Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Executive Director Deborah Kelsey Announces Upcoming Retirement

Library Board and City of Gloucester to launch a national search for a replacement

Deborah Kelsey SFL Library Director.jpgAt the January 8th meeting of the Library Board of Trustees Executive Committee, Deborah Kelsey, Library Director of the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free LibrarY, announced her upcoming retirement. Ms. Kelsey expects to retire in late June to spend more time with family and explore personal pursuits.
On making her announcement, Ms. Kelsey said, “It has been a privilege and honor to serve the city of Gloucester. I have completed most of what I set out to do when I became the Sawyer Free Library Director almost six years ago. Together with the dedicated library staff and volunteers, we have worked effectively to reposition the library to be a place of learning, innovation, and creativity, to nurture and strengthen the community. I am grateful to each of them for their valuable and essential contribution to our shared mission.” Then added, “Now it is time for a new leader to bring their energy, passion, and commitment to realize the vision for the library: to foster the values of place, belonging, and connection in the Gloucester community.”
“We are grateful to Deborah for her service to the library and the community. She has been a real catalyst for change,” said John T. Brennan, President of the Library Board of Trustees. “Deborah  is very much a forward-thinking leader and has helped to bring the library to a new place in its history. It was her vision, dedication, knowledge, and hard work that led us to pursue and secure the $9 million MBLC grant, which has put us on the path towards an improved and renovated Sawyer Free Library.  We will be forever in her debt for her outstanding efforts to give Gloucester the 21st Century library our community deserves, and we wish her only the best.”  
Ms. Kelsey said “I also genuinely appreciate the Mayor, City Council, Library Board, Friends of the Library, and community members for their endless support throughout my tenure. I intend to do all that I can to make the transition as smooth as possible. I am confident and proud to leave the library in the hands of talented and dedicated library staff and look forward to seeing the Sawyer Free Library continue to flourish.” 
The Sawyer Free Library Board, in conjunction with the city of Gloucester, will begin planning the executive search for a new Library Director to begin mid-summer.
Ms. Kelsey’s extensive library career spans more than 25 years. She is currently on the Executive Board of the North of Boston Library Exchange network, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Ecosystem Committee as well as the past president of the New England Library Association.
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About the SFL:   Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Inc. serves the informational and cultural needs of Gloucester’s residents of all ages as it has for over 175 years. Today, the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library continues as a public charitable corporation as designated under a charter granted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts June 10, 1872. Its purpose remains to provide equal access to quality resources that serve the lifelong cultural, educational, and informational needs and interests of all people. Its guiding mission is to be a place of learning, innovation, and creativity to nurture and strengthen the community. Each year, SFL hosts hundreds of programs and serves thousands of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. To learn more, visit

Wednesday’s with Fly Amero ~ Tonight’s guest: Bill Gleason accompanied by Ken Steiner 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line



Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 15… 7pm start
My Musical Guest: BILL GLEASON!

Our great bluesman, Bill Gleason comes to the Rhumb Line
stage this week, accompanied by the intuitive pulse of Ken
Steiner on the upright.

Come and enjoy this incredible selection of songs, played by REAL PLAYERS. As always, we hit at 7. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe! Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!

1/22 Toni Ann Enes






1/29 Liz Frame






2/5 Dan King






2/12 John Rockwell

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Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂


Machaca’s $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge Returns Tonight! January 15, 2020


Tonight we kickoff a new Machaca’s $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge at 7:30pm. We will be keeping the kitchen open until 10pm. Come check out some of the area’s best up-and-coming singer-songwriters!

There will be 7 weeks of preliminaries with one qualifier selected each week to perform on week 8 for a piece of the $1,000 prize purse. Interested in performing? Message us here or email Chris at with your name, desired week (every Weds. for 7 weeks) and a sample of your music.

14 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA
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(978) 865-3669

Mayor Romeo Theken instrumental in securing 3 million MassWorks grant for infrastructure upgrades #GloucesterMA

Mayor Romeo Theken was instrumental in securing funding, including a MassWorks grant, for another generational neighborhood infrastructure overhaul in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This soup to nuts improvement project– water, sewer, drainage, pavement, & utilities–impacts several streets including: Cedar, Millet, Sargent, Shepherd, Trask, and Warner. Some original sewer pipes were a century old.

