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Reminder, Spring Household Hazardous Waste Day, April 14, 2018

Spring Household Hazardous Waste Day – April 14, 2018

This year our Spring Household Hazardous Waste Event will be April 14, 2018, rain or shine, from 9am-12 noon.  Residents are asked to schedule an appointment to bring their materials to the DPW yard.  The Recycling Department will begin accepting appointments beginning March 15th.  Please call 978-281-9785 to schedule your appointment. Registration closes April 13, 2018 at 11 AM.

Gloucester residents are allowed to bring up to 25 pound or gallons of material at no cost.  If you exceed 25 pounds or gallons, and additional fee will be accessed and payable to ACV Enviro(payable by check only, cash is not accepted).  For up to 10 gallons or pounds over it is $30, 11-25 gallons or pounds over the charge is $50.00.

Please understand that we can only accept hazardous materials when ACV Enviro is on site, early drop offs will not be allowed.

Acceptable Materials

From the House:

  •  Rubber Cement, Airplane Glue
  •  Fiberglass Resins
  •  Photo Chemicals
  •  Chemistry Sets
  •  Furniture Polish
  •  Floor & Metal Polish
  •  Oven Cleaner
  •  Fluorescent Bulbs
  •  Mercury bearing wastes
  •  Drain & Toilet Cleaner
  •  Spot Remover
  •  Rug & Upholstery Cleaner
  •  Hobby Supplies, Artist Supplies

From the Yard:

  •   Poisons, Insecticides, Fungicides
  •   Chemical Fertilizers
  •   Weed Killers
  •   Moth Balls
  •   Flea Control Products

From the Workbench:

  • Oil Based Paints ONLY
  • Stains & Varnishes
  • Wood Preservatives (except Penta)
  • Paint Strippers/Thinners
  • Solvent Adhesives
  • Lighter Fluid

From the Garage:

  • Fuels/Gasoline/Kerosene
  • Motor oil
  • Car batteries
  • Antifreeze
  • Engine Degreaser
  • Brake Fluid/Carburetor Cleaner
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Car Wax, Polishes
  • Driveway Sealer
  • Roofing Tar
  • Swimming Pool Chemicals
Unacceptable Materials

What Not To Bring!

  • LATEX PAINT (pop lid, let dry, throw in trash)
  •  Empty Containers/Trash
  • Commercial or Industrial Waste
  • Radioactive Waste, Smoke Detectors
  • Infectious & Biological Wastes
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders (other than propane)
  • Ammunition, Fireworks, Explosives, Flares
  •  Fire Extinguishers
  •  Prescription Medicines/Syringes
  • Asbestos

How Can I Safely Transport These Hazardous Materials?

  • Leaving materials in original containers.
  • Tighten Caps and lids.
  • Sort and pack separately: oil  paint, pesticides,and household cleaners.
  • Pack containers in sturdy upright boxes and
  • pad with newspaper.
  • Pack your car and drive directly to the site.
  • NEVER SMOKE while handling hazardous material.

Rocky Neck Clean Up

Hi kids:

Hope all are well and trying to keep warm. On Saturday I will be at the DPW for helping out with Hazardous Waste Day. The Rocky Neck Clean Up could use our help.

When:                  Saturday, April 14

Time:                    10:00 – 1:00

Where:                 Rocky Neck Parking Lot

Please bring gloves, rakes, etc.

Thank you all


Upcycling Make andTake for Kids


Spring is in full swing, even if the weather disagrees. We’ve got 3 great events coming up next week, so mark your calendars…
First up, bring the kids to Sawyer Free Library on Thursday, April 19th from 10-11am to learn how to make a reusable bag from a t-shirt! All materials will be provided, so please RSVP here:

Cork and Canvas with Kathy Roberts

When: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 05:00 – 07:30 pm
Where: Essex Wine Exchange
91 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929

Please join us Friday the 13th, for the third installment of our monthly art and wine tasting series: Cork and Canvas. This month we are featuring Kathy Roberts. Kathy is a Gloucester native who specializes in water color paintings. Whether it is a seascape, landscape or fresh cut flowers, Kathy’s use of dynamic color is truly spectacular. Please join us as we pop some corks and admire her fine work. See you there. Thank you.

The Fisk Connection


EVENT DESCRIPTION:   The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation hosts a performance by six local organists on Saturday, April 14th at 7:30 p.m., the first half in the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church at the corner of Middle and Church Street and the second half next door in St. John’s Episcopal Church.   Doors open at 7:00pm; come early for the best seats.

The performers are Kathleen Adams, Frances Conover Fitch, Carl Klein, Michael Kraft, Mark Nelson, and Robert Wech. Each one is connected to the work of the late Charles B. Fisk, whose firm located in Magnolia is world-renowned for superb pipe organs in churches, universities and concert halls. The concert will be narrated by Charles Nazarian describing the connection of the players to Fisk, history of the two remarkable instruments, and information about how the pipe organ sounds.

