Spring is here, and a number of local nonprofit groups are hoping they can bring some relief to Gloucester's unemployed.
Action, Inc., the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, North Shore Career Center and Eliot Community Human Services are all joining forces to sponsor a job fair, planned for Tuesday at the Elks hall at Bass Rocks on Atlantic Road along the city's Back Shore.
The fair will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
According to new data from the state's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, and reported earlier this week in the Times, Gloucester's unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in February, which, while below the rate for the same month in 2011, still stands 36 percent above the statewide rate of 7.5 percent.
"We are excited to co-sponsor this job fair and hope that all of the Gloucester job seekers find jobs," said Erin Gilbert, recruiting coordinator for Eliot Community Human Services, a nonprofit based out of Boston. "We will be able to offer many job opportunities from Cape Ann area businesses," she said.
Attendees will be able to have face-to-face interviews with employers and learn about and apply to open positions.
Participating employers include Cape Ann Transportation, Woodman's of Essex, SeaCoast Nursing, Northeast Behavioral Health, Aerotech, American Resource Staffing, Greater Lynn Senior Services, Cape Ann Marina, Best Home Care, Den-Mar Nursing Home, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Eliot Community Human Services, Edward Jones, Comcast, Papa Gino's, Friendly's, Atlantis Ocean Front Inn and Cruiseport Gloucester/Seaport Grille.
Anyone needing or seeking transportation from the Rose Baker Senior Center may call Ed Kellner at (978) 282-1410 ext 5032.
Firefighters offer seniors CO detectors
Gloucester's firefighters' union, in conjunction with the city's Council on Aging TRIAD Committee, is offering a program to provide carbon monoxide (CO) detectors for the elderly Program.
Union president Phil Bouchie said firefighters' Local 762 IAFF-PFFM will soon be acquiring and installing CO detectors in the homes of qualified residents of Gloucester, at no cost to the homeowners.
"This program would help ensure that residents of our community, who may not be able to afford to purchase CO detectors themselves, or are not physically capable of installing them, are protected from the dangers of carbon monoxide," added acting Gloucester Fire Chief Steve Aiello, who also serves as a board member of the Council on Aging.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels like petroleum gas, oil, wood, coal or other fuels. Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include headache, nausea, dizziness, and lethargy, which are often mistaken for flu symptoms.
Seniors who qualify and are in need of a detector should contact the TRIAD committee at 978-281-9765, and ask for Lucia Sheehan or Peter Jenner.
Locals land NSMT gigs
Many locals know the musical talent that exists on Cape Ann with a thriving music scene.
Now, a couple of its residents are scheduled to be part of the North Shore Music Theater's concert series either as part of the headline band or as a special guest.
On June 30, the Grammy Award-winning Aaron Neville will perform featuring the Quintet and Charles Neville, his Grammy-Award-winning brother, as well as special guest Henri Smith and his New Orleans Friends & Flavours band.
Smith left New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina when he moved to Gloucester and has become part of the local music scene ever since. Charles Neville is not new to Gloucester. He performed with Smith and his band at the outdoor Celebrate Gloucester benefit event in 2010.
Fly Amero, another Cape Ann resident and member of the band Orleans, will headline at the North Shore Music Theater on Aug. 31. Orleans performed last year at the new Shalin Liu Performance Center in a sold-out show.
The flag at the Veterans' Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran William H. Clancey Jr.
Born Aug. 12, 1917, he entered the U.S. Army on March 17, 1942, and was discharged Jan. 31, 1946.
A field artillery survey and instrument NCO, the staff sergeant served with Battery B 655th Field Artillery Battalion.
Clancey was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in the Philippines, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaingn Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the American Theatre Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
He died April 9, 1988.
The flag was requested to fly in his honor by the Office of Veterans' Services.
Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans' Services at 978-281-9740.