City Power Restoration Efforts Continue Tonight; Residents Asked to Plan Ahead

From the Office of Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken (3PM): As many of you know, the power is out in certain areas of the City.  According to National Grid, we still have 3,600 customers without power (21% of our community) but the Gloucester DPW, Police Department, and Fire Department continue to work with National Grid crews around the clock to provide support and restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

We continue to work on clearing downed trees and wires.  Be aware of downed limbs and always assume that a downed wire is live: DO NOT touch any wires that have fallen.

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Given the widespread extent of the power outages and the uncertainty of whether power will be restored by this evening, it is important that all Gloucester residents either shelter in place or make the appropriate arrangements with family and friends as the temperature is supposed to drop during the evening hours.

Please check on any neighbors who are elderly or sick.  Power to our hospitals, senior homes and schools have been restored.  The Sawyer Free Library and the Rose Baker Senior Center will be available during regular working hours for our seniors who are in need of warmth and/or electronic charging stations.

All markets have power and are open for regular business hours.

To report any outages, please contact National Grid directly by calling their Outage Hot-Line: 1-800-465-1212

Additionally, customers can view the National Grid power outage reporting map:

MEMA power outage reporting map:

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Jill Cahill selected as Community Development Director

Jill Cahill selected as Community Development Director

Gloucester resident & former legislative administrator to lead Community Development

Gloucester, MassOctober 2017 – Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced the appointment of Jill Cahill as Community Development Director overseeing her economic development initiatives.  Upon confirmation, she is set to assume her post on October 16, 2017.

IMG_0520 (1)Mayor Theken said, “Jill will be an incredible asset to this City.  She’s demonstrated a commitment and passion for Gloucester that will only help to improve the quality of life in our City.  Jill will lead efforts to maximize opportunities for all of Gloucester’s residents and business owners.  With Jill at the helm, I am confident we will create more economic opportunities throughout our city and take Gloucester to the next level.”

In her role, Cahill will work closely with the Mayor’s Office, developing and implementing plans, policies and programs to coordinate the physical growth and economic development of the City.  She will focus on fostering economic development throughout Gloucester; marketing Gloucester on a national and international scale; streamlining licensing and permitting processes; and supporting small businesses.

Cahill said, “This is a tremendous opportunity to work with Mayor Theken and her team to grow Gloucester.  I am excited to both live and work in this wonderful City.  Gloucester and its many diverse neighborhoods have much to offer and I look forward to working with business, political, civic and educational leaders throughout the region to showcase Gloucester as a place to live, work, learn and play.”

With more than ten years of experience, Cahill was selected for her ability to provide creative, innovative and forward-thinking leadership focused on achieving operational efficiency and continuous improvement. She is a highly energetic, results-driven professional with a strong understanding of state and local government.

She will leave her post at Pathways for Children where she recently served as Communications and Donations Relations Manager where she provided strategic support to the CEO and created and managed donor relations, cultivation, solicitations and community partnership development.  Prior to that she was the Office and Events Manger for The Event Co. She previously worked in government as Chief of Staff for Senator Karen Spilka providing strategic policy planning and public relations and served as Executive Director to the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators being responsible for all aspects of Caucus business including creating and maintaining annual budget and advancing strategic plan.

Cahill received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Massachusetts – Boston and is a graduate of Colorado State University, where she studied Political Science.  She currently serves as the Plum Cove School PTO Secretary and served on the Board of Directors for Health Quarters from 2008 until 2012.  Cahill resides in Gloucester with her husband, son and daughter.


Youth Open Mic – Halloween Spooktacular

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Young people have planned a “Halloween Spooktacular” Youth Open Mic Night for those 18 years and younger to share their talents. The event is scheduled for Sunday, October 29, from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA.

The emphasis is to have fun in a safe, non-competitive space welcome to all. Please come prepared to share, to listen and to applaud.

Any act, performed solo, duo or in small groups, up to five minutes long is welcome. Performances may draw from a multitude of forms – spoken word, dance, music, song, skits, monologues, magic, poetry, comedy and so on. If you can dream it, create it and bring it!  Be sure to sign up for a spot when you arrive.

For Halloween fun, costumes are encouraged. There will be trivia games and prizes.

Use the side entrance at 10 Church Street. FREE ADMISSION This project is funded in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Youth Open Mic Night is presented by the Gloucester Youth Stage Project. GYSP is open to youth in middle and high school. The group’s mission is to support youth expression and skill development within a safe space.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Gloucester Youth Stage Project is cosponsored by Folk Life Studio and the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. For more information call 978-879-6826.

Final GAAC Sawyer Library Talk of 2017


On Saturday afternoon October 28 at the Sawyer Free Library, from 2:00 to 4:00 we will have the final astronomy program of 2017 at the Sawyer Free Library, presented by the Gloucester Lyceum and the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club.

Astrophotographer and astronomy club stalwart Phil Orbanes will discuss, in an entertaining and colorful presentation, a dozen famous stars and their lifestyles, from Aldebaran to Sol, from the intemperate “live fast and die young” crowd to the more introspective and generally cool-headed class M red dwarves.

Phil will explain the ways in which astronomy’s HR diagram of stellar life cycles can be explained by the sidewalk outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and which star would show up where, from Barnard’s Star to the Dog Star. This will be a fun and informative program you won’t want to miss.

Next, Dr. Mario Motta will present a photographic record of his trip to see the great total solar eclipse of 2017. Mario spared no effort to find an observing spot out west where the weather would allow the best viewing and recording of the eclipse, and he will share the story of his trip and the terrific photos of the actual eclipse with the audience.

We’ll see a marvelous array of photos of the eclipse from start to finish, including some amazing shots of totality taken by Dr. Motta and by others as well.

SeniorCare Fundraiser Breakfast at Lobsta Land

SeniorCare Inc. will hold its annual autumn fundraising breakfast at Lobsta Land Restaurant, located on Causeway Street in Gloucester (Route 128, exit 12) on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Tickets are $12 per person and include your choice of pancakes, French toast, eggs, or a fruit plate with yogurt. Tickets are available in advance online, by calling 978-281-1750, or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the full spectrum of programs offered by SeniorCare.