Gloucester Police Officers Adopt Students From Class of 2030 as Part of Kops N Kids Program

Gloucester Police Officers Adopt Students From Class of 2030 as Part of Kops N Kids Program


GLOUCESTER — Chief John McCarthy is pleased to announce that the Gloucester Police Department will be expanding its Kops N Kids initiative by having three of its officers “adopt” the students who comprise the class of 2030.

Officers Josiah Aberle, Tim O’Leary and Michal Cimoszko have committed to adopt the first grade students in all of Gloucester’s elementary schools. Through their 12-year commitment to the class of 2030, the officers will pay regular visits to the students as they progress through the Gloucester schools and take the first steps on their path to graduation.

This new program is the latest step toward growing the Kops N Kids initiative, ensuring that children have numerous opportunities to develop relationships with the police officers who serve them and their community.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our officers to build meaningful and lasting relationships with our kids,” Chief McCarthy. “I’m proud of Officers Aberle, O’Leary and Cimoszko for taking on this extraordinary commitment and volunteering to serve as mentors and friends to children throughout their school careers.”

Kops N Kids launched in 2016, under the guidance of Lt. Jeremiah Nicastro, as a way for officers to engage with kids by joining them for lunch. Since then, the program has grown to include more lunch, gym class and recess gatherings that have strengthened the bonds between students and officers.

“I’m grateful for all of the officers who have stepped up and taken on an active role in the lives of the children in our community,” Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said. “Chief McCarthy and the Gloucester Police Department have gone above and beyond to build relationships with students of all ages, and I’m sure the first grade class will be excited to meet their adopted officers.”

As the Kops N Kids program has expanded, participating officers created baseball style trading cards for students to collect, and challenged them to collect all 14. Four students ultimately reached that goal earlier this year, earning rides to school from an officer of their choosing.

With the program continuing to enlist more officers, students will be challenged to collect even more trading cards. Those who successfully collect them all will once again be eligible to earn a ride to school in their favorite officer’s cruiser.

“The Gloucester Police Department, under Chief McCarthy, has gone the extra mile to build relationships with the children of Gloucester, and to begin doing so at an early age,” Superintendent Richard Safier said. “With this new initiative, these relationships will continue throughout the grades. This is sustained community building at the ground level with the key, once again, being relationship building.”



The exquisite Greek Revival architecture of The Mary Prentiss Inn complements perfectly our lively pollinator paradise, bursting with blossoms and bees. We’ve layered the garden in an array of nectar-rich perennials and annuals that bloom from spring through fall and the garden has become mecca for neighborhood pollinators (including seed-seeking songbirds).

Plant for the pollinators and they will come!

Three-bee-species scene at The Mary Prentiss Inn pollinator garden.

The Mary Prentiss Inn Owners Nicholas and Jennifer Fandetti

Perfectly lovely prior to turning the old garden into a pollinator paradise, but everyone agreed, it was time for a change.

Bee and blossom alike dusted in a fine golden shower of pollen.

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We All Scream for Ice Cream at White Farms on Essex Ave

We decided to stop at the new White Farms Ice Cream stand on Essex Ave near the Causeway recently, and boy…was that a good decision!!

I like that the flavors are divided up in a way that you can see all the “chocolate” choices in one place.

This is Tara who dove right into the mega gallon container to get my Chocolate PB Cup Kids Size serving. You can see ice cream there on her arm to validate her efforts. Thanks Tara!!

Crossfit Cape Ann – 14 Day Trial

Cape Ann Wellness

Not sure if CFCA is right for you? We offer a 14 day trial membership for $65 so you can test the waters before fully committing to improving your health/fitness and life!  Trial memberships start with a private intro session with one of our coaches. The intro will give you an opportunity to check out our facility, learn more about our program, watch an actual class in progress and learn some of the basic movements that we use on a regular basis. More importantly, it’s a chance for us to get to know you… (your goals, athletic background, previous injuries) and address any questions or concerns that you may have. This session generally lasts 40-60 mins. Once you have completed your intro… come to class as much as you want for the next 14 days! Get a feel for our workouts, our coaches and our supportive community. When the 14 days are…

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