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Gloucester DPW works in concert and alternates with various partners as the work is completed. While National Grid is up at bat currently with the utitlity upgrades, DPW is demobilized. The gas complany is replacing aged gas lines and mains, and improving services. It may have a wider scope than the city utility work.

photo caption: street work view down Millet Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts. City Hall and St. Ann’s in distance:

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photo caption: Millet and Warner Street , Gloucester, MA (Jan. 14, 2020)

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Malabar II a Star on the Sea and on the Screen?

Looking back through photos from the Schooner Festival and remembered having a nice talk with a man on the dock near the Tree of Life and the Columbia.  A smaller, yet beautiful boat, the Malabar II was at the same dock and the gentleman shared with me that the boat had been in the Kevin Costner and Robin Wright film, Message in a Bottle.  I’ve since read conflicting reports, but regardless the Malabar II is pretty slick.  I’ve read that the Catherine that appears in the movie is actually the Concordia Yawl, Arapaho…but, the boat they sail on during the movie is the Malabar.




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City of Gloucester Chief Administrative Officer Announces Upcoming Retirement

City of Gloucester Chief Administrative Officer

Announces Upcoming Retirement


The City’s Chief Administrative Officer has announced his retirement from the City effective early April 2020. James Destino advised Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken late last week of his intentions.

He plans to spend more time with family, especially his new grandson, and explore personal pursuits. His last day will be Friday, April 3.

Jim was appointed as CAO in January 2015. As CAO he has worked closely with the Mayor on the development of her vision and goals for the City during her tenure. Additionally he has been responsible for developing and supporting the City’s management team, providing supervision to all City departments and their budgets, developing City policies and programs, providing constituent services and bridging communications with the City Council, School Department and other agencies.

Mayor Romeo Theken said, “Jim has been a dedicated and highly effective leader. During the past five years, he has dealt with City matters in a transparent, professional and effective manner. He has been a huge part of some of the City’s most significant recent successes, restoring our financial standing and broadly improving municipal operations. Gloucester residents, City Council and City staff have benefited significantly from his knowledge, accessibility and management. He leaves the City of Gloucester in a very strong position and we sincerely thank him for his contributions and service.”

Destino said, “I am thankful to the Mayor for this opportunity. Together we have made a difference in this community. I am extremely proud to have been a part of the turnaround. I have had the opportunity to work with many outstanding staff and elected officials over the past five years who were and are committed to this community and our citizens. I’ve already begun working with the Mayor and City staff to make the transition as smooth as possible.”

Destino is an entrepreneur and public servant with more than 35 years of business, civic and administrative experience. A lifelong resident of Gloucester, he has served as a member of the City Council between 2000 and 2008, including two terms as City Council President. A certified parliamentarian, his public life has been defined by fiscal prudence and a commitment to civility in political service. During his years in political office, he served on the City Council’s Committee on Budget & Finance and worked on numerous policies and initiatives, including creation of annual training standards for members of City boards and commissions and the establishment of local ordinances regulating development of renewable energy facilities (wind turbines).

Mayor Romeo Theken said, “Our City leadership and staff are ready to keep things moving. While he will be missed, I’m confident that our City is in good hands and prepared for the future. It’s business as usual.”

Mayor Romeo Theken will begin planning the executive search for a new CAO soon. Currently she is working with Personnel to evaluate the job description and plan a recruitment strategy.

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Live Acoustic on the river With Joe Wilkins – 7-9pm at Mile Marker One


Join us this Thursday from 7-9pm for live acoustic with Joe Wilkins & Joe Kessler on the river serenading you while you enjoy dinner and drinks. They’ll be playing a mix of Folk, Bluegrass, Fiddle Music, Americana, Gypsy Jazz and more! You don’t want to miss it!

When: Thursday January 16th 7-9pm
Where: Mile Marker One Dining Room & Bar (75 Essex Avenue Gloucester)
Details: Free event, make your reservations ahead of time.

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