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GloucesterCast Podcast 4/25/13 With Guest Kim Smith

GloucesterCast Podcast Taped 4/25/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Kim Smith

Click to listen- With Host Joey C and Guest Father Matthew Green

Topics Include:

Spring, Planting, Mayor’s Poll On Good Harbor Beach Footbridge, Kim’s Black Swallowtail Butterfly Movie, Community Milkweed Planting Project, Kim’s Prius, Paul Morrison and Coyotes, Duckworth’s Bistrot, Craig Kimberley’s Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Premiere at The farm Bar and Grille, Feeling Like Your Live On Vacation In Gloucester

Mayor Kirk Shares Feedback On the Good Harbor Beach Footbridge Poll and Plans On How They Plan To Proceed From Here

Hi Joey,

The verdict from the poll is in but it really isn’t as simple as saying, well 64% voted for the aluminum fix and 36% voted for the wooden fix so we’ll put up the aluminum span.  As with just about everything, it’s way more complicated than that.  If you would allow me to,

I’d like to share some of the feedback we’ve received and how we plan on proceeding from here.

In addition to the polling results, there have been many thoughtful email and Facebook messages and phone calls that have come through my office or DPW.  An artist sent a picture of the beautiful Milton Avery painting of a couple walking across the footbridge.  Another person sent a picture of what was thought to be the actual wooden bridge that washed away and into the marsh by Stop & Shop.  Turns out, that was the section of the bridge that washed away in 2006!!  This past winter it has moved into a position where it can be retrieved and DPW will remove it.

People sent links to other “synthetic” solutions, and links to other wooden bridge examples.  And of course, your display today was beautiful.  A lot of questions have come up as well, and I will do my best to answer them.

Cost is clearly a factor that is on people’s minds.  $65,000 seemed to be outrageous for the wooden fix.  That estimate is for an outsourced solution, i.e., not using our DPW.

The timetable seemed troubling to some people.  We were required to go through a Conservation Commission review, and that takes a number of weeks in addition we had to wait to get the estimate and plan for the fix before proceeding to ConCom.

The way we put the poll out there, it wasn’t clear if we were talking about temporary fixes or permanent fixes.  Basically, ConCom has said, “this is the last temporary fix (however we do it).”  The city is encouraged to come back with a permanent plan that addresses the resource area, takes into consideration the structural integrity of the rest of the bridge, and perhaps is redesigned to withstand the types of storms and tidal surges we are experiencing.  Neither choice in the poll addressed these issues.

Then the question of the Magnolia Pier came up.  This is one of those quirky things about how our waterways are governed.  The city has responsibility for the Good Harbor Footbridge, but the Harbormaster and the Waterways Board have responsibility for the Magnolia Pier!

And then of course, some people wanted the best of both worlds – New England charm and Yankee ingenuity which I take to mean a more cost effective solution that preserves the iconic character of the footbridge.

A couple of people suggested a “buy a plank” program where if you got married on the bridge or the beach, you could buy an engraved plank to help offset the cost of the repairs.  Sort of like a memorial bench or brick program.

So – here’s what it’s come down to.  DPW Director Mike Hale and I met today, and we’ve decided to use our DPW guys to do a wooden repair.   I have directed him to retask some of his staff, order the materials and start immediately.  While this will save the city about $60,000 it reduces the manpower that DPW can devote to all those other things citizens find important (which is why outsourcing was an attractive option).

We will formulate a Building Committee as required by the City Charter and pursue a permanent redesign.  The Committee can take the time to go through all ideas, and do this right.

Joey, thank you for allowing me to pose the poll to the GoodMorningGloucester readers.  Most importantly, I appreciate the spark of discussion and ideas that ensued.
Mayor Kirk

Mayor Kirk Asks You To Vote In This Good Harbor Footbridge Poll

Mayor Kirk is asking for community feedback-

Hi Joey,
We have a bit of a dilemma regarding the Good Harbor Beach footbridge.

The estimate we have for repairs is $65,000. This is basically a temporary fix and carries the risk of being washed away during the next big storms. Also, the Conservation Commission is throwing down the gauntlet on any more temporary fixes.

An alternative would be to have the broken section be replaced with an aluminum boat ramp-like structure. It would have a synthetic decking, four feet wide with railings, and hook in on just the ends (no pilings necessary). Total cost of this fix is $20,000, the ramp would be made here in Gloucester by a Gloucester company, and could be finished within 3 weeks. It could be removed in the event of a hurricane as well.

So I gotta ask GMG readers, which would you rather?

New England Charm? ($65,000 wooden temporary repair)

Or

Yankee Ingenuity? ($20,000 aluminum repair on broken section, rest would remain wood).

