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I Am More Project

From the amazing and talented Amy Kerr:

Hello my friends

Just letting you know that your portrait and essay will be at the Northshore Mall for the month of January (2nd-29th), located in front of JCPenney’s by the food court (enter by Not Your Average Joe’s and turn left). There is a flyer attached you’re welcome to share.

All the best to you in 2022!

 

 

 

Big News for Windhover 2022

Dear Windhover Friends:

Now that the light is returning and we are moving into 2022, I want to share some exciting news about Windhover Performing Arts Center with you. Windhover has received a matching grant for half of the money towards the purchase of a permanent frame tent covering for the outdoor stage and garden. The amount received is $20,000. This means that we are reaching out now for help with contributions to meet our goal of raising the remaining $20,000. With a permanent tent covering in place, it means that all performances can take place at Windhover rain or shine! This is a game changer for Windhover! With this in place, everyone can be assured that all high quality dance, theater and music events which we are known for will take place.

  Tent at Windhover in back garden over the outdoor stage which Windhover plans to purchase for 2022.
  (photo by Lisa Hahn, August 2021)

Following the success of last summer when over 10,000 people attended numerous events, this coming summer of 2022 promises a wide variety of innovative performances in all of the performing arts fields. We welcome:

The Gloucester Stage Company back for the month of July;

Michael Trusnovec and his dance colleagues back to perform and teach in September;

Lanes Coven Theater Company performing Macbeth in August;

–Saving Grace Dance Ensemble Repertoire

— North Atlantic Dance Theatre Company

–Cornfield Dance Company

plus many other companies whose work will be enhanced because of this tent covering. Music performances will be able to take place rain or shine, as the delicate instruments will protected. All dance performances will take place since the stage will be protected.  

More news: The Quarry Dance X will be released online on Vimeo during a specific weekend in January, to be announced soon. We will have a premiere on Zoom as we did last year with Quarry Dance lX, with the complete cast and producer answering questions. The composer is putting the finishing touches on the music which he is creating for this dance video. We will send out an email blast when we have the dates, and it will be free for all to watch.

Quarry Dance X, Rockport quarry, August 2021     Photo by Anders Johnson

Please help make Windhover’s dreams come true by donating any amount that is comfortable for you. Every contribution helps to meet the goal. Windhover is a 501© 3 non-profit organization, so every contribution is tax-deductible. We encourage you to contribute in order to help sustain high quality arts on Cape Ann which are essential to uplifting our spirits and keeping the creativity of artists alive.

Windhover’s donate button on the website links to PAYPAL and can be found here: www.windhover.org

Alternatively, you can mail a check made payable to Windhover and send to:

Windhover, P.O Box 2249, Rockport, Ma. 01966

Thank you for your participation in fostering the arts and maintaining an entire summer of performances, classes, residencies and workshops in 2022 at Windhover.

Warm wishes,

Lisa

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken Reflects on City’s Progress as Term as Gloucester’s Leader Nears End

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken is proud of Gloucester’s accomplishments during her tenure as mayor: “The City is in a great place.” (Photo Courtesy City of Gloucester)
GLOUCESTER – As her time in the corner office draws to a close, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken is reflecting on the City’s successes and focusing on the people and organizations that exemplify the spirit of public service.

With the successes came a series of challenges, none greater than ensuring the community’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“No one knew about COVID-19 two years ago. We had to fight this as a team. And your team is your community,” Mayor Romeo Theken says.

That meant ensuring that the City’s homeless population had safe and secure shelters; that vulnerable senior citizens, especially those in care facilities, were protected; that children who could not attend classes in-person still had access to school meals; that residents had access to basic goods; and that local service businesses remained open.

“There always will be losses, though one is too many. But it could have been a lot worse. People in the City government and all over Gloucester stepped up,” Mayor Romeo Theken adds, citing significant support from Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. “The Governor and Lieutenant Governor showed outstanding leadership.”
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Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken cites strong partnerships with local and state leaders, including Gov. Charlie Baker, as key to the City’s progress. (Photo Courtesy City of Gloucester, via Governor’s Press Office/Joanne DeCaro)
Mayor Romeo Theken joined the City Council in 2001, serving as Council Vice President for several terms. She was chosen as Interim Mayor by the Council in 2015, when the then-Mayor accepted a job in the Baker Administration. Mayor Romeo Theken said she originally planned to hold the interim role for a year.

Within her first days as the city’s leader, Mayor Romeo Theken held a staff meeting and workshop for about 80 key City employees on a cruise ship … that pulled out to sea in order to hold the attention of the audience.

“I said, ‘I want you to bring back the dreaming that you had when you applied for this job. The dreams that you had when you first were interviewed,’” Mayor Romeo Theken says. That workshop became the catalyst for change, improving morale and allowing departments to innovate and grow, thus better serving the Gloucester community.

Mayor Romeo Theken notes her efforts toward creating a more inclusive City Hall, encouraging departments to hire new employees with diversity and equity in mind. Early in her interim term, she purchased a flagpole. The LGBTQ flag was the first to be raised, signaling an era of government access for all. She is proud about creating a government that looks more like the people it serves, for officiating over the first same-sex marriage in City Hall, and of creation of a Human Rights Commission to serve overlooked and underserved groups in the City.

“Everyone has the right to be proud of who they are,” she says.

