A Letter To My Dad Libby Ciaramitaro From College Dated 4/11/85

Brian referenced in the letter is Brian Tarr on of my dad’s best buddies. Brian was a Bentley grad and wrote a letter of recommendation for me. They both mercilessly busted each others balls, similar to how my friends and I interact. I was 19 when I typed this letter out and stuck it in the mailbox, my dad was 44, nine years younger than I am as I compose this blog post.

DeNucci referenced in the letter is Alex Denucci, son of Joe DeNucci State Auditor Joe DeNucci.

From Joe DeNucci’s obituary-

Joe DeNucci died on September 8, 2017 from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease

Joe grew up in Newton (Nonantum) Mass. He graduated Newton High School when as a junior he stated his professional boxing career. Joe was a top ranked contender and has the distinction of having the most boxing matches in the history of the Boston Garden. He was inducted to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago. After his boxing career ended, he was elected in 1977 to the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he served as Chairman of Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Joe was then elected State Auditor in 1986 and was the longest-serving Auditor in the Commonwealth’s history where he served 24 years before retiring in 2011. 

My Dad Libby passed March 21, 2017, just months apart. two strong Italian men.

Anyway here’s the letter I wrote my dad from my college dorm room in Oak Hall, Bentley College.

Salt Island fence posts Good Harbor Beach #GloucesterMA


2017 GMG post about Salt Island for sale, again, includes a historic timeline and links to prior ‘for sale’ stories

Save Our Shores – Salt Island coalition including Essex County Greenbelt commenced October 2017 here

2019 sorted deeds

Meet the Director Lyndsay Allyn Cox

June 11 to June 27, Summer 2021

Tiny Beautiful Things

by Nia Vardalos, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed

Co-Conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, & Nia Vardalos

Directed by Lyndsay Allyn Cox

A celebration of the simple beauty of being human, this funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience is based on Cheryl Strayed’s (Wild) journey as the beloved anonymous advice columnist for “Dear Sugar.” Over the years, thousands of people turned to Sugar for words of wisdom, compassion, and hope. At first unsure of herself, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and heartrending questions from her readers. Brilliantly adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award-nominated writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Tiny Beautiful Things, directed by Lyndsay Allyn Cox, will run June 11 through June 27. Performances are outdoors Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, 257R Granite St, Rockport, MA.

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Governor Baker Says COVID Restrictions Lifted As Of May 29

The Governor announced today (May 17) that all remaining COVID restrictions, including masks, will life on May 29. This is about two months earlier than previously announced though it is important to note there are some situations that will still require masks such as public transportation, health facilities and other instances. The State of Emergency will end June 15. High vaccination rates in the state are a big factor in this decision. It looks like we are on our way to a much more normal summer! Updates available here. and here


Rainbow Over Stanwood Point

My son was playing baseball up in Wells/Ogunquit with the Junior Fishermen and as the rain clouds came and went throughout the day…..soon came the rainbow! The rainbow over the field was beautiful and we followed it all the way home (photo of the rainbow over the field is included as well). There were many times that we could see a rainbow big and bright, but while driving I obviously couldn’t take a photo. Upon getting to Essex the rainbow was over the marsh behind Woodman’s and when we got to Gloucester we could see a part of it behind Nichol’s candy over Stanwood Point. That is where I snapped this photo.

Backyard Growers’ May Seedling Sale now OPEN

Cape Ann Community

It’s TOMATO TIME! 🍅 The Backyard Growers May Seedling Sale is now live! Click here to shop for a cause and purchase wamth-loving vegetable seedlings grown by our friends at Cedar Rock Gardens. We also carry Black Earth Compost, Neptune’s Harvest, our own custom GrowBags, and more.

Proceeds support Backyard Growers’ work connecting our community with the resources to grow their own food. All orders available for curbside pickup only on Friday, May 21, 10am – 1pm at 44 Commercial Street, Gloucester 🌿

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Empty Bowl TO GO

Cape Ann Community

EMPTY BOWL TO GO on Saturday, May 22, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Open Door (28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester)

A new twist on an old tradition. Join The Open Door to mark the 20th Anniversary of this beloved community event. Empty Bowl TO GO is a by-appointment-only, drive-thru experience held this year at The Open Door, 28 Emerson Avenue in Gloucester.

Last year, thousands of people faced the uncertain drive to a food pantry for the first time. On May 22, guests will follow the same route down Emerson Avenue that became a lifeline for so many during the pandemic to pick up your simple meal—soup, bread, and a cookie at The Open Door. As always, the bowl will go home as a reminder that somewhere, someone’s bowl is empty.

Tickets: This year has been hard on the pocketbook, so we are pleased to offer “pay-what-you-can” tickets…

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