SNAPSHOTS FROM MAYOR SEFATIA’S INAUGURAL PARTY!

 

MAYOR SEFATIA ROMEO THEKAN 2016 INAUGURATION ©Kim Smith 2016.Mayor Sefatia and grandchildren AJ, Bianca, Emma, and niece Lia

MAYOR SEFATIA ROMEO THEKAN 2016 INAUGURATION -3 ©Kim Smith 2016.Hats off to Lenny Linquata and his Gloucester House team for a smashing inaugural party!

 ~ A rose (thorn) between two thorns (roses) ~

MAYOR SEFATIA ROMEO THEKAN 2016 INAUGURATION Rona, Nina, Frank, Peter, Susan ©Kim Smith 2016..JPGRona Tyndall, Nina Groppo, Frank Groppo, Peter Anastas, and Susan Pollack

MAYOR SEFATIA ROMEO THEKAN 2016 INAUGURATION Sam, Jane, Frank ©Kim Smith 2016..JPGJane Fonzo, Frank DiMercurio, Christopher Sicuranza, and Sam Orlando

MAYOR SEFATIA ROMEO THEKAN 2016 INAUGURATION Nina and frank Groppo Senator Bruce Tarr ©Kim Smith 2016..JPGNina, Frank, and Senator Tarr

MAYOR SEFATIA ROMEO THEKAN 2016 INAUGURATION Geraghty family ©Kim Smith 2016..JPGGeraghty Family

MAYOR SEFATIA ROMEO THEKAN 2016 INAUGURATION Abbie and Tony Gross Natalie ©Kim Smith 2016Abbie, Tony, and Natalie

MAYOR SEFATIA ROMEO THEKAN 2016 INAUGURATION Bianca ©Kim Smith 2016Bianca

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GLOUCESTER 2016 INAUGURATION

Gloucester Inauguration 2016 © Kim Smith 2016Gloucester welcomed in the new year with an exuberantly positive 2016 inauguration. City Hall was packed and the crowd was jubilant!Gloucester Inauguration 2016 Sefatia Rosaria ©Kim Smith 2016

A musical prelude was provided by the GHS Docksiders, followed by a moving rendition of “God Bless America” sung by Gordon Baird. The Presentation of Colors was given by the Gloucester High School ROTC. Mayor Sefatia’s grandchildren AJ, Bianca, and Emma, and niece Lia, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Alexandra Grace sang the national anthem. The Reverend Rona Tyndall and Father James Achadinha gave the invocation. Guest speaker Peter Anastas presented an inspiring speech. A glitch in the ceremonies arose when it was discovered there wasn’t a Bible in the house. Instead, a Bible app was used in its place!

Gloucester Inauguration 2016 -2 © Kim Smith 2016Joe Ciolino, newly elected City Council President and Steve LeBlanc, newly elected City Council Vice President

Mayor Sefatia, the City Council, and School Committee took their oaths of office followed by a heartfelt speech given by the Mayor. Very special presentations by the Mayor were given to Daniel Ruberti and Amy-Elizabeth Geraghty.

Gloucester Inauguration 2016 Sefatia Ruberti © Kim Smith 2016Daniel Ruberti and Mayor Sefatia

Gloucester Inauguration 2016 Amy Elizabeth Geraghty © Kim Smith 2016Amy-Elizabeth Geraghty and Mayor Sefatia

Gloucester Inauguration 2016 Gloucester Cousins Steve, Grace, Aaron ©Kim Smith 2016Cousins Steve, Grace, and Aaron 

Gloucester Inauguration 2016 Steven Melanie Le Blacn  © Kim Smith 2016JPGSteven, Melanie and City Councilman Steven Le Blanc

New City Council member Joe Orlando with wife Jamie and proud Mom and Dad Connie and Joe Orlando!

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Very best wishes to Mayor Sefatia Romeo Thekan, the new City Council, and School Committee!

