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.


Gloucester Introduces Municipal Leadership Training Workshops

Gloucester Introduces Municipal Leadership Training Workshops

Program Custom Designed by Van Loan School at Endicott College’s Center for Leadership

(Gloucester, Mass.) – October 11, 2017Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced new training workshops for City of Gloucester employees designed by the Van Loan School at Endicott College’s Center for Leadership, starting first with “Fundamentals of Leadership” training for municipal department managers.

“The citizens of Gloucester deserve accountable and professional city services, so we must empower our staff with meaningful training and education,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “The career development of our city employees remains a top priority and we are proud to partner with Endicott College’s Van Loan School for customized workshops to assist with this growth.”

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Initial training needs were identified between Personnel Director Donna Leete and Center for Leadership Director Richard G. Weissman after a series of surveys and employee insights were collected and analyzed. From there, training modules were proposed and finalized with final sign-off by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken.

“Endicott College and the Van Loan School are proud to contribute to the Gloucester community, including leadership training programs,” said Weissman, who also heads up the 4,000- square-foot Endicott Gloucester campus in the same building that houses the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve done a lot of work within the community for many years now, but this career development series reflects a special relationship that has proven valuable for both the city and our college alike.”


Training will be conducted by veteran Endicott College adjunct professor and Center for Leadership instructor, Joseph Tragert. Through the Center for Leadership, Tragert has led management development programs and strategic planning projects for organizations including Minuteman Health, the City of Beverly, Endicott College, Cape Ann TV, and the City of Salem.

Modules focus on dynamics of leadership, effective communication, teamwork, managing conflict, project management, and more.

About the City of Gloucester

America’s oldest seaport, the City of Gloucester is known throughout the world as an authentic, working waterfront community, a place of spectacular natural beauty, and home to a diverse population of about 30,000 residents. An important center for the fishing industry, Gloucester also is proud of its vibrant cultural life and rich art heritage as one of the premier art colonies in the United States. In addition, the city is a destination for thousands of visitors who visit the harbor and its beaches during the summertime. In recent years, Gloucester has been actively diversifying its traditional maritime economy, adding leading small research institutions such as the UMass Amherst Large Pelagics Research Laboratory and the Ocean Alliance to the array of local businesses and state and federal agencies working in the city. Recent advancements in Gloucester include new investments in marine robotics and new product development from the fishery.

Community Gathering: October 2017 Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Month

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, along with local abuse prevention organizations and gun violence awareness activists invites all to gather on the steps of City Hall to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

This year, Mayor Romeo-Theken, accompanied by other community leaders, will highlight the dangerous intersection of domestic violence and gun violence with a moment of silence to honor victims of the Las Vegas massacre, as well as all victims of natural disasters within Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, The Islands, and Mexico.
We invite all members of the community to join us to help heal while wearing purple – the symbolic color for domestic violence awareness. Wearing purple, shining purple lights in your homes, businesses, and other structures in the community generates discussion and awareness of domestic abuse and dating violence.

For more information, please contact Sunny Robinson (CPDA) – (978) 283-6049.

City of Gloucester Focus group MA in Motion interactive session designed for seniors and caregivers

City of Gloucester Focus group MA in Motion interactive session designed for seniors and caregivers

 On 10/3/17, Tuesday, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Steve Winslow, Senior Project Manager for the City of Gloucester, seeks community input from seniors and caregivers on ways our City and Cape Ann can reach goals of Mass in Motion – including increasing rates of physical activity of all types and consumption of healthier foods.  Those goals will be achieved through efforts to create more accessible and enjoyable options for physical activity, especially walking and bicycling, and increase access to and appreciation of healthy and affordable foods, including locally or regionally harvested foods.


Please read more about MA in Motion on the City of Gloucester website at

The focus group session will be from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  From 7-7:30, Ward 4 City Councilor, Val Gilman, will host a casual Q and A on city and local matters including a continuation of our MA in Motion discussion.   Cider and cookies will be served.  Thanks to the Lanesville Community Center 8 Vulcan Street, for hosting this forum.

Contact Steve Winslow Senior Project Manager regarding MA in Motion questions or Val Gilman Ward 4 City Councilor or 978-621-4682 cell phone or Lucy Sheehan, Executive Director of Rose Baker Center at .

Gloucester Preliminary Election: Polls Now Open (9/19)

Gloucester Preliminary Election (Mayoral Candidates)Gloucester will be conducting the 2017 Preliminary Municipal Election today, Tuesday, Sept 19th, 2017 between 7 AM and 8 PM with three candidates on the ballot for mayor. The top two candidates receiving the most votes will then be featured on the General Municipal Election, scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, alongside all other candidates running for various municipal races (City Council, School Committee).

For polling locations or other election details, please visit the City Clerk’s website here or Contact the Clerk’s Office at 978-281-9720 option #6.

Attention Private Contractors: Snow Plow Packets Are Available

Attention Private Contractors: Snow Plow Packets Are Available

Any private contractors interested in plowing, sanding and/or hauling snow for the City of Gloucester during the 2017-2018 season should submit to Public Works the following information before October 6, 2017:

1)  Completed Snow Plow Package
2)  Licenses for all drivers
3)  Registrations for all vehicles
4)  Proof of insurance
5)  Tare weights for all vehicles

Packets are available below, or you may pick one up at the Department of Public Works, 28 Poplar Street.

2017/2018 Plow Packets