City of Gloucester Launching New, Redesigned Utility Bill –On-line Payments Enhanced and Available on All Web Browsers

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 Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken today announced that residents and businesses will notice a change to their utility bills later this month as the City of Gloucester launches a new billing layout.

The new billing layout is a result of the City completing the transition to new utility billing software. This will be the first quarterly bill to be presented in the new format. The redesigned utility bills create a more customer friendly design with the important aspects of customer’s bills available and easy to view.

Mayor Romeo Theken said, “Our top priority is delivering first-rate customer service and ensuring our customers stay informed about their accounts.  The new bill has a clean design that makes it easier for customers to find important information about their bills and usage activity.”

The transition took a bit longer than anticipated resulting in this bill being issued slightly later than the normal billing date. The quarterly consumption period covered by the bill however remains the same as in past years, April 1, 2019 to July 2, 2019.  Bills are due October 28, 2019.

John Dunn, Chief Financial Officer, said, “This was a complicated project and required considerable effort on the part of a small number of staff from IT, Treasurer/Collector and DPW departments to complete it.  We hope that all utility customers find the bills to be informative and easier to read than the previous format.”

Payments can be made in person at the City Collector’s Office at Gloucester City Hall, by mail or on-line, by visiting the Online Services page, www.gloucester-ma.gov/payments.  The enhanced on-line portal is now available on all web browsers and payments are free by e-check or a small surcharge is added to pay by credit card.

For those with a balance due prior to June 30, 2019, there is no balance forward on the new bills.  The City will be issuing demand bills in early November 2019 under the old billing software. Instructions and directions related to paying old balances and new balances will be posted on the City’s website on the Online Services page.

Questions regarding meter reading, usage or service should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 978-325-5600. Questions regarding utility payments should be directed to the Collector’s Office at 978-281-9735.

This is one of the final steps in Munis integration which has been a four year project to modernize the City’s financial systems. The implementation of various Munis financial software modules has continued to make budget and finance reporting and billing more transparent. This final transition included months of collaboration between the Department of Public Works, Treasurer/Collector’s Office and Information Technology to transfer account information, test for quality assurance and prepare for distribution.

The next bill will be mailed out on or about November 28, 2019 and bills thereafter will be produced on the regular historic cycle.

WITH GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION TO GLOUCESTER’S CITY COUNCIL FOR PROTECTING OUR GOOD HARBOR BEACH PIPING PLOVERS!

Last night, the Gloucester City Council voted unanimously to make permanent the ordinance change disallowing dogs on the beach after March 31st. A sunset clause had been added to the ordinance when the ordinance  was passed last April. The sunset clause was expected to expire at the end of this year. The vote keeps in place the new regulation, which is that dogs are allowed on Good Harbor Beach from October 1st through March 31st.

The permanent rule will help all wildlife at Good Harbor Beach, but most especially nesting Piping Plovers (and Killdeers). We had a wonderfully successful year fledging three Piping Plover chicks, due we think to the cooler spring weather, the ban on dogs after April 1st, increased enforcement, and to the over 1,000 man hours donated by a group of 45 super dedicated Piping Plover volunteer monitors.

Thank you Gloucester City Council!

An extra huge shout out to two very special people– Ward One City Councilor Scott Memhard, who is also our new councilor liaison to the Animal Advisory Committee. He has been providing excellent, clear, non-combative, and non-prejudiced advice and is truly committed to assisting the committee positively, with an open and fair mind. Our deepest thanks to Heather Hall, who has spent the past month exhaustively combing through documentation to create a spreadsheet compiling the monitors report’s throughout the summer–that’s how we know there were 45 monitors total and 1,00 plus hours spent volunteering with the PiPls.

Thank you Scott and Heather

 

 

Contemporary Comedy NATIVE GARDENS Opens at GLOUCESTER STAGE

 

Robert Walsh, Artistic Director &  Christopher Griffith, Interim Managing Director present:

Karen Zacarías’ Contemporary Comedy

NATIVE GARDENS

OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE

 Female Creative Team Leads Production 

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 40th Anniversary Season of professional theater with Karen Zacarías’Native Gardens from September 27 through October 20 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. This contemporary comedy follows high-powered lawyer Pablo Del Valle, and his very pregnant wife, doctoral candidate Tania, who have just purchased a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank Butley. Soon a disagreement between the neighbors over a longstanding fence line derailstheir plans of realizing the American Dream.

