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Absentee ballot voting is now open in the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours (Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) until noon on Nov. 5. Absentee ballot voting is for those residents who will not be in town on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Absentee ballots are also available by mail for those who are homebound or away at college. Send in a family member to fill out a request form, or send a signed request to: Registrar, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. On Oct. 17, the office will be open until 8 p.m., this will be the last day for voter registration or to make changes to voter registration for the November election.
‘Poets Around Town’
Poet Laureate Rufus Collinson will host “Poets Around Town” on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St. Poets Amanda Cook, David Demaine, Christina Mellen and high school poets Pauline Cruz, Madeline MacDougal and Elizabeth Stephens will read original works. Admission is free. All are welcome. Please park across the street. Visit www.gloucesterwriters.org.
Cape Ann Forum
The next Cape Ann Forum will take place Sunday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Church and Middle streets. Washington-based author and foreign policy analyst Phyllis Bennis will discuss the current crises in the Middle East and American policy. Event is free and open to the public. Visit www.capeannforum.org.