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.

2022 St Peter’s Fiesta Schedule

Wednesday, June 22
7:00–10:00 p.m.

Musical Entertainment….St. Peter’s Park:
Entertainment featuring “BARRY MOONEY”

Thursday, June 23                   
6:30 p.m.
Fiesta 5K Road Race – with Cape Ann YMCA
Starting location Stage Fort Park,

Finish line at St. Peter’s Park.

For further details, contact the Cape Ann YMCA.

Entertainment, Live Music and Dance at St. Peter’s Park
Featuring ….. “WILDFIRE”

Friday, June 24
4:45 p.m.

Greasy Pole Contest…and…Women’s  Seine Boat Races
Pavilion Beach

6:30 p.m.
Entertainment….Before Opening Ceremony

7:30 p.m.
Formal Opening ….St. Peter’s Square
Entertainment immediately following

8:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 25

10:00 a.m
Pavilion Beach… Seine Boat Race:
U.S. Coast Guard vs Gloucester
Fire Department 
and Gloucester Police Department 

10:00 a.m.
Playtime performance of our Children’s story book

“Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta?”

Location: TBD

3:00 p.m.
Children’s Games…. Beach Court

4:45 p.m.
Sports Events… Pavilion Beach
Seine Boat Races & Greasy Pole Contest

Musical EntertainmentSt. Peter’s Square
featuring “FRANCO CORSO”                                            

Sunday, June 26
10:00 a.m.
Celebration of MASS OF ST. PETER
at St. Peter’s Park

12:00 noon
Procession following the Celebration of Outdoor Mass

3:00 p.m
Blessing of the Fleet… Stacy Boulevard.

4:45 p.m. 
Sports Events…at Pavilion Beach
Seine Boat Races & Greasy Pole Contest

7:15 p.m.
Awards Ceremony
Trophies awarded to winners of the Sports Events

8:30 p.m.
Musical Entertainment
St. Peter’s Park featuring

11:00 p.m.
Raffle Drawings and Closing Procession

St. Peter’s Fiesta Children’s Book  Nonna, what is St. Peter’s Fiesta” will be on sale at the Main Stage Altar throughout the Fiesta weekend. To purchase a copy before Fiesta, email http://www.stpetersfiesta.org

All proceeds benefit St. Peter’s Fiesta.

Save the Date: Next Year….

St. Peter’s Fiesta, June 21 – June 25, 2023

The Boat and Train Edition — pat morss

This posting is for people who need a break from wildlife. It is representative of the marine traffic that passes our house (except for the train).

It has been a windy spring for getting boats in the water
And for the fishing (“Capt. Dominic”) and lobstering fleets as well
But the US Coast Guard is always out there training
Tug and work barge from Prock Marine in Rockland, ME
Ryan Marine’s research vessel “R/V Kraken”
“Onnered,” docked in East Gloucester, is classified as fishing vessel
Filming with “Finestkind,” for new movie of the same name
Surrounded by schools of pogies breaking the surface
Don’t allow “Evergreen” near the Annisquam or Cape Cod Canals
First track of the rebuilt Annisquam drawbridge carrying trains
Years in the making

2022 Essex County Youth Soccer Champions! Cape Ann United beat Masco. On to state tournament Div 1 #ECYSA2022 #MTOC

Cape Ann United teams were back at Pingree vying for another win in the Essex County Youth Soccer Playoffs. CAU beat Masco to win the regional playoffs.

Great game. Final Score 3:2

Moving on to Div 1 State Championship (see MOTC schedule below)

(Aidan missing from team photo. More photos coming.)

CAU Clippers

A second Cape Ann United soccer team (U16), CAU Clippers, played North Andover on the adjacent field, so we had two Cape Ann United teams to cheer on. (North Andover won that game.)


The state tournament MTOC June 24th to 26th in Progin Park, Lancaster MA

Final schedule to be posted June 22, 2022. Cape Ann United Boys 12PG As of today

  • Friday #8101 Essex County 3:50PM vs Bay
  • Saturday Essex 2:20PM vs. Coastal
  • Saturday Essex 3:40PM vs. Nashoba
  • Sunday if they make it

Workshop: Sensory Gardening for Kids & Families

Cape Ann Community

📆 June 22, 5-6pm

📍 Beeman Elementary School

Families, students, and individuals are welcome to gather at Beeman Elementary School’s sensory garden bed with Backyard Growers Garden Educator Hailey Small to learn more about incorporating plants and flowers into their garden that stimulate all five senses. Sensory gardening is a movement focused on child growth and development to help kids access the natural world and is often used as a healing tool that can provide a sense of calm and restoration.

FREE admission to Backyard Growers Program Participants (e.g. 2022 Community Garden, Backyard Garden & GrowBag Garden) as well as Backyard Growers Community Consulting Clients

$15 General Admission – kids join for free!

Register & buy tickets

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My Gloucester Forefathers

Father’s Day offers an opportunity for some reflection on the Gloucestermen who brought me back to the home of my ancestors. The Immigrant Timothy Ryan was the first Irishman who made his way to the shores of Gloucester to begin this story. His son, William is shown here in the black and white photo presumably taken in Gloucester with his wife Catherine (whose family was no slouch in the fishing story of Gloucester either). It was probably taken in the early 1930s. The other photo of a man holding a baby was probably also taken around 1930 is of my dad (the baby) and William’s son, his father. Also likely taken in Gloucester. The final picture is also my dad with his dad: Paul M. Ryan Sr. and Jr. taken in 1972 (not in Gloucester). These men led me directly here, to this blog, to this Father’s Day podcast, to this Gloucester life. And I could not be happier. I hope your story leads you to similar happiness.

Summer Gardening Workshop at The Open Door: Tomato Care

Cape Ann Community

Join Backyard Growers for a series of Summer Gardening Workshops in The Open Door Food Pantry’s kitchen garden. In the first workshop, attendees will learn about early summer tomato care in order to maximize this year’s harvest. Ask general garden questions and explore what’s going in the Backyard Growers-managed vegetable garden at The Open Door.

The Open Door garden, managed by Backyard Growers, helps put fresh produce on the shelves and into the meals at the food pantry.

📆 June 23, 5-6pm

📍 The Open Door kitchen garden @ 28 Emerson Ave, Gloucester, MA, 01930

Email jess@backyardgrowers.org to RSVP. This event is free of charge.

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