LOBSTER TRAP TREE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WITH A VISIT BY MAYOR SEFATIA, KEN RIEHL, THE DI STEFANO FAMILY -AND DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR WHITE OR COLORED LIGHTS

By noon today the super dedicated Lobster Trap Tree building team had made great headway. With snow predicted for tomorrow, the crew plans to have the tree built by day’s end. Don’t let the photos deceive; Shawn Henry was wearing shorts but it was frigid at noon and only getting colder as the day progressed.

Many thanks to Three Lanterns Marine for providing the 360 lobster traps required to construct the tree.

Mayor Sefatia and granddaughters, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce CEO Ken Riehl, and Gloucester’s Economic Development Director Sal Di Stefano and his wife Maria (and kids), all stopped by to check on the tree’s progress while they were out shopping local for Small Business Saturday.

Please vote your preference for either warm white lights or multi-colored lights for Gloucester’s unique and beautiful Lobster Trap Tree. Thank you!

 

ALICE GARDNER SHARES A NOTE AND SOME LOVELY PHOTOS OF MAYOR SEFATIA AND SARA FAVAZZA FROM THE CAPE ANN READS CELEBRATION

Wish I got a pic at your booth . Gorgeous illustrations ! What a fun and happy event .

It was great that Sara Favazza could come to the event. She really enjoyed herself .

Good seeing you !

The best , Alice

SUPER FUN KID ACTIVITIES AT CAPE ANN READS TODAY AT CITY HALL!

From noon to four this afternoon City Hall will be abuzz with a special celebration exhibiting the work of Cape Ann children’s book authors and illustrators. Each author has a table with their projects. Come meet and talk to the authors about their original stories. The illustrators have created art coloring sheets taken from the pages of the books to give to guests. The award ceremony, hosted by Mayor Sefatia, takes place at 1:30. This is a unique and new book fair created by Cape Ann’s four library directors, Deborah Kelsey (Gloucester), Deborah French (Essex), Sara Collins (Manchester), Cindy Grove (Rockport), and art director Catherine Ryan.

I am looking forward to seeing all the artists coloring sheets. My Monarch Butterfly project and documentary film Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly first incarnation was an illustrated book, then photo exhibit, and now film.

The illustration above is of a male and female Monarch mating. The Monarchs fly up into a tree and stay joined together, abdomen to abdomen, for about four hours. The blue butterflies are a cousin of the Monarchs, the Blue Tiger of India (Tirumala limniace), but you can color your butterflies anyway you see fit–I’d love to see a pair of rainbow Monarchs 🙂

Read more about the Cape Ann Reads celebration in a post by Catherine about Gail McCarthy’s Gloucester Times article here.

SUPER EXCITING BREAKING NEWS FROM MAYOR SEFATIA: NEWLY CREATED MASSACHUSETTS LOBSTER FESTIVAL

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MAYOR SEFATIA!

YOUR NEW CITY COUNCIL!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO AT LARGE COUNCILORS COX, OHARA, LUNDBERG, AND HOLMGREN!!!!!!!!!!!

MAYOR SEFATIA OF COURSE!!!!!!!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS WARD COUNCILORS MEMHARD, HECHT, LEBLANC, GILMAN, AND NOLAN !!!!!!!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS SCHOOL COMMITTEE TEIXEIRA, FAVAZZA, SWEET, GROSS, CLANCY, AND POPE!!!!!!!!!!!

MILES FOR MEATBALLS WITH CHEF ANTHONY CATURANO, MAYOR SEFATIA, AND WARREN WAUGH AUTOS!

Generous donors rally for breast cancer awareness.

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Miles for Meatballs today raised a whopping $4,700.00 for breast cancer!!! The event was hosted by Mayor Sefatia, Tonno’s Chef Anthony Caturano, and Warren Waugh of Lyon-Waugh Auto Group. The Miles for Meatballs event began with a scenic tour around Cape Ann in luxury cars from the very generous Warren Waugh. The drive was followed by a fabulous late afternoon dinner at Tonno. Chef Anthony prepared his famous homemade meatballs and sausage with zugu/gravy, served over the creamiest polenta you can imagine. The homestyle, yet elegant dinner was accompanied by an outstanding Caesar salad and delicious cannolis. Every Sunday Chef Anthony serves a traditional meatball and zugu/gravy Sunday family dinner and I know where we will be having dinner next Sunday!

 

 

 

FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS RAISED FOR THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION!

