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Coyote Massachusetts,canis latrans ©Kim Smith 2014Living with Wildlife in Suburban Areas

In light of the numerous coyote sightings in Gloucester, there will be an informational meeting on January 11, 7pm at Kyrouz Auditorium, City Hall, hosted by the Office of the Mayor, Gloucester Police Department, the Massachusetts Environmental Police and conducted by Div of Fisheries and Wildlife

Speakers: Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken and Chief of Police Leonard Campanello.
Guest Speakers: Patricia Huckery, Fisheries & Wildlife N.E. District Manager, Laura Connelley, Fishers & Wildlife Fur Bearing Biologist, and Environmental Police Officers.

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has put together this document named Living with Wildlife: Suburban Wildlife in Massachusetts for Massachusetts residents.






Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken invites interested residents of Gloucester to join with her and the Committee for the Arts to begin a Public Conversation on the Arts on Thursday, May 14th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall. The purpose of this facilitated discussion is to solicit ideas on what a public arts policy should look like. The meeting is not about individual projects, works of art, or location but about what should guide the City as it makes decisions on this important subject. “I am committed to carefully and thoughtfully considering issues related to the selection and siting of public art in the City of Gloucester and the upcoming Public Conversation on the Arts will be an invaluable tool,” said Mayor Romeo Theken.manat the wheel

Fisherman Memorial Painting by Paul Frontiero

Halloween at City Hall From Beth Costanzo

Halloween Bash at City Hall Last Night!
The Adventures of Scuba Jack and Kids Unlimited hosted the Halloween Party last night at City Hall.
Hundreds of goblins and ghouls had an amazing time being entertained by the haunting tunes of Leo Francis!  Also, Charlie the Balloon Man created amazing balloon sculptures for all who attended!  Many prizes and treats were given out all evening!!
Thank You!
Beth Costanzo
The Adventures of Scuba Jack

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Next Tuesday please come to City Hall and participate

Hi Joey

Let them know what you think! Next Tuesday, August 20th, Community Development will host the second of its three public meetings geared towards all thoughts/suggestions for downtown, see the details below:

Downtown Work Plan: Second Public Meeting Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 6:00 PM: The Conversation Continues!

Last month 90 people came out to City Hall to share what they love about downtown Gloucester and what they thought could be improved. It was a great discussion, and we hope you will join us for the second public meeting on the Downtown Work Plan.

Meeting 2 will be held next Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Kyrouz Auditorium on the second floor of City Hall.

We will provide feedback on the first meeting, share additional information, and get your input on next steps. If you were able to attend the first meeting please spread the word, our goal is to involve as many folks as we can. If you cannot attend, always feel free to email your thoughts and ideas. Tom Daniel, tdaniel@gloucester-ma.gov

Gloucester’s Community Development Department is holding these public meetings to frame future opportunities and develop a set of shared values for downtown. This initiative is an opportunity to take a half-step back, talk with the community, and look at downtown holistically. We are building from past work and integrating on-going economic development efforts with various stakeholders. These combined discussions and efforts will inform the City’s work downtown.

The last public meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 (also at 6:00 PM in the Kyrouz Auditorium).

Can Someone Explain To Me in This Day and Age Why My Cell Phone Doesn’t Have Service In the Heart Of Main Street Gloucester


WE live in a vibrant active community full of creatives, businesspeople, fishermen, ect, ect, ect.

In my mind THERE’S NO EXCUSE to not have uninterrupted cell service all the way through Main St.

I have Sprint and there was a time when I rarely lost a call but it seems in the past couple months it’s gotten worse.

I believe they are taking comments on what you would like to see happen for downtown.

if you’re like me and think that in the year 2013 we might want to look at getting this shit corrected write in-

City officials will pull common themes from residents’ likes and grievances tonight, then engage in a discussion about those themes and solutions at another meeting Aug. 20, and develop the downtown’s plan for implementing improvements and stepping into the future at a Sept. 17 meeting.


