It’s that time again, when the M-E Robotics team (“Robots by the C” … get it?) ramps up for the national FIRST robotics competition.  The 2019 team last year was young, suffering from an exodus of graduating seniors the year before.  This year the team of nearly 25 is that much stronger, and ably lead by seniors Maria Cristoforo and Kevin Hines, who have returned for a second year as team captains.  

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Applications for the 2020 Rotary scholarship are now available to graduating high school seniors who attend either Manchester-Essex Regional High School or have parent(s) or legal guardian(s) residing in Manchester or Essex, Massachusetts.  Ideal candidates are those who embody Rotary's mott…

Earlier this month, fourth and fifth graders at Essex Elementary School took to the school gymnasium for a program of play with local public safety officers from Manchester and Essex.  Seen here with students is Essex Police Officer Daniel Bruce and MBTS Officer Andrea Locke.

Typically, a January polar plunge is the business of the tough and the brave. But on Sunday’s wildly warm and sunny day (69 degrees, a record), the vibe was fun and giddy for the first annual Essex Elementary School (EES) Polar Plunge at Conomo Point.

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.

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!

Gertsch is not a children’s book author, but her new book, “Flora Has an Adventure” is just that, and it’s a lovely one.  Her hero is a chicken who lives in a charming town called Essex.  Her adventurers will be familiar to anyone who goes with any regularity to the Burnham Library.  Kris McGinn-Straub sat down and learned more about Gertsch and her path to Flora.  And by the way, you can purchase “Flora” at Manchester by the Book.

Her poems are right there, concerning themselves with items that are at hand, commonplace and familiar. The natural world is often the universe from which she draws, with a soulfulness and power that is stirring.

The third graders at Essex Elementary turned back time today for their annual Colonial Day last week as they headed into the Thanksgiving break.  Students dressed in traditional Colonial costumes and learned about life during the time period.  They made corn husk dolls, churned butter, mixed…

Messy Art Night never disappoints. This Friday night was no exception. The annual event at Essex Elementary is always packed with kids and adults who have come to know that this is a seriously fun event. Sculpture, drawing, print making, jewelry making, and more were there for kids to roll u…

The Essex Board of Selectmen began working through details to form a committee of residents and public safety officials, among others, that would work in an advisory capacity to the board in its negotiation of a host community agreement with BB Botanicals, LLC, which is pursuing a state license to locally operate a retail cannabis dispensary. 

It started innocently enough a dozen years ago when Essex Elementary School teacher Richard Carpenter wanted to bring a folk song unit to life for his second-grade general music class.  Over the years it has grown bigger, and this year the Essex PTO funded our artist in residence, Essex nati…

There will be a free flu clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Masonic Hall during a Masonic organization open house. Flu shots are available. The clinic is in partnership with CVA of Gloucester, and a dog and puppy "meet and greet" will also be taking place in partnership wi…

Antiquing may be a specialist’s type of shopping, but curiosity about antiques seems to know no bounds.  In fact, PBS’s Antiques Roadshow this year drew a cumulative audience of 8 million viewers each week. Essex is dipping into its history as an antiquing destination with a presentation next month by Michael March of Blackwood March Auctioneers.

Last week at the Ancient Burial Cemetery in Essex volunteers brought to life the village of “Chebacco Parish” (the name of Essex back more than 200 years ago when it was a parish within neighboring Ipswich). Tour participants got to experience the burial ground and see life in the 1700s to t…