreK Parents!!! Is it too early to think about Summer?! We think not!

Eastern Point Day School is offering a Little Tykes Summer Program, run by our fabulous PreK/Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Gaeta! First session begins June 27th!

For more information, please visit our website or give us a call! 978.283.1700

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Elder Law Presentation: Protecting Your Assets—Myths & Misinformation

March 8, 2016 ~ trixy546

SeniorCare Inc. will host a presentation by Attorney Natalie A. Simon addressing concerns we have as we age and steps we can take to protect our financial interests on Thursday, April 7, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the SeniorCare offices located at 49 Blackburn Center in Gloucester, MA.

Attorney Simon will address concerns about losing assets if it becomes necessary to enter a nursing facility. In addition, she will discuss how best to prepare legally, including the creation of critical documents (i.e., Health Care Proxy, Durable Power of Attorney and Advance Directives). Finally, Attorney Simon will discuss trusts and who needs them, who does not, whether or not it is important to avoid probate, and the myths and misinformation that are causing confusion in this important decision-making process.

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Natalie A. Simon is a Gloucester, Massachusetts elder law attorney. Attorney Simon received her JD, cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 1981, and, after associations with Boston law firms, opened her own elder law practice in Gloucester. She has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys since 1991, is a founding officer of its Massachusetts Chapter and has served on the Chapter’s Board of Directors since its inception. She has received awards for Outstanding Achievement from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and its Massachusetts Chapter. Attorney Simon was delighted to have been asked to join the Board of Directors of SeniorCare Inc. in 2013.

There is no charge for the workshop.  For information and to reserve your space, contact Tracy Arabian at SeniorCare Inc. at 978-281-1750 x-508 or


Elder Law Presentation

March 11 Meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club

March 8, 2016 ~ Michael Deneen


On Friday March 11 GAAC is extremely fortunate to have Dr. John Hobbs with a presentation on his hands-on work in the Apollo era, analyzing moon rocks at Cornell University. John has an amazing, first-hand story to tell. If you’ve always wanted to meet and ask questions of someone personally involved in the science results from the Apollo Moon missions, this is your chance.

This one promises to be a lot of fun.

Dr. Hobbs received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, and spent a year as a National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Army Materials and Mechanics Research Laboratory.

John also put in a year as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chemistry Department at Cornell University. It was at Cornell that he performed trace analysis on the Apollo 11 lunar samples.

More recently, John has had a long career developing security equipment for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Save the date! Come on in and enjoy an evening of great conversation, a terrific first-hand account of an important, historical series of events, and yummy things to eat and drink. All are welcome. We’re easy to find, the parking is free and plentiful, the people are always friendly, and there is no cost. It’s all good.

GAAC meets on the second Friday of the month at 8:00 pm, at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in the Lanesville neighborhood of Gloucester. For more information on the club see their website at, their Facebook page,, or on twitter, @GAACster.

2nd Annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair at Cruiseport

March 9, 2016 ~ trixy546

The Open Door was one of over 30 exhibitors at the 2015 Volunteer Fair.The Open Door was one of over 30 exhibitors at the 2015 Volunteer Fair.

SeniorCare’s RSVP Volunteer Program will hold its Second Annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair at Cruiseport in Gloucester in celebration of National Volunteer Week on Thursday, April 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be more than 30 nonprofits with information about how volunteers can get involved and make a difference. Nonprofits representing a wide range of needs throughout the community are looking for volunteers of any age.  The Volunteer Fair is made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance, with support from SeniorCare and Cruiseport. For information about how to join the fair and have a table, contact or 978-281-1750.



Sharpen Your Scalpels! MG HarborLAB Lobster 101

March 9, 2016 ~ maritimegloucesterprograms

Register Today… Only a Few Seats Remaining!

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