Carol Thistle, Senior Project Manager for the Tourism Commission, reports that fully one third of revenue collected from the hotel and motel tax will go toward promoting tourism. Carol broke the news at the joint spring meeting of Gloucester’s Harbortown and Rocky Neck Cultural Districts held Tuesday night at the North Shore Art Association.
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City Of Gloucester Police Chief Len Campanello Reflects on His First Year and Looks Forward To the Next With The Good Morning Gloucester Readership
Just thought I would drop a note to your readers as my first year as Chief of Police comes to an end. It has gone by very fast and first and foremost, I want to thank the City Administration, the officers and staff of the Gloucester Police Department, and most of all the residents of Gloucester for their assistance, guidance, and support throughout the year. Whether it was a hurricane, a super storm, an earthquake, flooding or any crisis we faced, the support has been tremendous and I truly appreciate it.
We have accomplished a lot in the past year. We have addressed some of the major issues that the Police Department faced and have worked diligently at forming collaborations with the community in as many ways possible. We have also started to change to a philosophy of what we are calling “alternative policing” in keeping with the needs and desires of the community. Alternative policing entertains the notion that the police have many options, not simply arrest, in dealing with situations and we need to develop as many partnerships as possible with the community in order to take advantage of all of them. From an in-house perspective, we’ve made some changes, both tangible and philosophical, that should bode well in the future. These include changes in our command structure, accountability, policy and procedure, training, Records Management, and IT support. While the list of all changes is probably too long for me to write down here, I welcome any discussions your readers would like to have with me regarding any issues, or changes that are being made.
Coming up, we have our second Citizens Police Academy gearing up for October 15 and I’d invite your readers to apply. It will be twice a week for four weeks and encompass just about everything we do on a daily basis (we include tours of Middleton Jail as well as Ride-Alongs and an opportunity to fire our service weapons). This is a great way for police and residents to interacts in a positive atmosphere. Please call the station and ask for Lt. John McCarthy for more info. We will also unveil our SAFEWATCH program, designed to assist in interactions between the police and those who may have a mental issue which would otherwise make an encounter with police inflammatory. SAFEWATCH also assists in returning those who would have a propensity to wander back to their safe environment. We are partnering with Cape Ann NAMI ( National Association of Mental Illness) on this. We are excited to be at the forefront of building positive relations with this segment of the population, and their families who often live with fear that something may happen to their loved ones. We will be addressing drug issues in very noticeable ways, with the ideas of Alternative Policing in mind. Coupling with my previously mentioned strategy of zero tolerance for drug dealers, help for drug users, and cooperation with the community, we have forged a strong partnership with Healthy Gloucester Collaborative and are working regionally with communities such as Danvers and Beverly to share ideas and blanket this problem so that we address the issue from all angles. Another first for Gloucester.
On a daily basis, we continue to work on quality of life issues and plans for addressing issues with animal control, neighborhood disturbances, and concerns surrounding our reservoirs and quarries. Over the winter months we will be developing strategy with the DPW and Environmental Engineering to help solve some of these QoL issues.
Joey, thank you for all your support this past year and for providing me with an outlet to reach so many in Gloucester, and a very heartfelt thanks to your readers, whose engagement of their community makes my job so much more fulfilling. I’m very honored to be here and look forward to serving you in the coming year. I encourage your readers to contact me at anytime with questions or concerns.
Chief of Police
City of Gloucester, MA
I went to Evelyn’s wake yesterday, accompanied by Jim Casey. We arrived at Ross Funeral home early, before the family. When I entered the first parlor, I immediately saw this beautiful arrangement of flowers and walked over to look at them, then at the card. I was so proud and overwhelmed when I read the card, which said: “Deepest Sympathy on the loss of Evelyn who the City of Gloucester was blessed to know” from Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Police Chief Leonard Campanello, Fire Chief Eric Smith and USCG Station Gloucester. The family was so moved by this gesture from the City of Gloucester, as was I, knowing that very special lady, Carolyn, was behind it. This is such an amazing place in so many ways, the reason Evelyn so loved living here.
I put together a couple of photo collages to display at the wake and wanted to share them. The first one was made so that her family and friends who had never been to Gloucester (many lived in the Wrentham/Norfolk area and RI) could see and understand Evelyn’s great love and passion for the place. The second one is of some of the abundant life Evelyn experienced and shared here. Special thanks to Kim Smith for the beautiful photo of Evelyn that I used for the central image on both collages.
