Monthly Archives: August 2009

Chickity Check It- CapeAnnPolitics.org

From Josh Brackett-

Hi, GMG,

CapeAnnPolitics.org is up and running. It’s a new (and different) online forum for Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex that some friends of mine and I are starting, .

Because it’s a new site, there’s not much content there yet. So please register and say what you think about an issue that matters to you. I look forward to reading what folks have to say.
And please forward this to anyone you know who might be interested.

Josh

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You won’t find me on any political message boards but I wish them well.  Hopefully they find a way to hold meaningful political conversations without name calling and hate filled vitriol between the hard left and hard right factions which will undoubtedly dig their heels in and refuse to acknowledge any good in opposing  opinions.


The Mayor’s Desk: The city’s water emergency — and ‘Code Red’ response

From the Times this morning-

The Mayor’s Desk
Carolyn Kirk

Last Thursday, we launched the city’s new Code Red Emergency Notification System.

By Sunday morning, as we realized the enormity of the situation with the water plant, we issued a Code Red emergency notification asking residents to curtail water use.

Code Red is an emergency notification system that basically speed-dials out to the phone numbers in the public phone number database. It is an efficient and direct way to reach thousands of people in a short amount of time with a pre-recorded message.

If you received the introductory call and, or received the Code Red call on Sunday morning regarding the water plant, both recorded by me, then you are in the system and will continue to receive emergency notifications.

If you did not receive any call from Code Red over the past week — or if you would like to change the phone number on file — then you must visit the City of Gloucester’s Web site (www.ci.gloucester.ma.us) and the Code Red link in order to add or change your information. For those of you without Internet access, you can access the city Web site from Sawyer Free Library or the Rose Baker Senior Center.

Since the launch of Code Red, we have received helpful feedback for making the system better. I appreciate the e-mails from residents who’ve provided concrete suggestions such as a caller ID moniker, repeating key information so there isn’t so much to digest all at once, and eliminating a pause at the beginning of the recording so the listener doesn’t hang up.

Like any new system, the kinks need to be worked out. But I am so grateful the system was up and running, and we had rolled out the initial introductory call when we did. Just three days later, we found ourselves needing to get an urgent message out quickly to residents about the failure at the Babson Water Treatment Plant.

To read more from this article, click here.

GDCC Public Service Clean-up this SATURDAY (8/22) from 9-11

Reminder — GDCC Public Service Clean-up this SATURDAY (8/22) from 9-11

Thanks for volunteering to take part in this summer’s GDCC public service event!

We’ll meet at 9 am sharp this Saturday, at the Gloucester High Parking Lot, near the football stands..  We’ll be done by 11, maybe a little earlier.

We’ll have special collection bags, thanks to Gloucester’s DPW, but suggest that you bring the following:

1.  Comfortable, sturdy gloves;

2.  Sunscreen and bug repellent;

3.  A small note pad and pen (to jot down the location of junk TVs, hazardous materials, and other stuff that we should let the city know about).

4.  And of course, bring along a friend or family member!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all — and helping spruce up Gloucester!

Thanks, Mike Wheeler