For the life of me I don’t know why they don’t hide a cell service repeater up inside the City Hall Tower like I suggested years ago-

Attention Local Politicians- Here’s A No Brainer

Posted on September 29, 2009 by Joey C

Charge the Cell phone companies rent for the space and provide decent cell service in your most critical area of business –Down-Freakin-Town!

Bananas 2013 City Hall Fundraiser Pics


David Cox was there with the big camera and as he didn’t have two monkeys climbing all over him during the performance I’m guessing he’s gonna have some fantastic photos to share over the next couple of days.

Stepping Up For City Hall Saturday Sold Out- But Still Tickets Available for The Sunday Show

REMINDER: Don’t miss out on the Banana event of the year!! Hurry downtown to get your tickets for the enormously popular fun fashion show and theatrical event — STEPPING UP FOR CITY HALL.

Saturday evening is sold out, but tickets are still available for the SUNDAY, May 5th AFTERNOON show!

The Sunday performance is in the Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall — doors open at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at Bananas, 78 Main Street in Gloucester. All proceeds will be used to purchase new windows for our historic City Hall.

Be a Bananahead and get on Down To Bananas for your ticket!


Stepping Up For City Hall

RUN, don’t walk – to Bananas, Gloucester Music or Alexandra’s Bread and get your tickets for the enormously popular theatrical event and fundraiser – STEPPING UP FOR CITY HALL.

Imagine the Gloucester Bananas shop windows come to life, as the mastermind of style, Richard Leonard and his accomplices, the Bananarettes, provide an elaborate and high class revue, Stepping Up for City Hall on Saturday evening May 4th and Sunday afternoon May 5th. You will feel you have been transported to Broadway from the minute you step into our historic Kyrouz Auditorium, and we are certain you will leave uplifted and entertained.

Tickets are nearly SOLD OUT for the Saturday event, but there are still limited tickets available for the Sunday afternoon show, available at Bananas, Gloucester Music and Alexandra’s Bread. 

Sunday tickets are $35 and doors open at 2:00 pm for the 2:45 show. 

You do not want to miss out on this one of a kind event!


Stepping Up for City Hall – a Bananas Fundraising Event

Good Morning Joey,

Event visionaries Kathy Slifer and Jan Bell along with the amazing Maggie Rosa have once again teamed up to provide an exciting event of fashion and fun to benefit our City Hall restoration efforts. They have enlisted the mastermind of style, Richard Leonard, and his Bananarettes, to produce an elaborate and high class revue, Stepping Up for City Hall. You will feel you have been transported to Broadway from the minute you step into our historic Kyrouz Auditorium, and you will leave uplifted and entertained. Tickets on sale now for the two limited-seating shows, Saturday evening May 4th and Sunday afternoon, May 5th at Bananas. All details are contained in our attached flyer. Don’t miss out – tickets are selling fast!!

—- Friends of City Hall


Here are the reviews from the last one this team put together-

Glam O Rama Reviews and Props From Maggie Rosa and Erika Hansen

Posted on November 19, 2009 by Joey C

From Maggie Rosa-

Gloucester has many treasures –  two of them were celebrated in a unique way this past weekend as vital contributors to the vibrancy of Gloucester’s downtown.

At the invitation of Kathy Slifer and Jan Bell, maestro and treasure RIchard Leonard staged one of his renowned Bananarettes shows in our treasured City Hall as a fundraiser for the restoration of CIty Hall.  During the two shows, one on Saturday evening and one on Sunday afternoon, the genius of Leonard to excite and tantalize with a hint of naughty but nice thrilled all in attendance.

City Hall was transformed from the center of city government to its second function, the center of our community. During its almost 140 year history City Hall seen circuses, Buffalo Bill shows, many parties and the 375th City Anniversary Sculpture Show but as Maggie Rosa, Chair of the City Hall Restoration Commission, remarked during the shows “Nothing, nothing can match the excitement of a Bananas show in City Hall – truly an historic event in an historic building.

From Erika Hansen-

Joey, you totally get how important this event was!

As you know, I have been looking at things that “lift my heart, open my mind and take my breath away” and the Banana Glam O Rama Fashion Show at City Hall did all those things and more!

