COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT MESSAGE FROM REPRESENTATIVE ANN MARGARET FERRANTE

If you have found yourself out of work due to restrictions in place because of COVID-19, you should apply for unemployment insurance even if you are unsure if your situation fits normal unemployment insurance guidelines.

The House and Senate are working on emergency legislation that will allow new claims to be paid more quickly by waiving the one week waiting period for unemployment benefits and Governor Baker’s administration is developing emergency regulations that will allow people impacted by COVID-19 to collect unemployment insurance in the certain circumstances.

To learn how to apply for unemployment, visit https://www.mass.gov/guides/what-to-do-if-youve-become-unemployed-in-massachusetts

COVID-19 LOAN FUND MESSAGE FROM REPRESENTATIVE ANN MARGARET FERRANTE

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced economic support for small businesses with a $10 million loan fund to provide financial relief to those that have been affected by COVID-19.

The $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits. Loans are immediately available to eligible businesses with no payments due for the first 6 months.

To apply, please complete the application found at https://www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org/. Completed applications can be sent via email to mgcc@massgcc.com with the subject line “2020 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund.”

UNITY, REFLECTION, ADVOCACY, AND ACTION ~ FIGLI DI TRAPPETO 11th INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION!

A wonderful time was had by all at the Festa della Donna celebration, hosted by Figli di Trappeto, and held Saturday evening at the Gloucester House Restaurant. The guests included a tremendous group of Cape Ann’s community-spirited women. international-womens-day-gloucester-2017-4

Each year a special guest is recognized for her commitment to the people of Gloucester and Cape Ann. Gloucester’s beloved Rosaria Giambanco-Floyd was honored for her generosity towards the ill, the elderly, the homeless, and especially for the care and love she provides to members of the community who are suffering from cancer.


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Everyone was decked out in masks and beads and the Gloucester House was sparkling in the gold, green, and purple mardi gras themed decor, created by committee members Crocetta Groppo, Josephine Taormina, Enza Taormina, Fay Puopolo, Nancy Millefoglie, Faye Pavia, Kathy Numerosi, Geri Parisi, and Jackie Zappa. After a delicious dinner of fried chicken and baked haddock, dancing, and a hysterical adult version of scavenger hunt/musical chairs kept the audience entertained.

To learn more about the history of International Women’s Day, visit the official website here

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Figli di Trappeto Board Members: Crocetta Groppo, Josephine Taormina, Enza Taormina, Fay Puopolo, Nancy Millefoglie, Faye Pavia, Kathy Numerosi, Geri Parisi, and Jackie Zappa.

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BOSTON STRONG, BOSTON BEAUTIFUL, BOSTON WOMEN’S MARCH!

boston-womens-march-gloucester-contingent-copyright-kim-smithboston-womens-march-jason-sarah-matilda-grow-copyright-kim-smithThe day started with a wonderful chance meet up with Gloucester students and the Grow and Abrams-Dowd family. Thanks to both families for their kindness; I so enjoyed the train ride into town with Bo, Sarah, and Jason. We were amongst the early birds arriving on the scene and it was tremendously exciting to see the preparations underway and the crowd swelling in number throughout the morning.boston-womens-march-1-copyright-kim-smith

Girls applying glitter, of course!
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The newest estimate is perhaps 175,000 attendees at an event where initially 25,000 were expected. The Boston Women’s March was one of over 600 peaceful rallies held around the world. Reportedly not a single arrest related to the march took place in Boston.boston-womens-march-21-representative-ann-margaret-ferrante-copyright-kim-smith

Representative Ann Margaret’s friendly face in the crowd.

People rallied for different reasons–for compassion and dignity towards others, equality and justice for all, for better stewardship of our environment, affordable healthcare, to protect women’s reproductive rights, for equal opportunity for the disabled–along with many other issues. The signs carried reflected all our concerns. For those who may be wondering why and to what end, I believe it is the coalescing of many movements into one and the beginning of a new world movement. Women are refusing to move backward and most assuredly, there is more to come.boston-womens-march-22-representative-ann-margaret-ferrante-copyright-kim-smithboston-womens-march-7-copyright-kim-smith

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Pastor Mariama White-Hammond from Bethel A.M.E. Church gave a compassionate sermon.boston-womens-march-28-senator-elizabeth-warren-copyright-kim-smith-jpg

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Senator Ed Markeyboston-womens-march-28-congressman-joseph-kennedy-iii-copyright-kim-smith-jpgCongressman Joseph Kennedy III – the pink haze on several photos is my camera’s lens trying to see through an ocean of pink pussy hats 🙂

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Mayor Marty Walsh

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The official program began with music and dance performances, followed by speeches given by our fiercest advocates. The march was to follow however, it was delayed by several hours because the planned route was overflowing with marchers. Participants were not just from the immediate Boston neighborhoods, but had come from all around the state. The Boston Common and streets surrounding the Common had become a sea of people. Despite the human gridlock, kindness and patience prevailed.

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boston-womens-march-25-copyright-kim-smithBeacon Hill side streets were also jammed with marchers.

Ann-Margaret Ferrante Hires New Legislative Aide

Ann-Margaret Ferrante Hires New Legislative Aide

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) is pleased to announce she has hired a new legislative aide, Andrew “Dru” Tarr, to act as a district liaison. Tarr, no relation to State Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), will split his time between work at the State House in Boston, MA and Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.

“It’s exciting to be working for such a strong advocate for our community and the issues that matter to us,” said Tarr, a lifelong Gloucester resident. “I’m looking forward to being able to help serve the people in the district, including those in my hometown of Gloucester.” Tarr previously worked as campaign manager for Ed O’Reilly in his bid to become the Democratic nominee for Essex County Sheriff.