Directed by Kelly Galvin in her GSC directing debut, the cast of Native Gardens features GSC veteran Patrick Shea returning to Gloucester Stage for the first time in 26 years to play Frank Butley, and GSC newcomersEduardo Ruiz as Pablo Del Valle; Alaina Fragoso as Tania Del Valle; Leigh Strimbeck as Virginia Butley; and Jeomil Tovar and Fernando Barbosa as the Landscapers. Led by an entirely female creative team, including Director Kelly Galvin, GSC continues to support the Gender Parity initiative started by StageSource and benefit from the vibrant perspective this team brings to the table. Marcella Barbeau (Lighting Design), Jessica Brennan (Assistant Stage Manager), Madison Cook-Hines (Assistant Director), Lindsay Genevieve Fuori (Scenic Design),Chelsea Kerl (Costume Designer), Alexis Rappaport (Sound Design), Melissa Richter* (Production Stage Manager), andEmme Shaw (Props Design). Native Gardens is presented with production support from the Sawyer Free Library, discovering the past and creating the future.

Native Gardens playwright Karen Zacarías is one of the inaugural Resident Playwrights at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and is a core founder of the LATINX THEATRE COMMONS. A Washington, D.C resident, Ms. Zacarías is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award winning theater company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, DC.

Director Kelly Galvin is the founder of the rig, a project that brings live performance to audiences with limited access to professional theater. She is company member of Shakespeare & Company where she has directed The Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labor’s Lost, and The Clean House (reading), and serves on the faculty of the Young Company Summer Conservatory. Ms. Galvin previously served as Artistic Associate for WAM Theatre, where she directed The Last Wife and readings of The Virgin Trial, The Tall Girls, and Blue StockingsRegionally, she has directed for Southwest Shakespeare, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Berkshire Playwrights’ Lab, and The Theater at Woodshill. She has assisted at the Guthrie, Asolo Rep, Orlando Shakespeare, and Shakespeare & Company. Ms. Galvin received a 2018 Directing Fellowship at Asolo Rep and has completed Directing Internships with Arena Stage and the Huntington Theatre Company. She holds an MFA from Boston University and a BA from Wellesley College.

Alaina Fragoso makes her Gloucester Stage debut as Tania Del Valle. In New York she has originated roles in Convention (BHP, Irondale Center); Hope (a reading at Yoke Theatre Company), Murder at the FoodCoop (NY Int’l Fringe Festival), and No One Asked Me (NY Int’l Fringe Festival/Encores). Ms. Fragoso is a graduate of Emerson College and the Atlantic Acting School.

Eduardo Ruiz is a Puerto Rican actor, from Mayagüez making his GSC debut as Pablo Del Valle. He received his BFA in theatre arts from the University of Puerto Rico and  his MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His recent credits include Vivace from Aristofanes’The Congresswomen, Claudio from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Oliver/Audrey from Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Mr. Ruiz was also recently part of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Fellowship Company.

Native Gardens marks Patrick Shea’s first appearance at Gloucester Stage in 26 years. His previous GSCproductions were Benefactors, Wenceslas Square and The Last Yankee. After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he began his career in the Acting Ensemble of the New York Shakespeare Festival and subsequently in the Broadway production of Child’s Play. A veteran of Shear Madness in Boston, he also received a Dramalogue Critics Award for his performance in the Los Angeles production. He has appeared with The Huntington Theatre Company, Speakeasy Stage, New Rep, Merrimack Rep, Gloucester Stage, The Wilbur Theatre, The Nickerson Theatres and Worcester Foothills. Mr. Shea has performed as an actor and narrator with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Boston Lyric Opera. His film credits include Wait For Laugh, Infinitely Polar Bear, Ted, The Invention of Lying, Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, Killer Flood, andBy the Sea. Mr. Shea’s TV credits include Frontline, Brotherhood, Spencer: For Hire, The Late Show with David Letterman, Unsolved Mysteries, Cheers!, and Against the Law.

A Massachusetts native who grew up locally in Marblehead and Swampscott, Leigh Strimbeck makes her GSC debut as Virginia Butley. Most recently she appeared as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit with Voice Theatre of Woodstock, NY. Ms. Strimbeck is an Associate member of The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE); theformer the Artistic Director of the Theatre Institute at Sage (TIS); an artist in residence in the theater program at Russell Sage College; and co-founder of WAM Theatre in The Berkshires. Her regional theater acting and directing credits include productions at Barrington Public Theater; Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble; WAM Theatre; The Rep in Albany, NY; Saratoga Shakespeare; Shakespeare and Co; Berkshire Playwrights Lab and Voice Theatre. Ms. Strimbeck’s feature film credits include UnCivil Liberties, Fighting for Freedom, Little BiPeep, Deception, the short film Key Transitions and Lifetime Movie Network’s Off the Rails.

