Gloucester Snow Emergency & Parking Ban Declared Effective Tonight (3/12) at 10PM to Weds (3/14) at 6AM

GLOUCESTER EMERGENCY ALERT

Snow Emergency/Parking Ban Declared Tonight Mon. 10PM(3/12) to Weds. 6AM (3/14)

City Offices & Schools Closed Tues. (3/13)

WEATHER EMERGENCY UPDATE

Massachusetts will be impacted by a significant storm tonight into Tuesday evening with the potential for blizzard-like conditions and snowfall rates of 1-3” per hour. This storm could bring significant snowfall and strong coastal high winds with potential for power outages. Snow is expected to begin tonight and continue into Tuesday evening across much of Massachusetts. National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of Massachusetts, and a High Wind Watch for Cape Ann, the eastern coastline, southern Bristol and Plymouth counties, and the Cape and Islands.

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PARKING BAN

Effective at 10 PM tonight, Monday, March 12, the city has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to expected significant snowfall and powerful wind gusts. Additionally, Gloucester schools & offices will be closed tomorrow and trash collection will be delayed one day.

We recommend that all citizens shelter at home and avoid all travel during the storm. Poor road conditions are expected across Tuesday and emergency teams need all streets clear to allow effective service. Gloucester will enforce an emergency parking ban across all city streets until 6 AM Wednesday, March 14th (unless updated otherwise). This parking ban means all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets. Residents may park in all municipal and school parking lots, but please be aware that citizens are solely responsible for any weather related liability at public parking lots.

Please use caution across this storm and call 911 for any emergencies.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

If you are in danger, CALL 911 FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE or call Gloucester Police Department at (978) 283-1212. Please note the following social services in the City will be open this weekend during the storm and frigid cold.

  • Action Inc. will be open all day Tuesday and Weds until 11 AM (978) 282-1000

In the event that you lose power or heat over the weekend, the City encourages residents to shelter in place, stay with a family/neighbor who has heat and contact the Gloucester Police Department immediately for any concerns about staying safe or warm. The police can assist you in finding a place to go with power and will be working with American Red Cross of Massachusetts to assist residents in need.

POWER OUTAGES

National Grid has been reporting power outages in different areas across the North Shore, including Gloucester. If any outages do occur in your area, it is imperative that they be reported via the National Grid Customer Service or Outage Reporting phone lines as listed below. Every outage phone call that we receive is logged into our outage tracking system and better enables us to pinpoint the location of the issue. The sooner National Grid can identify the location of the issue, the quicker a response can be sent.

REMINDERS/ SAFETY INFORMATION (via MEMA)

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

Thank you for your assistance and stay safe during this snow emergency. ~Chris

Gloucester Snow Emergency Declared: Parking Ban Starts at 10AM 3/14, Schools Closed

The City of Gloucester has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to an upcoming severe snow storm. All city buildings including City Hall, library and schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 14th, with regular city hours planned for Wednesday, March 15th (weather permitting). Please see full parking ban timing, warming shelter updates and complete details below:

PARKING BAN: 
Effective at 10:00 AM tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14th, until 7:00 AM Wednesday, March 15th all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets. Residents may park in all municipal and school parking lots. Please remove all vehicles from municipal and school parking lots before the parking ban expires at 7:00 AM Wednesday. School parking lots will be the first areas to be ticketed and towed once parking ban has concluded.Violators of this emergency declaration will be at the owner’s expense.

TRASH & RECYCLE PICKUP DELAY:
Trash and recycling will NOT be picked up Tuesday and will resume Wednesday on a holiday schedule (one day delay).

SNOW CLEARING:
All residents and businesses are reminded that they are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. Please make every effort to shovel out hydrants at or near your homes. Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts.

NEIGHBOR SAFETY CHECK:
Please check on your elderly and disabled neighbors, especially if there is a loss of power. Various warming and safe shelters will be announced and updated for anyone in need, and seen below.

POWER OUTAGES:
National Grid is preparing for a Nor’easter which could bring blizzard-like conditions to our area, including high winds and approximately 1-2 feet of heavy, wet snow. National Grid reminds customers to keep safety a priority. It is a good idea to ensure cell phones and electronic devices are charged so that you can stay connected during the storm. To report an outage or see a map of outages currently reported, please visit: https://www1.nationalgridus.com/ReportOrCheckOutage-MA-RES or call: 800-465-1212

WARMING CENTER UPDATES: 
Warming centers are locations where the public can congregate during daytime hours to remain warm through severe winter events. They often use existing staff at locations that are otherwise open, but all groups are committed to Gloucester in providing a coordinated multi-agency response for the community’s needs.

  • Action Inc: Given the impending snowstorm, Action, Inc. has made arrangements for the Emergency Shelter (located at 370 Main St. in Gloucester) to be OPEN on Tuesday, March 14. Meals will be served.  Staff can help any questions and can be reached at Main Phone: 978-282-1000 or via Email: mlezynski@actioninc.orgOpen Door will be supplying food for Action shelter.
  • Gloucester Housing Authority / Rose Baker Senior Center: The Gloucester Housing Authority office will be CLOSED on Tuesday, March 14 due to the storm. Residents are advised to remain indoors until after the storm has subsided. In the event of a maintenance emergency in one of our buildings, please call (978) 283-4435. GHA Operations Director Cliff O’Neill and Executive Director David Houlden can be reached via this number in the event of an emergency.

