This past weekend, Norma Torti, a New Hampshire seacoast artist specializing in representational oil paintings, led a group of students for a day of painting “en plein air” in the stunning 18-acre setting of Cedar Hill Farm in Essex.
In August, the Manchester Housing Authority (MHA) and the Manchester Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT) hired a housing development advisory consultant to evaluate the existing MHA properties and assess opportunities and alternatives for renovation and perhaps expansion.
The Manchester Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT), in collaboration with Action, Inc., a Gloucester-based human and social services agency, is offering short-term homeowner mortgage and rental housing payment assistance to eligible Manchester residents.
BankGloucester has opened voting from September 1 to September 30 for its 13th annual “Banking for the Community” program. This year, the bank will award $25,000 to 21 community organizations and non-profits and voters determine how the funds are allocated. Last year, nearly 9,000 people participated in the voting process.
The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust (MECT), which manages more than 1,500 acres of conservation land in Manchester and Essex, announced the resignation of its executive director, Michelle Vaillancourt.
Pediatric Associates of Greater Salem and Beverly (PAGS) announced that Dr. Nina Chegireddy has joined its practice in our Beverly office.
Second Grade teachers Joe McDonough, Susan Gould and Jennifer Cochand are masked-up as they prepare their technology for virtual teaching starting on the 16th. Pre-K through 5 classrooms are in the new building, the gym and library/technology are still housed in the old Memorial School.
Great news for local small businesses in Essex and Manchester disrupted by COVID. Essex Town Planner Matt Coogan’s office this week said that Essex will administer federal block grants of up to $10,000 local “micro-enterprise businesses” from a $70,125 fund for Essex. Essex Town Planner Matt Coogan’s office this week announced availability of federally-funded grants of up to $10,000 each for local businesses disrupted by COVID-19.
Friday is the 19th Anniversary of 9/11, the day four coordinated terrorist attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda, on September 11, 2001. This year is a challenging one for any remembrance, or ceremony, given public safety guidelines and social distancing. The Essex Fire Department canceled its annual 9/11 ceremony, regretfully, out of public safety. The Manchester Fire Department will hold a ceremony at the station on School Street at 9:30 a.m., and has asked those attending to be vigilant about wearing masks and spacing as they offer respects to this important day.
When COVID forced the cancellation of the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club’s major fundraising events (the Kentucky Derby Auction and the Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast) earlier this year, the club knew it had to do something to recoup the more than $25,000 funds it typically generates in order to continue the charitable giving the Cape Ann communities and organizations have come to rely on. So, the club got creative.