The fire departments in Manchester and Essex were among just 24 towns and cities in Massachusetts to receive grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which this week announced $7.8 million in direct assistance grants to 340 fire departments nationwide through the agency’s FY2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant COVID-19 Supplemental program (AFG-S).  

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This report was presented by Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting on July 13, and it covers topics of interest for town business from June 27 to July 10. 

The new Essex Safety Building is beginning to take shape nicely, and according to Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki, “The project continues to move along nicely.”

Scaffolding supports workers this week along the steeple of the Congregational Church of Essex.  The church was founded in 1683 and the bell was fashioned by Paul Revere himself.  We’re glad the structure is getting the care it deserves.  The church will begin in-person services again this S…

This report was presented by Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting on June 29,and it covers topics of interest for town business from June 13 to June 26.

On Sunday, Chebacco Lake Beach felt like it was a million miles away from any anxieties that life may be throwing our way.  The weather was perfectly temperate, the sun way out, the beach was not crowded, and the assuring noise of kids cries of fun and play was in the air, along with e splas…

Downtown Essex is getting into the rhythm of restauranting, and firing on all cylinders—indoor dining, outdoor dining, and “take out dining.”  The eateries that set up additional outdoor seating allowed by the state started doing so three weeks ago (like Woodman’s and Shea’s seen here, or CK…

Tuesday, a “Retirement Parade” consisting of over 130 cars accompanied by Essex fire engines, MBTS police and Essex police surprised Sue Hardy and Jeannine Stanley at the Essex Elementary School with a show of love and respect for the many years they put into their careers.  To thank the community for this show of love and respect, Hardy and Stanley have written a letter to be included in this week’s Cricket.

Essex held its Spring Town Meeting last week at Essex Elementary School, with 177 residents weighing in a whopping a 37-article warrant.  In the end, residents successfully voted to formalize Essex as a “one cannabis retailer” town and postponed a vote to establish a new downtown zoning district to a later time.  They also voted to widen the number of senior citizens eligible for real estate tax relief.  It all felt like “business as usual.”

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On June 22, Essex will be holding its election for town positions.  There are ten candidates in total, but only one slot—filling the vacancy made by Selectman Andrew Spinney—making it an actual race, in which Guy Bradford is running against Peter Hoare.  We connected with Guy Bradford and Peter Hoare to learn more about them—their backgrounds, connections to Essex and the community, and what issues are front and center for them as they seek a place on the Board of Selectmen.

Essex County Greenbelt’s Art in the Barn For 30 years, Art in the Barn was held at Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation in Essex. This year, due to public health concerns, the Art in the Barn Exhibit and Sale will be held online for 10 days from Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 17. 

On June 22 Essex will be holding its election for town positions.  There are ten candidates total, but only one slot—filling the vacancy made by Selectman Andrew Spinney—is an actual race, in which Guy Bradford is running against Peter Hoare.  Next week, a virtual “meet the candidate” session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 that will offer the two candidates the opportunity to share why they’re running and what they hope to accomplish if elected.

The controversial owner of a car sales and automotive repair business on Eastern Avenue tried the patience of the Board of Selectmen on Monday when he was called to account for overstepping—three times in less than two years—the rules of his operating license. 

This report was presented by Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at this week's Board of Selectmen meeting on May 18, 2020, and it covers topics of interest for town business from May 2 to May 15.

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Next week, on Thursday, May 21, the owners of a proposed recreational cannabis retailer in Essex will  host last of two state-mandated community outreach meetings required in order to set up shop.  The public meeting will give BB Botanics an opportunity to share its final plans and field public questions about the dispensary and cultivation establishment planned for 242 John Wise Avenue.