    Maintenance crews will work to keep emergency access routes open during the storm, but will not clear remaining walkways and parking areas until after the snow has subsided. Common areas of the Sheedy & Clark Buildings are powered by generators during a power outage. The generator at McPherson Park powers the elevators and hallway lighting.

  • The Grace Center: The Grace Center will be CLOSED on Tuesday, March 14. Their emergency team is available to respond and can be reached at Phone: 978-675-6240
  • The Open Door: The Open Door programs, including Second Glance, will be CLOSED on Tuesday, March 14. Our emergency team is available to respond to open the building if a larger community emergency should arise. Open Door will be supplying food for Action shelter.

Gloucester Announces Sunday Night Parking Ban; Schools Closed Monday

Issued by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken at 2:20PM, Sunday, Feb 12th:

Effective at 6PM tonight, Sunday, February 12th, the city has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to expected heavy sleet, snowfall, and powerful wind gusts. Additionally, Gloucester schools will be closed tomorrow and trash collection will be delayed one day.

Again, starting at 6PM tonight, Sunday February 12th, until 9AM tomorrow, Monday, February 13th, all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets. 

Residents may park in all municipal and school parking lots but must remove their vehicles once the ban has expired at 9AM tomorrow or will be subject to ticketing and towing at the owner’s expense. 

All residents and businesses are reminded that they are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. Please make every effort to shovel out hydrants at or near your homes, and please check on your elderly and disabled. Again, violators of this emergency declaration are subject to ticketing and towing at the owner’s expense.  

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

 To repeat, the City of Gloucester has issued a parking ban on all city streets as of 6PM tonight, Sunday, February 12th, 2017 until 9AM tomorrow, Monday, February 13th, with all vehicles banned from parking on city streets between those hours. Additionally, Gloucester schools will be closed Monday and trash collection will be delayed one day.

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

City of Gloucester Closed Thursday for Snow Emergency

Tomorrow, Thursday, February 9th the City of Gloucester and all public buildings including City Hall and schools will be closed. Effective at 8:00 AM tomorrow, Thursday, February 9th, the city has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to an upcoming severe snow storm.

From 8:00 AM tomorrow, Thursday, February 9th, until 7:00 AM Friday, February 10th all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets.

Residents may park in all municipal and school parking lots.

Please remove all vehicles from municipal and school parking lots before the parking ban expires at 7:00 AM Friday. School parking lots will be the first areas to be ticketed and towed once parking ban has concluded. Violators of this emergency declaration will be at the owner’s expense. Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts.

All residents and businesses are reminded that they are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. Please make every effort to shovel out hydrants at or near your homes, and please check on your elderly and disabled. All city buildings will be closed on Thursday, February 9th with regular hours planned for Friday, February 10th weather permitting.

To repeat, the City of Gloucester will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, February 9th, with a parking ban issued on all city streets as of 8:00 AM tomorrow, Thursday, February 9th, 2017. The ban shall be in effect until 7:00 AM, Friday, February 10th

Updates will be forthcoming as the storm progresses. Please check the City of Gloucester website and social media for further updates atwww.gloucester-ma.gov

EGS Holiday Fair This Saturday

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Join us this Saturday for a fun & festive family event!

  • Kids Craft Tables
  • Homemade Baked Goods
  • Craft Sale
  • Cake Walk
  • Photos with Santa
  • Amazing Raffle Prizes

Saturday, December 10th
10 AM – 1 PM
East Gloucester Elementary School
8 Davis Street Ext.

 

School Arts Festival this Saturday

The Gloucester Public Schools Art Festival is here! Join us for a free day-long celebration of art, music, dance and theater. Amazing artwork by Gloucester’s pre-K-12 students will be on display and performances will take place all day. We’ll even have a group art project taking place in the Cape Ann Museum Courtyard. Don’t miss this fun, family event for all ages. Sponsored by Gloucester Education Foundation
When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Downtown Gloucester – Sawyer Free Library, City Hall, Cape Ann Museum, The Hive, Pleasant Street Tea Co. & Toodeloos!
Schedule of Events

10:30 AM: Opening Remarks – City Hall / High School Drama Workshop – Sawyer Free Library
10:45 AM: Dancing Through the Decades workshop with Sarah Swift – City Hall
11 AM-1 PM: Collage Art Project – Cape Ann Museum Courtyard (inside the Museum if raining)
11:15 AM: Mad Hot Ball Demonstration – City Hall / High School Culinary Reception – Sawyer Free Library
11:45 AM: Elementary Schools Recorder Concert – City Hall / 3D Printing Demonstration – The Hive
12:15 PM: Ukelele Demonstration by East Gloucester Elementary School – City Hall
12:45 – 1:45 PM: Pottery Wheel Demonstration – Cape Ann Art Haven / Gloucester High School Chorus – Sawyer Free Library Amphitheater
1:30 PM: Poetry Reading by Middle and High School Students – City Hall
2:00 PM: Into the Woods Prologue by High School Drama Students – City Hall
2:15 PM: O’Maley Middle School Band – City Hall
2:45 PM: GHS Docksiders Jazz Band – City Hall
3:15 PM: GHS Docksiders with O’Maley Middle School Band – City Hall
3:30 PM: Closing Remarks – City Hall
All Day Visual Art Displays
Elementary Schools – Cape Ann Museum
West Parish Elementary – Toodeloos!
Middle School – City Hall & Pleasant Street Tea Co.
High School – Sawyer Free Library
High School Woodworking – City Hall