In my 58 years, I have been very fortunate to have not lost any close friends or family members (except grandparents when I was young), until now. This morning I went to put out recycling and trash. When I pulled out the recycling bin, I saw the two empty champagne bottles Evelyn had brought to Sunday’s Mug Up along with pomegranate juice to make mimosas to go with her amazing lemon/lime cheesecake topped with homemade whipped cream. I looked at the name of the champagne and totally lost it. Its name was “Barefoot Bubbly”. That was Evelyn. Barefoot as could be whenever she could be, and as bubbly as champagne. Evelyn, you will be so sorely missed by many, but I know your beautiful spirit of light and love will shine on forever, and I am so happy to have known you.
During the past week I have spoken with many people who had only met Evelyn once or on a couple of occasions, but all were feeling the same sense of loss of a very special person. That is because when you met Evelyn, her spirit went out before her, and that was what you encountered first – the “person” came next. So whether you’d known her all your life, or for just a brief time, everyone had the same pure and beautiful experience of encountering her perfect self. We should all live as Evelyn did.
I know Evelyn’s death will have a profound effect on many people, so great that no one will ever know the full extent of it. For me, her passing has already given me a great gift. My dear friend Wendie Demuth and I had a falling out at the end of last season and hadn’t spoken since. Last week Evelyn and I were talking about Wendie, and Evelyn told me that one day we would reconnect, make up, hug and again be best friends. That very thing happened last evening at Evelyn’s wake – and I know she was there, her big beautiful spirit cheering over what she had accomplished.
At the family’s request, Donations in Evelyn’s name can be made to The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA, a place Evelyn loved and was very involved as a volunteer.
The National Weather Service now has a high degree of confidence that New England will experience significant impacts from Hurricane Sandy regardless of the location of the landfall. With landfall south of New England, Massachusetts is still likely to sustain significant impacts from this storm including damaging winds, associated power outages, and freshwater and coastal flooding.
The City of Gloucester is providing the following information for residents and businesses in order to ensure that steps are taken to be as prepared as possible in the event the storm has a serious impact on our community.
As the storm gets closer and more information is available a Public Information Officer will be available and a telephone number for residents and the media to call will be issued. The announcement of the Public Information Officer will coincide with the opening of the Emergency Operations Center. More information will follow as it becomes available.
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS TIPS
The Gloucester Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) would like to share the following hurricane preparation tips for residents of Gloucester. In addition, the checklist below outlines what you may need, should Gloucester be hit with damaging winds and power outages.
· Stay informed by monitoring the storm via the media.
· Be sure to have a well-stocked Family Disaster Kit* in the event you lose power or are isolated for a number of days.
· Clear clogged rain gutters. This storm brings the potential for torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.
· Secure outdoor items such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strong winds and potentially become a projectile.
· Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minor flooding.
· Keep your vehicles fully fuelled.
· Have a certain amount of cash available. If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.
*FAMILY DISASTER KIT CHECKLIST
Following is a list of suggested essentials for what you will need to create your own home disaster kit. You might be surprised to see that most of the items are things you already have. Even if you have everything on this list, now is the best time to organize everything so it is all together when you need it. Medications change, babies arrive, new pets join the family and people move. Check and update your water, food, batteries, medications and contact phone numbers at least once a year.
ü Cell Phone, charger (there are also emergency crank or battery powered cell phone chargers) and headset so you can talk hands free.
ü Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day for drinking, plus an additional gallon for teeth brushing, bathing, cooking, etc.).
ü Battery-powered radio with extra batteries.
ü Flashlight and batteries.
ü Keep your vehicle fueled up. Get in the habit of not letting your gas tank get below half full. In an emergency, when it may be difficult or impossible to get fuel, you will be very thankful you have it.
ü Dry and canned foods and can opener (make sure the canned and packaged foods don’t have too much salt – they will make you more thirsty and with limited water around, that isn’t the best thing).
ü Disposable eating utensils, dinnerware and cooking tools.
ü Baby needs, including diapers, wipes and food.
ü Pet needs, food, water, collar and leash.
ü Medical supplies, including prescription medications, eyeglasses, contacts, etc.
ü Toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer and feminine needs.
ü Trash bags.
ü Soap and toiletries.
ü Scissors and tweezers.
ü Utility knife.
ü Crow bar.
ü First Aid Kit including:
Ø first aid instruction guide
Ø bandages of various sizes and types
Ø elastic wrap
Ø adhesive tape
Ø finger splints
Ø eye pads
Ø sterile dressings
Ø gauze roll
Ø examination gloves
Ø instant cold pack
Ø burn cream
Ø antibacterial ointment
Ø alcohol prep pads
Ø hydrogen peroxide spray
ü Comfortable thick soled shoes and socks.
