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CORRECTION! Poll:QUESTION 2: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law

HUGE EDIT and MISTAKE BY ME- NOT A PROPOSED MINIMUM 5 CENT HIKE EVERY 5 YEARS

I love everything about the expansion of the bottle bill to include sports beverages, juice drinks and water bottles EXCEPT this little nugget that the people aren’t talking about-

The proposed law would require the state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to adjust the container deposit amount every five years to reflect (to the nearest whole cent) changes in the consumer price index, but the value could not be set below five cents.

Read through the summary and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post.

Here it is from the State Of Mass Website-

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QUESTION 2: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition

Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law

Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives on or before May 6, 2014?

SUMMARY

This proposed law would expand the state’s beverage container deposit law, also known as the Bottle Bill, to require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic non-carbonated drinks in liquid form intended for human consumption, except beverages primarily derived from dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medicines. The proposed law would not cover containers made of paper-based biodegradable material and aseptic multi-material packages such as juice boxes or pouches.

The proposed law would require the state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to adjust the container deposit amount every five years to reflect (to the nearest whole cent) changes in the consumer price index, but the value could not be set below five cents.

The proposed law would increase the minimum handling fee that beverage distributors must pay dealers for each properly returned empty beverage container, which was 2¼ cents as of September 2013, to 3½ cents. It would also increase the minimum handling fee that bottlers must pay distributors and dealers for each properly returned empty reusable beverage container, which was 1 cent as of September 2013, to 3½ cents. The Secretary of EEA would review the fee amounts every five years and make appropriate adjustments to reflect changes in the consumer price index as well as changes in the costs incurred by redemption centers. The proposed law defines a redemption center as any business whose primary purpose is the redemption of beverage containers and that is not ancillary to any other business.

The proposed law would direct the Secretary of EEA to issue regulations allowing small dealers to seek exemptions from accepting empty deposit containers. The proposed law would define small dealer as any person or business, including the operator of a vending machine, who sells beverages in beverage containers to consumers, with a contiguous retail space of 3,000 square feet or less, excluding office and stock room space; and fewer than four locations under the same ownership in the Commonwealth. The proposed law would require that the regulations consider at least the health, safety, and convenience of the public, including the distribution of dealers and redemption centers by population or by distance or both.

The proposed law would set up a state Clean Environment Fund to receive certain unclaimed container deposits. The Fund would be used, subject to appropriation by the state Legislature, to support programs such as the proper management of solid waste, water resource protection, parkland, urban forestry, air quality and climate protection.

The proposed law would allow a dealer, distributor, redemption center or bottler to refuse to accept any beverage container that is not marked as being refundable in Massachusetts.

The proposed law would take effect on April 22, 2015.

A YES VOTE would expand the state’s beverage container deposit law to require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic, non-carbonated drinks with certain exceptions, increase the associated handling fees, and make other changes to the law.

A NO VOTE would make no change in the laws regarding beverage container deposits.


ARGUMENTS
As provided by law, the 150-word arguments are written by proponents and opponents of each question, and reflect their opinions. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not endorse these arguments, and does not certify the truth or accuracy of any statement made in these arguments. The names of the individuals and organizations who wrote each argument, and any written comments by others about each argument, are on file in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

IN FAVOR: A YES vote will improve the “Bottle Bill,” where consumers put down a refundable nickel deposit on a beer or soda. People get the nickel back when they return the container. A YES vote will extend this program to cover other beverages such as bottled water.

The Bottle Bill works: 80% of beer and soda containers get recycled. Only 23% of non-deposit containers do. So every year a billion bottles get tossed away, often on playgrounds, roads and beaches. Communities have to pay to clean them up.

A YES vote equals more recycling, less trash and litter, and big savings for towns’ waste management costs. That’s why this idea has been endorsed by 209 of our cities and towns, as well as Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, 350 business leaders, and independent groups like the League of Women Voters, MASSPIRG, Sierra Club and hundreds more.

Authored by:
Coalition for an Updated Bottle Bill
294 Washington Street, Suite 5001
Boston, MA 02108
617-747-4322
www.massbottlebill.org

AGAINST: Massachusetts should be a recycling leader, but Question 2 will keep us in the past. Ninety percent of households now have access to curbside and community recycling programs. Let’s focus on what works instead of expanding an outdated, ineffective, and inconvenient system.

