The Essex Board of Selectmen began working through details to form a committee of residents and public safety officials, among others, that would work in an advisory capacity to the board in its negotiation of a host community agreement with BB Botanicals, LLC, which is pursuing a state license to locally operate a retail cannabis dispensary.
It started innocently enough a dozen years ago when Essex Elementary School teacher Richard Carpenter wanted to bring a folk song unit to life for his second-grade general music class. Over the years it has grown bigger, and this year the Essex PTO funded our artist in residence, Essex nati…
There will be a free flu clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Masonic Hall during a Masonic organization open house. Flu shots are available. The clinic is in partnership with CVA of Gloucester, and a dog and puppy "meet and greet" will also be taking place in partnership wi…
Antiquing may be a specialist’s type of shopping, but curiosity about antiques seems to know no bounds. In fact, PBS’s Antiques Roadshow this year drew a cumulative audience of 8 million viewers each week. Essex is dipping into its history as an antiquing destination with a presentation next month by Michael March of Blackwood March Auctioneers.
Last week at the Ancient Burial Cemetery in Essex volunteers brought to life the village of “Chebacco Parish” (the name of Essex back more than 200 years ago when it was a parish within neighboring Ipswich). Tour participants got to experience the burial ground and see life in the 1700s to t…
Recently, a collaborative effort quietly launched an online platform called meHUB to support students and families dealing with big challenges in Manchester and Essex, some of which a school district study revealed to be very real risks for young students today.
It was a full house Monday at a highly anticipated Special Town Meeting, where the 10-plus year grind by the Essex Town Building Committee, the Board of Selectmen (BOS), the Fire and Police Departments and countless others to fund construction of a new public safety building on John Wise Avenue finally came to fruition with overwhelming approval.
On Monday, a public hearing hosted by BB Botancials, LLC, the would-be buyer of a property on Route 133 in Essex, took place to clear the air on their plans to sell legal recreational marijuana and secure an operational license from the state.
After years of planning, including the last six months of developing a vetted budget, Essex voters will be able to vote at a Special Town Meeting Monday, September 23 to approve construction of a new Public Safety Building on John Wise Avenue that will be the headquarters of both Fire and Police Departments.
Something new is happening at Cedar Rock Gardens and it’s happening across New England (and certainly Cape Ann). Young people, like Tucker Smith and Elise Jillson of Cedar Rock Gardens, are farming, successfully, amidst the boulders and rocky outcroppings of a seemingly infertile New England coast. This isn’t a typical “farm-to-table” rehash. At least, not totally.
This week at The Essex Room it was a packed house at the “Retirement Party Meets Fundraiser” for Michael T. French, 30 years on the Essex Police Department who worked his last two shifts late last month to fill in for former partner and now Chief of Police Paul Francis. His last morning was working the Bicentennial Parade and that was the last time his was in full uniform.
Perhaps you have met someone like this. A person who somehow managed to keep a small piece of their childhood alive long enough to have it evident in their adult life. Sylvia Martin is one of these people. The first time I met her she seemed to have, even at the age of 86 and even spending most days in a chair in her den, a childlike joy. A sparkle to her. As if adventure was still waiting just around the corner.
Residents of Essex, the Town Building Committee, and the Board of Selectmen will convene on Monday, September 23 for a Special Town Meeting on an issue long talked about — a public safety facility. The long-planned project, which calls for the construction of a building to house both the Essex Fire and Police Departments on two adjoining properties on John Wise Avenue, was tabled at the Annual Town Meeting on May 6 due to a soft budget of $17.5 million that left too many unknowns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As summer winds down, the American Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage.
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…
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.
Nearly 30 years ago, in 1990, Fred Langill of Edinboro, Pennsylvania decided to locate his grandparents’ graves at the Spring Street Cemetery in Essex. After a nine-hour drive, he stopped at the Story Shipyard to ask for directions, and after exchanging some pleasantries and giving the man there some casual details, Fred mentioned that his grandfather’s name was Angus Langill.
The Northeast Coastal Coalition, a group formed by Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr to find and fund options for dredging and coastal resilience management in communities from Cape Ann to the New Hampshire border. Members of the Coalition came to the table – literally – on Friday at the Essex Town Hall. It was a packed crew, spanning several state agencies and branches of government, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a series of environmental non-profits, university researchers and a variety of other groups. Tarr and Phippen led the meeting, with coastal scientist Adam Finkle from the Woods Hole Group presenting a distilled version of the 162-page report.