Mayor Romeo-Theken and City Councillor Sean Nolan invite interested people to gather, review and discuss updated plans to beautify Stage Fort Park in anticipation of Gloucester’s 400th anniversary. Potential improvements include:

  1. Beautifying the area between the Gentile Bandstand and Visitor’s Center;

  2. Creating a new terrace to better accommodate popular festivals and the farmers’ market; and

  3. Modifying the paved parking area nearest the Visitor’s Center.


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photo L-R: Principal Debra Lucey; Steven Winslow Community Development; Val Gilman Ward 4 City Councilor 

Thirty people came together in the beautiful library at O’Maley for a public meeting concerning safer walking on nearby streets. The meeting was presented by Ward 4 Councilor Val Gilman and Mayor Romeo Theken. Read prior post with announcement details. Steve Winslow from Community Development gave a presentation before a crowd of residents, mostly from the neighborhood with a smattering of O’Maley parents. O’Maley’s terrific Principal, Debra Lucey, participated.

Winslow explained that he and Principal Lucey worked on the crux of the issues back in 2012 through a “Safe Routes to School” planning study. Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School are implemented by MassDOT (Massachusetts Department of Transportation). Principal Lucey, a Lanesville resident, drives to school via Reynard Street, arguably the route most discussed as being problematic at this particular meeting. People are driving too fast on Cherry Street.

Nothing is final and the discussion was open. Attendees were encouraged to put a sticker by projects they wanted to prioritize and/or take off the table. What three would you tick?

Lucey and her husband relocated to Gloucester because of the O’Maley job and a sweet connection with Gloucester. She and her husband had their first date here: Good Harbor Beach and dinner at the Rudder!


Massdot Complete Streets funding portal

MA Public Health Association complete streets 

massDOT omaley safe routes complete streets

Newell Stadium Progress Report From Dick Wilson

Ron Gilson writes-

Hi Joey:  I talked to my friend Dick Wilson the other day,  requesting a progress report on the Newell Stadium construction. (see download of pictures  below). Things are progressing according to schedule and the entire facility should be ready sometime next summer.  This is a big deal for Gloucester, and for the first time in my life our h.s. athletic facility is getting a first class "the best" up grading possible.  Gloucester will have the premier athletic facility on the North Shore.  The committee is also planning an appropriate dedication ceremony, maybe in the early fall of 2013.  It should be fun.     

Ron Gilson

Dick Wilson suggested I provide you an update on the Renewal of Newell – also known as New Balance Track & Field at Newell Stadium.  Dick’s passionate about this facility as a symbol that Gloucester supports our children and schools.

Here’s some of the latest photos.

The construction has been on schedule. Demolition has been done, the site regraded, a new storm drain line installed and foundations for the new athletic field lights have been set. If we can get a stretch of dry weather in the 40’s we may even be able to lay the foundation for the bleachers before January. Things will really shape-up in ~mid-March when the new bleachers will be erected and the preparation for the new turf begins.

The City has committed $298,000 in Community Preservation funds towards the project. As Dick may have mentioned, the GFAA continues its push to raise the last ~$100,000 in funds to revamp the scoreboard and other amenities to create a top-notch facility. There’s still opportunities for folks to donate either immediately or through a three-year pledge. People can contact

Stephen Winslow

Gloucester Community Development Department

Get Fit Gloucester! to Hold Harbor Walk and Fitness Fair on Saturday, May 1

Gloucester, Mass. – Get Fit Gloucester! will host a Harbor Walk and Fitness Fair on Saturday, May 1 to highlight the options for physical activity and healthy eating available to Gloucester residents. All residents are invited to this free event, which starts at City Hall at 9 a.m.

“Gloucester residents have lived and worked hand-in-hand with Nature for over 400 years so physical activity is part of our heritage,” said Mayor Carolyn Kirk. “Get Fit Gloucester’s goal is a ‘Fit-Friendly Gloucester’ in which healthy eating and exercise are a natural and accessible part of our daily life.”

In response to rising obesity rates in Gloucester and throughout the U.S., Get Fit Gloucester! seeks to highlight ways to a healthier, more active lifestyle that are already available to Gloucester residents. For example, the May 1 Harbor Walk will follow a scenic route from City Hall along Middle Street to St. Peter’s Park, then along the waterfront and Rogers Street to Solomon Jacobs Park at Harbor Loop.

The schedule for Get Fit Gloucester’s Harbor Walk and Fitness Fair on May 1 is:

9 a.m. Mayor Carolyn Kirk kicks off “Get Fit Gloucester!” Month at City Hall and announces the Mayor’s Walking Challenge. Guest Speaker: Lea Ojamaa, Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

9:20 a.m. How can we make Gloucester a more walkable community? By Stephen Winslow, Gloucester Community Development Department.

9:30 a.m. Guided walk along Gloucester Harbor. Participants receive free pedometers.

10:30 – Noon Fitness Fair at City Hall featuring Zumba lessons, blood pressure and body mass index screenings, “A Tale of Two Tomatoes” by the Cape Ann Farmers Market, lung capacity tests, blindfolded “Guess the Mystery Fruit or Vegetable” games, music, refreshments and fun!

The event will be held rain or shine.

About Get Fit Gloucester!

The City of Gloucester started Get Fit Gloucester! to make physical activity and healthy eating a more natural and accessible part of daily life for local residents and workers. The purpose of Get Fit Gloucester is to identify and implement actions the community can take to combat rising obesity rates. Get Fit Gloucester! is paid for by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health through the Mass in Motion program. For more information, contact Project Manager Stephen Winslow at (978) 281-9781  x. 2269 or