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375th Anniversary Bonfire New Date: The Christmas tree bonfire has been postponed to Saturday, January 25 at 5:00 p.m. Bring the whole family to the Manchester Athletic Club tocelebrate this important milestone for MBTS. Regular and handicapped parking will be available onsite. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

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An exciting new possibility has been presented to the town. Knowing of the town’s desire to create a center for our growing population of older residents, Cornerstone Church approached town officials about the option of purchasing their current home at 20 School Street once it builds a new c…

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Four Eagle Scouts from Troop 3 were honored in the 2020 Eagle Scout Court of Honor in front of a packed house at the Amaral Bailey American Legion Hall on Saturday, January 11.  The ceremony honored Dean Campbell, Spencer Meek, Jackson Ranger and Robert West for achieving the highest rank in Scouting with admirable, hard-earned and important community projects. 

Sneaking a special meeting in before the holiday break, members of the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club ate at Allie’s Beach Street Café and reviewed a great year together. As is the annual tradition of this group at its holiday luncheon, Rotarian Sean Zahn was presented with the leg lamp (hark…

A new year — indeed a new decade: what lies ahead for our community? Before we get too swept up in the day-to-day work of running the town, it is worth reflecting on what the priorities are. How have we advanced our collective needs recently and what are we likely to focus on in the coming m…

Architectural and building firm Carpenter & MacNeille was named as a 2020 Best of Boston Home recipient. The award was granted at a reception earlier in December 2019 at the Boston Design Center at a gathering of more than 300 of the region’s top home professionals.

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It’s a season of goodbyes at Town Hall.  Last week on December 30, the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea honored Elizabeth “Beth” Heisey for her 32 years of service as administrative assistant to both the Town Administrator’s Office and the Building Department.  Pictured from top to bottom are R…

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Each year at this time, we republish snippets of the year’s events that have made their way onto the pages of our weekly newspaper. The “Year in Review,” printed in two consecutive editions, will provide you, our readers, a momentary slowing of time to reflect on the year 2019 before answeri…

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M-E Hornets Lars Arntsen and Mason Paccone apply a stifling defense against their Danvers opposition during the finals of the BankGloucester Holiday Tournament held at the Gloucester High School gymnasium. The Hornets prevailed over the Falcons of the NEC, 58–49.

“Young David Slade” — whose family ran our own Manchester Cricket for almost 100 years until 2018 — was recently spotted ringing to raise money for the wonderful Salvation Army at Market Basket in Gloucester.  According to Dick Singleton, who sent in the photography, “The gentleman rings a m…

The tax rate for FY2020 has been approved by the Department of Revenue. The new rate is up .47 cents from last year. Last year the rate per thousand dollars of assessed value was $11.23 and this year it is $11.70.

We would like to thank all of those that have helped with the design, construction, permitting and of course, fundraising for the Veterans Honor Roll — we are very close to making the project a reality. The Honor Roll is now fully designed, permitted and undergoing final pricing, which we expect to be in the range of $250–275,000. 

Our annual fundraiser on December 6 was a great success! After many hours of preparation, donations and assembly-line precision, the Essex Elementary School community enjoyed a wonderful afternoon building gingerbread houses, winning cakes and goodies, and creating holiday cards!