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This year was the 11th annual Manchester-by-the-Sea Cardboard Boat Regatta (a.k.a., “Float Or Die”), and it drew a record crowd of more than 400 spectators at the town’s public boat launch behind Town Hall on Sunday.  They all came to see the 18 boat entries and 21 fierce competitors try to …

At the upcoming fall Special Town Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, voters will be asked to consider approving moving the compost operations from its current location on Upper School Street to the existing transfer station on Upper Pine Street. Voters will be asked to vote on two related matters — authorizing the Selectmen to enter into a long-term lease with a private vendor to operate the new facility at the new site and to appropriate up to $300,000 for the cost of constructing the new facility.

Recently options for new town recreation and athletic fields were shared at a second public hearing at Town Hall, bringing together residents, the Parks and Recreation Committee, town officials and a landscape designer specializing in municipal parks and athletic fields. 

This week’s tropical storms with their impeding northeast winds and related seas signaled a real change of season for boaters. Here are some important updates boaters need to know as we approach mid-October. 

One of Boston’s most recognized financial professionals, Natasha Lamb, was honored by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) with the Abigail Adams Award for women who have demonstrated a firm commitment to advancing the political, economic and social rights for women.

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Do you find yourself pondering over your recycle bin, wondering if the things you used to throw in without a thought are still “legal”? Clamshell containers? Colored plastic? Pill bottles? Yogurt containers? Toys? Plant pots? It isn’t surprising that those of us who have been recycling for many years are now confused about what can and can’t be put in the bin. 

At the October 6th Board of Selectmen’s Meeting considerable time was spent reviewing the next steps on the proposed improvements to three critical intersections in town and the sidewalk along Beach Street from Masconomo Street to the beach.  The board also paved the way for Acting Police Chief Todd Fitzgerald to make his position a permanent one.

Magnolia boaters should strongly consider clearing out if you have not already done so. I am sure you have been following the forecast and are aware of the impeding northeast winds and related seas.

It is no secret that Manchester faces a huge shortage of affordable housing.  Of the roughly 2,300 housing units in Manchester, only 110 are listed on the state’s inventory of subsidized units, less than five percent of the total number.  Of these, 84 units are owned and managed by the Manchester Housing Authority (MHA).

At Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, final input will be taken on how best to proceed with proposed intersection and sidewalk improvements. Now that we have bids which exceed our budget for the Complete Streets projects, decisions are needed as to which projects and what design elements will go forward at this time. 

On Saturday, September 21st, at the Manchester Historical Museum, Senator Bruce Tarr presented certificates from Governor Charles Baker and the Massachusetts State Senate to 91-year-old Manchester-by-the-Sea resident Shirley Wilkinson for her service in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II. 

The state’s Department of Housing and Community Development has initiated a pilot program that aims to attract private dollars in the renovation of buildings owned by housing authorities.  The MHA board voted unanimously to pursue this new possibility. 

Authors Kim Kerrigan and Steven Wells made an appearance this past weekend at the Manchester Public Library to discuss their latest book, “Making Civility Great Again.”  Yes, that’s the name of the book. Certainly, it’s a timely topic. 

Judi Sabella and Michele Baer oversee the local drop spot for Operation Troop Support, sending announcements about seasonal needs on monthly basis, such as blankets or themed needs that might be in short supply (such as toiletries).  There is a donation box at the Amaral Bailey American Legion Hall, and Sabella and Baer accept most anything for troops at any time.

The recently completed Master Plan for the community identified a series of priorities for the Town including these three: preserving our natural resources, expanding the diversity of housing options in town, and growing our tax base with a focus on the Limited Commercial District (lands to the north of Route 128). Work is getting underway to determine specific ways to fulfill these goals and there may be unique opportunities to weave all three together in a unified approach.  

Manchester Town Planner Susan Brown wrote in to let residents know the Manchester Planning Board will hold a community listening session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Manchester-Essex Regional High School Cafeteria to discuss the possibility of creating a 40R Smart Growth Overlay District in the Limited Commercial District (the LCD) north of Route 128.

This summer, theHammond Castle Museum was happily surprised to find two original Mariano Fortuny gowns within its own collection. Museum archivists believe the Fortuny gowns belonged to Irene Fenton Hammond, wife of John Hays Hammond Jr. of the Hammond Castle Museum. Both garments, dating between 1920 and 1930, are velvet tabard gowns in Fortuny’s Eleonora Renaissance style and feature his famous pleating.