City of Gloucester Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Boards, Committees & Commissions


Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken is seeking interested volunteers to fill vacancies on a number of City boards, committees and commissions (BCC).

Volunteers selected to serve on City BCC’s aide local government’s ability to serve residents, businesses and visitors.  BCC’s are established under state laws, the City charter, and code of ordinances and the purpose, duties, and authority are determined by these state and local laws.  Members are appointed by the Mayor and are approved by the City Council for specified terms.

The following BCC’s are currently accepting applications:


·         Animal Advisory Committee

·         Archives Committee

·         Capital Improvement Advisory Board

·         City Hall Restoration Commission

·         Clean City Commission

·         Clean Energy Commission

·         Committee for the Arts

·         Conservation Commission

·         Council on Aging

·         Disabilities Rights Commission

·         Dogtown Preservation Commission

·         Fisheries Commission

·         Historical Commission

·         Human Rights Commission

·         Open Space Committee

·         Records Management Advisory Board

·         Shellfish Advisory Commission

·         Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee

·         Tourism Commission

·         Waterways Board

·         Zoning Board of Appeals

Information and descriptions for any of these BCC’s can be found on the City of Gloucester website or by calling the Mayor’s Office.

Some newly formed BCC descriptions are as follows:

The Disabilities Rights Commission shall promote the full integration and participation of people with disabilities in the City of Gloucester’s activities, services and employment opportunities of the community and to coordinate and carry out programs in coordination with programs of the Massachusetts Office of Disability.

Dogtown Preservation Commission’s mission is to formulate and implement a comprehensive plan for ongoing preservation, restoration, management, educational, and stewardship of Dogtown.

The Human Rights Commission will advise the Mayor on all matters of civil and human rights for all Gloucester citizens.  It will also support and assist all city departments, boards and commissions in their efforts to celebrate diversity, promote tolerance and inclusion, and comply with appropriate local, state, and federal laws.

City residents, at least 18 years of age, who are interested in volunteering for an opening should submit a letter of interest and an up to date resume to, by fax to 978-281-9738, or by mail to Office of the Mayor, Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930.

For questions about the submission process, additional information on any opening or BCC description/scope call the Mayor’s Office at 978-281-9700.


The brand new beautiful School Street Sunflower field is not to be missed. With gently rolling hills, abundantly planted rows, and a wide, easy path to stroll (easy enough for a two-year-old to navigate), the 5 acres of sunflowers is a wildflower lover’s dream.

Paul Wegzyn and his Dad, also Paul Wegzyn, shared their enthusiasm for this exiting new venture.

There are picnic tables for those who would like to take lunch, and positioned artfully around the fields are photo props such as tractors and bales of hay, but for the most part, the scene is straight up gorgeous sunflowers (and bees!).

The variety planted blooms in 50 to 60 days from when planted and today is day 61. Only a few flowers have droopy seed-laden heads, or have passed. NOW is the time to go as the blooms will all have expired in another two weeks.

Kissable Butterflies

School Street Sunflower Farm

At the corner of Linebrook Road and School Street (for google maps type in – 79 Linebrook Road)

Ipswich, Massachusetts

Open 8am to sunset.

The cost is eight dollars during the week, ten dollars on weekends, and the ticket covers a full day. Wristbands are available if you would like to return the same day. Children under five are free.

Instagram: @schoolstreetsunflowers

Facebook: @schoolstreetsunflowers

Thoughtful sayings posted throughout the field ~

“Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.”


Lovers of Parker River Hellcat trail will be happy to know the marsh loop has reopened! See the video below for more information.

Barred Owl at Hellcat. One of the best places to find owls is on the marsh loop.

Back to school beauty | new sign, lifted trees, entrance spruced at Gloucester High School

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John from DPW described some Gloucester High School curb appeal betterments we happened upon today and kindly shared this photo for Good Morning Gloucester.

John, Nick, Fred (electrician), Tommy, Brian, and Billy from Gloucester DPW have been finishing some corrective cement walkway work and assorted grounds keeping at Gloucester High School. Over in the parking lot, the trees are looking sporty-spruced, and they’re easy to walk under now they’ve been lifted. Overgrown brush has been cleared and hauled off with more to come. Loam is being delivered for the ground around the new entrance sign (class gift) readying for the wonderful gardeners touch still to come.



Fun at Parker River Wildlife Refuge

I took a ride to one of my favorite places, Parker River Wildlife Refuge last week. I just love showing my Senior Park Pass (check it out here) to the attendant and hearing “You’re good to go!”. On this visit, there were all kinds of swallows, a heron, egrets and an osprey. Parker River offers several free programs and tours every month that are well worth checking out. Today I went “Behind the Scenes at Great Bay Wildlife Reserve” in New Hampshire. Janet, the Parker River guide, drove us up there and all around the non-public areas of the park. We saw deer and turkeys, most of whom were more curious about us than we were! I recommend checking these programs out…did I mention FREE?

Egrets fly gracefully but land awkwardly.

An osprey with a Mohawk!

You’re invited to the Great Gloucester Growdown!

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Join us for a groovy night out at the Great Gloucester Growdown to support Backyard Growers‘ Community, Backyard, and School Garden Programs! Enjoy delicious farm fresh appetizers, dinner and cocktails, plus music, performances and a live auction.

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Generous local farmers, business sponsors and our amazing friends at Short & Main help us keep event costs very low so that 85% of proceeds go right back into our local programs, helping kids, families and older adults to grow their own healthy, organic food.

Tickets go fast for this event – get yours today!

Thanks to our awesome Growdown sponsors:

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