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Essex Elementary School students and staff enjoyed their first school-wide meeting in three years last Friday morning!  Some of the highlights of the meeting included a welcome from new Principal Sheila McAdams and recognition of over 80 "Summer Reading Rock Stars"!  EES Library Teacher Ms. Samantha Silag acknowledged all of the Summer Readers who read 5-25 or more hours during the Summer break. 

This Halloween season, Hammond Castle Museum will offer a room-to-room theatrical performance of The Masquerade of Abbadia Mare, an adaptation of five Edgar Allan Poe stories.  Set within the Castle and adapted around one of America’s most prolific inventors of his time, John Hays Hammond Jr, the Horror-Fan culture will recognize many of the elements of Poe’s short stores woven together and set at the time of the historic 1929 stock market crash

Come out and challenge your creativity and science skills to brave the waters of the Manchester Inner Harbor in this 13th annual MBTS Cardboard Boat Regatta, Sunday October 9 starting at 11 a.m.  Mark Your Calendars and Collect that Cardboard.

The Manchester Club reconvened after its summer break last Thursday evening at the Legion Hall.  Todd Crane and his kitchen crew served up a delicious meal of Mort Mayo’s Baked Haddock with mashed potatoes and green beans along with a dessert of ice cream bars.  Immediately following dinner, Club President Eric Aldrich called the meeting to order and invited the evening’s guest speaker, Chief of Police Todd Fitzgerald to lead the National Anthem.  Following the National Anthem, President Aldrich held a moment of silence to remember the passings of long-time members John Hannah and Ed Parsons.  Club Secretary Craige McCoy followed this up with the secretary’s report and Club Treasurer Bill Scott updated club members of Club finances.  Each report was immediately accepted without any objection from the membership.

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the launch of the orchestra's 71st concert season on Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m. at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium.  "We are so thrilled to be able to perform a full season schedule of orchestra concerts.... the first since 2019!' says Cape Ann Symphony Board President Fran White, "After facing the challenges of the past two years, Cape Ann Symphony is stronger than ever due to the amazing support from the musicians, our Music Director, our tireless Board of Directors, our sponsors and donors, and finally, our loyal audiences!


115 Years Ago – 1907

John Ethier, while hauling out ice in the ice house of C. W. Mears on Monday afternoon, his ice hook slipped and struck him on the right ankle, cutting a deep gash quite long.  Dr. Simpson dressed the wound.

Police Chief Paul Francis reports that the Essex Police and Fire Departments, working in collaboration with law enforcement partners, safely responded to the discovery of a potentially explosive mortar shell in a home on Monday.

The Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library, in partnership with the Massachusetts Library System and Climate CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather) are celebrating Climate Preparedness Week which runs September 24-30.  A virtual lecture and numerous hands-on activities geared toward different age levels are planned.  For a complete list of the activities and how to register visit the Library’s website.

Eleven racing sailboats from around Massachusetts Bay competed in the Manchester Yacht Club’s Fall Series Regatta on Sunday September 18.  The series consisted of two races held in the waters off Manchester.

Thank you for an Awesome Summer of Reading

Congratulations to our grand prize raffle winners in our summer reading program:  Jackson Ackerman, Micah Ackerman, Atticus Howe, Kiernan Ollington, Fischer Quesenberry, Hayden Ratushny, Avital Romanowski, Taylor Seymour and James Wheeler.   Thanks to the local merchants for their donations of special prizes.

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5:01 p.m. Newport Pk., Fall/unknow injuries – assisted. 


10:39 a.m. Bridge St., MVA involving bicyclist – transported.

4:31 p.m. Summer St., Smoke coming from mulch – watered down. 

8:30 p.m. Beach St., Campfire on beach – extinguished. 

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Can Oyster farming in Manchester help to clean our Harbor and help combat the effects of climate change?   A pilot program, initiated by the Manchester Harbor Boat Club, under the auspices of the Massachusetts Oyster project is trying to find out.

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We sat down with Paul Tucker, candidate for Essex County District Attorney in the Democratic primary race on September 6.  Tucker is a native of Salem and was in law enforcement in the Salem City Police Department for 32 years, the last five as Chief of Police.  He’s been State Representative for the last eight years. 

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The proposed 40B project at Shingle Hill has necessitated a bit of a crash course in the intricacies of the state law that governs these projects.  It has been nearly two years now that the Town has been dealing with the proposal to build a large apartment complex on what, at best, can be called a challenging site. 

The 145th Elder Brethren Picnic will be held at the Chowder House on Saturday September 10, and all brethren of or associated with Manchester-By-The-Sea who have reached their 49th year on this Earth are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Manchester Town Hall is Open to the Public.  Public hours are 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. on Thursday.