Block Party Kudos to Our BP Committee membersVickie and PeterVan Ness, Jackie Hardy, Erika Hansen, Linn Parisi, and Janice Lufkin Shea for working as the usual killer team to make things happen.
Special thanks to some unsung heros who also helped tremendously during the event- Erika Hansen’s husband Dave, Linn Parisi’s husband Nick, FOB Frank and Joey Ciolino, Rick Moore and Donna Ardizzone who walked the street at the end of the night picking up cigarette butts and trash along the way to leave the street in better shape than what we found it even after the huge number of people that turned out for the event.
Kathy Middleton, Mike Hale and Mark Cole for providing extra barrels which cut down on the amount of trash which otherwise would have overflowed onto the sidewalks without the extra barrels.
Thanks to all the GMG fans who stopped by to say hi and introduce yourselves and pick up stickers. Don’t forget to send in those Gloucester Sticker pics for posting on these pages!
Thanks to Joe Aiello and Miles Schlicte for working with the merchants and restaurants to insure that all of the requirements of the special permits were met.
Thanks to the entertainers-musicians, dancers, DJs and media presenters. thanks to Jay Albert and Steve B for helping to set up the media presentations along with Frank and Joey Ciolino.
Thanks to the local artists who helped fill the street with their incredible art.
Thanks to Blackburn Performing Arts and Elliotts at the Blackburn for providing the space and electricity for the bands in the West End.
Nancy Goodman and Jim Gudstadt who helped the bands set up.
Thanks to seARTS and Kat Valentine for sending out the word to the local art community via the seARTS newsblast.
Thanks to the merchants for staying open and welcoming people to Gloucester.
Thanks to Charlee Bianchini from the Beacon and Ray Lamont from the Times for helping us get the word out. Also the Chamber of Commerce for putting it in their weekly newsletter.
Thanks to Ambie and son for the fantastic sausage sandwich at teh end of teh night when I thought I was gonna drop.
Thanks to Rockport National Bank for sponsoring the flyers and Rick Moore and Donna Ardizzoni for sponsoring the banners.
Thanks to Ringo Tarr for lighting and Steve Noble who is always willing to help out.
Thanks to the licensing boards and the board of health and Mayors office for getting behind the event.
I don’t get political on these pages but I would just like to say that when it comes time for elections that my friend and Block Party Committe member Jackie Hardy deserves your vote.
She works tirelessly and without agenda for the betterment of our community. Without her guidance as far as regulations and knowing how to go about things the event probably wouldn’t be as successful as it is.
If I forgot anyone I’m terribly sorry. I’m at work with three and a half hours sleep.
video coming at 8am
Part of The Block Party Clean Up Crew- Nick Parisi, Janice Lufkin Shea, Dave (Erika's Husband) Linn Parisi, and Frank Ciolino- Not pictured- Ed Collard, Vickie Van Ness, Erika Hansen, Donna Ardizzoni and Rick Moore.
Downtown Streets Cleaned After Block Party
Thanks to everyone who helped with the clean up