My friend Marilyn Swift’s reception is this coming Saturday the 19th from 11am to 1pm. If you can’t make it to the reception, her paintings will be on display through May13th. Exquisite paintings Marilyn!

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Father Gariboldi Blesses Our St. Joseph Altar During Night 6 of This Years Novena Celebrated with Our Children @ Sista Felicia’G



Father Gariboldi’s Altar Blessing


Last nights rosary was celebrated with our children. It was so heartwarming to see kids of all ages come together to pray. Each child took a turn reading the English translation friend Abbey Mathews gifted our altar this year.

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Godchild Lainie Nobel Placing St. Sarah, Patron Saint of Laughter on the altar befor last night’s blessing.


Comare, Andrea Randazza Carlson’s Mother Catherina Randazza shares priceless old St. Joseph Novena stories at during last night’s Novena Coffee Time!



The First Batch of my exclusive and limited edition, edible St. Joseph Prayer Card Cookies were gifted to all my “cumnares”, AKA by bestest friends and family the  women who help me day in and out throughout the entire month of March prepare for and successfully pull off this huge undertaking of hosting a nine day rosary followed by a giant celebratory feast.  


Ella Tucker great grandaughter of my Uncle Mike and Aunt Vivcie Militello, reading a prayer/song translation. Many of the Saints and statues on our alter resided on their St. Joseph Alater for over 35 years.  


The Feast Food is displayed on a side altar each year for it’s blessing

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PODCAST: Malachy McCourt says, “The best way to lose weight this week is to see A Couple of Blaguards. You’ll laugh your arse off!”

Malachy McCourt (L) with his brother Frank

In a very funny interview, earlier this morning, Dana & Mugs welcomed Malachy McCourt to their morning show on North Shore 104.9. Malachy regaled them with stories about growing up in Ireland with his Pulitzer Prize winning brother Frank (author of “Angela’s Ashes”), working on the docks in NY, 50+ years of marriage, meeting the Queen and the play that he and Frank wrote, A Couple of Blaguards, which you can see right down the road at Beverly’s Intimate Larcom Theatre tomorrow (St. Patrick’s Day) at 2pm and 8pm as well as Friday 3/18 at 8pm [GET TICKETS HERE]

Listen to the podcast below and join us tomorrow or Friday for a pint and some good laughs!

This Weekend in the Arts

BankGloucester Artist Reception
for Marilyn Swift

Artist Reception: March 19, 11:00-1:00
Exhibit: March 12-May 14

BankGloucester • 160 Main St. • Gloucester, MA  01930

BankGloucester is featuring artist Marilyn Swift’s paintings from March 12-May14. An artist reception will take place on March 19 from 11-1 with light refreshments served.
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Gloucester Education Foundation is proud to host a day of play for Gloucester families. Sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank and Cape Ann Trust and Financial Services

photoforGDT.jpgPlay is an important learning tool that promotes creative and innovative thinking. Play also helps kids develop skills that are a foundation for life-long success, including critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and collaboration. The Power of Play Festival will feature fun family activities throughout the Field House like: collaborative art projects; lego building; kid’s yoga; board games; sand, water and goop tables; obstacle courses; giant building blocks and LOTS more.


My name is Rachel Refalo and I am the PTO President at West Parish Elementary School in Gloucester.  In September of 2016 we will be blessed with the opening of a new school but the playing fields they are replanting around the school will not be able to be played on until September of 2017 and our beloved Science Park is in quite a state of disrepair. We are hosting a Hollywood themed auction to raise money to make repairs to the Science Park called:

Lights, Camera, Auction!
6pm-11pm at the Cruiseport Gloucester
6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, Ma  01930

Tickets are $25 for 1 person | $40 per couple

Our auction is going live online on March 20, 2016.  There will be mobile items like a Breakfast with Good Morning Gloucester’s own Joey C that can be bid on by people around the country.  People can also attend the live event to bid on mobile or live items.