“I am excited to have Dru on board. His ability to serve as another local point of contact for my office will help ensure our community’s needs are addressed,” said Ferrante. “I’m pleased to have a fellow Cape Ann native as a liaison who understands the needs of our community and her constituents.”

One of Tarr’s roles will be to hold local “office hours” in each of the communities of the district, during which residents can bring issues and concerns to Ferrante’s office in person. Times and places of office hours will be announced in the near future.

A HEARTFELT VIGIL FROM GLOUCESTER TO ORLANDO #lovenothate

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Community members gathered Monday night at a vigil organized by Mayor Romeo Theken for the victims of the Orlando shooting. The memorial was held outdoors at City Hall with the American and Rainbow flags flying at half mast in honor of the victims and their community. The Mayor led the program, with eloquent speeches given on love, hate, and tolerance by Reverend Wendy Fitting, Reverend Rona Tyndall, Reverend Thomas Bentley, Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, and Senator Bruce Tarr. Several songs were sung, with Alexandra Grace and Josh Cominelli performing Hozier’s “Take Me To Church.” Heidi Wakeman read the poem “Say I Love You,” written by Christy Sharshel.

The screenshot below, of the comment from Rick Fish, is from Mayor Sefatia’s Facebook page. Rick is working in the trauma room at the hospital to where shooting victims have been brought.

So proud of our community for this gesture of loving kindness.

 

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RASING THE RAINBOW FLAG AT CITY HALL FOR #PRIDE MONTH!

Rainbow flag raising Gloucester Mayor Romeo Theken copyright Kim SmithRainbow flag raising City Hall Gloucester MA -1 copyright Kim SmithContinuing in the City’s tradition of supporting diversity, liberty, and freedom for all, Gloucester is celebrating Pride Month throughout June, beginning with today’s flag raising ceremony. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken was joined by House Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, Senator Bruce Tarr, City Councilors Melissa Cox and Sean Nolan, a representative from Representative Seth Moulton’s office, and many people from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

The flag was donated by Gloucester resident Alasandra McClellan.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO BACKYARD GROWERS!!

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LIVE FROM GERMAN TV BASE CAMP FOR KATIE FFORDE FILM

Set electrician Alec Roy, from Watertown, reports from Russell Orchards (the current Katie Fforde base camp) that filming will continue on the Northshore at least through Thanksgiving. We talked a bit about the film tax credit and he made a point of thanking everyone who supported, and is continuing to support, the film tax credit. Sending a huge shout out to our Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante for all her tremendous work in preserving the credit and undoubtedly saving thousands of well paying jobs!!!

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NEW FILM: VIVA SAN PIETRO!

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Thank you to our beautiful Gloucester community for participating in Viva San Pietro! Thank you to the Greasy Pole Walkers for interviews given during the Sunday rally and especially to Nicky Avelis for help coordinating. A huge thanks to Joe DaSilva for the suggestion to listen to Mike Forgette’s music for the film’s soundtrack and for help in contacting Mike. A tremendous thank you goes to Mike Forgette for granting permission to use his song “Whats the Difference” (link to hear more of Mike Forgette Music).

Viva San Pietro! opens with Joe Novello preparing Gloucester’s Saint Peter’s Square for the formal opening ceremony, to which he is also the master of ceremonies. Highlights from Friday afternoon’s sporting events are followed by the procession of Saint Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, around the American Legion Building (Gloucester’s first City Hall), with the parade ending in a fanfare of confetti and cheers. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Thekan takes to the stage and provides some history about the origins of the Fiesta. Senator Tarr and all officials give praise to the committee for their tireless dedication. Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante and City Councilor Steven LeBlanc rally the crowd with the traditional call and response that is heard throughout the city in the coming days, and Father Jim Achadinha gives his blessing.

Saturday’s Greasy Pole competition is featured with highlights from Joe DaSilva’s winning walk. Due to foul weather, Sunday’s events take place on Monday. The Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers in their zany and colorful costumes tell of past walks and wins at the rally held at the home of Sunday Walker Joe Sanfillipo. After processing through downtown with stops along the way at the Gloucester House Restaurant, House of Mitch, and Saint Peter’s Club, the Walkers head over to Beach Court. Because Sunday’s events had been postponed to Monday and the stage broken down on schedule, the statue of Saint Peter was temporarily moved to Beach Court. After blessings and prayers, the revelers headed back to Saint Peter’s Square to board the ferry to the Greasy Pole.

The men’s seine boat competition does not disappoint, with Lock and Load taking the trophy, followed by an outstanding flag capture by Jake Wagner.

The Walkers hoist Jake upon their shoulders and carry him to the Greasy Pole Hall of Fame Wall. Then it’s back to Beach Court where the closing ceremony is held. Congratulatory speeches are given by the team captains, with much cheering and accolades for all. After the award ceremony, the statue of Saint Peter is processed through the Fort amidst much merriment, joyful singing, and “Me chi samiou tutti mutti? Viva San Pietro!,” which roughly translated means: Are you all mute? (or Why are you not shouting?)—long live Saint Peter!

You’ll see all three Greasy Pole winners Joe DaSilva, Lenny Taormina, and Jake Wagner, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, House Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, State Senator Bruce Tarr, Sunday Greasy Pole Walker and City Councilor Steven LeBlanc, Peter Black Frontiero, Nicky Avelis, Joe Sanfilippo, Paul Nicastro, Kyle Barry, Mark Allen, Crazy Hat Ladies, sisters Robyn and Amy Clayton, and many, many more. Viva San Pietro!