You don’t want to see it, but you can’t look away.  Daily COVID-19 numbers were finally not the topics of conversation, headlines, or “breaking news.”  But, alas, it didn’t last long.  So, what wave would this be?  Have we lost count?  Are we becoming numb?  Do we have the energy to gear up …

Resilience, strength, and faith.  That’s what people go to when they think about their local church. This was especially so for what now feels to some to have been an everlasting dark time for the Coronavirus pandemic.  Collectively, the community can see the light at the year-long tunnel.

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Public interest paused a planned demolition Sunday of a historic tea house on the campus of the Landmark School in Manchester.  The school, lacking funds but eager for a solution, said it would halt movement on its plans to raze the dilapidated, circular structure while those expressing inte…

As a small community we do not have a large staff of paid professionals.  Thus, we rely heavily on residents to serve as volunteers on many different boards and committees.  We have openings to fill and you are encouraged to see how you can contribute to the running of the Town.  You get to …

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Victoria is a sweet and shy momma cat.  She likes being near people and will hang out with you, occasionally meowing for attention.  You can win her heart with cat treats and gentle petting. Loud noises are not her vibe and she needs some time to adjust to new situations and settings. 

Don’t let summer pass you by! There’s so much to enjoy right now, around Cape Ann and beyond. Here are details to get an adventure started right now, right in our backyard.

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

Resilience, strength, and faith.  That’s what people go to when they think about their local church. 

This was especially so for what now feels to some to have been an everlasting dark time for the Coronavirus pandemic.  Collectively, the community can see the light at the year-long tunnel.

Get a COVID-19 vaccine at the Essex Library and leave with a gift card to a local restaurant! 

Parking and public restrooms have been a perennial thorn for downtown retailers and restaurants who say addressing these challenges will go a long way to support their businesses.  Parking has been an issue for decades, specifically with the town trying—unsuccessfully—to create a path from public parking behind Town Hall to Beach Street.  But starting a year ago, it was the First Parish Church that offered a glimmer of hope.

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum received a visit from members of the US Navy’s Surface Warfare Schools Command earlier this month.  Located at the Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, is a "Center of Excellence" for surface warfare.  provides education and training to surface warfare officers and enlisted engineers. 

Andrew Brousseau, an owner of Black Earth Composting, appeared at last week’s Bike & Pedestrian Committee with an update on plans to move its composting operation in the Limited Commercial District to a new, state-of-the-art one at the site of the town’s transfer station on Pine Street.

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The pros and cons of migrating Manchester local police and fire dispatch services to a state-run, regional public safety operation were explored at a public hearing that addressed everything from cost controls and technology upgrades to the value of local dispatchers with local knowledge.  It also highlighted the current operating differences between Manchester’s fire and police departments.

Touch A Truck:  Come to this family friendly event on Thursday, July 29 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. behind Town Hall. Explore public safety vehicles and meet the people who keep our Town safe every day.

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

We are aware that this pandemic has been a truly difficult time for many. Please know that we love the people of Manchester and the North Shore and are eager to help you get through this however we’re able. As we have begun regathering, we welcome you to join us Sundays at 10 a.m. for our time of worship either in person or via livestream.

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In 1971, the Manchester Sailing Association officially launched to welcome students of all ages to learn to sail and develop a lifelong passion for the sport.  Fifty years later, the club is going and preparing for the next generation of sailors and continuing what has become a beloved summertime tradition for the Cape Ann community. 

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When he returned to Manchester for the Fourth of July as he does every year, Tom Schanley was happy to be free of COVID-restrictions and able to visit with friends and family in his hometown. But this visit offered another connection for the busy actor of film, theater and television.  A personal one, with a twist. 

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Public interest paused a planned demolition Sunday of a historic tea house on the campus of the Landmark School in Manchester.  The school, lacking funds but eager for a solution, said it would halt movement on its plans to raze the dilapidated, circular structure while those expressing interest in saving it explore options to do so.

Attention Democrats: Every year each town in the Commonwealth elects delegates from among registered Democrats through caucuses to participate in the annual Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Last year, both the caucus and the Convention were cancelled due to the pandemic.  This year the party is holding hearings on, and voting for, an updated new party platform for the 2022 election cycle.