Your readers probably photograph / paint this view more than most so we thought we’d start here to gather feedback.

Thanks!
Mayor Kirk

Cooking with Sefatia

Sefatia and her best friends cooked a fabulous breakfast and lunch today for the employees at National Fish and Seafood. Jack, Sefati, John Tierney ©KIm Smith 2013

Jack Ventola, Sefatia, Representative John Tierney

Sefatia, Jack, Wicked Tuna ©Kim Smith 2013

Jack Ventola, the president of National Fish and Seafood, bid $3500.00 and won Sefati in an auction to benefit the Hoyt Foundation. Mayor Kirk, Representative Ann Margaret, and her Mom Frances Ferrante, super nice gentlemen from Wicked Tuna Tricky Dave and and Paul From Tuna.com were there to enjoy the feast, too. A deliciously fun time was had by all! Thank you Sefatia for inviting me to film. Video to follow.

Sefati ©Kim Smith 2013

Happy St. Joseph’s Day!

Viva San Giuseppe!

St. Joseph Trolley Party ©Kim Smith 2013

St. Joseph Trolley Party

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A huge heartfelt thanks to All the Gloucester Families Helping with the San Giuseppe Film Project. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

A special thank you to Sefatia for organizing the trolley, and for being the best most spectacular hostess for the St. Joseph trolley. Traveling from home to home, she knows by heart, and explains in great detail, each of the family’s alar traditions and stories. She also manages to keep the trolley gang together (all 50 or so). Thanks to Sefatia, no one was left behind!

Thanks to Mayor Kirk for sharing in the St. Joseph trolley and festivities. Gloucester is so blessed to have the BEST Mayor ever!

Thanks to CATA and Ed Sallah for donating the trolley. Ed is an amazing driver and was so considerate towards each and every member of our exuberant party.

Ciaramitaro Family and Friends St. Joseph 2013

A special thanks to Felicia and her family and friends. Felicia is the first to say she could not have done it without her dear husband Barry, her mom Pat, son BJ, daughter Amanda, her beautiful aunts and gamatis, and all her friends and family, working alongside her, from sunrise until the well past the midnight hour. 

Felicia Ciaramitaro and friends ©Kim Smith 2013

Felicia and Her Best Gamatis ~ Le migliori amiche*

A very special thank you to Joey for inviting me to participate in his family’s St. Joseph festivities last year, which planted the seed for the St. Joseph film project. 

Photos of each of the families interviewed coming this week. 

* Thanks to Paul Frontiero for the correct spelling of best girlfriends.

New York Times puts Gloucester’s big debate on the front page

from the New York Times story: “The harbor in Gloucester, Mass., part of the Northeastern fishery declared a disaster by the Commerce Department last fall.”
photo: Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times

The home page of today’s New York Times website features a story on Gloucester’s big debate about what to do with our waterfront (see story here).

Mayor Kirk is quoted a number of times promoting her vision of our port supporting both fishing and marine science, saying some of the $150 million Congress might appropriate should be used for “Programs that might attract those other uses that allow you to maintain a smaller fleet, and maintain an infrastructure for that fleet, and sit side by side.”

Everybody who’s seriously working on attracting marine science to Gloucester knows we need more than a port.  We also need a thriving cultural economy in order to attract the workers that power marine science.  Most of these workers are young, single PhDs who work very long hours and want to go out after work — and on weekends — for food, drink and music.  They want to feel surrounded by culture.  These people think they want to live in Cambridge.  What they may not know is that Gloucester has a burgeoning cultural economy.  Just look at all the live music available this weekend — and it’s supposed to be the dead of winter!

We’ve got momentum.  But in order to grow a sustainable economy for Gloucester’s long-term, we have to grow our cultural economy a lot more.  That’s where you come in.  Think of Gloucester FIRST when planning what to do at night and on weekends.  Not sure where to eat?  Check out this HUGE list of restaurants.  Check the live music schedule.  You’ll likely find music for every taste.  Want to enrich your life and the lives of your kids?  Check out this impressive list of galleries, studios, museums, theatres, etc.  Think you need to drive to the mall?  STOP!  Check this out and think again.

The secret to growing our cultural economy without losing our soul is to honor our past and embrace our future.  That’s precisely what Fred Bodin does.  His store honors our past by helping to keep the core of our history and culture alive.  And now, he’s taken to filming the future.  Here he is filming Jon Butcher with Dave Brown, Dave Mattacks and Wolf Ginandes at Jalapenos on Tuesday singing Sam Cooke’s classic Change is Gonna Come — how perfect it that!  Boston rock star Jon Butcher moved to Gloucester.  Let’s get out and support his decision, prove him right, boost our cultural economy and — most importantly — have a blast doing it!