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken performed the first same-sex marriage in City Hall, between Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Sicuranza and husband Frank DiMercurio Jr. (Photo Courtesy City of Gloucester)
Under her leadership, Gloucester became an international model of response to the opioid epidemic which has given rise to a dramatic increase in overdose deaths across the globe.

Mayor Romeo Theken becomes emotional when telling the story of an acquaintance who was attempting to quit substance misuse on their own because no treatment beds were available. The acquaintance struggled toward sobriety while knowing a relapse could mean death.

“He came to us for help, told us what was going to happen if he didn’t get that help,” Mayor Romeo Theken says, adding that an array of City agencies attempted to find a bed in treatment without success. “Sure enough, we got that call.

“I didn’t want to take any more of those calls,” she says.

Working with the Gloucester Police Department, the City created a blueprint, connecting those who wish for help with a treatment program, pairing them with a volunteer to assist in their recovery, and working with local businesses to offer job opportunities. In its first 12 months, 376 people sought assistance 429 times from the Gloucester Angel Initiative, and received the help they needed nearly 95 percent of the time. Drug-related crime and property crimes often associated with drug addiction dropped in Gloucester by nearly 30 percent as a secondary result.

The work of the Angel Initiative has been highlighted by both the Obama and Trump administrations. Its goals are now national. Its successor, the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative, is a national network of nearly 600 police departments in 34 states that are committed to non-arrest or early diversion programs that reach people before they enter the criminal justice system. It started in Gloucester.
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Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken led numerous initiatives supporting both local fishermen and the commercial fishing industry. (Photo Courtesy City of Gloucester)
Mayor Romeo Theken, whose father was a fisherman and who has owned a fishing boat, has been a strong supporter of the City’s fishing industry. The City now showcases seafood opportunities at regional and national food trade shows. In 2017, Mayor Romeo Theken launched “Gloucester Fresh,” which promotes sustainable seafood and the local restaurants that serve it.

More recently, Mayor Romeo Theken launched BioGloucester, which is attracting the life sciences industry and expanding the local economy.

Mayor Romeo Theken credits much of the City’s success on its partnerships, and the willingness of people to come together toward a common goal. She says the City has support of its State House leaders, Sen. Bruce Tarr and Rep. Ann-Marie Ferrante, and great relationships with Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito. North Shore mayors also work together, and collaborate with time and resources.

Before leaving office, Mayor Romeo Theken has submitted to the state a long list of requests for funding through the American Rescue Plan Act, including road repairs and treatment plant upgrades.

High on that list are new public-safety facilities for the Gloucester Police and Fire Departments.

“I really want to thank our police officers and firefighters,” Mayor Romeo Theken says. “They haven’t said one word about the conditions they work in. They put the residents first.”

Mayor Romeo Theken worked as community health and human services liaison at Addison Gilbert Hospital until becoming mayor. She intends to return to the private sector, to a health and human services business she placed on hold while serving as mayor.

She is confident that she has left the city poised for future success when Mayor-Elect Greg Verga takes the oath of office on Jan. 5.

“The City is in a great place. We’re financially sound,” she says. “The new mayor has the opportunity to come in and finish the things we could not finish. I’m here to help. He will succeed if he takes it one step at a time.”

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken visits West Parish School in Gloucester in March 2021, where Gov. Charlie Baker and other state officials announced eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. (Photo Courtesy City of Gloucester, via Governor’s Press Office/Joshua Qualls)

Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, state Sen. Bruce Tarr, Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and other local and military officials announced $2.4 million in Massachusetts Dredging Program funding to Gloucester for its Annisquam River Dredging Project at United States Coast Guard Station Gloucester. (Photo Courtesy City of Gloucester, via Governor’s Press Office/Joshua Qualls)

On Frozen Pond

The view off our deck this morning in Madison, NH is of Purity Lake. Looks pretty frozen, but hard to tell. since it’s still covered with fresh snow the boys can skate on it anyway…. but it did take long fir Finn and my nephew to get fishing rods in their hands.

Whale Tail Sculpture Follow Up

I received some additional information regarding the damage to the whale tail sculpture at the Paint Factory. They are seeking assistance with repair:

Hi Pat!

Thanks for the post on the whale tail. Yes, unfortunately the tail snapped in the bad October storm we had. If you want to get the word out, we could use a volunteer with welding supplies and experience to help us put it back together. If anyone is interesting in helping they contact me at apensarosa@whale.org or 978-281-2814 ext. 100.

We really appreciate it. Happy Holidays!

Alicia Pensarosa

Assistant Director, Ocean Alliance, Inc

32 Horton Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

apensarosa@whale.org

978-281-2814 ext. 100

www.whale.org

Let’s get it restored to its original beauty!

Sawyer Free Library to host “Author Talk with Ted Reinstein” to discuss his new book on Saturday, Jan 8th at 2pm

Cape Ann Community

TheSawyer Free Librarywill host award-winning author and journalistTed ReinsteinonSaturday, January 8, from2:00-4:00 pm. He will speak about his book,Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier,on the Main Floor of the Library located at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester, MA.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Copies of the bookBefore Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrierwill be available. Face masks are mandatory for those attending.

InBefore Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier, Ted Reinstein tells the story of the little-known heroes who fought segregation in baseball. From communist newspaper reporters to the Pullman car porters who saw that black newspapers espousing integration in professional sports reached the homes of blacks throughout the country. It also reminds us…

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