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It’s part of a natural cycle that’s been recurring for thousands of years.  Every April, the alewives return from the open ocean, enter the Essex River Estuary, and follow their sense of smell up Alewife Brook to Chebacco Lake—the place of their birth—to spawn.

It seemed like all of Beverly Farms had spilled out into the streets and headed to the MBTA Commuter Rail Station that had been transformed into a 1980s era Westport, Connecticut train station.  It was the set of the new George Clooney-directed feature film, The Tender Bar, based on the awar…

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The Manchester Housing Authority (MHA) and the Manchester Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT) have been working together on a plan to improve the existing 84 public housing units at Newport Park, The Plains and Loading Place Road, that have served the town well for over 50 years.  As part of the…

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The LIP (Local Initiative Project) negotiations between the Board of Selectmen and SLV, the applicant for an apartment complex at Shingle Hill, have ended without an agreement.  At the Board’s public negotiation session on Tuesday, April 6, Mr. Engler of SLV concluded that it was no longer in his best interest to continue the negotiations.

40B Public Meeting:  The next 40B negotiation meeting hosted by the Board of Selectmen is currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 6. Please see the Town website for meeting details and past recordings.

Manchester Police Chief Todd Fitzgerald says since the onset of COVID, his department has been receiving a steady stream of scam reports.  This week, after two Manchester residents lost $15,000 and $50,000 to lottery scammers, he decided to push out a fresh public warning to residents.

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Our Annual Town Meeting, where voters will decide on next year’s municipal budgets, has been delayed until June 21.  None-the-less, we are seeing an uptick in discussions about town finances.  There are certainly many aspects of a town’s budget.  In the end it is the choices voters make that determine how much in taxes is collected and what services these dollars provide.

With all the attention development proposals and options for new zoning are receiving, there has been renewed interest in the status of the Town’s drinking water and sewer systems.  These utilities are often taken for granted but they are critical parts of our infrastructure that provide essential services to residents. 

 It will soon be April, and this new edition of The Waterline is all about gearing up for the start of the boating season.  There’s a lot to report from the Harbormaster’s office in Manchester

On Tuesday the 23rd the Manchester Memorial Elementary School welcomed back grades K-5 to full time, in person classes. As this reporter noticed and after talking to several parents and students, it was clear that all parties were relieved to return to some semblance of normalcy. One parent …

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Police officers and firemen from three area towns and Massachusetts State Police air responders were called to a rescue two off-trail hikers who became stuck in a swamp in the Manchester Essex woods Tuesday.  The afternoon rescue took several hours of coordination between state and local safety officers and involved drones, helicopters and all-terrain vehicle before the couple emerged on their own with the help of two Manchester and Essex police officers.  

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We are Ava Ricci and Sophie Zalosh, sophomores at Manchester Essex Regional high school. This year, we felt that helping kids less fortunate than us was more important than ever.  This thought led us to start a fundraising club for children and teenagers in the foster care system through Comfort Cases, a nationwide organization.

It seemed like all of Beverly Farms had spilled out into the streets and headed to the MBTA Commuter Rail Station that had been transformed into a 1980s era Westport, Connecticut train station.  It was the set of the new George Clooney-directed feature film, The Tender Bar, based on the award-winning memoir of the same name by J.R. Moehringer.

Last week at the local meeting of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, a fundamental shift signaled a solution to one of Manchester’s most dogged parking challenges: creating a path from the public parking lot behind Town Hall to the heart of Manchester’s downtown shopping district.