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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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Longtime Manchester residents Mary and Larry Kirby celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this past Sunday, April 11.  When the Kirbys married in 1946, gasoline was 21 cents a gallon and Bing Crosby’s “Swinging On A Star” topped the music charts. 

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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.

There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call (978) 526-7500.

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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