City of Gloucester Responds to Needles Found Discarded on Streets and in Public Places


Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

City of Gloucester Responds to Needles Found Discarded on Streets and in Public Places

GLOUCESTER — Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Police Chief Leonard Campanello and Department of Public Works Director Michael Hale seek to inform the public about a number of initiatives being undertaken to diminish the number of discarded hypodermic needles being left in the City of Gloucester.

Gloucester, like virtually every community in the nation, is in the midst of an unprecedented spike in heroin and opioid abuse. Discarded needles are a concern in every city in the Commonwealth, but department heads in Gloucester are committed to not only cleaning up the streets and gathering spots but to also preventing used needles from becoming potentially dangerous litter in the first place.

With the support of Mayor Romeo Theken, the North Shore Health Project will be applying for a waiver from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the establishment of a Pilot Program for the exchange of needles in the City of Gloucester. This is part of a comprehensive Harm Reduction Program that will include testing, education, Narcan distribution and referral to treatment. Pending DPH approval, the site is scheduled to open in mid-September. An important goal of the program is to reduce the amount of needles discarded on city streets and to reduce the likelihood that dirty needles will be reused by those with substance use disorders. Dirty needles can lead to transmission of disease and a host of other problems for intravenous drug users.

Used syringes and other sharps should always be placed in a sharps container and disposed of safely — either at a drop-off site or in a mail-back program. Do not clip, bend, or recap needles and always keep sharps and containers away from children and pets. 

Established drop off sites in the City:

• North Shore Health Project, 5 Center St. Phone: 978-283-0101 

• Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Main Fisher Entrance Phone: 978-283-4000 

• Gloucester Police Department, 197 Main St. Phone: 978-283-1212

“Dirty and improperly disposed needles pose a problem for everyone, from users, to tourists, to children who may come across them,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “Gloucester does not ignore our citizens who have asked for leadership and safety in our community, but the reality is that we’re in the middle of a nationwide heroin epidemic which cannot be ignored, even here. We offer treatment options, we conduct outreach, and we are committed to proper needle disposal as a sanitation and quality of life issue that we must tackle as a community, together.”

In addition to the exchange program, Gloucester Public Works will have crews in the city assigned to clean up any litter from streets, parks, and beaches. Special attention will be paid to the Niles Beach area, where multiple syringes have been spotted in recent weeks.

“Our public works crews, in cooperation with Mayor Romeo Theken’s office, are on the lookout for discarded needles and other litter,” Director Hale said. “This is a quality of life issue for our community, and we are committed to cleaning up and working with the city to raise awareness.”

Gloucester Police will also step up patrols at town parks and beaches to dissuade drug use in public gathering places.

“The rise of heroin and other opioids across the nation has a ripple effect, and discarded needles are another way this crisis affects a community,” Chief Campanello said.

Finally, the City and Police Department have taken great strides with the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative toward addressing addiction from its root causes. Since the program’s inception in June 2015, dozens of used needles have been turned into police by program participants, who are then transported for treatment across Massachusetts and the nation. 

The city reminds all residents: If you find a needle on a sidewalk or other public way, do not pick it up, instead please call the Gloucester Police Department non-emergency line at 978-283-1212. Provide the location of the needle with as much detail as possible so that the responding officer can locate the waste.



Beauport Hotel Dining Review -1 copyright Kim SmithOverlooking Pavilion Beach in Gloucester’s beautiful historic working harbor front district, the Beauport Hotel is the North Shore’s newest coastal getaway. Prior to the official opening, my husband Tom and I had the pleasure of previewing the dinner menu (read preview here). The Beauport emanates a feeling of relaxed and casual elegance, and Tom and I shared in the sense of being transported to a world of leisure and luxury.

Most recently, and joined by our son, we had a delightful breakfast on the open air deck. With incomparable views, delicious and fresh locally sourced food–served by friendly and efficient waitstaff–any meal at any time of day at the new Beauport Hotel promises to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review omelete copyright Kim SmithTom enjoyed a hearty and satisfying Beauport Scramble and it was as good as it looks, with Vermont ham, Cabot cheddar cheese, golden potatoes, toast, and choice of bacon or sausage. 