Jeomil Tovar and Fernando Barbosa make their GSC debut as Landscapers in Native Gardens.  Jeomil Tovar recently played the same role in Native Gardens at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Mr. Tovar’s previous credits include various roles with The Firehouse Center for The Arts, Front Porch Arts Collective, Underlings Theatre Company, Marblehead Little Theatre, Heart & Daggers Productions, The Center of Arts in Natick, The Hanover Theatre, and Salem State University where he is currently pursuing his BFA degree in performance. A Boston based, actor, singer, and musician, Fernando Barbosa he is currently pursuing a BFA in acting from Salem StateUniversality. Mr. Barbosa’s recent credits include All’s Well that Ends Well and Cymbeline withCommonwealth Shakespeare Company; Assassins, Arts After Hours, and Jesus Christ Superstar at  Marblehead Little Theatre; Children of Eden with the Theatre Company of Saugus; Macbeth at  UMass Lowell; Cloud Tectonics, Fort Point Theatre Channel, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Apollinaire (Elliot Norton Nom.), P.O.V, Umass Lowell.

NATIVE GARDENS PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:

SEPTEMBER 27 – OCTOBER 20

Wednesdays – Saturdays: 7:30 pm;

Saturdays – Sundays: 2:00 pm

PLACE:

Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

 

SINGLE TICKET PRICES: Single Ticket prices are $15 to $48 with discounts available for Preview Performances, Senior Citizens, Military Families, and College Students and those under 18 years of age. For detailed ticket information visit www.gloucesterstage.com

PAY WHAT YOU WISH: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2 PM: Gloucester Stage is committed to inclusion and diversity, including socio-economic status. Pay What You Wish performances are the first Saturday Matinee (2pm) of each production, allowing access to the arts for all. No one is turned away for lack of funds and donations can be made before or after the show.

CAPE ANN NIGHTS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 7:30 PM; SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2 PM & 7:30 PM; WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, OCTOBER 9 & OCTOBER 16, 7:30 PM: Enriching our local community is key to our mission impact. Residents of Cape Ann can purchase $25 tickets at Preview Performances and every Wednesday of each production. Limit of 2 (two) per household. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office 978.281.4433, with a valid address.

POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS: SUNDAY: OCTOBER 6 & OCTOBER 13: Following the 2 pm performances on Sunday, OCTOBER 6 and Sunday, OCTOBER 13, audiences are invited to free post-show discussions with the artists from Native Gardens.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Gloucester Stage is a professional non-profit theater providing a unique, intimate experience as audiences are never more than five rows from the stage. Located in a century-old repurposed brick warehouse on the waterfront of Cape Ann, the organization is led by Artistic Director Robert Walsh and Interim Managing Director Christopher Griffith. Entering the company’s 40th Season in 2019, GSC benefits from a loyal audience searching for intellectually stimulating and socially relevant stories.

For further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433

or visit GLOUCESTERSTAGE.COM

Native Gardens is presented with special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

 

Tony Frontiero joins Fly Amero this evening 7pm @ The Rhumb Line 9.25.2019

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, September 25… 7pm start
My Musical Guest: TONY FRONTIERO!
Local songwriter, singer and player, Tony Frontiero joins me
this week upon my return to the Rhumb Line from points south
and west.  This guy is good, folks.  Come out and give him a lift.  And… say hello.  I’ve been missing you terrible!  Thanks ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe!  Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming…
10/2 John Rockwell
10/9 Lynne Taylor
Looking forward…..to seeing you there 🙂

Happy National Lobster Day?

I heard on the radio that today is National Lobster Day…but, I wasn’t so sure so I did some research.  I’ve found conflicting reports.  Some sources say that National Lobster Day in the United States was June 15th and other say that it is indeed today.  Hence my question mark in the title.  It does seem that it used to be celebrated back in June, but the US Senate, lead by a resolution from Maine State Senators, agreed to designate this day in September as “the day” four years ago.

So, thank a lobsterman….or maybe a certain lobster buyer….you happen to know for all of their really hard work…and go enjoy a lobster.  Is anyone in town offering deals today?

Here is a “have a great day (whatever day it is) from my littlest lobsterman.  And….no, that wasn’t a keeper and was definitely thrown back.

Here is one source that claims today is the day.  

Senate Recognizes September 25th as National Lobster Day for 4th Straight Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] – September 25, 2018

National Lobster Day is here – again!

Although some celebrate on June 15, the U.S. Senate has recognized September 25 as the official National Lobster Day for the fourth year in a row.

Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King introduced a resolution to designate September 25, 2018 as National Lobster Day back in July.

 

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Showing Up with Jaime Robbins

Cape Ann Home

The way we show up in our lives matter. Join us this week for the first event in our Women’s Networking Series. We’ll hear from yoga teacher/writer/inspirational human Jaime Robbins about showing up in your life and showing up in your home.

Our goal is to bring the community together. We will share some wine and cheese, and come away from the evening with a renewed sense of community and inspiration

Let us Know You’re Coming
(we want to make sure we get enough wine)

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