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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…

It was a full house Monday at a highly anticipated Special Town Meeting, where the 10-plus year grind by the Essex Town Building Committee, the Board of Selectmen (BOS), the Fire and Police Departments and countless others to fund construction of a new public safety building on John Wise Avenue finally came to fruition with overwhelming approval.