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review waffles copyright Kim SmithAlex had the wonderfully tasty Belgian waffles with sweet strawberries, whipped cream, and authentic Vermont maple syrup. The market fresh bowl of fruit was simply outstanding, no unripe duds as is more often than not the case with offerings of mixed fruit.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review fresh fruit copyright Kim Smith

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review Eggs benedict copyright Kim SmithEverything looked inviting and it was challenging to decide what to order; I finally chose the Eggs Benedict and they were delicious. The eggs were perfectly poached and served with a light and lemony Hollandaise sauce. The chef kindly allowed spinach instead of Canadian Bacon and I should mention that the spinach was super fresh and plentiful. The chopped chives are a nice touch, too.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review -4 copyright Kim SmithThe coffee was hot and fresh and poured often. Don’t you love the shape of the cups? The coffee cups are just one of the many attractive and thoughtful design details that abound throughout the hotel. Note, too, the crisp linen napkins and mercury glass candle lanterns.

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The Beauport can readily accommodate large parties for breakfast, making the terrace an ideal location for business meetings.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review copyright Kim SmithFor chilly mornings, heaters and blankets are provided, as well as the fantastic fire pit.
Beauport Hotel Gloucester Interior copyright Kim SmithIndoor dining during inclement weather

Beauport Hotel Dining Review copyright Kim Smith

Beautiful views of Pavilion Beach, the Dog Bar breakwater, and the working harbor are had from every vantage point. We were there on an overcast morning; imagine the light on a sunnier day. We loved watching the comings and going of the fishing boats.

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Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review -8 copyright Kim Smith

1606 at Beauport hours of operation: Breakfast: 7 AM – 11 AM. Lunch: 11:30 AM – 4 PM. Dinner: 5 – 10 PM. An additional Bar/Tavern Menu is available from 4 PM – 11 PM. The 1606 at Beauport and the adjoining bar are open to the public.

For the most up to date information on 1606 at Beauport, visit their Facebook page here.

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‘Leven – Women’s A Cappella ~ Concerts July 9th & July 10th

For their upcoming concerts, “Summer Sky”, on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th, both at 7:30, ‘Leven has devised an evocative “Book of Hours”. In collaboration with guitarist, John Hicks, they will bring us through the summer’s day – from sunrise into the starry night – with their percussive rhythms, close harmonies, catchy lyrics and delivery, and their imaginative way of combining talent and taste. 

On Saturday, July 9th, a surprise mutual event promises an especially dazzling connection! The “Summer Sky” concert ends at just the hour when the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club will be setting up their high-powered lenses at Halibut Point. Concert–goers are invited to join others at this ideal viewing spot and, at day’s end, to be “lost in the stars”! 

Then, on Sunday, July 10th at 7:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockport, a repeat concert will be sponsored by “Music for Food” , a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief.  All proceeds of the Sunday concert will be donated to The Open Door.

Don’t miss these very special evenings.


About ‘Leven:

‘Leven is an ensemble of Cape Ann women who perform dynamic songs of various times and cultural traditions. They have been a favorite with local audiences since 1992 when a group of eleven enlightened ladies rst met at 111 Washington Street in the eleventh month of the year, under the leavening influence of founder, Dawn Pratson.  Their eclectic repertoire serves the community in both sacred and secular ceremonies, theatrical productions, fund raisers, seasonal festivities, children’s events, and private gatherings. The singers’ collective experience covers a broad spectrum of interests and avocations in the arts, education, travel, sports administration, interior painting and design, business management, law, family life,wildlife, spiritual study and leadership, and community service.  Currently, two founding members of ‘Leven, Pat Maloney-Brown and Caroline Haines, carry on with Sue Bonior, Anne Hyde, Kristina Martin and Sheryl Reed, as they lift audiences of all ages in the original group’s refreshing spirit of  light, life…and oo-la-la! 

Harborwalk Summer Cinema Kicks Off July 13

Gloucester’s outdoor movies series now in its 3rd year

Movie_2016_smallThe City of Gloucester, Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, and North Shore Radio 104.9 are pleased to announce The Third Annual HarborWalk Summer Cinema Series. These free outdoor movies will run Wednesdays for 5 weeks throughout the summer, July 13 to August 10 (with a rain date on August 17) at 65 Rogers Street (I4C2).

