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#GloucesterMA in the news: Mayor Romeo Theken to receive the 2017 Anne Turcotte Leadership Award

Gloucester MA MAYOR SEFATIA ROMEO THEKEN to receive North of Boston CVB 2017 Anne Turcotte Leadership Award on November 8

The North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau announced that Gloucester’s indispensable, charismatic, smart and joyous Mayor Romeo Theken will receive the 2017 Anne Turcotte Leadership Award on November 8th!

“The North of Boston CVB Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Sq. West in Salem. Last year, the North of Boston CVB annual meeting was held at Beauport Hotel. 

The award is given out at the Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony to an individual or organization whose innovation, expertise and energy serves as an inspiration for others in the tourism industry in the region and beyond.” 

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For Stage Fort Park Volunteers: 2017 Thank You Luncheon at Captain Carlo’s

The traditional end of season Stage Fort Park Volunteers Thank you Lunch was held on Wednesday October 11 at Captain Carlo’s, and was hosted by the City of Gloucester, Mayor Romeo Theken, the Tourism Commission, and Captain Carlo’s. It was a lovely day and a great meal at a beautiful waterfront restaurant!



Thank them! If you’re interested in joining this fun group, ask them about volunteering and why they do it. They have great stories to share. Kathie Gilson manages the volunteers. Gilson said that many volunteers return year after year, and for the 2017 season, volunteers took on extra shifts because the Stage Fort Park Welcome Center was short on coverage. The visitor center is open to the public from May through Columbus Day weekend. It’s a busy stop for visitors to Gloucester and the region. Over the summer of 2017, volunteers helped 15,000 visitors. Some said coming to Gloucester was “on their bucketlist”, others return each and every year. Visitors came from every state. Guests from North Dakota were the last state to make the tally. The Stage Fort Park Volunteers keep a guest book. Not everyone coming through signs in or leaves a note though the ones that do write in comments about Gloucester’s beauty and its friendly residents and businesses. The park is a jewell.

Captain Carlo’s owner, Carla O’Connor, is a member of the Tourism Commission for the City of Gloucester and she organzied the event. Gloucester businesses worked together with the City to offer scrumptious local favorites: baked haddock and chowder from Captain Carlos: chicken broccoli and  ziti from Causeway; and braised beef from Azorean. Desserts were from Pauline’s Gifts, Caffe Sicillia and Captain Carlo’s.  Castle Manor Inn made a contribution.


Kathie Gilson (L), Carla O’Connor (R) welcome the volunteers

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The baked haddock–ALL the food was yummy!




Essex National Heritage: 7 Cape Ann awards, Bass Rocks Golf Club, & just how many people visit Salem?

There are 49 National Heritage Areas throughout the United States. Massachusetts shares three of its four with neighboring states: CT, NH and RI.  The fourth, Essex National Heritage Area, is the only one located entirely within the Commonwealth. The enviable Essex National Heritage Area was established in 1996 for all of Essex County, Massachusetts, its 34 cities and towns, nearly 10,000 historic places on the national historic register, 26 national historic landmarks and 2 National Park headquarters (Salem and Saugus Iron Works).  Trails and Sails is just one of Essex National Heritage’s memorable rallying efforts. Make sure to participate! Another initiative is the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway which calls attention to our county via its lovely, historic roads. You may have noticed the brown byway signs which were installed in 2012 after years of establishing the best routes to re-connect and highlight Essex County. This is one of the signs installed in Gloucester, MA. David Rhinelander helped with the Gloucester and Cape Ann part.


2017 Essex National Heritage Presenters

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) held its Annual Fall Meeting on Thursday, October 4 at the Flint Public Library in Middleton. Business and community leaders throughout the county were in attendance. John Farmer, Essex National Heritage President, mentioned that he joined Bass Rocks Golf Club and that he enjoyed visiting the Gloucester HarborWalk for this year’s Trails & Sails in his opening report. Farmer is the Senior Vice President & Senior Credit Officer, of Eastern Bank, Lynn, one of the major Lightkeeper Sponsors* for Essex National Heritage.


