Community Stuff 7/26/14

Chief Len Campanello Joins Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association in Support of House Version of Gun Bill

Police Chief Leonard Campanello, with the steadfast support of Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk, joins the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association in support of the House of Representatives version of the pending gun legislation.

As an active member of the Chiefs Association, Chief Campanello is following this important bill closely. He is disappointed to learn that the Senate Bill, S#2284 lacks a critical public safety provision found in the House Bill, H#4278. That provision gives police chiefs discretion in issuing rifle and shotgun licenses. Currently, Massachusetts law allows police chiefs absolute discretion in issuing handgun licenses, but no discretion in issuing rifle and shotgun licenses. The House bill would close that dangerous loop hole.

When polled in June by the Princeton Research Associates, the majority of Massachusetts voters were also in favor of police chiefs having discretion in licensing for rifles and shotguns. 

Statement of Chief Campanello:

“The House bill is far superior to the senate version of the bill because it recognizes the importance of police chief discretion in issuing rifle and shotgun licenses. Police chiefs are generally in the best position to know who in their community is a threat to themselves, their partners, families and public safety.

“As the law stands, I may know that my officers have been called to a house 15 times to respond to a dangerously mentally ill person or domestic dispute where no charges were filed, but still have to give this person a rifle or shotgun when they apply for one. It does not make sense. This is why I support police chief discretion, it’s just commonsense in order to keep our community safe.

“Gloucester is fortunate to have a senator on the conference committee for the two guns bills, I just hope our Senator Bruce Tarr will take this opportunity to protect his community rather than cater to National groups like the NRA.

“Mayor Kirk and I stand together in supporting the House version of this bill, and we urge others to do the same.” 

July 18th, 2014. Engaging the residents with movement. The Gloucester COA Singing Seniors at the Harbor Light House in Beverly, directed by “Jayzee.”

To book the COA Singing Seniors, please contact Jayzee (Jorgelina Zeoli) at 978.768.7371 or



Hi Joey,

Ken Riehl suggested I contact you regarding our upcoming bike ride to benefit Neurofibromatosis Northeast.  Coast to the Cure NF takes place on Saturday, September 6th.  The event features both an On Road and Mountain Bike Challenge.  The On Road course consists of three routes (24, 66 and 100) and begins and ends at Stage Fort Park.  Participants from both rides gather at Stage Fort Park for a post ride barbeque.  I’ve attached a press release on the event specifics.  This is the second year the event has emanated from Gloucester.  Up until now our riders consist of NF friends and families.  Ideally we would like to attract more of a Gloucester following.  I was hoping you provide assistance with spreading the word.

I’m grateful for any support you can provide.

Thanks so much,


The 4th Annual Coast to the Cure, a bike ride featuring both On-Road and Mountain Bike Courses to benefit Neurofibromatosis Northeast, will take place on Saturday, September 6.  The Road Course begins and ends at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester and offers three routes of varying lengths:  24, 64 and 100 miles.  The route winds through the picturesque North Shore, home to beautiful ocean views and quaint small towns. The Mountain Bike Ride takes place at the Beverly Commons/Greenwood Forest in Beverly Farms (adjacent to Glen Urquhart School) with a course designed to meet requirements of all levels.  Advanced riders will find high speed descent and technical climbs, while intermediate and beginner bikers will have alternative lines through a wooded 6 mile loop.  At the rides conclusion, all participants enjoy a celebratory cookout at Stage Fort Park. 

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that causes tumors to grow on the nerves anywhere in or on the body at any time and affects three times as many people than muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis combined.  Proceeds from Coast to the Cure will go towards neurofibromatosis research. 

Please call the Neurofibromatosis Northeast Office for more information (781) 272-9936 or visit the Neurofibromatosis Northeast website

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