ü Waterproof matches and emergency candles (do not use if you smell gas or hear a hissing sound).
ü Duct tape.
ü Emergency blanket.
ü Work gloves.
ü Small towel or clean rag.
ü Bandana or dust mask.
ü Change of clothes.
ü Cap or visor.
ü Pen and paper.
ü Emergency contact numbers.
ü Emergency gas shut off tool.
ü Fire extinguisher.
ü Road map.
ü Important personal documents.
ü Comfort items – especially for children (stuffed animal, toy, cards, etc.)
ü Backpack to store important items so you can grab and go.
Securing Your Home from Hurricane Sandy
Knowing what weather forces your home is vulnerable to is the key to reducing any damage that might occur from Hurricane Sandy. You should know if your home can be damaged by wind, water surge and/or flooding.
There are various ways to secure your home from the weather scenarios that Hurricane Sandy might produce. You should make sure the exterior of your home is as strong as possible by securing doors, garage doors, roof, shutters and windows. For more information on securing your home from high winds, visit:
Do not attempt to move downed limbs until you are sure that there are no electric wires involved and that the cutting the limb will not result in it suddenly moving and possibly causing injury.
Should Cape Ann suffer substantial storm damage, you should be prepared to “shelter in place” for as long as 72 hours. If this is the case, please check on neighbors who may need assistance.
Stay informed of the latest forecast – the National Hurricane Center continues to be the official source for storm forecasts and updates, which you can find at http://www.hurricanes.gov or on your phone at http://hurricanes.gov/mobile.
If the storm approaches your community, your local National Weather Service forecast office is the best place to find any severe weather watches/warnings for your area (www.weather.gov or on your phone at http://mobile.weather.gov).
More information can be found at
All Businesses and Service Providers,
Eurodam will be visiting Gloucester two times this week. Let’s make their experience one they will remember. Eurodam’s capacity is 2000+ passengers and 800 crew members.
Eurodam arrives tomorrow, Tuesday, October 2 arrival time @ 7:00 am
Passenger tenders will start arriving at Cruiseport about 7:30 am. Typically the first to arrive are going on buses or whale watch, etc.
Passengers (lots of them) will begin to visit downtown @ 8:30 – 9:00 am.
The departure time is 4:00 pm
Seven Seas Thursday, October 4 – Cancelled
Eurodam Saturday, October 6 arrival 9:00 am
Passengers will start arriving at Cruiseport about 9:30 am. Typically the first to arrive are going on buses or whale watch, etc. However we will start seeing the passengers (lots of them) who will visit downtown by about 9:30 – 10:00 am.
The Tourism Commission
2012 Cruise Ships Schedule
2012 Cruise Ship Schedule as of now:
PASSENGERS per Ship
Monday, October 1, 2012
Noble Caledonia 116
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Noble Caledonia 116
Monday, October 22, 2012
Seven Seas 1200
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Note: Trolley will be operating for ships with over 150 passengers. Most passengers will arrive in town approximately 9:30 am. Businesses, please note Sunday dates.
You may know that GloucesterMA.com shows a schedule of major events on every page. This schedule is maintained by volunteers and we are looking for more events that will attract visitors to Gloucester during the upcoming season.
If you know of any these events, please email us details at Info@gloucesterma.com.
Dear Gloucester Businesses,
The Gloucester Tourism Commission has entered into a contract with WBOQ radio, a.k.a. North Shore 104.9 FM, to promote the City, our Downtown and all that Gloucester has to offer, with multiple daily radio spots during the fall and holiday seasons. Some of you may have heard them as they started last week. Listen to last week’s spot here.
The intent is to draw visitors during the off season. The beginning and end of each spot is the same and there is time reserved in the middle to plug upcoming City events. You’ll notice in last week’s spot there was a plug for the Block Party in the middle.
If you would wish to purchase your own ad for your own business while the city campaign is being run, here is the contact information.
To discuss radio ads (a very simple process) and rates please contact:
North Shore 104.9 Phone: 978-927-1049 extension 14 or
The more people that advertise, the more Gloucester gets promoted!
The City’s Campaign runs from now until October 21 then will start up again for the holiday season November 22- December 20.
The Gloucester Tourism Commission
By now, everybody probably knows that the Web is the number one source of tourism information and referrals. That’s why Tracey Muller and Jan Bordinaro, who started PR for Gloucester, organized a group of volunteers to save the City owned GloucesterMA.com from being turned off. They asked Peter and me if we’d re-design the site to accomplish 4 major goals:
- Promote Gloucester’s authentic natural beauty, maritime & cultural heritage, food, music and arts.