A check for fifty thousand dollars was presented to the Alzheimer’s Association by Warren Waugh of Lyon-Waugh Auto Group and Mayor Sefatia Monday evening. Held at the Beauport Hotel, the check-presenting event celebrated the donations raised from the Bluefin Blowout Tournament’s live auction, silent auction, and from a percentage of the tournament’s daily jackpot.  Cidalia Schwartz, Mayor Sefatia, and Warren Waugh

 

See Nichole Schrafft’s Bluefin Blowout posts here:

Bluefin Blowout, Final Results

This is the Bluefin Blowout. Highlights 2017

MAYOR SEFATIA AND ANTHONY CATURANO, OWNER/CHEF TONNO RESTAURANT, RAISE $$10,000.00 FOR CANCER!!

Mayor Sefatia write’s, “BIG shout out to Anthony Caturano and Tonno staff for the December ‘Sauce Cookoff: Gravy vs. Sugo’ charity event. We proudly raised $10,000.00 for local cancer patients and supporting services. Today, we delivered a check for $7,500.00 to Addison Gilbert Hospital Oncology, which will directly support their patients. The other $2,500.00 was previously given to different families in time for the Holidays.❤️

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CONGRATULATIONS TO MAYOR SEFATIA AND CHEF ANTHONY CATURANO FOR HUGE SUCCESS FIRST EVER SAUCE COOK OFF FOR A CAUSE!

dscf2258Bravo and huge shout out to Mayor Romeo Theken, Chef Anthony, the Tonno staff, and all the volunteers who contributed to today’s successful sauce cook off charity luncheon. Held at Tonno (Anthony donated his restaurant and the Tonno staff volunteered their time), the event raised money to benefit three families with a member undergoing cancer treatment at Addison Gilbert Hospital. The families will each receive $500.00. The additional monies raised are going to the oncology department at AGH. A wonderful time was had by all, especially the Chefs, Mayor Sefatia and Anthony Caturano.dscf2180

dscf2420The event was inspired by Chef Anthony (erroneously) referring to sugo as gravy. War was declared and a sugo cookoff to benefit charity was decided upon. See Mayor Sefatia explaining Gloucester-acceptable terms for sauce (practically anything but gravy) 🙂

BREAKING: JULIE LAFONTAINE AND MAYOR SEFATIA ANNOUNCE WINNER TO OPEN DOOR AUTUMN BREAKFAST SHOPPING SPREE

Love our community! Photos tonight at 6pm 🙂

Gloucester Police Department – Elder Abuse Awareness Rally

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Volunteers, police, fire and other organization’s personnel came to the Cookout held on Roger Street by the Gloucester Police Department.

See more information at Senior Care

GLOUCESTER SEAFOOD IS SO FRESH, IT’S ALIVE! #GLOUCESTERFRESH #SENA16

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#GloucesterFresh So fresh its alive! #SENA16

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GloucesterCast 173 With Guests Greg Bover @KimSmithDesigns, Mark Ring and @Joey_C Taped 2/28/16

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IMPORTANT STORM UPDATE FROM MAYOR SEFATIA

Good afternoon. This is Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken with an important message from the City of Gloucester’s Code Red Emergency Messaging System.

Effective at 10:00 pm tonight, Saturday, February 14, 2015, the city has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to the impending snow storm.

From 10:00 pm on Saturday, February 14th, until 8am on Monday, February 16th, all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets.

Violators of this emergency declaration are subject to ticketing and towing at the owners expense and will begin immediately at 10:00pm tonight. Residents may park in all municipal and school parking lots during the parking ban. Please be aware that due to the nature of this storm, adjustments to the snow emergency and parking ban may be made. Travelling by vehicle or on foot will be treacherous during the duration of the storm. It is strongly suggested you do not travel during this time period.

Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts.

Please make every effort to check on your elderly neighbors. The bitter cold associated with this storm may cause additional risks to individuals. Please take the proper precautions.

At this time, trash collection will be on a holiday schedule.

To repeat, the City of Gloucester has issued a parking ban on all city streets as of 10:00 pm Saturday, February 14th. The ban will be in effect until 8am on Monday, February 16th.

Updates will be forthcoming as the storm progresses. Please check the City of Gloucester website for further updates at www.gloucester-ma.gov

 

IMPORTANT STORM UPDATE FROM MAYOR SEFATIA

Gloucester and Essex County have been hit particularly hard since the snows began a couple of weeks ago. In the past 17 days, we have received a record setting 70 inches of snow. Not only has there been a lot of snow but it has been cold which has not allowed the snow to melt. The streets are lined with mountains of snow which makes getting around dangerous. We urge residents to exercise caution and take your time when travelling around the City.

