Gloucester, MA—Due to rapidly changing public health conditions related to COVID-19 in the City, the Commonwealth, and nationwide, Gloucester’s Mayor-elect, Greg Verga, has chosen to scale back official inaugural plans scheduled for January 1, 2022.

In compliance with existing open meeting law and in the interest of keeping the public safe, only those elected officials being inaugurated along with immediate family and other ceremony participants will be permitted to attend in person. The public is invited to watch the ceremony on New Year’s Day at 1:00 pm, live on 1623 Studios Facebook page and local cable access television, Channel 12.

The decision to further safeguard the public swearing in ceremonies was made after careful review of neighboring cities’ revised inaugural plans along with occupancy guidelines for Kyrouz Auditorium inside City Hall. The amended event format will include socially distanced seating, with masks required throughout except for speakers actively addressing the audience. 

“Scaling back inauguration day is a great disappointment to me personally and, I am sure, to all of those incoming members of the City Council and School Committee,” said Mayor-elect Verga. “Even so, it is our job to lead and we must lead by example. I believe if we all stick to the new event guidelines, we can allow close family members to share in the celebration while still staying safe.”

Earlier this month, the Mayor-elect decided to suspend planned, post-inaugural festivities. 

“Like everybody, my family and I have grown tired of the ongoing pandemic and the challenges it creates,” said Verga. “This community has come together in remarkable ways to face this adversity thus far, and we will continue to work together through these next two years as we battle new variants and work toward economic recovery. I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.”

Due to rapidly changing public health conditions related to COVID-19, Gloucester’s Mayor-elect Greg Verga, pictured here inside Kyrouz Auditorium, has chosen to scale back official inaugural plans scheduled for January 1.

The public is invited to watch the ceremony on New Year’s Day at 1:00 pm, live on 1623 Studios Facebook page and local cable access television, Channel 12.


This news release is not an official City of Gloucester communication and Mr. Verga is currently serving the City of Gloucester only in his capacity as Mayor-elect.

Free Streaming New Year’s Day Nia and Restorative Yoga Class, 1/1/22 Nia-10 am and Rest. Yoga-11:15 Join at 9:30 am for conversation

Cape Ann Wellness

What else do you have to do? Take down the tree or store the menorah?

Might as well dance or relax!

Current Nia Routine: Pink Martini

Link for NY Day Nia Class https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87660488611

Join us as we dance to the music of the incredible band, Pink Martini. I got the bug to do this routine, last done in Nov.2020, after watching the Pink Martini Holiday concert last week. Different genres, different languages, very eclectic music.

Restorative Yoga

link for NY Day Restorative Yoga Class https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88469070125

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I think this is side savassana???

In this crazy season, treat yourself to an hour of peace, relaxation and restoration. Lovely passive practice aimed at quieting the nervous system, mind and body.

Find some cushions, large books, yoga blocks, blankets, whatever you can use instead of bolsters and blocks. We make it work. For more information on Restorative yoga, check…

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Mews and Pupdates | December 2021

Happy tails to 146 newly united pets and families in November! Nala was just one of many animals who found their home in December. Nala is a 10-year-old senior gal who spent a couple of months at the shelter waiting on a home. Nala’s new family writes “She will explore, spend time with us and then when tired nap under the bed… for the first time she slept out in the open on the bed in her room (the bedroom door was open). While cautious, she has been sociable, seems happy to be here, and alert and interested in what she is experiencing.” We are so thankful to families like Nala’s who give senior cats a second chance!

2021 was full of challenges and changes, and we are finishing out the year with nothing but gratitude for all of our adopters, donors, and community. We have seen not only happy faces (masked and not!), but so much grace and understanding through a tumultuous year full of unknowns. THANK YOU from all of us at Cape Ann Animal Aid!

Huggie has quite an appropriate name, as she is a total love bug that enjoys jumping up and giving big hugs. We think this sweet lady may have some Great Dane in her mix, and at about 11 months old she is weighing in at 58 pounds. Huggie is incredibly sweet and social, and is looking for a home with older children that she can’t accidentally knock over!

Bunny was surrendered to a rural shelter in Georgia as her owner could no longer take care of her. Super sweet and social, this little lady loves attention! If you are looking for an older cat that has outgrown the crazy kitten antics then she is the kitty for you! Bunny has lived with other kitties and would not mind being part of a multi-cat household.

Thank you from over 1,500 animals that you helped us unite with their new families. Every animal that has gone through our doors and on to their new lives is now warm and loved this holiday season, thanks to you. Please help us continue to save more lives in 2022 by giving today!



Please join us on Saturday, March 5th, 2022, at Danversport for an evening on the water, celebrating with our amazing animal-loving community. This beautiful location is the perfect place to escape the winter cold and help homeless animals find their forever paradise! Thank you to our presenting sponsors Cape Ann Lobstermen and Titos Handmade Vodka – the vodka for dog people! Tickets are available for purchase now!


The deadline to receive your kit by Christmas has passed, but you can still purchase a PUP Kit to benefit CAAA through December 31st! Paint-Ur-Pet kits are hand-drawn, custom paint-by-number canvases of your pet and are easy to complete on your own or with a friend! Kits include the supplies you need to complete your own masterpiece.
Paint-Ur-Pet is generously donating 65% of purchases directly to CAAA.


We loved hosting home school families from the North Shore (left) for volunteer activities and some time with the animals! Hansel (center) visited Gloucester Healthcare for the first visit in over a year to the nursing home, and Frank (right) had a visit with Santa himself at Granite Coast Brewing Company.
You can catch us at more community events by visiting our events page below!

“They are best buds and I’m so glad they love each other.”