Smoked/Braised Ox Tail On the @WeberGrills Performer

First Season with coarse salt/pepper/garlic and whatever seasonings you like on your beef.


Next smoke offset the coals at 275 for three hours.


Once the oxtail has reached the color you’d like to achieve add some beef broth in the corners and cover with foil to braise.  allow to braise for at least a couple hours more or until the meat is fall apart tender.


4:30AM There goes Tuffy. Another day in the grind. #lobsterman #GloucesterMA


Thank you to Sheree Zizak, owner of the Beauport Hotel, who shared that the bride and groom that braved Saturday’s snowstorm to have photos taken in front of Lobster Trap Tree are Molly Ross and Ryan Stokes. Molly and Ryan held their reception at the beautiful Beauport Hotel.

Many of us marveled at how relaxed were the wedding party, especially the bride and bridesmaids, wearing sleeveless dresses and gold heels in the slush and freezing snow. Art Haven’s program director Cathy Kelley, on the spur of the moment, quickly painted a buoy with wedding rings and the date, and David Brooks presented the buoy to the happy couple. Congratulations Molly and Ryan!


Last batch of photos from the festive and fabulous Lobster Trap Tree preparations, lighting, and party. Go see–the tree looks beautiful day or night. Hats off and thank you to David Brooks, Shawn Henry, Traci Thayne Corbett, Cathy Kelley, and every one of the volunteers who have created this wonderful holiday tradition for all to enjoy! See you at the Buoy Auction at Cruiseport on January 26th!



City Responds Heroicly

Breaks out Shovel !

The shovel was handed to “Ed’ as he was being pushed out the door,

he was told to make Gloucester proud…

He set off… Steely eyed into the storm…

Made his first pass on the boulevard…

The shovel broke.

He said “f – – k it !… tossed it into the ocean and went home.

Gloucester sleeps peacefully .

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Cape Ann’s 1st Veterans Army vs. Navy Flag Football Game

The same day that brought this season’s first snowfall also brought Cape Ann’s 1st Annual Veterans Army vs. Navy Flag Football game.  I am so excited for this to become an annual event!  Congratulations to all who braved the elements to play hard and have fun.  Much thanks to the organizers and volunteers as well!

And, for those of you who are interested in keeping track year after year from here on out, Saturday’s game ended 14 -12 with a win for Navy.




Along the Byway: Gordon Florist

We’ve been heading up and down the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway more than usual to support the woman based businesses along the way. It’s been a great deal of fun as there are many interesting establishments along the Byway.  A field of poinsettias in an Ipswich greenhouse caught my eye recently so we stopped at Gordon Florist to take a gander.


We met Peter Gordon, a co-owner who gave us some information and a tour of the various greenhouses.  Gordon Florist has been in business for 5 generations since 1922 and Pete explained to us that the greenhouses are the old fashioned glass style complete with vintage pulley and chain systems.  These greenhouses have withstood many storms over the years; in fact the “NewHouse” is so named because it ‘only’ dates to the 1950s.  These pictures were taken in the “Carnation House”.

Gordon’s seems to specialize in providing the materials you might need if you want to create your own holiday decorations using live plants.  I saw birch branches, pine boughs, wreaths without decoration and other such DIY seasonal building blocks.  In addition, there are plenty of wreaths, kissing balls and trees for people like me who need someone else’s creativity and talent.

Thanks to Pete for taking the time to talk with us and give us a tour!  If you’re driving up the Byway, you should stop at Gordons!

City Of Gloucester News- Minutes From O&A


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Dogs Allowed On Beaches Off Season (October 1 thru April 30)

Dogs shall be allowed on public beaches from October 1 to April 30. In addition, unleashed dogs shall be allowed on the beaches as follows: Read on…

City Release: Gloucester Introduces Municipal Leadership Training Workshops

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced new training workshops for City of Gloucester employees designed by the Van Loan School at Endicott College’s Center for Leadership, starting with “Fundamentals of Leadership” training for municipal managers. Read on…

Per City Ordinance Section 9-2 – Trash and Recycling Must Be Out No Later Than 7am

Just a friendly reminder: Per City Ordinance Sec 9-2: trash and recycling must be out no later than 7AM. Read on…

Fourth and Final Fall Curbside Yard Waste Collection – December 11-15th

The fourth fall curbside yard waste collection will be December 11 – 15th, on your regular trash day. Place leaves and grass clippings in paper leaf bags or loose in marked barrels. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be accepted.

Plastic Bags Are Not Accepted In Curbside Recycling

Gloucester’s curbside recycling program participation is at an all time high, with recycling rates continuing to climb year over year. That is only possible through the dedicated recycling efforts of residents like you, helping to make our City greener Read on…

Big News from Main Street!

Cape Ann Wellness


Last weekend teachers from Rockport and Gloucester Public Schools sacrificed their weekend so they could inquire about their own relationships to health and wellness, as to better understand how they can serve the youth they work with. There were also nurses, coaches, and other leaders who work with youth all across Massachusetts and one participant even traveled from Virginia.

My hat is off to all of them. We’re blessed to have people like these teaching our kids.

Cape Ann Power Yoga is grateful to our teachers and our community for making it possible for us to host this type of empowering training in conjunction with the Baptiste Foundation! The two day training was free for people who work with youth to help them bring the techniques we practice on the mat into the classroom.

#Unstoppable was a huge success and we are honored to announce our now

Official Affiliation with Baptiste Yoga!

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