Everyone wants to increase recycling rates—but expanded forced deposits are the wrong approach.

Question 2 would:

• cost nearly $60 million a year, more than three times the price of curbside programs (while increasing recycling rates by less than 1 percent);

• waste taxpayer dollars on expanding an uneconomical, 30-year-old system;

• raise your nickel deposit and additional fees every five years—without your vote.

Today, more than $30 million of your unclaimed nickels go into the state’s general fund and into the hands of politicians – not to environmental programs. Let’s stop throwing money at an inefficient system and invest in modern recycling technology.

Vote NO on Question 2.

Authored by:
Robert L. Moylan
Comprehensive Recycling Works
31 Milk Street, Suite 518
Boston, MA 02109
617-886-5186
www.NoOnQuestion2.com

YOU Can Influence The Vote for Cape Ann’s License Plate Design!!!!

While taping the GloucesterCast with new Chamber CEO Ken Riehl he told me the voting is wide open and so easy to do- no email address involved, all you have to do is go to the Chamber website and vote-

I’ll make it super easy for you click this link (see that you don’t even have to Google the Chamber website) and vote for your favorite.

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GloucesterCast 10/27/13 With Guest Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro

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GloucesterCast Podcast Taped 10/27/13 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Controversial Boston Pro Sports Officiating,Sista Felicia Makes It Official, Rotary Trivia Night, Chad Konecky, iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface Pro,Reminder To Vote In Local Elections

Topics Include: Controversial Boston Pro Sports Officiating, Sista Felicia Makes It Official, Rotary Trivia Night, Chad Konecky, iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface Pro, Reminder To Vote In Local Elections

North Shore Magazine Best of North Shore 2013 Voting Is Open and GMG Is Nominated Along with Many other Gloucester and Rockport and Essex Favs

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GMG is nominated in the “Play” category under best blog again, but there are a ton of local businesses that completely deserve your vote.

Many Categories for you to vote for- vote here

Our team would appreciate if you, or one of your children has been positively affected by our promotion of your organization and if you feel like the effort we put in is worthy, to share this post with your friends who may feel that GMG is deserving of best blog through Facebook, Twitter or  email.  The options to share this post are all available below this post.

Thank you for your support and don’t forget to vote in the other categories for our great local restaurants and services that have been nominated as well.

Thanks for your support

Voting in Precinct 2, Ward 2

Vote, and let your voice be heard!

My voting station was at the parish center at Our Lady of Good Voyage. There was a small line, but it moved quickly.

It’s a pretty big ballot, so it doesn’t really fit in the folder provided for voting privacy, but I don’t think we need to worry…

Thanks to all the folks who work at the polls to keep the democratic machine running clean and fair!

No matter who wins these elections, there will be a lot of upset people afterwards.  Let’s hope we can all be understanding and respectful of each other, even if we strongly disagree…  NPR’s “This American Life” has an interesting podcast on this topic this week. Although I am pretty frank about my principles in public (I hope), I avoid talking too much in public about for whom I vote.  I don’t want that to get in the way of my ministry, or to be interpreted as my endorsing specific candidates on behalf of the Church. I have to be able to talk to people of all political persuasions, and some people just can’t see past political differences. Fortunately, my friends include people representing a wide range of opinions. I hope it stays that way.

- Fr. Matthew Green

Voting, Duh!

Never in my life have I been so undecided on the lesser of two evils. The felt tip marker point went back and forth from Obama to Romney at least 5 times before checking off my final decision.

I wonder how many are just like me, undecided right up til the final second in the booth and I wonder how close of a race compared to every national poll which basically had them split the results will be.

In any case, get out there, VOTE!

EARN YOUR RIGHT TO BITCH!

Feels good though.

Like Vicky and Peter Said in their post yesterday, if you don’t vote, don’t go bitching afterwards.

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It’s Good Harbor vs Crane’s Beach In The Finals For New England’s Best Beach. You Gonna Let Crane’s Beach Take Home The Gold or You Gonna Represent For G Town Baby??? Last Day To Vote!!!

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Click here to vote

This is a battle between good vs evil.  Nice white sandy beach in Gloucester versus the greenhead infested Crane’s Beach.  Who Ya got? Get out the vote!

