Carla Grillo is the author of “The Past Is A Present”, a book profiling 28 seniors from the Gloucester senior community.  All proceeds will benefit The Gloucester Council on Aging and the Rose Baker Senior Center. 

Carla Grillo is the author of “The Past Is A Present”, a book profiling 28 seniors from the Gloucester senior community.  All proceeds will benefit The Gloucester Council on Aging and the Rose Baker Senior Center. 
The book is sponsored by the Friends of The Gloucester Council on Aging.

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RAY CHANDANAISMy friend and a great guyLooking back over 50 years ago, when I first met Ray, we both were so young.  Ray had teamed up with Ozzie Howard, starting their Marine Repair business on Pond Road, while I had just opened my Gloucester Marine Insurance Agency.Ray and Ozzie both serviced our fishing fleet, and in a way, complimented each other’s work.  Ray approached his Caterpillar customers with the tools and expertise of a brain surgeon.  His partner, Ozzie, serviced his customers with his “jack of all trades” experience and a sledge hammer!  IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF ONE ERA AND THE END OF ANOTHER.

As our business relationship grew, our friendship intensified.  In my life, the friendships I’ve made along the way, are all important.  Ray Chandanais is my good friend, along with his family:  wife, Helen; son, Jay; sister, Theresa Wilkins; mother, Mary, and their own family relatives come to mind.
In 1981 when our family opened our Union Hill Coffee House, the first daily breakfast customer was Ray!  No one supported our business more than Ray, and on weekends, his entire family.  Our friendship went far beyond business.  Ray, Helen, and their family were our family.  Joan and I were invited to their wedding at the Surf in Magnolia.  Family birthday parties, Veteran’s Day and Marine Corps (10 November) annual restaurant birthday celebrations, when Ray loaned his sons’ Marine Corp portraits for display above our restaurant dessert case.  Ray was so proud… GREAT MEMORIES!
Gilson’s 60th Wedding Anniversary
When our family – sons Brent, Blake, Joan and I opened our restaurant, September 17, 1981, our lives changed… our new family, our Union Hill customers led by the Chandanais, became our life!
Ron Gilson

Sebastian “Buzzy” Parisi, now retired, was a Number One diesel mechanic, just like his dad, Joseph “Three Finger Joe” Parisi, before him.“Buzzy” Parisi possessed the same mechanical genes as his father, Joe, who was the legendary Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine Master Mechanic from the Golden Age of Fishing 1940 – 1955.  I can’t resist offering this memory of the 1940’s.As a 12 year old boy in 1945, I sat on the threshold of the engine room companionway looking down at the initial starting of the Catherine Amerault’s big six-cylinder 400 H.P. Atlas Imperial diesel engine.  As the Atlas Company representative checked all the operating systems and the Lister auxiliary engine pumped up the air, I watched Walter Davis, Alec Grimes, and “Slim” Cook ( Groton’s Machine Shop employees) doing their thing in preparation of starting this monster AWESOME (to a young boy) green machine!Unlike the stream-lined Cooper Bessemer, the Atlas had a Rube Goldberg character – the push rods, rocker arms, valve cages – moving parts were exposed!  When the Atlas rolled over, belching the sound of escaping air, gears engaging, chain drives rattling – in unison, all responding to engine room bells and buzzers – it was a MIRACLE beyond words to a young boy!  That was the world of “Three Finger Joe” Parisi. I’ll never forget it!Joe’s son “Buzzy” would follow his dad into the GM “General Motors” era only a few years later.
As the 1950s faded, more and more the heavy-duty slow turning engines were being replaced by small Buda’s, Cummins, and GM 6-71s, etc., especially in the day-boat fleet.  Many old timers thought that horses were being replaced by ponys!  That the small high-speed engines would not last – not true.
Three-Finger Joe’s Son, Buzzy Parisi, a GM manHis father was a heavy-duty Atlas genius!
Buzzy Parisi’s era was dawning.  He would be in on the ground floor.  The fleet quickly adapted to these smaller high-speed GM’s and Cats.  Buzzy would be the waterfront’s “go to” GM diesel man!In a 1999 GDT article by Peter Prybot, he mentioned the F/V Serafina N., St. Jude, and Diane Carinhas, as a few of Buzzy’s engine customers.  They were all my insureds!  I can see Lakeman’s Diane Carinhas loaded, coming like a train down the North Channel, thanks in part to Buzzy Parisi’s expert maintenance.  The fleet – at least 50 – 60 boats equipped with Detroit GM diesels – depended on Buzzy Parisi.Like his dad before him, MASTER MECHANIC SALVATORE “BUZZY” PARISI had no equal when it came to GM diesels!

