Manchester was the only Cape Ann community that held an in-person Memorial Day in 2020. In light of COVID-19 and the state’s tentative and phased return from mass quarantine, Rockport, Essex, and Gloucester opted out of actual community events to mark fallen soldiers in US wars. Typically,…
Next Friday, June 5, was supposed to be day the Manchester-Essex Class of 2020 was to walk, to graduate properly with gowns and hats and valedictorians and selected teacher speeches and diplomas and cheering and launching into summer vacation (for seniors only) and into post high school life.
Essex County Greenbelt’s Art in the Barn For 30 years, Art in the Barn was held at Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation in Essex. This year, due to public health concerns, the Art in the Barn Exhibit and Sale will be held online for 10 days from Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 17.
On June 22 Essex will be holding its election for town positions. There are ten candidates total, but only one slot—filling the vacancy made by Selectman Andrew Spinney—is an actual race, in which Guy Bradford is running against Peter Hoare. Next week, a virtual “meet the candidate” session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 that will offer the two candidates the opportunity to share why they’re running and what they hope to accomplish if elected.
Two topics -- the Annual Town Meeting and COVID-19 -- continue to dominate much of our work. As explained by Town Moderator Alan Wilson, Select Board Chairman Eli Boling, and Town Clerk Christina St. Pierre in a separate article, our Annual Town Meeting will take place June 22 (rain date June 24) outdoors on the high school football field.
This weekend Manchester Harbormaster Bion Pike sent out an interim communication, a mini “Waterline” if you will, that tips off a brewing issue for mooring holders accessing their boats at Tuck’s Point. This season’s new “haul-out solution” to address the condemned ramp that accesses the dinghy dock off the rotunda is seen by many to be not enough.
Perhaps it was appropriate that Memorial Day 2020 began with a fog, a heavy one, and perhaps it was also appropriate—at least for the more optimistic of us—that by 10:30 a.m. when the official ceremony kicked off at the Amaral Bailey American Legion Hall in Manchester, the sun began to surge.
Last week, the American Legion lined 19 flags along Beach Street starting at Reed Park in Manchester and extending to Masconomo Park to signify the men killed in action and the Legion placed flags at all veteran graves in Manchester cemeteries for Memorial Day 2020.
The Selectmen, in consultation with the Board of Health, have approved the partial opening of town beaches starting Monday, May 25. The opening is restricted to residents and only for transient use -walking and running. Residents will be required to show a beach tag to enter Singing Beach. Beaches will remain closed on weekends and no facilities or parking will be provided during this initial stage.
Town Hall remains closed to the public. Staff is available to help you with your business needs. Please email the appropriate department directly for assistance. Phone lines are currently down and being worked on as quickly as possible.
Starting just before 9 a.m. last Saturday, residents began lining up in their cars for the town’s first ever “drive thru” selling at Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School on Lincoln Street to secure their seasonal municipal tags, licenses and placards for resident beach access, dogs and boating.
Next week, on Thursday, May 21, the owners of a proposed recreational cannabis retailer in Essex will host last of two state-mandated community outreach meetings required in order to set up shop. The public meeting will give BB Botanics an opportunity to share its final plans and field public questions about the dispensary and cultivation establishment planned for 242 John Wise Avenue.
There’s a nice turn of attention these days to the water. Locals are thinking about beach passes and moorings, harbormasters are getting ready for summer management. In fact, the town is offering “drive through” service to purchase licenses and boat placards tomorrow and next week at the M-E Regional High School parking lot. Coastal town parks are now open for walkers and beaches are also opening, albeit in a “phased” fashion and it all is starting to feel a bit more normal for many of us
The Cape Ann Museum has rescheduled the last day of its CAM Contemporary exhibition, “In Gratitude,” a projection of an illuminated multilingual message, “Thank You Frontline Heroes,” to Thursday, May 14 due to rain last week.
With postponements and changes in the 375th Anniversary Celebration scheduled events, last week the Manchester 375th Committee announced two events that would both mark the town’s milestone during public safety distancing but also mark the incredible efforts of our community’s safety officials and first responders.