If you need to know where my vote is just look at the masthead from Day 1 here on GMG-

www.goodmorninggloucester.com

Johnny “I Rule YMCA Over 40 Basketball League” McElhenny forwarded-

Joey,
Boston.com is holding a contest for Best Beach in Massachusetts. Out of 64 beaches that started, Gloucester’s Good Harbor Beach has made it all the way to the final four.
The contest includes this description of Good Harbor: “A local favorite due to its white sand, great surf and stunning views.” ‘Xactly!
The other three finalists are nice beaches, too (if you like sharks and greenheads.)
Who ya got?
Let’s make clear to Boston.com readers what we already know: Good Harbor is the best beach in Massachusetts, hands down.
Vote here<http://www.boston.com/travel/explorene/specials/summer/special/beach_bonanza_new_england/> for Good Harbor.
Voting ends today.

Need Help Deciding?  Check Out My Slide Show from Good Harbor

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Last Chance To Vote For North Shore Magazine BONS (Best Of North Shore) Awards Tonight. Voting Ends on The 30th

I encourage you to vote for your local favorites be it restaurant, dry cleaners, hardware store, whatever.  If there is a local business or organization that you think goes above and beyond, show them some love by voting.

North Shore Magazine is an outstanding glossy and year in and year out they bring you the best of what is going on around us.

So not to be a popularity contest but to reward the deserving, get out the vote!

Our Blog, Good Morning Gloucester is nominated under the Play category for Blog.  You should check out some of the other blogs,  they do a nice job and then vote for the one that you feel deserves the win.

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Here are the categories-

PLAY

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to PLAY! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page.

EAT

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to EAT! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page.

SHOP

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to SHOP! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page

KIDS

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to KIDS! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page.

RENEW

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to RENEW! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page.

LIVE

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to LIVE! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page.

Video- Vote Gloucester! 2012 American Style Magazine Best Arts Destination

POSTCARD FRONT JAN 6 1230 PM

Last year we helped make Gloucester the number 3 Arts Destination In the Country in American Style Magazine.  This is something we already know obviously but really don’t we deserve to be number one?

With your help and vote it helps the entire community by supporting our local artisans and allowing them another feather in their marketing cap to come visit, check out our vibrant art community and leave some cheddar behind Smile

Like the picture they used in the postcard announcing the contest?  You may recognize it as one of mine. Claire Higgins at seARTS did a bang up job with the design.

Anyway lets support our local artists by voting!

Click on the button below to go vote, and thank you for supporting Gloucester and the arts!

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I just checked out the contest and it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy. Not to mention you could win five hundred dolla yo!

Let’s Do This!

Here’s the presser from seARTS who with Kristine Fisher and Jackie Ganim DeFalco have been responsible for putting this initiative into play from the beginning.

2012 American Style “Top Arts Destination” Campaign Kicks Off
In 2011 seARTS, working with the arts community, secured the nomination for Cape Ann/Gloucester as a Top 25 Arts Destination by American Style Magazine. Thanks to your votes, we won the #3 spot on the list for small U.S. cities. Voting time is here again, and this year, we want to aim for the #1 spot and increase our visibility as an arts destination.
Securing Gloucester/Cape Ann on this list again this year as one of America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations will elevate Cape Ann on the national stage. We have over 2,000 working artists on Cape Ann and a thriving community that celebrates the arts of all disciplines. After all, our Rocky Neck is the country’s oldest continuous working art colony in the U.S. while Rockport draws visitors all year long!

To achieve this distinction, seARTS is requesting the entire community’s help in spreading the word. This is a city-based ranking, but all of Cape Ann was included in the destination information submitted and the article in the magazine.

There are many ways to help before March 3. Here are some suggestions!
1. Go in right now and vote from your computer, your phone, and your laptop! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3YYDSTL
2. Put the link and/or icon at the bottom of all your emails in the signature line!
3. Use the promotional postcard jpeg in your literature and emails: http://bit.ly/ypN3y0
4. Link to the voting icon http://bit.ly/A3MD3D
5. Blog & Tweet the Survey Link
6. Share with your employees
Having this designation gives all of the cultural organizations and artists and businesses a chance to embed the Award in all their literature and promotion around Cape Ann as a branded arts destination. Please contact seARTS to find out more about how you can do this. info@searts.org 978-281-1222.