For more information or to buy tickets people can visit

West Parish School PTO – BiddingForGood Fundraising Auction

masthead-1454537959708.jpgStarting on March 20, 2016, West Parish School PTO will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our organization – and more importantly, our beloved Science Park. You can show your support by clicking on the Donate Items button to contribute to our catalog. Give a little and get a lot in return. Whether you have 1 item or 100 to contribute, your participation is an invaluable part of our fundraising efforts. By donating an item or service directly online, you’ll be helping to raise money for our organization, and you’ll receive a mention on our site that can link back to your own web page. You would be a featured donor on our Facebook page, local newspaper ads and on our Star Donor Wall at the event. If you cannot make the event but would still like to support our cause, you may donate cash by clicking on the Donate Cash button. We receive 100% of cash donations so please spread the word! Thank-you for your support!

I can also be emailed at


Universal Earth Day Bell Ringing

2nd Annual Helen Garland flyer

2nd Annual Helen Garland Universal Earth Day and Equinox Bell Ringing Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 2 PM

Bell ringing event and musical tribute to Pete Seeger at Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church celebrates global peace and arrival of spring

Gloucester, MA: The 2nd Annual Helen Garland Universal Earth Day and Equinox Bell Ringing will take place this year on Sunday, March 20th at 2 PM at Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church located at 10 Church Street. A musical tribute to Pete Seeger by local musicians will also take place.

For the past 46 years, Helen Garland, a long-time nature advocate and resident of Gloucester, has traveled to the United Nations in New York City to ring the Japanese peace bell at the exact time of the Vernal Equinox to celebrate Universal Earth Day. In 2016, the Vernal Equinox will arrive at 12:31 AM. Around the world, the Vernal Equinox is recognized as a time to celebrate Earth’s balance, a planetary equilibrium of day and night, light and darkness, and a movement toward a new season. In the northern hemisphere, we celebrate light, renewal, and rejuvenation as we move into the spring season. In the southern hemisphere, people prepare for autumn and the oncoming winter.

Helen Garland’s work at the UN on behalf of Nature and Motherhood as chair of the Earth Society Foundation led her 46 years ago to attend the bell ringing ceremony. Now, we carry on her tradition in Gloucester, this year with the help of the Gloucester UU church.

This is a family oriented event and open to the public.

For more information contact: Maureen Aylward 978-290-1507

More about the UN Bell Ringing: The Vernal Equinox was observed as the beginning of a new year in ancient China, England, Persia, Egypt, and North and South America. At the exact moment of the Equinox the sun is setting at the South Pole and rising at the North Pole. On the equator at noon you will cast no shadow. The annual tradition of ringing the Peace Bell at the UN at the exact moment of the Vernal Equinox (March 20-21) was initiated by John McConnell with the support of UN Secretary-General U Thant on March 21, 1971. This tradition has been observed for 46 consecutive years at UN Headquarters. The UN 2016 ceremony is co-sponsored by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ Musical Guests: CHICK & ELLEN! 7-10pm 3.16.2016












Great dinner specials every week!

Wednesday, March 16th – 7pm
Musical Guests: CHICK & ELLEN!

A perfect warm-up for St. Paddy’s! Chick Marston & Ellen
Ford take the stage this week with folk music from around
the world and throughout history. I’ll bet there’ll be a bit of
Irish in there somewhere! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Inge Berge

Fozzie Hill








Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

A Do Over. AKA…Freakin’ Balloons.

Shhhhh.  I am planning on surprising the boys with a trip to Disney next month. Although, honestly, I don’t know why.  You could say that I’ve been there and done that already.  And….it was fairly anticlimactic.  Sigh.  You’ll see what I’m talking about in a moment.

My boys are 8 and 6…and they’ve been asking to go. The last time we did Disney they were 5 and 3.  Thatcher was a good age for it all back then, but Finn was just a hair too short for some of the best rides and, while he had a blast, much of it was kind of lost on him.

I’m kind of excited for them to do it again at this age.  If I’m being honest, at this point they could care less about the characters (sorry Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and crew) but they are huge ride fanatics, they LOVE water parks so Aquatica, Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon will be awesome, and I think they’ll really enjoy Universal now that they’ve seen most of those movies.

