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Award of Community Compact Grant for Zoning Bylaw StudyThe Governor’s office has funded the Town’s application for a Community Compact grant for a study of the Essex zoning bylaws, in the Town’s full requested amount of $45,150.  The Commonwealth has presented the grant award paperwork to th…

Essex Public Safety Building New Polling/Election LocationOn July 26, 2021, the Essex Board of Selectmen voted to permanently move the Essex polling/election location from the old Fire Station at 24 Martin Street to the new Essex Public Safety Building at 11 John Wise Avenue. All future elec…

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The Essex Shipbuilding Museum received a visit from members of the US Navy’s Surface Warfare Schools Command earlier this month.  Located at the Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, is a "Center of Excellence" for surface warfare.  provides education and training to surface warfare officers …

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Phase I of mosquito virus testing began in Manchester on June 15 and will continue until August 1, and Phase II will last from August 1 to October 1. Essex will not opt out of the state mosquito control plan for 2021. If a documented public health threat arises in or near Essex, which could …

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Essex residents approved comprehensive new zoning to encourage density and mixed-use building downtown and control development town wide, while simultaneously failing to approve a citizens’ effort to establish detailed zoning restrictions for cell tower construction at a packed outdoor Annua…

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Its September, and students are settling into a new school year that features a new elementary school building in Manchester, a new playground and some classroom updates in Essex, and a return to in-classroom learning after an extended period of attending class remotely in 2020-21.

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This report was presented by Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting on September 13, and it covers topics of interest for town business from August 21 to September 10.

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This report was presented by Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting on August 23, and it covers topics of interest for town business from August 7 to August 20.

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She clearly played baseball because she loved it, and not because she thought anything would come of it. But in the 1950s, Annie Gosbee of Essex did play baseball, as one of only two women (the other Avis Murray, of Gloucester) for the junior league.  At the time, women weren’t allowed to play organized baseball, but both were recognized talents.

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On Monday at the Village Restaurant in Essex, it was a party in the parking lot for a wonderful cause, the seventh annual “Cape Ann Shave to Save”, a tradition challenging residents to shave their heads to raise money for cancer.

Essex Public Safety Building New Polling/Election Location

On July 26, 2021, the Essex Board of Selectmen voted to permanently move the Essex polling/election location from the old Fire Station at 24 Martin Street to the new Essex Public Safety Building at 11 John Wise Avenue. All future elections will be scheduled to take place in the Training Room at the new facility and voters will enter through the main/front door to check in.  Currently, the next scheduled event is the annual town election on May 9, 2022.

Please contact Town Clerk Pamela Thorne with any questions.

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This report was presented by Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at the Board of Selectmen meeting on August 9, and it covers topics of interest for town business from July 24 to August 6.

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Bob Brophy of Essex talks about his work like it’s the most natural thing in the world; like the Merrimack River, intricate wooden feathers and elegant bird necks have flowed from his hands for years.

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The Essex Shipbuilding Museum received a visit from members of the US Navy’s Surface Warfare Schools Command earlier this month.  Located at the Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, is a "Center of Excellence" for surface warfare.  provides education and training to surface warfare officers and enlisted engineers. 

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Get a COVID-19 vaccine at the Essex Library and leave with a gift card to a local restaurant! 

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This report was presented by Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting on July 26, and it covers topics of interest for town business from July 10 to July 23.

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A lasting benefit of the 2019 Essex Bicentennial celebration is the professional repair, cleaning, and straightening of old gravestones in the Old Burial Ground.  Last winter, local mason, Mark Haskell, volunteered to repair the tomb of Colonel Jonathan Cogswell, Jr.  Soon, it will be enclosed so those repairs can be made safely.

On Monday in person on the third-floor auditorium of the Essex Town Hall, 99-year-old resident Bonnie Jean Malcolm-Brown was honored as the town’s eldest resident.  As tradition calls, she was presented with the 14-carat gold and mahogany Boston Post Cane.

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This report was presented by Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting on July 12, and it covers topics of interest for town business from June 19 to July 9.

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Phase I of mosquito virus testing began in Manchester on June 15 and will continue until August 1, and Phase II will last from August 1 to October 1. 

Essex will not opt out of the state mosquito control plan for 2021. If a documented public health threat arises in or near Essex, which could mean that multiple residents contracted EEE or West Nile virus, the state will begin emergency spraying. This occurs strictly in cases of a documented health concern.

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This report was presented by Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting on June 21, and it covers topics of interest for town business from June 5 to June 18.

It was the end of a year that felt like two years.  And for the Manchester Essex Regional High School Class of 2021, the idea of gathering together last Friday for an outdoor graduation ceremony on Hyland Field was one to remember, and one to inspire gratitude.  The weather was perfect.  Hun…

This report was presented by Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting on June 7, and it covers topics of interest for town business from May 15 to June 4.

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The Class of 2020 may have started the tradition last year, but the Class of 2021 has made it their mission to continue the idea of a two-towns car parade to kick off graduation mindset for all residents in Manchester and Essex.