President Essex National Heritage, John P. Farmer, Senior Vice President & Senior Credit Officer, Eastern Bank, Lynn 20171004_083544

John Farmer, Essex National Heritage President, Essex National Heritage Commission. Farmer is the Senior Vice President & Senior Credit Officer, of Eastern Bank, Lynn, one of the major Lightkeeper Sponsors* for Essex National Heritage


Can you guess how many guests the busy Salem vistitor center welcomed since 2013? Paul DePrey, the National Park Service Superintendent for the Salem Martime & Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, shared this update…

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Sending our heartfelt condolences to the Halsted Family on the passing of Tom, the kindest gentleman and one of Gloucester’s brightest stars. 

Thomas A Halsted, Tom, to all who knew and loved him, sailed out on the morning tide for the last time, on October 7, 2017, one day before his 84th birthday. Born on October 8th, 1933, he died of cancer. Now he is having a new adventure, sailing into the unknown.

Tom was a true Renaissance Man. He could do almost anything and he did most of them well. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. From the 1950s to the 1980s he worked in Washington, in and out of government, on intelligence, national security and arms control issues, including SALT I and II, the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and Nuclear Test Ban Treaties. He was a founder and the first Executive Director of the Arms Control Association and the Director of Public Affairs of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under President Jimmy Carter. He served in the US Army for seven years, from 1954 until 1961, leaving with the rank of Captain. Tom was also a proud member of Nixon’s second enemies list in 1972.

Before moving to Gloucester, Tom served as a Manchester Town Selectman, a role which highlighted his life-long love for community service. He was for many years a Docent at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA, a role he loved almost as much as the museum and its visitors loved and cherished him. In every job and circumstance, he demonstrated his skills and talents as Sailor, Writer, Historian, Artist, Humorist, Poet, Humanitarian, Patriot (in an original, true sense of the word) and all-around brilliant man, who cared deeply about his family, his friends, and his country. The world is a smaller place without him. He lives on through his deeds, his family, and his friends.

He is survived by Joy, his wife of 62 years, his son Tom Halsted and spouse Deb Dole, daughter Beth Paddock and husband Simon Paddock, and four grandchildren: Mo Dole, Abby Dole, Zoe Paddock, and Emma Paddock. He is also survived by his siblings, Nell Moore, Charles Halsted, and Bella Halsted.

A celebration of life will be held at a date to be announced. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Cape Ann Museum or Care Dimensions Hospice 75 Sylvan St. Suite B-102 Danvers, MA 01923

The Sea and the Stars

By Tom Halsted

Posted on August 21, 2017

The sea has always been a part of my life. Every summer, from the time I was an infant, I could hear the boom of surf bursting on the rocks below our grandparents’ house, the sifting of tumbling pebbles and the louder clatter of larger stones as a just-broken wave drew back before rolling forward again, the mewing of the gulls and the groan of the foghorn, three miles away. Salt was in the air I breathed, and sun-warmed kelp, bladder-wrack and Irish moss.

One of the first books I remember reading was about a boy who grew up in a lighthouse. I remember nothing of the story but this: his father, the lighthouse keeper, sternly told him never to refer to the sea as the “ocean”. “That word’s for maps and schoolbooks; we live by and on the sea,” he said. I have adhered to that sound advice ever since. The “sea” connotes strength, power, and permanence. “The ocean” is only ink on paper.

When I was 6, I was invited by a friend’s parents to spend a weekend at their seaside summer house, where we boys were allowed to sleep aboard his father’s schooner. More than 75 years later, I still remember lying awake in my berth, listening to the sounds of waves splashing against the hull, the creak of a line running back and forth through a block somewhere in the rigging overhead, and those thoroughly nautical smells – a mixture of varnish, mildew, bilge water, and tarred marline.