The American Style Magazine Top Arts Destination In the Country Get Out The Vote

POSTCARD FRONT JAN 6 1230 PM

Last year we helped make Gloucester the number 3 Arts Destination In the Country in American Style Magazine.  This is something we already know obviously but really don’t we deserve to be number one?

With your help and vote it helps the entire community by supporting our local artisans and allowing them another feather in their marketing cap to come visit, check out our vibrant art community and leave some cheddar behind Smile

Like the picture they used in the postcard announcing the contest?  You may recognize it as one of mine. Claire Higgins at seARTS did a bang up job with the design.

Anyway lets support our local artists by voting!

Click on the button below to go vote, and thank you for supporting Gloucester and the arts!

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I just checked out the contest and it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy. Not to mention you could win five hundred dolla yo!

Let’s Do This!

Here’s the presser from seARTS who with Kristine Fisher and Jackie Ganim DeFalco have been responsible for putting this initiative into play from the beginning.

2012 American Style “Top Arts Destination” Campaign Kicks Off
In 2011 seARTS, working with the arts community, secured the nomination for Cape Ann/Gloucester as a Top 25 Arts Destination by American Style Magazine. Thanks to your votes, we won the #3 spot on the list for small U.S. cities. Voting time is here again, and this year, we want to aim for the #1 spot and increase our visibility as an arts destination.
Securing Gloucester/Cape Ann on this list again this year as one of America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations will elevate Cape Ann on the national stage. We have over 2,000 working artists on Cape Ann and a thriving community that celebrates the arts of all disciplines. After all, our Rocky Neck is the country’s oldest continuous working art colony in the U.S. while Rockport draws visitors all year long!

To achieve this distinction, seARTS is requesting the entire community’s help in spreading the word. This is a city-based ranking, but all of Cape Ann was included in the destination information submitted and the article in the magazine.

There are many ways to help before March 3. Here are some suggestions!
1. Go in right now and vote from your computer, your phone, and your laptop! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3YYDSTL
2. Put the link and/or icon at the bottom of all your emails in the signature line!
3. Use the promotional postcard jpeg in your literature and emails: http://bit.ly/ypN3y0
4. Link to the voting icon http://bit.ly/A3MD3D
5. Blog & Tweet the Survey Link
6. Share with your employees
Having this designation gives all of the cultural organizations and artists and businesses a chance to embed the Award in all their literature and promotion around Cape Ann as a branded arts destination. Please contact seARTS to find out more about how you can do this. info@searts.org 978-281-1222.

Two Entries for The Downtown Gloucester Block Party Poster Contest Helen Lind and Linda Cordner- The Vote Ends Tomorrow Morning At 5AM

H.A. Lind-

Hi Joey:
I could not resist your challenge of a new design for the Block Party poster
for three (very serious) reasons:
• I miss Glosta soooo much.
• I lived/worked in 3 apartments in Kirk Noyes wonderful 92 Main Street building downtown,and
• I just miss everything Gloucester, especially downtown!!!
Yes – I am passionate about downtown!
You will notice my design reflects these interests!
Many Thanks to you and all of your contributors for helping me to maintain my sanity –
in spite of our 3000 miles of separation!!!
Best regards,
H. A. Lind
aka. HelannaBanana
;  )

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and below Linda Cordner-

Gloucester Has Been Nominated By Rand McNally and USA Today!

Update- Via Ariane Doud- Best of the Road contest extended to May 30!!!

Ariane Doud from Matter Communications writes-

Rand McNally and USA Today are looking for the best small towns in America. The top towns will be featured in their Best of the Road® cross-country rally this summer and in the 2013 Rand McNally Atlas next year! Gloucester has been nominated as “Most Beautiful,” but to win we need your votes. Please go to the Gloucester page at www.bestoftheroad.com (click here)  to tell America why Gloucester deserves to be recognized for its unmatched beauty, and help bring some positive national attention to our fair city.

Click the picture to vote-

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note the GMG photos used in the campaign Smile

Mass Cultural Council Commonwealth Awards- Please Vote

From John McElhenny-

Gloucester is in the running to win Massachusetts’ highest prize in arts and culture.

