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As always, budgets are about choices and as we begin the review of the preliminary budgets in earnest between now and annual Spring Town Meeting in April, the numerous choices represented in the proposed numbers will be debated. Your input is most appreciated. 

The third graders at Essex Elementary turned back time today for their annual Colonial Day last week as they headed into the Thanksgiving break.  Students dressed in traditional Colonial costumes and learned about life during the time period.  They made corn husk dolls, churned butter, mixed…

The Manchester Woman’s Club appreciates the generous donations to the Buy-A-Bulb Program. The Friendship Tree will sparkle brightly again this year. It shines in celebration of the following treasured relatives and friends.


The Manchester Club held its November meeting at the American Legion Hall, and reports are the meeting drew a crowd of members and guests. All those attending were treated to a delicious Portuguese Pot Roast dinner, thanks to Ken Davis' sister and brother for the preparation of the 24-hour marinade main course. 

The kindness, devotion and care that the late Robert F. Sanford showed for the senior citizens of Manchester-by-the-Sea should not be forgotten. Now therefore, we, the Board of Selectmen, do hereby proclaim December 18, 2019 as Robert F. Sandford Day in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Every year we see an increasing number of patients with pet health insurance.  Pet insurance is becoming an increasingly popular way to plan for emergency veterinary medical bills.  Almost unheard of just a few years ago, pet insurance is now a $1 billion per year industry.  The question is:…

In this edition of The Waterline, Manchester Harbormaster Bion Pike discusses waterway renewals, the liquid natural gas tanker that passed by the harbor, and a visit from Santa Claus. 

The stark reality in Massachusetts is that coastal communities are statistically underinsured for flood-related damage and as flood risks continue to rise with increasing “historic” storms, local communities that engage their insurance are the ones that will mitigate damage and recover more quickly. 

In one of the more highly anticipated openings, The Mooring on Central Street held a “soft open” for friends and family, giving them a peek into Manchester’s newest bar and restaurant in the spot formerly (r.i.p.) inhabited by Superfine and, for decades before that, The Coffee Cup. 

The week of Thanksgiving is a time where families and friends come together to reflect on what is truly important.  The same can be said for our “work family.”  I work with a great, hardworking group of town employees who are dedicated to our mission of providing exceptional public service to all residents of Manchester. 

What opportunities are there, really, for Manchester and Essex to work together on municipal functions in the name of efficiency and improved quality of services? Plenty, according to the dense, 70-page final report from the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

Town Meeting is the core of our self-governance structure.  Critical decisions for the current and future affairs of the town that impact the quality of life here in our corner of the world are made by residents coming together, debating the merits of various proposals, and casting informed votes.

On Friday night at the Manchester Community Center, the Manchester-by-the-Sea Sustainability Committee hosted the Executive Director of MASSPIRG, Janet Domenitz, who presented a discussion with slides on a MASSPIRG initiative called “The Campaign for Zero Waste.” She explained in detail Mass…

Beverly Bootstraps earned a 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress Beverly Bootstraps is making toward its mission, the organization is helping …

The official kickoff to Manchester’s 375th Anniversary is coming fast.  Come the new year, all the fruits of the 375th Committee’s labor will be here with a year-long, 25-event celebration that will offer concerts, high teas, walks in the feet of history makers and waterfront family fun.

The Manchester Council on Aging is offering an informative presentation and hearing screening by David Bergeron, president and co-founder of Hearing Partnership,LLC and Beauport Hearing Care. Join us Wednesday, November 6 at 10:00a.m. at the Congregational Chapel on Chapel Lane to hear an exciting presentation on "New Trends in Hearing Care and Brain Wellness."

Happy Halloween! Door-to-door trick-or-treating is on Thursday, October 31st from 4:00–5:30 p.m. due to the continued threat of EEE from mosquito bites. The Town Halloween Party is also Thursday from 4:30–6:00 p.m. at the Memorial School. We realize that this earlier time makes it more chall…

Recycle your electronics ethically and sustainably at Landmark School on Saturday, November 9 from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 429 Hale St, Prides Crossing (Beverly). The public is welcome to bring used and unwanted electronics to be properly disposed. Acceptable electronics include air conditioners, all phones, computers, computer batteries and chargers, TVs, printers, modems, answering machines, pagers, keyboards, telephones, fans, toasters — anything with a plug!

The Town Halloween Celebration will go on as planned on tomorrow, Thursday, October 31st.  The town party will occur at the Memorial School starting at 4:30 p.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m.  The party will feature entertainment, face painters, pizza, drinks and goodie bags for all.  There should be plenty of parking at the Memorial School for all who attend the party.  The party is a drop-in event, so come for any amount of time you wish to stay.

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.