As a coastal community, having water as a particular focus of attention will come as no surprise.  And while the ocean shoreline, beaches and harbor are a source of pride and community identity, it is not the only water resource that deserves attention.  Yes, with rising seas and bigger stor…

115 Years Ago – 1906What a pity that something cannot be done to prevent so much intoxication in town and so many people under the influence of liquor, especially on Sunday.  It is reported that one lady last Sabbath, while walking on the street near the center, met three intoxicated men cro…

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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…

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Book Club

Tuesday, January 25 at 1 p.m. We will discuss “The Book of Joy” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. There are copies of the book available to borrow.

As a coastal community, having water as a particular focus of attention will come as no surprise.  And while the ocean shoreline, beaches and harbor are a source of pride and community identity, it is not the only water resource that deserves attention.  Yes, with rising seas and bigger storms in our future we certainly will need to be giving a great deal of attention to the ocean but other water resources, including our drinking water supply and the treatment of wastewater also demand considerable thought and focus. 

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Route 133 Essex River Bridge Project Update

The contractor for the subject project has announced that the project will commence during the third week of December, 2021 (as original proposal–which was the first week of December). 

Holiday Floral Arrangement

Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m.  join local florist Karen Bell for an evening of holiday cheer.  Create a festive decoration to take home. In- person and mask is required.

Essex, through the Board of Selectmen and the Essex Housing Coalition (which is supported by the Citizens' Housing and Planning Association - CHAPA) is exploring the possibility of establishing a municipal affordable housing trust fund.  Please join us in a remote forum on December 6, 2021 from 6:30-8 p.m.  You will learn what a housing trust fund is, how the fund functions and is managed, and the types of activities a trust can engage in.  Examples from other Massachusetts communities will also be shared.  The forum will be led by personnel from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP).

The Spirit of Christmas Past

Thursday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. welcome Kenneth C. Turino for his well-illustrated lecture that traces the development of the celebration of Christmas, how the Christmas tree became popular, halls were decked and Santa Claus came to town.

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90 Years Ago – 1931

Armistice Day passed very quietly in Essex, the chief observance being a meat pie supper in Town hall by the Legion and Auxiliary combined, which was followed by a dance.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8

6:56 a.m.  Story St., male fall, patient refusal.

1:34 p.m.  Eastern Ave., motor vehicle stop, arrest.

9:20 p.m.  Southern Ave., motor vehicle stop, spoken to.

9:34 p.m.  Centennial Grove Rd., directed patrol, secured/checked.

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Story Hours

Wee Ones Wednesday, 9-9:30 a.m.

Preschool 10-10:30 a.m.

These will be outside on the lawn, in the event of inclement weather, check our Facebook page for Story Hour via Facebook.

Old Essex Road Stream Crossing Grant Site Visit

Selectman Phippen and Mr. Zubricki participated in a site visit at the Ipswich town line with personnel from the Town of Ipswich and from the Ipswich River Watershed Association (IRWA). As the Board may recall, IRWA applied for grant funding to eliminate a culvert going under Old Essex Road to allow the stream that serves at the Town line to flow freely. That application was not funded but IRWA would like to explore additional grant funding opportunities in the future. A successful grant application would dead-end the road on either side of the stream, something the Town of Ipswich would like to do anyway. The question of whether MA DOT first addresses a flow restriction under nearby Route 133 should be handled first, since eliminating the restriction at Old Essex Road, only to encounter a restriction at Route 133 is not an effective way to restore the larger marsh area.

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90 Years Ago – 1931

The local unemployment situation is giving the authorities some concern and plans for handling it are being considered by the selectman.  Senator Haley of Rowley and Representative Hudson of Gloucester were here one evening last week in consultation with the selectman.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13

1:22 a.m.  Conomo Point Rd., directed patrol, secured/checked.

11:52 a.m.  Manning Ave., be on the lookout for, notification made.

2:34 p.m.  Winthrop St., male sick/other, patient refusal.

7:15 p.m.  Main St., disturbance, report to follow

Book Group

Friday, October 29 at 10 a.m.  We will be discussing “The Good Pig”, by Sy Montgomery. A story of the extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood. Books and audio books available at the circulation desk.

115 Years Ago – 1906

What a pity that something cannot be done to prevent so much intoxication in town and so many people under the influence of liquor, especially on Sunday.  It is reported that one lady last Sabbath, while walking on the street near the center, met three intoxicated men crossing the street and four or five others.  The language issuing from their mouths was very vile.

Zoning Board of Appeals Decision Regarding Cell Tower Variance Requests

The Essex Zoning Board of Appeals met on October 4 to deliberate over several variance requests made by Tower North for a proposed cell tower adjacent to Eastern Avenue.  The Board decided that the variances were, in fact, justified (using both local criteria and Federal criteria) and has worked with Town Counsel to develop a written decision.