WHAT TO EXPECT: In the mode of a progressive recital last year by virtuoso organist Joonho Park, the first half will be performed in the Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, on the 1893 Hutchings pipe organ, restored by Gloucester organ builder Charles Fisk in 1962.

At the intermission, the audience will stroll next door for the second half of the concert in St. John’s Episcopal Church on the 1989 Fisk pipe-organ, the firm’s Opus 97. A reception will follow the concert at St. John’s. For more information and advance tickets please visit

WHAT’S SPECIAL? This concert is a rare opportunity for Cape Ann residents to hear two pipe organs of historic significance and contrasting characters back to back, performed by organists with individual connections to Gloucester and the work of Charles Fisk. The Meetinghouse organ was built by George Hutchings, builder of the organ in Boston’s Symphony Hall, and restored in Gloucester by Fisk in 1962. The innovative St. John’s organ is the only new Fisk instrument commissioned on Cape Ann, the firm’s Opus 97 completed in 1989. Although products of different eras in organ building, both instruments feature mechanical (tracker) key action, a wide tonal palette for the performance of many eras of organ music, and exquisite craftsmanship.

WHEN: Saturday, April 14th 2018, 7:30pm

WHERE: The concert will begin in the historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church), corner of Church & Middle Street with parking on the green. Persons needing an elevator may enter from the 10 Church Street side entrance. The second half of the concert will be performed next door at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Additional parking is available in the St. John’s Church lot.

ADMISSION (at the door or on-line at

$20 General

$15 College Students & Seniors (65+)

Under 17 free

Cape Pond Ice truck job

Summer is Coming – but several of our stellar Cape Pond Ice drivers have “graduated” & moved on, to the US Marine Corps & other “less Cool” but “real jobs”, so we have Driver openings we are looking to fill this Summer –  Job Description below.

We are launching smart new “RouteMan” GIS delivery software, hand-held Tablets and Bluetooth printers,, instead of old fashioned paper delivery slips, & have a brand new Ford F750 joining our ice truck fleet – but it’s still cool, hard work, requiring physical fitness & a good driving record!

Applicants should submit an e-mail of interest with resume to Ian or Larry at:  or

Seasonal Non-CDL Ice Delivery Driver – NO CALLS PLEASE.

Full-time Summer job

Job Title: Seasonal Non-CDL Ice Delivery Driver (full- or part-time, seasonal)

Location: Gloucester, Peabody & Lawrence, serving Cape Ann, the North Shore & Merrimack Valley

General Description:

PLEASE READ JOB DESCRIPTION THOROUGHLY BEFORE APPLYING. Responsible for timely, safe, and accurate delivery of packaged ice. The work you will be performing, if employed, is often hard, physical labor, and consisting of handling, delivering, and loading freezers with mostly 35 lbs (and up to 40 lbs) bags of ice. The job entails regular lifting, pushing and pulling, for which physical fitness, flexibility, strength, coordination and agility are all essential requirements.

Basic Requirements/Working Conditions:

+Exposed to wide range of temperatures and weather conditions.
+Frequently climb in/out of truck, 30-40 times per day.
+Ability to frequently lift 35 lbs and 40 lbs bags of ice.
+Ability to operate two-wheeler dolly, typically loaded to 300 lbs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

+Safely and responsibly operate 18ft box truck, occasionally up to 26ft box truck.
+Preview route prior to departure and discuss with supervisor if necessary.
+Incorporate incoming deliveries into route throughout the day.
+Communicate with office/supervisor about route progress.
+Check all equipment (handheld, printers, dollies, etc.) prior to departure.
+Pre- and post-trip vehicle check.
+Report any mechanical issues to supervisor.
+Deliver ice to stores:
-Safely park vehicle.
-Check merchandiser for damage, mechanical faults.
-Check with store manager for receiving procedure.
-Unload ice from truck, transport using two-wheeler dolly, load freezer.
-Get signature from store manager, service invoice, collect payment if necessary.
-Discuss any delivery problems with store manager and report to supervisor.
-Maintain customer relationships with store managers, clerks, etc.
+Pick up and deliver ice merchandisers.
+Unload and clean truck at end of day.
+Turn in paperwork and plug in tablet/printer at end of day.
+Supervise driver helper, if applicable.


+Commercial driving experience a plus, but not necessary.
+Pass the physical fitness requirements of DOT physical exam.

Other Requirements:

+Must be available for weekends/holidays as required/negotiated.
+Cell phone required.
+Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
+Must be at least 18 years of age.

E-Mail: or
Fort Wharf, 104 Commercial St, Gloucester, MA  01930
Thanks!Scott —

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