Seven months into a formal exploration of shared services opportunities between Manchester and Essex by a professional consultant, the Boards of Selectmen for Essex and Manchester came together for a joint meeting on Monday night to preview the final recommended areas for cooperation between the towns.
The number of staff in Town Hall has been virtually unchanged for decades. However, during this same ten year period the demands and public expectations have grown. There is a real need to better communicate with residents about what your municipal staff are accomplishing on your behalf and to better garner public opinion on the priorities and desired outcomes.
Low number plates between C/A (Cape Ann) 2 and C/A 100 will be available to the highest bidders through an online auction beginning Monday, August 26.
It starting to feel like a new day for the police departments of Manchester-by-the-Sea and Essex. We’re now into the fourth month of Manchester native, Todd Fitzgerald, being named Interim Police Chief following the departure of Ed Conley, to head up Gloucester’s police department.
BankGloucester is pleased to announce that voting in their twelfth annual Banking for The Community Program will begin on September 1 and end on September 30. This year, the Bank will again be awarding a total of $20,000 to 19 organizations. Community votes will determine how the funds are allocated.
It’s a wrap! Summer Playground 2019 has officially come to a close. We had a busy and eventful final week, beginning on Monday, August 5 with a trip to Richardson’s for mini golf, the driving range, batting cages, and above all, ice cream. We also held our annual Foosball Tournament that morning at the high school. For ages eight and up, we had over 40 participants, and Brody Duncan walked away as the champion. Junior Foosball was won by Keegan McLaughlin. Congratulations!
People tend to be "aspirational" when it comes to recycling. If we think there’s a chance something might be recyclable, we’ll just toss it in the recycling bin. After all, what harm could there possibly be in that? It turns out it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to recycling.
At last April’s annual Town Meeting, voters approved funding to pursue two projects — public restrooms and a waterfront office for the Harbormaster — for either of the adjacent parks, Masconomo or Reed. A public process for identifying the best location and design for these facilities is about to get underway.
The 11th Annual Manchester Club-Cape Ann Savings Bank Golf Tournament will be held Monday, September 9 with a 12:00 p.m. shotgun start at the Meadow at Peabody, followed by a steak and lobster dinner on the harbor-side deck at the American Legion Hall in Manchester.
As summer winds down, the American Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage.
After Town Meeting approval of the two local option speed limit laws, the Selectmen moved forward with establishing the lower speed limits. The recommendations from the Bike and Pedestrian Committee and the Downtown Improvement Committee were followed, creating a town-wide speed limit of 25 mph for all roads unless otherwise posted and creating a safety zone that extends out from the train station in a one-mile radius.
North Shore Community College (NSCC) will offer an associate degree program in Applied Science in Funeral Services beginning this fall to prepare students for entry-level positions in the funeral services field.
Paul Francis, a 22-year veteran of the Essex Police Department, is sworn in as Chief of Police by Town Clerk Pamela Thorne last Friday at a packed room in the Town Hall’s 3rd floor auditorium. As Francis, 58 and a native of Gloucester, takes the oath, retiring Chief Peter Silva (far left) s…
This past month, a summit addressing an ambitious idea took place in Essex when the Northeast Coastal Coalition, a group formed by Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr and others, met to hear results of an initial study of options for cooperatively addressing a big, common challenge: dredging coastal waterways. So, exactly how does the shared regional dredging proposal affect Manchester-by-the-Sea, which just completed a $1.3 million dredging project in late 2018?
I have this reoccurring suspicion that something wonderful happens when people do not speak for long periods of time. It is clear, when they do speak, that a depth of thought has taken up residence in the space created by the silence. This is most certainly the case with Noah and Sophie Courser-Kellerman, the farmers who are Alprilla Farm in Essex.
This past weekend members of Manchester SummerStage put on a great show with Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man and there was absolutely no trouble (as far as the performance was concerned) in River City. The 40+ students in the cast and crew ranged from Middle School to High School and all of…
This weekend, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s annual summertime celebration Festival by the Sea continues, with local art, music and food all coming together in downtown Manchester to benefit local retailers. The popular annual event will feature more than 100 vendors ranging from artists and artisans to jewelers and crafters and food vendors.
Over the past seven years or so, the Town has been making strides to curb the amount of energy our operations consume. We also have done significant work on positioning ourselves to be more resilient to harsh weather events and the impacts of coastal flooding.
Each month, the non-profit organization Operation Troop Support requests different donation items for the men and women in service who are stationed around globe. For the month of July, the featured items are dry fruit and nuts, hard candy and beef jerky.