Happy birthday, Mayor Kirk!

A few photos from the birthday party last night at Giuseppe’s:

Mayor Kirk with her doppelganger

Mayor Kirk with her doppelgänger

They really do look alike!

They really do look alike!

Lots of friends were in attendance

Lots of friends were in attendance

There was also quite a lot of good food!

There was also quite a lot of good food!

Fantastic finger food

Fantastic finger food

Thank you, Mayor Kirk, for your service to the city of Gloucester!

- Fr. Matthew Green

Bell Ringing In Memory Of Children and Staff Who Lost Their Lives In the Newtown Tragedy Friday at 9:30AM

Hi Joey,

Tomorrow (Friday) at 9:30am the city of Gloucester will join city halls and churches around the nation in ringing our bells 26 times in memory of the children and staff who died in the tragedy in Newtown.  Everyone is invited to join us outside at City Hall for this remembrance. 

Thank you.

Mayor Kirk

GMG Christmas Party Fotos

The iPhone 5 can do marvelous Panoramas but when my nose is as big as Joey’s head something horrible has happened. Really, it’s that big? (Click to embiggen if you are masochistic.)panoramagonebad

Mayor Kirk explaining to Rubber Duck the newly minted Gloucester DPW Duck.dpwduck

Melissa Cox brought a platefull of cute penguins made of olives complete with a shark which was devouring them as quickly as the party participants. Rubber Duck knew when the party had jumped the shark. sharkduck

The Turbine Now That It’s Up Poll

When I first heard of the turbine coming to Gloucester I was angry.   I felt as though it was only going to benefit one company, the company that was installing it and the money to pay for it was money that taxpayers subsidized and that most of these green energy projects are simply advertising vehicles reaching out to liberal tree-huggers who would buy any thing at any cost as long as you slapped the  “It’s Green” sticker on it.

I let our Ed Collard and Sarah Kelly take opposing editorial views in a post before hand and I was still skeptical. View That Post Here-

Anti Windmill vs Pro Windmill Two GMG Contributors Express Their Views- Sarah Kelly and Ed Collard

Then I read Mayor Kirk’s editorial in the Gloucester Daily Times in which she stated that the City of Gloucester would “conservatively” have 90% of it’s energy needs paid for by the partnership and that number would be conservatively $450,000 per year.

Read that post here-

Chickity Check It! Matyor Kirk Says City Will Conservatively Save $450,000 Per Year In Energy Costs

Posted on October 14, 2012 by 

With that huge savings for the taxpayers of Gloucester my mind was changed.  Now with the Varian one erected, looking at it doesn’t bother me at all.  I mean not in the least.  I actually think it looks kinda cool.

Now if we look back a year from when the thing kicks off and see that the City only gets a tiny fraction of what it think’s it’s going to get I will be supremely pissed and feel duped and I’ll rail against every phoney baloney green energy claim that comes down the pike but I’m going to be cautiously optimistic that we will indeed provide those savings.

Now that the Turbine is up and you can see what it looks like on the horizon and you know what we know about the projected savings would you say that the turbines at Varian and Gloucester Engineering are a good thing or not?

Please vote in the new poll-

On our last poll in which we asked if the City of Gloucester would get more or less that $450K in Energy Savings over two thirds of voters chose under.

I’m more optimistic and I hope Mayor Kirk  once the energy audit from the first year comes out gets to say  “IN YOUR FACE!” to all the doubters and we get well over $450,000 per year in energy savings.

Breaking News: Official Notice From the Office Of Mayor Kirk Regarding Halloween and Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Update: City of Gloucester Urges Children’s Halloween Celebrations for this Sunday, October 28th

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Gloucester, MA – Due to uncertainty surrounding the path of Hurricane Sandy and the potential severity of the storm in the community, Mayor Carolyn Kirk and the City of Gloucester announce that all residents are encouraged to celebrate Halloween “trick or treating” on Sunday, October 28th between the hours of 4pm and 6pm.

Weather forecasters are predicting favorable conditions on Sunday afternoon and early evening prior to the possible arrival of a storm on Monday and Tuesday. With Halloween falling on Wednesday, October 31, state and local public safety officials are concerned about the potential impacts of Sandy.

Depending on Sandy’s track, by Halloween, the city and residents may possibly be facing widespread power outages, downed limbs, and lingering rainfall. 

“Every child in the city and their families want to enjoy a safe Halloween tradition without the concern, confusion, or fear that a favorite holiday will be jeopardized by the storm, so we are urging neighbors to have children celebrate early in good weather, without concern for public safety issues that might arise as a result of the storm,” said Mayor Kirk.