When I was 8, my grandfather set out to teach me to sail, beginning with basic seamanship: how to turn an eye splice, tie a bowline, come up on a mooring, feather my oars, and make fast a halyard. How to rescue a “man overboard” in the form of a hat or cushion he would suddenly throw over the side. How to tell where the wind is blowing from by feeling the pressure in my ears, and how hard it is blowing by reading the ripples and the whitecaps on the waves. And how to read the weather in the clouds, and always, always, to sense from the rise, the fall, and the onward thrust of the great long swells the power, the dominance, and the endless permanence of the sea.

For most of my life I have owned a boat of one kind or another, and I’ve sailed the seas with many others on theirs, both large and small, whenever I had a chance. I’ve sailed on the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean. For years I kept a boat on Chesapeake Bay, and then on Massachusetts’ North Shore. And for 30 years I cruised the waters of Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick with a good friend in his Friendship sloop.

He didn’t care much for high-tech gadgets, and we navigated in the ubiquitous Maine fog more by our senses than anything else: the sound of waves on a nearby shore, the smell of seaweed on sunbaked rocks, the moan of a whistling buoy or the clang of a bell, the cry of gulls overhead. We were close to nature, and we liked it that way. My grandfather would have approved.

In 2006, when he was 88, my friend finally sold his boat, and I did very little sailing thereafter. But I often think of a spiritual moment on a summer night a few years earlier, anchored in a little bay surrounded by uninhabited islands.

In the early morning darkness I had gone on deck to find the half-moon had set and the sky was afire with a billion stars. The Milky Way spread overhead from east to west, dividing the sky in two. The Big Dipper lay low in the northern sky, and the close-packed seven sisters – the Pleiades – glowed faintly over my shoulder. I could make out Cassiopeia and Polaris, and broad-backed Orion was shouldering his way out of the sea to the East. Dozens of other stars and constellations whose names I couldn’t quite remember looked down.

And dozens more looked up from the surrounding sea. Without a breath of air blowing, without a ripple on the silent waters, every star above, every constellation, had its glittering counterpart reflected from below. We floated in the center of a sparkling sphere of light, broken only by the dark ring of islands that defined the horizon.

Then the remains of a great sea swell miles to the south sent a soft ripple through the waters of the bay, the silken mirror trembled, and the spell was broken. But I had been one with the sea and the stars.

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Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year gives $11,000 to Special Olympics

Riley James, a Junior at Barnstable High School and two time Boston Herald All Scholastic gave $1000 to a cause near and dear to her heart: Cape Cod Champs Special Olympics. She won the money from earning the distinction of Gatorade MA Volleyball Player of the Year.  Riley went on to win the national Gatorade Play it Forward contest which awarded an additional $10,000! Riley wrote about her friend, Sara, and the programs in Barnstable schools and Cape Cod Champs where she volunteers. Sara is my goddaughter.

Coach Tom Turco led the Barnstable girls volleyball team to 18 Division One State Championships, the most wins in Massachusetts girls’ volleyball history. Turco established adapted physical education in Barnstable.

“Everyone has their needs, just in different ways,” (Coach) Turco 

“You’re only as successful as the will of your players,” Turco said. “You have to practice and take time to develop the will of your players.” 


Sara loves sports and manages the high school volleyball team. Here she is #16 with the Cape Cod Champs volleyball team at Special Olympics, Harvard, Boston MA. 

The Cape Cod Champs Special Olympics equivalent organization here in Gloucester and throughout Cape Ann is Cape Ann SNAP. Learn more about the Cape Ann Special Needs Assistance Program Local  friends and supporters include: CATA, Azorean, North Shore 104.9, Dunkin Donuts, The Bridge Cape Ann, Turning Point Systems, Maplewood Car Wash, Gloucester House, Beauport ambulance, Protective Packaging, Beauport Princess, George’s of Gloucester, Beauport Princess, USA Demolition, JM Vacation Home Rentals, Prince Insurance Agency, Jalapenos, Sudbay, Passports, Katrina’s, Destinos, Wicked Peacock, Lat 43, and microfiber greens towel. Support also includes Mark Adrian, Lone Gull, Kids Unlimited, Topside Grill, Marshall’s Farmstand and the Fish Shack

Read the fabulous Riley James Cape Cod Champs essay for Gatorade Massachusetts Volleyball Player of the Year, plus a bit more inspiration from amazing Coach Turco

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Paul Burton/WBZ-TV: Kelly Automotive donated car to Gloucester cancer patient whose car was stolen

Brian Kelly is donating a car to a cancer patient whose car was stolen. WBZ-TV’s David Wade and Paul Burton reports.