- Build a database-driven engine and admin-system that empowers volunteers to ensure every Gloucester business is represented.
- Code the site in a way that helps to boost it’s search engine position.
- Make it work on a smartphone.
We agreed — and we donated our time along with many others to accomplish these goals. Plus we added one more goal: promote the site. For that we asked our good friend Joey C. And what a job he did! He gave us an ENTIRE WEEK of videos, podcasts and write ups! I can’t imagine how he got any other work done that week. THANKS JOEY.
Just in case anyone wonders, the City of Gloucester still owns, and has always owned, GloucesterMA.com. The city of Gloucester offers the free listing as a public service. GloucesterMA.com is managed by the volunteer group at no cost to the City.
It’s been just about a year since we launched. Here’s what’s happening:
- Traffic for 2011 was about 5 times the traffic for 2010.
- The vast majority of traffic comes from Google & other search engines and nearly 80% of traffic is from new visitors.
- GloucesterMA.com is the first or second search result for almost every search phrase containing the word “Gloucester”.
- Percentage of mobile visitors shot up from 6% when we launched in March to 16% by the end of the year.
If your business serves travelers to Gloucester, you want to be sure your listing on GloucesterMA.com is up to date. Notice the last bullet about smartphones? In case you were wondering, smartphone usage is skyrocketing! And if your phone number is on GloucesterMA.com, all smartphone users have to do is tap it and their phones will dial your number automatically!
Please remember, this is an all-volunteer effort to boost one of the three pillars of Gloucester’s economy. We need your help to keep the information fresh and current.
Beginning Wednesday April 27th paving will begin on Washington Street from Reynard Street to Vine Street and also Washington Street from Lane Road to the Bayview Fire Station
2011 Dog Registration.
Dog registration is currently underway in the City of Gloucester! The cost to register your dog is $22.50 if done in person and $23.50 if done by mail. Please be sure to have your dog’s rabies vaccination certificate available at the time of registration.
The registration deadline is April 30, 2011. Persons registering their dogs after the April 30th deadline will be charged a $10.00 late fee in addition to the license fee.
More information and forms can be found on the
Spring Photo Appeal
We try to keep the slide show on the City website appropriate to the time of year, so we are looking for pictures that reflect the theme of ‘Spring’. If you have any pictures that you think would be suitable and are willing to donate to the City please send them to email@example.com. Please note the legal terms below, and thank you for helping us to keep the site interesting for visitors.
The donor, by donating or placing its photographs on the web page, certifies that he/she has the right to distribute the photos and grants to the City of Gloucester a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, exploit, adopt, modify, reproduce, distribute publicly display in any form now known or later developed.
The donor waives any right to inspect or to approve any work that may be created using the materials and waive any claim with respect to the eventual use to which the materials may be applied. The donor understands and agrees that the City of Gloucester is and shall be the exclusive owner of all right, title, and interest, including copyright, in the works and any commercial informational, educations advertising, or promotional materials containing the materials.
Posted on: December 26, 2010
Snow Emergency and Parking Ban
Effective at 12 noon this afternoon, Sunday, December 26, the city has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to the arriving snow storm.
As of 12 noon today until Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 7am, all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets. Violators of this emergency declaration are subject to ticketing and towing at the owners expense. Residents may park in all school and municipal parking lots.
All residents are reminded that they are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property.
Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts.
To repeat, the city of Gloucester has issued a parking ban on all city streets as of 12 noon today. The ban shall be in effect until Tuesday, December 28 until 7am.
WATER UPDATE – ISSUED 10:00 AM DECEMBER 22, 2010
Based on water test results indicating no issues with the water in the City, the Department of Environmental Protection has lifted the boil water order for the City of Gloucester. Please use the following information for instructions on how to make appropriate preparations to begin using your household, or business water systems.
State of the City Update
In April 2008, Mayor Kirk presented the first comprehensive State of the City report on her 100th day in office, followed by updates in October 2008 and April 2009.
Many citizens requested periodic updates on the State of the City, and Mayor Kirk is pleased to announce the following schedule for 2010:
Wednesday, November 3, 6:30 pm, Lanesville Community Center
Monday, November 8, 6:30 pm, Kyrouz Auditorium, City Hall
Monday, November 15, 6:30 pm, Magnolia Library Center
After a short presentation on the State of the City, Mayor Kirk will host a question and answer session with residents.
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