IMG_1548In addition to the partners listed above the, Harborwalk Summer Cinema Series is sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank, the Green Carpet Sponsor and North Shore Community College the Community Sponsor. Individual film sponsors include Doyon’s Modern Home, The Open Door Food Pantry, Toodeloos! Toys, The Building Center of Gloucester and Essex, and Manchester Athletic Club. Other local businesses providing support include: Ipswich Bank, Gloucester Stage Company, Auto Expressions, and BankGloucester.

Movies start at 8:00 PM (or when it gets dark, whichever is earlier), and feature the following blockbusters:

July 13––GREASE (presented by Doyon’s Modern Home)Come dressed as your favorite character- there will be a prize for the best costume!

July 20––Disney/Pixar’s FINDING NEMO (presented by The Open Door Food Pantry)Bring a canned good for the Movie Night Food Drive!

July 27––MINONS (presented by Toodeloos! Toys)

August 3––STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (presented by The Building Center of Gloucester and Essex)

August 10––Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT (presented by Manchester Athletic Club)

The movies are a free “BYOC” event (Bring Your Own Chair”) free. Local vendors Kettle Masters, Nana’s Fried Dough, Joe Popcorn’s Slush, Salty Frank’s Hot Dogs, Copper Dome Crust Pizza, and Cape Ann Cinema & Stage will provide snacks for purchase.

While in Gloucester, guests are encouraged to take the opportunity to visit the HarborWalk. The HarborWalk features 42 “story moments” on Cape Ann-sourced granite markers that weave in and around the waterfront and through Gloucester’s historic downtown. As noted by former Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk, “Our goal was to link Gloucester’s waterfront with the downtown area, and to make it easy for residents and visitors to experience the working waterfront’s edge without interfering with it.”     North Shore 104.9 will provide pre-show entertainment with music, contests and prize giveaways beginning at 6:00 PM every night.


Deborah Cramer bird watch report: Piping plovers, oyster catcher, red knots sandpipers

Deborah Cramer update related to the Narrow Edge GMG post:

“Piping plovers are also on Coffin’s Beach, an oyster catcher has come into Essex Bay, and in a few weeks, and right now the red knots are up in the Arctic nesting.  They’ll be heading back later this summer, and some will pause to refuel in Essex Bay.”


David Eliot Gould’s 1895 entry on piping plovers reads like the summer of 2016:

“From many of its resorts along the Atlantic Coast, where in former days it was most abundant, it has been driven by the advance of fashion and the influx of the summer’s passing population, until it is now found chiefly on the more retired parts of the coast where it is most free from molestation.”  

I’ve added the illustration. The artist, “Ernest” Sheppard, illustrated scientific and natural history, primarily birds, including History of North American Birds in 1874.  He was on the staff of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia; in 1969 he was one member of the 3 man ornithological committee of the Academy that pleaded for more funding and care in their department. So, what did they ask for “to ensure the preservation of the best collection of birds on the continent, and, with one exception, the largest in the world” ?

First they recounted recent acquisitions such as a rare egg of the Great Auk. Then they explained that the repository required more funding,  space, display,  inventory systems, and conservation (a tricky endeavor with these specimens.) Insects were on the warpath! Poison was effective.

The 2016 restoration of the Civil War coat and display options may resonate.

illustration from the 1895 book by David Eliot Gould, North American Shore Birds; a history of the snipes, sandpipers, plovers and their allies, inhabiting the beaches and marshes, illustration by Edwin Sheppard.


From the ornithological committee’s submission to the annual report, excerpted from Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Volume 21, 1869

1869 PA Academy





Yakking around

I think I got everything I possibly could out of this weekend!  Beach, Dinner dates, Parade, Fireworks, Cookouts and my favorite relaxing thing to do…Kayaking.   It was an awesome day yesterday and the seas were calmer than they were the last couple so we put in at The Mills and headed up to Lobster Cove.   Such a peaceful paddle.   After supper we put in again at Pavilion and ventured over to 10 Pd Island for some solitude and different views.   Now to recover at work!  Have a great week!

Peaceful Mill River and Lobster Cove.   Lots of Egrets just enjoying the marsh.

Views from 10 Pound Island below