One couldn’t help but be inspired by the good words and deeds of our city’s finest leaders at today’s inauguration ceremony. Cape Ann Museum director Rhonda Faloon gave a warm welcome followed by Gordon Baird’s pitch perfect rendition of “God Bless America.” Young community members were represented by the GHS Docksiders, the Presentation of Colors by GHS Junior ROTC, and the Mayor’s grandchildren and niece AJ, Bianca, and Lia led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Alexandra Grace sang a beautiful rendition of the “National Anthem.”

Rabbi Steven Lewis and Reverend Rona Tyndall gave an interfaith invocation. Alexandra Grace and Josh Cominelli sang James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” because, as Alexandra pointed out, Mayor Sefatia is a friend to all.

Poet Laureate John Ronan read his Gloucester-themed poem “We, Helmsman.”

PAARI/ Stop Handgun Violence Founder John Rosenthal gave a tremendous speech, congratulating the Mayor and the community on the success of the Angel program.

Senator Bruce Tarr gave a moving introduction highlighting the very personable ways in which Mayor Sefatia brings the community together.
Musical interludes performed by Charlee Bianchini, Jack Tomaiolo, Fly Amero and Allen Estes were performed in between swearing in ceremonies.

School Committee members Kathleen Clancy, Tony Gross, Jonathan Pope, Michelle Sweet, and Melissa Teixeira took the oath of office. Jonathan Pope was elected head of the School Committee.

We have a fantastic newly elected City Council comprised of Melissa Cox, Valerie Gilman, Ken Hecht, Steve LeBlanc, Jenn Holmgren, Paul Lundberg, Scott Memhard, Sean Nolan, and Jamie O’Hara.  Paul Lundberg was elected president of the City Council, with Steven LeBlanc elected vice-president. We are going to see great leadership and initiatives from this fine group!

Your new City Council President and Vice President Paul Lundberg and Steven LeBlanc.

Mayor Sefatia gave an inspiring address, touching on a wide range of subjects, ranging from the tremendous ability of our community to work together to new initiatives and plans to help prepare our coastal community for global climate change. Congratulations and best wishes for a successful 2018 to all our city officials!

GloucesterCast 250 With Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/5/17


GloucesterCast 250 With Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/5/17

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Timestamped Topics (click the timestamps to go directly to that topic on the podcast) include:

01:38 Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

02:38 Surprise 50th Birthday Party At Mile Marker

18:52 Jamie OHara Podcast


21:00 The Great Mayoral Debate Walk Out

24:34 Sou’Easter- Lots of Downed Oak Trees

29:07 Buried Treasures Found Under The Hannah Jumper House

31:44 Catherine Ryan Following The Rockwell Divestiture Story At The Berkshire Museum

41:25 Interesting factoid: 100 years ago, at election time, voting (such as for council) was changed to “preferential” style and has since been changed again.

45:32 Hunts Ketchup and Pepsi products at Restaurants Signals- GTFOOT

50:49 Slot Dog Maker

51:30 Stones Hot Dogs

54:07 When are you “all in” on Christmas?

56:35 #1 Gift this year will be Amazon Alexa Devices- Check Them Out Here

01:09:07 Monarch Migration Talk and Kim’s Film Project Update 

Donate To Kim’s Monarch Film Project Here

GloucesterCast 251 With Jamie O’hara, Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Host Joey CiaramitaroTaped 11/5/17


GloucesterCast 251 With Jamie O’hara, Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Host Joey CiaramitaroTaped 11/5/17

Topics Include:

Jamie O’hara- why are you running for Councilor at large?  What are some of the reasons you believe you should be elected?

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Magnolia Library and Community Center Volunteer Effort Pics From Krista Queeney

Hi Joey,

There have been a lot of volunteers helping out this weekend with the painting of the Magnolia Library and Community Center. Here are a few pics from this morning if you are interested in showing them.

Thanks! ~Krista Queeney

Keith Shatford, Jamie O’Hara and Shaun Seariac

Keith Shatford,Jamie O'Hara and Shaun Seariac

Magnolia Library and Community Center Painting ProjectPainting the library

Shaun Seariac and Keith Shatford

Shaun Seariac and Keith Shatford

Good Eggs: A Big Shout Out To The Volunteers Who Helped With The Lobster Trap Tree

This in from Ed Collard-

Much thanks go out to all the volunteers and businesses who have been helping to make the lobster trap tree a reality.

Lobster Lady, Greg Smith, Jeff Worthley, Jamie O’Hara, Donna Ardizzoni, Dave Brooks, Dan Brooks, Rosalie Lentini, Steve Noble, John Mazzeo, Lonnie Guest, Aaron Trefley, Hiltz Disposal, Building Center.

and here are a list of the lobstermen who donated traps to use-

Ron Parnell
Jack and Steve Sulton
Geno Mondello
Kevin O’Maley
James Fialho
Aron Tuffley

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Jamie O’Hara Lugs Lobster Traps Up The Ladder While Ed Collard Spots and David Brooks Places

From Jamie O’Hara-

I want to thank everyone who helped out in building the tree on both Friday and Saturday. Friday, well Friday was not a good weather day but as Gregg B. Smith said, it was like hauling the traps at sea. Today was sunny and blowing a gale. Thank you to the nice lady who brought us hot chocolate and donuts. They both hit the spot. A special thank you to Hiltz Disposal and Lonny for their help. We could not have completed the tree today with out the “roll off”. Lonny was great helping out. The Captains who donated the use of their traps, Thank you. Happy Birthday Ed C. David and Daniel, great job. I would go into any project with you guys. Jeff W, well Jeff is the leader and this 10 years of experience is visible in the construction of the tree. Thank you to the Building Center for the use of their truck as well as the donation of top secret materials. For the people of Rockland, thank you for the “battle”, it is much fun. We wish Rockland a very Merry Christmas.