When I was little we did Disney every.single.year.  I LOVED it. It never got old.  I know many families could take it or leave it, but for me it is kind of a “must do” of childhood.  Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait for the day that I can take the boys to Costa Rica to swim with wild dolphins in Drake Bay.  I’ve been dying to recreate my time spent there with them since the second they were born.  Likewise, I’d give anything to relive my trip to Africa…with them by my side this time.  I’ve never been to Alaska, Australia, or Hawaii….and to experience those destinations with them will be a dream come true some day (hopefully). While I’m a big fan of ecotourism and seeing less chartered corners of our world….a good trip to Disney is good for the soul too.  So, that’s where we’re at right now.  We’re going to Disney World.

The “I don’t know why part” was directed at the intended surprise.  Three years ago I planned and plotted to surprise them…thinking, of course, they’d be over the moon. Not so much.  Freakin’ balloons…all they cared about were those balloons….and how I knew whose suitcase was whose.  Heaven forbid they unzip the wrong freakin’ suitcase.

So, I want a do over.  And, I’m open to suggestions.  Any great tips?  Anyone out there surprised their kids with a vacation before? I’m kind of tempted to wait until the day we leave.  Deep down I’m a romantic.  Big time. I kind of like the idea of a big reveal early that morning. But…I also like the idea of them having something to look forward to…and helping with the planning.




Emerson In By the Sea is now hiring. The information below was provided by Chef Doug Papows. Doug also shares that the Emerson is hosting a job fair on Saturday, April 2nd, from noon to 4:00pm. 


Thank you for your interest in employment at Emerson Inn. Emerson Inn selectively offers career opportunities to outstanding individuals with a proven record of success and demonstrated service ethic. We are currently accepting applications for many roles at the Inn including Front of House, Guest Services, Housekeeping and the Kitchen.

Emerson Inn is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate by race, gender, religion or physical challenges.

Candidates are encouraged to apply with us via our Online Application. Alternatively, you can download Migis Hotel Group – Emerson Inn Application for Employment and send it to:

Emerson Inn
Attn: Human Resources
1 Cathedral Avenue
Rockport, MA 01966
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Gloucester Education Foundation to Host First Ever Power of Play Festival

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The Gloucester Education Foundation will host its first Power of Play Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 20 at the Gloucester High School fieldhouse, 32 Leslie O. Johnson Road. The festival, open to families and children of all ages, will feature games, art projects, dance, sports and other activities to celebrate the importance of play in educating children.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning but for children, play is serious learning,” said Fred Rogers, the late children’s educator and longtime host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” “Play is really the work of childhood.”

The Power of Play Festival will feature giant building blocks; tiny, 3-D house- and boat-building; Lego-building challenges; sensory play tables with water, sand and goop; giant floor puzzles; collaborative art projects; taekwondo and yoga; puppet workshops and shows; and an obstacle course.

The event is sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank and Cape Ann Savings Trust & Financial Services. Admission is $5 per family.

“Play teaches children how to solve problems, communicate with others, and think creatively — skills that will serve them their whole lives,” said June Steel, president of the Gloucester Education Foundation board of directors. “That’s the real Power of Play. The Gloucester Education Foundation recognizes that children’s education is about more than memorizing facts and preparing for tests. We’re committed to improving our children’s education inside and outside the classroom.”

The Gloucester Education Foundation was created to help drive innovation and encourage creativity in the Gloucester Public Schools and empower educators to strengthen teaching and learning. The foundation’s goal is to help the Gloucester Public School District be one of the best school districts in Massachusetts.

Rockport in Bloom

The Rockport Garden Club, Rockport, Massachusetts

Friday, June 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

This is a self guided tour of 10 private gardens from Pigeon Cove to the South End, and in town Rockport. The gardens range from an inviting cozy garden on Bearskin Neck to expansive seaside vistas to self-sustaining gardens replete with chickens, ducks, and bees.  The gardens show the wonderful diversity of Rockport life and invite all to enjoy all that Rockport has to offer.

The Rockport Garden Tour is June 24 & 25, 2016 from 10am to 4pm each day. Early bird discount: $20 if purchased prior to June 1. Starting June 1 tickets are $25. (There is an additional fee applicable for online purchases.) Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the Rockport Police Station on the days of the tour.  Tickets can also be purchased on the days of the tour for $25 at the Rockport Police Station 168 Main Street; and, at Toad Hall Book Store, 47 Main Street, Rockport, MA.  Tour is held rain or shine.


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