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Election Night Anticipation

Some favorite images from election night at City Hall were of the hopeful and pensive faces of friends and families waiting for results. Best wishes and congratulations to all the candidates for jobs well done!

Maria and Giuseppe Cracchiolo ©Kim Smith 2015Maria and Giuseppe Cracchiolo

Joe Orlando and Family ©Kim Smith 2015Jamie, Connie, and Joe Orlando

Marianne Pacquette ©Kim Smith 2015Marianne Paquette

Charles Ryan ©Kim Smith 2015JPGCharles RyanGloucester election 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015

New Film: Viva San Pietro!

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 Thekan, 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!

GREASE-FLYING-FREE-FALLING SUNDAY GREASY POLE WALKERS WITH JOE DASILVA, JACK WAGNER, MARK ALLEN, ROSS CARLSON, KYLE BARRY, AND MORE!

It’s Not Easy Being Greasy #GreaseGangJoe DaSilva Greasy Pole Gloucester  ©Kim Smith 2015Mark Allen Greasy Pole Gloucester -5 ©Kim Smith 2015

Greasy Pole Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015Ross Carlson Greasy Pole Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015Kyle Barry Greasy Pole Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015Jake Wagner Greasy Pole Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015See More Photos Here Continue reading

SAINT PETER’S FIESTA SUNDAY ON MONDAY ~ VIVA SAN PIETRO!

Viva San Pietro!

Closing Ceremony Saint Peter Fiesta ©Kim Smith 2015Throngs of the faithful filled Beach Court.

Filming continued for the Saint Peter’s Fiesta documentary and despite Sunday’s cancelled events, it was a fantastic last day of Fiesta 2015, fantastic in every way! 

Early afternoon was spent filming the Sunday Greasy Pole walkers for their pre-walk rally. After processing through downtown with stops along the way at the Gloucester House Restaurant, House of Mitch, and Saint Peter’s Club, the Walkers headed over to Beach Court.

The 80s Greasy pole Champions Sunday Greasy Pole Rally  ©Kim Smith 2015Sunday Greasy Pole Rally Nicastro and ©Kim Smith 2015Sunday Greasy Pole Rally Nicastro ©Kim Smith 2015Because 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.

Sunday Greasy Pole Rally ©Kim Smith 2015Main Street with the Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers–the costumes were especially funny and fun this year!

I raced back to Pavilion Beach to film and photograph the walkers and seine boat race. A special note of thanks to Sally Elliot for holding my bag the entire time while filming/photographing as I was standing in the water to get as close as possible, and struggling with camera gear. THANK YOU SALLY for all your help, so very much appreciated!

Lock and Load 2015 Seine Boat Champions Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2015JPGLock and Load Gloucester Seine Boat ©Kim Smith 2015Lock and Load Men’s Seine Boat Champions

The men’s seine boat race was simply thrilling; Lock and Load won the close race, followed by an outstanding flag capture by Jake Wagner.

Jake Wagner Sunday Monday 2015 Greasy Pole Champion ©KIm Smith 2015Jack Wagner 2015 Sunday Greasy Pole Champion

Joe DaSilva Greasy Pole Gloucester  ©Kim Smith 2015Joe DaSilva Courtesy Round Walk (see more grease-flying-free-falling photos here)

Its Not Easy Being Greasy Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015It’s Not Easy Being Greasy!

The Walkers hoisted Jack upon their shoulders and carried him to the Greasy Pole Hall of fame wall. Then it was back to Beach Court where the closing ceremony was held. Heartfelt speeches were given by the team captains, with much cheering and accolades for all.

Good Night Saint Peter ©Kim Smith 2015 copyGoodnight Saint Peter

After the award ceremony, the statue of Saint Peter was processed through the Fort amidst much merriment, joyful singing, and the traditional call and response: “Me chi samiou tutti mutti?  Viva San Pietro,” which means, roughly: Are you all mute? (or Why are you not shouting?)- long live Saint Peter!