WBZ news Thief Steals Cancer Patient’s Car, Wheelchair 

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Gloucester, MA. Every step Kate Barnett takes is a struggle and a reminder that life can be cruel and unfair. “It’s been a nightmare,” she says sitting outside her Gloucester home.

The 60-year-old is battling cancer. On days she doesn’t get assistance she crawls her way up her stairs. “I got a neuropathy in my hands and legs from the chemo,” she said.

A few weeks ago, Kate was shopping at Market Basket in Lynn with her personal care assistant. When they came outside her car was stolen along with her much-needed wheelchair and wallet. More than $1000 was gone.

“I had my wheelchair in the back of my car. It’s hard to find a little car that you can put a wheelchair into,” she said.

Video link Paul Burton WBZ story




The One Hour at a Time Gang Clean up

Hi peeps:

 As I was walking Rogers Street, noticed some issues around and also in the parking lot.

 Time:                    08:00 -09:00

Where:                 Main and Rogers

When:                  Saturday, September 30, 2017

 Thanks all

 We can park in St. Peters Square


GET YOUR TICKETS NOW- This event will sell out!! 

Backyard Growers fantastic annual fundraiser is back – even bigger and better than last year! Join us for an evening of fun, friends, food and music to support our farm to school and community gardening programs.Enjoy appetizers, dinner and cocktails prepared by Short & Main followed by a rockin’ dance party with live music performed by Gloucester’s premiere 80’s band, SAFETY Bring your friends and join us for a great night out to support a wonderful cause!

WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
WHERE: Short & Main 36 Main Street, Gloucester
TICKET PRICE: $75 (includes appetizers, cocktails, and a delicious farm fresh dinner)

6:30 Cocktails and Appetizers
7:00 Speakers
8:00 Dinner is served
9:00 Dance Party

Many thanks to our lead Sponsor:
WORKS by Jesse DeBenedictis

Additional Generous Sponsors Include:
Alprilla Farm
Beauport Financial
Black Earth Compost
Boston Brewery
Brian Orr Pediatrics
Building Center
Cape Ann Brewery
Cleaves Insurance
Holly C & Co
Ann & Dan Lasman
Manchester Athletic Club
Ryan & Wood
Short & Main
TD Bank


A check for fifty thousand dollars was presented to the Alzheimer’s Association by Warren Waugh of Lyon-Waugh Auto Group and Mayor Sefatia Monday evening. Held at the Beauport Hotel, the check-presenting event celebrated the donations raised from the Bluefin Blowout Tournament’s live auction, silent auction, and from a percentage of the tournament’s daily jackpot.  Cidalia Schwartz, Mayor Sefatia, and Warren Waugh


See Nichole Schrafft’s Bluefin Blowout posts here:

Bluefin Blowout, Final Results

This is the Bluefin Blowout. Highlights 2017


In honor of International Coastal Clean Up Day, Gloucester’s Ainsley Smith led a team of volunteers to clean along the Annisquam River. Ainsley shares the following:

“We had about a dozen volunteers on foot, kayak and in small boats take place in our river clean up in honor of International Coastal Clean Up Day. We filled 9 bags of trash with the usual: foam cups, cigarette butts, snack wrappers, plastic and ziplock bags, as well as a buoy, a broom, a raft, a boot, work gloves, pieces of rope, gear, and fishing line. Many thanks to our volunteers who joined us despite the foggy start, we hope to make the river clean up an annual tradition!” 