Gloucester is one of 16 Massachusetts communities being considered for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Commonwealth Awards. The City recently submitted a beautiful video about Gloucester’s seascapes, landscapes and events that inspire many kinds of artists. The video, which was done by Gloucester video artists Gallo Productions and Meg Montagnino-Jarrett, is here.

For Gloucester to win, residents are asked to view Gloucester’s video and vote for it by clicking “Like” before next Tuesday, Oct. 26. The top three vote-getting communities will be the finalists.

Gloucester’s artistic history is as rich as any other community in the state but we’re at a disadvantage because larger cities like Lowell, New Bedford and Somerville have more people to vote for them. So we need votes! Email your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers. If Gloucester wins, our video will be showcased at the Statehouse and Gloucester will be able to tout itself as the Top Arts Community in Massachusetts – a great selling point.

Readers are urged to vote for Gloucester’s video before next Tuesday, Oct. 26!

Here it is

This is a vote I can get behind!

Vote For Your Favorite Local Charity To Get Money Raised By Celebrate Gloucester

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Celebrate Gloucester Sponsored by National Grid Raises $15,000 for Local Charities
Thanks to support from National Grid, the City of Gloucester and many sponsors and volunteers, Celebrate Gloucester raised $15,000.00 for charity, which was donated to The Gloucester Fund today.
“We all saw how music brought people down to the property to party at the end of Summer,”  said Gloucester Fund Treasurer, Ringo Tarr.  “It’s a great use of the property.  Letting the public decide how to spend the money we raised helps get people involved in making our City a better place to live.”
The Gloucester Fund will award grants to the top 3 vote-getters among the 24 charities who have been nominated since August 1.  People can go to CelebrateGloucester.com to vote for their favorite charity through September 30th.  Each of the three winners will receive $5,000.00.
“We could not have raised this money without help from our sponsors led by National Grid,” said Celebrate Gloucester producer, Peter Van Ness.  “Celebrate Gloucester was truly a community event featuring local music, local sponsors, local food and a mostly local audience.  I encourage everyone to support our sponsors.  You can see who they are when you go to CelebrateGlocuester.com to vote for your favorite charity.”
Celebrate Gloucester will be releasing a feature length concert DVD sometime in October.  A portion of the DVD sales will also be donated to the three winning charities.

Net proceeds will be donated to The Gloucester Fund. The Gloucester Fund will award grants to charities nominated on this website. Voting ends September 30th. The Gloucester Fund will divide the proceeds equally among the top 3 vote-getters.

Vote for your favorite nominee. You have one vote.

If you would like to nominate a charity or project dedicated to revitalizing Gloucester that is not on this list, PLEASE CLICK HERE. Each charity only needs to be nominated once.

Jimmy T Is A Finalist For Survivor And Needs Our Help!!!!

We’ve got to put the full weight of our community behind one of Gloucester’s favorite Sons- Jimmy T!  He needs our support to get on Survivor.  Please copy the url of this post and send it to your friends and family members to also vote for our boy Jimmy T.

vote here- http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/casting_call//

Jimmy is not only a great guy but he is one of the DOERS around town.  You know, the 2% of people that make 80% of the cool stuff happen.  He volunteers a ridiculous amount of time along with help from others to make the International Dory Races what they are today and continuing the great tradition.  He truly deserves to be on the show for a whole slew of reasons.

From the Survivor Website-

Vote On Your Favorite Finalist
The top 10 finalists are in. Think they have what it takes to win the game? Vote for your favorite now and one lucky winner will head to Los Angeles for an audition with the SURVIVOR casting team.
From Jimmy T-

Dear Friends and Family,

I have been blessed with the opportunity of a lifetime! My video, titled “Gloucester Fisherman” because I am so very proud of my community and maritime heritage, has been selected to the Final 10 of the “Survivor” Casting Call Contest! Whichever video of the final 10 receives the most votes, that person will likely be a castaway in season 21/22 of “Survivor”!!!

Now it’s up to you! My ONLY chance is for you to click on the link below, vote for me, and take a moment to forward this e-mail to as many friends, as far reaching as possible.

Five minute of your time could change the lives of my family!!!

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/casting_call//

Thank you so much…. your support means everything!

Jimmy T.

I’ll keep this post stickied for a while at the top of the page so if you see someone in the street just direct them to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com and they can click the link here to vote.
please vote early and often for a great guy that does a ton for our community.