The City has committed significant resources towards ensuring snow removal. We have deployed 25 pieces of City equipment and up to 75 pieces of contracted equipment as well as over 100 operators rotating through in shifts to clear snow. Our snow clearing efforts are ongoing and operating around the clock. We ask for your patience while we continue this endeavor.


I would like to say a quick word about the Gloucester DPW. These past few weeks have not been easy; the Director and his team have been working extremely hard. I would like to thank him and everyone at DPW for their incredible work and dedication to this City. Day-in and day-out they continue to do a tremendous job.

Working with Lt. Governor Polito, Senator Tarr and Representative Ferrante, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has agreed to provide the City with additional equipment to help clear snow.
The City also has secured a waiver on a limited basis to dump snow in the ocean from Secretary of Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Mark Beaton. Those efforts will be coordinated through our Department of Public Works.
If there is any doubt as to the historic nature of these storms, Governor Baker announced today that he has called in the National Guard to assist with snow removal. The City has forwarded an expansive list of needs to Governor’s office and continues to work with them to meet those needs.

 

In the coming days, we will continue to widen the City streets and dig out the school and municipal parking lots.
We continue to maintain an aggressive snow removal plan while keeping the police and fire stations working and clear of snow.

On behalf of the City, I ask once again for your patience and understanding. Public safety is of the utmost importance. We are a strong community and together will get through this. Keep helping each other, checking on your neighbors and keep an eye on our seniors.

Thank you.

Sefatia Romeo Theken

Mayor

 

STORM UPDATE FROM MAYOR SEFATIA

In the last week, the City of Gloucester has seen a historic amount of snow. Fifty-two inches have fallen on the City in a short period of time.

Over the past week, City employees have logged hours of time over and above their normal work week, plowed 175 miles of roadways, and dropped an estimated 2,000 tons of salt on the roads. The Department of Public Works, the Police, and Fire Departments deserve significant credit for their hard work and we thank them for it.


As a result, I am pleased to report the City of Gloucester was only majorly impacted for a short period of time and is continuing to deliver the usual and necessary services that its citizens rely upon.


State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante and State Senator Bruce Tarr have provided invaluable support to our City. They have assisted us in contacting a number of departments and agencies within state government and continue to work with them on our behalf.


While we have made progress in snow removal and getting the City up and running, there is much work left to be done. In the coming days, the City will continue its efforts to widen roadways, remove snow, open schools, and deliver important services.


Your patience and cooperation during this time is critically important. I would urge all citizens to consider the following:

• Be courteous to each other and help one another out.
• Be cautious and drive slowly.
• Help alleviate traffic around the schools by carpooling whenever possible.
• Watch for pedestrians and children when you are driving.
• Be careful when shoveling snow and try to avoid injury.
• Be safe.

As always, public safety remains the City’s top priority. It is critically important that all emergency vehicles be able to access all roadways. Please help them out by not shoveling snow into the roadways as that may cause the roads to become difficult to pass.

Remember, your City government is here to serve you. I welcome any questions or concerns that you may have. Should you need to contact me or any city department, please visit us at the City website:www.gloucester-ma.gov.

Thank you.
Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken

IMPORTANT WINTER STORM WATCH ADVISORY FROM MAYOR SEFATIA

WEATHER: WINTER STORM WATCH

Now in effect for all of Massachusetts for a snow storm that will move into the state late Sunday night and last through Monday.

Snow accumulations around a foot are expected.

Gusty North to Northeast winds may result in near blizzard conditions at times on Monday, with poor visibility and blowing/drifting snow.

A frigid air mass is expected behind the storm Monday night.  Low temperatures by early Tuesday will fall to zero to 10 below for most of the region, including the Boston to Providence corridor.

Dangerously cold wind chills of 20 to 30 below are expected.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS:
– Increase in fires from alternative heating sources or people trying to thaw frozen pipes with blow torches.
– Carbon monoxide poisoning from alternative heating sources.
– Water main breaks possible from frost penetrating deep into the ground.
– Increase in EMS calls and hospital patients with hypothermia and/or frost bite.

Additionally, roads may be slippery or snow covered at times, and there may be periods of significantly reduced visibility due to blowing snow.

Be safe

Mayor Romeo Theken