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Presented by
Ron Gilson and Erik Ronnberg
Arthur D. Story Shipyard
Essex, MA
Circa 1947

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Congratulations to our Gloucester Residents who just ran the 125th Boston Marathon

The 125th Boston Marathon is in the books and we really wanted to take a moment to congratulate some Gloucester residents who ran this year. Congratulations to Jamie Marshall and Nadina and Justine Wilk! No doubt there are more runners in our community to congratulate, so please share with us if you or a loved one ran this year. Please read more to learn about Jamie Marshall and Team Speed of Light and the Light Foundation and Nadina and Justine Wilk who ran for Team End ALZ and the MA/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Nadina and Justine Wilk (a dynamic duo and Mother/Daughter team) ran this year on the official course as well as last year on a self designed course around Gloucester….both times to raise a significant amount of money for Team End ALZ and for the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter. With the words “Running for Nonie” helping them each step of the way, Nadina and Justine ran in the beautiful memory of Nadina’s mother and Justine’s Nonie who suffered from the horrible disease. You can still support them by following this link to their official GivenGain page HERE.

We’re baaaack!!! Never did I think these words would be spoken, but here we are!!  This past year has been the most challenging for every single one of us.  Although we were not able to run Boston in 2020, we did, however, raise $40K to help the fight to end Alzheimers!! We couldn’t have done this without the enormous support from all of you.  This cause is extremely near and dear to our hearts as we watched my loving Mom, and Justine’s Nonie, suffer with this horrible disease.  We just know that together we can help to find a cure and give our children a world without Alzheimers.  
We have proudly joined Team End ALZ once again and will run Boston on October 11, 2021.  Please help us to reach our goal – your support means more than you will ever know.  LETS DO THIS!!!!!!!!    Much love, Nadina & Justine XO

Jamie Marshall also ran this year as part of Team Speed of Light for the Matt Light Foundation. The Light Foundation’s charity athletes run the famed Boston Marathon to bring awareness to the work of the Light Foundation. To date, they have raised more than $400,000 for our youth leadership programs. Jamie ran alongside Danica Patrick….who is known for speed on the race track and now also along the marathon route. You can still support Jamie and the Light Foundation on Jamie’s official GivenGain page HERE

Hey 26.2 – I’m coming for you in October!  That’s right, I’m taking part in the 125th Boston Marathon to raise money for the Light Foundation.  As many of you know, I serve as an active Board member for the Light Foundation, which was founded by former NFL player Matt Light.  The funds raised will help enhance the life changing programing that continues to inspire and transform the future of so many youth year after year.

The Boston Marathon is a race like no other!   Beyond its iconic, yet challenging reputation – it brings everyday athletes (like me!), many of whom are connected to extraordinary causes, to the same road as elite, world-class athletes. Together, inspired by strength and courage we run as ONE on the same journey thru the greatest towns on earth!

Please support my personal fundraising project and help me push forward on the road ahead to the finish line!   

Let’s goooooo Team Speed of Light!

Cake Ann Has a New Location!

Cake Ann has relocated to the 7 Seas Wharf in the former Gloucester House on Rogers Street. We stopped in and were impressed with the setup. There is much more room available with indoor and outdoor seating. There is a ribbon cutting scheduled for today Wed Oct 20 at 3 PM if you are interested. Check it out! Best wishes to our friends at Cake Ann.

Sawyer Free Library to host presentation “Gloucester Urban Renewal” by historian Beth Welin

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The Sawyer Free Library will be hosting the first two-part series: “Urban Renewal in Gloucester,”presented by Beth Welin, local historian and director of Manchester Historical Museum, on Saturday, October 23 at 2 pm.

See images of old Gloucester and learn about the city’s history and redevelopment. Attendees are encouraged to share personal memories throughout the presentation.

Part two of the series will be Saturday, November 6 at 2pm. Registration is not required but mask are for all that attend.

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