First three photos are by Zach Orsulak.

Second round of photos by Jennifer Smith Iliades.

If you see these signs around

A Reason to Ride

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Liberty Tree Mall, Danvers

The 10th annual A Reason to Ride bike-a-thon will take place on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 75 Sylvan Street in Danvers. Register today at

A Reason to Ride started out as a labor of love for brain cancer survivor and grateful Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) patient, Tom DesFosses. Along with his wife, Judy, their close friend, Bob Barry and numerous grateful patients, friends, and family, they launched A Reason to Ride in 2008 to raise funds for Eric Wong, M.D., and the Brain Tumor Fund. Join us each year as we continue our efforts to support the critical research being done, leading to better treatments and someday a cure.

A Reason to Ride presented by Fuddruckers is an annual bike-a-thon with the option of 10- 25- or 50-mile bike rides through the north shore towns of Danvers, Beverly, Wenham, Essex, and Gloucester to benefit cancer care and research at BIDMC. The family-friendly event also features a trike-a-thon for kids, a Fuddruckers cookout, raffles, music, a car show, and much more.

Each year the ride draws an increasing number of riders, participants, and supporters and has surpassed its ambitious fundraising goals. In 2011, Tom and Dr. Wong expanded the ride to support other cancer areas within BIDMC. They recognize that cancer touches everyone’s lives in different ways and A Reason to Ride could continue to grow by joining forces with other grateful patients and supporting their personal connections to BIDMC’s cancer center.

Since its start in 2008, the ride has raised more than $610,000. These funds have supported research initiatives and lab researchers. Dr. Wong and his team of researchers recently completed and published research papers with findings that directly impacted brain cancer patients’ treatments at BIDMC and beyond. They also investigated the function of cerebrospinal fluid, the clear fluid that occupies the space around the brain and found that the fluid is an important channel for the body to send signals to promote growth and brain tumor development. The implications for how this knowledge could influence future research and care are yet to be uncovered, but the potential is exciting. Continued funding will allow research such as this to continue and could accelerate the discovery of improved cancer treatments and hopefully someday, a cure.

For more information on this year’s ride, to register, or to donate, visit


Good Morning Gloucester received a nice note of appreciation from Cape Ann Trail Stewards president Nick Holland. I went to their website to learn more about Cape Ann Trail Stewards. They are a non-profit, all volunteer coalition founded in 2012 and their primary focus is on helping municipal landowners and conservation organizations protect, maintain, and expand Cape Ann’s trail network. They match volunteer trail stewards to trails in need of stewardship, and organize trail work parties.

I am super excited to learn more and looking forward to exploring some trails with Nick. Thank you for writing and letting us know!!

Cape Ann Trail Stewards Mission Statement: Trails, from meandering paths to stony fire roads, connect Cape Ann communities across borders, public and private land, and diverse natural landscapes. CATs helps to maintain existing trails, improve access and promote the responsible and safe use of the Cape Ann trail system and recreational areas. CATs works with municipalities and like-minded conservation organizations to protect and preserve land for its recreational and ecological values. CATs promotes the understanding of the wildlife and natural resources of our woodlands and wetlands.

Banning Polystyrene Food Service Products

It took until 10:15 last night, but we are thrilled to announce that the ordinance phasing out polystyrene food service products was accepted by City Council, for a healthier and more sustainable tomorrow. Our plastic bag ordinance is going back to Ordinance and Administration for some last touch-ups, but it does so with significant support and momentum.
We are so thankful for everyone who took the time to attend the meeting and share your opinions, for those who emailed in comments of support, and for our youngest supporters in the ‘Plastic: Pick It Up’ club for being unafraid to speak out. Your voices have been heard, and change is coming!

The One Hour at a Time Gang wishes to thank you all for your hard work. When we are out picking up, plastic bags and polystyrene are everywhere. Next we need to take care of the butts people throw right out their windows. The Butt Butlers have helped.

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