As an alternative to trick or treating, there is a Halloween Party on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Rogers Street.  The party is free to all of Gloucester’s children between the ages of 1 and 8.  Children must be accompanied by an adult, and there will be crafts, games, face painting, freeze frame dancing, and prizes for best costumes.  The party is sponsored by the Gloucester Downtown Association. 

The City made the decision to celebrate Halloween early in consultation with Gloucester public safety officials and after receiving an updated weather report from the National Weather Service. City officials have remained in contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency on Friday to ensure the most up-to-date information related to Hurricane Sandy.

Gloucester Harbor Walk Gus Foote Dedication Sunday

Tomorrow, Sunday, at noon is the dedication of the Gus Foote Park. Following the dedication, I will be giving a mini-talk about the butterfly gardens planted along the Harbor Walk. A yummy clam chowder tasting is planned, provided by the Gloucester House Restaurant. At 12:45, we’ll Walk the Walk with Mayor Kirk. The theme of Sunday’s walk is Gloucester’s maritime heritage.

Sunny skies are predicted for tomorrow–perfect weather for strolling through the gardens while listening to sea stories. I hope you’ll come join us!

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Gus Foote, now 82 years young, is a retired Gloucester City Councilman. He represented Ward 2 for more than three decades. In 2011, Gus was reappointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve another five-year term on the Gloucester Housing Authority. Gus Foote Image Courtesy GMG 2009

Cambridge Seven Associates Gloucester Harbor Walk Team. From left to right: Peter Sollogub, Principal; Ethan Lacy, Chris Muskopf, Tim Mansfield, and Rosie Weinberg

Gloucester HarborWalk Grand Opening Thursday!

The HarborWalk grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Kirk and Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray is this coming Thursday, August 9th. The festivities will begin at 1 pm at The Wharf at St. Peter’s Park.

The Gloucester HarborWalk is a self-guided tour through 42 story moments granite posts. The 4-day celebration, August 9th through 12th, is devoted to the HarborWalk; each day of the event’s “Walk the Walks,” hosted by Mayor Kirk, will feature different aspects of the city’s storied maritime and cultural history.

As many of you may know I designed the horticultural master plan for the HarborWalk. The new gardens are planted with nearly 100 percent North American native wildflowers and have quickly become a pollinator’s paradise. Once fully established, the gardens will require minimal maintenance.

Sunday, August 12th, at noon, there will be a re-dedication of Gus Foote Park (now part of the HarborWalk Gardens) where I will help in giving a guided tour of the butterfly gardens. I hope to see you there!

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 9th at 1:00pm at St. Peter’s Park. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Friday, August 10th, at 12:00 noon at St. Peter’s Park. Mayor’s Walk, focusing on literature and art.

Saturday, August 11th, at 10:45 at City Hall. Especially intended toward families, and featuring the works of Virginia Lee Burton.

Sunday, August 12th, at 12:00 noon at Gus Foote Park. Re-dedication of Gus Foote Park, with a focus on Gloucester’s maritime heritage. Guided tour of the  gardens.

Chickity Check It! Mayor Kirk Touts The Harborwalk In The Boston Globe Metro Section

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Gloucester hopes to lure tourists with high-tech harborwalk

By David Filipov

|  GLOBE STAFF 

  JULY 19, 2012

GLOUCESTER — Among the weathered docks and fishermen’s shacks of this renowned port lives another Gloucester: a world of sea serpents and seafaring stories, world-renowned artists and beloved cultural icons.

The problem has always been how to find it. The working waterfront that supplies the city’s lifeblood also presents a maze of piers and industrial lots that are as difficult for visitors to navigate as they are crucial to Gloucester’s economy.

Next month, the city hopes to solve that problem with the opening of Gloucester Harborwalk, a 1.2-mile loop that brings to light previously hard-to-find historical and cultural lore and reunites the city’s main streets and its seaport. It does so with a network of 42 markers that is accompanied by a virtual tour that can be downloaded onto a smartphone.

City officials see the Harborwalk as a way to lure visitors who stop by for lobster, whale watching, or a trip to the beach into longer stays that will help drive the local economy.

Click here for the entire story and larger photo

Praise to Mayor Kirk and the City of Gloucester

 

The photo with the Man at the Wheel shows the Horribles Parade route, at 8:00 this morning, less than twelve hours after tens of thousands camped along the boulevard to view the parade and fireworks. The entire route is spectacularly clean as is the Fiesta fairgrounds. Thank you Mayor Kirk and the city’s public works departments for working so hard to keep our downtown looking sparkly clean during the back-to-back events of Fiesta and Independence Day celebrations!

Happy Fourth of July!

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