I am intimidated to even take a stab at recording it, out of fear that I am not doing it justice, but I can’t resist your plea so here goes:

As Jackie Hardy commented, from the moment the lights dimmed and the music started, there was a palpable feeling that we had been transported to Broadway.

And then the first set of gorgeous women glided onto the stage looking like a 30′s Hollywood extravaganza come to life.

The production values were incredible:  everyone and everything looked and sounded stunningly gorgeous against the dramatic backdrop of City Hall’s Kyrouz Auditorium.  (And the silhouettes underneath the “Build not for today alone, but for tomorrow as well” quote were astounding!)

As a producer/director, Richard Leonard channeled Florenz Ziegfeld and Busby Berkeley; as a performer, he channeled Maurice Chevalier and Nelson Eddy.  Most importantly, he added his own inimitable flair and essential Richard Leonard-ness to all of the above and gave us the show of a lifetime!

Each routine was masterpiece:  from Carmen Miranda to Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell to (yes!) Tom Jones…and all points in between.

It was a perfect mix of costumes, beauty, talent, humor, music, history and culture.

A special shout out to my sissy, Elise, whom many thought was a dancer by the way she moved so gracefully across the stage.  She epitomized 30s glamour and as Sue Ferhmann said (looking striking and elegant herself  in a classic tuxedo), it doesn’t hurt when you look like Elise!

And to Maggie Rosa’s very apt assessment that this event was a celebration of 2 Gloucester icons: Richard Leonard and City Hall, I add a third:  Margi Green’s legs!  Her already popular Relax and Lengthen stretching classes at the Arts & Wellness Center (222 Eastern Ave.) will now have waiting lists I’m sure!

I could go on and on (but I won’t!)…instead I will just leave you with this point:  my daughters, who were mesmerized for the entire performance (although my younger daughter did cover her eyes with her program during Tom Jones‘s gyrations!), were so inspired that they promptly acted out their own version of the spectacular Sisters act they had just witnessed (nuns (!) singing the song made famous by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen in White Christmas).  As event visionary and organizer Kathy Slifer put it, “that’s what it’s all about!”

Banana Glam O Rama Pics From David Cox

Posted on November 19, 2009 by Joey C

Key to Gloucester City Hall’s City Council in Session 1937 New Deal mural by Charles Allan Winter

Catherine Ryan submits-

The Committee for the Arts is excited to share new “in situ” photographs of Gloucester ’s City Hall murals by noted architectural photographer, Chuck Choi.


Here is Chuck Choi photographing and Mayor Carolyn Kirk eyeing his composition



Here’s one featuring Charles Allan Winter’s City Council in Session in the lobby of City Hall (don’t miss our killer ship chandeliers!);

followed by a photo zoomed in to show all 34 figures

followed by a photo of the framed “key” that his installed below the mural, just above the collectors’ windows—more to follow on the key!

There was media coverage in the 1930s for the murals as they were completed, and many times since then. Here’s a fun one: In 1972 Senator William L. Saltonstall (Manchester resident and member of the Massachusetts Senate from 1967-1979) enlisted the help of media to announce a contest to help identify the portraits in some of Charles Allan Winter’s New Deal murals within Gloucester ’s City Hall. The Cape Ann VF insert published a photograph of the Winter mural in Kyrouz Auditorium, The Founding of Gloucester, with the caption: “Senator Saltonstall is offering dinner for two at a Gloucester restaurant to the first person to identify the most real people in the mural painting above.”




City Hall Mural ID Help

Hey Joey,
Tim Moran here.  I am the one who posted all of the pictures of the “Magnolia Kids” reunion last September.
Regarding the restored murals in the City Hall, specifically the one where there is a group of men gathered around a conference table in a meeting.
My sisters, Marcia, Sunny, and I are wondering if the man with the gavel at the head of the table might be ouir grandfather Wilfred H Ringer.  Wilfred H Ringer was the principal of Gloucester High through much of the 30s.
Here are a crop from the mural and a picture of our grandfather.


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